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New liquor laws squash small operators Are the new liquor laws cruelling small venues in Civic? ELERI HARRIS spoke to a couple of business owners who think they are NEW Liquor Licencing laws came into effect this holiday season aiming to decrease violence in Civic, but small business owners in the CBD say the laws benefit the large operators at the heart of late-night conflict, risk destroying Canberra’s fledgling boutique culture and might not work at all. “The changes advantage those venues with problem crowds,” Wig and Pen proprietor Lachie McOmish says. “Venues that are open late that are very large will go on as usual, but smaller venues will all be shutting at midnight.” The Government’s new “risk-based fee structure” requires all late-night venues to pay for 10 additional police to patrol problem areas on weekends at a cost of $6.4 million over four years. McOmish argues small venues cannot afford the up to $16,000 extra to stay open after midnight and will simply have to close earlier, leaving the late-night crowds to the already over-capacity big venues in the Sydney Building. Council of Small Business of Australia chief executive and owner of Smith’s Alternative Bookstore in Civic, Peter Strong, predicts the new legislation


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FRONT COVER: Model Emma Linden wears a Seafolly halter-bra Viva Separates in Thai, halter bra $99.95, and hipster pant with frill, $69.95, from David Jones. Her sunglasses are Rip Curl 704 Makena, $250 ($212.50 with 15 per cent discount), from the Optical Superstore. The Terry Rich Miss Spring beach towel, $89.90, from David Jones. Story Page 7. Photographed by Silas at Manuka Pool.

will lead to increased levels of violence as late-night drinkers head to central locations. “The legislation will have the opposite effect, there will be more violence,” Strong says. “The problem is not in liquor licencing, it’s in that area of Civic.” Canberra Liberal MLA Vicki Dunne agrees. “It is my belief, but that I hope that I’m wrong, that this will be counterproductive,” Dunne says. “Licencees know that if they close at midnight a lot of their clientele is not going to be ready to go home and therefore they’re going to go on somewhere else. “The so called risk-based liquor licencing fee, which is based only on time, is actually going to cause more of a push effect into Civic. “My concern is we’re going to end up with bigger queues at some of the bigger venues with localised trouble with people waiting.” Both Strong and McOmish point out that the new laws require Liquor Licence applicants to state they have read and understand the Act, which could be beyond the capacity of some operators.

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laws make it too hard to apply for temporary permits. “I can’t do it any more. The Government need to remember it will add to the culture of Civic to allow small businesses to operate.” The Greens’ Shane Rattenbury says while a new system was clearly needed, a more nuanced approach to licencing would have been better. “We were disappointed the Government’s fee structure lacked the sophistication it could have had to be accommodating for a range of venues,” Rattenbury told “CityNews”. A Greens-initiated review of the laws will be conducted in October so “any negative consequences can be addressed”. Attorney General Simon Corbell says there has been no evidence to support the view small businesses are being disadvantaged and says that of the 600 current licensees 400 have attended information sessions on the changes to the Act. “I haven’t had any evidence to supOwner of Smith’s Alternative Bookstore, Peter Strong... “The legislation will port those claims at this time,” Corbell have the opposite affect, there will be more violence.”  Photo by Silas told “CityNews”. “The police say the new laws are “What they’re asking is not possible,” consult big business. They pretend working well and they’re already Strong says. they’re talking to all of us, but they’re seeing improvement in Civic. “If you’re running a restaurant and not. They’re rorting small businesses.” “We’ll be closely watching the imEnglish isn’t your first language, how Strong has hosted poetry readings, plementation of the new laws and the are you supposed to understand an Act zine-making workshops and book crime-targeting team will be providing of Parliament? launches with wine at Smith’s for a me with regular reports for changes in “All the Government ever do is number of years, but says the new behaviour over the next 12 months.”

Editor: Ian Meikle, Political reporter: Eleri Harris, 0414 618493 Lifestyle editor: Megan Haggan, Journalist: Kathryn Vukovljak, Arts editor: Helen Musa, 0400 043764 Design and photography: Silas Brown, 0412 718086 Graphic designer: Louise Brooks Accounts manager: Bethany Freeman-Chandler Distribution and circulation: Richard Watson,

Responsibility for election comment is taken by Ian Meikle, of Suite 1, Level 1, 143 London Circuit, Canberra.

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briefly PANDSI moves

World record

THE recent bad weather has forced the Post and Ante Natal Depression Support & Information group from its Griffith offices, which have been closed due to flooding. “We are in the process of relocating to our new building at 25 Stapylton Street, Holder,” says executive director Lorraine Burrows. “This is an exciting time for PANDSI and we look forward to meeting with all our clients, current and new, at our new location.” PANDI’s new phone number is 6287 3961.

THE TransACT Rocks Movember team has raised $134,000 – the highest amount raised worldwide by a team of 10 or under. Movember is an annual celebration of the moustache during November, to highlight men’s health and raise funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and beyondblue. The team was Ivan Slavich, David Parkes, Theo Dimarhos, John Efkarpidis, Peter Barclay and Danielle Neale.

THE Mugga-Mugga historic site, on Narrabundah Lane in Symonston,will be closed to the public until early in the New Year due to the impact of adverse weather conditions, says Cultural Facilities Corporation CEO Harriet Elvin. “Subject to weather conditions, and to further inspections on site, we would hope to reopen [it] early in the New Year,” she says.

LOCAL McDonald’s restaurants have raised $20,766 from McHappy Day. Nationally, the appeal raised $2.5 million which will help the various Ronald McDonald House Charities programs. McDonald’s pays 100 per cent of the charity’s operating costs, which means that all the McHappy Day money will go to supporting seriously ill children and their families.

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summer messages Clinic relocates THE CAPS Clinic has relocated from John James Hospital to a purpose-built facility at 7 Phipps Close, Deakin, which opens on January 10. Dr Alastair Taylor has provided plastic and cosmetic surgery in Canberra over the past 13 years and expanded his services to include hair removal, skin rejuvenation programs and anti-wrinkle injectables. In 2006, he opened a day surgery to provide IVF treatments, and in 2010 launched a skin cancer clinic, 360UV. In 2011 he will add a new, state-of-the-art hospital, Sole’vita Surgery that, Dr Taylor says, will offer a new level of care never before experienced in Canberra with state-of-the-art theatres and medical facilities, private ensuite rooms, a relaxation lounge, gourmet meals and exceptional nurse-to-patient ratio.

