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ISSUE 144 19.07.13

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LIFE LONG PASSION COMES TO FRUITION After spending time in Paris, indie pop singer songwriter Sarah Blasko catches up with SHANNON COCHRANE ahead of her Australian tour...

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n a world full of cookie cutter celebrities and auto-tuned dance hits, Sarah Blasko stands out for all the right reasons. Her unusual breathy vocals, unique indie pop style and insightful lyrics have proved a winning combination for the Australian musician, who has won two ARIA Awards and caught the public’s attention with songs such as ‘Don’t U Eva’, ‘Flame Tree’ and ‘We Won’t Run’. And although music has undoubtedly always been her passion in life, Blasko never expected to be able to enjoy the levels of success that she has. “It’s been a surprise to me, I think that I set out playing music knowing how difficult it was and so many people don’t get to fulfil that dream in their lives; I do feel really lucky and I do feel surprised that I’ve been able to make four records, it is kind of amazing,” Blasko said. The introspective rocker’s love of music began when she was a youngster and taught herself how to sing and play the piano and guitar. “When I was really young for some reason I just really responded to music and it excited me... my dad was really enthusiastic about music and he started playing me a lot of music. I do think there was an element of maybe natural ability but then I think it just comes to a point, for whatever reason, I just became a bit obsessed with it, I was always singing, it was like something I needed to do everyday,” she said. This obsessive perfectionism is a quality that Blasko still has when recording music, writing her fourth studio album ‘I Awake’ during an intense period when the singer holed

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herself up in Brighton. She then headed to Stockholm to work with past collaborator Lasse Marten and went to Bulgaria to record with the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra. The 36-year-old musician, who has made all of her albums overseas, admits that living away from home inspires her music by helping her challenge her identity and beliefs. “I had a lot of time to myself and I think anyone who has lived abroad will understand how it feels to be away from home and to be trying to live in a new country,” she said. “It’s really wonderful and liberating... but on the other hand something really interesting happens to your sense of identity and you realise how much your identity is based on the people who know you and the environment you’re used to living in.” Since the release of ‘I Awake’, Blasko has performed at the Sydney Opera House accompanied by a 40 piece orchestra, which she considers to be a career highlight. She is now embarking on a regional tour and will play at Penrith’s Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on Tuesday, July 23. Unlike many other musicians of her calibre, Blasko is eschewing Australia’s big stadiums and arenas in favour of smaller, more intimate venues in the remote parts of the country. “Being supported by stations like Triple J and the ABC stations, people in really remote parts of Australia get to hear my music,” she said. “I sort of feel like its my responsibility or something to kind of get out of cities and see other people in the country.” When Blasko’s career began, musicians spent years playing the pub circuit and

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I don’t think I can do anything but be myself, I kind of can’t help it perfecting their technique but nowadays television programs such as ‘The Voice’ and ‘Australian Idol’ give young singers a shot at instant success. Although she admits she might have been tempted by the easy exposure of TV talent quests if they were around when she was young, Blasko believes that premature fame can create too much pressure. “The thing that does concern me a little bit about those kinds of competitions is that people don’t have a chance as much to develop. I was playing to three people in a bar and things happened very slowly for me and I didn’t feel like I was under a huge amount of scrutiny,” she said. Yet despite the harsh, often shallow

reality of the music industry, Blasko has never felt the need to conform to other people’s expectations. “I don’t think I can do anything but be myself, I kind of can’t help it for better or worse... now and then people criticise things that I’ve done, like the way I’ve dressed or the way I’ve danced but I’ve never really felt like any pressure has been able to have an effect.”

Sarah Blasko will perform at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on Tuesday, July 23 at 8pm. Tickets are $59.95. For bookings or more information, visit www.jspac.com.au or call 4723 7600.


