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MCN MELBOURNE CITY NEWSPAPER

Wishing Melbourne’s Dads a Happy Fathers’ Day! Welcome to our new weekly format!

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This week, we celebrate Fathers’ Day, wander through the radical art of the Vienna: Art and Design exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, learn the location of some of Melbourne’s best cocktail bars, and visit gorgeous Apollo Bay. And, as ever, we bring you the best of the city’s arts, culture, and performance.

plus  Kate Grenville

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 The great Vegemite comeback - page 9

Vienna: Art & Design page 3

Travels in Apollo Bay page 12

Drink Up: Cocktails in Melbourne page 16

 Directing music videos - page 14

 The Homeless World Cup - page 18


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Labor on the high wire J

ulia Gillard’s government was always going to walk a tightrope. Just shy of 12 months ago - after an indecisive election result - the Greens and three independents threw the Labor leader a balancing pole and delivered the first minority federal government since the 1940s. From a practical point of view, Labor has got on with its election agenda, albeit supplemented by some controversial policies driven by the Greens. Parliament has passed 180 bills, none with amendments the government disagreed with. Labor has also weathered some big policy battles, although its planned carbon tax is still struggling to gain traction amongst voters. But the controversy surrounding the alleged misuse of a Health Services Union credit card issued to Labor backbencher Craig Thomson has caucus members anxiously looking for the safety net under the highwire.

In summary, it’s alleged Thomson’s two union-issued credit cards were used to make more than $100,000 in withdrawals from ATMS and pay for escort services and lavish meals. Thomson has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. The federal opposition smells blood and has pursued the matter in parliament this week. But on at least nine separate occasions the prime minister, who has spoken with the MP about the matter, has expressed her confidence in Thomson. She’s called for due process to be allowed to take its course - just as Abbott’s mentor, former prime minister John Howard, did when his coalition MPs were caught up in scandals. “While they are mired in hypocrisy, we are getting on with the job of leading this nation,” Gillard thundered in parliament on Thursday. But, given the political stakes, Abbott has taken the harder line.

If nothing untoward has occurred, said Abbott, what is preventing the member from saying so in parliament? “We have a prime minister in hiding on this issue, we have a member under protection and a government in paralysis,” Abbott said. Abbott has been backed by independent MP Andrew Wilkie - whose vote is crucial to Labor retaining power - who is “uncomfortable” with Gillard’s strong show of support for Thomson and wants him to front parliament. HSU general secretary Kathy Jackson has also called for Thomson to give a full explanation of his actions to the public and union members. This week’s Newspoll shows dissatisfaction with Gillard at 61 per cent and the coalition in a landslide-winning position. But given the slow turning of the wheels of justice, Labor may have time on its side to see -AAP out this term. Julia Gillard

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September 11 a life changer for Muslim youth

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s they watched news reports of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, Aimen Haddara and Bas Ilter both had a feeling something in their lives would change. Both men are in their 30s and were born in Australia and live in Melbourne. Mr Haddara’s family is from Lebanon and Mr Ilter’s is Turkish.

MCN wishes to apologise for an error in our edition of August 19. An article in our Education section wrongly identifies Eltham High School, which is a government 7 – 12 secondary school, as the founder of Melbourne City School. The founder of Melbourne City School is Eltham College, an independent P-12 school.

understanding of who is responsible for the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. He knows it should have nothing to do with him and he wishes he, his family and his religion weren’t characterised as sympathisers or supporters of terrorism. “We are good people and good Muslims and until 9/11

there was hardly a problem with any of that,” he said. “But straight after that day things changed. We’ve been sworn at, my wife has been verbally abused because she dresses in the traditional way and my kids have come home crying.” Mr Ilter said a feeling of doubt and concern descended on him from the time he knew

of the WTC attack and remained for weeks. “I’m not sure why, but I felt pretty sure things would be different after September 11,” Mr Ilter said. “People would say things about terrorists and look straight at me. That never happened before, I was just a Turkish guy.” - AAP

Letter from the editor

By Karen Healey

Correction

Mr Haddara regularly attends his mosque and lives his life according to his religion. Mr Ilter admits he is Muslim in name only. But in the wake of the World Trade Center (WTC) attack, the two men were confronted by aspects of being a Muslim in a western country that they had never previously experienced. Mr Haddara has a clear

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hen I was younger, I loved Lois Lane.

Specifically, I loved Teri Hatcher’s Lois Lane on the TV show Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. She was so stylish, smart and savvy. She was the best reporter in the city, and she knew it; no time for false modesty when there were corporate villains to expose, mad scientists to catch, and oh yes, the mystery of that flying superhero to unveil.

Clark Kent (and Superman) eventually won her heart, but Lois’ pride was always in being the best journalist she could be, fearlessly seeking out the truth. I think that’s when I decided to become a journalist. Of course, about ten minutes later I decided to become a dinosaur-hunting cowgirl, but the thought counts, right? While the job market for dinosaur-hunting cowgirls is sadly limited, journalism remains a growing concern. Indeed, in these global days, it seems there are scarcely enough journalists to cover items of interest, nor feed the public’s laudably insatiable desire for information. With that in mind, after a year and a half of monthly publication, Melbourne City Newspaper is going weekly. The MCN team are now able to

bring you even more reporting on arts, culture, performance and literature from the heart of the city. We’ve got local and international news, Hollywood glamour , beauty tips, and expert advice. There’s always so much going on in Melbourne that the struggle is over what to leave out! Check out Stephanie Campisi’s story on the Vegemite comeback, with the savory snack making its way into sweet treats. In the Education section, Sarah Browning explores the hidden treasures in the University of Melbourne’s cultural collections, and Dean Watson investigates the link between the university magazine editors of the past, and the high flyers of the present. If you’d rather get away from the rat race, our Travel section presents the gorgeous getaway

of Apollo Bay. And don’t miss our Food and Wine story on some of the best cocktail joints in the city. The Melbourne Writers Festival is in full swing, and we have interviews with authors Kate Grenville and Randa Abdel-Fattah, not to mention film and stage director Nadia Tass, and the high-belting members of Queen tribute performers, It’s A Kinda Magic. In Music and Books, Rebecca Miller looks at the phenomenon of boys refusing to read books by women, and talks to two authors for young people, Maureen McCarthy and Tim Pegler. And Stu Harrison brings you all the best in sport, with stories on the Homeless Socceroos, Happy Football Cambodia Australia, the new coach of Australia’s world champion netball team,

and the revelations made in a new book on AFL from footy great Kevin Bartlett (KB). I can hardly wait to see what you think of the rest of the month. A sneak peak: Stories on crafting in Melbourne, finding the perfect pizza, the Italian Film Festival, the Victorian State Schools Spectacular, Melbourne’s fantastic walking tours, the dusty delights of the secondhand bookstore, and so much more. It may not be all not all sharp heels, sharper quips, and busting businessmen gone bad, but I take as much pride in editing the Melbourne City Newspaper as Lois Lane ever did in reporting for the Daily Planet. Well, maybe almost as much pride. Try as I might, I don’t think that anyone could truly match the savor faire of the original feisty girl reporter.


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To art its freedom

Photo: Wien Museum, Vienna. Taken over from the Niederösterreichisches Landesmuseum, 1921

rative detail,” says Dr Gerard Vaughan, NGV Director. “They will be surprised by just how modern the designs of the time were and how relevant they are to today.” “Vienna was such a melting pot for all of these ideas,” curator Dr Amanda Dunsmore says. “People were discovering what the possibilities were and how one could live life, throwing off those restrictions and bounds that held people for so long through the 19th century.” Growing wealth and increasing industrialization meant that non-aristocrats could afford to be patrons of the arts and bring beautiful objects into their own homes. “The emerging sense of the individual is part of the growing wealth. Vienna is modernizing very rapidly and that starts with pulling down the medieval walls. It’s about connecting the outer and inner city; the suburbs are spreading out. There‘s the introduction of technology, the whole modernization of the city.” Dunsmore notes that this egalitarianism was still largely confined to the upper middle

Gustav KLIMT Austria 1862–1918 Emilie Flöge (Detail) 1902 oil on canvas 178 x 80 cm

Gustav KLIMT Austria 1862–1918 Beethoven Frieze: Central wall 1901-02 (detail) painted plaster 216.0 x 3438.0 cm

classes. However, one of the principles held by the Secessionists and the later Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna Workshop) was a determination to treat all objects as equally

“Vienna was such a melting pot for all of these ideas” - Dr Amanda Dunsmore

worthy of artistic creation. “It is about the egalitarianism of objects, objects seen as art,” Dunsmore says. “That principle was very particular to Vienna and particular to a small group of artists and designers.” “In this period there is an emerging appreciation of interiors as a whole, which includes the art that hangs on the walls, to the furnishing in the room, to the curtains that hang over the windows, to the clothes that you‘re wearing; all of these are expression of the individual. All these forms are art.” A stunning example of this attention to interior detail can be seen in the Gallia apartment, furnishings from which are on display in the exhibition. The Gallia family, wealthy and sophisticated, commissioned Josef Hoffmann to design five rooms in their home in 1912 – partly, Dunsmore says, out of a desire to display their wealth. Hoffmann designed nearly everything in those five rooms; the furniture, the wall coverings, the plasterwork, the light fittings, and the floor coverings. Rumour has it that he used to drop in to check if the inhabitants were wearing the slippers he’d especially designed to go with the interior. To a modern audience, having a single designer dictate your footwear might not seem like an expression of one’s individualism, but at the time it

was a radical move, displaying the artistic sensibilities of the apartment’s owners. In keeping with the increasing spirit of individualist freedom was an impetus towards less restrictive clothing. Designers and salon owners like the influential sisters Helene, Pauline and Emilie Flöge championed a new form of dress that was loose and flowing, rather than the constrictive fashions of the Victorian era. Another of the striking Gustav Klimt portraits in the exhibition is of Emilie Flöge, a woman Dunsmore describes as ahead of her time. “How many women opened their own fashion salons at that time and not only that, but sold avant-garde clothing?” Flöge, who never married, was a constant companion to Klimt. It is tempting to assume they were lovers, but Dunsmore emphasizes there is no evidence to support that contention: “We don‘t know if they had a sexual relationship; there were thousands of letters that exist between the two but not one of them indicate anything beyond the platonic, which is fascinating.” What is not in doubt is the bond between them. “Klimt went travelling with her family every summer; he left his family behind to go with her family. They shared this life long relationship and never married, which I think reflects her independence. She was a modernist who led her own life and did her own thing.” The spirit of freedom would not last. In 1905, the Secessionist movement split due to differences of opinion over artistic expression. In 1914, World War I racked Europe, dividing the Austro-Hungarian Empire into smaller states. In the 1930s came the rise of the Nazis - who held rigid notions of the proper expression of artistic concepts - growing anti-Semitism at home, and the well-founded fear of a German annexation of Austria. The Gallias, who were Jewish, fled be-

Josef HOFFMANN (designer) Austria 1870–1956 WIENER WERKSTÄTTE, Vienna (retailer) Austria 1903–32 MEYR’S NEFFE, Adolfov (manufacturer) Bohemia est. 1816 Vase, from the Gallia collection c.1916 glass 16.6 x 22.5 x 17.6 cm

fore war began. They emigrated to Australia, where much of the original apartment’s contents were eventually acquired by the NGV. After the annexation, Emilie Flöge lost many of her most valuable customers and was forced to close her salon. Her companion Gustav Klimt had died earlier, in 1918, before the end of WWI. His

work was not forgotten, and the city of Vienna promises several exhibitions celebrating Klimt in 2012, the 150th anniversary of his birth. But Melburnians don‘t have to travel so far to get a taste of that heady, doomed age of freedom and creative expression. Vienna: Art & Design remains open until October 9.

