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So, why? by the editor, designer, coordinator, coder and chief of (no) staff Why put together an online magazine when there’s a website, twitter feed, instagram profile, facebook page and online store? It’s a good question. I’ve asked myself this a number of times in the last few days whilst putting the finishing touches to this little experiment. And, yes, an experiment it is, at least in part.

The thinking was quite straightforward. What to do in a creative space here in Adelaide which can be put out at minimal cost - beyond time to produce - both as a ‘could become real’ publication, and as a showcase for a fairly broad range of skills, given that this has been put together by, well, me, myself and I. Still, though, why? Don’t I have a job, don’t I Talk have commitments and responsibilities? Bills to pay? Well, yes: like everyone, I’ve things to stay on top of, and things that have to get done More regardless of where I’d like to be in terms of the type of work I’d choose to do, or the way I might choose to use my time. But there’s also a point that hopefully we all reach where we have to at least take a punt, see how far that punt flies, and find out how far things can go once that punt lands and starts rolling. That’s why The ball’s in the air...

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ISR Network and In-Store Radio Local entrepreneur Zinedine introduces his startups

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30 Our World Today OWT’s Chris talks about the role of news media

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Howl The Moon Adelaide’s newest pop-up Fringe Venue for 2013

The Majoran Distillery Inside Adelaide’s technology co-working space




Tia International Aid Adelaide’s youth-led non-profit for Bolivian youngsters


George Town, Penang A photo tour of Adelaide’s Malaysian Sister City

Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary The stunning scenery of the Flinders Ranges

What’s all about? An insight into the thinking around the magazine


Strawberry & Balsamic Cupcakes Courtesy of Adelaide’s own The Little Cookbook

Five comedy picks for the 2013 Fringe James Newcombe picks his must-sees for February


LOBO Cider Lenswood’s own award-winning cider brewery


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Whilst out and about last month, we got talking to Zinedine, the man behind two Adelaide startups, the ISR Network and In-Store Radio. After giving us an introduction to his projects, we had a few questions to ask about his experiences. •••

What first started you thinking about in-store broadcasting as a startup business? I was a manager for a supermarket chain and in my time there I got tired of hearing the local easy-mix radio station every day and started to imagine what my own radio station would be like if I had one. After mulling it over, I began to wonder why the chain I worked for didn’t have their own radio station. And then, after a bit of research, I realised there could be a big opportunity for instore radio in retail.

So whilst chain stores manage their in-store messaging, smaller stores generally rely on free-to-air? That tends to be the case, yes. There are single-store owners who have their own in-store radio, as it’s affordable to do. I think the problem is that many businesses just don’t see the benefits of having in-store radio. The best way to illustrate the problem with that is to draw from my own experience managing a store. Ads for Coles and Woolworths would be on the free-to-air station played where I worked, promoting products that were cheaper than we were selling them in the store. You wouldn’t let another business stand at the front of your store and try to steal every customer from you with a better deal, so why let them do it inside your store using your radio?


How does it work? How would a store take part? It’s very simple. All a store needs is to buy our music player, plug it into their music system and from that moment on they have their own in-store radio station. We help with any issues along the way, from helping with mandatory music licensing through to extra cabling. Usually there are no issues and the process is actually very simple.

So the technology side of it is all fairly straightforward then? As far as the customer is concerned, yes. It’s a plug-and-play solution so, once the media player is plugged in, ISR manages everything from music selection - based on customer preferences - to any advertising scheduling and audio production for the ads.

What have been the milestones for you in getting everything up and running? What were the key moments? We are still a young company so there are not that many milestones yet! I spent about a year and a half setting this up as there were so many things that needed to be done. When the time finally came there were a few weeks where nothing really happened and then we got our first customer, an IGA supermarket. That was a satisfying moment for me. Although it wasn’t the beginning, that felt like the start of the business for me.

And what about the challenges? All the setup! I didn’t realise in the beginning just how much more to it there is than just playing music for a business. There are many music licensing laws and issues facing a provider that we just didn’t realise. The right software and hardware was also a big issue for us when we first started. We tried a huge number of different software options that were available on the market. Testing all these out was very time consuming, but obviously it was important to get the right one. Just as a TV or radio station can’t afford to be in a position where a broadcast might fail, we had to be certain a customer’s station was guaranteed at a software level to broadcast without issues.

Are you getting interest from outside Adelaide, now that things are rolling? Surprisingly enough, we’ve had some interest from a group of convenience stores in South Africa! For the time being, though, we’re focusing on Adelaide first, to get off the ground, and then Australia.

What other projects are you working on at the moment, next to this? When we first started out we called ourselves the Independent Supermarket Radio Network and we had a specific focus on supermarkets. As

we went into it, it became clear this might be larger than simply a supermarket-only service, and so we recently changed our name to InStore Radio PTY LTD. The Independent Supermarket Radio Network very soon will become the ISR Network. One of our services is acting as an agent for our customers in organizing advertising for their in-store radio, so that there’s a cash incentive to take part as well. This is mainly aimed at supermarkets, so the ISR Network will soon get a makeover and a new website and this business will be responsible for media management for those clients who want the service. We may also expand the options for advertisers who want to advertise not just in our stores, but also in other stores like K-Mart, Woolworths and, for instance, in-store digital video advertising. We’ve a bundle of options to look at.

