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BETTER ACCESS The pressure on the State Government to fi x access to the recently upgraded Sydenham Station is mounting as Marrickville Mayor, Victor Macri, joins the debate. He says access is so bad that buses cannot even lower their wheelchair ramps at the bus stop due to the gradient of the road.

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arrickville Station will receive a multi-million dollar facelift, making it more accessible for commuters. The upgrade was announced by State Transport Minister, Gladys Berejiklian, on Tuesday, saying the Coalition would make up for the “neglect” the station had been shown by the previous Labor State Government. “The NSW Government is getting on with the job of delivering modern and accessible transport infrastructure where it’s needed most,” she said. “Now that Marrickville has been identified for a major upgrade, the Government will undertake the necessary work to determine the scope of

what will be needed to make the station accessible for customers, including those using a wheelchair, the elderly and families with prams.” The station upgrade is likely include the installation of lifts, new stairs and ramps, upgrades to the concourse, installation of CCTV cameras, increased lighting and improvements to the interchange and bicycle facilities. The exact nature of the upgrades will be known once feasibility studies are complete. No timelines have been given for the upgrade at this stage. State Member for Marrickville, Carmel Tebbutt, welcomed the move.

“I am very pleased that the NSW Government has listened to the residents of Marrickville and agreed to upgrade Marrickville Station,” Ms Tebbutt said. Ms Tebbutt had launched a petition last year to upgrade the station, which was signed by countless local residents. Ms Berejiklian said it was important to continue investing in train stations. “The NSW Government has shown a strong commitment to improving stations and transport options where they are needed most and while this station was neglected by the former Labor Government, we will deliver,” she said.

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’ve been thinking pretty seriously about the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Have you? Questioning paying the extra tax? If you earn $70,000 a year it’s only a dollar a day. All of us know someone, or of someone, that is profoundly affected by disability and it’s heartbreaking. I’m still young enough (I think) to have the “it won’t happen to me” attitude – but what if it does? If you do suddenly fi nd yourself paralysed after an accident or have a child born with autism, this is your insurance policy. It’s a $15 billion a year safety net. Realistically this tax increase (or levy) is the best and only way to pay for it – because it’s a steady stream of cash and isn’t shackled by the politics of the day or election cycles. Th is issue should be above politics, right? The answer is yes – but given the funding of this issue is being debated so close to an election, both sides have this week been unable to help themselves.

It has now become a political football. Th is is how the unedifying experience played out. Julia Gillard announced the levy and said she’d be taking it to the election – seeking a mandate from voters. She pitched it as a clear choice between her and Mr Abbott and the result is this being THE election issue (right where Gillard wants the debate). Now, Tony Abbott does support the scheme but he wouldn’t say if he would support the levy. The levy, he says, only covers half the $8 billion required. “It will only raise half the money, so she will only deliver half a scheme… so who will miss out? The vision impaired, children with autism,” he said. Cynical politics at its best. Tony Abbott called on the Prime Minister to bring on the legislation now (knowing that Gillard was trying to wedge him). Perhaps sensing some sort of positive signs from the Opposition Leader, Julia Gillard changed her approach AGAIN.

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Dumping her seeking of a mandate, Julia Gillard said if Tony Abbott pledged support for the legislation she’d rush it through Parliament. The two leaders of this country play politics at the best of times. Th is week was heartless posturing over disability care – and this is meant to be a bipartisan issue. A real shame, really.

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ne of the most inspiring moments on Australian television so far this year has been 18-year-old Harrison Craig and his amazing rendition of Josh Groban’s ‘Broken Vow’ during his blind audition for ‘The Voice’. Most of you will be familiar with Harrison’s back story by now. He’s got a serious stutter and it’s been affecting him since the day he could speak. He’s been undergoing speech therapy since the age of 11, but even with seven years of treatment under his belt, he still has many moments where he struggles to get words out. Yet despite his impediment he’s able to sing like an angel without tripping up. For many Australians a simple sentence is an everyday battle. Tens of thousands of Australians attend some

sort of speech therapy for stuttering, and even though there’s been considerable research in the last 50 years, the cause of the disorder remains a mystery. What we do know is that most children begin stuttering between the ages of two and five, but a number of these will recover naturally. Stuttering is twice as common in boys than it is in girls, and it tends to run in families so genetics are thought to play a part. Most people who stutter become more fluent when they whisper, read out loud to someone or like Harrison, when they sing. Scientists are currently using these three exercises as part of various clinical trials to try and figure out how to control the words of those who suffer. I’ve recently interviewed Harrison and his family and admired his attitude to tackling the problem. For him, it was a

