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Simon, it’s time to act on violence POLICE Minister Simon Corbell seems to think that responding to the establishment of vigilantes requires tight controls. No, Mr Corbell this should not be your initial response!

The first reaction should be to ask what is not working that generates such a need. The second step should be to put them out of business by doing the job correctly yourself. Quoting questionable statistics about Canberra being one of the two the safest cities in Australia achieves very little. The Minister is right in suggesting the police should be the ones who are responsible for maintaining our safety. However, there is a broad community sentiment that the current arrangements with the police are not satisfactory. Perhaps it is a question of priorities – I know of one case where the police took over half an hour to attend a severe bashing when five police cars were within a couple of kilometres conducting random breath tests. In that case, there were around 30 witnesses, the perpetrator was identified but nothing eventuated.

By Michael Moore The word spreads. I now know of at least two other victims of bashings who simply refused to report to the police. The statistics should be gathered from hospitals (if they even identify injury as bashings) rather than police. Either way, there is a clear message. The community is feeling that the job is not being done properly and one response is the establishment of vigilante groups. The Guardian Angels’ Damian Heffernan and his volunteer vigilantes immediately identified the bus interchanges in Woden and Civic as well as Charnwood, Kippax and Lanyon. Of course, there are many other hotspots not the least of which are around the night venues that are frequented early in the morning and create problems with a mixture of alcohol and stimulant drugs. Ministers will always argue that police deployment is an administrative matter and should not be subject to ministerial interference. However, the Minister can definitely make strong suggestions about deployment of officers from time to

The Minister is right in suggesting the police should be the ones who are responsible for maintaining our safety.

Police Minister Simon Corbell. time to focus on particular areas of concern. This was the case a month ago when relevant Ministers across Australia agreed on a co-ordinated road safety approach before Christmas. If Mr Corbell cannot have this influence it must surely be time to review our arrangement with the Federal Police. It might now be time to establish our own, more efficient police force

Photo by Silas. that has, as its first priority, to serve and protect the people of the ACT. Another option is to look at the UK. Instead of rejecting vigilantes, the government embraced them and brought them into the fold. In the UK there are 15,000 special constables. These “specials” are unpaid volunteers, but they do have extensive training, including powers of arrest, common crimes, how to prepare evidence for court, self de-

fence and how to deal with awkward situations or people. They wear police uniforms. The Home Office website advertises for special constables. “Why volunteer? It may be that you want to learn more about policing, give something back to your community, learn new skills, work in a team or simply have the chance to meet a variety of new people”. The work they do, following appropriate selection and training, is extensive and includes: helping in the event of accidents, fights or fires; road safety initiatives; house-to-house enquiries; foot patrol; helping safeguard public safety and security at local or major events; working in schools to talk about safety and crime; presenting evidence in court; “hotspot” operations to tackle underage drinking; criminal damage and nuisance/public order; as well as offering crime-prevention advice. With a little initiative and examination of how others are coping with community protection, it just might be possible for an innovative government to find some lateral solutions to addressing genuine community concerns. Michael Moore is a former member of the ACT Legislative Assembly and an independent minister for health in the Carnell government.

Holes in the policy? TELSTRA must have some understanding insurers when it comes to public liability because for more than 14 months two access holes in the ground in Rodway (right) and Newman (above) Streets, Yarralumla, have remained open save only for the portable cages sitting atop them. As the months have worn on and the seasons changed, they have filled with leaves and rubbish. The inescapable danger to children (and eyesore to residents) is obvious to everyone except, presumably Telstra.

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The fling’s the thing for Sam

Here’s to more public holidays ROBERT MACKLIN reckons we need a few more public holidays; fancy having to wait until Australia Day for our first break from the daily grind. It’s positively un-Australian.

By Kathryn Vukovljak

HIGHLAND dancing is pretty cool, says 18-year-old Samantha Bolton, one of six Canberra dancers selected to perform at Sydney’s second Edinburgh Military Tattoo in February. The only downside is the expensive costumes, she jokes.

“I’m committed to highland now – I own so many kilts!” she laughs. Sam and her teammates represented Australia at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland in August. The local girls – Aleshia Thornton, Jessica Girvan, Zoe Littlejohn, Rebecca Moore and Shannon Wood – were picked from hundreds of dancers to be in the OzScot Australia team of 45 dancers. “It was amazing to perform in Edinburgh, just heaps of fun,” Sam says. “It was a heavy schedule though. We had to prepare for a nightly performance, and didn’t have long to learn the dances – the movements are based on ones we know, but it’s getting the order straight in your head that’s the hard part!” Sam is charmingly excited about Scottish dancing – a passion she confesses started with hero worship. “When I was four, my mum put me in a float-around-and-be-cute ballet class,” she says. “But I seriously loved my teacher, Amy Roach, and I was determined to do whatever it was she did – which turned out to be highland dancing. That was that!” Amy and her mother-in-law Cheryl Roach now run OzScot, based in Bathurst, NSW, which brings together dancers from studios all over Australia to perform nationally and internationally. “It all comes back to Amy,” laughs Sam. Sam, who trains twice weekly at the Blair Castle School of Highland Dancing, in Belconnen, and participates in up to seven competitions a year, says she is look-

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Dancer Samantha Bolton… “I’m committed to highland now – I own so many kilts!” Photo by Silas. ing forward to performing in Sydney. “It’s awesome being part of a team, and aiming to put on an amazing show together,” she says. “Competing is fun, too – it’s great to see the results of my hard work. There’s no cattiness in highland – we bond so well and great friendships are formed behind the scenes. For me, that’s as much fun as being on stage.” Although Sam has danced at the Edinburgh and Basel Tattoos in the past, she

says that performing in Australia will be totally different. “It’ll be extra cool to perform in Sydney because my friends, relatives – and my fiancé – will be able to see me in action,” she says. “Being involved in a performance on that scale at home will be really special.” Tickets are available at

