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Guess who’s coming to dinner

Heston Blumenthal’s Duck heads south

All that jazz International Jazz Festival

Casey Donovan Big, beautiful and sexy

Treasure trove Win tickets to Disney on Ice


Get it on The life and music of Marvin Gaye

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Also this month we meet two local talents, Jude Perle and Bert LaBonte who are taking to the stage at The Athenaeum Theatre to present the life and music of the legendary Marvin Gaye. I heard it through the grapevine that this is one stage show not to be missed.

If that’s not enough to tempt your tastebuds then in the meantime, get along to the Good Food and Wine Show later this month. Make macarons with pastry chef Adriano Zumbo, and sample some of the best produce and fine wines from across Australia.

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Casey Donovan shares her 10-year journey since winning Australian Idol with 3000 Melbourne readers. She really was delightful.

When he was in town last month, 3000 Melbourne managed a quick chat with the chef, who has attracted worldwide acclaim for his scientific methods in the kitchen.

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And as if that’s not enough, our great city is also hosting a Stars Wars concert, shows by Irish supergroup Celtic Thunder, plus a number of performances from homegrown acts such as the Flinders Quartet and Selby & Friends.

It seems May is the month of all things musical.

If you’re anything like me, news that culinary genius Heston Blumenthal is bringing The Fat Duck to Melbourne, has me saving my pennies in the hope of obtaining a coveted seat in the famed restaurant. Securing Blumenthal’s three-Michelinstar restaurant is a serious coup for Crown Resorts and has generated much excitement among foodies and us wanna-be masterchefs across the city.

The Melbourne International Jazz Festival is in town again. Jazz clubs across the CBD will be abuzz with more than 100 events during the festival which showcases some of the world’s best and Australia’s favourite jazz artists. Artisitc director Michael Tortoni gave me his picks of what not to miss at this year’s festival.

Have a great month and Happy Mother’s Day to all our 3000 Melbourne mums.

This month I also had the pleasure of chatting with one of Australian reality TV’s singing success stories.

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Top chef coming to Crown

Life and music of Marvin Gaye






8 Melbourne International Jazz Festival

Win Disney On Ice tickets


Good Food and Wine Show

Casey Donovan celebrates 10 years




3000’s Movie review

Congratulations to the winners of our APRIL COmpetitions: • Kellie Doll • Xzavia Green • Paul Serong • Megan Bracksley • Tuan Nguyen • Erika Sears • Michaela Branbury • Shane Frost • Marcus Rosenberg • Alicia Bardsley • Martin Barrett • Natalka Frost


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Melbourne International Coffee Expo

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Dame Kiri’s 70th Birthday Gala Tour Experience the lyrical beauty and sublime artistry of one of the world’s greatest and beloved voices in recital, as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa performs her own personal selection of operatic favourites accompanied by renowned New Zealand pianist Terence Dennis. Celebrating her 70th birthday and career spanning 40 years, this will be a memorable opportunity to hear why Dame Kiri is regarded as one of the world’s outstanding operatic singers, applauded by all.

When: 7.30pm Saturday, May 10, 4pm Sunday, May 11. Where: Melbourne Recital Centre, 31 Sturt Street, Southbank Tickets: Premium $125; A Res $110/$105; B Res $95/$90, Premium $129.90; A Res $114.90/$109.90; B Res $99.90/$94.90 Bookings: Melbourne Recital Centre Box Office, or 132 849. Photography: John Swannell/Sony/Duncan Innes

For 11 days Melbourne will play host to the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, the Southern Hemisphere's greatest annual celebration of Indian cinema. The festival explores the richness of contemporary Indian cinema across four program streams, with films spanning Bollywood to arthouse and the subcontinent, as well as establishing an international competition, the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Awards. The 11-day festival presents a world-class program overflowing with gala events, master classes with India’s leading film figures, and over 45 films screenings across four Melbourne venues.

When: May 1-11. Where: Various venues. Bookings and information:

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When: 10am-5.30pm May 15-17, 10am-4pm May 18 Where: Melbourne Showgrounds Details: visitors/general-information



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The 2014 Melbourne International Coffee Expo is set be the largest and most dynamic coffee event for the coffee industry in the Australasian region. The four-day event showcases 150 exhibitors and will proudly host the World Latte Art, World Coffee in Good Spirits and World Cup Tasters Championships plus the prestigious Australian Barista Championship, among other events.

When: Sunday, May 4 Time: 5pm Where: Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, Swanston Street, Melbourne. Tickets: Standard Jedi $53.80 ($33.80 concession) Standard Sith $53.80 ($33.80 concession).



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The Melbourne Recital Centre is presenting a not-to-be-missed intergalactic spectacular for Star Wars fans. Melbourne Youth Orchestra will join musicians, choirs and actors to present the iconic music from the six Star Wars films. The audience must choose their own fate as either Sith or Jedi. Expect a divided auditorium and prepare for a choral clash and an epic light show, as star wars fans from all over don a costume and strike back. What better way to celebrate International Star Wars Day?



May the fourth be with you


Basically Beethoven between friends

Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music Melbourne will again be alive to the Sound Of Music when everyone’s favourite Sing-A-Long performs at Arts Centre Melbourne. See the most successful movie musical of all time on the big screen, re-mastered to its original cinematic glory. Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music is an audience participation event where the host leads a vocal warm-up, gives a guide to the use of the interactive fun pack and accompanying actions. Chelsea Plumley returns to hosting duties to guide the audience through what is an unforgettable interactive experience.

When: Saturday, May 24 Where: Forum Theatre, Melbourne Tickets:

Concession $45 / Family (2 Adults 2 Children) $155 /Child (under 15) $35 Bookings: or


Focus on furniture

The popular Selby & Friends chamber music series will tour again in early May with an all-Beethoven program performed by three remarkable musicians. Pianist Kathryn Selby’s guest artists for this Beethoven immersion will be violinist Susie Park and cellist Timo-Veikko (Tipi) Valve. The all-Beethoven program is part of a recording collaboration between Selby & Friends and ABC Classic FM. And comprises works from Beethoven’s early, middle and late periods of composition.

When: Wednesday, 14 May 7:30pm Where: Deakin Edge Theatre, Federation Square Bookings: or 1300 511 099.

Mid-Century Modern: Australian Furniture Design is the first major exhibition dedicated to Australian furniture of the 1940s to the 1970s. The exhibition will showcase more than 100 iconic pieces. The pieces showcase how furniture designers moved away from traditional conservative pre-war styles and forged new designs that were innovative.

Where: The Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia When: 10am-5pm May 30-October 19. Closed Mondays.

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Don’t miss this chance to catch one of South Africa’s best bands as they bring their unforgettable tour to Australia this year. Mango Groove burst onto the mid-1980s South African music scene and they haven’t stopped since. The 11-piece band is a musical institution in South Africa, in the 25 years since their inception they’ve had more than 20 platinum sales in the country, and 12 #1 charting hits, as well as incredible successes overseas.


