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the gadfly


The art of clever Kevin

Slowly stitching up history

Kevin Rudd is playing a political game of such subtlety that Machiavelli looks like a gormless amateur, says his biographer ROBERT MACKLIN KEVIN Rudd’s recent appearance on the ABC’s “7.30” was the opening shot in a perfectly calibrated political exercise in which Kevin is guaranteed to emerge as the winner. Regular readers will recall that some months ago I wrote an open letter to him in these pages urging him to abandon his leadership aspirations and throw his full support (and undoubted popularity) behind Julia Gillard. Only in that way, I said, could the Government be fiercely competitive with the Abbott Opposition. He ignored it publicly, though his people made their displeasure plain. At the time he still believed that the party would turn to him to save them and the last thing he wanted was to be identified as a full-blooded Gillard supporter. Well, that opportunity came and went with the notorious “Chicken Kev” non-challenge. Most commentators then took him at his word that his leadership ambitions had been abandoned forever. More fools they. Truth is, Kevin has only one ambition and it is carved in psychological stone: to return to the position to which he believes he is entitled and that was “ripped unnatural” from his grasp: Prime Minister of Australia. And he knew perfectly well that the only way that could be achieved was if the Gillard Government fell. But the real trick was to calibrate the defeat in such a way that gave him the chance to emerge as Opposition Leader and also to reclaim government after a single term of the Abbott administration. That was all he needed, he told colleagues, to “forensically destroy” Abbott with time to spare. All seemed to be going to plan until the recent Newspoll revealed that Labor would be so demolished on September 14 that there would be hardly any pieces for Kevin to pick up to form a credible Opposition. Golly smokes, he might even lose his own seat. Next we knew he was everywhere – in Geelong, on “Sunrise”, on radio – till it was hard to find a station that wasn’t reporting his latest rallying cry to “the troops”. But you’ll notice he’s remarkably selective in choosing the selling points for the Government’s re-election. Nothing about the Disability Insurance Scheme, for example, or Gonski or any other Julia achievements. Abbott is being just as devious as Kevin, pretending his only real reform is that he will “stop the boats” whereas he wants to take us back to a conservative agenda. The really sad thing about all this is that the only one who seems to have her heart in the right place is Gillard. And she, I must reluctantly concede, is electoral poison. Go figure.

By Laura Edwards

A NEW Centenary project will see hundreds of needlewomen and men slowly but surely stitching up Canberra’s 100year history. The project, a 2.7 by 1.4m largescale tapestry, will capture Canberra’s iconic buildings, landscape, sculptures and flora and fauna through one of the oldest forms of textile art. Since December, Canberrans with or without textiles experience have been encouraged to contribute to the Centenary tapestry at its current home in the Textiles Workshop at the Australian National University. The finished product will be displayed at the ACT Legislative Assembly from October. “We have people from everywhere involved, at all different levels, from beginner weavers to those with experience who come in on a regular basis,” says project co-ordinator Valerie Kirk. “People think Canberra is a place without a community, so we thought this would be a great way to bring people together and involve people in different ways, to unite

Centenary tapestry project co-ordinator Valerie Kirk... “It’s like a good book, once you get stuck into it you just keep going, it’s captivating.”  Photo by Brent McDonald them in their love for Canberra.” Tapestry, traditionally woven on a vertical loom, has been used to record some of history’s most important events since its origination in the Hellenistic period. “Historically in Europe, tapestry celebrates major events; they’re very long lasting and very powerful textiles,” Valerie says. “They’re typically known for their magnificence and they last for a very long time.”

Valerie likens the painstaking process of weaving to “running a marathon.” “About 12 hours alone were spent weaving the legs of a frog on the tapestry – it’s a building process, not a quick sprint,” she says. “Some days it can be wearying, but on others it’s very peaceful. It’s like a good book, once you get stuck into it you just keep going, it’s captivating.” Canberra artist Annie Trevil-

lian, who designed the tapestry, wanted to tell the story of Canberra from a “holistic” view, says Valerie. “She chose iconic buildings, from Parliament House to the Legislative Assembly, and landscape such as our famous mountains,” she says. “We hope this will become a significant marker of Canberra, its community and its 100-year history. We’ve had interest not just from Canberrans, but from former Canberrans living around the nation who wanted to be part of this project.” Valerie says everyone who comes across the tapestry usually wants to contribute – in fact, she even managed to coax this reporter to put needle to thread. “When this is in the Legislative Assembly, people can say: ‘Oh, this is my bit, I did that,’ so I encourage as many people as possible to be involved,” Valerie says. “That physical memory of putting a thread backwards and forwards, that stays with you. For us, it was really important for people to have that identification with it.” For an opportunity to contribute to the tapestry, visit

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birthday honours Pearson tops ACT awards

Corroding power of Pyne’s gossip By Michael Moore

MICHAEL Pearson has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia and is the top Canberran recognised in the general division of the Queen’s Birthday awards. Dr Pearson, of Fisher, has been recognised for distinguished service to cultural heritage conservation and management, through contributions to professional organisations, and as an educator and researcher. Other awards have been made to:

FOR Christopher Pyne, losing a little more credibility seems a small price to pay when unproven and unsustainable allegations will steer the media towards yet another day running stories on Labor Party disunity. On the last day of a fractious sitting period of the Federal Parliament, the Liberal frontbencher claimed that his sources within Labor said Prime Minister Julia Gillard would front the ABC’s “7.30” and demand that Kevin Rudd deny any intention of yet another leadership challenge. The leadership questions were simply Pyne scuttlebutt. However, they took on a life of their own with radio, television and print media all running the possibility. The social media was also full of speculation on the possibility. In the end, Rudd appeared on the program and, after discussing Australian economic implications of the growth of China, he fielded a barrage of leadership questions. There are two possibilities as to why the media would run this nonsense. The first is that so many are simply incompetent or lazy. The second is that they support the same agenda as the ultra-conservative Pyne. The truth probably lies somewhere in between. Whatever the reason – there certainly seems complicity in the way that the media ran what could at best be described as gossip. As Pyne was specifically targeting “7.30”, there was some rationale for that program to run his statement. Political reporter Chris Uhlmann attempted to use the silly statement to poke fun at Pyne. He provided the teaser for presenter Leigh Sales to deny the statement and suggest Pyne needed a new Labor Party source. However, “7.30” was content to use the “revelations” as a way of promoting the program. For those who saw the promos, and not the program itself, it would seem that Pyne achieved his aim of presenting a Labor Party in crisis. And the ABC used the same story as follow up on “Lateline”. Labor’s profound disunity has provided enough plausibility for Pyne’s assertions to act as a catalyst to more speculation about leadership and discord within Labor. The irony is that the Liberals and Nationals have been so disciplined behind Tony Abbott, probably the single most negative politician Australia has seen in a leadership position who is on the extreme end of the party’s conservative elements. The conservatives are ravenous for government and will say whatever is necessary. As Rudd pointed out, they claim they “will stop the boats”. There is no explanation of how – let alone a real reason why! But the conservatives use what works with the electorate and paint the current government as incompetent. The way the media responded to Pyne’s claims provides an insight into why the Liberals fare so well in opposition. The sad part is that the lack of credibility illustrates why they are not yet ready to be a good government. Michael Moore was an independent member of the ACT Legislative Assembly (1989 to 2001) and was minister for health.

