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Free Issue 313 March 2018

Life in the Inner West Est. 2005

Rock Out Lady International Women’s Day is coming

Femme Warriors Sarah Midgely and Jozefa Sobski on their fight for equality

Adjusting stereotypes: Men who grocery shop and women who seek pleasure

GIVEAWAYS Alliance Francaise French Film Festival

‘The Women’s Issue’

Inner West Whispers Bay Run After reports of three women being indecently assaulted on the Bay Run, police believe there is a serial offender targeting women. They have been told the man is in his 20’s, with prominent front teeth and tattoos on his right shoulder and forearm. Two women reported to police that they were intimidated or assaulted, while the third woman has not spoken to police, but reported the incident to another man who was walking his dog near Glover Street Sports Ground. Police are wishing to speak to any other women who have been approached or assaulted near the Bay Run area.

residential tower would include 57 residential apartments, 15 serviced apartments and communal open spaces. The proposal also includes “an area of open space” such as a winger garden or balcony. Meanwhile, in Leichhardt another development project is causing quite a stir with hundreds of residents heading to a street meeting to oppose a State Government plan to rezone industrial land for 315 apartments.

Vertical Gardens Graffiti. You either love it or you hate it. And councils usually fall into the hate category. Strathfield councillors are currently debating whether vines and creepers will be the answer to stamping out graffiti. The vertical gardens on bare walls of graffiti hotspots will allow Strathfield’s reputation to continue as a “green suburb”, according to Labor councillor Karen Pensabene. Last year, a plan to deter graffiti by creating street art murals was rejected by councillors. Time will tell if we see these vertical gardens sprouting about the Strathfield area. Two Towers Burwood is set to receive two new towers after a $30 million plan was approved for a 18-story commercial tower and a 20-story residential tower. The artist impression shows the 1,632.6sq m development site in the heart of Burwood’s town centre, 100m from Burwood railway station. The Burwood to get bigger

Things we love An all-women comedy performance night will hit the stage of the Giant Dwarf Theatre in Redfern this March. The comedians are raising money for the Inner West Roller Derby League (IWRDL), with much-needed funds to get them to the 5x5 Roller Derby Championships later this year. The IRWDL Skatecrashers have previously taken home the trophy for division two of the multi-city tournament, and are eyeing the prize for division one, with the help of essential fundraising and community support. The skaters are excited to join forces with these comedians “Sport and comedy are both spaces where women are going from strength to strength,” said IRWDL President Ophelia McMillan. It’s more than putting on some skates

and getting in the rink. The costs add up between training, gear, insurance and transport, until suddenly derby becomes an expensive sport. “With students, mums and low-income workers all an integral part of our team, we want to make playing derby as accessible as possible,” said McMillan. The emerging and smash-hit comedians include Comedy Central star Becky Lucas, comedians Cassie Workman, Nina Oyama and Lauren Bonner, and improv troupes Confetti Gun and Quad Bike, with storytellers Bec Melrose and Hannah Pembroke. Come support these fabulous women as they support other fabulous women! Inner West Roller Derby League Comedy Night Fundraiser Thursday March 1 7pm

Latte Leftie Latte Leftie champions the #Me Too movement (in the hope of deflecting attention from his own Waterstreetesque past). Dear LL – Everyone knows women can withdraw consent before or during a sexual encounter but how about retroactively? Let me draw on my experience to illustrate why this is crucial if the patriarchy is to be dismantled. Post-gig, I flirted with the bass player in a local thrash metal band the other night. He offered me a drink. I requested a small-batch bourbon but he brought back a pre-mix Jim Beam and cola can. (This didn’t seem important at the time but is obviously evidence he was a budding predator unconcerned with my wishes). I invited him back to my place. I then made him role-play a scenario where I was an innocent, young political staffer and he was a Papist National Party politician overcome with career-ending lust. Technically, I consented to this encounter. Hell, up until a few months ago I even would have offered it up as an example of an empowered young woman exploring her sexuality. But a few months is an eternity in feminist politics. Now I’ve come to understand I need to destroy this predator’s life. By writing an article for (ahem) a local progressive publication where I go into cringe-inducing detail about his pillow talk (“Are you all about the bass, baby?”) and sexual technique (think thrusting away to the Immigrant Song). But I’m worried that the guy might self-harm (you know what those sensitive, artistic types are like). What to do? Clementine, Leichhardt LL replies: You’re going to hear a lot of reactionary guff, some of it from putative feminists, about due process, personal responsibility and the dangers of mob rule. For the sake of your #Me Too cred, ignore those geriatric Debbie Downers. Then make sure this string-strumming sicko is outed in the most humiliating manner imaginable before being committed to a hospital for the criminally insane for the rest of his life.

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• Ciao is celebrating International Women’s Day with our issue dedicated to all things women. The day will be marked on March 8th.

• We aren’t ready for this summer weather to end! As the leaves fall and we head into autumn, here at Ciao, we’re hoping for more sunny days ahead.

• Mardi Gras is upon us - our first Mardi Gras that the Inner West can celebrate marriage equality.

• The Inner West is home to a fair few uni students heading back to school. If you see a student, give them a sympathetic smile. They need it.

• Another very important March event for the calendars - the Academy Awards! Let’s hope this year holds another win for a film that holds cultural importance - and most importantly, that the right name is read out for Best Picture!


• Did you know entry to a popular Newtown dance destination stopped at 11.15pm on a Saturday night? What is happening to our city! Everytime this happens, this Ciao writer is still surprised.

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sho k r o W vents &E







Saturday 10 February 10am - 12pm Waterwise Gardening

Saturday 7 April 10am - 12pm Worm Farming

Saturday 5 May 10am - 12pm Clothing Swap

Hosted by City of Canada Bay

Hosted by City of Canada Bay

Hosted by City of Canada Bay

Saturday 10 February 10am - 12pm Intro to Solar

Saturday 14 April 10am - 12pm Mending & Darning

Saturday 12 May 10am - 12pm Composting

Saturday 2 June 10am - 11.15am 11.45am - 1pm Repair Cafe for Electrical Items

Hosted by Inner West Council

Saturday 17 February 9.30am - 12.30pm Balcony Gardens Hosted by Burwood Council

Saturday 24 February 10am - 12pm Worm Farming Hosted by Inner West Council

MARCH Saturday 3 March 10am - 11.15am 11.45am - 1pm Repair Cafe for Electrical Items Hosted by Inner West Council

Saturday 10 March 9.30am - 12.30pm Sustainable Cooking Hosted by Burwood Council

Saturday 17 March 10am - 12.30pm Seasonal Planting for Autumn Hosted by Inner West Council

Thursday 22 March 10am - 12pm Kids’ Toy Swap Hosted by Inner West Council

Saturday 24 March 10.30am - 1pm Seasonal & Sustainable Cooking Hosted by City of Canada Bay

Hosted by Inner West Council

Wednesday 18 April 10am - 12pm Bush Adventure (for families) Hosted by City of Canada Bay

Thursday 19 April 9.30am - 11am Taronga Zoomobile Hosted by Burwood Council

Saturday 28 April 10am - 1pm Marrickville Sustainable Fashion Tour Hosted by Inner West Council

Found it very interesting and excited about the possibilities.