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COMING TO DINNER In a culinary coup for Melbourne, gastronomic genius Heston Blumenthal is bringing his three Michelin star restaurant to Crown Resorts.

Photography: Alisa Connan

The Fat Duck will head down under from Bray in Berkshire for a six-month stint at Crown while the heritage-listed 1640s premises undergoes a "bit of modernisation" to mark its 20th anniversary. "We are going to shut The Fat Duck and bring it here to Melbourne. I was thinking that it’s probably the furthest journey a duck of any kind, let alone a big fat duck, has made," he said. "It’s not a pop-up restaurant, a guest chef doing a few weeks or

a period of time in someone else’s restaurant. We are going to pick up The Fat Duck and bring the whole team. "It will run for six months and then at the end of it we close and the duck returns to the UK. And then when The Fat Duck leaves, in the same space that it occupies, we will then leave behind a permanent restaurant and that will be Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. "The way that we’ve planned it is that The Fat Duck at Crown will be built inside Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. After the six months, we’ll then take that down and leave behind an entirely different restaurant." When Dinner opens it will seat 120. Revered world-wide for his sciencedriven cooking, which stimulates all of the senses during the dining experience, Blumenthal said that Melbourne was a logical choice for the relocation of The Fat Duck. "This is an incredible opportunity and I am thrilled that it has worked out the way it has. When we first started conversations with Crown, I saw the potential of the situation and really began to hope. I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome."


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Getting a reservation at the 45-seat restaurant at Crown will prove next to impossible as foodies from across the nation vie to secure a seat at the coveted restaurant known for its Tasting Menu delicacies including Snail porridge, Sound of the sea, and the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party comprising mock turtle soup, pocket watch and toast sandwich. The Fat Duck will offer the same dining experience: the full Tasting Menu, the flawless service, and the multi-sensory journey of history, nostalgia, emotion and memory that has made it one of the most lauded restaurants in the world. Crown Resorts Chairman James Packer said Blumenthal’s decision to relocate to Melbourne was “an incredible result” for Crown and the Victorian tourism industry. "To attract an internationally renowned chef and innovator of Heston’s calibre is a reflection on Melbourne’s culinary reputation and Crown’s commitment to dining excellence. The relocation of the coveted restaurant will be a big boost for local tourism, attracting interstate and international guests to Melbourne so they can experience a once-in-a-lifetime dining opportunity," Mr Packer said. Blumenthal first visited Australia in 2003. "I fell in love with the country immediately," he said. "From that very first moment, the idea took root – someday I wanted to have a restaurant there. The restaurant scene is fantastic, the diversity exciting, and the produce incredible, but better than all of that, the people are just great fun. I love how Australian people celebrate good food; there is such a love of everything from coffee shops to gourmet restaurants and everything in between." Dinner by Heston Blumenthal will become the only restaurant the chef has in his portfolio outside of the UK.

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Festival set to

jazz it up The 2014 Melbourne International Jazz Festival is set to bring the world’s modern masters of jazz to Australia, with a program of big-name international artists alongside Australia’s best.

The 10-day festival is the largest of its kind in Australia and includes headline shows at Melbourne’s iconic venues, intimate club gigs, film screenings, events for families and children and a range of free events including lunchtime concerts. This year’s line-up brings together more than 300 artists from Australia, USA, UK, Italy, Israel, Spain, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Greece and New Zealand to perform in more than 100 events, including 12 Australian premieres, four festival exclusives and nearly 30 free events. Melbourne International Jazz Festival artistic director Michael Tortoni said this year’s program is “the most exciting in the history of the festival”. “Jazz continues to be an important chronicle of modern life, relentless in its search for authenticity, for capturing the moment through improvisation. That relentless search is reflected in this year's incredible line-up," Mr Tortoni said. “I believe jazz is the most important art form of the 21st century. It informs so much of what we hear. Its appeal comes from its integrity, its search for authenticity and capturing that through improvisation and live performance.”


Mr Tortoni said that highlights of this year’s program, which has been 18

Roaring Swing - Photo by Michael Findlay

months in the making, include the club sessions, which will see Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Uptown Hazz Café and Dizzy’s Jazz Club host 45 performances. A festival exclusive double bill is Derrick Hodge plus Chris Turner. Extraordinary bassist and composer Hodge and his band will perform works from his acclaimed 2013 release, Live Today. The performance also features Turner, instantly recognisable as the voice of ERIMAJ, bringing his distinctively dreamy vocal charm to Australia for the first time. The program also includes the Australian premiere of Brooklyn based trio Dawn of Midi who weave together elements of ambient, electronica, dance music and classical minimalism, on a double bill with Sydney’s Alister Spence Trio. Award-winning character actor and jazz vocalist Robert Davi makes his Australian debut with his acclaimed tribute to Frank Sinatra, Davi Sings Sinatra. One of the film industry's most recognised tough guys, on the big screen (Licence to Kill, Die Hard), and the small (CSI), Davi comes to Australia with his hard-swinging six-piece band. Another draw card is the Modern Masters series which spans the full spectrum of jazz, blues, swing and soul. It boasts two of the biggest names in

Robert Davi and orchestra

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modern jazz, Chick Corea and Gary Burton. Each a musical giant in his own right, as a duo they are nothing short of legendary. This concert will demonstrate why they remain the most exciting duo in modern jazz. Mr Tortoni encouraged Melburnians who have not been to the festival to come along to enjoy one of the many events. For those new to jazz, take advantage of the extensive free program which includes the opening celebration concert, offering a taste of what’s on offer for the festival. “Jazz is an important art form and is a very broad genre. There are worldclass musicians collaborating with great Australians. This year’s program is the broadest, most inclusive and most exciting artistic program ever, there is something for everybody.”

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The 2014 Melbourne International Jazz Festival Dates: May 30 to June 8 Cost: Individually ticketed events, some events free. Details:

Melbourne International Comedy Festival 9 MAY 2014


From schoolgirl

to showgirl By Chelsea Arnold We all remember Casey Donovan as an angsty 16-year-old thrust into the spotlight on Australian Idol. Now the former Australian Idol winner is delightful, confident, articulate and relishing her career in the music industry. To celebrate her 10-year journey from relative newcomer to seasoned performer with a platinum record under her belt, successful singles, numerous musical theatre accolades, and a recently released book, Donovan is bringing her

You Believed: 10-Year Anniversary Tour to Melbourne this month. While some former Idols prefer to forget their career launching pad, Donovan is eternally grateful for the opportunities it afforded her. “My stepdad gave me an ultimatum to audition for Idol or he would take me out of the music school he was paying for me to go to. So I really didn’t have a choice,” she said. “I was a typical 16-year-old, I didn’t want to be there. But looking back at the whole Idol experience, it was a massive journey. It’s a big talent quest machine. The hardest thing for me was learning the different genres each week. Growing up listening to the radio you didn’t hear Big Band. “After Idol, the years merged into one but I can vaguely remember a few great times.” “My life has changed dramatically in the 10 years since Idol. I’m now an independent artist and


have been for the past seven years. I love getting my hands dirty. It’s been the greatest experience for me, growing up and becoming this showgirl and performer.

