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MEDIA ARCHITECTS managing editor carl lindgren business manager wendy schipper editor mikki brammer editorial assistants sarah bristow, melinda halloran, linsey rendell copy editor matthew brady art director lila theodoros production manager sarah hyne web/graphic designers matthew harrison, sarah hyne, amy melksham photographer melinda halloran advertising manager chrisanthi demos account managers libby collison, leonie ruegg financial controller kathryn lindgren web developers morgan daly, dino latoga contributors frances frangenheim, eric lindgren, kathryn lindgren map cheer squad kara ciampi, siobhan kranz map babies jasper york, mia, milo day, mollie, oscar map sponsor kids modester, naboth map foster animals jarot the orangutan, maxwell the rhino, migaloo the whale, pedro espinodo the iguana, philadelphia nightingale the turtle, sinya the elephant map sponsor items a charity: water well in ethiopia a swing in bolivia an acre of the gondwana link a hug for brisbane

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“Have patience, take your time and give your best every time.” – – PATRICK JOHNSON 44 international

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“You must believe that people can change and that you can change things.” – – JANE BIRKIN 10 fashion

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“We only get one chance at life, so you need to give it your best.” – – BRIONY MILLER 56 arts

CONTENTS

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“Life is quite flat and boring if you don’t have creativity in it.” – – MIKALA DWYER

VILLAGE

FASHION/BEAUTY

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Anjali Stewart

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Fashion

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Christen O’Leary

Flores, Indonesia

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56 live

Matthew Swaggart

Briony Miller

Roger Kiss

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face 58 ticket 59 stimulator

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MANAGING EDITOR’S NOTE

Do not judge me by my successes; judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

–– NELSON MANDELA

Welcome to map magazine’s 139th issue. This year we are excited to be launching a new map online product called The Weekend Edition – www.theweekendedition.com.au. When map magazine launched almost 13 years ago, the team at map set out to improve the quality and perception of street magazines in the marketplace. We have never wavered from our original mission and have constantly focused on delivering a great quality and inspiring magazine for our readers. In a competitive media environment dominated mainly by News Limited, we have been incredibly proud to achieve this. Now, the team at map is set to do it all again

with The Weekend Edition. Launching March 8, The Weekend Edition is a new way to receive your weekly local news – online – across the categories of fashion, food & drink, people, culture and events. We will also be focusing on local interviews with the people who shape our community along with features on local and global travel destinations. Compelling photography, intelligent writing, modern typography and good design have come together to deliver a breath of fresh air when it comes to online weekly lifestyle news. We look forward to sharing The Weekend Edition with you on March 8 and look forward to your feedback ... remember to dream!

Carl Lindgren :) MANAGING EDITOR carl@mapmagazine.com.au

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For our March Cloth issue, I had the great pleasure of interviewing fashion icon, Jane Birkin. It was a joy to chat to Jane and her words were truly inspiring. But what surprised me during the interview was her candour about her own feelings of self-doubt. For someone who is revered by many as one of fashion’s most stylish women – a ‘bombshell’ no less – it was refreshing to hear that she experiences the same moments of doubt and feelings of unworthiness that almost everyone faces at one time or another. What I learned from Jane was that, regardless of who are, you’re bound to feel such negative emotions – the difference between those who are successful and those who aren’t is the fact that successful people acknowledge those feelings and chase their dream anyway. I hope that her words inspire you too!

Mikki Brammer EDITOR

mikki@mapmagazine.com.au

Of the 227-million students attending school in sub-Saharan Africa, it is estimated that 95-million students do not have desks in the classroom. Without such a simple tool to provide structure within a learning environment, it can be difficult for students to properly concentrate. Formerly known as The Lapdesk Company, The Kommunity Desk Company is a South African-based organisation that aims to deliver 20 million desks to students across Africa by 2015. The desks are crafted from child-safe materials and are designed to create a stable surface when sat on the child’s lap. @ www.kommunitydesk.com

RETRODREAMER ––

JEAN COCTEAU

“When a work appears to be ahead of its time, it is only the time that is behind the work.”

An accomplished poet, novelist, painter, playwright, set designer, director and actor, Jean Cocteau embraced all forms of art. By the time he was 16, Jean was already a published poet and, while he went onto to become a successful actor, director and scriptwriter, poetry always remained close to his heart. Always one step ahead of his generation, Jean was openly homosexual despite it being taboo, and is considered one of the most influential avant-garde film directors.

INVITES YOU TO ... THE DEEP BLUE SEA Love rarely comes without its fair share of misery and heartbreak. In the second film adaptation of Terence Rattigan’s classic play, The Deep Blue Sea, Hester Collyer (Rachel Weisz) finds herself in the grip of a fierce and passionate, yet forbidden love affair. After deciding to leave her husband – High Court Judge William Collyer (Simon Russell Beale) – for the young and slightly troubled ex-RAF Pilot Freddie (Tom Hiddleston), Hester finds herself grappling with her own desires and the fear of loneliness that begins to manifest when passion begins to wane. For your chance to attend map magazine’s special screening of The Deep Blue Sea at Palace Centro Cinemas on April 3 at 6:30 pm, visit www.mapmagazine.com.au and follow the links to the Readers Premiere. 112 lucky entrants will receive a double pass. Winners will be notified by email. Good luck!

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www.twentysevennames.co.nz –– The latest collection from New Zealand-based label TwentySeven Names delves below our poised exteriors to dredge up the idiosyncrasies beneath. age 28. born Wellington, New Zealand. thing that made the world sit up and take notice of you Turns out having fun with your best friend might do it. gets you out of bed in the morning The idea of breakfast. something you discovered this month Kendrick

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SLEEK // SWEDES With an emphasis on clean, crisp lines and a monochrome palette, Odeur continues fashion’s exploration of androgyny. Maintaining a strikingly minimalist aesthetic, Odeur’s signature has become the subtle yet clean fragrance of its garments, which is used in place of a logo to identify the brand. Dreamed up in 2006 by Swedish designer Petter Hollstrom, Odeur began as a small fashion experiment limited only to t-shirts, but now encompasses a collection of jeans, outerwear and accessories. Locally, you can find Odeur at Violent Green. @ www.odeur.se

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The view from the lookout at Miyajima Island in Hiroshima, Japan. idea of complete happiness I’m not sure yet. But I would hope that a healthy mixture of creativity, travel, philanthropy, friends and family would cut it. scares you Losing the people I love. worth fighting for My family and my friends. biggest inspiration My co-designer, Rachel – she is my best friend. She manages to be both the hardest-working, and most lovely person I know. She has always been there for me and there’s something I can’t get anywhere else but from her and what we work on together. words of wisdom Do things to make yourself creatively happy. As soon as I try to do things that I think other people will like, I always seem to get it wrong!

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Fashion mavens will attest to the importance of considering the finest details when curating a distinct sartorial look. Designed with fashionable folk in mind, the Pleat Napa White and Gold headphones by Molami are crafted to naturally enhance and frame the natural bone structure of the face. Made using natural napa leather, the headphones also deliver striking sound quality. The over-ear design isolates any external noise interference, strong bass lines are accentuated, and the highs and lows of the sound flow through the headphones as naturally as possible. @ www.molami.com

CLEVER // TRENCH

FASHION // FANTASY

When considering the essentials pieces that should be part of every wardrobe, the classic lines and smooth crisp tailoring of the trench coat earn the garment a place on any list. While Brisbane’s balmy climate doesn’t often warrant the need for a cosy trench coat, the chic Tribeca Raincoat by Terra New York would certainly earn its keep. Styled to emulate the look of a trench coat, the button-up raincoat has heat-sealed seams to prevent leakages, a storm flap and ventilation systems to promote a steady flow of air. @ www.terranewyork.com

As time has ticked away, fantasy stories have evolved from romantic tomes about faraway kingdoms filled with castles and dreamy princes, to futuristic tales that probe the realm of science fiction. Canvassing the spectrum of fantasy stories, the Odyssey collection of jewellery from Bjorg explores the poetic nature of romantic fantasies, as well as the futuristic imagery of stories about time travel and parallel universes. By using a neutral colour palette and contrasting the softness of horsehair with sharp structures, the collection blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. @ www.bjorgjewellery.com

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AVANT-GARDE FASHION LACED WITH A TOUCH OF CRAFT

Part of the intrigue of fashion rests in the unwritten history of a beautifully designed garment. Was it handcrafted? What was inspiring the designer when the concept first began to etch itself in their consciousness? As you peer even closer towards a garment, delicate details such as the softness of a feather embellishment, the gentle ribbing of a knitted garment, or a sprinkling of hand-sewn beads beckon you to run your fingers over the peaks and valleys of the clothing. When designer Jantine van Peski was designing her graduate collection, she was inspired by the striking silhouettes of 1970s fashion as well as the alluring coarse texture of macrame. A method of making textiles using a series of knots, macrame creates a distinct texture, but also requires the handiwork of dexterous and dedicated craftspeople. With the goal to create

garments with an emphasis on design as well as craftsmanship, the concept for the collection titled WIRES 10.0 was conceived. The collection consists of 12 intrinsically complex garments, each of which strikes a carefully composed form. Some of the garments are completely knotted from soft silk and merino wool using the macrame technique, while other pieces with bold silhouettes have elements of macrame integrated throughout the design. By contrasting an often kitsch craft with fashion design, the collection takes on a rich identity filled with contrasting textures and a minimalist form that reaffirms the emphasis of each garment’s design. Jantine is a recent graduate of the illustrious Antwerp Fashion Academy, but has also studied at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute and worked under fashion designer, Haider Ackermann.

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What is your profession? I am a lingerie expert and fitter, and the Queensland Area Manager, at a sensuality boutique that provides all things naughty and nice. What training or qualifications do you need to fill this role? Strong people-management skills, retail knowledge, professionalism and, of course, a sense of humour. What are the key skills and responsibilities of the role? Management of multiple boutiques. How did you get involved in your profession? I was working in the corporate world of insurance and needed a career that released my creativity, so I decided to explore something more suited to my personality. Could you break into the industry in other ways? There are many facets to the company, ranging from retail positions, to graphic design, marketing and fashion design, creating many avenues to explore. What do you hope to achieve within your industry? My goal is to be the best at whatever I do. Are you in the industry for the long term? We are such a rapidly growing company and I am excited to watch this growth evolve. I am definitely sticking around to see what happens. What advice would you give someone looking to emulate your success? Face your fears. We only get one chance at life, so you need to give it your best. Did you always think you would be in this role? Most definitely not! I had left my previous job and began studying as a mortician, but after the twists and turns of life, I found myself working in a high-end lingerie boutique and loved it! What was your first paid job? Sweeping hair and rinsing perms at my local hairdresser.

What is your profession? I am a croupier and a supervisor at Treasury Casino and Hotel. What training or qualifications do you need to fill this role? One of the great things about becoming a croupier is that there are no formal qualifications required and you can learn on the job. What makes a good croupier is a positive attitude and excellent customer service. What are the key skills and responsibilities of the role? To supervise and conduct the games according to government regulations, while at the same time providing excellent customer service. How did you get involved in your profession? I was looking for part-time work while studying at university and my brother suggested applying for a job at the casino. Could you break into the industry in other ways? There are many ways to become a croupier. Many people start in other departments to get a foot in the door, and then transfer across to table games. What do you hope to achieve within your industry? The most important thing I have learnt is to enjoy yourself at work. I’d like to influence and encourage others to enjoy their role and, in doing so, create a positive experience both for themselves and for customers. Being general manager wouldn’t be a bad thing either! Are you in the industry for the long term? Yes, Treasury provides me stable long-term employment, whilst also offering pathways to move forward in the business. What advice would you give someone looking to emulate your success? Work hard, come to work with the right attitude, and always treat people with respect.