Absolutely lovely venue, friendly organisers

Hosted by Inner West Council

Saturday 19 May 9.30am - 12.30pm Gardening in Small Spaces Hosted by Burwood Council

Saturday 26 May 10am - 12pm Prepare Your Home for Winter Hosted by Inner West Council

My favourite part of the workshop was taking home knowledge and skills that I did not have before.

Really enjoyed the class and cannot wait to get my own materials, so I can start to practise at home.

More, more, more please, the workshop had us wanting to learn more. (Corroboree for Kids)

Limited capacity - bookings are essential for all events* Venue details will be provided at time of booking

Book Online

Hosted by Inner West Council

Saturday 16 June 10am - 12pm Plastic-Free Living Hosted by City of Canada Bay

Saturday 23 June 10am - 12.30pm Seasonal Planting for Winter Hosted by Inner West Council

All of it was brilliant. Thank you. Loved taking home some of what we made. Our group was great as well.

To book into a workshop go to: http://treading-lightly. Bookings for workshops will open on Eventbrite approximately 4 weeks prior to the event date. Due to the high demand, workshop participants must be from within the Burwood, City of Canada Bay, and Inner West Local Government Areas. Please provide your address at time of booking. For further information (or assistance with booking) please contact the hosting council:

Burwood Council 9911 9911 City of Canada Bay 9911 6555 Inner West Council 9392 5000

* Due to the high demand, workshop participants must be from within the Burwood, City of Canada Bay and Inner West LGA. Please provide your address at time of booking.

Visit partner Councils’ websites for further information

What’s On

POTTERY WHEEL CLASSES FOR BEGINNER AND BEYOND Art Est. Gallery, Leichhardt Greg Crowe will be leading this pottery wheel throwing class for students new to ceramics or those with prior experience. T UE 27 F E B 10 A M

LATIFA TEE (LIL’ ACOUSTIC SET) The Record Crate, Glebe

THURS 1 MARCH 7:0 0 PM — 1 0 :00P M




PARRAMASALA FESTIVAL 40 Phillip Street, Parramatta Enjoy a weekend of entertainment, food, markets and music from over 30 different cultures including Grammynominated band Hiatus Kaiyote, Dream Girls of Bollywood, and Simply Tarab - live music from Arab Golden era. 9—1 1 MARCH

THURS 8 MARCH, 6: 3 0 P M — 7 : 30 P M



Camelot Lounge, 19 Marrickville Road, Marrickville

Enmore Theatre, 118-132 Enmore Rd, Newtown

Ted’s younger brother Steve is at the helm of the revival of the Ted Mulry Gang, which will be launching a greatest hits Full Circle vinyl album this year. SAT 1 7 M A R C H 7PM

This free Farsi movie follows a couple after they perform Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, where their marriage begins to sour.

T U E S FEB 27, 9 : 30 PM

Biographer Arthur Stace has told the story of Arthur Stace, who for decades wrote one-word,

The Bridge Hotel, 119 Victoria Road, Rozelle

Leichhardt Library Piazza Level - Italian Forum, 23 Norton St Leichhardt

The 17-piece Regent Street Big Band will bring some good time party tunes.

Ashfield Library 260 Liverpool Road Ashfield,


Camelot Lounge, 19 Marrickville Road, Marrickville


X-Factor contestant and Sydney Uni alum, Latifa Tee will be reporting at this fine Glebe


Italian accordion maestro Ross Maio, will be joined by his son Marcello to present a repertoire of accordion favourites. SAT 1 0 T H F E B


This 15-piece ‘Super Group’ will make their debut live appearance in Australia W E D 1 4 MARCH 7 : 0 0 PM

Victoria Park, 1001 City Rd, Camperdown The boutique one day festival returns for its second year with a celebration of house, techno and electronica music. SAT 10 MARCH, 1 2PM


Join Radical turned reformer, Maajid Nawaz for talks, interviews and audience Q&As along with Ali, A. Rizvi and Yasmine Mohammed. FRIDAY 16 MARCH 7P M


AUTUMN ORCHESTRAL FUNDAMENTALS SHOWCASE Santa Sabina College, 90 The Boulevarde, Strathfield Sydney Youth Orchestra students will be showcasing their talents at this community concert.

Guest facilitator Helen McAloon will teach kids and adults alike how to decorate Easter cupcakes.

SAT 24 MARCH 2018 1 2:0 0 PM — 2:00P M

2 1 MARCH 11 : 0 0 AM — 1 :0 0 PM

SUN 11 MARCH 9:00AM — 1:00P M

Enmore Theatre, 118-132 Enmore Rd, Newtown

British crooner and double Grammy award winner Ed Sheeran hits our shores for his World Tour.

Ashfield Library 260 Liverpool Road Ashfield

The fourth annual RBC ‘Race for the Kids’ will be aiming to raise over $100,000 for Ronald McDonald House Randwick.


ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park


Sydney Park, Sydney Park Rd, St Peters,

LUNAR NEW YEAR Marrickville Cnr Silver St & Marrickville Rd, Marrickville The celebrations continue for the start of the Year of the Dog with a colourful Lion Dance Parade. UNTIL MAR 24

A feast of culture and creativity to welcome the Autumn chill. -4-





FEB 22 — MARCH 3, 7.30PM

4TH MARCH 2018, 9AM — 3PM

The Actors Pulse, 103 Regent Street, Redfern

A self-taught artist and furniture maker, Pete Ferrow has been making eclectic work for decades. The Out of the Alley artist has been drawing and painting in ink and acrylic since the late 90s, but turned his attention 10 years ago to oils and painting Australian seas and landscapes. From the Pyrmont Bridge Hotel to a sketch of the Lansdowne Hotel, Ferrow combined community nostalgia with personal curiosity to reach deeper into the history of Australian pubs. Paying homage to these important destinations of mateship has brought him to this exhibition, open 10am-6pm daily. The opening night party will be held from 6pm on Friday 2nd.




27 FEB - 27 MAR CH


The annual Alliance Française French Film Festival is back for its 29th edition! Celebrating French cinema at australia’s biggest foreign film festival, and the biggest outside of France, there will be a selection of 50 films ready to delight audiences, inspire them to dream, laugh or shed a few tears. Events include a screening of Jealous, with a Q&A with director David Foenkinos and a Normandy crepe from Four Frogs Creperie and drink on arrival for the screening of refreshing comedy, ‘Normandy Nude’.

