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PULL OUT AND KEEP! PENRITH’S NUMBER ONE ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE

ISSUE 148 16.12.13

GIVEAWAY DON MCLEAN TICKETS

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SHANNON COCHRANE catches up with Catherine Britt on touring with the legendary Don McLean, moving to America and an accidental brush with the law...

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hen Catherine Britt was a little girl, she had one dream: to be a singer. In her teen years, she missed out on parties and sleepovers and devoted herself to touring. Now, all that hard work has finally paid off and the country crooner has no regrets. Britt doesn’t remember ever consciously planning her musical career. Instead, she claims it was a natural progression from a lifelong love of singing to recording her first EP at the tender age of 14. “It felt really natural for me to do that, I always wanted to sing ever since I was a little girl, I used to drive my brothers crazy singing around the house non-stop,” Britt said. “It’s just been a huge part of who I am and what I’m about... it was a progression, from being obsessed with it as a little girl to then going and singing at places... then it just kept growing and changing and becoming something and before I knew it, I had a career.” While many budding musicians would be green with envy at Britt’s relatively quick success, the Newcastle-born star said there was a price to pay. “I definitely missed out on a lot, it did get to the point in my high school days when friends just didn’t invite me to things anymore because they knew I’d be off playing gigs and touring on the weekends so it got to the point where I just wasn’t a part of a friendship group,” she said. Yet Britt has no regrets about her youth. “I was off doing my own thing and I was excited about that, I believed in what I was doing so I wasn’t afraid of it.” Her effort was well worth it – Britt went on to release five studio albums, win a handful of awards and even collaborated with Elton John.

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She is now set to team up with another music legend when she supports American singer Don McLean on his Australian tour, playing at the Evan Theatre on Saturday, August 31. “I’m not sure how it really came about, I’ve heard a couple of different things... I’ve heard that he [McLean] personally chose me through whatever means, I’m not sure, which I find a little hard to believe,” Britt said. No matter how the concert was organised, Britt said she is excited to be performing alongside McLean. “I’m stoked to be a part of it, I’m a big, big fan of Don McLean and I love folk music. ‘American Pie’ was the anthem of my teen years,” she said. Although Britt has become one of Australia’s most beloved country musicians, her foray into the American market was less triumphant – after a somewhat tumultuous sixyear stay in Nashville, the singer moved home. “I moved over there by myself when I was about 17. I’m not going to lie, it was hard, it was really difficult to adapt and to feel comfortable. I never really felt like America was home for me, I just kind of did what I could to make it work for the time I was there,” she said. On top of the loneliness of living in a foreign country, Britt struggled to fit the image her record label wanted. “I was signed to RCA records for six years and at the end of that time, we went our separate ways because we just felt like, I was never going to be a Taylor Swift, I was never going to make the music they needed to break on radio in America, I wasn’t that sort of artist,” she explained. Being true to herself may have hindered

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I’m a bit of a no bulls**t sort of artist, I write from the heart... Britt’s musical career in the United States, but fans in her home country love her down-toearth, sincere attitude. “I hope what they like about me is the honesty in my music, I’m a bit of a no bulls**t sort of artist, I write from the heart, I don’t hold back to a point that it’s almost to my detriment at times that my lyrics are so honest... you listen to my albums, you know who I am, I think that’s important,” she said. While Britt is usually in the spotlight because of her music, she recently received media coverage after going to court for a lowgrade drink driving offence. “I obviously didn’t go out to get drunk and drive, I’m not an idiot, but at the end of the day I stuck to the rules which is a drink an hour and

I was over,” she said. “Sometimes you do the right thing and you still get into trouble so I’ve just realised that taking any sip of alcohol and driving is not a good idea... I won’t ever make that mistake again.” Britt said that she uses her profile to bring attention to worthy charities and causes including Camp Quality, who she supports.

Catherine Britt will support Don McLean at the Evan Theatre, Penrith on Saturday, August 31 at 8pm. Tickets are $91.40. For bookings or more information, call 4720 5555 or visit www.penrith.panthers.com.au.


