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Art & Design Special creative edition

the other julia morris

1st Birthday Edition

prepare to be judged

ladies of rock

it’s all happening at rosie’s

invintaged fashion reinventing style

social/life magazine: NOVEMBER 2012

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“Every child is born an artist”

From the publishers...

~ Pablo Picasso

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processes in children - mainly due to the fact that much of our western-style education system was created to service a booming industrial revolution. There was another story about a young girl who couldn’t sit still: she fell behind in her grades and was eventually sitting (uncomfortably) amid parents, medical specialists and education experts as they tried to decide her treatment for “mental deficiencies”. One specialist took the adults aside and left the girl alone in his office with the radio playing music - and they watched.


The girl got up, and danced and danced.

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“There’s nothing wrong with her,” the specialist said, “She’s a dancer and

photography she’s just in the wrong kind of school,” was his ultimate diagnosis.


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Photography: Steve Dunkley

Models (L-R): Rachelle Schmidt, Elizabeth Blaxland and designer, Wendy Ratcliffe wearing some of Wendy’s era-inspired Invintaged design collection.

I’d heard that tale several times over the years and always wondered if it was true, or one of those modern fables that go around, perhaps as part of a self-help group or conferrence somewhere. The girl was Gillian Lynne, world-renowned choreographer of the longrunning stage shows Cats, Phantom of the Opera and Aspects of Love, all for Andrew Lloyd Webber. Recently, a well-known guitarist posted on Facebook that he had “...never had a ‘proper job’ in my life”. Funny, I thought he was a guitarist.

There’s certainly a lot to gain in being studious and learning the traditional subjects, maths, science and chemistry. But the creative within sets us apart from every other living creature. We create to express, communicate, to be passionate. In this issue of social/life magazine, we present a collection of artists who have held onto their creative within and are finding ways to share that with us. - Steve James and Steve Dunkley - Publishers.

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FAT FESTIVAL FEVER Story and Photos by Chuck Grotte

Thousands of music fans of all ages descened on the Newcastle foreshore for the Fat As Butter music festival.

Spread across the fields along the back of Nobbys beach, the whole area was completely transformed to host what has become the unofficial start to Australia’s booming festival season. This year’s line-up was decidedly retro with Good Charlotte headlining and names like Eiffel 65, Wheatus and Yellowcard bringing the sounds of the radio 10 years ago. Yellowcard in particular was notable, playing with energy and sounding better than they have in years. Eiffel 65 was a memorable example in how time isn’t always gentle to people in pop music, and we got to hear his one hit, Blue (da be dee da ba da) four times in his short set. It wouldn’t be a festival in Australia without an appearance by 360 - a festival regular and crowd favourite. He was in his element, playing to a sea of screaming fans like a true professional. Good Charlotte were eager to please as well, sticking to the hits and playing them loud. They were the last band to play at Fat

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As Butter, and the already pumped up crowd went wild. It was definitely the most enthusiastic crowd they’ve played to in years and they were clearly loving it. When the music was good, it was great. The unevenness of a multiperformance festival didn’t seem to rock the crowd in a bad way - the vibe all day was positive and there was definitely something for everyone. It was a massive party in Newcastle for sure - and there’s no argument - Newcastle loves to party hard. Fat As Butter offered many supporting acts a chance to shine. Standouts were Pond, (members of Tame Impala), Grinspoon (dance rock), Bombs Away (big booty beats), and Seth Sentry (Aussie hip-hop). Wheatus, oft thought of as a onehit-wonder, managed to keep people entertained, playing some of their material (arguably never heard here) and a smart cover of Weezer’s My Name is Jonas, filling out their set until it was time to play “their one song”. n

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The first stom of spring brought a picturesque display of lightning across the Lake Macquarie area in mid-September. Photographer Peta Wood saw the approaching storm and set about capturing the foreboding cloud formations but was amazed at the lightning activity that lasted for more than an hour. Peta and her partner Darren James found a perfect location on the Warners Bay foreshore to capture the event, hoping that they were not in the direct path of the storm, “We judged that it

Photos by Peta Wood

was heading across the south toward the west,” Peta said. Using her digital camera and choosing appropriate settings for low light and long shutter speeds to take advantage of the brilliant lightning, Peta began taking long exposures to allow the light show to be recorded in each frame. “The colours are amazing and beautiful,” she said. “Digital photography allows us to enjoy the results immediately and make exposure adjustments on the fly. The result is this incredible play of light and colour.” n

