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politics / Liberals in turmoil

It’s on: Gary or Zed? Brendan or Jeremy? The Canberra Liberals are about to find out that a week can be a millennia in politics, says MICHAEL MOORE GARY Humphries’ safe Senate sinecure is suddenly not so safe; the position of Leader of the Opposition in the ACT Assembly is now up for grabs and there will be a flurry of activity in the party and in the party room as the candidates jostle for the numbers. The first candidate on the Senate ticket for each of the major parties is virtually unassailable. In the last two elections, the Greens have put up significant candidates with Kerrie Tucker and Lin Hatfield-Dodds running strong campaigns – but with little chance of success. Humphries has served well in the Senate. This followed a strong performance in the ACT Assembly serving as Chief Minister and as Leader of the Opposition. Since then, he has been a diligent and hard-working Senator, recognised by his peers, promoted to the shadow cabinet and enjoys the support of his leader Tony Abbott. He has been a party member for more than three decades and it is highly likely that he will be in the cabinet if the Liberals come to power in September. And this is part of the problem.

The position has suddenly become much, much more attractive. There is the smell of power amongst the Federal Liberals and the position of Senator-in-government rather than Senator-in-opposition suddenly becomes much more attractive. No wonder the hawks circle overhead! But that is the democratic process. The decision for pre-selection is made by the party. And it is hard to believe that Zed Seselja would resign as Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly without having made a good assessment of the level of support he has in the party for this tilt at the Senate. He does not put at risk his position as MLA – just his position as party leader. Seselja has run a good race. He has fought two elections against the odds and has improved the Canberra Liberals’ numbers in the Assembly. His personal profile has built as Opposition Leader, particularly through the campaign for the recent Assembly elections. Pre-selection for the Senate will be up to the rank and file of the Canberra Liberals. Seselja and Humphries must now summons the numbers and there is no doubt that the phones, emails and other forms of communication are running hot amongst supporters of both. When Humphries originally won the Senate pre-selection within the

Lean and hungry looks? Possible contenders for the ACT Liberal leadership at Zed Seselja’s announcement, Brendan Smyth, left, and Jeremy Hanson.  Photos by Silas Brown party he did so over the much more popular Kate Carnell. And he did so with an effective and ruthless internal political campaign. Internal politics with such a prize is tough and strident. No matter who wins this pre-selection there will be blood on the floor. THE hole left by Seselja in the Assembly is a battle of different sort. The decision on leadership will be determined not by the Liberal Party but by

the Liberal MLAs – the “party room”. The early contenders must be deputy leader Brendan Smyth and Jeremy Hanson. Hanson has built a strong profile since being elected in 2007. He has barely concealed leadership aspirations and has the leadership experience of being a senior officer in the armed forces. He has made the best of his portfolios and has been a team player. He is likely to build a high

profile with a more flamboyant style than Seselja. Smyth has been an MP in the Federal Parliament and has a wealth of experience since being elected in 1998. He has served as Leader of the Opposition in the past and has certainly done time as an effective and a loyal deputy. He offers a known, steady influence and could be likened to the return of John Howard. His would be a steady and mature hand on the tiller. There is a wild card. Speaker, Vicki Dunne, could consider trading her newly elected position as Speaker to lead the party. Winning the Leader of the Opposition requires support from the old hands as well as the two new Liberal MLAs, Andrew Wall and Giulia Jones. At the same time as the phones are running hot for the Senate seat, the MLAs will be in huddles working out who will have the best chance of overturning the Katy Gallagher machine at the 2015 election. So much for a day being a long time in politics! The outcome is by no means a foregone conclusion but at this stage it looks to me like Humphries will retain his Senate position and Smyth will be returned as Leader of the Opposition. Michael Moore was an independent member of the ACT Legislative Assembly (1989 to 2001) and was minister for health.

index / contacts Since 1993: Volume 19, Number 4

Arts&Entertainment 25-27 Canberra Confidential 24 Cinema 26 Crossword 32 Dining 27 Garden 33 Horoscope 32 Letters 14 News 5-13 Socials 20-21 Sport 17 Sudoku 32 Cover: Smoque’s Ash Fanning. Story Page 8.

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

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Nick Slater... heading to Scotland in August to join the Bear Grylls Survival Academy.   Photo by Silas Brown

Nick can’t wait for the Bear hug LAURA EDWARDS meets the only man in Australia to make the cut for an extreme wilderness challenge with ‘Man vs Wild’ star Bear Grylls... EATING grubs for dinner, making a bed out of leaves and building a fire in the pouring rain – Nick Slater is up for the Bear Grylls challenge. One of 10 people in the world to be hand picked from thousands, 21-year-old Nick, of Isaacs, will head to Scotland in August to join the Bear Grylls Survival Academy. Created last year by popular British adventurer, writer and television presenter Bear Grylls himself, the intensive, five-day course will see the team of 10 in one of the last true wilderness areas of the British Isles, Sutherland, learning techniques to survive in the wilderness. Designed by Bear and his close team of highly trained experts, the academy will teach extreme survival techniques such as building emergency shelters, dealing with remote medical trauma, and hunting for dinner – all using materials from the wilderness surrounding them. At the end of the course participants will spend a day on their own putting their newfound skills to the test, and Mr Grylls himself may even make an appearance. “Depending on his schedule, he’ll come down and watch us in action,” says Nick. “I’d love to meet him, I think he’s awesome, I’m a big fan of his show [‘Man vs Wild’].” Nick says he applied for the academy online after reading Bear’s biography. “I’m an outdoors person, too, so I wanted to try something different and extreme,” he says. “I’m pretty sure I’m the only Australian who got picked, the organisers said they were getting thousands of applications every day from around the world so I’m very lucky. I got the

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Action man Bear Grylls. email saying I’d made it at 5am and I was really excited. “We have to pay for everything ourselves, so I’m hoping to get some sponsorship from outdoor stores or businesses.” Nick believes his background as a volunteer in the State Emergency Service helped him make the cut. “I’ve been volunteering there since November last year and there’s some awesome rescue skills I’ve learnt there, and everyone there is very into hiking and climbing,” he says. And while the academy’s website warns: “It may hurt a little,” Nick isn’t worried. “It will be a challenge, but I’m more excited than anything,” he says. “The lessons I’ll be learning will be pretty invaluable for my future... I’m currently in the eligibility pool for the NSW police force, and one day I’d like to be in special forces or defence,” he says. So, after chowing down on slugs and sleeping outside in the freezing cold, will Nick be dying to check in to a cushy hotel? “I’ve never been a fancy resort kind of person, camping is my leisure,” he laughs. More information on The Bear Grylls Survival Academy at, to sponsor Nick email

Canberra cool / cover story

Hip, hot and very, very cool WITH digital wall art, Barcelona-inspired gardens and grass inside change rooms, these venues have taken Canberra’s dining, drinking and shopping experiences to new highs. On-trend LAURA EDWARDS discovers the new guide to Canberra cool.

Mocan and Green Grout NewActon

TUCKED away on the corner of the NewActon precinct, cafe Mocan and Green Grout has quickly become a firm favourite for Canberra coffeelovers and pedal pushers alike. What began as a simple hole-in-thewall espresso bar has now expanded to a hipster hangout: wood panels and pots of fresh flowers hang from the ceiling, while quirky statues of hands reach out at you on the walls. Described as “drinking the best coffee of your life in your best friend’s kitchen”, it’s a cosy fit-out that’s on trend with the rest of the growing NewActon precinct. Mocan and Green Grout, 19 Marcus Clarke Street

Playground Civic

WITH a hopscotch court, colourful stools and cute, white picket fences, this trendy martini and tapas bar looks like a whole lot of fun, but coowner Antony Arena says it has a deeper meaning. “On one side of the bar we’ve got a white wall and black tree painted on and digital art with a bird, it’s all very conservative and responsible on that side, while the other side is very playful, with all the colours and textures of the timber,” he says. “In a sense we’re acknowledging

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both sides of the adult mind, but it’s a place you come to play, not to be conservative.” Playground, U 1/25 Garema Place, 6262 7171

Smoque Civic

WALK past Smoque on any given lunch hour and the line will be well out the door. But is it worth the wait? “Oh, you forget about that once you’re in there,” gushes many a queuewaiter. It’s exactly the type of response owners Ash Fanning and Grant Kells were after when they launched the southern American barbecue eatery in October last year. The design of Smoque is casual but quirky, with timber floorboards and cactuses popping up in corners. “We worked hard to reuse a lot of furniture, some of it is from Texas, it’s a bit eclectic, but it’s got the southern influence,” Ash says. Smoque, Baileys Arcade, Shop 2, 131 London Circuit 6162 3350

Alice Be Curious NewActon

IF you’re lucky enough to stumble across this hidden gem, you’ll discover what is seemingly an ordinary loft apartment is one of Canberra’s best kept shopping secrets. Snugly placed in the Mews complex between the Metropolitan buildings, clothing boutique Alice Be Curious relies mainly on “word of mouth”, says owner Daniella Jukic. “I didn’t want to be like every other store in the mall, I wanted something that could be a bit different, I was inspired by Melbourne where you walk down a laneway and see a shop you don’t expect to be there,” she says. With faux grass in the changerooms and a secret garden out the front, Daniella says she set out to create an “Alice in Wonderland” experience for customers. Alice be Curious, U3/1 Mews East, 6161 1544,

Lonsdale Street Traders

from the standard mall and step outside the retail square. Scented shoes, faux grass-covered stools and timber sunglasses are just some of the more unusual buys. Lonsdale Street Traders, 27 Lonsdale Street.