What would you love to do if you weren’t in this role?

Did you always think you would be in this role?

I’d be Dita Von Teese’s personal assistant – that girl has an amazing lingerie collection! What inspires you? Feedback from our customers – it’s a beautiful thing to see the smile on women’s faces when they feel great about themselves. Who is your rolemodel? Chantal Thomass became a fashion icon in 1975 when she introduced lingerie to her fashion shows. She created underwear that became objects of desire, convincing women that they could be enticing and seductive. What are your words of wisdom? Life’s short; wear nice knickers.

No. When I first started working as a croupier, I was studying marketing. What was your first paid job? Injection moulding assistant. What would you love to do if you weren’t in this role? Play basketball in the NBA. What inspires you? People who come from nothing and make something of themselves. Who is your rolemodel? My parents, because they left their homeland and came to Australia with very little in order to provide a better future for me and my brothers. What are your words of wisdom? Lighten up – life’s too short to dwell on the little things.

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Face your fears.” – – BRIONY MILLER

Life’s too short to dwell on the little things.” – – ROGER KISS

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DESIGN // GATHERING waves crashing, the beach, dusk ...

Uniting designers of all persuasions with the theme ‘the common thread’, Brisbane Indesign will immerse Fortitude Valley in the world of art and design on May 26. For the event, designers will create works inspired by the theme to display in showrooms scattered throughout Fortitude Valley, transforming the suburb into an art and design hub. James Street will be buzzing with music, entertainment, food and a showcase of local design, and product launches and design workshops are also planned. Registrations are now being taken on the Brisbane Indesign website. @ www.brisbaneindesign.com.au

FOUR // SENSES A beautiful piece of music is one of life’s great treasures, but for people who are hearing impaired, such a simple pleasure is not possible. The first of its kind in Brisbane, 4senses is a live-music event intended for both the deaf audience and the wider community, with multimedia shows by local visual artists to enhance deaf engagement with the music. Held at the Bridge Club on March 30, 4senses will feature live sets from bands such SixFtHick, We All Want To, Transvaal Diamond Syndicate, Black Mustang and Guthrie. Tickets are available through Oztix and Rockinghorse Records. @ www.oztix.com.au

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A quick snapshot of Australia will reveal a cross-section of citizens with links to countries across the globe. Promoting the benefits of multiculturalism in the workplace, A Taste of Harmony is an annual event where workers bring a dish to work that represents their cultural background, or a dish from a culture they are interested in. With the central focus being on food, co-workers can naturally mingle, discussing each dish, and at the same time gain a better understanding of one another. The event will take place from March 19–25 and businesses can register online. @ www.tasteofharmony.org.au

A simple idea can often be the foundation of a movement of unanticipated proportions. At 8:30 pm on March 31, the simple act of switching off a light unites you with people all over the world. A small idea that started in Sydney in 2006, Earth Hour has since spread to 135 countries, pulling the issue of climate change into sharp focus. While lending the Earth a helping hand can often seem like an overwhelming task, this simple movement creates the feeling of a united global community and sends a poignant message to decision makers across the globe. @ www.earthhour.org

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Anton Bruehl Knitted-to-order sport clothes 1932. Advertisement for Bonwit Teller department store. Gelatin silver photograph. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Gift of American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia Inc., New York NY USA. Made possible with the generous support of Anton Bruehl Jr, 2006.

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The Sunday Rocklea Flea Markets are full of treasure hunters searching for tools, furniture and kitchen supplies. what fashion item

item has caught your eye recently?

has caught your eye recently?

I would really like a pair of Leona Edmiston shoes. what is stimulating you at the moment? I recently completed an Ocular Therapeutics course. what issue needs

A beautiful overnight bag with a women of the world collage on it.

item has caught your eye recently?

If you do your shopping in Queen Street Mall on a Sunday afternoon there are no crowds around.

Long flowing maxi dresses with African-style prints. what is

what fashion item has caught your eye recently? I recently bought

stimulating you at the moment?

a pair of Timberland tan suede high-top boots that I really like.

I am in the process of applying for a volunteer project working at a women’s rights centre in Kenya for 12 months. what issue needs immediate public attention?

The socio-economic status and living standards of Aboriginal and indigenous people. what are your spiritual beliefs? I don’t follow a particular religion, but I like to take pieces from all religions.

what is stimulating you at the moment? Going back to university

to study a Master’s of Finance has been very stimulating. what issue

immediate public attention?

what is stimulating you at the moment? The A Game of Thrones

audio book has been stimulating my imagination because the author has imagined a fantasy universe.

Brisbane needs more parks and bike tracks for cyclists. what are your spiritual beliefs? Good things come to those who wait. who is inspiring you and why? Wil Anderson’s hilarious Twitter feed. He actually tackles some topical issues in a clever and funny way. I like to read it on a boring day.

There needs to be less development of high-rise buildings in and around Woolloongabba. what are your spiritual beliefs? I believe that you should always treat others in the same way that you would like to be treated yourself. who is inspiring you and why? My children inspire me to get up and do my best everyday.

needs to be better educated about social skills. what are your spiritual beliefs? You can find the goodness in people if you want to. who is inspiring you and why? My mum. She has overcome a number of obstacles and always stood up for herself.

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The Dalai Lama. I like that he creates a community focus and that I can read his updates on Facebook.

needs immediate public attention?

what issue needs immediate public attention? This generation of children

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RENEE TREML American-born, Brisbane-based artist and illustrator Renee Treml has discovered she is tougher than she thought. In 2010, she learnt she had breast cancer, and while the temptation was to stay in bed through the taxing chemotherapy treatment, she forced herself to do soul food things, like play with her baby son and develop a manuscript for a children’s picture book. She also used the downtime to experiment with making necklaces and brooches from her delicate scratchboard drawings of birds and bilbies. Now, with a book deal, exhibitions and design markets planned for 2012, Renee is ticking many of her dream boxes and highlighting an urgent environmental message along the way.

When Renee Treml returned with her husband and toddler son from a weekend getaway to celebrate the end of her chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer last year, a life-changing email awaited her. A publisher wanted to bring to life her manuscript about one very tired wombat. She had entered the story in the 2011 Children’s and Young Adult Writers and Illustrators Conference competition and had won first prize in the Illustrated and Picture Books category. “I was just so ecstatic,” Renee recalls of the moment she opened that email. “It really lifted my spirits and I think it kick-started my healing … It feels like, after going through so many awful things, it came at a time when we needed it. I’m so grateful for this opportunity.” Renee signed a contract with Random House Australia in November last year and her picture book, One Very Tired Wombat, will hit bookstores in September. It tells the tale of a weary wombat and the flock of cheeky Australian birds, including curlews, frogmouths and penguins that conspire to keep him awake. Renee’s muse for the story lives at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane. She often visits the mini zoo with her son. “The first time I ever saw that wombat there he was just crashed out in the corner. There were little kids running around him and he didn’t seem to care,” she recalls. “I love birds so I started drawing him with different Australian

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birds and one day that story finally came to me.” The book is the realisation of a long-held yet distant dream. “I think after going through the chemo I just thought, that’s it, I’m tired of saying I’m going to do it one day. It kind of gave me the strength to do it,” Renee explains. “But I still never thought it would really happen. I thought it would be good for me – to go through the process and try – and at least then I could say I tried. It’s very exciting and I’m already thinking about a second book.” Renee isn’t just passionate about wombats – she’s been fascinated with wildlife since she dreamt of being a vet as a little girl. “I saved every bird my cat would bring home – and mice too. I tried to nurse everything back to health,” she recalls with a laugh. Renee enrolled in a science degree but realised she was more interested in the bigger picture and “into how we as humans are interacting with different habitats and species and the environment”. She graduated with a Master’s in Environmental Science in South Carolina and worked for five years in the field of technical remote sensing, using satellite imagery and aerial photography. Until that point, she had sidelined her love of art as a hobby – a reward for working in a day job. Renee credits her husband Eric for motivating her to become an artist at age 27. At the time, Eric had quit his job to fulfil

his dream to study a PhD in marine ecology. “He was so happy and he just really encouraged me,” Renee shares. “He said: ‘Let’s both let it all go and start over and do what we’re really passionate about.’ So we did.” Renee enrolled in local fine-art courses and began creating and exhibiting watercolour paintings and mixed media works. An artist friend introduced her to the scratchboard technique and she was instantly hooked. Renee likens the technique to writing on black paper with a white pen. It involves using sharp knives and tools to etch into a thin layer of white China clay coated with black India ink. The result is highly detailed, precise and textured artwork. Ironically, Renee’s artwork enables her to realise her childhood dream to work with animals, albeit on paper and canvas rather than in the flesh. Her recent scratchboard series depicts boobook owls, fairy wrens, bowerbirds and baby kangaroos variously nestled in porcelain teacups, teapots and milk jugs. The scenes are not only cute-as-pie, but also gently ponder the exigent issue of how wildlife is expected to survive if native habitats are destroyed. Renee was inspired to confront this issue while in the United States when she came home one day to find a huge chunk of the managed forest she lived beside had been cleared, despite it being a haven for nesting owls. “It made me really sad.

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And I just started imagining this owl in all these different places – in mailboxes and flower pots, and somehow I saw him in a teacup and that’s when I started thinking about making more of a statement about where we expect this wildlife to go if we keep destroying habitat … They either have to go somewhere or they’re not going to survive.” Renee and Eric moved to Australia in 2007, realising another long-held dream to live in a foreign country. Their son was born in 2009. These two happy milestones also rate as Renee’s greatest challenges – living apart from their loving family is tough, and becoming a mum was a challenge too. “Like all new mums I had all those unrealistic expectations about how I would work when the baby was napping and I would get so much done. And that was a reality shock for me. And then obviously the breast cancer was a huge challenge,” Renee shares. “That’s been the hardest thing I’ve had to deal with. The treatment for breast cancer was horrific.” Asked how she remained motivated, Renee credits their incredible support network of friends and family. “They were

so encouraging and helpful and supportive. I get kind of choked up thinking about it,” she confesses. As Renee neared the end of her treatment, her loved ones encouraged her to make art again. “But there were times when I was so sick that I couldn’t imagine having extra energy to do anything besides just sit there.” Fortunately, art proved the perfect therapy. “I think the wombat book was really what pulled me out of all of that,” Renee explains, referring to her award-winning manuscript. “I knew the deadline was coming up for that conference and I was determined to enter my work … I clung to it and I worked when I didn’t feel well and I forced myself to keep going and that helped because by the time that was done I felt like, wow, I can start doing stuff again.” Now whenever Renee faces an uphill battle, whether with her health or a tricky drawing, she boosts herself with wise words. “I usually try to tell myself I can do whatever it is … I think it’s more stubbornness than anything. I try to have faith in myself and get through whatever I have to do.”

