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A NEW school app which allows parents to track their child’s class absence with the swipe of a finger could see student attendance numbers bolster, according to its developer.

Bold and ready? THE ACT Government has launched a $2.6 million campaign to promote Canberra after this year’s centenary celebrations. The campaign includes a new Canberra logo to represent the capital city, with letters “CBR” standing for “Confident, Bold and Ready”. The brand development is the product of a 15-month process, and the full brand is set to be revealed in March 2014.

Appsence, designed to connect students, teachers and parents, is an electronic roll marker which tracks student attendance and sends direct messages to parents with smart phones and tablets if the student is away. The app is currently being trialled in three schools around Canberra, including Stromlo High School, along with schools in NSW, WA and Singapore. Appsence director David McMillan says he created the app after writing several permission slips for his teenage son. “I had about 10 in a row and was getting a sore hand so I thought, surely there’s got to be an easier way,” David says. “We also included advanced

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Running the new Appsence are Bruce Fuda, left, who assisted with program development at Stromlo High, Stromlo High teacher Katie Hart, year 10 student Andrew George and Appsence director David McMillan.  Photo by Gary Schafer absence, where the parent can makes things so much easier for tell the teacher or school their everyone,” David says. “It also encourages parents to child will be away via the app, which automatically updates the get more involved in their child’s teacher’s roll for the day.” education, because both the stuDavid says the app includes dent and the parent can see the online canteen ordering, instant homework reminders and what homework reminders and in-app the project is. It keeps them up payment options for excursions to date.” and school fees. David believes the app could “It can pretty much do any- increase class attendance, par- Sale.pdf ticularly 1 14/11/2013for 9:49:00 AM students with excesthing you want it CN to- 14.11.2013 do, it just

sive absenteeism. “If there is a student who skips class, they’ll get a text message saying their parent has been alerted of their absence – so students might hate the app,” he jokes. “We’ll monitor it over a year and see the figures, but I’ve got no doubt that a year down, the schools will find truancy has decreased.” David, who spent up to five months developing Appsence with his self-starter company of the same name, says it could save schools “thousands” in fees. “I had a principal who says the app could save him up to $100,000 in absence management alone,” he says. “It saves teachers having to ring around and chase up unexplained absences and go through their paperwork a week later, it’s an instant thing, right there at your fingertips. “Every parent and teacher we’ve shown, they can’t believe how much functionality is available there.” For more information


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Big Greek bonus for sick Irene AROUND 570 friends, family Kathryn Vukovljak and well-wishers attended reports Irene Elliott’s “Big Fat Greek Fundraiser” at the Hellenic brilliant. It was everything I hoped for – positivity, awareClub in November to help ness and fundraising. raise money for a high“I couldn’t have asked for a better night.” risk treatment for Irene’s The event raised just under rapidly advancing multiple $90,000, which was Irene’s insclerosis. itial target, but there is still a “CityNews” cover girl on October 10, Irene says the very Greek night was a huge success. “I loved every minute,” she says. “I’d had a rotten f lu in the lead-up, but the buzz of it all got me through the night. I had a walking stick and relied on the backs of chairs to get around, but it was

long way to go, she says. “Donations are coming in all the time, but realistically I’ll need as much as possible to get me where I need to be,” she says. Some of her applications are in for clinical centres in Israel, India, Russia and Germany, and now it’s a waiting game. “I’m overwhelmed that my

family did all this for me, you know, when one needs something, we pull together,” she says. Irene has also been helping newly diagnosed patients deal with their situation, with her positivity helping them cope. “Through the ‘CityNews’ story, a few people with MS have found me, and I love being able to tell them there are options out there, and that you can’t let your life become this disease,” she says. “You can teach people how to treat you, and you can go on.” Donate directly to the Irene Cristis Elliott Fund, BSB: 062914, account no: 10860540 or call 0402 907879.

Have we taken the pursuit of success too far? There’s plenty of evidence that the “win at all costs” attitude has overtaken commonsense, says TIM GAVEL

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ARE we missing something obvious here? If we are seriously looking for a solution to the inflow of refugees via Indonesia, instead of Australia worrying about those setting out from Indonesia in boats, Indonesia should be doing something more proactive about stopping refugees from entering their country in the first place. That is to say, address the source of the problem. Otherwise, it’s like the old chestnut about the solution proposed in the case where hikers were falling off an unmarked path from a clifftop in the mountains, ie build an ambulance station at the foot of the cliff. If Indonesia is prepared to let refugees into their country, they should be prepared to let them settle there. M J McGregor, Curtin

HAVING been caught out invading people’s privacy (“Giulia comes home”, CN, October 2), it seems that MLA Giulia Jones also engages in the peddling of half-truths (in her letter to residents on the Chapman garage site in “Behind the voice of urban gloom”, CN, November 30). Before embarking on a “squeaky wheel” campaign, Mrs Jones would do well to acquaint herself with the relevant legislation and policies, challenging as that might be. Patricia Saunders, Chapman

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YOU can’t tell me the “sledging” in the Ashes series is good for sport. Sure, we love to win – especially against England – but does it need to involve belittling the opposition? Shouldn’t we focus on winning through ability rather than sledging and attacking perceived mental frailties? Mind you, it is not just the Australian team that’s to blame, but all this talk about a new aggressive attitude belies what cricket is all about. We chastise England for Bodyline, but appear to celebrate the image of aggression towards our modern-day foes. And, ironically, we shudder at the thought that our children will imitate their heroes on Canberra’s sporting fields with an increase in batsmen being given a send off in juniors and the disputing of umpiring decisions.

Boost from Cavalry AS the Federal Government Budget threats hang over Canberra, the psychological boost of sporting success cannot be underestimated. Sometimes it comes from left field. For instance, the Canberra Cavalry’s victory in the Asian series. This is a feat worthy of celebration. What makes it more meritorious is that it was a win against the rich Asian champions in South Korea and Japan with budgets in excess of $25 million, up against the Cavalry’s roster of around $47,000. It is why the win has captured the

imagination of us all. Despite the number of imports, it is very much a Canberra team with players billeted by local families. It’s also worth noting where the team came from in the first place. I remember the meeting held a few years ago of about 100 people upstairs at the Eastlake Football Club to gauge interest in Canberra hosting a team in the proposed Australian Baseball League. If it hadn’t been for those people showing support there wouldn’t have been a Canberra Cavalry team.