Two before Ten City West

TWO before Ten’s revamp in July, 2011, has swiftly taken it from a place to “grab and go” to a place to stay put. The funky new design is reminiscent of many Melbourne cafes, with innovative graphics behind the serving counter, great lighting, a cool slate wall, and chairs made by local designers. “Before in Canberra there seemed to be a lot of big, Sydney-style venues,” co-owner Jarrod Deaton says. “But now with us and other places in Braddon, it’s more of a Melbourne feel, with small intimate venues – places where you can sit casually, you don’t have to get dressed up and be seen.” Two before Ten, 40 Marcus Clarke Street, 6162 1260


LONSDALE Street Traders is the new one-stop shop for the trendy Canberran. Described as “achingly cool”, the warehouse includes an organic bakery, florist, fashion stores, homewares and even a hair salon, all curated to suit an overarching aesthetic. Creator Nick Bulum says the Traders is “a way to keep local independent stores alive.” Offerings are unique and considered, inviting shoppers to step away

and a fusion of modern Asian food – Soju Girl is a fusion in itself – it’s a cocktail and wine bar, a restaurant, a bistro and a gallery. The space is certainly cool: dimly lit, with fluorescent, lime-green graffiti on the wall, leather furniture, and a colourful cocktail bar. Co-owner Grant Macara says it’s “a place that dares to be different. I think Canberrans are starting to look for something a little left of centre.” Soju Girl, 41/43-45 Northbourne Avenue, 6257 5328

Soju Girl Civic

Energetic staff, inventive cocktails

Honkytonks Civic

SINCE opening in October, 2011, you’re hard-pressed to find a spare seat at this bustling bar. “We don’t really have a typical crowd, we have such a diverse mix of people here. And that’s sort of what makes this place work,” co-owner Laurence Kain says. The venue design, using recycled materials, has a “relaxed Barcelona garden” vibe, says Laurence. “We focused a lot on making it a comfortable, cool and relaxed place to be in visually and also to actually sit in,” he says. Honkytonks, 17 Garema Place 6251 7788

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Helping hand for ‘haunted’ faces

Ainslie market fair

Laura Edwards reports

WITH a debilitating illness, Qinnie Wang says she often hears “the clock ticking”. The 28-year-old public servant has a rare central nervous system disorder called fibromyalgia, which results in chronic widespread pain. But rather than get her down, the condition made her think about what she really wanted in life: “I always knew I wanted to help others... I just wasn’t sure who,” Qinnie says. The answer came after an “eye-opening” trip to south-east Asia last year. “What haunted me was the faces of the children, they were living in extreme poverty,” she says. “We went to visit a temple in Cambodia and there were just 20 children following us for half a day, because they wanted us to buy a scarf from them, and I asked the tour guide how much do they make and he said about 20 cents. They couldn’t even afford a toothbrush. It was just so sad.” Rather than donate to a charity, Qinnie decided she wanted to start a business that kept people employed and provided regular income. Taking inspiration from the colourful jewellery and handicrafts she saw in markets around Asia, Qinnie launched her own website, Global Handmade in January, selling jewellery and handicrafts purchased

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ALL Saints’ Anglican Church, corner of Cowper and Bonney Streets, Ainslie, is holding a market fair, 11am3pm, on Saturday, February 9 in aid of the restoration of the church’s stained glass window. The fair will feature books, white elephant, produce and a barbecue.

Was Marx right? “WHY Marx Was Right” is what the Socialist Alternative Club at ANU will discuss at its next meeting at Room G50, Haydon-Allen Building, at 1pm, Wednesday, February 13. The public is welcome to hear about what Marx had to say about economic crisis and that there is an alternative – a society organised democratically to satisfy human need. And the following night, Thursday, February 14, the club will discuss “When workers took power: the Russian Revolution of 1917. What really happened”, Room G 52 Haydon-Allen Building, ANU at 6pm.

Global Handmade jewellery, with prices ranging from $10-$20. from fair trade suppliers from developing countries in Asia. “Simply donating money is not always a quick answer to poverty,” she says. “These people want to earn a living from their skills.” 100 per cent of profit made is given back to the communities who produced the products, including sponsoring students to complete education, building schools and helping street children. “The first project I want to contribute to is sponsoring students in Cambodia to learn English at the Australian Centre for Education. I’ve met people who have taken the course and it’s lifted their whole family out of poverty,” she says. “I decided Canberra would be a good place to start this business... they are such culture-loving, generous people, and I be-

Qinnie Wang... “What haunted me was the faces of the children, they were living in extreme poverty.” Photo by Silas Brown lieve there is a market here for non-mass produced products.” As well as the website, Qinnie plans to start selling her range at the Gorman House and Old Bus Depot Markets. She hopes Global Handmade will eventually become a worldwide organisation, concentrating on a global fair trade movement, such as Oxfam or Ten Thousand Villages. “They all started somewhere, and hopefully this is the beginning of something really successful,” she says.

Quality breakfast THE Great Aussie Day Breakfast in Commonwealth Park on Australia Day morning raised $6000 for children’s charity Camp Quality. Supported by ActewAGL, the Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets and Canberra Milk, the free community barbecue served up its biggest brekkie in a decade, with 6000 sausages, 80 kilograms of onions, 250 loaves of bread, 6000 pieces of fruit and refreshments.

Clarification LAST week’s story about accountant Gail Freeman overcoming diabetes might have been clearer to some readers had we noted she had been battling type 2 diabetes (“adult-onset diabetes”) and not type 1, “insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus” or “juvenile diabetes”, which is an autoimmune disease.

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Church upset: politicians move in strange ways... THE new Speaker of the ACT Legislative Assembly, Liberal Vicki Dunne, has proposed an ecumenical service where people can pray for and bless their leaders. Although it would involve a Christian liturgy, leaders of other faiths have been invited to contribute as well to the service. I may perhaps be a little biased, but the decision to refuse to even send a representative to such an event seems unwise. The latest census data from 2011 shows around 52 per cent of Canberrans resonate with the Christian tradition and another 8 per cent belong to other faith communities.

NICK JENSEN says there has been a fair bit of ink spilled lately over the ACT Government’s unwillingness to attend a church service at the beginning of this political term. The reason given from the Government was one of “principle”, indicating that this would compromise the “secular nature” of the Assembly. By “secular” we can assume they mean there should be no formal connection between government and religion. If this is the case, some consistency is required. Initially, it would be prudent to remove the crosses on the ACT flag and surely the “god” standing at the public entrance to the Legislative As-

sembly should be relocated. Why stop there though if we are truly to remove any formal religious connection? Every MLA with “minister” in their title will need a name change due to its clerical connotations. The seating in the Assembly will need to be rearranged as well, based initially on a church-choir seating model. In fact, the very foundation of the Westminster system is based firmly on Medieval Christianity, so

naturally this would need to go as well to preserve the “secular nature” of our government. Quite simply, I believe there is a serious misunderstanding of what “secular” or “separation of church/ state” actually means in Australia. It certainly does not mean our elected officials need to stay away from religion and expressions of faith. Faith is a part of our history, our culture, our values and the way many of us live our lives. Leadership is at its best when it works with faith. Our lawmakers need to be regularly reminded there is a law and morality higher than the

Temperature rises for cool fashion

Leaders pause to remember By Laura Edwards. Photo by Silas Brown PRIME Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott officially marked the start of the Parliamentary year with an inaugural wreath-laying ceremony at the Australian War Memorial. Both leaders were joined by the chairman of the War Memorial Rear Admiral Ken Doolan, left, and director Dr Brendan Nelson, right, and laid wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Hall of Memory. Dr Nelson said the ceremony was not only to mark the opening of Parliament, but was a symbol of the nation’s respect for those Australian servicemen and servicewomen who had given their lives in war and peace. The ceremony also included a bugle call of “The Last Post” and an ode by Canberra Girls Grammar student and Simpson Prize recipient Phyllida Behm. Members of the public watched on, with a few wishing both leaders luck ahead of the election as they left the memorial.

Catherine Carter property

Geez it’s been really hot over the past few weeks and, for many of us, returning to work after the summer break has been a welcome relief from the heat.

Scales of justice lose balance THERE are times when our legal system Robert Macklin gets so caught up in its own rules, manners the gadfly and precedents that it loses sight of its essential role in the community – to balance Penfold’s decision. Because the Government the scales of justice. This was never more had appealed, the Crowleys had not received strikingly illustrated than in the case of the any of the money awarded and are now in desperate financial straits. Crowley family of Chapman. In their judgement, the Appeals Court found

By now most Canberrans will be aware of the general outlines of the case. On December 11, 2001 Jonathan Crowley, then 34, lost touch with reality and was walking the streets of Chapman chanting religious slogans and wielding a kendo stick. Two policemen were called to the scene and when their capsicum spray failed to subdue him one of them shot him in the neck. Jonathan was rendered quadriplegic. His family launched a civil proceeding against ACT Mental Health (ACTMH) and the Australian Federal Police seeking compensation. Ten years later they won their case when Justice Penfold awarded them $8 million on the grounds that both organisations had breached their duty of care to the patient. Then, in December, in a shock decision the ACT Court of Appeals struck down Justice

ones they decree. All in all, I fail to see the great threat of a community of people gathering around their leaders to bless them, pray for wisdom and demonstrate support for their representatives no matter what they might believe. Leadership can be incredibly lonely, compromising, stressful and unappreciated. I am certain our new Assembly will need all the help it can get. The ecumentical service will be held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Manuka, 10am, on Monday, February 11. Nick Jensen is a director of the Australian Christian Lobby

that ACTMH had not breached their duty of care because Jonathan’s father, Keith, had told them his son would voluntarily admit himself to hospital on the day. The technicalities of this aspect are complex and arguable. However, they also found that the AFP had no duty of care to Jonathan because of their duty to the general public to enforce the law. This is where the legal system and common sense part company. It’s by no means the first time that we’ve confronted the problem of policemen using a deadly firearm against a mentally disturbed person wielding a stick or a knife. We shouldn’t blame the policeman. People who have lost touch with reality are quite terrifying; they touch something in our innermost core that demands an instant response. But we should blame the AFP for not having

trained their officers to handle that response and for not providing them with an alternative means to subdue Jonathan Crowley. It is ridiculous – and reprehensible – that their options take a quantum leap from the relatively harmless capsicum spray to a deadly firearm. (And since the Taser seems to have problems of its own when used by police against the mentally ill, the electric shocker is clearly not the answer.) The AFP – or the Attorney-General’s Department – should commission the CSIRO to come up with a range of options – from sticky nets designed to entangle the aggressors to chemical darts that put them instantly to sleep. Are they really so thick that they haven’t thought of this already? Meantime, the Crowleys have appealed to the High Court. We must hope that our final arbiter is able to cut through the maze of legal sophistry to find a just outcome. But until then it really falls to the community – that’s us – to give them a helping hand to see them through. Fortunately, we can do so quite simply through the Crowley Support Fund. Just contact the NAB.