Part-market, part-music festival, part-meeting place, this spectacular lineup of stalls, dancing lessons and entertainment line-up is sure to have you soaking up the last of the summer sun. With plenty of alternative, vintage, handmade and fashion wares, it will be excitement for the whole family. There will also be a record fair. The entertainment lineup includes bands such as The On and Ones, Spurs for Jesus and Cruisin’ Duces. There will also be Rock’n’ Roll Dancing beginner classes with nothing required but some energy and feet ready to jive.

Palace Norton Street, Leichhardt

Manning Bar, Sydney University

1 — 7 MARCH

Talent abounds in this month’s production by the Sydney’s Actors Pulse drama school which is presenting a production of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross. The School’s intermediate level students will perform the Pulitzer Prize winning play. The director, and Actors Pulse principal, Billy MIllionis will flip the gender of many characters to showcase the range of the talented cast and showing how society has progressed since the time Glengarry was written, in which men went to work and women stayed at home.

The Shop Gallery, 112 Glebe Point Road, Glebe

The Barossa delivered straight to your table. The Cellar Kitchen with Saskia Beer brings you the very best in produce from local growers across the Barossa Valley. Our menus change with the season…there’s always something new to delight you.

Novotel Barossa Valley Resort | Golf Links Road, Rowland Flat, Barossa Valley P: (08) 8524 0025 E:

MINI RECORD FAIR AT ROZELLE COLLECTORS MARKET Back by popular demand, the free event is the return of the first-ever Rozelle record fair last November. There will be thousands of records up for grabs, with a vinyl spinning DJ, amongst plenty of other stalls. From international food to vintage wares and retro clothing, the Rozelle Collectors Market has been running at Rozelle Public School for over 20 years. There will be plenty on offer for vinyl treasure hunters with LPs and music collectibles on offer and interstate dealers in attendance. Pete, a record valuer, will also be there to let you know what your record is worth!

Rozelle Public School, 663 Darling Street, Rozelle

THURSDAY 8 MARCH, 5.30PM An annual celebration of women everywhere, the Inner West Council invites local women to join the global celebration. The event is held in collaboration with the Leichhardt Women’s Community Health Centre, and the theme this year is ‘Leave No Woman Behind’. Showcasing the diversity of women who live and work in the Inner West, there will be speakers telling their stories of how the support of the community helped them to get where they are now.

Petersham Town Hall 107 Crystal Street, Petersham


GETTING EQUAL TWO EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN FROM TWO DIFFERENT GENERATIONS FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT AND WIN. MARIA ZARRO FINDS OUT WHAT GIVES THEM THE TIGRESS FACTOR More than ever, there’s a strong call to action to make our society gender inclusive. While the struggle for equality belongs to no single activist but to collective power, Maria Zarro has reason to celebrate the efforts of two inspiring women – and Australia Day recipients – in their determination to make a difference. Newtown’s Sarah Midgley and Haberfield’s Jozefa Sobski represent different generations of Inner West women who help create a fairer and equal society.

SARAH MIDGLEY Awarded Inner West Council’s 2018 Citizen of the Year For someone only in her thirties, Sarah Midgley has achieved more in her young life than most of us can manage in two. A Sydney girl with a background in quantum physics, Sarah moved to Newtown six years ago with her partner (now wife), Shirleene, after a stint in London as a physics researcher. Sarah works in strategy and planning in the education sector and is passionate about the participation of women in STEM (the learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and working to reduce discrimination experienced by LGBTIQ people, women and Indigenous Australians. A dedicated volunteer for a number of causes, Sarah has served on the Committee of the Flying Bats Women’s Football Club, the largest lesbian soccer club in the world, and on the Committee of Sydney’s Pride History Group, a community history group focused on Sydney’s LGBTIQ past. However, it’s her work with Australian Marriage Equality, first as NSW Co-Convenor and then as a Director on the Board, that has awarded her Inner West Citizen of the Year. ‘The marriage equality campaign was about achieving equality before the law, but the historic YES result also signalled a move towards greater social inclusion and opportunity for LGBTIQ people to live full and happy lives,’ states Sarah. ‘It’s a cause that intersects with the aims of International Women’s Day (IWD). Until we have a society where sexuality or gender does not serve as a barrier to opportunity, we all need to continue to work to address and remedy this.’ Sarah views IWD as an important day to celebrate what women have achieved and reflect on what remains to be done. ‘Equality is something I believe Australians feel passionate about. IWD aligns with my belief that we are stronger as a society when we recognise and support the contribution everyone makes to their communities.’

‘Indigenous women and women from multicultural backgrounds, as well as bisexual, lesbian, transgender, intersex and queer women still have specific needs that need addressing … it’s an important cause to advocate for both within Australia and globally where women are still denied basic human rights.’ Sarah is proud to have seen the campaign for marriage equality grow in the Inner West. She was involved in door knocking, phone banks and leafletting, and was met with strong community support during the postal survey. ‘I witnessed the profound difference that people can make through grassroots action. Hopefully, the momentum of the marriage equality result will encourage people to stay engaged with local advocacy and community-driven campaigns.’ Unsurprisingly, Sarah relishes living in Newtown; a slice of Sydney where she feels free to be herself. ‘Newtown is a creative and inclusive place. I love living in the Inner West as people accept you, no matter your background or who you love, whether you are an LGBTIQ person or whether you are from a variety of other backgrounds. This is an area where you can feel part of a community, find a cause to advocate for and make a contribution.’ Details: Australian Marriage Equality Website:

JOZEFA SOBSKI Awarded the AM in the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to women’s rights, migrant advocacy, and to higher education and skills based training. A child of post war Polish migrants who spent time in hostels, including Villawood Migrant Hostel, Jozefa has a rich and rewarding history in helping activate change on a political and social level and in improving the lives of individuals through education. An English and history teacher by training, Jozefa joined the Ministry of Education as an advisor on sexism and its effects on the schooling of children, particularly girls. ‘Education of girls has been my passion because I believe this is the key to opening doors for a better life,’ says Jozefa. ‘Educate to liberate!’ Jozefa has celebrated or marched on International Women’s Day (IWD) since 1972, that is, for almost her entire adult life. She says that the day is important in marking women’s achievements, and acts as a reminder of the work ahead in attaining a society free of sexual oppression where benefits and rewards are equally available to all women. ‘Women across the world march on IWD in solidarity with all women for: equal pay; for accessible, affordable child care; for access to reproductive health care; for safe contraception; for safety and security at home and at work; for a life free of violence and sexual assault; for access to education at all levels and in all fields; and for an end to sexual exploitation. I march for all these reasons.’ Jozefa has direct experience of the benefits feminism has given women over the years; gains that younger generations take for granted. ‘Feminist activists from the early days of women’s liberation have achieved better pay and conditions for women at work. Many women have gone into higher education and training since the 1970s, and as a result there is better distribution of women in many professions.’ Other gains include anti-discrimination laws like the Sex Discrimination Act, changes in sexual assault laws and laws to make domestic violence a criminal offence, and improvements in childcare provisions. Jozefa admits there is still more to achieve and to ensure the benefits of these changes are evenly distributed amongst women of all backgrounds. Close to home, Jozefa is involved in the Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL), which is based in Newtown and which has operated to advance equality for women for 45 years. Membership extends beyond the Inner West. Women are encouraged to join and help lobby government around pivotal issues. ‘Homelessness is often an outcome of domestic violence and WEL is lobbying the government to fund strategies and programs to address this critical social issue,’ says Jozefa. WEL is also focused on modernising the law with respect to abortion, which is now over 100 years old in New South Wales and does not reflect modern medical practice. Jozefa has a deep connection to Haberfield, having lived there for nearly 30 years, and is concerned by the current changes affecting the area. She is an active member of the Haberfield Association, which -6-