Photo: Wien Museum, Vienna

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n 1897 a group of renegade artists in Vienna formed a movement: the Secession. They determined to move away from the stodgy historicism of the day and make art that looked to the future. And they resolved to honour all forms of art, including graphic design, textiles, architecture, fabric and furniture design. They elected Gustav Klimt as their president, started printing their own magazine, and, in less than a year, had built an exhibition hall with an elaborate gilded dome, in which they could display their work. Above the door they emblazoned their motto: “Der Zeit ihre Kunst. Der Kunst ihre Freiheit.” In English, the motto reads “To the age its art. To art its freedom.” That’s the version currently displayed above the door of the National Gallery of Victoria as it showcases the radical work of the Secessionists and their artistic descendents in Vienna: Art & Design. “Visitors will be amazed to discover that this radical, edgy style could be both minimalist and incredibly rich in its deco-

Photo: Belvedere, Vienna

By Karen Healey

Otto WAGNER (architect) Austria 1841–1918 Reconstruction of facade for Die Zeit 1902 designed, 1985 made iron, aluminium, nickel-plated iron, glass 450.0 x 332.0 cm


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MCN INTERNATIONAL NEWS

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New Zealand’s international reputation as a world-leading fisheries manager.” An Auckland University report released in August alleged widespread human rights abuses of crew members, predominantly Indonesian, on foreign chartered vessels. The Maritime Union of New Zealand, which has long accused the government of turning a blind eye to the treatment of foreign crews, said the investigation was long overdue. “This inquiry will need to shine a light into dark places ... but we know in advance that it will confirm what we already know, that disgraceful practices have become the norm and accepted by the industry,” union

secretary Joe Fleetwood said. The report said about 30 foreign-owned vessels operated in New Zealand waters, crewed by about 2,000 sailors. Its authors interviewed almost 150 crew members in New Zealand and Indonesia to seek first-hand accounts of their treatment. The report found foreign crews earned less than one-fifth of their New Zealand counterparts and were forced to work shifts of up to 53 hours during peak periods. Crew members said sexual abuse of young men was common and described the officers in charge of the vessels as “vicious bastards” who frequently lashed out at their charges.

Space station’s humanoid robot comes alive

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Robonaut R2A waving goodbye as Robonaut R2B launches into space

NASA’s website for Robonaut states that: “One advantage of a humanoid design is that Robonaut can take over simple,

repetitive, or especially dangerous tasks on places such as the International Space Station.” - AAP

By Karlis Salna

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as a “floating freezer” with no heating, adding: “Absolutely appalling conditions, just like a slum ... there are definitely human rights abuses out there, they are slave ships.”

The government inquiry, to be carried out by former Labour government cabinet minister Paul Swain, is due to report back by February next year.

Branson hails Winslet as rescuer

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Aussie facing 12 years for $30 of speed Melbourne man facing up to 12 years in jail after being caught in Bali with just over $30 worth of methamphetamine has told a court he used the drug three to four times a month to relieve stress and depression. Ricky Shane Rawson was arrested on May 21 when police raided the villa where he was staying in the upmarket area of Seminyak in Bali. The 48-year-old was charged with one count of possession and one count of drug use after a bag containing just 0.06g of methamphetamine was found in his room.

“If anyone stands against this abuse, it has been known for them to be taken to a private cabin and beaten,” one unidentified sailor said. Another described his ship

By Peter Woodman

Photo:Joe Bibby, Kennedy Space Center

ASA’s humanoid robot has finally awakened in space. Ground controllers turned Robonaut on last week for the first time aboard the International Space Station. The robot was delivered to the orbiting complex back in February. It took this long for the operating software to get up there, and for the astronauts to have enough time to help with the experiment. The test involved sending power to all of Robonaut’s systems. The robot was not commanded to move. Team members were exhilarated by the successful test. Robonaut, also known as R2, is the first humanoid robot in space. For now, it exists from the waist up. The robot is being tested as a possible astronaut’s helper.

Foreign fishing vessels in New Zealand have been likened to slave ships.

Rawson admitted to buying the drugs for the equivalent of about $30 from a woman named Mary at the Sky Garden nightclub in Kuta, a popular haunt among partygoers. But Rawson told the court that he only took shabu shabu to treat depression. “I used it around three to four times a month, it depends much on my mood. I used it to relieve stress,” he said. He said he had not used any of the drugs, bought at the nightclub just hours earlier, before being stopped by police outside his villa at about 1am. “It was found inside the

room, under the bed. I knew it is forbidden in Indonesia.” Rawson is now facing between four and 12 years in jail for possession. The drug use charge carries a maximum penalty of four years. “I have been and am trying to undergo therapy because this thing can easily cause addiction,” he said. Under Indonesian law, people who admit to drug addiction are often given more lenient sentences. He is scheduled to appear in court again on September 6. -AAP

scar-winning actress Kate Winslet has been praised after helping rescue Sir Richard Branson’s elderly mother from a blaze that ripped through the tycoon’s luxury Caribbean home. The Titanic star helped carry Sir Richard’s 90-year-old mother Eve from The Great House on Necker Island when a fire broke out, after it was hit by lightning during the middle of the night. Both managed to escape unhurt from the blaze along with Winslet’s young children and a number of other guests, including the businessman’s 29-year-old daughter, Holly. “Around 20 people were in the house and they all managed to get out and they are all fine,” said Sir Richard who was staying in another property around 100 yards away with his wife, Joan, and son, Sam, 25. “We had a tropical storm with winds up to 90mph (144kph). A big lightning storm came around 4am and hit the house. “My son Sam and nephew Jack rushed to the house and helped get everyone out and many thanks to Kate Winslet for helping to carry my 90 year mum out of the main house to safety - she was wondering when a Director was going to shout CUT!” Sir Richard, 60, bought Necker Island in the early 1980s and began building the eight-bedroom Great House in 1982. “The main house is com-

Photo: jingdianmeinv/Creative Commons

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ew Zealand announced an inquiry last Tuesday into allegations that foreign fishing crews operating in its waters faced physical and sexual abuse aboard vessels likened to “slave ships”. The government said it had ordered a “comprehensive” probe into the claims surrounding foreign flagged vessels chartered by New Zealand companies to fish in the country’s vast exclusive economic zone (EEZ). “We must ensure the use of all fishing vessels operating in EEZ waters supports government objectives,” Fisheries Minister Phil Heatley said. “This includes protecting

Photo: Mike Baird, flickr.bairdphotos.com

NZ probes fishing crew abuse claims

Kate Winslet was praised for helping rescue Sir Richard Branson’s mother.

pletely destroyed and the fire is not yet completely out,” he said. “My office was based in the house and I have lost thousands

of photographs which is very sad. But all family and friends are well - which in the end is all that really matters.” - AAP


LOCAL PROFILE MCN

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ate Grenville is one of Australia’s most wellknown and prolific authors of Australian literature. To date she has published eight works of fiction and four that explore the writing process. Her latest novel, Sarah Thornhill, has just been released. It is the sequel to one of Grenville’s most successful novels: The Secret River (2005). A deeply moving story that traces the journey of one William Thornhill to the shores of Australia, The Secret River is a story in search of the truth, a quest mirrored by Grenville’s own determination to discover her ancestors and their story. While the novel certainly has a historical framework, the story is fictional, and its emphasis is unwaveringly on Grenville’s commitment to examining how historical information is altered, withheld or kept ‘secret’ from those who deserve to know the truth. Widely studied in schools and universities, The Secret River is chronologically preceded by the Lieutenant (2008).

Sarah Thornhill is the final volume of the trilogy, launched in conjunction with the Melbourne Writers Festival. Grenville’s writing has developed out of an urgency to tell Australia a story. She expresses a desire to tell not just any story, but one that has been

“There is a dark history, a legacy that we must confront in order to accept who we are.” Kate Grenville

unspoken and unheard for a very long time. “I went through a process of re-learning our history. Personally, I wanted to know what part does my family history play in the colonisation of this land and I believe this is a desire that is shared amongst many of my generation – because we had a history that was whitewashed.” Unfortunately, the situa-

tion has not vastly improved. Grenville’s latest novel focuses upon the journey of a young woman who is a member of the first generation of Australianborn Anglo immigrants. In uncovering the secrets that have remained hidden in her past, Sarah Thornhill challenges the reader to question and re-examine the authority of history written from a single perspective. “There are many secrets that have been kept from our knowledge. History isn’t always factual or accurate and there is a dark history, a legacy that we must confront in order to accept who we are.” Personal reasons motivated Grenville to begin research into her own history and her time in England and the USA was key to developing the need to write these novels: “It took being physically displaced from my country and in a position to look back at different ideas that motivated me to start writing. At that time there wasn’t much Australian literature and when I returned in the early 1980s it was almost as though Australia had sud-

Author Kate Grenville encourages other young Australian writers to value the Australian voice.

denly realised that we don’t want to be second hand Brits. The colonial time was over. It was an exciting time to be an Australian writer.” Discovering links to her own grandfather, one Solomon Williamson, gave her breadth and scope to develop the characters of William Thornhill. This character (who shares only certain similar attributes

to Grenville’s ancestor) is the father of the young Sarah Thornhill, who stands on the precarious edge of truth about her history. “The greatest wrong when discussing the history of this country is to deny that any wrong has been done,” emphasises Grenville, “As non-Indigenous, we do a lot of talking, but the idea of sitting down and lis-

tening doesn’t seem to happen all that often. The appropriate starting point is to properly acknowledge the past.” Kate Grenville is a proud Australian writer and she urges other young and emerging writers to recognize that “Australia is a land of myth, legend and metaphor and the Australian voice is vibrant and appropriate.”

Photo: Courtesy The Alfred

By Dione Joseph

Photo: Kate Grenville

Kate Grenville unveils Australia’s secrets

Fathers’ Day fun The Leong Family are the face of the Alfred Fathers’ Day Appeal

By Karen Healey

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athers’ Day is on the horizon, and for those who have left it too late to find the perfect pair of socks or the most splendid soap-on-a-rope, the holiday can be more threat than celebration. Don’t fear: the best gift for Dad is time with his family, and this Sunday Melbourne is offering a number of activities for Fathers’ Day fans. The Melbourne Aquarium is hosting a big breakfast on Sunday at 8:30 to 9:30am for early rising dads. Tickets include all-day ac-

cess to the aquarium, with arts and crafts for the kids and presentations by marine experts on all things shark. If Dad is feeling particularly brave, the aquarium is also running extra shark diving sessions, though it warns that booking for these is essential. If Dad prefers something more relaxing than coming face to face with the world’s most feared marine predators, then Fathers’ Day at Rippon Lea House and Gardens might be more his style. Families are invited to bring along a picnic to the historic grounds from

11am to 4pm. Activities include boat rides on the lake, lawn bowls, mini golf, live music and an open house viewing of the Grand Mansion as well as a sausage sizzle hosted by the National Trust. If Dad is more into thrills and spills than relaxation, Luna Park’s Fathers’ Day event might be more to his taste. With the ubiquitous barbeque on offer, Luna Park is also offering dads a free unlimited ride ticket when a child’s unlimited ride ticket is purchased. Luna Park director Mary Stuart notes that

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fathers “enjoy being a kid again themselves.” Luna Park’s reputation for family fun means that Dad might not be the chief instigator of a visit: “A lot of the time it’s the kids that bring their parents to Luna Park,” Stuart says. Perhaps Dad would rather wet his whistle than scream through a roller coaster ride? Then he might enjoy the Fathers’ Day Beer Tasting Master Class at the Woolshed Pub, Sunday at 3pm. On the pricier side of the

Fathers’ Day activity gamut at $60 per person, the class promises to teach Dad to “truly appreciate the greatness of beer, learn the secrets of beer degustation, and the art of choosing that perfect brew.” Drinkers get to enjoy a selection of Cascade Brewery beers with canapés. And for those dads who have their heart in the right place, The Alfred hospital is running its annual Fathers’ Day Appeal. The appeal concentrates on raising money to confront issues in men’s health,

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MCN EVENTS

Events Calendar

SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 • VOL 2, ISSUE 7

Welcome to our new-style events calendar, packed with arts, entertainment, eco-events, social gatherings and stimulating public discourse. Our month-at-a-glance directory is your gateway to fun in the city. Event listings are free and subject to space availability. Email up to 50 words to events@mc-news.com.au, or stand out with a photo for only $80. Cutoff date for the next issue is Thursday September 1 at 5pm.

