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Start spreading the news... … New York, New York! Kevin Rudd’s biographer ROBERT MACKLIN says the former Prime Minister will be coming back, but not to The Lodge... KEVIN Rudd’s (31-71) trouncing by Julia Gillard is the end of the line for the former Prime Minister… and the beginning of a bright new future. As I texted him after the vote: “The best is yet to come.” Kevin will not challenge again. His pledge to work for her re-election was deadly serious. His future depends on Labor retaining power. But he still believes that one day the doors of The Lodge will reopen for him to sweep back triumphant. He’s almost certainly wrong. But that doesn’t mean there are no great achievements ahead. You see, the real story behind the challenge is all about Kevin’s sense of destiny. As a young man he was fascinated by the life of Winston Churchill who rose to prominence as a young First Lord of the Admiralty in World War I before being banished from politics after the disastrous Gallipoli adventure. However, he returned in the post-war era and warned against the

warlike rearmament of Germany then reclaimed 10 Downing Street and brought Britain through the dark days of World War II. Churchill’s certainty about his manifest role in history spoke directly to Kevin’s own self-perception. So when he was decisively rejected by the voters in Griffith in 1996 he found the inner resources to throw himself back into the fray two years later to emerge triumphant. Indeed, he began his maiden speech to Parliament with these words: “Politics is about power”. In the lead up to the leadership vote he even made an oblique reference to Churchill’s power of political revival. But Australia is not Britain and Kevin is not Winston, the descendant of an aristocratic line before whom lesser mortals doff their caps. His Labor colleagues will never have him back. It may take a while for him to realise this, but when he does he will let it be known that he would accept an offer from the PM to become our ambassador to the United Nations after the next election. She will leap at the chance.

dose of dorin

Eyes aimed at Archer Helen Musa cover story

Once in New York, Kevin will pursue our interests like no other before him and might very well become secretary-general of the organisation himself. And while there are no serious

enemies to Australia in prospect at this stage (perhaps we have passed that stage in world history), we could not have a more Churchillian representative to forestall any threats to our shores.

CREATIVE director for the Centenary of Canberra, Robyn Archer, is under the spotlight during this festive season. All eyes will be on her on March 12 when she unveils a brochure that will give us a first glimpse of the 12-month program of events planned to celebrate this city’s milestone in 2013. For many Canberrans, it will be the end to a long wait to see if their event or project has been included in the official festivities. Award-winning ACT portrait painter Judi Power Thomson has just completed a 1.1m x 1.6m painting of Archer, circled by neon lights, to enter in the 2012 Archibald Prize. The painting is featured as our cover this week. “My aim with the painting was to convey to the viewer that this person was energetic, colourful, creative and artistic,” Power Thomson told “CityNews”, explaining that the little cut-out dolls are superimposed with images of the characters and roles Archer has played over the years. “I called the painting ‘Live Wire’ because that is what Robyn is,” she said.


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Mud flies in a tit-for-tat tussle LABOR’S John Hargreaves has the propensity to put his foot in his mouth. He is no longer a minister. He is no longer Government whip. Demotion and the loss of $12,102 is a steep penalty for an inappropriate homophobic comment he made in a note passed to the Liberal Alistair Coe in the Assembly 18 months ago. It came as Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, had applied the torch to Opposition Leader Zed Seselja. The Liberals were able to return fire because of a stupid “larrikin” lapse by Hargreaves. Coe had been biding his time. With his boss cornered, the inappropriate note suddenly took on a new level of importance. Instead of the Liberals being slowly roasted, the focus changed to a tit-for-tat battle. Misuse of taxpayers’ money is a serious matter and one that will be investigated thoroughly by former Royal Commissioner, Ron McLeod. However, the debate in the Assembly provided an insight into the carelessness in the Liberal Party, which was last year forced to repay $10,000 of taxpayers’ money in another matter. They did not learn the lesson and now stand accused of having Liberal Party staff paid for by the taxpayer. “The principles of Parliamentary purity”, was how Hargreaves argued at the beginning of the sitting fortnight, calling for an “independent audit of staffing arrangements”. “This parliament is supposed to be an example,” he said, but at that stage, of course, it was not about him. As the debate continued over the

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sitting period, Seselja expressed frustration. “It is simply part of a political witch hunt in an election year, making grubby allegations in the Assembly under parliamentary privilege that you are not prepared to back up outside,” he complained. Then Seselja switched to a witch hunt of his own. It was time to sic Coe on to Hargreaves. Tit-for-tat! The homophobic note, written in August 2010, that Coe had been sitting on for just the right moment, had the Chief Minister describing it as “in very poor taste, a lapse in judgement and another embarrassment”. It certainly was not in the spirit of “parliamentary purity”! It was hard to see through the Legislative Assembly windscreen for the mud thrown up over the last sitting period. The Treasurer introduced an Appropriation Bill for additional monies – a matter that should have received serious attention. Liberal Vicki Dunne tabled the report of the Justice and Community Safety Committee on prostitution. There was legislation tabled by the Liberals, the Greens and the Government. Legislation was debated on food, children and young people, transplantation and anatomy, and a range of other important issues. But they disappeared in the quagmire. In politics, the negatives work and the real effort gets lost in the mud slinging.

briefly Cash rolls in!

TENNIS legend Pat Cash was in Canberra to help raise a startling $101,800 at the Maxim Invitational tennis tournament, which donated all proceeds to the Salvation Army’s Oasis Youth Residential Services program. The amount raised was nearly three times last year’s event. Speaking on behalf of the Maxim partners, Mark Peatey said he was delighted with the result from the day, and the support of his generous clients. The funds will be used to buy two new vehicles to transport underprivileged children to school, community activities and medical appointments. The event was sponsored by Rubicon restaurant and Rolfe Classic BMW and supported by staff from the Rising Star Tennis Academy and The Mark Agency.

Silent nights

THE National Film and Sound Archive will screen a season of silent films focusing on early polar cinema heritage in celebration of the centenary of Sir Douglas Mawson’s Australasian Antarctic expedition. “Autumn Silents”, from March 3-12, will include films from the NFSA’s own collection and from around the globe, including the Australian premiere of “The Great White Silence” – the restoration of Herbert Ponting’s 1924 film of Capt Robert Scott’s tragic 1910 “Dash to the Pole”.

