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Making your own Christmas celebrations By Chiara Macfarlane

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he icons, rituals and traditions surrounding the Christmas season are as numerous and diverse as the people who celebrate it. In modern, multi-cultural Melbourne, the meaning of Christmas varies among individuals, families and cultures, as the diversity of beliefs and values in our population ensures that Christmas Day in Australia has multiple meanings and significance for different groups. From the Christian belief of Christmas Day as a commemorative celebration of Jesus Christ’s birthday, to the secular celebration of community and family, the Christmas season provides modern society with an opportunity to participate in a range of rituals which affirm

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belief systems, remind us of the importance of family and hope for a new year. As Christmas becomes increasingly commercialised and marketed to ensure the retail sector benefits from the

‘gift-giving’ aspect of the season, the true meaning of Christmas can often be forgotten, hidden under layers of wrapping paper, tinsel and flashing lights. However, Nicholas Brown, of the Australian National University (ANU) says Australians have created a unique approach to Christmas, varying the traditions of the ‘old country’ to fit in with the unique Australian landscape. “Christmas as we know it is a relatively modern celebration,” he says. “The icons we associate with Christmas – the Christmas tree, Christmas cards and the giving of gifts really only began in the middle of the 19th century. “Early settlers quickly adapted these rituals to suit the Australian climate. No longer residing in European countries where snow, hot foods and fir trees were symbols of the Christmas season, these early settlers replaced the traditional sit down Christmas lunch with more suitable cold fare, often eaten outside,” Brown said. Recreation became an integral part of an Australian Christmas, with picnics in parks, swimming in lakes and games of cricket enjoyed by families. This tradition can still be seen today, where families gather to play cricket after lunch, and the crowds at the Boxing Day cricket matches attest to the Australian love of sport. “Christmas Day and Boxing Day became known as holidays. The fact that we celebrate Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere, in the

Clarification Circus OZ Flying High Article published in November edition page 6. MCN acknowledges that Circus Oz Director Mike Finch did not state that Ted Baillieu was ‘a driving force behind the move.’ Finch said that he had ‘conversations with Baillieu, who was a Circus Oz supporter,’

but it was ‘Peter Batchelor and Richard Wynne who were incredible champions of the project.’ The Labor party have made Circus Oz an election promise of $10 million towards the Circus’ new Collingwood home. MCN apologises for any misunderstanding caused by this statement.

middle of summer, Christmas has become intertwined with extended vacation time,” Dr Brown said. While Christmas did exist before the mid-19th Century, with a traditional Christmas sermon in the church, it was only during the 19th century

“No longer residing in European countries where snow, hot foods and fir trees were symbols of the Christmas season, these early settler’s replaced the traditional sit down Christmas Lunch with hot foods to more suitable cold fare, which was often eaten outside” - Nicholas Brown Doctor of History at ANU

that the notion of Christmas as a public holiday became widespread. Among all the festivals and holidays of the Christian Church Year, Christmas remains the most observed and popular. Historically, Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Theologically Christmas is the celebration of the incarnation of God in Jesus the Christ. There has been much scholarly debate concerning the exact time of the year Jesus was born. The lack of a consistent

system of timekeeping in the first century, mistakes in later calendars and calculation has led to this imprecision in fixing the exact date of Jesus’ birth. It’s widely recognised that the Christmas celebration is not an observance of an historical date, but a commemoration of the event in terms of worship. The actual celebration of Christ’s birth did not begin until the 4th century. Many scholars accept the conclusion that Christmas Day originated in the Roman culture that celebrated the Winter Solstice on Dec 25th. The Solstice was a pagan celebration of the birth of the sun as it once again began its annual journey back from its southernmost point through the heavens. This was a time of celebration – the coming of the warmer weather, having survived through the winter and beginning the beginning of a new cycle based on the seasonal calendar. David Nicholls, President of the Atheist Foundation of Australia said that atheists handle Christmas in various forms. “But essentially we don’t celebrate the coming of an imaginary god. We know that the Christmas date was grabbed from the solstice, and the feasting, community gathering and well- wishing elements of modern Christmas were also part of Solstice Celebrations.” Nicholls states that many Australians no longer see Christmas as a religious celebration. He believes the declining number of people attending Church, and celebrating

Christmas as a Christian event can be attributed to “less interference and indoctrination of people through schools and the state”. “Seventy to eighty per cent of practising Catholics are in the aged bracket; with recent statistics showing that fifty per cent of people aged 18-34 have no religious inclination at all”. However, Church leaders in Australia still believe the community can benefit from listening to the Christmas

Dr Nicholas Brown from the Australian National University

message, and claim that these statistics are not a true reflection of Church attendanceparticularly at times like Easter and Christmas. Melbourne Anglican Archbishop Freirer says that his believes that “because Jesus loved us he showed us that people are more important that things.” He emphasises how we can make our world a better place by the selfless giving of time and effort. “No matter what material shortages we face, we do have each other. Christmas can help us appreciate our brothers and sisters as God’s Gifts”.

Tiger Airways lands at Avalon


udget airline Tiger Airways has celebrated its six millionth passenger while opening a new base in Victoria. The milestone was reached during one of the inaugural flights to Avalon Airport, south of Melbourne, the airline’s new

third Australian base. Tiger, which opened in Auistralia less than three years ago, has nine aircraft now flying 22 routes throughout the country, with three more planes on the way. The lucky six millionth passenger was handed a Tiger

Airways travel voucher for use on any route in the country. To celebrate the new flights to and from Avalon Airport, Tiger offered a limited selection of super cheap flights, starting from as low as $19.48.  AAP




Beachwear for every body By Kimberly Yu


ay goodbye to beachwear that leaves nothing to the imagination. ‘Shape wear’ is the hottest trend to hit the surf, and that means lots of stylish-and forgiving- onepieces to suit all shapes and sizes. Shape wear was originally a variety of underwear that tucked in parts of the body like the stomach, waist and hips. That technology has been incorporated into swimwear to flatter every woman’s figure. “There is a huge trend in shape-wear swimwear right now,” Miraclesuit Australian brand representative Orit Stern said. “This season there is an element of underwear and lingerie evident in trends, lingerie

motifs like drop waists and bustier bras. It’s all very boudoir-inspired.” “Florals are still very popular. However instead of an allover print, we are seeing more of a floral placement feature,” Stern said. He said the return of more covered-up beachwear allows women to flatter their assets while strategically covering up their flaws. “These trends are great because they instantly flatter the body, regardless of what shape you are,” Stern said. Miraclesuit offers a range of beachwear specially designed to lift and tuck, with a molded bra construction that has the underwires built into the foam bra, and the strategic use of

prints and fabric gathering and draping. “It’s all about the details this summer. Miraclesuit has some beautiful draping and ruched features, especially across the waist to really flatter the area. Frills are another detail to look for that adds an instant feminine touch. Some styles come with a skirted pant which are great for hiding problem areas. “Miraclesuit offers a controlled and enhanced fit so you can feel confident in your swimwear all the time,” he said.

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Police call for an end to violence against women By Doug Button


olice have joined forces with other emergency services to spread the message that violence against women will not be tolerated. Coinciding with White Ribbon Day, the ‘Not 1 More’ event, launched at Federation Square, aims to encourage men to ‘take the pledge’ to never commit violence against women. At the launch police made the point that family violence not only leaves scars from physical injury, but there are ongoing and profound psychological trauma and social costs for victims. Research indicates that more than one in two Australian women will experience physical or sexual assault by a man in their lifetime, and that one in three women who have had an intimate partner have experienced violence. From the 35,720 family incidents reported to police in 2009, there were more than 8770 assaults. In 12,703 of these cases, children were present. Close to 80 per cent of inci-

dents involved female victims, with their age ranging from less than 10 years old, through to 80-plus. The number of female victims increased steadily through age demographics, peaking for women aged 35-39 with 4154. Police Chief Commissioner Simon Overland says violence against women is not acceptable in any society, at any time. “More than 27,000 women were victims of family violence last year. These are people’s wives, girlfriends, mothers, sisters and daughters,” Mr Overland said. “Family violence is not a private issue that remains hidden inside a relationship, instead it is a significant community issue that we must all work together to tackle. It should not be swept under the carpet or ignored,” Mr Overland said. “Incidents of family violence, particularly against women, are an unfortunate reality that police officers face every day. “Often when attending these

incidents we will see a side of humanity that is barely recognisable. It can be extremely confronting both physically and emotionally. “It is our role to keep victims of family violence safe and protected but we cannot do this alone. The community also has a significant part to play in reporting acts of violence and collectively sending a message that family violence in any shape or form will not be tolerated.” Police say that in the month leading up to Christmas there is traditionally a spike in family incidents. Last year in that period there were more than 3240 family incidents reported to police in Victoria. White Ribbon Ambassadors are men and boys who have pledged to never commit, excuse or be silent about violence against women. Detective Inspector Kerryn Hynam of the Violence against Women and Children strategy group said that Victoria policemen of all ranks from across the state have

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Simon Overland

pledged, as White Ribbon Ambassadors, to act as role models to other men by saying “no” to violence against women. He said the key to this pledge was not being silent and to take an active stand against violence towards women and to help change the attitudes and misconceptions that family violence was a thing of the past, or a natural by-product of a relationship between partners. Victoria Police has nearly 100 White Ribbon Ambassadors with regular internal educational workshops for men providing a forum to openly discuss violence against women. ”It is not only what they do in their line of work, it is about how they act in their everyday lives.” Because of the

Joan Jett rocks in New Year at the Falls Festival


oan Jett, who with her group The Blackhearts will be among the top performers at this year’s Falls Festival in Lorne, became a bona fide pop star nearly 30 years ago when she sang I Love Rock n Roll, although it was her gutsy punk ideals that got her single released in the first place. At this year’s Falls Festival the 53 year old American will perform her trademark anthem on the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, marking the 30th anniversary of her battle against a record industry that considered rock music as an exclusively make doman. Joan Jett will begin her tour in Hobart on December 30 before hitting Lorne and then continue on to Busselton in WA, Brisbane and finishing in Sydney on January 7. By 1981 Jett, now based in New York, had already hit fame for injecting a vital dose of girl power into the burgeoning punk scene with her pioneering teenage band The Runaways. But when the group split acrimoniously she struggled to be taken seriously, often perceived as a shy weirdo in a leather jacket and face full of black

make-up sitting ill at ease with music’s money men. I Love Rock N Roll, originally recorded by an English band in 1975, was rejected by 23 record companies before London label RAK Reords finally had the gumption to take a punt. She took a break from The Runaways in 1979 and teamed up with a couple of Sex Pistols members. But it wasn’t until 1980 when she met Kenny Laguna, who also became her manager and helped establish The Blackhearts, that the song saw the light of day. The knockbacks continued, though, even after the pair sent around a promo package of four Joan Jett and The Blackhearts songs – I Love Rock N Roll, Bad Reputation, Crimson and Clover and Do You Want to Touch Me – all of which went on to become hits. Eventually, I Love Rock and Roll became the smash hit of 1981, topping the US charts for seven weeks and selling more than one million copies in that country alone. Joan Jett, transformed into a super star, went on to record

seriousness of the issue and the terrible impact on families and the community, police have dedicated significant resources

“Incidents of family violence, particularly against women, are an unfortunate reality that police officers face every day.” - Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Simon Overland

to improving their response to family violence, especially against women. Since 2004 Victoria Police has developed

and implemented new policies and procedures through the Code of Practice that have dramatically increased action taken by police officers at family violence incidences. The Family Violence Safety Notices were launched on December 8 2008 to provide police with additional powers to protect victims of family violence. The Family Violence Safety Notice acts as an application for a family violence intervention order and provides immediate protection for victims and can also enable police to immediately prohibit a perpetrator of violence from contacting, verbally abusing, threatening or assaulting a victim or damaging property.

Facebook trend continues to grow


Joan Jett performs with her band the Blackhearts

eight platinum or gold albums and nine singles, becoming one of the most recognisable faces on early MTV. She has since been referred to as the Queen of Rock and Roll and was one of only two women named in the magazine Rolling Stone’s top 100 guitarists of all time. Her story is in the public domain more than ever this year with the release of Hollywood

film The Runaways about the relationship between her and singing partner Cherie Currie. Despite three decades of recording success, live shows are still what drives Jett and the connection she makes with fans is a feeling she says that never gets tiresome. Her live shows are legendary and her relationship with her audiences entirely genuine. 


staggering 97 per cent of people aged 18 to 30 who responded to a recent Melbourne-sourced study said they had a Facebook profile or equivalent. The study showed that young people who opted out completely from any associating with Facebook are now a rare breed. Facebook and other forms of social networking had become a vital part of life for many youngsters whose friendships had now come to depend on it. Among respondents aged up to 80, the percentage of those who shunned all forms of online social networking was still less than 15 per cent. “It’s a major change in the way we communicate…’’ Rebecca Mathews, a researcher at the Melbourne-based Australian Psychological Society, told AAP. Dr Mathews polled more than 1800 people and found overall that 86 per cent were using online social networking. The vast majority used Facebook but others also used Twitter and RSVP. It was now part of their everyday routine.

More than half of those who used Facebook said they feared losing contact with many of their friends if they stopped. A total of 28 per cent said they’d had a negative experience such as harassment or unwanted contact from online social networking but this finding matched the rate of bullying in schools and work places. Those who shunned online social networking often said they had better things to do or preferred talking to people face to face. Most users checked their profile daily while half of them said they checked several times a day. The study found that 81 per cent of people 31 to 50 and 64 per cent over 50 used online social networking. One in five aged 31 to 50 admitted to having formed an intimate relationship with someone they had met online. Facebook users aged under 30 had an average of 263 friends, those 31 to 50 had 206 friends and those over 50 had 92. The research was released to mark the recent national PsyAAP chology Week. 

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Shaun’s big year

The Book


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f the notion of Oliver Cromwell as a closet voluptuary appeals to you, and if you think St Augustine is overdue a bit of a bollocking, Shaun Micallef ’s novel Preincarnate will have you laughing out loud on your morning commute. The novel tracks the fate of one Alexander Pruitt, who is having a few bad years. Specifically: 1676, 1881 and 2005. Thanks to soul transmigra-

In his guise as the Logie-winning host of Talkin’ About Your Generation

“I had a lot of fun doing the Jack the Ripper section. I love that theatrical world of fog and gaslights and narrow lanes. The premise of Preincarnate meant I could marry together all these different worlds I find fascinating.” Preincarnate is published by Hardie Grant.

The Show


icallef walked away from taxation law to write for Full Frontal 16 years ago and he’s been long regarded as one of the country’s leading comic talents. Two years of record ratings for Talkin’ About Your Generation indicate there’s a wider audience for his unique brand of off-beat cerebration than was previously conceived. TAYG’s three intelligent, entertaining team captains, Amanda Keller, Charlie Pickering and Josh Thomas are an irreplaceable part of the mix, but the “X” factor, if you’ll pardon the expression, is just enough Micallef idiosyncrasy to rope in all of us who wouldn’t watch a game show unless he was on it. The bastard son of Harold Lloyd and Spike Milligan laments his affinity for rather “old fashioned” physical comedy. But it’s just that juxtaposition of joyful silliness and perception-jarring surrealism that makes TAYG so much more entertaining than other programs in this genre. For Micallef, a big attraction with Talkin’ About Your Generation was “the opportunity to do a show my kids could watch”. “And it’s not just my kids. I’m amazed at how many people come up and tell me it’s the one show they feel their whole family can watch without them having to be ready every minute to put their hands over their children’s ears. “It’s not that it’s trying to be particularly child-friendly. It’s just free of the sort of crassness that sometimes passes as adult humour.”

The Future


eaders in Newstopia withdrawal will be pleased to learn that Micallef is talking with SBS about the possibility of a current affairs satire program along the lines of Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show. “There’s a need for a comedy-based show that doesn’t just see the news as an excuse for a punch line,” Micallef says. “It can be funny and still deal with a bit of processing, provide some analysis and even be educational on some level. “I quite like the idea of doing it on SBS, too. You don’t have to be too preoccupied with Australian events. “That was sort of central to the humour on Newstopia – the idea that Australia was the best country to judge all the other countries.”

