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cover: Photography: Jacqui Clancy Styling: Vanessa Swilks Fashion: Dressed on Beaumont Model: Tegan Martin at Rustica, Newcastle

Our first Reader’s Story is included in this issue which is a huge moment for us at SLM. Patterson resident Nola McCarthy shares her colourful point of view of beautiful Norfolk Island, a favourite holiday destination. Her photos and narrative give an insight to her experiences on the island as she observes a few interesting features of life on Norfolk. Thanks Nola for this great tale. Our cover is once again glowing with Novocastrian model Tegan Martin. What can I say about Tegan who is clearly “on her way.” Her career is moving at an ever-increasing rate and she will shortly find herself in Paris, yes... PARIS. Need someone to carry your bags Tegan ?... and Good luck OS. The new restaurant that’s certainly turned my head is the creation of Will Creedon and Mark Hosie called Rustica. If you haven’t already enjoyed this incredible dining sensation, make the time and just go with it. It’s a real experience. Fashion stylist and Frock-On Newcastle principal, Vanessa Swilks chose Rustica for Tegan’s fashion shoot this edition. I think you’ll be knocked out by the decor and wonderful blend of colours and stunning fashion. We’re very proud to be reaching a vast audience after only 6 editions. Social Life Magazine is unique in that it is distributed physically via eat street locations across our fair city as well as via the social networks. Technology is so much fun! This amazing network is currently delivering our gorgeous magazine to 80,000 people in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, across NSW and Australia and even as far away as Singapore and Washington DC (Hi Joseph.) It’s a great pleasure and honour to be able to collect the stories from the people of the Hunter Region to transmit to the World. So thank you all for joining in with Social Life Magazine - It really is All About You.

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The pre-dawn boat ride on the Ganges was not to be missed, and so I found myself, freezing, in the dark on main street of Varanasi making my way down to the ghats. Around me, pilgrims emerged from beneath blankets on the sidewalk and cows rummaged through the rubbish in the gutter. Varanasi is known as the spiritual heart of India. Millions of Buddhist and Hindu’s make the pilgrimage to Varanasi each year. For Buddhist’s it is where Buddha gave his first sermon, at the nearby, peaceful Sarnath, and for Hindu’s it is to bathe in the Ganges, as it is believed the sacred water will wash away a lifetime of sins, and for those who die here, it offers liberation from the Hindu cycle of birth and death.

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Varanasi is also home to a large number of Muslims who have made Varanasi famous for their silk weaving by hand.

undergarments to bathe in the river.

It amazes me how so many religions can live peacefully side-byside, but that is India!

Others washed clothing, rolling it through the water before slamming the garments on the smooth stone surfaces and hitting them with bamboo sticks.

On the steps of the Ganges first light was beginning to peak through the horizon – it was magical.

At either end of the main stretch were the ‘burning ghats’ where public cremations take place on the shore of the Ganges.

Vendors were selling yellow-golden marigold flowers, postcards and bindis. A young boy around the age of twelve was persistent in selling me a card of bindis, and despite my polite ignorance he placed one on my forehead as I boarded the boat.

I felt like an intruder as I watched and photographed people going about their most intimate spiritual and daily rituals.

Despite the early hour the Ganges was full of life. Men were making their way down the steps of the ghats in their

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We got off the boat in the old city of Varanasi, to wander through the maze of enchanting alleyways that were too narrow for traffic. It was here in the old I saw my first holy man.

He was dressed in ochre-coloured clothing and face paint, the colour of renunciation. Others, I discovered, smeared their bodies with ash, and had long, dread-locked hair. As holy men – or Sadhus as they are known in India – they leave everything behind including family and material belongings to focus on spiritual practice and reaching enlightenment. It is necessary to pay to capture the colour and sacredness of the holy men in a photo. Holy men survive on donations and begging, so ten or twenty rupee - the equivalent of ten or twenty cents - was plenty to meet the cost, and it’s best to do this prior as altercations can occur.

Our guide, Ranny said it was hard these days to tell the true holy men from those who dressed up for tourists. The dusty and well-trod alleyways twisted and turned, monkeys peered down from rooftops as I squeezed past cows, goats, buffalo, hidden temples, snake charmers, and kids as they rushed past on their way to school. It was recommended to come back in our free time to ‘literally’ loose ourselves in the city, and when you had experienced enough, wave down a rickshaw to take you back to your hotel. But another overnight train was waiting to take me to Rajasthan, the land of maharajahs. n

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View from the Captain Cook Monument

Guards Horse Stables

Welkam Tu Norf’k Ailen (Welcome to Norfolk Island) Our (long anticipated) holiday to Norfolk Island inadvertently placed us in the changeover between two airline service contracts, and as we flew in on Norfolk Airlines, so began the most enjoyably slow week my husband Chris and I can remember experiencing. Norfolk Island was everything we expected it to be and we had perfect weather the whole week with around 25° sunshine during the day and cool evenings for sleeping. Three days after arrival, we joined what seemed to be half the island’s population along the fenced airfield to witness Norfolk Airlines final flight out. This closed another page in Norfolk Island’s long history and it was impossible not to get caught up in the emotionally subdued farewell to an airline that had serviced the island regularly over previous years. Uniformed staff, redundant due to the changeover, proudly stood in a line along the edge of the runway as the aeroplane slowly taxied past them prior to take off. The airport’s two fire trucks formed a guard of honour, spraying large arcs of water through which it passed, then, with engines roaring, it picked up speed and took off to cheers, waving and quite a few tears. In a salute to Norfolk, it circled the island once, passed overhead and 8 social/life