Jessie’s Girls: Jozefa Sobski (left) preserving history at the Jessie St National Women’s Library

does important work to preserve the heritage character of the suburb. The group effectively raises issues created by the Westconnex project, which has destroyed parts of what some consider ‘the jewel in the Inner West crown’. ‘I love Haberfield because of its social and cultural mix, its wonderful architecture, its little shopping village surrounded by buildings of historical significance and its top class cafes and restaurants,’ beams Jozefa. ‘The Italian pasticcerias are among the best in Sydney if you want to indulge while reading the paper!’

HER STORY Preserving women’s history at Jessie Street National Women’s Library. Among Jozefa Sobski’s many causes is her involvement in managing Jessie Street National Women’s Library (JSNWL). Established in 1989, the library is named after Australian suffragette Jessie Street. Its objectives are to heighten awareness of women’s issues, preserve documents on women’s lives and activities, support the field of women’s history and highlight women’s contribution to this country’s development. The core collection originated from the estate of the feminist and Inner West resident Eva Maria. Donations come from a range of sources such as individuals, women’s organisations, academics and publishers, and the Canberra Women’s Archive, which documented two decades of the history of the women’s movement. The collection boasts more than 10,000 books dating from the mid-19th century to the present day. Dedicated volunteers, many of them professional librarians, operate the library. Fundraising, grants and donations are crucial to JSNWL’s survival and longevity. The collection has had homes in various places around Sydney, including the NSW Writers’ Centre in Callan Park, Rozelle. It moved to its current location at the Ultimo Community Centre in October 2005. Inquiries regarding access to the collection, volunteering or making a donation can be made through the contact details below. Details: Jessie Street National Women’s Library Address: Ultimo Community Centre, 523-525 Harris Street (cnr William Henry Street), Ultimo Opening Hours: 10am-3pm, Monday to Friday Phone: 02 9571 5359 Website:



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Vive la différence!

March hits...

Some of the films in this year’s Alliance Françasise French Film Festival may confront you. Good AVA ★★★★ The captivating long shot that opens Ava, like so many scenes in Léa Mysius’ confident debut, is just stunning. A lone black dog, who we’ll later know as “Lupus” pads along a crowded beach past holidaying French families and bathers, intent on – something… Eventually he finds what he wants, a plate of chips perched on the stomach of a prone sunbather, 13 year-old Ava (astonishing newcomer Noée Abita). He wolfs them down, awakening her. Squinting into the light she makes out the outline of the black, wolf-like face. The dog, who turns up often at the most plot opportune times (but vastly unlikely in terms of regular canine behaviour!) and the colour black are in fact metaphors. For we soon learn Ava’s eyesight is failing fast, and that this summer will be her last before her whole world will turn to black. That may sound like a downer – a YA “disease of the week” tearjerker, though this film is anything but. For Ava, we soon learn, is a truculent headstrong girl – and a foolishly daring one. Her devastated mother tries to help, though her only idea is a safe holiday romance with a nice teenage boy – not the reckless, wild and dangerous misadventure Ava embarks on with the owner of Lupus, 18 year-old gypsy (Juan Cano) who is in dire trouble with the law. This is a stylish, bravely ambitious and very joyous first film, though it does, like its young heroine, go off the rails towards the end. A nudity warning (there’s lots) might be needed. Only in France would underage sex (the lead actress is actually 17) be treated so nonchalantly. Just routine “coming of age,” apparently... MA15+

The Square



REDOUBTABLE ★★★★1/2 When the revered darling of the French New Wave, 37 year-old Jean-Luc Godard (Louise Garel) beds 19 year-old actress, Anne (Stacy Martin, also in Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac), he was at the height of his fame and popularity. In Hollywood today such an affair would be greeted with howls of outrage, especially as Garel plays the director as a bit of an arrogant jerk, prone to mansplaining. The power imbalance of their subsequent relationship (and short-lived marriage) is cheekily addressed and mocked in the direct to camera commentary that substitutes for Double Lover dialogue in a lot of Michel Hazanavicius’ daring and insouciant imagining of one year in (Jérémie Renier) who the legendary filmmaker’s life. That was 1968, before long invites her when the whole world was in turmoil, and the into his lush apartment streets of Paris were aflame with revolution. and bed. So far, so Godard had enthusiastically became a Maoist disreputably “French”, and tried to apply “revolutionary workers’ but “inappropriate democracy” techniques to his filmmaking – sexual contact” was with disastrous results. The film is a comedy, just what the doctor of sorts, insofar as any professional meltdown ordered, apparently. And and mid-life crisis can be considered funny. Chloe even seems to In Hazanavicius’ audacious and playful hands, get better, before spying this one certainly is, though in another affront an exact doppelganger to #metoo and contemporary sensibilities, of her new lover (also Anne herself seems to spend a great deal of the played by Reinier). turbulent year they spent together completely Redoubtable She discovers he’s not starkers. In one hilarious scene the pair debate only her partner’s the prevalence of gratuitous nudity in movies – while both unacknowledged twin brother but also a psychiatrist – and naked themselves. Well, remember we’re in France. And it a very dangerously different type of man… The mystery was 1968! CTC deepens, and gets quite feverishly lurid after that with echoes


Even those who accept that the French have different attitudes to sex and nudity may find the gender politics of Francis Ozon’s deliciously mad erotic thriller a challenge. It opens with a scene familiar only to a gynaecologist, all pink and moist and panning out to be recognizable to the rest of us briefly before morphing into a human eye. Both body parts belong to Chloé (Marine Vacth, the star of Ozon’s Young and Beautiful), and she’s an ex-model getting treatment for mysterious cramps and stomach pains. She’s sent to a shrink

of Hitchcock, Verhoeven and even Cronenberg. Most critics have been delighted with Ozon’s “return to form” but least one labelled it as “trash”. But the review added (accurately) – “delirious premium trash – for the right kind of moviegoer…” One thing for sure, the back-to-back sex scenes are not for the prurient, and the movie isn’t for those with closed minds about worldwide cultural differences. Hey, this is France. R18+ n We have 10 double passes to Alliance Française French Film Festival films to give away. Head to and click through to the giveaways. Competition closes Feb 27 -8-