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Beekeeper John Grubb... “I like to think the bees can sense if you’re calm and caring, and they can even recognise you, which is pretty incredible.”  Photo by Brent McDonald

A buzz from bees FEARLESS about stings, Kathryn Vukovljak knowledgeable about waggle dances reports and calm in the face of swarms, John Grubb has been a beekeeper for four thing. So I decided to give it says. years and loves every second. “It’s a hobby for me, and I get a lot of enjoyment out of it,” he says. “Of course, there’s the reward of honey, and it’s beneficial for propagating the garden.” John, a retired air force officer, teaches beekeeping courses at CIT and the Canberra Environment Centre. Having retired two years ago, he says he’s learned a lot in a short time from other members of the local Beekeepers Association. “Tapping into their experience, learning the practicalities and seeking help as I went along has got me where I am now,” he says. “And since retiring I’ve had a lot more time to read up and build a broad knowledge.” He says the bees pretty well look after themselves if the right environment is provided. “They need sunlight, a water source, food,” he says. “There’s a lot more involved at the moment, however, because there has been a lack of nectar this season so we have to feed them, too.” As a convenor for the Canberra Organic Growers Society, John says he got into beekeeping by accident. “A past gardener had left equipment at the Charnwood community garden – hives, protective clothing and every-

a try,” he

John has now moved his hives to a friend’s farm nearby because there’s more space there than in his North Lyneham backyard, and he didn’t want to put his family at risk of stings. “It’s probably a good idea to ask your neighbours if they mind you setting up an apiary at home, in case anyone suffers from bad reactions to bee stings,” he says. “But it’s important not to get in the bees’ flight path or unnecessarily stir them up. “I have been stung, but less so in recent years. I like to think the bees can sense if you’re calm and caring, and they can even recognise you, which is pretty incredible.” For the uninitiated, a waggle dance is the way a bee communicates to its hive mates which direction they should fly to reach a food source, and is one of the many things which has captured John’s interest. “I’m fascinated with how bees operate,” John says. “They’re a single organism but they communicate so efficiently, they react to threats – their whole cycle is fascinating. “Their favourite colours are blue and yellow, and they’re agitated by the colour black – so beekeepers never wear black because they may think we’re a bear.”

Member (AM) in the general division Mr Michael Joseph CALLAGHAN PSM, Chapman – For significant service to public administration, particularly in international economic policy development and financial reform. Dr Kevin Adrian DOYLE, Chapman – For significant service to veterinary science, and to animal health programs. Mr Tony Robert HEDLEY, Forrest – For significant service to business, particularly the property sector, and to the community of Canberra. Mr Timothy KAIN, ACT – For significant service to music as a classical guitarist, educator and mentor. Mrs Christine Kris MACAULEY, Fadden – For significant service to business in the ACT. Mr Glenn Eric REES, Isaacs – For significant service to community health, particularly aged care, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Medal (OAM) in the General Division Mr Johannis Hendrik (Harry) BERG, Fisher – For service to recreational walking. Mrs Kathleen Ann BERG, 63 Pandanus Street, Fisher ACT 2611 For service to recreational walking. Mr Noel Warren BISSETT AFSM, Nicholls – For service to sport, particularly rugby league. Ms Naida Elizabeth BLACKLEY, McKellar – For service to education as a music teacher. Dr Russell Stuart BROWN, Waramanga – For service to the arts, particularly theatre in the Canberra region. Ms Elizabeth Anne DAWSON, Hughes – For service to the community of Canberra. Mr John GELLING, Murrumbateman – For service to education and to the teaching profession through a range of leadership roles. Ms Margaret Anne HUNTER, Yass – For service to the community, particularly through support for women in the legal profession. The reverend Peter Robert JUNOR, Queanbeyan Baptist Church, Queanbeyan – For service to the community of Queanbeyan through a range of social welfare and community development initiatives. Mr John James McKEOUGH, Weetangera – For service to the taxi industry in the Australian Capital Territory, and to the community. Lt-Cdr Peter Frank McNAY RAN (Ret’d), Curtin – For service to the veteran community. Mrs Patricia Margaret MOWBRAY, Macquarie – For service to people with a disability. Mr Daryl John POWELL, Griffith – For service to the community through the teaching, promotion and preservation of Australian folk music and dance. Mr William Murray ROWLINGS, Fisher – For service to the community through the protection of human rights and civil liberties. Mrs Petronella WENSING, Braddon – For service to the creative arts, and to the community of Canberra. Dr Brian James WHITE, North Lyneham – For service to medicine in the field of mental health, and to veterans and their families. Mr Kenneth Bruce WILLIAMSON, Barton – For service to gymnastics.

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letters Islam needs respect AS Robert Macklin points out (“Uni buckled by bullies”, CN, June 6), Muslims are currently sensitive to criticism in ways that members of other religions, including Catholics, Scientologists, Mormons and Jews, are not. In “The Clash of Civilisations”, Samuel Huntingdon described Islam and China as the “challenger civilisations” to the West. These civilisations are no longer interested in having the West tell them what to do. If they feel they are not being treated with respect, they will react strongly, to show they are no longer prepared to be taken for granted. The solution is to treat them with the respect to which they are entitled. Barack Obama did this when, on being elected president, he visited the king of Saudi Arabia and greeted him with a courteous bow. The Islamic, Chinese and Western civilisations are in competition, but we all have to share the same world and we

have to come to terms with each other. When we fail to do this, the resulting animosity and aggression leads to events like 9/11 and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. I have nothing against ANU students offering critiques of various religions – as Macklin indicates, this is one of the important things that universities do. But when it comes to Islam, we need to remember that we are dealing not just with a religion, but with the billion-strong civilisation that embodies it: a civilisation moreover that finds itself in conflict with the West on many issues and is not prepared to ignore these differences. Rather than sending up Islam, the ANU should be organising debates between Muslims, Christians, atheists and others about their religious and other differences, in the hope that they will discover they are not so different after all and that it is possible for agreement and consensus to emerge.