Headstones at Norfolk Cemetery

Welkam Tu Norf’k Ailen A READER’S STORY By Nola McCarthy

The Cows have right of way on Norfolk Island

with a slight dip of its wings was gone from sight! We flew in to Norfolk Island after dark and were met by our young host, Tenile who loaded us into the hire car. She told us breezily that, as she hadn’t had a chance to get our room ready yet she was going to have to ‘bump us off’ to another hotel for the night, adding as an afterthought ‘If that’s alright?’ We were promptly delivered to the Castaway Hotel and introduced to Tess, the manager who welcomed us profusely, then after an exchange of local pleasantries, Tenile promised to pick us up the following morning and left. We slept well in an airy, comfortable suite. Over breakfast around a large round table, our indoctrination to island culture began as we were joined by one guest from the neighbouring Eco Lodge Hotel, then a few minutes later ‘Ma’ arrived, calling out to Tess as she passed the kitchen door. Ma brought a bowl of freshly picked paw paw to share, the first of the season from her tree she told us, and as conversation flowed between the four of us, we learned that Ma is a very proud descendant of the famous Fletcher Christian, who led the Mutiny on the Bounty in 1789.

Norfolk Island oozes history with a unique way of life and Ma is an incredibly interesting, well-travelled person, who shared a comprehensive and colourful history of the island including a few of its foibles. This was great because we were going on a half day tour of the island at 9am that day and could match up parts of her information. For first time visitors a hire car is a must, although it’s good to take a couple of short tours to get your bearings before setting out on your own to explore. Be sure not to miss the majestic ruins of the Guard’s Horse Stables, or the enormous trees and their intriguing root system just near Norfolk Blue, a beautiful little restaurant based on private property where they grow their own beef and treat guests like one of the family. Economy wise, we were told that Islanders are struggling a bit to maintain their financial independence, and there is talk of Australia taking over to give them a hand. From a tourist point of view I feel this may be a good idea, but if it were to happen, it would be a shame to see it erode the simplistic way locals live. When I said this to one lady (another direct descendant) she said to me point blank ‘the Island ways will only change if we let them change!’ social/life 9

Saint Barnabas Church

Geese, ducks, cows

The respect shown by Islanders when a death happens is quite humbling. Flags throughout the Island are lowered to half mast and the radio plays the Pitcairn Anthem to notify the Island that someone has passed away. Graves are dug on a voluntary basis by members of the community and on the day of the funeral, women gather to make wreaths. As the funeral cortege passes, shops close their doors; motorists stop their cars; and adults bow their heads while children have been taught to remove their hats and stand at attention. The Norfolk Laengwij (language) is a mixture of old country English and eighteenth century Tahitian, St. Kitt’s Creole with occasional words and phrases introduced by American whalers. If listening carefully, some words can be interpreted correctly; other times, if the Islanders are animated or laughing that’s not possible but it is musical to listen to. They are very proud of their heritage and keep the language alive by teaching it at their school as part of the curriculum. I speak of ‘simplistic’ and to me, that is what makes the island so special. Car speed limits are 40 klm per hour within the two cattle grids at each end of the town, and 50 klm otherwise all over the Island. Another tradition is daa Norf’k wiev (the Norfolk wave) which is just a small wave when passing someone when driving, cycling or even walking. 10 social/life

Giant Trees Beside Norfolk Blue Restaurant

Crushed Glass in the Driveways

Six months ago seat belts became mandatory, but for these independent thinking Islanders, it hasn’t upset the status quo very much at all. They still carry as many unrestrained people as they like, even in the back of a ute, and as we were told most of them didn’t agree with this new law so they don’t abide by it. If you haven’t been to Norfolk Island for a few years be assured, cows still have complete right of way at all times and there are steep fines for injuring livestock. Chooks, ducks and geese fossick freely around the island with an endless array of roosters strutting and crowing at all hours of the day. In answer to our query regarding the abundance of cows we were told that farmers pay around $60 per annum agistment for their cows to roam the roadside, reserves and common land chewing their way around the island. Mustering occurs twice a year to check tags and anything else that may be needed, so as a means of roadside maintenance for minimal outlay it certainly works. It appears to be a wonderfully simplistic way to live and I hesitate to use that word ‘quaint’ but somehow, it fits this island beautifully. Crushed glass is an interesting example of recycling. Across the Island, driveways and the occasional garden are like a fairyland

Anson Bay

when the sun shines on them. Spread to keep the dust down, the crushed glass fragments glitter brilliantly with all the reflected colours of a rainbow. Graffiti and litter are non existent, and we found the evident trust people have of leaving their cars unlocked with windows down and shopping on seats, startling. It takes a few days to get used to this type of honesty, as does the habit of leaving doors unlocked and windows open when going out for the day. A local’s surf ski lies at the edge of the Bay for anyone to use, as long as they return it. This beautiful bay with its clear green water and reef that stretches from one rocky outcrop across to the sand is totally safe and a popular spot for swimming. With island temperatures ranging from 16°degrees in winter to around 30° degrees maximum in summer, it is idyllic. A luxury cruise boat arrived one evening with around 45 passengers, and moored just off Slaughter Bay. Coming ashore Norfolk Island is hazardous due to the steep cliffs and many reefs, so passengers were ferried ashore by ‘Rubber Duckie’ but the bush telegraph is alive and well on the island and by the time the travellers had ‘hit the streets’ word had gone from one end of the island to the other.

