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Getting naughty at the Fringe Festival Discover what it takes to be a busker in Melbourne; watch our State Schools put on a Spectacular performance;

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Results of CAB Audit September-March 2011

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APPROX: 65,000 COPIES MONTHLY Photo: Courtesy Department of Defence “Honour, Honesty, Courage, Integrity, Loyalty” - The motto displayed at HMAS Cerberus that Keith Eric Calvert failed to live by

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Royal Australia Navy sailor who filmed himself raping a female colleague has revealed a culture of recording sexual conquests existed at a Victorian army base. Keith Eric Calvert was found guilty last month of two counts of digitally raping the woman following a drunken night out at Crown Casino on January 23, 2009. He filmed the actions on his mobile phone and at one point turned to the camera and gave the thumbs up gesture. 24-year-old Calvert has argued during his pre-sentence hearing that bragging about

sexual exploits and capturing them on video was common at HMAS Cerberus, south of Melbourne, where he was based as a trainee at the time. His barrister David Sexton said the culture was one of work hard, play hard and heavy drinking. Mr Sexton said the filming was an alcohol-fuelled product of the environment that Calvert experienced, rather than his own idea. The jury found Calvert guilty of two counts of rape, but not guilty of other rape and indecent assault charges. His pre-sentencing hearing is continuing. -AAP

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Boost Melbourne Kokoda Challenge Returns By Karl Shami

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o you have what it takes to recreate the Spirit of Kokoda? The Boost Melbourne Kokoda challenge returns for its second year running and registrations are now open. But before you head on over, this isn’t just any walk in the park. Last year 94 teams registered to compete in the event and only 75 made it to the finish line in less than 11 hours. This year, contestants will have to trek through a 30km course through the Dandenong Ranges that includes the Kokoda Memorial Walk and Melbourne’s famous 1000 steps which are notorious for testing even the best athlete’s stamina.

Oh, and all this in under 9 hours. But tackling the challenge isn’t just about proving you have the strength to make the trek. The event encourages teamwork and mateship with teams of two, three and four able to register for the event. Teams are encouraged to raise money which will be used towards supporting Melbourne youth. The event supports the Kokoda Challenge Youth Program (KCYP) which aims to teach young people the importance of the Spirit of Kokoda – mateship, endurance, courage and sacrifice. The program involves teenagers spending around 20 weeks learning to work as a

team and training for physical activities before departing to Papua New Guinea to tackle the Kokoda track – a 14 month commitment in all. This year’s teenagers will be heading off in just two weeks to undertake the trek. Upon their return they’ll be spending six months volunteering with local non-profit organisations aiding homeless people, the elderly, and people with disabilities, among other disadvantaged groups. The 2011 Boost Kokoda Challenge takes place on October 23rd and teams can be registered at www.kokodachallenge.com/melbourne-kokoda-challenge

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ore than 250 new manufacturing jobs will be created in Melbourne after an injection of government funds to a car component company. Nexteer Australia will receive $63 million from the Commonwealth over the next three years as well as extra funding from the Victorian government. The company makes electric power steering systems and lightweight steering columns and drive line components that cut greenhouse gas emissions

and fuel consumption. Federal Innovation Minister Kim Carr said the project represented a major investment by a large global company in Australia’s automotive supply chain. “These high technology components will drive a need for skilled labour and create new manufacturing jobs for Victoria,” Senator Carr said. Victorian Manufacturing Minister Richard Dalla-Riva said the state was one of the few places in the world manufacturing this type of technology.  -AAP For your chance to win one of 30 two kilogram packs of Euca Laundry Powder simply email win@mc-news.com.au with Euca Laundry Powder in the subject line and your name and address in the body.

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29 years and going strong Darn Nation Every month, retro-loving Rebecca Miller brings you her crafty ways.

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eal Harvey, Creative Producer of the Melbourne Fringe Festival, is no stranger to the arts. Having spent the last ten years involved in the industry in various capacities, predominantly as a producer and event organiser, he has a plethora of experiences to bring to his new role. Currently, Harvey is anticipating this year’s festival, which features 326 shows, involving over 4,000 performers and playing across more than 120 venues. The Fringe involves multiple genres of music, comedy, drama, cabaret, dance, poetry and more. A variety of different artistic media will transform the city of Melbourne into an inspirational engine of creativity. Under the stewardship of the Fringe Festival team, with Harvey at its helm, the Festival promises to offer some of the most challenging and inspirational work of the year. But behind the mask of the Creative Producer, who is Neal Harvey? What many people don’t know about this dynamic young man, apart from the fact that he is a self-confessed ‘sports tragic’ committed to defending his Tigers, is that he has a passion and interest in contextual understandings of space. “Few people are aware of my passion for exploring how social spaces translate into virtual spaces. Through my PhD I’ve been introduced to a wide range of readings and expertise that have been very helpful – and certainly many of the skills I’ve learnt along the way have been especially useful in putting together something as diverse as the Fringe Festival.” After 29 years of producing one of Melbourne’s most loved festivals is there any chance that the mood of Melburnians will wane? “Not at all,” says Harvey. “There is a sense of ownership where people feel that this is their festival. Melbourne demands superior artistic quality and the standard of work that is elicited from the artists is consistently very high. The city and

I Crowd Play perform at the launch of the Melbourne Fringe Festival

its people respond with affection and loyalty, and I can see that trend continuing.” While Harvey won’t give away his favourite shows, claiming each one is a top pick for him, he does encourage audiences to venture into different venues. “Whether you’re at the Fringe Hub, Red Bennies, Revolt in Kensington, La Mamma in Carlton or the Dog Theatre in Footscray, each of these venues have plenty to offer – and there are also plenty of opportunities to be involved in free events.”

“These soldiers can teach you how to replace a sewing machine belt, oil an oscillating hook, and

The Melbourne Fringe Festival opens Thursday September 22. Visit the website to explore the programme and book tickets: www.melbournefringe.com.au

shirr like you’ve never shirred before.” Crowd Play on the roof top

Free Fringe Events Fringe Furniture: the longrunning and highly respected exhibition showcasing the latest in furniture, object and interior design, presented in association with the Abbotsford Convent.

MC Candy B entertains the crowd

bought my ‘Goddess of 1920’ last summer. A no. 66 Singer treadle sewing machine, it came with a green Instructions manual (‘This Book should be carefully preserved for reference’), all attachments and two leather belts. It also contained a note, dated 1921, to the mother of the woman from whom I bought it. The note is from her sewing teacher and says, in impeccable calligraphy, ‘I hope you make many friends with this gift. Be at school at

The Fringe Hub, Fringe Club and introducing The Warren: a diverse program of new works, all in the one precinct in North Melbourne. Come for a show and then return for the whole night. It’s never the same twice.

Crowd Play: a massive, allsinging, all-dancing community participation event that you can be part of. Join the rehearsals and join the crowd. Atlas: three local artists undertake a very public challenge to create, install and engage an audience with major new installations in Melbourne City, Stonnington and surrounds.

Punters study the Festival guide

10.30am.’ Clearly, the girl was a tardy pupil. I can relate. My tardiness spans decades, and sometimes centuries. The attraction I feel to antique-, vintage- and retro-clothing, furniture and methods of music delivery, may be nothing more than the socially-acceptable smokescreen erected by the cunning hoarder to mask their true nature. But I like to think it’s more than this. The no. 66 Singer introduced sewing design elements still used today. It runs on human-power, and my doomsday apocalypse neuroses are soothed by the thought that I could sew in the depths of a nuclear holocaust winter, aided only by the lumens emitted from glowing mutant eyes circling me. Best of all, the machine didn’t work. This also appeals to my penchant for anthropomorphism, not only of abandoned toys, bags and scarfs at op shops. I also endow a loveable personality on all broken, lopsided, and three-legged machines. When I stare at the crooked wheel of a bike at CERES, a puppy with a sore paw at the pound stares back.

