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y friends are dropping like ies. They’re all getting married like it’s 1958! As a perennially Single Man, I sometimes feel like I’m standing on a station platform watching a streamer-covered train slowly rolling out with all the responsible people on board. Because regardless of how much the times change, putting a ring on it is still a major signpost of maturity. When I was about 19, my then best friend decided to marry a guy she had met in a taxi after knowing him for less than two weeks (he was the driver). At the time I was completely scandalised, and couldn’t believe she would do something so irresponsible. As they did the deed at a dreary registry ofďŹ ce and we had the reception in a take-away restaurant, I surprised myself with how conservative my views were on what a wedding should be. Where were the doves? The lifelong love affair? In hindsight, it didn’t actually matter that the relationship was doomed to failure (they divorced after a year or so). It was more about the pair of them saying: we’re in love, and we want the world to know about it. In the decade or so since I’ve been to heaps of different weddings. Another registry ofďŹ ce quickie for visa purposes in London. A rained out disaster or three. Weddings in churches, parks, backyards and on the beach. One was overshadowed by an inexplicable family tragedy, another had the entire congregation singing an a cappella rendition of Roy Orbison’s You Got It as the bride and groom danced down the aisle. It’s interesting that almost all of my friends come from divorced families, and yet the hopeful lure of getting hitched remains stronger than ever. As one of the brides interviewed for this week’s cover story says, many simply never thought they wouldn’t get married. As Moliere’s seminal play The School For Wives opens in Melbourne on September 11, Stephen A Russell takes a look at where we’re at with modern nuptials. The marriage equality debate continues to simmer, but what’s the deal with husbands and wives in 2012? Have a read on page 8 and let us know what you think.



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hen a family binds together, it can be unstoppable. Either that or a train wreck in the making. Like the families who decide to climb Everest together (what were they thinking?) only to reach the summit and want to fling each other straight back down. The elated smiles are merely for show. One family that got it right are the Haralambopoulos brothers. Two and a half years ago the trio, Con, Peter, and Jim, opened a charming narrow coffee spot at the quiet end of Exhibition Street. It’s not so quiet any more. Their little 65 Degrees cafe has enlivened that end of town, with eager punters vying for their caffeine hit surrounding the two shiny La Marzocco machines at any given time of the day. The brothers haven’t poured their resources into the furnishings – although the narrow corridor with bench seating between bags of coffee beans is rather alluring. They put their focus into that little brown bean. Their coffee, Gridlock, is roasted in the open back room in a sexy-looking red roasting machine. It’s visible from the corridor – another reason it’s a top spot to sit. Out the front the beans are regularly rotated in the grinder. Single origins pulled from all corners of the globe burst forth into espresso cups with heady aromas and creamy mouth coatings. Every one is different (huzzah) and kick-starts the day. And don’t worry about having to waste time standing around. The guys on the machines are super-speedy (even with the latte art) and will have you packed and pushed out the door in no time. This is one family worth visiting for a quick coffee and a bite to eat. No cheek pinching required. ■

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Luke Yeoward Singer for Melbourne band King Cannons Where do you... Get some culture? I go to [King Cannons percussionist] Lanae Eruera’s house. I hear she puts down a mean-as hangi [a Maori earth oven].


Go to relax? Home. Where else?

Unleash your inner child? The Tote Hotel (67-71 Johnston Street, Collingwood, call 9419 5320) with all the young rockers!

Indulge yourself? Man, my idea of indulging myself is getting a haircut at Electric Brain Barber Shop (473 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, call 0424 741 384). Or going to the flicks.


Spend your last $10? I’m poor, but I’m not that poor, so I’d say Coles, the supermarket. On food. The logical thing to do, right? Buy something new? Sheila Vintage (382 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, call 9419 9017). My wife and friends of ours run the joint, so It makes sense. Wellpriced, good quality vintage threads.


Take someone you want to impress? The Coburg Drive-In cinema (155 Newlands Road, Coburg, call 1300 866 843). It’s pretty badass. You can text your order to the diner and they deliver hot dogs to your car.


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Stay up late? The Old Bar (74 Johnston Street, Fitzroy, call 9417 4155). But let’s face it, when was the last time anyone saw me out late if I wasn’t playing a show? It’s a hard hustle, so I’m really into sleeping when I can, not substance abuse!


Want to keep a secret? I don’t keep secrets. King Cannons launch their debut album The Brightest Light at the Corner Hotel (57 Swan Street, Richmond) this Saturday. Tickets are $17, plus booking fee. Details: visit






Today CAUGHT BY THE MOUSETRAP what: The play that never ends when: opens today

Agatha Christie’s iconic play, The Mousetrap, celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, and what better way to celebrate than with a national tour? A stellar cast including Robert Alexander, Travis Cotton and Linda Cropper will star in the classic play about a spate of London murders and the suspects involved. The work is the longest running play in the world, and still plays to packed houses in London. Until October 7 at The Comedy Theatre, 240 Exhibition Street, city. Tickets from $40. Details: visit

Must see AFTER THE IRON CURTAIN what: Frontline Russian cinema when: opens Wednesday