If you are thinking of visiting (and I hope you do as they need our tourist dollar), don’t expect things to happen quickly because ‘dumain’ (it doesn’t matter). Overnight mail doesn’t happen! If there is a food shortage in the supermarket they make do until the supply ship arrives. During the recent petrol shortage when the tanker couldn’t unload due to bad weather, the school, medical services and (believe it or not) hire cars, were given priority. All others waited patiently. That’s just how it is! We left the Island on a beautiful sunny Friday, eight days after arriving. From the lounge area, we watched the Norfolk Island dignitaries welcome the first flight in by Air New Zealand who have taken over the routes previously flown by Norfolk Air and we flew home aboard the same Aircraft on their inaugural flight out of Norfolk Island. Would we go back again? Absolutely because there is still so much we haven’t explored thoroughly, like churches dotted across the island, remains of penal settlement around various areas plus so much more, and anyway, as the Islanders would say ‘Fut nort morla el duu’ (why not because work can wait another day). About the Author: Our contributor, Nola McCarthy is a resident of Paterson in the Hunter Valley.

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Tegan Martin international model

Novocastrian modelling sensation, Tegan Martin shares some experiences about her life and meteoric modelling career Model: Tegan Martin Clothing & Accessories: Dress Me up Beaumont Street, Hamilton. p:4961 5003 Stylist: Vanessa Swilks Photographer: Jacqui Clancy Location: Rustica 2/1 King Street, Newcastle. p:4929 3333

When did your modelling career start? My modelling career started in 2010 when I won “The Face of Frock On Newcastle”. The Face of Frock On is a local modelling competition held at Westfield Kotara a sister event to Frock On Newcastle, the purpose of this event is to raise money and awareness for children with autism. Winning this gave me the confidence, drive and experience to go searching for other modelling jobs .

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experiences to date *A catalogue shoot adventure in Western Australia for the brand Wests, a clothing and wetsuit designer and manufacturer. The shoot involved Dalmatians, bicycles, skateboards, surfboards, paddle boards, a boat trip, a helicopter - it was all happening! * Numerous photo shoots and television commercials for “Nude by Nature Mineral make-up”. Great experience and a fun crew to work with! * Lots of catwalk and choreographed performance in pageants such as Miss Sydney and Miss Universe Australia. I won Miss Sydney 2011 and also came first runner up Miss Universe in the same year.

* Fashion and feature shoots for various magazines including Cosmopolitan, Instyle, FHM, Dolly, Take 5, Social/life and Newcastle & Central Coast Wedding. * I have had my make-up done by and was then photographed with Napolean Perdis himself. * I recently completed a body and lip tattoo shoot and commercial with Vixen Body Art * I was involved in The Lynx Anarchy iphone app.

What’s your favourite thing about modelling? My favourite thing about modelling is

that it’s always such an adventure. No two days are ever the same and I have met an endless amount of amazing people. I also love the fact that I can travel a lot and get to see some amazing places.

What’s your least favourite thing about modelling? Being away from my family and friends would be my least favourite thing, but it’s not all bad. It’s taught me to be independent and become more social with new people.

Tell us about a recent brush with fame. My most recent brush with fame was

not long ago at the opening of the Marquee Club at the Casino in Sydney. The Marquee Club was full of celebrities. I was dancing the night away next to Paris Hilton and LMFAO was singing “Champagne Showers” on stage to me. So surreal!

You just recently won a trip to Paris for 3 months. Tell us more about the competition you won. I recently won the Cosmopolitan Model Search in Melbourne. The first prize was a contract for 3 months representing one of the most prestigious agencies in Paris, the fashion capital of the world. I am ecstatic and will hopefully be heading

over there in June.

Where will you live in Paris? I believe I will be living in a model house with other international models from all around the world but I am not sure on the exact location as yet.

What’s your favourite thing about Newcastle? My favourite thing about Newcastle is that you have everything at your fingertips. The beautiful beaches, lake, parks and shopping centres. We have everything within about 20 minutes from where we live. Not to mention the great down to earth people! social/life 13

Will Creedon “Rustica”

Will Creedon has come a long way to make Newcastle his home. Joining forces with Chef partner, Mark Hosie and with experiences gathered the world over, they have created a unique place to bring it all together - A place called “Rustica” Interview: Vanessa Swilks Photos: Jacqui Clancy Model: Tegan Martin Dress & Accessories: Dress Me Up

Where were you born? The real capital of Ireland, County Cork.

Where did the Will Creedon story begin? Growing up as the son of an Irish dairy farmer at 7 years of age, the day after my Holy Communion, my dad started kicking me out of bed at 5am to help around the farm. The 5am starts finished on the day of my holy confirmation, I was 12 years of age. At this time, I ceased working on the family farm and started working on other farms and in local pubs.

was 17 years of age I managed to bluff my way through immigration and illegally started working in a huge pub in Toronto, Canada. I have pretty much worked in the hospitality game all my life. I was head hunted in Canada by Diageo, the world’s leading premium drinks business. Diageo were putting a small team together to open nightclubs and bars in capital and major cities around the world. This position took me to 23 different countries, including all the major cities of the World. I have had the opportunity to experience some amazing places, cultures and people.

assist in setting up Harrigan’s Irish Pub and Hunter Valley Gardens , I was a part of both these establishments for 9 years.