For Kids

Festivals

Melbourne Writer’s Festival

Live performance

Family Day at Collingwood Children’s Farm

2011 Darebin Music Festival

August 25-September 4 Federation Square (03) 9094 7859

Bell ShakespeareJulius Caesar

In the Mood Swing Tribute

September 6-17 The Arts Centre, Fairfax (02) 8298 9000

September 8 & 9 7:30pm at Palais Theatre St. Kilda, Melbourne (03) 9525 3240 www.palaistheatre.net.au

September 4 10.30am - 2.30pm St. Heliers Street. Abbotsford (03) 9417 5806 The first Sunday of every month is Family Day at Collingwood Children’s Farm. Give the kids a taste of country living as they feed the chooks, play with lambs, milk Patsy the cow, ride a pony, and experience the quintessential farm adventure-a hay ride. Each month has a different theme. $16 per family makes this an ideal weekend outing.

September 3-18 189 High Street, Northcote (03) 8470 8888 www.darebin.vic.gov.au With over one hundred events lined up from September 3-18, Darebin Music Festival is indeed a musical feast for any fan. Streets will be transformed with High Noon, the annual themed community breakfast, street parades, and local musicians playing the pulse of the city. On September 17, Emma Donovan and King Kadu highlight the festival with their performance of Koorie Stories and Songs, an exploration of aboriginal identity, culture, and the power of music.

With a series of over three hundred events spanning from August 25-September 4, the 26th Annual Melbourne Writers Festival celebrates the art of writing in all of its forms. A highlight for the many readers in the UNESCO City of Literature, the festival is an exciting opportunity to hear about the struggles and joys of writing directly from famous novelists, playwrights, poets, and illustrators. This year, the program includes American literary giant Jonathan Franzen, Australian novelist Richard Flanagan and Indian poet/playwright/novelist Tishani Doshi.

Australian Winter Festival

Julius Caesar, one of Shakespeare’s most enduring plays, is aware of its own magnificence, for even the character Cassius remarks ‘How many ages hence shall this our lofty scene be acted over in states unborn and accents yet unknown!’ Peter Evans directs Bell Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, and under his helm, this modernised production has already garnered rave reviews. With Alex Menglet as Caesar and Kate Mulvany portraying the devious Cassius, Bell Shakespeare’s experimental production of Julius Caesar successfully captures all of the intrigue, passion, and betrayal that first made this play so famous.

August 18-September 4 Melbourne Museum www.winterfestival.com.au Enjoy the delights of an authentic European winter in the heart of the city as Australian Winter Festival comes to Melbourne from August 18. Following the incredible success in 2010, the Australian Winter Festival returns to Melbourne for its second consecutive year. This year’s festival will offer the most exciting line-up yet; an array of gourmet winter food sensations, some dazzling action on the ice and authentic après ski experience to enhance the atmosphere.

Korean Film Festival in Australia September 10 - 13 ACMI, Federation Square www.koffia.com.au Presenting a showcase of the latest hits direct from the land of morning calm, as well as a few

General interest Melbourne Spring Fashion Week

Minsky’s Market at House of Burlesque

August 19 - September 19 Obscura Gallery www.obscuragallery.com

September 5-11 Melbourne Town Hall www.thatsmelbourne.com.au

11am-5pm September 11 Brunswick St, Fitzroy Melbourne. Cost: Free

A stunning array of events fill the 17th Annual Melbourne Spring Fashion Week from a fabulous opening night gala to catwalk shows featuring collections in gala, boutique, work and play, and sensor uniquo categories from emerging designers. Thrumming daily from 7am to midnight, the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week is filled with a myriad of opportunities for those wishing to learn more about the industry.

Located at the vibrant Brunswick Street Fitzroy you can make a day of it, with plenty more to do. The market is hidden away across the road from The Fitzroy Nursery and above Calico House where you enter via the back of the building. Minsky’s Market supports local talent and you can check out or (sell/display with pre arrangement) your Vintage style clothing and artwork from Victorian through to 50’s pinup at the House of Burlesque studio.

Kelly Hussey-Smith, the 2010 winner of the Churchie National Emerging Art Award, uses time lapse photography to expose the similarities between humans and animals and our exploitation of them in the entertainment and food industries. Drawing upon the emotional capacity of caged animals, Kelly Hussey-Smith reflexively analyses humanity’s tendency to dismiss sentience and dominate perceived resources. Her work has also been exhibited in Australia, China, and Bangladesh.

Live from the Vault at The Bank - Food & Wine September 5 at 7pm 13 Ballarat St Yarraville, VIC Cost: $12 at the door - includes free drink Beginning on Monday the 5th of September, and continuing on the first Monday of every month, Yarraville’s iconic restaurant The Bank will open its vault doors to reveal a bevy of Melbourne’s most talented singer/songwriters. Hosted by Waking Ugly, the first guest artist will be Jo Dawson. Lydia Gardner and Darren Pace will also perform a special stripped-back show, featuring songs from their acclaimed debut EP, Say Something Sweet, with some previously unheard tracks.

classics, the Korean Film Festival offers a direct chance for people to satisfy their hunger for drama. KOFFIA promises to be more than just a film festival, featuring industry forums, musical performances and cultural acts. Organisers plan to take Victorians on a wild ride of drama, comedy, action, and more.

‘Caged’ by Kelly Hussey-Smith

If the tunes of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, and Tommy Dorsey get your feet tapping, then In the Mood Swing Tribute at the Palais Theatre is the perfect opportunity to indulge your senses. A magnificent thirteen piece Big Band brings to life over fifty beloved 1940s hits in a truly unforgettable performance.

The Great Amazing Race Saturday September 17 10am - 3:30pm CQ Functions, 113 Queen Street www.upliftevents.com.au For the adventurous at heart, there is no event in Melbourne as exciting as The Great Amazing Race! Teams of two will decipher clues and complete activities at designated locations throughout the Melbourne CBD. All ages and fitness levels are encouraged to enter and the first team to finish wins. Fabulous trophies and prizes will be awarded to the top three teams and all participants will be treated with a free gourmet meal following the race. This event will benefit The Royal Children’s Hospital.

Melbourne Spring Fashion Show #1 Runway Show Gala September 6: Two shows at 7pm or 9pm Melbourne Town Hall Cost: Reserved seating $30, general admission balcony $20 Ticketmaster 136 100 Glamour, high fashion, fabulous gowns and exquisite detail; this is a show worthy of opening night. The MSFW Designer Series is the hallmark runway event of the season and sees the impressive Melbourne Town Hall transformed into a spectacular fashion arena. The series opens with elegant gowns featuring luxurious fabrics and textures, there’s silk, georgette, satin, jewels and feathers, evoking timeless sophistication and an enchanted world of glamour.

John Montesante Quintet LIVE

Every Thursday at 5:45pm The Commune Café Bar 2 Parliament Place, East Melbourne (03) 9654 5477 info@thecommune.com.au Come revel in the smooth jazz musings of John Montesante’s Quintet Band every Thursday night at The Commune Café. This quintet of trumpet, piano, drums, and double bass plays timeless standards and Be-Bop Era hits and each week, a guest singer is showcased. Garth Ploog and Julie O’Hara are slated for September 1st and 8th, respectively.

Peter Pan and Wendy presented by The International House Theatre Group September 1 at 7:30 pm Melbourne University Student Union Building, Swanston St Parkville, VIC Cost: Adult $20 Concession $15 MU Student Union Member $10 This new adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s tale of youth, joy and accepting the inevitable will have its Melbourne premiere this September. Entirely written, directed, orchestrated, designed and performed by the students of International House.

Hatters High Tea Party September 2 Hopetoun Tea Rooms For more info visit: www.collinsstreet.com.au (03) 9639 4078 Partake in a delectable feast alongside the Deputy Lord Mayor, the Lady Mayoress, Susan Riley and others, as Hatters High Tea Party celebrates ‘Hats off to Melbourne Spring Fashion’ during Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. Enjoy a 3-tiered stand of vegetable quiche, savoury smoked salmon sandwiches, petit fours, fresh fruit, and scones with double cream and jam before parading down Collins Street to view the gorgeous display of hats at various showcased Australian Milliners shops. This is a chance to wear your best and brightest!


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Sharlee Young and Lauren Poulter at Millinery Magic

Brodie Harper at Melbourne Racing Club’s Evening of Millinery Magic

Naomi Davis at Millinery Magic

Lisa Fleming and Stuart Lloyd at the Daffodil Day supporting Yellow Installation, Artemis Lane, Flower Temple

Kirily Parry and Peter Jago at Millinery Magic

MC Harry Segar at the Wild Bean Café National Barista finals.

Wag Nation’s Chantelle Raleigh and Amanda Johnstone at Yellow Installation

Stylist Harry Georgiou and Designer Jason Grech at the Yellow Installation

Taylor Lautner at the Australian premiere of Abduction


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MCN MUSIC & BOOKS

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Photo: TCourtesy of Ballarat Writers Festival

Boys reading girls and girls writing boys By Rebecca Miller

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E Hinton obliged with her initials in the 60s, JK Rowling was still at it in the 90s, but Maureen McCarthy, author of Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get a Life, and one of Australia’s most well-known young adult (YA) writers, bucked the trend and wrote under her own, full, and distinctly female name. McCarthy, guest speaker this weekend at the Ballarat Writers Festival (Australia’s only YA writers festival), has considered the politics of writing under a female name. “Boys will often reject a YA book on the basis that it’s been written by a female. I know I do appeal to female [readers] more, because my publishers tell me that.” No doubt Susan Eloise Hinton and Joanne Rowling would agree. Both were advised by their publishers to alter their

names and disguise their gender so boys would read their novels. What is going on here to be concerned about? As McCarthy observes, is it a good idea for writers and schools’ curriculums to pander to what may not be a healthy inclination in boys? “Girls will read about boys, why shouldn’t boys read about girls? There seems to be this overemphasis on ‘how can we get boys reading’ in education. But I have lovely stories from when I’ve gone out to schools. One boy came up and said to me ‘I didn’t want to read your book (it was on the curriculum). I just thought, oh, god, it’s about a girl, but I just wanted to tell you I really liked it, I got a lot of out of it.’ Having young guys say that to you is fantastic, you’ve opened up a different experience for them.”

The benefits of exposure to these different experiences in literature is something boys

“Girls will read Author Maureen McCarthy

about boys, why shouldn’t boys read about girls?” - Maureen McCathy

can miss out on because of their unwillingness to read about girls, or to read novels written by women. “Guys certainly are emotional, we know that by the suicide rates. Yet you have to really sell to them that a YA book isn’t boring if it’s written by a woman. They resist

emotional stuff. And male authors who write books about girls and relationships don’t do as well,” says McCarthy. This is why one of the most interesting male authors writing YA fiction in Australia today is novelist Tim Pegler. Pegler, author of Game as Ned and Five Parts Dead, is speaking alongside McCarthy at the Ballarat Writers Festival. In his book , Pegler shakes up boys’ reading preferences for plot- and action-driven novels with the inclusion of his female character, Erin. “I don’t con-

sciously think it’s harder for a man to write female voices than male voices. I’m more interested in authenticity than I am in whether a character is male and female. If I’ve got a good grasp of what the character has in their backstory and what they are experiencing, then I’d like to think that gender isn’t the driving force of writing the character.” There were initial publishing concerns over Pegler including a female voice in the book. “Early days into the manuscript, one publisher’s

representative said to get rid of Erin altogether. It was a big publisher and they preferred my male protagonist voice, as well as having some concerns about a first-time male author writing a sexual assault scene from a woman’s point of view. But I workshopped it with a couple of other publishers, and one told me ‘it’s up to you’, which was a comfort.” It’s a comfort to know that in the Australian publishing industry, if boys prefer to read the voices of men, men can keep a girl’s voice in.