Photo: Hardie Grant Publishing


t’s been an incredible year for Shaun Micallef. He won the Silver Logie for Most Popular Presenter and Talkin’ About Your Generation won the awards for both Outstanding and Most Popular Light Entertainment Program. He still found time to slog around the country with Stephen Curry, touring their Comedy Festival hit, Good Evening, a tribute to the classic sketches of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. But his crowning achievement was the November release of his first novel, Preincarnate. It’s a surreal, sci-fi, semiepistolary, time-travelling tribute to Dickens, Conan Doyle and Spike Milligan that poses the terrifying prospect of a Europe utterly devoid of badgers. The actor, comedian and novelist talks to MCN about the show, the book, the future, and why he likes the waterside village suburb of Williamstown.

tion, time travel, Tom Cruise, and a significant contingent of the Midlothian branch of the British Freemasons, Pruitt ends up in a mess that is only resolved with the assistance of Arthur Conan Doyle, HG Wells, a well-intentioned but essentially clueless Cromwellian scholar, and an impossibly beautiful intergalactic android. Few people could knit so many historical and literary references into an hilarious, 220page roller-coaster ride but it was second-nature to Micallef. “All my stuff is full of slapstick, and I’ve been accused of being a bit old fashioned,” he says. “But I like the past. Maybe it’s purer, or perhaps I can see it more clearly. So someone who goes back in time was a natural choice for me. “My education’s got huge holes in it and occasionally I get interested in some historical event and I’ll find a few books and swot up on it and I found the idea that England was a republic for a few years really interesting. “The historical side happened to coincide with what I needed to do - find someone whose escape of death might have impacted on history right up to the present. “The idea that if Cromwell’s son had lived he would have taken over was really a nice, fertile starting place.” Micallef ’s prose is clean but also rich and evocative, further testimony to his love of 19th century literature.

Comedian, actor and novelist, Shaun Micallef

Photo: Hobsons Bay Visitor Information Centre

By Rebecca Ponsford

The view across Hobson’s Bay at night from Williamstown

Micallef’s favourite places


haun Micallef moved from Adelaide to Melbourne when he abandoned motor insurance law in favour of comedy writing. The fairy lights in the century-old elms along St Kilda road were among the first things that struck him back then and he says he’s still charmed by them 16 years later. For several years he enjoyed

living in Port Melbourne, near the Channel 7 studios where he worked on Full Frontal. He was unimpressed, however, with the “creeping ‘Stepford’ gentrification” of the area, and relocated to the village suburb of Williamstown. “I love the Gem Pier, The Castlemaine and the wonderful history around the area. The sites of the old cannons that

were supposed to defend the coastline are still there. “I’m still such a tourist I go around and read the plaques. There’s a lovely memorial to the Williamstown residents who went and fought in the Boxer Rebellion. “But just the view across Hobson’s Bay at night – the Melbourne skyline across the water – is quite beautiful.”




Pet adoption on the rise By Kimberly Yu


or most Australians, a home would not be complete without a pet. A study of registered pets by the Australian pet industry found that over 63 percent of households had a pet animal. Unfortunately, there is also a large number of pets who eventually become abandoned or unwanted. “The majority of animals that come in are unwanted strays owned by somebody that nobody’s come to collect, then there’s people surrendering animals mostly purchased through the internet or pet shops. “There’s also inspectorate animals who have been seized after incidences of cruelty,” RSPCA Melbourne’s shelter manager Allie Jalbert said. The good news is that pet adoption from rescue shelters is on the rise.

“Adoption figures are on the rise. There’s a greater awareness overall of refuges and shelters,” Ms Jalbert said. “Shelter animals make excellent pets. They are in good condition, desexed, groomed, temperament and health checked,” Ms Jalbert said. “There’s two waves of unwanted pets coming in. The first is at the end of school holidays from mid to late January, and then June to July when the pets have outgrown their cute puppy or kitten phase and people realise they can’t look after them. “Over the holiday period we expect to receive 16,000 animals over 10 shelters. It’s a challenge to deal with the influx of animals over the period. We run different promotions and fundraising initiatives, and any donations are very welcome. Our retail shops and pet services also contribute to the

operation.” “We counsel people to determine their best match based on their personality and living conditions. Support services are also available [after adoption], including vet clinics and behavioural services,” Ms Jalbert said. Because lifestyle changes are a major reason for owners giving up their pets, shelters also receive a number of older pets looking for a new home. “Older pets are difficult to place, so we have senior adoption rates and discounts on vet services,” Ms Jalbert said. “They’re not impossible to place. They would suit less active people with a slower lifestyle.” Anh Nguyen and her family recently adopted a two-yearold terrier cross from the Lost Dogs’ Home. “I chose to adopt a dog from a shelter because I knew they would get put down

Moira White and her boxer dog Molly

if they don’t get adopted. I wanted to give a dog a second chance,” she said. “The [adoption] process was fairly easy, the hard part was choosing which dog to get. I like Teddy very much. He’s the cutest little fluff ball,” Ms Nguyen said. Stop the Clock campaign spokesman Mike Bailey agrees.

Photo: RSPCA Victoria


‘Tis the Season to spend wisely


hoppers have been cautious in the lead-up to Christmas this year and retailers expect them to remain so inspite of a strengthening economy. Surveys by retailers and consumer groups have shown that many families have reduced their gift-giving. Retailers are predicting a modest growth of 3.5 per cent in sales over the Christmas period. The projected sales figure for the festive season is $39.9 billion, up a mere $1.4 billion from last year when the economy was experiencing the effects of the global financial crisis. “Retailers are usually optimistic in the lead up to Christmas, but this year their spirits have been dampened,” Australian Retail Association executive director Russell Zimmerman said.

He said that more than 60 per cent of retailers expected trade over the Christmas period to be lower than last year. “This year has been tough for retailers with consumers still suffering from a post-GFC hangover and being very careful about opening their purses and spending on particular items especially clothing, footwear and bigger ticket household items,’’ he said. Mr Zimmerman said that more than 77 per cent of retailers surveyed believed the Reserve Bank interest rate rises this year (including the most recent one in November) would be detrimental to retail trade over Christmas 2010. According to the survey, most consumer Christmas dollars will be going towards food, but cost won’t be the only consideration.

“Consumers are definitely looking for a bargain this Christmas,” Woolworths media relations manager Benedict Brook said. “But we’re seeing a [huge] increase in the demand for free range turkeys. Consumer decisions are being made based on money and the [source] of food.” Meanwhile, the Ethical Consumer Guide cautioned against buying too much food that will eventually go to waste. The group has issued a Christmas shopping guide for the silly season, reminding people to cut down on packaging and consider where their food is produced and distributed. The guide suggests eating less meat as well as ensuring food is organic, free range, or sustainably caught. It also stresses the importance of buy-

I’m too old for another [puppy], but I couldn’t cope without [a dog].” After months of searching for an older dog, Ms White found Molly at a local shelter. “I’m a dog lover, and when you love dogs, you don’t think about the cost of looking after them,” Ms White said.

Pets on death row By Kimberly Yu

Melody and her puppies at an RSPCA shelter

“There’s a big market for older dogs. They’re already trained and quiet. They’re good to keep older people company,” he said. Eighty-year-old Moira White couldn’t agree more. The great-grandmother adopted a six-year-old Boxer dog when hers died. “I’ve had Boxers all my life.

hat would you do if you were given 28 days to live? Maybe travel the world, do everything you’ve always wanted to try once. If you’re an animal in a pet shelter, this death sentence is a waiting game. It’s about sitting and hoping that someone will come and adopt you. When your time’s up, the shelter is forced to get rid of you. The Stop the Clock campaign aims to halt the needless killing of healthy animals in pet shelters. “Victoria is the only state with these restrictions. No other state has an arbitrary limit on how long animals can be there,” Stop the Clock’s spokesman Mike Bailey said.

“Shelters should not be forced to kill pets they are trying to rehome. “Modern shelter practices include exercise and mental stimulation while animals wait for their second chance,” Mr Bailey said. “We have volunteers who walk dogs and play with cats.” “There is a massive demand for pets from animal shelters. A quarter of people get their animals from shelters. “It’s not true that shelters are overcrowded. There are a lot of empty cages and people are happy to adopt animals from shelters.” Stop the Clock’s supporters are asking for the autonomy to determine the fate of rescued animals. “The decision needs to be

left up to us. Shelters need to be given free reign. We need to trust that our shelters can make the best decisions for the animals,” Mr Bailey said. The campaign has been widely backed by Victoria’s animal shelters and rescue groups. Stop the Clock’s Facebook page has over 4000 supporters. Mr Bailey remains hopeful the State Government will bring change. “The battle’s been won to get the issue out in the public eye. The response has been unanimous from the public,” Mr Bailey said. “What [Liberal MP] Peter Walsh said [during the election campaign] was really encouraging. I’ll be getting in touch with him soon.”

Christmas shoppers are looking for bargains this year

ing as locally as possible, from farmers’ markets and small, independent grocers. “I encourage people to re-

spond to the mantra of ‘buy more stuff ’ by realising that stuff isn’t what makes us happy. Consume less and make it

more meaningful,” the Guide’s founder Nick Ray said.




Yamma’s big breakthrough W

hen the third World Music Expo brought together some of the most exciting and original indigenous performers from across Asia and the Pacific, one of the stand out attractions was a softly spoken singer-songwriter from Alice Springs. Frank Yamma has built an ardent core of fans over his 20-year career but music lovers and industry insiders are predicting his latest album, Countryman will bring him the attention he has long deserved from the wider public. The album was co-produced by David Bridie of Not Drowning, Waving fame under his Wontok Musik label. “This is the record that will make white Australia realise what Indigenous Australia already knows about him. The man may come from remote Australia, but his music is accessible and relevant to everyone,” Birdie said. Journalist Martin Flanagan has already dubbed him ‘the Aboriginal Tom Waits’. He first performed his own material at the inaugural ‘Sing Loud Play Strong’ Aboriginal Music Festival in 1998. From the beginning his original compositions were rich and textured musically and deeply moving emotionally and that first concert was recorded on video and sold around the world. The following year his album, Playing With Fire was named the Indigenous Music

Awards album of the year and his 2006 recording, Keep Up The Pace also brought critical acclaim.

“This is the record that will make white Australia realise what Indigenous Australia already knows about him. The man may come from remote Australia, but his music is accessible and relevant to everyone,” - David Bridie

To Yamma himself, the flourishing of extraordinary talent in Central Australia doesn’t seem at all remarkable. “The Pitjantjara mob have many talented singers, actors, health workers and activists. We are a big nation, and our influence is strong,” he said. He knows what he’s talking about. Frank is the son of the late Isaac Yamma, a charismatic singer-songwriter who was the first Aboriginal musician to write and record songs in his native language and a man who was instrumental in establishing CAAMA (the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association), an organisation that pioneered the recording of indigenous musicians. “I had followed him (Isaac) around to gigs since I can remember,” Yamma said.

Before his eighth birthday he sang Bony M’s “Rivers of Babylon” on stage with his father’s pioneering Pitjantjatjara Country Band and by his early teens he was performing regularly with the group. He says his musical influences ranged from the traditional songs of “the local crew” to his father’s favourites, Buddy Williams, Slim Dusty, Hank Williams. Other acts that made an impression include No Fixed Address, Coloured Stone, Scrap Metal, Neil Diamond , and Australian bands like Cold Chisel, Men at Work , and The Angels. But he also remembers how much it meant to him, as a young musician, to meet and hear other indigenous musicians, including Yothu Yindi front man Mandawuy Yunupingu, and he’s heartened to see the sort of inspiration young Aboriginies are drawing from the new indigenous artists. “Whether it be Troy Cassar-Daley, Gurrumul, Jessica Mauboy or Bart Willoughby – all create dreams in the minds of young blackfellas that they too can pursue their dream and get others to hear their music. “So many of the young boys and now girls as well are forming bands and hoping to make a success of it. You can hear them rehearsing all day and night around the place.” Yamma is also optimistic that the Wontok label, dedicated to making the work of in-

Photo: Wontok Musik

By Rebecca Ponsford

Pitjantjara troubadour, Frank Yamma

digenous musicians accessible to a wider audience, will mean even greater opportunities for the coming generation of young indigenous musicians. “If people like music they will hopefully buy it whether it be black or whitefella music,” he said.

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or over five years Melbourne resident Sarah Rogerson has lived in squats (vacant or untended buildings) around Melbourne. For the last two years, the pregnant woman and her partner have lived in a large property in Coburg, which was vacant for more than 10 years before their arrival Since moving in, the couple have carried out essential repairs – fixing the roof, installing insulation, and repair and maintenance work to ensure the property is safe and secure by the time their child arrives. Before the Rogerson family moved in, the property fell into a state of neglect, with neighbours forced to cut the lawns and council demands for rate payments ignored. “The neighbours had not

seen the owners for 10 to 12 years,” Ms Rogerson said. Ms Rogerson became in-

“The fact that many people are experiencing rent increases every six months is creating housing stress, and making tenants feel their situation is becoming untenable.” - Sarah Rogerson

terested in squatting after experiencing difficulties in the private rental market. “While I am employed, I believe that the exorbitant rental prices and

limited housing availability in Melbourne makes it difficult to find suitable accommodation.” After exploring the legalities and viability of squatting, and weighing up the pros and cons of such a venture, she set out to find a vacant property. Ms Rogerson said that although she sometimes feels her housing is insecure, the same can be said of the private rental market. “The fact that many people are experiencing rent increases every six months is creating housing stress, and making tenants feel their housing situation is becoming untenable.” Ms Rogerson believes the public needs to reassess its view of squatting. “If the only choice a homeless person has is to live under a bridge or make use of a vacant house – obviously squat-

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By Chiara MacFarlane

Louise Crabtree changing her baby’s nappy in a legal squat in Sydney

ting is the better option.” She believes squatters need to respect the rights of owners, but personally thinks disputes over squatting rights are civil disputes. “Squatting can be viewed two ways in terms of the law,” she said. “It’s either a

criminal matter of trespass or a civil matter. “I believe it should be approached as a civil matter.” Ms Rogerson has found that house owners are usually open to negotiations if approached in a respectful and civilised way.”

Ms Rogerson demonstrated outside Richmond MP Richard Wynne’s office in November as part of housing advocacy group “City is Ours” demonstration against the lack of action taken by the then Labor Government to address the housing crisis.




