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12 Events this February NewQuay Development approved Japanese Festival Forte Living Festival Atlantic Bakery Melbourne Food & Wine Festival Meet Natasha Pincus White Night Melbourne Media Strikes Back Tom Elliott Call of the Wild Exhibition 3000 Wellbeing Section Bikefest 2013 Docklands’ Writers 3000’s Bookshelf Noticeboard

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Well, that summer break flew by fast, but it’s great to be back and we hope your summer to date has been enjoyable and revitalising – ready for a big year ahead!

With a swag of awards including ARIA’s and MTV Music Video Award nominations, to name but just a few, this is one Melburnian that you’ll want to keep your eye on.

Our February issue kicks off with the Forte Living Festival, as you may have guessed from looking at our February cover.

February also hosts the inaugural White Night Melbourne, a celebration of our city from dusk until dawn. I strongly urge you to keep February 23 free and take part in this amazing range of events where you’ll discover Melbourne in a new light.

On the tasty side of things, the opening of the Atlantic Bakery at Central Pier on February 21, is a highlight this month for residents, workers and visitors to ‘Melbourne’s Playground’at Docklands. In true Atlantic Group style they don’t do anything by halves and there is nothing quite like the fresh aroma and taste of artisan handmade bread. Now that I’ve whet your appetite (and mine), one of the major events on Melbourne’s and the world’s culinary festival calendar is the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, our coverage on pages 10 &11 will give you a ‘taste’ of things to come. I was excited to interview Natasha Pincus for this issue, a Melbourne girl that is making international waves, recognised and thunderously applauded on home soil and in the U.S for her incredible and vast talents.

We welcome back our regular contributors and a couple of new ones, inparticular Dana Atkin who takes over the regular reins from Nicole Hutcheson as our Kinesiology Practitioner imparting informative and insightful advice to keep you in peak condition during 2013. I look forward to what 2013 holds and I hope you’ll be there with us, every step of the way!

Lisa Quittner



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Take advantage of a free dental health check for your pet, discounted microchipping and pet registrations at the City of Melbourne’s Pets in the City event. Learn about responsible pet ownership and talk to animal management staff about appropriate pet selection and the best way to keep your pet in the city. Come along for a fun-filled and informative day; see a range of pet products and services available and watch various animal demonstrations. There are fun competitions and great prizes.

The first Focus On… season for the year at ACMI is delving into the avant-garde, French New Wave world of Jeanne Moreau. Beginning the season on Valentine’s Day is Elevator to the Gallows, often mentioned as one of the first films to launch Moreau to international stardom. With a screen presence that couldn’t be ignored, late fifties glamour, and a jazz score by Miles Davis, Elevator to the Gallows sets the scene for a prolific career to emerge.

Did you know that Swiss wine-makers are responsible for establishing some of Victoria’s most famous vineyards in Yering, Lilydale and Rutherglen in the 1840s? There is much more to learn about the Australian Swiss connection – which goes far deeper than cheese with holes and melt-in-yourmouth chocolates. Come and enjoy a medley of true Swiss culture, culinary delights including traditional raceltte from the Red Cow and entertainment from a variety of performers at Australia’s largest Swiss Festival this February.

When: Sunday 17 February, 10am -2pm Where: Alexandra Gardens Further Info: pets or 9658 9658

When: 14-26 February, 2013 Where: ACMI – Federation Square Program & Sessions : fo-jeanne-moreau.aspx

24 Feb CHANDON’S SECRET PETS IN THE CITY 2013 EVENT GARDEN PARTY Indulge the senses with a delightful afternoon of sophisticated fun, fine food and bubbles at Chandon’s Secret Garden Party. Moët & Chandon descendant, Domaine Chandon, will transform its magnificent grounds into an exquisite Garden Party setting offering tastings of Chandon’s finest vintages coupled with matching dishes and a chic, bold, bright party setting to create an afternoon of stylish fun amongst friends surrounded by the picturesque vistas of the Yarra Valley and set to backdrop of live music. When: Sunday 24 February, 2pm – 5pm Where: Domaine Chandon Winery - 727 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream Tickets: $70 pp Bookings & Info: latest-news/upcoming-events.html


When: Sunday February 17, from 11am Where: Queensbridge Square - Southbank Further Info:


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The St Kilda Festival now in its 33rd year is Australia’s largest free music festival and this year includes internationally acclaimed Midnight Juggernauts DJs, iconic rock band Bluejuice and spiritual songstress Thelma Plum alongside the new Soundkraft Records electronic music stage on Festival Sunday, culminating the nine-day celebration of music and culture. More than 150 artists across seven stages and more than 40 St Kilda venues will celebrate Australian music and culture and entertain more than 400,000 families and music lovers.

R.A.N.G.A., The Red And Nearly Ginger Association, curators of, and advocates for, all things Ginger, are launching a new initiative in the struggle against habitat destruction of their happy ginger cousins, the Orangutans. Formerly known as February, Gingerary will culminate with R.A.N.G.A.’s annual fundraiser party, SummerGinge, where attending participants can celebrate their redness. Anyone can attend SummerGinge, but one’s hair must be red, whether dyed, natural or by wearing a wig. Prizes will be awarded including a grand prize!

When: Saturday 2 - Sunday 10 February Where: Various venues across St Kilda Program & Further Info:

When: Saturday 23rd February from 7pm Where: Red Bennies, 373 Chapel St, Windsor Tickets: $25 online - $30 at the door Further Info & Bookings:

The Dark Party, a three-man show of extreme visceral, punk-inspired ‘sideshow noir’ fused with silent cinema sensibility. Deranged. Sweet. Gut-churning. Whimsical. Nightmarish but entertaining. Produced and performed by Melbournebased artists The Dirty Brothers, The Dark Party is all those things and more. Its stars three shabbily dressed hobos who literally suffer for their art navigating through a dreamscape of deranged delights where swords, staple guns, crushed glass, car batteries, singing saws and power tools make cameo appearances. When: 7 – 16 February at 9pm Where: The Famous Spiegeltent - Arts Centre Melbourne Forecourt Tickets: from $45 Bookings: 9281 8000

LOOKING FOR PLAYMATES & PLAY MEETS SILENT CINEMA DATES AT DOCKLANDS Gorgeous Goochie is a resident of Docklands and although he attracts plenty of human attention, Goochie is in search of some playmates of his own breed. Goochie is a 6 year old male Pomeranian, who is slightly bigger than a tissue box and quite partial to cheese as a treat. Goochie would love to broaden his social network with other small Pomeranians, preferably living in the area to meet up during the week or weekend in the park.

Contact: Goochie’s Mum Emilia, or email us and we will pass on your details. Twitter: Facebook: Email:




In late January a residential development proposed for the prime waterfront location at NewQuay was announced by the Minister for Planning for two residential towers with a total project value of $400 million, to revitalise the former Waterfront City at Docklands and increase inner-city living opportunities.