Michael McCarthy, Deakin

Rudd brought woes RIC Hingee holds Julia Gillard responsible for Labor’s current woes (letters, CN May 30). Might I point out that, had Kevin Rudd risen to the requirements of Prime Ministerial office, we would not have had the “coup” and had

Rudd not leaked against Gillard during the 2010 election campaign, we may not have had minority government. Kevin Rudd is the real villain in this piece.

Patricia Saunders, Chapman

Learn from history WITH all due respect, may I suggest Patricia Saunders (CN, June 6) should re-read my letter of May 5, and learn from history. First, it is clear I was criticising Federal Immigration policy, not asylumseekers or “customers”, the latter a term I would not use. Second, those who say that an orderly refugee program operating in conjunction with a stop-the-boats policy can’t be achieved are wrong. In April 1976, fishing boat KG4435 with the first Vietnamese refugees landed in Darwin. In 1979 the Australian and Vietnamese governments (previously combatants) agreed on an Orderly

Departure Program. Refugees accepted for Australia were processed in camps in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines. By 1981, 43,400 Vietnamese had arrived – 95 per cent by legal resettlement programs and just 5 per cent by boat. And by 1982, a total of 55,000 had arrived. Contrary to today’s events, it is still regarded as a milestone in our refugee history and, as one of a number of Immigration officers involved at that time, an achievement worn as a badge of pride.

Colliss Parrett, Barton

briefly Climate forum

Andrew Sayers, who is relocating to Melbourne. Ms Anderson was appointed a member of the board earlier this year, and will take up her new role on July 1. Also appointed to the board were Ms Joan Uhr and Associate Prof Eugenie Keefer Bell.

PROF Tim Flannery and the Climate Commissioners are holding a free community forum on what climate change means for Australia and the world at The Playhouse, 6pm, on Monday, June 17. The Climate Commission provides independent, authoritative information on climate change to the Australian public. Book at or call A GLIMPSE of contemporary Irish 6159 7624. theatre is the theme of the Friends of Ireland Society’s next meeting at the Canberra Irish Club, 8pm, on Wednesday, June 19. There will NOLA Anderson, former assistant be readings from three modern director of the Australian War Irish plays and short pieces from Memorial, is the new chair of Roddy Doyle’s “Two Pints”. More Canberra Glassworks. She succeeds information from 6287 7587.

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Salt Therapy Rooms / advertising feature

Breathing in the benefits of salt therapy SALT therapy centres are still relatively new and slightly unusual in Australia, but actually very common in Europe, where they have a long history and are wellaccepted as a safe and effective form of complementary medicine. Since Canberra’s own Salt Therapy Rooms opened in January 2012, nearly all of its clients have found the simple, relaxing and affordable treatment improves their breathing or skin problems significantly, according to registered nurse Katja McDermott, who runs the clinic. “It’s always a slightly different individual response, but I haven’t had anyone who walked out and said: ‘No, I don’t like it.’,” she says. Each of her climate-controlled rooms, located near the Australian Institute of Sport in Bruce, has about two tonnes of pharmaceutical-grade sea salt covering the floor. It’s also stuck to the walls and roof to simulate the inside of a natural salt cave, and deck chairs sit beside a large, pink crystal of Himalayan rock salt, while soothing music plays, adding to the serenity of the whiter-than-white room. There’s also a box of toys so children can play in the piles of shiny crystals, like a sandpit. But the most important part of the treatment is the air inside, which is infused with fine particles of salt that help ease the symptoms of respiratory problems and skin ailments. “Pharmaceutical-grade salt goes in here; you just turn it on and then it crushes it up and mixes it with air, and blows it into the room,” Katja explains, pointing to the “halogenerator” she imported from Finland, where she grew up before moving to Australia and becoming a nurse. The amount of salt it puts in the air is based on studies from her native Finland, and she says it’s not much more than you might breathe in standing beside the ocean. The salty air can help people cope with serious long-term conditions such as cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma or chronic bronchitis, as well as persistent coughs and acute infections or viruses that affect the ears, nose, sinus,

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The history of salt therapy

Salt therapist and registered nurse Katja McDermott... “People who have respiratory, sinus or lung issues find it really, really easy to breathe in there, because of the antiinflammatory and antibacterial properties of the salt particles.”

lungs or throat for a short time. “People who have respiratory, sinus or lung issues find it really, really easy to breathe in there, because of the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of the salt particles entering your system,” Katja explains. “It’s a very basic, old idea. I didn’t create anything new.” Inhaling salt, she explains, helps return the lung tissues to their healthiest possible state and breaks up excessive mucus, in the same way breathing a fine mist of saline solution through a nebuliser helps people cope with the symptoms of cystic fibrosis. “You’ve always got to assess the person first,” she says. “One person could have asthma and be fine, and then another person with asthma could have a totally different experience and be uncomfortable, so we do an assessment of everyone who comes here before we

FOR thousands of years, salty air has been used for its health benefits, but its modern, therapeutic use was pioneered in the mid-1800s by a Polish doctor named Felix Boczkowski, who worked at a salt mine. He noticed the miners had unusually healthy lungs and after several years’ research, concluded that the unique air inside the mine had medicinal properties. A German doctor noticed the same effect during World War II, among patients who hid in a salt cave to escape the falling bombs. By the 1980s, the first salt rooms had been built in Russia. Now, salt therapy is well-accepted in that part of the world, and the salt mine where Dr Boczkowski did his research 170 years ago has become one of the world’s biggest salt therapy centres. recommend the treatment.” Katja says it’s also good for skin problems, from unexplained rashes to persistent illnesses such as psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema, but it is not marketed as a miracle cure. It’s a complementary therapy, she says, that may reduce the need for antibiotics or antiinflammatory drugs such as steroids. For example, the treatment can help with smoker’s cough, but it won’t rebuild lungs that have been damaged by lung cancer or advanced emphysema. Katja says asthma sufferers are one of the main groups who could benefit from salt rooms and although the Finnish Asthma Foundation recommends salt therapy, its Australian counterpart has taken a more cautious approach, partly because they are unable to consider the research, which comes from overseas.