I HADN’T realised how tough we do it in Canberra until I opened my fancy new diary from Santa. Aside from the 12 national days, we get just two extras (Canberra Day and Labour Day) while in Tasmania they have no fewer than 11! The entire island grinds to a halt while they observe such world-shattering events as Regatta Day, the Burnie Cup and the Flinders Island Show. So, let’s do something about it. As all Canberrans know, nothing at all happens here in January; the public service closes up and everyone heads for the coast. So, I say, make it official and declare the entire month a public holiday. Once back at the desk, there’s the “agenda setting” meetings that quickly become travellers’ tales, before finally we slip into first gear and let out the clutch. Then it’s all systems go through February to Canberra Day on March 8. And what a good idea this is – Canberra is the great national unifier. Everyone else is united in hating us. Unfortunately, none of our compatriots know about the holiday until they try to call us and we’re down the coast again. The next month is okay – there’s the four days over Easter, a religious holiday religiously observed by Canberrans: we’re all back at the coast worshipping our Sun God on the beach. Then, a couple of weeks later, it’s Anzac Day. This year it falls on a Sunday so we get Monday off. Some people might not understand why we can’t honour our war dead on the Sunday. They don’t realise we need that extra day at the coast to dry our tears and compose ourselves. Then comes a really tough stretch – May passes without a single break in the routine. This is the perfect opportunity for a public holiday to commemorate the May 9 opening of both Parliament Houses in 1927 and 1988. The coast is still nice and warm in May. On June 14 (another Monday) we honour the Queen’s Birthday. It’s not her actual birthday; that’s in April when we’re caught up in our religious observances. But it is the official beginning of the ski season, so no doubt all Canberrans are humming “God Save The Queen” as we sashay down the slopes. After that we have to wait three months till October before Labour Day comes around. That’s practically inhuman, so I suggest in July we celebrate Merle Thornton Day, honouring the woman who did most to lift the public service marriage bar; in August, Lithuania Day honouring the world leaders in paid maternity leave; and in September William Henning Day, the greatest of them all, the inventor of flexi-time! In case people think we’re not pulling our weight, I suggest we give back Melbourne Cup day (which is all about organising sweeps, anyway) and replace it with November 11, the day of the Whitlam sacking, an absolute must whatever your politics. Besides which, surf is up and the coast is calling. Or…we could move the whole thing to Tasmania. All about Australia Day starts on Page 13

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Dragon champs winning on all fronts By Kathryn Vukovljak

SMASHING world records, holding down day jobs and juggling intense training sessions with the demands of parenting a wilful toddler are all in a day’s work for Ice Dragons couple Andy Churches and Sarah Slade.

“Dragon boat training is three times a week, then with all the competitions and regattas throughout the year, it takes up a lot of time,” Sarah says. “After seven years together, it’s just as well we’re both into it as one of us could easily be a dragon boating widow or widower – there are a few of those on the team! “This way we both understand the pressures and the passions, and why Dragon boaters Andy Churches and Sarah Slade and two-year-old son Alex… “Dragon boating is really the epitome of a we want to devote so much time to it.” team sport, because we all have to work together at the same time,” says Sarah. Photo by Joran Dilucian. The Ice Dragons, one of 11 racing teams in the ACT, entered the Guin- just weren’t fit enough – but in the last right up until the last minute if we’d tre dragon boat is 22; with 20 paddlers ness World Records in November – and two months before the day we started both be able to paddle – obviously with in pairs facing the bow, one drummer raised $20,000 for phone counselling to feel we could do it,” says Andy. a two-year-old anything can happen at the bow facing the paddlers, and one charity Lifeline – when the team “We actually broke the record in 19 and Alex is always our priority. sweep or tiller at the rear. smashed the existing record of 151km hours but we kept going for another “The worst part was after 20 or so “I love the team aspect of the sport, for the most distance covered by a half hour or so just to really hammer hours of paddling, we came home just and being a part of that with Sarah is dragon boat in 24 hours. it. We set a new mark at 168.5km.” after Alex’s nap – so we were faced just a bonus,” says Andy. “It’s a power“The team was sceptical that we “It was an amazing experience, and with an energised toddler when all we ful thing when the boat is totally on could do it at first – we feared that special for us because we did it to- wanted to do was pass out!” song, with those 20 paddles hitting the someone would get injured, or that we gether,” says Sarah. “We didn’t know The crew of a contemporary 11-me- water at once.”

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“Dragon boating is really the epitome of a team sport, because we all have to work together at the same time,” adds Sarah. “You can’t afford to have an off-day because it affects the whole team.” The couple’s two-year-old son Alex is truly a dragon boating baby, with his own Ice Dragons singlet, a mini paddle – even a special dragon boating song. “He calls it ‘swish-swish boat’ and made up a song that he sings whenever we get dressed in our gear,” says Andy. “It’s pretty cute. Sarah drummed for the team when she was pregnant so I reckon Alex has got the rhythm in his blood! “The hardest part for us is juggling training and parenting, because obviously we both need to go out together a lot of the time.” And the benefits of all the training? “Weight loss!” laughs Andy. “Sarah has always been fit but I’ve lost 20 kilos since I started dragon boating in 2007. It’s funny but our weight is a regular topic of conversation. If you’re overweight everyone on the team knows about it and you can’t lie, as the boat won’t balance. “It always amuses me to see two alpha males discussing their weight losses and gains over a beer.”

“Smelly, unsafe lake”, Letters, Page 12


20/20 promises big hit for Canberra THE raging success of 20/20 cricket has the potential to provide a significant boost to Canberra’s sporting calendar, says TIM GAVEL I HAVE been forced to reappraise my opposition to 20/20 cricket. Initially, I felt as though it was simply a slog-a-thon, designed purely for those with a short attention span. I thought that it was too quick to be considered “real” cricket. I was also concerned about the impact it would have on the longer form of the game, coupled with the possibly of encouraging junior cricketers to see the art of cricket as merely a game where every ball should be hit as hard and far as possible. I was concerned that we would no longer appreciate how an innings can be built slowly over time and how the tension of a game can be maintained or relieved. Many of us would remember highlights of tests over summer that will live forever in our memories. Summer and test cricket are inseparable. But I have come to accept that there are more positives than negatives to 20/20 cricket. It is different to test cricket and it attracts people to the game who might not otherwise enjoy five days of competition. Many, who may not have demonstrated any interest in the one dayers or tests, are flocking to 20/20 matches. It doesn’t have to be the enemy of the longer forms of the game. In fact, it can be viewed as a national pathway for emerging cricketers. It is also family friendly in an age when we are trying to cram so much into our busy lives.

Parents, who baulk at the prospect of five days at the cricket with the family, don’t mind taking the kids to a game for three hours. It aims to entertain and there is no letting up on the action, even during breaks in play. For the ACT, it provides an avenue for a return to domestic first-class cricket. If Cricket Australia is serious about expanding the Big Bash series, surely there should be a team from Canberra. The current competition mirrors the franchise system of the Indian Premier League. What it means is that teams can be bolstered by imports. Cricket Australia should look at the way the Brumbies and the Raiders have operated successfully. Both have built teams that are a mix of players who have been nurtured locally and players from outside the ACT. There is plenty of talent here. You have only to look at the number of players in State teams who began their careers in the ACT. Aside from the Big Bash series, 20/20 could also end up being the international game offered to the ACT as part of the 2013 celebrations. It is hard to imagine a test match ever being played at Manuka particularly with the crowded schedule of five-day matches, but it is possible to imagine a 20/20 international involving Australia and a visiting team. This possibility could become a reality.

briefly Link to sick babies

State-of-art screening

CANBERRA Hospital's Centre for Newborn Care is the first centre of its kind in Australia to install a webcam service to assist new parents who cannot regularly visit their babies. Parents can view their own baby daily from 7am-9am and from 5pm-7pm by using a secure password. Health Minister Katy Gallagher said that not all parents were able to visit their sick babies daily due to other child care responsibilities, work or because they lived long distances from the hospital.