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L!vesites presented Rockers and Revheads on the weekend of October 1, a sensational weekend of rock ’n’ roll, in the centre of Newcastle. With a great line-up featuring the rock ’n’ roll bands Andy and the Cruisers, The Jive Bombers, No Brakes and the Real Gone Cats, the fun was on for all. A fantastic display of American classic cars and street rods paraded along Foreshore Park before entering the arena for a public show and shine attracting car enthusiasts like moths to the flame. The event included free dance lessons in swing, rock ’n’ roll, jitterbug and rockabilly styles, as well as dance demonstrations and fun dancing competitions - who doesn’t like to do The Twist, Rockabilly Rebel and Limbo Song?

Nigel, of the Sydney Swing Katz with friend Octavia dressed to thrill

Event organiser John Waring and friend in red, black and white

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ourm t e G razy! C Story by Tegan Hughes

Home cooking is all the rage at the moment. Everyone is doing it.

And if you’re not cooking, you are most likely eating out.

Proof is on the social media sites listed: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest,

where users post pictures or descriptions of their gastronomic discoveries. Society is obsessed with food, with dinner no longer a simple steak and three vege, and even McDonald’s has become “a little bit fancy”.

chopping board.


Gourmet cooking is now seen as art,

try to improve on her already impressive,

memorable affect on the eater.

salted-caramel macrons.

It seems almost everyone in my life is

attempting a masterpiece with food.

What ever happened to food being

MasterChef and celebrity chefs like Jamie Oliver and movies such as No Reservations and Julie and Julia are to blame for our culinary

This indulgent attitude with cooking can

have positive social implications, from the discovery and experimentation with new,

simply a substance taken for the mainten-

unknown foods or as a loving gesture,

ance of life, and our days of hunting and

shared with special people in your life. My other roommate knocking up a moist

gathering? Cooking can be a challenge; ingredients are becoming ever-so-important, and did

It seems television shows such as

I have watched my roommate continually

with a meal having the ability to create a

chicken breast filled with blue cheese and prosciutto drizzled with a caramelised jus,

we mention rare

after work, between six and

and expensive?

seven on a Tuesday evening.

And once you’ve found them, one wrong move in the frying pan and you can be back to the

Society is obsessed with food, with dinner is no longer a simple steak and three vege and, even McDonald’s has become “a little bit fancy”.

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Invintaged fashion classics

Story by Michael Blaxland Photos by Steve Dunkley Location: Great Northern Hotel - Lobby Newcastle

“Why settle for being the same as everyone else when you have the capability to express yourself through the language of style? Fashion may change, but style never does.” With those thoughts, Newcastle teacher, actress and costume designer Wendy Ratcliffe has turned couturier and is offering women the chance to be their own stylists with her made-to-order vintage clothes. Her company, Invintaged, will be officially launched next month, but already orders are being filled for custom-made creations harking back to styles from the 1920s to the 1960s. “Is an idea that I’d been toying around with for quite a while; basically recreating modern vintage, so taking styles of the past, inspirations from the past and making it for ‘now’,” Wendy said.

1960’s cocktail dress: fitted shantung silk bodice with square neckline (front and back), full satin brocade skirt with net petticoat, all fully lined

“I don’t really go in for the more stylised forms of vintage, like rockabilly or that. I’m more the classic Dior style. The little black dress is never going to go out of style. “I can give people an opportunity to create their own style. For me, personally, I love the ’50s and if I could live in frocks and suits from the ’50s, I would. “But if someone out there prefers ’20s, then we can work around what they prefer and give them that look, that style.” Her small cottage is a hive of activity with sewing machines, patterns,