High fives for Brown THE appointment of Phil Brown as ACT Basketball’s high performance coach is to be applauded. So many sports in Canberra have identified the need to implement a pathway for the juniors into the seniors, while coaches often feel left behind as the players make the upward journey. In his new role, the former Opals’ assistant coach will provide

guidance on the pathway for players, but also assist coaches in achieving their personal goals. His appointment will provide confidence to emerging young basketballers, given Brown’s knack for identifying talent at an early age, which is becoming crucial as sports become more competitive in securing talent.

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Gentleman readies to reveal all Ms Laura Edwards is delighted to report…

ROBERT MACKLIN says Australia will never secure the respect of our neighbours while we see ourselves as an island of Anglos in the South Pacific Sea

IN an era dominated by tweeting, twerking and selfies, an etiquette course may seem like a quaint notion. But for Kristian Bonnici, it’s a modern-day essential. “I believe etiquette is like a secret that was lost, and people are very keen to rediscover it,” Kristian says. “When it comes to classic pleasantries which are so important in human interaction, in the past we have really relegated them, ignored them, and to our own detriment. I think people are becoming more interested in them now, and realising their importance – they want to develop themselves.” Kristian, a former deputy high commissioner of Malta, is running a one-off protocol and etiquette course with his diplomatic envoy consultancy agency in Canberra this month and later, in other cities around the nation. Aimed at educating and preparing men and women hosting social occasions during the festive season, course lessons include proper grooming, use of cutlery, table conversation and correct posture. “Protocol and etiquette is like a martial art – you have to be very disciplined,” Kristian says. “People can take this course, they can master it, and it’s a lifetime investment for them.” When we meet in person, Kristian is true to his cause – holding the door open, pulling out chairs, excellent posture. He explains he was raised to practice good protocol and etiquette from a young age, which proved useful with his future as a diplomat. But what about today’s youth, otherwise known as “Gen Y”? Does etiquette fit in with their world of soft-filters and selfies? “I received many inquiries from young people, and people in their 20s and 30s, about the course. Actually, they were very interested

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Kristian Bonnici…“I believe etiquette is like a secret that was lost, and people are very keen to rediscover it.”  Photo by Gary Schafer to learn,” says Kristian. “I think people realise as much as we speak about our inner beauty, and that first impressions don’t matter, in life, we know people judge. Manners do count. Jane Austen herself said, ‘anything can be forgiven if manners are good’. And if a young person is hoping to enter the workforce, first impressions – everything from presentation, posture, to a handshake – are crucial.” During our interview, Kristian is quick to quash a few myths – reach to the glass on the right of the dinner table, not the left (this reporter got it wrong), and surprisingly, discussing politics and religion is fine, provided it doesn’t get too heated. “Amongst friends, dinner should

never be boring, it should always be entertaining,” Kristian says. “If you’re discussing a hot political subject and it’s gone too far, you might need to agree to disagree and change the subject. As the host, you’re always the mediator.” Music and candles are essential for atmosphere, he says, while chewing slowly is not only polite, it can aid digestion. Then there’s the importance of seating – don’t put a chatty person next to a chatty person or a “listener” next to a listener. And to avoid elbow bumping, place a left-handed guest at the end of the table. Knowing good manners and protocol across all cultures can also extend to business; it’s been known to make or break a crucial business meeting, says Kristian.

“For instance, in London it is rude to discuss business before your mains are served, but in New York, it’s perfectly acceptable to broach the topic as soon as you order,” he says. Ironically, our interview ends with a conveniently timed social faux pas – I extend my hand to say goodbye at the same time as our photographer. As expected, Kristian handles it smoothly, politely shaking the photographer’s before mine. “He extended first,” he explains with a laugh, before walking us to the door. Protocol and Etiquette Class, Saturday, December 14, at Rydges Capital Hill. Visit au or call 6161 8629 for more details.

THE Indonesian spying controversy threw into stark relief Australia’s problem in finding a comfortable and productive place among its regional neighbours in this so-called Asian Century. Indeed, you have to wonder whether it is possible while an Anglophile like Tony Abbott is running the Government. When he took his Prime Ministerial oath of office, Abbott broke recent precedent and swore allegiance to the Queen rather than the Australian people. This was a remarkable reversion to the colonial mindset that revived the whole issue of the republican movement. I suspect that we will never really secure the respect and ready acceptance of our neighbours while we see ourselves as an island of Anglos in the South Pacific Sea. The colonial past should not be so hard to discard. It was British colonial policy that decimated the Aboriginal people and destroyed their culture with barely a backward glance. We all live with that shame today, despite the apologies from the Australian Government (and not a word of regret from the British). It was British colonial policy to send 168,000 white slaves – under the clever sobriquet of “convict” – across the world in appalling conditions to work under the lash for the Bunyip Aristocracy. It was British colonial policies that a century ago next year gave us a war that sacrificed the flower of a generation at Gallipoli and on the Western Front. Most important, it was the colonial White Australia Policy that labelled us racists for almost 100 years and alienated us from our regional neighbours. But Australia is not the same nation as the one that enshrined the British monarch in a constitution negotiated in the 19th century. Today we are proudly multi-cultural. Today China is the third biggest migrant source after Britain and NZ. Most Australians – whose heritage is drawn from the four corners of the world – have no connection to the colonial policies visited upon us by the British. They should not be required to suffer for them. During a recent lecture tour of three universities in Shanghai and Xi’an, I was struck by the awareness among the students of that crime against humanity when the British flooded China with opium to repair the finances of their Indian colony. They have neither forgotten nor forgiven; and for Australia to still tug the forelock to Britain is not just silly, it’s unnecessarily provocative. The issue is not the current royal family. Even the GovernorGeneral Quentin Bryce realises it is incongruous for us to remain beholden to a foreign European power for our Head of State. But more importantly, we will never be secure in our neighbourhood until we make that decisive break with our colonial past. And we start that process by declaring ourselves a republic… a perfect project for 2014.