ACT Health will increase the capacity and effectiveness of its breast screening clinics when it takes delivery of a state-of-the-art suite of digital mammography equipment early this year. The three full field digital mammography machines and a picture archiving communications system will replace the analogue machines used by BreastScreen ACT to provide higher quality images and reduce the number of unnecessary repeat screenings, while generating lower radiation exposure for clients.

Bonny and booming

AUSTRALIAN Institute of Health and Welfare data shows that 5419 women gave birth to 5535 babies in the ACT in 2007, up 12.4 per cent since 2004. The average age of women who gave birth in the ACT during 2006 was 30.5 years, slightly higher than the Australian average, which was 29.9 years. The ACT (along with Victoria) had the lowest percentage of teenage mothers and the highest percentage of mothers aged over 40 years.

Competition winners

Winners of the three AMF 10-pin bowling parties: Renea Volmari, Dunlop; Arianne Eadie, Queanbeyan; Lesley Mackay, Harrison. Cool hair tool winner: Fleur Anderson, Jerrabomberra.

Winners of the 20 Oz Crawl board games are: Annie Fraser, Narrabundah: Libby Millburn, Macarthur; Maria Codina, Lyons; Natalie Hunt, Jerrabomberra; Jordana Appleby, Cook; Kerry Smith, Deakin; Fiona TOBACCO displays are no longer allowed to be McWhinnie, Weston; Greg Lovell, Fraser; Alvisible at Canberra newsagencies, supermar- lison Moy, Franklin; Sharon Witosz, Kambah; kets and petrol stations to reduce the adverSuzie Horman, Essendon; Lauren Johnston, tising that occurs with cigarettes and cigars. Braddon; Belinda Burggraaff, Flynn; Tess The ban on point-of-sale displays comes after O'Sullivan, Calwell; Bron Bunnett, Hughes; the Government passed legislation last month Lisa Sullivan, Farrer; Carolyn Priestly, Cook; banning smoking in the outdoor areas of Louise Starr, Farrer; Leslie Miller, Evatt; Doris restaurants, cafes and coffee shops, as well as Earle, Curtin. at underage functions. The ban on smoking in outdoor eating and drinking areas will come All winners will be notified directly by into effect in December. email.

Out of sight

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Friends find it harder to forgive

Adrian Mifsud with Blue Tounge Lizard.

Get the ranger’s view of nature WE sent snapper Silas Brown out of the office to commune with nature and apart from coming back with some super snaps he discovered the free ranger-guided activities on offer at Tidbinbilla this month.

“I encourage all Canberrans with an interest in their local natural environment and looking for something to do this summer to come along and experience nature first-hand,” enthused Peter Byron, general manager at Tidbinbilla. “Activities include walking through Tidbinbilla’s

The Sanctuary.

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wetlands and eucalypt forests observing platypus, koalas and wombats, learning about frogs and reptiles and even feeding some pelicans. “We also cater for those who prefer a more relaxed visit with a number of walks through the grasslands and tall gum trees spotting kangaroos and emus with chicks. “Other activities include an opportunity to join an indigenous ranger to undertake a short walk along Ashbrook Creek before climbing to an impressive rock shelter to learn about tools, artefacts and bush tucker along the way.”

Bookings are essential for some activities. To book, or for more information, call 6205 1233 or visit

Rock Valley Homestead.

Anya the Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby.

YOU may hurt the ones you love, but “forgive and forget” is much more likely to apply in intimate relationships than to your friends, according to research results from the ANU. The study by clinical psychology PhD candidate Jodie Burchell, suggests that although the people that are closest to you have the greatest capacity to hurt your feelings, over time Jodie Burchell. people feel less hurt from events occurring in an intimate relationship than they do from those involving close friends. Ms Burchell’s study is investigating whether the closeness of the relationship with the perpetrator of the hurtful event predicts how hurt a person reports feeling. “The study found that no matter the event – whether it caused low or high hurt – people felt most hurt by those they were in close relationships with,” said Ms Burchell. “However, over time, people felt less hurt from events occurring in a highly intimate relationship, such as with a romantic partner, than they did in a moderately close relationship, such as with a close friend. That suggests that highly intimate relationships can both facilitate the greatest feelings of hurt, and best encourage their healing.”

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Smelly, unsafe lake I AM a local who participates in triathlon in the ACT. For the last few years the condition of Lake Burley Griffin during our race season has deteriorated to the point that no one enters until the last minute so that they can see if the race will actually run or if the lake will yet again be closed. I used to just put this down to climate change, but more and more often the lake closures occur around the same time as you can smell sewage at certain points around the lake.   I’ve known people to approach the NCA only to be told it’s an Actew issue. When they are called they seem to fix it quickly but then a few months later it’s back. Just now there is a foul smell outside the National Museum and another one down in the water-skiing area. It’s easy to say that low water is a cause and triathlons only run a few times each year, but it’s not just us affected and with the low water, Actew should be more vigilant. Likewise, ANU is focussed on its huge push to go green, which seems to have spilled over into Sullivan’s Creek, which is green sludge flowing into the lake.   The effect on water users has been huge – triathlons, regattas for rowing and dragon boating have had to be cancelled without warning and despite written clearances to conduct the events from the NCA in the days leading up to them. The costs are remarkable when you look at catering, waste management, equipment hire, sanitary hire and then, for the athletes/participants, the cost of travel and accommodation (many of these events attract interstate competitors). In 2011, the ACT will host the dragon boat world champs and, meanwhile, we can’t even keep the lake open largely due to all the sewage leaks significantly contributing to the algae blooms. It’s a sad thing and I really hope that someone will look into it for real – it’s been raised numerous times with only band-aid solutions.

Fiona McWhinnie, Weston

Never mind the fish THE hypocrisy of Actew is limitless. With great fanfare and childish suggestions, Actew asks us to restrict our use of water further by 10 litres daily. Meanwhile, Actew is bound to release megalitres daily for so-called environmental flows. Actew has also agreed to release 34 megalitres a day from the new Cotter Dam for fish that some academics convinced the Federal Environment Minister should be preferred to a Canberra withering in an Actew/ACT government-imposed drought. Greg O’Regan, Farrer

Space for bikes? WORKMEN are demolishing the car park area of the Deakin shops. I’m told new car park spaces are to be established. Is it too much to hope that this will include some motorbike parking spaces? Or do we have to continue to either annoy car drivers by taking up one of the parking space which are already few and far between, or risk getting an infringement notice by parking illegally on the footpath?  

