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lassic and modern rock will echo through Enmore when the second Dig It Up festival returns to the Enmore Theatre and surrounds on April 21. With and array of artists on offer, all hand picked by Australian music legends the Hoodoo Gurus, the event will feature time-honoured names like Blue Oyster Cult, Buzzcocks, Flamin’ Groovies and Peter Case of The Nerves as well as local acts like The Stems and Lime Spiders. Hoodoo Gurus front man Dave Faulkner said

he is looking forward to an encore after the fi rst Dig It Up festival in 2012. “We had such a great time,” he said. “Basically it’s like the world’s best festival. It’s a musical cornucopia, you’ll see what’s influenced people for generations, a music history in the true spirit of rock and roll. “It’s across several venues and you can help yourself to whatever artists you want... Blue Oyster Cult have never played in Australia, so it’s a rather star studded line up, action packed.” Faulkner said former Gurus bassist Clyde Bramley would even spin a mix comprised of an “incredible collection of 1960’s music” before the

Flamin’ Groovies set. “The acts are all so good, you don’t want to miss a minute of it... Last year, it brought out all kinds of people like young people and people with families who don’t come to gigs, who started seeing all their old friends,” he said. “There was this incredible feeling of nostalgia, but also this feeling we should be doing this every year.” And to celebrate their dodge of the so-called sophomore jinx, when a band’s second album breaks or makes them, Faulkner said the Hoodoo Gurus will perform their highly successful 1985 album ‘Mars Needs Guitars’ in its entirety.

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– and actually, I was the target of the mini tirade. Responding to a question I asked about the Government’s handling of the media law reforms, Simon Crean accused me of accusing Labor of trying to suffocate free speech. “What do you think? Why don’t you support changes to media laws?” he asked. To which I answered, “I’m not an independent and I’m not the one that has to be convinced”. Mr Crean then said, “but your newspaper…”. My answer: “I don’t work for a newspaper”. He briefly hung his head and said, “but you know what I mean”. Th is was a man under pressure – politicians rarely go at journalists like that and it was particularly uncharacteristic of Simon Crean. Th ree hours later it was revealed why. He held another media conference and called for a spill of all leadership positions – he would nominate for deputy. After that journalists scrambled and we at Sky News went into rolling coverage for the next 12 hours. Question Time went ahead as planned – Julia Gillard called a leadership spill for 4.30pm and survived a censure motion. In the intervening hours Parliament

was a strange place (well, stranger than usual), the security guards were particularly officious. We were told not to approach or talk to politicians in the corridor, the ministerial wing was cordoned off and the only MPs visible were those on the Coalition side and Anthony Albanese. As journalists gathered outside the Whips office waiting for a result, we monitored Twitter and watched Sky News on our iPads. Kevin Rudd walked up to a camera on the way into caucus. He knew it was going live to air, and declared he would not be sticking his hand up. Julia Gillard was to stay Prime Minister. We waited for the official result anyway – and there wasn’t even a vote. But for Julia Gillard it was over, fi nally over! She walked back to her office to a guard of honour, her staff clapping as she walked in the door. To which she told them to “get back to work” with a big smile on her face. After it all, she’d won the three year running battle.

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Two men have been charged after a fi rearm and cannabis were allegedly found during a search warrant at Dulwich Hill. About 8am on Thursday, March 21, police from Marrickville Local Area Command executed a search warrant at a house on Canonbury Grove. Police will allege they located a replica fi rearm, four cannabis plants and a pair of roller blades believed to have been stolen during a recent break and enter in the area. A 49-year-old man and 54-year-old man were arrested and taken to Newtown Police Station, where the younger man was charged with ‘possess unauthorised pistol’ and ‘breach bail conditions’. He was refused bail. The other man was charged with ‘cultivate prohibited plant’, ‘possess prohibited drug’ and ‘larceny’. He was given strict bail conditions to appear at Newtown Local Court on April 9, 2013.

