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When manners go out the @#$%ing window! Sonya Fladun mum in the city
Heather Henderson’s pram... brought home to Menzies that Canberra needed to be developed into a place to live.
District Nursing Service, circa 1950. Courtesy ACT Heritage Library.
Women who made the city FROM Edith Cameron to Lauren Laura Edwards Jackson, a new exhibition will reports celebrate women across the eras and their contribution to although we do look at those too in the exhibition, but also to give Canberra. Ahead of Canberra’s Centenary, “The Women Who Made Canberra” will explore the changes in women’s lives over 100 years. Social history curator at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, Rowan Henderson, has been gathering and researching material for the exhibition for the last nine months, and discovered “rich and fascinating” stories. “It makes you realise just how much history Canberra has,” she says. “The aim is to not just look at prominent or significant women,
insight into the broad range of experiences and backgrounds and professions. “We have women who have lived their entire lives here, and nurses, politicians, women who worked in science and universities. We also have public servants; people who moved here when the public service was transferred to Canberra.” Twenty different sections will feature in the exhibition, including women’s groups and individuals, and Rowan says it highlights just how far women have come. “When the oldest woman in this
Women’s Liberation members outside The Street Theatre in 1972.
exhibition, Edith Cameron – who lived here all her life – was born in 1875 women could not vote or be elected to Parliament... when the youngest woman, Lauren Jackson, was born in 1981, she had the world at her feet in comparison to the opportunities available to Edith a hundred years earlier,” Rowan says. “From the research I’ve done, it seems that Canberra really made a contribution through being that political centre of Australia, so people were involved in things like women’s liberation, and the women’s electoral lobby for equal opportunity.” As well as photos, posters and clothing, the exhibition features objects belonging to significant women or representing a time of change. One of the most memorable stories for Rowan surrounds a pram belonging to Heather Henderson, the daughter of former Prime Minister Robert Menzies. Heather would take her baby out in the pram when Menzies was living at The Lodge, but struggled because the footpaths weren’t very good. “She went home and complained to Robert about the lack of facilities in Canberra and that was what really brought home to him that Canberra needed to be
Curator Rowan Henderson. Photo by Silas Brown developed into a place to live, it couldn’t just be a sort of temporary home for politicians and the public service – it needed to be a city,” she says. Rowan says the exhibition’s subject matter is still “extremely relevant” today. “Equal rights for women is such a modern thing, and so much a part of Canberra’s history,” she says. “We were really fighting for those rights and denied all those things, so I think it’s important to acknowledge those achievements and the way those women actually did fight for the rights we had today.” “The Women Who Made Canberra”, Canberra Museum and Gallery until March 17.
IS civility seriously in decline? Regrettably, I think so, and I don’t think I’m alone in that view.
Scarcely a week goes by without some headline about cyber bullying and radio shock jocks insulting someone, and all manner of people engaging in rude and aggressive public behaviour that in previous decades just wouldn’t have been tolerated. The other week I was standing in a queue at the local supermarket. Just ahead of me was a young man, probably in his early twenties, who was talking loudly on his mobile phone. The conversation was punctuated by an extraordinary string of expletives and explicit sexual references uttered, or rather shouted, without any regard for anyone within a 30-metre radius. A few people were cringing, but most appeared to accept this conduct as unobjectionable, unremarkable. I don’t have a problem with expletives in private conversation, but this recent incident, together with numerous other recent encounters that family and friends have had with rude and hostile people indifferent to the feelings or interests of others, really has made me wonder what’s happened to civility. It seems to me that good manners, politeness, civility in public conduct have fallen out of fashion, or at least don’t rate anywhere the importance they once did. Now, being assertive, indeed aggressive, shouting the loudest, pushing over the top of others, thinking only of one’s self and being uncaring increasingly seem to be accepted as the norm. Unfortunately, what our children see around them is what they learn and how they will ultimately behave themselves. When uncivil, uncaring behaviour is accepted as routine, just part of day-to-day social interaction, then it’s even harder to deal with difficult issues such as bullying, be it in schools, workplaces, aggressive driving on our roads or trolls in social media. We are entering the Christmas season. We all have too many commitments and dates in our diary, queues seem to go on forever and the weather is getting hotter. We’re often tired from a long, hard year, tempers are frayed, and we still have this last big month to get through before we collapse into January. But maybe it’s precisely the season of goodwill when we should take a deep breath, and make that extra effort to practice the old adage: “Politeness costs nothing and gains everything”.
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Call for all-star Open help Libby Hill reports
PLENTY of people – and not just golfers – are getting excited about the 2013 Australian Women’s Open, which is set to be one of the major events on Canberra’s Centenary calendar. To take place at Royal Canberra Golf Club in February, the historical event will bring the world’s best golfers and the global LPGA golf tour to Canberra for the first time. “It’s an event that Canberra really hasn’t seen before because it’s US sanctioned,” says Royal Canberra Golf Club’s women’s captain Gail Potts. “This event probably won’t happen in Canberra again... It’s got the top 156 women players in the world so it’s a major event and it’s not only [exciting for] golfers but any people who appreciate quality sporting events.” Big names to head to Canberra include Karrie Webb, American rookie Jessica Korda and leading world amateur Lydia Ko. An event of this size needs volunteers to help with everything from holding up “quiet” signs to handing out bibs and drinks. Tournament volunteer co-ordinator Nikki Brown says almost 300 people have
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Royal Canberra Golf Club volunteer co-ordinator Nikki Brown, left, and women’s captain Gail Potts. Photo by Silas Brown signed up to volunteer already, but Golf Australia has asked for 400. “The tournament will be held across four days, but we don’t expect people to volunteer for all four days, they might want to do one or two days or even a half day,” Nikki says. Available positions include: caddy bibs, wardrobe notes, car park attendants, carry board holder, courtesy car driver, drinks distribution, hole marshal, media centre, on-course leader board attendant, roving marshal, walker scorer, program sellers and locker room attendants. Gail says there is a great vibe at the picturesque Royal Canberra in the lead
up to the event, which will launch the LPGA’s 2013 Global Tour. “We’ve got the right golf course for it and we’ve had a number of international players play at Royal Canberra over the years,” she says. “We also have the advantage of having a golf course in the middle of an arboretum and there’s nowhere else I know that has that.” The 2013 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, February 11-17. For a full list of position descriptions and to register as a volunteer go to royalcanberra. com.au/guests/ladies/ladies- classic. mhtml
The Test is yet to come... CANBERRA remains the only capital of a Test-playing country not to have held a cricket Test match. That must change. Capital cricket fans are over the moon that the Centenary has brought with it our first one-day international involving our national team. That’s great. We’ll all be there when Australia takes on the West Indies in a day-nighter at Manuka Oval on Wednesday, February 6. We must pack the place out to ensure that it’s the first of many. It’s not the absolute first ODI in our town. South Africa played Zimbabwe as a part of the cricket World Cup in the early ‘90s and India and Sri Lanka clashed at Manuka in 2008. I wasn’t here for the World Cup game, but I did go to the ’08 ODI, with a Sri Lankan flag draped over my shoulders. It was a great day and it’s a major disappointment that we’ve had to wait five years for the next one. It’s an absolute disgrace that Cairns and Darwin have had a shot at hosting a Test, but we haven’t. I was dismayed to see the vast expanses of empty seats at the Gabba in Brisbane on the final two days of the first Test of the summer. Despite our relatively smaller population, I’m sure that Canberra would have provided bigger crowds in the final days