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ONE of the major challenges for Canberrans right now is retaining a powerful position in Commonwealth-State relations. The wood is lost for the trees while debate rages over whether we have 17 or 25 members of the ACT Legislative Assembly, or some other iteration. With the recent change of Federal government, it has become even more important for our Chief Minister, Ministers and other MLAs to stand up for Canberra. The size of the ACT, its nature as a Territory and the power of the Commonwealth Parliament to overrule our elected members leaves the ACT, like the NT, in a weakened negotiating position. When Ministers sit at Ministerial Councils they have to counter these disadvantages with careful understanding of their briefs, sound evidence and prior negotiations in order to harness whatever power of persuasion they can manage. With the Chief Minister responsible for so many portfolios herself, it begs three questions. First, can she really provide the sort of relationship building necessary to be able to grasp a full understanding of all the responsibilities assigned to her? Second, how can she understand the briefs and the evidence behind the briefs in an appropriate amount of depth? And, third, how will she be able to understand these tools and have the appropriate time to lobby ministers from other jurisdictions in order to negotiate effectively on key issues for the ACT? It is interesting that despite the workload, and now having the power to appoint up to nine Ministers, the Chief Minister has announced that she will not lift the number above six until the number of members in the Assembly is expanded beyond the current 17. There will be many who think the solution lies in a ‘town council’ approach. Why not do away with this increasingly antagonistic form of Westminster that we use and draw the cabinet from Labor, the Greens and the Liberals? This would certainly allow an increased Cabinet by the appointment of nine Ministers and would lighten the ministerial load while widening the governmental opportunities. Katy Gallagher has already accepted a Green member into the cabinet with the appointment of

Ministers Rattenbury, Gallagher, Barr and Burch on Budget day… soon to be six. Shane Rattenbury. The key element was removing the bond of cabinet solidarity across a range of issues where there were key differences. These differences can then be thrashed out in the Assembly as part of the public debate. The argument goes – why then not take the next step? Put cabinet solidarity aside, appoint ministers from across the Assembly and have an open cabinet? Debates of cabinet can become a normal part of the work of the Assembly. Already the ACT Ministers have limited say in the operation of their portfolios as the ACT Government is divided into a series of “directorates” rather than departments. The directorates have divided reporting responsibilities. On the one hand, they report to the head bureaucrat – the head of the Chief Minister’s Department and on the other, they have to answer to their Ministers. Ministers could be appointed from across parties in the Assembly without the Chief Minister shedding too much power. The argument has some weight. Lake Burley Griffin will freeze over before it happens! It would weaken ACT national negotiations and feed into the “glorified town council put down” by other jurisdictions and by Canberrans who are not interested in our own control of such issues as health and education. The Opposition will simply not play ball. Why would they? They want to get elected in their own right, they argue Labor is getting tired and they are buoyed after winning just one seat short of a majority at the last election. The key for the ACT is to ensure that the Ministers have the intelligence, capacity and hard work to be on top of their portfolios. If enough fit this category, the Chief Minister will be able to run a sound and effective government. Michael Moore was an independent member of the ACT Legislative Assembly (1989 to 2001) and was minister for health.

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CLASSIC Framing are the specialists in custom framing jobs, but they also have a huge range of Christmas decorations and gifts, with a special focus on beautiful artworks made of glass. “We specialise in decorative glassware from all round the world and those quirky and interesting trinkets that are often difficult to find,” says owner Bob Smith. “We also stock a limited range of costume jewellery, decorative picture frames and whatnot.” There’s a huge selection of unique Christmas decorations in the long-standing store, which is also holding a “red-dot sale” at the moment, with some products marked down as much as 50 per cent. “Christmas is a sight to behold at Classic Framing with a wide range of decorative products from Jim Shore, Whitehill, Demdaco, Willow Tree, Fitz & Floyd and many others,” says Bob. 93 Mawson Place, Mawson. Call 6290 1127 or go to classicframing.

NOW in its third year, the Canberra Christmas Market is coming back to EPIC over the weekend of December 14-15 with loads of stalls selling handicrafts in a relaxed atmosphere that aims to make shopping for presents a pleasurable experience for the whole family. There will be food and coffee available all day and the markets are held inside the air-conditioned and carpeted Fitzroy Pavilion, which will be filled with stallholders ranging from hobby businesses to franchises, including both new and vintage items, according to the organisers. Pick up a pudding or one of the many other tasty Christmas treats available, and peruse potential presents that you won’t see anywhere else. The Canberra Christmas Markets run from 9am to 3pm, entry is $3 and parking is free. According to our sources, Santa Claus will be making an appearance.

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The revolutionary Shperovelo and one of the many cuddly toys at Lellow Kids.

Lots of special treats for the little people LELLOW Kids boutique in Braddon is the place to go for little presents to make the little ones smile at Christmas, even if they’re still learning what a Christmas is. “We have plenty of stocking-fillers including puzzles, stickers, parachuters, make-a-mask, hoppers, Christmas books and little toys from Anamalz and Sonny Angels, as well as plenty of arts and crafts ranging from $7 to $40,” says owner Loretta Hately. “For the babies, the Spherovelo is the world’s first ride-on toy to accelerate the development of younger children, by helping them make the connection between their senses and their motor system,” she says. “It also looks super cool and it’s priced at $130.” 12  CityNews December 5-11

Kids can also look cool on Christmas Day, she says, with new Minti Christmas T-shirts with fun prints such as “Skating Santa”, priced at $39.95. “For something soft we have gorgeous teddies from the Dou Dou Et Compagnie range that come in gorgeous gift boxes and range from $30 through to $130,” Loretta adds. “Anyone who buys Petit Bateau pyjamas will receive a second pair half price, and we are also offering a giftwrapping service for a small donation, which goes towards the local organisation Dyslexia SPELD ACT.” 3a/25 Lonsdale Street, Braddon, call 6248 5006 or go to






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THIS Christmas Jindii Eco Spa is once again offering its popular “buy three get one free” deal on gift vouchers, and owner Bianca Prichard has a lot of other excellent gift ideas. “We’ve got some fabulous gift packs that start at $26,” says Bianca. “All of the products that we use here at Jindii Eco Spa are the Li’Tya range, which is an Australian skin care range that draws on 40,000 years of

The Li’Tya range… “Spa care from the Australian Dreamtime”. indigenous wisdom.” The strictly sustainable spa is also just about to get a new line of jewellery in time for Christmas, she says. “It’s all sterling silver and ceramic and it’s made by Kathleen Buzzacott, who’s an indigenous artist from Central Australia. It is an exclusive range for us and it starts from $24.95.” Bianca adds that she’s keeping the doors open right up to 4pm on Christmas Eve to give everyone as

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much chance as possible to get a last-minute gift. “Another really special and beautiful gift option we’re doing is the Ocean Dreaming spa package,” she says. “It’s essentially a threehour journey using marine collagen products, and it really is top-to-toe relaxation.” Bianca also has some big news: she’s moving into a bigger and better location in 2014! 20 Jindabyne Street, Duffy. Call 6257 8777 or go to

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Give the gift of the world’s best music “MUSIC is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy,” according to Ludwig van Beethoven. One very good way to give music as a gift is with a subscription to next year’s Musica Viva concert series. “There’s six concerts at the ANU School of Music in 2014, featuring some of the world’s most outstanding classical musicians, from the choir of King’s College Cambridge, to pianist Imogen Cooper, to violinist Ray Chen,” says

Musica Viva ACT manager Michael Sollis. There’s also the Keleman String Quartet, who combine youthful brilliance with the finest Hungarian tradition, and the award-winning Sitovetsky Trio, who are conquering the world with their unusual blend of practised skill and thoughtful artistry on piano, violin and cello. Also on the list for next year is the legendary Borodin String Quartet, which is approaching its 70th concert season.