What do you love most about Newcastle? Its attitude and character as it has its own sense of self, you take it or leave it. Newcastle has a lot going for it, although we as the people of the city, need to break the line more and trust in our own beliefs. God bless the physical aspects of Newcastle. Newcastle boasts some great architecture, amazing scenery and beaches. What more do you want?

What did you do after finishing school?

What brought you to Newcastle?

What compelled you to start Rustica?

During school I managed a pub called Walsh’s in my local village of Aherla in County Cork. I then moved to England and worked in pubs and restaurants. When I

In January 2000 my sister was posted to Australia so I decided to come for a holiday and lend her a hand. I have been here ever since! It was at this time I was asked to

A chap by the name of Mark Hosie and I always discussed working together, our goal being to create a restaurant with influences from the Mediterranean. It

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was important to create an atmosphere that wouldn’t date, however as it aged, it would age gracefully. I loved the idea of exploring old crafts, highlighting trades people such as blacksmiths and sandstone masonry’s. Rustica provided an opportunity for these trades to flourish, be creative and showcase their work.

Given your Irish background, where did the Mediterranean theme come from? Ie: why does an Irish man open a Mediterranean restaurant? I have travelled to the Mediterranean a lot. I have worked in both Milan and Rome building bars (once again for Diageo.) I have also spent some time around Croatia, I love the food, the people and the whole sharing food concept. It is the only way to eat.

Rustica is clearly decked out

with some beautiful items. Who assisted you with the design of the restaurant? A chap called Dion Ackland, a man with a great knowledge of history and its design influences, a man that is passionate about preserving the crafts of the past and giving them renewed life. Originally from Maitland, I met Dion when I employed him to work at Harrigan’s 12 years ago. The Hunter needs to work quickly to keep him in our area as there are people in Northern Australia and Germany looking to snavel him up. It would be shameful for us as a district to lose those abilities elsewhere.

Where and how did you source all these pieces? Lots of research. Dion and I were also assisted by mates from overseas who were aware of what I was trying to achieve

and sent me some treasures, however, predominately lots and lots of research.

Tell me about the bulls head hanging over the bar? The bulls head came from the back of a newsagency in Palermo, Sicily. I saw a box in the corner of the store with horns sticking out of it and 50 euros later the bull belonged to Rustica. There are lots of those stories, some we can’t talk about otherwise I could be in jail, the less said the better. (laughs…)

One of my favourite things about the restaurant is wall art. How were these pieces created? The art pieces consist of The Last Judgement, a map of the Mediterranean from the 1650’s, the Italian market place and a piece from the Sistine Chapel, Peru (There’s a story for you I cant repeat as I social/life 15

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will never make it to heaven. Dion and I spent a lot of time trying to decide what art works would suit the restaurant, we own the original of the map so that was a given. Where The Last Judgement hangs I really wanted to put a painting up where there was a lady cutting a mans head off, blood and everything, however, I did a site survey and only two of us out of 19 people survey voted that it was suitable. I thought it would go well with the steak!

opportunity to travel when he was younger so he was a first hand cook in kitchens around the Europe and today he is cooking food from lessons taught many years ago.

What can we expect from a visit to Rustica?

How were these artworks printed?

An experience with a difference! It is an experience about sharing, you need to be open, it is not structured dining. Our vision was a very casual, jovial restaurant so you have to be open to the types of food the flavours, the service and make sure you share!

They are specially screen printed on felt, there are two businesses I am aware of in Australia that can do it.

Name three types of your food…. you LOVE?

Tell us a bit about your chef? The Rustica Chef is Mark Hosie . Mark is a quiet achiever and many people may know him from Bistro Tartine and Cellars Restaurant. Mark is a man of amazing knowledge and has a great understanding of the history of food, its influences and how it can all come together. Mark had the

• Black and White Pudding. • Bacon and cabbage with parsley sauce. • Brains or tongue.

What are your top three beverages? • Whiskey - Scotch or Irish - Midleton... very rare • Hunter Valley Semillon (to quote a

famous lady) “it’s the Hunter’s unique gift to the world”

Do you have three highlights for your spare time? • Chase women • Cycle on my bike • Chase women (laughs….)

One more fun question….. ... Whats something in life that you have never quite understood? Women (laughs again….) in particular single women – GOD BLESS THEM!


2/1 King Street, Newcastle Phone: 02 4929 3333 Opening hours are: Tuesday/Wednesday. . . . 6 til late Thurs, Fri, Sat . . . . . . . . . . . 12 til late Sunday for lunch . . . . . . . . 12-4 social/life 17

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Many Business trainers and Entrepreneurs agree that referrals are the best source of customers for a business. A satisfied client is likely to tell their friends of a good experience they had dealing with one business or another. Unfortunately the opposite is also true... “Bad news travels fast.” As the saying goes. Locally run, Word Of Mouth Directories is the very first customer-driven, word of mouth business directory that rewards businesses that offer top quality products and services. Everyone knows the number one thing a business owner can hear from a client is that they were referred to them by an existing happy customer! The whole site is dedicated to positive action. To refer a business that you’re happy with, customers can click on Refer-A-Business and follow the prompts to share the good experience they had with that business. There’s a bonus in doing that because Word of Mouth offers prizes for positive feedback like this, again it’s an emphasises on positivity.