Mrs Daffodil, Deakin

Customer amazes I OWN a shop in Civic and am still amazed by the aggressiveness of some people (although most of my customers are fantastic). A man came into our shop looking to get something copied out of a recently published book, and became agitated when he was told we couldn’t without copyright permission. He said he was a lawyer and “had never heard of that”. Pardon? A lawyer who has never heard of copyright? He tried wheedling: “Who would know? It’s

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Letters are invited from “CityNews” readers. Let loose to, use a form at or write to the editor at GPO Box 2448, Canberra 2601. Letters of 200 words or less stand a better chance of publication. for a present for my 79-year-old mother”. Well, I would know and it is still illegal. He called me “anal”. After him carrying on further, I said: “So, you expect me to risk my business to do an illegal job for you?” He looked me dead in the eye and said: “Yes” He strode out, disgruntled, saying something about scanning it and getting it printed elsewhere (because that is obviously less trouble – and not as illegal!).

Lisa Miller, Wanniassa

No pensions from Fisher RE the letter about the deeds of Prime Minister Andrew Fisher (CN, December 17). It’s always good to see reactions to letters and Fisher was a noteworthy PM for some firsts, but aged pensions is certainly not one of them. Maternity allowances were made available only to European women, presumably Aborigines and others missed out. My observation about his extreme religiosity I think stands; he must be the only child of a minister of religion to have ever to become PM. Our current PM is the only one that always uses a church backdrop for his Sunday media doorstops.

 M. Gordon, Flynn

Time to get tough One hundred and ten thousand drink-driving charges last fiscal year nationwide; one third of Canberra’s 1789 offenders – about 600 drivers – are recidivists; 133 drink-drivers charged in November alone – 43 with one or more prior conviction (“The Canberra Times”, December 12). Police superintendent Colbran calls for action, a “shock ... to bring home the seriousness of their behaviour.” “We need to get the message across that this is a serious offence,” says ACT Chief Minister Stanhope. It’s far beyond time to get serious about drink-driving nation-wide, and waiting until a second offence is one offence too late. If Australia is serious about stopping drinkdriving, then we must institute serious punishments for all offenders – first-timers, “good citizens,” hardship cases, and the like. Loss of licence, confiscation of vehicles, listening to people who have lost loved-ones to drink-driving, volunteering at relevant organisations, alcohol counselling, and re-testing to regain the driver’s licence (both written and road-test) – all these should be mandatory at a minimum. In 1996, I lost a 19-year-old “brother” to drinkdriving. I watched his family grieve then; their pain never goes away. Let’s get tough on drink-driving, Australia, before it claims any more of our loved ones brutally, senselessly, irreparably.

Judy Bamberger, O’Connor

Bring Schapelle home WHILE Schapelle Corby still rots in a squalid Bali prison, no Aussie is safe. There, but for the grace of God, goes you, me or any one of our kids.  It’s time to expose the smear campaign against her, time to read the truth, and time to put our politicians firmly back on the hook for this gross miscarriage of justice.  Check out before this innocent woman comes home in a body bag.”

Kim Bax, Cedar Vale, Queensland

all about Australia Day CANBERRA’S going to be a great place to experience the full Australia Day celebrations. The fun and action starts on the eve of Australia Day – Monday, January 25 – with “Australia Day Live”, which brings together the Australian of the Year Awards and some of the hottest homegrown music talent in Australia. An all-star line up, including Hayley Warner, Cassie Davis, Ian Moss and Bertie Blackman will entertain on the lawns of Federation Mall, Parliament House. On Australia Day, Tuesday, January 26, Commonwealth Park will be one of the best places to be. The “Australia Day in the Park” program will entertain visitors all day with the Great Aussie Day Breakfast, flag raising and citizenship ceremonies, the Children’s Festival and the Australia Day Jam. At nightfall, enjoy the live music and lake-based entertainment before the fireworks finale over Lake Burley Griffin. Out of town there will be a true-blue bush picnic at the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve with mini-golf, a trackless train, a reptile display, boomerang painting, an obstacle course, bush crafts, face painting and water games. More information on 132281 or at

Australia Day Live concert... a huge turnout is expected this year.

Teen star set to rock House AGED only 17, pop singer Hayley Warner is one of the stars of the free Australia Day Live 2010 concert on the lawns of Parliament House on Australia Day eve, Monday, January 25. Hayley shot into stardom after her appearance on Channel Ten’s “Australian Idol”. With her new single “Good Day” released last month and a debut album expected early this year, Hayley’s power-rock style promises a performance not to be missed. Five-time ARIA award-winner and one of Australia’s iconic musicians, blues legend and Cold Chisel guitarist Ian Moss will also be performing as well as ARIA award-winning Bertie Blackman, top-40 star Cassie Davis, ARIA award-winning singer/songwriter Bob Evans and rockers Evermore. A huge turnout is expected for the

Hayley Warner.

Cassie Davis.

Ian Moss.

evening’s entertainment, with last year’s concert generating a crowd of 35,000. The event brings together the Australian of the Year Awards and some of the hottest home-

grown music talent in Australia, from 5.45pm until 10.30pm. “It’s great that Australia Day Live is back again in 2010,” says Warren Pearson, CEO of the National Aus-

tralia Day Council. “This year there is something for everyone. With such a talented diverse line up, the whole family will have a great time.” Continued Page 16

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Australia Day 2010

Fireworks light the sky FROM 9pm, Lake Burley Griffin and its surrounding icons will become illuminated with light, colour and sound as the Australia Day Fireworks Spectacular shoots from the lake and Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, accompanied by an Aussie soundtrack.

Where can I park? • Civic: Take the footbridge over Parkes Way to Commonwealth Park. • Acton Park off Commonwealth Avenue: Cross Commonwealth Avenue at the traffic lights. • Disabled parking: In the car park adjacent to Regatta Point. Where’s best for the fireworks? Regatta Point ot the lawns of the National Library of Australia.

The fireworks are best viewed from the west end of the Central Basin, Lake Burley Griffin, with Regatta Point regarded as the best vantage point for all of the entertainment.

Australia Day Jam

FOLLOWING its successful debut last year, the Australia Day Jam returns with local bands Hancock Basement, Zero Degrees and Falling and Los Capitanes perform near Stage 88, in Commonwealth Park, from 3pm to 5.45pm.

Skating and BMX Demos PROFESSIONAL skateboard and BMX demonstrations and workshops will be staged in Commonwealth Park from noon to 5pm.