There are 10 Testcricket playing nations in the world. Nine of them have hosted Test matches in their respective capital cities. One hasn’t, says cricket tragic MARK PARTON because we “get” Test cricket here. I concede that when we do finally score one, it’ll be against the likes of Bangladesh or Zimbabwe, but I really don’t care. All I can see is that wonderful carpet of green under an impossibly blue Canberra sky, a healthy intelligent crowd and baggy green caps being worn in the centre. Consider also the growing array of first-class cricket talent that has emerged from Canberra in recent years. From Michael Bevan and Brad Haddin through to the likes of Nathan Lyon and Jason Floros, we are proving to be a lucrative nursery for stars of the game with the promise of much more to come. Come on, Cricket Australia – it’s inevitable, give us a Test match. I won’t shut up till it happens! Mark Parton is the breakfast announcer on 2CC
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politics / comment
Time for the Libs to grab the needles
In their last term in government, the Canberra Liberals were even more conservative in some ways than politicians in Iran, says political writer MICHAEL MOORE
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BETWEEN 2008 and 2010 the government of Iran ran trials of Needle and Syringe Prisoner Programs (NSPP) in three prisons in its country. This was at a time when the Canberra Liberals were putting in every effort to stop such a process in Canberra. The outcomes of the Iranian experience should give courage to the ACT Government. As in other countries, there was a reduction in the spread of HIV and other blood-borne viruses. However, it was not achieved without similar challenges as the government is facing. At a meeting last week in Tehran with Iranian health and prison officials along with representatives from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, I listened with interest to an evaluation of the programs by an academic from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria. As coordinator of the evaluation, he explained the challenges and outcomes of the project in three Iranian prisons. They were Ghezelhesar prison in Tehran province, and central prisons in Hamedan and Esfahan. Like so many people in Iran, the officials at the meeting were helpful, friendly and concerned. They were also keen to understand the three pillars of the Australian approach to illicit drug policy which is based on supply reduction, demand reduction and harm minimisation. Iranian drug use has been influenced by the level of drug trafficking that crosses their country – particularly through its borders with opium-growing countries. It should not be surprising that their problem with injecting drug use has increased markedly over the last decade. Prison warders, government officials and the public generally were wary of the provision of needles and syringes in the prison. However, according to Dr Shahbazi, the spread of blood-borne viruses outweighed such concerns as “condoning drug use”, “tempting” prisoners”, “syringes as weapons” and “undermining abstinence and methadone programs”. These are largely the same concerns that have been expressed in the ACT. Additionally, many of the
prison wardens and healthcare providers such as physicians, nurses and counsellors, who were interviewed before the commencement of the program, believed that there was inadequate infrastructure to support implementation of an NSPP. The Iranian authorities made the needles widely available in the selected prisons. Detainees in the trial wings of the prisons could request as many needles as they wanted. There was not even the demand for a 100 per cent return of the needles. Despite the concerns and such an open system, there was not even a single incident of needles being used as weapons or of an infected needle creating a needle-stick injury. There was a reduction in the spread of blood-borne viruses. The evaluation showed an increasing percentage of needles being returned and needle sharing virtually ended – 8.1 per cent of needles were unreturned in the original six months with this figure dropping to 2.8 per cent in the last six months of the trial as trust increased. Prisoners involved in the trial had a significantly improved interest in their own health with increased testing and participation in education and other harm-reduction programs. The reality is that the ACT is not alone in looking for lateral solutions to prevent the spread of blood-borne viruses. Australia was amongst the most successful countries in the world in reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS. This was because brave politicians across the political spectrum recognised the importance of disease prevention as more important than ideological commitment. Hopefully, in the new term of the Assembly, the Canberra Liberals will be able to shed this part of their ideological commitment and support an NSPP in the Alexander Maconochie Centre. Michael Moore was an independent member of the Assembly and was Health Minister. As CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia, he was responsible for a report on an NSP in the Alexander Maconochie Centre in 2011.
politics / profile
Young mums get first taste of politics They’re both young mothers, new to the Assembly and passionate about their city. LAURA EDWARDS meets some new faces to politics WHILE they may be on opposing sides, newly elected Canberra Liberals MLA Giulia Jones and Labor MLA Yvette Berry both feel they will bring “fresh ideas” to their respective electorates. Giulia, who ran for the Liberals in 2008 and narrowly missed out on a seat, admits she’s been like “a fish out of the frying pan” since the election. “I’ve been enjoying it all, it’s a lot to take in,” she says. “Losing [the 2008 election] was hard, but it means I can appreciate where I am now more.” With four children under seven, Giulia, 32, is used to “blending work and family life.” “I think the important thing for people to remember is there’s no such thing as a supermum,” she says. “There’s just a mum with a superteam. I think my kids learn a lot by having a sort of exposure to what I’m doing. I’m not so big on the term to ‘juggle’, mums aren’t clowns. It’s a job of blending all the different aspects of your life as it suits you best.” Growing up in Tasmania with an Italian migrant mother and four siblings, Giulia says she learnt
quickly how to make her voice heard. “I grew up in a family where we talked about the outcome of politics a lot but no-one ever talked about getting involved,” she says. “I wanted to be part of the solution, not just part of the whingers.” She studied a bachelor of arts before moving to Canberra with her husband, who works in the Defence Force, in 2006. “I think Canberra is the best city I’ve ever lived in – it’s so beautiful, and there’s so many opportunities,” she says. Giulia, who has previously worked for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and as a political staffer for Tony Abbott, says the main focus of her Molonglo electorate are the “bread and butter issues.” “I’ll be working on improving people’s daily lives, things like transport and facilities and close shops and parks for mums, that’s going to be my main focus and, of course, when people bring things to my attention,” she says. “I’m interested in more options for young people. I want to see a situation where kids are able to have as many
opportunities as they can and stay in this beautiful city.” Yvette has lived in Canberra all her life and grew up with politics in her family: her father Wayne served as Deputy Chief Minister from 1991 to 1994 and was Speaker of the Assembly from 2001 to 2008. Yvette worked in the hospitality industry before joining workers’ organisation United Voice. For more than 15 years she worked as a community organiser, representing workers and their families. In her electorate of Ginninderra, Yvette says she wants to focus on early childhood education and childcare and encourage federal politicians to fund the sector. “I believe it’s important to recognise the work of early childhood educators through funding and the federal government, but my passion for this came from my children being in childcare and having a real understanding of the work these people do in giving our children the best start in life,” she says. With two children, Yvette believes it’s important to find time for family. “It’s not easy, but you have to be strong,” she says. “You have to keep that time as family time. I put the phone down, put the
Labor’s Yvette Berry, left, and Liberal Giulia Jones... “It’s good to see politicians are human beings as well, they’re mothers, they have family, and they play basketball,” says Berry. Photo by SIlas Brown ipad away. When I get home, I like to play basketball or walk the dog with the kids.” She says her strength is her ability to “engage the community”. “I think with politicians in Canberra, people are realising we are accessible,
and that they can talk to us,” she says. “Women in particular have a different style with the way they negotiate, and it’s good to see politicians are human beings as well, they’re mothers, they have family, and they play basketball.”