“This is a therapeutic level, so its just a little bit more than the air at the ocean side. We get the ideas about the levels from Finnish research and we use the same generators they used in the research, which come from Finland as well. “They established how much salt to put in the room so we just follow the same levels exactly. This healthy scepticism, which is vital to the practice of medicine, is slowly being replaced by surprise, Katja says. “A lot of people are really surprised that it works. A lot of doctors have said it’s just a placebo and a lot of people who come to see me, they have no idea, they don’t know if its going to work but they give it a go since they have no other option. Doctors cannot help them any more, and they’re really surprised when it works for them, so I don’t believe its a placebo.”

Canberra Confidential Magnet has more pull than real thing HOW lovely. Visitors to the National Library gift shop can buy a celebratory fridge magnet depicting the unloved Starlight Drive-in sign, unaware that the heritagelisted, 1957 real thing is The $5.95 fridge magnet lying face down in the of Canberra’s unloved Starlight Drive-in sign. elements, rusting away at a Government yard. It was dramatically rescued and despatched to Fyshwick by the Chief Minister Katy Gallagher after mysteriously falling off its plinth in Watson and into a field next door just before the Territory election last year. While Ms Gallagher is to be warmly commended for her decisive action, CC despairs that eight months on and no-one – its strata block owners, the ACT Government, the National Film and Sound Archive – is applying any curatorial concern nor doing anything to refurbish this last relic of Canberra’s long-gone drive-in culture.

Time for George NO Labor poll nail-biting for the ACT’s immovable Senator Kate Lundy who, in her capacity as Federal Sport Minister, was able to chisel time from her electorate and busy portfolio to trek out to the AIS to join Brumbies legend George Gregan for “a picture opportunity” to mark the heady news that his company has become involved in the operation of the AIS Café.

Home cooking WITH the prospect of a rising local unemployment rate, here’s an idea ACT Tourism chief Ian Hill might consider when his $900,000 promotional splash for winter tourists runs out. “Many people in Spain are affected by the economical crisis,” says a random media release. “Tours Valencia has come up with a new tour to help the local economy. With the tour ‘Little Spanish Kitchen’, unemployed locals are hired to cook typical Spanish dishes with tourists.” Pie and chips anyone? More at

Raising the bar MANUKA’s bar scene is a-changing: The Alchemy is injecting chemistry into the space that has been home to Minque and La Grange, and Public has decided to go more for a total pub feel, which means streamlining the food offering to just one menu,

dropping the surcharges and moving down slightly to “pub prices”. Work is underway (beside Public and up the stairs where the Vinyl Room was) on the new Polit Bar, which promises to fill a niche in the market for a discreet, warm cocktail lounge.

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the same level of loving from the ladies. Over two thirds of Australian women find the clean-shaven look more sexy (68 per cent) and a further 74 per cent would prefer to lock lips with a clean-shaven man.

Waisted money! STEVEN Bailey, the local Senate aspirant for Katter’s Australia Party, put the kangaroo cull protesters into the spotlight and took to them with both barrels: “Every year we waist [sic] money and time taking these misguided wimps and wowsers seriously. “Threatening to put themselves between the professional shooters and the kangaroos is blatantly immoral.” Like his idiosyncratic leader, there’s no doubting where candidate Bailey stands.

DESPITE labelling it: “Jeremy Hansons’ Budget Reply Speech” (and, yes, the apostrophe is wrong), the message said: “Please see attached Mr Hanon’s Budget Reply Speech”. Another day, another clanger from Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson’s media advisor Stephanie Hawkins, whose uncertainty with grammar now appears to have extended to the name of her boss. ZED Seselja bowed out from the Assembly in a gracious, teeteringon-weepy, valedictory speech. What he modestly didn’t note is that he holds the record as the longest serving Leader of the Opposition in the ACT – 5 years and 60 days.

Now, listen hair... CC received the results of a survey that shows one in five Aussie men are willing to risk their partner, girlfriend or marriage (21 per cent) and even their job (18 per cent) for the sake of their facial hair. A skin cream company’s report found men are refusing to shave: to try to pick up a girl (46 per cent), if asked by their boss (41 per cent), for a promotion (40 per cent), for their own wedding (34 per cent) or if asked by their partner (32 per cent). The bad news is that beards don’t receive


Balancing act PEDESTRIANS beware: CC can only imagine what torpor the self-insuring ACT Government must be feeling when balancing its public liability against this innovative approach to cycle parking by one of its tenants at the Currong Apartments in Braddon ever going wrong.

SKI freak in Gungahlin seriously unhappy at again getting two letterboxed Aldi brochures at once – one with the current week’s specials, the other featuring a taunting ski-gear sale that had expired the week before! CC wonders how the distributor gets away with frustrating the retailer’s customers. AN aspiring young man in a local radio station signs off emails as “relief producer”.

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Montessori conference dinner, Parliament House

‘Sustainable Threads’, CIT show, Belconnen

Benjalug Namfa, His Excellency the Ambassador of Thailand Maris Sangiampongsa and wife Kokan, Christine Harris and Karnaka Butt

Jonathan Upshall with Alida and Graham Bell

Carolyn Hunter, Jack Rice, Rebecca Dallam and Jackie Kirk

Evie Lockett, Anne Kelly and Lucette Van Someren Boyd

Cathy Swan, Katie and Megan Tyne and Judith Wheeldon

Gail Hindmarsh and Malcom Hindmarsh

Pam Francescangeli, Josie Digirolami and Mary Anne France

Retan Arora, Kamal Deo and Maree Ayazian

Nicci Haynes and John Pratt

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Fay Edwards and Amy Seymour

Jeremy Barnes and Caroline McIntyre

Ashleigh Kennedy and Keira Hopkinson

Dot Tomic and Marie Buggy

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scene Fred Ward exhibition, Australian Gallery of Design

Harriet Elvin and Alastair Swayn

Jaklyn Babington, Mark Dyson, Carrie Fowlie and Simon Haberle

Nicki Mackay-Sim, Andrew Sayers and Margy Burn

Ryan Robinette and Saini Copp

Ralph and Felicity Packard

Robert Fletcher with Elizabeth and Michael Taverner

Canberra’s Best Beard heat, King O’Malley’s, Civic

Pedro Fortunato, Jeff Arendse and Bob Hay

Mark Brown and Emma Coates

Tim Bowyer, Phill Jenkins and Giacomo Paganelli

Briana Croft, Sammy Barham and Theresa Lenehan

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Marcos and Radhika Cruz

Robin Smith and Karina Lemmon

winter fashion

When cosy meets comfy Get ready for a stylish winter with cosy, comfy winter fashions, writes LAURA EDWARDS