Hoorah for Dorothy

“THE New Dorothy the Dinosaur Show” will be a highlight of the Children’s Festival in Commonwealth Park between noon and 3pm.

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Plan your day in the park

Young people enjoying Australia Day entertainment in Commonwealth Park. The festival will also feature Milo the Clown, Magnus the Magnificent and the Warehouse Circus. The Aussie playground includes the sandpit, rides and amusements, face painting, games and activities with the Gecko Gang. Entry is free, though some rides and amusements may attract a fee.

Fun in the bush

Celebrate your Australia Day with free entry to a true blue bush picnic between 11am and

3pm at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. There will be a prize for the best Australian outfit and Conservation Volunteers Australia will be selling Aussie merchandise on the day. There will be music by Canberra band The Jukes and Aboriginal story telling by the Wiradjuri Echoes with artefacts and dancing, and good old Aussie whip cracking. Shuttle buses will operate between the event parking area and the bush picnic, with the last bus back to the car park at 3.15pm.

Will the roads close? Yes. In the interest of public safety, some road and car parks will be closed. • Parkes Place north will be closed to the public from 6pm until 10pm. • Access to Commonwealth Park car park will be by authorised permit only. • Commonwealth Bridge eastern lane, southbound, will be closed from 6am until midnight. • Commonwealth Bridge eastern walkway will be closed from noon until midnight. • Commonwealth Bridge

will be closed from 9pm until 9.10pm during the fireworks. Food and drink The celebrations in Commonwealth Park and Regatta Point are all-ages events, so only nonalcoholic beverages will be available. Patrons are discouraged from bringing and consuming alcohol at the event. What should I bring? Sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, water, a rug and a flag! What should be left at home? Pets, glass bottles, alcohol, excessively large shade structures and valuables. Can I catch a bus? ACTION buses will be running on their public holiday timetable. Extra buses will operate after the fireworks, travelling from Commonwealths Avenue to all major interchanges. More information on 132281 or at au/routes_timetables.html

Australia Day 2010

Long journey to a special day THE tradition of having Australia Day as a national holiday on January 26 is a recent one, according to historian Dr Elizabeth Kwan. Not until 1935 did all the Australian States and Territories use that name to mark that date, and it wasn’t until 1994 that they begin to celebrate Australia Day consistently as a public holiday on that date. NSW – Sydney especially – has long celebrated January 26 to mark the beginning of British occupation of Australia. Victoria and the other Australian States and Territories, persuaded by

the Australian Natives’ Association, came to accept Australia Day by 1935, celebrating it together with a long weekend. Since 1979, Federal Government promotion of an Australia Day that was less British and more Australian gave the day a higher profile in the hope of unifying Australia’s increasingly diverse population. The long weekend gave way to the day itself in 1994, and 10 years later Canberra displaced Sydney as the day’s focal point.

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Continued from page 13 “The symbolism of the event and the patriotic community spirit that surrounds it makes this event unique and truly spectacular,” says Mr Pearson. The celebrations will kick off at 5.45pm with the Australian of the Year Awards, followed by the Australia Day Live Concert. This year the concert will feature a diverse star-studded line-up of artists covering all music genres from rock, pop and top-40 hits. Ian Moss answered an advertisement for a guitarist in a shop window in Adelaide in 1973, joining the band that was to become a legend in Australia – Cold Chisel. Since the band’s demise in 1983, Moss has evolved into a solo artist of the same calibre with five successful solo albums. ARIA and AIR award-winner Bertie Blackman first stepped on to the scene with “Headway” in 2004, her folk-inspired debut album powered by acoustic guitar. On her second album, “Black”, Bertie returned armed with an electric guitar delivering a sexier, gritty rock sound. She continues to develop her sound on her third album “Secrets and Lies”, blending electronic influences with her signature vocal style and penchant for brutally honest lyrics in a modern exploration of pop music. Singer, songwriter and producer Cassie Davis paid her dues in local Perth bands before setting up her own record label, 12 Stones, with her manager and sister Emma. Cassie’s first single “Like It Loud” surpassed gold status and grabbed fans with its infectious, stand-up celebration of genre hopping. Her debut album, “Differently” is a hybrid which combines the influence of pop, rock, punk, ska, urban and gospel. After three already critically acclaimed albums, Bob Evans’ (who is actually Kevin Mitchell, lead singer of much loved Perth indie band Jebediah) newest album “Goodnight, Bull Creek” gives a different edge to his unique voice and gentle harmonies. Touring with Pink in 2009, this past year has been a massive one for Evermore and 2010 will be no different. The three brothers are known for their hits “Its too late (Ride on)”, “Light Surrounding You” and their recent track “Boys and Girls” and will be sure to have the crowd up and rocking at Australia Day Live. For more information and updates about Australia Day Live visit

Bertie Blackman.

Australia Day 2010

Everything you need to know... Event





Athletics ACT summer series

AIS Track & Field

6pm to 8pm

Track and field competitions in discus, high jump, triple jump, javelin, 100m, 200m, 800m, 2 x 100m relays and 400m hurdles. 3000m and 5000m run/walk.

$6 track entry fee for athletes.

Canberra Classic Basketball Tournament

Belconnen Basketball Stadium

From 5.30pm

Bookings are essential.

Entry costs on the website.

Friday, January 22

Saturday, January 23 Over the Moon Australian Spiral Championships

Canberra Yacht Club

Held over four days with three heats a day and an expected turn out of 55 boats on West Lake.

Free entry

Canberra Classic Basketball Tournament

Belconnen Basketball Stadium

From 9am

Bookings are essential.

Entry costs on website.

Canberra Transact Capitals Vs Sydney Uni Flames

AIS Arena

7pm to 9pm

See basketball star Lauren Jackson in action. Bookings at Ticketek

Family, $45; adult, $17.50: children (U12) $10; student or concession $11.50.

Sunday, January 24 Over the Moon Australian Spiral Championships

Canberra Yacht Club

Canberra Classic Basketball Tournament

Belconnen Basketball Stadium

Free entry From 10am

Entry costs on website.

Monday, January 25 Over the Moon Australian Spiral Championships

Canberra Yacht Club

Australian of the Year Awards

Lawns, Parliament House, Federation Mall

Australia Day Live Concert

Lawns, Parliament House, Federation Mall

Free entry 5.45pm to 7pm

The awards recognise outstanding achievements and an individual’s role in inspiring fellow Australians and contributing to the nation.


7pm to 10.30pm

Kick starting celebrations around the nation, showcasing some of Australia’s best performers.


5.45am to noon

Sky News broadcasting live from The Deck, Regatta Point.