Almost all modern offices are air-conditioned – set to a range of between 20 and 23 degrees. This lets us work throughout the hottest period of the year without having to vary the “uniform” of the business world. But, as we head off to work under the searing Australian sun, suit jackets in hand, surely we must question the wisdom of our attire. Air-conditioning contributes to more than half of an office building’s energy consumption, with every degree of cooling increasing energy use by up to around 7 per cent. Our standard business attire is estimated to be worth around two degrees in cooling – so our jackets, ties and stockings could be leading to a 14 per cent increase in our office’s energy consumption. With energy in buildings accounting for around 40 per cent of Australia’s annual greenhouse gas emissions, it seems clear that we need to rethink what we are wearing. The Japanese government took this idea seriously. In 2005 all agencies increased office thermostats to 28C together with the introduction of a more suitable dress code – private businesses were encouraged to do the same. It achieved greenhouse gas emission savings of more than two million tonnes in the first two years. The idea of 28 degrees might make some of us a little hot under the collar. But even a more conservative increase in office temperatures – say to 25C – could provide savings across Australia of more than 200,000 tonnes of CO2 each year. The property industry has already risen to the challenge, delivering commercial buildings that are more energy efficient and responsive to climate. It’s time for fashion to follow. Catherine Carter is ACT executive director of the Property Council of Australia. CityNews  February 7-13  13

opinion dose of dorin

letters Ignore the Valley at your peril WHEN will the ACT Government – both Labor and the Greens – get the message that they continue to ignore the Tuggeranong Valley at their peril? Don’t they remember the results of the last election where they were punished at the ballot box by voters from Kambah to Gordon? For years, our Government, dominated by northside based Ministers, has let our deep-south streets, suburbs, public spaces and signs deteriorate through a lack of maintenance and care. Even the meagre and occasional works of “public art” located in the Valley, have been third rate and an embarrassment. The gaudy bright yellow “statue” on the median strip of Drakeford Drive, Kambah, is a sterling example – I defy anyone to tell me what it is. Readers of “CityNews” will already be aware of our new yellow pedestrian bridge near the new Namadgi School and its peeling paint. So much for environmentally sensitive colours. Frankly, the now exposed grey undercoat looks better. The surrounds of Lake Tuggeranong need a “Clean Up Australia” type working bee. There is rubbish all around the lake walk. Hundreds of ACT residents (and voters) use this scenic walk every day. If the Government won’t do it, perhaps the Tuggeranong community should show them how. Come on ACT Government, get your act together – we have very long memories.

We have heard it from fishermen in the Tuross area, whose families have depended on the sea for their livelihood for generations, and have now had their licensed fishing areas cut. The same call comes from wholesalers/ retailers who have lost access to the catches. It’s time for the people last but heavily affected, the consumers, to have their say. Could you ask some respected observer, like Mr Macklin, to write of the plight of those adversely affected by the marine parks’ changes, preferably to members of parliament, but also in your influential journal? 

Ewan Letts, via email

An opportunity lost

I WILL be the first to say that the $61 million Stanhope, McKay National Arboretum is a wonderful venue for tree and nature lovers and visiting dignitaries and opera singers, but in reality will develop into an uninsured bushfire waiting to happen. The ordinary Joe and Joan Citizen ACT residents and supportive business houses have missed out on massive tourism and economic opportunities due to the ACT Government, who having absolutely no product knowledge or inclination to explore the motorsport positives, simply dropped the ball without any consideration to development of the  Roger Smeed, Greenway natural amphitheatre site into what could have been a magnificent multi-motorsport complex the equal of many international venues. Sadly, just another example of ACT Government two-tiered citizen policy.  Michael Attwell, Dunlop I AGREE that nature strips by roads should not be parked on (CN, letters, January 24). However, in a number of streets in Canberra, particularly newer suburbs, should the cars in the streets be parked legally on both sides of the road, no road would be left for vehicles travelling on the road. RE Craig Beifus’ letter (“Speak up for refugees”, CN, Then, would all of these legally parked vehicles January 17) about the treatment of asylum seekers be booked for obstructing traffic flow? A bit of a on Manus Island, I’m not sure what right they have to conundrum eh? complain.  Ken Wood, Holt Manus is part of Papua New Guinea. How does he think the people of that land live? They’re not living in flash houses. The villages usually have wooden or grass huts and often the floor is their bed. They, too, suffer from the heat, humidity, problem water, sores IN his columns, Robert Macklin has often written of and malaria, but just have to put up with it for all of time spent in Tuross. their lives. We are being encouraged by Government spokesThe asylum seekers’ situation (with a good supply of people to consume more seafood, for better nutrition food) is better than most Papua New Guineans who are and to help lower the burden on the health budget. allowing them to temporarily reside there. How would Recently, the parlous situation of industry particiI know? I lived there for 10 years. Perhaps Mr Beifus pants following the federal Government’s marine park should go check for himself, too.  Eleanor Gibson, via email legislation has come to notice.

Strip conundrum

Locals suffer, too

Consumers, speak up

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Sporting Confidential with Tim Gavel

Manuka Oval lights on game night from Red Hill.

Oh, what a light! SINCE I first came to Canberra in the late 1980s and for much of the 25 years since, any proposal to put light towers at Manuka Oval was met with stiff opposition with neighbouring residents concerned about a range of legitimate issues. There was concern about light spillage, the ambiance, the parking, drunken spectators and noise. There was a feeling that it would never happen because of these very real concerns. It’s early days, but it would appear many of these concerns have not materialised. Sure, the six-light towers are not necessarily aesthetically appealing, looking something like giant tennis rackets; and parking will always be an issue, but

there has been little in the way of uproar so far. There have been no reports of unruly behaviour from drunken spectators leaving the ground. No, the main complaint was the long wait in the line at beer stalls, concessions and toilets. The light towers are significant for Canberra sport. To a certain extent it shows we mean business, but until we get the service to customers running smoothly, including good catering and plenty of toilets, our bid to attract major cricket and more AFL to the ACT will struggle. It’s all very well to secure major events, but it means little unless you look after the people who pay good money to attend.

Cavalry’s charge to the top A FEW years ago at the Eastlake Football Club a public meeting was staged to gauge public interest in securing a licence for the proposed Australian Major League baseball competition. There was genuine enthusiasm, but I must admit while chairing that meeting, I had doubts that it would get off the ground. It was touch and go with the dominant belief being that if Canberra was to get a licence

the baseball community needed to be more proactive. They needed to raise sponsorship and secure pledges of support. The rallying that was done by the likes of Theo Vassalakis has been rewarded with the Canberra Cavalry finishing on top of the ladder after the regular season and hosting the finals series. Well done to all who supported this next level of baseball competition for Canberra.

Hockey gets the heave-ho THE chance of securing a major international hockey tournament as part of Canberra’s Centenary celebrations appears to be remote. Several proposals have been forthcoming involving the Australian men’s and women’s teams, but nothing has materialised. Part of the problem has been lack of television coverage for the proposed

competitions. It is disappointing given hockey’s rich history in Canberra; Katrina and Lisa Powell with their dual Olympic gold medals in 1996 and 2000 make hockey one of Canberra’s most successful Olympic sports outside the AIS. Either way, 2013 is gearing up to be a big year in sport for our Territory. CityNews  February 7-13  17

Southern Cross Health Club / advertising feature

The ‘Challenge’ to transform your body ‘I can see so much improvement’

THE Southern Cross Health Club’s “12 Week Transformation Challenge” has been designed by fitness professionals with one goal in mind: to provide a realistic, maintainable fitness program. Club manager Mark La Brooy says the concept of the challenge is simple. “Combine a healthy eating plan with an effective exercise routine, and you will see the results you desire,” he says. The 12-week challenge combines an eating plan and exercise routine as well as providing health-related seminars on a range of topics. “By presenting these topics in simple terms, we will empower you to take control of your health and fitness,” he says. “Feel in control as you lose weight, gain strength, learn more about how your body works and at the same time meet new people all looking for similar results as you.” Mark says the challenge is for anyone who wants to transform themselves, whether it be physically or mentally. “Often people see these challenges as just about weight loss, but it’s not just about that, it can be about lifestyle or your approach to fitness and creating that routine.” Every week during the challenge there is a seminar as well as multiple circuits through the week and on weekends that participants can go to. “You get to see a trainer once a week and there are lots of points of contact to keep you accountable and help you stick to the routine,” he says. “Having to come to the club all the time to be

Jennie Widdowson says: “BECAUSE I am 70 years old, I was not at all sure that I would be able to do the ‘Transformation Challenge’, but it seemed an ideal way to improve my fitness and lose a bit of weight. However, I talked to some of the trainers at SCHC and they encouraged me to give it a go. One of the best things that happened was that one of the younger participants said to me after a class that she felt she had to

keep going because she thought ‘if Jennie can do it, then so can I’. It made me feel that as well as doing myself good, my efforts were also helping others to improve. Although I regularly do quite a lot of exercise, it is very satisfying to find that after only 12 weeks of additional intensive exercise, my blood pressure and blood-sugar levels, which were previously both high, are now in the normal range, I can see so much improvement.

‘A huge, immediate difference to my life’ Southern Cross Health Club trainer Ryan Davies offering advice. part of the challenge is key to making it work.” Mark says a lack of time is one of the biggest barriers for people to getting fit. “It’s something that can be overcome with good planning and scheduling,” he says. The Southern Cross Health Club holds two challenges each year: in February and September. The next challenge starts on February 11 and anyone who wants to take part can join the health club for 12 weeks or 12 months. More information at

Manager Mark La Brooy… “The challenge combines an eating plan and exercise routine.”

Siobhan says: “THROUGH participating in the ‘12 Week Transformation Challenge’ I have come to the realisation that whether it be a sweat-soaked body attack class or a reflective walk around the lake, you should take that time to dedicate to yourself and your body as often as you can, even when you feel like it’s the last thing you want to do, because it will always be worth it, for both your mental and physical health. I want to say to all of the

trainers who have contributed to my weight loss, but especially to Ryan and Josh, a heartfelt thank you. I know this is part of your job, and you must see hundreds of clients in a year, but I want you to know that you have made a huge, immediate difference to my life in terms of my weight loss and a long-term change to the way I live my life; changes I couldn’t have made without your continued training and support over the last 12 weeks.”