I have many of these machine puppies jammed to the ceiling in my bedroom, awaiting their turn for resurrection. This clearing house contains speakers with blown tweeters, dresses only destined to fit if I find myself a feeder, and antiques to go back to dealers. It may take five years for a ‘project’ to begin. I feel so much is thrown at us which creates instead of alleviates our boredom. I’m comforted to know that there are solid objects from the past to remind me that life is full of curiosity. I get a bang out of it. My Big Bang theory got lift off when I discovered YouTube. The geek, especially the online geek, is the ultimate necromancer that you will ever need to meet - and thank God, you don’t have to do it face-to-face. These soldiers can teach you how to replace a sewing machine belt, oil an oscillating hook, and shirr like you’ve never shirred before. Armed only with Canons, they have turned my Singer from a weighty groan to a purring puppy almost overnight. After that I was hooked. It was a revelation. My Singer was a machine. My computer was a machine. There was no difference. No ponderous didactic debates about old and new technology, no grandiose pontificating between those who can use a touchpad and those who believe iPhones are beaming advertising directly into our brains. There was no sky for a limit. And this is why I think Steampunk is not speculative fiction. It’s a renaissance to see the harmony of technology across the centuries; where all that stands in anyone’s way is the lack of will to give it a go.

Photo: Rebecca Miller

By Dione Joseph

‘Look for the Red “S” There are Singer shops in every city’


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rivate letters from movie heart-throb James Dean to his then girlfriend in which he criticises his latest Broadway show and speaks of being homesick as he films a box office hit are to be sold at auction. The hand-written notes to Barbara Glenn, whom he dated for two years, come from her family archive and have never been sold before. Dean died in a car accident in 1955 as he was poised for major stardom, but continues to be a posterboy for Hollywood glamour. The three letters are to be sold separately but are estimated to fetch a total of STG16,000 ($A24,236) when they are sold at Christie’s in London, on November 23. In one letter, dated January 10 1954, he tells Glenn about rehearsals for a Broadway adaptation of The Immoralist which he calls “a piece of shit”. But the letter, sent from the St James Hotel in Philadelphia, and illustrated with doodles

of buildings, also predicts that the play will “probably be a monster success”. His positive reviews led to an early exit and a move to Los Angeles within weeks. Another letter was sent on May 7 1954, a month into filming his first starring role, East Of Eden. In the letter he responds angrily to a letter she wrote informing him she was doing a swimsuit photo shoot, telling her: “Boy, that’s selling out cheap.” The final letter jokingly suggests that the relationship may be over as he tells her: “Darling, I haven’t written because I have fallen in love.” But he goes on to say that he is referring to his horse “Cisco the kid”. As he outlines how homesick he feels, he thanks her for “the nicest, sweetest letters in the world”. The couple are thought to have been introduced by mutual friend, the actor Martin Landau, in New York. Glenn’s son, filmmaker Keith Gordon who is selling

the letters, said: “They were all young actors starting out and struggling together. She never discussed their romance in great detail, but I did know Jimmy was her first serious, grown-up relationship. “It was apparently very intense and involved numerous break-ups and reconciliations, but she often remained his confidant even during some of the ‘off-again’ times. “Eventually my mother met my father Mark Gordon, an actor and director, and broke it off with Jimmy to go with my Dad. Jimmy actually gave her his blessing to leave, even he knew that what they had was too fraught with drama to ever be stable. “I hope that a fan or collector can gain as much pleasure from owning these letters as my mother clearly did from receiving them, and as I did in learning more about my mother’s history.” Neil Roberts, head of popular culture at Christie’s, said the letters provided “a tangible in-

Photo: Dougal McGuire/Creative Commons

James Dean letters to be auctioned

Dean’s letters reveal a private side

sight into the mind of the film star. “They reveal a private side of Dean’s character far re-

moved from his public persona - the young man who became a screen legend - a lonely, insecure, and caring person, dedi-

cated to his craft.” The lots also include a number of photographs of the actor.  -AAP

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he area covered by Arctic sea ice reached its lowest point last week since the start of satellite observations in 1972, German researchers announced. “On September 8, the extent of the Arctic sea ice was 4.240 million square kilometres. This is a new historic minimum,” said Georg Heygster, head of the Physical Analysis of Remote Sensing Images unit at the University of Bremen’s Institute of Environmental Physics. The new mark is about halfa-per cent under his team’s measurements of the previous

record, which occurred on September 16, 2007, he said. According to the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), the record set on that date was 4.1 million sq km. The discrepancy, Heygster explained by phone, was due to slightly different data sets and algorithms. “But the results are internally consistent in both cases,” he said. Arctic ice cover plays a critical role in regulating Earth’s climate by reflecting sunlight and keeping the polar region cool. Retreating summer sea ice --

50 per cent smaller in area than four decades ago -- is described by scientists as both a measure and a driver of global warming, with negative impacts on a local and planetary scale. It is also further evidence of a strong human imprint on climate patterns in recent decades, the researchers said. “The sea ice retreat can no more be explained with the natural variability from one year to the next, caused by weather influence,” Heygster said in a statement released by the university. “Climate models show,

Photo: Michael Mahers/Creative Commons

Arctic ice cover hits historic low Researchers announce Arctic sea ice is reaching a new low

rather, that the reduction is related to the man-made global warming which, due to the albedo effect, is particularly pronounced in the Arctic.” NSIDC director Mark Serreze has said that summer ice

cover could disappear entirely by 2030, leaving nothing but heat-trapping “blue ocean.” “This stunning loss of Arctic sea ice is yet another wake-up call that climate change is here now and is having devastating

effects around the world,” said Shaye Wolf, climate science director at the Center for Biological Diversity in San Francisco.  -AAP

Film casts Palin as grudge-holder

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Former US vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin

documentary about Sarah Palin depicts the Tea Party idol and former US vice presidential candidate as a woman with enormous personal charm but merciless vindictiveness. Director Nick Broomfield’s Sarah Palin: You Betcha!, which is playing at the Toronto International Film Festival, offers a glimpse of the former Alaska governor from interviews with family, including her parents, and

former friends and associates. Palin comes across as a woman known for ruthlessly firing people and holding spiteful grudges, leaving many Alaskans worried to talk about her for fear of reprisals, whether from Palin or her supporters. “I think that beneath the charisma, which she undoubtedly has, and her ability to engage with people, which she undoubtedly can do, there was a sense of fear about her vindictiveness,” Broomfield said in

an interview before the festival. “That she would go to the ends of the earth once you became an enemy to vilify you. Not to just fire you from a job but make you unemployable anywhere.” Broomfield spent 10 weeks in the winter in Palin’s hometown of Wasilla, Alaska, where she was mayor before being electing governor and becoming Republican presidential contender John McCain’s running mate in 2008.

In Alaska, Broomfield interviewed Palin’s parents, along with supporters, former friends and longtime enemies. Palin appears in book signings and other public appearances, and the film gets its title from Palin’s catch-phrase - “You betcha” - which she echoed when Broomfield asks her for an interview and she replies, “I’ll betcha I could do that.” Palin never did give him an interview.  -AAP


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John Waters looks through the glass onion Karen Healey

Lennon and me. I put into a monologue, as if they were Lennon’s words, thoughts that I have had.” Waters found the recent riots in the UK disturbing. “They were really, really distressing to me, and I think they would have been to Lennon as well.”

“...that wasn’t who John Lennon was. After the Beatles, he tried to be who he really wanted to be.” – John Waters Of course, he can never know for sure. John Lennon was shot dead on December 8, 1980 – John Waters’ birthday. Waters, who admires Lennon greatly, didn’t get the news until the next day, where it was first reported as “John Lennon has been shot.” “Twenty minutes later, they said, ‘John Lennon is dead’. It was horrendous.” That death pervades Life Through a Glass Onion, which begins and ends with the fatal shooting. “The show takes place between the first bullet and the fifth, as he reflects back. It’s a fragmented collage.” But neither is the show all doom and gloom. There’s hu-

mour, since Lennon had a sharp wit, and occasionally turned it upon those unaccustomed to such cheek from a raggedy musician, including his famous Royal Performance instruction: “Would the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands. And the rest of you, if you’ll just rattle your jewellery.” And of course, there was love in Lennon’s life. “Yoko does come into [the show],” says Waters, who thinks the press reacted badly to both the Beatles’ dissolution and Yoko Ono’s Japanese ethnicity in vilifying her as the woman who broke up the Beatles. “They were incredibly racist. But she just carried on and let him carry on. He found a partner that challenged and inspired him.” This time, Life Through a Glass Onion offers a special treat – a Masterclass option for fans, promising “a unique opportunity for fans to learn about aspects of acting, music and performance from seasoned professionals in the industry”. The Masterclass option will run prior to each show and provides a one hour moderated question and answer session with Waters and his collaborator on Life Through a Glass Onion, Stewart D’Arrietta. Photo: Tony Mott

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ohn Waters is one of Australia’s most respected performers, with a 40 year career spanning television, film, theatre and music. In the production Life Through a Glass Onion, Waters presents through song and monologue his reflections on the life of another critically acclaimed John – John Lennon. Presenting the life of one of the Beatles could be a risky proposition. But it was a challenge that Waters was prepared to meet. The production has toured Australia several times and had a four month season in London’s West End. Last year’s tour, among other triumphs, filled the Regent Theatre. This time, Waters is playing The Palms at Crown. Life Through a Glass Onion features many Beatles songs, but it also showcases a number of Lennon’s lesser-known solo works, which are more expressly autobiographical. These songs, Waters says, are “less disguised”, instead revealing Lennon’s desire to “get to the core of the rawness of who he was.” The Beatles’ infamous manager, Brian Epstein, had tried to remove that rawness. “He tidied them up – gave them haircuts, got rid of their leather jackets and jeans. But that wasn’t who John Lennon was. After the Beatles, he tried to be who he really wanted to be.” Is this show, in a sense, also the autobiography of John Waters? “I think so, in a sense. It’s about halfway between John

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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 15 at 5pm.