Free Free, but gold coin donation to Camp Quality.

AUSTRALIA DAY – Commonwealth Park Sky News Broadcast

The Deck, Regatta Point

Great Aussie Day Breakfast

Commonwealth Park

7.30am to 10am

This free breakfast starts the festivities on our national day of celebration. Sponsored by ActewAGL and Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets.

Sing Australia Choir

Regatta Point

9.30am to 10am

Sing Australia Choir performs well-known Australian classics.


10 am to 10.30am

The Australian Flag is raised on the giant Canadian flag pole to the music of the band of the Royal Military College .


Regatta Point FA-18 Flypast

Regatta Point


Three FA-18s will fly over Lake Burley Griffin.


Citizenship Ceremony

Regatta Point

10.30am to 11.15am

Welcome Canberra’s newest Australian citizens as they are presented with their official certificates of citizenship.


Tours of the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection

Caretaker’s Cottage, Commonwealth Park

9.15am, 9.30am, 3.15pm, 3.30pm.

A display of exceptional, native and immigrant miniature trees. Experienced guides will lead small groups of visitors – bookings essential, 6262 9219.

Gold coin donation

Australia Day in the Park

Commonwealth Park

Noon to 6pm

The exciting Children’s Festival and Australia Day Jam as well as a variety of food and drink. Further info on 132281 or at


Children’s Festival

Stage 88, Commonwealth Park

Noon to 3pm

The action starts with free jumping castles and face painting with the Gecko Gang, appearances from Milo the Clown, Maximus the Magnificent and the Warehouse Circus, more rides and amusements, a range of food and everyone’s favourite Dinosaur, starring in “The New Dorothy the Dinosaur Show”!


Australia Day Jam

Stage 88, Commonwealth Park

3pm to 6pm

The Australia Day Jam returns with a line up of Canberra’s best youth bands: Hancock Basement, Zero Degrees and Falling and Los Capitanes. Monster Park features skateboarders and BMX riders.


Australia Day Fireworks Finale

Regatta Point/Lake Burley Griffin

6pm to 9pm

Australia Day’s fireworks finale over Lake Burley Griffin plus live entertainment.


AUSTRALIA DAY – other venues Australia Day Bush Picnic

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

11am to 3pm

A bush picnic with live music, whip cracking, family games, bush crafts, face painting, mini golf, a trackless train, reptile display and food available to buy. More information on 13 22 81 or at


Lanyon Homestead family picnic day

Lanyon Homestead, Tharwa

10am to 4pm

Bring a picnic to enjoy the garden at Lanyon. Old-fashioned games to entertain children. Tours of homestead. Cafe open but bookings essential, 6237 5268.


National Capital Exhibition

Regatta Point, Barrine Drive, Parkes

10am to 4pm

The exhibition illustrates Canberra’s role as a symbol of Federation through interactive displays.


10am to 2pm

Enjoy arts, crafts, music, science experiments and demonstrations, and gather information about things you can do at home to conserve water.


Family Festival : Make a Splash!

National Museum of Australia

Over the Moon Australian Spiral Championships

Canberra Yacht Club

Chief Minister’s Sailing Regatta

Canberra Yacht Club

4pm to 6pm

One of the biggest Regattas in the ACT with 100 boats of all sizes competing.


Choral Evensong

St Paul’s Manuka

5pm to 6pm

Choral evensong to commemorate Australia Day.


Rowing – Bridge to Bridge

Central Basin - Lake Burley Griffin

6pm to 7.15pm

Races for Quad Sculls and Eights – Carillion to Regatta Point.



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all about arts

dance | opera | theatre | cinema | body | crossword | horoscope | sudoku

In (dance) class of their own By Arts Editor Helen Musa

YOU can hardly wipe the smile off the face of Ausdance ACT director Neil Roach as he talks up the newly conceived January Master School of Dance at Gorman House, running from January 19 to 23 at Gorman House. In a move that some might say parallels work in top-class sport, Ausdance has rebranded the long-running Summer School as a Master School and in doing that has secured some fantastic teachers and introduced a new “company” class level. Did I know, Roach enthuses, that Canberra has no fewer than 110 dance schools, so it is not difficult to find beginners classes here? That’s one reason why they have abandoned them for the Master School concept. Making no apology for the fact that they’re looking out the best of

mer, and, like David and Paul Skelton, who both work in ballet companies in London, will be taking part? Or that they have added a line of hip-hop and jazz to help dance teachers get up-to-date? Two of the tutors in the Master School – Marko Panzic, teaching hiphop, and Solon Ulbrich, contemporary dance – work regularly with Canberra’s innovative QL2 Centre For Youth Dance. Pilates-trained dancer Esther Just will take classes in Pilates Method and Swedish dance artist Adelina Larsson will teach contact improvisation. And Canberra dance teachers will be able to observe classical and contemporary classes. Best of all, there will be three free public presentations at lunchtimes on January 19, 20 and 21, including one by the tap tutor Andrew Fee, the creative producer of the exuberant Raw Dance company from Queensland. It’s impossible to hold Roach down. Students in full flight… “Canberrans love doing things,” says Ausdance ACT director Neil Roach. He just knows it will be a success Photos by Art Atelier because, as he says: “Canberrans love our elite dancers from those many goes on, that ballet tutor James Taylor, with Nureyev, Baryshnikov and Sylvie doing things.” schools, they’re taking a flying leap a former member of the National Guillem? Or that a lot of international into the stratosphere. Did I know, he Ballet of Canada, has also danced dancers return to the ACT for the sumMore information on 6247 9103.

Anything but tragic OPERA

“Tosca” By Puccini, a restaging of the original Opera North production for Opera Australia, directed by Christopher Alden, Sydney Opera House, until March 27. Reviewed by Helen Musa YOU won’t ever have seen a “Tosca” anything like this one. Played out of a single set representing the grubby vestry of a church in Rome, this conjures up less a pivotal moment in Napoleonic history than the tawdriness of a Balkan torture cell. While there is a degree of vocal magnificence in the singing of African-American soprano Takesha Meshe Kizart as the diva Tosca, she is from the outset a loser, easily drawn into the machinations of the villainous police chief Scarpia through her own jealousy. In a rather slow Act I, director Christopher Alden seems to work at the gritty realism. Warwick Fyfe as the Sacristan is also vocally fine, but adds to the atmosphere of sleaze. Acts II and III are conflated, with most of the characters on stage most of the time, voyeuristically watching each other. Inexplicably, the Marchesa Attavanti (Sian Pendry) crouches on top of a wardrobe/chapel upstaging everyone. John Wegner as Scarpia chews on a bit of old pizza and writes a note on the corner of its cardboard box. He, too, seems a loser. Then suddenly, dirty realism is thrown to the wind and the rest of the performance becomes surreal and stylised. Scarpia actually has his way with Tosca in as nasty a rape scene as you’ll see on stage, and the final cell scene is played out as an imaginary dialogue between Tosca and her lover Cavaradossi (Rosario La Spina) before they meet most unheroic ends. It’s anything but tragic. 18  CityNews January 14 - 20

John Wegner (Scarpia) and Takesha Meshe Kizart (Tosca) in Opera Australia's “Tosca”.


arts in the city

Festival to test new event

Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin in “It’s Complicated”.