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dose of dorin
letters Bitter memories of the dragway TIM Gavel, who I consider an excellent, open-minded sport commentator of many years, stated in his column (CN, November 15) that, with the ACT election behind us, it will be fascinating to see the outcome for sport and if the proposed new indoor stadium to replace the Canberra Stadium is going to fly. I clearly remember a previous election when the then-Chief Minister Jon Stanhope made a rolled-gold guarantee that a new dragway facility would be operational within 18 months and committed $8 million to the project. This was to replace the original Canberra International Dragway that was privately funded, constructed and successfully managed until, through the courts, the government of the day had CID closed as it was a stumbling block to a then supposed private venture. Well, 12 years later the facility is a derelict and overgrown paddock. Prior to the 2008 election, a proposal was put forward for a National Automotive and Driver Education facility in the Majura Valley, a fully costed proposal that would have seen several major motorsport disciplines built around a central facility, an automotive industrial precinct, a CIT campus and government offices, but sadly it went off to the too-hard basket. Meanwhile, the question is: what has Sport Minister Andrew Barr done with the CID proposal he inherited from Mr Stanhope?
Michael Attwell, Dunlop
Got it in one, Chris YOU got it in one, Chris Doyle (letters, CN, November 15). I would have preferred a complete “wipe out” of the Greens in the Assembly as they are simply acting as the left wing of the Labor Party and operating in a subterfuge manner. An examination of their voting pattern, especially on issues such as the appeal against the bushfire Coroner’s findings and every no-confidence matter, reveals this. And Rattenbury’s insouciant manner towards illegal activities against the CSIRO research facilities and Parkwood Eggs reveals him to be best suited to his previous activist role rather than as a representative of the people. The ACT Green/Labor government has been in power for too long and it is time for a change, even if for one term, to prevent abuse, complacency, arrogance and staleness. Already the arrogance has been revealed by Corbell’s appointment of Tony Graham to head up Emergency Services despite trenchant criticism of him by Coroner Doogan and the concerns of rural and voluntary firefighters and fire-victims like myself.
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Boomers about to do it again Catherine Carter property
CANBERRA’S baby boomers are about to shake up the social scene again. According to demographer Bernard Salt, the biggest shift will be the explosion of our retirement population, predicting that as the boomer generation turns 65, there will be shockwaves throughout the economy. Older, skilled workers will leave the workplace, they will stop paying taxes and they will start accessing the public services that they helped to fund. As Salt says, this is an educated generation that has worked hard and they will be looking to put the taxpayer dollar to good use. Salt, a renowned trend forecaster and KPMG partner, was addressing an ACT Property Council lunch on Canberra’s postGFC recovery and the big trends likely to have an impact over the next decade. He says we can expect to see more downshifting as the boomers move away from the family home into apartment-style living. And in Canberra, we are also likely to inherit a cohort with the time and energy to engage in well-researched public debate! As one generation puts its feet up, another will be looking for a comfortable place to settle down. The Gen Y’s – Salt calls them KIPPERS: ‘Kids in Parents’ Pockets Eroding Retirement Savings’ – will be hitting their stride as they tumble into their 30s and have to leave the nest. Moving into a peak earning period and looking to start a family, Salt predicts there will be an increase in demand for highquality, affordable housing – a challenge in Canberra where the median house price is still more than $500,000. And in a sobering prediction, Salt predicts changes in employment trends post GFC. With negative job growth in the construction, manufacturing and agriculture industries, we can expect to see an increase in the number of unemployed, unskilled workers. The implications for the community and governments will be significant, particularly if we are to ensure that young people have access to meaningful work opportunities. Catherine Carter is ACT Executive Director with the Property Council of Australia
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cover story / beauty on a budget
Get the looks for less LOOKING to update your look this holiday season without busting the budget? From bronzers to blow waves, we’ve got you covered – top to toe – with the city’s best beauty deals this summer. Research by LAURA EDWARDS
$20 and under THE cheapest and easiest way to achieve an “instant makeover” is an eyebrow wax – a neatly defined set of brows lifts the face and enhances eyes. Civic’s Brazilian Butterfly does an eyebrow tidy from $18. brazilianbutterfly.com WHILE your eyebrows are getting some attention, you may as well make them stand out. Brazilian Beauty in Woden can tint brows for a more prominent look, for just $18. brazilianbeauty.com.au CASH-strapped this week, but keen to get fit? Many gyms around Canberra offer free weekly or daily passes to trial their equipment and classes. Visit gymlink.com.au for more details. AN eyelash tint goes a long way, and it means you don’t have to bother with mascara. Faces Day Spa in Woden offer tints for $20, ranging from deep brown to jet black. Call 6281 1027 to find out more.
$50 and under A NATURAL-looking spray tan is one of summer’s necessities: it creates a gorgeous glow and has an instant slimming effect. City Walk’s Zaija boast $40 full-body spray tans, and they even have the new, two-hour tan so you don’t have to stay sticky for long. zaija.com.au THE Body Shop (Canberra Centre, Belconnen and Woden) offers makeovers with one of its professional make-up artists for every $40 spent in store – so you can get glam for that big event and also bag the goods for touch ups. thebodyshop.com.au
Centre from $49.95. Visit bdazzled.com.au for stockists. NEVER mind those sets of glue-on lashes that fall off by night’s end, the real deal are eyelash extensions. But don’t fret, they’re not as laboured as they sound. A session simply involves about half an hour’s application of individual lashes to your natural ones – and it’s pain-free. They usually last about two months and fall off in the way natural lashes do. Lyneham’s Beauty to You offer outer-corner lash extensions from $50. beautytoyou.com.au
Under $100 A FRESH glow is the first step to looking gorgeous, and a facial will get rid of any dry, dull skin left over from winter. For $60 at Civic’s Beauty by Penelope, you can get an express 30-minute facial and be summerready by the end of your lunch break. beautybypenelope.com.au. WANT a designer outfit without the price tag? Renting is the way to go, and websites, such as dressedup.com.au, offer dresses from designers such as Wayne Cooper, Rachel Gilbert and Jayson Brunsdon, which can be all yours – for a week. Dresses start from around $69. STUCK for ideas when it comes to updating the wardrobe? Westfield Woden and Belconnen offer $75 consultations with one of their stylists, offering one-on-one advice on key pieces to suit your body shape this season.
IF you want the perfect hairdo, but don’t have the time or patience, Canberra Centre’s Modern Classic does a blow wave from just $40, and styled to your liking – so you can have knockout locks without breaking the bank. canberracentre.com.au/retailer/Modern-Classic YOU’LL be showing them off this summer, so why not get your tootsies in top condition with a pedicure. Professionail in the Canberra Centre does a mean pedi from just $35. professionail.com.au
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A GREAT set of pearly whites is the perfect base to a flawless face. B’Dazzled stocks teethbleaching kits in chemists in the Canberra
Cover… Model: Janette Lenk, make-up: Cloe Pacoe, The Body Shop and photography by Silas Brown.
summer fashion Look your best for the party season Have fun this summer with fabulous clothes, bags, shoes and jewels to see you through the party season...