General interest Twilight Kayak Tours Sept 17 - 18 from 6 - 9pm Waterfront Docklands For more info call: 0410 329 090 Glide around the Yarra River on a double kayak and experience the twilight magic as never before. The night begins with a brief safety discussion followed by a lesson in basic kayaking before heading off along the Yarra River. In addition, a commentary provides insight into the history of Melbourne and its waterways. All paddling gear is provided, as well as complimentary drinks and snacks to enjoy while watching the city lights glitter across the water.

Festivals Light the Night Festival: Raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation Wednesday 21 September from 5:30pm – 8:30pm Alexandra Gardens For more info call: 1800 500 088 Gather those closest to you and come fill Alexandra Gardens with floating gold, white, or blue lanterns for the Leukaemia Foundation’s Annual Light the Night Festival. Raised funds will go towards researching and sustaining free services for those with blood cancer and other blood disorders. With Kate Ceberano set to serenade, it will be a truly beautiful night of remembrance, celebration, and hope.

The Great Amazing Race Saturday 17 September 10am - 3:30pm CQ Functions, 113 Queen Street For more info contact: 1300 UPLIFT 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. As an added appeal, this event will benefit The Royal Children’s Hospital.

Melbourne Fringe Festival Sep 21-Oct 9 Arts House For more info call: 9660 9600 The 2011 Melbourne Fringe Festival gives thousands of independent artists here in Melbourne the opportunity to forge connections with other artists, produce collaborative work, and introduce the most contemporary and experimental venues to a large audience. This exciting festival ultimately explores how art and culture both reflect and enhance our society. Performances and programs range from cabaret, circus, comedy, dance, live-art, music, visual arts, and theatre, so there is something for everyone to enjoy.

For Kids Showtime 2011: The Victorian State Schools Spectacular Sunday September 18, 11am and 5pm Hisense Arena, Melbourne Park For bookings call: 132 849 Nearly three thousand students will perform at Hesense Arena

during the annual Victorian State Schools Spectacular on Sunday 18 September. One of Victoria’s largest annual showcases, the Victorian State Schools Spectacular is an entirely student performed extravaganza that showcases the best orchestral, vocal, dance, and dramatic talent in the state.

2011 Hudsons Coffee Barista Competition National Final Thursday September 22, 11am Melbourne Central Clock Hudsons Coffee is on the hunt for Australia’s top barista! Watch the action unfold as the crème de la creme of the Hudsons Coffee crop put their skills on show at the National final of the 2011 Hudsons Coffee Barista Competition. FREE to watch with loads of special coffee offers and giveaways.

2011 Moon Lantern Festival Saturday 17 September from 3pm - 7pm Richmond Housing Estate, Corner of Highett and Lennox Streets With the traditional music and dance of various Asian, African, and indigenous Australian communities setting the mood, the 2011 Moon Lantern Festival is a spectacular celebration of global culture. Free, creative activities are offered to all ages throughout the day, including a puppet show for kids. A variety of workshops in lantern making, origami, calligraphy, and African henna painting lend to a fully immersive experience. The Punjabi Bhangra Dancers highlight the line-up of performances culminating in the grand finale Moon Lantern Parade at 6pm.

Taste of Melbourne

Walk With Me

R U OK? Day

Sep 13-24 The Royal Exhibition Building For more info call: 9331 9222 www.tasteofmelbourne.com.au

Sep 18 at 11am 2km-4km Federation Square www.scopevic.org.au

Sep 15 www.ruokayday.com.au www.sane.org

During this four day festival, food lovers in Melbourne have the opportunity to sample food and wine from Melbourne’s finest restaurants, attend wine tastings and tutorials with leading experts, learn from the best with cooking demonstrations, and meet the best chefs in Melbourne. Taste of Melbourne is truly a tantalising experience for the senses.

Walk along the beautiful Yarra River and help raise funds for SCOPE, a non-profit organisation devoted to assisting children and adults with disabilities throughout Victoria. The distances are set at either 2km or 4km, so it is a perfect leisurely stroll for the entire family. With the start and finish line at Federation Square, this event is a wonderful opportunity to support a great cause.

R U OK?Day is a national day of action suggesting we connect with our friends and loved ones, reaching out to anyone doing it tough, who may even be thinking about taking their own life and simply ask R U OK? SANE Australia is a proud supporter of this suicide prevention initiative and encourages all Australians to get involved and ask ‘R U OK?’ – on any day but on 15 September especially.

Live performance The Last Laugh at the Comedy Club Sept 16 - 17 at 7pm Athenaeum Theatre For more info call: 9650 1977 www.thecomedyclub.com.au For the last forty years, the Comedy Club has hosted some of the best comedic talent in Australia. Friday and Saturday nights boast an impressive line-up of both fledgling comedians and seasoned veterans, and this week hosts Bruno Lucia, John Burgos and Christine Basil. For three hours of live entertainment, general admission is a steal at only twenty dollars.

Memmie le Blanc Guild Theatre at the University of Melbourne For more info call: 8344 6975 Written by Hilary Bell and directed by Tom Gutteridge, Memmie le Blanc follows a young girl’s rehabilitation into society after growing up completely isolated from all human contact. As this play presents a life stripped of all social conventions and expectations, it eloquently questions how and why there are certain established constructs for humanity. In effect, we could all be Memmie.

Fine Arts

‘Dark Horse’ by Erica Wagner

‘Caged’ by Kelly Hussey-Smith

Sep 21 - Oct 9 Cambridge Studio Gallery www.cambridgestudiogallery. com.au

Aug 19 - Sep 19 Obscura Gallery www.obscuragallery.com Using time lapse photography to reveal similarities between humans and animals, Kelly Hussey-Smith analyses humanity’s tendency to dominate perceived resources and dismiss the presence of sentience in the animal kingdom. Drawing upon the emotional capacity of caged animals, Kelly Hussey-Smith presents how animals are exploited in the food and entertainment industry. Winner of the 2010 Churchie National Emerging Art Award, her work has also been exhibited in Australia, China, and Bangladesh.

‘Dark Horse’ is an exhibition of recent paintings, drawings and mixed media work by Erica Wagner, the recent winner of the Contemporary Art Society’s Annual Exhibition. A love of stories and narrative has inspired a series of colourful collages, assembled like jigsaws, juxtaposing colours and shapes, both negative and positive, and in the process appropriating old paintings and drawings. The show also includes a variety of figurative and landscape studies, painted from observation and memory, celebrating a diversity of environments and emotional states.

The Game Sept 27-30 and Oct 1, 7.30pm To book visit: www.melbournefringe.com.au or call: 9660 9666 Tickets: Full: $25, Concession: $20, Preview: $18 The Game is a macho love story. After a big night out, John wakes up in a locker room with his late grandfather Max and his unborn son. John can’t remember how he got there, but he’s excited to see Max, his favourite grandad. Max wants John to experience the greatest gift he knows – fatherhood. What’s the problem? John’s dead and doesn’t want to live; he has to make a decision – to live or die.