Planning Minister Matthew Guy approved the two residential towers at NewQuay, that form part of a larger development plan, which will eventually include five distinct residential buildings comprising apartments, townhouses, an associated car park, retail, lobby, offices at ground level and a 5,000sqm tree-lined

public park, one of the largest green open spaces in Docklands. “At the half way mark in Docklands’ development it is important that we continue to build on the current community fabric and provide even more living choices close to existing transport connections, jobs and retail,” Mr Guy said. These two new residential developments will consist of a 43 level (142 metre) residential tower and a 16 level (52.6 metre) residential tower. On completion of the towers approximately 1,000 new residents will reside in the NewQuay Precinct. To date, Docklands is home to about 7,000 residents and 30,000 workers. By 2025 Docklands is expected to be home to 20,000 residents, 60,000 workers and will continue to attract millions of visitors each year. “As a vital economic hub for Victoria, Docklands has already attracted more

than $8.5 billion of private investment and is estimated to attract $17.5 billion upon completion,” Mr Guy said. The last financial year saw Docklands experience the most development activity in its 12 year history with more than $2.4 billion of commercial and residential development under construction totaling more than 350,000 square metres gross floor area including more than 1,500 dwellings. In the order of 500 direct, onsite jobs will be created over the two-year construction period, as well as a substantial number of flow-on jobs through transport, manufacturing and logistics. This residential development will be located at 439-441 Docklands Drive, NewQuay, Docklands. To have your say email

Photography Samuel Lim


THE MELBOURNE JAPANESE SUMMER FESTIVAL The Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival will be held on Sunday 10 February at NewQuay Piazza (formerly known as Waterfront City Piazza), Docklands. The Summer Festival (‘Natsu-Matsuri’) is a beloved Japanese tradition with a carnival atmosphere. Held annually across Japan, people flock to this summer celebration to enjoy food, dance, music and activities. Japanese pop-culture has been proven to provide strong linkages between Japanese and Australian cultures. The Summer Festival celebrates the strong Japanese community in Melbourne and provides everyone with an opportunity to experience and engage with Japanese culture at the heart of Melbourne. The Japanese Society of Melbourne (JSM) and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry have held this festival in Melbourne’s summer for the past 3 years where the people of Melbourne have embraced this traditional Japanese festival with more than 13,000 people attending in 2012, and this year’s festival promises to be even bigger.

dance. Other exciting performances include Taiko drumming, Japanese Flute, Shamisen (Japanese guitar) and Japanese Martial Arts demonstrations. In addition this year there will also be a special performance by Australia’s Got Talent finalists George and Noriko. Enjoy the line up of stalls at the festival including some of the best and well-known Japanese dishes, such as Sushi, Okonomiyaki and Bentoboxes, at affordable prices. There will also be shopping and games. A major highlight of the festival is the raffle with opportunities to win some fantastic prizes including the major prize of 2 return tickets to Japan! Japanese people living in Melbourne, families, people with a love of Japan and anybody looking for a fun summers afternoon out will definitely find something for them at the Japanese Summer Festival against the backdrop of this beautiful city.

Sunday 10 February, 1pm -5pm NewQuay Piazza, Docklands Admission is free

On central stage of the Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival you can enjoy a highlight of Natsu-Matsuri, the “Bon Odori” traditional










WINE FESTIVAL 2013 chefs converging on Melbourne from across Australia and the globe for three gastronomic days of one-off experiences and masterclasses with renowned chefs.

An acclaimed Mexican, an extreme cold climate hunter/gatherer, an ex-pro skateboarder turned salt king and a Hawaiian whose fans include Michelle Obama, are just some of the world’s hottest culinary stars shaking things up and heading to Melbourne for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne, from 1- 17 March. With the timely theme of Earth, the Festival is rounding up chefs from Melbourne and across the world who love to get their hands dirty in the kitchen and in the garden. From exploring lost

traditions being embraced once again to insightful discussions on how we will feed ourselves in the decades to come, Festival 2013 will go back to the source. The World’s Longest Lunch in the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens will signal the start of the festival as 1200 guests will gather at one spectacularly long table to enjoy a touch of vintage Australiana as culinary icons Stephanie Alexander and Maggie Beer create a truly Australian menu for guests to enjoy.

The heart of the festival has traditionally been the internationally acclaimed Langham Melbourne MasterClass with

A few steps along Southbank, head to the Crown Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Live Site (9-11 March) as some of its most acclaimed restaurants including The Merrywell, Mr Hive Kitchen & Bar, Nobu, The Atlantic and Bistro Guillaume hero their producers through their own signature dishes.

Throughout the Festival revel in one-off experiences in undiscovered locations or go behind-the-scenes guided by local food and wine stars with unique events that embrace the theme of Earth. Get your teeth into the full MFWF programme at

The team at Atlantic Group [v] know there’s nothing worse than a half-baked idea. That’s why it has achieved a reputation for cooking up only the finest events in the Docklands and across Melbourne.


Docklands residents and workers enjoy the finest pub fare at The Woolshed and authentic Italian feasts at Va Bene, but for some time, the key ingredient in their daily culinary repertoire has been missing – the fragrant aroma of artisan handmade bread wafting out over Victoria Harbour.

The wait is over, residents and workers will finally be able to stroll to Atlantic Bakery where they will delight as they watch bakers use the in-house flour mill to create gourmet artisan bread and pastry treats fresh every day. Whether people are out cycling or enjoying a leisurely stroll, they can now pick up their bread fresh from the oven. Curious young children and adults alike will be captivated by facilities that allow them to watch the dough turn to gold and rise before their eyes.


Atlantic Group [v]’s Managing Director Hatem Saleh has been instrumental in bringing the vision for this important retail facility to life. “For so long the simplest, yet one of the most fundamental needs of the Docklands residents and workers has been overlooked. We are delighted to bring residents a premium artisan bakery that will be more than just a convenience, it will be an experience,” Mr Saleh said.

Atlantic Bakery opens February 21 and will be open Monday to Sunday from 7am until 4pm.