Very McHappy


Insult to those affected by substance abuse I WAS concerned to read Colliss Parrett’s letter (CN, December 9) about “shaming” drivers who’ve recorded DUIs by noting it on their rego plates, a suggestion with the same subtlety and nuance as egging their houses. Ignoring the issue of judicial accuracy – not every car belongs to one person, not every person drives precisely one car – Colliss attempts to boil down the complex issue

of substance abuse to a matter of personal shame. Colliss’ post-hoc stab at moral superiority could do nothing to improve the safety of our roads, displays a real ignorance of the men and women who work hard to keep our roads safe and stands as an insult to anyone whose life has been affected by substance abuse.  David Still, via email

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Making a splash

CLARA Campbell, of O’Connor, makes a splash at Dickson Pool’s new water play area... the new area, just for kids, boasts a spray tunnel, water geysers, “tipping buckets” and water turrets and is tipped to be a hot place for kids to cool off this summer.   Photo by Silas

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SHOPPERS can get fantastic sale savings until early January and “people should just come down and go mad!” says Home Express owner Russell Ryde. Home Express offers an extensive range of quality and fashionable bed linens and bedding, including quilt covers, sheets and sheet sets, quilts, pillows, towels, cushions, throws, bathroom accessories and kitchen linen at affordable prices, he says. Feather, wool and down quilts, pillows, bed toppers, and great quality sheet sets in 1000 and 500-thread counts are reduced. “We have some big names like Linen House, Logan, Ardour and Private Collection, as well as budget lines,” he says. “People love Egyptian cotton towels, which are on special, too.” Home Express stores in Canberra Centre and Brand Depot.

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all about summer It’s all going swimmingly

READY to head to the beach? MEGAN HAGGAN asked Hayley O’Sullivan, Happy Daize swimwear designer, for the scoop on finding the right swimwear for all shapes and sizes. If you’re...

Tallow Marble support bikini in red, $119.95.

Big-busted “A great halter style with thick straps is always very flattering for bigger busts, and can provide a sexier-looking cleavage for some women,” Hayley says. “Underwire is great for support, depending on the style and need of the individual. A one-piece with support and structure in the bust is also very flattering. Just remember to have thicker straps, as a thin spaghetti strap digs in after a while! Bigger-busted women can still get away with wearing a full triangle style: it’s a great tip to wear contrasting pants to take the focus away from the top half and give you a more balanced look.”

Tallow Patchwork one-piece, $149.95.

Post natal

Pear-shaped “Strapless bandeaus are great for pear-shaped women, and will show off the top half of your body. A bandeau with padding is great to emphasise the top half of your body,” Hayley says. “Generally, pear-shaped women have flat stomachs, so be proud of it! To minimise the bottom half, try wearing a fuller pant such as a full hipster, or if not, a boy-leg style. “Try wearing brighter tops and solid bottoms as well, for a balanced look.”

Roxy Whitney Slider, $79.99. Roxy Uma Monokini, $99.99.

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“One-pieces are very flattering, says Hayley. “They will even you out, and help you feel comfortable with the new shape your body has post-baby. “Most one-pieces come with support, such as a shelf bra, so no need to worry about it not holding you in! “A nice loose-fit style top is also an option. A tankini top that has a loose fit is a great option – match it back to contrasting pants to balance out the body.”

Happy Daize Plaited Tube Lime bikini, $79.95.

Happy Daize Frilly One Pink Leopard, $89.95.


Showing a little skin in the right places can be a very sexy look, says Hayley. “Halters are flattering, as well as a string bikini can show off your shape and lengthen your legs. “A great one-piece can be very flattering with the right support, as it evens you out. “If you are more shapely in certain areas, try wearing a darker solid colour in the bigger areas, to minimise that area, and a bright colour on the other half.”

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Thin women often want to create the illusion of more curves, says Hayley. “To add shape to a skinnier-framed body, grab a swimsuit with frills, ruffles or ties to give the look of volume. “Padding also will help give shape. A nice, full halter with bust support can always help add volume to the top half of your body.”

Spot to shop

It’s garden time

THIS summer the G is offering a wide variety of family activities. From January 11 to 15, daily at 11am and 1pm, the crew from “Reptiles Rule” will perform. Dynamic Studios will perform at noon, January 17-21. The G also offers free undercover parking, and a full-service Coles supermarket. The centre’s newest attraction is Cold Rock, offering ice cream. More information at or call 6242 2005.

IN January, people love to make the most of the hot weather by spending time in their gardens, says Iain Eaton, owner of Bliss Garden and Giftware. “We have some wonderful pieces that people can add to their outdoor spaces, like gorgeous glazed pots, some contemporary and some in a more classic glaze, that we import ourselves,” he says. “We do a complete potting mix and offer the plants that will suit the pots we have, so you can get the whole thing done in one go. It’s so easy.” Iain also recommends a simple water feature to add interest in the garden. “We have pots that you can just fill with water and add our water plants to,” he says. Bliss Garden and Giftware, 8 Beltana Road, Pialligo. Call 6257 8358.

No sweat

OVER-exertion depletes the body’s energy, reducing overall health, according to recent medical research from Japan, China and the US, says Natasha Lukin, owner of the Feel Good Studio in Turner. Fatigue, stress, strain, pain and contortions associated with strenuous exercise disrupt organic function and lead to premature aging, according to research by Dr Stephen Chang, Natasha says. “Breaking sweat and muscle pains experienced before or after strenuous exercise send signals of harmful distress to the body,” she says. The Feel Good Studio uses the Shapemaster power-assisted exercise system which allows users to exercise without drawing energy from their own bodies. The energy is provided predominantly by the external power of the toning beds’ mechanics, Natasha says, which means users don’t raise a sweat and don’t overexert themselves, but instead feel relaxed and are able to de-stress. More information at or call 6247 6267.