Enter our

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There’s a monthly draw for great prizes and the business that received your feedback will also be rewarded with a free listing on the directory. That’s a Win-Win. Site Creator, Graeme Paff is focused on making Word of Mouth Directories a primary hub for local businesses to thrive, “In essence we’re a performance-based business directory,” he said, “We encourage customers and business to interact in positive ways so that visitors to the directories can clearly see who to deal with.” “Our sole aim in creating this website was to have a community feedback program for the customers of these top performing businesses and allow others to share in the benefits of their good experiences,” said Graeme, “We help the process along by rewarding both the customer and the business with the chance to win and we’ve recorded some great messages from happy customers that you can listen to on the website,” he said. Proudly Novocastrian, Graeme believes that encouragement and positive re-enforcement of business and customer relations is the way to go and he’s created the Word Of Mouth Directories to enable people of the region to buy and sell things as well as referring business in a complete circle of positivity. The site also provides details of businesses in a convenient directory for ease of use. You can find business of all kinds on the directories. When you need someone visit www. and start clicking or scan the QR code here to visit the site via your phone.

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Enjoying a great night out at Lizottes.


Sue Carson, David Carter, Matt Gaudry, Chris Kelly and Bob Corbett

Steve Earl Lizotte’s Lambton, April 4, 2012

Photos: Courtney Fitzsimmons

When Steve Earle took the stage at Lizotte’s Lambton on April 4th, he attracted a keen audience of local music lovers and musicians alike. Novocastrian players have included Earle’s most popular song, Copperhead Road since he released it in 1988. It was great to hear it from the man himself. Earl’s career include stints as a Singer, Songwriter, Producer, and Political Activist. With more than 14 albums to his credit, earl has a lot to say and delivers tall tales and true in true troubadour style.

Chris McDermid, David Carter and James Vidler

Gorgeous, resort-style salon open in “the Bay”... Jan Broadbent and Lee Paterson from Hey Gorgeous at Warners Bay are loving the lakeside atmosphere and chic style of “The Bay” ... Jan and Lee needed no encouragement about the choice of location for the new hair studio, “We are absolutely in love with Warners Bay, it’s cosmopolitan and relaxed lifestyle and friendly people. As Lee and I we are both local girls, we were very excited to be able to open our boutiquestyle salon here,” said Jan. Years of experience and knowledge of the hair and beauty industry, and also an incredible journey of vision and passion for hair have all come together at once in the fulfilment of this dream business.

Jan and Lee are justifiably proud of the salon atmosphere which reflects the tranquil waters of Lake Macquarie, “Relaxed, inviting, fresh and unique, “Said Lee, “however! We don’t take ourselves too seriously ... we are experienced, and when you’re with us, we’re focussed on client needs. I think it’s very important for our customers to know that we’re listening and how important that it is to us as well. Attention to detail is very important to us!”

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“It’s our home away from home for you, said Jan, “We want our clients to feel so welcome and relaxed here. That’s why we created it like this from the music to the airy, suffused light.”

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Now everyone can enjoy sweeping views of the city and Pacific Ocean from Nobbys Headland. The Nobbys Lighthouse grounds are open to the public on the first and third Sunday of each month between 10am and 4pm. Entry to the site is FREE.

Once visitors complete the climb they will be rewarded with a spectacular view of Newcastle. This view is one that has been rarely seen as most of our vantage points look out to the Pacific Ocean rather than back on the city herself!

Parking is located adjacent to Nobbys Beach at Camp Shortland, so comfortable walking shoes are a must. The lighthouse is an 800 metre walk from the car park, with a steep climb at the end.

There is a small kiosk on site serving tea, coffee, cakes and other light refreshments. However, visitors are welcome to pack their own supplies and make the most of the beautiful 360 degree views. For more information visit:

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The site is available for hire and is an ideal space for wedding ceremonies, wedding photography, filming and special events. There is also a small cottage on site suitable for exhibition space. Community access to Nobbys is an initiative of the Department of Primary Industries, Catchments and Lands, the City of Newcastle and L!vesites.


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Commanding the Newcastle audience with his distinctive, smoky voice, Keb Mo lived up to his “Blues Legend” status during his performance at Lizottes last month. It may have been a “side gig” on his way to Byron’s Bluesfest this year, but the local audience was enthralled by his cool, authentic blues delivery. This multi Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter/guitarist is also promoting his latest CD offering The

Reflection which encompasses traces of Blues, Jazz and Soul to round off an imminent addition to the Keb Mo story. His straight-forward style and storytelling songs are both expressive and addictive. His tunes are often the choice for other legends including Natalie Cole and BB King and he has played for the likes of Ray Charles, Jackson Browne and Willie Nelson among others. Photos: Courtney Fitzsimmons


Looking out over one of the world’s most picturesque harbours, it’s hard to beat The Brewery for a relaxing meal with family, friends or colleagues. Enjoy casual meals, alfresco dining or a la carte experiences seven days a week.

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On t he River. A day on

Story and Photos: Jim Thomson. F.R.P.S F.A.P.S

The early morning was still and the weather was warm and perfect for a day on the Paterson river with my Kayak, arriving at the site I unloaded the Kayak and started to load the minimum equipment I would require.