Complicated or not, Meryl’s marvellous “It’s Complicated” (M)  CINEMA-goers who laughed immoderately in recent weeks at the trailer for Nancy Myers’ film were seeing the best parts of the finished article, which is really a superficial exploration of a marriage threatening to re-burgeon a decade after divorce.  When Jane and Jake end up in bed after drinking well but unwisely following their son’s graduation, Jake wants the affair to continue despite now having a trophy wife with a small son and a yearning for another. Jane, living comfortably if celibately running a bakery business, takes Jake’s moves with mixed caution and thrill to gossip about with her girl chums (including a highly improbable vagina joke). She has recently engaged architect Adam to renovate her house. Her oldest daughter is about to marry a really nice guy. Jake’s reappearance is destabilising to say the least. As does life, movies often take an uncomfortable path, sometimes benefitting thereby. But early on, “It’s Complicated” proclaims a discomfiting ambience unsupported by convincing arguments for Jane’s acquiescence. We know she’s better off without Jake. She has prospects of future stability with Adam, also a divorced parent. The film gets a lift from the obvious quarter. In her sixtieth year when she made it, Meryl Streep, perhaps the greatest actress presently in American films, looks totally alluring. Transcending Myers’s writing, her performance is something to behold, admire and relish. Applying the skills she learned for “Julia and Julie”, she brings credibility to the culinary passages in “It’s Complicated”.  Steve Martin’s unexpected casting as Adam works well as does Alec Baldwin as Jake.


By Dougal Macdonald Whenever John Krasinski, playing the impending son-in-law, is in shot, the film’s gravitas becomes more comfortable. At all Canberra cinemas

“Fantastic Mr Fox” (PG)  WES Anderson’s puppet animation based on a Roald Dahl story offers a range of components to justify it. The story has considerable charm. When Mrs Fox (voiced by Meryl Streep) persuades Mr Fox (George Clooney) to give up his vulpine habits, he becomes a journalist. The couple and their cubs move from their den to a purpose-built home under a tree. Mr Fox, who enjoys a nice crisp apple, plans one final reversion to the life that foxes do best – chicken stealing. A trio of human farmers declares war on Fox and his animal cronies – Possum, lawyer Badger, Otter, Weasel. The voicings are competent without being breathtaking. The delightful animation combines puppets and CG imagery to move the story along nicely. The design has charm and enthusiasm. The action is vigorous. And yet, while the dedication of Anderson and his team to the production is manifest, the film’s overall impact is less than I anticipated. I suspect it’s too advanced for up to five-year-olds, not because its foxy hunting passages involve explicit taking of life, but because a convoluted plot is probably more suitable for somewhat higher ages. I may be wrong in this.  At Dendy, Hoyts

‘Up’ heads to the home screen THE computer-animated, comedy action-adventure, 3D movie hit “Up”, has just been released on DVD and Blu-ray. The story centres on 78-year-old retired balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen, who finally fulfills his lifelong dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America. But Carl discovers all-too-late that his biggest nightmare has stowed away on the trip; an overly optimistic eight-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell. Nearly 70 animators worked on “Up” during the peak of production. A crew of nearly 375 at Pixar had a hand in creating the film. A canopy of 10,297 balloons was created to float

Carl’s house throughout much of the film. That number more than doubles to 20,622 for the scene where the house lifts off from its foundation for the first time. It was calculated that about 26.5 million balloons would be needed to lift a real house.

THE 2010 Canberra Festival in March will test a new pilot event, “FlipArt”. Circus, tumbling, aerial and dance forms will meet street-dance and electronic music in a project that was among more than 40 enquiries and eight final expressions of interest to the Centenary of Canberra creative director Robyn Archer. Physical theatre exponents taking flight over two days and nights Civic Square, the CBD and New Acton during the event will include Stalker, Dislocate, Zimboys and Chrome. LAST week we enumerated the various Chief Minister’s arts awards for 2009, but to my mind the most impressive achievement of the year was the “Best All Round Program” in the Australian Music in Communities Awards for 2009, which went to our very own Music For Everyone ACT. More than 600 people, aged from 18 months to 80, take part in 130 hours of music activities on a regular weekly basis through MFE, headed up by artistic director Vivienne Winther. AROUND 250 of Australia’s top young stars of classical music are in town for the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp and will perform free to the public on January 16 at 4.30pm (Purcell, Vaughan Williams, Strauss and Weber) and 8pm (Bartok, Elliot Gyger, W.F. Bach and Wagner) at Llewellyn Hall. Just turn up. THE tenth Summer Art Experience offered by the Artists Society of Canberra is on again at the Bruce Campus of the Canberra Institute of Technology. The event has been booked out for months by eager artists wanting to brush up on their landscapes, portraits, life drawing and still lifes. JON English and a sensational 10-piece band heads for the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre on January 14 and 15. With a set design that invites you to party in a ‘60s living room, there will be music by, among others, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zepplin, Queen, Joe Cocker and Janis Joplin. Bookings 6298 0290.

Jean Davison’s striking art work “Girl in Red” (pictured) is featured in “College Express”, a survey show of Year 11 and Year 12 work from three local Belconnen colleges – Hawker, Lake Ginninderra and Radford. An inspiration of the new Belconnen Arts Centre and the education sector, you can catch it at the centre until January 31, 10am to 6pm Tuesday to Sunday. By Helen Musa

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Working out for milk

It’s a boy thing By Kathryn Vukovljak

SKIN care for men should be straightforward and super-simple, says Suzie Hoitink, owner of Clear Complexions Clinic. “We see teenage boys in the clinic with acne, much of which is caused by congestion in the pores,” she says. “They’re just not very good at washing their faces!” Suzie suggests a gentle, non-abrasive scrub for lads of all ages. “It will remove dead skin and it gives that instant gratification – the skin feels so much fresher and cleaner straight away. “It’s best to use the scrub before bed to get rid of oil and dirt build-up over the day. Follow with a simple moisturiser.” And don’t forget the sunscreen, says Suzie. “Most men just don’t wear any day-to-day and it’s so important,” she says. “Women usually have some SPF in their make-up or moisturiser, but the guys miss out on that. “An unscented, oil-free sunscreen that is ultra light will be great, as guys are more likely to use it. It can double as a moisturiser too – just apply after washing the face in the morning.”