“In 2014 Musica Viva will be presenting an enhanced experience for patrons at the concerts with an opportunity to try out an instrument they might have never touched before, like a cello for example, participate in debates and hear some of Canberra’s brightest young musicians,” says Sollis. Subscriptions start from $93 for three concerts. Call 6295 9409 or go to




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COOLEMAN Court Beauty Centre is a pleasant and relaxing sanctuary where you can escape from your busy life and enjoy a first-class experience that will leave you not only looking great, but feeling relaxed and revitalised. “Beauty therapy is our passion and we are here to help you achieve the best results for your skin and body,” says founder and manager Teresa, who has worked as a beauty therapist in Canberra for more than 16 years. “Our professional therapists are all fully qualified and experienced, we are here to provide you with the best-possible range of beauty therapies. We will tailor your personal treatment regime to meet your needs and budget, and ensure you leave us feeling relaxed and revitalised.” Conveniently located in the upper floor of Cooleman Court, the salon has a large range of international perfumes to browse through and for Christmas, gift

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Landscapes designed by Dinah Meagher. LANDSCAPE Architect Dinah Meagher is offering special Christmas gift vouchers that cut the price of her services by a third, making it $120 for a plan of action bursting with her innovative ideas to transform living spaces for the long term.

“My garden design is a response to place and the people who live there,” says Dinah, who says she loves it when clients want to include something practical such as a veggie patch in their vision of a new outdoor living area. “A landscape architect looks at the garden in its entirety, as well as the connections from house to garden, so the design might even include some minor alterations to the house, like putting a door where a window is or adding external walls to create a courtyard,” she says. Dinah can also provide advice on simpler changes, perhaps ahead of an upcoming party or event. “Once I’m there, they can use my time however they like, so I can offer to help set up the garden for Christmas – make it greener, more comfortable, more inviting – and those consultations can always lead to a landscape plan. Then you can decide on how and when to implement the plan in stages, so you can visualise the end result rather than just guessing.” Call 0422 628 190 or go to canberragardens.

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and we have cards and giftware for all occasions, not just Christmas.” Meg says the Tatty Teddy family is very popular this year and reveals that some of them even have speakers in their feet, which connect to your MP3 player! “There’s also a storytelling Tatty Teddy, who interacts with all his ‘Blue Nose Friends’, and dress-up Tatty Teddy, who loves her clothes, and you can even get her own little teddy bear wardrobe to put them in,” she says. “Some people think that you can buy a teddy bear online, but a true enthusiast knows that you need to look a teddy bear squarely in the eye to learn his or her personality, especially when you’re choosing a special gift.” Anyone who brings the “CityNews” advertisement to the Teddy Bear Shop can have a free gift with any purchase.

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“ARE you looking for beautiful handcrafted, unique gifts?” asks Sara Hogwood of Canberra Potters’ Society. “At this time of year there are many Christmas fairs, sales and exhibitions around town, but for the best selection of ceramic artworks, jewellery and functional items you just need to head out to Watson Arts Centre for the Christmas Gift Fair. It’s the place to stock up on original ceramic gifts for the festive season.” The gift fair and Potters Place shop feature the work of selected professional and semi-professional Canberra Works by Canberra potter Jenny Harris. Potters’ Society members December 12-23, with late-night shopping until 7pm so there is an abundance of on Friday, December 13. original gifts with purchases supporting local artists and craftspeople. Prices start at less than $10 and Aspinall Street, Watson, call 6241 1670 or go to parking’s free. This year’s Gift Fair is open daily 10am to 4pm from


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Canberra Confidential Recording studio goes begging LOCAL music producer and audio engineer Sam King (of local bands The Ellis Collective and Burrows) is passing around the digital collection plate via crowdfunding website Pozible to help him finish knocking up a commercial recording studio in Watson he’s calling I Am Merloc Studios. “It’s been a pretty hectic project and I’ve learnt heaps from it,” says Sam on the website, where he explains the budget ballooned and the banks weren’t impressed with his selfemployed status. He needs $5000 and when CC last looked had just cracked $100, but from the music videos for two songs he produced for local bands Fun Machine and Cracked Actor in the half-built studio, it sounds like he knows what he’s talking about. The site has a breakdown of where the $5000 would go, photos and details of rewards he’ll give you for throwing in some coin, starting with having your name carved into the studio. To see the videos and contribute, go to

All go for Joe THE well-connected and trusted Canberra stockbroker, Joe Cardone, has forsaken, for now, treading the bourse as local manager of Patersons to set up

his own – different – business. Cardone’s huge local network and contacts will be a big loss to the distant owners of Perth-based Patersons. A former banker and passionate broker, he was with the company for nine years. Since resigning on October 31, Joe’s been busy wrestling with technology providers and establishing a city office ahead of opening the doors in the New Year.

Cabinet solidarity THE astonishing $1.5 million Hannah Cabinet, pictured, which has attracted a 30 per cent increase in visitors to the Bungendore Wood Works Gallery since arriving in May, is staying until the New Year. It was destined for the Ballina Regional Gallery in northern NSW, but an extended stay in Bungendore gives more time to seek a permanent home for the cabinet in an institution or gallery in the Canberra/ACT region. The cabinet, which stands more than 2.4 metres high and deep, is Geoff Hannah’s latest masterpiece and took six years to make using 34 different Australian and international timbers, four species of shell and 17 varieties of precious stone

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BAH, humbug. Elf Radio is back broadcasting endless jolly Christmas music of comfort and joy until Boxing Day, just like a department store, really! It’s the Australian Radio Network’s digital station dedicated to carols and classics. CC could take only 30 minutes of that much jolly.