“I never thought I would do musical theatre. The nice thing about it though is that you are playing a character and you get to become that character and make it your own. It’s different to your everyday performance.” The career milestone has given Donovan opportunity to reflect on her achievements. In her autobiography Big, Beautiful & Sexy out now, she details “the highs and lows” of her time in the industry. “It’s an open and honest account of my life from the night I won Idol to now. So far, the feedback has been pretty good. I mean there’s always critics but generally it’s all positive. I never thought I would write a book, but last year while doing Flowerchildren I was sitting in cafes writing the book.”

to music from her award-winning and nominated roles in productions such as The Sapphires and Flowerchildren. It will also include her personal favourite, Valerie by Amy Winehouse. “I always end the show on that note, I love seeing people get up and have a boogie.” And as for the next 10 years, well, Donovan is excited about what her future has in store. “I hope my future is a bright one. It’s a new chapter in my life which gives me a chance to reassess where I’m at. I’ve been performing lately and it’s just been me and my guitar which I haven’t done for a very long time. “It will involve more live performances and some more travelling. The next 10 years are about exploring the next side of Casey Donovan. I’ve been back in the studio so you can expect to see a new album out later in the year.”

In Donovan’s intimate 90-minute anniversary show, fans can look forward to a retrospective collection of songs which have shaped her career and played a significant part in shaping the artist she has become. It will feature tracks from her time on Idol as well as her platinum award winning debut album For You, through

Casey Donovan – You Believed: 10-Year Anniversary Tour When: May 24-25 Where: Bennetts Lane Tickets: $28 Details:

Cellist and quartet founding member, Zoe Knighton, described this venture as a “blissful lunchtime reverie” for lovers of live classical music.

If you’ve got a spare hour on May 13, then ensure you get down to Collins Street Baptist Church to hear Melbourne’s favourite string quartet. Flinders Quartet will launch a lunchhour series perfectly timed for CBD workers and visitors with a program of blissful and beloved quartet favourites.

“Flinders Quartet is passionate about performing great chamber music to as many people as possible,” Knighton said. “These lunchtime concerts are about performing at a different time and place to suit visitors to the city, CBD workers and dwellers, and people who don't like travelling into the city at night for concerts." The Collins Street Series is a one-hour program full of string quartet favourites from Haydn, Dvorak and

Schubert plus Australia's own Elena Kats-Chernin.

“It is part of the heartbeat of a sophisticated and artistic city like Melbourne to have great live classical music available in the CBD on a weekday and we very much look forward to welcoming everyone to spend lunchtime with us immersed in these transporting musical works,” Knighton said. Flinders Quartet When: Tuesday, May 13 Time: 1-1.50pm Where: Collins Street Baptist Church Tickets: Standard $38, concession $28 Bookings: 9699 3333 or

live at Spiegeltent While the curtains may have closed on the comedy festival, Irish funnyman and worldwide headliner Jimeoin is coming to Melbourne. Acclaimed as one of the hottest stand-up comics of this generation the true comic master will delight audience members in a one-night only show at Wonderland Spiegeltent at Docklands. A prolific writer with an exceptional audience rapport,


Strings live at lunchtime Jimeoin

he is known and loved for his brilliantly funny wit and charming observations on the absurdities of everyday life. A range of tickets are available including discounted tickets for concession and groups.

Jimeoin When: Saturday, May 24 Time: 8pm, doors open 7pm Where: Wonderland Spiegeltent, 120 Pearl River Road, Harbour Town, Docklands. Tickets: General $35, concession $30

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Legend’s life

played out in song By Chelsea Arnold Growing up in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne in the 70s and 80s, Bert LaBonte and Jude Perle both credit Marvin Gaye as being one of the biggest musical influences in their lives. So when they were offered the chance to star in a musical about his life, they jumped at the chance. Let’s Get It On – The life and music of Marvin Gaye opens at The Athenaeum Theatre on May 13 and celebrates the legend of the multi-talented musician, singer and songwriter, whose records sold in the millions and who continues to influence a legion of artists the world over.


It has been 30 years since Gaye’s death and this two-hour narrative concert explores his humble beginnings, his troubled relationship with his father, the women in his life, his search for meaning and the music that defined a generation. Starring Helpmann Award winning actor and singer LaBonte and breakthrough

singer, songwriter, pianist, Perl, Let’s Get It On will be backed by some of Australia’s finest musicians.

listening to all those soul singers who were so sexy. Their lyrics were blatant but it’s not over the top.”

Twenty-four-year-old Perl makes her stage debut in Let’s Get It On.

LaBonte is no stranger to musical theatre, having starred in the critically acclaimed one-man-show When I Fall In Love – The Nat King Cole Story and receiving a Helpmann Award for his role in An Officer And A Gentleman.

“This will be my first big show. I have always loved musical theatre as I love that kind of heightened performance, so I am really excited and looking forward to it,” she said. “This show is a narrative concert, but it’s the music that is at the forefront. We are presenting the songs and telling the story of his life. “This show is going to have incredible music. Everyone involved really loves the music and this will translate when we are on stage. It will be so nice to hear his music live. “Marvin Gaye is one of my heroes. I just love his music so much. My favourite song though is Sexual Healing. I first heard it when I was 18 and I read a little about what it meant. I just started

LaBonte, who has just returned from a five-month stint in the United States, grew up listening to Gaye’s soulful tunes. “It’s always nice to delve into that history of music. Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye are my main two biggest influences,” he said. “He was such a big influence in Australia during that time. It’s always nice to be able to reflect on that. And as a black actor in Australia, I really enjoy the opportunity to take on these roles. “It’s a pretty dark story. It will be a no holds barred, bare bones account of his life. It will cover the problems at

home, discovering his musical talent, his success, massive drug problems and then his tragic death. But the music will be beautiful and fun.” Let’s Get It On features some of Gaye’s most beloved songs including I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, What’s Going On, and the Grammy Award winning Sexual Healing. Gaye is acknowledged as The Prince of Motown - The Prince of Soul with the magnitude of his influence on R&B and soul music recognised when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Let’s Get It On – The Life & Music of Marvin Gaye When: May 13-25 Where: The Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins Street, Melbourne. Tickets: From $49 at or 132 849 Details:

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When they released their Mythology DVD it debuted at #1 on the ARIA chart and remained on the chart for 25 weeks. The group of five, known for their eclectic, theatrical style show, are bringing their Mythology tour to Melbourne next month. Mythology recounts the history of the Celtic people, their legends, cultures and stories, showcasing the heritage of modern-day Celts and the influences from their past that make them who they are today. The show includes a mix of favourites, ranging from traditional Irish fare,

to international hits as well as original compositions. The group will dedicate the tour to the memory of the late George Donaldson. Donaldson was an original principal singer in the group, who passed away suddenly in December. Emmet Cahill, who left the group in December to pursue a solo career, has rescheduled other commitments to join the tour with Keith, Ryan, Neil and Colm, to pay tribute and honour their lost friend and colleague. Following on from Mythology and to coincide with the tour Universal Music Australia released a new DVD and CD package titled My Land. This is an Australian exclusive release. My Land DVD is an hourlong journey alongside the


IRISH supergroup

Australians seemingly have a love affair with Irish supergroup Celtic Thunder.

members of Celtic Thunder as they share their favourite places in Ireland and Scotland, chat about growing up Celtic, about making the Mythology show and about the love they feel for their homeland. The DVD features footage and interviews with Donaldson at his home in Scotland, and in Ireland interacting with the rest of Celtic Thunder.