Time to be brave IF there’s one quality Gail Lubbock admires in women, it’s fashion bravery – something she sees in abundance on her European buying trips. “We need our young people to be brave fashion-wise and embrace the more edgy side of our collection,” says the owner of Manuka’s Escala Shoes. Gail’s newest stock features a variety of shoes that are perfect for the younger woman looking for versatile shoes that can be suitable at the office or at parties, weddings and special occasions. “We’ve got some edgy designs that can be worn anywhere – they can be casual and they can be dressy,” she says. From fun wedges to elegant stilettos, the selection at Escala is chic and quality is guaranteed. Brands including Red Valentino, Audley and Magrit are synonymous with beautiful design that stands the test of time. “Brights are very prevalent again for next summer so people buying now should not feel they’re buying something that’ll be here today and gone tomorrow,” Gail says. “Tan features strongly in the collections and
Red Valentino shoes, $389, wedges, $499, bag, $699, and Franco Ferrari scarf, $195, from Escala.
Magrit heels, $420 a pair, from Escala. navy is also a very strong colour for the next two to three fashion seasons and the two colours work beautifully together.” Escala Shoes, Shop 1, 21 Bougainville Street, Manuka, escala-shoes.com.au
Audley black/pink heels, $325, yellow and taupe wedges, $289, from Escala.
Guglielmo Rotta heels, $369 a pair, from Escala.
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summer fashion Flattering in vintage VINTAGE inspired clothes are flattering on many women, says Darla Darling of the Darling Sisters. At Darling Central, in Gold Creek, there are a range of 1940s style Katharine Hepburn-inspired jeans and pants. “It can be so hard to find a good pair of pants but these ones are so flattering and much better than the ones that show your bottom when you bend over,” she says. There are also beautiful dresses with “fantastic” prints in 1950s style cuts that are perfect for Christmas parties. In addition to the frocks, there are swimsuits and other clothing by Bettie Page Clothing, Igigi, My
Sister Pat, Tarantula and more. The Darling Sisters, Unit 9, 7 O’Hanlon Place, Gold Creek, open Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, thedarlingsisters.com
Bettie Page silver roses dress, $160, from The Darling Sisters.
Check Shirt, $49.95, 1940’s style jeans, $130, Hair tie, $16.50, from The Darling Sisters.
Recycling and reusing Straw floral hand bag, $45, from Designer Op Shop.
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Miss shop red summer top, $40, from Designer Op Shop.
THERE’S a new boutique on Lonsdale Street in Braddon called Designer Op Shop, which specialises in stocking the cream of the secondhand crop. Designer Op Shop is “unlike any other boutique in Canberra, with a unique vibe like a little Melbourne boutique”, says Daniella Morr, whose family owns the store. “We pride ourselves in recycling and reusing. “We’ve handpicked the best pieces from ladies fashion to vintage homewares for a sustainable and enjoyable way to shop, with very reasonable prices.” Designer Op Shop features vintage glassware, housewares, clothing and accessories. Daniella’s family has plenty of experience in fashion: her mum Sharyn Pitsilos had a store, Chin-Chin, in the Canberra Centre for 18 years and her sister Taylor is studying fashion. Daniella `is known in Canberra for her modelling and was the People’s Choice Award winner for the Miss World Australia competition this year. Designer Op Shop, 28 Lonsdale Street, Braddon, designeropshop.com.au
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Lebanon’s Independence Day / special feature
Proud Lebanon takes time to celebrate independence LEBANON celebrates its 69th anniversary of becoming an independent nation with a national holiday on November 22. In the capital city of Beirut, Independence Day is celebrated with pomp and fervour with a grand parade featuring military and Lebanese dignitaries. “An independent Republic since 1943, Lebanon is located at the meeting point of the three continents (Asia, Africa and Europe),” says the Lebanese ambassador, Dr Jean Daniel. “Over the centuries, Lebanon has been at the crossroad of many civilisations, whose traces may still be seen today. “The Phoenicians, who lived in this land (1200BC), were the first pioneers to venture in the seas. They exchanged science with nations, spread the alphabet from Byblos with Cadmus, geometry from Tyre with Pythagoras. “As good merchants they introduced the market system of bargain trade. A few millenniums later, Lebanese reinitiated the same process of migration. “Nowadays, millions of Lebanese descendants are established abroad, most of them are successful scientists, prosperous business people, influential politicians, creative artists and poets, excellent doctors, etcetera; most importantly, good citizens. “Given its location on the Mediterranean shore, coupled with the advantages of its political, cultural and legal systems, Lebanon is ideally situated for trade, investment and tourism. It has traditionally shared very friendly ties with Australia.” Lebanon was under the administrative rule and political sovereignty of the Ottoman Empire
Lebanese cuisine… Fattouche.
The Lebanese capital Beirut... the place to be on Independence Day. The flag of Lebanon features the Lebanon Cedar in green against a white backdrop, with three horizontal bands consisting of red (top), white (middle, double width), and red (bottom). The red bands symbolise blood shed for liberation, the white band denotes peace, the snow of the mountains, and purity; the green cedar tree is the symbol of Lebanon and represents eternity, steadiness, happiness, and prosperity. from 1516 to 1918. The territory that is defined by the present-day boundaries came to be known as a state called “Grand Liban” (Greater Lebanon) by decree of Gen Gouraud, head of the French troops in the Levant in 1920. The state remained under French Mandate until November 26, 1941. A constitution adopted on May 25, 1926, established a democratic republic with a parliamentary system of government, but that came into full effect only on November 22, 1943. This day in Lebanon’s history became its Independence Day. Lebanon then became a founding member of the League of Arab States as well as a member of the United Nations in 1945. After the independence, the Lebanese state was founded in 1943 by an unwritten agreement between the two most prominent Christian and Muslim leaders, Khouri and al-Solh, and which was later called the National Pact (al Mithaq al Watani).
All about Lebanon • A small, largely mountainous country in the Middle East, located at the eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea, it is bordered by Syria to the north and east, and Israel to the south, with a narrow coastline along its western edge. • The name Lebanon (also “Loubnan” or “Lebnan”) is derived from the Semitic root “LBN”, meaning “white”, a reference to snow-capped Mount Lebanon. • The population of Lebanon is 4,259,405. • The country’s religious profile is: Muslim 59.7 per cent (Shia, Sunni, Druze, Isma’ilite, Alawite or Nusayri), Christian 39 per cent (Maronite Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Melkite Catholic, Armenian Orthodox, Syrian Catholic, Armenian Catholic, Syrian Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Chaldean, Assyrian, Coptic, Protestant) and other 1.3 per cent.
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Canberra Confidential Speechley cut short ANOTHER senior manager at the highly anticipated Centenary of Canberra has followed the late-June departure of Centenary director Sarah Hitchcock. Jane Speechley, pictured, senior public relations manager for the yet-to-start Centenary celebration, quietly slipped away in recent days to form her own business. Hitchcock resigned for what she told “CC” at the time, was a “personal decision”. Suddenly, David Polglase finds himself in as PR flak, but not for long we hear. Polglase is better known as Centenary contractor The Content Group’s communications manager. The program for next year is daunting enough, even to CC, so imagine what it must be like for those working there.
New world menace BOTTLE tops are the latest global security threat, but not chicken salads. Well, that’s how it seemed to “CC” shuffling through the intrusive security shakedown to get into the Elton John concert at Canberra Stadium the other night. Highly trained, grown men were trawling through patrons’ bags in a singular search for the emerging menace of bottle tops and drink-can ring-pull tops. One patron, heart in mouth, had to wait for supervisory clearance on the lid of his chicken salad, held above the crowd for approval, before being granted entrance. Others sallied forth to their seats
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minus the screw tops on their bottled water. Why? Who knows. Worse still, who knows why we put up with it.