More to life

“SELF-knowledge is a practical philosophy for anyone who wonders if there is more meaning in life than work, family and entertaining themselves,” says Allan Spira, spokesperson for the School for Self Knowledge. “The school teaches principles based on ancient, established traditions,” he says. “The main concepts are that we have two sides, the one we present to the world, our personalities, our bodies, our ego, and the true nature behind this, the underlying reality within us all that is essentially good and concerned with happiness, knowledge and love of life. “If you ever find yourself considering life in this way, or simply find that life’s daily round of work, family and social activities is not totally satisfying, then consider joining a course offered by The School for Self Knowledge.” For more information visit or call 6257 5375.

Pretty as a… pin-up

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By fashion editor MEGAN HAGGAN HOT weather is no excuse not to be glamorous! At “CityNews” we’ve been inspired by “Mad Men” and the pin-up stars of the past, and found out how to look as hot as the weather. Sara Burke, from La Bimbi Salons, put together model Emma’s retro wavy tresses and says this style is easier to imitate than it looks. “Instead of using hot rollers or setting rollers, we used a ghd [hair straightener],” Sara told “CityNews”. “We rolled the hair up into little curls, pinned them to the head with little clips and let it cool. “Once it was cool, we gently brushed all the curls out rather than keeping them separate, for that beautiful wave with the little curls at the bottom. “The fringe we curled into a semi-circular section in the front, and again set it to cool. Then we rolled it under and pinned it down and used a lot of hairspray!” As well as modelling, Emma Linden’s also a professional make-up artist and says that again, pin-up make-up is deceptively simple. “For the eyes, I used a very minimal amount of mascara on the bottom lashes, then layered the top lashes with mascara, curling the eyelashes first. “Then I used five or six individual false eyelashes, from the outer corner of the eye to about halfway in.” Over the top of lashes, the look is completed by a thin black sweep of eyeliner, flicked outwards at the outer corner. “It’s a very nude colour on the cheeks, with just a light apricot tone, which is the colour they used to use a lot of – and a red lip. For a lip like this you would definitely use a lipliner! It’s best to have one that’s exactly the same shade as the lipstick, or only very slightly darker.” Bill Bass Eden II black sunglasses, $100 ($85 with 15 per cent discount), from the Optical Superstore. Aboich multistrand bracelet, $32, from Devine Goddess. Jets by Jessika Allen gather cup halter in Maritime, $99.95, and loop side hipster, $84.95, from David Jones. Vintage black/gold rim clip-on earrings, $29.95 from Ellory Lane. Pearl necklace owned by stylist.


Photography by Silas Brown. Model and make-up artist: Emma Linden, from Elite Models. Hair by Sara Burke of La Bimbi Salons. Styled by Megan Haggan. Shot on location at Manuka Swimming Pool.

Jets by Jessika Allen English Rose Vintage Maill Rose, $159.95 from David Jones. Rip Curl 704 Makena white sunglasses, $250 ($212.50 with 15 per cent discount), from the Optical Superstore. Pearl and crystal ball necklace, $59, from Devine Goddess. Pearl and crystal ball bracelet, $45, from Devine Goddess.

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all about summer

Well red

By Georgia Moran THIS summer, red lipstick is making a retro comeback – a “Mad Men”-inspired glamorous style. Bianca Pritchard, from Jindii Eco Spa in Duffy, says that classically glamorous red lips can be done during the hot weather: We just need to start by choosing the shade that’s right for us. “Look at colours you like to wear, and your complexion,” she says. “Try to draw attention to your best feature.” For most people, this means drawing attention to bright lips or big eyes, one or the other. During the summer heat, bright lipstick such as red can smudge or bleed, Bianca says. To have flawless lips all day, “press mineral powder to lips, and it [lipstick] will stay perfect.” Bianca suggests that a light gloss works best throughout the day, while a heavier matte is more appropriate for evenings.

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1. L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Serum in True Red, $26.95. 2. Eles Micro Bubble Lipstick in Micro Red, $38.50. 3. Kit Lip Gloss in Big Night Out, $19.95. 4. ModelCo Lip Wax Primer Ultimate Lip Shape Kit, $34. 5. Nutrimetics Classic Fusion in Ultimate Red, $33.50. 6. Eles Lip Primer, $47. 7. Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Alarm, $9.95. 8. Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss Stick in Cherry Ice, $42. 9. Australis Colour Inject Mineral Lipstick in Cha Cha, $12.95.

Pretty in prints By Zoe Player WARMER weather means it’s time to enjoy this season’s feminine patterns, says Irene Pavlovic, manager of Ellory Lane, in the Canberra Centre, who says she loves the floral and patterned styles she’s seeing in-store. Floral patterns are becoming more and more popular, she says. “The season has a big part to do with it, you wouldn’t want to be wearing grey and dull colours when it’s nice weather! “People like floral patterns because its something pretty and girly, the styles are always colourful and it’s not too heavy on the skin.” One of the hottest patterns for this summer is the tribal look. The earthy colours that are worked into this style are they key, and what drives us to love and wear them, Irene says. Being comfortable but still looking good is something some people struggle with, she adds, suggesting we try something fitted, such as a top, then complement it with something loose, such as a skirt that flows well. A fitted skirt with a loose top also works. “Always try and show off your best assets: that’s always important,” says Irene.

Otto Mode “Karima” top, $59 from Ellory Lane. Junk “Congo” print maxi, $99.95 from Ellory Lane.

Lily Whyte “Carnation” dress, $69.95 from Ellory Lane.

Pink Stitch “Enchanted Forest”, $59.95 and Otto Mode “Jennifer” shorts, $49 from Ellory Lane.

summer messages Colourful hair CANBERRANS are embracing bold, beautiful hair colours, says Wendy LeeScheltus, from the new-look Urban Hair in Yarralumla. “Blondes are big; crisp, clean white blondes and alpine blondes. For redheads, it’s all about the fiery look; people are becoming more game and asking for something different, and going to town with colour. “That’s why we’re seeing red-hot, strong vibrant reds this summer. For brunettes, the hot hues are chocolate, and shiny mocha.” Wendy says that over summer, it’s more important than ever that we protect our hair colour, especially if we’ve chosen a faster-fading shade such as red. Urban Hair specialises in helping maintain colour, and also shine, by putting a clear tint on the hair which keeps it shiny and healthylooking until the next salon visit. Until the end of January, the salon is   CityNews  December 23 - January 12

offering “CityNews” readers who have a cut and colour, a free facial waxing session (for example, eyebrows or lips) or a free basin treatment. More information at www.urbanhair. or call 6282 0718.