Christian (Claes Bang) is the head curator at a prestigious contemporary art museum in Stockholm. Startlingly handsome, elegantly dressed and decked out in fashionable eyewear, he’d be instantly recognizable in the hippest of galleries and bars anywhere in the inner west. He drives a Tesla, supports the right causes and is smoothly plausible, at least until asked to explain what the buzzwordy mumbo-jumbo about his latest installation by an English artist (Dominic West) on the gallery’s website actually means. That challenge comes from American journalist Anne (Elizabeth Moss) early on, and disarms us into thinking we may be watching a satire on the pretensions of the art world. The Square is that, and it hits its mark effortlessly, but writer-director Ruben Östlund (Force Majeure) has much more in mind. And he brilliantly keeps us off-balance too with a plot about Christian’s stolen iPhone while taking on hot-button issues like gender power abuse, poverty, class privilege, self delusion, race, xenophobia, and social media – all with an off-kilter Nordic twist that is both edgily funny and deadly serious. There are long scenes of mortifying discomfort: As long as I live I’ll never forget Anne and Christian’s argument over the contents of a used condom, or the exquisitely awkward set-piece where a performance artist (Terry Notary) terrorises the patrons of a black-tie gallery fund-raiser. Like so much of the film, those scenes are wild and unpredictable – and utterly mesmerizing. It decisively won the Palme d’Or at Cannes last year. It was my personal favourite from the 2017 Sydney Film Festival. And know this: The Square will be the best film you see all year. MA15+ from March 1. n We have 5 double in season passes to give away. Check and head to the giveaways. Competition closes Feb 27

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Finding Your Feet


There is a market for movies about baby boomers rediscovering their “true adventurous selves” after they’re firmly stuck in Centrelink’s clutches – and you’ll see them at the daytime weekday sessions of Palace and Dendy cinemas. Usually on discount day. Some of them, like “Bif ” (Imre Celia, above left) may smoke “wacky baccy” – just to show how free spirited and wild they really are. You’ll need some too if you are to get any enjoyment out of this cliched and predictable affair. Full review at

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88-92 Piper St Leichhardt Ph: 9569 1936 / 9560 3574 WWW.LEICHHARDTBOWLINGCLUB.COM.AU

Wednesday - Friday Lunch 12pm - 2.30pm Dinner 5.30pm - 9.00pm Saturday & Sunday 12pm - 8.30pm

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A PLATE OF PETERSHAM As the famous Portuguese fair, Bairro, approaches, Petersham’s glorious smorgasbord of quality restaurants, cafes and pubs is again in the limelight. Put Sunday March 4th 10am – 6pm, Audley St Petersham in your diaries to sample extraordinary local Greek, Chinese, Indian and Thai cuisines as well as traditional fare from tried and tested Portuguese establishments. Don’t forget to keep coming back to the Petersham Precinct after the fair, as menus are constantly changing and you never know what instagram worthy culinary delight you may unearth before all your friends! Upload your pics to #plateofpetersham


Silva’s is one of the most popular spots for Portuguese traditional food. The colourful set menu provides a wide selection of quality Portuguese cuisine. Silva’s is a fully licensed establishment, with the finest local and Portuguese wines and traditional home style preparation of Portuguese chicken. There’s a take-away counter at the front serving chicken, chips and salad but most of those packing the tables in the restaurant are eating seafood and char-grilled meats. A great lunch or dinner spot, Silva’s is a tried and tested longtime favourite. Shop 1/ 82-86 New Canterbury Rd 9572 9911,

Recently opening its doors to rave reviews for its delicious food, coffee and new vegan menu. Outstanding service from this Nepalese inspired café makes this place a “must try.” The burgers, hashies and breakfasts are all well presented and well priced. 109 Crystal St ph: 7901 1966

3 Arrows

A famous coffee roaster and coffee shop, 100% Sumatran Mandheling Arabica coffee. 4/89-97 New Canterbury Rd, Petersham 8540 5621

Charlie Phi

All kinds of tasty food and wonderful coffee. 87 New Canterbury Rd 8957 9434

Daisy’s Milk Bar

Still hungry...? There is lots of well-brewed coffee, delicious Panini and even sushi at some of Petersham’s other eateries. Portuguese tarts and Sweet Belem’s dessert window cannot be missed or you could also pop past Daisy’s or Big Brekky Café for a mid morning juice fix. Whatever you’re craving, Petersham can serve it up.


Famous for their tarts Shop 3, 88-94 New Canterbury Rd 9550 9988

La Patisserie

Also famous for their tarts 45 New Canterbury Rd 9569 1107

Sweet Belem

Scrumptious, you’ll be back 35B New Canterbury Rd 9572 6685

The Pizza Maker

Award winning family run business that specialises in traditional pizzas. Shop 1, 121-123 New Canterbury Rd 9568 4414

Rocketboy isn’t your average pizza delivery chain; their fresh and home-style ingredients make them a winner over the big brand alternative any day. Shop 3, 88-94 New Canterbury Rd 9550 9988

Two Fat Greeks is run by George and Kosta and serves traditional Greek food with warm hospitality and excellent service. The restaurant has quickly become a popular meeting point for not only locals but people travelling from afar. You will appreciate the traditional Greek food and great service, as well as the opportunity to enjoy your drink listening to Greek music surrounded by picturesque murals. Two Fat Greeks will certainly indulge your senses. Be sure to bring your appetite. Shop 3/82-86 New Canterbury Rd, 9569 5197

On trend dining with home made potpies 340 Stanmore Rd 8065 3466

Audley Street


Rocket Boy Pizza

Two Fat Greeks


Gloria’s Portuguese Restaurant is one of Sydney’s most iconic restaurants. Opened in 1988 by a single Portuguese mum of four kids (Gloria), with a mission to serve only the most authentic Portuguese dishes such as Gloria’s famous salted cod. Gloria’s real charm lies in the taverna feel, which lends homeliness, as if you’ve stumbled into the kitchen of your newfound Portuguese family. 82 Audley St 9568 3966,

The Big Brekky Café

Lunch and breakfast in one 316 Stanmore Rd 9569 8588

Da Shack

Baked eggs and delish coffee 301 Stanmore Rd

Canvas Thai Food

Fresh, healthy and delicious. 329 Stanmore Road 9560 1240,

Tuga & Co.