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What do you do? I am a wedding stylist. I style tables and backdrops for weddings. What are you wearing today? My favourite orange dress and a black pearl necklace. Describe your style Easy, comfortable and free. Where is your favourite place? Portofino in Italy; it’s so beautiful there. What is the best advice you have ever received? ‘Live your dreams.’ Who is your rolemodel? My mother – she is a true lady and

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‘You have the power to make the best out of any situation.’ Who is your rolemodel? My dad – he works very hard to achieve his goals.

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www.moltenstore.com –– Through her online boutique, Molten Store, Jessy Cameron seeks beauty in everyday encounters, and delight in the sentimental, the bohemian and the obscure. age 25. born Sydney. thing that made the world sit up and take notice of you Six months ago

I launched Molten Store, an online destination for otherworldly jewellery and curious gifts. describe yourself in ten words One part bohemian with a dose of 21st century charisma. gets you out of bed in the morning

Knowing that I’m already running late for something. something you discovered this month Instagram. I know I’m a little late to the party but I started an account for Molten Store and now I’m obsessed. most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen The expression on my partner Kevin’s face when we first met. I’m pretty sure it was identical to mine. idea of complete happiness A roadtrip adventure that plays out like a daydream. last time you did something for the first time I’m currently working on designs for a new jewellery label. I’ve always had ideas, but last month I finally put pencil to paper and sketched. scares you How quickly time slips through my fingers. worth fighting for The last cookie. biggest inspiration The mad ones, the vagabonds, the revolutionaries … world you imagine Collaborative, clever and curious. words of wisdom Don’t let perfect get in the way of better.

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SAVIOUR // SANDALS While many Ugandan women are fortunate enough to attend secondary school, saving enough money to be able to attend university can be challenging. Based in Uganda, Sseko Designs is a not-for-profit organisation that manufactures sandals, utilising the skills of local women who are saving for university. The overarching aim of the organisation is to empower women to seek tertiary education and ultimately move into highly educated roles that could be the catalyst for long-lasting change in Uganda. The sandals have interchangeable straps and can be tied in a number of different ways. @ www.ssekodesigns.com

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While the search for vintage French jewellery provides the perfect excuse to board the next plane bound for Paris, the journey is quite an expensive means to an end. Providing Australians with access to one of the most extensive inventories of luxury French accessories in the Southern Hemisphere is Parisian Street Society. The online store stocks pieces from brands including Chanel, YSL, Christian Lacroix, Lanvin and Hermes. Saving you the trip, owner Shannyn Alexene makes an annual voyage to Paris to forage for rare and valuable pieces. @ www.parisianstreetsociety.com.au

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age 31. born Louisiana, USA. describe yourself in ten words I live by the

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PATRICK JOHNSON The true secret to a good suit lies not in its intricate details, impeccable lining or masterful stitching. Instead, it lies in its tailor’s ability to discover the inherent individual style of the suit’s intended owner – the unique combination of sartorial elements that imbue the owner with an understated confidence, a natural elegance and a feeling that he could wear the suit forever. It is this simple yet crucial understanding that has proven the means of success for 31-year-old tailor Patrick Johnson who, from his Sydney-based atlelier P.Johnson Tailors (he also has an outpost in Melbourne), dedicates himself to discovering the inherent style of all manner of gentlemen.

“My childhood dream was to stop getting into trouble,” Patrick Johnson laughs when asked of the aspirations of his youth. But aside from eschewing mischief, his plans as a young boy growing up on a property just outside Adelaide never ventured far into his future. His appreciation for sharply tailored suits, however, began to form quite early on. “My stepfather always had his suits made on Savile Row and is an immaculately dressed man,” Patrick marvels. “I used to sneak into his beautiful dressing room, where all his jackets and shoes were laid out, perfectly colour-coordinated. He used to go to London three times a year to do his clothes shopping and get all his suits made. He really is a true gentleman.” As he began to inherit his stepfather’s old jackets, Patrick’s passion for suits started to stir. His first suit, a hand-me-down that he treasured dearly, consisted of a tweed riding jacket complete with hacking pockets and a vest, which had originally come from the iconic Henry Poole tailors on Savile Row. “I used to wear it with riding trousers and I wore it everywhere,” he recalls. “I loved that thing. I’d even wear it while riding a motorbike – I never wanted to take it off.” When he finally finished high school and it came time to choose a career, Patrick meandered down a path well trodden by native South Australians. “At the time I had no idea what I wanted to do,” he says. “Growing up in South Australia, you either become a doctor, a lawyer or a winemaker.” He chose the latter, enrolling in a science

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degree majoring in oenology, but was soon dealt a blow when he developed an acute allergy to sulphur dioxide – the preservative used in most wines. Despite becoming quite ill from working in the wineries, Patrick decided to go to France to give the profession one last try. When he finally realised that it wasn’t meant to be, his disappointment was only half-hearted. “To be honest, I wasn’t that upset about it,” he admits. “It wasn’t really my passion.” At the same time, Patrick’s brother was studying at Cambridge in the UK. Weighing up his options as to what to do next, Patrick decided to indulge the passion of his youth and enrolled in Central St Martins College in London to study fashion. During his studies, he had a chance encounter with tailor Robert Emmett, based in the London borough of Chelsea, and began working with him on small tasks. “As soon as I started with him, I knew that was what I wanted to do,” Patrick says. “It was more the man than the actual tailoring that inspired me to start with – I just fell in love with that whole lifestyle of being a tailor.” Taking Patrick under his wing, Robert not only began to school his young pupil in the art of English tailoring but, perhaps more significantly, in the intricacies of Italian sartorialism, which is what caught Patrick’s eye. “I had a massive respect for English tailoring,” Patrick explains. “But for me it was much more about Italy. I spent a lot of time with Robert at workshops in Naples and in Parma and there are a lot of different

technical things that I love about Italian tailoring. It’s a really different way of thinking about clothes: where the Brits are a little bit stiff in their way of thinking, the Italians live in their clothes and have a softer style of tailoring. The Italians wear smart casual really well in a way that’s really relevant and modern.” Reflecting on the greatest lessons he learned from Robert, Patrick says the education was vast. “When I came to Rob, I was essentially a fashion student who thought that Helmut Lang was the best thing in the world,” he laughs. “But he never criticised anything I ever did, even if he didn’t like the look of it. He let me find my own path. Another thing I learned from Rob was not to be in a rush – have patience, take your time and give your best every time.” When Patrick eventually moved back to Australia, he faced the task of adapting his tailoring style to the warmer climate and the fickle tastes of Australian men. But he quickly found a dedicated clientele. “Suits are definitely becoming more fashionable among younger guys now, but a lot of my clients are 50–80 years old and have always had their suits made in England on Savile Row and in Italy,” he says. “They’re really into it, but they don’t advertise it, talk about it or put it up on a blog – it’s just for them.” While Patrick’s own dapper style has been well documented, including on Tommy Ton’s coveted fashion blog Jak & Jill, his focus is not on keeping things on trend. “The most important thing is to wear clothes that feel

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like they’re right for you; clothes that suit you,” he explains. “People come in with an image of someone, like Prince Michael of Kent, and say they want a suit like his. But, let’s face it, he’s 6’2” and the Queen’s cousin – it’s probably not going to work for them.” Interacting with his clients, Patrick says, is one of the things he loves most about his trade – in particular the challenge of finding someone’s unique inherent style. “Everyone has their own idea of themselves in their head and so you have to try to work out what that vision is,” he says. “Tailoring is really a personal journey for every individual; there’s no right or wrong. And while I think this new wave of fashion blogs on the internet is fantastic, you have to have caution with it because there are some that kind of bully people and say you have to do this or that – and it’s bullshit. You can do whatever you want and it’s about experiencing it.” Of the gents that the 31-year-old tailor lists as style inspirations, many are closer to home than traditional fashion icons. “I’ve got some clients in Sydney who really inspire me and not just in the way they dress but the way the live their lives,” Patrick says. “It’s not flashy or pretentious.” Further afield, Patrick admires

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the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Coco Chanel and Gianni Agnelli, as well as the subtle sartorial stylings of Prince Charles. “His style is incredibly understated,” Patrick explains of his admiration. “A lot of people just don’t get it and think it’s boring. But if you look at what he’s actually doing, it’s fantastic, particularly if you like the English style.” The greatest challenge since he started his business, he reveals, is keeping his designs fresh and original. “You see it a lot with menswear in Australia – people copying something that’s been done in Europe,” he says. “It’s pretty easy to do because people haven’t seen it here. It’s hard to always keep things very original and to always be true to yourself, not letting the public push you in any direction aesthetically. You need to get out there and travel a lot and go to places like Europe and find things that inspire you and then interpret them.” And finally, Patrick’s words of advice to the world relate to what he regards as the most important element of style. “Always be well-mannered,” he says. “I think it applies to everyone, because, no matter what your style or personality is, you can always manage to have good manners.”

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You’ll be all smiles when you hold your next special occasion (or any occasion) at one of Hotel Urban Brisbane’s gorgeous event spaces. Ever–popular and with spectacular city views, The Loft is Brisbane’s favourite rooftop party venue helping you unwind in style. If business is on the agenda, our Sky Boardroom has everything you need and includes a private mezzanine level. For more formal affairs, surround yourself with the abundance of natural sunlight in the Panorama Room, or the Parklands Room with breathtaking views of either the city skyline or local parklands. To arrange your private viewing of any of our event spaces, please call Katherine on 07 3230 7872 or email katherineb@hotelurbanbrisbane.com.au

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For the perfect steak, head to Cha Cha Char. With more than 15 years of experience, Cha Cha Char has established its position as Brisbane’s signature steak restaurant. With a focus on everything beef, the menu showcases an array of grain- and grassfed beef that is cooked to perfection with cutspecific cooking techniques and now also includes the new ‘lighter side of beef’ option. The friendly atmosphere and enticing menu makes Cha Cha Char the place to be seen amongst Brisbane’s corporates, as well as an ideal location for marking momentous milestones, or to simply enjoy the company of family and friends.

Located in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD, overlooking the Brisbane River, Organic Char’s creative menu is extinguishing the stigma that organic food can be expensive and unimaginative. Owner John Kilroy truly believes that organic food is not a luxury; it is simply how food is meant to be. Showcasing succulent lamb, pork, chicken, fish and beef, Organic Char showcases a share-style menu infusing the freshest produce and ingredients with Asian cooking techniques. From the initial preparation to the presentation on the plate, each dish is laden with dedication and careful attention to detail.

Providing panoramic views of the Brisbane River and Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge, Jellyfish has emerged as Brisbane’s number one corporate lunch destination. Specialising in everything fish, Jellyfish is the only restaurant that serves 8–14 species of fresh fish daily, served whole or filleted with a chef’s suggestion of accompanying sauce and sides. By combining years of experience with a reputation for the freshest produce, enticing dishes and outstanding customer service, Jellyfish provides the perfect setting for lunch, predinner drinks, an intimate dinner, or for a special celebration.

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Stellarossa is famous for its robust espresso and there’s a good chance you’ve grabbed one of its signature coffee blends from the skilled baristas before work. It’s also home to a gourmet pizza menu and fully licensed bar that includes a collection of exciting cocktails. Morning, noon or night, drop in to Stellarossa and watch the hustle and bustle of the CBD fly by in the comfort of a relaxing atmosphere. Let the day wind down with a freshly baked pizza and a zesty cocktail from the bar. Cocktail specials from 5:00 pm on Wednesdays make this venue an even better option for those in search of food and beverages for a reasonable price.