relief to show Australia that he could both sing and had a stutter. He feels that the stutter has been with him so long it’s just a part of who he is. Harrison was bullied in primary school, his mum putting it down to the fact that he just couldn’t get the words out quickly enough to react to the bullies. It’s a problem that many young children with a speech impediment face. Th rough the tough times Harrison’s mother told him to keep his chin up and he’d be the winner in the end. Judging from his beaming smile after his recent performances, there’s no doubt mum was on the money. Hopefully Harrison’s bravery can inspire those Australians battling with similar problems to embrace it. Let’s hope scientists can use the link between singing and speaking to fi nd a cure.

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Parents can fi nd out online how their local child care centre is rated against new national standards that raise the bar and ensure services undergo continuous improvement. The fi rst National Quality Standard ratings for child care centres are now published on the Australian Government’s MyChild website at www.mychild.gov.au.

Police are appealing for witnesses who saw an incident on Friday, April 26 where a man was seriously injured after falling out of a taxi at Tempe. Police were called to the Princes Highway, near Smith Street just after 1am where they found the man with serious injuries. It’s believed the 18-year-old tried to steal a taxi driver’s bag.

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No expenses are spared for some couples planning to tie the knot. In a survey of more than 670 engaged and married women, Australian bridal magazine Bride To Be has revealed that the average Australian wedding is now sitting at a record high, costing couples $54,294 – a figure almost doubling in the last decade. Budgets went out the window for many couples, with the average wedding budget set at the start of planning at $25,866, but this is a staggering 48 per cent below what couples really ended up spending. The tradition of the bride’s parents paying for the wedding is making an exit as more couples (90 per cent) dip into their own savings.

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King Street shops at odds with State Govt

Marrickville Police are currently investigating an incident where property was taken from a parked van. The van was parked on Riverside Crescent near the intersection of Dibble Avenue, Marrickville on Saturday morning. When the victim returned to the van about 3.30pm on Sunday, he noticed the van unlocked and on further investigation noticed property had been removed that was previously in the vehicle. Among the property taken was a camera and a GPS. Marrickville Police are appealing for anyone who may have information about this incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Marrickville Police on 9568 9299. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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hopkeepers are concerned about the potential loss of income after the State Government announced plans to implement weekend clearways to ease traffic flow on major roads. King Street on Newtown may face such restrictions to improve the traffic nightmare, but Alexi Spyridis, the owner of The Italian Bowl, said it creates safety and revenue concerns. “The biggest issue here is the safety of pedestrians on King Street,” he said. “With cars parked outside they act as a barrier between the road and pedestrians. Introducing a weekend clearway will present a danger to those who are walking up and down the street. We are not far away from the street curb.” Loss of income is also a major concern for Mr Spyridis. “I have approximately 400 customers who come through my doors on the weekend, 45 per cent of those are families,” he said. Customers may be less willing to visit if there is no easy parking. Marrickville Councillor Max Phillips agrees, labelling the plan “a dud”. “It’s not a good idea at all,” he said. “It’s a safety issue for pedestrians. But also a concern for business owners, those frequenting cafes and shops, they’ll have to put up with the noise from cars. “Weekend clearways will encourage more cars on the road. We need less cars on roads and more people on public transport. It’s a dud idea.” State Member for Marrickville, Carmel Tebbutt, said more detail was needed on the clearway plans. “We need to see more detail from them. There

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Driver unlicensed since 1989 caught out: Vehicle had been unregistered for almost 12 months Pedestrian safety is a major concern for Alexi Spyridis.

needs to be more consultation and discussion with business groups around how it will affect their trade and safety issues,” she said. Mr Spyridis suggested more car parks needed to be built rather than just add weekend clearways. Transport for NSW said as part of the clearway project they will consult businesses about alternative parking.