The latest and greatest in Russian cinema will be showcased as part of the ninth annual Russian Resurrection Film Festival. Program highlights this year include Alexey Andrianov’s thriller Spy, set in Moscow in the lead up to World War II, romantic comedy My Boyfriend is an Angel and the controversial August 8th (which was banned in some former Soviet republics). The 12-day festival also features an Anton Chekhov retrospective and several Q&A sessions with actors and directors. At Palace Cinema Como, Chapel Street, South Yarra. Tickets from $19. Details: visit

Friday RIDING THE TIDE AGAIN what: Beach Boys are back when: Friday

California Girls, Good Vibrations, God Only Knows and I Get Around. Whichever way you look at it, The Beach Boys are responsible for some truly unforgettable hits. One of the most influential bands of all time, The Beach Boys touch down in Melbourne tomorrow night on their 50th Anniversary Tour. It’s the first time in more than 20 years that all original surviving members, including Brian Wilson and Mike Love, have toured together. At Rod Laver Arena, Batman Avenue, city. Tickets from $89.90. Details: visit

Weekend DISCOVER A DESIGNER what: Ground-level creations when: Saturday

Want to get some of the freshest homewares, jewellery and accessories before the designers involved hit the big time? Craft Victoria’s quarterly Craft Hatch market returns to 1000 £ Bend on Saturday. The market showcases student and emerging designers, and allows shoppers to buy directly from the makers. Stallholders include Hellkat Designs, Vicki Penguin and Beckie & Olive. From 11am until 4pm at 361 Little Lonsdale Street, city. Details: visit

SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE what: Black Arm Band on stage when: Saturday

Some of the country’s most acclaimed indigenous artists – including Dan Sultan, Emma Donovan, Rachel Maze Long (pictured bottom right) and Shane Howard – join forces on Saturday for a special performance by the Black Arm Band. The musical collective, led by musical director Lou Bennett, will reprise its 2009 show, dirtsong. The show will be introduced by Gail Mabo, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Mabo High Court decision. At Melbourne Recital Centre, 31 Sturt Street, Southbank. Tickets from $55. Details: visit


Midweek BEYOND THE IRON MAIDEN what: Women and power when: until September 29

Widely regarded as one of the 20th century’s classic plays, Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls centres around female power, a topic as important today as it was when the play was penned 20 years ago. Written in response to the rise of Margaret Thatcher, and first performed in Melbourne in 1984, the current Melbourne Theatre Company production stars Anita Hegh and Nikki Shiels and is directed by Jenny Kemp. At MTC Theatre Sumner, 252 Sturt Street, Southbank. Tickets from $33. Details: visit

LIFTING THE FASHION CURTAIN what: Style and substance when: Monday and Wednesday

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what keeps designer labels ticking. Get the inside goods on branding, retail and training strategies – and a delicious breakfast – at the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Business Series breakfasts at the Grand Hyatt. Running from 7am on September 3, 4, 5 and 6, topics include how to use social media to build a brand and the importance of location to engage customers. Details: visit Compiled by Kathryn Kernohan


Talking trash The idea of recycling food scraps really bugs Terri Psiakis et’s talk rubbish. And yes, I know what you’re thinking: don’t I do that every week? This week, however, I’m talking actual rubbish – as in garbage, trash and waste (and no, that doesn’t mean this week’s column is about Channel Nine’s Big Brother.) Did you know Melbourne has a “waste management tsar”? If an article in last week’s Herald Sun is to be believed, we do. I’m not sure if Metropolitan Waste Management Group chief Rob Millard actually fancies himself as a Slavic monarch when it comes to muck – something tells me it’s far more likely that the journalist just took an exotic turn when it came to looking up another word for “king” in the thesaurus. Anyhoo, there’s a review of waste policy being undertaken by the state government (I know – sexy) and one of the new measures being considered is the recycling of food scraps. If you compost or own a worm farm, this is nothing new. My household does both. Actually, to be totally accurate, my husband (The Bloke) does both – I have refused active


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clean and tidy you think you are, food scraps will always involve bugs and stink (unless of course you’re dumping your food scraps into your neighbour’s bin, in which case you’re a genius. A very sneaky genius). The only people who don’t find sorting rubbish a chore are mothers trying to find out what their kids are up to (“Um, Catherine? I was just sorting the recycling and I found this pregnancy test kit. Shall we talk?”) And the only person at my house who doesn’t find putting food scraps into compost bins, worm farms or green waste bins a chore is The Bloke. Last week I heard this: “The smell from our green bin is just amazing. When you lift the lid, it’s like some sort of gas. Do you think we could use it to power something?” Yes, I do. In fact, it already powers something very successfully, and that’s my complete aversion to the far left corner of our backyard where the bin is kept. ■

involvement in the sense that while I’ll happily put banana skins and vegetable peelings in the designated tin next to the sink, I wouldn’t go out to the compost bin or the worm farm if you paid me. When you lift the lid on either one, bugs and stink fly out. And here’s me going on the record: I HATE BUGS AND STINK. According to Tsar Millard – who may or may not have been resplendent in full imperial dress at the time – Victorians are great at standard recycling (glass, paper, plastic, etc) so “You’ve got options where you could ask people to put their food waste in the green waste bin”. The article then quoted an inner-city mum as saying “I quite like sorting rubbish. It wouldn’t be a chore”. Full disclosure, I live in a municipality in which we sort food waste in addition to everything else. And let me tell you something: SORTING RUBBISH IS A CHORE. Chucking glass, paper and plastic into a recycling bin is easy because it doesn’t involve bugs and stink. No matter how