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If it’s not the energy and vibrance of the venue that draws you in, it will be the delicious Asianfusion fare and the endless selection of colourful cocktails on offer. Whether you are after casual dining or the relaxing atmosphere of a bar, Jade Buddha and the accompanying Shadow Lounge can ensure your day ends on a high. Step inside and the opulent Eastern-decor and accompanying 180-degree views of the adjacent Brisbane River will transport you to a land far away. Diners are spoilt for choice with the sumptuous and comforting interiors that spill out onto large open decks, angled to attract the cool evening breeze. Blend the experience of relaxed dining with a

menu choice spanning extensive lists of drinks, desserts, mains and a la carte options. Sample one of three set menus or some of the lighter dish selections including generous sushi platters, sure to satisfy hunger pangs. For added convenience, full table service is available, with your delicacies delivered to you directly by Jade Buddha’s friendly and knowledgable staff. Journey upstairs and you will find the Shadow Lounge, an oriental-themed cocktail bar that is similarly lavish in its design and concept. The inspiring range of drinks available is accompanied by some of Brisbane’s best DJs, making it the perfect location for your next soiree, whether a wedding, party or celebratory function.

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Eagle Street Pier iconic Nestled on the bank of the Brisbane River, a culinary journey awaits. Famous for food, Eagle Street Pier hosts a range of bars, cafes and restaurants sure to satisfy the most discerning of foodies. The location provides an endless choice of venues for special occasions, with most restaurants offering private dining, so you can celebrate in style. Around every corner is another addition to its lineup of awardwinning restaurants, including Matt Moran’s ARIA, Il Centro, Cha Cha Char, George’s Paragon Seafood Restaurant, Sake and the latest addition, Organic Char. For early risers, the Sunday Markets provide a colourful retail experience with an assortment of stalls and a lively mix of street entertainers. Take a stroll and admire the sights and sounds of the pier before tucking into a gourmet lunch at one of the surrounding cafes. Nibble on some fresh sushi at Nagomi or try some more traditional fare at Jude, The Coffee Club, Stellarossa, Grill’d or Shingle Inn.

As the hours disappear, watch the sun set as you sip on a cold beer or refreshing cocktail from one of the surrounding bars – Jade Buddha, Shadow Lounge or the Bavarian Bier Cafe. The greatest advantage is Eagle Street Pier’s easy accessibility. Catch a ride on the CityCat, hop on a bus or even hightail it on foot from the CBD. Alternatively, if you are driving, there is secure undercover parking available. On Friday and Saturday nights there is a Park’n’Party special offer for $10. Enter after 5:00 pm and you have until 2:00 pm the next day to pick up your car – leaving plenty of time for a sleep in, followed by a long, lazy breakfast at the pier.

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CIE ESPRESSO & WAFFLE BAR

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Strolling past cie espresso & waffle bar, you may become enveloped in the scent of the freshly baked treats. Here you can witness first-hand a dedication to the creation of a variety of coffees, cold drinks and breakfasts, including its signature pint-sized waffles. Poured lovingly into each waffle is a range of tantalising fillings, from velvety caramel to fruity blueberry. Those in a rush needn’t worry, for added convenience cie provides an online ordering service to ensure you’re never late for work. To order, log onto the website or pop in-store from 6:30 am to 2:30 pm Monday to Friday and visit the Facebook page for updates, including waffle of the week.

With a mantra of ‘eyewear like nowhere’, it’s no secret that OPTIKO harbours a dedication to providing wearers of glasses and sunglasses with a world of possibility when it comes to frames. OPTIKO stocks a staggering collection of men’s and women’s optical and sunglasses ranging from classic to kooky. No matter your tastes and preferences you are sure to find a style that suits both your face and your personality. Exclusive brands in stock include Philippe Starck, Alain Mikli, RVS and the in-house OPTIKO label. This is made in Germany and sculpted from such decadent materials as vintage acetates, buffalo horn and wood. There’s also a curated range of vintage sunglasses on

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offer for the collector or savant with an interest in attaining a piece of design history. With an unparalleled passion for frame design, the store also offers a bespoke service for all clients, making it no surprise they have such dedicated and loyal followers. Having been based in Brisbane CBD’s Tattersall’s Arcade for the past six years, OPTIKO has also just opened a second store off James Street for admirers of elaborate eyewear. Frame enthusiasts and fashionistas will have even more choice at this larger space that will act as the perfect venue for styling events and information nights. The shop comes alive on Saturdays with DJ performances, creating a playful atmosphere to try on new specs.

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are designed and handmade on site, as well as remodelling existing pieces. Working with a tight-knit and internationally trained creative team, the family-run business is dedicated to customer care, offering complimentary one-onone consultations and lifetime maintenance on all jewellery made and sold. The exotic boutique is in the heart of the luxurious Emporium precinct, offering a collection of eclectic treasures, including pieces beautifully handcrafted on site, Parisian antiques, and designer pieces from New York. For lovers of the timepiece, Angelo Andronis also stocks Versace, Ferragamo, Valentino and Perrelet watches.

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While most audience members were swooning over Ryan Gosling in The Ides of March, bespectacled folk were admiring his sharp pair of Barton Perreira glasses. The new collection of luxurious and elegant Barton Perreira spectacles, including the chestnut frames worn by Mr Gosling, has just arrived in store at Eye Candy Spex and Chox. The creative range of glasses at Eye Candy Spex and Chox is handselected and inspired by feminine aesthetics, art, music and pop culture. The latest additions to the range are Vintage Oliver Peoples frames, with Eye Candy Spex and Chox being one of two stockists in Australia selected to present the collection.

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Park at Waterfront Newstead sanctuary A home is a cosy and tranquil retreat that welcomes you at the end of each day with its comfortable familiarity and abundance of treasures and memories. Located on the doorstep of some of Brisbane’s most alluring entertainment and dining precincts, the Park development is a coveted place to call home. The second stage of the Waterfront development, Park is providing a new direction for Brisbane’s apartment landscape. Park comprises two towers that combine quality features and finishes with easy access to the CBD, Newstead, New Farm and Fortitude Valley, providing food lovers, wine buffs, fitness fanatics and shopaholics alike with an abundance of nearby inspiration. The building etches the landscape with strong visual appeal, and will also provide tenants with breathtaking views. The ground level of the towers will be inhabited by a retail precinct that will mingle with the surrounding parklands, creating a distinct European sensibility. The

apartments are due to be completed in mid 2012, and the choice of dwellings includes two-bedroom apartments priced from $695,000, three-bedroom apartments from $1.005 million, and Pavilions from $1.685 million. The interiors feature a classic homely colour scheme, open spaces designed with functionality in mind, as well as plenty of storage and outdoor spaces. Each tower offers a selection of floor-plan styles, so you can find the space that best suits your lifestyle. Step outside your new home to be greeted by the vibrance of the inner city fringed by the immediate surrounds of the development’s tranquil sanctuary.

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TEEMING WITH FASHIONABLE FINDS AND STYLISH ENCLAVES, THIS RIVERSIDE NEIGHBOURHOOD ABOUNDS WITH CASUAL ELEGANCE.

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Wander a few steps beyond the park on Oxford Street to discover a hidden gem. Among the cluster of fashion boutiques and delightful children’s stores is jewellery studio, Bodman Jewellery Design. Specialising in quality and personalised service, Bodman Jewellery Design is a space where you can design your own unique piece of fine jewellery with the jeweller, and afterwards see where it will be created. Whether the piece is for a special occasion, or something for yourself, Bodman Jewellery Design can create engagement, wedding and eternity rings, glimmering earrings, cocktail and dress rings, handcrafted pendants and precious pearls.

Few people are more qualified to run a store for children than a mother of four. Nestled in the heart of Bulimba, Three Little Girls and a Boy Named Ted is a childrenswear boutique named after owner Charmaine’s four children. The space was created so that Charmaine could be surrounded by little ones all day, and the loving attention to detail has filtered into every aspect of the homely store. The collections include new Gant clothing for boys, Scotch R’Belle, Scotch Shrunk, and Willow and Finn. New winter stock has just arrived, and a collection of Walnut winter boots and shoes will be in store soon.

Something that could be considered a timedeficient shopper’s dream, The New Wardrobe is a one-stop shop that provides options for every element of an outfit. From clothing to shoes, handbags and accessories, the store specialises in everyday affordable wear for the woman on the run. Notable brands in stock include Nat Sui, Ellis & Dewey and Bodyfit. With mums in mind, there is a designated play area for children, as well as a front verandah complete with deck chairs for weary partners to wait. Delve into this treasure trove and you are sure to find the perfect gift, and it will even be lovingly gift wrapped by staff, free of charge.

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Many dream about being organised enough to maintain a colour-coded wardrobe, complete with a string of accessories organised in a beaded rainbow of every hue. Such folk will feel instantly at ease when walking into Thousand Island Dressing, with a first glimpse around the store revealing an eclectic collection of colour-matched jewellery. After foraging for the perfect vibrant blue necklace, or bracelet woven with earthy hues, homewares sourced from local and far-flung designers will catch your eye, and the treasure hunt continues. When gift shopping, Thousand Island Dressing offers free gift wrapping.

March marks the beginning of autumn but, for Green Grass Home and Body, it also marks its 10th birthday. Come give them your best wishes and sample the delectable treats that the recently added Park Bench Espresso Bar has brought in especially for the occasion. Grab a cup of fairtrade coffee or sample some delicious baked goods. For the interested cook, the boutique concept store stocks a range of organic cupcake mixes, jam packs and mueslis to make at home. If you don’t have a penchant for the kitchen, no matter – Green Grass stocks everything from unique homewares to clothing, books and skincare.

A hairstyle has the ability to completely transform your look, via a simple curl, structured bob or layered locks. Led by renowned colourist Jhanda, the team of stylists at TONI&GUY can cut, colour, primp and preen your mop into something inspiring. Like any artist, the team is only as good as its tools, with the salon’s toolkit encompassing a full range of label.m products including Organic Orange Blossom Shampoo and Conditioner, and Wella treatment and styling products. For those who want to give others the same satisfaction, gift vouchers are available. When visiting TONI&GUY, take advantage of private off-street parking.

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A warm cup of coffee has the ability to wrap the body in a welcoming hug and put you in good stead for the rest of the day. Has Beans espresso bar has taken this idea and run with it, providing optimum coffee for the leafy suburbs of the southside. Specialising in an exceptional brew, it blends Campos coffee with friendly staff and a hospitable atmosphere. Open seven days a week, Has Beans is an espresso bar with an interest in providing a relaxing atmosphere for its customers, whether first-timers or regulars. For the peckish, as you sip on your cup of joe you can also nibble on light bites, including sandwiches and cakes.

With an eye for distinct design and flattering fashion, Espial Interiors and Gifts nurtures an ever-changing collection of homewares, fashion, jewellery and inspiring treasures from all over the globe. Friendly staff are always happy to help you unearth the perfect gift or special treat. A new range of Tolani silk (pictured) and a beautiful collection of Naudic clothing have recently arrived in store, along with Spanish Gaimo leather boots for winter. Other goodies include books and knick knacks for little ones, as well as jewellery from brands including new label Kylie Gartside and one of Espial’s favourites, Cat Hammill.