Christmas Events New Years Events Spirit of the Square

December 1 - December 30 10am - 8pm A welcome respite for wearied shoppers and bored kids, Spirit of the Square draws together much-loved Christmas traditions and community heart with contemporary, often cheeky surprises including stencil art and a giant penguin! The Christmas Tree is still there, but given new life with the opportunity for visitors to change the lighting each night and to see their Christmas wishes on the big screen. Glistening baubles hang from the ceiling of The Atrium, but in a nod to Melbourne’s street art scene, the reindeer and the turtle doves have been ditched in favour of festive frogs, bulldogs and chimps, with more than 100 animal stencils and one very large (and very cute), Wishing Penguin. In the spirit of sharing and reflection that Christmas brings, these unusual gifts are complemented by a free program of community exhibitions, carols and multicultural celebrations. Where: Federation Square Cnr Swanston & Flinders Street Melbourne 3000 Contact details Tel.:03 9655 1900

Joy to the World December 22 - 23 From 7:30pm

Join conductor Benjamin Northey, soprano Antoinette Halloran and tenor Roy Best in a Christmas celebration with something for everyone. The newly formed Alpha Sinfonia will provide the orchestral accompaniment along with the 40 voice Alpha Sinfonia Chorus. A joyous and uplifting musical experience awaits attend this beautiful concert of fine Christmas songs and orchestral pieces. Ave Maria, O Holy Night, The First Noel, Silent Night, 12 Days of Christmas and many others will delight and inspire - a truly wonderful evening of Christmas music for the whole family. Where: Melbourne Recital Centre

Vision Australia Christmas Carols December 24 3pm - 10:30pm

The official charity for the City of Melbourne’s Christmas in the City program is Starlight. Since 1988, Starlight has brightened the lives of seriously ill and hospitalised children, and their families. Living with illness or injury can cause enormous strain in the lives of children and their families. Starlight delivers innovative programs that make children happy, lifting their spirits when they need it most. Starlight brings fun and laughter to children no matter what their illness or where they live. Each year, more than 600,000 children are admitted to hospitals throughout Australia. Starlight can reach only one in three of these children. The organisation’s goal is to ensure every child can receive its very special support. Information: Phone: 1300 727 827

Nativity Scene

December 9 - December 24 10.30am - 11.30am Join Reverend Tom Knowles, from Melbourne City Churches in Action, for the blessing of the city’s unique calligraphic nativity scene. Recall the story of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth and celebrate Christian customs as a choir sings your favourite carols. Come along and see why this time-honoured Melbourne tradition is as strong as ever. Where: City Square Melbourne 3000 Contact details Ph: 03 9658 9658 marketing@melbourne.vic. Price: This is a free event

Birrarung Marr December 31, 2010 8:45pm - 1am

With a laidback attitude and relaxed surroundings, Birrarung Marr will host two stages and a large screen for partygoers. Local artists One Africa, Husky, Unified Gecko, Charles Jenkins and Empress Eklectress will surprise and delight while Dance Connection will put on a Latin Dance Class sure to get you moving. With roving performances by See Sault and one of the best views of the midnight fireworks, Birrarung Marr will provide a wonderful location to see in 2011. Where: Adjacent to Federation Square, Melways (2F J6)

Projections Program December 31, 2010 9:30pm onwards

With central city buzzing in the company of New Year’s Eve crowds, 2010 will see the introduction of an outdoor projections program, displaying unique aspects of Melbourne and highlights of 2010 on some of the city’s buildings. For two and a half hours, skyscrapers, landmarks and distinctive architecture will become the canvas for a unique art show. The show will also include a countdown clock on key city buildings, so you will always know how long to go until midnight. Where: Around the CBD

Alexandra Gardens December 31, 2010 8pm - 1am

With three stages - named for our laneways, Degraves, Hosier & Flinders - Alexandra Gardens presents a line-up of fun and funky music designed for celebration. More than 10 bands and artists will take to the stage across the evening, and with excellent viewing of the midnight fireworks, there are a host of reasons to have a good time in Alexandra Gardens. Where: Off St Kilda Rd and Alexandra Avenue (Melways 2F JF)


December 31, 2010 6pm onwards From 6pm onwards families can see live performances at the main stage at the Waterfront City Piazza. Docklands will also feature both a 9.15pm and midnight fireworks display from Victoria Harbour.

Family Festival at Yarra Park December 31, 2010 6pm - 9:45pm

A chance to celebrate with the whole family, the Family Festival encourages picnics, getting involved and above all, fun. Kicking off at 6pm with roving performers Ben 10, The Fabulous Fat Brothers and many more, MC Pete Rowsthorn will begin proceedings with shows by Yo Gabba Gabba!, the Bongo Brothers and Rhythm Runners. Face painting, a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation activity and a Cricket Victoria clinic will keep the kids busy before headline act Guy Sebastian revs up the crowd for a stunning fireworks display at the special family time of 9.15pm. Take free public transport to and from Richmond or Jolimont stations to avoid the city crowds. Where: Yarra Park, surrounding the MCG

Federation Square December 31, 2010 8pm - 1am

If cool beats, reggae and funk are more your thing, Federation Square is the place to be this New Year’s Eve. Acoustic, Electro, Funk and several DJs will ensure a great line up of tunes to get revellers in the party mood and as midnight nears, Fed Square provides prime viewing for the fireworks display. Where: Main square, Federation Square

Summer Events Midsumma Festival 2010

Peninsula Summer Music Festival

January 16 - February 6, 2010

January 4 - 11, 2011

The Midsumma Festival brings a diverse mix of artists and performers together under a single umbrella for an impassioned celebration and innovative presentation of queer art and culture. The festival program is made up of a wide range of events and activities including visual art, theatre, spoken word, cabaret, film, live music, sport and social and political forums and debates. Offering a diverse, exciting and relevant program, the Midsumma Festival continues to attract a broad and ever-evolving audience to Melbourne and Victoria. Each year over 100,000 individuals across Melbourne and Australia participate in and attend festival events. Growing in popularity each year, Midsumma is positioned and identified globally as one of the top five gay and lesbian arts and cultural festivals, along with New York, San Francisco, Vancouver and Singapore. With around 150 events over three weeks of leading performing arts, euphoric dance parties, stunning visual art exhibitions, engaging community events and so much more, you’re spoilt for choice!

This summer, the churches, vineyards and restaurants of the Mornington Peninsula will be filled with the glorious sounds of intimate chamber music, Bach cantatas, 18th century opera and balmy twilight jazz during the 4th Peninsula Summer Music Festival

Details:,au Tickets: 16th January

Contact details Tel.:1300 182 183

Where: Red Hill, Flinders, Shoreham, Mount Eliza, Mornington Bookings Frankston Arts Centre Box Office

A MidSummer Nights Dream December 4 - 18, 2010 7:30pm - 10:45pm

Baz Luhrmann’s colourdrenched realm of midsummer magic is back, with its company of Indian gods, British colonials and rustic clowns. Benjamin Britten’s music captures the spirit of Shakespeare’s mischievous tale with a spell-bindingly beautiful score. Performed in English. Running time: approx 3 hrs 15 mins including two 20-min intervals

SLAM Foreshore Festival

December 18, 2010

Head down to St Kilda Foreshore for the ultimate summer beach volleyball competition and music festival, the SLAM Foreshore Festival. SLAM truly embodies the world renowned Aussie lifestyle; sport, beaches, bevies & great music. Part beach party, part volleyball clash and part music festival, SLAM is the only one of its kind in Australia. Watch the beach sport while listening to some tunes, or head into the licensed Corona festival area, perfect for those of you who prefer your day at the beach to involve a drink in one hand and getting your groove on. Where: St Kilda Beach Details:




Summer Nights at Luna Park S

From December 2 until late April, Luna Park will be open until 11pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and from January Luna Park will be open until 8pm Sunday to Wednesday. Watch the sunset from the top of the Scenic Railway overlooking a breathtaking view of St Kilda and Port Phillip Bay, take a spin on the Spider in the starry night sky, or lick a stick of pink fairy floss under the lights of the Carousel.

For a special Summer Nights Offer go online: Summer Nights at Luna Park – extended opening times: December, 2010 Thursday to Friday: 7pm to 11pm Saturday: 11.00am to 11.00pm

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till Melbourne’s Most Effective “First Date” Venue after 98 years! Melbourne’s iconic Luna Park celebrates its 98th Birthday this year, and remains a favourite for young couples on first dates. In the sunset hours, the reflection of the sun off the water of Port Phillip Bay creates sparkles that come alive as Luna Park turns on the thousands of lights that transform the park into a night-time wonderland.

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The iconic entrance to Luna Park

Gustave Moreau’s The Sirens

Gustave Moreau and the Eternal Feminine Moreau’s work in the southern hemisphere. Gustave Moreau and the Eternal Feminine will explore the artist’s obsession with the female form, taking visitors on a voyage from classical antiquity and the ancient Far East, to Christianity’s more lurid escapades and the epic narratives of the Middle Ages. This exhibition will feature the tales and tribulations of

well known characters of history – both real and mythological – including Helen of Troy, Cleopatra, Messalina, Lady Macbeth, Samson and Delilah, Galatea, Sappho and Salomé. Gustave Moreau and the Eternal Feminine will be on display at NGV International from December 10 2010 to April 10 2011. Admission fees apply.

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he French artist Gustave Moreau bequeathed his 5000 works of art to France when he died in 1898. This summer, the National Gallery of Victoria has unveiled a unique exhibit of 117 of them. Featuring paintings, watercolours and drawings from the acclaimed Musée GustaveMoreau in Paris, this is the first significant exhibition of

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Revellers enjoy the Midsumma festival

he Midsumma Festival brings a diverse mix of artists and performers together under a single umbrella for an impassioned celebration and innovative presentation of queer art and culture. The festival program is made up of a wide range of events and activities including visual art, theatre, spoken word, cabaret, film, live music, sport and social and political

forums and debates. Offering a diverse, exciting and relevant program, the Midsumma Festival continues to attract a broad and ever-evolving audience to Melbourne and Victoria. Each year over 100,000 individuals across Melbourne and Australia participate in and attend festival events. Growing in popularity each year, Midsumma is positioned and identified globally as one of

the top five gay and lesbian arts and cultural festivals, along with New York, San Francisco, Vancouver and Singapore.With around 150 events over three weeks of leading performing arts, euphoric dance parties, stunning visual art exhibitions, engaging community events and so much more, you’re spoilt for choice! For more information please visit:

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Australians amongst the worlds biggest boozers By Kimberly Yu


hen it comes to alcohol, Australians are behind the UK but in front of New Zealand for the copious amounts of booze we drink. OECD statistics have us at 10th in the developed world for alcohol consumption. We each consume nearly 10 litres of alcohol every year. That’s only two and a half casks of wine. It doesn’t sound like much if you think about the countless barbeques, birthdays, after-work drinks and various forms of weekend partying that form the average Australian’s social calendar. There’s no disputing the fact that ours is a drinking culture. The dangers of underage and binge drinking, and drink driving are widely publicised, but many Australians ignore the dangers and indulge anyway. Research conducted in 2007 by the Department of Health and Ageing found that just under half of 14 to 19 year olds drank at risky levels, with over two-thirds 18 to 24 year-olds drinking in dangerous levels. A 2009 study by Transport Accident Commission (TAC) found that 25 per cent of road fatali-

ties involved drunk drivers. Alcohol has been a central aspect of social gatherings for centuries, but recent studies have found that the age that people first try alcohol has been steadily decreasing. Research commissioned by DrinkWise Australia found that 73 per cent of 12 year olds have consumed

“Drinking when you’re a teenager is all about getting new experiences and dealing with stress. I drink to get a buzz, but nobody likes someone who’s so pissed [drunk] you have to drag them off the ground,” - James Ryan

alcohol. DrinkWise’s CEO Cath Peachey attributes these figures to parents wanting to do the right thing and introduce their teenagers to alcohol in the safety of the home, under parental supervision.. “Parents are the main source

of supply for alcohol [for under 18s]. They face enormous pressure from children and other parents to provide alcohol.” DrinkWise’s campaigns encourage parents to think about their own attitudes to alcohol and change the drinking culture through the way they introduce it to their children. “Parents need to have a conversation [about responsible alcohol consumption] when the child is young - around nine to 14 years old. They need express to their views and talk about the impact alcohol will have on the developing brain,” Ms Peachey said. “There is no good reason for kids under 15 to have alcohol. From 15 onwards, their brains are still developing. There is certainly a link between early drinking and mental health issues. Parents need to make their own decisions, but delaying the introduction of alcohol is the best solution.” James Ryan, 24, was given his first drink at 14. “My parents gave me my first drink at a Christmas party, but they told me way before that it’s not cool to be drunk. “Parents can’t introduce alcohol to kids at a later stage because they would have been

Binge drinking in Australia is getting worse

Children pick up drinking attitudes from parents

introduced to it already. [Kids] are going to get it one way or another. Parents need to teach them the advantages of moderation and harm minimisation,” Mr Ryan said. Karen Daniels* is the mother of a 15 year old who goes drinking with friends on weekends. “He’s asked me to buy alcohol for him, but I’ve always refused. He says it’s become normal for his friends parents to buy them alcohol, but I don’t want to be responsible for any negative consequences,” she said. “I’ve told him about the consequences of alcohol. I told him about the effects on the brain, that it kills brain cells. I’ve talked to him about the consequences of addiction, and told him that it’s against the law. I think there’s massive peer group pressure to relax and have a drink on weekends. They all think they’re invincible and will never get hurt.” Mr Ryan disagrees, and believes it’s better having parents supervising teens drinking. “It was good to have the parents [supervising parties]. It provided a safe place for young people to drink and they could give advice and stop people from being pressured to drink. It stopped us from wandering

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around town and getting in trouble,” Ryan said. “Drinking when you’re a teenager is all about getting new experiences and dealing with stress. I drink to get a buzz, but nobody likes someone who’s so pissed [drunk] you have to drag them off the ground,” Mr Ryan said. Ms Daniels says parents have a responsibility, but in the end the kids will experiment. “The problem is, in this day and age the [external] dangers are much worse.” Ms Daniels believes schools have an obligation to educate students. “They need to show them the physical consequences of binge drinking, like kids with brain damage from being hit by a car jaywalking while drunk. It’s a devastating sight. “My son is affected by the graphic TAC ads. The life-like visuals enable him to really see the horror of drink-driving,” Ms Daniels said. Director of Services at Melbourne-based Youth Substance Abuse Service (YSAS), Peter Wearne says alcohol is the drug of most concern for teenage substance abuse. “The market is so open and alcohol is always there. People who seek drinking as their drug of choice do

so because of its affordability and accessibility. “When it comes to alcohol consumption, we can’t blame the parents. It’s a joint responsibility and self-management is the key,” Mr Wearne said. “We need to have a clear conversation [about] how we will solve this worldwide problem. We need to sit back and think about how we promote alcohol and how it’s so readily available. I think there needs to be more regulation around alcohol,” Mr Wearne said. He said a recent ad for a premixed drink with the message ‘Drink Intelligently’ was an interesting message and one that could perhaps assist in the redefining Australian attitudes towards alcohol. Parents could certainly have a big influence in the developing years, but the world of adolescence brought new adventures. Individuals needed to form their relationship with alcohol themselves and figure out when they’d had enough. After all, nothing says ‘the party’s over’ like vomit on the floor. *Name has been changed for legal reasons.

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n Australian study appears to have answered the burning question at the core of sun safety - can sunscreen actually help to prevent melanoma? Despite evidence that sunscreen can protect against less lethal forms of skin cancer, its effect on the incidence of rarer but often deadly melanoma has remained unclear. Complicating the research is the fact very fair-skinned people, who have the most cases of melanoma, were also most likely to heed the warning and so routinely slop on their sunscreen. “People who are at naturally higher risk of melanoma are also naturally the people who use sunscreen,” Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) Professor of Epidemiology Adele Green said. “You can imagine then,

this is very hard to disentangle whether there is a protective effect of sunscreen on melanoma. “There can even be this confusing effect where ... there’s more melanoma among people who use sunscreen.” So while sunscreen has long been recommended as a “precaution” against all skin cancers, the science on its effect on melanoma alone has remained “highly controversial”. That was until Prof Green’s unique study, which tracked a group of just over 1600 residents in Nambour, Queensland, and it showed how wearing sunscreen every day cut their incidence of melanoma in half. The adults were randomly allocated to either a control group - who continued as per normal and wore as much or as little sunscreen as they liked -

or a group given an unlimited supply of sunscreen. Those provided with free sunscreen were asked to apply it every morning to their head, neck, arms and hands and the trial ran for five years to 1996. Monitoring over the next 10 years found identified 22 cases of melanoma in the control group, and 11 cases among those who wore sunscreen every day. Prof Green said while the result appeared to be conclusive it was too early to declare the sunscreen-melanoma debate as over. “I wouldn’t say that on the strength of one study but this has to be reassuring at this stage,” she told AAP. “... to medical professionals, public health authorities and the general public, that the regular application of sunscreen is likely to be beneficial with re-

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Sun Smart?

