There’s life in the Inner West!
Issue 268 | October 9th 2015
Melbourne Cup fashion Sydney style! Edible weeds of the Inner West
UnIndian Greek Film Festival
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Inner West whispers
Local gossip, rumour, hearsay and unsubstantiated fact...
Che Surry sara – Camphor quarrel – Landlords get Byrnt
The older women of Five Dock are soon to lose their local wardrobe with Surry clothing store on Great North Rd expected to close down in December. The store has provided affordably priced two-piece sets, elegant blouses and plussized garments for as long as living memory can recall. Over the years, Surry Clothing has developed into a social scene for Five Dock’s dames – a good viewing point across the way to Eolie Piazza where the suburb’s gents gather.
l l Within a fortnight of stepping back up as Mayor in Leichhardt, Darcy Byrne is seeking to gain support for legislative changes that will mean councils can penalise landlords who are pushing rents of shopfronts too high. Darcy has proposed the changes in response to the spreading vacancies along Norton St in Leichhardt and Darling St in Balmain. He told SMH: “Under the Local Government Act, there is currently no allowance to reduce rates for those property
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Satire for the soul
Righteous Rightie provides a clear-eyed analysis of the ex-PM’s innumerable virtues
Dear RR – In the wake of The Bolter’s fond recollections of Tony Abbott, would you care to share your own with the Ciao readership? Craig, Burwood RR replies: If same-sex nuptials weren’t an abomination before the Lord, I would have proudly gay married Australia’s 28th PM. While I’m sure a man as humble as he wouldn’t make the claim himself (publicly at least) I can confidently state Tony Abbott was not only the greatest prime minister Australia has ever had but the finest national leader to emerge since the dawn of human history. Indeed, I would put him up there with Jesus Christ, perhaps just a nose ahead given Tony never engaged in tired class war rhetoric about the deserving rich people having trouble entering the Kingdom of God. I’m reliably informed that at least one cancer sufferer went into remission after touching the hem of his blue tie. And I’m now at liberty to reveal John Howard had a fatal heart attack in mid-2014 while out for his morning walk but was raised from the dead after Tony laid hands on him. I also have first-hand experience of going round to the Abbott’s Forestville home for a BBQ, only to see Margie and her hot daughters – under the watchful eye of the man of the house - provide a lavish dinner for myself, Piers Ackerman, Clive Palmer, Gina Rinehart and Cardinal Pell with no more than a couple of lamb chops and a longneck of Crown Lager. But Tony was too good for this world. It was inevitable the moronic Australian voters, much like the mob baying for Barabbas over the Messiah, would fall for that smooth-talking con man Turnbull. One can only hope that, with the help of 2GB, the Daily Telegraph and Abbott’s dignified media commentary you idiots will realise what a mistake you’ve made and one day say as one, “We did but see him passing by but we shall love him until the day we die.”
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owners who keep their properties tenanted or to increase rates for landlords who are using their properties as a tax write-off. It’s time for that to change.” Byrne is yet to gain the official support of Leichhardt Councillors and other Sydney councils. l 16 Camphor Laurel trees are likely to be axed in Tranmere Street, Drummoyne, leaving some residents of the street peeved as Canada Bay Council has already spent money resolving footpath damage caused by the fast-growing trees. There were originally 36 Camphor Laurel trees lining Tranmere Street, planted when Drummoyne was known as “Bourketown” in the early 1900s. The axed trees will be replaced by native species, however, eight households on Tavistock Street have also formally opposed the removal of five Camphor Laurel’s on their street, saying trees have been removed before and never replaced.
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Thomas Walker Convalescent Hospital
The Thomas Walker Convalescent Hospital was commissioned in 1886 and opened in 1893. It began as a free institution, providing up to eight-week stays, before the military took possession of it in 1943. In more recent memory, this hospital was used as a filming location for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. The hospital is a joint Ministry of Health and Department of Education facility providing schooling and mental health support for young people. The school was named Rivendell after the elven city in Tolkein’s The Hobbit - a place of recuperation.