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he renowned and exquisite Marianna Ensemble are set to move the audience with their stunning music when they present their latest concert. The award-winning Sydney based group will perform ‘Historia De Un Amor – A Story of Love’ at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on Sunday, July 28. Made up of talented musicians from both Russia and Australia, the Marianna Ensemble is an art-music quartet who are experienced in performing lively arrangements of jazz, classical, opera, folk and contemporary music. Their emotional concert ‘A Story of Love’ performs beautiful and classical Gypsy, Russian and European love songs including ‘Historia De Un Amor’, ‘Dark Eyes’, ‘Habanera’ and ‘Kiss of Fire’. The rich musical arrangement will be accompanied by Australian champion ballroom dancers, Vladimir Okunev and Adelina Abushaeva who will perform original choreography to the Marianna Ensemble’s

music and will be dressed in dazzling, finely designed costumes. The Marianna Ensemble has a reputation for creating awe-inspiring music and has frequently featured in ABC Classic FM live and recording broadcasts as well as performing regularly at major Australian jazz and world music festivals. Vocalist Maria Okunev, who also plays piano and guitar, was previously the Director of Music with the Australian Youth Choir between 2004 and 2008 and is a recording artist with the ABC. Anna Okunev is considered one of Australia’s most versatile violinists and has performed nationally and internationally, while guitarist Blake Keep has toured with major jazz and world musicians including Lulo Reinhardt, Preston Reed and Chilean brothers Martinez. Richard Savery, who plays the clarinet and saxophone, has toured extensively in the UK, USA and Caribbean Islands and performed with artists including Alan Cumming, Lance

Horne, Phil Stack, Tim Davies and Amanda Palmer. The Marianna Ensemble will perform ‘Historia De Un Amor – A Story of Love’ at the

Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on Sunday, July 28 at 3pm. Tickets are $20 to $30. For bookings or more information, call 4723 7600 or visit www.jspac.com.au.

stage with a number of major musical acts including Jimmy Barnes, Jack Jones, Swanee, Paul Weller, Bon Jovi and Jeff Martin. Simon Meli will perform at Rooty Hill RSL

on Friday, July 19 at 8pm. Tickets are $5 for members or $12 for visitors. For bookings or more information, visit www.rootyhillrsl.com.au or call 9625 5500.

SIMON MELI’S MOMENT IN THE SUN

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e may have become a household name through his appearance on ‘The Voice’, but Simon Meli is a seasoned performer who has been playing and writing music since his youth. The musician, who grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney himself, is on his ‘Moment in the Sun’ tour and will perform at Rooty Hill RSL tis evening, (Friday, July 19). With a reputation for being a ‘working class soul rocker’, Meli has a unique sound and a strong, captivating stage presence that is bound to have audiences rocking along to his music. He captured the hearts of audiences when he appeared in the musical talent television show ‘The Voice’, with his passion for rock music and fun personality winning over audiences around Australia and leading him to the final stages of the television competition. But while he may have shared the stage with younger performers hoping for a quick shot to fame, Meli has been working his way

up as a musician since he left high school. The rocker, who grew up in a music loving family, began learning to sing and play the organ when he was still an infant and then went on to learn the electric guitar during high school. After he graduated, he worked as a musician and wrote for various bands around Sydney before eventually settling with successful group The Widowbirds, which he still fronts and has achieved great success with. The Widowbirds have released a record, ‘Shenandoah’, which was popular in Europe and led to a tour of the continent in early 2013. Meli’s unique voice and style are oneof-a-kind, although his soulful tunes can be compared to artists such as Robert Plant and Lou Gramm. Meanwhile the man himself has said he is inspired by the music of Frankie Miller, Joe Cocker and Paul Rodgers. This homegrown star has also shared the


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THE MRS CARTER SHOW WORLD TOUR

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eloved pop diva Beyonce will be performing her iconic music down under as part of her larger-than-life world tour. The American star will bring her massive ‘The Mrs Carter Show World Tour’ to Sydney’s Allphones Arena on Thursday, October 31. Fans will undoubtedly be impressed with Beyonce’s glitzy show that will include special effects and an intricate, strobe-laden light show to accompany her powerful music. The show is an artistic triumph and Beyonce’s biggest and most ambitious concert to date. Beyonce shot to success in the early 1990’s with the popular band Destiny’s Child, which became one of the best-selling girl groups of all time and spawned hits such as ‘Jumpin’ Jumpin’’, ‘Say My Name’ and ‘No, No, No’. After this early success, the group disbanded and Beyonce carved out her own solo career and became a chart-topping