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cloth samples and dressmakers’ models, but a special room houses the prized “style icons” which contribute to her business and what it can create. Period accessories, hats, furs, materials, trims and shoes pile up to the ceiling, providing a cornucopia of ideas to feed the imagination of clients. “What I offer is something that you most likely won’t find in the general stores and I’m also looking at catering for style design, so I’ve segued into make-up artistry as well, creating a whole ‘look’ from the clothing to the make-up and the hair – I’m not a hairdresser and don’t cut or colour, but I can put hair up in a period style. “Costs depend on the fabric and the time involved, what’s out there, what’s available. “There’s a plethora of Sydney-based fabric shops, so it does mean travelling and sourcing from there. I also sometimes reclaim vintage – something you couldn’t put on now because it’s falling apart but you can still use the antique lace or sections of material. “With other things like hats, shoes, bags and accessories, I do a lot of international shopping – there’re a lot of vintage sellers overseas who have great prices.” Wendy said each era had had pretty much specific shapes and the like – the 1920s very square and angular; in the 1930s, femininity came back in and the sporty boyishness was dropped a little bit and everyone cut on the cross to accentuate the look, “very flowy and draped”. “The 1940s – we hit the war and between losing a lot of the fabric manufacturers and that type of thing, and having to “make do”, everything became very utilitarian – almost militaristic. Women were wearing these very plain skirts and shirt-maker dresses and it almost had a military feel. “And then in the ’50s, war was over and the fabric manufacturers were making fashion fabric instead of parachute silk again and then you had people like Dior celebrating the end

1940’s day suit: pure wool, Jacket is fitted with peplum, velvet detailing & gold buttons, fitted skirt with side kick pleats - a very military feel, all fully lined

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of the war and having these massive big beautiful skirts that they couldn’t have in the ’40s.”

“To me, ‘fashion’ is something that is very ‘here and now’, which is why we generally take on the word ‘trend’.

Wendy said she was also working on a simple range that incorporated the key looks of each era, that would be readyto-wear and these creations would be featured at her launch.

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colourevolution Carole Elliott first started painting about 18 years ago after completing two terms of an art course through Hunter Community College. “I really didn’t get along with a paintbrush though and my brother, also an artist, suggested I try soft pastels and I have never looked back,” she said. “I have dabbled in acrylics and water colours but find nothing replicates the immediacy of pastels - and I love getting my hands dirty! “I now use soft pastels on a sanded paper, which avoids the use of a fixative between layers and therefore the colours remain vibrant.” Carole said she found painting relaxing and enjoyed the feeling the sense of achievement when the painting turned out just the way she imagined. 12 social/life

“My main subject matter is water, especially the beautiful Newcastle coastline, and I am constantly testing my skills in achieving such things as the translucency of a wave or reflections on still water, “There are a number of pastel artists, both local and international, whose work I really admire, although my main influence has definitely been my older brother, who has been painting for as long as I can remember.” Carole paints in a realistic style but is constantly working to evolve her own, “I love the abstract nature of water and reflections,” she said. “I find procrastination is my worst enemy and have discovered the best thing to combat this is to organise an exhibition every 12 to 18 months. “My next exhibition is at Forsight Gallery, Union Street,

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Newcastle, opening on Friday October 26 at 6.30pm. “I’ll be showing a collection of 15 paintings, all depicting water in various ways, including Nobbys, the Cowrie Hole and Bar Beach.” Other works will include, beautiful colours of sunset over the ocean, an abstract shorebreak, small children playing in the round pool and some peaceful summer seascapes.

“The centrepiece of the exhibition is Wet & Wild which is a painting of a stormy ocean with a beautiful translucent wave in the foreground,” Carole said. “I also have an article and demonstration painting of Wet & Wild in the current Issue of Artist Palette Magazine and this painting is featured on the cover, which is really exciting.” More of Carole’s work can be seen on her Facebook page:

Musician, actor and teacher Allon Silove had what could be considered a fortunate youth–born in Israel then moving with his parents to their hometown of Capetown, South Africa, and finally immigrating with the family to Melbourne. Story by Michael Blaxland “I did my primary and high schooling, discovered a love for music, started songwriting and, like most kids, discovered the guitar in high school. “I got onto the last series of New Faces in Melbourne – it was filmed but never got aired. I also had a theatre side and was involved all the way through high school, ultimately playing the lead of Tevye in my Jewish high school production of Fiddler on the Roof.

been other people’s or theatre or children’s songs, but a life-changing event was about to happen which would open the creative floodgates and start a path which he is continuing today as a solo artist of original songs.

considered myself a guitarist and really found my own voice and wrote a large number of songs.

“In 2009, my whole life came to a stop – I was diagnosed with cancer,” he said.

“In 2011, I recorded my debut solo album Small Steps. I write from a place in myself that I want to express ideas about life.

“In the space of 24 hours I had major

“I keep writing and writing…at the core of who you are… because you have to.