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There’s a reason people are queueing up around the streets of Marrickville towards a tiny hole in the wall... to get Sydney’s best Vietnamese pork roll of course! The bread is fresh and the paste is creamy. What’s their secret? They add a little hoisin to give a sweet taste on top of all the delicious savoury flavours. To delight in this Marrickville institution visit 236 Illawarra Rd and hand over a mere $4.50. n Image courtesy of The Integer Club.
•Affordable housing on the agenda in Leichhardt • Ready For It, a new teen show made by Blackfella Films with ex Fort Street student, Christian Byers, acting in it. •Short shorts: the staple of global warming chic •Newtowner Sarah Blasko’s new poptastic album
• Karl Stefanovik’s snort laugh • Paper tickets - get your Opal fast or get good at evading bus fares • Leaky water bottles turning the contents of your bag to papier-mâché • The miserable decline of buildings at Callan Park
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These are the Swifts of the bike genus: fast, agile and very delicate. Racers will invest in a carbon body, however, a lot of models still use alloy. While riders obsess over the weight of their ride, it only really Disk brakes are so hot right now impacts your speed when you stop and start, so don’t spend megabucks for a frame that’s a few kilos lighter. A road bike pushes all your weight forward effectively re-arranging your body from flaccid blob to human bullet. For this reason, they are very popular with commuters, people getting fit and wack jobs. You will be visiting the repair shop more often, but that doesn’t mean you have to adopt other road biker habits like shaving your legs, publicly commenting on how much “lube” you have left … or peeing on the side of the road. Then again, why not?
I recently had my bike stolen, a classic Inner West experience. As soon as I realised my sky blue Malvern Star had been plucked from the tangled bosom of my overgrown backyard, I realised that something else had been taken (more vital than my helmet – which was also gone); a part of my identity. I was left to contemplate long and hard about which bike I would pick to take the wheel….
Maybe he's just not that into meat
As a lifelong vegetarian, I have had to inoculate myself against the inevitable banalities of sharing a meal with another human for the first time. There are the predictable questions: “How long have you been vego?”, “Why?” and my personal favourite – as cliché as it is pernicious – “But what about bacon?” “What about not bacon,” I often find myself tempted to say, taking a bite of my poached, free range eggs on sourdough with a side of feta and avocado, relishing the interplay of flavours that a meatless option miraculously confers upon my tastebuds. These thrust-and-parry encounters are rendered all the more socially delicate – and indeed, awkward – when the meal that I and this other person share is that well-trodden norm of the first date meal. On top of navigating the straits of gender roles vis-à-vis the bill (we should split it, and close the gender pay gap for good measure), there is also the question, if it is a brunch date, of the bacon and egg rolls. I do not seek to force my lifestyle upon others. In fact, I would usually like nothing more than to actually talk about ourselves and not what we eat or why. However, since the topic is inevitably broached, I’ll share with you why I’m satisfied with just eggs, poached. With vegetarian parents, as a child it is all I knew, and now, as an adult, I am comfortable with my diet – the smells, the sights; everything associated with cooking flesh is repellent to me. Insofar as land usage, animal cruelty, carbon emissions and other environmental and ethical considerations of consuming meat go, I am happy to make what I consider an informed, if conditioned, ethical choice. But in truth, I maintain vegetarianism because it is what I am used to. My date might ask, “Haven’t you wanted to just try some meat?” to which I would love to respond, “Haven’t you ever wanted to just try some cat food out of a tin?” Were I to pose such a question, as I have done with others, my date may screw up their face in disgust at such a ludicrous proposition. “You see though,” I would try to explain, “meat just isn’t food to me. And cat food isn’t food to you.” Nothing wrong with it, it’s just the way it is. Deftly, though, I will attempt to steer the conversation away from hypotheticals and towards any other topic: work, study, travel, any conversation starters that aren't based on me being stranded on a desert island with a cow and a barbeque. At the end of the date, if we have both played our cards right, there might be a kiss and I’ll hope not to gather the taste of meat juices in my mouth, smile, and suggest we should do this again sometime – as long as it’s not at a steakhouse where I’ll generously be offered a salad for dinner.