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MILK makes for the ideal sports drink, according to Glenys Kerrins, spokesperson for Accredited Sports Dietician and Dairy Australia. “When we sweat we lose essential electrolytes such as sodium, calcium and potassium. Milk is a natural source of electrolytes, containing more of each of these minerals than many sports drinks.” A 250ml serving of skim milk contains approximately 110mg of sodium, 397mg of potassium, 307mg of calcium and 30mg of magnesium. The same serving of most sports drinks contains about 83mg of sodium, 38mg of potassium, 17mg of calcium and 5mg of magnesium. Glenys says that even chocolate milk is beneficial. “Chocolate milk is an ideal drink for post-workout recovery,” she says. “It contains carbohydrate to replenish glycogen stores and protein to repair muscles after exercise. Plus it tastes great!”

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6262 9100

general knowledge crossword

your week in the stars

No. 244

ACROSS 4 Name the large arid desert covering part of the NT, SA and Qld. 8 Name an inflammation, especially of the respiratory tract. 9 Which malignant infectious cattle disease swept USA in 2001/02? 10 What is a word opposed in meaning to another? 11 Which bacteria requires the presence of free oxygen? 12 What are the parts of oriental palaces reserved for women? 14 Which transparent bodies are used for reflecting light beams? 18 What do we call a small object of curiosity, 1 beauty, or rarity? 21 Which part of the human body lies between the 8 thorax and the pelvis? 22 Name the Australian army officer who ranks next below a brigadier. 23 Which Asiatic breed of sheep is used primarily 10 for lambskin? 24 Name the British rock and pop group formed in 1959.

DOWN 1 To withdraw a horse from a race is to do what to it? 2 What is a particular condition of mind or feeling? 3 Name that part of the skull which encloses the brain. 4 What is a medicine man and priest who works with the supernatural? 5 What is a small and powerful engine called? 6 In ancient times, what were public clerks or secretaries called? 7 Name another term for a means of connection.


13 What is German measles also known as? 15 Name the Canberra NRL team. 16 Which horse won the 1996 Melbourne cup? 17 What is another name for stems of plants? 18 Name an informal expression for dollars. 19 What, colloquially, is an alternative word for jargon? 20 To have a cigarette is to what?

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Sudoku medium No.23 Sudoku is an 81square number Solution Crossword No.243 P R O T O N S D L grid with nine E H E T C E T E R A blocks each C L I E N T N T R E A H U M A N O I D containing nine M A N T L E T U E cells. To solve S R R E N O R R the puzzle, all F E V E R R A S P S U E E W E R E E the blank cells L H C E N R O L S must be filled in C H I L L I E S I I R C U I S A A C S using numbers U N L I S T E D L A from 1 to 9. M E E E A S I N G Each number can only appear once in each Solution Sudoku row, column hard No.22 and in the nine 3x3 blocks. You can successfully solve the puzzle just by using logic and the process of elimination. Solution next week

With Joanne Madeline Moore January 18 - 24

ARIES (Mar 21 – Apr 20)

LIBRA (Sept 23 – Oct 23)

Rams are a rowdy, rambunctious lot but you’ll be more philosophical over the coming year, as Jupiter passes through your soul sector. With Venus moving into your hopes and wishes zone, it’s time to draw up a new wish-list. Be inspired by birthday great Dolly Parton (born on January 19) “I wake up with new dreams every day.”

Your health is set to improve as Jupiter activates your wellbeing zone. Expect your energy levels to get a welcome boost but make sure you control your sweet tooth and do plenty of regular exercise, otherwise you’ll put on weight. Venus vamps into your romance zone so this week’s all about love, love, love.

TAURUS (Apr 21 – May 20)

SCORPIO (Oct 24 – Nov 21)

Lucky Jupiter powers into your peer group/ business contacts zone so, the more you get out there and network, the more successful you’ll be. Your motto for the week is from birthday great A. A. Milne (born on January 18) “You can’t stay in your corner waiting for others to come to you. Sometimes you have to go to them.”

With Jupiter lighting up your children zone, some Scorpios will welcome a new baby into the family in 2010. Communicating with others will be tricky this week – especially on Thursday. Don’t add fuel to the fire by being sarcastic or suspicious. If you’ve got something to say, speak up openly and honestly.

GEMINI (May 21 – June 21)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Expect lucky career breaks to start appearing, as fortunate Jupiter stimulates your career zone. 2010 is definitely the year to upgrade your professional qualifications, expand your business or combine work and travel. A friend tells you something in confidence midweek, but can you zip your lips and keep a secret?

Expect changes to do with your domestic environment as Jupiter (your ruling planet) visits your home zone. Some Sagittarians will move, renovate or extend; while others will travel (or relocate) overseas. This week there are plenty of social activities happening within your local community so take the time to get involved.

CANCER (June 22 – July 22)

CAPRICORN (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Jupiter jumps into your adventure zone, so it’s time to crawl out of your Crab shell and see what’s happening in the big wide world. Foreign shores beckon as you extend your connections from local to global via travel or the internet. Avoid making mountains out of molehills midweek, when your emotions are erratic – and operatic!

Prosperity planet Venus moves into your money zone (until February 11) so capitalise on any lucky financial breaks that come your way. Developing a second stream of income looks promising but you’ll need to be patient. You’ve got a brilliant business brain so make sure you’re using it to its full potential.

LEO (July 23 – Aug 22)

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Venus moves into your partnership zone (until February 11) so prepare to fall in love, propose, get married, renew your wedding vows or organize a special romantic rendezvous. The best way to resolve conflicts and chaos this week is with calm cooperation. It’s time for tough lions to turn into tame pussy-cats!

You can look forward to the best financial period in the past 12 years as Jupiter (planet of abundance) bounds into your money zone. Be disciplined though – don’t squander good fortune through impulsive decisions or poor planning. Venus shimmies into your sign (until February 11) so you’ll be at your charming, flirtatious Aquarian best.

VIRGO (Aug 23 – Sept 22)

PISCES (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Virtuous Virgos – don’t work yourself into a lather being practical and disciplined this week. With Venus in your daily routine zone, it’s time to let your hair down and have some self-indulgent fun! Jupiter moves into your relationship zone, so singles are likely to find love with someone from a different country or culture.

Break out the champagne! Jupiter (planet of good fortune) charges into your sign – for the first time in 12 years. 2010 will be a fabulous year for Fish as you study or travel, and become more confident about your talents and abilities. Lucky opportunities will come your way but you must grab them or they will pass you by.

Copyright Joanne Madeline Moore 2009.

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