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Marriage has come a long way since Molière’s play The School for Wives debuted in 1662. Stephen A Russell reports

t has been 350 years since French playwright Molière’s work The School For Wives opened at the Palais Royal in Gay Paree. It tells the story of an older man so intimidated by smart women that he resolves to marry his young ward. Of course he assumes she will be bowled over by his intelligence, but the young woman turns out to be far cannier than he anticipated. Next month, Bell Shakespeare stages the play under the direction of Lee Lewis, who has shifted the setting to the roaring 1920s, another age of strong-willed women. But even in 2012, in an age of female heads of state and stay-at-home-dads Lewis says there’s an energy to Molière’s play that still rings true. “I don’t think he was inciting people to revolution; nor was he foreseeing today,” says Lewis. “He was writing in an age of smart women who had power, and portraying men’s fear of that. It was quite shocking back in the 17th century.” Skipping over the uncomfortable references to arranged marriage in the original, the 1920s setting finds many women unexpectedly in control following the death of so many men during the First World War. “They were forced to take charge of their own lives,’ says Lewis, “though they didn’t necessarily plan to.’’ Lewis herself has been happily married for 12 years and says her husband, a roving photographer, is comfortable with her touring the country with the show. “When you look at where we’ve come from in such a short time it’s incredible,” she says. “The way I live my life would have been extraordinary even 20 years ago. The fact that it’s actually quite ordinary now, and you don’t have to be an aggressive or radical feminist to live it, is a great refiguring.” Indeed the shape of marriage has undergone a seismic shift even in the past 50 years. In 1961, according to that year’s census, about 45 per cent of eligible adults in Australia were married and




fewer than one per cent divorced. At the time, the minimum wage for men factored in support for a wife and three children. A woman working in the public service had to resign if she married, and few couples lived together out of wedlock. Before 1972, you could not divorce without proving fault, and there was a five-year cooling-off period for estranged couples. In contrast, the 2011 census revealed that almost 48 per cent of eligible adults are married, the divorce rate has increased to almost 8.5 per cent, and 9.5 per cent of all cohabiting couples are in de facto relationships. Dr Lixia Qu is a senior research fellow at the Australian Institute of Family Studies, which was established in 1980 to research issues that affect family well-being, such as the impact of divorce. She says one of the most noticeable changes over the past century has been the closing of the age gap between brides and grooms. Gone are the days of Molière’s much older husband. In 2012, spouses are likely to be around the same age and share similar interests, careers and desire for financial stability. We’re interested in programs set in the 1950s and ’60s, such as Mad Men, but the shape of marriage for women has changed so much since then, says Qu. “In the past it was down to the man to earn money, while the woman ran the household,” she says. “It hasn’t been that case for quite some time. Women are no longer financially dependent.” Many women put off marriage until later in life, although Qu says this doesn’t mean fewer relationships. Today, almost a third of Australian babies are born outside marriage. Of them, only 10 to 15 per cent are to single mothers. Our attitudes to cohabiting outside marriage have changed dramatically, even since the 1970s. In 1976, when a survey asked parents what they would think if their daughter lived with a

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Marketing executive Jemma Beames, 28, married her husband, Drew, a sales manager, late last year. They first met as colleagues over the phone seven years ago. “He was really cute because he was quite shy, but once ce he got on to topics that excited him, you couldn’t shut him up. I thought that was pretty adorable,” she says. s. Though they were already living together in Glen Iris, Jemma says getting engaged gave her a stronger sense se of security. Neither wanted a religious ceremony, so they asked a celebrant friend to marry them, and both h Jemma’s parents walked her down the aisle. “I’m not traditional in the sense of a white wedding, but I neverr thought I wouldn’t get married. It was all about the food, the wine and the atmosphere,” she says.. Eight months on, Jemma is still calling Drew “husband” at every opportunity. “I’m happier than ever, after a seven-year relationship. Our timing is obviously good. We’re still on a high so hopefully we can skip that itch.”

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man without marrying him, 68 per cent responded they would be “extremely horrified, considerably upset or would consider they had failed as a parent”. But Qu says the rise of de facto relationships does not necessarily mean the downfall of marriage. “The majority still aim to marry, but at their own pace,’’ she says. ‘‘There is still a sense of tradition attached to it, but the structural barrier for women has been removed. You can travel, have your own apartment and a good career, and you don’t have to marry to have children or financial stability.” Sue Yorston, from Relationships Australia Victoria, who counsels married couples, says most relationship problems relate to a lack of discussion. “Often people don’t communicate early on about what it is they want out of life, their shared goals and values,’’ she says. ‘‘It’s only when something comes up, like how many children they want and when, that it becomes an issue.” Yorston recommends couples sit down and talk through everything before getting married. She notes a rise in the number of stay-at-home dads, but says some gender stereotypes still linger in the home. National surveys in 1986, 1993 and 2005 have consistently found that although more women are in paid work, they still spend more time than men doing housework. Still, things are on the up, Yorston believes. “When