Anything else in the pipeline you’d like to mention? Any news coming in 2013? It’s not confirmed yet but we may be looking at an option where our customers can manage their own in-store radio via an online account. That’s about all I can say about it at the moment, but to find out more, we can be contacted for a chat - our email and telephone number are at the top of the page. •••


Inconspicuously located on the first floor at number 6, Cinema Place, news is being gathered and published. Perhaps not such a big thing, given the number of news channels available online, on television and in the newsagent; until, however, you notice that the items run by the Our World Today team have a clear, and possibly surprising, goal in mind: positivity, wherever possible. And, dare we say it, a knock-on implied optimism for the way in which the news media can contribute to our appreciation of the world around us. Case in point: a recent OWT Twitter post ran with the lead ‘the only disability in life is a bad attitude’. We decided to find out more.



“If you’re an Adelaide-based social change venture, we’d love to chat about you using the Our World Today space.” For information about coworking in Our Office Today, contact Chris:

he obvious first question: how did Our World Today come about? I started my media career working in production at Channel 9 here in Adelaide. I left to spend 7 months backpacking through Africa, part of which was spent setting up a radio station for East African youth to have a voice on radio. On returning home I wasn’t too keen to enter the world of media again, so I start-

world, and what it was like to be sur-

board of directors, and they have no say

rounded by a negative view of society.

on the news content.

Soon after, in the pub over a beer, where all good ideas are born, we made the decision to start our own organisation, focus-

Yes, I think it has certainly added to

ing on inspiring and empowering readers

our success. We have had a lot of in-kind

into taking positive action.

support, in terms of website, office space,

o you’d say the news media has a responsibility to its audience to prompt reflection as well as discussion of issues?

ed a project with the Australian Refugee Association, and worked in the Darwin immigration centre. Those experiences, alongside travelling, really opened my eyes, and I realised the

I think the news media has a huge social responsibility, and this is more often than

computers, equipment etc and NFP is integral to our volunteer approach. WT is run with the contribution of a

Since our launch in August 2011, we’ve found we almost have two separate prod-

one of them?

ucts: news, and community.

A few reasons. As I said, we’re NFP, and lack the finances to pay a large staff, and

in influencing how people see the world,

people in the world. I felt there were so

and how people perceive cultures, plac-

many inspiring stories, but they were just

es and issues. I think this is not thought

We have a great relationship with the

about enough and, unfortunately, people

Universities here in South Australia, and

only get to see a small percentage of what

around the country, and people are keen

is really going on.

to get involved and work with us.

I went back to uni and studied postgrad journalism, and whilst there met up with an old friend, Mike Worsman. Mike had worked as a journo in the Riverland, and was now in PR at the Royal Adelaide hospital. We began chatting about news, the media, and why conflict has possibly the highest news value.

ow does being a not-for profit affect how OWT approaches the news you report? And is part of OWT’s success directly a result of being a not-for-profit?

would not be where we are without them.

bit about why, and maybe introduce us to

not forgotten or simply absent. The media has one of the biggest roles

ing and passionate young people, and we

number of volunteers. Could you tell us a

number of amazing, and simply good,

not being shared.


As a not-for-profit, we also don’t look to shock to sell papers.

And it turns out that, whilst plenty of organisations talk grandly about concepts like collaboration, inspiration, and working together, OWT are walking the talk in this area as well, with the introduction of coworking spaces to the OWT office, under the working title Our Office Today.

so we rely on volunteers instead.

What we’re trying to do now is really link the two - ‘telling’ the news, if you will. We’re here more to share stories, engage people with people, and people with stories. Community is crucial in that. We thought, since we have such an amazing office space (Chris laughs - ‘I

It’s a ‘win, win, win’ really. We win, as we

invite anyone to come and check it out’),

get content produced; the volunteer wins

and we aim to build on our community,

as they get unprecedented experience

let’s engage a number of like-minded,

and published work; and the uni’s win as

young, entrepreneurial people who are

students get ‘tuition’ and opportunities.

interested in what we do and are themselves working towards social change.

As a not for profit we have no corporate

The volunteer community has been

We researched the effect this had on

issues. We can’t be owned by anyone and

great for growing our wider community

Coworking is something that is starting

people, and on their perception of the

can’t be ‘bought out’. We simply have a

too. They are an amazing bunch of inspir-

to take off in Adelaide, so if we can engage


I decided to take part

valuable experience, and

Each moment spent with

I have 100% faith in them,

because I was looking for

direction in my own life.

OWT I learn something new,

their outlook, and where

and I’m proud and lucky to

they are heading. I can see

have been a part of it.