A facial is a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. As you drive into the free carpark and enter Idyllic Beauty’s stylish salon, you will feel the stress begin to trickle away. Idyllic Beauty offers a range of services – from relaxing candle-lit facials and massages, to IPL treatments and waxing – to leave you feeling revived and beautiful. After your treatment, spoil yourself with a treat from the range of skincare products, jewellery, hats and fascinators. To ensure you can relax as often as possible, the salon is open late Tuesday and Thursday nights, and the loyalty system offers you 10% off any treatment on your fifth visit and 50% off on your tenth visit.

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For a creatively driven gourmand, inspiration abounds, encouraging the creative soul to continually experiment with new ingredients and cooking ventures. Such is the case for the owner of the ever-popular local haunt, Flute – a restaurant that has garnered a reputation for always serving up exciting fare for breakfast and lunch. In a new venture for the restaurant, Flute will soon be opening on Friday nights, keeping hungry locals happily sated with a selection of light meals and rustic tapas dishes. Another topsecret new venture from Flute is also planned to open soon in the area.

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A sturdy desk occupies an enduring position within the home, providing a space for gathering thoughts, quickly sprawling creative ideas onto paper before they are lost forever, and a space for sitting back with a coffee and newspaper on a Sunday morning. Whether you prefer to keep a clean and contemporary workspace, or find inspiration in an office designed with the rustic charm of yesteryear, Desks Etc has a selection of office furniture designed to complement any space. Eschewing the methods of mass production, Desks Etc prefers to handcraft its desks and office furniture to ensure each piece will stand the test of time. All furniture is made

locally in the Coorparoo factory from the bestquality timber, leathers and fabrics, before being proudly displayed in the large showroom. The range of furniture extends to chairs, drawers, filing cabinets, wall and entertainment units, cupboards and full library fit-outs, while the design of the pieces varies from sleek and contemporary to classic Victorian styles. Should you spy the perfect piece, you can either purchase it directly off the floor, or ask the friendly staff about having it custom created in any size or colour. Just ten minutes from the city, Desks Etc is conveniently located to find a reliable addition for your home or office.

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Nissan AVM Technology advanced Those with an intrepid streak will likely have a faithful car by their side, ready and waiting to hit the road for the next big adventure. Whether it’s an endless summer road trip, late-night takeaway and ice-cream runs, or a visit to the drive-in cinema, a reliable car is the perfect companion. When it comes to choosing a car that will roam freely with you, Nissan produces a range of vehicles that combine the latest technology with reliable design. Whether you need somewhere to rest your coffee, a little help parking, or some directions to your destination, Nissan’s top-end range of X-TRAIL and Dualis vehicles are created to anticipate your every need. The newly released Around View Monitor (AVM) Technology is the first of its kind, providing drivers with a bird’s eye view of everything surrounding the vehicle. The smart monitor draws upon images taken from four cameras positioned on the vehicle to create a singular image

that helps you glide easily into that tight carpark no-one else has dared claim. Nissan is the first company to make the AVM Technology available on its mass-market vehicles. Another new addition is the latest satellite navigation technology that can be easily seen on a 5-inch colour monitor. Rounding out the features is iPod connectivity accessed through the head unit and steering wheel controls. iPod connectivity opens up a world of music choices when driving, no longer restricting you to a limited repertoire of CDs. Lending you a helping hand, Nissan technology prepares its vehicles for any adventure.

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Archive Beer Boutique and Bistro dedicated Beer aficionados can rest assured that the future of the drink is in good hands at Archive Beer Boutique and Bistro. Pop down on any given day and you will find it overflowing with people sampling a selection of local and sourced beers, while examining the innovative menu. Whatever the occasion, Archive is the perfect setting to simply relax. When in doubt of your drink choice, consult the experienced team of connoisseurs on hand to guide you through the sometimes-confusing world of craft beers. Accompanying the supply of beer is a gastropub, replete with dishes designed by new head chef, Tim Wrigley, to perfectly complement the taste of draft. Open seven days a week (from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm) for lunch and dinner, Archive also has a large outdoor patio suited to any number of guests, creating an ideal function space. As for satisfying your hunger, Archive has introduced a range of lunch specials for those after a bargain. Deals include $10 steak on Tuesday and

Thursday lunchtimes, $10 burgers on Mondays and two-for-one mains on a Wednesday. The gastropub menu has been specifically designed to complement particular drinks on offer, as well as providing a modern twist on traditional pub fare. Meals range from warm sourdough with dips, to Moroccan lamb rump and beer battered fries. So relax on the deck, grab a beer and catch some live music while sampling a plate from a rich array designed to partner your precise drink selection. When you are finished for the night, you can also take your favourite new beverage home thanks to the adjoining â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Next Door Cellarsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bottleshop.

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01 The Natural Speaker from www.joonjung.com 02 Stitching Concrete by Florian Schmid from www.florian-schmid.com

NATURAL // Choosing a set

03 Amore Bedside Table from Domayne Fortitude Valley

of speakers is a uniquely personal experience. In an attempt to bring back a more organic, ambient sound to speakers, Studio Joon&Jung used a ceramic and wood transmission construction to create The Natural Speaker. The natural resonance porcelain speakers are handcrafted to create a sound akin to that of a live instrument being played in your living room.

04 Missing Pieces Table by Rupert McKelvie from www.rupertmckelvie.com 05 Loop Bar Stool by Meg O’Halloran from www.megohalloran.com 06 Waggtail by Clinton Sheldon from www.cargocollective.com 07 Bordeaux Bed Stool from Domayne Fortitude Valley 08 Heart Chair by Claesson Koivisto Rune from www.ckr.se

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A jigsaw puzzle can incite a wealth of emotions – confusion, frustration, determination, jubilation – but discovering that your puzzle is missing a piece or two can be heartbreaking. Designer Rupert McKelvie has found a positive use for incomplete sets, constructing the Missing Pieces tables from jigsaw puzzles that are no longer in possession of all of their parts.

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We spend our years at school being warned not to rock on our chairs, but the motion is just so tempting. Making it both acceptable and pleasurable to engage in the act, designer Clinton Sheldon has devised the curious-looking Waggtail. Complete with a dandy tail-like appendage, the rocking stool exhibits an abstract collection of components that introduce a sense of humour into the traditional art of woodworking.

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LADY LAMINGTON

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While it is generally agreed upon that lamingtons were named after former Governor of Queensland Lord Lamington, there is much dispute about who created the classic dessert and when it was first served. Many accounts of the first appearance of the lamington claim the dessert was served at one of the governor’s wife’s famous soirees. A lady who was known for her hospitality, Lady Lamington was adept at entertaining for any occasion. Inspired by Lady Lamington’s hospitality is Fortitude Valley’s newest cafe, bar and restaurant of the same name. A playful space dripped in pastel hues, Lady Lamington is reminiscent of a retro milkshake bar. At the heart of the downstairs eating hall

is a bar that looks like a perfectly frosted gingerbread house built from pastel bricks and fringed by candy-striped stools. Beside the bar is a large table shaded by an elaborate candelabra and surrounded by an assortment of chairs fit for the Mad Hatter’s tea party. Continue your journey through this Wonderland-like space with a walk upstairs to a sun-drenched deck set against an old church and shaded by golden umbrellas flapping in the passing breeze. Lady Lamington is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night drinks. The bar is laden with all the essentials and freshly ground Black Sheep Coffee pours through the coffee machine.

THE BABUSHKA BALLERINA

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For little girls, it’s not uncommon to devote entire afternoons to daydreaming about growing up to become a world-famous ballerina who traverses the globe, or a princess with a lavish wardrobe full of glimmering gowns and tiaras. A space that is fit for any princess, The Babushka Ballerina is a boutique inspired by owner Sierra’s own childhood fantasies of one day becoming a ballerina. Her love of all things lace and tulle has translated into an unabashedly feminine space filled with flowing cocktail dresses in every hue, and elegant bridal gowns from brands including The Babushka Ballerina, Anna Campbell and Two Birds Bridesmaids. The name for the boutique was inspired by demure ballerinas and

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also by one of Sierra’s favourite toys, the babushka doll. Light floods through the boutique’s large windows, sparkling in the sequin detail of a dress and the chandeliers dangling from the ceiling. Gaze around the space, and a glimmering piece of jewellery or the ruffles of an opulent dress will catch your eye. You can then venture upstairs to discover the secluded bridal area. As part of The Babushka Ballerina experience, Sierra offers champagne bridal fittings, as well as styling sessions with each client, where the finer details, such as flowers, heels, make-up and hairstyles are discussed to ensure the dress complements the overall theme.

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JANE BIRKIN When Jane Birkin first moved to Paris at the age of 20, little did she know that she would soon become muse to one of the country’s most prolific personalities. But on the evening that she shared her first, somewhat clumsy, dance with legendary French singer Serge Gainsbourg, after meeting him the set of their film Slogan, they fell madly in love. More than 40 years later – and 20 years after Serge’s death – that love affair still lingers, as Jane continues to share Serge’s legacy through song. Touring the world with a group of Japan’s eminent musicians, Jane and her benevolent spirit will grace the stage of Brisbane Powerhouse on March 19, for an evening of Serge’s greatest works.

As a child, I dreamed of … becoming a missionary in Africa. My mother was very perplexed and afraid that it would happen. I was in boarding school at the time… and I was very miserable. I think sometimes when you’re miserable, you turn to religion, and I wanted to help people. I, somehow misguidedly, thought that becoming a missionary would help. I would have rather been … a nurse, which I think I would have been not too bad at – maybe not in a technical sense. Perhaps that’s what I’ve turned into in a different way, by being able to sometimes do concerts that are like bandages for countries in distress. Sometimes when people are unhappy … the very fact that you turn up and give them a concert – I’ve done it in Burma and Kosovo and Haiti – it’s something you can do on your own and not be seen by anyone in the press. You feel less dismal about yourself by being able to do something other than just sitting watching the distress on television. I also went to Rwanda and sang for all the tribes that had been killed, just to show we cared. While many people just see me as a pin-up girl … my humanitarian side has always been there. My father was the cause of it all – he and I walked together against the death penalty in England. My father was … a war hero, but he continued saving people throughout his life. He came in the dead of night and picked people up from the Brittany coast and dropped them back to England, so he

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didn’t have to kill anybody – he was just like a wonderful spy. He said it was wonderful just to be able save people and it was he who taught me about social injustices. He was a probation officer so that boys didn’t go to prison for first offences – he was very against prisons and tried to get them out as soon as possible. As soon as I arrived in Paris … I walked against the death penalty – much to Serge’s horror. It was very unpopular at the time and he wanted me to be the most popular girl in France. He tried to stop me from going on the march, but I went – and then also went on another march for abortion. The greatest challenge I’ve had to face is … just surviving, really. I think to be 64 and still have people want to come to see you and to have young people queuing up to see your concerts – in places you’d never imagined they would – is amazing. Who would have thought that a rather pretty but not particularly interesting 20-year-old who turned up in France would be here 40 years on? I find it quite extraordinary given the very limited talent I had in cinema – unlike my daughter Charlotte, I was just a pretty face. But when things got difficult … and they didn’t ask me to make movies anymore, I had Serge’s songs. They got me out of a great deal of trouble and that’s why I’m ever grateful and will go on singing his songs. Twenty years after his death, it’s my responsibility to get around the entire world with them before stopping and I probably

will go on singing his songs until I die. I remember one concert … where I had too many musicians and financially it was impossible to take them all on tour. So I remember pretending to my children that I was on tour, because it was so humiliating – and that made me realise what it must be like for men and women who are out of work. It’s the most humiliating feeling to think that you can’t fill a hall and that people won’t come – that somehow you’re not worth anything. And with your own family you cheat and you lie and pretend you’re on tour in Lyon when you’re really undercover in Paris. That was when I realised … that I was going through a hard time. But it made me stronger, because I eventually went back to all those places that we had to put off on that tour and played with a girls string quartet. I fought my way through and did it in a different way financially, so that we wouldn’t ever be at that point of humiliation again. It’s like when no one asked me to make films anymore … I made my own film. And had I been asked to make another film, I would have never have made Boxes, which I’m more proud of than anything else that I’ve ever done. If life had been cushy … and I’d found a rich husband and was sitting in a gorgeous sitting room at the moment, I don’t think I’d be on the road now. But a great way of not feeling lonely is going off with a load of Japanese musicians and having wonderful

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31 Mar – 13 May Darren Sylvester, What happens will happen 2010 (detail). Acquired 2011, Gold Coast City Gallery Collection.