I look at my mother, then my marriage, then the marriages of my children, there’s far more discussion now,” says the 62-year-old counsellor. “I can remember when I got married, it was a given that I would lose my name and take on my husband’s. That’s now a choice.” Karen Pickering, creator of Melbourne’s monthly digest of feminist culture, Cherchez la Femme, has an unusual perspective on marriage. Her parents separated when she was young, and have since clocked up six marriagess between them. Pickering eloped at 29 and divorced a few months later. “I didn’t take it very seriously,’’ she says. “I just thought it was synonymous with getting into a relationship – when it gets serious, you get married, then when it doesn’t work out, you get divorced and marry someone else.” She learned, however, during a messy and expensive divorce, that the law takes things more seriously. “Since then I’ve thought about it much more, what I think is wrong with marriage, and why people still do it.” These days she is in a committed relationship with a young widower, but says neither of them plan on marrying again. “We’re serious about the commitment we’ve made; we just don’t see the need to place that legal framework over the top of what’s essentially an emotional thing that has nothing to do with the government or the law,” she says. While she respects others’ right to marry she says she’d be happier if no one bothered. “I love going to weddings — they are a joyful, performative, theatrical day,” she says. “But the average one costs around $30,000, which is absurd. You act out this abstract role that’s quite removed from your everyday love, then there are all the rituals that are really sexist, like fathers handing over daughters to husbands and white dresses to show they’re virginal.” She says she’s glad that young people increasingly give marriage a lower priority, but she also recognises that societal influence is a hard to swim against. “We’re presented with strong narratives in film, TV and literature telling women you become a full human being when someone wants to marry you. The same narrative tells you women are sitting around desperately waiting for someone to put a ring on it. It kills me, because that’s a great song, but a terrible message.” ■ The School for Wives, Fairfax Studio, September 11–22. Tickets from $33. Details: call 1300 182 183 or visit

....and then: 40 years of commitment Maureen Fryer met Richard Gill, now the music director of Victorian Opera, during her first teaching appointment. He taught music; she was hired to help with extracurricular activities such as school musicals. ‘‘As they say, the rest is history,’’ she says. The pair (pictured above with daughter Claire) were married on her father’s 70th birthday in 1973. “At nearly 40 years, you don’t get that for murder, do you?” she jokes. So what’s the secret of their success? “There has to be humour. Richard is bright, funny and the most generous creature on Earth. For me, that’s the magic mix.” She says any marriage involves commitment. “Apart from that whole love and respect thing, you have to like one another enough to be bothered working at it.” She maintains that for any strong woman, it’s vital to maintain a sense of self-identity within the relationship. “If you don’t have that, the imbalance very quickly breeds insecurity and then you’re in trouble”. And what does Richard think? “I asked him what makes our marriage work and he said, ‘Trips to Europe’. I don’t know whether that was with me or without me.”





One man guy Rufus Wainwright is back with a new album, a new show at Hamer Hall and a new husband

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peratic pop maestro and all-round razzamatazzer Rufus Wainwright returns to Oz next month ready to command the crowds at the refurbished Hamer Hall.Rolling with a big band and hits from new album Out of The Game alongside old favourites. A regular on these shores, what keeps drawing him back? “Australia has always been extremely welcoming, adventurous and also


understanding of what I’ve gone through,” he says, referring to the cancellation of his 2010 Australian tour, due to his late mother Kate McGarrigle’s then failing health. “We got through that. It’s an ongoing love affair.” After a few years break spent crafting his debut opera, Prima Donna, Wainwright is back in the pop saddle, with a stint serenading the over-the-rainbow soul of Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall in between. “It’s been this real potpourri of musical experiences,” he says. “I get to go to all these unusual spots so it’s been worth the battle.” Prima Donna enjoyed its premiere in Britain at the Manchester International Festival but the story almost ended there. It met more than

a little snobbery from the nay-saying opera establishment, and the very real threat of the New York City Opera’s demise cast a pall over the fledgling show’s US stint. There were plans to bring it to the 2010 Melbourne Festival but they fell through, much to Wainwright’s chagrin. His Australian fans are still waiting. “It will come, I guarantee it,” he says. Ping-ponging between these cultural opposites suits his kaleidoscopic personality. “I had such a strong desire to go back to pop after I did the opera, and now of course I’m getting the opera itch again. They each feed the other in their absence,” he says. Though he’s tight-lipped on the details, a second opera is in