performer with catchy hits such as ‘Crazy in Love’, ‘Single Ladies’, ‘Halo’, ‘If I Were A Boy’, ‘Love On Top’, ‘Irreplaceable’, ‘Beautiful Liar’, ‘Baby Boy’ and ‘Run the World (Girls)’. Her albums ‘Dangerously In Love’, ‘B’Day’, ‘I Am… Sasha Fierce’ and ‘4’ have all enjoyed massive popularity and success in Australia and across the world. She has won 17 Grammy Awards throughout her career and sold over 118 million records worldwide. As well as her musical success, Beyonce has also forayed into the acting world, with performances in the Golden Globe nominated film ‘Dreamgirls’, ‘The Pink Panthers’ and ‘Austin Powers in Goldmember’. Her energetic, visually impressive stage shows have been praised by critics overseas who have mentioned her lively stage presence and spot on musicianship, with the UK’s Daily Telegraph writing: “The concert had the air of an ancient goddess worship ceremony. Beyonce was compelling to watch and often

blistering in her vocal attack”. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this polished, powerful performer live on stage. Beyonce will bring ‘The Mrs Carter Show

World Tour’ to Sydney’s Allphones Arena on Thursday, October 31. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday, July 19. For bookings or more information, visit www.livenation.com.au.

like ‘Heartache Tonight’ and ‘Hotel California’, we can feel the adrenaline rush,” lead singer Mark said. ‘Desperado’ will be held at St Marys

Leagues Club on Saturday, August 10 at 8pm. Tickets are $18. For more information, call 9677 7777 or visit www.stmarysleagues.com.au.

DESPERADO BRINGS BACK THE ROCK

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lassic American rock band The Eagles may be holding a new reunion tour as early as December this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a great night out listening to all their best hits now. A fabulous tribute show will bring the music of classic rock band The Eagles to life on stage. ‘Desperado’ – The Eagles Show will be playing at St Marys Leagues Club on Saturday, August 10. The Eagles are one of the most popular bands ever, with their melodic country rock style creating many smash hits that are still played on the radio decades later. Their legacy and legendary status is confirmed by a recent survey in which people from Europe, Canada, the UK and USA voted The Eagles as the most popular contemporary band of all time beating groups such as The Beatles and The Beach Boys. ‘Desperado’ is a show that captures the iconic sound of The Eagles and takes fans on a trip down memory lane to rehash all the

band’s greatest songs. Audiences can expect to hear tunes such as ‘Hotel California’, ‘Tequila Sunrise’, ‘New Kid In Town’, ‘Take It Easy’, ‘Best of My Love’, ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’, ‘Lyin’ Eyes’, ‘Heartache Tonight’, ‘The Long Run’, ‘Love Will Keep Us Alive’ plus songs from new album ‘Long Road Out of Eden’. This tribute show is intricately detailed and authentically recreates the sound and style of this beloved band as heard during their 90’s Eagles tour. Critics have also been impressed with ‘Desperado’, with the show winning the 2012 Mo Award and the 2013 ACE Award for Best Tribute Show. The show features six musicians who combine their talents to celebrate the music of The Eagles, resulting in a not to be missed concert that fills venues across the country and always gets an overwhelmingly positive reaction from the crowd. “When the audience sings along to songs


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Dinner & Show – Elvis and Friends Venue: Penrith Panthers $25 members/$35 visitors, 7pm 4720 5555 Comedy Corner Venue: Rooty Hill RSL Members free/$8 visitors, 8pm 9625 5500 Out of Salem Venue: Rooty Hill RSL Free entry, 8.30pm 9625 5500 Oz Rock Show Venue: St Marys Leagues Club Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 Sydney Hotshots Venue: St Marys Band Club $25/$30 at the door, 8.30pm 9623 1211 World on a String Venue: Blacktown Workers Club $7.50 members/$10.50 visitors, 8pm 9830 0600 Diamond Rhythm Duo Venue: Blacktown Workers Club Free entry, 8.30pm 9830 0600 Jagged Stone Venue: Blacktown Workers Club Free entry, 9pm 9830 0600 Rock n Roll Venue: St Marys Band Club Free entry, 8.30pm

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SUNDAY, JULY 21 Sunday Karaoke Venue: St Marys Band Club Free entry, 6pm 9623 1211 Sunday Afternoon Country Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200