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gard to melanoma protection.” There are three major types of skin cancer, with melanoma the least common but most often lethal as the cancer could spread from its initial site on the skin to generate tumours elsewhere in the body. The other types - basal cell

carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma - were more regularly seen but were less likely to spread and so were not usually life-threatening if detected early. There are more than 10,000 cases of melanoma diagnosed every year in Australia, which

shares the world’s highest incidence of melanoma along with New Zealand. More than 430,000 Australians are treated every year for non-melanoma skin cancer.  AAP

Test scans foetus through mum’s blood

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A scientist tests a blood sample

cientists have discovered a way to learn everything there is to know about a foetus’ genetic make-up by taking a sample of the pregnant mother’s blood, said a study released on Wednesday. Until now, the most accurate methods of screening a foetus for potential abnormalities have involved risks to the unborn child because they require doctors to take a sample of fetal tissue by piercing the womb. Those techniques, such as amniocentisis and chorionic villus sampling, presented a dilemma to expectant mums, particularly among older women who want to screen for chromosomal abnormalities that can in-

crease in likelihood along with maternal age, such as Down syndrome. But according to researchers in Hong Kong, whose work was published in the US-based journal Science Translational Medicine, the entire fetal genome can be glimpsed floating in the mother’s blood. Fetal DNA makes up about 10 per cent of a pregnant woman’s blood plasma. But because DNA molecules in the plasma exist in fragments, piecing together which ones belonged to the foetus proved technically difficult. Lead author Dennis Lo and his team discovered in 1997 “floating” DNA from the foetus

in the mother’s blood, and laboratories have widely used this technique to test for gender as well as fetal genetic and chromosomal disorders. However the span of such tests has been limited to one disease or genetic characteristic at a time. The latest research isolated fetal genetic signatures in the floating DNA, then compared its characteristics against the genetic maps of the mother and father. That way, scientists were able to construct a genome-wide genetic map of the foetus, which they could then scan for variations and mutations. “Before the present work, it

was not clear whether the entire fetal genome is represented in maternal plasma,” wrote Lo. “This information is important because it demonstrates that a noninvasive genome-wide scan of the fetal genome from maternal plasma is possible.” Lo said the method of identifying nucleic acids in the plasma could also help in the fields of cancer diagnosis and tissue transplants. “It would be interesting to investigate whether key features of the high-resolution size profile for circulating fetal DNA can also be seen in circulating tumour DNA and donor graftderived DNA,” the study said.  AAP


editation can forge lasting changes in the brain and, as an Australian experiment in the taboo area of self-harm shows, its positive effect can be lifetransforming. Researchers at the University of Melbourne conducted the ground-breaking experiment, scanning the brain of a young woman who had grappled with the problem of selfharm since her teens. They saw positive changes in brain activity after she took part in a research-backed course in meditation and relaxation techniques. Brisbane’s Alison Dower also meditated daily for eight weeks. “The desire to self-harm is not particularly strong any-

more due to all the work I’ve done,” Ms Dower, now aged 23, said on Wednesday. “I don’t know if I’d call it a cure but I would say if it works for you it is a very very potent tool to have. “I haven’t self-harmed in over 12 months.” Ms Dower’s initial brain scans revealed a “rightward bias” in her brain activity, known to be associated with a higher incidence of depression and negative emotion. Professor Nick Allen, from the university’s Department of Psychological Sciences, said the scan following the meditation intervention showed a shift in brain activity “more leftwards ... which is a pattern more associated with positive emotions and positive coping”.

“This is, in my opinion, one of the most exciting areas of neuroscience,” Prof Allen said, “that the brain can change in response to experiences and in response to activity”. This experiment is the focus of a documentary. In it, Ms Dower joins with other young Australians to offer a candid and at-times confronting insight into the broader issue of self-harm. Up to eight per cent of the Australian population are thought to engage in self-harming behaviour. For some it becomes routine, often involving deliberate cutting or scratching of the arms or legs. “We’re discovering that it is much more widespread than we thought,” Prof Allen said. “It is occurring in contexts

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Meditation treatment for taboo problem

Buddhist monks meditate in celebration of Buddha’s Birthday

where there isn’t another formal mental health problem, therefore we do need some specific treatment approaches. “The case study with Alison is extremely encouraging, and is a critical first step on that path.” Prof Allen also said self-

harm was a “hard issue for the health system to get its head around” and he understood that many people would find it “impossible to comprehend”. “But all of us behave at times, in certain ways, that are self-destructive (like punching a wall or insulting a loved one)

and these people have become stuck with a much more severe form of it.” * Anyone in need of support can call Lifeline on 13 11 14, or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or the SANE Helpline on 1800 18 SANE (7263).  AAP




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THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH Don’t miss the talented Wharf Revue team as they parody our political leaders and current events in a series of hilarious musical skits.

‘A GUARANTEED HOOT’ ABC ONLINE With Jonathan Biggins, Amanda Bishop, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott Musical Director Phillip Scott Lighting Designer Matthew Marshall A Sydney Theatre Company Production

5 TO 29 JAN 2011 The MTC Theatre, Sumner BOOK or 8688 0800


DON PARTIES ON ‘AUSTRALIA’S MOST ENDURINGLY POPULAR SOCIAL COMEDY WRITER’ SYDNEY MORNING HERALD It’s forty years on since Don’s first party and it’s election night again! What’s happened to Don and his friends, and what’s happened to the country? And which of these two disasters will make you laugh the most?

8 JAN TO 12 FEB 2011 The Arts Centre, Playhouse BOOK or With Diane Craig, Georgia Flood, Darren Gilshenan, Robert Grubb, Frankie J Holden, Sue Jones, Tracy Mann, Garry McDonald, Nikki Shiels Director Robyn Nevin Designer Dale Ferguson Costume Designer Jennifer Irwin Lighting Designer Matt Scott Sound Designer Russell Goldsmith Assistant Director Ben Winspear

Garry McDonald

MTC is a department of The University of Melbourne





Don parties again


he world premiere of David Williamson’s new play is still almost a month away, yet it is already causing as much controversy as the election that inspired it. Williamson has said the 2010 Gillard-Abbot contest, which resulted in Australia’s first hung parliament since World War II, alerted his “dramatic instincts” and motivated a re-examination, four decades on, of the characters immortalised on stage and screen in his time-defining 1973 play, Don’s Party. Williamson’s reputation as Australia’s foremost dramatist

rests on his consistent efforts to probe the shifts and turns of Australian social life in a way that is both entertaining and thought provoking. Despite increasing success in the more lucrative world of film (he’s won four AFI Best Screenplay awards), he’s continued to write for the stage, producing over 40 works exemplified by his acute eye for human foibles and remarkable gift for sharp, witty dialogue. Don’s Party followed the shift from anger to demoralisation as a group of new professionals – teachers, psychologists and others educated during the post war economic boom – realised the promise of

an ALP victory in the 1969 was not going to be fulfilled. The sequel brings the same group together in the very different political climate of the election in August this year. Robyn Nevin will direct a stellar cast, including Garry McDonald, Diane Craig, Tracey Mann and Robert Grubb in the play that everyone will enjoy arguing about in 2011. Arts Centre, Playhouse 8.00pm, January 8 to February 12 (Opening night January 13) 8688 0800 or 1300 182 183 or

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By Rebecca Ponsford

Garry McDonald will play Williamson’s “Don” – 40 years on

Seven modern women explore female sexuality Photo: Wishing Well Productions

By Rebecca Ponsford


Tango Femme, a burlesque comedy of dance, gender and sexuality

hree years of classes at Dance Cats in Fitzroy helped inspire Tango Femme, a moving new comedy from AWGIE award-winning playwright, Merrilee Moss. Through seven characters trying to master the Samba, the Cha Cha and, of course, the Tango, Moss conjures an in-

triguing exploration of sexuality, gender, and the very nature of being a woman in the 21st century. The successful teacher and novelist is also a lifelong feminist and gay rights advocate who feels the time is right for “a big celebration of how far we’ve come”. “Because of the achievements of the second wave of

feminism and the queer movement we can have things like same-sex dance. We don’t always have to be so serious,” she said. “I also wanted to pay tribute to the butch lesbian who’s always been the vanguard because she’s absolutely recognisable. But I’m really looking at “femme” is all its guises.” Dance provided the perfect

theatrical vehicle for an exploration of the ups and downs in the lives of a group of women aged 20 to 50. “Dancing brings you back to the zest and vibrant rhythms of life,” she said. Dance Cats principal Anny Salerni choreographed the play and Moss’s naturally light and humorous writing has been given another layer a joy via the

burlesque treatment provided by director, veteran screen and stage artist, Brenda Addie. La Mama Courthouse 349 Drummond Street, Carlton. Ph: 9347 6142 Dates: Tues 18 Jan – Sun 6 Feb Days & Times: Tues, Wed & Sun 6.30pm, Thur - Sat 8.00pm Midsumma


his year’s Midsumma Festival is hosting a return season of the first Australian musical ever performed in New York. Mathew Frank and Dean Bryant were barely 25 when they took their show, Prodigal to the off-Broadway York Theatre in 2002 soon after its premiere at Chapel Off Chapel. The intervening years have

been good to the talented duo who are partners in life as well as art. Bryant has only recently returned to Australia after working with director Simon Philips on the upcoming Broadway production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical and is enthusiastic about the recent success of home-grown musicals.

“They’re really thriving,” he said. “Besides Prodigal, and Priscilla, of course, there’s been Keating and Shane Warne. With a script by Bryant and a contemporary score from Frank, Prodigal relates the tale of a young gay man from the fishing town of Eden who leaves his family to seek kindred souls in Sydney.

“I think Prodigal is pretty universal in that respect, in that it is harder to be gay in a small country town than in a city, anywhere in the world,” says Bryant. When his urban boyfriend dumps him, he flounders in the drug and party scene and is forced to return to his family. “The turning point is when he returns home and has to deal with his mom, dad, and brothers,” said Bryant. “There is a contrast as to how the dad reconciles his righteousness with his love for his son. It gets very dark before Luke comes back into the light.” “It’s really about family,” Bryant said. “It’s about everyone in that family being able to be themselves.”

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Return season of the moving Prodigal

Matthew Frank and Dean Bryant

The universality of the piece is underscored by an insightful script that treats the confusion and anger of the parents with the same compassion it affords the troubled son. Bryant said it was always important for them not to demonise any of the family members, especially the father. “I don’t really think there

are ever any villains in any life situation, people are trying to do the best they can,” he said. fortyfivedownstairs Jan 19 to 21 & Jan 24 to 28 19 – 21 Jan, 24 – 28 Jan 7.30pm, Mon to Thur Fri, 6.30pm

Revue finally comes to Melbourne

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Thrill to the perils of Julia in The Wharf Review: Not Quite Out of the Woods

t has taken 11 years but that great Sydney institution, The Wharf Revue is finally coming to Melbourne in January. Creators Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott are three of Australia’s most perceptive satirists who also happen to be among our most accomplished entertainers. Their fast-paced extravaganza of brilliant music and razor sharp parodies has been touring NSW to rave reviews since September. Writing political satire un-

der conditions of a hung parliament was a challenge for the multi-talented trio, but the forced turn to world events has resulted in hilarious sketches on issues ranging from Japanese whaling to European sovereign debt (and Osama Bin Laden, of course). Our own windbags still receive plenty of attention, though. A red-hooded Julia Gillard (played to perfection by Amanda Bishop) features prominently throughout. As she transports her basket of costed policies through the

deep dark forest she meets Bob Brown; the woodsman who can’t cut down trees; and Hansel and Hansel, who hope to marry. There’s also a special appearance by Bob Katter, Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott as the Three Stooges. The Wharf Revue: Not Quite Out of the Woods The MTC Theatre, Sumner January 5 to 29, 2011 8688 0800 or




Original Films Abound By Rebecca Ponsford This can be a hard time of year if your tastes don’t happen to favour titles like Megadrama IX. No need to despair, though. This is just a small sample of the original and intriguing films on offer at ACMI, the Roof Top Cinema and even the major movie houses this summer.

David Byrne’s cult classic – four days only at ACMI “ the most joyous and inventive rock movie-musical since The Beatles Help!” Time Magazine

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Legendary Talking Heads front man David Byrne once said, “When I see a place for the first time, I notice everything - the colour of the paper, the sky, the way people walk, doorknobs...” His timeless 1986 film, True Stories makes its audience notice things that way, too. Sporting a green cowboy suit and driving a red convertible, Byrne appears on screen as the tour guide through the fictional town of Virgil, Texas as the locals prepare for their sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary.

David Byrne’s innovative movie-musical was inspired by stories he read in the tabloids

The King’s Speech, a riveting new drama Rolling Stone magazine called this film “a crowning achievement powered by a dream cast”. The King’s Speech takes the unlikely subject of a monarch trying to overcome a stammer and turns it into a powerful and moving tale of family drama and personal triumph. Emmy-winner Tom Hooper (John Adams, Elizabeth I) breathes life and urgency into the keenly insightful script from David Seidler (who happens to have had his own battles with stammering).

The film is based on the true story of Queen Elizabeth II’s father and his remarkable friendship with wildly eccentric Australian therapist Lionel Logue, played brilliantly by Geoffrey Rush. The painfully shy Prince “Bertie” (Colin Firth at his dramatic best) was forced to ascend to the throne when his brother Edward (played with scene-stealing aplomb by Guy Pearce) abdicated to marry Wallis Simpson. What followed was years of work to transform the almost

reclusive royal into George VI: a man fated to lead his country through the darkest years of World War II. The multi-award winning cast includes Derek Jacobi (The Golden Compass, Gosford Park) as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Cosmo Lang, Timothy Spall (The Damned United) as Winston Churchill and the incomparable Michael Gambon (The Book of Eli, Harry Potter) as the overbearing George V.

Love, monsters and the road: together at last in new film movie all rolled into one” and has resulted in a fantastic piece of entertainment that avoids the formulaic and pushes the boundaries of the genre. Set six years after aliens crash to earth and found a settlement in the Mexico desert, the story centres around the efforts of a photojournalist Andrew Caulder (Scoot McNairy) to rescue the boss’s daughter (Whitney Able) from “the infected zone” and return her safely to the US. Working with a miniscule budget, Edwards and his cast have created an enthralling,

visually stunning tale. If you expect some scary creatures, you won’t be disappointed, but Monsters also manages to deliver something surprising and original.

Vertigo Films & Madman Ent.

Audiences around the world are flocking to Monsters, a compelling sci-fi adventure from BAFTA-award winning CGI animator Gareth Edwards. Having grown up with films like Jurassic Park and ET, Edwards wanted to make ‘The most realistic monster film ever’. He also wanted to make a love story that didn’t make him cringe as well as a sci-fi movie where the premise wasn’t totally unbelievable. The first-time director’s concept for “a love story, a monster movie and a road

Whitney Able in Monsters

Byrne based the town and its quirky inhabitants on supermarket tabloid stories of the “stranger than fiction” variety. Swoosie Kurtz plays a woman who refuses to leave her bed and John Goodman shines as the lovelorn cowboy, Louis Fyne. The ACMI season also provides an opportunity for the uninitiated to sample the wit and humanity of the late Spalding Gray, who plays Virgil’s mayor, Earl Culver. The shopping malls and tract housing of small-town Reagan-

era America are brought vividly to life by legendary cinematographer, Ed Lachman (I’m Not There) in a film the New York Times called “... a pure and jubilant extension of Mr Byrne’s distinctive world view”.

Australian Centre for the Moving Image Jan 6 to Jan 8, 2011, 7.00pm Jan 9, 2011, (Sunday), 5.30pm

Movie wonderland for children The most popular film from this year’s MIFF; the first full-length animated feature ever made; and a charming “sleeper” from the UK: all this and more is on tap for the children of Melbourne this summer

ACMI’s January Treats The Australian Centre for the Moving Image is presenting its usual staggering array of children’s films over the holidays. Pre-Christmas offerings include Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special and Nativity! an hilarious British film about a primary school nativity play that gets way out of hand. Martin Freeman (The Office, Love Actually), plays Paul Maddens, a school teacher who unwittingly convinces the whole village Hollywood is coming to town for Christmas. As his neighbours start preening for stardom, Maddens tries frantically to contact his LA-connected ex-girlfriend

in a desperate attempt to turn his “little white lie” into reality. Starting Boxing Day, there are daily screenings of Disney’s ground-breaking 1937 animation Snow White, followed later in the month by 1990s favourite, Beauty and the Beast. ACMI is also running a great series of shorter animated adaptions of classic children’s fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen and The Brothers Grim. Australian Centre for the Moving Image Federation Square, Flinders Street, Melbourne 8663 2200

Disney’s 1937 adaptation of Snow White broke new ground for the genre

Megamind, the latest animated blockbuster from Dreamworks It wouldn’t be a 21st century summer without a blockbuster animation from Dreamworks, and thanks to a great cast Megamind lives up to expectation. There are echoes of The Incredibles and Despicable Me, but the tale of the evil genius in

search of true love and a good nemesis is bright and engaging. Will Ferrell does giant, evil child better than anyone and he’s the perfect choice for Megamind. Tina Fey and Brad Pitt are effective back up as the “straight”

characters and supporting roles are hilariously voiced by the likes of Ben Stiller and J.K. Simmons. A lot of the US reviews are reporting parents enjoying the film as much as their children and it’s easy to see why.