Make a statement

THE biggest trend for this summer is contemporary pieces of jewellery with a vintage influence, says Leane Belmonte, from Devine Goddess. “Also, size matters!” she says. “The bigger the better. It’s all about the statement piece. “Girls are wearing maxi dresses at the moment for informal gatherings – to complete the look, embellish with a big, bold necklace and ring.” Leane says she’s particularly loving pieces by Peter Lang this season. “From his art deco-inspired vintage collection, to his contemporary electric blue Swarovski crystal pieces, his bling

stops traffic!” Devine Goddess is in the Canberra Centre.

Peaceful pampering

AFTER the excesses of Christmas, we all need to replenish our bodies, replace vitamins and rehydrate our skin, says Alison Kenny, owner of Fiore Garden Spa at Hawker. “We have a strong philosophy that help our clients obtain the maximum results from their skin concerns, enabling sustainable skin care without harsh radical therapies,” says Alison. “By providing a comfortable relaxed environment, we can renew your skin as well as your spirit.” Located in a peaceful, private setting near Hawker shops, with plenty of hassle-free parking, Alison says that Fiore is the ultimate place to unwind and be pampered. More information at or call 6254 3343.

Cancer Council Kensington Sunglasses, $59.95.

MINKPINK Kitty Sunglasses, $29.95.

Prada tortoiseshell sunglasses, $380 from OPSM.

Slide on the sunnies By Megan Haggan SLIDING on a pair of sunglasses is an important part of sun protection, says David Wild, SunSmart Services co-ordinator at the Cancer Council ACT, as they help prevent the short-term eye complaints and long-term eye damage, such as cataracts, caused by UV radiation. By choosing sunnies that cover as much of the eye as possible, we can minimise the amount of UV that reaches our eyes, he says. “Sunglasses are important when it comes to protecting our eyes from over-exposure to potentially harmful ultraviolet radiation,” David says. “However, it is important that when we choose our sunglasses, we are choosing a style that will actually offer our eyes protection against potentially harmful UV radiation.” The best styles are close-fitting and wrap-around styles which “cup” the eyes to block out UV radiation, he says. “If you find you can easily poke your fingertips into the sides of your current sunglasses, then there is a good chance that the sun’s UV is also reaching your eyes through these areas.”

summer messages Relaxed day look “I’M loving the relaxed, casual day look this summer,” says Gail Lubbock, owner of Escala Shoes in Manuka. “We have some lovely open sandals and jelly thongs in store, which are great for the beach. “There are also some that have a touch of bling, perfect for a barbecue or pool party, just to dress a casual look up a little bit.” The lovely Lupo bags in store can add to the casual-dressy vibe, Gail says. “There are some gorgeous summer colours in store; nudes, whites, pale blues and oranges,” she says. “A funky bag can can dress up the day look and add that extra interest.” Escala Shoes, Bougainville Street, Manuka. Call 6232 7666.


Ralph sunglasses, $199 from BrightEyes.

Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses, $350 from OPSM.

Alice sunglasses, $59.95 from BrightEyes.

Oakley Fringe sunglasses, $149.95.

New label ONE of Australia’s newest labels is T-Heinrich, created by fashionista Janette Lenk in Australia in 2009. Janette says she aspires to create garments that exhibit an individual style: “The rich pieces are made by using layers of vintage and new fabrics,” she says. “The garments are finished off with detailed unique trims and buttons that are sourced from all over the world.” Janette currently sells only in Ellory Lane, Civic; Parliament Clothing, Civic and Gossip on Melrose. More information at

T-Heinrich top in green, $59.95 from Ellory Lane.

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all about what’s on

It’s all happening here over summer… New Year in the City

Civic Square and Garema Place, Canberra City 7pm until late, Friday December 31 TWO prominent sites in the city will host Canberra’s free New Year’s Eve celebrations, with a family-friendly concert in Civic Square, a dance party in Garema Place, and two fireworks displays at 9pm and midnight. The Whitlams will be playing, as well as local Canberra bands, Who’s Ya Daddy and Kiwi G; the 9pm fireworks are billed as a great time to bring the kids to Civic. From 9pm, Garema Place will feature top local DJs counting down to midnight with a selection of the dance hits of 2010, culminating in a state-of-the-art pyrotechnic display. Both the Civic Square and Garema Place events are alcohol-free to encourage a safe and friendly atmosphere. ACTION Buses will operate on a modified weekday timetable, with the Nightrider service also available from 1am. For further information phone Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.

Australia Day Live

Parliament House lawns Tuesday, January 25 AN all-star line-up of home-grown talent will feature on Parliament House Lawns on the eve of Australia Day. The celebrations begin at 6pm with the announcement of the Australian of the Year, followed by the “Australia Day Live” concert. Canberrans can join an audience of more than 35,000 and celebrate Australia Day. There’s a special Australia Day eve treat with iconic Australian children’s entertainment group, the Wiggles (pictured), performing a 20th birthday concert.

Australia Day in the Park Wednesday, January 26

Happy New Year! Fireworks over Civic Square.

The Whitlams.

EVENTS include the Great Aussie Day Breakfast, flag-raising and Australian Citizenship ceremonies, a children’s festival, rides and fireworks over Lake Burley Griffin.

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all about what’s on National Gallery of Australia

“Ballet Russes” A MAJOR exhibition of the Gallery’s collection of Serge Diaghilev‘s Ballets Russes including costumes by artists Natalia Goncharova, Michel Larionov, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, André Derain, Robert and Sonia Delaunay, Georges Braque, André Masson and Giorgio de Chirico. Tickets $20 for adults, members/concession $15, family ticket $50, children $5, six and under, free. Call 6240 6411 Canberra Museum and Gallery

“Miss Piggy”

ELAINE Carnell (1930-2008) started collecting pigs when her husband, a fan of the “Muppets”, bought her a Miss Piggy soft toy. The collection encompasses pigs of all shapes and sizes from figurines to flying pigs.