Peacekeepers wanted

ANU student Kimberley Doyle wants to talk to peacekeepers who served in East Timor, Solomon Islands or Bougainville about their personal experiences as part of her PhD research on Australian peacekeeping in the Pacific. Call 6125 2357 or email kimberley.doyle@

Drivers needed

A HUNDRED drivers from Canberra over the age of 65 are being sought for a study, funded by NRMA ACT Road Safety Trust, to understand the driving behaviours and commuting needs of seniors. The study asks participants to complete a questionnaire and then have their driving and sleep patterns measured over a two-week period. All participants will receive a $50 shopping voucher. More information about taking part in the confidential study from 6201 2369 or email louise.deeks@

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news / Australian Women’s History Month

‘Good town’ for building ambition Freyla Ferguson reports

CANBERRA is internationally renowned for Walter Burley Griffin’s award-winning design – but what role have women played in how the city is shaped today? It’s Australian Women’s History month and this year’s theme is “Women with a plan: Australian architects, town planners and landscape architects”. Annabelle Pegrum has been an integral player in Canberra’s urban planning since arriving in Canberra more than 30 years ago. She can easily shoot off a list of women in Canberra who have played big roles in urban planning from landscape architects Helen Cohen and Gail Williamson to urban planner Barbara Norman, architect Ann Cleary, and women “not necessarily designers” such as her daughter Elisabeth Judd and Catherine Carter – and “this list goes on and on”. “In Canberra, there are probably more women getting more involved, particularly in planning and landscape architecture, than you might have found elsewhere,” she says. “It’s been a good town that way for encouraging women in those areas and a good place to demonstrate how very good women are in those roles.”

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Architect Annabelle Pegrum... reinstated the priority of the parliamentary zone.  Photo by Silas Brown Ms Pegrum is now University of Canberra’s university architect, but is best known for her role as CEO of the National Capital Authority for 10 years. “I was the first woman who headed up the equivalent of the National Capital Development Commission for Canberra, it was fascinating and quite wonderful,” she says. Ms Pegrum moved here in 1980 when Canberra felt “very youthful”. “The other thing that was very interesting about Canberra then was it felt classless, it had this mix of population from many different cultures as well as many different employment types and social

housing was mixed with regular housing, which was sort of unusual in those days,” she says. “So it felt kind of progressive and young and very forward thinking.” After working in senior public service roles in the ACT, she took on the post as CEO of the National Capital Authority in 1998 and says one of her biggest achievements there was the reinstatement of the priority in the parliamentary zone. “We undertook the Parliamentary Zone Review and from that implemented plans; Commonwealth Park was built, Reconciliation Place was built, the walkways, the lake foreshore, the kiosks, the sites for the Portrait Gallery, the extension of the National Gallery, signage and then layering that with use that hadn’t been seen before, like bringing events to the capital,” she says. But it’s now time for the next generation “to start to make their mark”. “There’s a group of young architects in Canberra, two of whom are women, one of which is a recent graduate called Sarah Herbert, from the University of Canberra, who are putting out online discussion about Canberra,” she says. “That’s fantastic, they’re young, some of them are registered, some of them aren’t, they’re staying in Canberra and putting a positive spin on what’s good about the city. “And they’ll start to leave their mark from there, I think.” For more information on Australian Women’s History Month visit

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City pride rises on promise of its teams The mood of a city is often reflected in the performance of its sporting teams, says TIM GAVEL AS the Brumbies and the Raiders crashed and burned last year, it became obvious that the pride of the city had been dented. I have a strong belief that performance in one-team cities is partly motivated by the desire to generate pride within the community in which the players live. There is pride in watching the national news when Canberra teams have been successful. It came as no surprise when both opted for a change, and an element of that change was a reconnection with the Canberra community. Much of that connection is generated by onfield success and both have promised plenty this year. For the Brumbies, it was an overhaul with a new coach, new captain and new players. The Raiders had a comprehensive review, brought in a new assistant coach and changed the support system provided to players. It is too early to provide anything more than an observation, but the early signs are promising.  Brumbies’ coach Jake White has left no stone unturned in his quest for success. He wants players willing to put their bodies on the line and a total commitment to the cause. White controls nearly all the players’ activities on a daily basis; from their dealings with the media, to what they eat and how they train.

The players have breakfast together, train, have lunch together then train again; they stay together for much of the day. With so many new players and a new coach, they needed to bond and in many respects it gives the Brumbies an advantage. White says the routine will continue for the rest of the season. The Raiders had a horrible run with injuries last year, but that wasn’t the only reason for their lack of success. One thing I have noticed in the lead up to the first game of the premiership is the work ethic. The general attitude of the players appears to be far more positive than it was last year. Training seems to be more purposeful without going for hours. This appears to be a result of the review. New assistant coach Justin Morgan has been a revelation, providing coach David Furner with vital support and a sounding board; and the players have responded. Terry Campese is a great choice as captain; he is very much a local player leading the local team. Josh Dugan’s impending re-signing has also given supporters heart as well as his team mates. All that is needed now is for both sides to perform on the field as everything possible has been done to ensure success.  Hopefully, the mood of the city is reflected in the performances of both teams this year. I am not sure the community could take another year like 2011.

letters Rough riding, Mr Moore I FIND it extraordinary that Michael Moore in his column (“Can we trust Seselja with public money?”, CN, February 16) notes that “The roads (in Canberra) are still in better condition than in most places in Australia”. Has Mr Moore driven on any of the many roads that have recently been patched up with rough and loose gravel? It seems the ACT Government has given up on providing smooth, sealed roads for its citizens and is happy to see its citizens pay the price for its cost cutting through stone chips in their cars’ paintwork and a rough, noisy ride on rough gravel. I have just come home from a weekend in the small

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NSW town of Jamberoo and let me assure you that, even when compared to country NSW, we are well behind in terms of road quality.  Jeremy Funnell, Isaacs

Trivial nonsense

TIM Gavel was spot-on with his comments on television’s intrusion into sporting events (“TV crosses the line”, CN, February 16). This has to be the most pointless, inane, irrelevant exercise the TV media has thrust upon us. Let us kill this concept off right now before it gains any more traction and let the viewers enjoy the games undisturbed by trivial nonsense.  Barry Rollings, via email

employment & training All about training and gaining HERE are some opportunities for ambitious and compassionate people – from accountants to beauticians to foster carers. And some guidance on good training options for progressive organisations...

Exhale and relax

ANTONIETTE Gomez, director of Exhale Coaching and Consulting, says her business provides interactive and effective training workshops with a difference. “Our relaxed yet professional approach enables participants to feel at ease and therefore interact more freely,” she says. “This style of learning environment encourages the sharing of experiences in order to give participants additional insights into the topics covered. “We have designed specific corporate and smallbusiness workshops to meet the demands and needs of organisations.” Exhale also offers NLP training services. “With over 20 years’ experience in business, we understand the pressures faced and how to help you achieve the success you deserve,” she says. “Exhale Coaching are specialists in communication strategies for business leaders, managers and teams.” Call 0431 006747 or go to

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Yes, you can, because you can “INSTEAD of telling people what you can’t do, tell them what you can do,” says Gavan Podbury, from Rapid Insights: at work and at home. Gavan, a personality profiler and qualified therapist, is presenting his “Communication Matters” advanced workplace communication skills seminar in Canberra on Tuesday, March 27. Hundreds of Canberrans have attended Gavan’s courses during the past couple of years. “This seminar gives people a new way of looking at the people they are having difficulty with. I teach people to speed read someone else’s personality, and when you have that information you are empowered to make some choices as to how you interact with that person,” Gavan says. “If I can identify a core aspect of your personality, I am now in a position to phrase my conversations with you in a way that you’ll be more open to hearing.” This is a useful tool in business, but it’s just as helpful at home, he says. “They say that in Australia three out of five marriages end in divorce; of the two that are left, one would like to be divorced! I’m into giving people a new way to preserve that relationship. That’s what I do,” Gavan says. “My gift is that I can give people a new way

of looking at other people, and a new way to talk to them that’s guaranteed to work if they persevere.” Phone 1300 137 232 or go to

advertising feature Skills and confidence for career navigation YELLOW Edge is the creation of four founding directors who, in 2002, set out to create a business to provide creative, innovative and practical services and solutions to HR and business clients. Senior project manager Tara Schwarze says Yellow Edge’s new career programs are designed to help individuals reach their career goals “whether they are planning their next move, progression via promotion, or transitioning into a brand new career”.