Arnhem Land song cycles inspire and inform Photo: Courtesy ANAM

By Dione Joseph

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usic is very often seen as a bridge between cultures, a means to cross boundaries of time and space, and offer a glimpse into a moment of fusion. But this is not what composer and musician Errki Veltheim has undertaken in his latest endeavour. In fact, Tract, a unique musical performance with the Young

Wagilak Group and Veltheim as improvising violinist, is deliberately not a fusion of culture and musical styles, but a performance of two separate and parallel musical performances that are inspired and informed by the Indigenous song cycles of the Wagilak Group. “I thought this was a good way, ethically as much as musically, to present in the strongest way possible the beauty of the

Wagilak Group without compromising the integrity of the work,” says Veltheim. Veltheim has worked extensively with the Arnhem Land musicians since 2005. Through a collaboration of the Wagilak Group and the Australian Art Orchestra, Tract provides a contemporary interpretation of ‘Wild Blackfella’; a song cycle which traces the journey of the ancestor through his country as he calls up and

names things. “I have been inspired to create a setting where, as a musical mediator, I could facilitate two very different musical cultures to enter the same space. I hope that by allowing both these very separate musical performances to co-exist we can offer audiences an opportunity to engage with the strengths of different musical cultures.”

Wagilak dancers

Reading with Randa By Karen Healey

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eaders could be forgiven for believing there’s nothing author Randa Abdel-Fattah can’t write. Does My Head Look Big In This? and Ten Things I Hate About Me are largely lighthearted young adult stories about modern Australian Muslim identity. Where the Streets had a Name is a modern epic quest in strife-torn Palestine. Noah’s Law is a contemporary crime investigation, and The Friendship Matchmaker is a story for younger readers about bullying and friendship. “I have to say the vast ma-

“My impulse is to tell stories - not tell stories that fit a certain demographic or age group” - Randa Abdel-Fattah jority of my readers and publishers have been wonderfully supportive when I’ve ventured into different genres and explored all kinds of themes. There has been the odd ‘please stick to books about Muslim kids’, which I find incredibly

frustrating given I resist any kind of control over my creativity. My impulse is to tell storiesnot tell stories that fit a certain demographic or age group.” When Abdel-Fattah does write about Muslim kids, she does so with insight and clarity. But her novels are not autobiographies, something that readers sometimes find difficult to accept. “While Does My Head Look Big In This? has autobiographical elements to it, it’s more the case that Amal’s story is inspired by some of my own experiences. I suppose that when you write about a subject and character that so closely reflects your own iden-

tity, it is natural for readers to assume- to want- the story to mirror your own life. It makes it all somehow seem more legitimate. But I don’t write until my character’s voice articulates itself in my head in a distinct and unique way. And once I start writing, my character is very much separate from me.” Now residing in Sydney, but a Melburnian at heart, AbdelFattah misses the city she left behind: “Twenty-three years of memories are connected to Melbourne’s sites and streets so (I miss) the emotional attachment, which I can only start to build in Sydney from scratch.” Randa Abdel-Fattah


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The Vegemite comeback V

egemite is no longer the preserve of breakfast time and school

lunches. Not content with being paired with cheese, white bread, and avocado, our favourite salty, gooey sandwich spread is stepping up its game by moving into gourmet circles. Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson gave the humble yeast extract a boost when she whipped up a Vegemite Spaghetti dish during her Langham Masterclass at the Melbourne Food Festival. And Vegemite and cheese popcorn was the snack of choice at the Sweet Architextural event hosted by Burch & Purchese and Bompas & Parr. The creation was an experiment with “umami”, or savoriness, says Darren Purchese. Meanwhile Hawthorn’s Plush Pizza has shown up the humble Vegemite sandwich with its Vegemite-slathered thin crust options. But unsatisfied with the savoury side of the menu, Vegemite now has the dessert menu in its sights. New South Wales ice-cream company Gelatissimo produced a limited edition Vegemite-

infused ice-cream for Australia Day as a way of bridging Australian and Italian traditions. A similar concoction is currently being prepared by Chapel Street’s soon-to-open Tasti D-Lite, which specialises in dairy-based soft serve desserts. The Vegemite flavour is hoped to complement US-inspired flavours such as pumpkin pie and cake mix. “Vegemite is such an Australian icon, and we wondered if it could potentially be a goodtasting dessert,” says Jeremy Crawford, director of business development at Tasti D-Lite. And is it? Responses so far indicate that it’s the kind of product that will divide customers down the line of good taste. “They’ll either love it or hate it,” says Jeremy. But Jeremy hopes buyers will be enticed to try it at least once, although he’s not confident about whether it will penetrate beyond the Australian market. “Some US colleagues have tested it, and found it slightly offensive,” he adds with a laugh. Vegemite has also oozed its way into the lofty world of the macaron, with South Yarra’s Lux Bite preparing a Vegemite macaroon as part of their Aus-

Photo: Stephanie Campisi

By Stephanie Campisi

Pastry Chef Darren Purchese, known for fusing science and sweetness

tralia Day celebrations this year. Over the two weeks the green and gold macarons were available, they received plenty of interest. “Most people, once they tried it, loved it,” says co-owner Yen Yee. The feedback on the macarons was very positive enough that Yen says that they will be

back on the menu next year. Fearless foodies can push their comfort zones a little further with a Vegemite truffle from Brunswick’s artisan chocolate company Shocolate. Coated in a mild and unassuming layer of dark chocolate, the silky, malty ganache within initially bears only hint of the

famous spread, but it’s one that lingers, as Vegemite is so wont to do. “You have to get the right balance,” says Nick, who notes that there’s only about six percent Vegemite in the ganache filling. But though Nick says Shocolate was the first company in

the world to mix chocolate and Vegemite, he knows it won’t be the last. “A lot of people are jumping on board.” Darren Purchese concurs, citing a more knowledgeable market willing to try new – or old, as the case may be – things. “The public is more receptive and open to interesting tastes.”


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MCN STAGE & SCREEN

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Queen magic hits Melbourne By Karen Healey

and the popularity of the West End jukebox musical We Will Rock You demonstrates that an inconvenient little thing like the death of the lead singer has not dimmed the band’s appeal. Little wonder, then, that audiences flock to the tribute concert Queen: It’s A Kinda Magic, thrilling to the music as if it were performed by the originals. The illusion extends to the performers. “We go on stage, and we believe that we are Queen. At least for that mo-

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ment,” says bass player Ezequiel Tibaldo, of Queen tribute band It’s A Kinda Magic. The show is billed as “the theatrical creation of the very best of Queen live in concert.” The tribute band, featuring the magnetic Pablo Padin as Freddie Mercury, hails from South America, but has toured the globe. Now they’re heading for Melbourne. “We’re really excited about going there,” says Padin. “We love what we do.”

The highlight of the show for both men is the legendarily operatic “Bohemian Rhapsody”. “There are so many different parts and styles; it covers everything.” The anthem, of course, is also a musically complex piece, posing a number of difficulties for the performers. “But it always gets great energy from the crowd.” In fact, these musicians say that the most difficult part of the concert is saying goodbye at the end. Queen: It’s A Kinda Magic is playing September 23 and 24 at Her Majesty’s Theatre. Tickets are on sale now.

Photo: Courtesy Queen: It’s A Kinda Magic

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he typical conception of the tribute band can be of musicians who failed to make the grade with their own music. However, for those unable to see the real thing, a good tribute band can be an excellent performance and sincere celebration of great music in its own right. For obvious reasons, no one will ever again be able to see Freddie Mercury sing live. But the music of Queen lives on,

Pablo Padin: will he rock you?

By Stephanie Campisi

Play offers glimpse into American alienation By Dione Joseph

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Straight-shooting Peggy Carter steals the show in Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America: The First Avenger With superhero fare currently as ubiquitous as the 7-11 franchise, it’s refreshing to see a pulpy alternative to the requisite angst and cynicism of the Marvel-inspired big screen. Joe Johnston’s Captain America: The First Avenger is a cheery puppy romping frivolously amongst the guts and gore of its graphic novel compatriots, and it’s endearing enough that you’ll studiously ignore the occasional mess it leaves in its wake. Asthmatic, weedy and borderline consumptive, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) isn’t exactly Uncle Sam material. But his determination to fight the good fight wins the attention of Dr Erskine, whose penchant for medical experimentation is akin to Dr Moreau’s. A bit of Frankensteinian meddling later, and Rogers boasts a physique on par with his patriotism. This all comes in handy when Rogers finds himself pitted against

evil genius Dr Schmidt (Hugo Weaving), who harbours an ambitious desire to destroy the world using very big lasers. Captain America marries a sleek aesthetic with an openly silly plot, but its self-deprecating approach makes it all work. And what it lacks in spandex, it makes up for with unabashedly over-the-top characters. Though Rogers is predictably guileless, Weaving’s red-faced Voldemort impression delights, and the straight-shooting Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) is a brassy show-stealer.

Cowboys and Aliens Cowboys & Aliens. It’s the sort of descriptive title that Jules Verne might have come up with, but while it’s evocative, it also sums up the entire film. This latest outing from Jon Favreau (Iron Man) has taciturn, dusty cowboys and Ridley Scott-esque aliens in spades, but no amount of lassoing and laser beaming can hide the fact

that there’s not much else going on here. When amnesiac cowboy Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig) strides into town, the requisite quick-draw bout and ‘baccy spitting posturing is cut short by the appearance of an alien fleet that kidnaps most of the town’s population for poorly explicated but no-doubt nefarious purposes. Lonergan joins forces with gruff and wisecrackin’ Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford) to chase down the alien varmints, and the result is a visually appealing but brainmushing montage of horseback hacking and alien whacking. Craig and Ford cowboy it up, but even the spectacle of their combined swaggering doesn’t distract from the pothole-size plot holes and the cloyingly cheesy obstacles that pepper the film’s well-traversed narrative road. While the Western/Sci-Fi hybrid is, in theory, ripe for mining, the results here are mere fool’s gold: a better approach might have been cowboys or aliens.

elbourne based director Nadia Tass just doesn’t stop. After the international success of her most recent film Matching Jack, she is back in Melbourne to direct her second stage production with Red Stitch: Aliens. This American play by Annie Baker is described by Tass as “a beautifully poignant play that offers audiences a glimpse into the realities that surround us.” The play features Red Stitch Ensemble members Brett Cousins and Brett Ludemann, and special guest actor David Harrison, and Tass is thrilled to be bring this heart-warming

story to Melbourne for its Australian premiere. Particularly inspiring for Tass is the opportunity to work with such a talented trio and brilliant script. “I’m driven by the work, and within this space here we hope to share the humour and tragedy of a world that while prevalent in America is also right on our doorstep here in Melbourne.” For those unfamiliar with Aliens, the storyline is simple: “Two highly intelligent men in their mid-thirties, ostracised from their community and forced to conduct their philosophical discussions behind a coffee shop dumpster, are asked to relocate by a young teenage employee. What

Brett Ludeman and Brett Cousins

happens next is not just funny and entertaining but, I hope, eye-opening.” The very title Aliens is indicative of what we may expect in an American play that explores what happens to members of our society who have ‘dropped out’ or been ‘left behind’. “This is a story about those people who have been marginalized, people who don’t belong in the mainstream and who have dropped out because of a lack of support and encouragement - that’s where the pathos is. Because this is happening not just in America but right here in Australia – we only need to go out on the street and it’s staring us in the face!” Whether in film or theatre, Tass conceptualises the role of the Director as a storyteller. Alien,s she believes, is a particularly good example of theatre that provokes us to ask questions: “Aliens gives us information but it doesn’t preach,” she explains. “It doesn’t ask how and why – it just states that this is how life is. Now, how we as individuals and voyeurs of this particular journey choose to perceive it is up to us.” A mirror to how society functions, Aliens is both an entertaining and provocative play, and whether in America or in Australia, it is a reminder to be aware of those whom we have allowed to drop out of the fabric of society.


