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Review\ MOUTHiNG OFF MAN OveRBOARD Can you match-make a successful, on-air partnership? Well, none of us get to self-select, of course, but the ingredients needed for two people to spark and sync on television and radio are still mysterious to me. I know when it works; I sure as hell know when it doesn’t. So when the crusty former head of ABC News and Current Affairs, John Cameron, decided to pitch me with long-time foreign correspondent Peter Lloyd for a new television breakfast program, I was intrigued. I knew Peter’s work well and admired it enormously. I knew he was quick on his feet and seemed to love the live environment like I did. But Peter and I reckoned a boss was an unlikely Yenta. Like unwilling teenagers, we made our own plans. The night before the big meeting in Melbourne at which the new show would be proposed, Peter and I skipped into the Supper Club, lined up the martinis and swapped our life stories. There I learned of his incredibly challenging recent life as a reporter, of his beautiful sons and former wife who was still his best friend. Of his
It made sense the moment I heard it. I’ve heard and experienced varying forms of this trauma before and I’ve known enough people working in front-line occupations that I should be able to recognise the symptoms: the self-medication (yes, I feel bad about those martinis now!), the reckless behaviour; the nightmares and waking anxieties; the energetic, almost frantic highs; the shattering lows; the disappearances. I’ve written before about how personal experience of a mental illness or psychological disorder forever changes your attitudes and expectations of people. The challenge in the professional setting is, I think, a little different and requires even more of us. In the workplace the carefully constructed “rules” about who has and hasn’t got it together are of no use, compassion is better than expectation, and everyone has a responsibility to empathise. Peter is safely back home now and I have the great pleasure of working instead with the redoubtable Michael Rowland, so doors do close but windows swing open. And I can see that clear air and bright sunshine is pouring in on my friend Peter.
relationship with Mazlee and his desire to come home. He was whip-smart and informed, quick and funny. He seemed as highly-strung as the rest of us, nothing unusual there. He was, of course, hiding it very well. The next morning, with somewhat foggy heads, we staggered our way through the meeting, but the die was cast for us. We were a team already. We said our goodbyes with great excitement about the project to come. And then came the arrest and the beginning of his nightmare, and Peter Lloyd’s long struggle with and return from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). One of the great life lessons I have learnt the hard way is how important it is to turn up. To make the call; to extend the hand, or to jump on that plane and go. So I did. The next time I saw Peter was in Singapore as I accompanied him to his required meeting with the local police. He was shattered and I was trying in that helpless way to be encouraging and positive. But I wanted him to know his colleagues were backing him. This time, over fish-head curry, we shared a very different life story. My phantom partner, and now dear friend and colleague, Peter Lloyd has told that story in Inside Story: From ABC Foreign Correspondent to Singapore Prisoner #12988. It’s an unflinching account of the events that led to his arrest in Singapore for possession of methamphetamine and his journey back from PTSD.
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Review\ cOveR stORy It’s a decade since a horseman galloped into the Sydney Olympic Stadium to signal the start of the 2000 Games. Sarah MarInOS talks to some of the Melbourne medallists about life after Sydney.
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n September 15, 2000, Sydney welcomed the Olympic Games to Australia. About 110,000 spectators in the Olympic Stadium, and many millions worldwide, watched the spectacular opening ceremony that peaked when Cathy Freeman lit the flame. From day one of competition, medals kept coming for the 632-strong Australian team, which bagged 58 medals – 16 gold, 25 silver and 17 bronze – and finished fourth on the medal table behind the US, Russia and China. There were many highlights – Freeman’s gold in the high-pressure 400-metre final and the men’s 4x100-metre freestyle relay against the fancied US. The Australians played air guitars poolside – a payback after US swimmer Gary Hall jnr vowed to smash the Australian team like “guitars”. The women’s water polo team won gold after a last-second goal and Australia also won two sailing gold medals and its first archery and taekwondo gold. Beach volleyballers Kerri Pottharst and Natalie Cook won gold on Bondi Beach and we also triumphed in cycling, women’s hockey and equestrian. A decade on, The Weekly Review caught up with some Melbourne medallists to talk about life after Sydney.
“I’d like to organise my wedding. It won’t be a big do, just something simple. But that’s been delayed a little because I’ve just had an operation on my left hand – torn ligaments in my thumb. I took my cousin’s kids skiing and as I was teaching them how to ski, they fell, bent my thumb and tore the ligaments. After ankle and knee reconstructions I wasn’t too bothered. It’s just another op!” she says, laughing. Reflecting on Sydney, Edebone admits she would have liked to do better. “Deep down we felt we should have been in the gold-medal game. But that’s sport for you, it wasn’t meant to be,” she says with a shrug. “I walked away from Sydney knowing I gave it my all.”
Russell MaRk Shooting \ Silver
Peta edebone Softball \ bronze Peta Edebone, 41, represented Australia in softball 330 times before she retired in 2004. She competed at three world championships and three Olympics – winning bronze in Atlanta and Sydney and silver medal in Athens. Edebone juggled her softball career with a job at the AFL. She joined the league in 1990 and now works in the Total Player Payment department, monitoring player contracts. But the Bombers supporter has maintained her links with softball, coaching the Victorian women’s team. “I’d still love to be out there playing but there comes a time when your body just can’t do it,” says Edebone. “After Athens I had numerous knee operations and my surgeon actually tried to convince me to retire after the Sydney Olympics. But I had unfinished business and I went against medical advice but after Athens, physically and mentally, I knew I couldn’t do it any more.” While some athletes struggle to give up an elite sporting career, Edebone says her work and coaching softball helped her make that transition. “I stayed involved with softball because the sport gave me so much,” she says. “But it’s nice not to have that highly structured routine now. My partner and I have an apartment on the Gold Coast and we take off for a weekend there quite often. I could never do that when I was playing softball.” Edebone initially joined the AFL as a receptionist and worked in finance and membership before her current position. She’s also team manager for the Australian Institute of Sport under-17 AFL team. Edebone’s partner of five years also works for the AFL and they became engaged in November.
teammates hug Peta edebone (no.11) after she hit the game-winning two-run homer to defeat the us 2-1 on day six of the sydney Games. (Jed Jacobsohn / allsPoRt / GettY IMaGes)
a dejected Russell Mark after missing gold in a shoot-off with Richard Faulds, of Great britain, in the men’s double trap at the sydney International shooting centre.
(daRRen enGland / allsPoRt / GettY IMaGes)
The 2012 Olympics in London will be Russell Mark’s last Games. The sharpshooter from Hoppers Crossing won silver in Sydney and with his wife, Lauryn, also an international shooting champion, Mark runs a business organising shooting days for corporate customers. Mark’s most powerful memory of Sydney was marching into the stadium during the opening ceremony. “I was good friends with Andrew Gaze and to see him carry the flag for Australia was great,” recalls Mark. “Being involved in an individual event, that night was one of the few times I felt part of a team. I’d been to a few Olympics so the organisers plonked me up the front ... the reaction was unforgettable. “Winning a silver medal gave me mixed feelings. I won the previous Olympics, so at the time silver was a disappointment but now I’m pretty happy with my career.” Mark, 46, says London will be his last Olympics. “I’m aiming for London and I want to win gold and I’d like to retire after the Commonwealth Games in Scotland because I’ll be 50 then,” he says. “I’m one of the oldest competitors in clay-target shooting now. The other athletes call me ‘Fossil’. I remember going to the 1984 national championships and looking at the guys who were heading to the LA Olympics and thinking ‘I want to do what they’re doing’. I was only 20 and that became my aim in life. But it has to end.” Life has been good to Mark since Sydney. He’d just started dating Lauryn after they met at a World Cup event in 1999. They married in 2004 and have two children – Sierra, five, and Indiana, three. Mark also has a 12-year-old daughter, Holly. US-born Lauryn became an Australian citizen and finished fourth at the Athens Olympics for Australia. “I’ve been lucky to turn my pastime into my profession,” says Mark. “Before Atlanta I was a real-estate valuer. Then I went to Atlanta and won gold and never valued another property. Nobody prepares you for how your life changes after you win an Olympic Games – like getting a call from the Sultan of Brunei, who has built a shooting range for his brother and wants you to teach him to shoot. Before I knew it I was on my way to Brunei – all because I’d won a medal for shooting things out of the sky.”
Michael KliM Swimming \ 2 gold, 2 Silver
“MY idenTiTY will alwaYS Be aS a SwiMMer and To walK awaY FroM YoUr idenTiTY iniTiallY iS diFFicUlT.”
michael Klim, 33, retired from swimming in June 2007 but continues to enjoy a high profile. He has two children with his Balinese princess wife, lindy – Stella, 5, and rocco, 2 – and the couple started a skincare range, milk, a few years ago. They have also just built a new beachside home. Klim decided to end his swimming career on a high. As he saw his times in the pool start to plateau, he knew it was time to move on. “Throughout my whole swimming career i had a passion and a love for swimming and i was losing that love. i was becoming resentful towards my body because i couldn’t get what i wanted out of it,” he says. “So i decided to walk away before i became really angry. But it was hard. when i walk down the street in melbourne today people still say ‘oh, that’s the swimmer guy’. my identity will always be as a swimmer and to walk away from your identity initially is difficult.” But Klim had plenty to distract him. “i was recently married, we had a new baby and we were moving house. i had also started to develop milk. But i had to stay stimulated. i could never sit at home and be a couch potato,” says Klim, laughing. Sound advice from his businessman father also ensured Klim was financially set up for retirement. There were swim schools and Klim also turned his attention to skincare – an idea he came up with after years immersed in swimming pools. Today, the milk range is sold across Australia and in Hong Kong, China, Singapore, France, denmark, Holland and Switzerland. “i sat down with a group of branding people and they said, ‘what does the michael Klim brand represent?’ and for me it was about helping people be their best, whether that’s in skincare, motivational speaking and corporate training,” he says. Klim averages at least one speaking engagement a week, often with businesses that want to learn how his swimming success can be transferred to their world. “i did a presentation recently for a group of people who work for a national sports store and i started with the footage of the 4x100-metre relay from Sydney. Towards the end, they started cheering and clapping and saying ‘Come on, come on’. They were all still excited watching that event,” says Klim, laughing. Asked about his personal highlights, Klim nominates “marrying a princess”. The couple met in September 2004 when they were paired for a myer fashion show. They married in 2006. “lindy isn’t a sporty person, she’s more creative and musical and she’s into fashion. i’m very much the typical athlete. But we complement each other,” he says. As the 10th anniversary of Sydney drew nearer, Klim admitted there were moments when he still missed the excitement of competition. “i miss standing on the blocks. i miss the performance,” he says.
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From left: ashley callus, chris Fydler, Michael Klim and ian Thorpe, australia’s gold medal-winning 4x100-metre freestyle relay team, celebrating on day one after defeating the highly fancied US team. The australians won in a world record time of 3 minutes 13.67 seconds, with Klim setting an individual world record for the opening 100 metres. (al Bello / allSporT / GeTTY iMaGeS)
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Swimming \ 2 gold
Now enjoying a career in finance and as a TV presenter for Channel Nine, Grant Hackett won three gold, three silver and a bronze medal (in total) in Sydney, Athens and Beijing. He retired from the pool in 2008. Some of the standout moments of Sydney for Hackett were winning his first Olympic gold medal (beating home 1500-metre superstar Keren Perkins, who was seeking his third straight Olympic gold) in front of a home crowd and the atmosphere in Sydney. “The night I won the 1500-metre freestyle, a busload of us were taken to Darling Harbour,” he recalls. “There were about 100,000 people there and as I got off the bus they began screaming. It was overwhelming for a 20-year-old kid.” Hackett went on to win at Athens (one gold, two silver) and Beijing (one silver, one bronze) before hanging up his goggles in 2008. By then he already had his sights set on a future career and has made a successful transition from athletics to finance. “As a sports person, you have to be prepared to start again,” says Hackett, 30. “I went straight into working in finance with Westpac, something I’d been studying while I was swimming.” Hackett completed a diploma of financial services and a diploma of business law at Bond University, Queensland, while he was competing and this year started an MBA. After working in Westpac’s private banking sector, he now heads a new division focused on bespoke financial services for people working in sports and entertainment. He’s also relishing a TV career presenting sports and a weekly travel program. “I spend four days with the bank, a day shooting the Postcards program, and then do Wide World of Sports up in Sydney on a Sunday. It would be disappointing to me if I got to 50 or 60 and sport was the only thing I ever really achieved something in.” Hackett admits he has been a driven individual since growing up in Queensland. “I was close to my mates but I guess I was a bit different,” he says. “I was just focused on my swimming and my mates respected what I was trying to achieve. In sport you have to be mature at a young age.” Elite sport has also taught Hackett to deal with life’s challenges – such as becoming a father to twins a year ago. He says the arrival of Jagger and Charlize makes an Olympic gold medal “look pretty average”. “The first months are hard yakka but when I finish work I often run home in my suit so I can see them before they go to bed. Having those two little people in my life is a great joy,” he says. Hackett lives close to his city office so he can spend more time with his family. “There’s no fat in there,” he says, laughing. “But at 14, I was already getting up at 4.45am to swim seven kilometres before school, so I’m used to a busy schedule.”
Grant Hackett celebrates his gold medal in the 1500-metre freestyle on day eight in sydney. kieren Perkins, seeking a third gold, won silver. (nick Wilson / allsPort / Getty iMaGes)
Michelle Ferris won a silver medal in the women’s 500-metre time trial before retiring from cycling at the tender age of 23. (darren McnaMara / allsPort / Getty iMaGes)
MicHelle Ferris – CyCling \ Silver Michelle Ferris, from Warrnambool, won silver in the women’s 500-metre time trial at Sydney but retired at 23. In 2007, she got back on her bike and won three gold medals at the World Masters Championships. When Ferris stepped away from cycling, she was mentally and physically burnt out. “It took me five or six years to be at peace with myself,” she says frankly. “People were saying ‘why did you give it away?’ but it was the right time for me. You can’t be an elite athlete if you are not there mentally.” The struggles after retiring were a far cry from when she stood on the podium at Sydney to receive a silver medal. “I remember being at the start gate of the 500-metre time trial and all of a sudden I heard the crowd chant my name. The hype and support of the crowd certainly helped me. I did a personal best and came home with silver,” says Ferris, 33.
rebecca Gilmore (left) and loudy tourky celebrate their bronze medal in the women’s 10-metre synchronised diving, australia’s first diving success in 76 years.
(Mike HeWitt / allsPort / Getty iMaGes)
“Cycling was all I had known. I finished school at year 10, so I didn’t have a full high-school qualification and I spent three or four years in the wilderness after retiring, not knowing what I wanted to do and unsure of what I could do. “In the tough times I wondered if it would be easier to just jump off the Harbour Bridge. So to be happy and where I am today after that is amazing. In the national cycling team I’d spent 10 years being told when to get up, when to sleep, what to eat and when to train. And then you walk away from that and have to fit back into society. I got through that period by slowing things down, concentrating on myself and being with the people I’m closest to.” Ferris also started cycling again with the local Warrnambool cycling club. “Riding around the roads where I rode as a kid brought back the enjoyment of cycling. I couldn’t stay angry with it after that,” she says. Ferris is now part of the sales team with international cycling company Shimano. She has also started a junior women’s development team in NSW to coach the next generation of Australian cyclists. Ferris and her partner, Kylie, have a one-year-old daughter, Paige, who has also brought her happiness. “There’s nothing better than waking up in the morning and seeing Paige smiling at me,” says Ferris. “I met Kylie in the middle of the hardest period of my life, about six years ago, so she’s seen me at my worst and she’s helped point me in the right direction. I’ve packed a lot into my life and, despite the challenges, it’s been a fantastic ride.”
loudy WiGGins diving \ Bronze Better known to Sydney fans as Loudy Tourky, Wiggins was only 17 when she competed at her first Olympic Games in Atlanta. In Sydney, she won bronze and became the first Australian in 76 years to win an Olympic diving medal. From the age of five, she showed star quality as a gymnast, which took her to the Australian Institute of Sport. But at 11 she switched to diving and when the Atlanta Olympics came around in 1996, Wiggins, became the youngest member of the Australian diving team. She came 19th in Atlanta but in Sydney she teamed with Rebecca Gilmore and the pair took the bronze medal in the women’s synchronised platform event. “It was the first time synchronised diving was at the Olympics and we weren’t expected to win a medal, but we knew we could,” says Wiggins. “But my individual event was an absolute nightmare. I stood on the platform and my legs were shaking, nerves overcame me and I couldn’t jump. Usually at a competition I had 25 people watching me. All of a sudden there were 8000 people and I was overwhelmed.” Wiggins knew individually she could do better. The following year she came third in the 10-metre platform at the World Championships in Fukuoka and then won bronze in Athens. She then aimed for Beijing but a calf injury brought her diving career to a premature close. “I cried myself to sleep for months. It was a disappointing end but now I can look back and be grateful,” she says. Wiggins had already started to build a life away from diving. In 2005 she completed a media and communications degree and in 2004 she met the man who would become her husband, Carlton footballer Simon Wiggins. “After the Athens Olympics I took my first holiday and travelled around Greece with a friend. Simon was on a footy trip and we met in Santorini. I flew back to Australia the next day but we met up again later,” says Wiggins, 31. The couple married in 2007 and are expecting their first child in October. Wiggins says she doesn’t miss international competition and is happy working in advertising and organising her inner-Melbourne home. “I enjoy cooking and cleaning,” she says. “It sounds simple but as an athlete you can’t do normal things very often and, when I was diving, I craved normality.”
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» Lauren Burns Taekwondo \ Gold
“BeCOMInG a MuM has Been the Greatest thInG In MY LIfe. It just dOesn’t COMPare tO anYthInG eLse.”