Celtic Thunder – Mythology Tour When: Saturday, June 7. Where: The Plenary, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Tickets: 132 849 or Details:

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Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove is coming to Melbourne and will take audiences on a magical journey spanning 50 years of Disney animated film. From the inaugural Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to the 50th film, Tangled, this ice-skating extravaganza commemorates the legacy of Disney films with an all-new medley of Disney tales that will captivate audiences. Get lost with Rapunzel and Flynn and enter the worlds of other favourite Disney princesses Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and Snow White.

Trek through the wilderness and wildlife of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the true meaning of the Circle of Life. Embark on a mischievous ride with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear from Disney Pixar’s Toy Story and explore the mystical and marvelous Wonderland with Alice and the Mad Hatter.

Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove will take Australian audiences on the journey of a lifetime. Tickets start from $29.50. Additional discounts may apply. For more information visit

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his crew as they head on an adventure beyond Never Land.


Set sail with Peter Pan, the always playful Tinker Bell and the cunning Captain Hook and


Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove Thursday, 3rd – Monday, 7th of July Hisense Arena - Melbourne Tickets through Ticketek: 132 849 or


Celebrating 20 years of friendly ogres and flying dragons The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and Los Angeles-based studio, DreamWorks Animation, are proud to present DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition, the studio's first largescale international exhibition. DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition is ACMI's largest exhibition, featuring more than 400 items including, never-before-

seen concept drawings, interviews, models and original artworks, and interactive experiences for children and adults. DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition will showcase the four major film series: Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda, along with a selection of recent releases including The Croods (2013), and the forthcoming feature film Mr.Peabody

& Sherman (2014). The entire back catalogue of 29 DreamWorks feature films will be represented in the exhibition. The exhibition brings together Melbourne-based curators and creatives, and the animators, artists and producers of a major international studio for the first time in the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series.

When: Now until Sunday, October 5. Where: ACMI, Federation Square. Tickets: Full $22.50, Conc $16, Child (4-15) $10, Family $50. ACMI members Full $14, Child $8.50, Family $43. Bookings: 8663 2583 or

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Making a big deal about small business Melbourne’s CBD isn’t all just about big business. The City of Melbourne also comprises 12,600 small businesses employing some 75,000 people. Small businesses are an integral part of the city’s economic and cultural fabric. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle invites Melbourne’s small businesses to nominate for the 2014 Lord Mayor’s Commendations which recognise the contribution that small businesses make. “The Lord Mayor’s Commendations recognise small businesses that have demonstrated the resilience and entrepreneurial spirit required to stand the test of time and have provided a valuable service to the community over a significant period,” Cr Doyle said. “The program was initiated by a group of small business owners in 2005 to build an archival record of Melbourne’s small and multi-generational businesses and encourage new proprietors to develop longterm goals.”


The Lord Mayor’s Commendations are open to any business proprietor within the City of Melbourne with fewer than 20 employees but has operated continuously for more than 10 years.

Since the program began in August 2005, more than 330 small business proprietors and 12 generational family businesses have received commendations. Of the commendations, 22 have been platinum, the highest level achievable, for proprietors operating in the municipality for more than 50 years. Cr Doyle said the program’s aim is to build a community of small and multi-generational businesses in order to strengthen the future of small business in Melbourne. “Over the past nine years the program has offered small businesses support and networking opportunities while also cultivating positive synergies between small business and the City of Melbourne,” he said.

The Lord Mayor Robert Doyle with Kay Craddock of Antiquarian Booksellers who is Chair of the Lord Mayor’s Commendations Advisory Group

“We welcome all small business owners who meet the criteria to register their business and join our active community.” Applications are open until June 13, with the program culminating in a presentation ceremony on October 1. For more information including how to register or nominate an eligible small business, visit commendations or call 9658 9658.

The Lord Mayor Robert Doyle with with Jess Gilchrist and Taelyn Bonnici of Chocoholic Tours, which received a Commendation in 2010

New research reveals the DNA of business success: hard work wins in business, with inexperience and poor planning key reasons for failure of Aussie companies. When it comes to running a company, good old fashioned hard work (82%), drive (70%) and determination (66%) have topped the list of what Aussies think are the most important personal traits to safeguard business success.

• Poor decision-making due to inexperience (76%) • Owners not doing their homework before starting their business (74%) • Not paying attention to cash flow (71%) • Poor recruitment and training decisions (28%) • Government bureaucracy and red tape (28%)

The survey of Australian business owners and managers also revealed other factors including staff (55%), investment in technology (37%) and having nimble, agile operations (39%) as being key ingredients in today’s recipe for business success.

Top tips for business success: • Be willing to put in the hard yards – Be prepared for a lot of hard work and have a thick skin – you need to be resilient and stay focused on the end goal, even when obstacles get in your way. • Do your homework – putting in place a solid business plan will help ensure you’re in the best possible position for success. • Look the part – where you work says a lot about your business. Having meetings with potential clients in cafés or sterile office spaces doesn’t convey professionalism.

Failing to plan is planning to fail When it comes to views on why Australian companies fail a number of common problems were identified.


EVENT If you’re up for a night of learning, networking, canapés & drinks then you’ll love this Business Shorts event. Bring your cards and meet other business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals in a relaxed environment. Come along and expand your network!

• Avoid long-term leases – when you’re just starting out, it’s important to keep costs low and flexible until your business has become more established. • A different perspective – when you’re starting out having a mentor or somebody with more experience who you can go to for help and guidance is invaluable. • Recognise the power of good people – the staff you employ can make

or break your business. Take time to build the right team. • Investing in technology – having the right level of IT support will make it easier to focus on your clients and create revenue, without having to worry about internet failures or poor connectivity impacting productivity. The DNA of Business Success report by serviced and virtual offices provider Servcorp paints a picture of ‘true Aussie grit’. A total of 457 owners and managers of Australian businesses were surveyed online by Galaxy Research on behalf of Servcorp. For the full report please go to

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The DNA of business success

Chris Claydon - Claydon Price

Time in Melbourne CBD: 3 years. Why Melbourne CBD: Best city in Australia with a diverse array of businesses, sports, cultures and people (and the best coffee!) Your business in a nutshell: A group of like-minded and immensely experienced recruitment professionals who

Words of advice: “Pick your battles.”