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At the Embassy Poland farewell to Andrzej Jaroszynski

Joe Shanahan with Monica, Lilan and Vlad Mosmondon

Ewa Dimond and Yola Galgoci

Bronwyn Halbisch, Jadwiga Chwiackowski and Don Arnold

At National Youth Science Forum reception, Albert Hall

Emily Ingram, Professor Hans Bachor, Ian Young and Melanie Tacey

Sultan Anyammahr with Marta and Adrian Lowe

Julia Pedler, Bob Greeney and Lynne Duckham OAM

Dr Ali Kraishan, Libyan ambassador Musbah Allafi and Moroccan ambassador Mohamed Mael-Ainin

Sandra Meek, Ian Sayers and Dr. Lyn Hinds

Craig Savage and Sean O’Byrne

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Ian Goudie and Minister Andrew Barr

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Judith Ion, Jen Yates, Cindy Li and Cathy Churchman

Host Egyptian ambassador Hassan El-Laithy with Netherlands ambassador Annemieke Ruigrok

Jessica Swan and Patricia Abbott

Elisa Da Silva and Mohammed Abuallah Al Jabir

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Jackie McGuirk, Paull McKee, Jenny Heald and Robert Henderson

Thai ambassador Maris Sangiampongsa, Laos ambassador Phomma Khammanichanh, Noor Blumer and Vietnamese ambassador Hoang Vinh Thanh

Chief of Protocol Sally Mansfield, Turkish ambassador Reha Keskintepe and Amin Saikal

Mongolian ambassador Ravdan Bold with wife Oyuun and Helen Parkes

Majid Kamsh and Prof Fadhil Farhood Makki Al-Joborae

Mexican Ambassador Beatriz Lopez Gargallo with Serbian ambassador Neda Maletic

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Valentine’s Day / Thursday, February 14

Searching for the real meaning of love’s big day FEBRUARY 14 is the day people all over the world send Valentine’s cards, flowers, chocolates or gifts to the one they love. But why is it our day of romance? It’s generally believed that Valentine’s Day is named after two of the many early Christian martyrs called Valentine. Among the popular theories is that one Valentine was a third-century priest

in Rome, who married young couples in secret after a decree by the Emperor Claudius that young men serve in the army instead of marrying. Predictably, he was jailed and sentenced to death, but the story goes that he became friendly with his jailer’s daughter, writing the original “Valentines” to her. The letters spoke of his undying love and signed off with “from your Valentine”. Equally, another theory suggests it may

not have been very romantic at all and that the chosen date may have been an attempt by the Catholic church to “Christianise” a Roman feast: February 14 was, in ancient Rome, a celebration of the goddess Juno, queen of the Roman pantheon. It was around the 17th century that Valentine’s Day was celebrated on a mass level, and by the middle of the 18th century it was taking on a commercial feel, with small tokens and handwritten gifts being exchanged between lovers and friends.

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Canberra Confidential So where’s the tent? WHAT could be the hiccup with opening the bookings for the big-ticket centenary event The Famous Spiegeltent? The C100 program tells us Spiegeltent will host a series of contemporary concerts, family shows, cabaret performances, parties and clubs at the Senate Rose Gardens, Old Parliament House. Say no more – we’re there! But CC started to wonder, when noticing tickets are on sale for the Spiegeltent Melbourne season, which is running from February 5 to April 21, but not for the Canberra season. According to the centenary program and website, Spiegeltent will be here from February 27- March 24. A quick internet search revealed a message on the Spiegeltent International website from January 29 that says: “Thank you for your patience regarding the delayed availability of the Canberra season program. The planned release of the program on January 9 was delayed for a number of reasons although be assured the season will be going ahead. The program will be accessible from this page as soon as the details are finalised.” Can the tent be in two places?

Something like this AS CC furtively ate humble pie, and fawned with deference at the launch of the quite lovely Enlighten festival program, the assembled unquestioning cognescenti, party flaks and media hacks were left guessing when it came to a preview of the festival’s TV commercial. Minister Andrew Barr, tralaa, cued it, but we got but a glimpse of its second half.

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Untroubled, tralaa again and a perfect play save for no sound. No third time lucky, the techies were despatched, leaving the crowd, muttering “we get the idea”, to the failsafe joys of analog brochures.

Stand and deliver! CC reader Ellen Collins emailed in response to last week’s item about a Kingston business’ frustration with the delivery vagaries of registered mail. She says it seems that the Kingston post office does not “deliver” in any sense! “After several suspected non-deliveries last year my irate husband caught the contractor popping the ‘sorry, we missed you’ card in our letterbox without having attempted to deliver the parcel,” she writes. “Turns out he didn’t even have the parcel in his van and his normal practice (perhaps to save time and money?) was to only distribute the cards to the appropriate letterboxes. “I’m not sure Australia Post has ever got back to us after we lodged a complaint, either. Beats me why they call it a parcel ‘delivery’ service!”

Makes you go hmmm 1. VINNIES Doorknock appeal, launched by former GG Sir William Deane, at the infamous home of protest, the chess pit in Garema Place, was labelled in a press-call email as the chest pit. 2. STOLEN from a Canberra South Rotary Club newsletter: “Puns for the educated… I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical

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People-person Peter A BIG friend of this paper, the former king of Canberra real estate Peter Blackshaw, pictured, never a man short for a word, emailed CC and a million of his other besties, rather cryptically with less than a line saying only: “Please consider joining”. The clue was in the subject line: population. We set Safari to work and up popped a website for Sustainable Population Australia, a group originally established in Canberra in 1988, in response to the belief that major environmental groups were failing to address the issue of population numbers. “We work on many fronts to encourage informed public debate about how Australia and the world can achieve an ecologically sustainable population,” they say. Given Peter’s life-long passion for putting people into houses, it’s heartwarming to see him so keen about population. Aleutian” or this one, “She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still”. 3. MORE quirky collective nouns: Moles come in a labour; monkeys in a troop and orangutans in a buffoonery. And a bonus one from a reader: “A Collingwood of bogans”. 4. JUMBLED press release from ACT Policing: “Police are seeking witnesses a vehicle suspected of being stolen which involved in a pursuit through Macquarie and Belconnen late last night.”

Single Sarah Callaghan... “I’m really just doing it for a bit of fun and to broaden my social circle, but obviously I’m in the market.” Photo by Silas Brown

Sarah’s charitable view of lurve REID resident Sarah Callaghan, 34, is putting herself out there this month and challenging herself to ask five men out on a date. It’s part of the Five in Five campaign, which asks people to sign up and commit to five dates in five weeks with five different people, all in the name of charity. First singles sign up online and spread the word about the cause by encouraging friends and family to sponsor them on their quest for dates. Sarah, a public servant who is new to Canberra, says she’s decided it’s time to

do something about her love life and this is the perfect way to start. “I’m really just doing it for a bit of fun and to broaden my social circle, but obviously I’m in the market,” she says. Sarah has lined up two dates already and says her friends have been really positive about it. The 2013 Five in Five challenge runs until the long weekend in March with all funds raised going toward charities working to break the cycle of social disadvantage. More information at www.fiveinfive.

arts & entertainment

Wendy Johnson

Complain, but don’t be a pain

Performing’s a ‘Picnic’ for David Trumpeter David Elton gets around, as arts editor HELEN MUSA discovers TRAINED in Brisbane, trumpeter David Elton has worked with orchestras in Japan, Chicago and Singapore, as well as touring Germany with WorldBrass. James Ledger wrote a concerto for him and just last year he performed in the Shostakovich concerto for piano and trumpet with pianist Steven Osborne and the ACO. Now he’s coming here for the Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s “European Picnic” prom at Government House, on Saturday, February 16. When “CityNews” caught up with Elton by phone to NZ, he was just putting the finishing touches to a score he’s been recording with the NZ Symphony Orchestra. It’s for “The Tomb”, a new Arnold Schwarzenegger-Sylvester Stallone action movie, the music for which, he reports, “sounds like music for a big escape movie”. Elton likes a bit of variety. As soon as he gets back to Sydney, where he is now principal trumpet with the SSO, he’ll be preparing to play Debussy and Sibelius in the orchestra’s first big 2013 concert under the baton of chief conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy – “it’s always exciting with him,” he says. In his coming gig, styled as a “Centenary gift to Canberra from the Delegation

Yass Shire honours artist Kim

of the European Union to Australia”, the music will be selections from the repertoire of nations in the EU. Elton will get to play the Hummel Trumpet Concerto and the virtuosic showstopper, “Carnival of Venice.” Choosing music from the EU sounds like an easy task, so it’s no surprise to see Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”, Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance March”, Bizet’s selections from “Carmen” and Bartok’s “Romanian Dances” on the picnic menu. As well, noting that Ireland is the holder of the European Presidency in 2013, the CSO has planned a touching rendition of “Danny Boy”, Percy Graingerstyle. Well , it wasn’t written by an Irishman, but it has nonetheless become an Irish anthem. Elton is happy performing outdoors, despite the variability of the weather, describing this kind of concert as “a fun event”. Noble will be conducting the al fresco prom, in which mezzo-soprano Christina Wilson will no doubt liven up the “Carmen” excerpts. Wilson is a Canberran these days, but has a formidable European profile, having sung at the Paris Conservatoire, Wigmore Hall, Australia House most notably, before the Queen in the centenary celebration of the Australian Constitution. The Shell Prom Concert: “European Picnic”, Government House, Yarralumla, (gates open at 3.45pm), February 16.

Trumpeter David Elton... here for the Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s “European Picnic” prom at Government House.

ARTIST Kim Nelson has been honoured as Yass Valley Shire’s Citizen of the Year. To people in the local arts scene, this is no surprise. For Nelson, a painter by profession with his own hanging gallery in Yass’ Oddfellows Hall and a string of capital-city gallery connections, has transformed the cultural face of our neighbouring town. Nelson cut his teeth working in heritage buildings of the ACT and immediate region, and is the brains behind the Yass Arts Trail, a part of “Classic Yass”, which gathers together the painters, sculptors, writers, musicians and actors of the surrounding areas for one glorious weekend of arts-making each spring. He is also the creator of the website YASSarts and a non-profit initiative of the same name that aims to promote, support and facilitate arts and culture in the Yass Valley region. He has succeeded beyond his wildest dreams and, with Nelson’s encouragement, Yass is now well and truly centre stage on our arts map.