OWT creating a workplace

experience in Journalism. After my first interview with one of the directors at OWT,

When I first started, I wasn’t expecting to write imme-

unlike any other. I can see

diately, but the first day I

When I first heard about

was assigned a story and so

OWT, their vision and ap-

I went with it. OWT chal-

proach is what lured me in.

lenged me and not only

The way the directors at

Since joining the team in

helped me grow in my cho-

OWT spoke about it, I could

mid-January I’ve loved ev-

sen profession, but as a per-

see their passion and knew

I have met amazing, posi-

ery second of it. From writ-

son. I learnt how to contact

that if any team was likely to

tive, happy people who love

ing articles to researching

people, write articles, inter-

create a new form of online

volunteering their time for

and assigning stories for the

view and, now, research and

news, it would be the team

OWT - and so do I.

journalists, it has given me

pitch story ideas.

at Our World Today.

I had never been so sure about something - I wanted absolutely to be a part of it.

OWT in the future, and I believe the world needs an online news organisation like OWT. It fits perfectly.

people with the idea early, that’s good

Then there are all our partners and mem-

for Adelaide. Oh, and as you mentioned,

bers, and on and on. It’s quite amazing .

we’ve called it “Our Office Today’! ou’ve also made the OWT space available to a number of local collaborative groups. What’s the thinking behind that?

We also produced a series called Fringe TV last March/April to cover the Adelaide Fringe festival. The end product really was great and the feedback was awesome. Looking forward to that again this year.

Again, this is really linking that idea of

But you know what? The best thing by

creating community, and engaging them

far is the thanks we’ve received. Just those

with our ideals. But also just allowing an

little comments or emails where people

area for people to get together and col-

say thanks, or write to say we’ve inspired

laborate. There are plenty of places for

them, or changed their outlook.

people to get together and complain, so we wanted to make a place where people can get together and talk about creating progressive and positive social change. inding down, what would you say have been the highlights for Our World Today in 2012? And how about 2013?

o close, what would you wish for in the New Year, wearing your OWT hat? We’re keen to launch our new ‘club’ / community campaign, as well as expand the coworking and networking events. We hope to reach up to 10,000 unique website views a day. Certainly we’re still

For me, knowing that the extended com-

trying to find our exact niche in the online

munity have just visited our site once, and

media world, but we’re getting there, and

engaged with the idea and brand.

that’s proved by over 70,000 individuals

We’ve had 70,000 individual visits to the site, and engaged over 200 volunteers.


visiting the Our World Today website in the last year and half.

To be inspired, and to surround yourself with a positive mental environment, visit


selves and who want to get amongst other people and stay in touch with what’s happening. We become a surrogate office for them. But also, we hold events and opportunities for the members to get to network and share stuff. What first started you down the track towards setting up the Majoran Distillery?

We recently caught up with Michael and Chhai, the brains trust behind the Majoran Distillery, one of Adelaide’s coworking spaces for the technology startup community.

In between painting the walls and sanding the floors of their new premises, they gave us the lowdown on how things are changing for tech startups in the city. Let’s do some quick Distillery introductions first: who are you, guys, and what are your backgrounds? Michael: currently earning a living doing accounting work. Haven’t always done so. Studied art. Loved painting but doesn’t pay the bills. Always fascinated by computers. Been trying to teach myself to code on and off for last couple of years. Chhai: programmer from way back. Worked at a variety of startup Internet Service Providers and web development agencies. Why the Majoran Distillery? What does it aim to do? How does it work? And what’s a coworking space all about? Why? We wanted a great place to hang out with a bunch of really interesting people. What? Aims to get people interested in the same stuff together and become a homebase for activity around those interests. How? We have a space. People swing by. We hang out. People can be members and rent a desk for a period. Then we get to hang out more with them. Coworking? Coworking is about community. Developing a community of like-minded people who are usually in business for them12

We wanted a space for us to get serious about us doing some projects we’ve been working on for a while. We thought ‘let’s get serious about this, because working from home doesn’t work’. The opportunity to actually do it when Chhai was talking to a friend and was offered the use of a space to test the idea out, our previous, much smaller space on Pulteney Street. We talked to a bunch of people about the idea, got a few takers, and decided ‘let’s just jump in’. And it took off. Once we had a space, people could see what it was about in reality, and they just got on board. What do you think is unique about Adelaide in terms of what you’re trying to do? Adelaide has a good DIY culture. You want something done, folks here tend to do-it-yourself. And it’s not actually that hard to do. There is a lot of cool stuff happening at the moment in Adelaide pushing that DIY concept - local artist-run spaces like FELT and Tooth and Nail, for instance. I dig that and it’s encouraging for us. Interest in the Distillery is coming from outside Adelaide as well, isn’t it? Yep, we’ve had people in Sydney and Melbourne reaching out. When Chhai and I visited Sydney recently we met with people from Ninefold, Fishburners, BlueChilli and ATP and they were all keen-as to help out. Peter James from Ninefold is particularly helpful. And Chhai got a call from the UK the other day that spun us out a bit. Someone from a Government agency over there called, basically saying ‘we’ve noticed, and keep up the good work’. What have been the challenges in getting a tech startup community established? Were they challenges or opportunities? I think the challenge is getting people together. There are lots of pockets of cool things going on in Adelaide, but the people in those pockets don’t often get the chance to connect and come together as a whole. Startup Weekend, by Dave Troung and