“My parents made the good choice to move to Sydney where I did my HSC and I met my high school sweetheart and now wife, Jo Roberts. My first band happened in high school, Jo and I decided to come to Newcastle to go to university and my life’s never been the same since.” The ’90s and noughties brought house band gigs, learning the double bass and forming soul and jazz groups, overseeing the Footlice Theatre Company and formation of his own company and the creation of Imaginary Friends Theatre group and Grubble the puppet. “But the biggest musical adventure,” he said, “was when I began work at Hunter TAFE in 2005 in the music industry department and got to know Grant Walmsley from the Screaming Jets. “Grant had a plan to put a new band together and Agents of Peace was formed.” There followed about about four years of non-stop touring for the band, and the recording of three albums. Until now, Allon’s music had mostly

“I realised I really wanted to do this – playing solo at open mic nights and hearing people’s reactions to my songs.

“I had that voice collectively and literally – was like a dam wall bursting and waters began to flow and it feels really, really good.” Allon is currently working on a new album, for release next year. State government cuts for TAFE have put casual teachers in the Newcastle music industry department in doubt, so his regular gigs at several Hunter venues are a lifeblood.

surgery and then chemo and spent four months completely out of the world.

“The Holy Grail is to try to make a living which is a balance to be able to charge or have ticket-paying fans and to match with product sales – which these days is very hard.

“Cancer’s one of those things – at age of 32, it made me stop and take stock of my life.

“I’m always proud to play any gig and make sales – because I know I’ve earned those sales.

“When you are faced with your own mortality…the only thing that got me through was the care of my amazing wife Jo and my guitar.

“Would I do it again – put myself out there with my heart on my sleeve every time I go out?

“I just started writing and I discovered a place inside that I could go to write. I’d always been a singer, but I’d never

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ge to d at Souths Three sisters team up on sta rock in Rosie’s handpicke

Indigo Beiboer, Gypsy Pictured above: Brooke, Breanna,

When three sisters were selected to perform as part of Rosie’s School of Rock’s “Handpicked” concert last month, they played up a storm. The sisters, Brooke, Indigo and Breanna Beiboer from Hamilton, are all students at Rosie’s well-known music school in Newcastle. Brooke is learning bass guitar, Indigo is becoming a drummer and Breanna plays keyboards. Rosie’s School of Rock is a performancebased music school. The music school was founded in 2007 by the dynamic duo of Craig “Rosie” Rosevear and his wife Belinda with the goal of teaching confidence through music. Craig is well known in Newcastle and internationally as the powerhouse drummer of Newcastle’s own the Screaming Jets. Rosie’s organises a regular concert for its students, giving them a unique exposure to performing on stage in front of a live audience. The school has four main sections that include Little Rockers (ages 4-7), Rockers (from 7), Rock Divas (4-14) and Classic Rockers (mature age). Because the structure of the school is inclusive, each student 14 social/life

a. Rosevear and Rosie’s staffer, Emm

learns their “term song” and it allows them to participate in the collective music-making and also the school’s “Handpicked” event.

students, parents and teachers to assess if enough hard work has been done in this reallife situation.

Little Rockers provides a great backdrop for little kids who want to explore music in a group environment.

The most improved students are then selected for further rehearsal and an invitation to the “Handpicked” gig.

The school’s website explains; Kids are encouraged to explore their musicality through drums, piano, guitar, movement and singing and Rosie’s provides the tools and guidance so they can express their Inner Rockstar.

At the last “Handpicked,” the Beiboer sisters teamed up with Craig and Belinda’s daughter Gypsy to perform No Doubt’s I’m Just a Girl.

In the Rockers classes, students learn to play popular rock songs on their chosen instrument, with the goal being to “jam” in a mentored rehearsal session later in the term where family and friends get to watch. This is a great way for

“We love to make music in the band,” Brooke said. “It’s great to be able to play awesome songs and be in a band”. “Rosie’s is a top place to learn music and have fun. All the teachers have a great sense of humour,” indigo added. Breanna also enjoys the experiences at the school, “Being on stage is so thrilling and also heaps of fun. It has really helped my confidence playing in front of a crowd.” The girl’s mum, Donna, is loving it, too. “Music practice can sometimes be boring - but never at Rosie’s. My girls love rehearsing the songs they learn there because they cover everything from Adele to the Rolling Stones.” For more information about Rosie’s School of Rock. visit. n

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Kate design by kate

Interview by Vanessa Swilks Photos by Jacqui Clancy

When did you start your jewellery design business?

Where do you distribute your jewellery range?