Photo: Matt Grace and Darryl Ward

See New Zealand’s coastal characters from a city roof top

Brothers Rocky (Te Aho Eketone-Whitu), Boy (James Rolleston) & Alamein (Taika Waititi) playing war on the beach

The Roof Top Cinema at Curtin House offers a great range of films for all ages in the perfect summer environment. For the adults: Apocolypse Now is screening as part of a four-film tribute the late Dennis Hopper and the program ranges from standout 2010 releases like Exit through the Gift Shop and Animal Kingdom to Michael Curtiz’s 1942 classic, Casablanca. There’s also plenty of variety

in their family programming. Parents can introduce their teenagers to 80s favourites like The Lost Boys, Heathers and Blade Runner and treat the youngsters to The Neverending Story. But the stand out offering is Taika Waititi’s Boy. Set in coastal New Zealand in the 1980s, the heartfelt comedy relates the adventures of two brothers growing up in the midst of ET and Michael Jackson fever as

they come to terms with their inept wannabe gangster father Alamein. Audiences at the 2010 Melbourne International Film Festival voted it the best feature of the year. Roof Top Cinema 6th Floor, Curtin House 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne




Discover ‘oldstyle’ Christmas mince pies

Heather Dell makes one realise how over-used and mis-used the phrase “old school” has become. Instead of being used to bring credibility to lame pop culture manifestations, it really should be restricted for use when describing joints such as this fabulous Yarraville pie and cake shop. Heather Dell is the very essence of old-school. It starts with the signage, frontage and funky old-time wooden screen door. It continues with the interior – racks of, yes, “old-school” cakes, slices and pies – and the welcome. It goes on with the vintage mixers and other equipment – none of your new-fangled metrics here! The vibe continues with a product line that includes neenish tarts, mince pies and much more. “Old school”, too, are the production methods – Heather Dell’s goodies are made by hand and with a whole lot of love. Taste Test Apple turnover: OK, but could’ve done with some more spices. Hedgehog: Pretty good, but only a little classier than your

average hog. Boozy Christmas mince pie: Fantastically yummy! Neenish tart: Stuffed with butter cream, this was too rich for Kenny, but Bennie loved it. Coconut tart: Head of the class! Moist, coconutty and not too sweet. Kenny’s fave. Sprinkle biscuit: Despite

Oh, sweetie! Clockwise from top left: Apple turnover, hedgehog, boozy Christmas mince pie, neenish tart, coconut tart, sprinkle biscuit, swiss blueberry tart, swiss lemon tart, regular mince pie. Centre: Jam slice.

an aversion to hundreds & thousands and the like, Kenny liked this. Two crunchy wafers, plain but good. Swiss blueberry and lemon tarts: See neenish tart (above). Regular mince pie: OK, but not a patch on the boozy pie (above). Jam slice: OK, but a little anonymous in such company. Then there are the prices – you pay for quality, but the most expensive sweet item at Heather Dell is the vanilla slice ($2.60). Prices for the likes of swiss pineapple and

swiss blueberry tarts (both $2.20) and jam slices ($1.90) are significantly below those demanded at more trendy and high-falutin’ bakehouses. When I bowl up to witness the daily pie-making session, the first thing proprietor Keith says to me is: “We’re old school!” Indeed. Heather Dell has been in Keith’s family ever since his maternal grandparents and grand-aunt bought an existing business in 1951. He says they inherited many of the recipes, which have been somewhat modified over the years. The biggest change is in the use of vegetable shortening. In 1951 and thereabouts it was animal dripping all the way! Heather Dell produces about 100 of their meaty, hearty pies ($3.80) a day, along with a handful of family pies ($8.90). Mind you, Bennie and I can scarf a family pie in about five minutes flat, so we presume they’re working on a rather narrow definition of “family”. The meat is brought in from Keith’s butcher and cooked fresh each day. He sniffs dismissively when mentioning those who use “pre-mix meat” in their pies. Many thanks to Keith, Carol, Millie and Ines for letting me watch them at work. It was a hoot!

Iced tea hits the spot in summer Here are tips for making two litres of tea iced tea: Step 1 In a glass measuring cup or ceramic teapot large enough to accommodate 2 cups boiling water, place 6 regular-size tea bags and half a teaspoon baking soda. (The baking soda will soften the natural tannins that cause an acid or bitter taste.) Pour 2 cups boiling water over the tea bags. Cover and let steep 15 minutes. Step 2


n the sweltering summer, a glass of freshly brewed iced tea can quench and cool anyone in no time. But bottled teas can drain your grocery budget, unsettle your insulin levels and add mountains of plastic bottles to landfills. Making tea from scratch costs next to nothing.

Remove the tea bags, being careful not to squeeze them (squeezing the bags will add bitterness). Step 3 Pour concentrate into a twolitre pitcher and add 6 cups cold water. Sweeten, if desired.

Step 4 Let cool, then chill and serve over ice, add slices of lemon, orange or other fruit if desired. Hints: Tea will become cloudy if refrigerated while still warm. Add a little boiling water to clear up the cloudiness. The tannins in tea also cause cloudiness when the tea is brewed in hard water. If you know you have minerals in your water, use filtered water. Health bonus Tea has flavonoids, compounds medical experts believe have antioxidant properties. Antioxidants work to neutralise free radicals, which scientists believe, over time, damage elements in the body, such as genetic material and lipids, and contribute to chronic disease.  AAP

Heather Dell’s Pie-Filling Fella Performs His Daily Ritual

Wild Australian Foods this Christmas


mpress your family this festive season with an Australian alternative to Xmas shortbread! Recipe: Macadamia and Lemon Myrtle Sable Biscuit Makes 20 biscuits Ingredients: 200g icing sugar 250g butter 3 egg yolks 400g plain flour 150g macadamia nut pieces 6 large Lemon Myrtle leaves* 3 tablespoons icing sugar, extra for decoration Method: 1. Cream butter and sugar. 2. Mix in nuts. 3. Roughly chop lemon myrtle leaves. Grind in a spice grinder until fine like a dust (Bamix blender attachment is also suitable for this). 4. Add Lemon Myrtle dust to butter mixture. 5. On slow speed of mixer, add egg yolks and sifted flour until all mixed. Be careful not to overwork mixture. 6. Lay cling wrap onto work bench and spoon on mixture in a line. Fold glad wrap around mixture and twist each end, rolling the mixture away from you at the same time to form a nice cylinder shape. Your mixture should look like a sausage with the diameter of a 50 cent piece.

7. Refrigerate for 3 hours (for best results, leave overnight). 8. Pre-heat oven to 140 degrees. 9. Remove cling wrap from cylinder and slice mixture into portions 3mm in thickness. 10. Line baking tray with grease-proof paper. 11. Arrange biscuit portions on tray, leaving space between portions. 12. Bake biscuits in oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. 13. Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature. 14. Dust biscuits with extra icing sugar. Serve with vanilla bean ice cream and Yarra Valley strawberries in season now.

*Lemon Myrtle is available from most nurseries and the organic grocer section at Queen Victoria Market. Strawberry gum can also be used as a substitute.

This recipe was created by Chef Greg Hampton who instructs the Wild Australian Cuisine short course at William Angliss Institute, the specialist centre for foods, tourism and hospitality training. For short course inquiries phone 03 9606 2111 or visit

Photo: Greg Hampton

Heather Dell 7 Anderson St, Yarraville Phone: 9687 1721

Photo: Kenny Weir

Vibrant, cosmopolitan, and only 10 minutes from the CBD, the inner west is fast becoming Melbourne’s next hot spot. Veteran journalist and proud Yarraville resident, Kenny Weir reports regularly on the wide variety and excellent value available in the area on his food blog at That’s where you can look forward to his reports as he works through the many fantastic “single-dish restaurants” around the Footscray Market.

An Aussie treat - Macadamia and Lemon Myrtle Sable biscuits




Have yourself a very ethical Christmas By Nicole Chapman

Organic Hampers

f the thought of wasting hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on thoughtless, last minute Christmas gifts is weighing on your mind than worry no longer. There are some unique gift ideas out there that are both sustainable and ethical whilst truly capturing the giving spirit of Christmas.

Why not give someone the gift of good health and nutrition this silly season? Compared to conventional food, there are numerous studies to show that organic food contains higher levels of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes. Not only that but organic farming practices are much more sustainable for our planet. Check out the ‘Summer Fruit Box’ for just $75. The hamper includes a juicy assortment of organic seasonal fruits like mango, cherries, pineapples, berries, stone fruits and other freshly picked summer time favourites. All hampers are packed with love in a Miss Organic Box and also come with a card. Miss Organic


Unique Giftcards Have you considered getting someone you love a goat? How about a chicken? Or a pig? This year Oxfam have a created a unique range of over 40 totally unexpected giftcard ideas that will also help transform the life of a person living in poverty. When you buy an Oxfam Unwrapped gift card, your donation helps support Oxfam Australia’s life-changing work around the world. Best of all, your family member, workmate or friend receives an extremely memorable gift card explaining how their special gift is helping others. It’s a way that those of us with a lot can help those with a little. OXFAM

While we stuff ourselves into oblivion on Christmas Day, spare a thought for the millions of families living in appalling poverty. Show your support buy purchasing a ‘Therapeutic Feeding’ giftcard from UNICEF. For just $60 you can save the lives of up to 14 severely malnourished children. These children cannot be given normal food. They must be slowly nourished back to health over several weeks and need specially formulated milk and supplementary porridge. What better gift to give than the gift of life. UNICEF

If Organic olives, pure maple syrup and natural lemongrass tea sound like the perfect gift combination for someone you love then check out the extensive range of Organic Hampers at The Christmas ‘Festive Feast Hamper’ is just $150 and includes tasty treats like organic chocolate and pure preserves.

An organic food hamper from Organic Foods could be the ideal gift

Gifts for her

Life Factory Glass Water Bottle $49.95 The concept is that you reuse your bottle instead of buying water in disposable petroleum based plastic bottles. It’s a healthier choice for humans as plastic drink bottles can leach harmful chemicals, and a healthier choice for the planet. The non-toxic sleeve offers extra grip and the extra wide mouth makes it perfect for adding ice on hot summer days. BIOME

The Summer Fruit box from Miss Organic

Gifts for the kids

Gifts for him Eco-Kids – Eco Dough $11.95 We all remember the hours of creative fun with Play-Doh. What not try Eco Dough? This beautiful molding dough is made from 100% natural dyes & ingredients and is produced by a small family business dedicated to making art supplies for creative play using only the most natural ingredients and eco-friendly packaging. BIOME

Australian Barefoot Thorny Devil $49.95 Barefoot Artisans are dedicated weavers and needlewomen who, without time contraints of mass production, are

able to produce premium quality workmanship. Barefoot Sri Lanka opposes exploitive practices. Each Artisan earns a real wage enabling them to support their families with self-respect and dignity. BIOME

Dynomighty Design Mighty Wallet, Airmail $29.95 This ecological and ethical alternative to the traditional leather wallet is made from 25% post consumer, recycled content and is 100% recyclable. Each wallet is individually printed with SGS Certified Environmentally Friendly Ink and require low amounts of energy to be produced and transported. BIOME

Olieve Olie Shave Gel $17.95 Olieve Olie skincare provides beauty-salon quality facial products while being in balance with nature. Their range of natural skincare products continues their philosophy of sustainable farming practices and uses no petrochemicals, synthetic substances or artificial fragrances in the production process. The range uses only the purest of natural ingredients and is hand-made in small batches to reduce the carbon footprint and unnecessary wastage. BIOME

Apple & Bee Toiletry Bag $69.95 Apple & Bee pride themselves on creating the most beautiful cosmetic, travel and baby bags without harming the environment. This 100% Australian owned, carbon neutral company uses natural fibers including organic cotton, bamboo silk, hemp, burlap/calico and natural leather to create unique designs that are sure to impress. BIOME




Christmas tree comes to light amidst festivities The City of Melbourne’s annual Christmas Tree Ceremony took place in the heart of Melbourne on December 13, lighting up City Square and encouraging families and children of all ages to revel in the spirit of the festive season. After hosts James Kerley and Faustina ‘Fuzzy’ Agolley drummed up festive merriment, a special line up of talent including Bart and Homer Simpson, Silvie Paladino, Rob Mills, Matt Hetherington, Wickid Force, Australia’s Got Talent finalists Rolling Entertainment and X-Factor finalist Sally Chatfield had the crowd singing along, before a spectac-

ular arrival by Santa, who flew in and joined Wickid Force in a stirring rendition of Jingle Bell rock. The Christmas Tree was finally brought to life by Starlight Foundation child Seth, whose excitement at being given the honour of flicking the switch was evident and reflected by the crowd who cheered and clapped upon seeing the tree in all its glory. The Christmas Tree in City Square will glow every night until Christmas Eve, giving Melburnians plenty of opportunity to visit and celebrate the countdown to Christmas. Starlight Foundation with Seth as he lights the Christmas tree

Crowds gather at the city square to watch the annual tree lighting

NGV International: Opening of Unnerved, Federation court

Unnerved: The New Zealand Project The artistic community and guests celebrated the opening of the NGV International’s new exhibition Unnerved: The New Zealand Project on November 25. Here until the February 27 2011 the exhibition celebrates the extraordinary work of 26 contemporary New Zealand artists, and demonstrates the gallery’s commitment to inter-

esting and challenging art secured from around the world – in particular, our region. This fascinating exhibition explores the rich and dark vein found in contemporary art in New Zealand, drawing on the disquieting aspects of New Zealand’s history and culture reflected through more than 100 works of art.

Former Cirque de Soleil clown, Dr Ira Seidenstein with NICA Showcase director Megan Jones

NICA Circus Showcase Graduating artists of the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) had a chance to demonstrate their impressive strength and newly acquired skills at the Opening Night performance of Circus Showcase 2010 on December 1. The annual Circus Showcase season at the National Institute of Circus Arts in Prahran is always a sizzling entertainment event and a rare opportunity for the public to catch its first

glimpse of the circus stars of tomorrow. Signature solo and duo acts ranged from the exquisitely beautiful and poignant to the explosive, heart stopping and hilarious. Directed by Megan Jones, the hour long performance ignited the stage with dazzling performances of passion and awe, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.

NGV’s deputy director Frances Lindsay and Rae Rothfield

Karen Woodbury, Chris Deutscher and Larna Anderson

Head physiotherapist at NICA, Dr David Munro with cast member Bettannie Portelli

Chair of NICA Board of Directors, Darvell Hutchinson, Office of the Arts’ Daniels Wells and Director and CEO of NICA, Pamela Creed



Fans scream for more

U2’s Sir Bono hands out an unofficial knighthood

Hamish & Andy say thank you! FoxFM’s beloved radio duo Hamish and Andy finished off the year with a big bang with the Melbourne leg of their ‘Thank You’ tour at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Hamish and Andy partied on with 8000 of their closest friends and family at the star-studded event on December 4. Musical guests in-

cluded Daryl Braithwaite, John Farnham who sang ‘You’re the Voice’, and a surprise appearance by U2 singer Bono topped off the celebrations. The boys will be back on the airwaves in 2011 on Fridays from 4pm-6pm. 

Photos by James Penlidis

Sharing a giggle at the H&A tour

Figueras shows off his polo skills

Polo in the city The sun came out just in time for the annual Polo in the City at Albert Park. Polo enthusiasts and the beautifully dressed came out for a day in

Posing with Figueras

the park, complete with champagne and international star Nacho Figueras.

Say Nacho!