ANYONE snuffling into the chardonnay at Dianne Anderson’s sentimental soiree to mark her retirement from the still-vacant convenor’s role of the Australia National Eisteddfod’s choirs division earlier this year may be startled to learn that the irrepressible one is being reincarnated as the event’s artistic director. And she’s making changes, including the appointment of three adjudicators: Julie Christiansen (Birralee Choirs), Andrew Hunter (Concordis Melbourne) and the School of Music’s Peter Tregear. “There’s no keeping her down,” our arts snout sniffs.

THIS week’s silly survey: Target has (amazingly) discovered that women are more likely to do the Christmas shopping, with 70 per cent indicating they would purchase gifts this year compared to 48 per cent of Scrooge-worthy men. CC’s Weston snout heard people complaining about the “Canberra Times’” claim that it is a family newspaper because of its columns of “Adult Services” in the Classifieds section.

Warriors for lurve LOOKING for love in all the wrong places? On Human Rights Day, December 10, the Dutch Embassy is hosting a free film screening at The Street Theatre of “Warriors for Love”, a new documentary in which Dutch TV personality Sipke Jan Bousema meets people from other countries, who have to fight for love every day. He compares LGBTI rights in the Netherlands with other countries, where he visits festivals, events and demonstrations. The screening will be followed by a foyer reception. RSVP to 6247 1223 or book online at

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Roaring ’toons with feminists in mind HERE’S a cartoon from The National Museum of Australia Press’ justpublished collection of feminist cartoons by Melbourne cartoonist, writer and children’s book

creator Judy Horacek. Called “I am Woman Hear Me Draw”, it is an expanded collection of classic Horacek cartoons on the edition published a decade ago. It’s priced at $19.95.

CC’S cinema snout was enjoying Palace Electric’s digital cinematic experience the other night, but at curtain down found herself in an analogue queue of 30 people lining up to pay the $3 to escape the car park. “Why can’t we just pay for the parking at the box office in one transaction?” she sensibly wonders.

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“It was a great fight while we were getting out of the boats and a good many got shot but a bayonet charge soon shifted the Turks and things got pretty lively. Towards 12 noon they were knocking us over pretty often and I stopped a bullet in my pocket book after it had been through my arm.” John Croft’s pocketbook was pierced by a Turkish bullet during the landing on Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.

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Family’s 50 years serving a suburb IT’S 50 years since Alice and Nick Xyrakis opened the Paragon Supermarket at Ainslie shops, after moving to Canberra with their children Manuel, Yvonne and Irene. The Xyrakis family have been providing groceries in Ainslie ever since and their place in the fabric of the community is detailed on a historical signpost, installed by the ACT

Government in 2009. Alice still owns Ainslie’s local supermarket, which joined the Independent Grocer’s Alliance in 1993, but of course it is now very different from the little shop she opened in 1963. “In ‘63, we lived upstairs,” explains Manuel Xyrakis, general manager of Ainslie IGA, pointing up at the second storey. “See that little window? That was my bedroom, with my two sisters, and we lived there till my

mother bought a house in Downer, and she still lives there now.” Back then, Manuel says, Ainslie boasted two fruit shops, two butchers, two pharmacies and a hardware store, and his parents’ shop was one of three supermarkets. As times have changed, the Xyrakis family have acted as a steady hand, managing the leasing of spaces to make sure Ainslie keeps its diverse mix of shops and services.

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NEXT door to the IGA is Ainslie Cellars, an offshoot of the family-owned supermarket, which is managed by Manuel’s nephew Keith Mihailakis, pictured, and his wife Kate. Keith and Kate have many years of experience in the liquor industry, which gave them the broad knowledge and appreciation of tasty wines, beers and ciders they bring to the shop. One special feature of Ainslie Cellars is casual wine-tasting sessions it holds on Thursday and Friday nights, and Saturday afternoons. “Thursday is local wine night,” says Keith. “A local winemaker from the district will come in and speak about their wines and we’ll open some bottles to taste. Whoever wants to come up and try the wines or ask questions about the winemaking process is very welcome.” Keith and Kate are big supporters of local producers and especially enjoy the diversity of the Ainslie community, and the friendly people who live there. Call 6230 6622 or go to

Nick Mihailakis, left, his mother Irene and her brother Manuel Xyrakis.

Lots of cheese to please ONE of the latest additions to Ainslie IGA is the new deli section, which has undergone a complete revamp very recently with help of local winemaker and cheese expert James Duffel. “We opened that up about six weeks ago,” says Manuel. “We’ve got a big range of cheeses; nearly 150 new types of cheese from boutique dairies and cheese producers, including international ones as well as Australian, and that’s been extremely successful for us.” As well as bringing in a huge range of food and useful items for around the house through the IGA distribution

chain, the supermarket at Ainslie makes a big effort to support local businesses. “We just recently got in Dojo Bread, from Braidwood, we get supplies from Autolyse in Braddon and we also have the Pan Italiano bread, which actually gets made by a local family in Ainslie at their house, where they have a big commercial oven,” Manuel says. “That’s my grocery manager Dominic’s family. He’s been with me for just under 40 years and all his siblings, when they came out from Italy, they worked with us.” Call 6248 5777

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BESIDE the local doctor’s surgery at Ainslie, pharmacist Collette Needham owns and operates Canberra Compounding Chemists. “When it comes to medicine, one size doesn’t fit all,” says Collette. She says the skill of compounding is like “a return to the days of the apothecary” and sometimes refers to her business as a “back-to-the-future pharmacy”, because it’s the only one in Canberra that’s fully accredited to mix up medicines on the premises. Collette explains that making medicines by hand means she and her team can customise them in all sorts of ways. “Your medicine could be made as a mixture, a lozenge, a capsule or even a transdermal, whatever suits you,” she says. “We can make medicines that are free of gluten, lactose, preservatives and artificial colourings, and medicines that have been discontinued by the major manufacturers.” Collette’s bio-identical hormone

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At the Ainslie Pharmacy, compounding technicians Pari Kalkote and Joeseph Clay prepare medicines. replacement therapy (BHRT) uses naturally occurring hormones sourced from yams and soy, and she has a very good answer for the common question of how to give medicine to unwilling pets. “Cats are notoriously difficult to medicate and many owners have the

scars to prove it,” she jokes. “Many medications can be made into a transdermal form that can simply be rubbed on your pet’s ear, so there’s no stress for you or your cat.” Call 6248 7708 or go to

BRUNO Parrassant is about to bring a little bit of Brittany to Ainslie shops when his authentic French creperie, Breizh, opens on December 11. “The main focus is French crepes and ciders, like we make them in Brittany,” says Bruno, a native of the region in north-west France where creperies that serve cider are incredibly common. “We use normal wheat flour for the dessert crepes, and for the savoury crepes we use buckwheat flour, which is gluten free,” he says, explaining that they will all be made fresh to order, using a genuine crepe maker. “I think French ciders have a good reputation,” he adds. “I don’t want to offend anyone, but I think they are slightly more interesting than most of the ciders you find in Australia, more refined in the yeast, the apple flavour and the depth of the palate.” Call 6156 0346

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Winners of the “CityNews” Christmas DVDs for kids competition are: Erinn Stenhouse, of Kambah; Caroline Bujaroski, Queanbeyan; Belinda Ranse, Higgins; Irena D’Elia, Richardson and Rhiannon Jakobasch, Bonython.