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here has this year gone! I cannot believe it’s Easter already! I still have a couple of random Christmas decorations still waiting to be packed away! I don’t know if time goes faster as you get older or life just gets more busy. As a kid we used to count down the days between visits from Santa and the Easter Bunny and yet this year I haven’t even had time to think about it. Now that I have hit the magic age of 32 I do feel the weeks roll into each other and the big occasions seem to creep up without notice. Something else I’ve noticed as I’ve gotten older is just how expensive Easter eggs are! And it’s not even about the egg anymore. It’s about the toys you get with the egg. In my day – it was all about the chocolate. And I think it tasted better when I was a kid too. As I write this column I can literally hear my mother’s voice in my head – yes it’s happened! I am turning into my mother! She used to always offer us kids bags of chocolate Freddos or a block of choccie instead of the traditional eggs – telling us we’d get more bang for our buck. But like all kids I couldn’t see past

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those shiny wrappers. We always chose the eggs. But I now see exactly what mum meant. The eggs aren’t good value and the cheap ones especially taste awful! So I think this year I will in fact be buying the packets of Caramello Koalas and telling my nieces and nephews that we’re having an Australian Easter with Koalas this year. All this talk of Easter and chocolate got me thinking about the Easter Show and there’s no bigger strain on a parent’s purse than going to the showbag pavilion, where a bag can cost up to $25. Who can afford that? Especially if you’ve got a big family. So again, I’m campaigning for a return to yesteryear... When the showbag of choice was Bertie Beetle. Bertie is still going strong and the showbag is still only $2 at this year’s show. You can’t beat that and your kids are probably going to enjoy it just as much. But hey it’s Easter – and my rule has always been – calories don’t count on Easter Sunday! Have a great long weekend. Is Easter an expensive time of year for families? Email your comments to our journalist Basil.Naimet@ InnercityWeekender.com.au.

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COUNCIL SNAPSHOT Health talk at Library Marrickville library will be have a guest speaker on health and wellbeing. Dr Surendra Bordia is the author of Fighting Fit, a book about everyday living and how to keep away chronic illness, written in an easy to understand style. You’ll learn about living healthy and happy from those who know best- centenarians. When: Tuesday, April 16 from 10.30am-11.30am Where: Marrickville Library corner of Marrickville and Petersham Roads Marrickville Bookings: call Marrickville library on 9335 2173. Double Demerit points Marrickville Council is reminding people that double demerit points will be in force over the Easter long weekend from today (Thursday, March 28) until Monday, April 1, 2013 inclusive. Double demerit points apply to a range of offences including not wearing a seat belt, failing to comply with child restraint laws, and not wearing a helmet if you’re riding a motorcycle. Th is Easter there will be more police on the roads and a greater chance of getting a fi ne or losing your points. You’re asked to please drive safely by keeping to the posted speed limits on the roads, ensuring you and your passengers wear a seat belt, not speaking on a mobile phone while driving, and avoiding the urge to do so.If you’re planning to drink alcohol you are encouraged to use alternative transport – a “Plan B” is highly recommended. Mural, Mural on the Wall The council is calling for submissions from artists who would be interested in a mural at Railway Parade Sydenham. The large scale wall has a high traffic volume of pedestrians and vehicle traffic passing it as it is close to the railway station. Submissions for the mural close at 5pm, Thursday, April 4. The project is funded by the NSW Department of Attorney General and Justice Hotspot Program.

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ast Easter, three lives were lost on NSW roads and five lives the year before. One life lost is one too many and so Police are urging people to slow down and take care this Easter long weekend to keep our roads casualty free. Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Michael Gallacher joined Assistant Commissioner, John Hartley on Wednesday, March 27, to launch Operation Tortise, the annual Easter long weekend road safety operation. “Operation Tortise is an annual event and it really is an opportunity in the lead up to this long weekend to remind people to take care. Take care of themselves, take care of their family, take care of other motorists as they move around our roadways,” Mr Gallacher said. Operation Tortise began in the early hours of Thursday morning and will end at 11.59pm on Monday, April 1, with double demerits in place for speeding, seatbelt and helmet offences. Highway Patrol and local police will be out in force over the weekend to ensure that motorists across the state stay safe. “Aerial surveillance will be taking place again; the eye in the sky will be looking down upon motorists moving around our major roadways,” Mr Gallacher said. “There will be every opportunity, whether it be on our roadways or indeed in the air, for police to monitor the movement and safety of our motorways and roadways as people travel to their holidays, to visit