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et ready to experience all the glitz, glamour and colour of Bollywood when India’s biggest film star comes to Parramatta. Shahrukh Khan will be bringing his massive ‘Temptation Reloaded’ world tour to Allphones Arena on Monday, October 7 as part of Parramatta’s Parramasala Festival. The show will be undoubtedly the biggest Bollywood production to ever visit Australia, with Khan headlining the concert along with leading Bollywood actresses and a cast and crew of 110 people. Often referred to as ‘the King of Bollywood’, Khan has appeared in 75 Hindi films and built up a reputation for being one of India’s finest and most sought-after actors. His films include ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’, ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, ‘Swades’ and ‘My Name is Khan’. And he has won eight Filmfare Best Actor Awards and been recognised by the Indian government for his contribution towards Indian

cinema. The fame and success Khan has amassed is so strong that the Los Angeles Times has referred to Khan as “the world’s biggest movie star”, while American magazine Newsweek listed him as one of the world’s 50 most powerful people. Audiences will get to witness Khan’s mindblowing stage presence in person and enjoy the theatrical fun of Bollywood. The extravaganza will showcase cutting edge production, stunning and awe-inspiring visuals and dazzling costume changes, lighting up Allphones Arena for a larger-than-life Bollywood show. This spectacular stage production is being brought to Sydney for Parramatta’s Parramasala Festival, a weekend-long festival that will showcase lively entertainment acts from around the world. Festival-goers will get the opportunity to watch free concerts, performances and exhibitions and shop at unique food and

handicrafts markets. Don’t miss the chance to see one of the globe’s most popular film stars live on stage in what is bound to be a glittering night of singing, dancing, theatrics and musical entertainment.

Shahrukh Khan will bring the ‘Temptation Reloaded’ tour to Allphones Arena, Sydney Olympic Park on Monday, October 7. Tickets start at $99. For more information, visit www. temptationreloaded.com.au.

refugee communities. She is currently working on the Way Out West Festival for Children at Casual Powerhouse Arts Centre, and has previously held the position of artistic director at Powerhouse Youth Theatre.

‘Tough Beauty’ plays at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24. Tickets range from $25 to $35. For bookings or more information, call 4723 7600 or visit www.jspac. com.au.

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heatre is well-known for being able to entertain, thrill and amuse but a new play is using drama to shed light on a serious social issue. ‘Tough Beauty’ will paint a picture of the reality of being a young female in the 21st century and examine the increasing level of violence among teenage girls. The thought-provoking new work, created by director Claudia Chidiac and multi-award winning Australian writer Finegan Kruckemeyer, will play at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24. It has special relevance to the Penrith area, as it was written with input from young residents of the western Sydney suburbs and was based on Australian research forums and workshops with teens over the past few years. Written in a sensitive yet brutally realistic manner, ‘Tough Beauty’ avoids being superficial or overbearingly moralistic. Instead, the play takes a raw and honest

look at a terrifying yet surprisingly common aspect of the lives of modern, teenage girls. This scary new trend has been typified by viral YouTube fight videos and schoolyard taunts and ‘Tough Beauty’ examines the spiraling and significant trend of violence between young women. With a talented cast of actors, this play will bring audiences into a horrifying, grittily realistic world where the playground has been morphed into a warzone and girls are always on guard and ready for a fight. Writer Finegan Kruckemeyer has had his plays performed all over the world and was an inaugural recipient of the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship. His works have featured in over 50 festivals, at the Sydney Opera House, DC’s Kennedy Centre, the Malan Flower Theatre in China and more. He collaborated with Claudia Chidiac, theatre director and creative producer, whose work has often focused on youth, migrant and


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ith his iconic and timeless music, Elvis Presley remains one of the most beloved musicians of all time and although fans will never again be able to see him live in concert, they can enjoy the next best thing. Elvis impersonator David Cazalet has won over fans of The King with his spot on tribute shows and has also been nominated for Mo and Ace Awards. Cazalet has played to sell-out crowds in Las Vegas and now he is set to visit Penrith, to perform ‘Elvis Unplugged’ at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on Wednesday, August 28. His rich voice and charismatic stage presence means that Cazalet pulls off Elvis’ songs and provides a concert experience that is truly unforgettable. In ‘Elvis Unplugged’, Cazalet honours the fabulous music of The King with an acoustic showcase that features many fan favourites including ‘Love Me Tender’, ‘Always On My

Mind’, ‘In the Ghetto’, ‘Blue Moon’, ‘Wooden Heart’, ‘It’s Now or Never’, ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ and ‘That’s All Right’. Cazalet will perform alongside renowned music director Greg Hooper and stylish showgirl Natalie Kuti, who will wow audiences with her beautiful dancing and flashy costumes. The New York born musician has loved Elvis’ music since his youth and steps into the role of his idol effortlessly, performing songs from each era of his career with style and accuracy. Although Elvis passed away in the 1970’s, his status as a music legend has lived on with his songs still regularly being played on the radio and featured in films and on television. Born into a humble family in the American South, Elvis rose up to become a cultural icon with his soulful rock music and charming persona. His career had many musical phases, with Elvis mastering numerous genres and

smashing records with his albums. While he had a highly distinctive voice and look, Cazalet’s performances bring the spirit of Elvis alive on stage again for fans. ‘Elvis Unplugged’ will show at the Joan

Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on Wednesday, August 28 at 11am. Tickets are $20 and include morning tea at 10am. For bookings or more information, call 4723 7600 or visit www.jspac.com.au.

skills to others, teaching metaphysical studies and mediumship while holding development classes throughout Australia. He has authored spiritual novels Rainbows in the Dark: The Tale of Red Eagle, Living Spirit

and Postcards from the Other Side. Ezio De Angelis will appear at the Evan Theatre, Penrith Panthers on Friday, August 16 at 8pm. Tickets are $35. For bookings: 4720 5555 or www.penrith.panthers.com.au.

ARE YOU A SKEPTIC OR BELIEVER?

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hether you’re a true believer or a skeptic, psychic Ezio De Angelis puts on a fascinating, thoughtprovoking show that is sure to

amaze. De Angelis, one of the most prominent mediums in Australia, will take to the stage at the Evan Theatre, Penrith Panthers on Friday, August 16. He has won over countless members of the public who are searching for answers about life after death, with his inspirational and lively demonstrations of psychic mediumship. Although the concept of communication with spirits is mysterious and somewhat contentious, De Angelis aims to clear up the issue and provide comfort to people who may be struggling with the loss of family or friends. “My goal is to de-mystify spiritualism, break down the barriers… show people that our loved ones in the spirit world are never more than a thought away. My mediumship is a blessing, a gift that enables me the pure joy

of proving life after death and in the process help people realise that we really are eternal,” De Angelis said. There are plenty of mediums out there but De Angelis believes that his work stands out from the crowd due to its authenticity, which he claims can be proven by ‘survival evidence’ – simple things such as shared memories and intimate personal details that no one else would know. De Angelis believes that spirits continue to live on after death and are capable of still growing and loving. “It’s nice to be recognised for my spiritual gifts but the entire purpose of spirit communication is to affirm the continuity of life after the physical person has ceased to be,” he said. “There is no death, only a new and different kind of life… in many ways, my role as a medium is to be a spirit messenger, a bridge between two worlds.” De Angelis has also worked to pass on his


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THE SISTINE CHAPEL OF PERFORMING

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eonard Cohen is one of the most influential and beloved songwriters of his generation and now Australian audiences will get the chance to see him up close and personal. The feted musician will visit down under for a series of intimate performances, playing at Sydney’s Entertainment Centre on Saturday, November 16. Cohen will be joined on stage by his talented nine piece band, which includes Sharon Robinson, the Webb Sisters and musical director Roscoe Beck, and will play at Australia’s major cities and regional towns, as well as performing at music festival ‘A Day on the Green’. The last time Cohen toured Australia was in 2010, when he won over audiences with his soulful voice and won the Helpmann Award for Best International Contemporary Concert. With his touching, emotional music, Leonard Cohen is known as a master songwriter and has a long, distinguished

discography that spans decades. Many of his albums are considered classics, including ‘Songs of Leonard Cohen’ (1967), ‘Songs of Love and Hate’ (1970), ‘I’m Your Man’ (1990), ‘The Future’ (1992), ‘Ten New Songs’ (2001), ‘Dear Heather’ (2004) and his most recent record, ‘Old Ideas’, which was released last year. The talented performer has been induced into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and recognised by music legend Lou Reed as being “without question one of the most important and influential songwriters of our time, a figure whose body of work achieves greater mystery and depth as time goes on”. Despite having a 15-year hiatus, which he ended with a triumphant return to the stage in 2008, Cohen’s performance skills have not waned over the years and instead his shows retain the powerful impact they have always had. British newspaper The Telegraph praised Cohen’s stage presence, writing – “His three-

hour sets are the Sistine Chapel ceiling of live performance: their exquisite beauty renders you silent, sometimes tearful but always grateful to have been able to experience such radiance and majesty”.

Leonard Cohen will perform at Sydney’s Entertainment Centre on Saturday, November 16. Tickets went on sale on Monday, August 12 at 10am. For bookings or more information, call 136 100 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.au.