There were all kinds of bird life, Honeyeaters, Warblers, and of course Willy Wagtails, so far I had not taken a shot, just enjoying the location, but my luck was about to change, it was warm and I pulled in under a tree for shade.

The Camera was kept handy with a 100mm-400mm lens. The morning was wonderful as I slowly moved along the river edges. The country side was a mixture of sandbanks and timbered areas, the birdlife was in abundance the first one I spotted was a Flycatcher as it darted out to snatch an insect.

When out-of-the-blue the most magnificent Azure Kingfisher came zooming up the river about a meter above the water as they always do. It landed close on a stump, sitting there bobbing its head, and then dived into the water to grab a minnow , the shot striking the water I missed, too slow a shutter speed. I made up for it when it returned to its stump. I watched it fly straight to a hole in the bank where it was feeding chicks.

Moving along the next bird spotted was the Rainbow Bee Eater picking up dragonflies on the wing, as it turned out I was to spend some time photographing this lovely bird later on. Shoals of Mullet were close by and I spotted a Whistling Kite in attendance, probably watching the fish.

I set up on that and managed to get some good shots in flight, we were now reaching mid day; warm but pleasant, moving on my next surprise was when a darter suddenly popped up with a fish

speared. This large hunter only extends its neck when coming to the surface, its large body is always below the surface, this one was a male. Returning downstream I came upon the Bee Eaters feeding chicks in a hole in the sandy riverbank, so I set up and photographed them flying into the bank after always landing on a stump, this was the end of a perfect day, not only for the photographs but for being able to spend such a wonderful day in fantastic countryside. Top Right: Azure Kingfisher... one of the most lovely birds, found world wide, flies low up the river systems, nests in banks sometimes 2 broods a season. Top Left: Rainbow Bee Eater... arrives in the Hunter early November and nests at once, in a hole in the Sandy banks, dragonflies are a large part of its diet, returns north after the breeding season, found all year long in Qld

Centre: Darter... found all year in our area, stalks its prey and then spears its food, nests are common in Newcastle area wetlands, it sometimes can be found nesting at all times in Qld, this concluded a great day on the Paterson River. International Salon of Photography (Maitland) web site:


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She may only stand a little over five feet high, but it’s one hell of a voice that comes out of


So, in the six years since Marissa won the Best Female Vocalist at the ABC Newcastle Music Awards, Marissa has not been quiet, in fact she’s been incredibly busy and about to get busier. In demand as a session singer for numerous up-and-coming artists such as country music’s rising star Morgan Evans, the highly acclaimed Mark Wells and rock outfits Little Blak Dress and The Nickson Wing, she has also done her share of commercial jingles (you may have heard ‘The Firestation – Have A Great Night Out!’) and completed work for the Austereo Network (2DAY FM, NX FM, BRIS 105, SA FM, etc.). Somehow, in between all of that Saroca has managed to keep performing live. After releasing her debut album Cheaper Than Therapy in 2008, she embarked on four tours of North America with just her trusty keyboard, that killer voice and, as she says, her heart on her sleeve. Playing shows at New York’s The Bitter End, Toronto, Canada’s Rockwood Music Hall as well as wowing crowds in London and Paris, Saroca says, “The most amazing part was being on stage and realising that I’m playing a show in New York City, or London, or Paris! It was really that exciting each and every time – the realisation that I can do this!”

She has also kept the home fires burning with regular live shows, with band and solo, at some of Newcastle’s favourite venues. Whew! Believe it or not, this little firebrand is about to turn up the heat.


Monday May 28 (also Saroca’s birthday) will see the launch of Saroca’s brand new album Boys Write Love Songs Too at The Underground at The Grand Hotel in the city. As a second album, this work highlights Saroca’s journey to maturity as an artist as she flexes her vocal chords through a range of different styles and genres. Says Saroca, “I’m so in love with this album – the first few days after finishing the master I was so overcome with emotions – I think it really captures this chapter in my life perfectly”.

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Likened to Alicia Keys or a chilled-out Beyonce, Marissa Saroca is an artist to keep on your musical horizon – as well as your CD player or iPod. She has a voice that gives her a gigantic stature and an ever-increasing fan base. Be one and check out the new album in May. n

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Margo Humphries: Red Bubble Finalist

Red Bubble is an online T-shirt manufacturer that invites artists to submit designs for the general public to purchase and wear. There are thousands of artists from all over the world who submit designs that other people can buy in the form of T-shirts, iphone covers and even baby clothes - All the artist does is .... ART! When Novocastrian artist, Margo Humphries, a Red Bubble contributor, saw an invitation to submit designs to a competition for a Texas-based rock band, T-shirt she created a unique and quirky design that caught the eye of hundreds of Red Bubble voters and the band. The band, The Big Sleep saw Margo’s entry entitled The Line Up among 20 designs culled from more than 170 entries. Red Bubble artists voted for the short list

of 20 to be presented to the band. Considering the global nature of Red Bubble and the sheer numbers of people from all walks of life visiting the site each day, becoming a finalist was no mean feat and although Margo’s design was not the winner, making the top 20 is a massively significant achievement in a global competition. Margo has the common form of synesthesia, color-graphemic synesthesia, where letters & numbers are associated with colours. Synesthesia is the stimulation of one sense which leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sense. Margo said she has always had these associations but never realised it was a condition. “Since my childhood I have associated