THREE DECADES OF THE ARIAS

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any Australians have grown up with the ARIA Charts being a household topic and this month the musical institution celebrated its 30th

birthday. The very first ARIA Chart was released on July 10, 1983 and featured two massive 80’s hits that still receive airplay today – Bonnie Tyler’s ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ on top of the Singles Chart and Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ coming number one on the Albums Chart. Over the three decades since, the ARIA Chart has grown and changed dramatically, becoming Australia’s most authoritative guide to the listening habits and purchasing trends of the public. Throughout ARIA’s history, there have been over 1,500 weekly charts published, 440 number 1 singles and 527 number 1 albums. While many singles and albums have graced the charts, a select few have managed to be record-makers. Coolio’s ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’, released in

1995, still remains the longest running number 1 single after clocking up 13 weeks at the top position. Dire Straits’ 1985 release ‘Brothers in Arms’ reigns at the longest running number 1 album at 34 weeks. Homegrown acts have also done well on the charts, with Delta Goodrem’s ‘Innocent Eyes’ standing out as the longest running Aussie number 1 Album with 29 weeks on top. And there is a three way tie for the longest Australian number 1 Single – Austen Tayshus’ ‘Australiana’, Savage Garden’s ‘Truly Madly Deeply’ and Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Use To Know’ each spent eight weeks in pole position. Radiohead have had the most number 2 albums – five – without ever hitting number 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, while Nelly Furtado has had the most number 2 Singles – three – without ever reaching number 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart. Australian artist, the fabulous Kylie Minogue has spent the most weeks at number

1 and has the most number 1 singles. ARIA Chairman Denis Handlin AM, who was one of the leading board members when the Chart began, commented on the 30th anniversary. “The ARIA Charts were created for artists, record companies, publishers, songwriters, retailers and fans to know what is going on with music sales right across the country,” he said. “Over the years as the market has

diversified, ARIA has developed a wide range of charts from the National Singles and Albums Charts to country, dance, urban, digital streaming and other genres as a part of its industry information services. “The history of the singles and albums captured by the ARIA Charts not only represents brilliant recorded music but also the soundtrack to our lives.” For the weekly ARIA Charts and more information, visit www.ariacharts.com.au.


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Eric Lewis Venue: Penrith Panthers Free entry, 2pm 4720 5555 Chris Drummond Duo Venue: Blacktown Workers Club Free entry, 8.30pm 9830 0600 The Shy Guys Venue: Blacktown Workers Club Free entry, 8pm 9830 0600 70’s Dance Explosion Venue: Blacktown Workers Club $7.50 members/$10.50 visitors, 8pm 9830 0600 High Rollers Band Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200 Flintlock Venue: Fitzroy Hotel Free entry, 8.30pm 4577 3396 3 Rams Venue: Penrith Gaels Club Free entry, 8pm 4722 8180 Twin Set Venue: Kingswood Sports Club Free entry, 8.30pm 4737 4600 Stellar Venue: Rooty Hill RSL Free entry, 8.30pm

9625 5500 Urban Stone Venue: St Marys Leagues Club Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 Christie Lamb Venue: Penrith Panthers Free entry, 9pm 4720 5555 Rock n Roll Venue: St Marys Band Club Free entry, 8.30pm 9623 1211 Trivia Venue: St Marys Band Club Free entry, 3pm 9623 1211 Vintage Saturdays Venue: Penrith Panthers Free entry, 8.30pm 4720 5555 Saturday Night Party Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200

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ANOTHER AVENUE OPENS UP

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ne local band’s dreams of musical glory have just gotten a little more real after they won a band competition. Penrith-based band Another Avenue, which is made up of four locals, were crowned the winners of the Liverpool Idol competition at the Grand Final on Monday, July 1. The group faced fierce competition after having worked their way through the heats, wildcard round and semi finals, ultimately beating 50 other bands to be named winner. On top of the glory and exposure to new fans they received, Another Avenue were rewarded with 12 hours of recording time at Silver Sun studios in Wollongong, which they would like to use to make a new album. Lead guitarist Jesse Pilarowski said that although his band frequently performs at gigs, they did experience nerves throughout Liverpool Idol. “We’d been in a few competitions before where we’ve won but this one was nerve-