–Helen Musa

Jon the stayer turns player in Canberra By Helen Musa

WHEN I catch up with Jon English, he’s halfway up a mountain overlooking the thunderstorms lashing Coffs Harbour, but assures fans, “don’t worry I’ll make it to Canberra”. I don’t doubt it. English is one of the stayers of the Australian entertainment industry whether it is a big gig in the Royal Theatre or, as in this case, an intimate performance in Teatro Vivaldi with his old mate Peter Cupples – “a lovely little venue” – he gives it his all. Besides, after a night having fun, he’ll be bestriding the big stage at the Llewellyn Hall the next night for the 18th Canberra Area Theatre awards. But just before he does the Vivaldi show, he’ll be unveiling a new portrait painted by artist Barbara van der Linden for the “Faces of Canberra” centenary project. The

Peter Cupples, left, and Jon English... “We’ve been doing stuff on and off for quite a few years,” says English. portrait, which English describes as “very, very good”, depicts publicist Coralie Wood with her flamboyant theatrical companion Charles Oliver. For this visit to Canberra, he’ll be focusing on his long-standing working relationship with singer/ songwriter “Cupps,” once lead singer to the band Stylus.

“We’ve been doing stuff on and off for quite a few years,” he explains, though “he writes for him and I write for me”. Both connoisseurs of good wine, they invented an act called “Uncorked”, a joke on the musical expression “unplugged”. But then someone on TV “nicked the idea” for a wine

show, so they’re contemplating a new title, “Unscrewed”. The pair will be indulging their fans in a lot of favourites, such as medleys from The Beatles and “Jesus Christ Superstar”, Cupples’ best-known number “Summer Breeze” and my English favourite, “Hollywood 7”. All the while, English has his mind on the show “Rock Revolution” that he’s been doing with younger musicians. Soon they’re heading to Adelaide, then to Sawtell, near where he lives, then to Dubbo. He plans to wind up at Sydney’s State Theatre in mid-March and give it a rest for a while. He wants to do a few exclusive reunion gigs with his old band, the Foster Brothers. “It’ll be nice to play with musicians my own age,” he says. Jon English and Peter Cupples at Teatro Vivaldi, February 15. Bookings to 6257 2718. The 18th CAT Awards, at Llewellyn Hall, February 16. Bookings to 132849 or group bookings to 6281 0250. CityNews  February 7-13  25

arts & entertainment / reviews

High tension story that’s now history

King dead, long live the king!

“Zero Dark 30” (MA)

Helen Musa arts in the city

BELL Shakespeare reports that Sean Taylor, who was expected to play the role of the king in its coming production “Henry 4”, is unable to continue in the role, which will now be played by David Whitney. No, perceptive readers, that’s not the David Whitney that heads up ArtsACT, but a popular actor. SINCE being crowned Australian Idol in 2006, Damien Leith has released an album a year. He’s on tour with an intimate show that includes songs such as “Roy: A Tribute to Roy Orbison” and “Catch the Wind”. Canberra Southern Cross Club, February 15, bookings to 6283 7288 or www. THE Abbey Function Centre is hosting “Mondayitis Cabaret”, a Valentine-themed show, on February 11, with proceeds going to the ACT Domestic Violence Crisis Centre. “Roses and Romance” is to be hosted by buxom burlesque bombshell Melina Fahrenheit, with local burlesque stars Tiffany Blue, Şeker Pare and Sparkles, acoustic Goth folk-rock trio Second Sun, drag group The UnHoly Trinity, strong woman Penelope Asterisk and manipulator Absolon LaCroix. Bookings to or tickets at the door. ON November 27, artists from all over Australia participated in a retreat to Coles Bay, Tasmania, guided by eminent Wedderburn artist Elisabeth Cummings. You

Australian Idol, Damien Leith at the Southern Cross Club. can see the results at Form Studio and Gallery, 1/30 Aurora Avenue, Queanbeyan, from February 11 to March 4. Local participants included Dianna Budd, Maxine Price and gallery owner Claire Primrose. WHILE in Queanbeyan, visit “Popup!” at Monaro Art Space,138 Monaro Street, to view Aria Stone’s meditations in paint inspired by John Cage’s famous silent composition “4’33”. CANBERRA male quartet, Credo, loved for its harmonies, will be at Wesley Music Centre’s Lunchtime Live on February 13 from 12.40pm to 1.20pm at 20 National Circuit, Forrest. The concert, “Seems like Yesterday”, will cover songs from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Paper note entry, concessions $2. QL2 is holding auditions on February 17 for the next big Quantum Leap project, which involves indigenous and non-indigenous young people aged 14-26, from Canberra and surrounds, plus dancers from Adelaide and Sydney. But you must register by February 13. For details visit OPERA Australia’s Sunday summer concert series, “Great Opera Hits”, returns most Sundays at 5pm in Sydney Opera House’s Sutherland Theatre until March 24. Bookings to

FOR Katherine Bigelow’s intense film about tracking down Osama bin Laden, Mark Boal’s screenplay steadily develops a true story about revenge using powerful, credible images of professionals performing difficult, dangerous tasks. From a beginning unabashedly demonstrating methods of persuading people to give up information against their will, the film explores complex and risky political and investigative processes that bear little fruit and offer deep frustrations. And grief, mourning colleagues fallen in conflict with an enemy mostly indistinguishable from the general populace. Swift retribution is almost an anticlimax, tense, violent, emotionally a mixture of discomfort and satisfaction that this revenge is indeed a dish best served cold. Some may find its delivery distasteful. Others may share my regret that the special forces team couldn’t take OBL alive to face judicial enquiry. But failure to admire Maya the female CIA intelligence analyst who spent more than a decade pursuing OBL while rejecting all other career possibilities, is not an option. Developing Maya into a seasoned infighter in Washington’s corridors and Pakistan’s crowded streets and alleys, Jessica Chastain gives a bravura performance. Queenslander Jason Clark makes a solid meal of Dan, initially Maya’s mentor and later her associate. The film’s recreating of reality carries an admirable quasi-documentary quality while delivering lowenergy, high-impact tensions all the way to an ending that’s now history. At all cinemas

“Flight” (MA) ROBERT Zemeckis’ film “Flight” proposes that rolling an airliner into inverted flight will cure the deleterious effect of a jammed elevator. It didn’t for Alaska Airlines flight 261, lost to an analogous maintenance malfunction. To get that part of this review right, I invited a friend with over 7000 hours flying heavy and

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Dougal Macdonald cinema

high-performance military aircraft to see the film and provide technical advice. His comment was succinct. “Bullshit!”, as all on board flight 261 learned. Indeed, the crash is merely a conduit to the film’s real purpose, following airline captain “Whip” Whittaker (Denzel Washington) on a different kind of flight, from the personal reality of substance addictions following divorce and separation from his teenaged son. The film follows Whip as he avoids acknowledging his addictions – for cocaine as well as booze. AA doesn’t work for him. John Gatins’ screenplay rather tapers off when Whip takes that first drink after promising to abstain. That recidivism tells us how the film will end nearly 100 minutes later. Even Washington’s fine performance has difficulty easing that burden while waiting. At Capital 6, Hoyts and Limelight

“Silver Linings Playbook” (M) FOLLOWING eight months’ committal to a psychiatric institution for punching the guy he caught under the shower with his wife Nikki, bi-polar history teacher Pat (Bradley Cooper) gets released against medical advice into the care of his mother Dolores (Jacki Weaver) in the family home where father Pat Sr. (Robert de Niro), banned from entering a football stadium, runs a mail-order betting business to raise funds to start a restaurant. Living a couple of blocks away, young widow Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) also knows about antidepressants. Her popping up alongside Pat while he is out running is when writer/director David Russell’s adaptation of Matthew Quick’s novel puts up a sign pointing where the story intends to take us. Pat’s obsession is to get back with Nikki, who has taken out a restraining order against him and to whom he wants Tiffany to carry a letter. Tiffany wants to enter a dance contest for which she enlists Pat as her partner. Pat Sr. and Dolores handle the bulk of the film’s implicit humour. In a film of essential likeability derived from mildly uneasy origins, Cooper, Lawrence, de Niro and Weaver do good acting things with a screenplay that could have been tighter. At all cinemas

arts & entertainment / dining

Complain, but don’t be a total pain Food reviewer WENDY JOHNSON starts her column this year not about eating, but about complaining! SURE, some people know how to complain, but here are some real social media examples I just can’t swallow: “I didn’t like the crème brulé’s burnt topping.” Duh, “brulé” means burnt. “I didn’t like any of the desserts.” Good onya for trying them all. “The watermelon soup was too chilled.” Why not whack it in the oven for an hour? “My coffee was pathetic.” What does that mean? “The staff weren’t trained.” Not a single one? Did you read their credentials? It amazes me that anyone would rely on such badtasting commentary, especially when posted by those who remain anonymous, have no professional writing or food experience, and who are not held accountable for factual accuracy. I’m told some of the writers are even disgruntled former staff. I’ve spoken to many restaurateurs over time and the reputable ones encourage constructive feedback from diners. Pat Trimboli, who has been in the biz for yonks and picked up many awards along the way for Mezzalira and Italian and Sons, admits hospitality isn’t perfect. “We’re increasingly scrutinised even though we’re an industry that is on-demand every 15 minutes, all day, every day,” says Pat. “We operate with a clock ticking on our shoulders and a human element. Customers don’t always understand this.” Pat says the industry needs to embrace social media, but is concerned when it becomes a vehicle for those who want “to hide and sabotage rather than give open and informed opinion”. “I’m not saying ‘poor us’ … This is the industry I’ve chosen and there’s no excuse for poor food or service. But it’s the way the feedback is provided, and by whom, that becomes important.” Sam McGeechan, co-owner of The Artisan Restaurant in Narrabundah, agrees. He prefers customers to raise concerns during their visit, so staff can offer solutions. “There’s no hesitation for us. If we can remedy a

Complaining? It’s important to give a restaurant a chance to explain its position. situation we will and we use constructive feedback to continually improve. There’s not much you can do to resolve issues after the fact, however.” Sam recommends being specific about concerns, as well as realistic and fair. “One customer booked lunch for four and arrived an hour late with an additional person,” he says. “We were packed and couldn’t fit them in. The customer went online and said we weren’t accommodating. “Another customer ordered scallops, which we prepare medium rare. She wanted them well done, so we obliged. As an owner, I dealt with her personally to rectify the concerns. But the customer still posted online that the scallops were underdone and that a personal apology was expected. I thought the situation was resolved before she left the restaurant.” Pat says it’s also important to give a restaurant a chance to explain its position on what a dish is and how it’s prepared, so potential concerns can be

addressed upfront. One customer at Italian and Sons said she wouldn’t have ordered risotto if she had known there was so much rice in it. Some customers unfairly interpret genuine explanations about the integrity of a dish as bad attitude. “While many thank you for explaining,” says Sam, “others find what you say defensive, no matter how polite you are.”