Design By Kate was officially opened in February.

I am currently on Facebook and attend the Hopscotch Sundays Market, but have plans to expand early next year with a web page and possibly a monthly market.

What inspired you to start your business, Designed by Kate? The desire to create a piece that can be treasured for a lifetime, keeping your loved ones always close to your heart.

What sort of creative environment do you like to work in and where is your studio?

Tell us about your jewellery. What materials do you use?

My work area is split into two areas, the garage, where I do all the stamping, I can then put the pieces together and apply the finishing touches in the dining room!

The two main metals used are sterling silver and gold fill, but I do on occasion use brass and copper, to give the required effect to a piece.

You have three children under five – how do you juggle family/work life balance?

How would describe your jewellery style? Individual. I like that a piece of jewellery can tell a story, of your life, your family, battles and successes.

What jewellery designer gives you inspiration? I am a huge fan of Harry Winston and also Van Cleef & Arpels, truly magnificent craftsmanship, and, hey, if it’s good enough for Marilyn Monroe, how could you go wrong? 16 social/life

I have to do most of my work around my girls’ nap times and outside play times are great to get some work done, and also when they go to bed. I am up quite late most nights putting together pieces, answering emails and Facebook inquiries. I have one day a week where the girls are at childcare, this is the only full work day I get.

How do people purchase your gorgeous pieces? I can be contacted via email –, or you can visit my Facebook page at n

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Lisa Pollard artist

What is the inspiration for your paintings? Many of my ideas are cultivated from an interest in pattern, texture and colour found in natural objects, rocks and the landscape. I also love photographing interesting colour palettes found in my environment. Interview by Vanessa Swilks Photos by Jacqui Clancy

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What process and materials do you use in your art works?

and have had some wonderful teachers at Hunter Street TAFE. I studied for four years part-time and I hope to return when my children are older.

Colour evokes strong emotional responses for me and this has been transferred into many of my paintings. I enjoy the interconnectedness of shape, design, texture and layering.

What do you find rewarding about your art?

I love the freedom of working quickly, to strip back layers to reveal symbols from the unconscious. I like to paint intuitively, driven by colour and I enjoy how the rich earthy palettes can be reminiscent of the Australian landscape, revealing mysterious layers through the history of mark making.

Latest exhibitions? Solo Show Lisa Pollard, True Vision Gallery, Redhead, June 2012 Group Show Forsythes Collectors Care, 2012, Front Room Gallery, Newcastle.

What made you want to be an artist? I’ve always painted since I was a young child and it has been something that has been expressed through my relationship with the world around me. I feel very comfortable within the art community in Newcastle

I believe that the arms are an extension of the heart; I often connect to a place of stillness through the intuitive process of painting. It is a concentration practice, which allows me to drop deeper into the spaciousness of the present moment as the colours and abstract forms appear on the canvas.

Anything you want to add? I have been exhibiting my paintings for the past 12 years up and down the east coast of Australia and in many group shows in Sydney and the Hunter Valley region. My paintings are also in private collections overseas in Japan, Canada, the US, Hong Kong and the UK. It’s always exciting when art collectors purchase my work and can resonate with the emotional tone of the paintings. It’s a life-long journey to keep my painting practice going, many memories are captured in each canvas as I explore this wonderful medium. n For more about Lisa and her work, visit


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r ec et S arden G t he

Photos by Steve Dunkley

Spring is an exciting time for flowers and gardens. There are boundless creative options for your garden like this Secret Garden design created by Amy and Pene of Elegant Blooms of Hamilton.

Spring brings with it amazing colours and unique flowers to brighten all areas of your life as well as filling your home with the aromas of the season.

from the pages of Enid Blyton and C.S. Lewis. “The season means brilliant and vibrant colours and perfumes. We find that lilacs, sweet pea, freesias and Arab eyes all have their special way of bringing light and

outdoor spaces with some imagination.”

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colour to a place,” Pene said.

“When you get creative with flowers, there’s so much to you can include, like standard roses, lavender, ficus plants, fuchsias and orchids ~ they can all add their own personalities to indoor and

Amy and Pene are planning more garden displays for you to enjoy. n

Visit Amy and Pene at Elegant Blooms at 141 Beaumont Street, Hamilton. Phone: (02) 4961 3119.