wracking because we weren’t really expecting to win, we were there to play music and get our music out there really and that’s all we wanted… then it got to the announcement and we got first place, which was a plus,” he said. Another Avenue was formed two years ago when Pilarowski met drummer Daniel Wilcockson and rhythm guitarist and vocalist Ben Fenlon after participating in a showcase of young musicians. The trio decided to form a band together and soon recruited bass player Andrew Hiscox to complete their line-up. Describing their band as having a poppunk genre, Pilarowski said Another Avenue is influenced by a range of musical acts including New Empire, Tonight Alive, Foo Fighters, Blink 182 and Mayday Paradise. The band has recorded their debut EP ‘The Easy Way Out’ and launched the single ‘Breathe’ on iTunes in April. They have also built up a solid fan base by playing at venues across Sydney and have

received airplay on community radio nationally. While Another Avenue’s young members each have back up plans, they hope that their passion for music will one day turn into a

career. “We would all love to just go out there to play to people, that’s probably all of our dreams put together,” Pilarowski said.

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his film takes up where its two predecessors left off, continuing the love story of Jesse and Celine as they face new challenges as a couple. These two star-crossed lovers met on a train by chance in the 1995 film ‘Before Sunrise’, and were reacquainted and finally got together in ‘Before Sunset’, released in 2004. Now, nine years later, they are living in Greece and are parents to twin girls and are trying to cope with their family, relationship and career choices. Jesse is also struggling to forge a positive relationship with his teenage son Hank who lives with his ex-wife but has spent the holidays with him. When Hank leaves, the couple have a tense discussion about ensuring he has a good upbringing and also fret over their jobs – while Jesse is enjoying his time as a novelist, Celine is contemplating taking up a public service job. While the film has less of the racy romance of its predecessors, it shows a realistic depiction of day-to-day life.

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ny gamer who loves the critically acclaimed game ‘Sid Meier’s Civilisation V’ will enjoy the exciting features and game play in this new expansion pack. This pack provides new layers to the game and gives depth and replayability, ensuring that long-time fans of ‘Civilisation’ will be able to refresh their interest. International trade is introduced and an increased focus on culture and diplomacy is present, with the player’s influence throughout the world impacted by their choices and interaction with the World Congress. Move through the ages of history and change the path your civilisation will end up on and its relationship with other cultures and nations. There are also nine new civilisations, eight new wonders of the world, two extra scenarios and four gameplay systems as well as dozens of different units, buildings and improvements giving the player more control. Gamers will even be able to choose a specific ideology for their people to have.

his Aussie movie is hilarious but also warm and makes for a great modern romantic comedy that audiences will be able to relate to. The story is centered on Elspeth Dickens, a listless and frustrated housewife who lives on an isolated farm house and spends all day doing housework and taking care of her kids. Her marriage is having difficulties as her husband James, played by Irish crooner Ronan Keating, is more dedicated to the cause of saving whales than being supportive to his family. As any lonely person would in the 21st century, Elspeth turns to the internet for consolation and excitement and begins making up funny songs detailing her troubles then uploading them. To her surprise, they go viral and soon a businesswoman wants to use Elspeth’s songs for advertisements. Although she is torn between her duties to her family and her desire to taste success, Elspeth believes the opportunity is too good to turn down and heads off to the city. Overall, this film is a warm and touching journey.

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ormer Disney child star Selena Gomez has made a successful transition into a musical career and is again set to show how her maturity and skills on her latest pop album ‘Stars Dance’. Although Gomez has previously had success on the charts with band Selena Gomez and the Scene, this record will be her first solo release and looks to be a promising album. The first single ‘Come and Get It’ was released in April this year and became Gomez’s most successful, reaching the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. The song’s strong, feisty lyrics and experimentation with new genres such as electropop and world music make it a brave and catchy pop single. Fans of celebrity gossip will appreciate the upcoming single ‘Love Will Remember’, with reports stating that the lyrics are about Gomez’s and Justin Bieber’s relationship with the singer herself confirming that the song is deeply personal. The track ‘Slow Down’, which has been released for digital download,

also offers a new style from Gomez and incorporates elements of dance music and dubstep. Other songs on the album such as ‘Save the Day’ and ‘Write Your Name’ have a highly personal feel and demonstrate an expression of self through music.