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relatives or simply go about their daily lives,” he added. According to Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, the three deaths on our roads last Easter break were far too many. “Quite simply, we have seen too many deaths on our roads so far this year and we want to make sure that this Easter is a safe

Easter for everyone,” he said. Senior Constable John Lyall has been a Highway Patrol Officer for over 12 years and in that time has attended “some pretty horrific scenes” on NSW roads. “Unfortunately a lot of those scenes occur on public holidays or in the holiday periods. I would encourage everyone to

bear that in mind,” he said. “To look inside vehicles that have been in major collisions, it’s heart-aching and it’s difficult. People don’t realise the ongoing effects that these collisions have.” Travellers must ensure that their car is roadworthy, that everyone is wearing seatbelts and stay to the speed limit.

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The coming couple of weeks are a very important time in your one-to-one relationships and friendships. They may signal that it’s make or break time where a certain person is concerned. If there has been problems recently with someone, matters are about to come to a head forcing you to take decisive action. There will also be subtle power struggles at home and it will be necessary for you to compromise.

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Th is week’s Full Moon highlights the loving relationships in your life, and over the next fortnight you may have to make important decisions about some of your favourite people. In fact children, pets or younger people may be a source of concern either because they’re unwell or because they’re being stubborn. Be careful in how you handle certain people as you may come across as arrogant and condescending!

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JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

If you’re involved with domestic improvements expect things to become complicated. Saturn is stirring you up and making you feel rather angry and frustrated so be careful of how you handle certain family members as a tense atmosphere in the home is likely and a hot headed attitude will put a few noses out of joint. There may also be a need for yourself or loved one to see a doctor or dentist.

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JULY 23 TO AUGUST 23

Problems with electrical equipment are likely so be prepared for troubles with household appliances and motor vehicles. It would be wise to allow for delays if you have an important journey to take or are planning to take a break away! Be careful of what you say as someone is certain to take offence! It is of paramount importance that you take steps to look after your health.

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Turn your attention to your fi nances as unexpected outlays are likely and you’ll need to revamp your budget in order to accommodate them! We all know how much you love your retail therapy, but it’s pointless spending money you don’t have and not having anything on hand when it’s needed. If you’ve been over working lately than it’s time to pull back and not allow others to have unrealistic expectations of you!

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With the Full Moon falling directly in your own sign you’re likely to be feeling ratty and sharp tongued and because of this you may say things that you’ll regret once you’ve calmed down! It will be necessary for you to rest your nerves, therefore don’t make any major decisions until April 14! With Pluto in an adverse position to your sun sign it’s time to slow down at work and let others take on the bulk of the workload!

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OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

Take time out to rest and look after your health; time away from your problems will give you fresh insights! Certain tensions in your personal life will need to be addressed before you can proceed onwards! There is a need for your partner or spouse to better manage their health. You will need to discuss some of their personal or daily habits in order to further improve your relationship as a whole!

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NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

Social plans may be cancelled or rearranged at the last minute, so try to have a ‘Plan B’ up your sleeve! Troubles are likely with friendships and one of them is about to wind its way to an end. Alternatively, friends may be going through a difficult time and will need a shoulder to lean upon! If you’ve been feeling isolated or lonely then pick up the phone, call a few friends and arrange a social get together!

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DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

Problems are likely on the working front and differences between yourself and others are going to be rather obvious! However, you mustn’t let confl icting perceptions bog you down and obstruct you from putting your best foot forward when it comes to handling your tasks. There is always a solution to a problem and the answer may be simpler than you think, such as asking someone to help you out!

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JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

With the planets in such a tense situation in your chart you are going to be feeling stressed out. Th is is the ideal time in which to take some time out for yourself, away from all the demands of your career and family life. When dealing with loved ones try to be careful of being of being irritable and impatient. If people aren’t prepared to discuss issues when you are, let them slide and don’t be too demanding!

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FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 20

Control your temper and to count to 100 before you say anything you will regret. Be careful of running yourself into the ground trying to organise everybody! I know you are only trying to make a good impression but your abrasive manner may turn people off. Go over bank statements and bills with a fi ne comb to make certain everything is in order as you may of forgotten to pay an important invoice or bill.