Lauren Burns (right) celebrates her gold medal after defeating urbia Melendez rodriguez of Cuba in the women’s 49-kilogram taekwondo final. It was the first time the sport had been given Olympic status.
(shaun BOtterILL / aLLsPOrt / GettY IMaGes)
when lauren Burns won gold in Sydney, she became the first australian to win an olympic taekwondo medal. a decade on, Burns, 36, has trained to be a naturopath and has just had her second child. Some days Sydney seems like it was only a recent turning point in life for lauren Burns. other days it seems life a lifetime ago. “There have been two olympics since Sydney and I’ve commentated them, and watching those events I don’t always connect that I was part of the olympics,” says Burns. “It’s almost surreal. I see someone winning a gold medal and I think ‘wow, that’s amazing’. and then I think, ‘but hold on, that’s what I did’. winning a gold medal was certainly a pinnacle for me. I went to Sydney with a job to do – to win. So achieving that was wonderful but there are other moments. “It was my first olympics and seeing so many athletes from so many different countries and sports in one place was something I’ll never forget. The whole circus of the olympic Games was incredible.” Burns retired from competitive sport after Sydney – injuries taking their toll. But the emphasis on fitness and health has remained. She has studied naturopathy and plans to start a business running corporate health programs. But Burns currently has her hands full with an 18-month-old son and a baby girl who arrived in august. “Becoming a mum has been the greatest thing in my life. It just doesn’t compare to anything else,” she says. “I feel I’m at the right stage for children and I’ve just immersed myself in being a mum.” Her gold medal opened doors for Burns that she never expected. She’s still in demand on the corporate-speaking circuit, with her audiences never tiring of Burns’ olympic stories and learning the secrets of how she reached the top of her chosen sport. “I never expected the media attention I got after Sydney,” she says. “I remember after I won the gold medal people said to me, ‘the corporate speaking is fantastic. do it while you can because those opportunities will probably only last about a year’. But that’s still my main source of income after 10 years.” Burns began a bachelor of applied science in naturopathy while she was competing, fitting in subjects whenever she could between travelling and training as an athlete. “naturopathy has interested me for a long time and it was always something I wanted to do. I qualified last year and have a few private clients,” she says. “once my second baby is a little older, I’d like to become more involved in the health industry. My goals are simple – to work and to have a happy family. That’s the most important goal of all.”
Giaan Rooney SwimminG \ 2 Silver
the australian team celebrate their Gold medal win, in the final between australia and argentina at the Sydney 2000 olympic Games, held at the State Hockey centre at Homebush, in Sydney, australia. australia defeated argentina 3-1. Katie allen is third from left in the back row. (HamiSH blaiR / allSPoRt / Getty imaGeS)
Katie allen Hockey \ Gold Katie Allen, 36, was part of Australia’s gold medal-winning field hockey team in Sydney. She also won World Cup and Commonwealth Games titles. Today, she’s head coach for women’s hockey at the Victorian Institute of Sport. Allen can still remember the nervous energy that gripped her as Australia’s women’s hockey team drove towards the Olympic Village in Sydney. That nervousness stayed with her, only subsiding when the team won a gold medal. “I remember coming from the Blue Mountains, where we’d been staying on a camp. And then we drove into Sydney on the bus and I realised the enormity of what was happening,” says Allen. “We’d been preparing for Sydney for what seemed like forever and now it was happening and I was pretty overwhelmed. As we drove into Sydney that day, it hit me that this was when the hard work started. That anxiety never left me until our competition ended.” Allen retired after the Athens Olympics in 2004, after she failed to be selected for the Australian squad for the following year. She returned to her native South Australia to play at national league level and then took a break for a couple of years. “My hockey career with Australia finished in a disappointing way and I felt I needed a break. When you’ve been an elite athlete for years, there also comes a point when you need time out to get on with your career or to have a family,” she says. “So I got a ‘real’ job.” As a qualified primary-school teacher, Allen, who moved to Melbourne in 2002, began teaching at the Albert Park Primary School and then did relief teaching. She has also worked for the Australian Sports Commission and managed an after-school communities program in Victoria, which funds primary schools to run physical activity programs. She also married at the end of 2004. “As an athlete you’re focused on your sport and everything else, like relationships, gets put aside,” she says. “So getting married has been a highlight since Sydney.” In April last year, Allen took on the head coaching position at the Victorian Institute of Sport. “I loved competing at the highest level and now I want to get the best out of the athletes I work with. Coaching is different from playing. “There’s more than skill – it’s about working with people, management, co-ordinating a group and analysing the players and the opposition,” she says. “After spending some years away from hockey, I was really ready to be a full-time coach again. Hockey is in my blood.”
Sydney 2000 was Giaan rooney’s first taste of olympic Games competition and she walked away with two silver medals in the 4x100-metre medley and the 4x200-metre freestyle. in Athens, rooney won gold and retired two years later to pursue a media career. while winning two silver medals at her first olympics put a wide smile on rooney’s face, when asked to pick one of her most special memories from Sydney, she nominates another medal moment for Australia. “i remember the night cathy Freeman won the 400 metres. i’d snuck in to the stadium because it was a sell-out,” recalls rooney, 27. “i remember sitting on the concrete steps, near the finish line of the running track and watching cathy win that race. And then i watched nearly 100,000 people get to their feet as one and go nuts. That was an amazing moment.” rooney had been a member of the Australian swimming team for three years when she raced in Sydney. “we were at our pre-camp in melbourne and kieren Perkins came to speak to us and he said it would change the rest of our life,” says rooney. “Being part of Sydney brought home to me how much i wanted to experience an olympics again. After that, i was totally committed to the next four years of training because i wanted to go to Athens. “The time has gone incredibly fast but in some ways Sydney also feels like a lifetime ago. A lot has changed in 10 years. But when i talk about these moments, it seems like it was yesterday.” At the time of the Sydney olympics, rooney hadn’t given much thought to the day when her swimming career would
(from left) Petria thomas, Kirsten thomson, Giaan Rooney and Susie o’neill celebrate their silver medal in the women’s 4x200-metre relay final at the Sydney international aquatic centre.
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end. But when she retired in 2006 she was already enjoying a flourishing media career and she’s since become the face of Palmer’s cocoa Butter and Jockey underwear. “my parents instilled in me that swimming was fantastic but it could end tomorrow so plan your next move,” she says. “As a swimmer i was sponsored by channel nine for a few years after the Sydney olympics. i enjoyed that world and i learned about how the media worked, so when i retired, channel nine offered me a job presenting. “i like that no two days are the same – unlike in swimming where it can be very monotonous. one day i might be in the countryside filming a piece for Postcards and interviewing and then i might do some voiceovers and then i might be on an early morning flight interstate to host a function somewhere. i get to go to different places, see different things and meet different people all the time and i love that.” rooney says swimming has taught her the correlation between hard work and success and how to handle pressure. “i was 17 at the Sydney olympics. now i’m older, hopefully wiser and know a little more about the world,” she says. “i’d definitely love to see marriage and children later. my parents are celebrating their 32nd wedding anniversary this year and i’d love to be a mum. my aim in life is to have no regrets and to find happiness in what i do.” \ email@example.com » we welcome youR feedbacK @ www.theweeklyreview.com.au/cover-story
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e all know Melbourne is filled with secret bars. But there’s nothing harder on a middle-aged person’s psyche than the realisation that they might not be cool enough any more (if they really ever were) to know where those bars might be. Because bars these days are not just bars – they’re styled and themed into ’50s backyards, toilet blocks and doctor’s surgeries – you almost need to be theatrical about your drinking. Plus you have to walk up three flights of stairs to get a drink, which is not good for the elderly, especially when they’re on the turps. I really do keep forgetting I’m old now. Staying up late boozing isn’t a great idea when you have to do the school run the next morning. Neither is flirting with 22-year-olds. The thing is, all this talk about cougars – middle-aged women preying on 20-year-olds for sex – is missing the main point. Women my age aren’t out to snare youngies intentionally – they just forget they’re old, especially after a few sav blancs. Plus, men our age are, well, old too, so why would you go there? And the product is better these days. When I was young, boys didn’t give a hoot about how they looked. They wore flannel shirts, desert boots and washed in the surf. Boys today have hairdos, they go to the gym and they wear white pointy shoes, and where I come from,
that combination would have gotten them beaten up. A friend scored a public wedgying for wearing a Choose Life T-shirt to a party I went to once – and look how George Michael is still suffering emotionally for that fashion sin. But is it just me, or has anyone else noticed young people are much more good-looking these days? At The Weekly Review launch party last week, everyone in the room was a spunk. In fact, this event was a spunk festival filled with gorgeous girls with long, flowing locks and perfectly done faces, and six-foot-tall boys with sculptured hair and suits and smiles. And I was the only person in the room without a spray tan. Don’t young people know about baby oil? I spent my teenage years with a bottle leaking from my school bag, and the thought of missing a sunbaking opportunity was torture. Tanning was a sport, and the darkest girl won. If only we knew there’d be a day you could pay someone to do it for you in a booth and you’d come out without streaks and weird orange spots. I learnt my big sunbaking lesson years ago, when I spent the whole day body-roasting, prepping for a night at the Criterion Hotel in the fashion capital of Warrnambool. By about 9.30pm, my best friend told me my face had started to blister. I continued to party
LIFE on regardless – a melting face was hardly going to send me home early, plus the bar-snack sandwiches and dim sims hadn’t come out yet. But the next day, I woke up with a hangover and a kind of fried-rice face mask that was actually made out of my skin. Gee, I was gorgeous. I never used baby oil on my face again, but it didn’t stop me sunbaking for a few more years. I went back to Warrnambool a while ago to catch up with long-lost girlfriends, and the first thing I noticed is that they were all still competitive-tanning. Imagine still living with the pressure of having to put your old, wrinkly legs on a banana lounge every time the sun came out? Me, I’m just happy every day I wake up without a hangover. \
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David Mileikowski’s father owns the building – a quaint weatherboard cottage in a row of houses overlooking the supermarket car park in Izett Street. When a medical tenant moved out, he encouraged David and David's partner, Jacqui Majzner, to set up a café. Mileikowski runs a personal-training business and Majzner is a school teacher-turned-caterer. They felt they had the perfect blend of people and food skills to create a successful café. “We had the building gutted. I worked as the owner-builder and brought in tradespeople to follow to our design,” he says. The result is a welcoming home away from home, attracting a steady band of regulars and a growing catering business. Artwork by Jacqui’s father, prominent painter Victor Majzner, and David’s sister-in-law, Lilach Mileikowski, a well-known ceramic artist, adorns the walls. The decision to use Coffee Supreme coffee pays
homage to the couple’s other family – Nineteen Squares in St Kilda. “Jacqui and I are locals and we’ve always enjoyed the coffee there, so the decision to use the same brand was easy,” Mileikowski says. The sudden loss of her head BARISTA barista has given Majzner a renewed focus on the coffee side of her fledgling
business. She hopes her background in food and catering will guide her as she extends her training and takes on a bigger share of the barista’s role. “I love making coffees and think it’s time to step up. But we’ll have to find a new head barista, so I can spend some time in the kitchen too,” she says. The coffee company selected by the café has given her quality training and, for Majzner, the flavour of the blend is all-important. “I’ve never had a Coffee Supreme coffee I didn’t enjoy,” she says. “It’s mellow, mild and never bitter.” \
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Family connections run deep at CAFÉ this smart-yet-cosy 12-week-old operation off the Chapel Street trail in Prahran.
SIp ThIS Is IT 11 Izett street, Prahran Website: www.isitcafe.com.au Barista: Jacqui Majzner Coffee: Coffee Supreme Barista’s choice: Caffe latte
The cream picket fence and Euro-inspired cane chairs on a high, tiled front verandah set the scene for this relaxed, stylish café. Inside, polished floating timber floors and dark timber tables and chairs are offset by crisp ivory walls, high ceilings, stunning watercolour impressions of the Bungle Bungles and other striking artworks. There’s a huge blackboard painted onto one wall featuring the daily menu, a table for eight in the centre of the front room, a couch tucked into an alcove and a fire blazing in the rear room. Outdoor seating along a graffiti-decorated sideway and huge orb light fitting add extra eye candy. The coffee is still being refined – my espresso (poured by the previous barista) was well extracted, featuring hints of chocolate and walnuts, but my flat white, unluckily, arrived too hot, its milk slightly burnt.
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Main: Banquet with Chicken Khandahari at front. (MAGGIE BUFE)
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Three Cups of Tea might flicker through your mind at this exotic suburban restaurant. The Kite Runner when you see the colourful kites hanging from the walls – “children in Afghanistan love their kites the way Aussie kids love footy”, says restaurant owner Monir Samad – and Three Cups of Tea when you look at the portraits of the Karakoram Range and the proud, authoritarian sherpa on the wall. This nine-year-old restaurant is one of few Afghan restaurants in Australia. Samad arrived here 19 years ago and spent many years working in the hospitality industry while he worked on his English. In part, the 9/11 attacks in 2001 were the inspiration for this restaurant, which opened just one month later.
He and his brothers saw the attacks and the portrayal of the Middle East on television, like other Australians, and it added to their growing concerns about the way Afghanistan was perceived in their adopted country. “We wanted to show Australians about our culture and to give them some positive images of Afghanistan,” says Samad, who works seven days a week to achieve this. The menu at Afghan Village offers a glimpse of the culture in its broad spread of dishes, from the crisp, toasted Afghan nan bread to the fine traditional desserts that end the meal. A banquet selection includes a taste of the badenjon bourani (pan-fried eggplant topped with tomato and yoghurt sauces), which is velvety and flavoursome, and a bourani kachaloo (pan-fried potato), which is lacklustre by comparison, the potato floury and dry despite the excellent lowab (yoghurt and tomato) sauce. But the ashak, a delicate half-circle envelope of whisper-thin pastry encasing finely shredded leek, is the redeeming element. The main-course selection arrives all at once and looks daunting, but the flavours are so clean and appealing, that it’s soon disappearing. A chef’s selection of different kebabs arrives sizzling on a cast-iron plate with a medley of salad that needs quick attention before it wilts. The long-grain, perfectly cooked bachlani rice is topped with shredded carrot and sultanas. It’s an essential sponge for the other three dishes on the table – a fluffy, pale-yellow dahl with a gentle kick of spice and a crown of darkly roasted paprika; a subtle pink chicken khandahari (marinated chicken in yoghurt and herbs); and an auburn-toned, rich lamb korma. The meat dishes are meltingly tender but their sauces seem thin, until we eat them the right way, mixed with the sumptuous rice and the creamy dahl. The undoubted hero on the plate of prettily presented desserts is the firnee, a small wheel of refreshing rosewater and cardamom mousse sprinkled with pistachios, which would find its place in any high-end restaurant. The accompanying bakhlava and Turkish delight pieces are more standard fare. A refreshing glass of Afghan green tea is bright and fresh, without a hint of astringency, and finishes the meal perfectly. \
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Top: Ashak leek pastries. Middle: Kebab Sultani from chef’s kebab selection. Bottom: Lamb korma.
A cultural experience intended to offer Melbourne diners an alternative view of war-torn Afghanistan. This family-run restaurant – with one brother front-of-house and the other in the kitchen – offers hearty and wholesome dishes from northern Afghanistan. The varied menu is unlikely to be what’s served in every home in a country with a much harsher climate but it is a glimpse of the generosity and finesse of the culture. The menu is accompanied by a compact but serviceable list of Australian wines and the option to BYO. Service is polite and brisk but content to let the food do the talking.
eat this AfghAn VillAge 923 Burke Road, Camberwell Chef: Prices:
Nazir Samad entrees $10-$17.50; mains $17.50-$35; desserts $6-$12; banquets $39-$52. Daily 6-11pm. 9882 2775
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High on the Burke Road hill, this classic Camberwell shop space has taken on an exotic persona. Step inside and step away from all things Melbourne. It’s not quite a home in an Afghan village but, with a bit of imagination, it could be. Colourful cloths line the ceiling; smoking pipes, imported lanterns, woven rugs and shawls hang from every available space. There’s a quaint, rustic feel to the décor, but it’s authentic enough to not seem tacky or overdone. Many of the items displayed are gifts from travelling family members or pieces that belong to the owners. Dark Bentwood timber chairs, paper-covered, white-clothed tables and quality cutlery and crockery are concessions to Melbourne’s dining culture, but little else feels like a compromise.
TASTINGS\ DRINK THIS DESERT HEART CHARDONNAY 2008 (Central Otago) $35; 14% a/v ★★★½
Food match: Flounder with beurre blanc sauce I’m not normally a fan of Kiwi chardonnay (the ones I’ve tried have mostly been from the bigger end of the spectrum) but this hits the spot for me. There are complex aromas and flavours of melon rind, white stone fruits, honey, almonds and a slight struck-match characteristic. These ripe flavours are held in check by some nice grapefruit-flavoured acidity. A nice luxurious mouthfeel and a long, spicy nectarine finish add another layer of interest. PICARDY CHARDONNAY 2009 (Pemberton) $42; 13% a/v ★★★★½
Food match: Blanquette de veau
I pounced on this as soon as it arrived – I really like the way Picardy wines are so full of character. For the wine nerds out there (such as myself), it is made of grapes from Dijon clones 76, 95, 96 and 277. This sure makes it one complex wine. Aromas of stone fruits, spice, melon, butter, nuts and minerals leap from the glass before the wine delivers powerful flavours of white peach, grapefruit, cashews and classy vanilla oak, along with flinty and smoky notes. Don’t get just one bottle of this; it will age gracefully for a few years.