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his rowdy comedy film stars Jason Sudeikis as David, a suburban drug dealer who sells marijuana to local workers and soccer mums and usually manages to steer clear of any trouble. That’s until one day an attempt to finally be a good Samaritan goes awry. While trying to assist some teens in trouble, David ends up getting mugged and his stash of weed and money get stolen. Left in debt to his supplier Brad, an intimidating big-time dealer, David is desperate and ends up accepting a risky offer to clear his name. He agrees to sneak Brad’s massive drug shipment from Mexico into the United States. Trying to evade border security, David decides that traveling as a single man would appear suspicious so recruits a new family for himself. He gets a stripper Rose (Aniston) to pretend to be his wife and finds two local teens to pose as their children, forming the ‘Miller family’. Predictably, the caper doesn’t go as smoothly as David had planned as his ragtag family struggles to act their roles.

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ith its mature themes, ‘Payday 2’ is definitely not for kids or the faint-hearted but will hit the spot for gamers who enjoy quick paced shooters. This cooperative, four-player game requires teamwork and strategising, as players step into the role of the original Payday crew: Dallas, Hoxton, Wolf and Chains, who work together on a wild crime spree in Washington. Gameplay is varied as the plot progresses, with players able to choose between the types of criminal behaviour they want to undertake. Options include everything from small convenience store robberies to major cyber crime or bank heists. As players achieve more criminal success, they reap the rewards of money and status among the underground society of Washington. Each heist is different, with random factors and rare events creating unique scenarios while new features and skills are unlocked along the way to make gameplay more exciting. Becoming a legendary criminal isn’t

isney fans and lovers of musicals will enjoy ‘Teen Beach Movie’, a fun and wholesome film with a meaningful message. High school sweethearts Brady and Mack are surfing together at the beach when they are swept away on a wave and wake up on a different beach. They quickly realise that they have been mysteriously transported into the world of the film ‘Wet Side Story’ – a 1960’s musical that Brady loves and Mack dislikes. Watching on as the movie’s cast perform key songs, Brady excitedly decides to join in and thinks the situation is the perfect opportunity to have some fun, but Mack is hesitant and frantically searches for a way out of the film and back to real life. As they spend more time in the idealised, movie set world, Mack and Brady become more intertwined with the characters and end up inadvertently shifting the plot. In the meantime, Mack and Brady themselves are irrevocably changed by their journey and end up discovering more about themselves.

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ackstreet’s back with another catchy pop album sure to ignite 90’s nostalgia in listeners. After a hiatus from recording, where the band toured with New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys have released their eighth studio album. The lead single ‘In A World Like This’, is classic Backstreet pop – catchy, with relatable and positive lyrics and has already been released, along with promotional single ‘Permanent Stain’. The rest of the album is similarly pop-oriented, although there are dashes of genre-mixing with an adult contemporary feel and slight dance elements. While most listeners will be used to Backstreet Boys music from their glory days, ‘In A World Like This’ presents a more mature and sophisticated image of the band’s members. Many of the songs are deeply personal and reflect the changes that occur throughout adulthood, with founding member Kevin Richardson commenting that he was inspired by the experience of fatherhood to write a song.

So far, critical reaction to the album has been mixed although many reviews have praised ‘In A World Like This’ for creating a sophisticated, mature sound without sacrificing their pop roots. Their latest album should thrill existing fans and strike a note with adult audiences.

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enrith just got funky! If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend breakfast, or a quick snack, the very snappy Henri Marc could well be the answer. Located in Memory Park in the Penrith CBD, Henri Marc’s menu changes daily, so your experience will always be varied. As long as the beautiful milkshakes are on the menu, we’re happy! Pancakes, a variety of egg-based dishes, chorizo-inspired items and a whole heap more… Henri Marc is simply stunning and certainly very different from the run of the mill cafes you’ll find around the rest of Penrith CBD.

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on’t be turned off by the stereotype – Hooters is a great place to eat and you’re guaranteed to have a fun time. Whether it be their famous chicken wings or one of their great burgers, the Hooters menu has something for everyone – and there’s a great range of drinks, too. They have a great, upbeat atmosphere and if you’re a sports fan, you’ll love the atmosphere with multiple big screen TVs to watch plenty of live sport every single weekend. With excellent service and reasonable prices, give Hooters a try today.

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ne of Penrith’s best kept secrets, The Union is a hidden gem of dining! This tapas restaurant does very little advertising and its website is modest to say the least, but word of mouth has clearly ensured it’s a winner in the local area. Without a booking you’ll struggle to get a table on a Friday or Saturday night. The menu is huge – you simply won’t know what to pick! We certainly recommend the empanadas but you won’t go wrong no matter what you order… just be prepared for an argument at your table over what to select! Top off your meal with the specialty of the house – the sangria! Union Lane, Penrith. 4721 4501.