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KEEPING FIT

by Elisha Stein

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The experience of going caffeine free

The caffeine withdrawal was awful and took four days to pass, interestingly my avoidance was also a challenge for other people. So why was caffeine withdrawal so awful for me? When we have caffeine as tea, coffee, chocolate or energy drinks we generally feel a boost in energy and alertness. But caffeine doesn’t actually give us energy; it robs us of energy and increases our stress hormones. The caffeine gives you a feeling of increased alertness by raising your stress hormones. We feel like caffeine raises our energy levels but it actually increases our stress. Caffeine stimulates the adrenal glands to produce the “fight or fl ight” syndrome. Adrenalin, noradrenalin and cortisol are released by the adrenals into the blood stream to shut down non essential systems, like digestion and immune protection, so that all of our energy can be focused on survival. James Lane, associate research professor of psychiatry at Duke University was quoted as saying, “Moderate caffeine consumption makes a person react like he or she is having a very stressful day.

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If you combine the effects of real stress with the artificial boost in stress hormones that comes from caffeine, then you have compounded the effects considerably.” So what’s the deal with the headache and the exhaustion? Suddenly abstaining from caffeine causes increased blood flow to the brain and changes to the brain’s electrical activity! The increased blood flow has been linked to the typical headache that is experienced. It is the changes to brainwaves that are blamed for the jetlag-like fatigue. Although many of us think we perform better with caffeine, a study comparing chronic placebo to chronic (i.e. daily) caffeine administration showed no benefit to the daily caffeine intake. It seems for those regular consumers of caffeine that it’s just a constant reversal of withdrawal. And why was it so difficult for others? Anyone that’s tried to quit smoking will have had the experience of that person who says, “go on, one won’t hurt”. It’s the same for any dietary change. Changing your behaviour may challenge people close to you to consider changing their own behaviour, which may make them defensive of that behaviour. Changing a social behaviour like caffeine consumption may also affect some relationships that are normal.

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hanks for the emails people send in as feedback. Th is week Shaun O’Brien has emailed a letter in for us. He is a holistic trainer from Penrith: Addicted to “diet” I have a friend who drinks two to three Diet Cokes a day. She says she’s trying to quit but she just can’t kick the habit. So have diet soft drinks become the new smoking addiction? I wonder if the reasoning behind artificial sweeteners the big companies put in products today is the same as when cigarette companies in the 1950’s added nicotine to make them more addictive. One of the big culprits is a sweetener called Aspartame, or 951 as it appears on the labels. It is one of the most controversial additives in history taking almost 20 years to be approved after it was fi rst discovered by a chemist in 1965. While looking for a treatment for ulcers he licked his fi nger to notice a sweet taste. After a lot of opposition, Aspartame was fi nally approved for use in 1984 at which point over three million kilograms of it was distributed into food for human consumption and that figure doubled a year later. Coincidentally within six months the rate of aggressive brain cancers had

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increased by 60 per cent and diabetes by 30 per cent. More than 75 per cent of all reported chemical food allergies in the United States come from Aspartame. Ironically it was marketed to people wanting to lose weight as it is 200 per cent sweeter than sugar and almost zero calories, however it does anything but. When ingested, the tastebuds send a signal to the brain to let the stomach know that food/nutrition is on the way, however when the artificial sugar arrives it’s not recognised as a food, so the stomach sends a message back up to the brain to send down more food. Th is is why overweight people are starving. Is it any wonder then that diabetes continues to increase even though there are so many ‘sugar free’ and ‘fat free’ products available on the market? Aspartame isn’t alone. There are other artificial sweeteners to watch out for such as 950 and 955 also called Sucralose, this was actually discovered while trying to create a new insecticide. These chemicals are as close to sugar as cocaine is to the coca plant. Be wary of anything that says ‘diet’ and always read the label.

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rom the moment you catch a glimpse of light on the stage until the performers take a fi nal bow, be prepared for War Horse to take your imagination for a ride. A story of war, a story of pain and a story of love comes alive before your eyes in one of the most unique productions

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that you will ever see. The story follows the relationship between a boy, Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who he loves so deeply that he risks his life for him. The horses will take your breath away. These giant puppets, controlled by a number of puppeteers simultaneously are expertly designed, leaving the audience to truly believe that the horse has come to life. War Horse is now playing at the Lyric Theatre.