“Altered States”, Gallery 2/3

Yarralumla Woolshed

New Year’s Eve Bush Dance

FEATURING lively bush dancing to Sydney band Southern Cross, the New Year’s Eve Bush Dance will see attendees taught all dances on the night - no experience in bush dancing required! Attendees are invited to see the New Year in and bring a plate to share for supper. Contact Barbara on 6161 2426 for information. December 31

EXPLORE the history of Canberra through buildings which have been lost, salvaged and re-purposed during the last 100 years, including the old Canberra Brickworks, Albert Hall and Stage 88, Commonwealth Park Glebe House. Open weekdays, 10am-5pm and Dancing in the Park weekends, noon-5pm. Closed public holidays. BUSH dancing on from “Message in a Bottle”, Gallery 4 6.45pm until dark every Monday night in December Canberra artist Marily Cintra created a site and January (except Decemspecific installation with water samples and ber 27 and January 24). All individual stories of people connected to the bush dances are called and Murrumbidgee River as part of an ongoing taught on the night and is series responding to CMAG’s glass-fronted suitable for all ages. gallery on Civic Square. Until March 20.

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all about what’s on The Children’s Gallery (NGA)


ISLAMIC works of art are paired with others in the national art collection under themes such as calligraphy, geometry, colour and the garden. Open daily, 10am-5pm. National Museum of Australia

“Australian Journeys”

A PERMANENT gallery exploring the voyages that connect Australia to the world. Includes convict tokens and Capt Cook’s magnifying glass. Free admission. Open daily, 9am-5pm.

“Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route”

THE Canning Stock Route’s story of contact, conflict and survival, of exodus and return, seen through Aboriginal eyes, and interpreted through their voices, art and new media. Free entry, open daily, 9am-5pm. Throughout January

Ranger-guided activities

EXPERIENCE Canberra’s wild side with a Parks, Conservation and Lands Ranger and join some of the regular walks and activities conducted throughout the ACT every month. Call 13 22 81 (bookings sometimes required).

National Zoo and Aquarium MEET a cheetah, do a Zooventure tour or walk on the wild side: the zoo is located at 999 Lady Denman Drive, Weston Creek. Open daily from 10am-5pm. Geijera Street, Kingston

Kingston Miniature Railway

THE railway is open on the second Sunday of each month from 12.30pm to 3.30pm and the last Sunday of each month from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Passengers are taken on a 900m journey through the museum, taking about 10 minutes. Single ticket, $2.50 each; five or more tickets, $2 each. National Botanic Gardens CANBERRANS can discover the beauty and diversity of Australian flora among native plants on the lower slopes of Black Mountain. For kids, there’s the lush Rainforest Gully, the sunny Rock Garden or the spectacular Display Glasshouse; there’s also the option to picnic on the Eucalypt Lawn or the Brittle Gum Lawn. Open 8.30am-5pm daily. Cafe open 8.30am-4.30pm. Daily free Guided Walks by the Friends Volunteer Guides at 11am and 2pm: to participate, meet at the Visitors Centre. Questacon

Australian War Memorial Mini Graff Suburban roadhouse 2 2010, stencil, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. National Gallery of Australia

“Space Invaders” OFF the street and into the gallery… this exhibi-

tion looks at work from the past 10 years by 35 contemporary artists from around Australia. Exhibition is open daily, 10am-5pm.


THE insights of two contemporary artists on the subject of peacekeeping. As official artists commissioned by the memorial, Jon Cattapan travelled to Timor-Leste in July 2008 and eX de Medici went to the Solomon Islands in March 2009.

“Hayabusa Mission”

THE Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Hayabusa space mission was launched in 2005 and was the first space mission to land on an asteroid and make a return journey. It was also the first time a specimen of material from an asteroid was obtained. Questacon is displaying a replica model of the Hayabusa spacecraft.

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all about summer The Three Bears... Jim Adamik (Father Bear), Kiki Skountzos (Mother Bear) and Brendan Kelly (Baby Bear).

H & G with a twist By Helen Musa ICKLE Pickle Productions has been making quite a name for itself since 2005 with holiday plays that involve a mixture of child and adult performers. Last time around, we saw the company doing the Disney stage version of “Mulan” and before that they managed to convince us that a handful of kids were 40 thieves in “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves”, scripted by Peter McDonald, who also wrote the scripts for their successful productions of “Goldilocks” and “Red Riding Hood.” Now, producer Justin Watson says, McDonald has come up with “Hansel & Gretel”. Why are we not surprised to learn that the little old lady the kids meet deep in the forest is really a wicked witch who dreams of winning “Masterchef” for her delicious recipe involving Hansel and Gretel? McDonald usually comes up with something out of the ordinary. With a cast of more than 30 talented perform-

ers, the play is billed suitable for all ages. It’s at Belconnen Theatre from January 14 to 29. Bookings to 6262 6977. FREE Rain Theatre is cooking up quite a different recipe – porridge, perhaps, with “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” at the Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre, from January 13-22. Staged by star Canberra director and performer Jordan Best, the script and score are written by her father Peter Best, one of the best-known names in the Australian film industry and the award-winning composer for everything from “The Adventures of Barry McKenzie” to “Muriel’s Wedding” and “Crocodile Dundee.” The show is, so Free Rain’s director Anne Somes tells us, full of “wonderful, original songs and very fun dialogue”. Bookings to 6275 2700 or

To Mars, with a little imagination By Helen Musa IF you missed the recent production of “Little Beauty” at the National Portrait Gallery recently, you’ll surely want to get up to the Sydney Festival for “Snow on Mars”. Both are the work Kim Carpenter’s Theatre of Image, respected internationally as one of the most original companies working anywhere with theatre for young audiences and one which never stints on good actors, directors and designers. Researched with the assistance of Australian

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astronaut Andy Thomas, “Snow on Mars” aims at stimulating children’s imaginations with “an intriguing future, the exploration of Mars in the tradition of Cook, Magellan and Columbus”. It’s the story of a boy’s dream to be the first man to see snow on Mars and will incorporate aerial performers, actors, music, song and digital animation. Australian director, Gale Edwards, celebrated for productions of “Sweeney Todd” and “The Boy from Oz,” will lead a team also comprising writer Richard Tulloch and concept designer Carpenter.