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My old Malvern was this breed of velocipede. Mountain bikes are often chosen as bikes for kids and adults who want to get out and have fun. A heavy frame, suspension, wide tires and an upright sitting position make mountain bikes low maintenance, comfortable and very stable. However, they are not always the best option for casual riders. Mountain bikes are made for rugged terrain: they are intentionally designed to slow you down as you gun through vegetation and jump over piles of dirt and worms and stuff. Because you can’t engage all your muscles while sitting upright, you’ll find other cyclists will deftly overtake you on tame bitumen. If you already own a mountain bike, delight in your ‘gnarly’ wheels by attaching a Go Pro to your helmet and ripping up some turf on Timbrell Park’s dirt track. Spit on someone in lycra.
Fixies or Single Speed Bikes
Fixies had their heyday in the streets of Newtown about three years ago and since then have become the butt of many jokes… and hills. Before the gentrification of bike culture, fixies were to punks like Vespas were to mods. These bikes bring cycling back to the basics - a road bike body with flat handles, minimal breaks, sturdy tires and no gears. They can be customised easily, making fixies the best friend of bike couriers and hipsters who enjoy pretending to be bike couriers. Make sure you’re pretty fit before buying one of these and get a sick messenger bag and bolt lock to complete the look.
Ok, so this new species of bike is way too aesthetically pleasing to let on to how much of a Frankenstein it really is. Usually found in a misleadingly Fordian matte black, the urban bike adopts the frame of a fixie and puts gears on it, plus the mad tread of mountain bike tyres. And if you thought that was freaky, they don’t even have a chain! Instead they use a strap made of rubber and carbon, which means no more grease on your chambray skinny jeans. This much innovation comes at a suitably “urban” price.
n Thanks Graham and Hesta at Cycleworld, Concord West.
Folding bike - the new penny farthing?
Greek Film Festival
The 22nd Greek Film Festival is just around the corner and is sure to bring plenty of great films that showcase the highs and lows of life in the Mediterranean. The festival will be kicking off this year with the film adaptation of Alex Lykos’ award-winning play Alex & Eve, which tells the story of Alex, son of a traditional Greek family, falling in love with Eve, the daughter of migrants from Lebanon, and the shenanigans along the way. Directed by Peter Andrikidis, this is a heartwarming portrayal of love between second-generation Australians. Other great films to keep an eye out for are Family Member, a dramedy about a family hiding the death of their grandfather to keep collecting his pension, and the 1964 classic and multi-Academy Award winner Zorba the Greek, which will conclude the festival.
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disco, face painting and entertainment in the 'kidzone', while adults can peruse plenty of second-hand stalls and even a silent auction while munching on a cornucopia of delicious treats! For more information, please visit www.erkoberzerko.com
Sunday 25th October
Canal Road Yard Sale
This is no average garage sale, folks! Canal Road is a film centre filled with wacky sets, props and costumes - just in time for Halloween. A food truck will be landing on Canal Road for the day and entertainment from will, obviously, be included! With many tenants of the centre contributing to the sale, there'll be something to feed everyone's curiousity. The sale will start at 10am and end at 4pm.Where: 1 Canal Road, Leichhardt. Access is through the gate in the fence off the the dog park, main gates will not be open.
Balmain and Rozelle Family Fun Day
The Balmain and Rozelle Family Fun Day is a great day for the whole family to get out into the sunshine and enjoy the village atmosphere of Balmain. The day will feature children’s rides, food
stalls, jumping castles, a kids petting zoo and plenty of other entertainment. Come and join the fun and help The Children’s Cancer Institute raise money for Neuroblastoma Australia. For more information, please visit www.neuroblastoma.org.au/events/ family-fun-day-2015/
Saturday 24th October
McCulloch’s Fundraising Art Parade
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Come along to Erskineville Public School for a fun-packed day of traditional school fair attractions coupled with a brilliant free entertainment program. For the kids, all day passes are available so they can enjoy non-stop rides, art, craft, silent
Devised by Susan McCulloch to solve the issue of how to best present a large body of work without much hanging space, Art Parades now command a respectable audience and serve an admirable cause. This year’s parade will be donating funds to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and is a great opportunity to see traditional artworks in person. Where: Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road, 2:30pm
Art for a cause at Gleebooks
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Thursday 15th October
n Local screens
I want to complain about the minimalist instrumentals but really they just showcase Anna Cordell's great voice, especially when she shifts from a very breathy verse to belting out the chorus. The Vanguard, $13.80
Friday 16th October
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Two Toms for the price of one
City Calm Down
Build, build and build some more. Each song just grows in layers, slowly intensifying in a truly pleasurable way. Throw in some great Lloyd Coleesque vocals and you get an awesome, almost retro band. Newtown Social Club, $20
Meera is supposed to be looking for a "nice Indian man..."