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JO and Ed Meeuwissen have been running Ainslie Newsagency for more than 16 years, so they are familiar faces to most people who live in the area. The newsagency also has a good collection of gifts for people of all ages, perfect for Christmas.

“We’ve got heaps of toys for kids, and other gifts for grown-up people like jewellery, handbags, nice pens and candles,” says Jo. There’s also some interesting metal figurines and unusual wall clocks, among a range of items Jo sources from the Melbourne Gift Fair.

“Lots of people are coming back to buy these soaps, which are made by Tilley Australia,” she says, gesturing to boxes full of brightly-coloured bars. “And, of course, we’ve got all the paper to wrap them up with, and the ribbons and cards,” says Jo. Newsagents Jo & Ed Meeuwissen. Call 6247 9227

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Wendy Johnson Thriving in the food court

The golden wonders of Peru COVER STORY: Arts editor HELEN MUSA previews the National Gallery’s summer blockbuster

HELEN MUSA meets a new Wiggle, the purple one

LLAMAS, mystical birds, jaguars, crowns, daggers, power-invested garments – it’s surely the rarest line-up of priceless artefacts we’ve ever seen at the National Gallery and it’s here now. Conceived from and coming to Canberra only, “Gold and the Incas: Lost Worlds of Peru,” looks at worlds many of us have never heard of, items from long lost cultures of the Andes that are turning up daily in bustling, modern Peru where, because of haste in excavating archaeological sites with bulldozers, priceless treasures are being unearthed even as I write.

Mask in gold, chrysocolla and cinnabar, 750–1375 AD. Photos by Daniel Giannoni Curator and conceiver of “Lost Worlds”, the NGA’s Christine Dixon, can hardly suppress her excitement as she tells “CityNews” how, during her ongoing search for “different” art, she travelled to Peru in 2010, courtesy of DFAT’s Council on Australia Latin America Relations. “I was looking for works that were not flat, not oil, not paper,” she says. She’s certainly achieved that, for in the exhibition there are more than 200 artefacts, in ceramics, textiles, silver and, of course, in gold. Dixon hastens to explain that despite its inclusion in the title, the Incas (the word means the nobility of the Incan empire) are not central to this exhibition, which reaches much further back in history. “Peru,” she says, “is thought of as being Inca, but the Inca empire only lasted about 100 years”. We know it because of the excavations of American archaeologist Hiram Bingham and the so-called “discovery” of Machu Picchu, and because the city of Cuzco still largely remains as it was. But after visiting several Liman museums – the National, the Amano, the Larco and the “Oro” (Gold) – and some provincial ones, she concluded that while

many Inca artefacts were spirited away to Spain long ago, what was left behind is fabulous, stretching back to at least 1000 BC. Dixon tells me of the sophisticated irrigation of the Moche civilization, of architecture, of the Chimu empire whose metallurgists and weavers the Incas kidnapped, of the social hierarchy and trade networks that made possible Peru’s remarkable stone-laying technology, and the ceremonial textiles held in higher esteem by locals than the gold for which the Spaniards so lusted. Behind it all, Dixon explains, there is a distinctly Andean philosophy, a dualistic viewpoint that balances light and dark, sun and moon, male and female. She shows me the light and dark patterning on a Tumi sacrificial knife from the north coast Sicán-Lambayeque culture. In keeping with this is the cosmology, the simultaneous balance between the three worlds of sky, earth and underworld. Fishing birds – look out for them in the exhibition – are able to inhabit all three, since by diving beneath the water they have a conduit to the afterlife. So what will we see? At least 100 objects are gold, although with the moon-worshipping Chimus, silver holds

Gold and platinum female figure, known as “The Venus of Frías”, 200-600AD. its own, too. There are rare woven Paracas mantles, where the number of threads per centimetre would not be credited by weavers today. There are ceremonial objects such as bowls and knives, garments and crowns to be taken into the afterlife. The exhibition is roughly arranged in chronological order going back to around 1200 BC, with a central section focusing on Sicán gold and a spectacular final room of grave objects, including crowns and necklaces. Don’t expect huge artefacts – Dixon stretches her hand to give me an idea of maximum sizes – but do expect to be gobsmacked. “Gold and the Incas: Lost Worlds of Peru,” National Gallery of Australia only, until April 21. Bookings to or 132849.

WHAT exactly is a purple Wiggle? Silly question if you’re under the age of five, for surely everybody knows that the famous Wiggles come in colours. Newish Purple Wiggle, “Lachy”, has wiggled his way to taking over from founding member Jeff Fatt at the beginning of this year. Small matter that his real-life alter-ego, Lachlan Gillespie, was also recently named in “Cleo” magazine’s top 50 bachelors. When it comes to theatrical clout, being a Wiggle is just about as good as it gets. He started playing the piano at age four and started singing training at age 12. Then he graduated with a BA in musical theatre from the WA Academy of Performing Arts. “Back in 2009, just after graduating, a friend told me to audition for the Dorothy the Dinosaur show, which was about to tour NZ,” he tells me. He got in, found himself playing Captain Feathersword for two and a half years, then a Wiggly Dancer, and then Wags the Dog during the group’s regular tour.” Not everyone knows that the Wiggles take time off each year to compose their own original material, that’s partly the key to their success. “I’m really thriving from the Wiggles experience, continually composing new material in a random way as I sit at the piano… I don’t think there have been any lemons, yet.” Lachy says. “I’m so happy I ended up here. I’ve always loved children and I’ve always written songs.” Purple Wiggle Lachlan Gillespie. “Ready, Steady, Wiggle!”, AIS Arenas, 10am, December 11, bookings to

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Part way into the film, Bettie’s daughter begs her to drive 11-year-old grandson Charly across France to his father’s care. This introduces Nerno Schiffman whose freshness and individuality are a joy to watch. When the machine rejects the plastic, Bettie and Charly divert for freebies at the 50 years’ reunion of the provincial competitors for Miss France. Bettie delivers Charly on the eve of local elections at which his father loses his mayorality. A deepening relationship with his once mother-in-law bids fair to compensate his disappointment. The plot is complex, sometimes deliberately disjointed, but the characters and their evolving situations are credible.