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CLARE VALLEY RIESLING THAT LIVES UP TO A BOLD CLAIM

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he tiny village of Watervale in South Australia’s Clare Valley has an enviable reputation for producing some of Australia’s finest Rieslings, so when a maker lays claim to a particular vintage having produced possibly his best Rieslings in a decade, he must be talking about some very, very good wines. Jim Barry Wines’ Chief Winemaker, Peter Barry made just such a claim recently about his 2013 Watervale label Riesling, and while we can’t say we’ve tried every one of his past 10 vintages, we can certainly agree that the 2013 is an absolutely fantastic drop. A traditionally Clare style with crisp natural acidity and a very dry finish, it’s the product of conditions that saw warm and then cool spells that allowed for excellent flavour ripening and good natural acidity. And with a wonderfully full palate highlighted with excellent lime, grapefruit and citrus fruit sweetness and a natural acid backbone, this is just the drop to match-up with a nice lobster salad.

The more so when you find it’s just $19 a bottle. One to note: Another gem from South Australia we had the opportunity to taste recently was a 2012 Merlot from the small St Mary’s Wines, owned by the Mulligan family who’ve lived in the Penola/Coonawarra area for over 100 years. The Mulligans planted their St Mary’s Vineyard 16km out of Penola in 1937, and while it’s on internationally-famed Coonawarra terra rossa soil over limestone, most parts of it are stony – and some virtually pure rock – with the result being relatively small tonnages of fruit compared with local district averages. But that fruit’s wonderfully full-flavoured, the Merlot resulting in the 2012 being a wine with soft, ripe cherry flavours, elegant spice and soft tannins, coupled with pleasant oak from its time in French barrels. Excellent value at $30 to enjoy with tomato-influenced Italian dishes. If you can’t find it at your local liquor outlet, go to www.stmaryswines.com.

80 Henry Street, Penrith. Phone 4722 5141. t can be easy to forget the great food that Nando’s has on offer, but quietly tucked away in the Centro Nepean complex, chicken and chips doesn’t get much better than this! Plus the range on the menu will simply amaze you but don’t forget to try the Portuguese flame grilled butterfly cut peri peri chicken ! With sit-in or take-away options, Nando’s is a great choice for the entire family or for your next party. You’ll love the spices, the flavour and the great prices… there’s very little not to love about Nando’s. They even do catering!

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lee fans were in mourning this week after the sudden death of cast favourite Cory Monteith. The popular 31-year-old talent, who played Finn on the hit TV series, died after a suspected drug overdose at his hotel in Canada over the weekend. Monteith had a long history of drugrelated problems, visiting rehab several times. Police are still investigating his death. It’s not known yet how ‘Glee’ producers will write Monteith out of the series but it’s highly unlikely his character will be replaced by another actor. Meanwhile, it’s been confirmed former ‘American Idol’ contestant and chart-topper Adam Lambert has joined ‘Glee’ for a regular stint.

Well, as this column predicted last week, Seven’s new series of ‘The Mole’ has been dumped to a late night timeslot. The ratings for the show were just too low for the network to ignore, with it now set to die a slow death with double episodes every Wednesday at 9.30pm. Shame. In some brighter news, how awesome was it to see Kate Ritchie (Sally Fletcher) back on ‘Home and Away’ this week? She’s been plugging away on other Aussie shows, but not with the same success as ‘Home and Away’. Her return will no doubt give the show’s ratings a much-needed boost, especially considering it’ll be up against ‘Big Brother’ later this month.

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Seven’s Sunday night drama series ‘A Place To Call Home’ has been renewed for a second season. The first season, which airs its final episode this Sunday, has been a huge success for Seven averaging 1.2 million viewers per week.

Everyone’s favourite comedian Anh Do is back for some more travel adventures on Seven, this time in cheery old Britain. ‘Anh Does Britain’ airs Tuesday, July 23 at 7.30pm.

After it feels like a year of promos, the next installment of ‘Underbelly’ entitled ‘Squizzy’ is set to hit our screens on Sunday, July 28 at 8.30pm. Spanning the years 1915 to 1927, ‘Underbelly: Squizzy’ chronicles the exploits of Joseph Theodore Leslie Taylor, known to all as “Squizzy” – the vertically challenged crime king

A new series started on my favourite channel A&E last week and I must admit I wasn’t really impressed with the first episode. It’s called ‘Car Lot Rescue’ (yes what will they think of next?) and it’s about auto dealership “doctor” Tom Stuker who travels across the US and assists failing establishments to reach new potentials. It didn’t really reach any exciting heights. It airs Wednesday nights at 9.30pm.