Why did you start your business? To break the status quo of the A successful business needs: A regimented big recruitment single-minded proposition, great businesses, our passion is of culture and a clear plan for its future. personal service from educated and experienced individuals who Whose brain would you like show maturity and sensibility. to pick: Henry Ford; a true visionary who created an empire What were the most important from virtually nothing. factors that contributed to your business success?: It’s personal What is your definition of success and everyone we touch gains in business: The journey. the feeling of our passion. Biggest strength business Claydon Price owners can leverage: L2 Riverside Quay, 1 Southbank Talented people of course. Boulevard, Southbank, VIC, 3006 What keeps you up at night? Frisky 9982 4464 possums, most months of the year. Hidden gem in Melbourne CBD: Killiney Kopitiam on Bourke company/claydon-price Street, best laksa in Melbourne.

MAY 2014



Tom Elliott writes...

Public pensions are welfare, not a right in retirement

Since 1909, most Australian retirees have been eligible for a publiclyfunded pension. Current budgetary pressures mean this form of support is now firmly in the spotlight. Our thinking about pensions needs to change, rapidly and soon. We should now see them as welfare for the needy, rather than a right in retirement.

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Loose eligibility criteria mean that hundreds of thousands of older Australians deliberately structure their affairs to appear as poor as possible. People keep money in discretionary family trusts rather than in their own names, or pour all their cash into the family home rather than into super. Why? Because the pension rules encourage them to do so. For reasons I have never really understood, most of us see a government-funded pension as a right beyond the age of 65, or 67 after 2023. Justifications for this usually run along the lines of ‘Well, I’ve paid tax all my life, so therefore I deserve some back in my


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By definition, there must be a large number of people in society who are net taxpayers; otherwise there wouldn’t be any money to support those unable to fend for themselves. Right now our retirement rules allow a married couple with a $2 million home - not so rare these days - and up to $1.126 million in other assets to receive a part pension from the government. Should people with this level of wealth be dependent on our already overstretched

Fair Trade Fun… It’s Moral Fairgrounds’ fifth year of hosting Victoria’s Fair Trade Fortnight raising awareness of ethical and conscious purchasing decisions.

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later years’. If everyone thought like this, we wouldn’t have much tax revenue for all the other services governments are supposed to provide, such as healthcare, education, defence, welfare, and so on.

Director of Moral Fairground Susanna Bevilacqua believes “that as consumers we have a responsibility to those that produce for us to ensure that what we buy has been produced ethically”. Fair Trade Fortnight celebrates an international trading system based on transparency and respect as well as the success of enterprises that trade ethically. “More than six million people including farmers, producers, workers and their families in 70 countries benefit from the unique, independent fair trade system,” Fair Trade Australia New Zealand states.

Giving farmers and workers a fair price sounds like an obvious business requirement but for many it is not the case. That’s where fair trade makes a real difference and not only focuses on the fair trade price for produce but also supports and protects producers from damaging fluctuations in world market prices. To invest in social, economic and environmental development, fair trade producers receive an additional sum of money, called the fair trade premium, which they can use in their community for various needs including educational and medical facilities. And fair trade certification standards prohibit the use of forced and abusive child labour.

welfare system? I’d have thought not. Like the government’s poorly conceived Paid Parental Leave Scheme, these overly generous part pension entitlements are an example of unnecessary middle class welfare. No wonder the federal budget is under pressure. Tune in and listen to Tom between 3-6pm weekdays on 3AW’s Drive. 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.

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Fair Trade Fortnight is a festival of entertainment for all the family. Moral Fairground is excited to be adding a component this year to inspire, empower and educate people everywhere on how small positive actions can contribute to a fair society. You can take part in the Fair Trade Event Trail and join people all over the globe during Fair Trade Fortnight. You’ll hear stories about how communities have been able to support themselves, how women have been able to gain employment and how much lives have been enriched. You’ll not only be entertained but you’ll also get the opportunity to purchase fair trade goods. There are many events happening from May 3 to 18. For all Victorian Fair Trade Fortnight free activities visit For more information on Fair Trade Australia New Zealand visit


MAY 2014



HomeGround’s vision to end homelessness One of Melbourne’s largest housing and homelessness providers, HomeGround Services has launched a non-profit real estate agency, believed to be the first social enterprise of its kind in Australia. HomeGround Real Estate is a social enterprise that will provide expert property and tenancy management services to investors and socially-minded property owners in Melbourne. The proceeds of the venture will be reinvested into assisting a growing number of individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness


and rely on HomeGround for housing and support services.

the needs of people seeking housing and support services.

HomeGround chief executive Dr Heather Holst said the agency had 15 years’ experience in property and tenancy management.

“We have seen a steady increase in the number of people who need assistance with services that can help prevent them becoming homeless and assist those who are already experiencing homelessness,” she said.

“Our tenancy and property management team has around 15 years’ experience in managing hundreds of properties for the Department of Human Services in addition to many properties in the private rental market under head lease arrangements.” Dr Holst said the decision to take on the real estate market was also driven by the need to increase HomeGround’s capacity to meet

“While we continue to predominantly rely on funding bodies to provide these essential services we also realise the vulnerability and uncertainty of this income stream. The real estate agency will allow us to reinvest in our core business of ending homelessness.”


“The exterior of The Quays is a bold, yet considerate use of colour. The apartment building stands out amongst the high-rise corporate buildings in the Docklands and can be seen as an oversized public art space. The combination of translucent colours with block colours is innovative and

Quays came from developer MAB and the authorities.“A connection to the water and city views was paramount. They understood the importance of the corner location marking the corner of the Docklands entry and that this building would be a gateway to the precinct. The project needed to be economically viable,” Ms Ryan said.


this project to help create a complementary narrative.”

“Colour was important because it was one way of differentiating this building from others down at the Docklands. It is the purple building. It is not a grey city building. It is a little bit different and we think a little bit exciting.” Ms Ryan said colour was used as an important 'way finding’ device. Each level of apartments has a colour theme so that people know where they are.

the Quay to success A Docklands building has cleaned up at the 2014 Dulux Colour Awards. Architect McBride Charles Ryan’s design for The Quay’s was a clear standout, taking out the Grand Prix and also winning the Multi Residential Interior and Multi Residential Exterior categories.

The project’s clever use of bold, block colour mixed with translucent colours ensured its success in this year’s awards program.

impactful. The exterior and interior work in complete harmony with each other – a highly commended and considered design feature.”