Arts thrive at coast By Helen Musa WHILE enjoying a visit to the coast, don’t forget the arts are thriving there, too. The Bateman’s Bay Arts & Crafts Society is holding its 26th Annual Arts & Crafts Exhibition from December 30 to January 16, 10am-4pm daily at Bateman’s Bay High School, Beach Road, Batehaven. The society has around 150 members and received more than 320 entries for the annual art, sculpture and craft competition this year. Paintings, sculptures and craft work will be for sale. Judging of the art and sculpture sections are by Canberra’s Judi Power Thomson and Maryann Mussared. Craft is being judged by Amanda Williams, of Mogo. This year’s $1000 Cystic Fibrosis Art Prize, donated by Michael Skuse, of L J Hooker Bateman’s Bay, will be selected from all paintings and will be acquisitive. Entry is by gold coin donation.

“Knot” by Richard Moffatt, at the Priory at Bingie Gallery. FURTHER south at the Priory at Bingie Gallery in beautiful Bingie near Moruya, the newest exhibition will run from January 2 to 30. Architect Peter Freeman will officially launch it on January 9 at 11am and the exhibition showcases works by the late Pamela Challis, Anthea Moffatt, Martina Penning, Virginia Aland and gallery owner Barbara Romalis. It’s open 11am-4pm daily except Sundays. For directions visit

The Robert Foster jug, “Red Turbulence”, at the Narek Gallery.

Twelve-year-old Waylon (played by physical performer, Rick Everett) wants to be the first man on Mars, so from a country caravan park he writes letters to his hero, Andy Thomas. With Dad (Elliott Weston) and Nan (Deborah Kennedy) moving around all the time, this is as unlikely as finding snow on Mars. But he and his friend Gabi (Danielle Jackson) decide to give the idea a go and they learn a lot on the way. Carpenter’s hope is that this play, suitable for audiences aged ages 6-106, “will help our understanding of where we fit in the universe”. “Snow on Mars”, York Theatre, Seymour Centre, from January 7 to 16. Bookings to 1300 688812 or 1300 723038.

EVEN further south, but just as beautiful, are Narek Galleries in the old church at 1140 TathraBermagui Road, Tanja. Director Karen O’Clery tells us she has a stimulating exhibition lined up for January 7-February 14, mostly of ceramic ewers, pitchers, jugs and jars, but including what she calls “a piquant seam of metal with the work of Robert Foster”.

Rick Everett, in the lead role of Waylon in “Snow on Mars”.

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all about summer

No strain to grey cells “Heartbreaker” (M)   THIS lightweight, French, anti-romantic comedy that lurches into outright farce is the kind of film a Hollywood producer may decide to remake and promote as a sophisticated sex romp to amuse an audience too lazy to read subtitles. Pascal Chaumeil’s tri-lingual version of a story with a moderately high imagination content, delivered in a staccato style with an ending so transparently predictable that we don’t really mind, doesn’t strain our little grey cells. Melanie (Julie Ferrier) and Marc (Francois Damiens) run a service dissuading impending brides from marriage choices their parents don’t like. Juliette (Vanessa Paradis) plans to marry English millionaire Jonathan (Andrew Lincoln). Not if her millionaire father can help it. The firm’s chief asset Alex (Romain Duris), deploying a well-rehearsed gallery of persuasions, needs the gig to pay off a debt. Worked it out yet? It’s gently comical, structurally feeble but tolerable. Duris, not a hunk, must apply wit and cunning to perform Alex’s mission convincingly. Paradis’s cuteness, delicate frame and gap teeth eventually make peace with your visual comfort. That Hollywood producer is sure to cast an actress at least two cup sizes bigger to play Juliette. At Dendy


Dougal Macdonald

a computer chip, where the action passages got serious. Twenty-something years later, Kevin’s son Sam (Garrett Hedlund), a major shareholder in his father’s software company, discovers how to enter the cybernetic universe on that same chip, now inhabited by programs rather than people, and sets about returning his dad to the real world. Helping are Kevin’s friend Tron (Bruce Boxleitner) and the winsome Quorra (Olivia Wilde). Costing a reported $US200million, “Tron: Legacy” resembles its list of producers – long (127 minutes) and dull, as boring a sci-fi fantasy as I can remember. In Joseph Kosinski’s directing debut, writers Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz and four underlings deny him room to flap his creative wings. The dialogue, when not being juvenile, is trite. The designer solves the problem of identifying the causes which the combatants support by giving costumes with reflective white facings to the good guys and with orange ones to the bad guys. This is useful for following the ebb and flow of the action even when watching a 2D print as I did. What the 3D print looks like through those light-absorbing lenses, I shudder to imagine. With many passages derived from earlier, better, films, not all of which went extra-terres“Tron: Legacy” (M)   trial, the plot has the consistency of cold oatmeal IN Steven Lisberger’s 1982 film, “Tron”, a villainous porridge. I had difficulty staying awake, despite software pirate converted Kevin (Jeff Bridges) Daft Punk’s raucous and repetitive soundtrack. into a data stream then reconstituted him inside At all cinemas

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Stars of the silver screen “Little Fockers” (M)

THIS is the third collaboration of Dustin Hoffman, Robert de Niro and Ben Stiller in the ongoing saga of two disparate families indissolubly joined at the adult children. It was rumored that Hoffman refused to reprise his role of Bernie Focker for new director Paul Weisz but eventually succumbed to some unstated blandishment. The first two were amusing enough in their mindlessness. Ten years later, Pam Byrnes (Teri Polo) and Bernie’s son Greg (Stiller) are married with twins, suggesting strong prospects of juvenile japes and worse. Jack Byrnes (de Niro) has doubts about Greg. When the Focker clan including Pam’s lovelorn ex (Owen Wilson) arrives for the twins’ birthday party, Greg must prove to the skeptical Jack that he’s fully capable as the man of the house. Been there before, I guess. But what the heck, it’s the holiday season.