Deck of chards than any other and, looking through my recent tasting notes it is probably the best represented there, too. Chardonnay is making a comeback of sorts, slowly chipping away at the dominance of Kiwi sav blanc as winemakers create more elegant styles. It hasn’t always been like this. In the period of excess through the ’80s and ’90s, winemakers turned the volume up to 11, using excessive new oak to add length and body – a little bit like the oversized shoulder pads of that period. Australia’s latest breed of winemakers has seen the light, and just like the modern popularity of skinny jeans and that other ’80s classic, leggings, the current trend for chardonnay is tight and lean. Chardonnay is increasingly being grown in cooler climates and winemakers are picking chardonnay grapes earlier, resulting in better acid and lower sugar levels and, subsequently, more elegant wines. Long gone are the high-alcohol, oaky monsters. Big players in this elegance movement are a few cooler-climate regions that were originally planted with chardonnay for sparkling wines: Tasmania, Tumbarumba and the Upper Yarra. At a recent tasting of Tasmanian wines, I was surprised at how consistently good the wines, especially chardonnay, were. More and more are making their way to Melbourne restaurants and bottleshops, so keep an eye out for them.
Food match: Nettle soup with scallops This comes from a vineyard that’s been certified organic. It displays melon, nectarine and citrus aromas, with some nutty, earthy characteristics. There’s a lovely texture that goes really well with bright acidity and pure fruit flavours of white peach, Granny Smith apples and citrus. There’s also a nice cashew nuttiness and a good line of minerality before a lingering spicy finish.
I think part of the reason I like chardonnay so much is that it is a pretty plain grape but it has a great ability to show the characteristics of its surroundings. It can produce excellent quality wines in warm and cool climates and leaves a lot of room for the winemaker to assert influence. New oak, old oak, no oak, lees stirring and malolactic fermentation are all ways a winemaker can impart some personality into the wine. Think of it like the old saying about how, over time, a dog comes to reflect its owner – I think the same is true with chardonnay. I won’t name names, of course … \
HUNGERFORD HILL CHARDONNAY 2009 (Tumbarumba) $28 13.5% a/v ★★★★
Food match: Asparagus with hollandaise sauce Tumbarumba is a region that deserves more recognition for its chardonnay, and this wine flies the flag well. It’s got complex aromas of white stone fruits, struck match and melon rind and powerful flavours of nectarine, grapefruit and toast. There’s also a lovely balance, with the fruit complemented by a nice texture and juicy citrus-flavoured acid before a long, mineral finish.
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CHARDONNAY – WHO DOES IT BEST The Burgundy and Chablis regions of France do better chardonnay than anywhere else. In Burgundy, particularly the areas of Mersault and Montrachet, the wines are opulent and can age gracefully, while Chablis produces lean wines with flinty and minerally characteristics. Chardonnay makes up more than 50 per cent of the white-wine grapes grown in Australia. Keep an eye out for chardonnay from the Yarra Valley and the Mornington Peninsula, areas that produce wines of excellent structure and complexity. Margaret River wines combine elegance and power, and Tasmanian chardonnay can be fine-boned, yet opulent.
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in these pages before that I’VE SAID my favourite white wine is chardonnay. It’s the white I want to open more often
LARK HILL CHARDONNAY 2008 (Canberra) $35; 13% a/v ★★★★½
Hits the spot
INNOCENT BYSTANDER CHARDONNAY 2009 (Yarra Valley) $20; 13% a/v ★★★½ Food match: Caesar salad Innocent Bystander is the second label of the Yarra Valley’s Giant Steps, consistent producers of outstanding chardonnay. This smells like cantaloupe, peach and fig, with a bit of earthiness for added complexity. There’s a nice creamy texture along with powerful nectarine and spice flavours, as well as a clean, mineral finish. It’s a good-value wine for the price, but check the chains for even better deals.
leather jacket has long been a part of the THE female wardrobe, tempting us in its many guises over the decades – from short-cropped styles to
those assertively tough in all their biker glory – while others may have been tempted to buy one with tassels for a true 1970s throwback. Some have been rock’n’roll handled and given rise to the term “rock chick”, while others are far daintier in their message. While leather might be synonymous with cooler months, there’s plenty going around for the spring and summer period to make you change your mind about locking it up for another season. One only needs to look at what international designers offered on the catwalks for spring 2010 to see what all the leathery fuss is about and how it can have trans-seasonal appeal. What’s more, leather doesn’t have to make an outfit look heavier than it needs to, with many designers using the material to create softer-looking jackets, easy-to-wear tops and even leather knits. Céline’s spring message was all about tiny leather shorts that may not be entirely made for walking, as well as sleeveless leather dresses and skirts, while Michael Kors showed us baggy leather pants that said hello to the 1980s all over again. Desmond: (main) This tribal mini gives leather a feminine edge. Céline: (right) This sleeveless leather dress is big right now. Michael Kors: (centre) Channel the ’80s with this leather outfit. Michael Kors: (far right) Baggy leather pants are back. (WIREIMAGE / GETTY IMAGES)
Hermes reignited the ’70s flame, showing us how brown leather could easily be the new black, while Balenciaga was sticking to the basics in a toughened black/bondage look. YSL preferred to say it with a pencil mini in skin-tight leather, while Balmain and Miss Sixty went for tiny leather mini dresses and hot pants. Phillip Lim, of 3.1, made headlines with his butterscotch cropped tank made entirely of leather (there was also the black version) – it was a seasonal must-have in New York in spring and shows how leather needn’t be the heavy-weighted material we assume it to be. Another US designer, Elise Overland (who has made leather outfits for everyone from Slash to Steven Tyler, of Aerosmith fame), cut her collection on feminine leather shades including rosy pinks, khakis and a splash of feisty red. Her cropped turtleneck-style jacket elasticised at the waist makes a perfect match for jeans or a skirt. She launched her label in 2006 and draws inspiration from ’70s athletic wear and ballet pieces to a heavier rock chic. On a local design front, we spotted the brand Desmond and were impressed by Leah Hills’ ability to soften an otherwise sturdy fabric such as leather. Launching the brand in 2009, the young designer uses the highest-quality leather and suedes to handcraft individual pieces. The spring/summer 2010-11 collections are all about being feminine without losing the edge that leather promises. For Desmond, the theme this season is all about channelling a tribal spirit – leather in shades of crème, beige, tan and khaki give an earthy kudos and have plenty in common with bohemia.
Desmond’s crocheted reversible vest is suitable for a hippy free-love moment, while a cropped tie-me-up jacket is elegant without being too dressy. The throwover suede jacket salutes a ’70s vintage in all its folk/country splendour. We like the brand’s idea of stepping back in time while always maintaining a modern relevance. The pieces are easy to dress up or down – showing us that leather needn’t be something you only wear in winter. By the looks of things, it’s here to stay all year round. \
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INVISIBLE ZINC UV SILK SHIELD FOUNDATION SPF 30+ ($42, 12g) If there is an iconic Australian beauty brand, Invisible Zinc would be it. It goes from strength to strength, making sunscreen not only essential but desirable. Its new launch is pure genius. The UV Silk Shield Foundation is a two-in-one cream-to-powder foundation stick that is light, seamless and delivers the highest UV reflective barrier while offering all-weather water-resistant coverage. Now you’ve got to like that. www.invisiblezinc.com
Wearing sunscreen should not even be questioned, and Invisible Zinc is by far the best choice. It contains no chemical SPF ingredients, no parabens, no nano particles, offers very high protection against UVA and UVB and, on top of that, the brand keeps creating innovative products to make wearing sunscreen easy, such as the UV Silk Shield Foundation SPF 30+ – genius. This range is a definite must.
DHAV NAIDU helps you select the brushes you need. simple truth. You need make-up HERE’S A brushes. Sure, you can get by with fingers and cotton buds, but for a professional makeover at home, brushes are essential. They’ll result in a flawless finish that is unparalleled. You do not need 660 brushes, just three good ones. Start with a large finishing brush for powder, bronzer and blusher, then a dome-shaped eyeshadow brush and, finally, a synthetic brush to apply your foundation and concealer. Brushes vary in price, sometimes greatly. You pay for the type of hair used, how it is put together (ferrule, handle, etc,) the brand name and, in some instances, the patented design of heads. They are investment pieces and should last you a lifetime. THERE ARE THREE PARTS TO A BRUSH – THE HEAD/TUFT, FERRULE AND HANDLE. ●
The head/tuft – look for brushes that are neatly trimmed with no falling or irregular bristles. They should feel luxurious to touch and not prickly in any way; The ferrule – or metal sleeve holding the bristles to the handle. This is the most important part of a brush. The ferrule gives the brush the shape by how it is crimped. It provides support and protects from water wearing down the glue joint. Examine the crimp – the tighter it is, the better the brush; and The handle – should be well balanced and comfortable in your hands. The length of the handle is a personal preference but it should not be too long as it will be cumbersome to control.
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO LOOK AFTER YOUR BRUSHES ● ●
The find Once in a while you come across a product that is so simple, yet essential, that you ask yourself why didn’t I think of that. THE BRUSH GUARD ($9 inclusive of postage) is a simply ingenious must-have product. It’s the brainchild of two friends who decided there must be a better way to care for expensive brushes. Lo and behold, they came up with a simple idea of slipping a sturdy yet flexible sock over the brushes. This economical but thoroughly practical product is available only through their website. Watch their video, it explains how the Brush Guard works.
FOR EVERY TASK
Wash your brushes at least once a fortnight; Hold the brush tightly at the ferrule. This ensures that water does not get into the glue within the ferrule; Apply a little baby shampoo, agitate the hair gently and rinse thoroughly, squeezing out excess water; and Lie the brush flat with the handle resting on a counter and the bristles hanging over the edge. Air-dry overnight.
Yes, you can buy brushes from artist supply shops, but be warned that the handles are longer and they have to be washed thoroughly before the first use. Brushes that come with make-up products are great – for cleaning your computer keyboards. Try it – you will be pleasantly surprised. \
SHU UEMURA ($45-$280) makes the Porsche of brushes. The master make-up artist has passed on the necessity of a good brush to his myriad devotees. There are several categories in the range that suit every budget and task. Personal favourites are Natural 20, 14 and 13 and Synthetic 10, a great concealer brush.
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M.A.C. COSMETICS ($18 - $130) is an industry staple. It is the one brand constantly found backstage at all major international fashion weeks. They listened to the needs of consumers and make-up artists to come up with an extensive range of brushes for every imaginable make-up task. My firm favourites are 134 (an excellent large finishing brush), 224 (the perfect eyeshadow blender), 191 (a square foundation brush) and 194 (a tapered concealer brush).
ECOTOOLS is the most sustainable and environmentally friendly make-up tool you will ever find. The brushes are made from bamboo, recycled aluminum and luxuriously soft Taklon; even the brush roll is made from hemp and cotton. EcoTools is excellent to use, extremely economical ($27.95 for a set of six) and, what’s more, the company has joined with the Planet organisation – an alliance of businesses that donates at least 1 per cent of their annual revenues to environmental organisations worldwide.
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Review\ tRaveL Buenos Aires’ amazing economic recovery has rejuvenated the city, writes KENDALL HILL.
FaSt taNGO iN aRGeNtiNa L
ess than a decade ago Buenos Aires was a bankrupt, derelict capital where those who managed to salvage some cash from the country’s 2001 economic collapse fled to Europe or America. Today, all the traffic is in the opposite direction as the Argentine capital enjoys a renaissance centred on dynamic design and cuisine and a passion for beauty and life. This city of about 14 million porteños (port-dwellers) has tango, sure. Eva Peron, definitely. And yes, it’s a carnivore’s feast. But Buenos Aires is far more than the sum of its clichés. STAY
Inner-city Palermo is a thriving neighbourhood of cool boutiques, bars and cafés and makes an excellent base for a visit to Buenos Aires. The city’s first boutique hotel, 1555 Malabia House, is a former convent offering comfortably modern accommodation in 15 rooms. www.malabiahouse.com.ar
CamiNitO StReet, La BOCa
Near Palermo Hollywood (so-called because it’s home to media and TV companies), an old motor mechanic’s workshop has been reborn as Costa Petit, an elegant four-room hotel decorated beautifully with vintage mementoes. A compact swimming pool now occupies the pit once used for vehicle inspections. www. costapetithotel.com
In raffish San Telmo, the city’s oldest neighbourhood, the 39-suite Moreno Hotel is in a handsome art-deco building with a wrought-iron lift and four-metre ceilings. The in-house theatre often hosts tango performances. www.morenobuenosaires.com For stays of a week or more, there are hundreds of affordable apartments for rent. The website www. bytargentina.com is well-established and reliable, with a huge list of properties searchable by suburb or street. Expect to pay an average $US300 ($A338) a week for one bedroom, $US600 a week for two bedrooms. Palermo Viejo and Recoleta are good neighbourhoods to base yourself, handy to key capital attractions. EAT And dRInK
Carnivores are spoilt for choice in a land where the average Argentine consumes about 70 kilograms of beef a year. Head to the down-at-heel worker’s pub El Obrero (64 Agustín Caffarena Street) for a hefty side-serve of dockside ambience with your steak. At the opposite end of the dining spectrum, Casa Cruz (1658 Uriarte) is the must-do dining experience for those who like to see and be seen. Celebrity chef Germán Martitegui cooks nouveau Argentine cuisine in glamorous surrounds here, while at his other restaurant,
Above left: Crowds flock to Recoleta Cemetery to pay tribute to Eva Peron. Above right: Beef, in all its forms, is a favourite dish throughout Argentina.
COrTazar square, palermO sOhO
Main: Dreaming of one day representing Argentina, a boy practises his football skills in the street in front of a large mural.
(ROBERt FRERCk / ChAD EhlERs / kim stEElE / miChAEl s. lEwis / hERvE hughEs / kEREn su / stEvE
Bottom: One of the world’s widest avenues, Avenida 9 de Julio.
avenIda 9 de JulIO
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TanGO danCInG, la BOCa
Olsen (5870 Gorriti), Scandinavian fare and about 60 varieties of vodka are the order of the day. In the city centre the atmospheric Café Tortoni (829 Avenida de Mayo) has borne witness to Argentina’s volatile history since 1858 and remains a charming spot for coffee (a cortado doble is vaguely similar to a flat white) and croissants, called medialunas here. Palermo is café central: Cluny (4618 El Salvador) does a decent menu of international favourites and makes a fine spot for a long liquid lunch; the popular Sudestada (5602 Guatemala) does Asian-fusion food – expect familiar Thai staples and innovative desserts such as lychee and cashew-nut tart. For a purely theatrical eating experience, Sifones y Dragones (174 Ciudad de la Paz) has 16 seats in a pop-art kitchen, where menus are delivered in sealed envelopes and diners are handed a “conceptual gift” at the end of their meal. The food is conservative by comparison – soy poached salmon, for example, and terrific chocolate cake. Popular cheap street snacks include milanesas (crumbed veal schnitzels), empanadas of every persuasion, and delicious gelato, a welcome antidote to steamy summers. Pizza is also huge in this city of Italian immigrants; one of the most popular pizzerias is Filo (975 San Martin),
in the city centre, where the crusts are thin and DJs spin tunes at weekends. SEE And dO
The recently reopened Teatro Colon is regarded as one of the world’s finest opera houses and offers a grand (but inexpensive) night out in the capital. On the schedule for 2010 are symphonic performances by conductors Daniel Barenboim and Zubin Mehta as well as ballets and operas. www.teatrocolon.org.ar
Eva Peron’s remains draw daily hordes of pilgrims to the Recoleta Cemetery (1790 Junín) – just follow the crowds to her flower-strewn tomb, and mind the touts at the entrance. The power and the passion of Argentine football are on display at La Bombonera, home to Boca Juniors. Boca’s supporters are famously rowdy, so book a visit through your hotel with a licensed tour operator who can chaperone you through the sometimes-volatile stadium. Giant hotdogs called superpanchos are the spectators’ snack of choice. Uruguay lies just across the River Plate and a fast two-hour ferry trip will take you to the World Heritage-listed resort city of Colonia del Sacramento, with its evocative historic quarter and orange blossom-scented streets. Buquebus (www.buquebus.com) operates daily services between the two cities for about $US50 return. \
STORIES Of ME Singer-songwriter Paul Kelly has written what he calls a “mongrel” memoir. PETER WILMOTH catches up with him to hear how a series of shows turned into the writing of his life story.
t’s Friday afternoon and the rain is falling softly onto The Esplanade in St Kilda, the boulevard that Paul Kelly three decades ago enshrined in our cultural memory in his song From St Kilda to Kings Cross. We are deep inside The Espy Hotel – where daylight allows you to see and smell probably more than you’re meant to. This – and in so many other inner-Melbourne pubs –is where it all started for Paul Kelly. The skinny young man in a black leather jacket hoping to find an audience, is now, of course, a beloved writer and singer, who has done more than anyone to paint our city in words for us, and to say what we haven’t been able to find our own words for. Finally, one of Australia’s greatest storytellers has written the memoir that publishers have been chasing for years. Rather than a conventional autobiography, Kelly has written an “accidental memoir”, which had its genesis in a series of shows at the Spiegeltent in 2004. Over four nights, Kelly performed 100 songs in alphabetical order, and the stories he told between the songs have formed the basis of the book. “I didn’t realise then all the things that would open up,” he says. “What was important for me was it was a new way of performing, for audiences to come along with different expectations from a regular show. It was great to keep the 150-200 in play as working songs, that they weren’t lying, getting cobwebs in the cupboard.” As Kelly kept putting the words down, it became clear that he might have a book on his hands. “From the very first shows I didn’t quite know what I was doing, and it’s been like that every step of the way. “I was imagining a book with a fair bit of text and lovely pictures and all that. I had notes written up for the shows, a script. On tour in America in 2008, I started to write about Adelaide, wrote a couple of pages and thought ‘Well, I’ll keep writing stories and ideas around songs and it might end up being something else’. It wasn’t until I got a substantial way in that I thought ‘This could be a book’. I still didn’t know whether I could maintain the flow or keep the structure. I thought ‘There’s a structure in place, if I follow it, I’ll get there – there’s ‘Z’ up the end.” The result is How to Make Gravy, the A-Z: a mongrel memoir, a carnival of ideas, memories of songs and friends, family, cities, shows, passions, insights into his own and reflections on other artists’ work. Each chapter starts with a song lyric and a story often emanating from that song. It is wonderfully disparate and random. Sometimes topics emerge from nowhere – “My Left Foot” discusses Kelly’s passion for Australian football. “I’ve been playing Australian rules football for 50 years,” he writes. “I’m still working on my left foot, which forever needs improvement. My fingers have been broken a couple of times, so, needing them for work, I haven’t played competitively since 1988. On Sundays and Wednesdays when I’m in Melbourne, I do circle work in the park with a loose coalition of men and a few children … (the) collective has been going for close to 20 years. Not all those who started it are still alive. I hope it’s still going when all the founders are dead.” The flavour of Kelly – his openness and honesty and passion for the detail of life – suffuses the book. Topics change with breakneck speed, into his own song lyrics or even a W.B. Yeats poem. It bears relationship to a traditional memoir only in that through the disjointed
structure, the reader gleans much about the man and his craft and the forces that shaped him. It is the closest we’ve come to an insight into the thoughts and work methods of this great poet. Robert Forster, from the Go-Betweens, wrote in The Monthly that Kelly’s “self-effacement and unease with his past have left the songs to sketch the details, a situation he probably feels comfortable with”. Forster is right. “My rule was if I could think of something to write, I’ll write it; if I don’t, I’ll move onto the next song,” Kelly says. “I certainly wasn’t interested in explaining songs or saying ‘This is what I was doing at the time I wrote that song’. I used each song as a starting point for a piece of writing.” The ideas and stories flowed until Kelly realised he’d written a lot of words. “The surprise and the joy for
“i used each song as a starting point ... i didn’t think it would keep going.”