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Cr Macri and residents sceptical of the benefits of proposed Council merger he radical proposal by the State Government to delve into the viability of Sydney councils was met with caution by Marrickville Mayor Victor Macri on Tuesday. The Independent Local Government Review Panel was asked by the government to deliver a report that would investigate a better structure of governance for local governments. Graham Sansom, the chair of the review panel, said they were asked to put together a comprehensive report showing the benefits of merging councils in the Inner West amongst other city councils using 20 effective steps to move forward. “We’re looking at 20 to 40 years ahead and what would be in the interest of the broader communities, which would affect between 600,000 to 800,000 residents by 2036,” he said. Mr Sansom said no-one was forcing the councils to merge. “The government isn’t imposing anything on councils to merge. Th ings are going along okay for now, however the government sees a need for change in the future. For example at its heart, the City of Sydney Council would be a high capacity council. In an international arena the council would have a strong presence,” he said. But merging Marrickville with the City of Sydney Council will take a lot to convince Mayor Macri. A recent report commissioned by the State Government, which looked into the fi nancial positions of councils across Sydney, gave Marrickville the thumbs up.

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Residents reject merger idea There is a lot of talk about the future of local councils and whether or not there is a rationale to merge the inner city local governments. But would such a change benefit local residents and would they agree to the proposal? The Weekender took to the streets to fi nd out... Elio Consalvi Marrickville

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“There are too many Councils in Sydney. Having one council for everyone in the Inner West would be good... There are too many costs.”

“I don’t think they should merge. The issue with merging is how they will decide what suburb gets what funding for their community?”

“Merging won’t work. Sydney suburbs have their own identity. Marrickville council has a good structure, and are not in debt.”

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“Marrickville shouldn’t merge. When I call for my rubbish removal, the council responds promptly. It makes for a more personal service generally.”

“If we merged with the City of Sydney council, Marrickville would benefit from their large budget. They would provide us with more parks and libraries.”

“I don’t think the City of Sydney is good for small business. Keeping Marrickville independent will be good for small business. Council here are flexible.”

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HAVE YOUR SAY Jack Shanahan Reserve Marrickville Council is seeking comment on the proposed installation of a basketball hoop in the existing tennis court area at Jack Shanahan Reserve to create a multi-use court, and a new street skate area on the existing basketball court site. Council is particularly seeking input from existing tennis court, basketball and skate park users. To comment, go to www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au. Submissions close Sunday 19 May 2013. Administrative Centre, 2-14 Fisher Street PETERSHAM 2049

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Moon In Taurus Conjuncts The Sun, Mercury and Jupiter and Trines Pluto; May 19th - June 2nd .

ARIES

MARCH 21 TO APRIL 20

Although the fi nancial picture becomes clearer every day, you still tend to spend money you don’t have. Whilst I know you like a certain kind of lifestyle it will not do much for you in the long run. Get a grip on your cash in readiness for developments coming your way, which will arrive sooner than you think. If you wish to have fi nancial security in the long term then you need to be more disciplined in the way you handle your fiscal affairs.

TAURUS

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

You are ready to enjoy yourself, but you will be choosy about your company. You need to spend time with those who inspire you and who think along the same wave lengths as you do; opt to only spend time with those who are well read and informed. Th is will make your day stimulating and enjoyable. Those who attempt to intimidate you should be swept to one side, because for once you know exactly what needs to be done.

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APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

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Your popularity is glowing even more brightly than usual among friends and team mates. You instinctively put others at ease and so will be welcomed wherever you go. Even though you can’t push forward with major plans at home or at work at the moment you can still create beauty, bliss and harmony around you. You’re feeling excited and confident about changes coming up in the next few weeks but now is the time to work.

CANCER

JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

It looks like acquaintances are seeing the more gentle side of your nature, and will be quick to tell others in your circle of friends – and why not? It’s nice to be the good guy from time to time, isn’t it? New people you meet will be stimulating your imagination and perhaps unwittingly, redefi ning your goals. The next few weeks are a highly sociable time and many of you will become involved with a new group of associates.

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The Moon will be sizzling its way through the earthy sign of Taurus, that’s the zenith point of your chart, so you are much more confident where professional matters are concerned. It’s a great time for putting ingenious ideas to your boss because he or she will most certainly take them on board. Furthermore, if you are at all artistic, you’ll be receiving at least one pat on the shoulder and probably a good deal more.

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During the next fortnight it will be a great deal easier for you to communicate your likes, dislikes and thoughts to other people even if they come from a totally different culture or background than your own as your words will fi nd a warm welcome. If you’re planning to visit friends, family or loved ones who live at a distance or going on a journey, it’s likely to be a lot more enjoyable than you expect.