Orren Pruncken, has been a big catalyst for getting all the parts to come together, at least temporarily. But there’s still heaps more to go, and we’re really seeing just the tip of the iceberg as far as local talent goes. And one great thing about Adelaide is that its geography does enable people to actually physically come together. It’s not a big city. Another challenge would be that we don’t have enormous hubs of tech genius working in places like a local Google office, the way Sydney does. Contradictory as it sounds, Sydney also has the advantage of being loaded with stacks of expensive real estate, the point being that there’s a lot of cash sloshing around over there. That’s very fortunate for them. But obviously that also makes it a very expensive place to live. Advantage Adelaide on that front. Overall though, the good thing about that is that there is awesome talent here in Adelaide which isn’t all getting sucked into some corporate behemoth vortex that chews them up and spits them out like a Sandcrawler. The Distillery’s been in existence since July 2012; what’s happened in that time? Well we’ve had a huge 6 months. When Chhai and I first talked about this, we thought ‘hey we’ve got this opportunity to rent a small room. Let’s get some people we know in there. It’ll be fun and we can get on with our own startup plans.’ But the little idea that we initially had has taken off! It’s been amazing. All these people that we didn’t expect got behind the idea and we now have something that we’re really proud of. We’ve had gatherings where people like Peter James, who’s the co-founder of Ninefold, have come along and spoken about the amazing stuff he’s had the opportunity to do. He’s been a massive supporter of ours, and when he came he had time for everyone in the space. Great to see. We’ve also had Alan Jones come along, another legend. He helped set up Yahoo! in Australia, back in the day. He was also very generous with his time. It’s pretty amazing to host evenings where veterans of the Australian tech industry come and share their experience. And I think that’s an important function for a space like the Distillery: to connect younger, less-experienced people who are starting out with industry champs and people who have done it before. And that doesn’t always mean superstars - here in Adelaide there are guys around who have raised capital for their startups and so have a wealth of experience themselves. When they rock up to our evenings we get a buzz because the space is right there, helping people get to 14


the next level of what they want to be doing, whether through meeting the right people, attending the right events, or hanging out and working in the right atmosphere. All these things come together to help people get that little bit further down the path they’ve chosen. Not everyone is aiming for the stars, but everyone needs support along the way. There’s big news around the Distillery’s premises, right? You were on Pulteney Street, but now… We were in a tiny box, one room on Pulteney Street, but we’re now leasing a whole floor in Grenfell Street. It’s an awesome space. We love it, the members love it, and the folks who come in to check the place out or who attend an event love it. It’s just a really good space, with heaps of room for coworking. We also have offices and a bit more room for members to chill when they need to take a break. Loads of fun! Can you tell us a bit about the more interesting projects that you’re seeing come through the Distillery? Anything else you’d like to mention? Well, it’s really exciting for us when you have people like Peter O’Neil come on board, someone who has built up and sold their first venture and is coming back for round two. He’s developing apps for music festivals and has loads of advice. It’s also great to have someone like Shane Cheek wanting to take out space. He’s doing his own startup with Acumen Ventures, but from the other side, as an investor, so he has a tonne of advice. Now that we’ve moved we’ve got an interesting team called Insider Publishing coming in. They’re a unit that puts out guides for international students for each city around Australia. They are awesome guys. But all the Distillery folks are awesome! And we’ve got Rebecca Collins from Automattic involved. Just being able to say that we’re reppin’ part of the team behind WordPress is cool. Rebecca’s getting behind the local WP scene by revitalising the Meetups that happened a while back.


All cool stuff, all cool people. We’re so lucky to have all these amazing people around.





The photos here were taken during time spent in Adelaide’s Sister City in Malaysia, George Town, in Penang state, on a brief holiday back in September 2011. Whilst I’d known Adelaide and George Town were sister cities, when I first moved from Melbourne to Adelaide in February 2012, I had no knowledge of the underlying connections and similarities between the two: both were

influenced in their earliest days by members of the Light family (Francis and son William) and both have seen themselves recognised as the most liveable cities in their respective countries, for instance. History is a key consideration in George Town, as in Adelaide, with Penang’s capital enjoying UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Whilst many of the historical shopfronts in

George Town are in need of renovation, the city’s Conservation Management Plan guides the processes involved. Another simple similarity is that the central district of both cities is easily traversible on foot. Time can be taken to stop and appreciate the cultural influences evident in George Town’s architecture, and the cultural diversity on the city’s streets.