Girls make a run for it

Photos by Neil Edgerton

Punters catch some of the action

Ladies enjoy the sunshine





Eco-Friendly Holidays By Chiara Macfarlane


The rolling hills of Gippsland

On top of the ‘upside down river’ By Xavier La Canna


n Melbourne people joke their city’s major waterway, the brown Yarra River, is ‘upside down’ but one tour guide is doing his best to give people a more positive view. Kent Cuthbert, 43, has been taking people onto the river for kayaking tours for two years. “I get a lot of work through word of mouth, and locals who have experienced it tell friends,” Kent says. He never can be sure what the outing will bring. One time a tourist in her 60s was left shocked after a floating buck’s party cruised by, complete with strippers in action, although such events are rare. Kent says interest in the river is growing, and travelling along it offers a whole new perspective on the city. Easing myself into a kayak to join Kent on a sunny afternoon I was a little apprehensive. I had been kayaking before with mixed results, and the prospect of falling headlong in a river that at times is too polluted to swim in was a worry. But the large double kayaks Kent uses are very stable, and even a novice like myself felt at ease after just a few minutes of paddling. In his time as tour guide Kent has only ever seen one participant end up in the drink,

a company chief executive who failed to listen to instructions and stood up while the kayak was still on a launching ramp. “He flipped on the dock, and everyone had to stifle a laugh,” he says. Once on the waterway the view of Melbourne was very different to the one I had enjoyed from the street during my years of living near the city. Buildings I had walked past countless times and taken for granted were far more imposing from the water, and I looked at them with awe. The speed and grace of rowing teams that glided by us in sync was impressive seen at their level, and stood in contrast to my awkward strokes. Kent was a wealth of information about the river, with details about past waterfalls and other landmarks. The Yarra River is not huge by world standards, just 242km long, and at its upper reaches in Melbourne’s outer east its banks are just a few metres across. It winds its way down from the southern slopes of the Great Dividing Range, in the forests of the Yarra Ranges National Park gradually getting larger, before emptying into Port Phillip Bay near Newport. The brownish hue it takes on is a result of the easily eroded clay soils in its catchment that wash into the river,

and the colour has become more prominent through time because of land clearing and development. I learned where the Yarra’s lost 3m waterfall once stood and how the salt line has changed through time. The waterfall was near Queens Bridge in the middle of the city, and it marked the boundary between the fresh water from the river and the

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All about cherries * Sweet cherries were named after the town where they were first grown, Cerasus in Asia Minor (Turkey). * Cherry stones have been found in many Stone Age Caves in Europe and in cliff dwellings in America - proving they have always been a favourite! * Cherries are picked in the cool of the day and cooled as quickly as possible before being sent to market. A kayaker enjoys an early morning trip down the Yarra

Escape the holiday crowds

salty water from the bay. It was seen as an impediment to tall ships using the water way though and disappeared when the Yarra was widened in the 1800s. From next year Kent will offer people attending the Australian Open tennis tournament the chance to arrive at Melbourne Park via kayak. The trip will cost $60 and take about an hour.

s consumers become more aware of where their holiday dollars are spent, the concept of ecotourism has become increasingly popular. An eco-tour or eco-retreat is a trip, or place to stay that causes minimal impact to the environment and local people. The site is usually culturally and biologically diverse and attracts tourists who have a common interest in nature, wildlife and culture. A fundamental element of an Eco Tour is the education of environmental issues such as, the protection of natural resources or endangered species, usually relevant to the destination. This may be conducted through lectures, involvement in conservation projects or simply by learning from a knowledgeable tour guide. Mae Adams, manager of Venus Bay Eco Retreat believes people are being more conscious about where they spend their money, and want to be able to contribute towards change. “By booking holiday accommodation in an eco-resort, tourists are not only enjoying the natural beauty of the area, but are also able to contribute something back to the area.” The Venus Bay Eco-Retreat is on protected Coast Banksia Woodland. With an abundance of native flora and fauna, the money you spend on accommodation contributes to the environmental conservation of

the local region With stylish, secluded cabins and contemporary décor, Ms Adams believes “eco-friendly” doesn’t have to mean foregoing luxury and style. In fact, she believes visitors will be pleasantly surprised by the high level of luxury, and attention to detail (such as organic foods) which make the Venus Bay Eco-Retreat a delightfully relaxing, yet re-energising space. Using harvested rain water, solar power and low energy lighting, the cabins are designed to maximise the beauty of the natural environment.” Only two hours from central Melbourne, this unique retreat is an ideal weekend getaway for couples or small groups seeking a restful, rejuvenating holiday. Hidden away from suburban areas, you can enjoy the tranquillity, beauty and privacy of the bushland setting from the comfort of Correa Cabin, the only visitor accommodation cabin at the retreat. Leave the car safely parked and walk or cycle, meet the local wildlife, or lie in the hammock and relax. Venus Bay Eco Retreat is a great base for exploring South Gippsland, including the region’s much loved slow food trail, national and marine parks, galleries and cafes.

* Most cherries are in the mar-

ket within 24 hours. * Cherries should be stored between 0-2 degrees Celsius and with very high humidity, they also must be mature as it’s the sugars that keep the fruit. Immature fruit or green fruit will not keep and, like all stone fruit, doesn’t ripen after picking. * Cherries must be firm, shiny and well coloured and must have a fresh green stem as this is a sign the cherries have been well looked after in the orchard, packhouse and retail outlet.

Greyhound helps passengers go green


ollowing in the footsteps of the major airlines, Greyhound Australia is encouraging its passengers to offset their carbon emissions. Greyhound has launched a “go-greener” campaign aimed at getting 1.3 million passengers to reduce their carbon footprints by offsetting their bus travel. For $1, a Greyhound passenger can offset their carbon emissions, and nearly 50 per cent of those travelling with

the coaches are making this green decision. In the past two years, Greyhound passengers have contributed nearly $290,000 to the Green Dollar scheme, which is in turn invested into international eco initiatives in developing countries. Not only has this managed to reduce greenhouse gases to the tune of nearly 5,900 tonnes of CO2 - or the equivalent of 1,867 medium cars off the road - but it has also led to initiatives

such as the development of a hydro-electricity plant in India. To encourage even more people to go green over Christmas and into the New Year, Greyhound is giving passengers the chance to win one of 20 new solar-powered phone chargers over three months. Greyhound is Australia’s only national bus service. Details:




Goldrush era charm Mount Hawke Guest House

The next big event is the Taste of Gold Maldon & Beyond Food & Wine Festival. The traditional “Twilight Festival” tables fill Main Street for the night so guests can enjoy wine and entertainment under the stars as they sample the best of the local produce. To add that “Orient Express” touch, Victorian Goldfield’s Railway is offering special services aboard their beautifully restored steam trains for anyone wanting to travel to the festival via Castlemaine. Bookings are especially heavy this year.

The town is replete with beautifully restored B & Bs constructed at the height of the gold rush, but the Mount Hawke Guest House is the only Maldon residence with a private ballroom dating back to about 1890. Overnight guests are served breakfast as they look out over the expansive Edwardian gardens lovingly recreated by owners Steve and Julie Streeter. “We think of ourselves as caretakers, really,” Julie says, underlying the couple’s commitment to preserving the beauty and heritage of their historic establishment.

January 15, 2011 Main Street, Maldon. Bookings: (03)5475 1055 Steam train from Castlemaine to Maldon Bookings: (03) 5470 6658 The Goldfield’s Railway is also doing its regular runs through the Muckleford Forest every day from December 27 to midJanuary and from Good Friday to Easter Monday. Bookings (03) 5475 2966              

Photo: Benjamin Tulloch

Maldon is arguably the most intact gold rush era town in Victoria and was the first to be classified by the National Trust. The central attraction of original Victoria and Edwardian architecture has been enhanced by integrated restoration programs that have avoided touristy tackiness, and the tendency of local businesses to reinforce the antiquity of their exteriors with art and other goods appropriate for the celebration of a proud and unique heritage. Nearby Castlemaine has also retained much of its gold rush era charm and the Victorian Goldfields Railway steam rail service between the two towns reinforces the almost overwhelming feeling of having gone back in time. This genuinely historic feel

Taste of Gold Maldon & Beyond Food Festival

24 Adair Street, Maldon (03) 5475 1192 One our oldest school buildings houses an intimate gallery

Penny School & Gallery Just five minutes over the hill from Mount Hawke sits Penny School & Gallery, so named as it occupies the Heritage listed Former Denominational (‘Penny’) School. Much of the original architecture of one of the first school buildings constructed in the state now houses an intimate gallery that presents regularly changing exhibitions by some of Australia’s finest artists. The adjoining cafe offers a range of satisfying Frenchinspired fare using the best local produce available. 11 Church Street, Maldon,3463 Phone: (03) 5475 1911 Mobile: 0417 393 172 Email: info@

In October he completed a stint working on vineyards in Tuscany where he gleaned first-hand experience in one of the oldest wine regions in the world. With Italian-born partner Annalisa Nardi, Mr Fowler has introduced languorous weekend lunches to go along with the petanque and croquet games that already contribute to the cellar-door experience for families paying a weekend visit to Nuggety. 280 Maldon-Shelbourne Road Nuggetty 03 5475 1347 0413 442 588

Watersports on the newly filled Lake Cairn Curran

has made it one the state’s most popular getaway destinations.

Cairn Curran Reservoir, Newstead Road, Baringhup

The annual Maldon Food & Wine Festival

Patrick Fowler and Annalisa Nardi of Nuggety Vineyards

Theatre Royal & Backstage B & B

Photo: Michael Cogan

The break in the decade-long drought has opened up even more opportunities for visitors wanting to explore the delights of the Victorian gold field towns. “The dam’s full, the boats are out and the creeks are overflowing,” Lynette Chapple of Chapple’s Cairn Curran Estate said. A freshly filled Lake Cairn Curran brought the sailors back in force for the Cairn Curran Sailing Club Regatta in November and the club will be holding races and classes all the way through until April. The lake is also a popular for water sports, swimming, picnicking, or just relaxing.

Photo: Arthur Chapple

Cairn Curran Sailing Club

The area also attracts people dedicated to marrying the best of the past with the best of the present. Just 10 minutes’ drive from the Maldon PO, Patrick Fowler, the new owner of Nuggety Vineyard, maintains his viticulture and wine making studies and absorbs traditional lore and local knowledge from his more experienced neighbours on nearby properties.

Photo:Joanne Siatos

Nuggety Vineyard

Breakfast at Mount Hawke is served in the historic 1890s ballroom.

Just a short drive away in Castlemaine The Theatre Royal is the oldest operational cinema on the Australian mainland and owners David Stretch and Sarah Burdekin have preserved its original charm while transforming it into a one-stop leisure and entertainment hub. Weekends see live performances from the top acts in the country from Renee Geyer to The Audreys and the venue

Photo: Mauro Zappulla


rom water sports on the newly filled Cairn Curran Dam to the delights of the Twilight Food and Wine Festival, there are plenty of reasons to head to Maldon and Castlemaine this January

Tourism Victoria, photographer, Peter Dunphy

By Rebecca Ponsford

Fashion Central in Castlemaine

boasts a full program of new release films throughout the week. There’s something special about sitting in an auditorium that once hosted 1860s gold miners keen for a glimpse of Lola Montez. Besides that, though, the Cafe Royal, in the theatre foyer, provides full meal service for patrons wanting to enjoy dinner while they watch the film. Visitors and locals head for the Cafe Royal and its lively beer garden whether they’re in the mood for a film or not. The highlight of the Mediterraneaninspired menu is undoubtedly their pizza selection. Perfectly crisp bases are topped with tasty, imaginative combinations of fresh local ingredients, including of course the magnificent Istra hams and salamis. The Backstage B & B is a must for anyone wanting to stay overnight. It really is the backstage area of Theatre Royal. There’s even an adjoining door that leads directly from the compact, superbly designed apartment to the back of the movie screen. Red velvet, gold tassels, theatre masks and a giant portrait of Lola Montez over the bath evoke all the romance inherent

in the venue’s history while the under-the-stairs “Harry Potter Bedroom” would charm any modern child. 28 Hargraves Street, Castlemaine (03) 5472 1196       Fashion Central One-stop hubs seem to be the theme in Castlemaine at the moment. Fashion Central is a regular destination for Melbourne shoppers eager to discover unique designs and the latest fashions without the bother of suburban shopping crowds. The self-proclaimed “collection of idiosyncratic shops” is in a charming old building and courtyard near Castlemaine Station and includes Cocature Chocolates, Maurocco Wine Bar, a haberdashery and three fashion stores: Maurocco for Men, and Balmy Alley and Rike Design for women. 4 Templeton Street, Castlemaine




Tips for school leavers By Kimberly Yu & Chiara Macfarlane


t’s that time of year when thousands of school leavers face a pivotal life choice, one of the many they will face in their adult lives – and often the pressure to make the right decision now can feel overwhelming. School counsellors and adolescent psychologists believe school leavers should choose subjects, jobs or activities they are interested in. “School leavers need to think about what interests them, and what’s important to them in a job,� Katie Roberts, consulting director for a careers consulting business, said. “This [decision] will affect their overall life satisfaction.� “The vast majority [of school leavers] have no idea or are unsure. That’s why a lot of people change courses or drop out halfway through,� she said. Ms Roberts says that school leavers who should see a profes-

sional before starting a course, often rely solely on parents for advice. Ms Roberts says parents often have certain ideas that may not reflect their child’s true interests or academic ability, and can often cause more pressure than before. “Employment prospects are a big factor in any decision, but the main criteria should still be picking a course they will enjoy,� she said. “We steer them in the direction of their interest. People who enjoy what they do have more success in their chosen industry.� While most people who turn up at Katie Roberts Consulting end up going to university, some go there after a TAFE course, or transfer after one year at TAFE. “University is often the main goal, especially in Australia’s competitive job market. A university degree provides

more employment opportunities – but doesn’t guarantee a job straight from university. Usually on the job training is still required before long term, satisfying positions are found.� Gap year programs have risen in popularity over the past few years. Options include volunteering, working holidays, working for the Australian Defence Force, or just plain exploring the world. “An increasing number are doing gap year programs overseas. Gap years can be a life changing year for them, and gives them more time to learn about themselves. It’s a good thing for people to do especially if they have no idea what they want to do,� Ms Roberts says, advising that time away from the family pressures, social scene and usual lifestyle can bring about life changing decisions based on the person’s skills and interests.

Yay! High School’s finished! what?

Ms Roberts advises school leavers to talk to lots of people. “If you want to get into a particular career, talk to people who already work there to get an idea of what’s involved. Try to get work experience before you commit to a course, and make sure to read through the subjects in the course before

What are you doing after school? By Kimberly Yu You’ve fi1nished Year 12 and come back from Schoolies. VCE results are only a few short weeks away, and your future is looming over the distance. So what’s next? Well the fact is, the landscape of post-school pathways has changed dramatically over the years. Gap years were almost unheard of in decades

past, but now extended stints overseas are almost a rite of passage. Tertiary education has changed as well, with more TAFE institutions offering university-level qualifications. So here are your options: Go to university This is the pathway to most professional careers. University degrees are highly regarded by

employers. Most of the coursework is theory-based, with periodic assessments. Some degrees can allow you to pair your professional qualification with a special interest, such as marketing with an art history elective. Go to TAFE TAFE courses are usually shorter than university ones, and offer a more hands-on and industry-focused approach to learning. Some TAFE institutions offer similar subjects to those at universities, but with a different focus. There’s also the option of transferring to university. Go to a private college

So many choices...

Private colleges offer flexible class times and course durations. They are also very industry-focused and ideal if you’re looking to work as well as study. Like TAFEs, they can also provide a pathway to a university degree.

Do an apprenticeship Get paid to learn a trade! Apprenticeships are a great springboard into careers in trade, retail and administration. Basically, you sign a contract with your employer who will cover the cost of some or part of your relevant VET course. There is a huge demand for qualified tradespeople in Australia and overseas, plus the pay is good and the hours are flexible. None of the above This option can provide the optimum balance of work and play. You can choose to dive straight into the workforce as part of a gap year or to mark the beginning of your career. There’s work and volunteering opportunities a-plenty here and overseas. You could also travel the world for a year, and who knows, you might be able to make a career of it.