So how do you “complain” when things aren’t going according to your plan? Here are six top tips: 1. Say something on the spot (or call the restaurant soon afterwards), and be precise and considered with your language so the restaurant can engage and offer solutions. 2. Be polite and establish subtle eye contact with staff – standing on a table and snapping your fingers while foaming at the mouth doesn’t cut it. You look like a fool and achieve nothing more than disturbing other diners. 3. Remember that owning a few fancy cookbooks, subscribing to “Gourmet Traveller” and shopping for regional produce at the markets does not an expert make. Chefs and hospitality professionals are trained, and the good ones have extensive knowledge. You’re not always right even though you’re paying the bill. 4. Ask questions if you don’t understand something on the menu, to avoid the risk that you might not like a dish or an element of the dish. Quality staff delight in answering questions and sharing what they know. 5. Also ask about, and listen carefully to, what the restaurant says about the way they prepare food since there’s often “method in their madness”. Low-fat kangaroo, for example, gets tough when overcooked. That’s why it’s served rare. Some pasta is al dente for a reason. 6. Don’t eat your entire meal and then complain it was inedible and demand it for free. That’s just too much for any restaurant to bear.

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18th Canberra Area Theatre Awards 

Glamorous ‘Oscar’ night for region’s IT was almost two decades ago that publicist Coralie Wood first dreamed up the idea of an awards night that would recognise the best in amatuer theatre. Now, on the eve of the 18th Canberra Area Theatre Awards (CAT Awards) Coralie says the awards are like a local version of “The Oscars”. “As a publicist working in professional theatre, I used to go to all the professional awards shows and I felt the amateurs weren’t getting enough kudos,” Coralie says. “On our big night we’ll be showing all the people from the Canberra region who have won awards and gone on to make it both nationally and internationally. “It’s a very big night and everyone is beautifully dressed.” It will be a night of glitz and glamour at the ActewAGL CAT Awards on Saturday, February 16 at Llewellyn Hall. There will be segments of many of the

It will be a night of glitz and glamour at the ActewAGL CAT Awards on Saturday, February 16 at Llewellyn Hall. productions seen throughout Canberra and the region during last year, interspersed with the awards and ending with the ActewAGL Gold CAT Award. Special guests will include singer Jon English and entertainer Toni Lamond (who, together with MLA Mary Porter and actor John Wood, is a patron of the CAT Awards). Gossip columnist and radio commentator Peter Ford and Michael Cormick, who will be starring in “Phantom of the Opera” at the Canberra Theatre later in the year, will also be special guests, along with regional mayors and local personalities. The CAT Awards history started with six companies and six judges and has evolved over the past 18 years to now boast 17 judges and more than 50 companies and schools.

The reach of the awards spans from the NSW towns of Griffith to Dubbo and includes Orange, Molong, Wollongong, Shellharbour and Batemans Bay. In 2005, the CAT Awards underwent a change in structure to reflect the size of the organisation and the importance of the awards to the local arts community, with the appointment of a board of directors and an executive steering committee, says Coralie. “All board members and judges are volunteers and donate their time and skills and judges are selected on the basis of their availability, expertise, knowledge and commitment to the CAT Awards policy and philosophy, and act as an individual, not as a representative of any company with which they may be associated,” she says.

As the awards have grown over the years, Coralie has collected many stories to tell of memorable moments. “Being a publicist, I’m always looking for the media opportunity and I remember sending Prime television out to interview someone who had just won an award – he was a vet in Cootamundra – and he told the news crew he couldn’t talk to them because he was in the middle of birthing a cow! This was a man who’d been dancing and singing in ‘Oklahoma’ the night before! Those things make me so thrilled,” she says. “So many people said it wouldn’t last and here we are in our 19th year now. I’m extremely proud.” Tickets are available at Prices: $49.50 adults, $39.50 students, children under 15, concessions, nominees and performers. More information at catawards.

Coralie Wood... “I felt the amateurs weren’t getting enough kudos.”  Photo by Silas Brown

The Dish at Parkes Choir with Helen Barnett on stage last year.

Kaitlin Nihill in full flight onstage at last year’s awards night.

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Julie and Rob Evans on the CAT Awards Cool cat... Jordan Kelly, the Gold Cat red carpet. winner.

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amateur stars CAT Awards patrons TONI LAMOND National Patron

TONI Lamond is part of one of Australia’s great showbusiness families. Her parents were Stella and Joe Lamond, her sister is Helen Reddy and her son is Tony Sheldon. Her career began at the age of 10 singing on radio and touring with her parents’ variety shows. In Australia she went on to star in “The Pajama Game”, “Oliver!”, “Gypsy” and “Anything Goes”. In the early ‘60s she was a regular on Graham Kennedy’s television show “In Melbourne Tonight” and ultimately became the first woman to host her own show. She appeared in nightclubs and revues throughout the UK and on BBC TV and BBC Radio. In the US, where she lived from the mid-’70s to mid-’90s, her theatre credits include “Mame”, “Oliver!”, “Cabaret”, “Annie”, “Hello Dolly!” and “Nunsense”. Returning permanently to live in Australia, she has appeared in “42nd Street”, “My Fair Lady”, “Beauty and the Beast” and Simon Gallaher’s “The Pirates of Penzance”. Toni has won two Logies, a Variety Club Award, a Mo Award and has been presented with the key to the City of Melbourne.


Bronwyn Bishop MP with Ian and Bev Porteous walk the red carpet at last year’s CAT Awards. the long-running TV police drama “Blue Heelers”, John became a patron of the CAT Awards at the 2011 Gala Evening. Well known for his TV appearances in “Rafferty’s Rules”, “Blue Heelers”, “Murder in the Outback”, “Underbelly” and “Rogue Nation” to name a few, as well as his stage appearances in “The Club”, “ART”, “Born Yesterday” and “The Elocution of Benjamin Franklin”, he recently appeared in the pro-Am production of “Strange Bedfellows” – a musical mounted by Albury Wodonga Theatre Company, which is a member of the CAT Awards.

A GOLD Logie Award-winning Australian actor, best known for his role as Senior Sergeant Tom Croydon in


Jacqui Richards and patron John Wood at last year’s CAT Awards night. Photos by Craig Burgess

MLA Mary Porter says she has long had an interest in all forms of art and in particular community based performing arts. “Local theatre groups contribute so much more to our community than just their performances. They provide an opportunity for people from all types of backgrounds and all ages to work together to produce something really special,” she says. “Our young people get the opportunity to learn from those who have so much to give and develop not only their talents, but their self esteem and sense of worth. “In addition to producing great entertainment for those of us lucky enough to attend, we are also building community capacity and the CAT Awards are a very special part of that whole wonderful process.”

The nominations are... Nominations and awards are given in the following categories: • Best Set Designer for a Play • Best Set Designer for a Musical • Best Costume Designer for a Play • Best Costume Designer for a Musical • Best Costume Designer for a School or Youth Production • Best Lighting Designer • Best Technical Achievement • Magic Moment of Theatre • Best Original Work • Best Original Work for a School or Youth Production • Best Ensemble in a Play • Best Ensemble in a Musical • Patricia Kelson Encouragement • Best Orchestra • Best School or Youth Orchestra • Best Youth Actor in a Featured Role in a Play • Best Youth Actress in a Featured Role in a Play • Best Youth Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical • Best Youth Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical • Best Youth Actor in a Leading Role in a Play • Best Youth Actress in a Leading Role in a Play • Best Youth Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

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Best Youth Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Best Performance in a Variety Show Best Actor in a Featured Role In a Play Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Play Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical Best Actor in a Leading Role In a Play Best Actor in a Leading Role In a Musical Best Actress in a Leading Role In a Play Best Actress in a Leading Role In a Musical Best Choreographer Best Musical Director Best Musical Director for a School or Youth Production • Best Director of a Play • Best Director of a Musical or Variety Show • Best Production of a School or Youth Play • Best Production of a School or Youth Musical • Best Variety Show • Best Production of a Play • Best Production of a Musical • Community Theatre Award • Best Contribution (on or off stage) by a Senior • Gold Cat Award: for outstanding achievement simultaneously in many categories • Judges’ Choice Awards Individual award given by each judge to any aspect of any production seen during the year CityNews  February 7-13  29


Your Chinese New Year Ox

will enjoy the many social opportunities of the year with

1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, March, July and August particularly busy. However, a problem with a friend may concern and needs care and 1985, 1997, 2009

The Chinese Year of the Snake begins on February 10. Snake years have a capacity to intrigue, and can contain dramatic and far-reaching events. NEIL SOMERVILLE says much will happen during this active and surprising year. How will you fare over the next 12 months? To find your sign and prospects, look up the animal ruling your year of birth.


1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008 Born under the sign of charm, Rats are friendly, outgoing and persuasive. They have a good way with words and are most resourceful. Rats enjoy company and particularly value their family and home life. Rats like to be busy and see the results of their actions come through fast. But the Snake year does not favour haste and Rats could find some months frustrating. Although progress may be slow, Rats should use chances to add to skills and look at ways to develop. Whether with work or personal interests, much good can follow on from what is now learnt or undertaken. With many plans and commitments, spending needs to be carefully controlled and risks avoided. Rats can be greatly helped by the support of family and friends this year, although to fully benefit, they do need to be open and forthcoming. March, May and August could see good social opportunities. Interesting romantic prospects but, as with much this year, Rats need to remain attentive and aware. Tip for the year: Be patient and take advantage of chances to add to skills. What is achieved can have long-term significance. Famous Rats: Hugh Grant, Sean Penn, Samuel L. Jackson, Prince of Wales.