The Arkaroola resort and wilderness sanctuary is located 600 km north of Adelaide in the spectacular northern Flinders Ranges. The rugged mountains, towering granite peaks, imposing gorges and cool waterholes of the area are home to over 160 species of birds and the endangered Yellow-footed Rock wallaby.

As the trek from Adelaide was quite a distance, we decided to break up the journey and stay overnight at Orroroo, some 262kms north of Adelaide. From there we travelled the remaining 340kms up through Hawker, Parachilna and Leigh Creek out to Copley, all on sealed roads. The travel time from Copley to Arkaroola is longer than anticipated as the 130km stretch is on an unsealed road; however it is in good condition and definitely no problem for 2WD vehicles. Entering the northern Flinders Ranges one is immediately struck by the ruggedness and spectacular beauty of the place. Huge open terrain framed by red granite mountains and golden spinifex covered hills both inspire and relax me at the same time. Arkaroola has plenty of accommodation options including motel units,


Freelance writer for features, web content and blogs, specializing in non-fiction on lifestyle, travel, architecture and product reviews.

cottages, cabins, caravan park with 50 powered sites, and the Wywhyana bush camping area. The rugged camping area follows the line of a creek bed and although the access track is bumpy, allows 2WD access when dry. In the drier months it can get quite dusty, but it really feels like bush camping in the middle of nowhere. Toilets are provided and showers are available in the nearby caravan park. The Native Pine restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; it has pretty standard but hearty Australian fare, and has weekly carvery and BBQ nights. There is also a shop, service station, bar, laundry, swimming pool and internet cafÊ to satisfy visitors’ needs. To continue reading James’ article on Arkaroola, and to read other articles James has written, visit his profile on WeekendNotes by scanning the QR code.


image © James Newcombe

image © James Newcombe


image © James Newcombe

image © James Newcombe


The introduction only covered the broadest brushtrokes as to why put something like a magazine together in the first place. It didn’t cover any of the thinking that’s gone on around the magazine. Whether soapbox or sales pitch, hopefully this will give a bit more of an insight into what is, or could be, all about.

Why this size and format? Wouldn’t a magazine be better at A4?

Sounds like you’re talking community development. Right?

Over years of trying to read A4-andbigger street press on buses, trains and trams, I’ve come to appreciate smaller, more compact pieces of print. Pocket-size just makes more sense to me. How much space does anyone have at rush hour, really?

Ideally, a community focus would drive a chunk of what I do. But there are other things I’m looking at. There’s space to pull something together that presents in one place much of the entrepreneurial energy in the city, for example. It’s obvious that there’s a tremendous amount of innovation and creativity here - small businesses, individuals, groups, startups - that even the local community aren’t aware of, let alone the wider world. Add to that the burgeoning tech startup and coworking scene here and it seems clear there’s space for a snapshot publication, both as a showcase for local talent and, for instance, as a reference for potential investors, capturing what folks in Adelaide are building that isn’t yet showing up on the radar outside.

same goes for some of my Adelaide photos. From there, depending on the print-on-demand used, you can add them, or your own designs, to anything from hip flasks to hoodies. That’s also how I produce the radelaide t-shirts and flip-flops for the online store.

Will this be a one-time only mag? Or are you thinking beyond that? In a perfect world, I’d do more: a Thursday, Friday and Saturday street press freesheet, for instance, listing everything possible but prioritising those times of the day when folks can get to what’s on - noon to 1, 5:30 to 6:30 for Thursday and Friday - and a less-frequent outing, like this, for features, articles, interviews and the like. Throw in the meal deals that are out there, along with anything related, side by side on the same page. A street press freesheet...? It seems to me that there’s space here for a street-level, quickly-produced, free-to-pick-up sheet, aimed squarely at folks on the move: locals heading to work, visitors here for Festival season, or the Saturday café crowd. The thing I notice as a relative newb to Adelaide is there’s so much going on in so many different spaces, but there’s no central collector or distributor for it. ‘Build it and they will come’ just doesn’t work; you’ve got to take it to folks.


Which ties in with tourists, Festival visitors and the like... Exactly. An easy trap to fall into is thinking that if one box is ticked, the job’s done. A tourist may, at home, be an angel investor, or visiting to see if Adelaide’s the place to move to. Why not view that as an opportunity and address it, based on visitor stats? A lot of what you’ve done is online. Any plans there? Time’s always the challenge but I’d like to get the George Town photos online as prints or framed pictures, and the

What else for Something that’s been in the back of my mind is to make use of the magazine to cater to a particular area, say, the East End or a Traders Association. There are discount programs, ‘visit 5, get something’ concepts, but I think there’s room for something more. And next up...? A few things are floating around, but I’ve yet to settle on one as ‘first in line’: a set of street-scene postcards; expanding the Adelaide Skylines ebook; or just getting the t-shirts into some local shops. And, once I’ve had a breather, I’ll take a look at issue 2, crowdfunded this time. That said, though, first things first: the bills still have to be paid, and I’ve done this all in my own time. Who else has been involved in this, anyway? You and...? For coordination, layout, setup and delivery, it’s been me, myself and I, and for the content, it’s been an outstanding group of contributors, most of whom I’ve yet to meet in person. I may have to set a date for a radelaide. me magazine launch party. Any takers?