Week - long Circus and Aerial Arts School Holiday Programs Dates: April 15th to 19th For more info visit www.aerialize.com.au School holidays are fast approaching and they’re shaping up to be pretty darn boring. With no homework between grades to keep busy, what on earth will you do with yourself? Our week - long workshops are a whole lot of fun! Run away with the circus for a week, with drama games, warm-ups and stretching, hula hoops, juggling and making juggling balls, acrobatics, acrobalance, mini tramp, trapeze, aerial ring, tissu, rope and Spanish web. This 5 day course is aimed at children and teens of all abilities. From the timid to the most athletic, this is a great introduction to a large variety of circus skills. Work towards putting all your skills together for a performance on the Friday for family and friends. Sessions: Morning (9-12), Afternoon (12:30-3:30) and All Day. All day is only available for kids aged 10+. Morning and afternoon sessions are mixed in age. Cost: $195 + $5 equipment fee (morning or afternoon session only) $395 + $5 equipment fee (whole day)Places are limited! Get in quick! Before Mum asks you to mow the lawn…! Where: The Aerialize Training Space, 7-9 Close St Canterbury NSW 2193 Contact: info@aerialize.com.au, 02 8964 6135 Photograph: 700 500 Photographi and Hayden Shepherd

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o, we begin the week with ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ now that all the judges have finally been announced – or have they? Last week Mel B had her seat put in layby after her former employer Channel Seven blocked her move to Nine. The former Spice Girl will now head to the courts to try and get the issue resolved. We also found out that Kyle Sandilands has switched networks and will resume his place on the judges’ table. Making their debuts on the show will be former contestant Timomatic and British comedian Dawn French. I must say I applaud Nine for thinking outside the box with French, I think she’ll be a wonderful addition. It’s still early to tell how Timomatic will go, and we all know what we’ll get with Kyle. I must say if I was choosing the panel I

would’ve liked to have seen someone like Glenn Robbins (‘The Panel’, ‘Kath & Kim’) get a shot. Robbins is well-known and very successful on the Aussie TV landscape, not to mention he’s hilarious all the time. I think he would’ve bounced off well with someone like Dawn French. Ellen DeGeneres was in town last weekend filming segments for her popular talk-show after delaying her trip Down Under due to illness. Penrith local, Jackie Warner, who was at the event, said it was absolutely brilliant. “They didn’t do rehearsals, so they had to stop filming and see what they had to do. We were all dancing and mainly standing for the entire 90 minute filming of the show. Wherever you sat it was a good view to see Ellen. She was so happy to see us dancing in 30 degree weather. I wish they filmed 30 minutes longer because it just

went too fast”. You may have seen the promos for Seven’s ‘Celebrity Splash’… horrible right? Yes, the cast for the much-hyped celebrity diving show was announced last week with people like Brynne Edelsten, Denise Drysdale, Andrew Symonds and Leisel Jones all set to walk the plank. Now I won’t criticise this show too much until I’ve actually seen an episode but in all honesty how long will it last? Already the show is tanking in other countries, so why will it work here? Expect the series to be played out but also expect a number of timeslot changes along the way. ‘Celebrity Splash’ airs after Easter. FOX8 has secured the rights to new US drama series ‘Bates Motel’, which serves as a prequel to Hitchcock’s famed ‘Psycho’

movie. From the producers of ‘Lost’ and ‘Friday Night Lights’, the plot revolves around a dark, twisted back-story of Norman and his relationship with his mother, Norma, and how she helped forge his life as a serial killer. Sounds interesting to say the least though they have set the bar high by revisiting the Hitchcock classic. ‘Bates Motel’ premieres on FOX8 Sunday, May 26 so don’t miss it.

From this Saturday, March 30, Nat Geo Wild will air a new 12-part series called ‘Australia’s Deadliest’. The series tells compelling real-life stories of dangerous human encounters with Australia’s most venomous and lethal animals including the box jellyfish, brown snake and saltwater crocodile. Hopefully they don’t put ‘drop bears’ in there too! Don’t miss it from 7.30pm.

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WHAT’S ON... Jesus Risen Good Friday is a day to remember the real meaning of the Christian faith. Christians everywhere will be mourning today as they remember Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. At 2pm a procession will begin at the Martin Place ampitheatre and travel along Pitt Street, ending at Wesley Theatre. This is a valuable opportunity to gather and reflect on the passion of Jesus Christ and how he suffered to save everyone. For more information on the procession visit www. wesleymission.org.au.