“Organisations will benefit by supporting their staff to compete effectively in promotion rounds,” she says. Yellow Edge also offers half and full-day career workshops as well as intensive two-day Career Development Assessment Centres covering application and interview skills, career planning, networking and promotion. By the end of the career-coaching program, participants can expect to be equipped to

establish career goals, progress through their chosen career or transition to a new career, and have taken ownership of their careers and goals. “Yellow Edge’s philosophy is to equip clients with the skills and confidence to navigate their own career journeys,” Tara says. Level 2, 9 Sydney Avenue, Barton. Phone 6273 0168 or go to

Short course in good looks LEARN how to do acrylic nails, spray tanning, eyelash extensions or professional make-up with one of the short courses at the Australasian Beauty Therapy Academy. Principal Ping Gan says the short courses have been popular since last year. “We help people to really learn things here, rather than just get a piece of paper,” she says. “What makes us stand out is the quality of our training.” Ping is especially excited about a new make-up class to be held during April. “Celebrity make-up artist Dale Dorning is delivering this intensive master class,” she says. “This class delivers the key aspects

of make-up artistry in just one week and is directed at those looking to gain employment in the make-up industry as a qualified make-up artist.” Other short courses include waxing, manicure and pedicure, tinting, perming, foot reflexology, electrolysis and ear piercing. The Australasian Beauty Therapy Academy is internationally recognised and diploma students can sit for international exams. “We have a 100 per cent pass rate for our students,” says Ping. 3/53 Dundas Court, Phillip. Call 6285 4255 or go to

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employment / training

Welcome mat’s out for accountants “WE’RE always interested in talking to potential employees at Kazar Slaven,” says senior manager Tony Lane. Kazar Slaven is a boutique accounting firm that specialises in insolvency. “We think more people should consider a career in insolvency. We view ourselves as the pre-eminent

insolvency firm in the Canberra region,” he says. “For an accountant who may not want to spend their entire career in insolvency, Kazar Slaven is a good place to broaden their experience.” One of the things that makes insolvency interesting as a career is the variety, according to Tony. “There is a different set of

circumstances every day,” he says. People who work here become quite passionate about it. There is a social justice element to the job because we are acting for people who can’t necessarily act for themselves.” Interested candidates should call 6285 1310 or go to kazarslaven.

Wanted: Compassionate foster carers BARNARDOS’ recruitment and training co-ordinator Vanessa Richter says the organisation is trying always to recruit more foster carers. “We have a high number of children coming into our care and to meet that need, we are looking for more foster carers,” she says. Almost 35,000 children in Australia are in foster care and, year on year, this number continues to increase. “In order to continue providing a safe haven for our community’s most vulnerable children and young

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people we need to recruit caring, committed individuals who are willing to provide a stable and nurturing home to a child,” Vanessa says. Foster care means looking after someone else’s child, or children, in your own home at a time when their family is unable to do so. The reasons for this may be due to the risk of abuse or neglect, physical or mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, family breakdown or any other reason that means a parent is unable to care for them. It can be for just a few days or

for many years. There is not just one type of person who makes a good foster carer. “We need families, couples, and single people from diverse backgrounds in order to meet the wide ranging needs of the children requiring care,” Vanessa says. Barnardos Australia provides all carers with generous financial remuneration and 24 hour support. Call 6228 9500 or go to barnardos.

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At National Day of Kuwait celebrations, Hyatt Hotel

At the Gryphons Caffe Bar opening, Griffith Shops

Zaid Al-Harb, Abdulaziz Al-Bisher with Nada Alshaibani and the ambassador of Kuwait Khaled Al-Shaibani

Julie Lenarduzzi, Jenny Blake, Sarah Gallagher, Marylou Pooley, Emily Jasprizza and Jennifer Tierney

Norah, Shouq and Aisha Alathari

Hasan Lomen, Ernesto Enriquez, Ahmed Marri and Campitelli Ejercito

Monika Stanczew and Rabab Ambusaidi

Manal Shoshara, Hala Butrus, Zekra Ahmad, Yemen Sanjakdar, Salma Al-Shaibani and Viola Hanna

MLA Chris Bourke, Agata Balzy and Witold Krzesinsk

Ian and Anne Coutts

Kestine Kenny, Renee Pound, Ella Wallace, Daniel Gaul with Lynton and Debbie Macpherson

Fiona Crowe, Jacob and Janette Cadona with Renee Ruhen

Gavin Pound with Agnese and Tim Hubbard

Dion Cannell, host Drew Kenny and Bernard Hardy

Cindy Moone, Kathryn Zaraza and Sandie Moore

Noelene Edwards, Julie McGee and Maree van Arkel

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scene At the DonateLife Walk, Lake Burley Griffin

Marley Corrigan, Cassie Smith, Courtney Pert, Erin McIntosh with (front) Annalise Felsman and Rebecca Phillips

Jocelyn Bruemmer and Bronwyn Morath

Janet Li and Carol Kee

Hayley, Amanda and Kyla Bell

Mel Cyrus, Jordan Glover, Annabel Lloyd and Sarah Perriman

Paroksh Prasad and Matthew Towicz (front) with David Castle-Burns, Stephen Pieper, James Slater and Tom Brice

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Simeon Spry, Zoe Spry, Kai Everist, Sophie Nicolle and Tom Abbott

Organ donor Christine Svarcas and donor recipient Gaynor Stewart

Maddie and Maria Castles

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At Enchante’s ‘An Enchanted Evening’, Rydges Lakeside

Louise and Ris Reynolds with Yasmin Sudradjat

Sandro Damiani-Vidinovski, Julia Price and Julie Clyde

Claire and Emma Lambard

Andrea Blazsev and Debbie Shannon

Allison Makin, Nicole Poort and Ineke Anderson

Jess Dorman and Ash Daniel

MLA Jeremy Hanson and Lucy Bladin

At Open Gardens Australia’s ‘Champagne in the Garden’, Yarralumla

Cynthia Forgie, John Nutt, Christine Gascoyne with Sue and Ulli Tuisk

Hosts Barrie and Jo West

Roger and Helen Allnut with Judy O’Connell

Shirley Piptone and Bronwyn Blake

Helen Stevens, Sally Milner and Paul Stevens

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At Canberra Business Council lunch, Hotel Realm, Barton