“One Chance” (PG) I SCANNED the cast list of David Frankel’s film about Paul Potts’s progress from mobile-phone salesman to operatic recording artist, searching for the name of the actor playing Luciano Pavarotti. Pavarotti has few lines and doesn’t sing in the film (he died several years before it was made!). But he does tell Paul that he has no future singing opera, which has been Paul’s ambition since schooldays. “One Chance” tells a story often told on screen. Aspiring talent overcomes obstacles on the road to fame. Paul Potts (James Corden) growing up in a working-class family (Colm Meaney and Julie Walters) saves his wages to pay for the summer school in Venice at which Pavarotti dashes his expectations. Girl-of-his-dreams, checkout chick Julie (Alexandra Roach), negotiates the shoals of a relationship with an essentially unassertive man. His boss (Mackenzie Crook) keeps the film’s humour at simmering point. After a standing ovation at a regional heat of “Britain’s Got Talent”, Potts goes on to win the final. Her Maj comes to hear Potts sing. Potts sells two million+ records. Roll credits. Few surprises. Anyway, who plays Pavarotti isn’t that important. At Hoyts, Dendy, Capitol 6 and Palace Electric

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“Food”... about two sisters running a family fast food shop. Nurses, sees another former local director, Tom Healey, at the helm in April, swiftly followed by Shake & Stir Theatre Co’s “1984”, a theatrical sequel to their production this year of “Animal Farm”. May sees HIT Productions back in town with A.R Gurney’s Pulitzer Prize-winner, “Love Letters,” starring Huw Higginson from “The Bill” and his wife Hannah Waterman, from “East Enders”. In a departure from straight theatre, July will see three of Australia’s hottest young players, The Streeton Trio, presenting a musical show called “The Gypsy, The Ghost and Other Tales.”

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The news that former Canberran and 2011 Olivier Award winner, Adam Spreadbury-Maher, will be here to direct it in February was just the first of many theatrical coups unveiled. Given program manager Stephen Pike’s background in musical theatre, it is not surprising that the genre looms large, with “They’re Playing Our Song” coming in March-April, telling the real-life story of composer Marvin Hamlish and lyricist Carole Bayer Sager. Later in the year, Pike himself will direct the Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard” with local luminary Bronwyn Sullivan as the tragic Norma Desmond. “The Girls in Grey”, telling the stories of the Australian Military

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The second half of the year sees Duncan Ley’s historical thriller “The Burning”, Steve Rogers’ play “Food” (focusing on two sisters running a family fast food shop), and “Sons and Mothers”, written and directed by Alirio Zavarce in collaboration with performers of varying abilities. All the while, there’s the “Youth Mini Season” and the popular “Morning Melodies”, where you can have a cuppa and enjoy the music. It’s canny, it’s a good mix of local and national shows, and above all, it looks entertaining. The Q subscription season, bookings to or 6285 6290.

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“ANGELINA Ballerina the Mousical” is coming to town, promising young audience members a feast of hip-hop, ballet and backstage rodent drama when Camembert Academy wins the opportunity to appear in “Dancing with Mice!”. It’s at Canberra Theatre, December 12-19, bookings to 6275 2700 or CANBERRA Opera is back with “Christmas at the Opera”. Featuring an excerpt from Act II of “The Marriage of Figaro”, the evening will include opera arias and ensembles, traditional carols, spirituals, and contemporary songs. Griffith Community Hall, 55 Stuart Street, Griffith, 7.30pm Saturday, December 14 and 2pm Sunday, December 15, bookings to NOSTALGIA: at 2pm on December 8, eminent organist Tony Fenlon, the foundation patron of the Theatre Organ Society of ACT, will be at Albert Hall playing the 1933 Compton Theatre Pipe Organ and Piano, on which he won the Open and Bach sections for Pianoforte at the National Eisteddfod in 1958. Tickets at the door. LAUREN and Samuel Giddy will perform a concert of works for two organs at the Wesley Uniting Church on Wednesday, 12.40pm to 1.20pm, on December 11. The program includes works by Melchior Chiesa, Giovanni Andrea Fioroni, Giovanni Bernardo Lucchinetti, Ralf Bölting, Antonio Soler and Gaetano Piazza. Note or gold coin entry, no bookings needed. REGISTRATIONS for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2014 “RAW Comedy” national heats are now open. “RAW Comedy” has launched the careers of comedians such as Chris Lilley, Josh Thomas and Tim Minchin. Registration at THE “Loungin’ by the Lake” Christmas concert at Belconnen Arts Centre features music by Shades of Monday, Last Minute Jazz, The Canberra Chordsmen and the Ginninderra Wind Orchestra. It’s in support of the Cure For Life Foundation. It’s at 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen, Sunday, December 8, 430pm-7pm, tickets at the door.

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Here’s Roy’s collection of new Dianthus. Until I created this garden, Roy’s only role was mowing. Now, with his new garden and retirement, this has meant a whole new interest in gardening and life. Roy can be seen still mowing his new lawn, but in addition he’s also dead-heading the Dianthus or the Callistemons, feeding his plants – using only organic plant nutrients – plus growing and harvesting a great range of herbs. And I know that Patricia thinks it is just great seeing Roy’s interest in their garden.

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your week in the stars / December 9-15, 2013

ARIES (Mar 21 – Apr 20) Your ability to motivate others is high, as Mars rushes through your partnership zone. You’re keen to say what’s on your mind but avoid being too blunt and bossy, especially mid-week. Friday is marvellous for making amends with a family member who you may have (unintentionally) offended. If you eat some humble pie, the relationship will head into positive new territory.

TAURUS (Apr 21 – May 20) Utilise your intuition and imagination to find creative solutions to pressing problems. Attached Bulls – Saturn’s aspects are perfect for cementing your commitment to your partner, while Jupiter helps you find spontaneous ways to show your affection. Singles – give superficial suitors a wide berth. Look for lasting love with a soulful Scorpio or a conscientious Capricorn.

GEMINI (May 21 – June 21) Are you troubled by a rickety relationship? A completely fresh approach will blow away the cobwebs and get things moving in a positive direction again. Clever communication is the key. When it comes to business matters, if you’ve done the hard work required then you’ll be able to capitalise on the lucky breaks that come your way. It’s all in the preparation and timing.