the pipeline. “It’s a world in need of some new blood and ideas,” he says. “I’ll be honest, before writing Prima Donna I was a bit of a snob; I felt like I was swimming in the cesspool of lower music. But once I did the opera a lot of my preconceived notions about that world were utterly shattered and I came running back to my old lover.” When we spoke, Wainwright was about to marry his new lover, dashing theatre producer Jörn Weisbrodt, at his home in Montauk, thanks to the new marriage equality laws. He proposed rather nonchalantly over an Indian meal. Add this fact with raising daughter Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen, whom he had with the scion of another great musical family – Lorca Cohen, daughter of Leonard – and you’d think the wild child, who once temporarily lost his vision during a messy crystal meth addiction, had entirely reformed. “I’ve gone down this route 180 degrees,” he laughs. “It’s worth trying everything. I believe in the wealth of human experience. It’s not like I’m going to jail for 90 years.” Weisbrodt has an equally demanding touring schedule. “We can meet up in Venice, or Kazakhstan or something,” he says. “It makes it a little more exotic. If I stayed around and didn’t have these big trips I think it would be a lot harder.” Rufus says little sister Martha is full of top tips for bringing up Viva, particularly given their at-times strained relationship with their father Loudon, who was largely absent as they grew up in Montreal. “She’s watching me like a hawk,” he laughs. “It’s still very early in the process, as Viva’s not even two yet, but she’s a beautiful darling girl and I can’t wait to spend more time with her.” First, we get some of his time, and Wainwright has been working out in preparation. “You might even see me crowd surfing naked,” he says. ■

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Reith, Deveny and Anderson end up in Dandenong, where they meet Hamid, who fled Afghanistan leaving behind his wife, daughter and mother. Anderson – whose early message was a succinct ‘‘stick your illegals up your arse’’ – is moved by the story but later admits that the fact Hamid entered the country illegally is a ‘‘big hurdle’’ for him to get over. The series moves at a rapid pace; participants are soon flown to Somalia or Afghanistan, where they y encounter poverty, homelessness, ess, danger and d desperation. n. The six reconvene ene to Indonesia where they board a fishing vessel to Christmas Island. PLIE D

ast year’s Go Back To Where You Came From was, without question, one of the most compelling television events of 2011. The three-part documentary series followed six diverse Australians on a 25-day ‘‘reverse refugee’’ route through war-torn countries, immigration raids and refugee camps. It stimulated debate and discussion; became the number one trending topic on Twitter globally; won awards from a Logie to the prestigious Golden Rose at Switzerland’s Rose D’Or Festival and, most pleasingly, each episode increased its viewership culminating in the series being SBS’s most-watched program of the year. While on a good thing, SBS announced plans


for a second instalment that would move its focus away from the ‘‘ordinary’’ Australians of last year’s series to high profile – and in some cases controversial – figures. While the participants may have changed, the aim of the program hasn’t. It is a thoughtprovoking and often challenging few hours of television, this time centered in two of the world’s most dangerous cities – Somalian capital Mogadishu and Afghanistan’s Kabul. The six participants include former Rose Tattoo singer Angry Anderson (who is planning to enter politics for the Liberal Party ... what ever happened to being a rock’n’roll outlaw?) to columnist and stand-up comic Catherine Deveny, ex-Commonwealth Ombudsman Allan Asher and former Liberal Party defence minister Peter Reith. In the first episode, the group is stripped of its wallets and phones and sent to live with resettled asylum seekers in Australia.




Tonight, SBS has unprecedented access within the detention centre. Tomorrow night Jenny Brockie will host a one-hour Insight special featuring the six participants and a studio audience. It will cap off what has been an unmissable week of TV. SBS, 8.30pm nightly until Friday.


2012 AWARD WINNERS Winners of the 2012 Melbourne Awards, including 2012 Melburnian of the Year Michael Gudinski, were announced at a Gala Ceremony at Melbourne Town Hall on Saturday 18 August. Now in its 10th year, the Melbourne Awards honour the city’s high achievers and recognise outstanding contributions to the city.

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Lazhar beams Oscar nominated gem celebrates the power of friendship ★★★★ MONSIEUR LAZHAR (PG) When: On limited release When: From September 6 Preview: Stephen A Russell


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Public Art Commissions 2013 This is an exciting chance to contribute to our urban environment in a creative way. Expressions of interest in the 2013 Public Art Program open on Saturday 1 September 2012.

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Snapped photo competition Building owners and occupiers can also get involved by nominating their shopfront or exterior walls. All commissioned artworks will be temporary and funded by the City of Melbourne. Visit to get involved.

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n the dizzying opening scene of Monsieur Lazhar, directed by Philippe Falardeau and nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars this year, Simon (Émilien Néron, pictured above left), a year 6 student living in French-speaking Montreal, discovers his teacher Martine hanging from the classroom ceiling. Dropping the crate of milk he’s carrying to class, there is eerie silence as the liquid slowly seeps into the empty hallway. It is broken by chaos as teachers attempt to corral kids away from the macabre scene. Simon’s young classmate Alice (Sophie Nélisse, above right) also catches a glimpse, and their story becomes inexplicably linked by the terrible secret held between them. Appearing from out of the snow that swirls around the ice-covered school, Bachir Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag) is an Algerian immigrant with his own hidden narrative. Lazhar offers his services as a substitute teacher in the aftermath of the tragedy, taking on the grieving class despite the reservations of the stoic headmistress – a vibrant turn from Danielle Proulx.