Australian Chamber Orchestra: Viennese Serenade Sept 18 - 19 Melbourne Town Hall For more info call: 8274 3800 Native Austrian Benjamin Schmid, lauded as one of Austria’s most talented violinists, both directs and plays lead violin for the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s presentation of ‘Viennese Serenade,’ a celebration of the waltzes of Korngold, Gruber, Schubert and Lanner. According to Viennese tradition, Schmid often improvises on the beloved classics creating a unique, organic experience for the audience. Helen Rathbone also performs on violin.


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Andrew Lauterstein and Amber Greasley at the Scope See Me September Ball

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Ryan Moloney and Alison Hayward at the Scope See Me September Ball

Vince Colosimo and Rachael Finch at the Scope See Me September Ball

Frankie Airey and Jo Porter at the Look Right Through Me opening

Mitchell Butel and Matthew Lutton at the Look Right Through Me opening

Marion Potts, Nicole Smith and Emily Sextion at the Look Right Through Me opening

Robyn Dols and Deborah Stanisky at the opening of Dutch TV

Anna Cordingley and Melissa Madden Gray at the opening of Look Right Through Me at the Malthouse Theatre

Michael Leunig and Kate Denborough at the Look Right Through Me opening

Kyra Cox and Boris Radev at the opening of Dutch TV


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British Rapper Tinie Tempeh brought a grey bowtie to the occasion

Ladies and Gentlemen

The stars came out to shine in an international event at the British GQ Men of the Year Awards

Australian musician Kylie Minogue looking as spectacular as ever

British actress Emma Watson wore her heart on her wrist


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Serenading the streets By Karen Healey and Karl Shami

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dding music to the air, laughter to our lives, and colour to the streets, Melbourne’s buskers are a breed apart. Street musician Jenny Biddle, who recently won the title of Melbourne’s Best Busker, is modest about the achievement. “I think everyone’s different so it’s hard to compare. They were raising money for the homeless in Melbourne. There were ten buskers at auditions, and four got through, and after that they just measured by who raised the most money in their bucket.� Biddle may be better described as Melbourne’s Best Busking Fundraiser, but even though she’s been busking for just over a year, her performance credentials are extensive. “I’ve been performing for yonks now – maybe a decade or something. I moved from Sydney to Melbourne for the music scene. I had lots of contacts in Sydney and not in Melbourne. I busked to survive at first. I’m still doing it a year and a bit later.� So what’s in a typical busking day? “I’ll go in at about lunchtime. My spot is on Bourke Street, close to the purse at the GPO. I perform half an hour on, half an hour off – I do it for a few hours.� Biddle enjoys the storytelling aspect of performance, and, armed with guitar and harmonica, handles a wide variety of genres. “I do a bit of a mix of jazz blues, country, acoustic folk.�

Andy Zap was inspired by buskers at Covent Garden

Biddle does supplement her street performances with the occasional inside gig, and the sale of her CD, Chest of Drawers, on the street and via iTunes. But she prefers busking to most of those performances. “It’s pretty painful to be playing for the poker machines; I prefer to be playing outside.� Physical theatre expert Andy Zap has been on the streets much longer than Jenny Biddle. He’s been busking since 1986, and performing has been his only job since 1987. “I started juggling as a hobby,� he says. “I saw performers at Covent Garden and thought that it looked like a good profession to travel the world with. I always liked traveling.� And indeed, he travelled the world with it. “The show that I’ve done for the last 10 years has pretty much stayed the same. The 10 years before that was a double act, a successful

juggling and physical theatre show.â€? When he hits the international circuit, do language barriers cause a problem? Not really, Zap says. “When I tour The giant purse outside the GPO is prime busking real estate overseas to countries that are non-english speaking, sometimes I do the show in the lanthe Collingwood theme at that by the police. I was in Vienna it brightens up the space, it can guage of the country, or make point. And then one man just and I had six policemen come make a city very vibrant.â€? the show as physical as possible looked at me and poured his in and stop my show. I’ve been Biddle agrees. “On Bourke so it’s language free.â€? beer into my guitar case.â€? threatened, I’ve been spat on. 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Beyond the Black and White By Dione Joseph this white couple from selling out,” explains Brammall. “But ostensibly while I may appear to be the villain of the piece, at the time people were a product of the system, and if anything Karl is an economic rationalist whose predictions do come to pass.” Having seen a production of Clybourne Park last year at the Royal Court in the UK, Brammall is tremendously excited at getting to play these roles. “I wanted to play Karl and Steve,” says Brammall. “And when I came back to Melbourne and discovered that MTC were actually putting it on – and that those roles hadn’t been cast – well, it was just meant to be!” A subject and story relevant to America, as much as Australia, Brammall’s thoughts are insightful as he tackles portraying two very different characters. “I think it’s very easy to look at

the first act as a museum piece and then believe that in second half we are witnessing a radical transformation. But the irony is the fact that although Barack Obama has been elected, it is still to the White House.” Clybourne Park is clearly more than a product of binaries: black and white, us and them. “Everyone belongs to a minority and sometimes what underpins all forms of prejudice, whether racism or sexism, is essentially a fear of the other, the unknown.” Delighted to be working with the renowned Peter Evans, Bramall has found the past five weeks exhilarating. “Peter is a wonderfully creative and collaborative director. He has a strong vision but he doesn’t hesitate in allowing our own voices to be heard. We’re very lucky to have him captain this ship.”

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erhaps one of the most highly anticipated shows of 2011, Clybourne Park is gearing up to be a red-hot favourite at the MTC. The story is simple. A straightforward first act offers us a glimpse into 1950s Chicago where a white neighbourhood is on the verge of fracture as a couple are about to sell their house to a black family. The second act reflects back on the first, but does so by leaping ahead to the year 2003. The same neighbourhood is now largely black - only the owners of the same house wish to sell. This time to a white couple. Patrick Brammall, cast as Karl and then later as Steve, relishes the opportunity to play two very different characters who so epitomise the times. “In the 1950s segment, I am the head of a community association and do my best to dissuade

Patrick Brammall as Lette (with Alison Bell as Fanny) in The Ugly One (MTC Theatre, Lawler Studio, 2010)

Photo: Carole Overmaat Cameraman Boris Radev and Dutch TV Director Kyra Cox

was launched on Tuesday September 6 was the start of Dutch TV’s first season, consisting of eleven shows. But this isn’t a nostalgic reconstruction of the past. Overmaat is very clear that her attention is focused on youth who are eager to “reconnect with their culture, language and identity.” The process has been exhausting but very rewarding, explains Overmaat: “We have been extremely fortunate that everyone who has come onboard has been so generous with their time. This project has been entirely run by volunteers, and so many people, including my husband, have to be thanked for their untiring efforts.” Having lived in Australia for the past six years, Overmaat, who was a well established event manager of large scale social and cultural events, focused on settling down and being a full time mum. But since 2010 her dream to fill a gap in the cultural sector, especially for young Dutch-Australians, has been of paramount importance. “I am a Dutch teacher and I give lessons to young people,” explains Overmaat. “They want more than a grammatical understanding of language, they want to know and experience Dutch culture.” The nature of the show focuses on contemporary life

and lifestyles, and within those 24 minutes Overmaat hopes to share a personal glimpse of Dutch Australians as they live, work, and enjoy life here in Australia. “We have interviewed a wonderful selection of individuals from Hans van de Weerd, who is the curator of the Melbourne Zoo, to the current coach of the Melbourne Heights, John van’t Schip,” says Overmaat. “And in fact back home we used to call him Beautiful Johnny.” While the show is in Dutch, there are English subtitles to accompany the conversations. The conversations themselves traverse a range of artistic, business, culinary and sporting spectrums. Rachael and Lisa Maza, whose production of the Sisters of Gelam explored their own childhood and history as the entwining of Aboriginal and Dutch heritage, are also

Carole Overmaat Executive Producer in Action

guests on the show, as is woodwork craftsman Arthur Bersee and artist Alieska Manintveld. This is a promising beginning to the process of sharing and exploring Dutch culture

within Australia. Channel 31 airs at 2.30pm every Tuesday. The episodes will be available for the following three weeks on the Channel 31 website.