FLAVOURS Melbourne’s Playground – the Docklands, have put a literal spin on the old adage ‘build it and they will come…’providing EARTHY culinary delights for its guests, by removing 2.3million cubic metres of earth and creating a culinary construction site with a twist! As part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, visitors will feel the earth move as the Docklands precinct springs to life in March 2013 and showcases its fabulous local produce, finest chefs and premium wine. CEO of Destination Docklands, Anita Donnelly, said they really do dig their earthy flavours at the Docklands. “With so many exciting developments and construction projects happening at the Docklands, we decided to embrace this as a key theme for the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival in 2013. We have therefore, created an innovative space whereupon chefs will be constructing mouthwatering dishes, building sweet, tantalising deserts and developing a wine list that will tempt any connoisseur of fine wines. According to Ms Donnelly, local caterers and restaurants will sell tasting plates so everyone will have

the opportunity to sample more than one chef’s product. “Entertainment will follow the construction theme with music and activities that rock!” Ms Donnelly added. For those not so tempted by the earthy flavours and in need of some toe-tapping, jiving and jazz, the Docklands have also created a tent village and riverside venue for another Melbourne Food & Wine Festival event – Yarra’s Edge Picnic and Jazz. This event will be hosted at the Yarra’s Edge with celebrity chef’s serving local produce, with wine, beer and cider tastings, family entertainment and quality jazz performers from across Melbourne. Performers include a variety of bands who have recently competed at the prestigious Mt Gambier Generations in Jazz Festival. Join the fun for two days on the weekend of March 2nd and 3rd for fine music to complement the iconic Melbourne Food and Wine Festivities. Arrive by the recently launched Melbourne Water Ferry Service and enjoy all that is on offer. For more information visit






By Lisa Quittner Sit down for a chat with Melbourne’s Natasha Pincus and you’ll soon discover an articulate, warm and friendly personality with a natural ease and confidence and a sharp creative mind. This talented yet unpretentious Melburnian has written, directed and produced numerous original short films and drama’s which have screened at over 50 international film festivals over the past decade.


Natasha has also worked with forefront artists in the Australian music industry and accumulated awards for directing and producing music videos for Paul Kelly, Powderfinger, Kasey Chambers, Pete Murray and Sarah Blasko, culminating in late 2012 with winning back to back ARIA Awards for Gotye’s, ‘Someone that I used to Know’ and Missy Higgins’ ‘Everybody’s Waiting’.

Natasha Pincus is also one of five writers to win the UCLA Advanced Screenwriting Program for her script ‘Parkour ‘ while also making the cut on The Young and Hungry list, compiled from across the film and TV industries in the U.S of writers currently landing on the most shortlists around LA. Despite her enormous success to date, it’s Natasha’s inclusion on the Black List in Hollywood that could take her career to new heights. Her script, Clive, is currently being read by the who’s who of Hollywood. To put this into perspective, in recent years the Black List has included the films - Stoker, The Hunger Games, Django Unchained written by Quentin Tarantino, Gangster Squad and Argo. Natasha’s extensive list of awards, accolades and nominations are numerous - 3000 Melbourne was fortunate to speak to Natasha exclusively.

2012 was a spectacular year for you on the Australian and international spectrum, how have you dealt with your success and recognition? You always think that when big things happen in your career there will be big champagne moments coupled with a lot of jumping up and down, but I generally haven’t reacted like that, it seems to come in waves of realisation. I make sure not to take anything for granted, each award or nomination has been such an exciting life moment but when they come fairly close together you have to be careful not to become complacent, but it is equally important to celebrate, because there is always so much hardship and difficulty, every step of the way.

So, back to back ARIA’s for directing Missy Higgins’ ‘Everybody’s Waiting’, and Gotye’s ‘Someone that I Used to Know’ music video’s, which to date has over 370 million hits on YouTube, as well as a MTV Music Video Award Nomination, did you have any inkling during the production stages of just how huge these music video’s would be? It’s just bizarre, crazy, and surreal! The bookends!! That was a really big, big surprise. There have to be a number of things conspiring in your favour and with Gotye, we had them all – a bloody great song, a great song that thematically and musically suits video telling and an artist and label that was willing to take a risk that enabled the execution of the concept. Sometimes it’s about not forcing things to happen, but just letting go.

With first class honours in Law and Science degrees behind you, when did your academic path take a turn towards writing, producing and directing? I feel that in a way I had always been biding my time. I would describe my life growing up in one word – ‘frustration’. From an early age I had so much to say and no mechanism to say it. As a child I was always writing short stories and plays to offset some of that frustration and to communicate what I was experiencing and how I saw the world. I was also an actor, so when I look at my life objectively I guess I just needed to wait until I was ready, or perhaps the world was ready and my circumstances colluded to allow me the opportunities to pursue my current path.

And last but not topped off 2012 by making the Black List in Hollywood; does it get any better than that to round off a year? That has been the best yet! Some say it’s bigger than the Oscar’s for your career in terms of getting your work read as a screenwriter. My script for Clive has now been sent around everywhere because it’s on the Black List – the hardest thing to achieve in Hollywood is to get people to read your work and thanks to my agents in L.A and here, who really believed in the script and my writing ability, my script for Clive has been put in the right hands.

I enjoyed my academic pursuits and the rewards they gave me but I do feel it was a gestation period before I was ready to give this creative side of me a proper go. Does it get easier with each success or does the pressure mount? The pressure mounts, definitely! It’s been hard to get to here, it takes more than just talent, it takes a truckload of perseverance and there are plenty of dark days that you just have to work through. I think it’s important to have as many balls in the air at one time as you can so that if one smacks you in the face you can still get on with tending to the others.

Any words of advice for others holding back on a dream? It’s not easy to pursue your dreams and you may not know where your next pay cheque will come from, the doubt can be extraordinary but the terror of not trying could be far worse. If you have a dream, the wisdom you’ll gain on the journey is worth it and you can always resume what you are doing now if things don’t go your way. Just be prepared that success will always take longer than you anticipate, but you’ll be far more equipped for it when it arrives. Don’t sacrifice your dream before it’s even had a chance to fail – give it the full force of your might! KEEP AN EYE ON NATASHA AT





WHITE NIGHT MELBOURNE White Night Melbourne – the first event of its kind in Australia will be a dusk-till-dawn celebration of music, art, dining, theatre, sport, fashion, film, design and performance on February 23rd from 7pm to 7am. The latest marquee event on Victoria’s unrivalled major events calendar was announced late last year by Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu and Creative Director for White Night Melbourne, Andrew Walsh. “Melbourne has long held a reputation as a cultural and major events powerhouse. We have one of the world’s most admired calendars of major events, and White Night Melbourne will add a new dimension and showcase the great strengths and extraordinary creativity of our city,” Mr Baillieu said. Melbourne will join the ranks of 23 global cities – from Paris to Buenos Aires,


Tel-Aviv to Toronto – in hosting similar all-night events as part of Nuit Blanche. Creative Director Andrew Walsh said the layered program would feature more than 100 local and international artists, activities and acts across 35 sites throughout the city centre. “From torchlight tours at Melbourne Museum and an illuminated sculpture park at Birrarung Marr for families, to an exhibition of curated artworks held in an underground carpark, there will be something for everyone,” Mr Walsh said. Many of the city’s streets will be turned into pedestrian thoroughfares while Flinders Street Station will be transformed into a music amphitheatre hosting a free concert under the cover of darkness. For the first time, many of Melbourne’s world-renowned cultural institutions – including Arts Centre Melbourne, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Australian Centre

for Moving Image, the State Library and the Melbourne Museum – will simultaneously open late into the night, boasting special programming, exhibitions and performances. White Night Melbourne will culminate with ‘Singing in the Sunrise’ – where musical acts and all White Night Melbourne artists will lead a procession from Flinders Street to Princes Bridge, to sing in the sunrise with attendees. “The White Night Melbourne experience aims to challenge people’s perceptions and get people to notice what they see and know in a totally new light,” Mr Walsh said. Melbourne’s passion for food and wine will also be celebrated, with dozens of dining options available, from fine dining on Southbank to a ‘Pop up Food Village’ featuring food trucks on Flinders Street.