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SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

The next two weeks is the ideal time for making important fi nancial decisions. Money worries have been on your mind for some time, but instead of letting your nerves control you, it is important that you listen to an acquaintance who has some excellent advice for you. The coming fortnight is a good time to rid yourself of bad habits, old fears, insecurities and phobias. More importantly it is time to rid yourself of any kind of self pity.

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

The Moon is coasting along in your opposite sign of Taurus and so from now on you’re going to have to take on board the wants, needs and requests of other people. Recent tensions in your love life can easily be swept to one side – all it takes is a kind word or gesture to make sure you are not found lacking. Friends and acquaintances will also be far more communicative than is usually the case and will confide their secrets in you.

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

The next fortnight is going to be a highly productive time when you can make up for lost time. If you are trying to instigate some important changes at work, don’t be too independent as other people’s ideas will trigger your imagination and your plans will fall into place much more easily than expected. Th is is the ideal time to clear up outstanding problems and to put practices into place to prevent these dilemmas from happening again.

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DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

Be ready to enjoy yourself. Once again you seem to be the centre of attention, which always makes you feel special. You are certainly receiving a few signs that seem to mean a lot to you. No matter what complications arise, take some time out for romance. Don’t let others persuade you otherwise. Children and younger people will be a delight to be around as they will help you to connect with your own inner child!

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With the Moon in Taurus there will be plenty of news in connection with family, friends, relatives and people you haven’t seen for some time. It looks as though you will be doing a great deal of entertaining at home, this may mean having certain business colleagues meet your family. You may decide to brighten up your home. If you know what you are doing that is fi ne, but if you don’t it would be wise to seek some professional advice.

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Invitations from friends and neighbours are likely to come from out of the blue, but you would be wise to grab them with both hands as you will enjoy the occasion more than you expect and will certainly be glad that you went. You are mentally astute and others appreciate your intellectual vitality so why not let these qualities shine! Conversations will flow easily, so keep your wits about you and you will discover information to your advantage!

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STAYING HEALTHY

by Elisha Stein

Drugs can be dangerous, no matter what e all know misuse of drugs can be deadly. But not many people know that using them correctly can sometimes be just as dangerous! I read an article in The Australian this week about Professor Nick Buckley, a medical toxicologist at the University of NSW. He says one in 15 deaths in Australia is drug related and more people die from drug poisoning than from car accidents. A lot of new drugs will be approved this year and he knows there could be a killer among them. He’s rightly worried as once a drug is being used by the public it may be making people experience side effects, but there is no formal method of sharing data or tracking drug-related side effects or even deaths! He is leading a $7 million project to examine prescription drug reactions, medical and chemical poisonings and snake and spider bites. One of the drugs on his radar is a legal painkiller that goes by the street name ‘hillbilly heroin’. There is not enough information about how many people it and other legal drugs are killing. “We need the same approach as we have with the road toll,” he says. “But there is no monitoring once a drug is introduced, so we do not know where the black spots are. There are 1,700 deaths a year from drug poisoning. That’s more than one and a half times the road toll.”

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have worked with a lot of people over the years but I have never had a person sick or overweight from eating too much good, nutritious food. Next time you’re standing at a checkout look at the amount of bars and junk surrounding you. There’s enough calories to feed a starving country within arm’s reach; only problem is the starving people would still suffer from malnutrition, and unless we eat good, healthy food as well then we will too. So how do we fi nd good, healthy food, when there are big companies who prioritise making money over our families’ health? Firstly, ignore the packaging like you would a dodgy salesman and educate yourself. Cartoon characters and words that sound healthy, like ‘low fat’, ‘no MSG’, ‘natural colours’ and ‘high in iron’ could be found on a box of cereal but could describe a can of paint as well. Something like ‘High in Omega 6’ sounds good, until you know the average modern diet has way too much Omega 6 in relation to other essential fats, which is linked to heart disease, stroke, cancer, immune system damage and hormone imbalance. Best option: don’t buy packaging. Get your chip packet, rip it open and pour it straight in your trolley! Ok not really... I mean buy items that have minimal

packaging. If it still looks like it did while it was growing, that’s a good start. Secondly, always read the ingredients list, they are listed in order of amount used. We can’t afford to be brainless consumers as companies are pushing the limit of what they can put in a wrapper and call food. Sugar, flour, salt are very cheap and easy to make taste nice. But putting stuff in your mouth doesn’t mean you are feeding yourself properly. If you want to feel good and have energy all day, eat food that can make it happen. Good, nutritious food will have you bouncing off the walls. You know how you’ll feel after late night with pizza and a drink too many, but you can be sure when you eat good, fresh food that your body will feel a whole lot better for it.