Adapted by Falardeau from the stage play by Evelyne de la Chenelière, this is a deftly judged and heart-warming tale of companionship triumphing over adversity that scooped six Genies, the Canadian Oscars. The two young leads impress far beyond their years with subtle, understated performances that perfectly capture the equal parts wonder and horror of childhood, and finding your way in the world. Despite his awkward and occasionally cantankerous ways, Lazhar energizes the kids and helps them come to terms with their grief far better than the stuffy psychologist assigned to the class. Through their struggles, his own tale of adversity is slowly teased out through a halting romance with a fellow teacher, and his healing process aided by the bond he shares with his class. There is interesting debate here on a number of topics from how we approach children — for instance, how does a PE teacher do his job if he cannot make any physical contact — and the refugee issue, and yet this is by no means a heavy, depressing piece. Beautifully shot against crystal blue snow-scapes gradually melting into spring, this is an enlightening tale of the inspirational power of friendship.

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Ben Peters Favourite Melbourne laneway: Centre Place. Last book you couldn’t put down: Candy by Luke Davies. Melbourne designer you admire: Gareth Moody of Black Noise White Rain, and Nick Ennis of Nique. Last live music gig: Hunting Grounds album launch at LuWow Bar.

Man on a mission Simple design suits Ben Peters to a T. By Mary-Jane Daffy

here are few 21-year-olds with the unassuming confidence of Ben Peters. The boy from Ballarat was 16 when he designed and made his first T-shirt, with the help of his then girlfriend’s mother, simply because he couldn’t find any he liked. Soon after, he began catching the snaking V/Line train to Melbourne at weekends and hightailing it to a manufacturer in Abbotsford who would create and cut a T-shirt pattern to Peter’s liking. The next week he’d ride the train again to collect the finished product. “They didn’t always come back like I wanted,” he says, grinning with polite charm. But his persistence paid off.


Straight out of high school he enrolled in an architecture course at RMIT, all the while continuing to produce T-shirts for friends and family. Two years into the course, Peters began to feel stifled by the technical constraints of architecture. “I always liked fashion but just didn’t know if I could go that way,” he says. The turning point came when he helped a friend with some graphic design for his new label. “I thought, ‘yeah, I can do that’. Some people wait their whole life to take a risk. I didn’t want to be that person.” So he enrolled in fashion design at RMIT, deferred for six months and launched his first collection under the Percy Baxter label. He titled

it Collection: Intro and it proves to be just that, a perfect introduction to the label. He produced 200 T-shirts featuring basic shirt cuts, deep drop backs, raw hems, fitted sleeves and soft fabrics that bend and mould to the body. It hasn’t been easy, though. “People say, ‘Go make a T-shirt’ but it takes so much time to get your shapes right,” says Peters. “Then it’s all about getting the details and fabrics just right.” All pattern-making and production is done in Brunswick and Peters has a work ethic worthy of celebration. He plans to finish the course at RMIT, get an internship with a clothing label aesthetically complementary to his own, and

then launch a full Percy Baxter range. “I like journeys. I want to start small and build up local support first,” he says. “I’d rather do the hard work and see it take off in the future than take any shortcuts.” Peters’ social ethics are solid, too. Proceeds from each collection will go to a chosen charity. The first will go to a young boy in Senegal. “When I was at high school, at the end of our street there was a block of commission flats called the Percy Baxter flats and I did some research and he was a missionary,” Peters says. “I thought the name fitted with the label; and my own philosophy.” ■ Details: visit

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101/442 ST KILDA ROAD, MELBOURNE BEDROOMS Two BATHROOMS Two LIVING Open-plan living/dining THE REST Spacious kitchen with plenty of workbench and storage opportunities, polished floorboards, European laundry in central bathroom, car space, storage cage PRICE $539,000 PRIVATESALE AGENT Biggin & Scott, Melbourne Residential, call 9867 1444

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Deva fever Warm and inviting, this is what St Kilda Road living is all about


ituated on a perfect confluence of green, open spaces, the warm, yellow-hued Deva Tower is an attractive proposition. It’s position perfect with Albert Park Lake on one side and Fawkner Park on the other, there’s also the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Shrine of Remembrance a short stroll along St Kilda Road. Then there’s the cafes, restaurants and shopping opportunities of the CBD and Toorak Road, and Melbourne’s vibrant arts precinct.


Deva Tower is behind emerald green gates that swing open onto a well-kept garden bristling with topiary. A paved walkway leads you under successive arches draped with lleaves twisting around yellow columns that line the way. The building’s striking facade features ornate railings under every window. There’s real character to this place that’s sometimes missing in the neighbourhood. Step inside and head to the first floor via a bank of lifts and you’ll come to apartment 101 - a perfect home for first-time buyers or a city weekender for those with a taste for the city’s artistic flair. Pale wooden floorboards and tall cream walls curve to your left, leading you into this unique offering. A large horseshoe-shaped kitchen is the first thing you’ll discover. It has room for improvement but there’s no shortage of work-top space or cabinetry, so budding

cooks who like room to manoeuvre will be happy. A tall pantry increases the already spacious offering. The cosy main bedroom to the right has two large windows on the far wall, and a mirrored, built-in wardrobe. There’s also a corner wardrobe. Ash grey-coloured carpet is soft underfoot. A sliding door reveals a corner-positioned en suite with shower over bath, finished with biscuit-coloured tiles and a dark edge detail. The vanity is backed by a wall-mounted mirror with two globe lights above. Follow the entrance hall to the end and find yourself in the large, open-plan living space at the heart of this apartment. No fewer than four large windows align along the left, with two more at the far end ensuring plenty of natural light in this expanse of timber floorboards. You get a fantastic view over the