Socks trump Kevin FORMER Foreign Minister Alexander Downer launched our prickly “Gadfly” columnist Robert Macklin’s new book “One False Move”, praising its “beautiful writing” and “engrossing read”. Unsurprisingly, he was less kind about Macklin’s earlier work, “Kevin Rudd: The Biography”. They were never the best of friends, in Parliament or as young Foreign Affairs’ officers. “I didn’t read it,” he said. “I was rearranging my sock drawer that day.” Macklin has also launched an e-book collection of his “Gadfly” column. “Since Canberra is Australia’s best-kept secret, I decided to collect the best of them in e-book form to give the rest of the country the chance to share in our conversation, especially at Christmas time,” he opined. Buy it at www.robertmacklin.com for $6.99.
Con between covers GREEK community identity Con Tsoulias had one of his school teachers travel from the south coast to attend the launch of a book that recognises the contribution to the Queanbeyan and Canberra community by Con and his family.
Tsoulias, left, and John Efkarpidis.
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Former Chief Minister, Kate Carnell, launched the book, “Celebrating a Sound Contribution of a Pioneer Family of Canberra”, the first of “A Trilogy of Greek Voices in Australia” by Prof Anastasios Tamis, of Notre Dame University, and acknowledged the contribution made by Con and his father, Nick, spanning many years. Con spoke with emotion as he reflected on his early years as a young Greek immigrant growing up in Queanbeyan. He thanked each of the 150 people at the launch for their impact on his life (with special attention to his former teacher) and they, in turn, coughed up a tidy $25,000 for the Newborn in our garden and asked if I would provide Intensive Care Foundation. cutting material. Naturally, I readily agreed,” our hero says. The plant was noted in the landing at Gallipoli and so cherished by Australian “CityNews” troops that they brought seeds home and gardening guru scattered them around fields and gardens as Cedric Bryant a symbol of peace. was bemused to find himself ushered to the front of the EVER found yourself being introduced to tall poppies in someone and instantly forgetting their the VIP section name? Well, you’re not alone – there’s a at the recent new workshop designed for the forgetful Remembrance on November 29, run by so-called “AustralDay ceremony at the War Memorial. Ever ian Memory Record Holder” Chris Lyons, modest, the blushing Bryant asked, why who promises to teach “the secrets to the courtesy? Turns out it was to thank him remembering people’s names, how to deliver for providing emergency cuttings of the presentations completely from memory and memorial’s “Gallipoli Rose” after Yarralumla how to tackle information overload using Nursery exhausted its stocks of this nostalgic speed reading techniques.” plant and, unthinkably, couldn’t propagate More info at TheHiddenAdvantageWorkany more. shop.com. Just don’t ask us who sent out the “They knew that I had advanced plants press release – we’ve already forgotten.
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The golden girls MAMA mias! Here’s a lovely backyard snap with a story. With a total age of 375 years, these five, local “golden girls” are the greatest of friends, all Italian immigrants, sadly all widows, but happily all share a birthday within a week or so of each other. So happy birthday to, from left, Flavia Perisan, Valentina Tosolini, Anita Tolon, Carla Rahen and Betty Forner. Roll on 380!
A different plane JOURNALIST Nicholas Crisp took the Canberra Times’ recent redundancy purse and moved from wordsmith to furniture artisan, making his debut at the recent Orana Steiner School’s Spring Fair Gallery. The former sub-editor specialises in decorative inlaid patterns.
Give the kids a break “CC’s” heart sunk at the gleeful press release announcing that Latham Primary School has most gloriously won the ACT section of the tacky Muffin Break Great Bake Sale Facebook Fundraising Competition. The school won a nauseating 1000 low-fat muffins, valued at almost $4000, that it then had to onsell to turn into money. And what did Muffin Break get out of the participation of our primary schoolchildren and their parents? Lots and lots of “Likes” on the baker’s Facebook page during the five-week voting period. Dear Minister Burch...
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Canberra’s only locally-owned Subaru dealer
At ‘Better than Winning’ book launch, EQ Café, Deakin
At the opening of Designer Op Shop, Braddon
Aimee Davidson, Ben Gathercole with Simon and Samantha Thompson
Sarah Kennewell and Clare Fetherston
Shelley Dorey, Dot Foster and Naomi Orchard
Arthur and Marilyn Gray
Des Proctor and Steph Boxall
Andrea Pitsilos, Alex Hogg with Sharyn, Dion, Taylor and Daniella Pitsilos
Barbara Gaymor and Marianne Eynon
Nigel Freeman, Jade and Angie Coleman, Carol Bruch and Mick Shanahan
Grace Minehan and Minna Demetriou
Emma Donaghue and Kaila Dunn
Taylor Tinson and Kayla Piris
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At launch of the Nespresso Boutique, Canberra Centre
Rhiannon McClelland with Nick and Sonya Georgalis
Katrina You, Laura Bradley and Mary Yang
Dimitri and Rachel Evagelou
Elise Clement and Sharon Duchenne
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Nicole Parker and Tero Blinnikka
Krystyna Frassetto and Emma Witson
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Kate Inman, Sam Irvine and Claudia Vannithone
Rod Crompton, Ivan Slavich, Omania Terry and Wayne Hoy
Angelo Paonne and Spero Cassidy
Sophie-Marie, John and Alexander Efkarpidis
Sharon Feist and Michelle Dzakula
Michael Richards, Liam McLean, Peter Barclay and Jason Whitfield
Stephanie McKew and Tom Betts
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At the opening of ‘Glassimations’, Canberra Glassworks
Debbie McIntosh, Natalie Mather and Mel George
Brendan Smyth MLA and Andrew Wall MLA
Deirdre Feeney, Ruth Oliphant and Christine Cholewa
Valerie Kirk and Angie Wyman
Ann Jakle, Colette and John Mackay and Cathy Winters
At Matthew Jukes wine tasting, Old Parliament House
Paul and Sam Potter, Kylie Eldred and Shannon Pickles
Matthew Houston and Celia Hevesi
Leon Wadley, Kathy Knipler, Fran Coventry and Stephen Knipler
Cindy Young, Sophie Andrews, Barbara Knackstedt and Lynne Harwood
Myles Harrison and Patrick Barbat
At AFFIRM & CBC’s ‘Luncheon with SAP’, Hyatt Hotel
Diana Ryan, Zoe Phillips, Therea Orme and Dianna Evans
Joan Harmer and Ginny Acworth
Prof Kathy Griffiths and Sarah Knaggs
Michelle and Tony Clarke with Susie Beaver
Michael Ryan and Brian Evans
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your week in the stars / November 26 - December 2
ARIES (Mar 21 – Apr 20)
Mars and Pluto hook up in your career zone, so it’s time to be passionately proactive at work. You’re also full of ambitious ideas and plans for the future, as the Lunar Eclipse lights up your communication zone. But heed the wise advice of action-man Bruce Lee (born on November 27, 1940): “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”
TAURUS (Apr 21 – May 20)
Avoid going on a shopping spree or lending money to others. You’re liable to make decisions based purely on your emotions, which are fluctuating wildly under the full moonbeams. Focus your attention on repairing a close relationship. The Venus/Saturn conjunction may make you feel a bit standoffish but don’t be a lone Bull – remember, it takes two to tango!
GEMINI (May 21 – June 21)
Gregarious Geminis are real chatterboxes and you’ll be back to your talkative best this week, as Mercury moves forwards again. Activities involving communication, computers and travel should also improve, as you get your mojo back in spades. Your quote for the week is from birthday great Bruce Lee: “Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself.”