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Man vs Moisturiser

“There are literally thousands of products on the market for the skin concerns men face every day”

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uys, if your idea of an effective skincare regime consists of a bar of soap and some warm water then it is time to have a good hard look at yourself (and your dry, flaky skin). With diligence your skin can be dramatically improved, and common concerns such as breakouts, shaving irritation, pigmentation and premature ageing can be easily treated. There are literally thousands of products on the market especially formulated for the skin concerns men face everyday. It can be a mine field for the inexperienced manscaper, so arm yourself with a few simple facts that will have you looking fine without the need to spend hours in the bathroom.

1. Keep It Clean: Committing to a basic daily regime is the key to keeping skin healthy. One of the most important things you can do to improve your skin is to keep it clean. Simply washing your face in the shower each morning and then again before bed will go along way towards keeping the skin clean and clear. For extra purity and a deeper clean you can opt for a cleanser that has built in exfoliation. This will help remove excess oil and slough away dead skin cells to reveal a softer, more even skin tone. 2. Tone Up: Using an aftershave or toner will soothe nicks and cuts caused by shaving and help to restore the skin’s pH balance. If you find your skin is sensitive to shaving and is prone to irritation, look for a product that is alcohol free. Us-

ing a toner or aftershave balm can actually reduce the size of your pores and will prepare the skin for your chosen moisturiser to be absorbed more effectively. 3. Get Hydrated: Sun exposure is the number one major cause of premature ageing in men. Choosing a moisturiser with built-in sun protection is one of the most effective ways in which to guard the skin against UV damage. Soothing ingredients such as aloe vera, lemongrass and vitamin A will to help prevent razor rash and unwanted breakouts while vitamins C and E will hydrate and nourish. Used morning and night, a good quality moisturiser will go a long way in warding off future damage and will act as a barrier between you and damaging environmental factors such as pollution.

Photo: Image Courtesy of VitaMan

By Nicole Chapman

Top 8 Men’s products

1. Kiehls, Facial Fuel AntiWrinkle Cream 50ml. RRP $68

2. Dermalogica, Invigorating Shave Gel 180ml. RRP $28

3. VitaMan, Natural Body Spray 100ml. RRP $48 4. LI’TYA, Organic Blue Cypress Body Wash 200ml. RRP $48

5. Elemis, Energising Skin Scrub 75ml. RRP $65

6. Apivita, Men’s Care Aftershave Balm 100ml. RRP $39.90

7. Origins, Fire Fighter Shave Balm 50ml. RRP $31

8. L’Occitane Verdon Invigorating Shave 100ml. RRP $32.96

Understanding your skin type

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f you want to take good care of your skin it is important to understand which type of skin you have. This will assist you in choosing products that will complement what is good about your skin and combat what is not. Normal Skin: If you’re one of the lucky ones you have what is termed ‘normal skin’. Normal skin is not too dry and not too oily. Breakouts are rare and pores are nice and small. Nor-

mal skin is by far the easiest skin to maintain. Lucky you! Oily Skin: Oily skin is thicker and firmer than other skin types and is prone to oily shine on the nose, chin and forehead. Pores are usually enlarged and breakouts are generally common occurrences. The good news is there are plenty products on the market to combat the causes of excess oil and shine. Choose products that are oil free but don’t be tempted

Man what a fuss Men’s grooming centre

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fter a professional grooming experience? You can’t beat a trip to Melbourne’s first men’s grooming centre aptly named Man, What a Fuss. With everything from tanning to express facials, it’s the one-stop-groomingshop for all of your manscaping requirements. Waxing, sports

massage and hot stone therapy are just some of the ‘oh so manly’ services on offer. They can even help all of you ‘not so fashionistas’ find your style with a professional wardrobe consultation. Try the Body Revival and Vichy Shower Treatment performed with Dead Sea salt under the cascading waters

of a Vichy shower (pictured), leaving your skin revived and nourished. The treatment is finished off with a relaxation massage for just $120. Man, What a Fuss 17 McKillop Street, Melbourne Ph: (03) 9642 3860 www.manwhatafuss.com

into skipping the moisturiser. Remember oil and water are two different elements. Oily skin types still need to stay hydrated - otherwise the skin can become dehydrated, forcing it to produce more oil in an effort to rebalance. The good news is oily skin types age the slowest. Dry Skin: Dry skin can get irritated very easily and tends to feel tight and look dehydrated. It is important to choose products that are designed to rehydrate

and deliver important moisture back into the skin. Daily cleansing is still important even if you have dry skin. Choose a gentler, lotion based cleanser to avoid further dehydration. Sensitive Skin: Having sensitive skin doesn’t mean your skin doesn’t take criticism well or cries at sad movies. Sensitive simply means your skin is more dramatically affected by environmental factors such as sun and wind as well as certain products. The good news is there are plenty of products designed especially for this skin

type. Naturally based products with minimal ingredients are often the answer when it comes to product selection. Combination Skin: This is when you have a combination of two or more of the above skin types on your face. Commonly, this means having an oily T zone (forehead, nose and chin) with the rest of the skin being either normal or dry. The solution here is simple, use what is needed for each area. If your T zone is greasy then use products for greasy skin in that area and so on.


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ith warm weather on the horizon, it’s time to leave the concrete jungle behind and make the most of the sunshine. Apollo Bay, an easy two-and-a-half hour’s drive from Melbourne, is a thriving coastal centre between the Wye River and Cape Otway. Whether you’re into the great outdoors, love to shop, appreciate fine dining or just want to relax, pack your bags because the Bay is beckoning!

Where to Stay:

Review: Beacon Point Ocean View Villas

There are plenty of accommodation options available and whether you’re looking for budget style or superior luxury for that extra special weekend away you have a number of choices. Options in town include Beach Comber Motel and Apartments ($$), Seafarers Getaway ($$) and Great Ocean View Motels ($$$). Just 5km down the road Beacon Point Hill is home to Ocean View Villas ($$$). Prices vary and depend on proximity to town, views available and facilities provided. But there are plenty of options so do shop around to find your ideal getaway.

Beacon Point Ocean View Villas are the perfect escape for a romantic getaway, a personal retreat or an idyllic family holiday. Your host Paul is warm and expansive and the hospitality extends to the care and preparation undertaken for your stay. Stunning views with ocean waves lulling you to sleep, warm and dry airy spaces and individual laundry and bbq facilities make the experience extra special and private. The décor is particularly well done with warm, neutral tones that complement the stunning blues and greens of the bay and extensive foliage outside. Spa baths are particularly soothing to drive away the city stress and these are found in a number of units. Also, the villas are well equipped with satellite television, CD players and a very well designed kitchen with oven and dishwasher. Ultimately the setting wins the day. Set amidst 13 acres of magnificent eucalypt bushland behind the Great Ocean Road, this is an experience to remember. Beacon Point Ph: (03) 5237 6218 www.becaonpoint.com.au

By Dione Joseph

Photo: Dione Joseph

Where to Eat:

Jewellery by Margaret Glance

Food oh glorious food! In a seaside town you would expect fine quality seafood and you won’t be disappointed. With the winter months drawing to an end, not only are the established restaurants throwing open their doors to visitors but plenty of other smaller restaurants are also mushrooming. Here are just a few samples: Review: Café Nautigals The maritime theme, friendly staff and impeccable service

Photo: Dione Joseph

Apollo Bay: Springing into action

Ok, so maybe not everyone in Apollo Bay is springing into action

make this a great and affordable place to enjoy some local tucker. The lovely owners, Meredith and Adam, take special care to ensure that all their guests are welcomed and their personalised service is definitely one of the highlights. Having both indoor and outdoor areas is also a bonus, especially for those with dogs, who will find welcoming and friendly faces for them and their pooch. The breakfasts in particular receives the recommendations of all the locals, particularly Eggs Benedict. This is your traditional poached eggs served on an English muffin with fresh tomatoes, a choice of smoked salmon, ham or bacon and homemade hollandaise. If that hasn’t got your tummy rumbling the Rumba Salsa with poached eggs, tomato, feta, onion salsa topped with pestos on wholemeal bread will get the party started. Lunches include a variety of quick delicious meals with fresh Fish and

Chips clearly vying for your number one favourite. Enjoy the sun while you sip a beer outside or step indoors and be awash in a creative and inspiring atmosphere, filled with local nautical themed artwork. No matter what the time, it’s easy to see that fun is to be had at Nautigals. Review: Chris’s Restaurant Located just outside Apollo Bay, this highly acclaimed, award winning restaurant boasts not only panoramic views but stunning meals. Under the stewardship of owner Chris and son Taki, this is a particularly special place to enjoy a light lunch or watch the sunset over the Otway’s with a glass of local Australian wine. Meals are infused with a Mediterranean quality to reflect Chis’ Greek heritage. The menu isn’t expansive but it does have a sufficient range of options for vegan/vegetarians, as well

as those who love their meats. While the price tag may be on the expensive side, the experience is one to remember. After all, Oprah’s American guests won’t be forgetting this place in a hurry! The highlights of a meal would definitely be taking the time to enjoy an entrée, main and a dessert. Sensational flavours can be expected and Stuart Fleming, host and waiter extraordinaire, is on hand to offer you his expert advice. If you’re vegetarian do try the Imam Bayaldi which is a low cooked eggplant with tomato fondue as it immediately transports you to the Mediterranean. If seafood is what you prefer, start a meal with the delightful Seafood Kakavia which offers a selection of prawns, crayfish, mussels, oysters, and scallops in a flavoursome shellfish broth. The latter could even be a main and the diverse flavours will leave you very happily satisfied.


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Photo: Matt Hocking

SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 • VOL 2, ISSUE 7

What to do: The million dollar question: How do you spend those 48 golden hours when on holiday? Do you pack in as much as possible? Drive all day to get a few photos and then drive back? Do as many activities as possible or just shop and browse the local arts and craft scene? You can do it all - but maybe not in a single trip. For those wanting to explore

the area there is plenty to do – here are our top picks:

The Otway Fly Treetop Adventures

Great Ocean Walk

A gateway to the Otway rainforest, this tour offers you the chance to immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of this magnificent landscape all year round, 7 days a week, 364 days of the year. Rain or shine, you’re experienced instructors will take you for a 3.5 hour tour that includes a full safety briefing and a simulated walk before setting off for an adrenalin filled adventure. The first of its kind in Victoria, this activity is open to all healthy individuals from the age of 4 and with minimum height of 105cm. Get the whole family involved in a thrilling adventure as you soar through the skies 30m above the forest floor. The magic of the Otway’s with its diverse and rich ecological history before you is waiting to be explored. For more information contact: Elaine Burridge on 03 5235 9200 or visit www.otwayfly.com.au 360 Phillips Track Weeaproinah, VIC, 3233

Start at Apollo Bay/Marengo and end at Cape Otway Lightstation along a coastal bushwalking track that spans almost 91km. This is a beautiful walk and offers some stunning vistas of the local scenery. Keep your camera ready to capture those special moments and make sure you have good walking shoes on hand. Otway National Park Victoria’s newest National Park offers Melburnians a glimpse of the majesty of Nature. Stunning waterfalls, lush hinterlands, sculpted rainforest gullies and plenty of natural bird and animal life is sure to make a memorable trip. There are terribly windy roads to navigate but if you aren’t one who is on intimate terms with the pull out areas on the highway the chances are you will be revelling in the spectacular scenery.