“The Tourist” (M) THIS film is unlikely to generate giggles. Wimpish American tourist Frank (Leonardo di Caprio) visits Italy to mend a broken heart. Elise (Angelina Jolie) is an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path. When they find themselves dodging bullets on the streets of Paris and the canals of Venice, Frank finds himself both in love and way over his head. Jolie has played the Elise character under various names, like Lara Croft, Evelyn Salt and Mrs Smith. She does it well enough but those characters don’t really extend her range (to see her do that, fast-rewind to Changeling, directed by Clint Eastwood). This time, the director is German aristocrat Florian Maria Georg Christian Graf Henckel von Donnersmarck, I kid you not. Don’t laugh. 2.05 metres tall, with a degree in philosophy from Oxford, he learned his craft from Sir Richard Attenborough.

Film writer DOUGAL MACDONALD previews some of the summer’s new movies A passage in the film poignantly illustrates the challenge facing the King in matching the oratorical skills of Hitler and Mussolini. Watching a newsreel of Hitler giving an impassioned speech as only he could, one of the Princesses asks what is he saying. The King replies, “I don’t know, but he seems to be saying it rather well.”

“Gulliver’s Travels” (PG) THE first film I saw was Dave Fleischer’s animation, somewhat technically remarkable for its time, from Jonathan Swift’s ribald satirical novel about the travels of Dr Lemuel Gulliver. Today’s kids raised on a brain-clogging diet of TV mightn’t share the wonderment I took from that first encounter with moving images or perceive its satirical origin, but I expect they’ll get a buzz from Rob Letterman’s modern version combining live action with CG. Jack Black plays travel writer Gulliver, washed ashore on the island of Lilliput where the inhabitants are very little. Emily Blunt is the Lilliputian princess and Billy Connolly is the King. A film about Gulliver’s other voyages, to “remote nations where Yahoos preside; among which the least corrupted are the Brobdingnagians” (one of whom, Glumdalclitch, nine years old and only 40 feet high, was his nurse) or among the charming horse-like Houyhnhnms, might be an attractive proposition for an enterprising film-maker.

IN tri-lingual (English, French, German) “Sarah’s Key”, from Tatiana de Rosney’s novel, Kristin Scott Thomas plays Americanborn journalist Julia, working on a story about the 1942 roundup and deportation of thousands of Parisian Jewish families. Her husband is renovating the Paris flat that his family acquired when its Jewish occupants were dispossessed in the roundup. Ten-year-old Melusine Mayance plays Sarah whose family was among the deportees. In the parallel story, Sarah hides her four-year-old brother Thomas in a wardrobe. In uncovering the truths about her husband’s family, Julia uncovers ugly truths about her adopted country.

“Blue Valentine” (MA 15+) WRITER/director Derek Cianfrance spent 12 years and 66 drafts developing this portrait of a marriage, an idealised and romanticised view of love which either is or isn’t there. He (Ryan Gosling) is a devoted hardworking father, she (Michelle Williams) is an overworked mother who seems to be raising her husband along with their daughter. A well-meant attempt to revitalise the marriage through sexual intimacy becomes a disaster. This has a poignant resonance. Stories like this, however often told, frequently offer beneficial cinema experiences. Remember to bring tissues.


“The King’s Speech” (M) ONE that touches me where I really feel it, and those who know me will understand why, is “The King’s Speech”. Directed by another Oxford man, Tom Hooper, it tells how Australian Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) taught King George VI (Colin Firth) to master a major personal difficulty in time to present a rallying figurehead to a nation waging a terrible war. Helena Bonham Carter plays Queen Mum. Jennifer Ehle, who played Lizzie Bennett opposite Firth’s Darcy in the TV adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice”, here plays Logue’s wife.

“Sarah’s Key” (M)

Colin Firth, as King George VI and Helena Bonham Carter as the Queen in a scene from “The King’s Speech”.

IN “Somewhere”, Golden Lion winner at this year’s Venice Film Festival for director Sophia Coppola, a movie actor (Stephen Dorff) is compelled to re-assess his life which he finds to be lacking in substance except when he is working. The impetus for this introspection is his 11-year-old sometime daughter (Elle Fanning) left in his care while her mother leaves town. How damaged is the child? How can the father fit her into his lifestyle of ultimately pointless adult hedonism and privilege? Nothing astonishing happens in the film. Coppola’s apparent intention is to investigate the role of boredom in disconnecting people from the potential of their lives to deliver richness. Sounds interesting. CityNews  December 23 - January 12  17

all about summer

Music on the lush lawns By Helen Musa WITH recent controversy about the fabulous sums needed to hire out-of-town artists for the Enlighten festival and Foreshore, it’s pleasing to report that the Australian National Botanic Gardens will celebrate summer with four weekends of top local bands playing a mix of favourites and new music. “Sounds of Summer” is a not-to-miss Canberra event held annually on the lush eucalypt lawn in the gardens, and it’s been running for 10 years. It’s casual and family-friendly with wine, beer and soft drinks available for sale from the Friends of the Gardens and Rotary’s famous sausage sizzles. Just turn up. The series is the annual fundraising activity for the Friends of the Gardens, and donations collected are used to fund new projects such as the Botanical Resource Centre, the shelter adjacent to the Rock Garden, the Cascades water-feature beside the Visitor Centre, the fogging system and palms and tree ferns in the Rainforest Gully, and classroom microscopes for the education section This year the gardens are hosting a dress-up Australia concert on January 23, with An-

nie and the Armadillos singing Aussie favourites, and Greening Australia giving away Australian native seedlings to the first 200 families that arrive. As well as Annie and her Armadillos, we will hear Karismakatz, The Wedded Bliss, Key Grip, The Cashews, As Famous as the Moon, Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens and Vertical, with ANU jazz giant Eric C. Ajaye.

“Sounds of Summer”, 6pm-7.30 pm on Saturdays January 8, 15, 22 and 29 and Sundays January 9, 16, 23 and 30. Concerts will be cancelled on days of total fire ban Annie, of Annie and the Armadillos... stars of the Botanic Gardens’ dress-up Australia concert on January 23 or severe weather conditions.

The “Sounds of Summer” audience... a not-to-miss event held annually on the lush eucalypt lawn.