Guest speaker iiNet founder Michael Malone, Michelle Melbourne, Chris Faulks and Ivan Slavich

Paul Rafferty, Anne Jenkin, Narelle Brownette and Bruce Sinclair

Phil Butler, David Marshall and James Wilson

Rosemary Everett and Bob Nield

James Allan, Kay Waring and Rade Kosanovic

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At Rotary’s birthday ‘Bubbles in the Garden’, Botanic Gardens

Kylie Leary, Eddie Ruiz and Jan Hopkins

David Parkes, Dianne O’Hare and Wayne Bouffler

Beth Woolley and Susan Alexander

Margaret Atkin and Monica Garrett

Richard Griffiths, Klaus Klaiber and Colin Holmes

Black Opal Stakes Day

advertising feature

The fashion stakes are set to fly THE Kamberra Wine Company Black Opal Stakes Day will be a parade of this season’s best trackside fashion, says Thoroughbred Park sales and marketing manager Briony Young.

Briony’s tips for a winning look this autumn include 1920s and 1940s-inspired outfits. “I think we’ll be seeing lots of ochre, red, and brown, with faux fur and suede set to be huge,” she says. “I sound like a broken record and every year I say the same thing: racing fashion is always “Racing and fashion have always gone hand-in- glamorous and elegant. We’re not looking for bare hand, and the competition for Autumn 2012 is no shoulders, it’s got to be classy. exception,” she says. “Headwear is a must and big hats are back this “Canberra’s stylish race-goers will present their year. We’ve moved away from fascinators.” outfits in hope of catching the eye of a fashionable And the one trend Briony hopes doesn’t hang set of judges in order to win some exceptional around from last year? prizes.” “I don’t want to see any colour blocking. I’m This year, the categories remain traditional, sick of it,” she says. with the inclusion of Classic Ladies, the Millinery Award, Classic Men’s and Classic Couples racewear. Some of the impressive prizes to be won include a $2000 travel voucher, Myer and Westfield gift cards and a diamond pendant with a total prize pool of $11,000. “People travel from across Australia to compete in the Fashions on the Field at the Black Opal because the prizes are so good,” she says. There will be six judges on the panel – all with experience in the fashion industry. “We’ve got a good mix of judges who know quality when they see it, so if an entrant puts  Furla ‘Pratica’ the effort in they have a good chance, whether bag $530 and Furla they are a first-time entrant or a regular on the ‘Soho’ shoe $595 from fashions-on-the-field stage,” she says. Gertrude Boutique.

The new Myer Face of Canberra Racing, Brittney McGlone, centre, with runners-up Simone Lucas, left and Cathy Zeman.  Photo by Andrew Finch

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Black Opal Stakes Day  Black and white stripe turban with red rose, $545, from Escala

 Yellow pillbox with fuschia feather flower, $645, from Escala

 Ivory sinamay with black coque tail centre $245, Antonio Barbato cream and black shoe, $395 with matching clutch, $425, from Escala.

 Little Jewel by Rachael Henson Millinery. Price on application.

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 Jaunty Cherries by Rachael Henson Millinery. Price on application.

advertising feature Seen at Preview Day at Thoroughbred Park

Mandy Howe and Kimberley Macleod

Sofia Polak, Catherine Chapman, Natasha Roberts and Sarah Kelly

Ira Chaudhri and Brittney Visser

Kellie and Jasmine O’Connor

Angela Freeman, Emma Ireland, Danielle Scoins, Laina Davidson-Hammond, Rachelle Lynch, Petra Halova, Miriam Jaclyn Cohen, Claudia Chappe de Leonval and Holly Blunden

Elyssa Francis, Teresa Tranzillo, Georgia Kartas and Annika Hutchins

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Canberra Confidential Scratchy details THE War Memorial is all of a flutter at the prospect of council member and Seven Network chairman Kerry Stokes’ brilliant plan, we’re told, to acquire some significant war images for a memorial travelling photographic exhibition. The whisper is that the images will be scanned by Channel Seven’s face-recognition software in the hope of being able to match the brave faces of the past with their relatives of today.

explain his divorce to Dawn French after 25 years of marriage! Tickets on sale March 5.

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Social climbers

A COUPLE of deep throats at TransACT tell us that the local telco’s marketing flaks have created a wall of social-photo clippings in a contest to see who graces the city’s social pages the most. Their omnipresent CEO iiVan Slavich has been banned from entering!

Scrubbie in oils

Lenny’s back ACCLAIMED UK comedian (pictured) Lenny Henry (also known as the ex-Mr Dawn French) is heading to the Canberra Theatre on July 1. Henry, who’s starred in numerous theatre productions, television shows and films (including lending his voice as the Shrunken Head in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”) will bring his oneman show “Cradle to Rave” to the capital. The show is about music, which according to Henry is the thing he loves most – could

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Hard at it?

WORK calls... snapper Silas Brown couldn’t help but notice among the latecomers/ non-starters at the Business Council lunch at the Realm was the unclaimed name tag for ACT Liberal president Tio Faulkner, the centre of attention in the Liberals’ workplace audit into his idiosyncratic attendance as Opposition Leader Zed Seselja’s director of electorate affairs. Tio must have been tied up with troublesome constituents.

Beer coming here? WORD is that Barossa Valley sweetheart and celebrated cook Maggie Beer might be down for a guest appearance at Crace. The developers are looking to build a promotion around her visit, tentatively set for October.

HE’S got more than 3000 friends on Facebook and doesn’t own a computer or know how to use one. Ian Stokes, popularly known as Scrubbie, the car window washer on the corner of Northbourne Avenue and Antill Street in Dickson, has had his portrait painted as part of Barbara van der Linden’s Canberra Centenary project of painting the people who make Canberra an interesting place to live. Barbara says of Scrubbie: “He has the best work ethic of anyone I know and washes windows in the freezing cold or steaming heat and surely is the first car windscreen washer in Canberra. “You can find him most days of the week. He’s friendly and stops for a chat and often washes your window for free just to keep busy and stop from freezing or fainting from heat exhaustion. He’s a real gentleman and many people feel he is their special friend as he has an amazing knack for remembering names.” All the portraits, about 25 of them, will be exhibited in 2013 as part of the Canberra Centenary Celebrations at an exhibition called “Faces of Canberra”.

Anoush Anou models designer Vicky Kidd-Gallichan’s rock-star wedding dress.