Australian rom-coms are rare so it’s curious that two similarly light and breezy ones turn up at exactly the same time. Both Alex & Eve, which opens the Greek Film Festival and gets a wide release later in the month, and UnIndian rely on multicultural tensions and use Inner West locations. In both (and this is a local reality), the female characters are better off professionally. Of the two, Anupam Sharma’s tale of the up and down relationship of Will (criketer Brett Lee) and Meera (Tannishtha Chatterjee) feels fresher and aims wider. NSW Uni lecturer Will is the one smitten, single mother Meera, an Australian of Indian origin, is attracted but holds back - and it takes a while to reveal why. That comes with a melodramatic finale, which is (just) forgivable on account of the film’s previous charms. But you’ll have to head out of the rarified Inner West art-house belt for this crowd-pleaser, at least as far as Burwood. In case you haven’t noticed, multicultural Sydney has moved! M from Oct 15.
Ciao’s pick: The Walk
Don’t walk, run to the biggest 3D screen you can find for this dazzling digital recreation of Phillippe Petit’s insanely inspired feat. His walk(s) between the NY World Trade Centre Towers in 1974 is only 17 minutes of screentime, but it’s a white knuckle, pants-wetting affair. There’s quite a bit of tease during the illegal highwire’s set up and that will let you know if you are actually capable of staying put for the sublime final act. For many, and not just those afraid of heights, every sense, every organ in their bodies will have been screaming, “get me outta here!” PG from Oct 15.
Tom Hardy is both Ron and Reggie Kray, the twins who viciously ruled the London crime scene in the '60s, and he brings every inch of his now legendary physical and emotional commitment to both roles. As Reggie he’s a sharply dressed gangster prince, utterly menacing but cool too, charming enough to convince young East Londoner Francis (Australian actress Emily Browning) to marry him – with tragic results. As Ron he’s “off his rocker” (that’s the clinical diagnosis), a homosexual with a taste for ultra violence, intimidation, his dear mum’s teacake and pretty young men. (“I prefer boys. Italians. Sometimes Greek. I’m not prejudiced”) Hardy’s acting chops both make Brian Hegeland's (LA Confidental, Mystic River) hugely violent biopic hugely watchable and presents a problem: he’s too good, too convincing. We’re not supposed to get off on this pair’s exploits, are we? The vile Krays are already over-mythologised as cultural icons. Hardy has turned them into legends. CTC from Oct 15. n More local movies – www.cioamagazine.com.au Alex & Eve, Learning to Drive, Miss You Already
City calm down
Saturday 17th October
Taking a few cues from Radiohead’s In Rainbows days and blending them with a laidback Aussie sound, Good Boy makes for pretty great listening when you are down to chill. Mix with sunlight and cocktails for best effect. Vic on the Park
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Lying down on the job
Troubled teens hit the road
What is fresh, fun and furry all over? Concord Carnival, obviously, the Inner West's most hands-on and livestock-filled festival! Held this Sunday, 11th October at Greenlees Park, Concord Carnival will bring you back to a simpler time. Besides the popular petting zoo and animal attractions, this festival will be filled with classic games like egg-and-spoon races, sure to raise a few cherished memories. For the more urban among us who can't imagine living without the amenities Sydney can offer, don't fret as Concord Carnival will provide for you too. From great coffee and food stalls to an inflatable soccer pitch for the kids, this local festival embraces our past while enjoying our modernity. Likewise, there will be enough environmental know-how and programs to make a hipster blush, so make sure to drop on down to the Eco-Hub to learn about the latest sustainability trends and practices!