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n Australia there are reportedly approximately 260, 000 people who identify themselves as the product of Dutch heritage. In Victoria alone there are an estimated 30, 000 residents who were

born in Holland. The question Carole Overmaat wanted answered was, “Why isn’t there a television programme for Australians who also identify as Dutch?” There didn’t seem to be a good answer. Overmaat got busy. The television programme, which

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By Dione Joseph

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New TV show focuses on connecting youth with culture

Saskia Rijskogel with Kyra Cox


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ith the warmer Melbourne weather beckoning, it’s time to lose the heavy layers and make a stylish transition to spring dressing. It may not be hot pants and singlet weather just yet, but with a little creativity you can inject a burst of spring into your wardrobe. Complete with

fluid fabrics and super-chic florals you can create a vintage inspired wardrobe without breaking the bank. So, embrace your free spirited self and be inspired by the looks of yesterday with these ultra-wearable pieces that will transform your wardrobe from generic to ingenious.

By Nicole Chapman

Get the look Best buys for under $100 1. Dotti, Satchel Bag

RRP: $49.95 www.dotti.com.au 2. Dotti, Rust Maxi Dress RRP: $89.95 www.dotti.com.au 3. Diva, Disk Drop Earrings RRP: $9.99 1300 348 228 4. Diva, Dramatic Golden Tulips Necklace RRP: $19.99 1300 348 228 5. MINKPINK, Yoko Dress RRP: $79.95 www.minkpink.com 6. MINKPINK, Four Seasons Gored Dress RRP: $69.95 www.minkpink.com

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RRP: $49.95 1800 357 427 8. Spendless Shoes, Leap RRP: $29.95 1800 357 427 9. Dotti, blue floral skirt RRP: $59.95 www.dotti.com.au 10. Marley, Gorjana Peyton Leather Triangle Wrap RRP: $65 www.marleyrose.com.au 11. Marley, Lucky Star Jewels Carmen Earrings RRP: $59 www.marleyrose.com.au 12. Dotti, Turban RRP: $19.95 www.dotti.com.au

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et the latest vintage inspired nail trends that are not only supercool but could also involve getting a little tipsy in the process. Why not use this very copy of Melbourne City Newspaper to create the look? Step 1: Apply a neutral nail lacquer shade such as OPI’s Sa-

moan Sand and allow to dry Step 2: Dip each fingernail into some vodka Step 3: Press a large strip of newspaper onto the top of each soaked nail and remove slowly Step 4: Finish with a high gloss top coat to seal in the masterpiece. We recommend OPI Rapid Dry Top Coat. www.opi.net.au


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Are we there yet? Tips for successful car holidays with children

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ou’ve spent ages planning the holiday, packing the car, getting the little ones into their car seats. You make it to the end of the street and up pipes a little voice from the backseat, “Are we there yet?” It’s a stereotype for a reason; most kids utter these words at some time in their life. So how do you ensure your road trip with your little loved ones is more a road to paradise than a highway to hell? Here are some strategies that have worked for us.

Give us a break Break up the journey depending on the age of your children and how long they will sit happily in the car for. Younger children may appreciate a break every hour or so, while older children can generally be stretched out for longer periods. A break from the car is a great chance for children to stretch their legs, go to the toilet and, if there is a playground involved, burn off any cooped up energy. If there is no playground, you could take a ball to throw around or devise some running games and races - anything to tire the kids out for the next stint in the car.

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driving through the night.

Music soothes the savage beast CDs of children’s songs and nursery rhymes can be entertaining for the kids, as long as they don’t drive the adult passengers too crazy. The local library is a great place to stock up on new CDs before a holiday, providing you are not going for too long or have the ability to renew what you’ve borrowed online whilst you’re away. For older children, CDs of stories can potentially fill in hours of driving time, and the older the children, the more chance the adults will enjoy the story too.

Food glorious food A stash of healthy snacks is essential to keep the hungry mob in the back satiated, but also to help save money on expensive and potentially unhealthy snacks at petrol stations and convenience stores along your drive. A supply of fresh and dried fruit and sandwiches is easy to prepare before you leave. A drink bottle for each child ensures everyone

Plugged in Sometimes you just have to embrace technology and its convenience. If you have to drive from Melbourne to Sydney, maybe the best solution is to invest in the appropriate number of portable DVD players and give your children a choice of movies to watch. Ditto for handheld games and the like. Chances are if you’re on your way on holidays there will be plenty of sightseeing and activities at your destination, so is it a biggie if your children have a couple of hours extra screen time on the journey? Like pretty much all parenting decisions, it’s up to the individual.

B is for bored A family game of I Spy has got to be good for at least half an hour of the journey. If your children are too young to spell, try colours instead: “I spy something... green”. The alphabet game is also a good family game – try to think of a country for every letter A to Z: America, Brazil, Canada, Denmark. Categories for this game are only limited by your imagination. Obviously the tactics you’ll find the most useful will depend on the age of your children, their temperament, and how long you are travelling for. Happy travels!

Car travel with kids – a road to paradise or a highway to hell?

Road trips from Melbourne

attractions featuring trains – ideal for the Thomas the Tank Engine enthusiasts amongst your children.

Within one hour…

Add some sparkle to your little ones’ lives, with a trip to the historic town of Ballarat. A visit to Sovereign Hill, complete with gold panning, may result in you coming back richer than you started.

Depending what side of Melbourne you’re from, head to the other side. If you live out east, head west to bayside Geelong for a sea change. If you live out west, head east to the gorgeous Dandenong Ranges for a tree change. Geelong and the Dandenong Ranges both boast tourist

Your holiday attitude

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If your children still have a daytime nap, try to coincide long stretches in the car with when they would normally be asleep. This works at the very start and end of the day as well; however, ensuring the driver has also had enough sleep is always more important than

“A stash of healthy snacks is essential. Sometimes, you just have to embrace technology”

has their own supply of fresh drinking water. A rubbish bag to collect any discarded skins and wrappers is handy to have on hand to keep the car relatively tidy.

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By Kate Tapping

Baby on Board: Kids love a sea change

Whether you’re travelling by car, plane, boat or train; whether your kids are two, twelve, or anywhere in between; whether you’re going for the weekend or a month; a bit of mental preparation, can make all the difference between a fabulous family holiday and one of those nightmare holidays you come back from more exhausted than you started. Julie, mother of three

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Within three hours… Head north to the glorious

energetic boys, says no matter what age your children, where you’re going, or how you’re getting there, the biggest hurdle to fun holidays with children is your attitude. “The sooner parents accept that holidays with their children will not be the same as holidays pre-children, the better. Not to say they are worse, but they will almost certainly be different,” says Julie. A pre-children holiday to the hotel pool could mean a couple of hours quiet in the sunshine reading a book. The same visit with children could potentially

Murray River at Echuca. Show your children the towering gum trees that line the river and step back in time with a paddle steamer ride on the Emmy Lou – if your children are lucky they may even get to blow the whistle.

Further afield… If you’re super keen on a road trip, the eleven hour drive to Sydney could be an option. Children will delight in all Sydney has to offer, including the sunny days, super beaches and ferry rides on the harbour.

include constant vigilance to ensure no-one drowns; actually having to hop into the water to ensure no-one drowns - even if the water feels like it has come straight from Antarctica - and proving you can do a ‘bombie’ to gain credibility with your six-year old. Julie says this is a common experience. “If you go to the pool expecting to relax, you will be disappointed. If you go to the pool expecting to get wet, loud and most probably silly with your kids, you will get exactly what you expected.”


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Perfect Pizza the kneading properly, keep it tight and smooth. And with the dough we add a little bit of beer in the morning for the yeast – fresh yeast, not powdered yeast.” Giacobbe comes from a long line of Italian bakers. “I was born into it and worked into it through my teens. Pizza pretty much came about later on – it was more the dough making that I specialize in. With the pizza we actually sponsor a pizza maker from Florence, Cosimo Sarsini, and he and I have pretty much developed

“I like that Crust still tries to be the local store” – Ben Roberts the dough mix.” As for toppings, the Oddfellows menu is an interesting mix of old favourites and new ideas. “Some of the others are just things that we’ve experimented with, and we’ve pretty much come up with a nice mixture of flavours. We try not to put too many ingredients on it, or the flavours get mixed up.” The Al Gamberone is one of those newer creations, topped with king prawns, grilled zucchini, rocket and mozzarella. The Norcina is another: pork and fennel sausage, caramelised onion and mozzarella over a tantalizing napoli base. Both pizzas are perfectly seasoned – Giacobbe is not a man afraid of the salt grinder.