Rockin’ the aisles LOOKING for some wedding inspiration with an edge? A local team of creatives put together this fun, rock-inspired bridal photo shoot recently and “CC” is loving the look! Local model Anoush Anou was the “rock-

star bride”, with hair and make-up by Dave Reid, photos by Shanna Jones, from Sassy Studios, and dress and styling by Rockstars and Royalty designer Vicky Kidd-Gallichan. To see more of Vicky’s work visit

arts & entertainment Revived ‘Doll’ turns in a gem Helen Musa reports

Helen Musa

NOTHING makes a good play like a newcomer in the plot, and that’s exactly the role Helen Thomson plays in “Summer of the Seventeenth Doll”. “The Doll”, coming to The Playhouse soon, is a theatrical gem and getting Neil Armfield’s Belvoir Theatre revival to open the Canberra Theatre’s subscription season is quite a coup. Written in 1954 by actor Ray Lawler, the play deals with the great issues of life – truth versus illusion, youth versus age and realism versus romanticism. The tinselly 17th Kewpie doll in barmaid Olive’s terrace house in Carlton signals the 17th year of the “layoff” season, where cane cutters Roo and Barney descend on Melbourne from northern Queensland “like eagles flyin’ down out of the sun” for fun and distinctly non-marital love with their barmaid girlfriends. But fun and love alone don’t make a play, and this year, Barney’s girl, Nancy, has gone off and got married. That’s where Thomson comes in. She gets to play the respectable, aspirational barmaid Pearl, cajoled by Olive into substituting for Nancy. I catch her by phone at a Blue Mountains home where she’s preparing for the Brisbane tour. Pearl, she tells me, is “partly the audience’s eyes” since she, too, is discovering what goes on during the summer layoff, but she rejects the idea that Pearl is a bit of a prude about sex. Thomson sees Pearl as “a lovely character… people tell me, ‘she’s just like my mother or my auntie’… she has the morals of the 1950s… to Pearl, it’s Olive’s non-married way of life that’s

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Helen Thomson in the role of Pearl... “People tell me, ‘she’s just like my mother or my auntie’.” against the tide.” Pearl, she says, delivers a blast of realism, saying: “Us lot, glamorous?” But she changes, by Act II, becoming more relaxed and comfortable. Unlike Olive, who’s never grown up (she still lives with her mum, played by Robyn Nevin), Pearl has been out in the world, had a daughter, been married and widowed. While Olive wants life to be romantic and rejects marriage, Pearl is a realist and a survivor. Sounds grim? Definitely not, Thomson says it’s full of humour, greeted with roars and standing ovations by audiences in Sydney and Melbourne who “absolutely enjoyed meeting all the characters”. And, bearing in mind that “The Doll” is still, after all these years, The Great Australian Play, they’ve been “enormously spoiled” to have had regular contact with the 90-year-old playwright, Ray Lawler. “He’s absolutely with it,” Thomson says. “Summer of the Seventeenth Doll”, The Playhouse, March 14-17. Bookings to 6275 2700. The theatre is hosting screenings and talks about the play. Visit for details.

Jordan’s this year’s hot CAT By Helen Musa For the first time in its 17-year history, the Gold Cat Award, presented at the Oscars-style ActewAGL Canberra Area Theatre awards night, has gone to a choreographer-dancer. Canberra artist Jordan Kelly, most recently seen in Free Rain Theatre’s production of “Chicago”, is rarely offstage these days and won the award for his work with many companies. The “CATS” saw Llewellyn Hall packed with local and out-of-town visitors, evidence of the growing popularity of the awards, co-founded by Canberra publicist Coralie Wood who, with her team of judges, has travelled almost 110,000km around NSW in the past year, with participating companies roughly circled by Albury, Dubbo and Merimbula. The full list of award winners is: Best set and costume designers: Cate Clelland, Russell Brown, Ian Macdonald, Lyn Townsend, Sarea Coates, Pauline Simonetti and Cindy Hereth, Lindsay Whitehead and Jeanette Brown. Best lighting designer: Adrian Rytir. Best technical achievement and “Magic Moment of Theatre”: Canberra Grammar School. Best original work for a school or youth production: Felix Schwartz. Best original work: Peter Best. “In the Spirit of the Community Award”: ACT Education and Training Directorate. Encouragement award: Denise Dion, Loretta Walsh, Jennie Hughes, Judy Davidson and

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Miriam Rivzi. Best ensemble in a play: Hawker College. Best ensemble in a musical: Rebecca Brown, Emma Forde and Alex Carroll. Best actors in featured and leading roles (youth): Jake Brown, Olivia Jordan Kelly. Hewson, Nathan Fernandez, Olivia Fisher, Tom Atkin, Rebecca Attanasio, Evan Kirby, Jordan Read and Maddie Furner. Best variety performance by an individual or ensemble: Helen Barnett, Dallas Watts, Raymond Khong, Julie O’Connor and Canberra Repertory Society. Best actors in featured and leading roles (adult): Graham Robertson, Judi Crane, Blake Appelqvist, Will Huang, Amy Dunham, Greg Pringle, Liz McBarron, Ben Kindon and Christine Forbes. Best director of a school or youth play: Alanna Maclean. Best production of a school or youth musical: Parkes Musical and Dramatic Society. Best director of a school or youth musical: Adam Fisher. Best musical director (school or youth): Ruth Waters. Best musical director (adult): Sharon Tree. Best orchestra for a school or youth musical: Kinross Wolaroi School, Orange. Best production of a school/youth play: Canberra Grammar School. Best production of a school/ youth musical: Parkes Musical & Dramatic Society. Best production of a variety show: Parkes Under the Stars. Best choreographer: Felix Schwartz. Best director of a play: Bruce Buchanan. Best director of a musical or variety show: Peter Young and Scott Halls. Best production of a play: Canberra Repertory Society. Best production of a musical: Supa Productions, “Avenue Q”.

CANBERRA soprano Karen FitzGibbon stars in Co-Opera’s production of a monodrama called “Black Water”. American composer Jeremy Beck based it on a fictional account of the death of Mary Jo Kopechne in 1969 involving Senator Ted Kennedy. Wesley Music Centre, 6pm, March 10. Bookings to THE weird and wonderful “You Are Here” festival will descend on us from March 8-18. “Attempting to disrupt the traditional Canberra Day long weekend mass exodus to the coast,” they say, “organisers have also created The Beach! bringing sunshine and surf rock to the bustling city centre.” BELCONNEN Community Centre’s gallery@bcs has an exhibition of paintings by Imogen McKenzie called “La Petite Mort” (“the small death”) until March 9. How’s your French? Mine suggests that it’s about sex, not addiction, as the gallery says. Or are the two things the same? “ART for Peace 2012” is a competition encouraging young people aged 5-8, 9-12 and 13-17 to watch a short film online then to imagine a world free of nuclear weapons and to create and upload original artwork in paint, sketch, pen, pencils, crayon, charcoal, oil, acrylic paint or watercolour to the Art for Peace website. Four winners from each category will receive a certificate and prizes from the UN and all winning artwork will be reproduced in a UN calendar. For details visit The ACT Writers’ Centre at Gorman House has workshops coming up – “Going solo: Crafting a comic monologue”, with Harry Laing from 10am-2pm on March 4; and “Writing a popular fiction novel”, Phillipa (PD) Martin, from 10am4pm on March 24-25. For details, visit CANBERRA Youth Music is staging “A Dance through the Ages” at 7.30pm on March 10 at Albert Hall. Three of CYM’s orchestras will play music from the 18th century, Renaissance, tango/Latin and swing. Inquiries to 6247 4714. I HAD a call the other day from Canberra Dance Theatre to tell me about their fabulous new facility on the corner of Barry Drive and Kingsley Street. CDT is flourishing, with a dance-card system where you can buy any 10 classes for $180 or $140 concession. Perfect for busy Canberrans. To sign up, visit