You will find Amazon Power Acai bowls and smoothies there. 78 Audley St

The Counter

The local coffee institution with great toasties 96 Audley St

The Tiny Giant

Unique dishes like pea smash parmesan and Belgian waffle. 110 Audley St 8065 4684



This Trattoria is one of the few genuine Italian restaurants left in the Inner West. Bon Gusto has everything you want, simple food, Italian home style traditional cooking just like mamma used to make.All pastas and pizzas are made with fresh ingredients and made to order. After dinner, complete your meal with your own ice cream or a choice of desserts. Delivery is also available to the local area. But you can’t beat eating in, the aroma alone invites you to sit down. 98-106 Audley St 9560 5358,

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The Fernandes family have been making world renowned chicken burgers in Petersham since 1992. In that time the food here has been rated by SBS Food Safari and SMH Good Food Guide. The chicken’s sticky, salty skin and succulent meat is breathtaking. 98 New Canterbury Rd 9560 2369,

How to get here Petersham station is only a short walk to Audley street. Just pop up the stairs towards the roundabout and there you are. Don’t forget to check out the yellow wall mosaic that is an important part of the Petersham landscape.

Petersham is a lovely 20 -40 minute walk from Newtown, Ashfield, Summer Hill and other suburbs. There are some wonderful examples of early Victorian palatial houses that are testament to the bygone (and current) wealth of the area.

The 412 meanders through Petersham, from Central and detours past RPA, Stanmore and other Inner West precincts. Bus stops on Trafalgar St and New Canterbury Rd. The 445 also goes through Petersham from Balmain.

If you must drive, there are a few spots to park for free. Street Parking can be found outside the post office. Free council car park is on Regent St opposite the water tower. There is also a carpark on Chester St. Go Get car share pods nearby on Crystal St.

Jamie House Thai

Costa Do sol

Gelato Republic

Mansart Boulangerie and Patisserie

Housing authentic and delicious Thai Cuisine perfect for any occasion, Jamie House specialises in best sellers: red and green curry and red chicken wings. 100 New Canterbury Road 9572 7787,

Since 1996 Costa Do Sol has offered diners a vibrant and cultural Portuguese dining experience. The restaurant offers an intimate atmosphere with authentic artworks lining the walls including a hand painted picture of The River Douro from the north of Portugal and the Harbour of Porto. 102 New Canterbury Rd 9569 2319,

New Canterbury Road


Modern Australian fine food housed in a majestic setting. This glorious old theatre is transformed into an eatery with everything from pizza to fine game like salted cod and pork belly. Also a fab cafe with stellar coffee. 49A New Canterbury Rd

Seed Greek Kouzina

Seed Cuisine opened in Petersham in August 2012 as a Mediterranean, Greek influenced restaurant. After two great years, chef, Tim Vatsaklis, who appropriately named his restaurant “Seed” after the seed that was planted in his mind as he watched his grandmothers cook their wonderful Greek dishes, has decided to return to his roots and concentrate on the wonderful flavours that Greek food has to offer. The demand and popularity of the existing Greek dishes and his desire to introduce more exciting dishes has further influenced this new direction that Seed Greek Kouzina is taking in 2017. 88 Audley St 9560 7798,

Verde Minho Portuguese

An authentic Portuguese Restaurant offering delicious traditional Portuguese food. Everything is excellent; moreover, the butter, olives and bread are complimentary. 86 Audley St 9564 6026

With natural ingredients and vegan options, this joint embodies the Inner West health trends that have swept the ‘burbs. These vegan choices aren’t sorbets - they’re creamy and nutty, closely resembling their dairy counterparts. The owner of the establishment proudly states his favourite flavour on offer is “avocado and balsamic vinegar”, and there’s plenty of never before seen flavours in the fridges at Gelato Republic. The softer gelato still offers many fan favourite flavours from pistachio to fig and walnut to coffee. But the real reason to visit is for their quirky ever-changing choices like the vegan black sesame. Everyine can enjoy good ice cream all year around, 63 New Canterbury Road , 9568 1797


If you like to taste authentic Indian cuisine with lots of flavorful herbs and spices, you have to go to Tandoori Dhaba. They offer a huge selection of Indian specialties such as biryani, chicken tikka masala and lamb roganjosh. 65 New Canterbury Rd 9518 1400,


Try the newest addition to this cosmpolitan strip - Korean! Serving up authentic marinated beef, pork and ribs and wagyu. With 29 years experience, chef Joe’s tasty meats (and veges) makes this new Korean BBQ the next on the list 77 New Canterbury Road


The newly opened boulangerie and patisserie is the brainchild of French master pastry chef David Mansart. With a large range of decadent pastries on offer, just looking at the choices will awaken your sweet tooth. Their collection boasts a gluten free orange cake, strawberry and lemon tarts, Parisian eclairs and the fan-favourite black forest cake. It’s enough to make you dizzy from the sugar high. Their brekkie special of a croissant and coffee is a bargain, especially when the price of coffee is rising to ridiculous heights in this city, and the freshly baked sourdough makes sure the scent is divine as soon as you enter. 75 New Canterbury Road 9518 1204

Moon Koon

At Moon Koon, they use the freshest ingredients in their dishes. The standard is maintained by ordering in small amounts and by retaining a large customer base so the stock is always rolling. When you dine at Moon Koon you can expect freshness every time. 81 New Canterbury Rd 9560 3500,



Sublime historic architecture

Yes, that really is an elephant being ridden down a busy city street. Yes, the traffic is gridlocked for two hours because 50,000 religious devotees are staging a procession. Yes, those are goats nuzzling their way through the rubbish in the gutter. India is one of the most frenetic – but fascinating – countries on the planet, a cacophony of sound, a 24-hour assault on the senses. Jaipur, the bustling capital of Rajasthan state, is a destination in its own right; full of ancient forts and palaces with striking contrasts between conspicuous consumption and desperate poverty; between the old and the new, traditional cultures and Western ways. Visitors to Rajasthan are up from 3.8 million to 4.5 million over the past 12 months and tourism now accounts for over 15% of income. Here you’ll find farmers who still carry milk churns on their heads and live in communal compounds, but also watch TV through their satellite dishes; tribesmen in traditional costumes chatting away on their mobile phones. Beguiling Rajasthan is not for those who want to wind down and relax on their holiday, but is ideal for lovers of high-energy destinations, spicy food and challenges. Sydneysiders can now get to Rajasthan via Kuala Lumpur following the launch of AirAsia X flights direct from Kuala Lumpur to Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. Known as the “Pink City” because so many of its buildings are pink in colour, Jaipur is regarded as one of most beautiful and magnificent cities of India. Jaipur’s rich cultural heritage is displayed in the traditions, customs, lifestyle, art, jewellery, textiles and architecture, as well as its traditional art and music. The majestic forts and havelis, old-style mansions, the beautiful temples, serene landscapes and the rich cultural heritage have made Jaipur a magnet for tourists.

The foundation of the city dates back several centuries, with credit to the great warrior Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II, who ascended the Amber Throne in 1699. The fascinating Amber Palace is a major drawcard along with the must-see City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Nahargarh Fort, Birla Temple, Jantar Mantar and Panna Meena ka Kund. The City Palace is one of the most famous tourist attractions; dating back to the 19th century, the palace was built by Sawai Jai Singh and showcases a unique combination of Rajput, Mughal and European styles of architecture with an array of courtyards, gardens and special structures. One of the most prominent landmarks of the pink city, Hawa Mahal is located nearby – it was where women of the Royal family used to live. Constructed with red and pink sandstone and symbolizing the shape of Lord Krishna’s crown, Hawa Mahal is an architectural masterpiece with over 900 intricately carved ‘jharokhas’ or small windows. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jantar Mantar is the largest of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur. It contains sixteen geometric devices, designed to measure time, track celestial bodies and observe the orbits of the planets.