THREE MUSTTRY DROPS FOR DIFFERENT OCCASIONS by David Ellis

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orester Estate in Western Australia’s Margaret River has released a very delightful 2011 Cabernet Merlot that’s 48 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon, 41 per cent Merlot, with a six per cent splash of Malbec and slightly lower, five per cent splash of Petit Verdot. Fruit was sourced from several neighbouring properties in the Yallingup subregion in the most northerly part of Margaret River, and crushed in small open fermenters to mature for 18 months in French oak barriques. The result is a rewardingly full-flavoured wine with identifiable blackberry, mulberry and blackcurrant fruit, hints of cocoa and a long dark-chocolaty fi nish. A lovely drop now, it’s also showing all the potential to develop even further over the next five years. Pay $23.99 and match it with penne pasta and a meaty tomato sauce. One to note: We confess to a particular love – Indian cuisine matched with a chilled Rosé from Andrew Margan in the NSW Hunter

Valley. His latest release, the 2013 Margan Shiraz Saignee Rosé, is a grand drop to take along to your favourite Indian eatery, with aromas of fresh strawberries and candyfloss bouncing forth as it pours into the glass, and beautiful candied red fruit flavours and a soft dry finish on the palate. It is great value at $18 for that next Indian nosh-up. Another one to note: An enjoyable and nicely priced white is a 2012 Margaret River Barking Tree Sauvignon Blanc Semillon that’s recently been released through the Local Liquor Stores of Independent Liquor Retailers. With nice full-on tropical fruit and zesty lemon flavours and a fresh crisp acidity, at $14.99 this is a rewarding drop to enjoy with fish and salads, or if you like a bit of fire, with Thai chilli prawns. Local Liquor Stores have over 250 members mainly across Eastern Australia; to find a store hop onto www.localliquor.com.au/ storefi nder.

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unique dining experience right in the Penrith CBD, Stonegrill has some of the best cuts of meat you will ever taste, plus don’t leave without trying the delicious sticky date pudding. Bookings are definitely required, especially on weekends as Stonegrill is very popular. This is an interactive dining experience that is great for group parties or work events. Make sure you ask about the three course set menu, which is not only excellent value, but will give you the opportunity to try the best that Stone Grill has to offer.

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GIVEAWAY: THE DON MCLEAN

egendary American musician Don McLean is ready to serve up a big slice of American Pie when he comes to Penrith later this month. The acclaimed folk-rock singer will be returning down under for an Australian tour, with a performance at the Evan Theatre on Saturday, August 31. While McLean has a lengthy and impressive discography, he is still best known for his amazing, once-in-a-lifetime hit song ‘American Pie’, which captured the essence of a generation and is still loved by the public to this day. The touching, insightful lyrics and unforgettable melody have made a deep impact on listeners, both young and old have made ‘American Pie’ a classic that has been consistently rated as one of the best songs of all time. McLean’s other hits have solidified his reputation as one of the world’s best songwriters, with great hits such as ‘Driedel’, ‘Vincent’, ‘Everyday’, ‘The Legend of Andrew McCrew’, ‘Castles In The Air’ and ‘Wonderful Baby’. The talented musician was born in New Rochelle, New York and had a major career boost when he

caught the attention of folk singer Pete Seeger after performing for free with him in a fundraising event to clean up the Hudson River. After a humble start, McLean went on to have a wildly successful career in the music industry, releasing 29 albums and influencing a wide range of artists including Madonna, Fred Astaire, Weird Al Yankovich, Elvis Presley, Josh Groban and Coolio. He has also achieved popularity among listeners and has more than 40 gold and platinum albums. While McLean has fans all across the globe, he is especially popular with the Australian people and even held the attendance at Melbourne’s Capitol Theatre with 18 consecutive performances. He also had the honour of being the first ever American artist to perform at the Sydney Opera House when it was newly built. Now, McLean is set to return to Australia for another amazing concert that will captivate audiences. Don McLean will perform at the Evan Theatre, Penrith Panthers on Saturday, August 31 at 8pm. Tickets are $91.40. For bookings or more information, call 4720 5555 or visit www.penrith. panthers.com.au.

FYI has onedouble pass to Don McLean’s concert. For your chance to win, email the codeword ‘AMERICAN’ to competitions@ westernweekender.com.au with your name and contact number. Entries close Wednesday, August 21. Authorised under NSW Permit Number LTPM/12/01138. Terms and conditions at www. westernweekender.com.au.