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MEDIA STRIKES BACK – SUPPORTING LOCAL ARTS AND CULTURE IN MELBOURNE By Kyal Smith With the third season of Media Strikes Back fast approaching Melbourne’s favourite media renegades are once again hitting the streets in search of the latest and greatest Melbourne has to offer. “We knew from day one the program would be a hit, Melbourne has such a rich and vibrant culture. There really is something for everyone in this city, you just need to know it exists and where to find it, which is where we come in”, says Tristan Manas, Executive Producer of Media Strikes Back. Media Strikes Back aims to showcase everything that makes Melbourne the world’s most liveable

In a city bursting with culture, Brunswick stands alone as its own distinctive arts and cultural precinct. Glamour, sass, funk, vintage—the remarkable mix of creative culture plays host to Australia’s only inner city festival of folk, roots and world music: The Brunswick Music Festival and Sydney Road Street Party.


For 24 years Brunswick Music Festival and Sydney Road Street Party have unleashed their unique music and cultural flair onto the streets and into the eclectic multitude of venues in this most vibrant of Melbourne’s suburbs.

city, especially that which is often overlooked but bears the heart and soul of Melbourne – its grassroots culture and communities. “We cover music and entertainment to fashion, arts and lifestyle, as well as anything else that makes up Melbourne’s fantastic diverse culture”, claims Tristan. The program has featured various up and coming talent and artists, from differing backgrounds and genres, giving them exposure and recognition and helping them in achieving their goals and reaching their respective audiences. “We, in Melbourne, are known for our unique culture and Media Strikes Back is what exposes this to the wider Melbourne region and supports our

In 2013 the Brunswick Music Festival celebrates 25 years of taking it to the Brunswick streets with a quarter-century retrospective of their favourite festival artists from its 24-year lineup history, mixed up with the best of new local talent and brilliant international acts. Amongst the incredible line up of international acts is Seth Lakeman, celebrated folk singer-songwriter and virtuoso fiddler and you have the chance to see him live at the festival this March by emailing your details to

local talent”, adds presenter and media renegade, Joanna Simmons. Joanna continues stating, “What I love most about working on Media Strikes Back is that every day and every shoot is different, and meeting all these people and seeing these things it makes me more in love with Melbourne and motivated with what I can achieve in this city.” The same goes for events, festivals, places and anything that is distinctly Melbourne, or even just passing through Melbourne, the program is not just limited to artists and music. “We wouldn’t be effectively showing Melbourne and doing our part for the community if the format of the program was any different and these restrictions were in place”, believes Tristan. To date Media Strikes Back has covered The Delta Riggs, Sydonia, The Bamboos, Keshie, Ron Pope, Pseudo Echo, Surreal, Tony Tetro, The Twoks, the Step Off Dance Event, Comic-Con, St Kilda Film Festival, the Chill On Ice Lounge, Rose St Arts Market and Emily and Carly Cheung, Melbourne’s My Kitchen Rules representatives and much more. Media Strikes Back plans to continue strong in season three with more

audience participation and to work on building online communities to provide further support for emerging artists and events.

Media Strikes Back is a Melbourne based community television program featured on C31 Melbourne (Channel 44 Digital), aired on Mondays at 7pm and brought to you by Project 628. They are currently in the midst of pre-filming their third season and have based their program on putting an end to the underrepresentation of Melbourne’s local arts and culture. For Further Information Contact: Kyal on 0415 821 377 or email

The now famous Sydney Road Street Party will take place on Sunday March 3, while the Brunswick Music Festival program runs from March 13 - 24 2013.


By Andrew Hewison 2012 was not without another financial disaster. This time it was those, mainly rural and retired, investors in Banksia Securities who have suffered severe losses in the wake of the Financial Institution’s collapse. The Chairman of ASIC, Mr Greg Medcraft, said that investors should be made to sit an online test before being able to invest their money. The exam would “test” investor knowledge of financial “products” such as “margin loans, contracts for difference (CFDs), derivatives and hybrid securities”. Unfortunately I fail to see this as the solution. I see a couple of reasons why investors would continue to wind up in hot water 1. They do not understand what they are investing in. 2. They are not seeking the right, or any financial advice.

Mr Medcraft said that investors “just don’t have time. We are in a world where everyone is busy”. I would suggest that financial security sits very high on people’s priority list, therefore, If we cannot make the time to read a product disclosure statement, then perhaps our money is best left in the bank. Over the years financial institutions have created more and more complicated “products” laced with high fees and layers of complexity, aimed at bamboozling the investor. This is to hide that fact that the “product” is primarily designed to benefit its creator, not the investor! Investing should never have become this complicated. I advise my clients to place their money in an “investment”, not a product. What is the difference between an “investment” and a “product”? An “investment” is generally easy to understand because the ownership is held in the “investment” itself, e.g: shares


BUSINESS EVENTS WEEK From 25 February to 1 March 2013, Melbourne will host Australia’s inaugural Business Events Week.

development seminars for young professionals and students looking at a career in the business events industry.

Business Events Week, organised by the Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau (MCVB) in its first year, will be a weeklong program of activities designed to showcase the value of business events.

The centrepiece of Business Events Week is the Asia-Pacific Meetings & Incentives Expo, an exhibition for those who organise meetings, expos, conventions, incentive travel and exhibitions. For more than 20 years, AIME has continued to prove itself as a professional, worldclass exhibition, showcasing meetings and incentives products to qualified buyers from around the globe.

The week promises something for everyone, including a public open day at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) and professional

in BHP, or a property. Furthermore, you are in control of that “investment”. Because you own it directly, you will ultimately decide whether to buy or sell it. A “product” means that you do not have direct ownership of the assets themselves, but you are paying a manager to own them for you and consequently control them. What is the answer? Seek ‘Appropriate’ Financial Advice! A big issue we face in the financial planning community is that many Advisers are paid by financial institutions to sell their “product”. This of course creates a conflict of interest. Questions to ask a Financial Adviser to avoid poor or conflicted advice 1. “What are your qualifications?” If they do not hold the Certified Financial Adviser (CFP) professional designation, walk out the door.

Another major component of Business Events Week will be the Aerospace and Defence Exposition as part of the Australian International Airshow at Avalon. The Exposition provides a unique opportunity to showcase products, technologies and services to an informed target audience. Karen Bolinger, Chief Executive Officer of MCVB said the organisation was very proud to be running the inaugural Business Events Week. “Business events generate extensive economic wealth for the local, state and national economy. In Victoria alone, business events inject more than $1.2 billion annually,” Ms Bolinger said.