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number and letters 1,4, A and C with yellow, 2 and D with red, 3 and E with green, 5 and B with blue,” she explained. It is estimated that synesthesia could possibly be as prevalent as 1 in 23 persons across its range of variants. Synesthesia runs strongly in families, but the precise mode of inheritance has yet to be ascertained. Although it was the topic of intensive scientific investigation in the late 19th century and early 20th century, it was largely abandoned by scientific research in the mid 20th century, and has only recently been rediscovered by modern researchers. The majority of Margo’s works include abstract & natural landscapes. Margo has a vibrant visual vocabulary and is known for her colourful canvases and painterly style which expresses boundless energy. n


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Skimming the Details


The Darkness Saturday 5th May British glam rock sensations, Panthers Newcastle Ph: 4926 6200

Protecting your credit card information may be harder than you think... New technology makes data thievery all too easy. Credit card skimming is an international problem, accounting for losses of over one billion dollars yearly. It’s an intimate crime that involves secret and close proximity to the victim. Those victims are most likely unaware that their credit card details have been stollen as if by magic. This type scam is common in Europe, Asia, Latin America and is showing up more in the U.S. and Australia. It’s easy to perform and can happen if you give your credit card to a shop assistant to make a purchase. That employee may not only swipe your card for the payment, but also swipe the card with a small machine they hold in their hand, known as a skimmer. This is now also possible while walking near you in a crowd while your credit card is in your pocket or handbag. They can steal your data without even seeing or touching the card. This small device can store information from the card into the system. The skimmer is equipped to hold information on hundreds of credit cards and from this information, the crooks are able to produce counterfeit cards.

There are rings of skimmers working around the world skimming information which can be instantly sent by e-mail anywhere. It’s digital pick-pocketing on a high-tech, world-wide scale. Luckily, a Hunter Valley businessman has found a solution and has made a revolutionary protective sleeve available from his online site. Graeme Paff of Lake

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Macquarie recognised the rise of this 21st century crime when a friend’s card was skimmed and a substantial amount of cash simply vanished from their account, “A decade ago, this fraud was not as easy to accomplish as it is today, due to the fact skimmers were very large and had to be hidden under counters,” explains Graeme, “The advanced the skimmer is portable and small enough to fit in a pocket or bag and is effectively unnoticeable. Victims can’t tell by looking who is skimming data... They won’t even know it has happened until it’s too late,” he said. Graeme describes the remarkable protective qualities of the simple device, “The Guardacard sleeve doesn’t bulk up your wallet or purse. It’s a thin, neat sleeve that your card slips right into. The added benefit is that all your credit and debit cards sandwiched between two Guardacard sleeves become protected as well.” Find out more about Guardacard and also watch incredible videos that explain how easy it is to get skimmed and how to protect your digital information while out and about. Visit the website www.guardacard. com or scan the QR code to view the site and information video on your smartphone.

The Wiggles (Yellow wiggle returns) Thursday 10th May Time: First Show 10:00am, Second Show 1:00pm Panthers Newcastle Ph: 4926 6200 A Simple Plan Sunday 3rd June Get ready for the return of Australia’s favourite punk-pop ensemble Panthers Newcastle Ph: 4926 6200

Beccy Cole Friday, 16th June With special guest Catherine Britt and Lyn Bowtell Belmont 16’s Ph: 4945 0888

Jon Stevens Saturday 23rd June Jon Stevens has fronted two Aussie supergroups, Noiseworks and INXS. Belmont 16’s Ph: 4945 0888

Jon Stevens Saturday 7th July Deni Hines & Monique Montez team up to present Dusty The Concert. Belmont 16’s Ph: 4945 0888

Karnivool Saturday 14th July melodias Frescas Tour supported by Redcoats and sleepmakeswaves Panthers Newcastle Ph: 4926 6200

Here’s what you missed ! When The McClymonts hit the stage at the Belmont 16’s Footers Club this month, it was a all girl affair...Almost.

The girls played a selection of their well-known back catalogue and a host of new material to the full house as part of their current national tour.

colourful ballads to hot country rock. Local dates included Cessnock Supporters Club and Nelson Bay Diggers ensuring their loyal fan-base across the region had a chance to catch them live.

Travelling with a full band, The Stunning country trio performed a wide spectrum of music from

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Kaz Delaney‘s “Dead Actually” Book Launch Charlestown Library - March 25th. Friends and supporters of Belmontbased author, Kerri Lane (aka: Kaz Delaney) gathered in Charlestown to help launch her new title, Dead Actually a story centred around a girl, Willow who experiences some supernatural happenings after her school friend dies. Guest speakers told of Kaz’s quirky and vibrant nature and how it comes out in her writing of young adult fiction. Her friends, dubbed “The Valley Girls” who are also writers, joined to declare Dead Actually “launched.”

A Hot rod fit for “Jimmy D”

In keeping with the Dead Actually theme, Newcastle Spiritualist Church’s Jo Burgess gave a brief talk about communicating with the departed. Dead Actually is available through Unleash Booksellers, Big W, Target, KMart and Dymocks

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Hand-made bags for sale.

It’s the details that make it so perfect.

A Classic Caddy beautifully restored.

Kurri turns “all Rock’n’Roll.”