me was that it didn’t stop. I never thought of myself as a storyteller or raconteur. I didn’t think it would keep going. It sort of surprised me that it kept going. I thought ‘Maybe I’ll get to D or E and I’ll just run out of stuff to say’.”
elly found the alphabetical structure liberating. “Right, Bradman. What’s next: Careless. I knew I had things to say about Careless. I distinctly remember the influences of the Go-Betweens. It gave me the chance to talk about those ’80s Australian bands that were a big influence. Certain things I can remember very vividly.” The episodic structure liberated Kelly from the requirements of a traditional autobiography. “I never at any stage thought ‘This is an autobiography, I need to remember everything and I need to include everything’. I’m not trying to be comprehensive here. I don’t have a good memory, anyway. The reason I write is I don’t have a good memory. That’s one of the impulses behind my writing. (So) I can’t go back 25 years and remember things very well.” How To Make Gravy – the title is taken from a much-loved Kelly song about a man calling his family from jail a few days before Christmas Day – is about
“memories, storytelling, influences, being playful” Kelly says. He’s slightly amazed at the sheer amount of pages he’s produced and marvels at novelists. “How do they do it? How do people write books? It’s an astounding achievement.” The book progressed slowly as Kelly became open to stories rising out of his songs. “I thought ‘Can I write about this in an interesting way? Can I write about something I don’t really understand myself and still make it interesting to others’?” He writes about many people in his life, including three late musician friends – guitarist Steve Connolly, Paul Hewson, the keyboard player in Dragon who wrote most of that band’s hits, and Grant McLennan, of the Go-Betweens, who had all been influential. As ever with Kelly’s writing, the power of the book is in the writer’s eye for detail, nuance, perception and a bittersweet and often dark humor, and in his capacity to relate shared truths and experiences. Kelly’s stories have always rung true. He’s one of us. In the book there’s a moving story about the day he told his mother that he and his siblings believed it was time she stopped driving, after she’d started to drive erratically. Lots of us have had this moment. “There was a sharp intake of breath at her end of the line,” Kelly writes. “Three days later, one of the strapping grandchildren came and took the yellow Pulsar away.” In writing about his beautifully moody song Winter Coat, Kelly conjures the man he’s wished had sung it – Frank Sinatra – and writes of his own sense of loss stemming from knowing Sinatra will never sing that song. And in the passage’s claustrophobic ache, Kelly demonstrates what a fine prose writer he is. “Loss’s sphere grows wider now, and included in it is all possibility. You reflect on all you’ve missed – how much of your life you’ve forgotten, how much has streamed by you, how paltry the haul in your little net. There are the books you haven’t read, the ones you’ve read but don’t recall, the history you don’t know, the languages you haven’t learnt, the songs you haven’t written, the things you wished you’d asked your parents, the hugeness of the world, the tiny fraction of it you’ve gleaned, its sadness and suffering and deterioration, the friendships you didn’t have with people you admired, that beautiful stranger you saw in the street who you’ll never know.” Kelly playfully intersperses a series of lists through the book (“Reasons to wear black: Roy Orbison; Johnny Cash; according to Pablo Neruda, it’s the garb for poets, suits brown eyes, looks particularly good with a gold guitar. Or good smells: Bakeries at dawn; onions frying; stolen lemons; old books; a new Sherrin; children after a bath; coffee in the morning; her neck”). Kelly put songwriting on hold while he worked on the book. Asking him about the art of songwriting, he says: “I don’t know any more because I haven’t written a song for 2½ years. I feel completely unauthorised to talk about songwriting at the moment. I’ve written three songs in that time, and they’ve been co-writes and all been driven by the other co-writer.”
People might imagine songs just arriving to him, but that’s not how it works. “I wish. It hasn’t for me. Maybe there won’t be any more songs.” Is that a fear? “Not any more. I’ve got a book. Three years ago, if I hadn’t written a song for 2½ years, I would have thought I would be worried – or just being antsy. Useless. But writing this book was daily labour and it seemed to just flick a switch, so while I was doing that I didn’t have the other thing going on. They are different skills. One took over the other. I don’t know whether the other will come back. I don’t know whether the switch will flick back. I’ll find something to do. Play with the grandkids.” In the book, he writes about where his songs come from: “Mostly I just scratch along, following a random scent here, poking my nose in there, lose interest after a while, then wander off to have a little lie down in the shade and think about what food will be in my bowl later that day. Somehow the songs turn up, one by one. Or so far they have. I never know where the next one’s coming from. There may never be a next one … I wake up every day and hope there’s still one more tune ambling towards me down the road.”
Something to hang his hat on: Paul Kelly’s stories rise out of his songs in his new book How to Make Gravy. (JuleS Tahan)
elly on the creative process is a fascinating insight into an artist’s way of working. “ … the real juice is fleeting, whether it’s the great oceanic feeling on stage and in rehearsal, or the tingling rush taking you over as the song or the start of a song falls out,” he writes. “It means that a lot of the time a songwriter like me feels useless, which creates a constant, free-floating anxiety, occasionally relieved by finishing a song.” For Kelly, it’s work, and he wants to demystify it. In this quest, he found inspiration in Gabriel Weston’s Direct Red: A Surgeon’s View of Her Life-or-Death Profession, a gory collection of descriptions of her work in a British hospital. “It was an insight into her work … it’s quite specialised being a surgeon, and in some ways playing music is, too. If I can write about what work’s like … with pop music, people glamourise it, there’s an air of mystery about it all.” Kelly has been playing music in the past two years while he wrote the book, but rather than work on his own album, he chose to do some collaborations, including a duet with Sydney singer Angus Stone on the Neil Finn classic Four Seasons in One Day, which he and Stone have recorded for an album featuring men singing Finn brothers’ songs and called He Will Have His Way (the record featuring women singing Finn songs was a big hit in 2005). After growing up in Adelaide, Kelly has spent most of his life in Melbourne, the city that has animated so much of his work – from the MCG to the Nylex clock to the Fitzroy Gardens. “It’s where my children have grown up. I’ve been here so long now it’s where my roots are. It’s my place. I’ve lived here longer than anywhere. I left Adelaide when I was 17. Lived in Sydney for six years. Melbourne’s my home town. And apart from my personal circumstances, it is a great city.” Kelly sips his tea in the belly of this iconic pub. Anyone who’s anyone in Australian music has played here. For years it has been the heart of Melbourne’s rock world. It’s tempting to make up your own list about favourite Kelly songs and lyrics – mine has Winter Coat and How to Make Gravy right at the top – but probably better to end with a list of his – “Things you can’t buy: good weather; good parents; true friends; green lights all the way from St Kilda Junction to Clifton Hill; a good night’s sleep; eight goals by Jeff Farmer in one half of footy; sex with laughter; sex with tears.” \
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elbourne is revered the world over as a hub for contemporary jewellery, harbouring a strong and diverse community. Yuko Fujita is one of the names emerging as fresh new talent in our city with the release of her current collection. Fujita’s most recent work is a collection crafted from found wooden objects such as rolling pins, coathangers and clogs into amazing pieces on a surprising scale. The juxtaposition of her distinctive metal work with natural materials such as wood, cotton and silk gives new life to the object’s discarded past. Fujita began her career with a degree in Japanese literature in Tokyo then travelled to Australia to study jewellery. When asked why the change from crafting words, Fujita says, “I found jewellery quite similar to literature in the respect that I went from using words to tell a story to using materials and visual language instead. “I am attracted to natural materials such as wood, silk, wool and leather. I see individual, unique character and warmth in those materials. They become more attractive to me when they are dented, stained and wonky because it gives me a feeling of their life and history.”
MESSAGE Brooch. An unknown plant holding seeds to pass on their life to the next generation. (bowl, hanger, onyx, 18ct yellow gold, silver) $1250.
MOON NIGHT DANCING
(PHOEBE PORTER & STEPHANIE WILLIAMS)
Necklace. A plant (bulb) and it’s surroundings, air and water (maracas, spoon handle, 18ct yellow gold, silver) $1750.
YUKO FUJITA \ KODAMA COLLECTION
Necklace. An undiscovered creature comes out only with moonlight (left). (bookend, spoon handle, silver) $990.
Necklace. A plant in the deep forest waiting for the coming of spring. (coathangers, silver) $1500.
RETURN TO ME
This philosophy of reusing and respecting the life of our useless objects was explored in Fujita’s most recent exhibition, KODAMA (return to me). “The title Kodama has double meaning in Japanese. One means “tree spirits” and the other meaning is “echo” (sound reflection). “My process for the work in KODAMA was like communicating with these existing materials and hearing their own echo. I see the objects and they respond to me through their shape, colour and texture to bring form to each item.” But for a woman well versed in gold and silversmithing, learning the technical aspects of woodworking was a challenge. “Most of the wooden items were crafted in the wood club I joined, the Mount Waverley Wood Workers Inc. The workshop is full of skilled and enthusiastic woodworkers of all ages. They were very helpful and have much knowledge to pass on.” \
STEPHANIE WILLIAMS www.theairloom.wordpress.com
» Fuijta’s current KODAMA collection is on display at e.g.etal, 167 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. www.egetal.com.au
CAVE PAINT Brooch. Imaginary floral image of cave paint of the last Stone Age, the same era as the Lascaux cave paint in France, estimated to be 17,000 years old. (rolling pin, spoon handle, silver) $950.
ATE A prepackaged egg and lettuce sandwich from the service station.
iPOD My iTunes toolbar assures me it would take 16 days to get through all the music.
DEAD PERSON I’D LOVE TO MEET
COOKED Weet-Bix, garnished with banana
LOVE SONG A Whole New World from the Disney
WHAT I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT My wife and my
and seasoned with milk.
DRANK Some sort of horrid vodka shot that I was cajoled into drinking by somebody I was trying to impress. BOOK I recommend Denise Scott’s All That
Happened at Number 26 – funny, personal and some great comedy advice along the way.
A WEEK IN THE LIFE \ EAR WORM The Lark Ascending by Ralph SAMMY J, COMEDIAN Vaughan Williams. It’s damned catchy.
movie Aladdin. We sang this at our wedding, minus the magic carpet.
BEST TRAIT I can spot a killer in a crowd. WORST TRAIT I haven’t showered for months. BOUGHT An auxiliary cable to connect audio to my car. Don’t look bored. You asked the question. NEXT DESTINATION
I plan to visit my sister in Ballarat.
Bob Dylan. He is dead, isn’t he?
iPhone – not necessarily in that order.
WHAT I OVERHEARD THIS WEEK
“Oh my gosh! Is that Sammy J? Is he stealing clothes from the charity bin?” \ JANE ROCCA email@example.com » Sammy J is performing at the Melbourne Fringe Festival from September 24 to October 9. Tickets through 9660 9666 or www.melbournefringe.com.au
RevIew\ yes we can-can
& HIjInKs Do Australian dancers have what it takes to make it on the famous Moulin Rouge stage in Paris? GeoRGiA Wilkins finds out.
f you want to be a part of one of the longest-running stage shows in history, you’ll need more than just a pretty face. Or so says Janet Pharaoh (that’s Miss Janet to you) – and she would know. She’s been touring the world as she does every two years, looking for outstanding dancers to fill spaces in the more than 100-year-old show sensation, Moulin Rouge. “I would hesitate to call what some of them do dancing,” says Miss Janet cheekily of the more than 200 Australians who lined up earlier this year, dressed, no doubt, in feather boas and high heels, in the hope of becoming a part of the famous Paris attraction. “A lot of them haven’t been to dance school since they were five years old!” Joking aside, Miss Janet says she was overwhelmed at the turnout for the Australian auditions. She loves coming to Australia to hunt for budding talent that she’ll take with her to France. She says Australia’s plethora of high-standard dance schools means the country is an exceptional breeding ground for skilled performers. And some of them have even got the pretty face to boot. “Australia has an enormous amount of dance schools, all of a very high standard, and the girls are all very athletic,” says Miss Janet. One Melbourne girl – Jadinda, 19 – had everything it took to woo Miss Janet and her small posse of judges, and she’ll be heading to Paris next year to become part of the cast. She will be joining fellow Aussies Jolene, 29, one of the three “meneuses” or lead dancers, and Amanda, 23, a soloist dancer. Also hailing from Melbourne are Moulin Rouge resident dancers Brianna, 23, Elise, 21 and Shannon, 24. The physical demands of the show – a four-part spectacle with acrobatic fixtures, circus acts, a hip-hop-jazz chorus and, of course, the famous can-can – are enough to intimidate any up-and-coming dancer. And that’s before you take into consideration the toplessness, high-kicks and high-heeled shoes. “There are many different kinds of dancing in the show, so the people we recruit have to be all-round talent,” says Miss Janet. All-round talent is one way of putting it. The can-can, which originated in the early 1800s in the working-class ballrooms of Montparnasse in Paris,
Above: Can-can do, centre stage at the moulin rouge. left: Anything but a run-of-the-mill landmark. (imAges Courtesy moulin rouge)
“We Would’ve liked to see more boys, but everyone Would like to see more boys.”
is an elaborate music-hall dance where girls lift their skirts and kick high in unison. It has been a part of the world-famous cabaret show since the club was established by Joseph Oller in the red-light district of Pigalle in 1889. “The girls must be supple and limber, but to do the can-can they must also have strength and stamina,” says Miss Janet. “You can’t learn the can-can in five minutes.” Just as well, then, that newcomers such as Jadinda have three-and-a-half to four weeks to practise the manoeuvre before being expected to walk out onto the Paris stage. And if this still doesn’t sound like enough, they should take comfort from the fact that the first women to perform the provocative dance were failed ballerinas. Although women take pride of place on the Moulin Rouge stage, male dancers also play a big part, and Miss Janet and her crew were scouting for potentials during their time Down Under.
“We would’ve liked to see more boys, but everyone would like to see more boys,” says Miss Janet, who estimated that only 2 per cent of the dancers auditioning in Melbourne and Sydney were men. “Unfortunately, people send their daughters to ballet and their sons to football. But I think attitudes like this are slowly changing.” Miss Janet has been coming to Australia in search of Moulin Rouge talent since 1998. Although she also scouts in Britain, Scandinavia and sometimes the United States and Canada, she says Australia is the pick of the bunch for “tall, healthy, gorgeous girls”. One advantage Australia has, says Miss Janet, is the large number of dance-related shows playing on Australian television (So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, Australia’s Got Talent, to name a few), bringing the art into people’s living rooms almost daily. According to tradition, the Moulin Rouge stage show reinvents itself every 10-12 years with a new review. The current review – called Feerie, meaning enchanted – is drawing to a close, and the build-up to the next review has begun. However, the recent purchase of the land on which the club, with its symbolic red windmill, was built has meant the owners may be lacking funds for the changeover. “The stage production recently acquired the land (rights) to the building after the original owners – a wealthy family who owned a lot of Montmartre – decided they wanted to sell it to them,” says Miss Janet. Though the acquisition has meant the building is safe from being redeveloped – at least for now – the expenditure is expected to delay the next review considerably. “It’s a big question, when the next review will start. The music is ready, the costumes are starting to be made, but money is still a problem.” But, for now, the show must go on. \
mr clairvoy’S can-can ShoeS
So you think you can dance “The current review at Moulin Rouge, Feerie, comprises four main scenes with 69 songs. The multiple acts are performed by 100 artists, including Doriss girls (similar to Las Vegas showgirls), dancers, acrobats, magicians and clowns. Each revue at Moulin Rouge runs 10-12 years and costs 7 to 9 million euros. Feerie was launched in December 1999. A new show has been under preparation for a long time and is almost ready. Scripts, songs and costumes have been prepared, and the music has been recorded in a studio. The club is expected to close for about five weeks from November 15 to revamp the stage and sets. Reopening is scheduled for just before Christmas. Tradition demands that the name of each review begin with “F,” but the new name is still a carefully guarded secret.”