The Road Within
You may recognize Zoe Kravitz as the hottie from Dope or maybe the recent Mad Max. She reduced her weight to 40kg for this role as a flirty anorexic in Gren Wells’ comedy-drama and she's easily the best thing in it. Though her road-trip companions, Vincent (Robert Sheen), who has a spectacularly expletive-prone version of Tourette’s and Alex (Dev Patel), who suffers from OCD, both put in strong performances too. Road movies can be clichéd and the title does give the game away: these three do find themselves, sort of, after stealing a car and taking off for California with Vincent’s boorish politician dad and their care-home’s doctor in hot pursuit. It’s the dynamic between the damaged teens, hormones and tempers raging, all mixed with their own disorders that gives this journey its depth. Sure, it’s an erratic trip, but one well worth going on. MA15+ on DVD and Blu-ray from Oct 14.
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Sunday 25th October
7 Bridges Walk
Celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year, the annual Cancer Council NSW 7 Bridges Walk is back! Having seen a total of 75,000 walkers raise over $2 million over the past nine years, the 7 Bridges Walk is a wonderful event that allows participants a great way to see the city, stay healthy and support a good cause. The entire track is 27km
that loops around Darling Harbour, but walkers should feel free to walk as much or as little as they feel capable of. For more info or to register, please visit www.7bridgeswalk.com.au
Wednesday 28th October
Green Comedy Roast
The annual Green Comedy Roast is coming up again this October! This event is always an awesome night of tree-hugging laughter and for a wild and wonderful cause too. A line-up of national and international comedy stars will be 'taking the pith' out of greenies – and all are welcome to come and join in for the laughs! All proceeds go towards the Wilderness Society's environmental campaigns, so you know you're doing something great to protect our wilderness too. Tickets start at $40. For more info and tickets, please visit the Green Comedy Roast page on Facebook.
experience that is really quite unlike anything that has come before. It even invites the audience to become part of the performance by stepping up onto the dance floor and letting the robots lead you in an artificial, yet strangely human, dance. Developed in collaboration with Branch Nebula and experimental musician Julian Knowles, the purpose of Robot Opera is to explore our everdeveloping relationship with technology, while attempting to foresee what could happen next.
A futuristic night out
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See the city on foot, fight cancer
Anyone who is not instantly enraptured by that name alone should be considered legally insane. But seriously, this latest production by Wade Marynowsky brings together robotics, live performance and sound engineering to create an interactive
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Should cyclists in the Inner West be made to wear helmets?
“No. People should have the right to choose whether or not they want to wear helmets.” Dan, Newtown “I always do so the police don't give me the lame, 'I don’t want to scrape you off the road,' spiel.” Samuel, Leichhardt “If you want to pay for expensive hospital stays and a broken head, don't wear a helmet. Enjoy your freedom while you're still in one piece.” Ella, Earlwood "I guess they should but I hope they are not made to wear helmets because I don’t like wearing them." Tim, Stanmore “It’s always a better idea to wear a helmet for safety, especially when there is poor cycle infrastructure and inconsistent driver awareness. However freedom of choice is important and cyclists should be able to assess the risks of their route and decide whether to wear a helmet.” Marna, Earlwoood
It may be just a coincidence the Turnbull appreciation index went up as the coal price went down. Or is it part of Turnbull's grand strategy to turn the suburnt country into his version of utopia? He knows we can do better than the Direct Action policy but he's made a pact not to change it. With promises of economic growth by encouraging innovation in industries like technology, the Turnbull government is inspiring and incisive. This narrative would not have succeeded if we were still in the middle of the mining boom. Cast your mind back to 2009 and Turnbull’s fall from Liberal leadership, and Rudd’s topple after his attempt to implement a resource tax. The mining magnates were just too rich and powerful. And the post-GFC economy needed the mining sector to underpin its recovery. Now thermal coal is hovering around $56/ mt which is close to rock bottom. China is expected to import 95.3 million tonnes in 2016, down from the 115 mt forecast for this year. This is against a backdrop of China announcing a start date for its emissions trading scheme. The outlook for the coal industry is bleak. While many of us are quite happy to see this bubble burst, it will have immediate socio-political consequences. Enter Malcolm Turnbull. Turnbull has inherited Abbot’s “Direct Action climate policy” and will have to back the Coalition’s taxpayer-funded “emissions reduction fund”, which is central to the policy helping reach our target of a 5 per cent cut in emissions by 2020 based on 2000 levels. The fund’s first reverse auction spent $660 million to reduce emissions by 47m tonnes, which is a pretty good effort but not nearly enough according to experts. The auction was criticised because recipients of the offset funds might have reduced their carbon anyway.