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Humour and marital friction “Late Bloomers” (PG) WRITER/director Julie Gavros’ film about ageing is clever, witty, perceptive, mildly un-nerving and, therefore, very worthwhile. Architect Adam takes on bread-and-butter projects such as transport hubs that other firms don’t find sexy enough. Retired teacher Mary, a grandmother at 59, wants Adam to join her in preparing for old age. But Adam enjoys his work, even when the firm comes close to failure because all the transport hubs have been built. Crisp dialogue and gentle tensions between a couple who deserve to have a happy rest-of-their-lives give “Late Bloomers” a nice balance between humour and marital friction. We hope Adam and Mary will resolve the issues driving them apart – separate residences, momentary infidelities, alliances with their children, persevering each with the attitudes at the root of the issue – but Gavros keeps us uncertain right to the end. As Adam, William Hurt moves deftly between bewildered concern and witty response. Isabella Rossellini makes Mary’s obsession the basis of black comedy. Together they make a loving couple mildly off balance due to emotional forces they aren’t trained to confront. Who among us is? At Greater Union

“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” (PG) OSKAR (Thomas Horn), nine years old, emotionally shattered by his father’s death on 9/11, searches New York for the lock fitting the key he finds a year later in his father’s room. Oskar is the film’s central thread, in almost every scene. It’s a powerful performance of a child whom we first come to evaluate as a precocious, paranoid prat.

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Sandra Bullock plays Oskar’s mother, reinforcing her shift from light comedy to serious drama, at which she proves to be good. Australian Zoe Caldwell is Oskar’s grandmother living across the air-shaft. Tom Hanks is the father who worked hard to make life an exciting journey for Oskar. The film’s real star alongside Thomas Horn is Max von Sydow, playing a man who has no name and does not speak but patiently mentors Oskar’s journey through awful anguish. It’s bravura acting underpinning a story that inevitably comes to resolution, perhaps a little mawkishly but nevertheless credible and of merit. At all cinemas

“Contraband” (MA) IN Icelandic film-maker Baltazar Kormakor’s energetic crime thriller, Mark Wahlberg plays Chris, once a smuggler at the pinnacle of his profession, now going straight with a family (Kate Beckinsale plays his wife, Kate) and a comfortable business installing domestic security systems! Kate’s feckless brother Andy has escaped US Customs by dumping a cargo belonging to a major player in the New Orleans drug trade, the totally amoral sadist Briggs (Giovanni Ribisi). Briggs orders Chris to get back in the game and replace the loss by bringing a shipment of counterfeit greenbacks from Panama City. This forms the prelude to a caper film with little intellectual value, but high adrenalin flows. At Dendy, Hoyts and Limelight

Read Dougal Macdonald’s full reviews at

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Trev’s @ Dickson

Trev brings a taste of THE modern Australian cuisine at Trev’s @ Dickson features flavours from all over the world. The Dickson cafe is a non-pretentious, casual place to kickstart your day, fuel yourself at lunch, or sit back and unwind of an evening. The kitchen and bar area is to the right, a comfortable distance from the dining area, which is great for noise levels. Seaside photographs are displayed on the walls, adding to a sense of calm. “There is a big office crowd here in Dickson, which keeps the place buzzing from 7am with coffee and breakfasts,” says owner Trevor McGrath. “The modern Australian cuisine gives us a more generous palette of ingredients to use. “We are a cafe during the day and turn into a casual restaurant at night. We are not fine dining, there is no linen on the tables. “Pizza is a large part of the menu and it reflects the casual-eating genre.” Pizzas boast quirky names with a personal story behind each one. “We use a range of ingredients and flavour combinations that explore great flavours,” he says. The Dragon Hunter is a chorizo pizza named after Trev’s brother. “Our entrees are all geared towards the share-style, which makes the dining experience fun and relaxed,” Trev says. “One of the most successful items on the menu is the shared entree because it’s a great first course and doesn’t ruin the appetite. It’s also a great sample of flavours.” This is Trev’s first restaurant venture, but he’s no

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Grain-fed beef fillet. stranger to cooking in high-pressure environments after spending time as the Rudd family’s cook at The Lodge, while Kevin Rudd was Prime Minister, and many years cooking at the US Embassy. “It was a privilege to work at The Lodge,” he says. Having opened a year ago, Trev is establishing the restaurant as a part of the Dickson landscape in the quiet Challis Street location. “We hope to become a Dickson institution and we are at a site that lends itself to that,” he says. “In the evening, there is loads of free parking and dining is beautifully quiet and tranquil. Outdoor dining is really lovely when the sun sets.” Trev’s @ Dickson, Challis Street, open for breakfast and lunch, Monday to Friday, and dinner, Tuesday to Saturday. Call 6257 2355.

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Cafe owner Trev McGrath… “We use a range of ingredients and flavour combinations that explore great flavours.”

Winners The winner of the Enlighten Festival prize pack was: Ashlee Barnes, of Queanbeyan. Consolation prize winners: Amy McMullen, of Oxley, and Ashlee Livingstone, of Turner.

Prosciutto gems, lamb kibbeh and potato bread.

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Terrific Two, good for coffee Wendy Johnson dining

SERIOUS coffee drinker? Love two fab coffees before 10? Happen to be in the city?

If the answer to these questions is “yes” then head over to the café and coffee roasters at Hobart Place. This is where Two Before Ten takes the coffee experience to new highs. I’d walked by several times and finally popped in for a serious coffee and then, on a second trip, for a light lunch – great results on both visits. The fit-out is funky urban, with innovative graphics behind the serving counter, great lighting (including a bright yellow fixture that looks like it belongs in outer space), a cool slate wall, and a mix of eating areas. In one of these is a large, communal table with magazines scattered across it and, in another bench, seating and pillows with contemporary black and white designs that seem to be the all-time favourite of those with laptops. Two before Ten isn’t a big café, but it’s well designed so you’re not packed in like sardines. A silver, shiny coffee roaster holds a prominent place towards the front – this is serious coffee culture – and I understand green beans are sourced from all over the world and then roasted in-house.