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Determined, reliable and hard-working, Oxen put a lot of energy into what they do. They are thorough and well-organised and do not like to leave things to chance. Loyal to loved ones, Oxen are admired for their dependable, no-nonsense ways. A year of interesting possibilities and, by acting well on chance, good progress can be made. In work Oxen will be well placed to take advantage of openings and can successfully advance their position or take on something different and new. February, April and November could see encouraging developments. Also, an excellent year for furthering skills and personal interests. What is undertaken can lead on to other possibilities and benefits. Progress made can help financially. Home life will be busy with some special family occasions to enjoy although, with much happening, Oxen need to be forthcoming and share thoughts and plans. New friends and romance can be significant and, by making much of the current time, Oxen can enjoy and do well in this encouraging year. Tip for the year: Use strengths and opportunities well. This is a year favouring advance as well as having personally pleasing prospects. Famous Oxen: Barack Obama, Meryl Streep, Bruce Springsteen, Lionel Richie.


1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010 Tigers have a keen, enthusiastic nature and enjoy a wide variety of interests, including socialising and travel. They have an inventive mind and are good at coming up with ideas. Tigers enjoy an active lifestyle and set about everything with great energy and zest. A reasonable year ahead and while progress may be modest, this can still be a satisfying and constructive time. In work, Tigers should use skills well and adapt as situations and chances arise. What is achieved and experience gained can help future prospects. Finances can improve but, with travel and other plans, making early provision for large expenses would be helpful. Tigers

tact. In home life Tigers also need to be attentive and give quality time to those special and important. With increased awareness and good co-operation, much can be enjoyed and some ambitious plans carried out. Tip for the year: Avoid rush. By working steadily on objectives, results will not only be more satisfying but often have lasting value. Famous Tigers: The Queen, Tom Cruise, Leonardo Di Caprio, Demi Moore.


1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011 Observant and aware, Rabbits are careful in their undertakings and are good at judging situations. They have refined taste and are all for an agreeable lifestyle. Enjoying company and conversation, Rabbits attach much importance to their home and social life. A good year is ahead with some important opportunities arising. However, to fully benefit, Rabbits will need to be active and put themselves forward. Fortune will favour the bold this year. In work, Rabbits will be encouraged to use their strengths well, with the chance of a greater role or to take on something different. March, June and November could see interesting developments as this is also a good year to build contacts and raise profiles. Progress can help financially, but with many ambitious plans, spending needs to be watched. Rabbits will enjoy their many social opportunities, although gossip or rumour may sometimes concern and needs to be kept in perspective. Much activity in home life and with family achievements, and practical projects special and meaningful. Overall, a favourable year and with successes and progress well deserved. Tip for the year: Act well on hopes and plans. With determination and skill, much can become possible this year. Famous Rabbits: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Brad Pitt, David Beckham.


1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012 Born under the sign of luck, Dragons are active, ambitious

and determined. They have great style and use their strengths and personality well. Outgoing and sociable, Dragons also value their independence. A successful year ahead, with some important chances now arising. In work, Dragons will be able to develop and add to their skills, with many taking on a new and greater role. Opportunities should be acted upon quickly with April, May and November being important months. What is achieved can also have a significant bearing on future prospects. Progress can help financially, and by keeping alert, Dragons could make some good purchasing decisions. Personal interests are also favoured, with ideas and projects satisfying. Social life will be lively and with Dragons having the chance to extend their social circle. Home life will be active, but with much happening, quality time should be set aside for loved ones and with shared activities encouraged. A year of good possibility. Tip for the year: With much to do and good chances arising, do keep lifestyle in balance, preserving time for self, interests and loved ones. Famous Dragons: Russell Crowe, Adele, Reese Witherspoon, George Clooney.


1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013 Born under the sign of wisdom, Snakes may seem quiet and reserved but are watchful, alert and ambitious. Snakes are also patient and choose their time and moments well. Snakes have wide interests and are loyal to those close to them. Snakes will be keen to make the most of their own year and with their prospects good. This is a year favouring advance and for actively pursuing ideas and aims. In work, Snakes need to make their presence and strengths count. By looking to advance, some excellent opportunities can be found with March, July and September seeing encouraging developments. Ideas and creative ventures can be well received and with time spent on interests benefiting in several different ways. In money matters Snakes should avoid risk and rush. Home life can see some special family events with Snakes encouraged by the support and assistance of those around them. Social life can also become busier and for the unattached a romance could become significant. Snakes can enjoy their year, but need to seize the initiative. Tip for the year: Make dreams come true. Take action. With belief, determination and resolve much can become possible. Famous Snakes: JK Rowling, Paul Simon, Oprah Winfrey, Bob Dylan.

Horoscope for 2013 Horse

are excellent. March, April and August could see much

1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, social opportunity. Personal interests and creative activities can be especially satisfying with ideas and talents 1990, 2002 rewarding Goats well. Work prospects are good with

Strong-willed and hard-working, Horses have considerable style. They enjoy activity and have an adventurous, outgoing nature. They like company and conversation and present themselves well, but being independent-minded they set about much in their own individual way. A mixed year with the more action-oriented finding progress slow and chances limited. But while headway may not be easy, this is an excellent year for furthering skills and personal development. In work, what is undertaken now together with the experience Horses can gain will widen their options for later. April, June and September could be important months. Horses should also consider furthering personal interests, with some new activities started bringing unexpected benefits. In money matters, Horses need to be thorough and make early allowances for plans, including travel. With home life busy and much practical activity, there needs to be good co-operation and openness between family members. Also, when socialising Horses need to be attentive. Preoccupation or lapses could cause problems. A sometimes tricky year but with valuable lessons and potential gains. Tip for the year: Look to develop and broaden skills. What is achieved can have future value. Use this year well. Famous Horses: Sir Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand, Billy Connolly, John Travolta.


1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 Born under the sign of art, Goats are creative, observant and have a good understanding of human nature. They are sociable and particularly value the support they receive for their various activities. Goats also appreciate the good things in life and attach much importance to their home life. It is said, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained”. This year Goats should venture for there is now a great deal to be gained. In much Goats will be supported well and, when making decisions or considering ideas, others may be able to assist in significant ways. Home and social life will be busy and for the unattached romantic prospects

opportunities to advance, but to fully benefit Goats will need to act quickly on openings and remain determined. With travel possibilities and a busy lifestyle, spending needs to be watched. A significant year. Tip for the year: Seize the initiative. Much can be achieved this year but Goats need to act determinedly and use talents to good effect. Famous Goats: Julia Roberts, Bruce Willis, Nicole Kidman, Whoopi Goldberg.


1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 Resourceful and good at spotting opportunities, Monkeys like to keep active and are interested in everything. They have good memories and, with their sense of fun, enjoy company and an often busy home and

social life. Monkeys can do well this year but need to be patient. Although keen and enthusiastic, results will take time to filter through and this is no time to rush. Instead, Monkeys should look to build on skills as this is an excellent year for personal development. In work, Monkeys will need to be disciplined and focus on objectives. By using skills well, many will take on new duties with April, July and September seeing encouraging developments. Financially, Monkeys can fare well but need to be thorough when entering transactions. Monkeys should also give time to personal interests and, with much happening and being decided upon, share thoughts, ideas and concerns with others. Family and friends will be supportive, but Monkeys need to listen and consult. Single-mindedness could bring problems. Overall, a satisfying year but one to be aware and avoid haste. Tip for the year: Add to skills and strengths and also value relations with others. Extra attention will make a difference. Famous Monkeys: Kylie Minogue, Daniel Craig, Tom Hanks, Jennifer Aniston.


1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 Roosters have

Year of the Snake coins available from the Australian Mint.

considerable style and dignity. They enjoy company and conversation and are interested and informed about many things. Roosters also like to be well-organised and to think and plan ahead. A favourable year with good opportunities arising. In work, Roosters will have a chance to use their strengths well with many making important progress including, for some, taking on new and more fulfilling duties. Creative activities are especially favoured with ideas put forward often well received. March, April and July could see important developments but openings do need to be followed up quickly. With some expensive plans, spending well for there is now much to be gained. needs careful control. Social life will be active with new Famous Dogs: Duke of Cambridge, Madonna, Jennifer friends and contacts helpful, and romantic prospects Lopez, Mariah Carey. good. At home, Roosters will attend to a great deal, including assisting and advising loved ones. However, with many plans, there needs to be good co-operation between all and frequent discussion. Quality time 1935, 1947, 1959, together will be important and with shared interests 1971, 1983, 1995, appreciated. A satisfying year, but with much happening 2007 Roosters do need to strike a good lifestyle balance. Tip for the year: Act upon hopes and plans, and look to Kindly and develop ideas. This is an encouraging year. trusting, Pigs are Famous Roosters: Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine born under the Zeta Jones, Britney Spears, Cate Blanchett. sign of honesty. Good at spotting opportunities, they 1934, 1946, 1958, are hardworking and enterprising. They also particularly 1970, 1982, 1994, value their home and social life as well as enjoy their 2006 pleasures. A mixed year and during it Pigs will need to proceed Loyal, caring and carefully. In relations with others, Pigs should take dependable, Dogs are time to consult and be aware of viewpoints. If anything prepared to stand up concerns, good discussion will help. In home life, for what they want quality time with loved ones will be important. Also, and believe in. They as situations change and plans alter, some flexibility take their commitwill be required and greater patience shown. Pigs will ments and responsibilities seriously and are thorough welcome many social opportunities with March, April in what they do. Dogs are also protective and caring to and December active and interesting months. In work, a loved ones. demanding year but with Pigs having the chance to add A year of exciting developments with Dogs finding to skills and sometimes vary their role. What is achieved their determination and skills bring excellent results. In can be successfully built on. With some expensive plans work, Dogs should look to progress and actively pursue and good travel prospects, careful budgeting will allow openings that interest, including promotion possibilimuch to go ahead. A busy and challenging year but ties. With effort important headway can be made, new with the chance for Pigs to show their strengths and positions taken on and notable successes enjoyed. add to their experience. Income can improve, but with costly plans spending Tip for the year: Be attentive and prepared to adapt as needs to be watched. New interests can bring much situations require. Quality time spent with others will be pleasure as well as often providing social opportunities. important and helpful. Some friends and contacts made could be especially Famous Pigs: Sir Elton John, Simon Cowell, Steven helpful with March, May and November seeing some Spielberg, Woody Allen. good prospects. Home life will bring some proud and special moments although, with busy lifestyles, domestic plans and projects should be spread out during the year, with shared activities favoured. A rewarding year and, by Neil Somerville is the author of Your Chinese Horoscope persevering, a great deal can be accomplished. 2013, published by HarperElement. Tip for the year: Be bold and use skills and chances Copyright Neil Somerville, distributed by Auspac Media



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puzzles page Joanne Madeline Moore your week in the stars / February 11 - 17

ARIES (Mar 21 – Apr 20)

Romance is in the air for amorous Aries on Thursday but much of the energy is behind the scenes, suggesting a private, magical Valentine’s Day. Attached Rams – with the Moon in your sign, aim to be less self-absorbed and more focused on your partner. Singles – keep your eyes wide open because amazing signs and synchronicities will help lead you to true love.