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fun and not having to be directly responsible to my own children anymore – maybe to my grandchildren, but I’ll make it up to them! To actually be on the road and be constantly occupied stops me from probably being very depressed on my own. I could write a book about my memoirs … but I just don’t feel inclined to do it – not yet anyway. It would be more interesting perhaps to publish my diaries from when I was a young girl and I met Serge – then it would be the real truth. But those are things that I always thought were for later contemplation. I while ago I became ill ... and when you become ill, that’s what makes you think you should do things now, because you never know. And so I thought, well, while I’m alive and kicking and I’ve found a way to do these shows, I’m going to keep them up all year. Sometimes it’s not bad when you have to think about what you should do next. It’s always good to surprise people … and so you must never repeat yourself. If you’ve had a success, you must never do the same thing twice. The people who inspire me … are very anonymous people, mostly. I’m inspired by doctors and I used to

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love the smell of hospitals. My father was in and out of hospital my entire life and so, for me, a hospital is kind of a home away from home. When I see the cleverness of doctors, being able to fix things like they do, I just find it the most fascinating profession. I admire them much more than I do actors. I’m also fascinated by … writers such as J.M. Coetzee and Graham Greene. But the people who I really look up to are those who have really sacrificed – unlike myself – their entire life in order to live with the poor. Aung San Suu Kyi once gave me the advice … to be cautiously reckless. That’s such a good piece of wisdom and I’ve used it everywhere. I’m not sure I have any wisdom of my own! But if my children are sad, I tell them that there’s always another day and that things do change – they do get better. You must believe that people can change and that you can change things. It’s like the butterfly theory: even if you’re the smallest person in the world, you can change somebody else’s whole destiny in one day. Learning that made me realise that I can be of some use, even as someone who is not particularly powerful.

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POPOLO ITALIAN KITCHEN AND BAR //

SUPER WHATNOT //

DEER DUCK BISTRO //

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As you begin to sense the heady aromas of garlic and tomato wafting from the kitchen, the joy of experiencing an Italian feast begins. While the essence of Popolo Italian Kitchen and Bar at South Bank is to serve simple Italian fare, the restaurant has eschewed the classic formula for an Italian restaurant, opting for a more contemporary pastafree approach. The menu was inspired by the idea that diners would gather around a table to share a selection of dishes, allowing patrons to communally appreciate each meal. Start the affair with panfried sardines and move onto suckling pig, truffled polenta and rich ricotta gnocchi.

Hidden behind a seemingly inconspicuous veneer of bricks and industrial steel, Super Whatnot is the latest addition to Burnett Lane. Staying true to its former life as a storage warehouse, the bar’s warm timber and brick hues, coupled with the polished concrete bar and minimalist design, create a raw industrial feel. A sunken downstairs bar is lined with a comfy couch for whittling away the hours over a craft beer and a plate of South American-inspired bar food, while the lofty upstairs area provides a good vantage point for people-watching. The food and craft beverage menus are purposely kept small, so they can constantly continue to evolve.

Anyone who has a penchant for hoarding things will be all too familiar with the experience of reasoning that an object ‘will be useful for something one day’, before making a purchase. When the owner of Deer Duck Bistro decided to open a restaurant, his eclectic collection of furniture finally found its purpose. The candle-lit restaurant is furnished with chairs from old country mansions and the high-roller suite of the Crown Casino, and the walls are filled with an array of artworks, creating a distinctly intimate atmosphere. As the name would suggest, the menu offers a selection of intricate game meat dishes, and plans are afoot to create a downstairs cocktail bar.

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food

POTTED // ZEN

ELEGANT // ESPRESSO

LIQUID // CHARACTER

The soothing ritual of the tea ceremony retains strong ties with a number of Asian cultures. Fusing the Asian Zen philosophy of intuition with the sensibilities of Scandinavian design, the NORM Tea Pot allows tea drinkers to enjoy the ritual of brewing a pot of tea, without the hassle of having to remove a dripping infuser filled with tea leaves from the pot. See the tea gently steep through the clear glass pot before lifting the infuser so it rests just above the perfectly brewed tea. @ www.normcph.com

In the world of hot beverages, tea is often served in an elegant teacup embellished with thoughtful details, while espresso drinkers are left to sip their coffee from large mugs that offer little visual inspiration. A refined take on the design of a coffee mug, the Benday Cobalt Espresso Set brings a sense of sophistication to any coffee break. The demure cup and saucer set is crafted from fine bone china and is hand-painted with burnished gold before being thoughtfully bundled up into a gift box. @ www.culturelabel.com

Just as people mature in their own time – some impart sage pearls of wisdom from a young age, while others take a little longer to grasp the ways of the world – each dram of whisky also matures at its own pace. The philosophy behind The Glenrothes whisky is that a whisky’s maturity, not its age, is what matters. The golden liquor is allowed to mature for as long as it needs before being bottled. The result is a collection of whisky that possesses a range of bold characteristics and individual personalities. @ www.theglenrothes.com

CIDER // ADVENTURES Just as a sommelier has a discerning knack for matching a meal with the perfect drop of wine, cider aficionados can swiftly identify the flavours that will best complement a glass of golden cider. Stocking boutique ciders sourced from across the globe, Verve Restaurant & Cider House’s resident cider experts can take you on a world cider tour in the eatery’s rustic basement. The cider flight tastings delve into the origins and complexities of different types of cider, and the restaurant chef has developed a menu to complement the sparkling elixir. @ www.vervecafe.com.au

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE INGREDIENTS

TO MAKE

200 g dark chocolate, chopped 4 eggs, separated 300 ml thickened cream Chocolate shavings and strawberries, to garnish

Gently melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Allow the chocolate to cool, then add the egg yolks and stir to combine. Beat the cream until it is thick, then add it to the chocolate mixture. Beat the egg whites until stiff, then gently fold them into the chocolate mixture, being careful not to lose too much air. Pour the mousse into a 20 cm bowl, or four individual ramekins, and refrigerate for at least three hours before serving.

COOKING FROM THE HEART by Hayley Smorgon and Gaye Weeden. Published by Hardie Grant.

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Garnish with chocolate shavings and strawberries and serve.

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arts

prelude

GLOBAL DREAMER

CHRISTEN O’LEARY ACTOR, AUSTRALIA QUEENSLAND THEATRE COMPANY

www.queenslandtheatre.com.au –– Christen O’Leary stars in QTC’s Bombshells – a cheeky, insightful and salaciously entertaining look at the inner thoughts of the modern Australian woman. age 45. born Brisbane. performance that first made your world come alive ‘Ich kann nicht wählen, Ich

kann nicht wählen.’ Oooh Meryl. describe yourself in ten words

Tender, tenacious, tentative, tense, terrific, tendentious, tensible, tensile, tenuous and occasionally tenebrous. gets you out of bed in the morning

A three-year-old in my face saying ‘waking time’! something you discovered this month A sunspot on the end of my nose. last thing that made you smile My husband’s answers to this questionnaire.

FRENCH // CINEMA With its rambling streets, pristine parks, irresistible countryside and natural wit, France naturally lends itself to the world of cinema. The annual Alliance Française French Film Festival will once again imbue Brisbane with the culture of France during March. The festival commences with screenings of the drama Declaration Of War and the comedy ParisManhattan, and finishes with The Last Metro, a wartime drama starring Catherine Deneuve. Francophiles can lose themselves in the world of French cinema from March 14 to April 1 at Palace Cinemas. @ www.afbrisbane.com

DARK // MUSICAL When barber Benjamin Barker decided to adopt the alias of Sweeney Todd and journey to London to seek revenge upon Judge Turpin for a prior misconviction (a conviction that saw Sweeney Todd deported to a penal colony for 15 years), he found himself in a very profitable business relationship with his landlady Mrs Lovett, who was also the owner of a pie shop. The tale of the nefarious barber, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, will be performed by the Ignatians Musical Society at the Schonell Theatre from March 22 to April 13. @ www.ignatians.com.au

most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen My husband’s smile as it opens into a full-throttle laugh! idea of complete happiness Complete

happiness is a futile pursuit … but perhaps it’s just enough rain to appreciate the sunshine (or vice versa in the current climate). last time you did something for the first time I climbed Kilimanjaro over the Christmas break. tell me about passion Passion is not being able to keep a lid on it. scares you Opening night. tell me about creativity

It’s doing … not just thinking about doing. It’s elusive. biggest inspiration Each and every brilliant performance I see. words of wisdom This, too, shall pass.

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CELEBRATORY // ART

WHOLESOME // GATHERING

At every celebration there is generally bound to be a beautiful platter laden with delicious morsels of cheese, crackers and olives. In honour of its fifth birthday celebrations, the Gallery of Modern Art commissioned Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy from Dinosaur Designs to design a number of large resin platters of a different kind – made of resin splashed in vibrant hues – to be displayed in the foyer of the gallery. The colourful and eye-catching platters will be on display until March 25. LIQUID SKY 2011. COMMISSIONED FOR GALLERY OF MODERN ART, BRISBANE. @ www.qag.qld.gov.au

While a wholesome meal serves the practical purpose of nourishing the body, taking the time to lovingly prepare a meal to share with friends and family can be a soothing experience for the soul. Expand your culinary repertoire at Enrich Brisbane, a food event where you can chat with local food producers, learn how to match wine and chocolate, watch cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs, and take a coffee masterclass. Enrich Brisbane will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from March 30 to April 1. @ www.enrichbrisbane.com.au

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arts

mood BY MIKKI BRAMMER

THE SHOES

THE BALFA BROTHERS

ALYSSA GRAHAM

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BY LIBERATOR MUSIC, 2011

BY SWALLOW RECORDS, 1987

BY SUNNYSIDE/WALRUS 2012

BY AIRCHEOLOGY/EMI, 2012

After having their talents lauded by Mike Skinner (aka The Streets), the lads behind Parisian purveyors of synth-infused indie pop, The Shoes, have surpassed their recognition for just production and remixing. Crack My Bones is the boys’ debut album, and is an energetic offering of catchy tracks (sung mostly in English) that combine irresistible rhythms with stick-in-your-head melodies that will have you dancing along the street to your inner stereo. Particularly infectious are the rapid rhythms of the tracks ‘People Movin’’ and ‘Time to Dance’.