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Mysteries of Damanhur Back by popular demand is the ‘Spiritual Community Damanhur’. Voted by the United Nations as the most evolved community on the planet, Damanhur offers studies in advanced spirituality and technology closely aligned with those of the ancient civilization of Atlantis. There will be workshops, introductory evenings and Astral Travel weekends available from Friday, March 29 to Sunday, March 31. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.mysteriesofdamanhur. com.

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Seahorse Safari Launching Thursday, March 28 until April 28 is the magical Seahorse Safari display at the Sydney Aquarium. The display will be home to a variety of stunning seahorse species as well as their friendly companions the razorfish, pipefish and weedy seadragons. Each display will be interactive and include the chance to explore fossils. What better way to entertain the kids in the school holidays than by educating them on sea life? Walk in admission for adults is $36 while children are $20. For more information visit www.sydneyaquarium.com.au.

The Girl in Tan Boots Keep Hannah company at the SBW Stables Theatre from Friday, March 29 through to Saturday, April 20 excluding Sundays. Hannah is 32 and the star in ‘The Girl in Tan Boots’. She’s single, slightly overweight and lives alone with her cat. One day Hannah goes missing at a train station leaving family and friends to wonder whether their actions played a part. The bigger question for the detective is discovering just how easy it is to disappear when no one is looking for you. Tickets to this moving play are $35 for adults and $18 concession. For more information visit www.griffi ntheatre.com. au.

The Story of Malaysia Enrich yourself with Malaysian culture. Explore and experience the cultural diversity of Malaysia through music and art. Showcasing various traditional dances and arts and crafts from different ethnic groups, this afternoon will be unforgettable. Come down on Saturday, March 30 from 12pm to 5pm and see for yourself what Malaysian culture has to offer. For more information visit www. cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.

Full Cream Circus Get your tickets to the ‘Full Cream Circus’ coming to the Big Top, Darling Harbour. Full Cream is a brilliant troupe of talented performers who let you see what it is really like being in the circus, bruises and all. This rare performance highlights the multi-decade three-person pyramids, inverted toe hang harmonies and tight rope walkers all in one show. Right before your eyes you can witness the thrills of the circus stripped back. These rare performances will take place on Friday, March 29 through to Sunday, March 31 for three shows only. Adult ticket prices are $25 and kids get in for free. This circus is one of the many acts being shown as part of Darling Harbour’s Hoopla Festival. For more information on the program visit www.hoopla. darlingharbour.com.

EYECON: Role Playing and Gaming Convention Each year over the Easter long weekend Eyecon is a gaming convention that covers a variety of genres and styles. If you come along you will find a selection of games including tabletop role playing games, live action games, card games and many more. It is the perfect chance to have some fun and relax over the Easter period. Admission costs $6 for three hours and is open from 9am to 5pm over the four days. For more information visit www.eye-con.info.

Easter Egg Hunt The popular Easter treasure hunt is back for its third year! Centennial Parklands will play host to the largest outdoor Easter hunt of its kind on Saturday and Sunday, March 30 and 31. Purchase your map for $6 at the gate and find your way to the chocolate goodness of your very own egg. Along the way you may even bump into a big furry bunny. This is a great way to make Easter fun for the children and let them run around in the park and get some exercise before enjoying those delicious chocolate treats. For more information visit www. centennialparklands.com.au.

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Quick…Some Comedy, Quick Looking for a laugh? Why not head down to the cities fastest and funniest stand up comedy show, held Saturday, March 30 at 8pm. The show features more than five of Australia’s pro and semi pro stand up comedians. Whatever show you go and see you will be sure to laugh your lips off. Adult admission costs $14 and up at the Star Bar Theatre on George. For more information visit www.comedyintheraw. com.au.

Sydney’s Highest Chocolate tower In celebration of Easter, Sydney Tower Eye has partnered up with world-renowned chocolatier, Lindt to create a chocolate version of the Sydney Tower. Thomas Schnetzler, who will make it out of 12.5kg of delicious dark chocolate, will handcraft the tower. The structure will be on the Observation Deck overlooking Sydney from March 20 to March 28. Adult prices begin at $18.20 and children at $10.50. for further information visit www.sydneytowereye. com.au.