gardens out front that cleverly conceal the underground car parking. It’s a very flexible floor plan that offers opportunities for extending the bedrooms if preferred. The second bedroom, or perhaps a study, is accessible from the living space through double sliding doors. It also features mirrored built-in wardrobes and a great view through the treetops. Next door a second shower room is a decent size and includes laundry facilities. Perhaps this area could be blended with the bedroom next door to create more space? This is a cosy, warm apartment that would suit a young couple who want to be close to the action, a single professional who works in St Kilda Road or the city, or retirees. With all the greenery and wide open space just a stroll from your front door, a smart buyer could do something special with this opportunity. ■


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Sphere and now Orbis apartments make a bold statement. By Stephen A Russell


deliver a building that makes a statement and feeds into the bigger picture. “Arno Corporation, the developers, were interested in doing something a bit more substantial and of a higher quality,” he says. “Part of that is finish and build quality, but it’s also about the presence and identity of the building.” The sculptural quality of the facade takes its cues from lauded British sculptor Anish Kapoor, who designed the Orbital tower at London 2012’s Olympic Park, most notably referencing his Sky Dish sculpture in New York City’s Rockefeller Centre. Rene Magritte’s mysterious painting The Voice of the Air was another influence, as were Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro’s renowned enormous, layered, spherical sculptures. The result is surreal. “We came up with the concave face with orb-like shapes, that appear to have been scooped out,” McDougall says. “You have the negatives of that sphere in the facade.” McDougall worked on the recent Hamer Hall redevelopment, and the Melbourne Recital

Centre before that, so he’s no stranger to making his mark. “It’s the idea that the buildings are works of art in their own right,” he says. “They tell a story about their functions and location, and a wider story about Melbourne. We’re interested in telling those stories, tapping into them with architectural form. “Melbourne has a vitality in all sorts of artistic endeavours and I don’t see why apartment buildings can’t share in that.” ■



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outh Melbourne is the place for one of Melbourne’s newest buildings — the Orbis apartment development, due for completion in 2014. Perched at the northern end of Albert Park Lake, the striking facade is a valley of undulating spheres and bowls, creating shining surfaces in a bold move for the neighbourhood. Ian McDougall is the director of ARM Architecture and mastermind of the design. He says that too often apartments are focused on fantastic interiors but deliver bland facades. He is a fan of Nonda Katsalidis’ exterior use of compartmentalised boxes as a clever way to de-scale big buildings, giving a structured base, middle and top, but feels the trend has been overused. “There can be a sameness about them, and they aren’t really contributing to the civic quality,” he says. McDougall (pictured) has drawn inspiration from some of South Melbourne’s grander buildings, including the Town Hall and some impressive houses near the market, aiming to


1001/55 QUEENS ROAD, MELBOURNE BEDROOMS Two BATHROOMS Two LIVING Combined living and dining THE REST Kitchen with marble benchtops and stainless steel appliances, modern bathrooms, laundry facilities, floor-toceiling windows, expansive outdoor terrace, two car spaces PRICE $1.1 million-$1.2 million PRIVATE SALE AGENT Fletchers South Melbourne, call 9686 8860


BEDROOMS Three BATHROOMS Two LIVING Combined living and dining THE REST Kitchen with stainless steel appliances, double bedrooms, built-in wardrobes, laundry facilities, new carpets, undercover balcony, secure car space, communal lap pool, tennis court and gym PRICE $630,000-$650,000 PRIVATE SALE AGENT MICM Property, call 9866 5988

BEDROOMS Two BATHROOMS Three LIVING Separate living and dining THE REST 12th-floor apartment, powder room, study area, fireplace, balcony, winter garden, two secure car spaces, storage cage, metres from the MCG PRICE $1.9 million plus PRIVATE SALE AGENT Harcourts City Residential, call 9664 8100



Melbourne 901/422 Collins Street Charming Centrally located 2 Bedroom • 2 Bedrooms (with Built In Robes) • Open Plan Living & Dining • Galley style Kitchen, gas cooking and dishwasher • Spacious tiled Bathroom with bath tub, and Euro style laundry • Overlooking Collins Street, features ample storage Auction 15th Sep 11am View Sat 25th Aug 2:30 - 3:00pm au/4PHC2 LJ Hooker City Residential 9600 2166 Lv.10. 224-236 Queen Street, Melbourne

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THE DRESS CIRCLE Penthouse style Apartment with North Eastern CBD vistas from 2 Balconies. Comprising spacious Living/Dining. Gourmet style Kitchen with Stone Bench tops, Gas cooking & Dishwasher. 2 bedrooms both with Ensuite bathrooms. Fitted Study or 3rd Bedroom. Heating & Air conditioning throughout. Car park and Storage room on title.