She has made us laugh and been a regular on our TV screens for ages. Julia Morris is more than the queen of Aussie comedy, she’s also taken on a challenging role in a nationally acclaimed drama series, House Husbands. But well before that, she was O.S. mixing it with some of the superstars of comedy. Be upstanding as we get to know a little more about Judge Julia. Interview by Steve Dunkley

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What subjects get you into trouble? I can get into trouble on just about any subject. It comes from years of telling the truth. Stand-up comes from the core of your truth, so it’s easy to become a little too enthusiastic at times.

As a comedian, do you look for “social lines” to cross? Making audiences feel uncomfortable is not really my forte. When I go to see comedy, I want to laugh. It’s as simple as that. I’ve always said I am not really clever enough to offend.

You’ve added acting in a major TV show to your repertoire. Are you coping OK? Shooting House Husbands has been the most fun I have had on a show in my life.

The cast are way too much fun every day and the crew are the coolest, most talented funsters in the business. Plus, I get to kiss Gary Sweet each day… how hard can it be?

to turn the engines on and not let the headlights go on automatically…”.

It’s a “different” Julia than we’re used to... do you have to work at it?

We had the most wonderful two years in L.A. I was at drama school in Hollywood and living up in the West Hollywood hills.

The character of Gemma is much more serious than I am, so I take some calming down on the set. It is so very different not playing things for laughs.

Everyday I would pinch myself. I am a girl from Gosford. I shaped up, grew my hair and had the time of my life.

... and Season 2 of House Husbands really boils down to more kissing with Gary Sweet? Well, Bingo. I have read interviews with actresses saying “It’s really awkward and not at all sexy”… I beg to differ. It rocks. Gary Sweet is an awesome kisser. I said to my husband Dan “it’s hard

How have your experiences in L.A. changed you?

Is the Central Coast still “home” or is the world your oyster? The Central Coast will always be my home. No matter where I have been in the world, the Central and mid-coast beaches are the very best there is. Where else can you see Big Dog going to bed? social/life 21

Has it been a long journey since New Faces in 1985 Yes, but I am still singing Bonnie Tyler’s Holding Out for a Hero, whenever I get the chance! My mum had my performance fee cheque framed so I could keep the first dollar I earned in television. It was from Channel Nine and it was for $20… woot woot!

Do you need a holiday yet? Where would you go to disappear? I often disappear to the Crown Plaza in Terrigal. It is where I grew up and I love the change of pace. The kids love the pool and Dan and I hit the Florida Beach Bar and pretend we are in our 30s… till 9.30pm then we have to go to bed.

Why is your latest tour called “No Judgment”? Shades of Beauty and The Beast perhaps? I decided 12 months ago that there seemed like there was way too much aggression in our society… so I decided to try not judging people for a year. It was the longest hour and a half of my life. It was too hard. A girl passed me in a boob tube… I had no hope. So the show is about being judged and is loads of fun.

Julie at the Star Ball, Sydney

Is there an upside to judgment? It is just so much fun. My favourite is to judge other parents at the park. I can fill up hours just looking around and judging.

Who are the standouts that you have worked with in stand-up? Anyone who is funny is my favourite. I love Alan Carr, Tom Gleeson and Kathy Griffin. I am sick to the stomach with excitement to see Sarah Silverman in late November, but it’s hard to beat working along side Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, Jason Alexander and Whoopie Goldberg… they were glorious.

In the past, you’ve taken comedy to some pretty outrageous places - is any subject taboo? I am a mummy now, so I am much softer in my approach, but much more intense and passionate about life. The audiences have left this show with sore tummies from laughing too much and that makes me feel like a million dollars.

When you gaze at your own professional horizon, what can you see?

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So many good times. So very many laughs and such a lot of joy. If there is such a thing as a blessing in life, then surely humour must be it. n

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all in the family Nicola Hensel & Maggie Hensel-Brown

Nicola is a Newcastle artist, living in Adamstown for the past 25 years, still in the small arc of kilometres that contained the lives of both sets of grandparents and great grandparents. My husband, John Turier and I have been making our living from art for more than 20 years John’s large sculpture Foundation Seed is on King Street outside Marketown. We have a large family, a kind of Brady Bunch whose initial seams have long since disappeared – five boys and one girl, all young adults now. Jacob is a musician with the hip-hop outfit Last Kinnexion, Isaac and Oliver are filmmakers, Eli, Maggie and Paris are visual artists, here and in Sydney. We didn’t set out as a couple with expectations that our kids would follow suit as artists. John and I worked on our art from home, either in a studio in the back yard in his case, or all over the house in my case – and the kids just lived in and around it all without it being a big deal.