A youth-led Adelaide non-profit making a difference for children and young people in Bolivia Adelaide is home to a host of organisations making a difference in the lives of disadvantaged people overseas. One of these is Tia International Aid. Tessa Henwood-Mitchell filled us in on TIA’s achievements and on TIA projects underway for 2013. Can you tell us a bit about what prompted you to start Tia International Aid? As a very fortunate young person with all the opportunities I could ever dream of right at my feet, when I first volunteered at an orphanage in Bolivia in 2008, I felt such a sense of injustice and frustration that the children there didn’t have the same opportunities I’d had. It was a feeling that I can’t describe, but I knew then that I couldn’t return to a life in Australia that was materialistic and egocentric when I had the power, time and resources to do something to improve these


Another element that specifically affects young people growing up in orphanages is that normally a young person would stay with their family and be supported until they get married; but young people who have grown up in social services don’t have a family to support their move to independent living. The family culture to encourage them to succeed just isn’t there for those young people. So TIA’s aim is to develop young people’s skills and opportunities so that they can avoid the poverty traps they might otherwise face. Yes, absolutely. This is the main focus in all the work we do. We believe in empowerment above all else, and enabling these young people to help themselves is the best kind of assistance because it gives them the tools and the confidence to reach for their full potential.

children’s situations. I felt such a sense of social responsibility to try to make a

The skills they develop could help make them the community leaders of tomorrow.

change, no matter how small, in the lives of these children and young people.

Young people all over the world are the leaders of tomorrow, and this is why there

So, in 2009 I came back from Bolivia with a passion and a purpose to create some-

should be so much more invested in them.

thing that would improve their opportunities. 2 months later, Tia International

We truly believe that each and every young person in the world deserves the

Aid was born!

chance to reach their full potential, and through this they’ll in turn be the

Can you describe some of the challenges and difficulties that a young person in parts of Bolivia faces in their daily life?

change-makers within their own communities.

In Bolivia, 60% of the population are of Indigenous heritage, and 60% of the pop-

of young people, and that through investing in Bolivia’s young people we’ll see

ulation are living under the poverty line. So it can be seen both in the statistics

a change in the whole country, and Bolivia’s future will be brighter as a result.

and in day-to-day life that the Indigenous population are severely disadvantaged when it comes to economic opportunity. The frustrating thing for youth in Bolivia

How many projects is TIA supporting or managing? Can you tell us a bit about the particular issues they deal with?

is that there are so few opportunities to move out of whatever position they’re

TIA has worked on a number of different projects, ranging from developing mu-

born into. If they’ve been born into poverty, it’s extremely difficult to escape it.

sic and computer projects with a rehabilitation centre for blind and vision im-

There’s also a lack of social services to support people in disadvantage, and so

paired children and young people, to creating a child care centre for young single

children and young people receive very little support.

mothers at an alternative education centre to enable them to complete their high

We believe in breaking the cycle of poverty through education and empowerment


school education, to working on nutrition and health projects at an orphanage.

on a 10-month motorbike journey across South, Central and North America and

Our focus is always to create opportunities and enable change in the lives of the

Alaska, who raised almost $20,000 for TIA!

children and young people we work with.

Are there new projects in the pipeline for 2013, or developments to existing ones?

We’re also now creating a project that focuses on supporting young people who

You mentioned a transition project earlier...

have grown up in children’s homes in the transition to living independently.

Our biggest project in development is a Transition Centre and Program that we’re

And this is all run from a head office here in Adelaide? That must be a challenge to

aiming to open in July 2013. The focus is to support young people turning 18 who

coordinate, given the projects and distances involved.

have grown up in children’s homes and now have to leave those homes. This is a

Yes, it can be extremely challenging! I travel to Bolivia at least once a year for a minimum of 3 months, so that I’m available to support both teams, and we’ve had some of our Australian volunteers visit our projects and team in Bolivia. The main focus of the Adelaide team is to raise the funds we need for the work in Bolivia, and to raise awareness both about the situation there and the amazing things we have been able to do with the support of the Adelaide community. If someone in Adelaide wanted to become involved, could they? For instance, do you have volunteer positions that people can put themselves forward for? Yes, volunteers really are the lifeblood of TIA! We’d love everyone to become involved in our amazing team here in Adelaide. There are currently a number of vacant positions on our team, so all anyone needs to do if they’re interested is send an email to and we’ll direct them to the right person!

have no family to help in the transition to independent living. The first part of the project is an Early Beginnings Transition Program, a series of workshops which we take into children’s homes to begin preparing young people emotionally and mentally for what’s to come. The workshops also help equip them with basic living skills, financial management, and some work skills. The second stage is the Transition Centre, where we’ll offer accommodation, skill building workshops, and basic support in the form of counselling, tutoring and mentoring to help these young people reach their full potential as young adults. It’s an exciting project and so necessary in Cochabamba as there are thousands of young people in state care who need this kind of support every year. Right now, there’s nothing available like this, which means that many end up on the streets, involved in drugs, alcohol and crime, and with a high rate of young pregnancies.