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Happy Mother’s Day

Take mum on a picnic lunch Affordable way to show your mum how much you care on Mother’s Day hey say there’s no more perfect way to eat out than by having a picnic with loved ones in the great outdoors. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, treat the best woman in your life to a simple yet thoughtful eating experience like a picnic. The fi rst thing you’ll need for your picnic is a good blanket. Feel free to bring one from home or perhaps purchase a new waterproof backing blanket which will come in handy if the grass is slightly wet. Secondly, you’ll need a picnic basket to carry your yummy food and utensils in. Make sure it’s big enough and sturdy enough to hold everything you need for the day and also consider bringing an eski. When it comes to what delicious food to pack, the best thing is to think simple. One of the best places to visit is a local deli where you can purchase fresh, cold meats and salad. Add some delectable fresh fruit and veggies with dip, cut up cheese and crackers. Lastly, you need to fi nd a clean and convenient picnic spot for your family to attend. Marrickville has plenty of great locations. Why not visit Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, Hoskins Park or Enmore Park?

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She’ll be spoilt for choice with a selection including antipasto, prawns, salmon, roast beef, butter chicken, rice pilaf, vegetables, salads and many mouth-watering desserts. Mother’s Day is not the day your mum should be slaving away in the kitchen, so get her out of the house and down to Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Club for a relaxing, enjoyable day. She’ll defi nitely love you for it and so will the rest of the family. Be sure to save a special table for your mum by calling 9559 0000 to reserve a table today.

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Manager of the BCIA said: “Our Mother’s Day Research Appeal is a special way to celebrate and honour all mothers, including those whose lives have been touched by breast cancer and those we have sadly lost.” Mrs Leggett said the essence of the Appeal has been captured in the feedback from people who have already chosen this unique and inspiring gift for their mother. To donate visit www.bcia.org.au or call 1800 423 444 and help support this important research that is saving women’s lives.

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Unique idea for mum: Gift that will make a difference ith Mother’s Day fast approaching on Sunday, May 12, the Breast Cancer Institute of Australia (BCIA) has a very special gift idea. By making your gift for Mother’s Day a donation to breast cancer research, you and your mum will be supporting research for a world without breast cancer. Once you make your donation you will receive a beautiful Mother’s Day card to give to your mum or someone special which acknowledges your donation. Jenny Leggett, Public Relations

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oin ‘Aussie Pickers’ Lucas Callaghan and Adam McDonald as they travel around Australia looking through attics, backyards and sheds in the search for forgotten relics when their show premieres on Tuesday, May 9 at 7.30pm on A&E. Based on the hugely popular series ‘American Pickers’, ‘Aussie Pickers’ sets out to uncover some hidden gems in right here in Australia. During their search for treasures Lucas and Adam meet some of Australia’s most iconic characters with more than a good yarn to tell. This week I was lucky enough to chat with picker Lucas Callaghan and discuss the new show... How did you get into picking? I’ve been picking for 10 years professionally

but have been doing it since I was seven with my uncle. I used to go to every auction and spent most of my weekend helping him load junk in the car until I realised this junk can be worth a lot of money. I watched a guy buy some stuff and just went, ‘why would you pay that much money for a busted up old chair?’ and then when he told me he sold the old chair for $6,000, I was like, ‘geez pay that much money for the busted up old chair!’. How much risk and gamble is picking? If you don’t look at the signs, yes. I’ve been caught out all the time. How did you get involved with ‘Aussie Pickers’? For me its been an extended period of time because I’ve had the idea for a program like this but no one had the format to get it

up, so I bounced from television station to television station not quite knowing how to make it work. My hat goes off to A&E and Shine who stepped up and knew exactly what needed to be done and have executed it really well. They’ve allowed us to be Australian and individuals, rather than completely copying the format. How did you and your co-host Adam McDonald meet? Adam and I met in auction houses 10 years ago. He was on the floor getting the stuff unloaded from the car and I was on the other side of the floor buying the stuff that had been unloaded, so we both kind of learnt our roots from different areas but in the same building. Can you tell me the most interesting