2. “Are you independent, or affiliated with someone else?” If they are owned by a larger dealer group, such as a bank, I recommend you exercise caution. It is likely that dealer group will have “products” to sell and we all now know who gets paid first, not you. 3. “What services do you provide?” You should ensure your adviser can provide a holistic service. 4. “How do you charge?” Whatever fee model is used here, the agreement should be between you and the Adviser. They are providing you with a service therefore, you should be paying them directly. Nothing is for free, so if they say it is, they are lying. They are being paid by a “product” provider to place your money in their “product”. 5. “Will you be my primary contact & how often will you review circumstances”?

Andrew Hewison is Director and a Certified Financial Planner with Hewison Private Wealth and a regular 3000 Melbourne Contributor: Hewison Private Wealth Level 4, 102 Albert Road, South Melbourne Ph: 9682 1900 Web:

“And the benefits don’t stop there; business events also generate export opportunities, drive tourism, and create lasting legacies for the business community and job creation. “In the coming years, we hope this initiative will be rolled out nationally, giving the whole of Australia the chance to celebrate what makes this a great destination for business events. “I encourage everyone to take part in Business Events Week to learn more about this inspiring industry.”




state schools anxious to ensure kids avoid physical hurt; • Moves by certain health groups to limit the involvement of cartoon characters (such as Freddo Frog!) in various forms of junk food advertising; and • The ubiquitous presence of health & safety officers in workplaces whose job is to ... well, promote health & safety. Each of the above four examples arose from well meaning attempts to reduce the potential for harm in people’s lives. And yet each, in my opinion, will prove utterly futile in the longer term.

LEARNING FROM RISK By Tom Elliott Since prehistoric men contemplated whether hunting large and aggressive animals might really be worth the chance of getting maimed or killed, risk has been an essential teacher of humankind. Even in the modern world, all of us are confronted with daily choices that involve potential hurt to life and limb. Examples include: Should one dash across a busy road before the green man appears? Is it worth running that orange traffic light in an effort to reach work on time? And in the case of small children, will the joy of successfully traversing the monkey bars offset the not inconsiderable hurt involved in falling from them? No one enjoys being physically hurt, or suffering some other form of loss such as a financial one. As a result, it is entirely understandable that governments frequently seek to minimise societal risk in an effort to make all of us safer, healthier and longer lived. Recent examples of this include the following:


• Finance Minister Bill Shorten’s efforts to ensure investors never again suffer from another Banksia style collapse; • The banning of contact games like British Bulldog by some

Although no one really likes to admit this, collectively we are massive hypocrites when it comes to risk. We worry about children hurting themselves in the playground while at the same time praising footballers who attempt ever higher ‘speccies’ at the MCG during the winter months. We hate seeing pensioners suffer financial losses, even though dozens of financial seminars encourage investors to emulate Warren Buffet and become self made millionaires. And when it comes to the easy availability of junk food in Western society, we forget the thousands of generations before us who’d have given anything to enjoy such cheap and abundant calories. Governments and other regulators forget that a big part of attaining adulthood is the ability to assess and undertake risks. After all, at age 18 we allow teenagers to drive cars unaccompanied, drink pretty much any amount of alcohol they want as well as serve in the military. All these activities involve substantial risks (especially when two or more of them are combined). And while it’s true that all risk embodies potential pain, the freedom and other rewards that emanate from uncertain choices is what the exciting time of life known as adulthood is all about. Tom Elliott is Director of both MM&E Capital Pty Ltd, a Melbourne based hedge fund, and Beulah Capital Pty Ltd, a private wealth manager. Beulah Capital Ph: 9270 9180 Web:

THE CLEAN SLATE/ CULTIVATE CREATIVITY By Shannah Kennedy – Executive Life Strategist Do you want to find inspiration to stay motivated, inspired and grow as a person? The good news is, it is easy, the tough part is that no one can decide to do it except you!

Your success is your vision, backed with a strategy, followed up by a healthy level of self confidence and a positive self image. To keep on track towards living a successful life full of purpose, it’s important to create a success toolkit for yourself.

I love the beginnings of years, as it is a time for me to challenge my thoughts. To try some new activities, to redo my office so it is not that same as the previous year, to change some of the pictures around me, to cultivate some more creativity in my world. Being a coach, I am extremely organized to have a business, a marriage, 2 beautiful children and keep myself fit and energetic. Deciding to be organized is a decision we need to make. This gives us a great foundation, so how do we then gain inspiration to grow. Taking pleasure in the small and little things in life is where it starts. Motivation comes when we change up our routines, and declutter a little and we have the space to grow. Gratitude is also something I keep building in, which keeps me inspired and motivated. It is such a wonderful feeling to recognize who you are and what you achieve. It makes our journey smooth and easy. On a regular basis where its weekly or monthly, write a few lines to keep you in the habit of being positive. • I learnt today…. • I am grateful for… • I am thankful for…. • I can let go of…. • I can the release the need to be…. • I choose to enjoy today because…. So make the decision for yourself, to improve, to grow, to get organized and to live life this year!

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A Northern Fulmar in flight - Svalbard, Norway by Anna Clemann

Elephant Mum and Baby by Sara Louise Jackson

CALL OF THE WILD The CALL OF THE WILD EXHIBITION displays the outstanding achievements of 22 Victorian Wildlife Photographers whose nature images range from the micro to landscape scale and will be on show at the Domain House Gallery from February 7th to 24th. The successful capture of wildlife images is one of the more challenging forms of photography requiring special technical skills and equipment. Such skills as ‘field-craft’ involving stalking or concealment through the use of a hide; instant adjustment to exposure and shutter speed plus a knowledge of the animal’s behavior in order to be able to predict their actions are a must. Wildlife photography is devoted to capturing interesting animals in action - eating, fighting or in flight and that of superb natural vistas.


Wildlife Photographers are a passionate lot, dedicated to drawing the attention of the public to the preservation and protection of the wonderful unique creatures and landscapes around the world. Included in the show are, Susanne Atzinger, Bill Bachman,

Kirsten Bowers, Jason Caruso, Anna Clemann, Sally D’Orsogna, Julie Davies, Chris Farrell, Nicholas Grundy, Michael Hanrahan, Sarah Louise Jackson, Pete Kalogris, Peter Kinchington, Sharon Kohne, Kate McCombie, Deborah Mullins, Peter O’Connor, Christian Pearson, Paul Randall, Claire Ropartz, Geoff Ross and Rob Wyatt, all contributing to make this display an exception visual experience. This innovative project encouraging conservation and appreciation of wildlife is proudly presented by OzLink Entertainment in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. CALL OF THE WILD - Nature & Wildlife Photography Exhibition WHEN: February 7 - 24, 2013 GALLERY HOURS: Thursdays 12noon – 8pm. Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 11am -5 pm WHERE: Domain House Gallery, Dallas Brooks Drive, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne COST: FREE




lady entering the restaurant. Walking with charm in a fabulous dress, she was coming towards me.