Take a Tour! There are so many tours in this region that you are spoilt for choice! Whether you want an environmentally friendly Eco-Tour, an Escape and Discovery Tour, soar high into the sky with a Helicopter tour of the beautiful region or wish to hit the waves with a Surf and Kayak tour the choice is yours! If a guided tour isn’t what you’re after why not make your own? Talk to the locals and decide how bets you would like to explore Apollo Bay! Check out http://www.travelvictoria.com. au/apollobay/tours/ Retail Therapy: For those who would rather enjoy Retail Therapy there are plenty of options. Apollo bay is a thriving centre of locally produced arts and craft as well as fashion and accessories.

ing in offering clients the best from the region’s local designers and fashion this is one of Apollo Bay’s hidden gems. Lyn is a warm and welcoming hostess and epitomises personal service and the shoes are beautifully made and very reasonably priced for the quality of the product. Upstairs Art & Craft gallery 57-59 Great Ocean Road Apollo Bay Operated by local artists this gallery is bursting at the seams with creativity. Crafted bowls and sculptures share the space with finely wrought leatherwear, while photographs, paintings and prints adorn the walls. There is also a beautiful collection of glass jewellery and for those wanting to take home a special handmade piece of artwork, Glance Twice are hosting workshops on the weekend.

High On Heels Shoe Boutique 157-159 Great Ocean Road Apollo Bay

Bay of Apostles 55 Great Ocean Road Apollo Bay

A charming boutique specialis-

Fine wines are found locally,

and a new label by Koonawarra Wines, Bay of Apostles, showcases the best local varieties from regions along the Great Ocean Road. This is a space which encourages you to taste and sip whilst looking around at the number of gifts and home wares that will remind of your visit to the Bay.

Koala spotting

There are numerous sites along the Great Ocean Road where if you look up into the trees you might just see a pair of sleepy arms wrapped across the branches of a gum tree. And if you’re struggling look for the camera pointing up towards the trees! Did you know? - The word koala comes from the Dharuk gula. The word is erroneously said to mean “doesn’t drink.” - The closest living relative is the Wombat - A baby koala is referred to as a joey and they are blind, hairless and earless.

Photo: Dione Joseph

There is a carefully selected mixture of traditional European and Asian dishes on the mains menu and among them the Chilli, Garlic and Ginger prawns are sure to leave their mark of flavour. Be warned chilli does mean this dish is hot! The Beef Ragout is an elegant combination that offers you beautifully cooked beef with excellent quality pasta. Finally the stars of the dessert menu entirely depend upon your choice but the Chocolate Jaffa mousse and Orange and Cardamom Crème Brûlée are popular favourites with locals and visitors alike.

The Twelve Apostles


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MCN TECHNOLOGY

SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 • VOL 2, ISSUE 7

Hitting the right notes O

n August 6, Channel 10 announced that after 24 years, it would end its longest running music program Video Hits. It served as a further reminder that the music industry is changing. “Look at what’s happened to the MTV channel,” points out ARIA award winning music video director Bart Borghesi. “It used to be all about showing clips. Now it’s got nothing to do with music videos.” Borghesi isn’t that concerned by the demise of the TV music video. “I’m not sure it’s going to impact that heav-

ily given the internet has pretty much taken over. It’s a win for the internet and great for bands because they get to control the distribution of their product a bit more.” Director of over 100 music videos, Borghesi knows the industry as well as anyone. His list of clientele is formidable, ranging from You Am I to Tina Arena. Most recently he directed Eskimo Joe’s new video for ‘Love Is A Drug.’ In September he is teaching directing and editing music videos at AFTRS in Melbourne. It has never been easier to

Photo: Pirate Films

By Dean Watson

Bart Borghesi during a shoot with The Panics

distribute a music video, “Especially now that the internet’s capable of running HD files, you’re seeing them in fantastic quality, so it’s impacting on TV’s previous domination of the market,” he explains. That doesn’t make it any easier to make a quality product. “It’s always difficult to make a stand out music video. I think it always has been.”

For a director, there are two different approaches to making a music video. In the first, after a successful pitch, which is delivered in the form of a written treatment, the band’s record company will contract you to make the band’s video. In the second, you make the video directly with the band and their management, a common practice amongst bands without a

record label. “When a band is signed to a label, you’re having to accommodate both parties throughout the production. It’s a game of give and take. Budgets are definitely coming down and one could argue that when there is less of a financial risk, the opportunity for experimentation and risk taking increases. I think we’re seeing that at the

moment. Of course if you’re not signed to a label, you’re free to make whatever you want!” Borghesi is optimistic about the future of music videos. “They’re a terrific way of introducing an artist to an audience. Realised successfully, a music video will enhance the viewer’s appreciation for the song. It’s a great visual expression of the music.”

Google+ blocks pen names By Karen Healey

Photo: Pirate Films

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Bart Borghesi on set with Whitlams lead singer Tim Freedman

ew social media network Google+ is gaining more users daily. But Google, whose famous informal corporate motto is, “Don’t be evil”, has encountered resistance from many users to its Google+ “real names only” policy. The network’s help page states: “It’s important to use your common name so that the people you want to connect with can find you. Your common name is the name your friends, family or co-workers usually call you.”

Users who have instead attempted to set up a Google+ account with an obvious online name, or pseudonym, have found themselves suspended from the service until they supply a name that meets Google’s standards of common name usage. In practice, this appears to be the name that appears on a government-issued ID. However, some users have been employing a moniker for so long that it has become their chief form of identification online. Many of their friends and co-workers, who might have known them for decades, know them only by the pseudonym.

Being restricted to the name on a user’s driver’s license or passport can in fact make it more difficult for “the people you want to connect with” to find you. For some users, Google’s insistence on a real name seems not only frustrating, but dangerous. Among others, many abuse survivors, people who have escaped domestic violence, and political activists in volatile circumstances have privacy concerns about revealing their names in a public setting. The furore prompted one Australian user, Skud, to cre-

ate a website titled My Name Is Me, which supports “the right to choose the name you use on social networks and other online services”. My Name Is Me includes numerous testimonials from people who have used pseudonyms in the past for a variety of reasons or continue to do so now, including free speech advocates, refugees and parents. The site states that, “Our goal is to change the policy of companies who have persistently shown that they don’t understand the diversity of online culture, nor the needs of ordinary people.”


EDUCATION MCN

SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 • VOL 2, ISSUE 7

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Uni mags great teachers F

Photo: Courtesy of Scribe Publications

ormer Federal Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner edited Melbourne University’s student magazine Farrago in 1977. “It was a fantastic time. It gave me a lot of experience,” reflects Tanner. “I was 20 years old when I became editor and suddenly you’re in charge of a budget and you’ve got to comply with deadlines, you’ve got to dream up ideas for covering things, you’ve got to motivate all these volunteers to produce worthwhile, interesting material, so it’s a terrific thing to do.” Tanner is one of hundreds of student magazine editors and contributors whose time working on their University magazine put them in good stead to have successful careers. Besides

Lindsay Tanner, former Farrago editor

his 17 year Parliamentary career, Tanner is also an accomplished author. His most recent project, Sideshow: Dumbing Down Democracy, was published in May this year. In the case of The Age environmental correspondent, Canberra press gallery writer and 2006 Farrago editor Thomas Arup, the transition from student publication to professional publication is challenging. “There’s a certain indulgence in Uni mags that you don’t get at newspapers for obvious reasons. They’re very different beasts,” Arup points out. “I didn’t do a lot of straight, factual reporting when I was around student newspapers. We had a few people who did that for us, but I think most people who work around student newspapers do longer, more flowing pieces and at least in terms of where I ended up, it didn’t really match.” But the credibility associated with editing or consistently contributing to a University magazine is what employers are looking for. In Arup’s experience, the editorial experience was essential to post-Uni success. “Most print organisations are looking for people who have

done a lot of freelancing and do a lot of work simply because they like the industry and like how it works. Student papers are probably the best way to do that when you’re younger.” Like Farrago, RMIT student magazine Catalyst is a proven breeding ground for future professional writers and photographers. In recent times, former Catalyst editors Dewi Cooke and Dan Harrison have both gone on to work at The Age. 2011 Farrago editor Tim Forster notes that not everyone who contributes to a student magazine necessarily wants a career in the media. “A lot of the people write because they’re interested and they just want to write an article or a review. You notice with first year students, they’re super excited to see their work in print.” Forster points out the importance of old fashioned faceto-face networking. “We try to create a positive environment, but because we don’t know a large portion of contributors personally, a lot of the positive environment stems from them being quite keen. You have to go to the events, talk to the editors, talk to the other subeditors – I think that’s what en-

Photo: Courtesy of Tim Forster

By Dean Watson

The August 2011 edition of Melbourne University student magazine, Farrago

courages people to get into the media, rather than just writing something and sending it off. I have the desk in the Farrago office that faces the door, so I get to greet people when they come in!” Other well known people to

work on their student magazines include Monty Python member Terry Gilliam, Australian philosopher Peter Singer and Australia’s longest serving Prime Minister Robert Menzies. The latter two, along with Lindsay Tanner, are former edi-

tors of the Melbourne University student magazine. “Being in a position of responsibility and decision making at a young age would, I think, benefit anybody,” asserts Tanner.

Hidden treasures M

Photo: Grainger Musem, University of Melbourne

elburnians don’t have to travel to distant places in order to marvel at some of history’s most remarkable artefacts. The University of Melbourne is currently home to 31

Percy Grainger and Ella Viola Grainger, waistcoat, shirt, shorts and leggings, c.1934, machine and hand-sewn from manufactured bath towels and bath mats.

Cultural Collections, hosting a diverse range of rare historical treasures and Australiana. From vintage East Asian magazines to Ned Kelly’s death mask, fascinating and often quirky paraphernalia reflects the vast range of disciplines taught at the University since the 1800s. The collections cover academic disciplines such as medicine, law, visual arts, zoology, fine arts and archaeology, among many others. Cultural Collections Co-ordinator Susie Shears explains the majority of the collections are open to the public. “In particular, the Classics and Archaeology displays are a popular destination for students and public visitors alike.” Though many of the collections originated from the teaching of particular academic areas, Shears elaborates: “While the relevance of the collections to curriculum engagement is still a significant aspect of their role, many of the collections are involved with a wide range of public activities.” Such public activities include exhibitions, online access and publications. Collections are also utilised for volunteer pro-

grams, lectures and floor talks, research, student internships and educational projects. Whether endeavouring to peruse the Cultural Collections for academic or recreational purposes, education and enjoyment aren’t mutually exclusive. Plant and animal specimens, rare manuscripts, works of art and scientific artefacts provide tangible and entertaining context to significant historical events. In terms of Australian cultural history, Shears stresses that “amongst the University’s vast and diverse Cultural Collections are some superb items of Australiana.” Some of the more remarkable collections include William Strutt’s painting Bushrangers, Victoria, Australia, 1852 (a part of the Russell and Mab Grimwade Bequest of 1973) and “marvellous ink drawings” by Tommy McRae dating from the 1803 first European settlement in Port Phillip Bay. Other striking pieces of Australian history include the aforementioned death mask of Ned Kelly and suits of armour made by the Tinsmiths’ Union for the Eight-Hour Day

marches of the 1880s. Eccentric composer Percy Grainger’s Towelling Costume (circa 1934) was made by Grainger himself and a unique sight to behold. “The recent re-opening of the Grainger Museum has attracted an enormous interest from visitors worldwide,” says Shears. Shears adds that examples of Australia’s European heritage can be found in Special Collections in the Baillieu Library. Examples include the Sarum Breviary circa the 1300s (“a medieval script of great renown”) and a page from the Gutenberg Bible. Both pieces were purchased by the Friends of the Baillieu Library. Current and ongoing exhibitions at the University offer interesting material for science and history enthusiasts. Shears notes public support is welcome, by way of attendance or donations: “Many of the Cultural Collections are continuing to collect material and welcome the approaches made by members of the public in supporting them in the development of collections through new acquisitions.”

Photo: University of Melbourne Archives

By Sarah Browning

Eight Hour Day ceremonial suit of armour, made by member(s) of the United Tinsmiths, Ironworkers and Japanners’ Society of Victoria, c.1880s.