Private Sale 1.1 Million View By Appointment Contact Colin Coy 0408 080 658

So Convenient! • Bright Parisian style one bedroom apartment • Gallery style kitchen with Open Living/Dining • Bathroom with laundry facilities • Polished boards throughout and private balcony • easy access to RMIT, Victoria Market and Taylors College

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MELBOURNE 16/410 Queen Street

MELBOURNE TERRACE - $700,000-$770,000 A masterpiece of architectural flair designed by renowned architect Nonda Katsilidis. Spacious 2 bdrm residence is filled with abundant natural light. Open plan living-dining & entertaining area, large bdrms with BIR’s, master bdrm with ensuite, elegant central bthrm. A large terrace with views to Flagstaff Gardens & Queen Vic Market, a beautifully appointed kitchen, sep laundry room, hydronic heating, refrigerated cooling & a secure undercover car park.

MELBOURNE 6/10 Bank Place

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MELBOURNE 805/505 St Kilda Road


STEP BACK IN TIME WITH STYLE Character filled 2 bdrm apt in historic Charter House. Feats an inviting living & dining area with brilliant natural light & timber floors, elegant marble bench top kitchen complete with abundance of cupboard space, timber deck terrace, bdrms with large BIR’s, European laundry, & r/c air-con, impressive grand foyer, low density development of only 12 apt. A rare opportunity to secure a much sought after & priced piece of real estate.


Forming part of the architecturally appealing ‘Toorak ’residential tower, this superbly appointed apt portrays a magnificent landscaped vista across Fawkner Park from its entire living & entertaining areas. Feats spacious open plan entertaining area which provides sweeping views to lush parklands from floor to ceiling glass doors, 3 spacious bdrs both with lavish marbled ensuite & ample BIR’s, elegant bthrm, concealed laundry facilities, gourmet marble kitchen with Gaggenau appliances & double side by side security car park + storage cage.

This chic 2 bed, 2 bath apt boasts modern living with an exceptional location. Just a short walk to Flagstaff Gardens, close to the CBD and Queen Vic Market. A generous floor plan of approx 91sqm incorporates large open plan living area with adjoining kitchen, double bdrms (with BIR’s) central bthrm with laundry facilities & ensuite. Other property feats include; balcony, air-con, study alcove, building security entry & car space.

Price: $1.45M Inspect: By Appointment Contact: Jeffrey Leong 0433 220 088

Private Sale Price: $575,000 Contact: Michael Torcasio 0434 351 468

TRAVANCORE 838/38-70 Mt Alexander Road



State of Art riverfront living in top-notch ‘Flinders Wharf’, this beautifully appointed 2 bdrm apt offers breathtaking uninterrupted Yarra views. This quality 2 bdrm apt presents every luxury - ducted r/cycle air-con, pristine Caesar Stone kitchen with Smeg appliances, light filled living & dining area adjacent to balcony, stunning central bthrm, BIR’s in both bdrms, main bdrm with a second private balcony & a secured car space. Unwind & relax in the pool/gym/sauna/spa with excellent security & concierge. Prime central location within easy reach of the CBD, Southbank and Docklands.

Gorgeous 2 bdrm apt offering luxurious inner city living in a safe & secure environment within Travancore on the Park. Feats large master bdrm, open living & dining adjacent to a sunny balcony, fully equipped modern kitchen with stone benches, glass splashbacks, r/cycle heating & cooling, sparkling bthrm with laundry facilities, security intercom & undercover car park. Ideally located at the gateway to Melbourne CBD, walking distance to transport & close to all local amenities.

Private Sale $575, 000 Inspect: Sat 11.30-12pm Contact: Jeffrey Leong 0433 220 088

Private Sale $465, 000 Inspect: By Appointment Contact: Jeffrey Leong 0433 220 088

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Also available 1 bdrm & 1 bdrm + study from $389,000.

DOCKLANDS 814/60 Siddeley Street


22nd Sept at 1.30pm $440,000-$480,000 Thurs & Sat 1-1.30pm Jeffrey Leong 0433 220 088 Michael Torcasio 0434 351 468

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An experienced and reliable Spray Painter able to work unsupervised is required in the western suburbs. Good working conditions and overtime available. Please contact Sam on 0417 584 727 or 9367 8411 for further details.

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DRIVERS - CONCRETE AGITATOR Due to our expanding fleet we require keen enthusiastic and reliable Drivers for our Deer Park plant. Successful applicants must have HR Licence and experience essential.

Central Pre-Mix Concrete Phone 9303 9112 Mon-Fri

The Tigers Clubhouse in Hoppers Crossing requires additional casual staff in the following category:

Bistro/Wait Staff

✦ Current experience is essential and the ability to work day and evening shifts is desirable. Some weekend work may be required.

Email applications to: Or mail to: The General Manager Tigers Clubhouse 70 Old Geelong Road, Hoppers Crossing, 3029 G5362872

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DATA ENTRY OFFICER Wholesale fruit and vegetable supplier in West Melbourne requires a part time Data Entry Officer to work Monday-Thursday evening approximately 10 hours per week. The successful applicant must have some basic computer skills, own transport, be able to speak and read English and have some basic fruit and vegetable knowledge.

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Call 9687 9225 between 10am and 12 noon G5362892

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