The signature sound of the American state of Louisiana, Cajun music is a fusion of country music, Acadian ballads and Creole folk music. The Balfa Brothers were a family of five (Burkeman, Harry, Dewey, Rodney and Will) who performed together as a Cajun music ensemble in the sixties and seventies, playing a significant part in the Cajun music revival of that time. Spanning melancholic blues to joyous jiginspired songs, The Balfa Brothers Play Traditional Cajun Music is a wonderful foray into the genre for those who have never encountered it.

When presented with the opportunity to be groomed into an all-singing, all-dancing pop sensation, Alyssa Graham turned the other way and instead decided to focus on honing the craft she knew, and loved, best – jazz. Alyssa’s decision was ultimately fortunate for music lovers, as it resulted in her latest full-length album, Lock, Stock & Soul. With poignant, haunting vocals accompanied by a delicately strummed guitar, Alyssa’s music is far from the pop spectrum. Instead it provides a soothing musical journey that incites daydreaming, reflection and calm.

Anyone who has spent time in moderately cool bar or cocktail lounge in the last 15 years has most likely listened to part of the musical repertoire of French electronica outfit, AIR. The latest offering from the Gallic duo is Le Voyage Dans La Lune, which came about after AIR’s Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel were approached to compose an original modern soundtrack for the classic silent French film of the same name, which was directed by Georges Méliès. Inspired by their foray into the soundtrack for the 16-minute film, AIR created this fulllength album in the same vein.

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Having worked as an artist for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Tiffany & Co, Topshop and more, David Downton is well qualified to create a book such as this. To four main sections – ‘The Age of Opulence’, ‘An Emerging Line’, ‘The New Graphisme’, and ‘From Salon to Street’ – he adds a personal interview about his book and his lifetime career. Line drawings abound, some washed with watercolour to give life to the garments. Like Picasso, who famously made a few squiggles look like a horse, David has the gift of simplifying his illustrations, sometimes to a few lines, while retaining the essence of clothing.

Precisely 451 years ago, architect Christopher Wren lectured on astronomy to a small group of London savants. So stimulated were they that they decided to gather again as a group and promote ‘useful knowledge’ to their peers and the masses. And so The Royal Society, one of Earth’s most distinguished associations, was born. Today, membership remains the pinnacle of aspiration for many seekers of knowledge, as it demonstrates their outstanding contributions to humanity’s common body of wisdom. This is a fascinating compilation from 22 of our best science writers.

“Clothes maketh (wo)man,” says the adage from years gone by. Vintage-style clothing, now making a comeback, may reflect a yearning for times that seemed much simpler than the present. Vintage doesn’t mean old and dowdy – any of the dresses of yesteryear were well made, of a quality rarely seen today. If your choice is vintage, take note of this book, for every style of clothing needs to be matched by appropriate accessories. Here, hats, jewellery, brooches, belts, and bags all appear, with tips on how to make them yourself if you can’t buy them.

Of late, as the season of horses passes, it comes to my attention that hats adorn the heads of women, in all shapes and sizes. Surrounded by friends they compete with one another to adorn themselves with creations that soar, spread, flutter, or dazzle. Yet, I fear, little do they serve their true purpose to shelter the coiffe from the rays of the emerging summer sun. As a male I wonder at the attraction of these ornaments – perhaps Lady Gaga sums it up: “I would never give up my wigs and hats for anything.” A book of good hats, in all shapes and sizes!

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WHAT IS INSPIRING US THIS MONTH? – – RICKY MAYNARD DESCRIBES HIS APPROACH TO PHOTOGRAPHY AS “AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION BETWEEN TWO PEOPLE”.

VERA MÖLLER

PHILIP BACON GALLERIES

Providing a creative link between the realms of nature and culture, the Vera Möller exhibition delves into a seemingly underwater world. Vera studied biology and microbiology in Germany, which has translated into a series of fictional biological entities. Each delicate surrealist

specimen is a combination of different and often unlikely elements, with each conveying a serene sense of movement. Each of the fictional species has been assigned with a name, further enhancing the scientific element of the exhibition. MARCH 20 TO APRIL 14

MODERN WOMAN

QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY During the late 19th century, many influential French artists, including Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edouard Vuillard and Edouard Manet, began to focus on drawing women from a diverse range of backgrounds engaging in everyday experiences, rather than simply focusing on the idealised feminine form that had previously dominated French art. The changes in the attitudes of the artists reflected the changing roles of women in French society during the Belle Epoque era. Modern Woman: Daughters and Lovers 1850–1918 is an exhibition of these pieces – exclusively on loan from the Musée d’Orsay – that explores themes of femininity, sexuality, motherhood and ageing. MARCH 24 TO JUNE 24

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After working as a documentary photographer for more than two decades, Ricky Maynard has assembled a captivating and insightful collection of photographs. Known for his humanist approach to photography, Ricky Maynard’s work has a strong focus on the issues

faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Ricky Maynard: Portrait of a Distant Land is a collection of 60 photographs of sites significant to the selftaught artist’s people, as well as evocative portraits of indigenous prison inmates. APRIL 3 TO MAY 6

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MIKALA DWYER Like Rapunzel in her tower, renowned Sydney-based artist and lecturer Mikala Dwyer confesses she is suffering a bout of cabin fever. At the time we speak, Mikala is halfway through a two-week install of her mixed media exhibition, Drawing Down the Moon, on show at the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) in Fortitude Valley until April 4. She is dossing in the studio apartment above the IMA and – while she needn’t rely on any prince charming to rescue her – Mikala admits she’s hardly left the building as she obsessively sifts through the truckload of objects freighted to Brisbane from her hometown of Sydney. Mikala Dwyer is carefully remaking – piece-by-piece – five different installations she has exhibited over the past few years. The sprawling show will take up the entire IMA floor space and, she hopes, give viewers “a spark”. “I hope it’s a place you can walk through and it’s not like anywhere else you’ve ever been; some sort of adventure,” she proffers modestly. Mikala is known internationally for creating playful and intriguing large-scale installations and public art out of a hodgepodge of objects, from discarded vacuum cleaners to lampshades, as well as a mix of materials such as clay, metal, glass, fabric, plastic and porcelain. Her work incorporates performance, sound and sculpture, so you can appreciate the install for her exhibition is an elaborate mission. Her last retrospective was in 2000 at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art. “It’s a huge thing for me,” Mikala starts, chuffed with the opportunity to revisit her work on such a large scale. “Because you start to see your thinking under one roof. It’s strange seeing your brain on display like that.” Mikala’s brain has been on display for the past 20 years as she has explored diverse yet interconnected themes of architecture and the phenomena of space, gravity and physics. More recently, it’s been the paranormal and occult – think totems and clairvoyance, Ouija boards and seances. Throughout her career, Mikala has bravely nudged the boundaries of installation, sculpture and performance and earned a reputation as one of Australia’s

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most important contemporary artists. Her work is held in prestigious collections, including at the National Gallery of Australia and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Yet when asked if she considers herself a success, Mikala is humble. “I think that’s for other people to judge,” she deflects, suggesting that there are many contemporary artists flying under the radar who are far more deserving of the accolades she receives. As a child, Mikala’s dream was to be a glass blower. “I’ve no idea where that came from,” she laughs. In retrospect she credits her parents for influencing her creatively; her father was an industrial chemist and her mother a silversmith. She describes her younger self as “a bit of a wayward child,” and she was expelled from school before she finished Year 12. “It was probably because I was dyslexic and bored and not fitting into school, you know. I was very restless.” She returned home from Europe at 21 to study art as a mature-age student and in 1983 graduated from the Sydney College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in sculpture and sound. “It was fantastic,” she gushes of her tertiary adventure. “I was really lucky. I went through Sydney College of the Arts at a time it was on fire in a way. We had the most amazing lecturers – it was quite a radical time for art practice.” Mikala moved to London upon graduating and recalls that one of her first sculptural installations involved a pulley system and weights to explore ideas about gravity and physics. She says she wasn’t conscious of

pushing boundaries. “I was just experimenting and doing what I wanted to do.” Yet in the early days of exhibiting she admits self-doubt was crippling. “But I often think the doubt is important to embrace, to be part of the work … It makes you care and it’s also like ground zero so you keep reinventing yourself. Doubt stops you from being too lazy.” Mikala is constantly motivated to make new work but recalls she nearly gave up on her art career in the early 1990s. At the time she was working three part-time jobs to support her art making. “I was so tired and I wasn’t going anywhere.” She intended to become a chef but, as fate would have it, philanthropist Cynthia Jackson invited Mikala to exhibit in the first Primavera show at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art in 1992. “And life got easier after that,” she recalls. “I was lucky that year – I just happened to make a work that went down okay … It changed everything in a way.” Asked why she cares about what she does, Mikala says: “Because art is really important – it’s the imagination part of society … Life is quite flat and boring if you don’t have creativity in it. And the beauty of it is that it doesn’t quite make sense … it’s not a neat fit into everything else. It’s the one bastion where you still have some kind of freedom.” And in keeping with that theme, the words of wisdom she lives by are equally as inspiring: “Try to get those judges off your shoulder and try to get to some truth, either with yourself or the world around you.”

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ARMIE HAMMER

RACHEL WEISZ

ANTON YELCHIN

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DIRECTED BY DRAKE DOREMUS

After realising his thespian talents whilst playing Rooster Hannigan in a school production of Annie in grade 6, Armie Hammer was cast on the path towards an acting career and he eventually left school in grade 11 to focus on his acting. Following his breakthrough role as the obnoxious Winklevoss twins in The Social Network, Armie has since gone on to play Clyde Tolson in J. Edgar and Prince Andrew Alcott in Mirror Mirror. A playful remake of the Snow White fairytale, Mirror Mirror stars Julia Roberts as an evil queen who assumes control over a faraway kingdom. Together with seven rebellious dwarfs, Snow White (Lily Collins) attempts to regain control of her kingdom and win the heart of Prince Andrew Alcott.

Many creatively inclined students have dabbled in acting and drama during their university days, but very few successfully go on to pursue an acting career. Whilst studying English at Cambridge University, Rachel Weisz was instrumental in forming the Talking Tongues theatre company, which went on to win the Guardian Award at the Edinburgh Festival. After gaining a name for herself through a number of theatre roles, Rachel progressed to film, starring in The Mummy, About A Boy and The Constant Gardener, a role for which she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar. This year Rachel plays Hester Collyer, an overbearing and obsessive lover, in the latest incarnation of Terence Rattigan’s play, The Deep Blue Sea.

With two professional figure skaters for parents, it was naturally assumed that Anton Yelchin would follow in his family’s footsteps. But at just four years old, Anton decided that acting, rather than figure skating, was a better fit for him, and at the tender age of 10 he made his television debut on an episode of ER. Since then, Anton has starred in Hearts in Atlantis, House of D as well as the 2009 instalment of Star Trek – where his Russian heritage played a large factor in the decision to cast him as Pavel Chekov. In his latest role, Anton takes the romantic lead in Like Crazy, a story about two college students experiencing their first true love and trying to maintain a relationship from opposite corners of the globe.