It’s been fun, though, for us to see them all pick up their individual interests and start building lives around them. John and I, and now some of this next generation, exhibit our work regularly in galleries. I’m represented by Jan Murphy Gallery in Brisbane and John by King Street Gallery on William, in Sydney. Maggie, our one girl, has recently had her first solo exhibition at Maitland Regional Art Gallery, a result of winning the Brenda Clouton Art Award. Maggie is a sculptor who specialises in both large-scale steel constructions and tiny textile works. She and I have had a stall at the Art Bazaar from it’s very first years. Our stock varies according to the developments in our art practices. This year will see tiny stone necklaces, large cardboard wreaths and weed drawings. The Art Bazaar is one of our favourite points of the year, as the vibrant art world in Newcastle gets together and shows and shares itself with the wider community. n social/life 23

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Happy Birthday

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Birthday celebrations in full swing

Hair fashion parade at Sla’s, Warners Bay.

“The Boys” modelling male hair at Salas.

Gorgeous ones, Jan, Donna and Lee.

Five months of planning went into the celebrations of Hey Gorgeous’s first birthday in September. “We wanted to celebrate, but we also wanted to give back to the community in some way because we have been so warmly accepted here in the Warners Bay and surrounding areas,” owners Jan Broadbent and Lee Paterson said. The event became a charity funding and awareness drive for The Cancer Council. Local businesses were most generous with donations for raffles – so much so, the prizes were raffled off throughout the month-long birthday celebrations. Some of our donations came from, Warners Bay Florist, South Sea and Tahitian Pearl Jewellery, Country Home Collectables, Amore Scented Soy Candles, Helene’s Pet Portraits, Arbonne Cosmetics, I Have a Dream Gifts, Fleur Rose Beauty, Artist, Nigel Necklen, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Jan’s Alterations, and many more! A hair fashion show at Sala’s showcased

“Wedding of the month” was won by bride and groom Casey and Cameron and their bridesmaids, Katie and Narissa who were treated to a fabulous morning of gorgeous hair, beautiful make-up by Heidi of Divine Tan and Beauty plus, of course, champagne and fun. Local business owners and staff are still commenting on how gorgeous the girls looked. They had to dash up to the supermarket before they went home to get dressed, and all the centre stopped to admire them! They felt like a million dollars. (PS: the wedding was complimentary and we donated the proceeds to the cancer cause). “Our first birthday party “Hey Gorgeous Birthday and Bubbles” was held at our salon on

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the September 29,” Jan said. “We had a great response from the invites and we had fun doing up the salon and guests enjoyed a glass of bubbly on arrival, and nibbles all afternoon”. “We continued the fund-raising raffles every 30 minutes, as well as some ‘special’ balloons you could purchase and then burst ... by sitting on them! “That was so much fun. I love seeing people winning prizes. “We would sincerely like to thank everyone who helped us from our models, to our generous prize donators and local business who helped out. (The BWS bottle shop were great with a good price on the champers!.) To all the lovely girls who helped on the party day – we could not have done it without you all”. Jan was especially happy with the event, “We feel privileged to be helping The Cancer Council who work tirelessly to do everyday, what we did for only 30 days!” Thank you everyone – from our hearts – Jan, Lee and Donna. n

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Enjoying the raffles and champers for a good cause.

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I’m a great lover of fine food, but I’m amazed by the sheer number of all those cooking shows on TV. They seem to be breeding them and releasing them on the public like ‘80s pop songs by Stock, Aitken and Waterman – all the same and all a bit too “cabaret” to be credible. The earliest memory of the TV cooking show was a daytime fixture that featured mild-mannered Aussie housewife chef, Margaret Fulton. It was in black and white and came on right after Swami Sarasvati and before the infamous Beauty and the Beast. Wow! I can’t count how many cooking shows have been aired, or are currently enjoying airtime in Australia, but there’s quite a few. MasterChef, What’s Cooking?, Alive and Cooking, Everyday Gourmet, Beat the Chef (please!), Iron Chef, My Kitchen Rules, numerous versions of Gordon Ramsay’s kitchen rampages, Huey’s Cooking Adventures, Consuming Passions, Good Chef Bad Chef, Jacques Raymond Secret Recipes, The Occasional Cook – and the list goes on and on. I recall reading that Australian’s loved police and hospital dramas, but that trend may have found some competition with the foodies. I’ll admit to being a sometime fan of Nigella Lawson. True, her show was styled to take advantage of the alluring nature of food, cooking – and Nigella herself. She’s a stylish lady with deep, deep brown eyes, a gorgeous voice, and accent – and oh, yeah – she can cook, too. Just a few minutes into an episode, my friend quietly asked, “Is this aimed at males?” I had to laugh. I think it is, I thought. I wondered if she and her cameraman had a “thing” going or they just worked really hard at getting those “money shots” as Nigella popped some mouth-watering morsel into her mouth and blinked twice into the lens while uttering something soulful about butter or biscuits or stirring the soup. It was all about fine dining... I’m sure. n