CANCER (June 22 – July 22)
The Lunar Eclipse activates your wellbeing zone so it’s time to shine the spotlight on your health and fitness, and make sure you’re up-to-date with your medical checks. And don’t make mountains out of molehills, especially in close relationships. If you can maintain a sense of perspective (and humour), then you’ll get through this feisty Full Moon week just fine.
General knowledge crossword No. 387 Across Down 1 Which alloy consists essentially of copper and tin? 8 Name a ball game of American Indian origin. 9 To have put on a theatre production is to have done what? 10 One who suffers from bouts of otalgia experiences which pains? 11 Name the Australian scientific wheat breeding pioneer, William James ... 12 What is a couch also known as? 13 Name the religion of the Muslims. 16 Which term describes a small spot? 19 Name the British actor, Sir ... Guinness. 21 What are long-haired leopardlike felines? 22 What is a pale, bluish purple colour? 23 Name the Chinese island, formerly known as Formosa. 24 Which term is descriptive of an animate being? 25 What is a religious nun called?
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LIBRA (Sept 23 – Oct 23)
Money may be tight this week, as Venus and Saturn join forces in your finance zone, so budget accordingly. And don’t be too laidback about the future Libra. With the Lunar Eclipse (and Jupiter) energising your travel zone, it’s time to overdose on adventure. Be inspired by birthday great Mark Twain: “Sail away from the safe harbour … Explore, dream, discover.”
SCORPIO (Oct 24 – Nov 21)
With Mercury moving forwards in your sign (and Mars linking up with Pluto in your communication zone), you have the power to inspire or wound others with what you say. So try the gentle art of persuasion – and choose your words wisely. You can also expect dramatic developments to do with sex or money, as the Lunar Eclipse lights up your lust and loot zone.
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SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 – Dec 21)
CAPRICORN (Dec 22 – Jan 19)
A flexible approach is the secret to a successful week. A stubborn attitude will only lead to a fraction too much friction. If you are patient then your personal relationships will gradually improve. Avoid being a selfish Capricorn – compromise is the key. And don’t limit your peer group to the same old safe crowd. New friends are waiting to add pizazz to your life.
AQUARIUS (Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Have you been so busy solving the world’s problems that you’ve neglected home and hearth? The Lunar Eclipse stimulates your domestic zone, so it’s time to lavish your Aquarian abode (and your loved ones) with plenty of TLC. Your words could be misinterpreted at work though, so it would be wise to embellish them with some tactful sugar-coating.
PISCES (Feb 19 – Mar 20)
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Don’t rush Sagittarius! Hasty words and actions could land you in a heap of trouble on this loopy Lunar Eclipse week. Think things through before you act – especially when you go shopping. And avoid being seduced by buy now, pay later offers. Be realistic about your financial situation, otherwise there could be serious consequences in the months ahead.
Avoid being swallowed up in an ocean of emotion. Tune into your deepest feelings but don’t let them overwhelm you, or allow loved ones to treat you like a doormat. By all means help others – just make sure it’s a twoway street. Aim to get the balance right between professional projects and domestic responsibilities. Sunday is super for having fun with family and friends.
VIRGO (Aug 23 – Sept 22)
Have you been feeling frazzled? Thank goodness Mercury (your ruling planet) moves forwards this week, and you’ll start to get your Virgo vim and vigour back again. But relations with a child, teenager or friend may be fractious on Saturday, so tread carefully. Sunday favours communication and conversation, as you re-connect with people in your local community.
LEO (July 23 – Aug 22)
Lions can expect a volatile week as the Lunar Eclipse, Mars and Pluto stir up petty jealousies and insecurities, at home and at work. When it comes to a fragile friendship, think (carefully) before you speak – and avoid adding fuel to the fire by making thoughtless remarks that antagonise others. If you don’t pull your domestic weight, a housemate may get in a huff.
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arts & entertainment
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Anthology’s touch of ‘Underbelly’ CANBERRA’S literati are hoping for a big crowd to the NewActon Courtyard at 6pm, on November 29 when Irma Gold’s Centenary anthology of Canberra writing, “The Invisible Thread”, is launched by “Underbelly” writer Felicity Packard, along with readings from Blanche D’Alpuget, Jane Francesca Rendle-Short, Adrian Caesar and Meredith McKinney and music from Wicked Strings. Everyone’s invited. RSVP to 6262 9191.
Maude Davey in “Finucane & Smith’s Burlesque Hour”. Parisian burlesque artist Holly Durant as Salome. Photo by Paul Dunn. Photo by Paul Dunn.
Expecting the unexpected MOIRA Finucane is without doubt the Queen – intellectually and in practice – of the burgeoning Australian burlesque scene. This enormously popular art form, which she points out goes back at least to the 15th century and derives from an Italian name, can mean all things to all people. To some, it is about a mockery or parody of contemporary societal issues. To others, it’s a form of operetta. But to Finucane and her collaborator, Jackie Smith, who back in 2004 created the formula (though there’s nothing formulaic about it) “it fits into a very unique place”. The best of burlesque, Finucane asserts, “is as intelligent as it is amusing… it’s equal parts charming and alarming.” As well, in burlesque, nothing is sacred. Mind you, she says: “If you’re an artist who just wants to shock an audience, you don’t have a place in our show.” As for whether it’s art, in her
“Glory Box”, will be new work. But what are her own favourites? Here are just a couple. The Queen of Hearts, a showgirl in a red velvet bikini and 150 red balloons that go off with a bang, a new piece devised in collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria where the ceiling pours down rain, and Parisian burlesque artist Holly Durant, swathed in 20m of chiffon scarves. So, expect the unexpected, with classical music, hard-core industrial music, Indian dance, Gothic literature, you name it.
view: “It’s a sensibility rather than an art form.” She’s been asked to deliver master classes on cabaret and burlesque all around the country and she urges upon those who study it to cultivate a razor-sharp wit, but at the same time to “always assume that the audience is intelligent”. “Entertainment is like an electricity cable – it can take power from anywhere,” she says, and it’s wonderful to perform. “If people are enjoying themselves in sumptuous surroundings you feel fantastic.” They’ve had “dancing ovations” all over Australia. Performing recently in the middle of the Pilbara, she was approached by a 70-year-old farmer who told her, “the wife made me come, but I’m bloody glad I did, you made me laugh and you made me cry”. Finucane and Smith have travelled all around the world to many countries, but love Canberra, where they have played at The
Moira Finucane. Street Theatre before. She’s promised artistic director Caroline Stacey that 80 per cent of the coming show,
Finucane & Smith’s “Glory Box,” at The Street Theatre, November 28 to December 6. Bookings to 6247 1223 or thestreet.org.au
“THE Polyphonic Bard”, directed by filmmaker/theatre director Tamzin Nugent, interweaves all-male vocal ensemble The Pocket Score Company with Shakespearean scenes and sonnets, and Thomas Tallis’ 40-part motet “Spem in Alium”. Singers Ian Blake, Paul Eldon, Daniel Sanderson, John Virgoe, and David Yardley will be joined by actors from the Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art. At The Street Theatre, November 30- December 2, bookings to 6247 1223 or thestreet.org.au/ CANBERRA Opera Workshop is holding a seasonal concert, “Christmas at the Opera”, at St Ninian’s Church Hall, Lyneham, 8pm, November 30 and December 1-2. Bookings to cow.org.au/tickets or 6249 1831. ‘TIS the season for music, music and more music – especially on Sunday, November 25: BREAKING a leg is an old performance tradition, but pianist
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David Miller went too far when he broke a hip recently, forcing Art Song Canberra back to the drawing board for its final concert. Fortunately, Simon Kenway will step in to accompany soprano Helen Barnett at Wesley Music Centre at 3pm on November 25 in “Romance and Passion: Songs of France and Italy”. Tickets only at the door. ON the same day, Worldly Goods choir, run by John Shortis and Moya Simpson, will launch its first CD “Sombamba” with South African guests Valanga and Andrea Khoza joining with vocal harmonies, guitar and stick drums, at Belconnen Arts Centre, 5.30pm, bookings to allourworldlygoods.eventbrite. com.au ALSO at Lerida Estate winery, Lake George, from 12.30pm on November 25, the Canberra Mandolin Orchestra will perform tunes from the early jazz age, light classics and popular music. Admission and music free, lunch a la carte. ON the same, crazy day at the Salvation Army Hall in Anketell Street, Tuggeranong, at 3pm, the Blamey Street Big Band, with conductor Ian McLean and jazz singer Leisa Keen, will assist the Salvation Army in a Christmas gift concert to raise funds to construct a mission hospital in Zambia. Entry by paper money donation.