GARDEN By Jennifer Stackhouse

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f you’ve always wanted to have immaculate gardens but weren’t born with a green thumb, then maybe Jennifer Stackhouse’s latest book is the solution. Stackhouse, an Australian gardening expert, has recently released Garden, a book that includes all the essential information on how to cultivate and grow a beautiful garden that will last year-round. Whether you’re a complete beginner and want to spruce up a bare backyard in your new home or you’ve already got a lovely garden but you’re not sure how to keep it thriving then Garden can help you. The book delves into everything, from the basics to advanced gardening topics – starting with the important task of watering, and including detailed tips for a range of procedures such as fertilising, weeding, pruning, taking care of pots, maintaining lawns and growing an organic garden. While the book deals with the lighter side of gardening, it also addresses the more difficult topics such as maintaining outdoor areas, paving, furniture, swimming pools and

ponds. Garden also features a highly helpful seasonal maintenance calendar, and suggestions for which plants would grow best in certain gardens so that readers are able to plan their whole gardening schedule easily. On top of the handy tips, Garden also features a range of beautiful colour photographs taken by Adam Woodhams, which are both visually stunning and useful to determine different plants and flowers. Author Jennifer Stackhouse is a horticulturist, garden writer and editor who has a wealth of experience in the field of gardening. She lives on a small property in Kurmond and was previously the editor of the ABC Gardening Australia magazine and now edits the trade journal Greenworld and also writes garden stories for newspapers and magazines across the country. She blogs about gardening on GardenDrum, and her previous book The Contented Chook is a top selling title. This book is a must have for all gardening enthusiasts!


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LISZT AND SCHUMANN 8pm, Saturday 31 August 2013 Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre

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Tickets: $20–$45

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Dazzling young pianist Alex Zhang explores the elegant playfulness of Beethoven’s middle period. The foreboding mood of Liszt contrasts with the uplifting optimism of Schumann’s Rhenish Symphony.

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‘Formal Wars’ on Channel Seven. Despite it being banished to a super late timeslot every Thursday night, it’s still one of the hits of the year in my opinion. The casting of the students and parents have been just about perfect and it’s actually very entertaining even for a 26-year-old like me!

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he new series of ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ premiered on Channel Nine last Sunday and I must say I really enjoyed it. I wasn’t a fan of the show when it was on Channel Seven, but it’s sure picked up its game and production values since the switch. Unfortunately the much-hyped launch episode didn’t do too well for Nine with just 1.04 million viewers tuning in – the sixth most watched program of the night. To be fair to ‘AGT’ it was up against the powerhouse that is ‘The X Factor’ plus the Federal Leaders Debate which was being screened on every single multi-channel at the same time. Another show I am enjoying lately is

Channel Nine presenter Sarah Harris has jumped networks and landed at Channel Ten, joining Ita Buttrose and Joe Hilderbrand on ‘Studio 10’. Harris has been at Nine for 12 years and has been involved in a number of shows including filling in for Sonia Kruger on ‘Mornings’. Beautiful Australian actress Jessica Marais has had her American dream cut short after her series ‘Magic City’ was axed after two seasons. The former ‘Packed to the Rafters’ star played a 1950’s Miami trophy wife in the fictional drama about mobsters, politicians and entertainers. She’s now just three axed shows away from catching up to fellow Aussie Rachael Taylor who’s also had a bad run in the US. Returning to the Lifestyle Channel on Wednesday, August 28 is the popular real estate series ‘Location Location Location: Australia’. Property experts Bryce Holdaway and Veronica Morgan return on a mission to help Aussie families secure their dream home in a new 10 part series.

so popular, network bosses are considering giving him his own segment on the afternoon show ‘The Daily Edition’. Better yet bring back ‘Cartoon Connection’!

Everyone’s favourite bathmat, Agro, was back on our screens last week, courtesy of ‘Sunrise’. I’m hearing Agro’s segment was

Lastly, Channel Ten has confirmed an airdate for new local drama series ‘Wonderland’. No, it’s not about the famous

theme park, although I secretly wish it was. Set in an apartment building on the doorstep of one of Australia’s most beautiful beaches, ‘Wonderland’ is a warm, light-hearted and engaging relationship drama revolving around four couples at very different stages of life and who live in the same apartment block. It premieres at 8.30pm Wednesday, August 21.

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Catherine Britt, our new Coffee Awards and more