TAURUS (Apr 21 – May 20)

Attached Taureans – don’t let your jealous side spoil the romantic vibes on Thursday. Single Bulls – are you ready for a serious commitment? With Saturn in your relationship zone, your quote for Valentine’s Day is from William Barclay: “Love always involves responsibility, and love always involves sacrifice.” The weekend is wonderful for cooking, gardening or renovating.

GEMINI (May 21 – June 21)

Gung-ho Gemini – you’re impatient to make changes but don’t charge in with guns blazing, especially at work. Mid-week is the best time to tackle projects that require concentration, organisation and plenty of persistence. Attached Twins – share your dreams for the future with your partner on Valentine’s Day. Singles – don’t give up on looking for love online.

CANCER (June 22 – July 22)

If you are attached, you’ll feel extra romantic on Valentine’s Day as you wear your heart on your sleeve or play out a secret fantasy with your partner. But resist the temptation to be possessive or controlling. Single Crabs – avoid falling for someone who is married or still entangled in a relationship. You deserve better. The weekend favours group activities and social networking.

LEO (July 23 – Aug 22)

Attached Lions – with Venus visiting your relationship zone on Valentine’s Day, it’s the perfect time to pamper your partner with lashings of romance. Single Lions – love and lust are on your mind but don’t make a hasty move that you later regret. Watch and wait before you pounce! Friday is your pick of the week, as the Sun boosts your Cat charisma and confidence.

VIRGO (Aug 23 – Sept 22)

This week’s positive Mercury/Pluto/Saturn aspects help you focus on what’s really important, without obsessing (and stressing) too much. Make the most of it, as you work your way through your to-do list. Attached Virgos – the more proactive you are on Valentine’s Day, the better. Singles – look for lasting love with a charming Capricorn or a passionate Piscean.

LIBRA (Sept 23 – Oct 23)

Relations with a child, teenager or friend look rocky early in the week but, by the time Valentine’s Day rolls around, you’ll be ready for some first class romance! Attached Librans – create the right ambience and then spoil your partner with plenty of TLC. Singles – true love is waiting where you least expect it. Get set for a super social and productive weekend.

SCORPIO (Oct 24 – Nov 21)

With Saturn moving slowly through Scorpio (and squaring Venus), you’re not in the mood for flippant remarks and social pleasantries early in the week. You’re focused on working hard, but resist the temptation to be somewhat sarcastic. The Moon squares Pluto in the morning so expect a dramatic start to Valentine’s Day. Single Scorps – love and work are linked.

General knowledge crossword No. 394 federal opposition 1983-85, 1989-90, Across Andrew ...

4 Who was the Australian prime minister 1971-72, William ...? 8 What is a territory under the control of an Arabian chieftain? 9 Name a material suitable for weaving. 10 What describes the diameter of a bullet? 11 Name the legendary musician who followed his dead wife, Eurydice, into hades. 12 Name a method of unarmed combat. 14 Which transparent bodies are used for reflecting light beams? 18 What is a bundle of documents containing information about a particular person? 21 Which term is descriptive of the nature of fire? 22 To be browbeaten by someone is to have been what? 23 Which word refers to being learned or scholarly? 24 What are startling experiences that have lasting mental effects?

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2 With which respiratory organs do fish breathe? 3 Name the Australian painter and sculptor 1873-1930, George ... 4 What is considered to be a shooting star? 5 Which term describes a confused state of things (3,2)? 6 What do we call cows that have not produced calves, and are under three years of age? 7 What, in Scotland, are turnips known as? 13 Name a brilliantly coloured Australian parrot? 15 What is the driving together of cattle, etc, for inspection or the like (5,2)? 16 Which term describes a lawyer who uses questionable methods? 17 What do we call companies of lions? 18 What is the opposite of credit? 19 Name another term for a dialect. 20 What are those who practise the union of the human soul with the Universal Spirit?

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Sudoku medium No. 97

CAPRICORN (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

This week’s stars are fabulous for all forms of vigorous exercise, plus study and rigorous research. With Jupiter in your work zone, confidence is the rocket fuel that will propel you towards your goals and ambitions. Your motto for the week is from birthday great Abraham Lincoln: “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.”

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

With four planets in your sign, you’re the quintessential Piscean at the moment. Channel your energy into creative or spiritual pursuits, otherwise you’ll just feel overwhelmed and confused. Your quote for Valentine’s Day is from actress Jane Seymour (born on February 15): “I’m a romantic who believes in marriage, true love, commitment, romance and the whole darn thing.”  32  CityNews  February 7-13

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PISCES (Feb 19 – Mar 20)



Attached Archers – Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to send your partner a romantic written message. Singles – with Jupiter in your relationship zone, love is likely with someone from another country or culture. Sagittarians are super at starting things – but not so good at finishing them. This weekend, complete unfinished projects before you launch anything new.

Venus is vamping through your sign (until February 26), so you’re set to be a popular person on Valentine’s Day. Aquarians are spontaneous spenders but, in the current economic climate, it would be wise to avoid buying things on credit. Stick to cold hard cash. Concentrating on developing a second-stream of income looks promising, as long as you are patient.



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Just loving those mighty colourful Crepe Myrtles Cedric Bryant gardening

WHEN driving past Canberra Airport one cannot but be impressed with the high standard of landscaping. In particular, at present, the brilliant colourful display of Lagerstroemia indica or Crepe Myrtle, of which many readers have drawn to my attention. Crepe Myrtles were originally considered an autumn flowering plant. Whether it is climate change or global warming that has affected the change, but these wonderful plants now flower in mid-to-late summer. They have so many great attributes besides the flowers. With a stunning display of yellow, orange and red leaves in autumn followed by a peeling bark of grey, pink and cinnamon tones in winter. Crepe Myrtles originated in China and Korea and were first introduced into Western gardens in 1759 by that intrepid plant hunter, Robert Fortune. Dr Peter Valder, in his excellent reference book “The Garden Plants of China”, states that “these have been cultivated in Chinese gardens for centuries. During the Tang Dynasty they were planted extensively in the Emperor’s Palace. Crepe Myrtle appeared in Chinese paintings from the 16th century. It is also known in China as ‘Hundred Days Red’ due to its long flowering period”. In China, the branches were severely pruned each year in winter as the flowers only appear on the new season’s wood. This is equally applicable here and frequently folk say to me: “It flowered well in the first few years and, while continuing to grow, has had hardly any flowers since”. So a winter task after the leaves fall and the sap has stopped flowing is to cut them back hard. Crepe Myrtles are used increasingly as street trees as evidenced if one is travelling on the Windsor road through Penrith. Or closer to home in the main street of Queanbeyan. Maybe inter-

Crepe Myrtle... easy to see where the name came from, as in crepe paper. planted between the monotonous eucalyptus in Belconnen for instance. The idea of planting more exotic flowering trees in Canberra was actively promoted by former Chief Minister Jon Stanhope. He was recently quoted as saying, in government, he had asked for more exotics, “although it was always as though I was suggesting something completely outrageous!” TODAY there are many varieties of Crepe Myrtles from the dwarf French varieties to taller growing ones. Some of the best are grown by Fleming’s Nurseries with their Indian Summer Series. These are named after North American Indian Nations such as Lagestroemeria indica x fauriei “Sioux”. This is a vase-shaped strong upright small tree to 4m x 3m with masses of intense, hot-pink flowers. Or L.i.x fauriei “Tuscarora” of a similar size with

dark, coral-red flowers. L.i. “Natchez” is a taller variety growing to 8m x 6m with pure-white flowers set against dark-green leaves. These are just a few to tempt you, but the only way to choose is to see the extensive range now in flower at your local garden centre. CHARLES Weston was responsible for planting more than two million trees and shrubs in Canberra from 1913 to 1926! In 2011, the National Capital Authority planted an Arizona Cypress to commemorate 100 years since Weston first visited Canberra. Many of the trees he planted are now nearing the end of their life and, like the elderly, now need some loving care and attention. Do you consider just $7 spent annually on each of our street trees and in urban parks is sufficient? This includes all aspects of tree care from pruning potentially dangerous dead wood from older trees, formative pruning of young trees, removal of dead trees and replanting new trees? I would be interested in your comments, email me at or write c/CityNews, GPO Box 2448, Canberra 2601.

Back to the garden

Crepe Myrtle underplanted with Convolvulus cneorum at Canberra Airport.

A few things to do include: • Cutting back all leaves off Helleborus • But not cutting back evergreens now. By doing so, the soft, exposed leaves will be sun-scorched in a matter of hours. • Take semi-hardwood cutting. Try untreated honey instead of commercial cutting powders or gels to promote root development. An ideal time is after good rain. • Keep the bird bath full. Washing themselves is as important to birds as water for drinking. • After the rain, snails will love your greenery. Spread sparingly Multicrop Snail and Slug Killer. This contains no dangerous poisons so is safer to use around pets. CityNews  February 7-13  33

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