Steve Elliot, Jarrod Deaton and Sam Burns at Two Before Ten.  I loved the menu, too. Again, not a large selection, but certainly just what it takes for a yummy breakfast or lunch. Reasonable prices. Good quality. Breakfast features roasted muesli with orange blossom yoghurt, fresh strawberries and honey ($11), stuffed herb and tomato-filled mushrooms ($13) and items for those “who have no time to wait”, including croissant with ham and cheese ($8), banana breads ($4), and a good, old, ham toastie with provolone, tomato and honey mustard ($10). I arrived for lunch on my second visit and

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thoroughly enjoyed the warm chicken and avocado salad with toasted pine nuts, prosciutto and a light honey-mustard dressing. The avocado was beautifully ripe, and super creamy and the bits of salty prosciutto a great touch. It hit the spot and was just $14.50. The organic beef burger was popular with other customers and I made a mental note to try the sesame-crusted, seared tuna next time, served with julienned salad and a citrus dressing ($15). Two Before Ten, 40 Marcus Clarke Street, Hobart Place, Civic. Open from around 7.30am. Outdoor seating also available.

Rep’s proud tribute in ‘Pride and Prejudice’ “PRIDE and Prejudice” celebrates local thespian history as part of Rep’s 80th birthday program. First performed 25 years ago, it still holds the box-office record. Writer, John Spicer passed away shortly before this production began, so it also serves as a tribute to his work in our region. Director Duncan Ley exploits theatre’s advantages over novel


“Pride and Prejudice” By Jane Austen, stage adaptation by John Spicer, Canberra Rep Theatre 3, until March 17. Reviewed by Simone Penkethman and film by emphasising physical comedy and farce. In doing so, he

renders two of the most annoying characters, Mrs Bennet and Mr Collins, to be likeable and amusing. The Bennet family are well-cast with a credible family resemblance.  Kitty (Emily Ridge) and Lydia (Billie Milne) bring a chaotic energy to their relationship. Sam HannanMorrow plays Mr Bennet and Mr Collins with great presence and humour. Helen McFarlane’s Mrs

Bennet displays a grotesque and hilarious physicality and an array of vocal gymnastics that are impressive, if a little shrill.    In contrast to the relentless energy of the Bennets, David McNamara’s measured and deepvoiced Mr Darcy is a welcome relief. Newcomer, Katie Doney, also shines as the serene and practical Charlotte Lucus.

Struggles of the milkman THIS epic musical, set in 1905 tsarist Russia, is centred on the struggles of a poor milkman, Tevye, the father of five daughters, who struggles to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions against the outside influences that encroach upon their lives. This moving show offers excellent performance opportunities, spectacular crowd scenes, and a tuneful, evocative score, played in this production by a fine orchestra conducted by Maj. Geoff Grey. Undertaking the dual roles of director and choreographer, Amy Fitzpatrick has succeeded in producing a nicely detailed production in which her stagings of Tevye’s Dream, the bottle-dance and the Pogram, provide exciting highlights. As Tevye, the essential pivot on which most of the action centres, Ian Croker gives an excellent performance. His gruff exchanges with his sharp-tongued wife, Golde, (Liz de Toth, also at her best), his homely soliloquies and his comic misquotes from the Bible, 28  CityNews  March 1-7

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“Fiddler on the Roof” Canberra Philharmonic Society, ANU Arts Centre, until March 16. Reviewed by Bill Stephens

are all technically well-handled, and more performances will reveal the extra nuances, warmth and authority which will make his Tevye truly memorable. Among the rest of the large cast, Michelle Tisdell, Madison Furner, and Madeline Kennedy, as Tevye’s three eldest daughters, Fiona Hale as Yente, and Michael Miller as Lazar Wolf, all add lustre to a production which, despite its unimaginative and poorly executed set design, manages to capture many of the elements which make “Fiddler on the Roof” such a popular Broadway musical.


And so, to joyous autumn Cedric Bryant gardening

AUTUMN has arrived and we are still wondering what happened to summer! Mind you, most plants just loved the milder weather – and so did I. However, let us look to the positives of autumn with flowering plants and brilliant displays of leaf colour as the weather cools. While emphasis is placed on the big, blousey flowers, some small plants, with delicate, equally-small flowers, can also provide enjoyment at this wonderful time. These are ideal for the townhouse or courtyard garden. As an example, Tulbaghia violacea is a plant providing delicate, lilac blooms from spring to late autumn with narrow, greyish-green leaves up to 30cm long that are garlic scented when bruised. The fragrant lilac flowers appear from midsummer into the autumn. The T.v. “Silver Lace”, pictured here in our garden, has attractive, cream-striped leaves and lilac-pink flowers. Cyclamen hederifolium (syn.C. neapolitanum) is the best and most easily grown of this species. At this time of the year, the delicate, pink flowers start to appear, gradually increasing in number to make a real statement from now and into winter. In our garden, this plant pops up in the most unexpected places. I think the corms must be spread by birds. With its attractive, marbled leaves it makes a great ground cover, although never a pest. It is a hardy, drought-tolerant plant, as the common name suggests, from around Naples, although able to withstand our frosts in winter. The best time to divide this plant is in spring after it has finished flowering. IT makes a great companion plant to Daphne neapolitana, which flowers later in winter with its compact form of one metre by one metre. This Daphne, like many Mediterranean plants, has tiny leaves to combat extremes of summer heat, especially in Italy. In flower, it presents a mass of tiny purplish-pink flowers. However,

Cyclamen neapolitanum... marbled leaves making a great ground cover.

The delicate flowers of Tulbaghia “Silver Lace”... cream-striped leaves and lilac-pink flowers. the plants are quite hard to find, so if you see one for sale, buy it – you will never regret it. I HAD a big clear out of garden books last week. For example, how many books does one need on roses? In any case, I have neither the space nor inclination to buy more bookcases. My excess books go to Book Lore in Lyneham (next door to Tilley’s). I have dealt with this secondhand bookshop for more than 20 years and, so far as I know, it has the best range of garden books in Canberra. I HAD a query from a reader asking advice about a tree having a lot of dead branches, and at the same time numerous suckers from the base of the trunk. Were the suckers indicative of it dying? There is no relation between the two and the amount of dead branches can be a carry over from the drought. Suckers can appear at the base of the trunks of many trees. One has only to drive around Canberra to see every tree – from oaks to liquidambars – with masses of suckers. More on on how to deal with this problem next week.

Into the garden... • Lightly prune Trachelospermum jasminoides (what a mouthful) or the commonly named Chinese Star Jasmine. This will encourage new shoots before winter. • When taking cuttings, NEVER use garden soil or potting mix. Most potting mixes include fertilisers that will burn the stems and new roots. Use 50/50 washed river sand and perlite, the latter available from your garden centre. Some garden suppliers already have seed-raising mix and cutting mix already prepared. • If you have not already done so, prune lavenders now that most varieties have finished flowering. At this time, only cut off the flower stalks, leaving most of the foliage to protect the leaf buds over winter. In mid-spring, prune back most of last year’s growth to stimulate new shoots. • Look out for potted Nerines in flower in your local garden centre. These can be planted in the garden after flowering. They are a brilliant cut flower, lasting for a couple of weeks.