In awarding The Quays the top honour, the judging panel stated: “A clever use of colour has been used throughout

McBride Charles Ryan’s Debbie Ryan said the brief for the design of The

Getting to the art of Docklands The first piece of Melbourne’s largest integrated sculptural artwork spanning 90 metres has been installed at Docklands. Supersonic, the artwork by sculptor Dion Horstmans, will create a canopy over the plaza at Walker Corporation’s $1.8 billion Collins Square development. Minister for Planning Matthew Guy was on hand to see the installation of the

first piece of the artwork which will cast beams of light across the path of visitors. “Docklands has become an urban art destination and with developers required to contribute one per cent of development costs towards urban art, Docklands’ reputation as a place for great art will continue to grow,” Mr Guy said.

The $2.5 million steel and glass sculpture weighs 56 tonnes and will take three months to install. Mr Horstmans said the first piece responds to the site and the buildings during the construction phase. “I have carefully considered the relationship of my piece to its environment,

“It was a humbling experience for McBride Charles Ryan to win three awards at the Dulux Colour Awards. It takes years of passion, hard work and commitment to create buildings of value and these sort of awards are recognition of that,” she said.

emphasising the relationship between art and architecture,” he said. Mr Guy said Docklands was on track to welcome a further 50,000 workers before the end of the decade. KPMG’s agreement with Walker Corporation to take the top 11 floors of a new tower at Collins Square, will bring an additional 1800 workers to Docklands by 2017, he said. “Already this year we’ve seen the tram run the full length of Collins Street to the recently opened intersection with Bourke Street. The $15 million Dock Square project will open in the coming months, with green public space, cafes and a pavilion, making Docklands a great place to work.” MAY 2014





Motoring Review by Paul Maric BMW X5 M50d

updates that have given the range a refreshed look and revitalised feel.

For years the BMW X5 has been the benchmark in sporty SUVs. The X5 has always been the best handling, most stylish and most desired of the bunch.

Inside the cabin, it’s all class. Designers have gone to work on the steering wheel, seats, doors and dashboard to redevelop the interior and keep it modern. The quality of materials remains very high with soft-touch leather door surrounds, textured plastics and grippy pads on the steering wheel audio controls.

Only recently competition from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Lexus and even Porsche has meant BMW needed to look beyond performance and handling to compete on a price basis with buyers after the look and not necessarily the bite of a sporty SUV. The latest generation of BMW X5 is now offered in everything from rearwheel-drive entry-level petrol to a tri-turbocharged performance diesel. In keeping with tradition, I jumped behind the wheel of BMW’s all new X5 M50d to see what all the fuss was about. Powered by a tri-turbocharged (yes, three turbochargers) 3.0-litre sixcylinder diesel engine that produces 280kW and a mammoth 740Nm of torque, the M50d can sprint from 0-100km/h in just 5.3-seconds. Even more remarkable is the fuel consumption, a combined 6.7L/100km. The exterior of the X5 M50d comes complete with all the ‘M’ gear you would expect — big wheels, big bulges and plenty of sculpted angles. The rest of the X5 range has benefitted from similar

The real fun begins when you hit the start button and begin putting the X5 through its paces. Direct steering and excellent brake pedal feel inspires confidence, while switchable dynamic driving modes alter the throttle sharpness, suspension firmness and stability control settings. Starting from $82,900 for the X5 sDrive25d, the X5 M50d tested retails for $147,900. There are six variants available in between the entry-level X5 sDrive25d and topspec X5 M50d meaning there is an offering to cover every budget. Paul Maric is a Melbourne based, independent motoring journalist & mechanical engineer. Visit: Follow Paul on Twitter: @PaulMaric

MAY 2014



Eat, drink and be merry at the Good Food and Wine Show Melbourne is set to become the centre of the food and wine universe when the Good Food and Wine Show hits town later this month. A three-day program of events from May 30 - June 1 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is sure to tempt the tastebuds of many a foodie and wine connoisseur. Drink and be merry at the Riedel A+ Australian Wine Bar, rub shoulders with famed sommeliers and vintners at the Riedel Wine Theatre or relax with a cold one in the Grazing Garden with famed food trucks. Attend one of these inspiring classes crafted by Wine Australia’s

Industry Expert Aaron Brasher. Whether you are a weekend wine drinker or wine connoisseur, these sessions are designed with discovery and inspiration in mind.

Good Food and Wine Show When: 10am-6pm Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31 and 10am-5pm Sunday, June 1.

Get up close and personal with your favourite iconic chefs at LifeStyle FOOD Chef's Table. Or impress your friends with your newly found culinary skills after taking part in Zumbarons Masterclass with Adriano Zumbo. Learn the secrets behind Zumbo’s famed Zumbarons in this two-hour, hands-on masterclass brought to you by Kenwood. Adriano will take you through the step-bystep process to create his highly

How to Feed a Family of 6 for Under $20 Mother-of-five Jas McPhee started her How to Feed a Family of 6 for Under $20 Facebook page after cooking a simple lamb curry one night that her children devoured. Since then she's shared daily instalments of delicious recipes costing less than $20 and has attracted tens of thousands of followers. This cookbook brings together Jas' most popular recipes with her fail-safe tips for saving money by shopping smart and cooking creatively.


cheese masterclass exploring sublime cheese and wine matches, and all the latest trends in Australian cheese making and enjoying.

acclaimed Zumbarons. He will pass on all the required tips and tricks you will need to master the sweet delicacies, so you’ll be impressing friends and family at home in no time.

Serves 6 INGREDIENTS: 2 tbsp oil 4 cloves garlic, chopped 5cm piece ginger, chopped 1 stalk lemongrass, chopped 1 tbsp lime or lemon juice 2 tsp turmeric 2 tsp cumin 1 cup chicken stock 1kg boneless chicken breast, diced 400ml can coconut cream

Tickets: $34 Adult, $26 12-17 years, $28 concession Details:

Love cheese? Then join Bruny Island cheese master, Nick Haddow for a

Jas’ Chicken Laksa

Where: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre,
 2 Clarendon Street,
South Wharf

3000’s kitchen

1 bunch fresh coriander, chopped 1 chilli, finely chopped (optional) 2 x 250g packets vermicelli noodles 1 carrot, grated 1 spring onion, chopped

6. Pour boiling water to cover noodles and leave for 3 minutes or until tender.


8. Place a small handful of carrot, spring onion and coriander on top for a bit of extra freshness.

1. Heat pan to a medium heat and add oil.

7. Divide vermicelli among bowls. Spoon a generous amount of Laksa sauce on top.

2. Add garlic, ginger, lemongrass, lime or lemon juice, turmeric, cumin and stock. Cook for 2 minutes to release the flavours. 3. Add chicken to pan. Bring to boil and simmer until chicken is cooked through. 4. Add coconut cream and simmer for 3–4 minutes until sauce has reduced slightly and thickened. 5. Add coriander (reserving some for garnish) and chilli (if using).

Reproduced with permission from Feed a Family of Six for under $20 by Jas McPhee. Published by Penguin Group NZ. RRP $19.99.