CANBERRA has one of the coldest winters in Australia, but it doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style for warmth. In fact, the chilly season’s necessities – such as scarves, gloves and thick coats – can be key features to an ensemble, ensuring a mixture of fashion and functionality. Westfield stylist Annie Brown says on the runway this year are luxe fabrics and prints with metallic, leather and fur elements. “I love the gold and silver hues that have been featured so heavily on garments, shoes and accessories as they instantly dress up an outfit and add interest without the hefty price-tag,” Annie says. “You don’t have to dress in drab colours in the cooler weather –

wintery white is beautiful and soft and adding a touch of purple brings life to the outfit.” Making their return this winter are tailored blazers, leather biker-style jackets and trench-coats. Annie says knitted jumpers have also become a style staple – “they are fantastic layering pieces and the perfect item to feel cosy and look chic.” Choose one with an interesting print, embellishment or graphic, or go for a bright colour to liven up your look. Seriously easy, and equally chic, is the sweater dress. Whether cabled and casual or long and sleek, it’s a simple, comfortable option. Pair with leggings and ankle boots for instant street-cred.

For a little extra warmth, invest in a trench coat with a thicker fabric. But don’t automatically reach for the blacks and beiges – colourful coats are everywhere at the moment and an essential addition to any winter wardrobe for extra zing. Bright reds, deep blues, dusty pinks and royal purples are fail-safe choices. Westfield stylist Janette Lenk says to define your look, add pops of plums and berries. “I love layering with gloves, stockings and woollen patterned wraps,” she says. “A deep plum lip completes this season’s trends and keeps your outfit fresh.” To keep hands well-dressed and warm, choose from long and ladylike, studded or even fingerless gloves. Ankle boots can add instant edge to an outfit while high, good quality leather or suede boots bring a touch of class. For a more casual look, simply opt for a pair of slouchy boots without a heel. Add the finishing touches to any look with a scarf, which not only keeps you warm, but adds its own element of style. Popular this year are rich, warm colours such as red, burnt orange and purple, or animal-print for an edgier look. Finally, never underestimate the power of a statement necklace to completely transform your look.

LOOK 2 (LEFT) Deirdre wears cream angora jumper, Malene Berger ($349); puffball skirt, Ellery ($899); platform heels, Pedro Garcia ($699); gem necklace, Venessa Arizaga ($659), all from Pink Inc, Braddon. Stylist’s own headpiece. Styled by Annie Brown

LOOK 1 (ABOVE) Deirdre wears coat, Forever New ($149.95); jacket, Forcast ($79.95); top, Forcast ($49.95); pants, Forcast ($59.95); gloves, Myer ($29.95) bag, Collette ($24.95); necklace, Lovisa ($29.95); boots, Wittner ($189.95); all from Westfield Belconnen. Styled by Janette Lenk


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winter fashion

Frock up and win a prize FROCK Up Canberra is inviting Canberrans to dress in the style of any decade of the past 100 years to compete for a Best Dressed Canberra 1913-2013 award at Albert Hall next month.

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Entrants will be judged and prizes awarded at 8.45pm at the Friday, July 5 opening, and at 3pm on the Saturday and Sunday. There will also be a “Fashioning Canberra” exhibition, showing original fashions representing every decade of the past 100 years, handpicked from the Seams Old Costume Collection. Frock Up Canberra features vintage dealers

from around the country selling vintage and antique clothing, accessories, jewellery and fashion collectables. There will also be dancers, door prizes and coffee. Friday, July 5, 6pm-9pm; Saturday, July 6, 10am-5pm; Sunday, July 7, 10am-4pm. Entry is $12; concessions, $10 and teens (12+), $6.

Graphic Vest (far right) was $99.95 now $50, Sequin Cardi (right) was $99 now $39.95, from Sorbet.

Clockwise from left: Petit Bateau snow suit $150, Rock Your Baby Maeve dress $49.95, Scruffy Dog Boots $69.95 from Lellow.

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Top: Black suede boot $530; purple & black high heel brogue $389; Gardenia purple suede moccasin $399 and Franco Ferrari cashmere scarf $599 from Escala.


Left: Guglielmo Rotta patent brogue in bordo and grey $338 and Lupo pleated bag $759 from Escala. Clockwise from top: Marilyn Hobbs dress, size 12, $48; Megan Salmon skirt, size 14, $45; Kenzo (France) dress/top, large, $95, from Material Pleasures.

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A magnificent Daphne odora in a container... a perfect plant for Canberra and Queanbeyan gardens.

Delicate flower buds emerging from Daphne bholua... is a hardy, fast-growing variety from the Himalayas.

The darling buds of daphne AS we go into winter, the flowering Cedric Bryant time for many fragrant plants comes gardening into its own. One of the most popular winter-flowering shrubs is the ever-popular daphne. The winter-flowering daphnes are mostly the Chinese varieties, such as Daphne odora. The photo is of a group of Daphne odora planted in a client’s garden in 2004 from a tiny plant just 30cm high, demonstrating these are a perfect plant for Canberra and Queanbeyan gardens. Providing, of course, one takes a little bit of trouble in ground preparation and position. As Robin White states in his book “Daphnes – a practical guide for gardeners” (Timber Press): “It is all too easy to make an impulse buy when faced with the temptation of an attractive, fragrant plant on display at a garden centre, but your problems will start early if you plant your daphne in an unsuitable site”. All daphne plants prefer dappled shade; say, under deciduous trees in a well-drained, moist-retentive soil. Beside unsuitable soils, lack of shade and hot winds will be the killer. Heavy clay soils, such as we experience locally, will need to be drastically improved before planting. Usually homes in new suburbs, where soil is often badly compacted by heavy machinery, will not be suitable for growing daphne in the open ground for quite a number of years. One ongoing problem is even when there