By Ali. M. Bahmanpour Even though she was not there, I could smell her perfume. I had bought it for her birthday. “This will always remind me of you” we both said together and laughed.


My empty life had thoroughly changed since we had been together. It had made the last two years of my life, the most memorable years I’d ever experienced. As always, I was a couple of minutes early. Playing with the ring in my hand I was staring at the main entrance waiting for her. Tables were beautifully set and decorated. A magnificent melody played by a luxurious piano was enough to drown me in my dreams. I closed my eyes for a moment, imagining her face, her smile, her look, and again… her smile. I’d give the whole world just to see that amazing smile once more. I opened my eyes and saw a shadow moving near the entrance. Looking with enthusiasm, I was disappointed to see another

It took a moment for me to realise that she was expected at the table next to ours. I took a quick look at the man’s face sitting at the table as he was closing a book he was reading and taking off his glasses. With a pale smile on his face he kissed her and held her hand. I could still clearly smell Annie’s perfume when a young couple came in. I could hardly see such young faces at this restaurant. Even by my first look I could imagine how hard it would be for the poor boy to bring her here. Sitting at their table, they couldn’t keep their eyes off each other. The prices on the menu are the last thing you think about when the sparkling look in your girlfriend’s lively eyes takes you to her world. I can never imagine anything sweeter than this look in Annie’s eyes. Watching the candle lights shining all over the place, Beethoven’s “moonlight”

could not be more beautifully played. This was the beauty of life. I could never ask for more. Taking a sip of wine, I felt a familiar look gazing upon my face. Yes it was her, standing at the main entrance in an astonishing black dress, which was making her white skin brighter than ever, her dazzling lips coloured with passion, her brown hair twirling around her thin shoulders, and her look which takes my breath away. She strutted towards me and I felt the rhythm of her body moving like the grass dancing upon a gentle breeze. I simply couldn’t sit anymore. Walking to her, I could feel a spontaneous smile on my face. And then her smile… I have not seen anything as beautiful as her smile since then. A smile I live for and I die for. I would give the whole world… I could smell nothing but her perfume…

FIVE IN FIVE CHALLENGES SINGLES TO DATE LIKE THERE’S NO TOMORROW THIS FEBRUARY Five in Five is throwing down the gauntlet for singles around Australia. Whether you are looking for love, overwhelmed by the dating scene or single by choice, Five in Five wants you to put yourself out there in February – all in the name of charity! The Five in Five concept challenges single men and women to shake things up in their dating lives. The campaign encourages singles to venture out with five people on five dates in five weeks, and help raise money for not for profit organisations across Australia. Five in Five works in a few simple steps. First singles sign up online and spread the word about the cause. Secondly participants encourage friends and family to sponsor them on their quest for dates. Thirdly, while on the lookout for dates participants receive helpful tips and tools from the Five in Five campaign leaders. The 2013 Five in Five challenge runs from the first weekend in February until the long weekend in March with all funds raised going toward charities working tirelessly to break the cycle of social disadvantage in our communities. Five in Five is dating at its best – old school. No electronic profiles and email trains, this is about using your network of friends, family, work colleagues to put you out there in dating world. The Five in Five concept uses the excuse of ‘dating for charity’ to ease the pressure of asking someone out, a great excuse or an engaging icebreaker for those shy but eligible singles. Andrea and Sally Tonkin, the sisters behind Five in Five, wanted to avoid romantic clichés with the dating challenge and encourage single people to embrace the art of conversation by daring to ask different people out on dates. Five in Five aims to revitalise the dating scene and motivate people to go out stimulating and interesting dates, while helping make a difference in the local community. From February 2 - March 8 Register for the 2013 Five in Five campaign at





Self-expression is a powerful thing. If you’re not actively expressing your thoughts and feelings, your body will do it for you by any means necessary.

Listening is a key part in any good, open conversation. There is a fine art in listening and this is perhaps the single most important skill I have ever learnt. Listening can make such a huge difference in someone’s life, your own included.

the key to opening up a friendship or even the key to health and healing. To begin listening and therefore communicating really well, the first important thing to remember is that your body language coveys up to 55% of what you are communicating. Postures

LISTENING TO COMMUNICATE By Dana Atkin - Professional Kinesiology Practitioner

By “any means necessary” I mean things like skin issues, problems with your digestive system and even the more obvious voice or throat ailments, to name a few. Communicating is not everyone’s strong suit but like listening, it is a skill you can develop and a skill which will ultimately help you to feel better both inside and out. Most people don’t realise it, however, one of the most important factors to communicating is actually listening.

Beyond simply sitting and listening to what is said, true listening requires that you focus on what was said, understand what was said and then communicate verbally or non-verbally that you’ve heard and understood what they’ve said. It’s too easy sometimes to race ahead in our own thoughts of what we want to say next and skim over what we’re actually hearing. The risk here is in the possibility of missing a key piece of information that may well be the turning point in the conversation,

that show you are listening intently are: 1. Keeping an open posture, ensuring that your arms are not crossed. This subliminally forms a barrier between you both 2. Facing towards the person you are communicating with, and sometimes leaning forward slightly shows you’re interested in what they have to say and 3. Maintaining genuine, regular eye contact shows that you’re giving them your undivided attention.

Being aware that everyone has the right to feel the way that they do, will allow you to listen without expressing judgement. People feel the way that they do whether it is warranted or not. Giving them the space to express how they feel will help them to feel better about the situation and may even help them to find a new way of looking at it. By listening well to the people around you, you can build rapport and trust. As you use positive body language, the people you listen to will not only come to you when they need someone to talk to but they will naturally begin to pick up these positive body language traits and use them when they are listening. Having someone who trusts you and with whom you have a rapport will help you to feel more comfortable about communicating your own concerns, thoughts and dreams and expressing these things will ultimately help you and your body to feel happier and healthier. Dana Atkin is a Professional Kinesiology Practitioner located in Melbourne city. To ask Dana a question or to make an appointment contact: Melbourne Natural Wellness (03) 9662 1311

ROSES ALL YEAR ROUND By Tahlia Mandie – Psychotherapist & Family Counsellor


When my husband comes home from work with flowers, I am instantly transformed into a more calm, peaceful and serene individual. Somehow it is the gift of giving, the feeling of ‘he thought about me’, and the love I receive in that moment. And then from that moment on, when I put the gorgeous beauties in their vase, and glance at it regularly throughout their lifespan, I

am taken back to that moment of love, appreciation and serenity. And when they have an intense perfume, I am taken somewhere else entirely. And in actual fact, we don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. The thought of buying ridiculously expensive roses because the retailers know that for one day of the year they can put up their prices, is a turn off for both of us. And using that as the day to show love, display love, and have love… well why does it have to be

that day? This day? The Valentine’s Day kind of love shouldn’t just be on that day. Why not a random love note, or a thankyou card, or roses all year round? Sometimes receiving these things as a total surprise can become the best day for feeling loved you can get. And to me, that is what I prefer; the surprise, the thought, the random act of love and kindness. So, thankyou to my darling husband, who brings me roses all year round.