Nothing beats freshly brewed tea for flavour and fragrance. No one knows this better than Chatime, a fresh tea specialist franchise focusing on modernised Taiwanese tea culture.

Tea time at Chatime

The Melbourne CBD is home to six Chatime outlets, including one at the newly opened Emporium, just some of more than 1000 stores internationally. The company, serving more than 350,000 customers daily, launched in Australian in 2009 and has grown to 60 outlets nationwide. Chatime Australia’s Head of Marketing, Karen Leong said that within Chatime’s range

of hot and iced refreshing and nutritional teas there was something to tempt all tastebuds. "Chatime draws from traditional Taiwanese tea concepts to create our delicious fusion of flavours. We continuously develop new drinks to keep our menu fresh and dynamic. Our tea is freshly brewed in store every day, giving customers more flavour and fragrances in their drinks" Ms Leong said. "Chatime provides high-quality natural ingredients which are directly sourced from our tea garden in Taiwan and have a unique method of infusing and blending our tea leaves to create an authentic fresh tasting tea experience. There are no added preservatives." Customers have the choice of 12 toppings to add to their tea. The range includes pearl, herbal jelly,


While Melbourne is known for its exemplary coffee, designer tea is making a resurgence across the city.

coconut jelly, red bean, coffee jelly, aloe vera, lychee jelly, rainbow jelly, grape jelly, egg pudding, malt, and sago. They can also customise the sugar and ice levels of their drinks. Combining 30 years of tea production and a team of professional tea developers and testers, the company employs stateof-the-art technology and uses the highest quality ingredients to deliver a great tea tasting experience. "Chatime is committed to delivering consistently highquality beverages with outstanding customer service" Ms Leong said. Try Chatime for yourself at Melbourne Central, QV Square, Emporium, 28 Elizabeth Street, 101 Swanston Street, and Mid City Plaza. View the menu at online.

Japanese cuisine

MAY 2014



Take your mum for a run

Breast cancer survivors, family members, friends and carers will don pink ponchos this month to raise awareness about breast cancer.

The Breast Cancer Network Australia’s Field of Women event will be held at the MCG, just before the Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs AFL match.

Join 15,000 people as they unite on the MCG and create the Pink Lady silhouette, representing the number of Australians who are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.

Event champion, Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne Susan Riley, encouraged all Melburnians to take part in the important awareness campaign.

Stand on the MCG on Saturday, May 10 to show your support for all Australians affected by breast cancer.

“Everyone is welcome to take part – you don’t have to be a breast cancer survivor to be involved,” Cr Riley said. “I am proud to support this important event which brings together patients,

survivors, and their loved ones, to raise awareness of breast cancer. “The Field of Women event is also a major fundraiser for Breast Cancer Network Australia, with all proceeds invested into its future work to combat cancer.” Tickets are on sale now for $55 and include a pink poncho, back pack and entry to the game. For more information or to buy tickets visit

If she says you give her the run around then prove her right. For more than a decade, the Mother’s Day Classic fun run and walk has provided communities with a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day and raise funds for breast cancer research. Register yourself and your mum to walk or run 4km or 8km in the Melbourne MDC from 6am at Alexandra Gardens and the Tan Track, Melbourne. To register, shop and fundraise go to

A decade-long walk


Ten years ago former AFL footballer Michael Long embarked on a long walk to Parliament House in Canberra to raise awareness about the plight of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

“We have raised awareness and bridged many gaps between people across Australia and we will continue to build understanding and respect. We urge people to join us and continue walking.”

In the past 10 years more than 90,000 people have walked with Long on the Long Walk events which have been held across Australia in support of Indigenous Australians.

To mark the 10th anniversary, this year’s event on Saturday, May 31 will include a fun walk to raise valuable funds for the charity’s education and cultural exchange programs.

“I have been reflecting on what we have achieved over the past 10 years since I first felt the force of people power on the first Long Walk,” Long said.

It will be held in the Royal Botanical Gardens and will be followed by a free concert featuring Casey Donovan, Urthboy, Radical Son,

Ellie Lovegrove, Maupower and the Bunjil Music Business Project Artists. The Long Walk precedes Dreamtime at the MCG, an annual Australian Rules Football match between Essendon and Richmond. The match is part of the AFL Indigenous round, which celebrates the contribution of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players to the AFL, during National Reconciliation Week May 27 – June 3. For more information or to register to take part visit


When three opera singers form a group, debut at #1, achieving five-times Platinum status in six weeks in their home market – outselling Grammy-Award winning acts like Lorde and holding off the top position from One Direction – people take notice. SOL3 MIO, pronounced Solay Mio, is a New Zealand success story. Their album debuted at #1 last year knocking fellow countrywoman Lorde off the top spot and outselling her by almost double to become New Zealand’s biggest selling album of 2013. Their debut album has just been released in Australia.

Kiwi trio launch debut CD in Oz

The three family members started the group to fund their training as professional opera singers and along the way they became superstars. SOL3 MIO, comprising two tenor brothers, Pene and Amitai Pati, and their baritone cousin Moses Mackay, are all aged in their 20s. The Samoan New Zealand trio has quickly established an international reputation.

Classically trained, but contemporary influenced, the group signed to Universal Music and recorded their self-titled debut album in London with award winning producer Nick Patrick. The album features opera classics, modern surprises and the soaring voices and emotional harmonies that make up the unique sound of SOL3 MIO. If you’re still looking for a great gift to give mum this Mother’s Day, then enter the 3000 Melbourne competition to win one of 10 SOL3 MIO CDs up for grabs. Simply email your name and address to for your chance to win.

MAY 2014



What are crystals and how do they work? By Dana Atkin - Professional Kinesiology Practitioner

How are crystals formed? How a crystal is formed, gives each crystal its own unique capacity or healing attributes. They are literally a representation of the earth’s history. Depending on how deep the crystal sat within the layers of the earth, if it was created under heat, pressure, erosion, water or air will determine what characteristics it has. Each has a unique internal crystalline structure, giving it a unique energetic

pattern and each shape too has an impact on the crystal’s abilities.

How do crystals work? Crystals work on an energetic level. Meaning that they can help to elevate you into a certain level of vibration or keep you at a certain level of vibration. Think about your favourite song and how it makes you feel - happy, energetic, healthy and vibrant. Every time you put that song on, you know how it will make you feel. You can seek out a particular song because you want to feel happy and elated. Crystals work in a similar way, they energetically raise you up to the level you want to be or hold you there, depending on what you’re looking for and how you use the crystal. You can wear crystals in certain places for particular effects or you can place them in certain areas of your home or office for specific results.

Choosing a crystal Generally speaking, people tend to choose one that feels right. You can choose it based on the description that often sits with the crystal in the store or by the look and feel of it. Sometimes, in a kinesiology session, a particular crystal will test up for a client in order to help them to achieve a particular goal like sleeping well, feeling calm, feeling more confident to name a few.