I KNOW of no pest here that causes life-threatening damage to daphne plants, so there is no need to use chemical control. Snails can cause a few problems, especially is a good layer of topsoil in greenfield sites, it to new young growth. Eternal vigilance is the is usually scraped off and where it ends up is best answer to pick them off or make a ring of anyone’s guess. Rather, the builder should be copper pipe around the plant. Snails will not stockpiling it to one side for future use in the cross copper. new garden. If using snail pellets, Multiguard Slug and Daphne can be successfully grown in Snail Killer is one of the safest if you have containers, using the best quality potting mix pets. This will not kill native animals, such as available. After making sure there are sufficient bluetongue lizards. drainage holes in the base of the container, put a layer of charcoal about 50mm deep before adding the potting mix. THERE are two main types of daphne that • When planting in wooden wine barrels, will tolerate heat – from China, Tibet and the paint the inside with a bituminous paint such Himalaya and from the Mediterranean region. as Hi-Chem Protector Seal or Ormonoid to Daphne odora has been cultivated in its prevent the wood rotting. These are available native China for thousands of years and was from DIY stores or paint shops. Also just under introduced into British gardens by plant the metal bands nail a few clouts to stop the hunters in 1771. Other varieties of D.odora bands dropping. include Daphne odora aureomarginata (with • Start pruning black and red currants, gold-edged leaves) and D. odora alba with gooseberries and grape vines. pure white flowers. Daphne bholua from the • Scrub old terracotta pots in readiness for Himalayas is another hardy variety and is spring. relatively fast growing. • Use winter pruning to remove diseased wood At home, ours grew to 3m with a 1.5m from fruit trees. spread. Unfortunately, this had to be taken out • Remove debris and old leaves from container when we did an extension last year. All was not plants and re-mulch the top or grow a carpet of lost, a sucker appeared on the other side of the thyme as a living mulch. path and after six months is now a healthy half • Pinch out the tops of autumn sweet peas. a metre tall.

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How to take the cool out of the pool WITH the right heater, pool owners can extend the swimming season well into the cooler months, says Chris Fitzmaurice, national manager for Swimart. “While pool water predominantly hovers around 18-20C, it takes a designated heating system to bump it up to where we like it most – a balmy 25-29C,” he says. “Installing the right pool heater can extend your swimming season by up to four months and beyond, increasing the return on what was undoubtedly a fairly large investment.” Chris says there are three main heating options to choose from – solar, gas and heat pumps. Solar is the most environmentally friendly option and unlike other pool heaters, solar pays With the right heater, pool owners can extend the swimming season well into the cooler for itself in a few years. months. “After the initial setup cost, the ongoing running expenses are minimal as heat is provided Heat pumps are reliable, highly efficient and free from the sun,” he says. economical to run – they extract heat from the

air, similar to a reverse-cycle air conditioner, and use that heat to produce hot water. “Compared to gas and electric element heating, heat pumps use just a fraction of the energy to generate the same amount of heat,” says Chris. Benefits of heat pumps include their high energy efficiency and lower running costs – and they operate regardless of the weather. One of the disadvantages of this type of system is that it can lose its high-energy efficiency slightly once the weather really cools down, says Chris. Gas heaters are the fastest method for heating pools. “A key advantage of a gas heater is it is simple to use, which could explain its continued popularity. It can also heat pool water much faster than a solar or heat pump system can, and will heat the pool water up to 40C, no matter how cold it is,” he says. CityNews  Jun 13–19  19

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Fast, furious and it is what it is without any pretence “Fast And Furious 6” (M) THE last four films in this actioner franchise, all directed by Justin Lim, have been box-office successes. I heard women filmgoers responding enthusiastically to the vigorous mayhem and oblique humour of Number 6. Was that because its women were getting a goodly share of the action, driving muscle cars at perilous speeds along busy London streets and inflicting serious pain on each other in unrestrained stoushes? Or the muscularity of the boys’ biceps and buffed pecs? I didn’t ask. It’s unlikely that the plot was turning the girls on with its intelligence. Dwayne Johnson plays Hobbs, a cop, who offers unconditional pardons for all previous criminality if the small coterie of good bad guys and women, led by Dom (Vin Diesel), will track down and terminate the team of truly really bad guys led by Shaw (Luke Evans), who is working on a machine that will allow him to dominate the world once he gets the final high-tech bit needed to make it go. James Bond has been doing that on screen for

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decades. “F&F6” earns a slightly tarnished gold star for the imagination of its dramatic fantasies and the energy of their staging. Yes, I know that gold doesn’t tarnish, but you get my drift. It offers moments setting new benchmarks for the action genre. A tank hurtles along a freeway crushing everything in its path. A car chase drives up the rear ramp of a giant cargo plane trying to reach take-off speed along what must be the longest runway on the planet. Dom’s people are going to bring that flying behemoth to a bad outcome before things get sorted out. “F&F” built its reputation on American muscle cars and version 6 wastes many of its 132 minutes showing feet stamping on pedals and grim-faced drivers ramming gear levers and clutching steering wheels, apparently to pump up notions of speed.

Bottom line? Who cares? It is what it is without pretending to be something else. At Greater Union and Hoyts

“Farewell My Queen” (M) ON July 14, 1789, the Paris mob stormed the Bastille, an event still observed as France’s national day. On July 16, the Polignac family left Versailles for exile. Benoit Jacquot’s film, based on Chantal Thomas’s novel, observes Queen Marie Antoinette (Dianne Kruger) on July 14, 15, and 16 as revolution built outside the Palace of Versailles. It tells its story through the eyes of the Queen’s reader Sidonie Laborde (Léa Seydoux) whom the Queen tells to impersonate Madame de Polignac (Virginie Ledoyen) on their flight to Austria. Gabrielle de Polignac was the Queen’s closest and dearest friend. The film projects an air of doom confirmed by history. Sidonie, who may be fictional, the Queen’s confidante at a lower level, observes from the edge as nobles, courtiers and functionaries mill about exchanging gossip and

rumour, passages that give the film a sense of verity. Sidonie’s devotion to the Queen is absolute. Under the thumb of Madame Campan (Noémie Lvovsky) who envies and disapproves of the Queen’s friendship with her, she has little if any private life. The film emphasises the Queen’s emotional dependence on Gabrielle, tending to suggest that Gabrielle knew when she was on a good thing rather than that the relationship gave her emotional fulfillment. It treads lightly around contemporary unproven media accusations of a lesbian affair. It portrays the King (Xavier Beauvoir) as politically naïve, dependent on his brothers for advice, concerned more with trifles such as the temperature in the great hall as revolution begins to come to the boil. And amid all that palace brouhaha, our awareness of the historical certainty of the Queen’s fate on October 16, 1793 creates a tension that sits intentionally awkwardly alongside the opulence of the palace where the film happens. At Palace Electric

The reel world of Spanish movies By Helen Musa ALREADY this year we’ve journeyed with the Italians, gourmandised with the French, laughed with the Latin Americans and this month it’s time to turn towards Spain, with the launch of the Spanish Film Festival. The organisers have come up with 22 films, not just from the home culture, but from Hispanic countries including Columbia, Mexico, Argentina, Peru – and the Canary Islands. Adding a little Spanish suavity, the livewire director to the Sydney Dance Company, Rafael Bonachela, has agreed to be the event’s patron, a nod to Spanish pride in one of the country’s most notable cultural exports.