The Newtown Jets Awards
The Dally M awards are over but the Inner West's Rugby League crew, The Newtown Jets, took a moment to indulge in some team appreciation last week with their own awards night for the season. Blake Ayshford came away with the Best and Fairest Award. He is leaving the team to take up a contract with the New Zealand Warriors. Front rower, Andrew Pearn, took home the Fred Daly Memorial Shield for best contribution on and off the field. Junior Roqica was awarded as the team's most consistent player. The Newtown Jets were founded in 1908; it is disputed whether Glebe's Dirty Reds or The Jets were the first Rugby League club in Australia.
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Three hundred million was spent on farmers in west NSW who promised not to clear land they may not have cleared anyway. The legislation should only cover “new” emission reductions, and there is a lack of clarity as to how to qualify this. Turnbull is very aware of this loophole and said in 2010, “Arguments of considerable ferocity will arise as to whether a new piece of equipment would have been bought anyway with the risk that the government ends up funnelling billions of dollars to companies to subsidise their profits without achieving any real additional cuts to emissions.” The next auction happens next month before the Paris Climate Summit COP21. Turnbull will need to strategically stage the reforms he wants to climate policy. The Direct Action policy is due to review its purchase of international permits in 2017-2018. The government may start looking at international permits as early as mid 2016 (according to the Financial Review). As a former banker and businessman, we know Turnbull would like our carbon economy to be priced in the world market. But lets make no mistake, the carbon offset industry is a billion-dollar sector and in 10 years time we might have eco-billionaires controlling our socio-political outcomes.
Footy champs: Danny Fitzgerald and Andrew Pearn
Animal lovers looking for love
The Cruelty Free Festival, an animal lovers haven, is back this year at Technology Park in Redfern –and no doubt freegans, vegans and all breeds of vegetarian will be there in a heartbeat. This year, the festival has decided to branch out into matchmaking – organising a speed-dating session among festivalgoers. Event organiser Emma Hurst said they organised the speed dating event because the festival is a great place to meet animal lovers from all walks of life. “Very often relationships can fail if the gulf in shared values is too large. Many vegans, vegetarians and animal lovers actually refuse to date people without compassion for animals as the idea of loving someone without this trait is just too conflicting," she said. The Cruelty Free Festival will take place on Sunday 25th October. You can register for their speed-dating event at: www.crueltyfreefestival.org.au.
Last Wednesday, Director of Toni & Guy Newtown Lea-Ann Suthern was chosen to be interviewed by Jon Dee, the founder of Planet Arc, as the epitome of salon sustainability for his Fox News program, Smart Money. Toni & Guy Newtown has signed up to make some serious changes to their salon, including recycling 95 per cent of waste. The salon recently joined Sustainable Salons Australia, which provides extensive pick-up and recycling services for everything from dye waste, to hair, to foils. Before the salon joined Sustainable Salons Australia, Lea-Ann had already been recycling her aluminium foils by taking them to a recovery depot. She also replaced her lighting with LEDs and gave hair waste to community gardens for compost. Now Toni & Guy Newtown will now be donating ponytails to Variety Charity for children with alopecia. Cut hair will be sent to stuff booms used to contain pollution and oil spills at sea. Lea-Ann is passionate about sustainability at a local business level. “It's important for anyone in business at the moment to change their attitude towards reducing and recovering waste, as so much can be approached that way,” she said. Paul Frasca, the founder of Sustainable Salons Australia, also co-writes the Sustainability component for the TAFE hairdressing course. He told the Fifth Estate that SSA combines business savvy and sustainability, as customers will likely spread the word about services that are ethically minded. n Find out more at toniandguy14. tru-m.com/salons/nsw-locations/ newtown/
Pink Ribbon High Tea