A myriad of colour and cuisines

breezes make daytime sightseeing comfortable. Some of the most popular festivals of Jaipur take place during this time, including the Jaipur Literature Festival, Elephant Buzz and Jaipur International Kite Festival. I stayed in the excellent Mandawa Haveli Hotel, which dates back to 1896. This inner-city mansion has a lovely swimming pool, very comfortable rooms and a restaurant serving tasty food. This heritage property has 70 rooms in various styles and offers traditional puppet shows in the courtyard most evenings. Other affordable accommodation choices include the delightful and authentic Narain Niwas Palace (also with a swimming pool in which to relax during summer) and the more modern Fern Hotel on the marvellously named Tonk Road. Check out the award-winning Spice Court for some authentic local dishes, including a delicious and spicy goat curry, which matches brilliantly with the local Kingfisher beer.

THE FACTS Air Asia X has four-times weekly flights between Kuala Lumpur and Jaipur, Rajasthan.

The Albert Hall, brilliantly lit at night, gets its name from The Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Since 2010 Air Asia group has carried over 16 million passengers in and out of India. There are direct connections with Australian capital cities.

Also known as the ‘Water Palace’, Jal Mahal is situated in the heart of the Man Sagar Lake, below the majestic Nahargarh Hills. Its unique location and charming beauty make it one of the best photographic sites in Jaipur.

Lie-flat beds are available on all flights, as well as budget seats. Air Asia X now serves a total of 19 Indian cities. See

Originally built by Maharajah Sawai Madho Singh some 300 years ago, the palace was renovated by his son to beautify its exteriors with courtyards and gardens built in typical Mughal style. Travel outside the city by taxi or tuk tuk to explore several historic forts and monuments. The northern winter is regarded as the best time to visit Jaipur. Fresh -12-

The Mandawa Haveli Hotel is set back from Sansar Chandra Road, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001, India. Room rates start from around $140 per night.


At Home with Emma Bowen creative with finding space to grow in such dense and expensive areas. Our farm is on the old Camperdown Bowling Club that had been closed down for several years before we took it over in 2016 as part of Camperdown Commons. We have turned the old bowling greens into a 1200m2 market garden, along with a community food forest, composting system, greenhouse, chooks, native bees and lots of community interaction and activities within.

think we’ve been affording ourselves the luxury of assuming that others will carry the weight of caring for the Earth, reconnecting communities, growing our food, cleaning our air and our water, and making life on the planet sustainable for a fast growing population.

2. What inspired you to create the first of its kind in Sydney?

International Woman, Emma Bowen

General manager and founding board member of Pocket City Farms in Camperdown, Emma Bowen is changing the way the community grows food. With a passion for sustainability living, Emma found a way to use her skills to create something new. Last year, Pocket City Farms won the Sustainable Innovation Award at the Inner West Council Business Environment Awards. She speaks to Ciao about her favourite meal and what inspired her to move from magazine editting to urban farming. Can you explain the concept behind an urban farm? An urban farm is the same as many others, except we grow our food in the city, right where a majority of us live. There’s some really great examples of urban farms across Australia, and internationally that have gotten

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We were a couple of city dwellers working in publishing and architecture who were disconnected from our own food sources as a result of living in the city and being so removed from it. We had a drive to give up the office life and make those connections ourselves through organic and regenerative farming. I was editing a magazine on sustainable living, my passion, and was inspired by having spoken with the guys who founded Brooklyn Grange in New York (2.5 acres of rooftop farms). We decided to give farming a go in the city for a few reasons - we loved living here, and because we made the assumption that if we were disconnected from farming and food growing - so were most of the people living in Sydney - and that urban farms are a fantastic, positive way to begin bridging that divide. How did you become interested in working with nature and pursuing a business that focused on environmental concerns? Hmm I’m not sure - I’m inclined to say responsibility or common sense! As a society, I

I think we all have the responsibility to not turn a blind eye to our current environmental situation and to not be selfish in our individual and capitalist goals - to not assume it will be the work of others to keep our world clean and liveable. I feel proud in my work that an urban farm that grows clean food in the city, helps connect local community and introduces a way to connect with our food sources and learn more about farming is a positive way to contribute. Plus, working with nature and building soil is the best! What’s your favourite thing about living and working in the Inner West? There’s a fantastic collaborative and supportive community in the inner west among both individuals and businesses, and a really strong sense of doing business and living life ethically and sustainably. 5. How does Pocket City Farms fit in with the wider sustainability concerns that Australia is facing? Some of the huge issues we are facing include a lack of understanding around food seasonality and the transport, energy and health ramifications associated; organic farming vs monoculture farming; an ageing population of farmers; lack of support for farmers growing ecologically; a convenience food culture affecting nutrition and physical and mental health; lack of green spaces in

cities affecting air quality, mental health and community interaction; food waste going to landfill; stormwater runoff from cities; raised temperatures in cities as a result of urban heat island effect; among others. It all begins to sound depressing when you get a list going! However, urban farms make a positive contribution to all of these concerns. How great would it be to get more urban farms growing our food across our cities! What’s your meal of choice after a long day farming in the city? Gazpacho! It’s so quick and easy, takes in the best of summer, is so good for hot days, and uses up any seconds tomatoes. We love it with some of our fave Two Chaps sourdough. Emma’s Recipe for Gazpacho 1kg of tomatoes, chopped 1 long pepper or half a capsicum 1 cucumber, chopped 1 red onion, or half a white onion, chopped 1 clove garlic Splash of a sweet vinegar, like apple cider, white wine or sherry Good pinch or two or three of salt 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil Use cold ingredients if you want to eat it straight away. Blend everything except the olive oil together until smooth. Pour the oil in slowly while blending (the mix will turn orange and emulsify). Add more olive oil if still seems watery and adjust vinegar and salt to taste. Strain through a strainer (push it through with a spoon). Chill til really cold. Serve it with sourdough and plenty of Botanical Cuisines cultured vegan butter.

Real bargain

Italian style

Tassie standout

Chain of Ponds 2017 Novello Pinot Grigio

Derwent Estate 2016 Pinot Noir

Yalumba Y Series 2017 Riesling

Some of the best pinot noirs in Australia are now being made in cool-climate Tasmania and one of the names to watch out for is Derwent Estate, with vines that grow on the hills overlooking the Derwent River north of Hobart. The vines here are approaching a quarter of a century old and that maturity is reflected in this beautifully balanced wine in the “Boat Label range” with dark fruits starring alongside savoury notes. A weekend treat with Chinese roast duck. $39.