South African guests Valanga and Andrea Khoza.
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Frank and droid go thieving “Robot and Frank” (M) THIS is director Jake Schreier’s debut film and Christopher Ford’s first screenplay for the big screen. Do these novitiates entitle them to special consideration for this amusing, agreeable drama observing technology’s role in daily life some 30 to 40 years hence? Three decades after divorce, Frank (Frank Langella) lives alone, his memory in an early stage of decay. But he remembers his profession – cat burglar, requiring special skills and imposing special risks. His son (James Marsden) brings him a droid to ease his housekeeping burdens. The plot skips between Frank’s new domestic arrangements and his visits to the local library where Jennifer (Susan Sarandon) and IT guy Jake (Jeremy Strong) are converting reading into a paperless activity. The library has a treasured antique copy of “Don Quixote” that Frank and the robot (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard), after settling into an amicable relationship, steal. Next, they steal prime jewellery belonging to Jake’s wife. Here, the screenplay raises a neat moral issue. Should a robot, programmed to do all manner of useful things, be punished for criminal behaviour? There’s enough here to sustain a film where the ambience bridges now-time with a near future in which every home and every person has its robot. “Robot and Frank” has numerous little moments that wound its verity. One of them is not little, easily recognisable but not so serious as to render the film beyond redemption or forgiveness. This review begins with a question. Its infinitely
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Frank Langella in “Robot and Frank”. variable answer depends on one’s point of view. Every life should experience agreeable small surprises. And every film. At Dendy
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” (M) I SAW this film in an otherwise deserted cinema except for a pair of young (here a relative term) women who watched in silence and, when I asked how they had found it, gave a non-committal answer. Designed for an unsophisticated and predominantly adolescent audience for whom fantasy creatures and situations bring richness into otherwise humdrum lives, the culmination of Stephanie Meyer’s novel employs a well-worn plot, good guys versus bad guys. Part 1 ended with human Bella (Kristin Stewart) giving birth to daughter Renesmee whose father
is vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). It is well-known that the conventional technique for creating new vampires involves not copulation, gestation and parturition, but an established vampire drawing a meal of blood from an attractive human of the other sex who then transitions into the life vampirical with all its attributes – immortality, threats from garlic, sunlight or a crucifix, social ineptness. Unattractive victims of vampires do not survive the process. Volturian vampire Irina thinks little Renesmee poses risks for her tribe. After sorting out issues confronting the Cullen family, a coalition of vampires and werewolves confronts the Volturi on a snow-covered battlefield. Big spectacle. Big special effects (those involving werewolves look a bit fakeish, which is regrettable since the animals look magnificent). Much blood. Heads forcibly ripped from shoulders or torn apart at the jaws (gruesome as this looks, its artificiality is patent). The end. Happy ever after. Who cares? The cast is mostly young men and women chosen for buffed and burnished appearance rather than acting prowess. Playing Aro, the chief of the Volturi, well-regarded British actor Michael Sheen fills the gap between “mostly” and “all”, giving every impression of enjoying his involvement in such well-rewarded nonsense. Director Bill Condon does his best to tell a story unburdened by credibility, verity or twilight, but at the end of the line, evaluating its worth would be difficult if it were not so obviously a no-brainer. At all cinemas
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red-ochre wash. As the exhibition catalogue states: “Each mark offers an interpretation of the movements of time and its effect on the natural world”. McIntyre’s fabulous ceramic platter series draws influence from FROM the ancient Aboriginal Eastern artistic traditions and also songlines to the impressionistic references indigenous culture. beauty of the Heidelberg school, These works explore the tension from the figurative renderings of the between the domestic utilitarian Antipodeans to the abstraction of status of the platter and its pictorial Fred Williams, let there be no doubt beauty. Through a blend of earthy, the Australian landscape is integral sun-drenched hues “Untitled” to the ethos of Australian art. captures the textural grains and “Marking Place” encompasses rhythmic contours of the familiar the work of three local artists, and overlapping Brindabella ranges. highlights the way the AustralIn Teakel’s work we encounter ian outback informs and extends a rural Australia. This is brilliantly expressions of belonging. Working portrayed in “Drought” where white in a range of mediums G W Bot, settlement is invoked through the Anita McIntyre and Wendy Teakel barbed wire segmenting on the move beyond the mere physical landscape, and the plowing of fields. and geographical dimensions The piece’s minimal design and its of landscape, and respond to its grading of ancient and indigenous emotional and temporal fabric. colours further suggest a mapping G W Bot’s work is striking with a of white ownership. disciplinary range including bronze “Marking Place” is a fascinating sculptures, linocuts and watercolour exhibit that encapsulates the paintings. In “Journey Through A poetics of landscape as expressed Landscape” she reduces the terrain through the careers of the three to a few squiggly lines and a lush remarkable artists.
“Marking Place” Works by G W Bot, Anita McIntyre and Wendy Teakel CMAG, until March 21 Reviewed by Johnny Milner
Big tick as T&G saves the day WE decided to go for a wander on Saturday afternoon in Braddon, to check out the new Lonsdale Street Traders, a renovated warehouse space now home to creative boutique shops – fashion, design, hair and more. Starving, we thought we’d grab a bite only to discover that most eateries don’t open in Braddon on Saturday afternoon. Huh? So we kept wandering and eventually hit the city where Tongue and Groove “saved the day”. T&G, as the hip people call the place, won an award not long after it opened, for its seriously cool fitout, created by Sydney’s Paul Kelly Design, which specialises in bar, club and entertainment venues. The space is massive – six-metre ceilings, a 3000-piece paper chandelier,
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huge postmodern concrete beams and other industrial components. You’ll be impressed by the power of it all. The restaurant part is towards the back with some leather lounge furniture, to the right, near the windows where we sat to watch the world go by (actually Civic was pretty quiet, but you get my point… the streets are at least alive at night). The wine list is reasonably priced with a fair number of decent whites (not all sauv blanc) and reds, starting at $7 a glass with many hovering below $10. And some Canberra wines feature – congrats on this front. Beer lovers won’t die of thirst with the large range of tap and boutique bottled beers. T&G offers heaps of weekly specials… all great deals. Tuesdays, for example, offer two-for-one pizzas, Fridays $6 Coronas and on recovery Sundays, burgers are $10 all day.