According to festival director Genevieve Kelly, there’ll be a whopping 21 Australian premieres as well as a number of pre-film events involving tapas and live entertainment. One such is the fabulous fiesta party before the opening-night screening, “A Gun in Each Hand”, on June 18. Another accompanies Mexican director Natalia Beristáin’s visit on June 22 to introduce her debut film, “She Doesn’t Want to Sleep Alone”. Then on the Canberra closing night, the ubiquitous Catherine Deneuve stars in the equally ubiquitous Luis Buñuel’s ‘70s surrealist classic, “Tristana”. Why not? France is just next door to Spain and, in Fernando Trueba’s “The

“Carmina”... the fun, box-office hit that follows filmmaker Paco León’s mother, a 58-year-old Seville tavern manager. Artist and the Model”, nominated for 13 Goya Awards this year, we’ll see a Spanish production in the French language, set in the French Pyrenees during 1943.

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For fun, look out for the box-office hit “Carmina” that follows the filmmaker Paco León’s mother, a 58-year-old Seville tavern manager. Where would Spanish film

be without the late Generalissimo Franco? This phenomenon is celebrated in the “Jazz and Jewels” night on June 23, when sponsors Estrella Damm and Torres Wines are throwing a tapas and live jazz shindig to precede the screening of “Hold Up!”, a heist movie based on the true story of a devious plan to prevent Franco’s wife getting her paws on the jewels once owned by Eva Peron. Among the Latin American movies are “Days of Grace”, a crime drama from Mexico set against the backdrop of the 2002, 2006 and 2010 soccer World Cups and “Don’t Fall in Love with Me”, a rom-com from Argentina. Finally, no self-respecting movie festival is without a horror film and this is no exception with Spain’s “The Body”, in which the corpse of a femme fatale goes missing from a morgue. 16th Spanish Film Festival, June 18-26, Palace Electric Cinemas, bookings to, full program at spanishfilmfestival.

The laughs are on their way musical

“Return to the Forbidden Planet” Queanbeyan Players The Q, Queanbeyan, until June 22. Reviewed by Bill Stephens DESPITE a terrific light show, a fresh young cast, colourful costumes and a score of familiar songs, this musical, set in a spaceship and based very loosely on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”, takes a long time to actually take flight. Following an over-long audience participation opening, followed by a couple of wellstaged ensemble routines, the show settles into a series of solos, delivered centre-stage by various principal characters. There is little of Stephen Pike’s usual inventive direction in evidence and for much of the show the ensemble just sit around watching the principals come and go. Most of these principals struggle to find a cohesive delivery style for the faux-Shakespearean dialogue losing many of the jokes through dropped cues and insecure delivery. However, there are good performances from Dave Evans as Captain Tempest, Veronica Thwaites-Brown as the Science Officer, and John Kelly as Ariel the Robot. Both Ruth Albertson-Kill as the winsome Miranda, and Lachlan Whan, whose manic solo in the second act provides one of the highlights, will be even more effective as they finesse their roles. Alicia Da Costa impressed in a small role as Navigation Officer. It’s not there yet, but a couple of performances may be all it takes for this production to become the hilarious romp intended.

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Canberra visual arts tornado hits the fellowship target Helen Musa

CONGRATULATIONS to Canberra visual artist (and poet, lecturer and arts tornado) Jennifer Kemarre Martiniello, for winning one arts in the city of two $90,000 two-year fellowships at the recent 6th annual National Indigenous Arts THE Morgan State University Choir’s top Awards. vocalists, directed by Eric Conway, are visiting Canberra for an afternoon performance REP’s third season of the snazzy revue of Americana, gospel and spirituals, with “Jazz Garters” – now under the Centenarythemed title “Custom Made in Canberra” – is a little bit of help from Alpha Gregory and at Theatre 3, June 21 to July 6. Rep promises the Woden Valley Youth Choir. At Llewellyn “a special guest to help us out”. Bookings to Hall, 3pm, Sunday, June 16, all welcome, entry by donation at the door. 6257 1950 or

PLAYING Field Studio Inc is staging “Playing the Field,” described by president Ali Clinch as “a fun, informal event for artists of all mediums and stages of their careers to meet, exchange ideas and develop their artistic practice” at the centre, 12.30pm-3pm, 2 Kingsley Street, Acton, Saturday, June 22, inquiries or bookings to 0413 556 328 or “SCOTT is the Ginsberg to my Kerouac,” says comedienne Judith Lucy of fellow performer Denise Scott. Last year both of them published books, so they should have plenty of material

to draw on when they arrive for their new show at the Canberra Theatre, 7.30pm, June 22. Bookings to canberratheatrecentre. or 6275 2700 THE Australian Burlesque Festival will be in Canberra on June 20. Directed by Dolores Daiquiri and Rosy Rabbit, it promises to be a night of “classic glamour, exciting neo-burlesque and sizzling strip-tease”. At The Abbey, O’Hanlon Place, Nichols, doors open at 6.30pm for an 8pm show, bookings to

DEAN Butters and Natalie Mather are both recent graduates of the ANU School of Art. Both have made large-scale acrylic based works on plywood for “Differing Perspectives”, their show at ANCA. Mather has made paintings developed during a studio-based tenure in Berlin, while Butters deliberately uses the repetitive potential of screen printing to “duplicate and degrade segments” cut from the centre of images. They have in common the multiple use of stripes and lines. At ANCA Gallery, 1 Rosevear Place, Dickson until June 23.

Clockwise from bottom: Corn chowder, baked eggs, eggplant parmiagiana, parpardelle with pork and fennel ragu, penne with roast pumpkim and hazelnuts.  Photo by Brent McDonald.