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Take it as red: A can-can dancer shows her stocking trade. (PETE TuRNER / GETTy iMAGES)
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FiLM the tRee \ Rated M, OPens sePteMbeR 30 On LiMited ReLease This Australian-French collaboration from Bertucelli appears interested in the uneasy director Julie Bertucelli is pretty to look at, if balance between holding on and letting go, but rarely entertaining. Based on a novel by Judy leaves us uncertain whether Simoneâ€™s actions in Pascoe, the film is a slow-moving protecting the tree deserve applause or portrait of mourning, in which a a slap. The denouement, when it finally familyâ€™s grief at the sudden loss of arrives, may be spectacular, but owes their much-loved dad literally takes everything to an act of nature and tiCKets root and threatens to bring their nothing to character growth. home crashing down. The young cast are mostly see Page 3 After seeing her dad crash his car impressive, but shackled by a script into the large fig outside her country that takes to exposition with the home, Simone (Morgana Davies) becomes bluntest of instruments, resulting in a convinced his spirit has been transferred to household of shrunken therapists with an the tree and is ready to do whatever she can to unlikely knack for emotional eloquence. protect him from mumâ€™s new boyfriend and his As a short film, this would have been a sweet, chainsaw. faintly cloying tale of dealing with loss. At 100 In the end, it doesnâ€™t matter whether we minutes, it only feels drawn out, Bertucelli believe dad is made of wood, but itâ€™s to the failing to make the most of her time to explore filmâ€™s detriment that it remains agnostic. the characters in more detail.
MusiC ROyKsOPP \ seniOR (eMi) More famous for their remixes than their own work, Norwegian electro duo Royksopp are in a dark space for their fourth album. Whereas last yearâ€™s Junior was a poppy romp, its older brother sprawls across lengthy â€“ and sometimes gloomy â€“ instrumental pieces. Thereâ€™s a serene beauty to much
of the record, notably on Senior Living, which teeters towards a Hawaiian idyll to cool its feet, and the jangly guitars and spaced-out synths of Forsaken Cowboy. Elsewhere, thereâ€™s the rising tension of The Fear and The Drug, the latter building on classic house chords to lead us into a slo-mo, nervy re-enactment of a long closed-down rave. In these wordless spaces, it seems, gather ghostly memories of youth, as if the duo are suddenly feeling their age after too many late-night parties. Fans of Royksoppâ€™s more upbeat work might find little to dance to here, but the loss of vocals doesnâ€™t mean a complete absence of tunes or memorable hooks. Instead, Senior is a grand and graceful album that balances a new focus on moodiness against a keen knack for melody.
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TV THE BIG C \ GEM, WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 29, 9.30PM WAREHOUSE 13 \ 7MATE, THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 8.30PM The battle of the networks becomes a battle of the sexes this week as Nine and Seven launch new free-to-air digital networks aimed at either side of the couch. The sparkly and feminine GEM will be in direct contest with 7mate (although, given the unrestrained blokeiness of the promos, 7maaaaaaate seems more appropriate), pitting such girlish fare as Friends, The F Word and The Secret Diary of a Call Girl against The A-Team, Fifth Gear and Mega Disasters. Viewers, choose your pigeon hole. The big hitter for GEM this week will be The Big C, fresh from its debut in the States. Featuring Laura Linney in her first major TV series, it’s a black comedy-drama in which Linney’s reserved school teacher Cathy discovers she has end-stage melanoma. Thankfully, the series’ success doesn’t wholly depend on how funny you find cancer, quickly serving up a cast of memorably comic characters and following in a line of American series, such as Six Feet Under, that thrive in the unlikeliest of places. In fact, the series has an almost jaunty tone as Cathy, armed with an expiry date, sets about living life the way she always intended to. And what about us blokes? Sadly, there’s little in the way of cutting-edge or even anything vaguely sharp. What we do get is the debut of Warehouse 13, a so-bad-it’s-strangely-compelling US sci-fi series that ticks off every cliché in the book. There’s our no-nonsense, high-flying lady FBI agent Myka, the sort who demurely slips off her stilettos when she needs to kung fu-kick enemy arse. Our male hero, Pete, predictably has a gift for dull-headed instinct and the occasional endearing gurn. All that’s missing is an eccentric professorial type (he isn’t missing for long), a warehouse full of mysterious objects and a quirky small-town setting. The stage is now set for a series of adventures that are part X-Files, part Buffy and part Men in Black. It’s all entertaining and engaging enough, without taxing those precious male brain cells. Lovers of more cerebral nerdery may be happier with Caprica, the Battlestar Galactica prequel that debuts immediately afterwards. But brains are, like, for girls, yeah?
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EVENT LIVE AT THE STUDIO: WELCOME TO DEADWOOD \ ACMI, THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 7PM, FULL $14, CONCESSION $11 If there is a recent television phenomenon that needs a little decoding, it’s the marvellous, if impenetrable, Deadwood (currently showing Tuesday nights on ABC2). A brutal, strangely lyrical take on life in the very Wild West, the show has an almost Shakespearean quality, in that characters rarely say what they mean, but instead talk around the subject in language as poetic as it is obscene. Tonight’s panel from La Trobe University Cinema Studies promise to make things a little clearer as they guide us into the town’s murky, lawless world. \
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Protecting your greatest asset now more women in the There are workforce than ever, and we all know that serious illness or trauma does not
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discriminate between the sexes, yet women are generally underinsured when it comes to protecting their personal and financial well-being. We insure cars, house and contents and travel without much thought, and while many of us may have private health insurance, our personal insurances are lacking. Whether you are a working mother, a stay-at-home mum, a single or married businesswoman or working part-time, protecting yourself, your financial well-being and ultimately your family is vital. Three personal insurances that women should consider are trauma insurance, income-protection insurance and life insurance. According to the Breast Cancer Australia website (www.breastcanceraustralia.org), one in 11 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 75. By 2015 that figure is estimated to be more than 15,000 women. A scary statistic. According to BT Insurance,
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one in three women on their trauma-insured book have made claims for breast cancer. Trauma insurance (or critical-illness insurance) is not intended to replace private health insurance but is designed to assist financially if you experience trauma because of serious injury or critical illness. It is usually paid in lump sum. In Australia, heart attack, stroke and cancer are the major causes of trauma-insurance claims. However, the medical conditions and illnesses covered by life-insurance companies vary, so it is important to read and understand the definition of each condition as defined in the policy before choosing a particular trauma cover. Income-protection insurance, also known as disability income insurance, pays a fixed monthly amount if you are unable to work because of illness or injury. These payments are designed to cover household expenses and meet debt repayments such as a mortgage. The payments are usually up to 75 per cent of your current income. The conditions under which payments are made, the length of time payments are made (the benefit period) and the waiting period before payments begin can vary from policy to policy, so once again it is important to scrutinise different policies carefully. Life insurance, or term life insurance, as it is known, pays a lump sum to your nominated beneficiary if you die. The term refers to the number of years in which you are covered i.e. a 50-year term life-insurance policy would pay out only if you die within the 50-year period. These days you can find a term life-insurance policy that also includes a terminal illness benefit for payment
of part of the death benefit on the diagnosis of a terminal illness. Personal insurance (life and total permanent disability insurance) is also offered through superannuation policies. Premiums are often lower because of the negotiating power many superannuation funds have with insurance companies. By contributing to your super through salary sacrifice, your personal insurance premium is paid from pre-tax income, which can also provide cost savings and assist with cash flow. But there are some disadvantages relying on personal insurance provided through your superannuation. It might take longer to make a claim, important if you need funds urgently for medical or financial costs. A policy through your superannuation might also not give you the right level of cover to meet your costs. With all insurance cover, it is important to obtain expert advice to ensure proper product choice and appropriate benefit levels for your specific circumstances. Shop around as you would for car, health and home insurance. There are many suppliers of personal insurance products in the market but ensure that you know exactly what you are paying for. Don’t compromise by just taking a cheaper alternative. Insurance should be reviewed annually and also when there are major changes in your life, such as having children or increasing or taking on financial commitments such as a mortgage. \
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Vulnerable children urgently need your help. Approximately 18 million people - equivalent to almost the whole population of Australia - have been affected by Pakistan’s worst ﬂoods in living memory. The situation is far worse than ﬁrst thought. According to the UN at least 8 million children have been seriously affected. Humanitarian operations are underway and aid is being delivered, but relief needs to be scaled up. UNICEF is appealing for US$141 million.
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Clean drinking water and sanitation are urgently needed to stop diseases such as dysentery and cholera spreading. UNICEF is on the ground providing food, clean water, medicine and supplies. You can help us reach more vulnerable children and their families.
Please donate now at www.unicef.org.au or call 1300 884 233. If the funds raised exceed UNICEF’s funding requirement for the Pakistan ﬂood the money will go to UNICEF’s general emergency fund.
Life through the lens Selby is a 21st-century communications TODD success story. Anyone looking to start a business, a brand, a publishing company or a
social-media network should immerse themselves in Selbyland, the Coolest Kingdom of them All. They should learn more about this 33-year-old photojournalist, artist and editor, ponder his product, then ask themselves: how does Selby’s website www. theselby.com receive about 35,000 visitors each day? And why did the first US print run of 12,000 copies of his new book, The Selby Is In Your Place, sell out within its first month? (The book is now in its third printing). As a bookseller who has watched The Selby fly out her own shop door, my feeling is this: through his website and his new book, New York-based Selby delivers us new friends, new private lives and new interiors. He
satisfies our basic human desire to peek at other people’s stuff but doesn’t make us feel grubby. On the contrary, Selby’s targets are such admirers of his work that they excitedly invite us (well, him) into their homes so he can photograph them in their relaxed state. Selby’s images and extended captions are then presented like a mate’s photo album. The handwritten questionnaires he presents his subjects are also quirky and personal. This book is celebrity culture presented as high art. And it’s a winning formula. Still confused as to what this book’s about? First step: log on to Selby’s website. Then read very carefully this extract from writer and blogger Lesley Arfin’s introduction to Selby’s book: “There’s this thing we New Yorkers do when we walk down the street,’’ writes Arfin. “We look in the windows of other people’s apartments. We don’t do it in a creepy, stalker way. It’s nothing like that at all. We do it more in a curious, maybe even competitive way.’’ Arfin stresses that Todd Selby is not competitive but “does it with a smile and a warm hug ... While envy and competition keep someone like me tuned in to The Selby, fascinated with how the rest of the world enjoys their totally awesome lives (because everyone’s place is totally better than mine, duh), Todd seems to have approached the project from a different place. A place of curiosity and celebration and (sigh) fine, I guess, even love, too.’’ The Selby Is In Your Place documents Selby’s photographic sessions and interviews/observations with more than 40 artistic singles, couples and families around the world. Subjects include Sydney fashion designer and DJ Dangerous Dan, Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld, French art critic and editor Olivier Zahm, American designer Jonathan Adler, Sydney surfer and artist Ozzie Wright and his wife Mylee and baby Rocky River, New York artist Meryl Smith, Parisian model and actress Lou Doillon, and fashion designer Andre Walker. Their bedrooms, their workspaces, their bathrooms, their shoe collections, their cats, their overgrown backyards, their World War II souvenir gas mask – so many private possessions and spaces are made available to the invading Selby. But wait – he’s not the paparazzi, he’s their their friend. And yours! Remember?
FREEDOM by Jonathan Franzen $32.99 (HarperCollins)
The New York Times recently described Jonathan Franzen’s new novel as “a masterpiece of American fiction”. Like his previous bestseller, The Corrections, it has the potential to become one of the most powerful narratives of its age. Written in the months that followed the election of Barack Obama, Freedom tells of Minneapolis couple Patty and Walter Berglund, who are stuck in a zone of non-communication and inner anger and turmoil. As the Bush years post-September 11, 2001, tick over, cracks emerge in the Berglund family fabric; how Patty and Walter and their two children respond to America’s new conservatism is dark and, at times, deeply disturbing.
A SECRET KEPT by Tatiana de Rosnay $32.99 (Macmillan)
Along with Stieg Larsson, Dan Brown and Stephenie Meyer, Tatiana de Rosnay was named in Europe’s 2009 top-10 list of fiction writers. Unsurprised fans will be delighted to hear that de Rosnay has an absorbing new family drama on the shelves. It starts in a Paris hospital, where Antoine Rey awaits news of his sister Melanie, whose car crashed while she was talking to Antoine on her mobile phone. “Antoine, there’s something I need to say. I’ve kept it back all day,” were her last words. Some disturbing event from their childhood prompted Melanie’s call, and as the memories return, a modern family is shaken to its core.
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Don’t dismiss this book. It is the perfect gift for yourself, for a young friend’s 21st birthday, for your kid, your boss, or for your 79-year-old mother who still doesn’t quite get the whole Facebook-Twitter website social-connection phenomenon. Upon reading it she, like you, will wish that one day Selby might knock on her door. As The New York Times’ T magazine’s editor Sally Singer says: “Todd Selby is the coolest and cleverest social historian of material culture one could hope for. To have one’s life meet his lens is an honour.’’ \
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When British journalist Jonathan Watts was a small boy he was told that if everyone in China jumped at the same time, the world would shake. When Watts moved to Beijing in 2003 he reconnected with this childhood fascination about a vast and heavily populated country. This time, however, it was not the jumping idea but China’s pollution and industrial progress that concerned him. What effect is this having on the planet, and do the country’s political leaders have the courage and smarts to make significant changes on climate change and environmental policies? A must-read for anyone interested in China, the environment and global-warming policy.
This is a book about how it happened,” writes the ever-charming Bill Bryson in the introduction to his new book for younger readers. “In particular, how we went from there being nothing at all to there being something.” Bryson takes us on a scientific journey through the great happenings – either natural or triggered by man’s discoveries – that contributed to our existence. The Big Bang, the miracle of human life, the quest to learn more about the universe, measuring the Earth, what causes earthquakes, lightning, wind and floods, how oceans were formed – Bryson’s canvas is huge but his explanations are accessible and entertaining. If you buy your favourite child only one book for Christmas, it should be this one.
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SIZE? YES, IT DOES MATTER MISCHA MERZ sets her sights on masses of muscles and discovers the benefits and burdens of bodybuilding.
latissimus dorsi and pectoralis major. But now they’re part of everyday gym talk. These days, the lat pull-down and the pec deck are familiar pieces of gym equipment to most people who use weight machines. But it wasn’t until the 1940s and the rise of Charles Atlas that bodybuilding became popular among more than just a select group of men obsessed with their physiques. Now those little words have spread and the sport’s principles are the foundation stones of most gyms and even a lot of training programs for athletes. Weight machines, barbells and dumbbells complement the treadmills and the stationary bikes so that gym-goers can tackle their fitness from every angle, building muscle strength and tone as well as cardiovascular conditioning. And we probably have Californian “governator” Arnold Schwarzenegger to thank for that. The Austrian-born Republican starred in the 1977 cult documentary about the Mr Olympia competition Pumping Iron, and was the first of the really big bodybuilders such as Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk) and Ronnie Coleman, who became known as “mass monsters”. From then on, size really mattered and the use of steroids in bodybuilding became more prevalent. And it’s true that to gain, there must be pain. Building muscle size works by tearing the muscle and as the micro-tears heal, the muscle grows, creating what is known clinically as hypertrophy. In order to enhance size, some people take anabolic steroids but side effects can cause acne, male pattern baldness, liver damage and abnormally large mammary glands (or gynecomastia) in men. For those unwilling to risk such deformities, there is a “natural” bodybuilding competition that prohibits steroids and other performance enhancers. In bodybuilding shows, amateur and professional, competitors are judged on appearances and while this usually means size, it also includes proportion, symmetry and definition. Entrants pose after they have stripped away most of their body fat through dieting and dehydration, in order to best display the details of their flexed muscles. But they are not required to perform any skill-based feat. According to exercise physiologist Dr Peter Cayley, the major downside to bodybuilding, aside from the use of steroids, is muscle imbalance and poor posture, which can lead to injuries. Bodybuilders also tend to overwork slow-twitch fibres at the expense of fast-twitch explosive fibres, shortening muscles and reducing the range of motion of their joints, which, in turn, reduces
the amount of power they can generate. Bodybuilders are strong, but not very functionally powerful. They can benchpress more than 100 kilograms but they won’t be much use sprinting for a bus. “It’s not designed for function,” says Dr Cayley. “It’s designed for appearances. Body builders are not strong, say, compared to a power lifter. They don’t work to be strong, they work to be big. I’d say it’s better than doing nothing at all because they are doing some exercise and it gets young boys into the gym. With women, it’s important for them to do weight-bearing exercise for their bone health. Osteoporosis can be offset by weight-bearing exercise. But a lot of women are frightened of getting muscly.” And while women bodybuilders such as Australian-born Ms Olympia Bev Francis were big in the 1980s – along with their hair – these days women tend to prefer to compete in the fitness and figure categories that don’t emphasise size so much as shape. And women such as Madonna, with her lean, muscled body, have helped increase the role of the dumb-bell in women’s lives. But in reality, the weights women lift are often too small, only 2-5 kilograms. On the plus side, strength training can help reduce overall body size by increasing the resting metabolic rate and burning fat more efficiently. Weight training also helps sleep and has been proven to combat depression.
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It elevates mood, reduces blood pressure, improves posture as well as strengthening muscles and bones. So women should really hit the weights, particularly as they get older, and they should lift as much as they can. Australian bodybuilding guru Tony Doherty, who operates three 24-hour gyms in Brunswick, Dandenong and the CBD and who has been promoting bodybuilding shows since 1988, says that the bigger women had become a “sideshow” and these days women didn’t aim to look so masculine.