Affected, but not infected theatre
“4:48 Psychosis” Canberra Youth Theatre Directed by Karla Conway At Canberra Theatre Courtyard Studio, season ended. Reviewed by Simone Penkethman
Pulled and spiced lamb, red cabbage coleslaw and goat’s curd burger.
Smoked salmon, creme fraiche, fennel, cucumber and dill pizza.
And speaking of burgers. That’s what I had for lunch (although it was Saturday, so mine was $21) and it was one of the best I’ve had in yonks. Worth every cent. Chef Ayhan Erkoc has created a spicy pulled lamb burger that is addicting. The red cabbage coleslaw and goat’s curd rounded it all out nicely. And the heap of fries it came with (no skimping here) were crispy on the outside with soft mashy
potato on the inside and they didn’t get soggy through my meal. I bet the slow-roasted brisket burger ($21) would be just as addicting. My friend got into the wood-fired pizza, wanting to keep it simple by ordering the buffalo mozzarella, napoletana sauce, fresh basil (well most of it anyway) and olive oil ($20). Clean tastes and not too heavy. Other pizzas include a pork belly, an exotic mushroom and a smoked salmon (which topped the price list at $25). Mains include beef fillet, poached market fish, gnocchi and slow-roasted pork belly ($27 to $40). The music at T&G was very chilled out. Big tick there – indeed, a very big tick for T&G. T&G. Open seven days. Corner Genge and Bunda Streets, Canberra City. Call 6230 4455.
Tongue and Groove… seriously cool fitout, created by Sydney’s Paul Kelly Design. Photos by Silas Brown Yellowfin Tuna, wasabi, cucumber.
CYT’s visually stunning take on Sarah Kane’s final play shows a carnavalesque cast of characters acting out the inner workings of a young woman’s deeply troubled psyche. Shortly after completing the play in 1997, its author took her own life. “4:48 Psychosis” is described by Kane as: “A performance for one or more voices”. The text specifies no characters and could be performed as a monologue. CYT artistic director, Conway, and her cast distilled six characters from the text, each carrying a different thread of consciousness. Choreography and costuming were outstanding and all performances showed deep focus and commitment. The subject matter of the piece, an ongoing battle with suicidal depression, is confronting and dark. CYT’s promotional material and the text itself both mention “gallows humour” as a feature of the experience. CYT’s production failed to fully articulate the script’s potential for irony, its sardonic humour or its dark, slapstick potential. In her director’s notes, Conway writes: “This is not a passive night at the theatre.” However, the relentless emotional pitch of the production, ranging from mild distress to enraged hysteria, had the effect of distancing the audience. If we had been made to laugh at death, to share in the black humour of the deeply depressed, we would have been more able to do as Conway’s director’s notes urged us to: “Allow the work to affect you, to infect you”.
Visual radio play THIS “play for voices” has survived many ways of presentation over 60 years. Beginning as a radio play, it is music in words; dense in descriptions and metaphors. Nixon’s version is a visual radio play. We see the sound effects being made and the readers simply reading as they might in a recording studio. There are subtle theatrical contrivances adding to the mood of the play. A limited audience number was given the opportunity to simply lie down on mattresses and enjoy the sound pictures contained within the presentation. Subtle music and occasional singing were beautifully integrated into the work. The lush and descriptive nature of the writing makes it difficult to ascertain the stories and the narrative that threads its way
“Under Milk Wood” By Dylan Thomas, directed by Dianna Nixon for Wild Voices and The Street Theatre At The Street until November 17. Reviewed by Joe Woodward
through the piece. Perhaps it is best to simply let go and grab those moments that jump out and excite the imagination. Wild Voices provided an aesthetically easy listening presentation while still having difficulty in delineating the plot lines. For many listeners, including those who know the work, this is not likely to be problematic. The large cast provided clearly differentiated readings; a children’s ensemble provided some balanced recitation; and the musicianship was of a high standard. CityNews November 22-28 27
Joy down the garden path Cedric Bryant gardening
I NEVER cease to enjoy a relaxing walk through the Botanic Gardens, considered by most in Canberra as “our” botanic gardens, although we do encourage outsiders to visit! In fact, I suspect that a large proportion of our residents have never visited the gardens. Late spring is the perfect time to visit, seeing such gems as the emerging flowers of Telopea speciosissima or waratah (pictured here) about to burst into its unbelievable beauty and complexity. This particular species, the NSW floral emblem, is only one of five species listed in Wrigley and Fagg’s “Australian Native Plants” and is rated as “the best known of our Australian wild flowers”. Closer to home is the hybrid Telopea “Braidwood Brilliant”. For growing in Canberra this is more adaptable to cultivation and is more frost tolerant. The rare T. “Wirrimbirra White” somehow, for me, does not have the same impact as the brilliant red flowers. On your visit, collect the “In Flower this Week” leaflet from the Visitor Centre.
Use Callistemon as a formal hedge. MANY folk consider Aussie plants are suitable only for bush gardens, where the plants tend to end up wild and woolly. Few people consider their use in a formal garden and yet this example of Callistemon dispels that theory, separating different areas of the garden. In our Yass Nursery, years ago, I used Philotheca myoporoides (syn. Eriostemon myoporoides) as a clipped hedge bordering the paths to the formal rose garden. The fragrance of the leaves when brushed against almost competed with that of the flowers. The numerous Westringea species can also be used as a formal, low hedge and will take to clipping, once again the best time is immediately after flowering.
ORNAMENTS in the garden are no different to those in the home. They can include pots, statuary to sculptures and provide a focal point of interest in the garden. We have an abundance of talented Canberrans who make local works of art. Here I have Intricate emerging flowers of a waratah. illustrated a whimsical work by Bev Hogg, with a very realistic dog named Clayton that resides in I ALWAYS encourage the regular pruning of native our garden and causes problems to our resident plants to provide more bushiness that, in turn, geese. Bev will hold her Ceramic Studio Sale results in more flowers the following season. and Garden Party at 8 Brennan Street, Hackett, Or with some plants we can be rewarded with 10am-4pm, on Sunday, November 25. a second flush of flowers even in the same season. And on Saturday, November 24, there is the In the case of Callistemons or bottle brushes, promise of a “spectacular floral display” plus a cut the heads off at the base of the flower plant stall at the Geranium and Fuchsia Show, immediately after flowering. If left, the plant ends 9.30am to 4pm, at St James Church Hall, Gillies up with long stems and bulges of unsightly dried Street, Curtin. seed heads and few flowers the following season. A good example is shown here with a neatly THE wonderful, recent rain will keep the garden clipped hedge of Callistemon. ticking over for another few weeks and the
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Clayton giving grief to the geese. Gungahlin Weather Centre predicts we will receive our November average of 73mm. This private weather station is the district’s premier weather site with updates every 10 minutes. Go to gungahlinweather.com
When visiting open gardens: • Stop and look backwards every now and again, you will be surprised by how many features you may have missed. • As a courtesy always ask to take photos. • No dogs into the gardens unless, of course, guide dogs. • Never take cuttings or pull seeds off plants without asking. • Take photos of special features and plants you can use in your own garden rather than the whole garden.
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