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Family Law Matters

puzzles page Joanne Madeline Moore your week in the stars / March 5 - 11

ARIES (Mar 21 – Apr 20)

Mercury and Uranus join up in your sign, which increases your ability to process information at a lightning pace. You’re hungry for innovative ideas, but don’t throw old ones out just for the sake of it. Thursday’s Full Moon urges you to nurture your body with nutritious food and regular exercise – and are you up-to-date with your medical and dental checks?

TAURUS (Apr 21 – May 20)

Surrogacy A couple can make a non-commercial surrogacy agreement with a woman (and her partner if she has one), and then apply for an Order which makes them the parents of a child. There are significant legal requirements which must be met to obtain the Order. What are the legal requirements? In order for “substitute parents” to be able to apply for an Order making them the parents of a child born via a surrogacy arrangement: – the child must have been conceived through a procedure in the ACT; – neither the birth mother nor her partner can be a genetic parent of the child; – the birth parents and substitute parents must have entered into a non-commercial substitute parent agreement; – at least 1 of the substitute parents must be a genetic parent of the child; and – the substitute parents must live in the ACT. The Court must also be satisfied that the Order is in the best interests of the child, and that the birth parents consent to the making of the Order. What is a “substitute parent agreement”? A commercial substitute parent agreement is one under which a person agrees to give another person a payment other than reimbursement of expenses. Entering into, procuring or advertising such an agreement is an offence. It is not an offence to enter into a non-commercial substitute parent agreement, including one which provides for payment of expenses. What is the legal effect of a Parentage Order? A Parentage Order has the same effect as an Adoption Order.


Attend one of our after hours free general information seminars about family law at Dobinson Davey Clifford Simpson (18 Kendall Lane, New Acton). Bookings essential: 6212 7690.

With Venus visiting your sign (from March 5 through until April 4) make the most of your natural charisma as you charm the cynics, dazzle the doubters, and call in a few old favours. But be extra sensitive to the moods of children and friends on Thursday, as the Full Moon triggers temper tantrums and emotional meltdowns. Calm and steady Bulls to the rescue!

GEMINI (May 21 – June 21)

Twins are feeling talkative, as Mercury (your ruler) pairs up with Uranus. Restlessness is also high, as you find novel ways to satisfy your curiosity. Prepare for domestic dramas on Thursday, as the Full Moon sees you running around doing 10 things at once and causing havoc on the home front. So don’t make important family decisions until you have settled down.

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3 Name the renowned Australian film and TV actor, Sigrid ... 7 To stick fast is to do what? 8 Which circular skin disease is due to fungi? 9 What was the profession of Figaro? 10 Which teeth are adapted for cutting? 11 Name a champion German tennis player, Boris ... 14 What do we call the mid-morning break at school? 17 Name the arachnid that has a long narrow abdomen, terminating in a venomous sting. 18 What is a flock of geese called? 19 To be too young is to be what? 20 What, informally, is a raw recruit? 21 When one emphasises something, one does what?

1 To move forwards in place, is to do what? 2 What do we call a check to progress? 3 To which breed of dog does the Jack Russell belong? 4 Name the musical rhythm marked by frequent syncopation. 5 What describes a duet? 6 Name another term for karma. 11 Which peoples inhabit the western Pyrenees region of Spain and France? 12 What is a thick soup containing clams, fish or vegetables, etc.? 13 What is another name for specialists? 14 Which persons are employed to patrol wildlife parks, etc? 15 What is a large rolled arrangement of hair, worn at the back of the head by women? 16 Name a portion of beef in front of the rump.

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CANCER (June 22 – July 22)

Whether you are reading, writing or talking with friends or colleagues, it’s time to communicate and exchange ideas with passion and panache, as you make the most of your clever Cancerian mind. Full Moon flare-ups are likely on Thursday, when your moods run the gamut from crabby to cranky – and back again. Strive to be a more cooperative Crab.

LEO (July 23 – Aug 22)

Big-spending Leos love to live in the lap of luxury but, with the Full Moon activating your $$$ zone, splashing cash around could lead to major money meltdowns – especially if you are involved in a financial partnership. So concentrate on saving rather than spending. Attached Lions – aim to be more romantic. For lusty singles – love and work are lusciously linked.







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VIRGO (Aug 23 – Sept 22)

It’s the perfect week to blast out of a mental rut and initiate changes, as Mercury (your ruling planet) links up with innovative Uranus. But you’re likely to slip into worry-wart mode on Thursday, as the Virgo Full Moon increases your stress levels – and your tendency to criticise others. If you can’t say something positive, then don’t say anything at all!

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LIBRA (Sept 23 – Oct 23)

Fabulous Venus/Neptune aspects promise love, romance and affection. Attached Librans – if you think you know what’s on your partner’s mind, you’re in for a few surprises! Singles – don’t be too conservative in the way you approach a potential relationship; you’re in the mood for novelty and experimentation. Sometimes you can teach an old dog new tricks!

SCORPIO (Oct 24 – Nov 21)

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Stop obsessing about a cherished dream. Flowing Full Moon aspects promise a fabulous week as you forget your fears, forge ahead and go for gold! Venus and Jupiter urge you to be kind, compassionate (and flexible) with a fractious family member. If you try to manipulate others on Saturday, you’ll just attract a lot of angst. The only person you can control is yourself.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Singles – this week’s stars promise romantic surprises as you find yourself attracted to someone who is studious, spontaneous and super sexy! Thursday’s Full Moon energises your brilliant career zone, but retro Mars is asking you to be patient. Friends and children will be unpredictable (and lots of fun) plus some Archers will take up an unusual new hobby.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

This week favours doing less hard work, and having more fun and adventures. Thursday’s Full Moon indicates travel or study over the next few months, as your curious Capricorn mind is stimulated. But with Mars retro until April 14, travel plans will take a while to get off the ground. Creative communication and joint ventures are highlighted on the weekend.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Your thought processes speed up, as the Mercury/Uranus conjunction increases your need for new information and stimulating conversation. But avoid jumping to hasty, half-baked conclusions. Thursday’s Full Moon stimulates your sensuality zone so it’s time to get hot and heavy with your partner. Singles – look for love with an amorous Aries or a lusty Leo.

PISCES (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

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General knowledge crossword No. 350

Pliant Pisceans love to please and can have trouble saying no. You need to be firm and set personal boundaries, otherwise you’ll end up tired, overworked, and no use to anyone. With Neptune in your sign, resist the urge to be somewhat elastic with the truth. As Sharon Stone (born on March 10) said: “It’s my experience that you really can’t lose when you tell the truth.” Daily astrology updates at Copyright Joanne Madeline Moore 2011


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