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With the passing of each successive life experience, a person’s character is etched with new intricacies, some are life-changing, while others are more discreet. In an emotionally complex role, actress Christen O’Leary plays six very different characters, each of whom is plagued by a number of personal issues. As the tales of a housewife, a divorcee, a bride to be, a Glee Club wannabe, a sexagenarian and a cabaret performer all begin to unfold on stage, Bombshells provides a witty glimpse into the psyche of the modern woman.

With hauntingly serene vocals that nourish a folk-music lover’s soul, Bon Iver’s compelling tender tunes can be hard to resist. After releasing the much-anticipated self-titled second album Bon Iver in June last year, the band will tour Australia during March, with three sold-out appearances scheduled at The Tivoli. Many of the songs from the latest album, which was three years in the making, will be performed alongside charismatic melodies from For Emma, Forever Ago. Supporting Bon Iver is Australian songstress, Sally Seltmann.

For artist Richard Phillips, Lindsay Lohan’s emotional and physical presence on screen is unwavering. Inspired by the allure of the actress, the artist – who is better known for his hyperrealist paintings – has made his first foray into film with Lindsay Lohan. The film is a 90-second portrait of Lindsay Lohan, depicting her in many scenes that parallel iconic cinematic moments, including Brigitte Bardot’s smouldering role in Contempt. Shot by the beach, the film portrays the serene side of the famously troubled actress.

Adding a new dimension to Sweden’s musical exports, which include the likes of ABBA and Roxette, are beguiling folk songstresses, First Aid Kit. After touring the United States and the United Kingdom – and making Patti Smith cry during a rendition of her song ‘Dancing Barefoot’ – the sister duo from Stockholm will visit Brisbane to perform songs from its newly released second album, The Lion’s Roar, at The Zoo. Local band Little Scout will be the support act.

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›I became a performer because ... I was attracted to the chance to entertain

people. I always grew up doing shows for my family at reunion events, such as Christmas and birthdays. Any type of show – it would just have to be a performance, but I would love every moment of it. It’s as if the laughs or the support gave me the energy. ›My creativity comes from ... experience – just day-to-day things. And obviously being raised the way I was, which I do have to say, I am totally grateful for. My parents surely contributed when it came to the upbringing I had, so that I could really experience a life’s worth of stories to tell, which to me is my creativity. ›I ‘fuel’ my creativity by ... a good story, whether it’s boring or full of excitement and suspense. It’s always fuel to my creativity. It gives my mind time to stir the pot while a bucket load of scenarios and visions pour in, even from just a simple yarn. ›I love my job because ... I get to tell people a story. Especially to entertain. I always want to entertain, whether or not my creativity is serious or funny. ›Through my work, I would like to ... achieve a change – a change in everything – so it’s enjoyable for the right reasons, in film, music and television. I know you can’t do everything, but at least I want to give it a try.

›Favourite author: Derek Landy ›Director that inspires me: Tim Burton ›Favourite actor: Johnny Depp ›Most played on my iPod: Mos Def ›A performer I love: Beyonce ›Artist I most admire: Ben Frost ›Makes me laugh: Dave Chapelle

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BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL until march 25 AT BRISBANE POWERHOUSE

Some have a naturally cute and inconspicuous giggle, while others have a deep and intoxicating laugh that bellows from the deepest reaches of the abdomen. Whatever your laughing style, you can be assured of a satisfying chuckle at the Brisbane Comedy Festival. The festival will feature performances from international and Australian comedians including Stephen K Amos, Mark Watson, Frank Woodley and Hannah Gadsby.

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FUTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL

See Fatboy Slim, The Wombats and Swedish House Mafia.

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BALLET march 23–28 AT QPAC The fluttering sensation of falling in love for the first time is a feeling that is never forgotten, leaving a warm glow in the recesses of the memory vaults. Unfortunately for Shakespeare’s fabled lovers Romeo and Juliet, greed and war interrupted their smouldering love affair. In The Australian Ballet’s beautiful performance of Romeo & Juliet, the audience is begged to consider the consequences of greed and the intrinsic relationship between love and humanity.

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OPERA

VERDI’S ERNANI march 17–22 AT DENDY PORTSIDE

Experience the lavish performances of The Metropolitan Opera at Dendy Portside’s screening of the 2011–2012 season. Verdi’s Ernani is an opera that follows the story of Elvira, who is being forced into an arranged marriage with her uncle Don Ruy Gómez de Silva. Despite her impending nuptials, Elvira’s feelings for her true love, outlaw Ernani, are unwavering. Verdi’s Ernani stars Angela Meade, Salvatore Licitra and Dmitri Hvorostovsky.

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MUSICA VIVA – TAFELMUSIK march 14 AT QPAC

In an astronomically themed performance, Canadian ensemble Tafelmusik will take you on a journey to the furthest pockets of the universe. A performance that can be likened to a multimedia space odyssey, the ensemble will perform period music from the time of Galileo, featuring composers such as Bach, Handel and Monteverdi, while captivating images from the Hubble telescope are cast onto the stage.

English rock band perform some of its greatest hits. MARCH 17 AT BRISBANE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE

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THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT march 27–31 AT GARDENS THEATRE

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One of Jesus’s entrusted Apostles, Judas Iscariot gained infamy after betraying Jesus for a loot of silver. The Last Days of Judas Iscariot looks at the final days of Judas through the lens of a court case set in a world somewhere between Heaven and Hell. During the trial, the likes of Mother Teresa, Caiaphas, Saint Monica, Sigmund Freud and Satan all provide witness statements, ultimately examining the nature of human free will.

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Ponder Automated Monochrome – a grid of flickering shades of blue.

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FILM from march 8 AT PALACE CINEMAS When some look a work of art, they see carefully considered brushstrokes, beautiful silhouettes and the mind of an artist questioning the ways of the world. But when Roger Brown, Norway’s most successful headhunter, sees an artwork, he envisions a pool of money. Based on Jo Nesbo’s novel of the same name, Headhunters follows art thief Roger Brown, who is in the throes of planning the biggest theft of his career.

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In a collaboration between Expressions Dance Company and Switzerland’s Cathy Sharp Dance Ensemble, Scripsi Scriptum fuses contemporary Australian and European dance. While the piece is essentially two individual dances performed alongside one another, the entire performance was inspired by the theme of communication and the ways humans connect. By uniting dancers from four countries, Scripsi Scriptum also explores the universal language of dance.

MARCH 22–25 AT BRISBANE CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE ART

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Serge Gainsbourg’s muse and the mother of his daughter Charlotte, Jane Birkin was the inspiration for many of Serge’s ardent love songs. Not only were the lyrics to these songs penned about Jane, but they were also musically written with Jane’s voice in mind. In a tribute to her partner, Jane Birkin will perform Jane Birkin sings Serge Gainsbourg at the Brisbane Powerhouse this month.

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FLORES, INDONESIA

Creeping behind a guide along a 50 cm-wide mud track lined with thick bushes, in search of the fatally venomous Komodo Dragon, I am quietly nervous. The guide’s weapon of choice, strangely, is a long stick with a fork at the top, similar to the tongue of our predator. Peering through the bushes on either side, I am desperately hoping to see, but not be attacked, and am stunned as a dragon approaches us on the track. Lying down, these creatures look like very large lizards, but thumping towards us, lifting each arm and leg with brutal force, it’s more reminiscent of a dinosaur. As we crouch in the bushes to let him pass, the guide displays the power of his magical stick and eases the massive reptile out of harm’s way.

Rewind a few days, and I arrive at the West Flores town of Labuan Bajo, by a twin-engine aeroplane. With my car (and boat) transfer a no-show, I am left to stare into the faces of the locals all desperately trying to get my attention from the other side of the security glass. After a dubious local ride followed by an alternative night’s accommodation, I find myself at the local fish market, to be collected by boat and taken to a remote peninsula, the home of the Waecicu Eden Hotel. Labuan Bajo is an extremely basic town, and is the gateway to the Flores Archipelago and the islands inhabited by the endangered Komodo Dragon. The town’s fish market is the major gathering point for locals to buy and sell their daily catch, as well as a selection of fruit, vegetables and basic necessities. The main street is dotted with tour operators and restaurants, only one or two that I would entertain the thought of entering. Finally on board my boat to Waecicu, I note with interest that the only way that this boat can keep moving is if its driver keeps manually pumping water through a dangerously noisy engine. But as I gaze out to the islands of the Flores Archipelago, the beautiful Indonesian waters take my breath away. My final gasp comes when Waecicu Eden Hotel comes into view. Like a group of treehouses stepping up the side of a remote peninsula, Waecicu is just like the set of the 1970s television series, Swiss Family Robinson. The beach-level bungalow (utilising an

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eclectic mix of shells, rocks and driftwood washed up on the shores as its structure) is the reception, restaurant, lounge with hammocks, a games corner and bar. Then the incline begins, with steep steps leading to the day beds and massage room, and more and more steps leading to the individual bungalows stepping their way up the side of the sheer peninsula. Everywhere I look, I see collectables of flotsam and jetsam now creatively adorning every corner, shelf, step or garden bed. At Waecicu, with every glance you discover something new, and its remoteness, basic accommodation and local atmosphere are all part of its charm. The leaky canoe and local inhabitants, of the animal and human kind, also make for an interesting exploration of the surrounds. My next journey out to Rinca Island – one of the three islands in the archipelago that the Komodo inhabit – begins by raft. Our boat is about 200 m off shore, and so we board a makeshift raft that slowly pushes us towards the boat’s bow. Once on board we start our two-hour trip to Rinca Island and the Komodo trek. The waters are a magical crystal blue and in places I can see the coral from my pulsating bench seat on the old boat. Dolphins are plentiful and playful in the wake of the boat, and we even glimpse a whale waving his massive flipper. But the sun’s magical rays soon disappear and the ominous thick grey cloud that we are approaching shows the Indonesian monsoon season’s powerful

2 B colours. As the rain pelts down, I revel in the surreal experience of being on a rickety old fishing boat in such a remote location, amidst a storm and about to go on a Komodo hunt. Stepping off the boat on Rinca Island is like being in Jurassic Park – a whirlwind of emotions and adrenaline spinning around my body. Met by a local at the wharf, we are walked to the ranger’s office. The morning rain has turned a normally barren walk into a mud pit and a couple of smaller Komodo welcome us with the steely glare that they are famous for. Some of the island’s other inhabitants – wild monkeys – hear our arrival and rush to see if we have any snacks in hand that could be stolen. After our very official clearance by the ranger (and an introduction to the skeletons of the buffalo, deer and pig who all fell victim to the Komodo), we are allocated our guide and accompanying stick and set off on our trek. As we walk, the vegetation becomes thicker and I realise how terrifyingly close I could get to this lethally venomous creature ... Now, looking back on my time in Flores, I realise that it is the journeys and destinations that present unique challenges that are the most memorable. The huge flies, mosquitoes, questionable kitchens and associated dishes, heat and lack of electricity in remote locations become a distant memory and it’s the views, people and interesting experiences that make you smile, leaving a special memory imprinted in your thoughts long into the future.

TEXT & PHOTOGRAPHY BY KATHRYN LINDGREN

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