The exhibition Blood runs until December 9 at the Medical History Museum, showcasing everything from historical blood transfusion related items, to rare early medical texts and a collection of leeches. Beyond the medical history of blood, cultural and religious themes are also touched on via contemporary Australian paintings and Polish vampire film posters. Write of Fancy: The Golden Cockerel Press showcases an impressive collection of books from the English fine press,

which survived the Depression and World War II. The exhibition runs at the Leigh Scott Gallery of the Baillieu Library through to October 16. Other exhibitions currently running include Experimental Gentlemen, and Casts and Copies: Ancient Classical Reproductions, both found at the Ian Potter Museum of Art.

For more, visit www.unimelb. edu.au/culturalcollections.


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MCN FOOD & WINE

SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 • VOL 2, ISSUE 7

Drink up By Karen Healey

The must-try: The Martini

Photo: Courtesy 1806

Tucked away in Russell Place off Little Collins Street, the Gin Palace is one of Melbourne’s oldest cocktail bars still running today. Which is not to say that the bar resists change – the basement venue added windows last year – but its reputation as an institution is assured. Not a snooty institution, however. “We don’t have any rules. You can come in here in thongs and a T-shirt, as long as you’re drinking,” manager Benjamin Luzz explains. But what you’re drinking does matter. “There’s a classic story that comes up a lot. There were three businessmen in suits drinking bourbon-andcokes, and a skater kid with his skateboard leaning up against the bar drinking a martini, and he was the one we actually wanted to serve.” The bar’s eclectic decor adds to the charm, with appealingly mismatched chairs and tables, elaborate fresh floral arrangements by celebrated Melbourne florist Joost Bakker, and “about a thousand dollars” of Swarovski crystals bedazzling an established painting. But Gin Palace’s appeal lies in the impeccable drinks menu, including, naturally, a truly stunning number of specialty gins. “We’ve got maybe sixty gins, about thirty of which you can’t get anywhere else in Australia. We can sell the unsellable.” And Luzz is a true Gin Palace fan himself. “This is the bar I love the most of any bar I’ve ever worked at.”

If it’s your first visit, don’t even look past the martini menu. Go gin, of course, choose whatever garnish takes your fancy, and relax. This is a cocktail classic for a reason, and the Gin Palace staff can show you why.

The Historical View: 1806 Named after the date of the first recorded definition of the “cocktail”, 1806 hides in plain sight on Exhibition Street. Inside, it’s theatrical, complete with a dress circle overlooking the bar and the traditional red velvet curtains. “When we think of bartending, we think of it as theatre,” says Lisa Kelly. “The bartender is the actor, and the bar is their stage.” The 1806 team put a lot of research into their celebrated, award-winning menu. “The main thing for us was about where the drinks came from. They have such a chequered history.” And it’s not always easy to get the straight story about a drink’s invention. “When the drinks were created, the people that were making them were biased because they had their own agendas, and the people who were drinking them were obviously drinking, so their memories could be skewed,” Kelly explains. “We tried to be as accurate as possible.” The result was a cohesive, intriguing menu with a drink from every decade since the cocktail was invented. The effort paid off. 1806 opened in 2007 and business has risen steadily, making the bar the well-established venue it is today. That deliberate rise was intentional. “We didn’t want to be the hip, cool place to be for one month. It’s not a trend thing, it’s a quality thing.” Recently, 1806 have added murder mystery evenings to their historical repertoire, turning the bar into a speakeasy and inviting patrons to solve the crime. Events manager

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1806 goes theatrical

Photo: Larry Page

The Old Favourite: The Gin Palace

As the days heat up, try a cool drink

Bronagh Ritchie-Reed felt the event would be a natural fit. “People really go all out – they get into their flapper finest and their wingtips. We put on a specific menu for the night, with Prohibition-style cocktails. It adds a new dimension.”

The must-try: The Black Blazer A rich, chocolatey concoction, set ablaze and prepared with all the theatricality the 1806 staff have to offer. Sit back and watch the show.

The Themed Bar: Little Red Pocket

Photo: Courtesy 1806

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n Melbourne, people will tell you that a good bar is hard to find. They mean that literally. Received wisdom indicates that if you’re not edging past rubbish bins, trying to ignore the pitterpatter of tiny rodent feet in an alley, and ducking through a narrow, unmarked door before you climb up – or down – a dark, creaking stairway, you’re going way too mainstream. Unless they’re heading to the corner pub for a parma and a pot, Melburnians like their drinking establishments to come with the illusion of a well-kept secret, revealed only to a favoured few. But despite the mystique, the widespread use of smartphones and search engines has removed a lot of the situational uncertainty from the equation. Finding a good bar, one that will pour you a decent red or a tasty pint, just isn’t that difficult any more. Finding a good cocktail bar, though; that’s a real challenge. A brilliant mixologist is an alchemist of alcohol, turning the lead of their ingredients into the Philosopher’s Stone of a perfectly mixed drink. Whether they’re preparing a tried-andtrue favourite, experimenting with unusual flavours, or responding to your challenge to “surprise me”, they’ll always come through with a flourish. And a bar that nourishes and celebrates those talents in appropriate surroundings is a true gem in any city’s crown. The MCN team strapped on their heels, tightened their belts, and heroically embarked on a tour of three of Melbourne’s inner city cocktail specialist joints. Please; no need to thank us for our sacrifices. We did it all for you.

Little Red Pocket opened in July, a stellar example of the increasing trend of the themed cocktail bar. Mixing a Japaneseinfluenced aesthetic with Antipodean energy, Little Red Pocket wisely doesn’t attempt complete authenticity. Instead, it achieves an apparently effortless effect of cultural fusion. The low tables and couches, the large round window offering a view of the DJ booth and the wooden slats covering the window all add to the atmosphere. The menu showcases both delicious edibles (the teriyaki chicken riblets are incredible) and myriad delightful sake, umeshu (plum liqueur), and shochuinspired inventions. You want traditional heated sake? You can have it. You want

sparkling sake that bubbles on the tongue with a hint of peach? You can have that too. But the sake cocktails are where I’d lay my money down. And, should I choose to, I can use an iPad to do it. The bar makes use of iHub technology, where a guest can choose whatever they want for the table at the sweep of a finger, without having to catch the eye of a passing server. Very efficient, very stylish, very Japan. Little Red Pocket is the third venue owned and operated by brothers Will and Andrew Hiew, but the first to offer a full meal menu and Andrew admits that they’re nervous. It’s too early to tell if Little Red Pocket has the longevity of the Gin Palace or 1806, but the signs point to Melburnians raising a glass with a firm “Kanpai!” for some time to come.

The must-try: The Ginger Ninja A tart flavour explosion, so refreshing it’s easy to miss the kick. Be warned – this drink employs a hefty hit of sake infused with lemongrass and chili. Like its namesake, it will sneak up on you.

Must try: the fiery Black Blazer

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HEALTH MCN

SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 • VOL 2, ISSUE 7

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ast week I invited four friends over for dinner. One was Coeliac, one was dairy intolerant, one was allergic to nuts and one was vegan. Next time, I’ll suggest a restaurant. Regardless, it got me wondering: are allergies on the up or do I have a particularly neurotic group of friends? Although statistics vary on the prevalence of allergies in Australia, my research suggests a loose estimate would be around one in five people are currently suffering or will suffer from allergies in the future. Anecdotal evidence alone would suggest allergic diseases are rampant, particularly in young children. The most common allergic conditions in children are eczema, asthma, hay fever and food allergies. The most feared allergic condition in children is the anaphylaxis-inducing nut intolerance. Twenty years ago, taking a peanut butter sandwich to school was disappointing but hardly life threatening. Since 2008, all licensed children’s services and schools in Victoria have been

required to have an anaphylaxis management policy in place. All indicators suggest that there has been a dramatic rise in allergy sufferers over the past thirty years. Whether it’s due to a build-up of environmental toxins in fresh foods or the food additives added to just about everything we buy from the supermarket or any one of a thousand reasons pertaining to current food practices and environmental issues, we are yet to know. I suspect it’s probably a toxic mix of all these things. Although the jury is still out on the specific causes for the increase, for those who suffer from allergies, a little information goes a long way towards improving quality of life. An allergy occurs when a person’s immune system responds to substances such as dust mites or pollens and certain foods or wine (boo!) as if they were toxic. This immune reaction leads to allergic inflammation. To avoid suffering the symptoms of allergic reaction you need to identify the allergen. According to the Aus-

tralasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, keeping a record of symptoms and a diary of symptoms is a good way of pinpointing the culprit. However, allergy sufferers are often allergic to more than one thing which can prove tricky. In these cases a medical investigation by an allergist or clinical immunologist may be required. Having an allergy is a thoroughly modern malady and catering for wheezing, sniffling, eczema faced friends has become common practice. Try the recipe provided for a nut free, dairy free, gluten free delicious dinner. For more information on allergies, check out The Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy website at: www.allergy.org.au Wondering about a modern malady? Ask Louise to address it in her next column by emailing her at louise@mc-news. com.au Note: Louise is not a medical practitioner and cannot give direct advice.

Photo: Cookipediachef

Musings on modern maladies with Louise Collins

Vegan tagines are a good option for particular guests

Sweet Potato Tagine (Vegan, Dairy, Gluten and Nut Free) Ingredients (serves 4) • • • • • • •

Pinch of saffron threads 250ml (1 cup) hot water Glug of Olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 tsp finely grated fresh ginger 2 tsp ground cumin

• 400g can chopped tomatoes • 500g sweet potato, peeled, cut into 2cm pieces • 400g can chickpeas, rinsed, drained • 1 large zucchini, trimmed, halved lengthways, sliced • 2 tsp honey • Fresh coriander leaves, to serve Combine the saffron and half the water in a heatproof jug. Set aside for 10 minutes to infuse. Heat a large heavy-based saucepan over medium heat.

Add oil. Cook the onion, stirring, for 5 minutes or until soft. Add the garlic, ginger and cumin. Cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes or until aromatic. Add the saffron mixture, tomato and remaining water. Bring to the boil. Add the sweet potato and chickpeas. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until tender. Add the zucchini. Simmer for a few more minutes. Stir in the honey. Season with pepper. Serve with brown rice.

Photo: Richard Summers/Creative Commons

TV watching ‘cuts years off your life’ By Belinda Tasker

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ouch potatoes take note. Sitting in front of the TV for hours on end could shave years off your life. Researchers estimate that for every hour an adult spends watching TV, their life expectancy shortens by almost 22 minutes. Those glued to the box for six hours a day slice nearly five years off their lives compared to those who don’t watch TV. While sedentary behaviour has previously been linked to an increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, this study is the first to look at how TV habits affect how long you live. Researchers from

the University of Queensland said their study indicated that watching TV could have a similar impact on life expectancy to that of obesity, smoking and low physical activity. “People don’t realise how it all adds up,” the study’s lead author Dr Lennert Veerman told AAP. “They should try not to watch too much TV and find alternative things to do, preferably things that are light activities. “They should watch the news and keep themselves informed, but if in the rest of their lives they are pretty active, I wouldn’t tell them not to watch a movie.” The study was based on data from the Australian Diabetes,

Obesity and Lifestyle study, which began in 1999 and asked more than 11,000 people aged over 25 about their weekly TV viewing. The researchers then compared the viewing times with Australian mortality rates. They found that in 2008 Australian adults watched 9.8 billion hours of TV and for every hour spent in front of the box their life expectancy dropped by 22 minutes. Those who watched the most TV a day - six hours - lived 4.8 years less than those who watched none. “These findings suggest that substantial loss of life may be associated with prolonged TV viewing time among Austra-

Getting away from the boob tube could increase your life expectancy.

lian adults,” the researchers wrote in their study, published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine. “TV viewing time may have adverse health consequences that rival those of lack of physical activity, obesity and smoking; every single hour of TV viewed may shorten life by as much as 22 minutes.” With further corroborative

evidence, a public health case could be made that adults also need to limit the time spent watching TV. The federal government recommends Australians spend at least 30 minutes a day doing moderate-intensity physical activity. Those who are fairly inactive face an increased risk of developing conditions including cardiovascular disease.