Dancing In The Street. Alicia Kamikaze of Rock-A-Bye-Billy

Jessica Dixon, Pauline Hanson and Stacey Pethers who judged the fashions.

The Catfight Collections girls - dressed to kill - Meee-ooww!

Thousands of visitors flocked into Kurri Kurri in late March. In fact they doubled their numbers on Saturday and on Sunday... “it just blew us away!” Said a committee member. The three-day festival is a boon to the town and it’s all about Rock‘n’Roll, Classic Cars, Hot Rods and all things from the 50’s and 60’s era. It’s a great excuse to get dressed up in clothes of the period and head out for some fun, music and some good old Rock’n’Roll dancing. The sub-cultures of rock-a-billy and Rock’n’Roll dancing have been undergoing a real growth spurt over the last few years with more and more events being organised everywhere. People recall the great music, movies and fashion of the 50’s and 60’s and love to join in. Happily, many young people are becoming true fans of the style and music too. Market stalls at the Kurri festival offered colourful and creative wares that either reflected a genuine style of the era or were derived from it to satisfy a more contemporary blending of the styles. Clothing, shoes, brooches and jewellery were available to buy - All of which would have been quite at home at the “high school hop.”

Tony, The Travelling Barber is a festival regular now that he and his wife have chosen the travelling life. He cuts hair in the Rock’n’Roll style and she creates vintage (but very cool) handbags - Originally from Brisbane, they follow the rock-billy circuit and love the lifestyle. Local stall holders like Catfight Collections (Hamilton) MissKonduct Clothing and Rock-A-Bye-Billy enjoyed continuous steams of customers all weekend thanks to perfect weather. “This is so much fun,” said Alicia Kamikaze of Rock-A-Bye-Billy, “I don’t think you’d find a more friendly festival anywhere.” Her stall displays unique 50’s and 60’s styles t-shirt designs by a local artist. Over in the main stage area, the fashion parade stars and enthusiasts show of their Rock’n’Roll era dresses, hats and shoes.

and Stacey Pethers. The festival is in its 9th year and larger than ever attracting visitors from further afield each year. The Show and Shine for cars and bikes attracted entries from across Australia. Events this year included a murder mystery adventure on the Richmond Vale train as well as dances held at various venues including the Rail Museum, a 50’s style dance competition, a chance for couples to renew their wedding vows “Vegas style” and the Rock’n’Roll DJ, Brian Bean all weekend playing classic hits on the main stage. The Famous Fifties Showcase featured performers paying tribute to the greats of Rock’n’Roll such as Johnny O’Keefe, Marilyn, Buddy Holly and of course, the King himself, or someone very much like him... Elvis ! In fact there were a few Elvis’s wandering around...

There are more than twenty beautifully dresses ladies participating with a wide variety of fashion including a replica ensemble based on a Marilyn Munroe outfit.

Plans are already under way for next year’s 10th Nostalgia Festival. Event and Project Manager, Jodi Tweed is hoping the event will continue to grow in size and character and well and truly put Kurri Kurri on the map,

Judging the parade were impeccably dressed ladies, Jessica Dixon, Pauline Hanson

“We’re organising some unique things for next year - It’s going to be huge.”

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Gingerbread Sweet heart s

Elle’s easy recipe

it’s all about you,

• Melted butter, to grease • 125g butter, at room temperature • 100g (1/2 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar • 125ml (1/2 cup) golden syrup • 1 egg yolk • 375g (2 1/2 cups) plain flour • 1 tbs ground ginger • 1 tsp mixed spice • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda • Plain flour, to dust

In The Kitchen • Preheat oven to 180°C. Brush 2 baking trays with melted butter to lightly grease. • Use an electric beater to beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add the golden syrup and egg yolk and beat until combined. Stir in the flour, ginger, mixed spice and bicarbonate of soda. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Press dough into a disc. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest. • Mix icing sugar and food colouring with a spoon until you get the consistency of paint, you may need to add a small amount of water.


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• Place the dough between 2 sheets of baking paper and roll out until about 4mm thick. Use a love heart shaped cutter to cut out shapes. Place on trays about 3cm apart. Repeat with any excess dough. • Bake in oven for 10 minutes or until brown. Remove from oven. Transfer to a rack to cool. • Once cooled, paint the hearts and decorate them as you see fit : )

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Okay, if you’ve seen the global sensation that is Puppetry Of The Penis, then you’ll know what this is all about. Starting out as a oneoff show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, two guys, Simon Morley and David Friend, realised that they had more than a strange sense of humour in common. The idea for the show actually started out as a calendar showing 12 ‘tricks’ of genital gesticulation before the boys realised there was a demand for a live show. One 5 week stint in London’s West End turned into a 5 month stay and, from there, the boys have toured extensively all over the world. This new tour, taking in several Hunter venues, is called Puppetry Of The Penis 3D – one can only imagine! Dates and venues are: Club Singleton – Saturday May 26, Maitland City B.C. – Friday, June 1, Belmont 16s – Saturday June 2, Cessnock Supporters – Saturday June 23, Doyalson RSL – Friday June 29. ALBUM




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This year’s Starmaker winner and local favourite Bob Corbett’s career continues to take off at lightning speed. Following a successful sold-out show at The Gallipoli Club recently, Corbett is packing to head to Nashville to work on new songs with some of the finest country writers and players imaginable.

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