Crust’s healthy choice range is perfectly tasty

Sadly, Oddfellows doesn’t deliver. If you’re dying for a good pizza at your door, you could do a lot worse than check out franchise gourmet pizza joint Crust. Crust Gourmet Pizza Bars launched in 2001 with a single store in Annandale, Sydney, and has since grown to more than 95 stores across Australia. Several of their pizzas are award winners, and, for those of you who are worried about your cholesterol levels, six options on the menu have the Heart Foundation Tick of Approval. Crust is also aware of other health needs, including allergies and food intolerances. The chain offers gluten free bases and supplies allergen fact sheets detailing ingredients, both in store and online. Nor do they stick to the Hawaiian-Meatlovers-Australian standbys. Crust’s Upper Crust range features offerings more likely to be seen on a restaurant menu than at your local takeaway, including Morroccan Lamb, Five Spice Pork Belly and Wagyu Prawn. The advantage here, of

course, is that after a busy day at work – or a lazy Sunday at home – you don’t have to make the trek to a restaurant to enjoy them. If you’re after a quiet, effort-free dinner on the verandah, Crust may be for you. Ben Roberts, already owner of the Mitchum Crust store, is in the middle of taking over the Balaclava store, and is a big fan of the franchise.

recommends the Wagyu Prawn to those who want to try something new. “Everyone has a favourite Crust pizza – then they try something else, and that’s their favourite.” “There are a lot of different flavours from other parts of the world. And I like that Crust still tries to be the local store. They’ve opened one store

a hundred times, and they try to be the local pizza shop, not the big chain.” Whether you go for the local boutique or the national chain with a boutique sensibility, sit down in a restaurant or make it at home yourself, pizza is a perfect accompaniment to spring.

“We add a little bit of beer in the morning for the yeast” – Angelo Giacobbe In a city with many opportunities for the enterprising would-be franchise owner, why did he choose Crust? “I just love the product. I love the feel and the vibe of the stores – it’s very trendy and upmarket, and all their products are on display.” Roberts is also a fan of the flavours. His personal favourite is the Peri Peri Chicken, but he

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ith the Italian Film Festival burning up our screens and the warmer weather great for sitting outside with something salty, it’s the perfect time to rediscover pizza. But don’t go for the heavy, tasteless concoctions smothered in plastic cheese and something that claims a dubious relationship to the glorious tomato. This spring, be kind to your taste buds (and your arteries) and seek out well-seasoned, intensely flavoured toppings on a spectacular crust. A good place to start might be Oddfellows in Little Lonsdale Street, where owner Angelo Giacobbe rules over a kitchen dominated by the painstakingly constructed wood-fired pizza oven. “A lot of ovens are gas-fired to get them started, but we’re totally wood. We use Red Gum and Yellowbox wood, which contribute to the flavor. But it doesn’t get smoky in there.” The oven was constructed onsite. “It took us probably 8 months to build,” Giacobbe says. “We did it in sections.” The thick foundation is constructed from concrete. “On top of all that, we’ve got the inside of the oven, that’s all imported from Italy. It’s a mixture of concrete and lava rock. That keeps the heat in.” And keeps it even, producing the crispy, light crust for which Oddfellows is rightly renowned. Giacobbe isn’t shy about revealing the secrets behind that delicious base. “It’s a result of dough preparation and cooking process,” he says. “We do

Photo: Courtesy Crust

By Karen Healey

Pizza is perfect for warming spring evenings

Survey: Aussies are no Master Chefs egg and one in 10 could not recognise a zucchini, confusing it with a cucumber, leek or pickle. Only 38 per cent could recognise and name coriander while a third avoided entertaining at home because of a lack of confidence in their cooking abilities. Westfield home economist Emma Braz says time restraints are making it harder for people to be creative with their meals. “The popularity of TV cooking shows proves that Australians are incredibly passionate about food, but what

this research suggests is that creative cooking is in danger of becoming a spectator sport,” Braz said. “Most of us don’t realise that there is a wealth of advice at our fingertips. “Simply getting to know your local greengrocer or butcher and calling on their expertise will help improve your food knowledge.” Braz also suggests allocating 30 minutes each week for planning meals and experimenting with at least one new recipe a month. -AAP

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ussies are stuck in a food rut, with many not knowing how long it takes to boil an egg, a survey has found. Despite the country’s love affair with cooking programs on television, about 51 per cent of people say they rotate between a repertoire of five meals or less. The research, commissioned by shopping centre operator Westfield, found that most people lack basic food knowledge. It revealed many don’t know how long it takes to boil an

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MCN TECHNOLOGY

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Running out of time? By Dean Watson into their heritage of watch making.” Owning a watch is not about telling the time. It’s about status and decoration. For men in particular, the wristwatch is a unique accessory. “Men don’t have as many options for accessories or clothing that expresses their personality or their interests,” says Dodds. “It’s basically, suits, ties, shirts – you might have a different colour tie – but the watch, whether it be diving or motor sport or aviation that they’re interested in, they can

actually buy something that reflects their interests.” The longevity of analogue watches is undeniably appealing in a world where short life spans litter the consumer marketplace. “A lot of the advertising is now about having a watch to hand down to the next generation,” Dodds says. “From an environmental point of view, it’s great. It’s more sustainable.” In 2010, imports of Swiss watches into Australia were worth about 300 million dollars.

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n 2011, the traditional analogue watch may be on its last round. Time is everywhere; on laptops, mobiles, Metcard gates, clock towers and other peoples’ mobiles. But has the need for a traditional watch truly disappeared? “The Swiss Watch industry actually suffered a similar threat in the 80s when the Japanese quartz battery operated watches became very popular,” explains Danielle Dodds, marketing manager at Watches Of Switzerland. “What they’ve done since that time is go back

A traditional wrist watch

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H The Apple iPhone - not something to leave in a bar

eard the one about the top secret iPhone prototype lost in a bar? If you follow the technology press, you probably remember that notorious case which sparked a full-scale police investigation last year when an Apple engineer left his test version of his iPhone 4 at a local drinking hole. Well now it’s happened

again, according to Cnet news, which said an Apple employee took his iPhone 5 prototype to the Cava22 tequila lounge in San Francisco’s Mission district, and left it there, presumably after having one drink too many. The report said Apple alerted police that a “priceless” device had gone missing, and that they had traced it to a San Francisco home, but a search

there failed to locate the phone. The report said the phone may have been sold over the internet for just $US200 ($A187.40). Apple is expected to release the iPhone 5 in the coming months as it seeks to fend off growing competition from smartphones running Google’s Android operating system.


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Spectacular showtime The Victorian State Schools Spectacular lights up Melbourne Park environment. It also showcases the immense talent of its performers. Several of Australia’s leading entertainers made their stage debut in the Spectacular – among them recording artists Vanessa Amorosi and Ryan Meeking, Hairspray lead Jaz Flowers, and Sun Aria winner Nicole Carr. Creative Director Neil Gladwin is sure the tradition will continue. “We are truly seeing the stars of tomorrow! Our 25 lead vocalists have achieved their positions through a series of auditions and are truly the best of the best. Many are only one small step from the

professional stage.” Chong Lim, first time Musical Director of the Spectacular, is also enthusiastic about the talent in this year’s show. “The opportunity to work with such great young musicians is such a plus,” he says. “It is a privilege to be given a chance to work with these young performers at such an early stage in their development. The standard is so high and I’m sure some of them will end up being very well-known performers.”  But while he’s confident in the abilities of those students to take the next step, Lim is cautious about the burdens involved. “They are also now all aware that there is a lot of hard work ahead. Talent alone is not enough! There is no substitute for hard work. Whilst everything seems so simple on stage, it actually takes a lot of hours, blood and sweat to get to that level. But it’s nice to be paid to do what you love, isn’t that everyone’s dream?” Showtime 2011: Victorian State Schools Spectacular will be staged at Hisense Arena, Melbourne Park on Sunday

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Creative Director Neil Gladwin with his “stars of tomorrow”

18 September 2011 over two performances – a matinee at 11.00am and an evening performance at 5.00pm. You could win a double pass to the Spectacular! Just email win@mc-news.com.au with Schools Spectacular in the subject line and your name and address in the body.