The Heart Foundation’s national clinical issues director Dr Robert Grenfell said people who sit for long periods of time should regularly get up and move about. “Because TV viewing is an ubiquitous behaviour that occupies significant portions of adults leisure time, its effects are significant for overall population health,” he said. -AAP


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MCN SPORTS

SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 • VOL 2, ISSUE 7

Photao: Homeless World Cup

Locals cheer on Cambodia at Homeless World Cup By Stuart Harrison Twitter: @sportsjournostu

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group of Melburnians have been cheering hard when Cambodia hit the pitch in the Homeless World Cup in Paris this past week. The Cambodian team was set up by Happy Football Cambodia Australia (HFCA). The organisation runs a football program in Phnom Penh for disadvantaged young people who have experienced hard lives - an all too real phenomenon in a country where official statistics can hide the truth about poverty. The program was set up in 2005 and started sending teams to the annual Homeless World Cup in 2008 when it was held in Melbourne. They work with local charities to find children that would benefit from the program. Its initiator, Paraic Grogan, had been involved with an

education program called the Happy School but decided to also start the football program due to the importance of sport and exercise in life. “He saw football as a way to give these kids to do something that wasn’t strictly school based, or education based but was something that was more about being part of a team, understanding the concepts of teamwork and sharing, responsibility, having a bit of a goal that was fun. Happy School was fun but at the end of the day it was about learning the basics of education so this is just something that tended to be fun and more of a relaxed way of building their social skills,” HFCA committee member Jon Hammond says. Hammond says the program has grown to the point that some of the players at the 2008 Homeless World Cup are now

employed by the program as coaches and administrators. “It’s really starting to bear some fruit in terms of becoming a little more self-sustainable. There’s some fundraising going on over there now because there is more staff involved. More kids, more staff and there’s a little bit more energy as far as them owning it themselves, rather than us running it from over here. They run a couple of fundraising events over there now and the self-employment thing we’re now paying about 12 staff all together with the coaches and the junior staff. It’s really come a long way. It’s been a hard slog but it feels like it’s really starting to achieve something great,” he says. With a growing program but only eight players in the squad, competition for places for the trip to Paris was fierce. “This is a trip of a lifetime

Team Cambodia in Paris.

for them. None of them would have been outside the country before let alone on a plane - let alone to a completely different developed country. So I guess there is a consideration of how they are going to cope with that. There’s also a consideration of who the best players are football-wise. That is obviously a large consideration.” Hammond says the Homeless World Cup can give hope back to people who are often forgotten by the rest of society. “It’s very noticeable that these kids have come back full of confidence, full of self awareness but I guess also world awareness that there is this whole different

world out there. That this isn’t the be-all and end-all and there are ways to overcome the cycle of what you’ve grown up with and what you think is the way and there are other people out there that are willing to give you those opportunities. Those people also want to see you grab those opportunities and make the most of them,” Hammond says. “So what we find is those kids come back and they become leaders in their groups. So they put this across to the other kids and the other kids go, wow, you’re so much better for your experience. Look at you, you’re great. The other kids are seeing this positive thing and they want to be a part

of it. So it’s making these kids go to whatever organisation they’re involved with and making them stay there and get involved because they want to play there, they want to go to the World Cup.” “So it’s having this real knock on effect all the way down of promoting competition and confidence through getting involved. Which is so important for the organisations we work with because like any social service the hardest thing is keeping them engaged and wanting to come back”. For more information about Happy Football Cambodia Australia, visit: www.hfcaustralia.org/

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rehabilitation, youth centres, mental health fellowships, multicultural cooperatives, or as a referral through their friends that may be involved. The players come from a variety of backgrounds but all have a common experience of being marginalised by society. Three of the eight players are from Melbourne, including refugees from Iran and South Sudan and a man who found himself heading towards homelessness after his mother died of cancer when he was only 18. “Some of them are refugees, some of them suffered from issues like substance abuse or mental health issues. Some of them have experienced social

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he Street Socceroos will be hoping for more than instant success when they take to the pitch in Paris this week. The team of homeless and disadvantaged men and women will be competing in the Homeless World Cup, the ninth yearly tournament where they will take on teams representing 48 other countries. The players met in Sydney for a three day training session before flying to Paris last week. Big Issue Community Street Soccer runs 25 soccer programs around the country involving around 2,500 people. Players get involved with the program through their involvement in drug and alcohol

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isolation, or a variety of the above,” National Street Soccer manager Victoria Boag says. When working with players from these backgrounds, the support staff hope to provide what can be a rare positive experience for the competitors, which they can hopefully use to better their lives. “Obviously the thrill of being overseas and participating in the event is exciting but really we’re hoping that they’ll set themselves up to focus on some key goals when they get back and really use the positive experience to their own advantage,” Boag says. “Certainly players that have played in the past, as a consequence of that achievement, have a much higher level of self esteem and then have been able to continue on a positive path by either continuing their job, getting new jobs, keeping and up-taking study, or just trying to manage their mental health a bit better. It’s obviously one of the impacts of experiencing something positive and it inputs into the self esteem and general well being.” The tournament also tries to help the chances of the competitors attaining better lives

Photao: The Big Issue/ Homeless World Cup

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Street Socceroos in Paris

by using its growing popularity to break down the stereotypes that remain about people that have fallen on hard times. “The Homeless World Cup is not only a great sporting event but an opportunity to break down stereotypes towards homelessness and marginalised people, and start working together to find new solutions to homelessness,” Big Issue CEO Steven Persson says.

This is why the Street Socceroos will focus on winning the Fair Play Award at this year’s tournament. “We don’t select a team based on skill. We select a team on whether people have the capacity to actually attend the event and whether they’ll actually get anything out of it personally. So we’re working with a really wide range of skill levels and as a result we’re not go-

ing to be the most competitive team in the field and we’ll focus on the fair play,” Boag says. “The ethos of the program is not about competing, it’s about participating, having fun, making friends, and using the program as a catalyst to try and help themselves in making positive steps in their life. That’s how we position the opportunity to the players”.


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heart stopping World Championship win to the Diamonds has not been enough to see Norma Plummer retain her place as the top coach in Australian netball. Plummer has held the position since 2003. She will be replaced in the position by former Melbourne Phoenix coach Lisa Alexander in the lead-up to their test series against England and New Zealand next month. Alexander is the first Diamonds coach in 20 years to have never played for Australia. Her past experience in not negligible though; she led the Phoenix to back to back Commonwealth Bank trophy wins in 2002-03 and served as the championship-winning

Adelaide Thunderbirds assistant coach in 2008. She was also a Victorian representative player and coach of the Australian under 21s squad from 2006-7. “It’s a great privilege to be the Australian Diamonds coach; I feel a great sense of responsibility to the legacy of all the icons that have come before me as coaches and players,” Alexander says. “I’ve been working at this for 17 years since I was the Australian apprentice coach to Joyce Brown.” Netball Australia have said that with the added responsibilities of the restructured position it was not feasible for Plummer to be coaching both the national team and a side in the transtasman ANZ championship.

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The Diamonds will see a change in their coach despite their World Championship win.

Netball Australia has announced that the restructure will mean the national coach will be involved in the “technical direction” of high performance programs and working with coaches involved in national and state institutes of sport and the ANZ Championship. Plummer will retain her position with the Perth-based West Coast Fever and holds few grudges hoping the fulltime commitment to the Fever

can put them on top in the upcoming season. “I’m on record as saying that I have been champing at the bit to get more hands-on with a group of players again,” Plummer says. “The day to day coaching is what I love and my role at West Coast Fever will give me that. I have had a fantastic eight years as Diamonds coach and the highlights of two World Championships will be hard to

beat.” Current Diamonds and Melbourne Vixens star Julie Corletto first met Alexander as a 16 year old trying to make a break into the Phoenix squad and believes she has what it takes to keep Australia on top of the netball world. “I think she’ll be fantastic in this role. She had great success at Phoenix and has such a broad range of experience,” Corletto says. “She’s a players’ coach;

she gets on really well with the players and her communication with the players and support staff is second to none.” “She always brings a fresh approach and new ideas to training and I know that she’ll put in a lot of time. Her trainings are really hard; she wants us to get a lot out of them and expects a lot from us – as players we respect that. She’s a very well respected coach.”

Richmond great tells of great highs and deep lows By Stuart Harrison Twitter: @sportsjournostu

from there. Bartlett credits former coach Tom Hafey for turning Richmond into a powerhouse club that could use their physical strength to lethal effect. It was an era where the “everyone is against Richmond” mentality was strong within the club, a side effect of so many great sides. Today’s young Tiger team could learn a lot from the largely inexperienced drought breaking team of 1967.

“I respect Graeme Richmond enormously. I’m just not sure that I admired him” - Kevin Bartlett But it was also an era of ruthlessness, especially in the hands of club stalwart Graeme Richmond, whose power he saw as beyond that of the club president. Richmond caught Bartlett’s ire for his alleged role

in the downfall of Hafey and then, in 1991, Bartlett’s own dismissal as coach. “He was the most powerful administrator at the club. Put simply, he could end your career or he could extend your career.” “Next to Tommy, Graeme Richmond was the single biggest influence behind Richmond becoming a successful club ... I respect Graeme Richmond enormously. I’m just not sure, however, that I admired him.” As Bartlett says, “You don’t become the godfather for nothing.” Kevin Bartlett’s career crossed generations and saw Richmond reach the great highs of five premierships and the low of nearly seeing the club’s destruction. His game record has only been beaten by one player since – Hawthorn great Michael Tuck played his 426th game in 1991. Bartlett finds that fact amazing, considering the physical ability of modern players and the changes in the game that have limited its physical impact. “I was pleased I got to 400 because I felt it would be a great

“He was the most powerful administrator at the club. Put simply, he could

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evin Bartlett, better known to most as KB or Hungry, is much acclaimed as one of the greatest football players of all time. But a new book has revealed that throughout his time as player and coach of Richmond, dark clouds never seemed to be too far away. KB: A Life in Football is a revealing biography. After all, Kevin Bartlett has spent much of his time as strongly opinionated media personality postcareer, without much talk about his own playing days. The book was written by his son, Rhett, who has faithfully recorded the thoughts of his father on a club that has also played a large part in his own life. Rhett Bartlett was also the author of a book on the history of Richmond FC in 2007. Bartlett won five premierships with the Tigers in his staggering 403 game career between 1965 and 1983. He was a player born into an era when knocking on doors could get you selected for a big name football club. He started playing for Richmond as a 15 year old in the Under 17s competition and worked his way up

end your career or he could extend your career.” - Kevin Bartlett

incentive for other players to play on. There was always talk that when players got to 300 they were at the end of their career, but I didn’t buy into that. I was saying that when you get into your mid-30s, if you’re still enthusiastic about the game, then you should continue to play. It doesn’t matter if the media think your time is up. If your enthusiasm is there and you have the support of the club, then keep playing,” Bartlett says. Bartlett even returned to Richmond to coach in 1987 only to have the club announce

KB: A Life in Football by Kevin and Rhett Bartlett, published by Slattery Media Group, is out now.

several months later that it was severely in debt. Despite a successful Save Our Skins campaign keeping the club in the competition, the struggles of the club persisted and Bartlett was sacked. For Bartlett the sacking showed him the club had lost its soul, leading him to disassociate himself from it for 16 years. Even as the club inducted him into its Immortals club, Bartlett sent his son to pick up the award.

It was a “silent protest” that Bartlett now believes lasted too long despite the importance of respect that he says he was not afforded by the club he had devoted his life to. It is a running theme in the book that while success can be great, sometimes respect is more important and no organisation deserves our unthinking obedience. A must read for all footy fans wanting an insight into one of the great footy minds.


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