We noticed that, being a non-profit, folks are also contributing through fundraising.

The impact is huge.

Yes, we’ve been extremely lucky to have people believe enough in the work that

It’s also the most ambitious project we’ve ever undertaken, so any support we can

we do to raise funds for us through various activities, the most recent being a

get would be hugely appreciated!

wonderful man from Melbourne, James Wright, who did the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and raised over $1,000. Then there were the two incredible ‘Adelaide to Anchorage’ guys who embarked 32

very scary time for them as they have no support, financial or otherwise, and they

For more information on Tia projects, and opportunities to become involved in their work or to support Tia’s work, visit, or email


it’s nearly here. the adelaide fringe, that explosion of creativity, talent, energy and enthusiasm. sometimes, though, our attention’s so fixed on the performers that we don’t notice the venues. so we dropped by for a chat with emily at howl the moon, mad march’s newest pop-up venue.

so, how long has howl the moon been around? It’s never been done before! This is our first year and, like all pop-ups, it’s there when it’s there and gone when it’s over. We love the idea of creating a Fringe mirage and then packing it away so you’re left with a memory.

what goes on at howl the moon? Well! Live music galore - gypsy, folk, alt-country and blues. Usually we open in the arvo and people can grab a drink and enjoy the shade, and then ticketed shows start around 7 in our open-air garden. There’s one Official Fringe show per evening. Audiences can grab a delicious cocktail du jour, or a handcrafted beer, lounge about under the twilight sky on some suave vintage couches, or lounge on picnic rugs. If

what can i expect from howl the moon? Think: Deliverance meets Bohemia, El Paso meets Estonia; with an eclectic mix of music, food & wine in a luminous night garden for Adelaide Fringe 2013

you’re hungry you can head to our Deep South-inspired grill (designed by Bistro Dom Chef Duncan Welgemoed) for a pulled pork and slack-jaw slaw sanger, or some fried green tomato sliders if you’re vegetarian. There’s great music and Vintage DJs who’ll play after the shows, so you’re welcome to just come and hang for a while. This’ll happen every night from Thursday through to Sunday, and Sundays are free entry and free entertainment too. Something for everyone!

who runs the show? The Fringe Acts we have will, of course, command the crowd during performances; the venue itself - programming, marketing, beer-pulling - has been masterminded by my partner Maxim and I, and a collective of colleagues and helpers. I’m a blues singer/songwriter from The Hushes, and Maxim is a venue manager who dabbles as DJ. We saw an opportunity to help grow the music section of the Fringe by creating an exciting new performance space for local artists that was accessible and affordable, and completely different to other fixed venues. We liked the idea of providing something small-scale, intimate and engaging, and that’s been the motto of the venue. This helped decide which acts to program in, and also which suppliers to partner with - LOBO Cider is a premium sponsor, and we’re working with Alpha Box and Dice from McLaren Vale for our wine. We want to be as wholesomely handcrafted and artisan as possible!

how do i get there? Heaps of options! There’s ample car parking if you’re driving; or catch the 178 to Paradise from King William Street, get off at stop 7 on Payneham Road and walk 400 metres south down Nelson Street to HTM; or you can always ride your bike!



= FOOD! = ...but let’s be serious for a second: these are any-day treats! The balsamic really tones down the frosting sweetness, which I love! And I added a bit of pepper to the cake batter, which gives it a nice kick.

Strawberry & Balsamic Cupcakes

If I were making this again I might try roasting the strawberries for a while, and then drizzle them with lemon before straining.


Just an aside: strawberry and balsamic also works great in other foods - visit The Little Cookbook website to see a strawberry balsamic flatbread recipe.

ix =

Cupcake M = Basic Vanilla & Pepper 250gr unsalted butter (I like B.D. Paris Creek Farms Unsalted) 250gr caster sugar 2tsp vanilla extract 5 eggs - free range! 250gr self-raising flour (check to be sure your flour is in-date; self-raising can go off meaning your cakes won’t rise)

Frosting Mix = ic am ls Ba & y rr be w ra = St 150gr strawberries, hulled 280gr unsalted butter 500gr icing sugar, sifted Approx. 2tbsp balsamic vinegar, adjusted to taste (try a caramelised balsamic; sweeter, thicker balsamic is preferable)

pcake Method =

Cu = Basic Vanilla & Pepper

I based this on a vanilla cake recipe from Bake by Alison Thompson. This produces a very, er, cake-y flavour.