CANCER (June 22 – July 22) Jupiter gives you a welcome confidence boost, while Saturn provides the impetus to get things done. With energy and application, you can tackle the to-do list and still have time for leisure activities. For some smart Crabs, quick thinking saves the day at work. For others with pressing family problems, perhaps it’s time to speak up and say what’s really on your mind?

General knowledge crossword No. 435 Across


1 Name the US evangelist, Billy ...? 8  Having sound judgment or good sense, is to appear what? 9 What was an early small square piano? 10 Who devised the strategy of the Wooden Horse of Troy? 11 Name the largest country in the world. 12 What is a musical composition for two voices? 13 What is a bunk, allotted to a traveller on a vessel? 16 Which hard, heavy, durable wood is highly prized when black? 19 Name the fifth book of the New Testament. 21 An annual yacht race terminates at which Australian city? 22 What is the art and training of a horse in obedience, deportment, etc? 23 Which term is descriptive of secular? 24 Name a north-eastern NSW town on the Macintyre River. 25 Which form of address is applicable to a registered nurse?

2 Which term expresses joyful ecstasy? 3  What is that part of a telephone combining both the receiver and the transmitter? 4  Name the irascible amphibian in ‘The Wind in the Willows’ (2,4). 5 To be hairy, is to be what? 6  What is another expression for a helllike region? 7  To be within reach or nearby, is to appear how? 13 Name the British politician who was Prime Minister on three occasions, Stanley ...? 14 Which bank is the central banking institution? 15 Name the official printed reports of parliamentary proceedings. 17 What is a colloquial term for British police officers? 18 To give an account of something, is to do what? 20 What are bombs also known as?





LIBRA (Sept 23 – Oct 23) Jupiter and Saturn send professional opportunities your way, but you must have the confidence and work ethic to capitalise on them. Attached Librans, surprise your partner with an erotic email or a tantalising text. Singles, have you been looking for love in the usual places? Uranus encourages you to think outside the box, as you search for your soul mate in adventurous new places.

SCORPIO (Oct 24 – Nov 21)






Strategic Planning

How do we get there?


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Sudoku hard No. 117

Solution next week

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 – Feb 18)






Sudoku medium No.117

Crossword No. 434

Solutions from last edition C W A D P A V E B R L A N Z E M R S E

Where will we be in the future?



CAPRICORN (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

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James, the chairman of a not-for-profit association, explained to me that he had been advised to get a business plan, not a strategic plan as his association was not yet ready for one. He understood that I assisted organisations, including not-for-profits, to prepare such a plan. James was right; I do, indeed, assist organisations and businesses with preparing business and strategic plans using the Mindshop “now/where/how” model, which I wrote about in “CityNews” a few months ago.


Don’t be too cautious Capricorn, this week, good luck comes to Goats who hustle! Jupiter forms a fantastic trine to Saturn (your ruling planet) on Friday, which makes you more ambitious and more proactive about turning average opportunities into good fortune. Your motto for the moment is from Emily Dickinson (born on December 10) “Fortune befriends the bold.”

The plan for taking care of business


SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Artistic inspiration is high but don’t waste the week with chaotic thinking and constant daydreaming. The Jupiter/Saturn trine encourages you to have the confidence and discipline to turn your creative thoughts into tangible form. But remember there’s a fine line between communicating your ideas with plenty of Piscean passion and being completely misunderstood.

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Business Plan

Jupiter forms a fabulous trine with Saturn on Friday. Opportunity meets preparation and you’ll find (if you’ve done the work required) lucky opportunities will come your way. But you must grab good fortune when it appears, or it will just pass you by. Be inspired by birthday great Emily Dickinson “Luck is not chance, it’s toil; fortune’s expensive smile is earned.”

PISCES (Feb 19 – Mar 20)



Focus on pet projects that require plenty of short-term sweat for long-term gain, as Jupiter trines Saturn in Scorpio. Plus clarify and consolidate your aspirations and ambitions for the future. But are you being too stubborn or suspicious about a relationship issue? Compromise and trust are required, if you want to steer a romance or friendship into calmer waters.

You’re trying to persuade someone to do something but are they ready for your unconventional Aquarian approach? With charm and a convincing argument you can get them onside, as positive Mercury/Uranus aspects boost your communication skills. And is it time to contribute your innovative ideas to a group, club or organisation within your local community?



VIRGO (Aug 23 – Sept 22) Avoid being cynical and over-critical. You’ve got a lot on your plate and family, friends and colleagues are happy to help – if you let them. When you pool your talents with like-minded souls, magical things happen! Uranus gives you a welcome jolt of electric energy so make the most of it. With Virgo vim and vigour (plus creative communication) you’ll have a productive week.



LEO (July 23 – Aug 22) Wednesday is wonderful for lightning flashes of inspiration; while Thursday is terrific for fraternising with local and international friends. Putting off domestic chores might seem like a good idea now, but you’ll pay the price further down the track. This week’s Saturn/Jupiter trine helps you sort out your priorities and face your family responsibilities with a sunny smile.

Solution next week

Gail Freeman & Co Pty Ltd

I start with an analysis of where the association is now. Using Mindshop tools, I assist it with developing action plans and teach processes that can be used in the association when I am not there. I also teach the organisation to develop one-page plans using a special template. “The beauty of this process is that you can apply it to almost anything including personal issues,” I told James. “You can prepare a plan for your career, your daughter’s choice of subjects at uni or the future of the organisation. “This model does require that there are some elements towards the strategic plan because if you don’t know where you’re going, how can you know when you get there? Or even if you are going in the right direction? As a not-for-profit, there are certain items of the strategy which are “given” as you are funded for these. Once the organisation is “under control” then additional strategies can be brought into play.” James was growing curious and wanted to know what happens next. “To start the ball rolling,” I told him, “I need a meeting with the board and senior management. As yours is a small association, this should take about two hours. “Among the items I would suggest examining is waste. I frequently do a waste audit for organisations and businesses. Toyota identified that in any organisation there are seven main wastes. I go through these and see how they apply and how they can be minimised. This can assist you to manage more with less in these times of stringent government grant reduction.” James left my office hot to trot saying he was looking forward to getting started soon. If you need help with a business or strategic plan, waste, staffing or any other business or not for profit matter, please contact the friendly team at Gail Freeman & Co Pty Ltd on 6295 2844.

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