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nians. The process and stratessues facing the waters of and polluted, it is predicted nate, desalinate and improve the Murray Darling region the waterways will be unable to the overall state and sustaingies adopted by VicSuper to sustain life within 20 years. ability of the Murray Darling manage risk are described in are getting worse, and the region. the VicSuper Fund Risk Manecological impact on plants, Dr Sinclair warns: “The delONE-HOUR PRESENTATION ABOUT ISSUES IMPORTANT TO VICTORIANS icate waterways of the Murray Ways to do this include agement Plan. For more inforbirds, fish, farmers, and the mation about available packwider community should not Darling region will have wide contacting the federal environto be perceived as anything less from ranging onConservation society as Foundation ment minister, a local MP or ages including battle plans for Dr Paul Sinclair the impact Australian will discuss: than severe, a leading scientist we know it if they remain uninvesting in one of VicSuper’s overcoming the Murray Dars !USTRALIANLIVELIHOODSANDASPIRATIONSINTHEFACEOFWATERANDFOODISSUES ber 2010 treated�. ecologically sound initiatives. ling region call their member warns. s CURRENTCHALLENGESFACINGTHE-URRAY $ARLINGBASIN et Melbourne centre on toll free 1300 366 216 Dr Paul Sinclair, a guest lecAlthough the challenges VicSuper has many ecos HOWTOACHIEVEPOSITIVECHANGETHROUGHPOPULARSUPPORTANDMOMENTUMFORSUSTAINABILITY or visit their website: turer at VicSuper’s recent “Food were overwhelming, Melburlogically sound, highly vetted, SOFWINE ,OOKOUTFORMOREPRESENTATIONSASPARTOF6IC3UPERS&OODFOR4HOUGHTSERIESnJUSTCHECKOUTOURWEBSITE For Thought, ’ says Australia’s nians needed to unite with a savvy, investment OUGHT largest river system! is so salty common objective to rejuveties for conscientious Melbur-


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The Salvation Army Expects Demand on Services to Increase this Christmas


ast year, The Salvation Army assisted 25,000 Victorians in the lead up to Christmas, and recent research indicates that an increase in numbers of people seeking assistance this Christmas is very likely. “In the last 12 months we saw an additional 80,000 people across Australia coming to our centres that hadn’t needed our assistance before,� said Major Brad Halse, Communications Director for The Salvation Army. “Considering this increase and also that December is our busiest month of the year, with approximately double the number of people seeking assistance this month compared to any other month of the year, we expect demand for support this Christmas to increase,� he said. “Our Christmas Appeal is a key fundraising activity for us and this year we hope to raise $4 million in Victoria which will ensure we can continue to

provide services and support in 2011. We are grateful to many supporters who have considered the difficulty many thousands of Victorians are facing this Christmas and have supported our work,� he said. Leading up to Christmas, The Salvation Army will provide food hampers, food vouchers and gifts to Victorians in need from various centres in the City as well as surrounding suburbs. On Christmas Day hundreds of marginalised and disadvantaged members of our community will enjoy a festive meal with The Salvation Army. “We would like to wish all Victorians a safe and happy Christmas and thank the community for their support in 2010,� said Major Halse. People wishing to make a donation to The Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal can make a donation online at www. or by calling 13 SALVOS (137286).

CHRISTMAS IS EMPTY WHEN YOU HAVE NOTHING For credit card donations go to or call 13 SALVOS.




Mortgage Advice

By Sarah Eifermann SFE Loans Question: My partner and I are looking to get a mortgage on a new house. I heard there’s now a licensing system for mortgage brokers. Is it necessary that ours has one? Answer: The quick answer is yes. Until recently, the mortgage industry has been self regulated,

with each Australian state having different regulations. Legislation to regulate mortgage brokers was in the making when the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) blew up in 2008. You might remember that American mortgage brokers were blamed (often unfairly) for unprofessional conduct by placing clients into loans they could not afford to repay. On the back of the GFC, the Federal Government pushed through the National Consumer Credit Protection Act. As of July 1 2010, a mortgage broker in Australia needs to register their intention to apply for a credit license in order to operate. From January 1, 2011, they either need to hold a full credit license or be an appointed credit representative of a license holder. It is now illegal in Australia for a mortgage broker to operate without this, and as a client, it is the first and most important question for you to ask your mortgage bro-

ker at your next appointment. The mortgage broking industry has called for such regulation for some time, to provide respected credentials and enhance reputation in the community. While onerous and time consuming for both the industry and the community, regulation can only be seen as a good thing. The positives of the legislation far outweigh the negatives. You can now expect another level of transparency and professional integrity from your mortgage broker and your bank. While 99 percent of all mortgage brokers already provided good honest service, the rogues of this industry have now been flushed out - and will continue to be as the full extent of the National Consumer Credit Protection Act is enacted. Brokers and banks now have an obligation to ensure that any product offered to you is suitable to your circumstances, and

they need to be able to demonstrate how they came to this conclusion and provide you with a copy of their decision if you ask for one. As a client you will need to be prepared to answer a new range of questions, and fill in a Fact Find form similar to the needs analysis used in the Financial Planning industry. This means that the total process for obtaining a mort-

gage now has more guts. The benefit to you as a client is that the product you now receive will match your needs and goals more closely, and will enable you to have ‘peace of mind’ knowing that your loan product matches your needs. Overall, the licensing of the mortgage industry creates a new level of professionalism. The penalties to brokers and banks for failing to ensure the

product is suitable are quite substantial and can include a jail term.

Passion plus Knowledge equals Your Freedom

Online shopping now more common By Kimberly Yu Online shopping has started to become as common as checking e-mails, according to new research by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). The study found that 69 percent of households made an online purchase in the past six months. “These are suggestive of increasing consumer confidence with making online transactions,” ACMA chairman Chris Chapman said. “The internet is empowering

Can I get a refund? By Kimberly Yu


t’s Christmas morning and you tear open the carefully wrapped present from grandma to find…a woollen jumper with a big reindeer sewn onto it. This may never happen to you (what with Christmas being in summer), but receiving an unwanted or unsuitable gift is a common occurrence. Some will grin and bear it, but others will take steps to exchange or refund the goods. If you’re in the latter category, here’s some useful information about your refund rights: • Receipts and proofs of purchase are important! Most stores require the presentation of a receipt to prove when and where it was purchased. You’ll need a receipt for a refund, but some stores (e.g. department stores) will let you exchange for another product of equal value. • Consumers are entitled to cash refunds for faulty or

defective goods. • You don’t automatically get a refund if you change your mind, choose the wrong product, were aware of existing faults before purchase, damaged the goods yourself, or found the item cheaper elsewhere. Check individual store policies.

• If the fault develops sometime after the purchase, you may only be entitled to a partial refund. • In instances where tradespersons, professionals and other service providers fail to provide a reasonable standard of service, consumers are also entitled to refunds. * Information courtesy of CHOICE Online and Consumer Affairs Victoria

Home Composting – can be easy & rewarding!

We hear much about greenhouse emissions in the media but do we really understand how we can make a difference at home? The 3 R’s certainly sound good – Reduce, Reuse & Recycle – so then how much do we really know about the humble compost bin where we can process our organic waste to break down into compost and avoid the legacy of our organic waste going to landfill sites? However like landfill, in the most common models of composting, break down is achieved in the absence of oxygen by unhealthy bacteria that yields high levels of methane and carbon dioxide.


Now there is a better way!


• Retailers sometimes display warnings to consumers that ‘no refunds or exchanges are given’. These signs are illegal and cannot take away from your legal rights as a consumer.






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consumers to purchase more economically and efficiently by making it easier to locate goods and services and often to compare costs.” Christopher Zinn from consumer group Choice agrees, but reminds shoppers to read the fine print. “People have more confidence in online security, but we’re warning consumers to look out for hidden costs such as postage, delivery, and credit card costs. Also, buying locally will [usually] give you more warranty protection,” Mr Zinn said.

– where technology meets the environment.

Organic material decomposing in a healthy oxygenized environment is called “aerobic” composting. In nature, this aerobic process is most common in areas such as the forest floor, where droppings from trees and animals are converted into relatively stable organic humus or compost. By imitating these natural systems and learning more about the biology and chemistry of composting, we can actually hasten the decomposition process and produce healthy organic compost while lessening the greenhouse emissions. A new compost system available has utilised this system - the Aerobin – a technological breakthrough in home and garden waste management. It uses a patented lung or aeration core inside an insulated bin along with other patented features, to provide an optimized environment where aerobic decomposition of organic matter is possible, year round. Experts say this is the preferable method to compost and will contribute in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Aerobin was tested and proven to achieve the highest performance in composting against world ranking compost devices by the Swinburne University of Technology, Environment & Biotechnology Centre, Melbourne and has subsequently obtained worldwide endorsements. Aerobin overcomes the problems that many people have experienced with their Home Composting effort – problems such as a very slow conversion of the biomass to reach compost; manual intervention is necessary; year round composting is not possible; it smells; the vessel is not rodent resistant and finally there is no perceived benefit. Aerobin makes composting easy and rewarding. For more information go to Available at Better Nurseries, Mitre 10, Home Timber & Hardware, Plants Plus and Thrifty Link




Summer events for kids Look! Picture books! There are also lots of free events and creative activities for kids and adults, including exhibition tours, storytime and a children’s drawing competition. Visit the Play Pod in Experimedia to read your favourite picture books, play games and get creative. For a full list of school holiday activities for this exhibit, visit Activities are free, but bookings are essential for most of them. Contact 03 8664 7099 or email The exhibit is at the State Library of Victoria’s Keith Murdoch Gallery, and runs from December 3 2010 – May 29, 2011.

Photo: Little Hare Books

Courtesy Shaun Tan


ultivate your child’s passion for reading with the State Library of Victoria’s exhibit Look! The art of Australian picture books today. Children and adults of all ages will be delighted and inspired by this exhibition, which celebrates the worlds and stories revealed in picture books today. Original artwork, sketches and drawings by more than 40 of Australia’s most talented illustrators – including Bob Graham, Jeannie Baker, Ann James, Shaun Tan, Graeme Base, Leigh Hobbs and Terry Denton – are on display, covering picture books from the past 10 years.

Shaun Tan’s illustration from Tales From Outer Suburbia Ann James’ illustration for Lucy Goosey

Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden

The floor is their canvas at Artplay

Discover all the colours of summer at Artplay


he launch of the City of Melbourne’s Summer ArtPlay program on December 1 declared another season of creativity, as children and families engage in the interactive arts and hand-on creative programs that ArtPlay provides. Since 2004, the program has provided families with an opportunity explore their artistic individuality and imagination. With a broad spectrum of free and affordable activities,

ArtPlay is the perfect place to retreat from the summer heat. Budding photographers can explore the world of film photography, while more rambunctious children can let loose in a two day workshop of ArtPlay Animal Acrobatics. For details and a full schedule of what’s at ArtPlay, visit Phone: 9664 7900 or email

Photo: Janusz Molinski

Photo: Rob Blackburn

Bookings are essential for both events. Adult participation is required. Contact (03) 9252 2429


Children’s garden watering can

Rowan Heydon-White of Circus Oz shows off her circus skills

oll up … Roll up to The Langham, Melbourne for Circus Carnivale Children’s Tiffin Every Monday to Friday from 10:00am – 1:00pm over the summer school holidays, children are invited to step right up for an enchanting circus afternoon tea experience at The Langham, Melbourne, with the five-star hotel creating a colourful Carnivale Children’s Tiffin Afternoon Tea. Children’s Carnivale Tiffin: Available for children aged 3 – 12 years young accompanied by an adult, the Children’s Carnivale Tiffin is available from Monday to Friday, 10:00am – 1:00pm, from December 17th 2010 – January 28th 2011 (excluding public holidays). $25.00 per child includes hot

chocolate, baby cino, fruit juice and a three-tiered tea stand of sweet and savoury circusthemed treats. For more information and for reservations visit www. For bookings call reservations on 1800 641 107 or email

Photo: Langham Hotel

on January 11, 13 and 27 from 10am. S is for Summer invites kids to get their hands dirty. They will get up close and personal with the RBG’s summer vegetable patch, with veggie sampling and gardening. Kids will also be able to take home a small piece of the vegetable garden to start their own. The event will run on January 20 and 21 from 10am.

Photo: ArtPlay


he Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden will be open to the public everyday over school holidays. Fun-filled activities will be held in January 2011 to bring four to eight year-olds closer to the natural world through gardening and story-telling. Rhythm Journey with Stickman is a sing-along story. Children are then encouraged to gather garden materials to make a picture on the ground. Hear the story of the Stickman and can make their own Stickman to take home. It will be

High tea at the Langham

A dapper young man enjoys his scones

Circus Oz for kids big and small


ircus Oz has the perfect concept to transform bored kids into creative bundles of energy. Which kid doesn’t love the circus fun? With a range of classes on offer including Flying Trapeze, Aerial Ring, Hula Hoops, Circus Allsorts or the very popular Come ‘n’ Try classes that offer a sample taste of a wide range of circus skills. Kids, teens and even adults are welcome at these public classes, Circus Oz public classes cater for first timers, as well as those wanting to improve their circus skills. All fitness and experience levels are welcome. The Circus Oz 2011 Summer program offers the chance for you to give hula hoops a whirl

or to experience the thrill of the trapeze in the ‘First Time Flyers’ class (no experience necessary). Circus Oz term classes take place four times a year and there are also regular school holiday programs on offer. All trainers are professionals with extensive industry experience and safety and sustainability are given the highest priority. Start: January 10 - January 29, 2011 For further information regarding public classes please contact: Circus Oz on 9646 8899 or Or visit kidsclasses or

Samsung device to rival iPad L

ast Christmas anybody asked if they wanted a “tablet” probably thought they were being offered a pill to ease indigestion caused by a little bit of festive over-indulgence. But this year, millions of people around the world will be glued to their iPad or other tablet computer instead of watching yet another re-run of a movie on TV. Samsung Electronics says it has sold more than 700,000 of its Galaxy Tab device in the six weeks since its launch and believes at least a million will be in people’s hands by the end of the year. But that’s still miles behind the iPad, which only went on sale in South Korea - Samsung’s home turf - for the first time at the end of November. Apple has sold more than

eight million of the gadgets since it went on sale in April but could have sold more, experts say, were it not for problems making enough to meet demand. Sony, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM), Toshiba, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, Dell, Asus and Acer - most of the big global brand names in the technology sector - have a tablet computer on the market or in the pipeline. Technology research firm Gartner said sales of tablet computers are expected to soar from nearly 20 million units this year to 55 million next year and more than 208 million in 2014. The Galaxy Tab has an 18cm touch screen - significantly smaller than the iPad’s 25cm display. But Samsung says it will introduce “new tablets of

different sizes in the near future”. Apple’s first generation iPad does not have a camera, does not function as a phone and the company does not allow the Flash video standard on the gadget. These are all big advantages for Samsung, the company says. “The Tab sets itself apart from other similar smart media devices by featuring optimal portability, Flash support, dual cameras and phone-call functions,” says Samsung Electronics spokesman Nam Ki-yung. “Owning a Tab is like having your personal library, entertainment system, office workstation and e-learning resources rolled into one device - that snugly fits into your pocket.” While Apple has its own App store where iPad owners


A South Korean model shows off the new Samsung Galaxy Tab at its launch in Seoul

can buy software and games to run on its array of gadgets, Samsung and most other tablets run on Google’s Android, with apps available from the Android Market store.

Warning to doctors on Facebook


ou see a compromising party snap of your otherwise staid neighbour or colleague on Facebook - interesting. See the same photograph of your doctor - a worry. The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has responded to the rising number of its profession using social media with guidelines, it said would promote “professional standards” online while also helping to avoid “awkward situations”. The document outlines a range of precautions that doctors and medical trainees should take, designed to protect patient confidentiality and also their careers. “Doctors have recently faced disciplinary action for their online behaviour,” said Dr Michael Bonning chair of the AMA Council of Doctorsin-Training (AMACDT) which helped to develop the guidelines. In September, the NSW Medical Board issued a general warning to doctors over disclosing confidential medical information on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook. “Our guide provides real life examples of the repercussions, such as defamation, that doctors can encounter through the misuse of social media,” Dr Bonning said. “Our aim is to help doctors and medical students enjoy the online world in their personal lives safely while maintaining professional standards ... (including) patient confidentiality and privacy, and protecting the doctor - patient relationship.”