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Aircraft enthusiasts and enthrawled youngsters flocked to Rathmines on November 3 to share in the visit of a rare warbird seaplane, the “black cat” Catalina. The Catalina flying boat or seaplane was designed for use as a mine layer and also a rescue craft.

were flown by four front line squadrons, two communications units and three airsea rescue flights.

It’s ability to lay mines behind enemy sea lanes gave allies an advantage on the water by disrupting enemy shipping and as a rescue craft, the Catalina could search for pilots and ship’s crews and also pick them up.

The Catalina flying boats were the only aircraft to see service with the RAAF for the total wartime operations against Japan. In January 1952, after the war, the Catalina was declared surplus to requirements.

Catalina flying boats arrived at the new then Rathmines base in early 1941, and by September ‘43 the base comprised various seaplanes including 14 Catalinas, two Seagulls, a Dornier and a Dolphin. Many personnel brought their families to live in the towns and villages near the Rathmines base which influenced the establishment of other services such a school and post office.

Following World War II, Rathmines was used as a ground training base, and the Officers’ Training School was formed there along with training facilities for senior non-commissioned officers, physical training instructors and national servicemen.

The RAAF Base at Rathmines became the largest RAAF flying boat base in the southern hemisphere. Lake Macquarie was an ideal site as it is Australia’s largest saltwater lake and is four times the size of Sydney Harbour with 175km of shoreline. The Rathmines RAAF seaplane base played a pivotal role in the defence of Australia in World War II and its flying boats were involved with the mining of Manilla Harbour and played an important part in the Battle of the Coral Sea. It it’s peak, the base opperated forty aircraft in service with more than 3000 personnel. The base provided training to over 200 crews during the war. New flying boats, made in the USA, were flown to Rathmines and were then converted for operational duties. Between 1941 and 1952, the RAAF operated a total of 168 Catalinas, with the RAAF serial number prefix A24, and these 28 social/life

In 1962, the Base was sold to the Lake Macquarie Council. Many buildings were privately purchased and removed from the site or used by The Council as community halls. A large hangar, complete with electrically-operated doors, which was used for servicing seaplanes and flying boats, was pulled down and shipped to RAAF Base Richmond to house the RAAF’s then-new C-130A Hercules aircraft.

A young visitor is enthrawled by the interior of the amazing craft.

On it’s way home to Albion Park, tyhe Catalina is a stunning sight.

The original Rathmines base has now been heritage listed by the NSW State Government and an application for similar recognition has been made to the Federal Government so that funds may be raised for the erection of a hangar type Museum from which the Catalina Flying Memorial’s Catalina, VH-CAT will eventually operate. For more information about the Catalina Flying Memorial call 02 9870 7277 or email Membership enquiries Colin Cool: Visit:

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Curves Belmont owner Maxine and staff member Sharon brought along a few of their members from Curves Belmont.

Girls’ Night In Souths Leagues Club, Merewether / Friday October 19. Curves Newcastle organised a Girls Night In event at Souths Leagues Club, in aid of The Cancer Council and Breast Cancer Research. Around 180 ladies from Curves Newcastle, Curves Belmont and Curves Edgeworth, their families and friends enjoyed music by Mick Wilks, a fashion parade by Cave’ Collection, The Junction, games, stalls and a huge raffle with gifts donated by local businesses.

Curves Newcastle Julie Saperas (right) brought her friends.

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Stall holders Kelly from Kelly Taylor Hairdressing, Barbara from The Co-op Bookshop and Janice from Perfect Health in Broadmeadow.

Cave’ Collection owners Rachelle and Anita, their two beautiful fashion parade models and Janne from Jewellery Affair, The Junction.

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