Tahlia is a psychotherapist and family counsellor, writer and blogger helping individuals, couples and families navigate through life’s challenges and move forward. See more of Tahlia’s work at or



Melbourne Bikefest rides back into town this February, over four weekends dedicated to celebrating life on two wheels. The annual event celebrates the wild and wonderful subcultures of bike riding and 2013’s programme is no exception.

Kick-starting the month long love affair is the Bikefest Treadlie Market, running from Friday, February 15 to Sunday 17, at Birrarung Marr, Federation Square. This free, threeday event provides bicycle lovers with unadulterated treadlie paraphernalia, markets and special events dedicated to celebrating bicycling style.

talents of storytellers, life models, swing dancers, writers and comedians, this panel is likely to have you on the edge of your pushy! This year, the Pushy Women panel has enlisted the talents of cabaret provocateur Yana Alana, comedian Aleisha McCormack, writer Fiona Scott Norman, musician Geraldine Quinn, champion cyclist Bridie O’Donnell, storyteller Kelly Parry, writer Kate Holden and the ever-hilarious Geraldine Hickey.

For kids, the Bikefest Treadlie Markets’ Dirtgirl and Scrapboy’s Wheelie Workshop provides wee ones with tools to decorate their bicycle, tricycle or trailer as well as educate them about the importance of keeping safe on the roads.

Melbourne Bikefest will for the first time present Port Melbourne Bikefest, a one-day, family friendly summer event in Bay St, Port Melbourne, featuring something for every kind of bike rider; young and old, new and experienced, the curious and the committed.

Catherine Deveny and friends team up again for Pushy Women, a panel discussing bicycling, feminism and everything in between. Enlisting the

The day’s program features presentations by the St Kilda Cycling club, bike polo demonstrations,

a cargo bike obstacle course, bike decorating workshops, test ride areas, maintenance classes, sprint, trackstand and footdown competitions, custom and historical bike displays, bike trivia, artistic cycling performances, a bike photo booth, kids activities and roller racing presented as the final of the Melbourne District Messenger Association summer series. The day will begin with memorial ride staged in partnership with the James Cross Charitable Trust. Crossy’s Ride will unite cyclists in a show of solidarity in memory of James, killed in a dooring incident in March 2010. The all day event concludes with Crossy’s Gig, held across two venues in Port Melbourne to raise funds for the Charitable trust.

Bikefest’s Move Mindfully campaign also returns in 2013, educating all road users (pedestrian, drivers and bicyclists) on how to share the roads safely. Comprised of three short film clips starring a Melbourne comedian, the campaign depicts a day in the life scenario for the same character as a motorist, public transport user and bike rider. Melbourne Bikefest Friday 15 February Saturday 9 March, 2013

SEE OVO FROM CIRQUE DU SOLEIL & SUPPORT NICA Cirque du Soleil is renowned for their spectacular productions and the latest to recently open in Melbourne is OVO, a masterpiece of entertainment and display of almost superhuman feats, as the collection of performers, the best of the best from around the globe display the diverse physical and personality traits of the insect kingdom in stunning style. This March you have the opportunity to see this incredible show and also support our home grown circus talents as well as youth at risk. Over the past 9 years the National Institute for Circus Arts (NICA)

has been working to engage young people in circus activities. These successful projects build confidence, self-esteem, increase fitness, explore cultural identity and engage marginalised young people in activities using circus as a tool for community capacity building. Experience Cirque du Soleil‘s OVO and support NICA’s Social Circus activities as proceeds from ticket sales support NICA’s outreach programs and activities for youth at risk as well as the annual Social Circus Instructor Training. Since 2002, free Social Circus

training has been provided to over 250 participants. This unique workshop, delivered in partnership with Cirque du Soleil, attracts circus artists, trainers, arts, youth and social workers from across Australia and the region. NICA FUNDRAISER – Thursday, 7 March, 8pm UNDER THE BIG TOP – Docklands Drive, Docklands Seating is in Level 1 Adult $119 / Child U12 $99 TICKETS - au/event-tickets.php?cPath=136






“So what can I get you to drink?” “A day like today calls for a drink with substance, make it a neat scotch with a slither of Drambuie” “Drambuie hey, I know it’s a pretty big day for you today so sure why not hey?” “Hi can we please have two scotches with a dash of Drambuie, thanks”. With a slight hesitation the waiter takes the order back to the counter. Richard and Braxton receive looks from the other staff. “Here you go Sir” “Cheers, here’s to a successful spring carnival of punting” Suddenly Braxton’s face dropped as he took a sip from his glass. “You know Richard, that was Zara’s favourite drink. “Have you heard from her?” “No I haven’t heard anything since India, I really do hope she is ok. I know she would be, but I just don’t know how any woman could come back from what she experienced. Zara is such a strong woman; I know she just can’t handle seeing me. I would remind her of that night. It’s just not about what happened to her in India but everything else that has gone on between us. I really was a prick to her at times, I know that…” Braxton stopped looking at his hands and he just smiled back at Richard. “You know she always said that I was meant to be the father of her child. She said this the first time she met me, she just knew. Apparently it had something to do with my hands”. “Your hands, show me your hands. How can a woman tell from looking at someone’s hands. What did she

read your palms or something?” Braxton laughed “Nah and to be honest I don’t really know. But she did have some uncanny ability to predict things, maybe it was just how she saw people and the world.” “Although I did hear once if a man has a strong jaw this is meant to signal to women that somehow you are a strong man.” Richard smiled. “Richard, if we could figure out women we’ll ditch the book and write a best seller, Oprah here we come hey!” “I’ll drink to that”. The melting ice makes the wet glass almost slip out of Richard’s hand as they cheered with their drinks. “We’ve got time for another one?” “Yeah, yeah definitely, I’ve got a car picking us up in half an hour,” Richard said. “I just couldn’t commit to Zara, I cared so much for her. I know we are, were, the best of mates but it’s my life style, my choices and it’s just who I am that I couldn’t truly commit to her. But it scares me that maybe I’ve made the wrong choices. Maybe I won’t ever be a father. Oh! Why am I thinking all this and thinking of it now, today of all days?” “Sorry Richard, unloading this on you, you’ve been a really good mate over the past couple of years, you know I appreciate all that you’ve done for me and Zara for that fact. I know I can trust you.” Braxton anxiously fiddles with his tie, trying to get some air in. On an empty stomach the scotch immediately starts to wash through his body. Placing his hand on his smooth shaven face, he feels the warmth of the scotch on cheeks. “She certainly is an amazing woman.” Richard nodded in approval. “I know I’ll probably never meet someone who would love me like she