place you visit in the series? That’s a tough question! To be honest the show is not about Adam and I finding something. It’s about the characters we’ve met along the way who are like family because they give so much. It’s a beautiful reflection on Australian culture and to put down a single place as ‘brilliant’ is difficult but if I have to do it I’d probably have to go with Tasmania. After 25 years of picking, what item have you found that you’ve made a mint on? I recently bought a vase from my partner Adam by well-known silversmith Lino Sabattini. I paid $70 for it and it’s probably worth a $1,000… and Adam didn’t even know that! That was one of my fun one’s of late.

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WHAT’S ON... Forget Me Not Gerry is almost 60 and he’s going to meet his mother for the first time since he was three. His daughter Sally has had it up to here with him and his problems. The old lady lives somewhere in the UK, according to the records. So Gerry is going there to find out what made him who he is. Don’t miss Tom Holloway’s gem of a play, ‘Forget Me Not’, at the Belvoir Street Theatre, Surry Hills from April 10 until May 19. Tickets are $65. To book call 9699 3444.

Newtown is Fashion Explore a diverse range of trends and fashions with the Newtown Is Fashion event, which promotes designers and styles. Everything is covered from the big name brands such as Gorman and Industrie to specialist vintage stores and independent designers inspired by other cultures. Accessories and fabric are also available as is bridal couture and even little doggy outfits. To check out Sydney’s latest fashions, head down to Newtown. For more information, call 9265 9598.

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Archibald Prize 2013 The Archibald Prize is an iconic part of the Australian art world, exhibiting the finest paintings of notable Australians. Only one winner is selected from 39 finalists and 800 overall entrants, making the competition stiff with high quality entries that are well worth taking a look at. From Aussie celebrities to politicians or sportsmen, the range of subjects for Archibald Prize paintings are a who’s who of Australian culture. The Archibald Prize exhibition will be shown at the Art Gallery of NSW daily from 10am to 5pm until Sunday, June 2. For more information, visit www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au or call 9225 1744.

Smash Palace Under Mao, the Communist Party set out to “smash the Four Olds”: customs, culture, habits and ideas, yet the “new China” now finds itself increasingly under threat, with greed, corruption and government controls generating anger and anxiety. Smash Palace, at Sydney’s White Rabbit gallery, showcases the reactions of China’s best artists to the shocks of the new century, from artists such as Cheng Dapeng and Zhou Ji creating surreal cities using, respectively, cutting-edge 3D printing and traditional ceramics, to Tu Pei-Shih’s teeming animations depicting Chinese history as a path to confusion and chaos. Smash Palace opens March 1 and runs until August 4, with entry free. For more information visit www. whiterabbitcollection.org or call 8399 2867.

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Craft Activities at Surry Hills Library For children aged five to eight, Surry Hills Library has free after-school craft activities. Each week the craft librarians will take the kids through a different session using paint, glue, colour, and plenty of imagination! The sessions run every Monday from 4pm to5pm, from April 29 to June 24.

Sydney Writer’s Festival From Monday, May 20 to Sunday, May 26 the best contemporary fiction and cutting-edge nonfiction writers, including some of the world’s leading intellectuals, scientists and journalists, converge on the Sydney Writer’s Festival, Australia’s largest annual celebration of literature and ideas. Each year the festival consists of over 300 events, half of which are free, and attracts attendances of over 80,000. In 2013 the focus is on ‘The Art of Storytelling’, across a diverse range of genres; fiction, non-fiction, in literature, digital media, business, music and politics, and is sure to be the most fascinating and engaging Festival yet. For more information visit www.swf.org.au.

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Australia’s School of Stand Up Comedy Step into the mind and world of the stand up comic! This course will help you find out if you have the skills to have a room in stitches! Taught by some of the brightest young stand up comics in the industry plus a special guest, this five-week course will cover; how to find and write great material, performance skills, and comedy pitfalls and traps, plus at the end of the course you will put your new skills to the test by performing three live shows in front of a paying audience! Located at The Star Bars Plush Comedy Theatre on George Street in the Sydney CBD, the course runs for five consecutive Saturday afternoons as well as Wednesday evenings. The course begins Wednesday, May 8, and costs $399.99.