The Yalumba Y Series offers some of the best-value wines to be found in Australia; crafted by a top-notch team at Australia’s oldest familyowned winery, using fruit from the Barossa Valley and its cooler neighbour, the Eden Valley. This is high-quality dry riesling with freshcut flower fragrance along with bright citrus flavours and a lean acid backbone. The RRP is $15 but you’ll often find it cheaper on special. Pair it with spicy Thai or Vietnamese dishes. $14.

There’s a new look to the wines under the Chain of Ponds label and some outstanding value on offer with wines like this take on pinot grigio; fresh, vibrant and made in the northern Italian style. The wines in the Novello range are designed for immediate drinking pleasure - and this will be best enjoyed served well chilled. It is simple in essence but if you enjoy your whites refreshing with crisp acid and myriad fresh fruit salad flavours then you’ll enjoy this. Pair with old school fish and chips. $16.

Bay Bitch RECLAIM YOUR BAY LADIES It was with horror but not surprise that I heard about women being assaulted on the Bay Run- two incidents of indecent assault and one of a man exposing himself in a period of two weeks. This type of news makes women think twice about exercising on the Bay Run, no matter how fast they may be. Women of course should be able walk anywhere at any time without fearing for their safety. But with these threats still lurking in the background in 2018, this seems almost unattainable. Still squashed down by the aggression of some angry male. What makes a male want to overpower another person at any time, but on the Bay Run such a seemingly peaceful place where people are happily fulfilling their exercise regime. Was

this unknown person disturbed by his inability to complete the circuit and wanted to take it out on someone else? A loner who felt an urgent need to overpower someone? Apparently, men who rape tend to believe more strongly in myths about rape, such as • A man must have sex to prove his masculinity • When women say no to sex, they really mean yes, so men should ignore women’s refusals They are also more likely to engage in fantasies about coercive sex. Compared with other men, rapists drink more heavily, begin having sexual experiences earlier, and are more likely to have been physically or sexually abused as children. This particular perpetrator operating on the Lilyfield side of Iron -13-

Cove has been described as having prominent front teeth, and tattoos on his right shoulder and forearm. How scary a giant tattooed rabbit on our stomping ground! Us sportsters must not be stopped because of this rampant aggressor. We need to continue our walks, our runs, our chats, our rides and our fun. We must be on the lookout for any aberration from the norm, any strange sounds and have our cameras and phones ready to take action. This person can not impede our path. We have fought for our rights before and we will not let this coward change our exercise regime. Remember we are strong and women, especially us sportsters and wanna be sportsters, are on the move!


Aries Beginnings are on the agenda. Prepare to launch new projects with the help of Mercury and Mars from 6 March. Taurus The Universe signals you to slow down and contemplate a situation mid-month. Romance blossoms in the last week of March with the help of Venus. Gemini

Geminis can expect sparks to fly when Mars joins forces with Uranus. Make your move romantically before 18 March.


Saturn demands that you take responsibility in your closest relationships. Be honest with yourself and others.

Leo Mars helps you pursue a creative dream by providing drive and courage. Put play above work mid-month and infuse your life with spontaneity and child-like curiosity. Virgo


Indulgences on many levels may be an issue from 6 March under extravagant Venus. Exercising restraint helps curb potentially chronic concerns.

Sagittarius Mercury brings new information regarding children or your own creative processes. Avoid poorly planned schedules when Mercury retrogrades from 22 March. Capricorn ‘Changeability’ is the key word for Capricorns in March. Be flexible with plans and reorganise logistics to minimise the unexpected. Aquarius Now is the time to vocalise your

message to the world. While communication is clear and direct, be mindful to be approachable and tactful.

March begins with the Full Moon in Virgo on 2 March. A strong creative theme emerges under the MercuryVenus link. Dive into artistic projects, escape through music, or visit museums and galleries for inspiration.

Pisces Explore your mystical side or develop

Libra March is the month of the Blue Moon (two Full Moons in the same month) and the second Full Moon occurs in your sign on 31 March. Outside forces may limit a personal situation or project; a conservative approach yields favourable outcomes.

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deep intuitive skills. You are driven by feelings this month, so trust your instincts but don’t ignore the facts.


Challenging Stereotypes In honour of International Women’s Day, here are some of my hopes and dreams for Women for the future of liberated sex and relationships.

THE SEXUAL DOUBLE STANDARD BE SCRAPPED No more shaming women with high sex drives, who are pretty or dress in a certain way. No more blaming women for sexual assault. No, it had nothing to do with what they were wearing! No more shaming women for enthusiastically wanting sex. No more calling women the ‘gatekeepers’ of sex and men the pursuers. These are cultural ideas and in reality some women think about sex often more than men do. No more defining men as more ‘visual’ and ‘sexual’ than women and other gigantic claptrap myths. It’s both women and men’s big sex drives that made humanity evolve to where we are now, women didn’t evolve with no eyes!

RECLAIM YOUR OWN PLEASURE No more lying back and thinking it’s more important to look pretty during sex than experiencing pleasure. No more thinking it’s important to endure things your partner wants sexually that you don’t enjoy. No more expecting your partner to pleasure you before understanding how your body works and how to pleasure yourself.

MORE AGENCY AND EQUALITY IN RELATIONSHIPS Research into heterosexual couples shows us that women have more agency and equality in their relationships they have a better sex life, are happier in their relationships and have more improved communication. Sharing more household chores leads to better sex and greater relationship satisfaction. There are lower divorce rates when husbands take a bigger role in

childcare, shopping and housework and more relationship stability when he can take on paternity leave.

GENDER EQUALITY IS GOOD FOR SEX AND RELATIONSHIPS! Reclaim your dating life. Men shouldn’t have to always make the first move. Women can make the first move! Embrace the possibility of rejection! You don’t need to sit back and be passive and hope someone will come and talk to you!

LET GO OF SEXUAL AND GENDER STEREOTYPES So say you complain your man is too uncaring and aloof and you wish he’d be able to communicate verbally with you like your girlfriends do. Then say he gets sick and opens up to you and you can’t handle seeing him that vulnerable, helpless and emotional because unconsciously -14-

these are always traits you’ve seen as feminine and ‘weak.’ Or say you and your friends tease your male friend because you say he’s “pussy whipped” (another stupid term!) because he’s not always 100% in control and the ‘boss’ in his relationship. A relationship is about shared roles and responsibilities and looking out for your partner is nothing to do with being ‘whipped.’ These gender stereotypes about what a man or a woman should be can be very destructive for our relationships. A man is not always stoic, independent and unemotional anymore than a woman is always passive, submissive, emotional and sensitive. Such black and white stereotypical thinking can hinder your relationship. Men can embrace their softer side and women can get in touch with their power and strength! Cat O’Dowd Sex Therapist - Relationship Counsellor - Art Therapist

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