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GIVEAWAY: CADBURY CREATIONS

or years, Australians have loved the delicious chocolate made by Cadbury and now the chefs at Joyville have created a fabulous new flavour to enjoy. Cadbury Dairy Milk recently released their newest product in their line-up – Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations Banana Candy, Peanut Drops and Choc Biscuit, which will be available exclusively at Woolworths stores across the nation. As the nights get colder, this tasty new creation is the perfect snack for chocolate lovers to get them feeling warm and toasty, with its unusual yet delicious mix of ingredients. Prepare for an explosion of flavour from the first bite, with velvety peanut drops that melt in the mouth, scrumptious banana candy pieces and a hearty, crunchy choc biscuit all wrapped in smooth Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate. The Joyville chefs are delighted with their creation, but since they’re a bit biased, Cadbury Dairy Milk is giving the power to the people and asking chocolate lovers to decide if the Banana Candy, Peanut Drops and Choc Biscuit creation should stay on shelves or not.

Fans are encouraged to jump online to www. Joyville.com.au and vote on whether they love the new chocolate, with the results set to be revealed on Wednesday, August 7. Ben Wicks, General Manager of Marketing Chocolate for Cadbury Dairy Milk said he is confident that consumers will love the new flavour. “We have been overwhelmed by the response to the Marvellous Creations range so far – Australians have welcomed the opportunity to revisit the magic and joy of childhood with each new creation and we are confident the new Marvellous Creations Banana Candy, Peanut Drops and Choc Biscuit will be no exception,” he said. “We are certain chocolate lovers will vote to keep this exciting new product as part of the range permanently,” he said. The new flavour follows the recent launch of two exciting new Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations chocolates – Clinkers, Raspberry Chips and Marshmallows; and Clinkers, Gummy Bears and Choc Biscuit which have already become a family favourite among Australians. So get tasting today!

FYI has five Cadbury prize packs to give away, with each consisting of five blocks of the new Marvellous Creations Banana Candy, Peanut Drops and Choc Biscuit chocolate. For your chance to win, email the code word ‘MARVELLOUS’ to competitions@ mediaview.com.au with your name and contact number. Entries close Wednesday, July 24. Authorised under NSW Permit Number LTPM/12/01138. Terms and conditions at www.westernweekender. com.au.

KILLING FAIRFAX: PACKER, MURDOCH & THE ULTIMATE REVENGE By Pamela Williams

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nyone with an interest in the rich and powerful members of the media industry should read Killing Fairfax, a upcoming book that uncovers the warring factions of the media. Written by investigative journalist and editor Pamela Williams, ‘Killing Fairfax: Packer, Murdoch and the Ultimate Revenge’ is a hard-hitting and compelling expose that looks behind the spin and reveals the powerful friendships and multi-million dollar deals that go on in Australia’s boardrooms. Along with much of the print industry, media company Fairfax has been experiencing a decline throughout recent years with the once booming publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Australian Financial Review losing revenue and cutting journalists. Detailing a decade and a half of history, Williams outlines what she perceives as lost opportunities and mismanagement when Fairfax’s classified advertising market was catastrophically lost to the online market leading to the ‘rivers of gold’ running dry.

In an unexpected twist to the tale, the new companies on top of the online advertising industry were not simply ambitious web start ups run by tech-savvy business people but instead came under the influence of media tycoons James Packer and Lachlan Murdoch, who were intent on damaging Fairfax as they built their own online presence. Williams had exclusive and unprecedented access to both Packer and Murdoch, as well as the input and opinion of a prestigious line-up of Australian business leaders and powerbrokers, resulting in an insider’s story of what goes on behind the scenes and what led to the decline of the country’s most powerful media organisation. Author Pamela Williams is the editor-atlarge for The Australian Financial Review and has written many investigative stories about politics and the corporate world. She has written a best-selling political campaign book, The Victory, and won five Walkley awards including the Gold Walkley. ‘Killing Fairfax: Packer, Murdoch and the Ultimate Revenge’ will be released on July 22.


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