Cleansing your crystals People often forget to cleanse their crystals. If you keep a crystal in your pocket for instance and it’s a crystal that is meant to help elevate your confidence, it works extra hard to raise your vibration and as it does, it sucks away the negative or lower vibration. The crystal can only hold so much of the lower vibration, before it is unable to do its job in the best way possible because it has no room for the positive elements.

Your health challenge: lie down and do nothing


There are countless studies that show how chronic stress messes with our body's basic rhythms and cycles. Stress is meant to be a short-term thing.

mode as part of a regular rhythm to keep them from falling apart.

Essentially, the antidote is to slow down.

Aerobic exercise — something that gets your heart rate up - encourages the growth of more neurons and a better blood flow in the brain.

The body and the brain need downtime or ‘rest and digest'

How different types of activity affect our brains:

This improves our ability to focus in the face of distractions; it improves planning, scheduling, working memory and the ability to switch between tasks.

Anaerobic exercise — stretching or strength training that doesn’t get the heart rate up - seems to activate the part of the brain that helps us resolve conflict and distinguish between confusing sources of stimulation. Again, helpful.

And then there’s doing nothing. Physically, doing nothing or at least very little allows the body to rest, restore and digest. But mentally, doing nothing is important too. Resting allows the mind time to wander, and to start sorting through all the stuff. In this state we

Here’s how to cleanse your crystals: 1. S  it them under running water for a few minutes to shift the energy. 2. Sit them in a bowl of salt water. 3. Put them on the window ledge on the full moon. Yes, it’s quirky but it works. 4. Bury them in the back yard for a day. This works by returning them to their ‘home’ for a little refresh, after all that’s where they came from. There are hundreds of crystals with many different qualities so have a look next time you are near a crystal store or stallholder and if something looks or feels nice, then pick it up and have a read of its qualities. We’re often drawn to the ones we need the most at that point in time. Dana Atkin, Dip. Kin Professional Kinesiology Consultant

might suddenly realise, say, that the answer to the problem at work can be solved using the something from some other part of our lives. Neurologists call this analogical thinking. Here's the clincher: what we do physically seems to be more effective than cognitive exercises for improving brain health and cognitive function. The different benefits of the various types of activity or non-activity for the mind and body really need to be part of our daily rhythms, but they're especially important when we're busy. So how about we all just have a little lie down now?

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By Suzana Talevski – Television fitness presenter and instructor Scenario 1: So it’s getting harder to get out of bed. It’s freezing cold outside, it’s warm in bed. You’ll try to get to the gym or go for a run after work. As you switch the alarm off and you drift back into the land of nod you are unaware of the disservice you have just done to yourself. Scenario 2: Driving to the gym after work it starts bucketing down, hailing, a storm is blowing in and your patience to find a car park is quickly reaching its limits. You will go tomorrow morning, yep, first thing tomorrow morning. But as you settle in with a glass of that red you have been dreaming about all day you know that isn’t really going happen either. So the cycle continues. And the weight starts creeping up, and up.

STOP! Let’s break the cycle and talk winter training tips. If you want a beach body, it isn’t going to magically appear on December 1, the work starts right now. Here are some ideas about staying motivated over winter... • Join a club that gets you moving. So you don’t feel like going to the gym, that’s fine, you just have to keep moving. How about indoor soccer or basketball? Or maybe now is the perfect time to book a three-month course to learn how to salsa? One hour of salsa dancing burns about 450 calories. Go for it! • Make a pact with a buddy or a group of friends to keep training. Set yourselves rewards for sticking with your plan. For example, a yummy treat at your favourite cafe every week. • Get a personal trainer. They will help keep you on track by varying your


Stay Motivated to Stay FIT

workouts and keep you motivated through new and exciting challenges. • Take advantage of the winter sports and activities in Melbourne. There are lots of them. For example: »» Ice skating. Burns around 480 calories an hour if skating at a moderate pace. »» Indoor climbing. Challenge yourself to conquer new heights, improve your speed and master new climbs. You will burn about 750 calories per hour. »» If you want to get into the outdoors then Victoria has some great snowfields and ski resorts, we really are spoilt for choice. You burn about 450 calories while skiing. Don’t be afraid to get out into the cold. New research published early this year suggested shivering triggers a response in muscles similar to that of exercise.

The study, published in the journal Cell Metabolism, found that the muscles of shivering people trigger the release of a hormone that activates brown fat, a type of fat that burns energy to generate heat.

The main point is to keep moving AND make it fun!

MAY 2014




Fading Gigolo Review By Simon Bailey A script that tells the story of a newfound escort and his whimsical pimp could have resulted in a forgettable romp. Fading Gigolo, however - written, directed and starred in by John Turturro - sidesteps crudeness to result in a rather sensitive and thoughtful 90 minutes.


Somewhere in the Big Apple we meet Murray Schwartz (Woody Allen), who, at the end of an era is packing up and closing down the bookshop he runs. As that dusty door closes, Murray is struck with a wicked and preposterous new business idea: to turn his middle-aged, part-time flower shop employee and

friend Fioravante (John Turturro) into an escort for the women of New York. Dubious as it may seem, the very characteristics of Fioravante that render him, at first glance, hard pressed to find a market actually render him lucrative in his new profession. Women from New York’s diverse social tapestries seem to relish an everyman’s complexion and somewhat aloof, yet beguiling charisma. Among this chorus of women are Murray’s dermatologist Dr Parker (a graceful Sharon Stone) and her dazzling friend Selima (Sofia Vergara). Perhaps Fioravante’s most

significant client is Avigal (Vanessa Paradis), a lonely and isolated Chasidic Jewish widow. But in this case it’s not about the sex. Steeped in initial fear and apprehension, Avigal visits Fioravante’s apartment in one of the film’s more powerful scenes where she is but touched on her back and brought to tears. Client and professional dine together, and spend time that shatters the oppressive loneliness freezing Avigal’s world since her husband’s death, like a pick to an ice block. All the while we see Avigal’s every move watched by Dovi, a Jewish neighbourhood watch patrolman played by a sincere Liev Schreiber. With an unexpected twist, the characters develop and negotiate their inner happiness. At times the premise of Fioravante’s appeal to beautiful, powerful women may seem a bit far-fetched,

but then again this is New York where anything goes, right? In any case, Fading Gigolo’s cast portrays endearing characters all familiar with the need for company and affection, despite their contrasting backgrounds. Paradis gives a sensitive, standout performance as Avigal whose fragility seems entirely authentic. At the other end of the character spectrum, Allen gives his awkward yet steadfast signature schtick. Another familiar element is the romantically comforting backdrop that portrays the city of New York in a charming and atmospheric light.

Fading Gigolo takes a surprisingly reflective and sweet look at loneliness and the need for company. Whilst somewhat cockeyed, it is an enjoyable show. Rated M. In cinemas now.


Brilliantly funny wit & charming observations on the absurdities of everyday life

3000 Melbourne Magazine ISSUE 89 May 2014  

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