“The ones who took it too far really put a lot of people off,” he says. According to Doherty, you don’t need to train more than two hours a day to stay in shape and he still does five days a week, as does his wife Amanda, a former Miss Fitness Australia. “It’s so much a way of life; more than any other sport,” he says. “If you’re a competitive bodybuilder there’s no day off, you have to eat clean and train every day; no alcohol, no junk food, no bread.” Personal trainer Simonne Michelle-Wells, 36, competed in the amateur International Natural Bodybuilding Association (INBA) figure and fitness categories in Perth in 2003 and won. But she says she’s had problems with her body image ever since. “I really loved that look. I wanted to look like that all the time. It was totally fun, once I got over the horror of the diet. I was getting up at 4am to run for an hour before work and I’d train at lunchtime and again at night,” she says. This was all so she would be ready to compete within 12 weeks. “I had to go crazy to get the body fat down,” she says. “But I thought I looked slim and fantastic and totally gorgeous. It really affected me afterwards. I began to suffer from body dysmorphia because you tend to put on weight pretty quickly when you stop.” Michelle-Wells dropped down to 48 kilograms for the competition, for which she says she was so dehydrated she couldn’t smile without greasing her lips with Vaseline. And even though she is now only 10 kilos heavier she frets that she is too fat. “Thinking about it now, it was an insane thing to do,” says Michelle-Wells about her months of pumping heavy iron. “There’s nothing in it at the end but a plastic trophy.” Weight or resistance training, without dieting and drugs, is generally considered to a healthy part of an overall fitness program. And Doherty says that bodybuilding is responsible for those benefits. “Whether you compete or not,” says Doherty, “it’s a wonderful sport. It makes you feel good about yourself, and although some people take that too far, if you like the person you see in the mirror that can be a great benefit, and everyone needs some discipline in their lives.” \
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want to think twice. The seahorse is a male’s worst nightmare, with the sexual roles reversed, meaning you give birth to the babies. Seahorses can proudly boast being the only male in the animal kingdom to give birth to their young. Apart from birthing and raising duties, seahorses are known for being horny yet monogamous creatures. Seahorses mate during the full moon. They normally go through a series of courtship rituals that lasts several days. The courtship ritual involves such things as colour changes and synchronised swimming.
For East Melbourne’s Sheree Marris, an aquatic scientist and self-professed love child of David Attenborough and Ariel, the Little Mermaid, the seahorse is her pin-up man and features in her book KamaSEAtra : Secrets of Sex in the Sea – an exposé of the raunchy sex lives of sea creatures. The book is a hilarious account of how to attract the opposite sex to getting it on, and the tools and tricks sea animals use in the process. “The seahorse looks as though they have been pieced together from a range of animals, with the head of a horse, snout of an echidna, pouch of a kangaroo, tail of a monkey, armour-plated body like a stegosaurus,” Marris says. The life of a seahorse in Port Phillip Bay is a simple one and involves hanging around piers, eating shrimp and watching out for penguins and cormorants who like to snack on them, she says. “If you take the plunge at any pier in Melbourne, you can see two types of seahorses which are common to Port Phillip Bay – the pot-bellied and short-headed seahorse. All you need is a pair of swimming goggles or mask and snorkel.” Marris is passionate about the preservation of Victoria’s seahorses and other little creatures. She grew up on the Mornington Peninsula and has always been on a mission to engage people with the environment to make it fun and entertaining. Marris is working on a campaign to promote Port Phillip Bay’s marine life, which will be rolled out in 2011. “You don’t need to go up north to the Great Barrier Reef to see colour and diversity – it is all here on our front doorstep, a fact few people know, and the problem is you can’t get people to care about the bay and what is in it if they don’t know these things exist,” she said. Marris has her own environmental consulting business. For more information on her work, jump onto her website, www.shereemarris.com. \
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A passionate artist with a sunny outlook enhances our world through her drawings and the objects she creates, writes Judith hughes.
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here is nothing that Wilhelmina Pearl and her little sister Ada Clementine enjoy more than escaping into their own secret garden. It is a magical place where curious creatures greet them at every turn, where hosts of birds and angels hide among the exotic plants, a place where the imagination can run wild. Such a garden does exist. In Elsternwick. The little girls’ mother is Madeleine Stamer, a teacher and illustrator whose work is naive, joyful and charming. Her own childhood was an idyllic one with a veritable menagerie of animals and a nearby creek where she and her four siblings explored all kinds of plants and water creatures. In the ’80s, Madeleine appeared on Simon Townsend’s Wonder World with one of her favourite pets, Fergus the duck. From an early age, Madeleine yearned to be an artist, and her family could not have been more encouraging. Her printer-husband, Karl, is just as supportive and “assists with the technical-ho-hum side” of her freelance illustration business called Little Circus Design. Her website is a work of art in itself. A recent highlight for Madeleine was a collaboration with the US company,
Grove, which has released one of Madeleine’s images on their “iphone 4 artists” series of bamboo cases. The Stamers’ garden is a combination of all the things they hold dear. A plant or object is meaningful and important if it has been handed down or given to them, discovered or swapped, or created by them or by one of their friends. They love to recycle and “repurpose”. They relocated a sentiment-laden lemon tree that belonged to Madeleine’s late father. On a gate leading to the back garden is a piece of pressed metal from a ceiling that was thrown out when the Coles shop in Prahran was renovated. A crescent-shaped piece of corrugated iron with a face was a wedding gift. Moon Boy looks down from a great height through the giant bird of paradise palms. Another elaborately decorated character with a cheeky face and a prickly cactus growing out of his head is one of Madeleine’s early student works. There are myriad pots and sculptures from her time working as a ceramicist. Fears about the risk to her health from dust and chemicals led her to concentrate on drawing. Some of her other passions add interest to this garden.
Secret garden: Madeleine Stamer, in her Elsternwick garden, has a passion for birds. (Shannon MorriS)
A tall cactus in a brilliant blue ceramic pot is inspired by her love of colourful Mexican art and culture. She is also keen on traditional folk art and ’70s design. Above and beside and around all this are birds. Bird silhouette decals have been adhered onto a bedroom window and Madeleine’s most recent “big bird” laser-cut acrylic perspex mobiles in every colour of the rainbow dangle from the trees in the cheerful courtyard. “I incorporate birds into almost everything I do.” When asked why, Madeleine explains that birds are ”gentle, clever, uncomplicated, honest, spirited, intriguing, magical, beautiful, hardworking and loyal”. If you ask me what I admire about the artist-teachermother-friend Madeleine Stamer, I would have to answer, “She’s gentle, clever, uncomplicated, honest.” \
» You will find Madeleine’s creations at the lively Melbourne Finders/Keepers spring/summer market, October 9-10 at Shed 4, Victoria Harbour, Docklands.
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here is something comforting about this garden. From the chunky front gates to the table set into a spotted gum deck, there is much to like. I have to confess, though, that I am taken by most things minimalistic, and that includes landscaping. From the street, a stout, wooden Anhui gate opens to a series of bluestone slabs that form a path leading to the main entrance of the house. To the left of this grand entrance is the wooden deck with its signature sunken table. “The decking is made of wood 35 centimetres thick,” says landscaper Stuart Griffiths, proudly. “The deck will still be here in 100 years.” To the right of the entrance, a flagstone pathway (edged on one side by the brick wall of the house and, on the other side, by a mixed bed of perennial plants) leads to a sheltered side garden that used to be a children’s area. The flagstone area is wide enough to double as a patio, while the side garden is neat but bare now, and ready to be put to new uses. Griffiths, who has been at the helm of Natural Style Landscaping for 15 years, renovated the garden of 2 Lovell Street, Hawthorn East, three years ago and turned it from one that the street enjoyed to one that gave greater pleasure to the house owner.
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His guiding principles were simple but precise: privacy; functionality; and safety. For privacy, the garden was enclosed with brush and slatted fences for variety and visual impact. For functionality he built the deck that becomes an extension of the dining room when the french doors separating the two are opened. And for safety, he installed flagstone pathways wherever they were needed. Garden lights ensure that the whole front yard can be used even after the sun goes down, Griffiths says. During the renovation, established plants were moved only when necessary, while new feature plants, including Japanese maples and sacred bamboo (Nandina domestica) were introduced. Camellia, rhododendron and white daphne share the main garden beds with hellebores, irises and other perennials, making for low-maintenance borders. When this garden was first renovated, it was featured in home-improvement publications. It has suffered some wear and tear since, but the framework is still classy and strong. A well-planned garden such as this is built to last, is resistant to fading, and would bounce right back with very little effort. \
ushland plants, producing carpets of colour, usher in the Wildflower Festival at the Royal Botanic Gardens, cranbourne, running until october 3. Every Wednesday in spring, from 11.30am to 12.30pm, visitors can join a guided tour of the Australian Garden and learn how to grow Australian flowers. $6.50 adult, $5.20 concession. there is also a conducted eco tour daily between 11am and noon that will show gardeners how to create a “bird, bug and bandicoot-friendly garden”. $6.50 adult, $5.20 concession. Other highlights include: l A talk on the secret life of orchids, sunday october 3, 11am-noon. $6.50 adult, $5.20 concession.
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A guided tour on planting and caring for Australian natives, sundays, october 3, 10, 16 and 17, 11am-noon. $6.50 adult, $5.20 concession.
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Botanical illustrators will be strutting their stuff on sunday, october 3, from noon to 2pm in the Australian Garden.
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85 Yarrbat Avenue, Balwyn
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Tall-ship sailing, in-house theatre shows, wine tasting, progressive dinners, fashion shows, Friends of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, movie nights, painting and drawing classes – these retirees don’t have time to be bored. The management team offers a wide range of communal activities and residents can choose whether, and how often, they participate. As the community grows, the dining room will offer a choice of meals that can be tailored for specific dietary requirements and room service will be available for those who prefer private dining.
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Situated on one of Balwyn’s leafy avenues, Yarrbat Place is across the road from Beckett Park and the homes look out over the suburb’s established gardens. Balwyn Village shopping centre is a five-minute drive away and Yarrbat Place offers a transport service for residents with regular shopping trips. Balwyn Cinema and Balwyn Leisure Centre are also within easy reach and, further afield, residents can choose between the Westfield Doncaster shopping centre or the Camberwell Market and shops. Several golf courses are nearby. The Eastern Freeway is close by, and the management team will drop off and pick up residents from Melbourne Airport.
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design After falling in love with a moody Italian, Nola Remmers discovered her true calling, writes FRANCESCA CARTER.
elbourne interior designer Nola Remmers remembers falling in love with art when she first saw dramatic paintings by Italian artist Caravaggio. “I instantly loved his paintings because of the physical and emotional subjects and the shift from light to dark imagery,” she says. Inspired by his colour palette of reds and chocolates, Nola says that Caravaggio’s use of harmony, balance, proportion, colour and texture are principles that interior designers apply to their styling every day. Caravaggio, the great master who darkened shadows, transfixing the subject in a blinding shaft of light, is one of many sources Nola employs in her fit-out of rooms. When detailing the fit-out of a study, for example, Nola turns to the period of French Baroque and classicism in France under the rule of Louis XIV. The decoration and furniture in buildings such as the Palace of Versailles inspire a “romantic” imagery that experiments with jewel colours and focuses on ornamental detail. Nola’s love for art and architecture began when she took art history as part of her interior design course at RMIT. “I put all my life and soul into the subject, and when I got 100 per cent, I couldn’t believe it,” she says. Even in her funky black-and-white-themed office in South Yarra, there are dozens of art books and magazines. On her desk, sitting atop a group of neatly arranged envelopes, is an NGV postcard of Bertram Mackennal’s bronze sculpture Circe (1893). It comes as no surprise that Nola, the daughter of a builder and a florist, would fall into a creative position. Watching her father draw his projects freehand as a young girl was one of the turning points. “I would always be looking over his shoulder … I
knew then that I would work in an industry that allowed me to use the creative talents inherent from my father,” says Nola. “I still draw freehand today to give my clients a personalised visual outlook.” After university, Nola worked with high-end builders, such as Maddison Homes, Glenvill Homes and Vogue Domain Living, and was involved in the architectural interior drawings. “I did all of it, from the architraves to the skirting, to the kitchen design and colours and finishes,” says Nola. “And then I would usually look after the clients with a fit-out of their furniture and take on a consultancy role after the house was finished.” In 2007, Nola got an opportunity to travel to Koh Samui, off the coast of Thailand, and design a five-star villa resort. The brief was to create spaces that took advantage of the magical ocean view. The project took two years, and Nola was responsible for the interiors of every four-bedroom villa plus the staff kitchen and entertainment areas. The job took her all over Asia, where she sourced art, furniture and accessories. “My favourite piece is an old carved wall that I purchased from Chiang Mai,” says Nola. “It was from an ancient furniture shop and, after negotiating with the owner for some time over green tea, I purchased it and it became a dining-room feature wall.” Upon returning to Melbourne six months ago, Nola set up her office in River Street, South Yarra and continues to meet the challenges of her boutique clients with creativity, practicality and innovation. Her range of work reveals styles from the latest contemporary to the stately and classic, always achieving a sense of magic in all of her interiors. \
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Nola’s spriNg tips a new season invites some pleasant changes to your home ...
Colour schemes are becoming increasingly individual as decorators break out from specific eras. Buy some pieces in earthy metallics as they are malleable and destined to age beautifully. Gold, copper and bronze are all a distinctly modern form of luxury. Romantic colours are also fashionable. Buy cushions in ruby red, magenta, purple, pomegranate and all green hues. Contrast these with smart fawns, winter whites, espresso, silver and blacks.
Texture breathes vibrancy and vigour into a room and can be achieved by introducing textured weaves, vintage velvets, intricate elaboration, embellishments and folk influences, specifically Persian, South American and Moroccan patterns and colours. Asian imagery fused with the French influence gives chinoiserie elegance that always works. Parisian boudoir wallpapers and nude shades from the ’50s gives sophistication and glamour to a room.
Natural light is the biggest asset to your home, and it is extremely important during spring to make the most of this light. For lighting, check out new lamps or buy an old lamp base and place with a fresh new shade for an individual and edgy look. If you have the space, install a fabulous chandelier. Mix glamour with rustic.
Open all the doors so there is no boundary between inside and out. Bring in earthy colours, timber, plants and the hues of spring. This will bring us back to earth, where we can stop and enjoy the smells of seasonal blooms. Before decorating, invest in a thorough spring clean. This will declutter and inspire you to freshen your interior. Brighten a room with a coat of paint for the whole room, (colour feature walls are out) and add a pot of branches and scented candles.
I don’t like trendy interiors that date. I want to walk into a home and see one’s personality. This can be achieved by displaying original artwork, objects and treasures that you have amassed. Mix classical pieces with primitive works and you will be surprised, as sometimes the most unusual item can be the best centrepiece. Take your favourite books and stack them on coffee tables and chairs. Show your own edge. People are interested in “your” personality.
Nothing makes me happier than seeing the first spring blossoms. Add bowls, urns and vases of spring flowers, all one colour and group them with your favourite things. Have blossoms in bunches as tall as you can carry, as this gives your room a creative edge. Bunch tulips in the same colour in vases and display violets in groups of three or more in a low bowl. Look out for lilac nearly ready to bloom … heaven. \ firstname.lastname@example.org www.nolaremmersdesign.com
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Yarra Point address:
1 Point Park Crescent
Landscape design: Mirvac Sales:
Point Park Crescent (off Lorimer Street) Yarra’s Edge, Docklands
noon to 5pm daily
(03) 9645 9400
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ight years after building its fifth tower, Mirvac has launched Yarra Point, the sixth tower in its Yarra River precinct development. The $200 million, 31-level tower will have 201 one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Like the Yarra’s Edge townhouses, Yarra Point offers waterfront living with premium views of the city, Point Park and Port Phillip Bay. All apartments will have private balconies set into the building’s facade and this development boasts spacious layouts and apartments ranging in size from approximately 55 to 200 square metres. Sky residences make up the top three levels, offering spacious living and three bedrooms from $1.4 million. Interior finishes will be of a high quality and kitchen features include floating overhead cupboards, Smeg and Miele appliances and stone benchtops. Bathrooms are spacious with dual sinks in most two and all three-bedroom apartments, and a large stone-wrapped bath. Mirvac design director Julian Venning has created a two-storey lobby featuring mature trees, a garden of succulent plantings and bluestone paving that extends from the adjacent park into the building. “Upon entering the lobby, Yarra Point residents will experience the sensation of walking through a private garden, almost like an extension of Point Park,” Venning said. During the design process, Mirvac undertook extensive research to gain a better understanding of the needs of its customers. Their feedback inspired the developer to create a “green space” – a landscaped garden and meeting space on an adjoining low-rise podium where residents can enjoy communal barbecue facilities. Residents also will have the opportunity to cultivate individual garden allotments, which will be irrigated with harvested rainwater. Yarra Point is being sold off the plan, so buyers will benefit from significant stamp-duty savings. Settlement is expected in 2013. \
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Yarra Point will be developed on the corner of Lorimer Street and Point Park Crescent in Mirvac’s $2 billion Yarra’s Edge precinct, which runs between the Charles Grimes and Bolte bridges. The tower will be situated next to Point Park, one hectare of environmentally sustainable parkland with rain gardens and water-storage cells concealed within the design. Residents will have access to Marina Yarra’s Edge, a day spa, restaurants and cafes and retail shops in the precinct. Water taxis ply the river to Crown Casino, Southbank, the CBD and Melbourne’s sporting precinct. South Melbourne Market and shops are a short drive and the Monash and Westgate freeways are easily reached from Yarra’s Edge.
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Price: About $2.7 million Auction: October 16 at 2pm Fast facts: Architect-designed house, high ceilings, powder room, study, large provincial-style kitchen, Falcon cooker, separate pantry, polished floorboards, en suite, walk-in wardrobe, decorative ceilings, ducted heating, open fireplaces, balcony, al fresco entertaining area, large established gardens, undercover parking.