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he Victorian State Schools Spectacular is one of the largest recurring performances in Australia. It is a professionally staged production performed at Melbourne Park to an audience of over 10,000 people. And every one of the approximately 2,500 cast members is a government school student. The Spectacular celebrates a diversity of performance mediums, including choir, dance, vocal, drama and orchestra. The show gives Victoria’s government school students an invaluable performing arts opportunity in a professional, collaborative

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Over his 55-year lifetime, he wrote over 3,000 songs, including the instantly iconic “This Land Is Your Land”. Note Of Hope is based on some of Guthrie’s unpublished works, written between 1942 and 1954, while Guthrie lived in New York City. On the request of Guthrie’s daughter, Nora, renowned bassist Rob Wasserman collaborated with a number of contemporary artists, including Lou Reed, Ani

Folk hero Woody Guthrie

DiFranco, and Michael Franti to produce the album. “I always felt that Rob Wasserman’s bass is one of the great companions to all words, having worked with so many great wordsmiths over the years,” Nora Guthrie says. “[T]he artists we invited to collaborate are masterful writers in their own right, with a unique and distinctive voice that stands apart from all others.” A collection based on the work of a man who died in 1967 might seem in danger of irrelevancy. And indeed, some of the ideas expressed on the album seem a little out of touch for more modern revolutions: “Ease My Revolutionary Mind” mixes the personal with the political, swearing off “reactionary females”. There’s little doubt that praise for liberalminded, union-loving women is a refreshing view of women compared to what most of what popular music pours out. Unfortunately, the narrator’s assumption that he’s entitled to the love of a “social conscious woman” or “nice progressive mama” to ease his revolutionary mind doesn’t sit as well with later waves of feminism than those with which Guthrie was acquainted. Nevertheless, Tom Morello’s jaunty arrangement and growling intensity does much to update the sentiment. But the more some things change, the more they stay the same, such as when the smokyvoiced Madeleine Peyroux serves up the swinging “Wild

Michael Franti brings earthy sensuality to Guthrie’s writing

Card In The Hole”: “Times are gittin hard, folks/They might git harder still/ No matter who wins office/ In that Big House on the hill,” she sings, and it’s as true now in these global recession days as it was for the time it was written. As appropriate for Guthrie’s legacy, there are some big names in the folk scene on the album. Contemporary folk star Ani DiFranco, who has already memorably covered Guthrie’s paen to Californian poverty in “Do Re Mi” on the EP Swing Set, brings her spoken word skills to bear on the track “Voice”, which underlines Guthrie’s determination to listen to the people from whom he drew inspiration, and present their voices to his audience. Michael Franti might be known more for his hip hop and reggae beats, but his musically eclectic work has always had a strong social justice component. Indeed, the frankly sensual “Union Love Juice” is perhaps less political than many of his own songs, presenting instead an expressly fleshy lustiness. Another highlight is “On

A life in poetry for Nicholas Gresson By Karen Healey

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Life in Poetry, by Nicholas Lyon Gresson, is an unusual collection of poetry. The New Zealand poet’s first major publication, the book comprises poetry written through Gresson’s life, from the sixteen year old writing in the 1950s to the 71 year old adult man writing of the devastating Christchurch Earthquake in 2011. Gresson is a photographer by trade, but as the collection indicates, he’s been writing poetry for most of his life. “[Nicholas] works constantly on his writing,” says the collection’s editor, Professor Elizabeth M. Grierson of RMIT. “He’ll have an idea and jot it down, and live with it, sleep with it, walk with it. Then the words will come.”

Grierson is Gresson’s friend and champion, and the project has been a long time coming, with both parties planning to do something with Gresson’s work for a while. “This is the book,” she writes in the introduction, and later explains, “It really is only just now that I’ve had the focus and time.” They intend to keep working together, however, on Gresson’s next project, which is to involve prose. “What I saw in the work was quite a revelation of different ways of writing and approaching poetry,” Grierson says. “You can see this decade by decade as it unfolds and now it’s mature.” Indeed, as Gresson’s work gives way from the rigid

formality and dependence on sometimes contrived rhyme of the earlier poems, it is agreeably accessible and sparsely beautiful, evident of an excellent eye for detail. One poem, “Melbourne Morning”, compares a Melbourne morning to those of Christchurch, and finds them similar: “The gaunt winter branches making spaces/ The sun releasing us from the bondage of cold”. All the more remarkable, then, is Gresson’s lack of formal training in the arts. The son of a prominent legal family in New Zealand, who worked as an engineer for many years, Gresson, who is also a photographer and painter, is largely self-taught in poetry. “He’s not trained to the artistic

but went into that creative space,” Grierson says. “He’s very observant.” Gresson does not, however, remain separated from the world, but observes from within it. In 1998 he was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal for Public Services, for the work he has done counselling in the community and fighting against recreational drug use by young people. Is poetry still thriving as an artform? Is it still relevant? “I think it is,” Grierson says. “People have their own way into poetry. People look for the poetic in something.” A Life In Poetry, published by Arcadia, is launching at Readings Carlton on September 26.

The High Lonesome”, an edgy blues track with plenty of twang. Texan guitarist Chris Whitley, another musician dead too young, demonstrates his superlative talents in this jittery spoken word number, recorded shortly before his death. Essentially, however, they’re all highlights. A Note Of Hope

is a rare cover collection – a well-balanced album of strong songs, varied in approach and presentation, but all characterised by sincerity and skill. Note of Hope will be released by 429 Records on September 29.

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oody Guthrie was an American folk musician of the grand old style. A Dust Bowl troubadour, he left his Oklahoma home for the promised riches of California, where he found depression and poverty were just as rampant. He spent his life singing and writing about the people others ignored, frequently with the slogan “This machine kills fascists” displayed on his guitar.

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The Little Folksinger, Ani DiFranco

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ymocks is launching a new publishing arm that enables budding authors to publish their creations. Dymocks, Australia’s largest bookseller, says its new web-based arm, D Publishing, aims to support “Australians with stories to tell”. It will give writers “a complete, end-to-end, publishing service, (and) enable authors to take control of the professional creation, publishing and distribution of both printed books and eBooks, without the need for previous experience or expertise in the area,” Dymocks said in a statement. Dymocks chief executive officer Don Grover said the new service - available from October - was a logical extension for the business.

“We believe that D Publishing has the potential to significantly support and grow the book industry in Australia by providing more opportunities for Australian authors to create, publish, and sell their books,” Grover said. “Unlike the traditional publishing model, this service is driven by the author. “If you are thinking about publishing your first, or one of many books, you should think of D Publishing.” Dymocks said budding Australian authors could upload their creations to D Publishing, then see their works in published form and available for purchase online. A selection of the titles may also be available in Dymocks stores across Australia. -AAP


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This is an area where there will be a lot of things finally Taurus 21are - May 21 chart at settled, after previous deliberation. RememberApril the planets high in your 16 17 14 17 18 the moment, which can callChoose for miresubstance public involvement. NotMonday a time for on your over style on -- itsitting may take some extra thought to hands. determine which is which. Then you’re given a stellar ability to step into someone else’s shoes and 15 17 18 19 16 14 15 16 21 19 20 see how they feel. The kind of deep understanding you can achieve now could get downright hot 18 17 on Wednesday -- you’re extremely loveable now. Around TAURUS April 21 - May 21 Thursday and Friday, something’s funny, 20 22 23 and probably more funny-peculiar funny-ha-ha. be annoying; get to the bottom of it. 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Teac Oval in Port Melbourne, many of them with a pie and canned beverage in hand ready to see the big game. Port Melbourne, “the Borough” to the hardcore, are yet to lose a game all season. The final wasn’t going to be the day for a break in that form either, as the Borough ran away with a dominating victory.

It has been an amazing year for one of only two teams, Frankston Dolphins being the other one, not aligned to an AFL club. Many thought the merger of the previous VFA/ VFL competition with the Victorian AFL reserves league would lead to the collapse of independent clubs. Port Melbourne was previously aligned

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radition, redemption and future-gazing are equally on display for the Victorian Football League finals series. One need not look past the qualifying final match-up between Port Melbourne and Casey to see why. A sunny sky and swirling wind saw thousands invade

Port Melbourne are yet to lose a game in the VFL this season.