The guide is generally aimed at medical students and doctors, but Dr Bonning said it could be useful for anyone using social media. It warns social media could have unintended and damaging consequences for a doctor’s “personal integrity, doctorpatient and doctor-colleague relationships, and future employment opportunities”. Doctors are counselled against referring to adverse patient outcomes in their status updates or other posts online even when being careful to not identify the patient or hospital. “However, you mentioned the name of the hospital you are working at in a post last week”, the guideline says outlining a hypothetical case where a relative could draw this information together. A sample update “based on an actual posting on a social networking site” was also included in the guide as an example of what doctors should not do. “Dear Emergency Registrar. Thanks a million for misdiagnosing my patient’s perforated bowel as constipation and treating aggressively with laxatives. I’m sure she appreciated the subsequent cardiac arrest and multi-organ failure ... “ Such a post could also be used to underpin a defamation case in which “substantial monetary compensation can be awarded”. While a Facebook page could be a handy way to inform patients about clinic opening hours or other practisespecific information, doctors were warned against accepting patient friend requests on their

personal profile. There was a “power imbalance” within the doctor - patient relationship and a boundary was needed to protect patients from potential exploitation, the guide states. Accepting a friend request from a patient could also possibly invite their comment on “photos they saw of you wearing swimmers at the beach”, doctors were warned. The guide also pointed to the high-profile case of seven doctors and nurses in the UK, who were suspended based on photos posted online of them participating in the “laying down game” which involved laying in “ridiculous places” in this case on hospital trolleys and ward floors. It was also now common-


place for recruitment firms to check a job applicants’ online presence alongside their professional qualifications, Dr Bonning said. Everyone should be aware of the almost boundless way in which social media could disseminate information which, and once it was “out there, it’s never coming back”. “For many people, using social media is a part of their everyday lives,” Dr Bonning said. “But if doctors aren’t careful, they can place themselves and their patients in awkward situations.” The guide and an introductory video are available on the AMA website at socialmedia.

Sales in tablet computers should see exponential growth in the next 12 months, analysts say. “Tablets are basically new creatures,” says Young Park, a tech analyst for South Korea’s Woori Investment and Securities. “So this is a brand new market which is set to grow substantially. It will be interesting to

watch how the market evolves over the next year or so. “As more and more tablet devices come onto the market, that will inevitably eat into Apple’s lead.” Sales of tablet computers, Hong Kong-based Young believes, will remain steady during the run up to Christmas but will not increase significantly.  AAP

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r Who’s sonic screwdriver could one day become a reality in DIY stores. A working version of the Time Lord’s trusty gadget could be created using existing technology, experts say. But in practice it is more likely to be used for putting up shelves than defeating Daleks. Powerful ultrasonic sound waves could be spun at high speed to create the twisting force needed to undo and fix screws, according to engineers at the University of Bristol. The team has experimented with rotating ultrasonic force fields which could act like the head of a screwdriver. Professor of Ultrasonics Bruce Drinkwater said: “Doctor Who is renowned for bending the rules of science. But technology has radically moved on since the Doc first stepped out of his Tardis in the sixties. “While a fully functioning time machine may still be light years away, engineers are already experimenting with ultrasonic waves to move and manipulate small objects.” Ultrasound is already being used in modern manufacturing to fix parts together. In the medical field, ultrasonic beams are being developed to force apart diseased and healthy cells. Drinkwater said: “Doctor Who’s adventures have captured the imaginations of millions, young and old. And,

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Peugeot RCZ By Mark Di Iorio


hh the French. I’ve now driven a wide variety of cars and I can’t say I’ve ever really wanted to drive anything made by the French. Their cars have never really excited me. The Italians, Germans and Japanese do cars, the Americans do burgers and the French do…um, other stuff. So, when I learned I would be driving the new Peugeot RCZ HDi Diesel, I thought, like all things French, it would be very loud and smoke a lot. Boy, was I wrong. First and foremost, this car is absolutely beautiful. In person, it is strikingly gorgeous. Fluid yet aggressive lines make it a real head turner and it has a sense of presence and style that you rarely get from cars these days, let alone from a car costing under $55k. The double bubble roof is striking and I couldn’t find an angle that made the RCZ look even remotely ugly. On one occasion, I had a guy pull out his camera phone and take a few snaps as I sat at the pedestrian lights waiting for a green, and then got an enthusiastic thumbs-up on my departure. In a Peugeot! That trend continues inside as well. The finish of the dash and centre console looks expensive and the overall sculpting of the interior matches the outside class. The electric leather seats are sporty and supportive, although my small-

ish backside fit rather snugly so if you’ve had a few too many Christmas lunches leading up to the holidays, you may find it slightly tight. The pedals are also small and in the manual, size 10 shoes and above will struggle for comfort or get any respite from the clutch pedal. Interestingly, the steering wheel is completely free from the usual 5,000 control knobs you find on cars these days and the stereo and cruise controls have been placed on independent stalks behind the wheel. It takes a little getting used to and I accidently chose ‘goodtime oldies’ a few times instead of Hamish & Andy, but after a while, it starts to make good sense. Clever. The standard equipment list is fairly brilliant and the only noticeable disappointment is the lack of a Sat Nav option and a cup holder that doesn’t fit any cups. Rear space is obviously cramped for anybody except Danny Devito, although the boot space is rather impressive. On the road, the RCZ does everything well but nothing particularly brilliantly. The suspension is slightly firm, although not uncomfortable. Overall grip and roadholding is good and I imagine it would be even better in the petrol RCZ which has 70kg less over the front axle. Naturally, in the RCZ’s front-drive layout, there is a hint of understeer but the

The absolutely beautiful Peugeot RCV

electronics do a great job of allowing things to get exciting before it intervenes and spoils the fun. The steering is well weighted and overall it’s a well balanced chassis. Because some Schumacher wanna-be journo crashed the petrol RCZ, I ended up driving the 2 litre HDI diesel which spits out a modest 120kw and 340Nm of torque, managing 0-100kp/h in 8.2 seconds. I remember driving the E class Mercedes a few months back and I mentioned that having a diesel in a convertible was sort of like having a super model that chewed tobacco. Well, in the Merc, it sort of just works. But the RCZ gives off such a sporty vibe that unless the diesel is some sort of 3 litre twin turbo monster, the petrol is as easy to pick as a horse’s nose. The 340Nm of torque gives you a great surge of acceleration but just when you get excited, you’re rudely interrupted by the need for a gear change. Imagine Jessica Alba whispering in your ear that she wants to take you home, and just as she grabs your hand to lead you off to her limousine, her security guard clobbers you one over the head. It’s that frustrating. It is however, extremely

frugal and it manages an impressive 5.3 litres per 100kms on the combined cycle. From all reports, the petrol engine is much more up to the task, although at 0-100km/h in 7.5 seconds, it’s not exactly fast. It’s easy to see what Peugeot have done here. They’ve created an absolutely stunning car that should sell on looks alone. Then, they’ve also made it affordable. That puts it into a class of its own with its only downfall being the need for a gutsier engine to match its other brilliant features. Still, I’d buy one, two in-fact. My advice though, if you end up at the lights in a drag race against something German. Surrender.

At a glance Type

Peugeot RCZ HDi


6 speed Manual





Tare Mass

(kg) 1445

Engine Size

(cc) 1997




120kW @ 3750rpm


340Nm @ 2000rpm


Turbo Diesel


(4) Front and Side

Fuel Consumption (Combined)

(L/100km) 5.3


$54,990 + charges

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australia England celebrate their win over Australia, with the wicket of Peter Siddle (left) on the final day, England defeated Australia by 71 runs with an innings to spare.

The scoreboard after England defeated Australia on the final day.

Peter Siddle is bowled by England’s Graeme Swann for 5 on the final day.

Australian captain Ricky Ponting (left) congratulates Kevin Pietersen as he leaves the field.

Graeme Swann celebrates the wicket of Australia’s Xavier Doherty, bowled by Swann for 5 on the final day.

England’s James Anderson walks from the field after defeating Australia.

England fans celebrate on the Hill

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England fans celebrate on the fifth day at Adelaide Oval.

Swann celebrates with team mates after taking the final wicket of Peter Siddle to win the second Ashes test at Adelaide Oval.

England’s Ian Bell (left) is congratulated by team mate Matt Prior after reaching his half century during the West End Redbacks v England cricket match at Adelaide Oval

Australia’s’ Doug Bollinger (right) shakes hands with the English team.

England celebrates the wicket of Australia’s Brad Haddin as he walks from the pitch, caught behind by wicket keeper Matt Prior off Anderson’s delivery for 12 on the final day.

James Anderson celebrates the wicket of Michael Hussey, caught by Anderson off a Steven Finn delivery for 52 on the final day.

The England team waits for the decision of the third umpire after their appeal to dismiss Australia’s Marcus North was rejected on the fifth day.

Swann reacts after a dropped catch on Australia’s Marcus North on the fifth day.

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ACROSS: 1. Looking quickly, 5. Ontario city, 9. Parent's father, 10. Buzzed monotonously, 12. Come to pass, 13. Dessert, ... caramel, 14. Couch, 16. Doubter, 19. Bloom, 21. Possesses, 24. Excludes, 25. Snow slippage, 27. Chatter away, ... on, 28. Defence services, 29. Fuel oil 30. Writer, Hans Christian ... DOWN: 1. Choked, 2. Waned, 3. Army student, 4. Canada/US falls, 6. Baton, 7. Chair sides, 8. Concertgoers, 11. Fly traps, 15. Overly preoccupied, 17. Despised, 18. Friendly, 20. Complain, 21. Acclaim, 22. Atlantic & Pacific, 23. From Nairobi or Mombasa, 26. Crop up THE PUZZLE THAT MAKES YOU SMARTER !


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Across: 1. Queensland nut (9), 6. Biblical tower intended to reach up to heaven (5), 9. Pulp fiction writer Robert E Howard creation, ... The Barbarian (5), 10. Person from Lhasa (7), 11. Bach’s ... On A G String (3), 12. Women’s gymnastics apparatus, ... bars (6), 13. The A of AD (4), 15. Business messages, before the fax machine (7), 16. Illegal position on the field in soccer (7), 18. Charlotte, Emily, Anne and Branwell, the ... (7), 20. Tchaikovsky’s piece from The Nutcracker Suite, the Waltz Of The ... (7) 21. What are supposed to justify the means (4), 23. In this Spanish city the Royal Palace now stands on the site of the Alcazar that was destroyed by fire in 1734 (6), 24. Cold War Russia’s secret police (1,1,1), 27. Horatio Nelson was, Britain’s most famous holder of this naval rank (7), 28. Tarka or Gavin Maxwell’s Mijbil from Ring Of Bright Water (5),29. South African golfer, ... Els (5), 30. Frances Hodgson Burnett’s children’s classic, ... Garden (3,6). Down: 1. Muslim holy city in Saudi Arabia (5), 2. Low female voice such as that of Kathleen Ferrier or Marian Anderson (9), 3. Cervantes’ Spanish hero (3,7), 4. Jim Henson’s Sesame Street creatures (7), 5. Glass maker René Lalique was one of the earliest proponents of this design style of the 20s and 30s (3,4), 6. Raisin sponge dessert, rum ... (4), 7. Capital of Louisiana, ... Rouge (5), 8. Residents of England’s capital (9), 14. Crossover point from the South Atlantic to the Indian ocean (or vice versa), the Cape ... (2,4,4), 15. Dishes, plates and cutlery (9), 17. Performer such as Torvill, Dean or Stephen Bradbury, the luckiest winner of the 2002 Winter Olympics (3-6),19. The sort of woman who’s held to be notoriously immoral (7), 20. List of the biggest companies in the US, ... 500 (7), 22. Evil spirit or jinn (5), 25. Prince’s raspberry or a commando’s green headwear item (5), 26. Shallowest of the five Great Lakes (4).

MCN QUIZ 009 1. ‘What is sauce for the goose, is sauce for the WHAT’? 2. Manhattan lies between which two rivers? 3. When someone uses a string of obscenities they are said to turn the air which colour? 4. Two players from which AFL club were allegedly involved in a nightclub brawl in late November? 5. What is ‘corrida de toros’? 6. An ant's sting contains which acid? 7. A huge swarm of WHAT crossed from NSW into Northern Victoria in early December? 8. In the classic comic series The Adventures Of Tintin what is the name of the dog? 9. In mid-December, Jetstar is set to start a daily direct service between Melbourne and WHERE? 10. 97% of the inhabitants of East Timor belong to which religion?

Fill the grid so that every column, every row, every 3x3 box & the two shaded diagonal lines contain the digits 1 to 9.

Fill the grid so that every column, every row and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 to 9.



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ARIES March 21 - April 20


TAURUS April 21 - May 21


GEMINI May 22 - June 21


CANCER June 22 - July 23


LEO July 24 - August 23


VIRGO August 24 - September 23


LIBRA September 24 - October 23


SCORPIO October 24 - November 22


SAGITTARIUS November 23-December 21


CAPRICORN December 22 - January 20


AQUARIUS January 21 - February 19


PISCES February 20 - March 20

Decembers New Moon can really fan the Aries flame. It’s in your fellow fire element, which literally can have you feeling more at home with the world and within yourself. The entry of Mars into your career sign of Capricorn suggests you excel in competition vocationally. This is an area where there will be a lot of things finally settled, after previous deliberation. Remember the planets are high in your chart at the moment, which can call for mire public involvement. Not a time for sitting on your hands.

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A premium time for examining all things related to financial loans, debt consolidation and credit. Look at your support systems and liabilities. It is possible now that you may enter into a deal with the support of someone else – be it a partner or family member. If you’ve planned well in the past, and have good collateral this can be a time of optimistic expansion. Also a time of black and white answers for Taurus, that no longer leaves you standing at the crossroads.

Perfecting the art of compromise – finding the win-win situations – knowing who is totally on your side. This is your mission – should you choose to accept it. And it’s not impossible either. The ball may be in the other person’s court, but that’s wonderful if you’re looking for fresh input. December is a month of attraction, and can be aversion too, as you redefine partnerships. Just ensure you’re not giving someone else too much power – pedestals can also be castles in the air.

Looks like you’ve got some work to do. There are two ways of going about it. You can get all fired up and throw yourself totally into the task. That’s fine if you have trouble getting motivated. Or you can constantly chip away, breaking the load down into smaller manageable chunks. Each day it will appear less daunting, and you’ll be getting better at time management and efficiency. The second way will be better for your health, and the sanity of those around you.

Sometimes our lives can get so tangled up with obligations and concerns that we forget what living is for. You know that situation – and want out. This week should provide an escape route, meaning that you’re swimming with the tide rather than against it. Therefore it’s important to drop preconceptions - remember the wise words of Mark Twain. He said, ‘I worried about a lot of things in my life – 90% of which never happened’.

Right at the base of your solarscope, the laser like beams of a New Moon cut through your personal foundation stones. How grounded do you feel in your current environment? Who can you really rely on in your deepest and even darkest moments? Are you being nurtured, or do you owe yourself some favors? These are the kind of questions you’ll be asking, and getting answers on this week.

You are heading into a busy and productive time around communications, meetings and negotiations. Mercury, Mars and Pluto all moving into your home and family zone, are suggesting that things could get rather hectic on the domestic front. Somehow you’ll have to factor work demands in with this. But if you can grab a temporary break, then it will really help you achieve some constructive conclusions regarding the home and family situations.

You can be seeing things very much from your own viewpoint now, and for a very good reason. There are times when we have a greater self-awareness, without necessarily being what you might brand ‘selfish’. It’s more a matter of knowing your own direction, and not being swayed, or manipulated, by others around you. When faced with matters of choice, you ultimately have to come back to what is right for you. The New Moon is also providing a practical material focus around finances and purchases for December.

The seeds of original initiatives are fertilized by the December New Moon. If you’re thinking of starting something up, your timing could hardly be better. It’s also an ideal time for travel, or laying out the itinerary, early this week. Mars moving into your money house for the rest of December is liable to provide plenty of five around money and possessions. The downside can be the impulse that accompanies the fire planet, when it comes to curbing desire and immediate gratification.

If you’ve felt like you’ve been swimming against the tide lately - you’re probably right in that assumption. But motivating Mars moving into Capricorn from the 8th is about to swing that around in a very pro-active way. Schedule talks or meetings where you hope to make a difference, toward the first half of this week. That’s when communicative Mercury and penetrating Pluto help make you the convincing speaker, capable of swaying others to your own viewpoints and purpose.

Scientists can debate the existence of telepathy or prophetic dreams, but you know they exist. We simply don’t have answers on everything. The people who you are attracting around you now are the like minded who are on your path. Keep open to this, and to the prospect of joining groups or organizations, as teamwork will take you far now. Farther than you can possibly go on your own. Social invitations may also hold a fated quality about them – and lead to the right connection.

This can be a very public time for you. Places to go, people to meet – it’s that kind of energy pervading your solarscope. And it’s the kind of focus that you can use in achieving career related objectives too. The ancient zodiacal area of honor, status and reputation for Pisces is highly active. The December New Moon can spell fresh starts here, and status changes. And with Mercury, Mars and Pluto all your social house new friendships may come out of it.

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