6 KILOMETRES EAST OF CBD From restaurants to fashion boutiques, cafés, chain stores and supermarkets, Kew Junction has something for everyone. Among the oldest and most famous shops is Toscano’s. Started as a humble fruit shop by the Toscano family more than 50 years ago, it now also has shops now in Victoria Gardens, Richmond and Hawksburn. Food writer and critic Bob Hart swears it is the best fruit shop in town. It stocks everything from the small, sweet Doncaster tomatoes to exotic fruits, gourmet meats, Tasmanian mineral water and a huge range of fresh flowers. Even older and also on High Street is Bob Stewart, a third-generation men’s wear and school-uniform supplier. It stocks uniforms for 39 schools, from the local primary schools to those in Ivanhoe. Frets ’n’ Notes, in Cotham Road, is known as one of Australia’s premier print-music houses, selling classical and contemporary sheet music as well as specialising in Suzuki music-education materials. What would Kew be without its famous war memorial? Standing at the junction of Cotham Road and High Street, the grey granite rotunda was erected by the City of Kew to honour those who served in the First World War. A granite obelisk with name plaques sits inside the rotunda. Kew is well served for transport, with the 109 tram going along Cotham Road to the city and through to Port Melbourne. The 48 tram, along High Street, goes through the city to Docklands.
How this suburb has moved: Up by 11.6 per cent in the year to the June 2010 quarter. * REIV stats
BY GEORGIAN, IT HAS STYLE This house, although extensively renovated, retains plenty of period reminders ... all on a grand scale, writes MARIA HARRIS.
annington has been a family home since 1923. And home to just two families. This solid-brick house been extensively renovated – the last renovation done a couple of years ago – but it retains the grand proportions that make for refined living. Unlike many old houses, this one is flooded with natural light, thanks mainly to a series of tall, arched windows and doors that allow light to enter the living rooms. First, let’s set the scene. Cannington occupies a block of land of 1155 square metres – big enough to have large gardens front and back, as well as a big area of land on either side. Then there is the position, less than 100 paces from Cotham Road and close to the corner of Burke Road. Immediately, you think of schools, and Cannington is in the heartland of Kew’s independent school belt. It is also opposite Kew Traffic School – a local landmark where thousands of children have ridden their bikes and learnt the road rules. Another park is diagonally opposite. Accommodation is on a large scale without being overwhelming. It has has a formal sitting room, dining room, four bedrooms, two bathrooms, study, powder room, kitchen, meals and informal living area. The architect was Gordon J. Sutherland, best known as a designer of houses and flats – mainly in the 1920s and ’30s – in Armadale, Toorak and Kew. South Yarra’s Argo Hotel was rebuilt in 1927 to Sutherland’s design.
Like many architects of the inter-war period, he drew on several styles, from the Moderne to the Mediterranean, Old English and Georgian revival. This house is the Georgian revival style – symmetrical façade punctuated with small paned and shuttered windows on upper and lower levels and a central portico entrance with four pillars. On the upper level is a central balcony with original wrought-iron balustrade. The entry hall has painted, shoulder-height timber panelling that would have originally been stained. A study or fourth bedroom is off the hall, with the living room opposite it. This room, which overlooks an English meadow-style front garden, opens to the dining room through original double doors. The house has been styled so that the dining room is now open to the hall. This house also shows the hierarchy of ceiling finishes – from decorative
family first families were won over by cannington, a graceful neo-georgian family house on a large allotment, when it had its first open for inspection last week. tightly held by only two families for its entire existence – almost 90 years – the house offers spacious accommodation in a brilliant position close to schools, transport and shops. the verdict? tops for space and location.
Above: Light fills the kitchen and meals area. Left: The warm and welcoming formal living room.
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Below left: The conservatorystyle family room. Below far left: The Tuscan-style courtyard garden.
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“A substAntiAl house, on A lArge block of lAnd, surrounded by beAutiful gArdens And within wAlking distAnce of the cothAm roAd trAm And mAny leAding independent schools.” greg toogood – selling Agent
mouldings in the hall, to ceiling beams (now painted) in the front rooms, to strapped callings in the less-important rooms. A modern extension at the end of the hall has high ceilings and north-facing windows. The contemporary living zone at the end of the hall retains classic elements that will not date. The kitchen has a polished timber bench with white-painted cabinetry and a Falcon cooker (from the Aga family of stoves). A butler’s pantry off the kitchen has deep, white-porcelain English sinks. The conservatory-style family room, with an open fireplace on the rear wall, also has very high ceilings and north-facing, arched windows. In the ceiling, Velux windows open to allow in fresh air. Double doors from the family room open to the back garden. Open the picket gate and you are in the vegetable garden. I couldn’t find Peter Rabbit but it looks like his sort of garden. Among the other “garden rooms”, the walled, north-facing courtyard is perfect for outdoor entertaining. Back inside, the bedrooms and a modern bathroom are all upstairs, off a large landing. The spacious main bedroom has north-facing windows as well as windows overlooking the front garden. Its modern en suite, also with views over the rooftops and trees, would probably have been made from what was once called a sleepout. A second bedroom has a study, which may also have been a sleepout or balcony. At the front of house, a very pretty bedroom with a burgundy feature wall has a door to the front balcony. With its refined spaces, generous garden and brilliant position, it is easy to see why Cannington has been tightly held all these years. \
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Set on the corner of one of Toorak’s widest streets, this two-storey house displays some wonderful period features. From the front, the façade combines geometrical and streamlined forms of Art Deco style – cube-like structures punctuated by several picture windows. Inside, it has all the grand proportions of the period, replete with features such as ornate cornices, high ceilings, curved window
walls and oak panelling. Set on 807 square metres, the house has a mixture of formal and informal entertainment areas, which all lead to a stunning north-facing garden, a heated pool and an outside terrace area. To the left of the grand entrance hall is a formal living room that has long windows and an open fireplace with granite mantelpiece. To the right, timber-panelled doors open to reveal a formal light-filled dining room that leads to a wide balcony. The bar is the most characteristic feature of the house. Beautifully curved and surrounded
by wooden cabinetry and ornate details, it takes you back to those glamorous times when afternoon cocktails were a daily ritual. The spacious kitchen has granite surfaces, an island bench, walk-in pantry and European appliances. Upstairs are four large bedrooms, all with marvellous street views. The main bedroom is huge and has built-in cabinetry, a walk-in wardrobe and a fully tiled en suite. With rooms of such grand proportions, and the extra luxury of a double garage and cellar, this house defines the meaning of style. \ FRANCESCA CARTER
MARSHALL WHITE, 9822 9999 4a Vivian Grove Price: $1.4 million + Auction: October 9 at 10.30am
Just a block away from the Yarra, this Edwardian house has been beautifully renovated, creating a strong sense of natural light and openness. A white picket fence protects a lovely landscaped front garden with pristine lawns, lavender and rose bushes. The symmetrical façade has double box bay windows on either side of the door. At the front of the house is a stunning formal living area with blond timber floorboards, high ceilings and an original open fireplace. It leads to the dining room, which has the same large proportions. On the opposite side of the hall are three large bedrooms, each with built-in or walk-through wardrobes. The main bedroom has a fully tiled en suite and french doors that open to the deck. The spacious kitchen has stone benchtops, European appliances and a wide breakfast bar. French windows and doors look over the backyard, which has a timber patio area, citrus trees and a shed. The garden is a lovely area for an afternoon soiree. \ FRANCESCA CARTER
NOEL JONES, 9809 2000 68 Hopetoun Road Price: $3 million + Auction: October 9 at 2pm
ABERCROMBYS, 9864 5300 37 St Edmonds Road Price: $1.4 million + Auction: October 9 at 11.30am
Situated on a small block, this three-storey house has various aesthetic and practical features. From the street, the façade is a geometric formulation of different shapes and sizes. On the ground floor, steel doors open to a long hallway, which leads to a spacious bedroom and a small courtyard. With a built-in wardrobe and a fully tiled en suite, this bedroom is a nice retreat away from the main part of the house. On the first floor, there is a second bedroom and bathroom and a well-designed kitchen with Miele appliances and marble benchtops. The living area on the first floor opens to a private balcony with enough space for a table and chairs. With a built-in stainless steel barbecue, this area is perfect for summer meals. Large skylights allow natural light to enter. On the third floor, carpeted stairs lead to a spacious main bedroom. Located just a block away from Chapel Street, and the groovy bars in Greville Street, this townhouse is perfect for those seeking a cultural fix. \ FRANCESCA CARTER
GLEN IRIS Since it was built in 1910, this majestic house has been occupied by just three different families. With beautiful landscapes and stunning interiors, it is easy to see why families have loved this house. The front has all the charming features of the Queen Anne period – extensive decoration embellishments, fretted frieze panels and post brackets, a pitched roofline and leadlight windows. There are six bedrooms, a library, formal and informal living and dining areas and a west-facing back garden with a solar-heated pool. The front formal living room and library have all the fittings and fixtures of the period such as ornamental plastered ceilings, painted plaster walls with pressed timber dado, picture rails, timber strapping, timber mantlepieces and open fireplaces. On the left of the library is a spacious master bedroom, which has two big windows and a fully tiled en suite. Directly opposite are three bedrooms, all of different sizes. They all look onto the back garden, which is an oasis of greenery. At the west end of the house, the interior becomes more natural and contemporary. The kitchen is equipped with stainless steel appliances, stone benchtops and splashbacks and a wide breakfast bar. It opens to a large family room, which is flooded with light from an abundance of french windows and doors that all open to a wisteria-clad paved patio. On the first floor, built into the roofline, is a spacious retreat with four picture windows all looking onto the leafy streetscape. Close to many schools, parklands, river-walking tracks, cafés and shops, this property fits the bill for a family lifestyle. \ FRANCESCA CARTER
HOCKING STUART, 9944 3888 26 Summerhill Road Price: $1.7 million – $1.9 million Auction: October 16 at 2.30pm
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FLETCHERS, 9836 2222 7 Richards Avenue
Price: $1.175 million – $1.275 million
RT EDGAR, 9826 1000 18 Hornsby Street
Price: $1.75 million
Auction: October 9 at 11am
Auction: October 2 at noon
On the high side of a quiet street, this renovated Californian bungalow is a breath of fresh air. The property has four bedrooms, a single carport with workshop and a lovely outdoor area. The front living room has bay windows, which maximise the view and natural light. The main bedroom also has wonderful views as well as built-in wardrobes and shelves. Closed off by floor-to-ceiling, double glass doors, the dining room opens to the kitchen, which has top-quality appliances and CaesarStone benchtops. The kitchen overlooks a comfortable family area that features floor-to-ceiling bay windows. To the right of the family area are two more bedrooms and a bathroom with twin basins. Both bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and backyard views. The outdoor area is dominated by an al fresco deck/dining area perfect for entertaining. The beautiful garden has a substantial grass area for the kids. A short distance to primary schools, Nettleton Park and bike paths, this property is a real treat. \ TOM HYWOOD
This stylish new townhouse is in a highly sought-after location. With three levels, four bedrooms, a double garage with laneway access, a separate gym and a huge home-theatre room, this property is truly spectacular. The main bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe, an en suite with dual basins and tall windows. A corridor leads past a powder room to the kitchen and open living/meals area. Calcutta marble benchtops and Gaggenau appliances complete the kitchen. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open from the spacious living area to a lovely al fresco deck/dining area, equipped with a built-in Beefeater barbecue, from where the double garage is accessible. Upstairs, there are three more bedrooms – two with built-in wardrobes – and a bathroom. The rear bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and en suite. In the basement is a carpeted gym and huge home cinema, fitted with a projector and Bose sound system. The house is minutes from Glenferrie Road and the Malvern Road tram. \ TOM HYWOOD
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65 Greville Street, Prahran ................................................................. Price: $1.4 million - $1.55 million ................................................................. Auction Saturday October 16 at 2pm .................................................................
16 Park Road, Prahran ................................................................. Price: $900,000 + ................................................................. Auction Saturday October 9 at 10.30am .................................................................
26 Jaserfold Street, Balwyn North ................................................................. Price: $1.5 million + ................................................................. Auction Saturday October 9 at 10.30am .................................................................
70 View Street, Mont Albert ................................................................. Price: $1 million - $1.1 million ................................................................. Auction Saturday October 16 at 3pm .................................................................
This striking, contemporary three-bedroom residence is a classic Victorian period house with light-filled, open-planned living spaces and a magnificent north-facing rear garden and extensive deck. Let's eat lunch @ Basque Tapas & Wine, 159 Chapel Street Let's eat dinner @ At Beba's, 578 Malvern Road Let's drink coffee @ Basilico, 127 Chapel Street
Enjoying an enviable location metres to High Street, Hawksburn Village and Orrong Park, this classic mews-style executive residence has a combination of contemporary elegance and sophisticated style ensuring its timeless appeal. Let's eat lunch @ Spoonful, 543 High Street Let's eat dinner @ Caffe Latte, 521 Malvern Road Let's drink coffee @ Teaspoon, 543a High Street
Located parkside in the highly regarded Balwyn High School zone, this delightful contemporary house reveals a substantial family environment and stunning Leigh Park vistas from both sun-filled levels.
This beautiful house with art-deco elegance is flooded with traditional features and space. There are separate living areas and a fantastic backyard with covered entertaining area - the perfect setting for family barbecues. Let's eat lunch @ Country Fare, 4 Hamilton Street Let's eat dinner @ Churchills, 13-15 Hamilton Street Let's drink coffee @ Zimt, 38 Hamilton Street
Let's eat lunch @ Mia Pizza & Pasta, 390 Balwyn Road Let's eat dinner @ Di Palma's, 684-686 High Street Let's drink coffee @ The Village Cafe, 2/74 Doncaster Road
JELLIS CRAIG, 9818 2222 32 Barkers Road
Price: $1.9 million +
Auction: October 9 at 1pm
HOCKING STUART, 9830 7000 6 Canyon Street Price: $2.1 million – $2.3 million Auction: October 2 at 1.30pm
This architecturally brilliant property, built in 1898, is a wonderful opportunity to own one of Kew’s most iconic properties. Grand archways, hand-painted leadlight windows and an ornate heritage interior feature in this classic house. Four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a heated pool and a large backyard make this a perfect family home. The main bedroom is spacious, with great views of the front garden and street. An open-plan family and dining area allows plenty of room for maximum comfort. The kitchen is roomy and, along with the back living room, access to the backyard is available. With a large pool, grassy area, water feature and an undercover dining area in the garden, the outdoor area is exceptional. Adjacent to the pool is the single garage, which could become a workshop. In a highly prestigious area, near to private schools and public transport, this property is a rare opportunity. \ TOM HYWOOD
French provincial is the new style in Balwyn, and it is on display at this imposing two-storey house. With its French provincial-style rendered façade and porch, the house implies grandeur the minute you walk through the front doors. Here is a world of parquetry floors, high ceilings, elaborate cornices, panelled columns and emporite doors. At the front, the large guest bedroom has a stone-finished en suite. The formal dining and living rooms are opposite a spacious study. The open-plan informal family living area has a generous kitchen with white stone benchtops, a marble-tiled splashback and European appliances. A butler’s kitchen includes another stainless steel cooktop. Upstairs, the large rumpus room leads to three more bedrooms that share two marble bathrooms. The main bedroom suite has a wide, fitted dressing room-cum-wardrobe that leads to a luxurious en suite. \ MARIA HARRIS
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BY THE BAY
Set in one of Brighton’s most prestigious locations, this spectacular house is pure luxury. The façade is a successful combination of contemporary Tuscan and French architecture, with clay-fired roof tiles, timber casement windows and liberal use of wrought iron. From the street, a stone footpath with courtyards
on either side leads to a glamorous archway entrance that opens to a formal entrance hall. On the left is a large home office with a separate meeting room. Fitted with joinery and enormous filing-cupboard doors, this is the perfect place to run your business. Opposite the study is a lovely formal sitting room, which has three french windows on either side opening to two separate courtyards. From the living room, it becomes apparent that the entire house has been built to
KAY AND BURTON, 9592 6522 1 Inner Crescent Price: $3 million +
Auction: October 2 at 1pm
maximise sunlight, through a courtyard design with northern orientation for the living areas. The kitchen is large, with bullnose granite benchtops and splashbacks and two-pac paint finish to joinery. There are two Miele ovens and two preparation areas with sinks. The kitchen opens to the dining and family area which has imported stone finishes. There is also an indoor 17-metre lap pool with gas heating, lighting, a pool waterfall and a large spa. The first floor
has five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a teenager’s retreat and TV lounge area. All are wonderfully large and have top-quality finishes and fixtures. On the basement level there is a home theatre, gymnasium, cellar and a garage that can accommodate four vehicles. The C-Bus-controlled home theatre seats 10 people in comfort with reclining leather seats over two levels together with air-conditioning. \ FRANCESCA CARTER
ACT NOW IF YOU WANT TO SELL BEFORE CHRISTMAS the football WELL, has come to an end and life for
homebuyers as we know it is returning to some sort of normality. As this magazine lands in your letterbox, selling agents will be jetting back into Melbourne from warmer climes, and as the wheels touch the tarmac, mobiles will be switched back on and you may finally be getting your messages returned. Some of you will be hearing about new homes and some of you will be asked if you are ready to sell before Christmas, with the line “it is a great time to do so now”. The truth is, if that is what you want – or have – to do, you don’t have a whole lot of time left. You need to get on with it. The new home stock mini-surge you will see this week and next is not the norm; it is the most you will see for the next four weeks as agents roll out their four-week auction campaigns before the next major buyer/seller interrupter: the Melbourne Cup. After that, we will get a second and final mini-surge in the first three weeks of November. That’s when we will see four types of sellers release their homes for sale:
AUCTIONED FOR $1.092 MILLION 15 Malmsbury Street, Hawthorn 1 Those who bought in early spring and
now need to sell their previous home;
2 Patient sellers who needed a read on the
market before committing;
3 Election nervies (I hope they’re over it); 4 Speculators who put their homes into
the pre-Christmas cauldron in the hope some buying “wood-duck” will yell out a miracle 30 per cent above market price at their Saturday auction.