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Action aplenty in VFL final series Port Melbourne are yet to lose a game in the VFL this season.

with the Sydney Swans (20002002) and North Melbourne (2003-04). Despite an impressive 15 premierships from 31 appearances, Port have not won a premiership since 1982. They failed to jump the final hurdle in their 2008 Grand Final loss to North Ballarat. The spirit of redemption was also strong with former AFL “bad boy” Brendan Fevola, who was playing for the Casey Scorpions, and with former Geelong premiership coach Gary Ayres, who was leading the Borough. Both will be hoping they have strong claims to be picked up by AFL clubs next season. Though the Scorpions were unable to beat the Borough, Fevola kicked six goals, taking his impressive tally to 49 goals in seven weeks. This success has come despite the constant taunts and abuse from nearby

crowd members that have become a regular feature of his performances. But looking beyond the present, the VFL presents an array of AFL hopefuls waiting for their big call-up. The AFL aligned clubs often have a more direct route for the call, but after the Borough’s season it is likely that at least a few will join AFL clubs next season. We only have to look at the success of Geelong star James Podsiadly to see the role of the VFL in blooding players that develop outside of the structures of the Under 18 TAC Cup. Podsiadly was recruited as a mature age draftee in 2010, but for many years had been a consistent performer for Werribee as any watcher of the ABC’s match of the day during that period could attest. He was named in the league’s best team four times after being delisted by two AFL clubs in 1999 and 2002.

Malcolm Lynch and Patrick Rose are expected to make a similar comeback to the AFL after providing a bumper season for the Borough so far. Both were recruited to the Western Bulldogs in the draft, but spent most their time playing for their VFL affiliates. Rose won the “Frosty” Miller Medal awarded to the league’s top goal scorer after potting 67 during the regular season. With the addition of the Greater Western Sydney team to the AFL next season, the minor premiers are likely to have their team pillaged by the cashed-up newcomers. Last year’s Liston Trophy joint-winner Shane Valenti, midfielder Sam Dwyer and defender Jarrod Dalton are also likely to be among the Port stars to attract national draft attention.

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Harry Kewell will return to Australia to play with the Melbourne Victory this season.

he hype around Harry Kewell’s signing to Melbourne Victory is attracting fever pitch interest a week out from the start of the A-League season. The Victory will be hoping it can boost last year’s crowd drop after disappointing results, a significant increase in ticket prices at AAMI Park, and added competition from new cross-town rivals Melbourne Heart. The addition of Harry Kewell to the Victory squad adds precious experience to the team. Kewell had a successful English Premiership career, playing with both Leeds United and Liverpool. More recently, he has played in Europe with Galatasaray. Harry is also regarded as a senior Socceroo, having captained the side and representing his country on 54 occasions and scoring 16 goals. The deal will include an undisclosed incentive based contract based on ticket, mem-

bership and merchandise sales from Melbourne Victory and a $500,000 promotional service deal with Football Federation Australia. New Victory coach Mehmet Durakovic will be hoping Kewell will have an immediate impact on the team on the field when their A-League campaign kicks off with a derby match against Sydney FC on October 8. Durakovic became the new coach in June following a disappointing A-League season and a lackluster start to the Asian Champions League where Victory again failed to progress past the group stage. Kewell will partner with club favorite Archie Thompson as the team’s two marquee players following the departure of Brazilian striker Ricardinho, who is currently on loan. Victory chairman Anthony di Pietro says the signing is likely to make a big impact on soccer more broadly in Australia describing the deal as the biggest

in Australia’s soccer history. “Harry is an Australian sporting icon and will bring not only incredible talent to Melbourne Victory but will attract more fans to football and boost greater interest and participation in the sport in Australia,” he says. Harry Kewell also says he is satisfied at being able to secure the deal only a couple of months after his contract at Galatasaray expired. “I am delighted to be joining Melbourne Victory. It is a great club whose record in the A-League speaks for itself. I am looking forward to playing in front of the Victory supporters with my new teammates,” he says. “I am proud to be Australian and want to give something back to the game there.  It has always been my ambition to play in my home country and I am very pleased to have that opportunity by playing for Melbourne Victory.”


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Stosur up for Australian Open “But if I can play like I did today, then hopefully it’s all going to be okay.” Since making her breakthrough performance by reaching the 2009 French Open semi-finals, Stosur has been rolled by Williams and Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the fourth and third rounds respectively at the Australian Open. Taylor maintained his belief that Stosur’s best surface was a slow hardcourt despite her best achievements before Flushing Meadows having come on clay at the French Open. “Sam is one of the people that can win the Australian Open but there are five of them and let’s not forget that,” he said. “She has put in a lot of work on the mental side (with AIS sports psychologist Ruth Anderson) and been open to new ideas. “I can’t say enough about her. She has been able to look at herself hard in the mirror.” Taylor said Stosur had been relentless in her pursuit to improve her game. “No stone unturned, an ab-

solute pleasure to coach,” he said. “She is always just doing whatever she can to be a better tennis player and I have the best job on the tour.” Stosur, who lost a year of her career after being diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2007, said the success at Flushing Meadows had made all of her sacrifices worthwhile. “When I was younger, my family gave up a lot,” she said. “My parents and my brothers got dragged through the tennis clubs. “But I’m lucky that I had a really supportive family. “They saw that I had this dream and drive and determination to be a tennis player and none of us knew if that was ever going to pay off. “Playing all those small tournaments and I’ve slept in train stations and stayed in dodgy hotels and done the hard yards through many places, and it is awful. “But it pays off in the end. I’d do it all over again if I had to.”  -AAP

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amantha Stosur, with the US Open trophy in hand, is ready to handle the suffocating pressure at January’s Australian Open in Melbourne. Her coach David Taylor believes Australia’s latest grand slam champion will be prepared to handle the wave of expectation that will hit her during the Australian summer. “I think she handled herself well in Australia (this year) but I think she learnt more than anything else,” he told AAP. “What a learning experience being on billboards and being on TVs. She is ready for that now and much better prepared. “I really look forward to her doing well in Australia, that is a massive dream for her.” Despite her growing status in the sport, Stosur has enjoyed only a fraction of the attention at the French Open, Wimbledon and US Opens compared to her home slam. “We’ll see how I handle it when the time comes,” Stosur said following her 6-2 6-3 US Open final win over Serena Williams.

Samantha Stosur poses with the championship trophy after beating Serena Williams at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York this week

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Melbourne Ice are the toast of town after their second consecutive Goodall Cup victory.

he Docklands’ Ice House threatened to blow its lid with a packed crowd going crazy following the Melbourne Ice’s second consecutive Australian Ice Hockey League championship. The home team edged out the Newcastle North Stars 3-2 with an impressive defensive effort that kept the Ice on their toes until the final seconds. The North Stars’ Goalkeeper of the Year, Matt Ezzy, stopped an impressive array of shots from hurtling into the back of the net, but in the end it just wasn’t enough. Before presenting the Goodall Cup to the winning team, AIHL Commissioner, Tyler Lovering, reflected on the road that had been traveled since the first AIHL championship over a decade ago when three teams got together to form the league. He hailed the successful tournament, saying that the league had fulfilled the “wildest dreams” of the league’s founders. Despite being a relatively minor sport in Australia’s iceless winters, the Goodall Cup

is the longest continually contested Ice Hockey trophy outside North America. Even when Melbourne joined the competition in 2002, they were resigned to the suburban Oakleigh Olympic rink. There is no doubt that the new centrally located Ice House has put Melbourne on the map for great facilities, but even better teams. Veteran Ice player and first year captain, Vinnie Hughes, has been with the Ice from the start and has seen a revolutionary change in the fortunes of Melbourne ice hockey. “We were always proud of what we had. But other teams looked at us like we were worthless, like we had no money. But we pushed through that. We had to push so hard to get where we are today.” Hughes compares Canadian import Jason Baclig’s influence during the season to that of a “virus”. Baclig has outstanding abilities on the ice, particularly from the penalty line. Baclig and Joey Hughes were named the Most Valuable Players of the tournament and final series respectively, having

bedazzled fans with their ultraquick ability to create opportunities out of nothing. Hughes credits the club’s cohesiveness in consistently building a team built on respect for each other in delivering success to the Docklands based team. “It’s the gel. We really have a tight team. We’re pretty much all brothers. Once one guy falls over there’s another guy there to pick him up and that’s exactly what Melbourne Ice represents and that’s exactly why we’re winning. We’re a family team and we back everyone up all the way - especially our administration.” Joey Hughes agrees. “Within the boys, the feeling that we have right now, you have to earn it, you can’t buy it,” he says. The AIHL will return next year with a new team based in Perth. The Ice and North Stars will contest a newly established Trans-Tasman Champions League, against the top two teams from the New Zealand Ice Hockey League, Botany Swarm and Southern Stampede.


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