Couples Therapy 10 Couples. 10 Collaborations. 10 near break-ups. Creative couples unite beyond the bedroom to collaborate on pieces that showcase the beautiful and disastrous consequences of combining work and love. No concept or material boundaries for the work have been adhered to. This free performance runs from Wednesday, April 24 to Sunday, May 12 and takes place in Oxford Street, Darlinghurst. For more information visit www.hemadeshemade.com or call 0478 504 232.

“With a touch of South America” Featuring: Wheel of Death, Trapeze, Miniature Horses, Dogs & Clowns plus exciting circus acts and Salsa Dancing. Fun and laughter for all ages

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Learn to Blog A blog is an online journal, an interactive public tool for documenting or discussing any topic on the web. Learn how to set-up a free blog, customise your blog, and get started sharing your insight with the world! Good mouse, keyboard and computer skills, experience navigating the internet, and an email address are required. Held at the City of Sydney Library on Wednesday, May 8, the workshop is free but bookings are essential. To book, call 9242 8555.

Crafty Evenings: Draw on Life Enjoy the feel of pencil on paper? Join artist Kathe Payne for an evening of pencil shavings and creative minds. Kathe will help you develop your sketching skills and guide you through some basic techniques for bringing your imagination to life. The workshop is on Tuesday, May 21 from 6pm to 7pm and is located at Kings Cross library. The workshop is free, though bookings are essential. To book, call 9246 4530.

Ali McGregor’s Alchemy Ali McGregor is one of this country’s most versatile singers and her incredible vocal range and entertaining and emotive performance style brings a truly individual flavour to some of your most favourite songs. Expect to hear unique mash-ups and genre-defying versions of Madonna, Salt n Pepa, Radiohead and Elvis like they were sung by a 40’s siren in a Las Vegas club. You can hear her silky smooth tones on Thursday, May 9 at The Basement Nightclub in Circular Quay. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at www.moshtix.com.au.

Arj Barker’s It’s Go Time! Arj Barker is arguably Australia’s favourite American comedian. In recent years, he has spent more time in our country than his own and has come to understand our culture better than we understand it ourselves. Since his last Australian tour in 2011 he has been touring constantly, both solo and with his old kiwi pals The Flight of the Conchords, and his new show ‘It’s Go Time!’ is sure to be his funniest yet. He performs at the Enmore Theatre on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4 with prices starting at $44.90. To book tickets, visit www.ticketek.com.au.

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The Addams Family The Addams Family, Broadway’s new smash hit musical comedy based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, will be showing at the Capitol Theatre until October 2013. The Addams Family features an original story and is already receiving rave reviews, so don’t miss out! For more information and to book tickets visit www. addamsfamilythemusical.com.au, with ticket prices starting from $49.

Computer Basics This course is designed for adults with no previous computer experience. Become familiar with computers and Microsoft Windows while mastering basic computer, mouse and keyboard skills in a supportive environment. The course is located at Surrey Hills library and is free, though bookings are essential. To book, call 8734 6230.

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Sport Game slipped away Jets lost to Mounties in the final ten minutes of play he Newtown Jets lost a dour and gruelling NSW Cup match against Mounties 22-16 at Henson Park on Saturday afternoon. Mounties took a 6-0 lead after 20 minutes, after dominating possession for an extended period. Newtown conceded seven penalties in the fi rst half and weren’t assisted by a match-ending leg injury to five-eighth Matt Mundine, which led to a backline reshuffle. Fullback Henare Wells delivered a smart cut-out pass in the 30th minute to winger Paul Rokolati who scored in the corner. Wells then capitalised on clever lead-up work by Saulala Houma, Ryley Jacks and Michael Oldfield to score under the posts in the 35th minute. Rokolati’s conversion gave Newtown a 10-6 lead at half-time. The Jets made a bad start to the second half by conceding a try in the 42nd minute. Newtown regained the lead seven minutes later when hard-running front-rower Saulala Houma scored another of his signature bullocking tries. Newtown led 16-12 but didn’t score another point for the remainder of the game. The Jets paid the price for a high error rate; turnover of possession in their opposition’s half along with critical mistakes by their back three when under pressure. Mounties stuck to the task and took the

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