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‘The Lion’ sets pulses running By literary editor Robert Macklin I’D love to recommend some ripper Australian fiction hot from the presses for you to take on hols, but unfortunately the homegrown variety seems to be an endangered species. In all the books that came my way for review this year Australian fiction barely registered. For a ripper read I had to turn to the American, Nelson DeMille for “The Lion” to really set the pulses racing. It contains a couple of very violent scenes and like all American books it needed an editor to take out about 10,000 words, but it’s written with real brio and even a dash of irony. It certainly kept me turning the pages to the gruesome climax. A beauty for the beach. But if we’re lacking Australian fiction there’s absolutely no shortage of excellent non-fiction works. Anh Do’s “The Happiest Refugee” for example, is both charming and thoroughly engaging. Peter Lloyd’s “Inside Story” and Laurie Oakes’s “On The Record” are both easy reads and well tailored to a Canberra audience. Rob Maylor’s “SAS Sniper” is a runaway bestseller and just the ticket for the “Boys Own” brigade. While “From Moree to Mabo – The Mary Gaudron Story” provides fascinating insights into the life and times of the first female justice of the High Court. Finally, for those who like to garnish their reading with a little learning on the side, Dr Chris Smith’s “Stripping Down Science” should fill the bill. It gives the lie to many common misconceptions such as the value of vitamin tablets (nil); and did you know that thinking about food can actually help you reduce how much you eat? What better way to fit back into that bikini.

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Pat and Bill Stephens, Samara Purnell and Helen Musa

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your week in the stars With Joanne Madeline Moore. December 27 - January 2.

ARIES (Mar 21 – Apr 20)

New Year’s Eve will be memorable, as the Scorpio Moon (and love planet Venus) stimulate your sexuality zone. It’s the perfect time to get hot and heavy with your partner, while singles will be in the mood to go out on the prowl. With adventurous Jupiter and innovative Uranus moving into your sign, 2011 is the year to explore new horizons.

TAURUS (Apr 21 – May 20)

The Moon and Venus hook up in your relationship zone, so you’re set for a super romantic New Year’s Eve. Single Bulls – a new chapter of your love life is about to begin. With four eclipses activating your money zones, financial security is a major theme over the coming year. The harder you work, the luckier you’ll be.

GEMINI (May 21 – June 21)

You’ll be happy to hear that Mercury moves forwards on Thursday. Communication confusion should gradually settle down, and New Year’s Eve provides a great opportunity to patch up friendships you’ve fractured over the last few weeks. Getting the ratio right between personal space and cosy togetherness will be a tricky juggle in 2011.

CANCER (June 22 – July 22)

The Scorpio Moon activates your kids zone, so it’s going to be an intense New Year’s Eve. Expect dummy-spits and high spirits from toddlers and children (and keep a close eye on tear-away teenagers). But, with Venusian vibes strong around midnight, you should see in 2011 with lashings of love, plenty of good will and a touch of romance.

LEO (July 23 – Aug 22)

With the Moon and Venus snuggling up in your domestic zone, your stars favour seeing in the New Year quietly at home, surrounded by family and friends. You may have a sudden epiphany that your world view is way too narrow. 2011 is the year to be a cosmopolitan Cat as you expand your international contacts, whether in person or online.

puzzles general knowledge crossword Across 1 What is another term for a jail? 8 Name a concluding part added to a literary work. 9 In the nursery-rhyme, who lost her sheep (2,4)? 10 What are tapering, four-sided shafts of stone? 11 What describes a way in which a thing may be viewed? 13 Which term is also known as numbers? 16 Name the NSW south coast town, postcode 2518. 19 Name the renowned Australian Aboriginal country singer, Jimmy ... 22 To be moving in a spiral is to be doing what? 24 To reach one's destination is to what? 25 What describes an official or ceremonial robe? 26 Name governing church officers, often with pastoral functions.


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VIRGO (Aug 23 – Sept 22)

Prepare for an intense New Year’s Eve, as the Scorpio Moon charges the party atmosphere with extra emotion. Attached Virgos – your partner will be in a volatile mood so watch out! Singles – you’re feeling strong and independent and won’t play second fiddle to anyone. 2011 is the year to be more spontaneous when it comes to love and lust.



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The Moon’s in your sign on New Year’s Eve so you’ll feel more emotionally intense than usual, as you walk a fine line between responding and over-reacting. If you are a smart Scorpio, you’ll plan a low-key night and won’t drink too much. With four eclipses in your sex and money zones, lust and loot are the predominate themes in 2011.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Thank goodness for sunny Sagittarians! When others are intense and moody on New Year’s Eve, you can be relied on to crack a joke or tell a funny story. (Don’t expect some loved ones to be amused though.) 2011 is the year to concentrate on money matters and put your financial future under the microscope. Perhaps it’s not as rosy as you think?

CAPRICORN (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

With somber Mars/Saturn aspects, Goats will feel uncharacteristically sheepish mid-week but you’ll liven up on New Year’s Eve (and could surprise others with some late night funky moves on the dance floor!) 2011 will be a year of hard work and professional challenges, plus there’ll be exciting and unexpected changes on the home front too.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Relationships (with individuals and groups) look complicated and need to be handled with care. Diplomacy and clear communication are the keys to a wonderful week, so choose your words wisely. As birthday great Rudyard Kipling wrote “Words are the most powerful drugs used by mankind.” 2011 is the year to set firm goals for the future.

PISCES (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Pisceans – are you sick and tired of being so pious? New Year’s Eve is the night to break out and party like a pro. With playful Mercury moving forwards in your reputation zone, it’s time to shake out your dancing shoes, shimmy into your favourite party gear, and turn the music up – loud! You’re set for a creative and spiritual surge in the coming year. 22  CityNews  December 23 - January 12

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LIBRA (Sept 23 – Oct 23)

Do you remember the old TV show called Family Feud? This New Year’s Eve, with the Sun, Mars and Pluto in your domestic zone, you’re in for a personal re-run (especially early in the evening). Things then settle down around midnight, as the Moon and Venus make beautiful music together. When it comes to love, expect the unexpected in 2011.



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IT’S summer in Canberra and in this edition “CityNews” celebrates the city’s many New Year attractions and activities from theatre, art, boo...

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IT’S summer in Canberra and in this edition “CityNews” celebrates the city’s many New Year attractions and activities from theatre, art, boo...