1 2

Pre-heat the oven to 160C and set out 24 cupcake papers.

3 4

Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.


Cream the butter sugar and vanilla together until creamy and pale; about 5 minutes. Sift in the flour and mix on low-speed until just combined; now is the time to add any flavourings. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve and divide equally between cupcake patty pans, put in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

ting Method =

ic Fros = Strawberry & Balsam 1 2

Remove the butter from the fridge 30 mins before starting.


Place butter in a large mixing bowl and beat until smooth, fluffy and pale.

4 5

Puree strawberries in a food processer or blender - if you don’t have either, chop them up and mash through a sieve.

While beating on medium, gradually add sifted icing sugar, and then add the strawberry puree and balsamic to taste. And then beat on high until smooth and fluffy.

You may need to add more puree or more icing sugar to get the right texture, as you want this to be spreadable, but not runny. And there you go! Strawberry & Balsamic Cupcakes!


A quick top 5 of the comedy acts coming to the 2013 Fringe...

by James Newcombe

One of the best things about the Adelaide Fringe festival has to be the sheer variety of top quality comedy acts that we’re treated to. Here are my picks for 2013, based on last year: Punchy shows with great comic timing, and the performers’ chemistry is a delight!

A late-night Fringe institution at the popular Governor Hindmarsh hotel

These American vaudeville performers send up famous plays and movies with silliness, slapstick and irreverent humour.

Featuring the best stand-up comics the Fringe has to offer; totally unscripted and unrehearsed.

Three-time winners of the ‘Peoples choice award ‘, the manic Sound and Fury are bringing three shows to the Fringe this year; ‘Dirty Fairy Tales’, ‘Hamlet & Juliet’ and ‘Testaclese & ye Sack of Rome!’. Two of their previous shows ‘Sherlock Holmes’ and ‘Spaceship Man’ were Fringe highlights for me. Some of the best performers compete in this high-energy mix of theatre and stand-up! The ‘2013 Theatresports Clash’ is undoubtedly the toughest form of comedy - improvised on the spot with no script or rehearsals! Opposing teams perform scenes based on audience suggestions; doing whatever it takes (including singing, dancing or miming) to gain the audience’s approval and avoid the Hanging Judge’s elimination horn. I saw ‘Sound & Fury’ blitz a strong opposition at this a few years ago, and have been a devotee ever since.

Usually featuring three top international - or local - acts plus a comic compere, this is a great night out at a very reasonable price, and can a great way to finish off an evening. The fantastic Steven K Amos has been a regular at the Gov’s ‘Best of the Fest Late Show’ for many years.

Cheeky, smooth comedy: silly, bordering on the surreal Some might call his clean, charming and witty comedy ‘Old School’, but internationally-recognized Irish stand-up Jimeoin still gets a lot of laughs, and rightly so, if you ask me. A great observational comic, Jimeoin delights in creating laughs out of even the most trivial, mundane everyday things and experiences. Another ‘can’t go wrong’ pick for a great Fringe comedy night.

Biting observations on life and razor-sharp wit - just don’t get him upset! Tom Gleeson has fine-tuned his performance over the years to become one of the major stand-up comics at the Fringe. The tall, sarcastic, thinking man’s comic (star of Good News Week, The 7pm Project and Thank God You’re Here), returns with his new, not-to-bemissed show called ‘Hello bitches’. You really can’t go wrong with Tom Gleeson as a choice for a good comedy night out at the Fringe.


The Adelaide Fringe has been extended this year to a month-long festival; commencing on February 14th and running until March 17th. You can purchase tickets online at FringeTix or from the booth in Rundle Mall. Other top acts include: Arj Barker, Best of British and Bulmers Best of the Edinburgh Fest.


Makers of stylish ciders in the Adelaide Hills We grow as many of the apples that we use as possible, and get the rest from other Hills growers who love apples and cider like we do. And everything we do is processed and made right here in the Adelaide Hills.

What: Cloudy by nature, LOBO by name,

apples & unfiltered flavour in a bottle. We also make a Perry (pear cider) as well.

From: Apple Central, lovely Lenswood, the apple-growing heart of the Adelaide Hills.

Why: When we started out in 2007

there was a shortage of cider; Michael grew apples, Warwick missed making cider; ‘nuff said. A few others have jumped on the bandwagon since then!

Won: Dry Perry - Best of Class in the 2012 Cider Australia awards

Where: at Howl The Moon during the 2013 Fringe, along with a bundle of other exceptionally fine SA outlets!


Some other Beautiful Things you might find if you’re lucky LOBO single-year ciders are made from the best apples available at the time , but are limited in quantity and style, depe nding on what’s available at the time.

Norman: a dry cider with European cider apple varieties

Dry Pear: yep, it’s a dry pear cider Crabby: a special blend including crab apples and Winter Banana appl


Royale: a slightly sweeter ‘keeved’ style & we’re currently working on a Cyser

which is a mead with apple and quince and a secret blend of herbs and spices.

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