Harbourfest It’s Easter long weekend and you know what that means…Harbourfest! That’s right, it’s a mini waterfront festival on Easter Sunday. Taking place at Cargo Bar, Bungalow 8, the Loft and across four music stages, music lovers won’t be able to control their excitement. The line up will be filled with incredible DJs including Nina Las Vegas, The Aston Shuffle and many more. For more information visit www.liveguide.com.au.

Kitty, Daisy and Lewis As a part of Bluesfest 2013, Kitty, Daisy and Lewis return to Australia to again razzle and dazzle audiences with their retro-inspired live shows. The sibling trio will be joined onstage by their father and mother to make it a family affair. What a perfect way to unwind and relax over Easter long weekend? They’re back for one show only at the Metro Theatre on Saturday, March 30 at 7pm. Ticket prices are $54.90 per person. For more information visit www.kittydaisyandlewis. com.

Pasta Emilia Fresh Pasta Classes Swing into Surry Hills on Saturday, March 30 for Emilia’s Fresh Pasta making classes. Learn how to create authentic Italian pasta from penne, to spaghetti to even rigatoni! This three-hour course will satisfy your cravings and teach you how to be a master in the kitchen. Cooking is popular right now, so why not join in on the fun? The class goes from 10.30am to 3.30pm and is priced at $120 per person. For more information visit www.emilia. com.au. Moonlight Cinemas Welcome to the Opel Moonlight Cinema, Australia’s favourite open-air cinema screening advance previews, contemporary, cult and classic movies on the lawns of Centennial Park. It’s the last weekend to come along with family and friends to this perfect night out. Book your tickets now so you don’t miss out, prices range from $11 to $36. For more information visit www.moonlight.com.au/ sydney.

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Destino In the name of art and entertainment, two locals Sydney artists are set to battle it out in a canvas-to-canvas face off at the Abercrombie Hotel. This Saturday, March 30, drinkers will be delighted to see these two duel it out as they put brush, can, crayon and anything else they can find to create something spectacular. Joining these talents are local DJs and other entertainment to keep the party going well into the evening. The event begins at 3 and concludes at 8pm. For more information visit www.au.timeout.com.

The greatest Wonder of the World In 1951, a stunning collection of black and white photographs of Australia’s Gold Rush was discovered in a garden shed. These extraordinary pictures were taken circa 1872 of people in NSW and Victoria. In 2013, the State Library of NSW will display 100 photographs from the collection, providing not just a glimpse of Australian history but an insight into photographic collections in general. This March discover Australia’s gold rush history at the Exhibition Gallery at the State Library for free. For more information on the exhibition visit www. sl.nsw.gov.au.

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McFlynn says team wants to earn their spot in the finals by beating Brisbane NATHAN TAYLOR

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Norths win battle of the forwards in foundation club clash n a weekend that featured the most oppressive Rugby League playing conditions for many years, North Sydney’s stronger second half ensured the Bears a 24-12 win against Newtown at Henson Park on Saturday. The Jets and Bears are now the only 1908 foundation clubs still playing in the VB NSW Cup, with Balmain and Western Suburbs having adopted the merged Wests Tigers entity. Newtown led 8-6 at half-time on Saturday and had the opportunities in the fi rst half to establish a bigger lead. Halfback Ryley Jacks, on debut for Newtown, put up a perfectly-placed high kick into the corner in the 13th minute, where winger Paul Rokolati leapt spectacularly to catch the ball and score. Five minutes later the Bears responded with a converted try after Newtown had conceded a midfield penalty. Former Sea Eagle Michael Oldfield scored Newtown’s second try from another virtuoso corner kick by Ryley Jacks. Neither Jets tries were converted and Newtown led 8-6 at the break. The Bears took control of the game through two converted tries in the fi rst 10 minutes of the second half. Norths deployed a better downfield kicking game that saw Newtown repeatedly

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Newtown fought back into the game to trail 18-12 with seven minutes remaining, when halfback Jacks engineered Newtown’s third try. The Bears guaranteed their win with their fourth try just minutes before fulltime. The Newtown Jets are away from home for the next three games and this Saturday take on the unbeaten Cronulla Sharks.

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