Come the end of November, for many buyers, the summer siesta begins and the general buying public will not see any new homes until school resumes in 2011. That is not to say that the business of real estate grinds to a complete halt in Church Street, Bay Street, High Street, Toorak Road and
Glenferrie Road – it’s just that a lot of it is done behind closed doors. As buying agents, our email boxes run hot in late November/early December from agents, acquaintances and inquirers who bought in late spring and want to sell in the same market but worry that putting their home on the market just before Christmas may leave it as a “stale” (unsold after a few months) come February. For those with a low risk profile, buying and selling in the same market is a must. However, buyers, please don’t think you have the upper hand or the market all to yourself come Santa time. Those risk-averse transactors also work the other way. These are people who sell first and then must buy in the same market – for example, before Christmas. So how is the post-grand final market looking for stock right now? Synopsis: We think the market is back to
some normality after the 2008 GFC, the
“BUYERS, PLEASE DON’T THINK THAT YOU HAVE THE UPPER HAND.”
2009 recovery and the 2010 election. If demand remains, as seems likely, relatively level (that is with no Foreign Investment Review Board rule changes, no bank interest-rate surges or dollar drops), then it will be all about supply. Excess supply will see prices drop between now and Christmas, while a supply shortage will see prices firm. So what is the word on the street right here and now come Mad Monday, to use football parlance (my last one until next year), regarding supply? Well, according to David Hart, of Buxton, Brighton, stock levels are as low as he has ever seen. “We are going to have a very late spring, say late October/ November,” he says. Doug McLauchlan, of Marshall White, Hawthorn, agrees with that observation, and says uncertainty seems to be an issue. Paul Keane, of Jellis Craig, Glen Iris, says: “Stock levels seem to be increasing, although slowly.” And Marcus Chiminello, of Marshall White, Armadale, says: “If we are going to have any spring at all, it will be late.” MAL JAMES James Buyer Advocates www.james.net.au
where to live\ ProPertY listings AnAkie
Stan Lawrence 180
6/25 Gladstone Ave Bennison Mackinnon 5/31 Inverness Ave Jellis Craig 20 Moorhouse st Hocking Stuart 15 Lambeth Ave Marshall White 32 Adelaide st Marshall White 16 Valentine Gve Marshall White 5 Glassford st Marshall White 1/32 Mercer rd Marshall White
12a Marquis st 19 Nicholas st 5 Hudson Crt
28 Parring rd Noel Jones 63 Nungerner st Noel Jones 8a Belmore rd Noel Jones 8/3 Boston rd Noel Jones 27 BelGve Ave Jellis Craig 4b Yarrbat Ave Christopher Russell 1, 2 & 3/14-16 relowe Cres Fletchers 358 Union rd Fletchers 6 Canyon st Hocking Stuart 1/27 Grey st Hocking Stuart 12/4-8 Kireep rd Hocking Stuart
74 Cityview rd Noel Jones 24 Libra st Noel Jones 29 reading Ave Noel Jones 54 Cascade st Jellis Craig 26 Jaserfold st Jellis Craig 2/17 Marwal Ave Jellis Craig 15 Thackray st Jellis Craig 19 Capella st Christopher Russell 7 Tuxen st Fletchers 60 Hosken st Fletchers 37 Viewhill rd Fletchers 31 Greythorn rd Fletchers 444 Balwyn rd Fletchers 10 stephens st Fletchers 3/58-60 Winfield rd Fletchers 1a Ferdinand Ave Hocking Stuart
1 Inner Cres 1/35 Normanby st
39 regent st
Kay & Burton 101
80 Murray dve 30 Bennett st
Noel Jones Woodards
33 rowell Ave 17 Laxdale rd 3 eddy st 4/115 Wattle Valley rd 13 Kirkwood dve 1/581 Camberwell rd 4 Gleeson Ave 8 elaroo Ave 944 Toorak rd
13 Compton st 1/2-4 Gascoyne st 5 Vaughan Ave 1 Tim Heavyside 4 Willandra Ave 4 Willandra Ave
CAulfield eAst 1/14 Queen st
57 62 62 75 76 86 91 94 121 122 123 125 125 127 129 137
Kay & Burton 98 Kay & Burton 102
320 Geelong rd
54 57 61 62 90 94 110 126 132 137 137
sold After for $1.14 million 3 hillside Parade, glen iris
31 Aroona rd 23 Malakoff st 21 Merton st
15 Toomeys Ln
TBM 70 Marshall White 151 Marshall White 152
ConnewArre 365 Lake rd
23 Acheron st 32 Burgundy dve
Jellis Craig 91 Fletchers 117
403/150 Clarendon st Abercromby’s 45/201 Wellington Pde south Bennison Mackinnon
elsternwiCk 283 Kooyong rd
109 sweeneys Ln
1/39 shelley st
RT Edgar 179
AuCtioned for $1.22 million 24 susan street, sandringham
eastern Beach rd
gerAngAmete Cedar Hill
Kay & Burton
Sutherland Farrelly 165
BFP Rural & Urban 182
67 90 136 140 143 144 154 163
Noel Jones 61 Jellis Craig 86 Hocking Stuart 136
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Noel Jones 55 Noel Jones 58 Noel Jones 58 Noel Jones 63 Jellis Craig 87 Jellis Craig 91 Marshall White 162 Marshall White 162 Marshall White 164
BFP Rural & Urban 182
Jellis Craig Jellis Craig Fletchers Fletchers Hocking Stuart Hocking Stuart
77 78 111 129 130 131
RT Edgar 172
57 Harold st 6 Albert st
2/238 Princess st 2/27 Loch st 27 Grange rd 3 Weir st 20 Carson st 4 Wiltshire dve 55 denmark st 46 Childers st 2/16 edgevale rd 4/7 College Pde 1/50 Hartington st 6/108 Walpole st 369 Cotham rd 1 Collins st 85 Cobden st 42 Mary st 75 Malin st 24 st James Plc 37 Miller Gve 24 College Pde 4 Willsmere rd 38 Hartington st
2/1377 Burke rd 1224 Old Burke rd 64 Windella Ave 5 spruzen Ave 52 Munro st 14 elm Gve 2/33 Woodlands Ave
326 Martins rd
6/165 Power st 32 Barkers rd 10 Leslie st 8/64 riversdale rd 10/574 Glenferrie rd 4a Vivian Gve 3 scott st 65 evansdale rd 9 York st
13a Miami st 4/102 Camberwell rd 2 Lovell st 24 Currajong rd 11 Carlyle st 12 denmark Hill rd 17 Maraquita Gve 3/43 Clifton rd 506/4-14 Burke Ave
Buxton 165 RT Edgar 178
Noel Jones Noel Jones Jellis Craig Jellis Craig Jellis Craig Jellis Craig Jellis Craig Jellis Craig Jellis Craig Jellis Craig Jellis Craig McLaren Fletchers Fletchers Fletchers Hocking Stuart Marshall White Marshall White Marshall White Marshall White Marshall White Marshall White
14 Trent st Noel Jones 59 8/439-449 Burke rd Noel Jones 63 8 Grandview rd Bennison Mackinnon 64 6 dixon st Woodards 71 1 southland st Jellis Craig 87 2/1529 Malvern rd Jellis Craig 91 7 richards Ave Fletchers 123 26 summerhill rd Hocking Stuart 133 16 Hillside Pde Marshall White 146
6 Linacre rd 4 The Ave
Marshall White 147 Marshall White 159
Jellis Craig Fletchers Fletchers Fletchers Fletchers Fletchers Hocking Stuart
65 Talbot Cres
60 63 72 74 82 83 88 89 92 92 93 105 109 113 124 135 149 160 160 161 161 164
92 106 116 119 120 124 138
Marshall White 154
1248 Kyneton Metcalfe rd
RT Edgar 166
lAke wendouree 13 Hotham st
Doepel Lilley & Taylor 181
280 Clifton Ave
Woodards Jellis Craig Jellis Craig Hocking Stuart Hocking Stuart Marshall White Marshall White Marshall White Marshall White
71 79 81 135 137 148 159 164 164
Noel Jones Woodards Jellis Craig Jellis Craig Fletchers Hocking Stuart Hocking Stuart Hocking Stuart Hocking Stuart
59 71 80 92 118 134 138 138 138
57 rosehill rd 147 Old eltham rd
Morrison Kleeman 69 Fletchers 105
28 Cummins Gve Bennison Mackinnon 4/331 Glenferrie rd Marshall White 13 Thanet st Marshall White 30 Parslow st Marshall White 18 Hornsby st RT Edgar
19 Karma Ave Noel Jones 341 Waverley rd Bennison Mackinnon 12 Bent st Bennison Mackinnon 88 emo rd Hocking Stuart 2063 Malvern rd Marshall White 8 Prior rd Marshall White 5/602 Waverley rd Marshall White 10 Warley rd RT Edgar
100 Browne Ln
sAndringhAm 388 Bluff rd
63 66 67 139 156 156 157 178
RT Edgar 174
shorehAm 99 Blake 1 Beach rd
Kay & Burton 104 Kay & Burton 105
116 Hotham rd
AuCtioned for $2.07 million 24 ferncroft Avenue, malvern east 33 Cairnes Cres
2701/670 Collins st 1802/505 st Kilda rd 1403/430 st Kilda rd
RT Edgar 178
Dingle Partners 53 Kay & Burton 101 RT Edgar 177
mont Albert 5 smythe Ave 70 View st
Jellis Craig 84 Fletchers 114
42 Boondara rd 15 Williamson rd 24 Belgravia Ave 41 Chessell st 3/54 Belgravia Ave 42 Valda Ave 2/9 Mitchell rd 13 sewell st 51a strabane Ave 57 Kenmare st 2/18 Belgravia Ave
Noel Jones Noel Jones Jellis Craig Jellis Craig Jellis Craig Jellis Craig Fletchers Fletchers Hocking Stuart Hocking Stuart Marshall White
60 61 88 89 93 93 127 129 136 139 163
70 Alton rd Abercromby 50 674 Mt Macedon rd Bennison Mackinnon 68 710 Mt Macedon rd Kay & Burton 102 114 devonshire Ln RT Edgar 179
murgheboluC Hamilton Highway
Kay & Burton 103
898 Porcupine ridge rd ( Via daylesford) Abercromby 52
6 Orion Mews Noel Jones 120/226-42 rouse st Bennison Mackinnon
37 st edmonds rd 50 Pridham st 2/15 Arkle st 31 Bowen st 16 Park rd 5/29 Lewisham rd 4 Banole Ave 65 Greville st
PrAhrAn eAst Preston
12 stafford st
Kay & Burton 104
south melbourne 284 Albert rd
RT Edgar 173
12.2/193 domain rd Bennison Mackinnon 65 11/49 davis Ave Williams Batters 96 79 Mason st Williams Batters 96 12/4 stonehaven Crt Williams Batters 97 1/133 Alexandra Ave Kay & Burton 100 19 Hobson st Marshall White 153 20 Powell st Vinci Carbone 165 20 Howitt st RT Edgar 169 30 Macfarlan st RT Edgar 177
st kildA eAst 6 Vadlure Ave
mont Albert north
17 Airlie Ave 68 145 155 155 170
Kay & Burton 103
Abercromby Kay & Burton Hocking Stuart Hocking Stuart Marshall White Marshall White Marshall White RT Edgar
52 104 139 139 158 158 163 171
Marshall White 157
61 Broughton rd Noel Jones 5 Windsor Cres Jellis Craig 19 Windsor Cres Jellis Craig 4/102 Broughton rd Jellis Craig 202/662 Whitehorse rd Jellis Craig 30 redvers st Fletchers 52 russell st Fletchers 1/314 Canterbury rd – Corner essex rd Fletchers 1/6 suffolk rd Fletchers 5 View st Marshall White
53 85 90 93 94 108 126
temPlestowe lower 26 Horsfall st
68 Hopetoun rd 1/693 Orrong rd 3/151 Canterbury rd 24 Tashinny rd 9/404 Toorak rd 4/226A Kooyong rd 192a Williams rd 6 Canterbury rd 10 Merriwee Cres 1 Nareeb Crt
Noel Jones TBM TBM Gary Peer Kay & Burton Marshall White Marshall White Marshall White RT Edgar RT Edgar
56 70 70 95 100 141 142 153 168 176
1212 Horseshoe Bend rd Whitford Property 183
30 Grigg Crt 70 Orchard Cres
willow grove ebony Lodge stud
RT Edgar 179 RT Edgar 179
Pat Rice & Hawkins 180
109 James rd 113 Lavendar Farm rd
RT Edgar 175 RT Edgar 176
BFP Rural & Urban 182
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Mount Macedon 70 Alton Road ´ DUNCRAGGAN´ - 14 ACRES APX EXECUTOR´ S ESTATE. A landmark site since 1871, recently re-defined by spectacular manicured grounds and a stunning contemporary 80 square residence. Elevated and exclusive, yet immediately inviting, majestic terrace views that stretch all the way to the Melbourne skyline enhance the home´ s refined formal areas, fabulous family domains, seven bedrooms, four bathrooms, an evocative library, spacious study and superb kitchen with walk-in pantry and separate cool room. Hydronic heating, wine room, three car garage and lift access to all floors add further appeal to a property featuring considerable Turritable Creek frontage, a natural spring and lawn tennis court amidst an estate of unforgettable style and scale. www.duncraggan.com.au Auction: Wednesday 20th October at 11.30am View: Strictly by appointment Wednesday at 11.00am and Saturday at 3.30pm Jock Langley 0419 530 008 Agents In Conj: Lindsay Hill 0419 557 139
Abercromby’s 1087 High Street Armadale Telephone 9864 5300 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
East Melbourne 403/150 Clarendon Street Melbourne´ s newest and most exclusive address This lavish apartment offers uninterrupted views over the CBD and beyond, taking in the bay, Fitzroy Gardens and St Patrick´ s Cathedral. Finished to an international standard and offering some 336m2(approx.) of living, this exquisite, brand new residence boasts an extensive range of lifestyle facilities. Featuring a fully appointed European kitchen with vast marble benches, beautiful open plan reception rooms overlooking Fitzroy Gardens and the CBD, magnificent study and three large bedrooms, each offering WIR´ s and luxurious marble en suites. Secure basement car parking for two cars, 24hr concierge, cinema, business and entertaining suites, stunning wine room, gymnasium, 25m pool, steam room, sauna and massage room. Melbourne´ s most elegant residential building, setting a luxury benchmark for city living. Expressions of Interest: Wednesday 20th October at 5.30pm View: Wednesday 1.00-1.30pm & 6.00-6.30pm & Saturday 2.00-2.30pm Jock Langley 0419 530 008 Andrew Harlock 0419 379 992
Abercromby’s 1087 High Street Armadale Telephone 9864 5300 Email email@example.com
Prahran 37 St Edmonds Road STATE OF THE ART CONTEMPORARY LIVING This superb townhouse creates the sense of a sanctuary of style surrounded by the energy and attractions of the Greville Street precinct. An exceptional contemporary residence, it offers the luxury of 3 bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, amidst spaces that express designer flair and fabulous quality throughout. Accommodation on each of three levels provides ultimate flexibility. The upstairs electronic sensor sunshades from Issey in the living/dining domain is framed by a Caesar-stone and Miele kitchen with Insinkerator and an expansive terrace with Electrolux designer BBQ that makes the ´outdoor room´ beautifully real. American oak floors, reverse cycle heating/cooling, cellar/storage, ducted vacuum and 2 car tandem garage plus extra OSP further enhance the perfect townhouse.
Porcupine Ridge (Daylesford District) 898 Porcupine Ridge Road ‘Linden Park’ C1930’s (To be offered in two lots) With breathtaking scenic vistas of a broad Australian landscape ´Linden Park´ is an outstanding property about 1hr from Melbourne Airport. (Lot 1 Homestead - 60 acres apx) The homestead, a cost efficient sustainable design includes magnificent open plan kitchen, living, study,5 bedrooms and additional recreational areas. Including enormous entertaining decks with wisteria cover pergolas. Landscaped grounds include return drive, ornamental lake and jetty (Lot 2 - 263 acres apx), excellent farm infrastructure and abundant water supply.
Abercromby’s 1087 High Street Armadale Telephone 9864 5300 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Auction: Saturday 9th October at 11.30am View: Thursday 5.30-6.00pm Saturday 12.00-12.30pm Rob Vickers-Willis 0412 210 066 Michael Derham 0425 790 233
Auction: Sunday 17th October at 12.30pm View: Sunday 2.00pm onsite Jock Langley 0419 530 008 Andrew Harlock 0419 379 992
PORT MELBOURNE 6 Orion Mews
SURREY HILLS 61 Broughton Road
A BEACH AND PARK DELIGHT
OUTSTANDING OPTIONS & OPPORTUNITIES
This elegant free standing 2 storey residence is impressively presented and highlighted by its sun-filled ample spaces and well zoned living areas. Offering 3 living areas, fully-appointed granite kitchen, 3 excellent bedrooms(all with BIRs, main with ensuite), a study or retreat area, central bathroom,a balcony, and laundry. Ducted heating/cooling, remote double garage. Opposite to parkland, stroll to the beach and city light rail. AUCTION Sat 9th October at 2pm ESR Price on Application CONTACT John Yu 0401 687 389, William Ye 0403 171 163 GLEN WAVERLEY 9886 6266 / 15 Railway Parade North
In this prime central Surrey Hills locale. Superb wide frontage site suitable for: â€¢ Luxury new home â€¢ Townhouse development (STCA) â€¢ Total restoration of this split level 5-6 room solid brick Victorian. Note: Land 17.48m x 45.72m. Total Site Area 800 sqm (approx) AUCTION Sat 9th October at 1pm ESR $800,000 - $850,000 INSPECT Thur & Sat 10.30-11am CONTACT Mark Read 0402 215 841, Michael Nolan 0418 546 118 BALWYN 9830 1644 / 289 Whitehorse Road
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