did, I’m just an average bloke nothing special. She used to call me Mr. Big, you know that guy on that Sex in the City show and boy I know I would have done her head in for all those years” Richard patted on his back laughing he said, “Arh you’re just a good bloke down on his luck hey?” “You’ve got that right Richo” They raised their glasses laughing. Drinking scotch at eleven thirty on a Wednesday morning went against the grain but right on cue the Melbournian office workers starting filtering in for their caffeine, skinny latte, short black and flat whites. “Hey why would you order a skinny latte with sugar doesn’t that kind of defeat the purpose”? “Oh what about the skinny soy caffeine free latte of course, not too hot!” “Um excuse me, were you just commenting on my coffee order?” Unimpressed, Braxton responds without even looking at who was talking to him. “Well I was just saying that I thought it was interesting having a skinny coffee with sugar” “Well! It’s just as interesting as you having alcohol in the morning.’’ A tall brunette snared at Braxton’s audacity, whilst picking up her change she looked for the rude commentator. “Oh, you’re Braxton Miles aren’t you?” Swirling the ice around his glass, Braxton slowly looks up from his glass. Richard waits with anticipation as to how he’s going to respond to this. After a brief pause, he decides to take control of the already uncomfortable atmosphere. Richard looks down at his glass trying to hide his smirk. It was time for Braxton to switch on his charming public persona. This is exactly why he is Braxton Miles. He had the ability to captivate and hold people. At the same time it’s unique but daunting to be on the receiving end. Braxton looked impeccable in his suit, a crisp clean white shirt finished off with

a perfectly picked cuff link and tie set. Extending out his hand “pleased to meet you.” “One skinny latte with one sugar.” With a slight bow to his charisma and charm she shakes Braxton’s hand “Oh hello um.. errr thank you! um that’s my order.” She spins on her high heels to quickly grab her coffee sitting on the counter. “Ha ha how do you do that to women Braxton?” “You have to teach me.” “The trick is in knowing how to create space and time. You hold someone there and just long enough till you see in their eyes that split second where they feel exposed and vulnerable. Then you gently bring them into your space. It’s easy when the stakes are low, it’s not hard to leave an impression when you don’t need to”. “I think that might be our car out the front, have you got everything prepared for today, do you know what you are going to say?” He glanced down to check the time on the watch his grandfather gave him. “See today the stakes are high and I want to leave an impression, a lasting impression.” “We better get going, are we ready?” Swigging the last drops of his watery scotch Braxton says “Are you ever ready to bury your brother?” Be sure to read on in March for the next instalment of ‘In Conversation with Braxton Miles’. All preceding chapters can be found on our MagMedia website within our past issues. Docklands Writers meet on the last Tuesday of every month from 5.30-7.30pm at the Docklands Hub. Writers from all genres and levels of experience are welcomed. For more information please email:


BOOK REVIEW BY REBECCA HOWDEN ‘Like a House on Fire’ by Cate Kennedy A man takes a trip with his overbearing, difficult mother to scatter his father’s ashes. A new mother returns to work from maternity leave, feeling dislocated and empty in a suddenly uncomfortable environment. A young girl writes in her journal about her unstable family, longing desperately for a beautiful set of 72 Derwent pencils.

SIGNAL 37 MAKE THEIR MARK ON THE CITY Young Melburnians recently teamed up with local and international artists to create, dance, paint, curate, explore and design their way through summer as part of the City of Melbourne’s Signal 37 program. An intensive program of workshops, exhibitions and performances culminated in a free showcase on January 26 after 10 days of art, creativity and inspiration. Signal 37 gave young people from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to collaborate and connect with creative professionals and mentors while providing these young adults with a way to discover their city and meet new people that share a love for creativity . Run by the City of Melbourne and supported by the Australian Council for the Arts , Signal is an arts studio dedicated to young people aged 13 to 20 and run creative arts programs throughout the year. Signal is located behind Flinders Street Station on Northbank, in the Les Erdi Plaza. For more information visit

Intimate and familiar, Like a House on Fire takes a close look at domestic life and the quiet frustrations that simmer beneath the ordinary. This is Cate Kennedy’s second collection of short stories, returning to the form of her highly acclaimed Dark Roots, which earned her a reputation as one of Australia’s most masterful writers of contemporary short fiction. With her characteristic lightness of touch, Kennedy guides us quietly in and out of fifteen carefully distilled worlds, letting unexpressed aches and pains reveal themselves through simple actions. A common thread throughout the collection is the underlying sense of dissatisfaction experienced by her characters. From a seventeen-year-old girl spending each day of her summer working as a hospital cleaner and yearning to start a new life overseas, to a woman feeding her anguish by endlessly trawling the internet for clues about her expartner’s new life (“I don’t know why they call it surfing. They should call it drowning”), to a young mother trying to gather herself, her newborn baby and her unreliable, delinquent boyfriend for a discount family portrait, the stories of Like a House on Fire explore the many ways a person can feel incomplete. In several stories, these latent tensions, stresses and boredoms are brought to the surface when a



character suffers an injury or illness. In Flexion, the opening story, a farmer is almost killed after being crushed by his tractor. As his bored, unhappy wife struggles to help him through his rehabilitation, his broken and crippled body becomes a symbol for their atrophied relationship. In the title story, a father is reduced to watching his family live their lives around him from the living room floor, suffering from a back injury that may or may not be psychosomatic, and that leaves him feeling paralysed, frustrated, unable to connect. In Waiting, a woman waits for an ultrasound, sick with despair and knowing already that the baby will be dead, just like the many others she has lost before it. Yet despite their preoccupation with the discomforts of life, these stories are not as miserable and gloomy as they could be. Kennedy treats her subject matter with a deft and nimble touch, gently propelling each narrative along in an easygoing pace. The language reveals the beauty in small displeasures, so that each narrative comes across as bittersweet and often almost soothing rather than purely distressing. One of the most understated and affecting stories is Tender, which takes place the night before a woman is scheduled to have a biopsy for a small lump she has found under her arm. The growth nags at her subtly, “like a pea, buried but resilient, a small sly sphere nesting disguised between layers of flesh and tissue.” While her husband and children are asleep, she stays up all night putting the finishing touches on a diorama her son is making for a school project. Distracting herself against “something dark and airless trickling through her bloodstream,” she trawls through the house and garden for materials to add to the little cardboard world. Kennedy allows us to watch her quietly, sharing in the woman’s meditative state through sensual details that create a subtly swelling sense of catharsis: “She crouches by the pile of paving stones. Her fingers search blindly into the damp crevices of the stack. Somewhere in here, she knows, is some moss: cool and velvety, perfect for the distant green hills behind the open gate in that little microcosmic landscape.”




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