Happily in the Zone I DON’T start reviews with my experience in Wendy Johnson paying the bill, but this time I can’t resist. dining

I was asked if I enjoyed my meal at the relatively new Loading Zone, parked behind the Melbourne Building in Odgers Lane. I was asked if I wanted anything from the line-up of sweets. I was asked by a cool-looking barista if I was having a good day. And I enjoyed big smiles and a wave from the kitchen staff even though they were under the gun dealing with a gazillion orders. Well, gazillion might be a slight exaggeration but it’s not an exaggeration to say the Loading Zone has been super busy since opening. It was a cool, grey day, but umbrellas and heaters kept us warm. Although dining in a back laneway we didn’t feel we’d been relegated to some scuzzy area. There are mature trees and the Loading Zone has added its own greenery in planters. You never waste time fussing over what to eat here. The menu is limited by design. We could choose from a pasta, polenta, lasagne or soup – all freshly made in rustic, home-style fashion. Mains are $15 if you eat-in and $10 for takeaway. Wine is just $5. There was no way I was going past the braised beef penne in red wine sugo with paprika and rosemary. No way. And my friend quickly chose the polenta with herbed mushroom and tomato compote. Two surprises when served. First, the dishes are generous for the

price. Second, we received lovely salads, each loaded (there goes that word again) with tasty ingredients. The braised beef was tender and the hearty dish packed with strong flavours. The polenta was cooked “just so” and there was no skimping on the chunky, herbed mushrooms. I bet the pumpkin ricotta and spinach lasagne would have been a treat. Twice I saw big bowls of piping-hot Jerusalem artichoke soup pass by. We enjoyed our dishes with a glass of shiraz. The only other wine was a sauvignon blanc. If you don’t have time to plunk yourself down on a square or communal table outside (seating for around 45) you can take your food away. The pre-made sandwiches, panini, croissants and individual frittatas all looked delicious. I’m not going to waste time waxing eloquently about how laneway dining is hip because it’s done in Melbourne or Sydney. Who cares? The good news is that the laneway experience is now here, and parked for good. Loading Zone, open Monday-Thursday, 7am-4pm and Fridays from 7am-9pm. CityNews  Jun 13–19  21

puzzles page Joanne Madeline Moore your week in the stars / June 17-23

ARIES (Mar 21 – Apr 20)

Mercury and Venus link up in your domestic zone on Friday so spruce up your Aries abode with cleaning, redecorating or DIY projects. Entertaining at home is favoured – plus family members could do with some extra TLC too! The Full Moon on the weekend charges up your career zone, but think carefully before you commit yourself to a problematic project.

TAURUS (Apr 21 – May 20)

Luxury-loving Bulls – do you fantasise about upsizing your lifestyle? With the full moon activating your aspirations zone, don’t proceed unless you have the cold hard cash to finance your super-sized dreams. The Sun, Mercury and Venus are all visiting your communication zone, so it’s a fabulous week to share special conversations with like-minded souls.

GEMINI (May 21 – June 21)

Are you making the most of Mars and Jupiter journeying through your sign? The next few weeks is the perfect time to take on adventurous challenges, as you ignore the half of you that screams “I can’t do that!” or “It’s just too hard!” Instead, tune into the optimistic Twin within. Plus surround yourself with positive people who boost your confidence and encourage your dreams.

CANCER (June 22 – July 22)

Pace yourself Crabs, and don’t feel you have to do everything at once. With the Sun moving into your sign (where it joins Mercury and Venus) the focus is firmly on your number one priority – family. Be inspired by birthday great Meryl Streep (born on June 22, 1949): “I am wired for family... and my family really does come first. It always did and it always will.”

General knowledge crossword No. 411 Across Down 1 Which steel tool is used for shaping wood, stone, etc? 8 To which ends of square sails were miscreants once hanged? 9 What do we call a line on a weather map? 10 To water land and thereby promote vegetation, is to do what? 11 Which acid is found in lemons? 12 Name the capital of Fiji. 13 Name a game played by two persons using a chequered board. 16 Which term describes that which is glaringly vivid or sensational? 19 What is one title of a British nobleman? 21 Name a term which expresses quickness of perception. 22 Which superior quality of oak is used for fine panelled work and the like? 23 What is another word for lively intelligence? 24 Which term is related to one’s occupation, profession, or trade? 25 What is the chair occupied by a sovereign? 1



LIBRA (Sept 23 – Oct 23)

This week, Mercury and Venus help you navigate your way through work problems, with extra tact and charm. But it will be tricky to get the ratio right between professional demands and family responsibilities. Balance is the key! The Universe also shines a spotlight on your goals for the future. Don’t play it safe – make your aspirations as big and beautiful as possible.

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Jupiter (your ruling planet) joins forces with the Sun in your partnership zone. So it’s a fortuitous week to join an online dating site, go on a first date, fall in love, propose, get married or renew your wedding vows. Joint business ventures are also favoured. But be careful with cash and credit – and don’t sign on the dotted line until all the finances are completely finalised.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

The more you communicate and cooperate with loved ones, the more pleasant the week will be. You may have to revisit an old problem (and eat some humble pie), but it will be well worth the effort. The weekend Full Moon gives you a much-needed energy boost. So it’s time for gung-ho Goats to get physical via activities like golf, walking, jogging, hiking or rock climbing.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

PISCES (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Neptune (your ruling planet) is moving slowly through your sign, which boosts your compassionate and charitable nature. Plus the Sun, Mars and Jupiter put you in the mood to assist a loved one who’s in need. Your motto for the moment is from Prince William (born on June 21, 1982): “My guiding principles in life are to be honest, genuine, thoughtful and caring.” Daily astrology updates at Copyright Joanne Madeline Moore 2011 22  CityNews  Jun 13–19



You’re in the mood to communicate with others, as you discuss complex subjects and delve into deeply emotional areas. It’s also the perfect week for Scorpio super-sleuths to solve a problem, research a topic or uncover a secret, as your detective skills swing into top gear. On the weekend, some basic common sense is needed so you can separate fact from fiction.

A work project is taking up a lot of your time but, if you hang in there, it will pay off in the long run. If you’ve been looking for employment, Saturn encourages you to be persistent, as there are no quick fixes. Have you been having ongoing problems with a child, teenager or friend? This week, Jupiter helps you find a satisfactory solution that is beneficial to both sides.



VIRGO (Aug 23 – Sept 22)

Friday is your pick of the week, as Mercury and Venus boost your communication and social skills. So it’s a super day to arrange a job interview; schedule an important appointment; broach a sensitive subject with a loved one; or host a successful meeting or soiree. The weekend Full Moon fires up your entertainment zone – time to stop working and start socialising!

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LEO (July 23 – Aug 22)

Don’t let others hijack your dreams. You need to be the captain of your own ship, and the master of your own destiny! Thursday’s Sun/Jupiter hook-up is a terrific time to network with colleagues and make important connections with influential people. Plus Sunday’s full moon brings a current work or health issue to a head – so you can then proceed in an exciting new direction.

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