Ladies in Pink is back for the third time at Leichhardt Town Hall. The event, run by local gluten-free chef Angie Cowen and yoga teacher Romina Di Federico, aims to raise $33,000 for the Quest For Life Foundation. The Foundation funds subsidised places at a wellness retreat in Bundanoon which offers respite to those experiencing grief, trauma, depression and chronic illness. This year Ladies in Pink has expanded to an international campaign asking people anywhere in the world to host a fundraising dinner. Volunteers for Ladies in Pink are now also located all through out Australia. “I think that given the opportunity everyone would be willing to help out those who really need it. Just from sharing our cause we have got a lot of support,” Angela Cowen said. The Ladies in Pink high tea will take place on October 15th and will feature a panel discussion with Australian of the Year Nominee Patrea King on living in the present. You can book your tickets at ladiesinpink.com.au 8pm with the night's revels continuing early into the morning. Odyssey Bar Restaurant organises live performances from local vocalists every week. Odyssey Bar Restaurant also serves up traditional Greek and Mediterranean fare on Thursdays and Fridays for lunch and dinner, prepared by well-known Mediterranean chef, Dominique Parisi. Odyssey's Friday nights also go late with DJs spinning out RnB, Pop and House with Hellenic flair until 3am. To book a table at Odyssey or organise a catered function at Odyssey Bar Restaurant call 0432 827 827. For info about gigs go to: www.facebook.com/ odysseybarrestaurant or check out their Instagram.
A new dining and music destination in the heart of Norton Street, Leichhardt. DJ and live music fused with a broad Mediterranean cuisine.
So long to Little Italy – the festive traditions of Greece are enlivening Leichhardt with a new sweet spot on Norton Street. Two local restaurateurs, Aristea and Jerry Mitzinis, have brought the best of Athen's nightlife to the Inner West, revamping Leichhardt's music and foodie scene. Odyssey Bar Restaurant has only been opened for a few weeks and has already attracted an excited crowd who are enthusiastic to take part in the bar's Bouzoukia nights, hard to find anywhere else in Sydney. Bouzoukia is the Athenian form of clubbing – including a generous dinner, and then a live performance from glamorous singers trained in Bouzoukia's traditional pop/folk style. The main attraction of Bouzoukia is, of course, the expectation that everyone dances! Odyssey Bar's Bouzoukia is held every Saturday night; dinner is served from
Odyssey Bar Restaurant will open on Thursday 22 October for lunch 12-3pm and dinner from 5-10pm. On Fridays, we will open for lunch from 12-3pm and dinner from 5pm-3am along with a DJ playing RnB and 80’s. Every Saturday night we have a set menu dinner and show with live Greek entertainment from 8pm-3am.
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Big Fat Greek night out
Mayor Angelo Tsirekas
APPEARING AT LEICHHARDT BOWLING CLUB FRI 30th OCTOBER @ 7:30
“Mike Whitney Band”
LEICHHARDT BOWLING CLUB 89-92 Piper St Leichhardt
We forced Bobbi Lewin to get back on her bike, with oustanding results! This once timid rider reveals the secret bike paths of the Inner West.
What more iconic image of the season is there than bike and rider? Zooming along, the wind in your hair; it is the epitome of freedom. Still, if you’d asked me two weeks ago if I wanted to go for a bike ride, I’d have declined. Fear of risking life and limb to these city streets keeps many would-be riders off their bikes. Yet, in the course of writing this article, I spoke (get it?) to several cycling enthusiasts who educated me on their favourite off-road paths, hidden places and virtually traffic-free routes. So when Fiona Campbell, Manager of Cycling Strategy for the City of Sydney, asked me to take a ride with her, I took a deep breath and said, “Yes!” She said the main barrier to riding is wanting to be safe. “When people think of cycling to work, they think of how they’d get there in their car, but there are really great short cuts hidden around,” says Fiona. She set out to show me just how easy it can be to get from the Inner West into the CBD, taking the new Broadway Link. Our ride continued up Jones Street, Mary Ann Street and on to the new pedestrian and cycle network, Goods Line. From there you can continue on to reach Darling Harbour and the Kent Street cycleway. According to Fiona, the City of Sydney has built 12km of separated cycleways. The most important thing being done for cyclist safety, she says, is “infrastructure that separates people from traffic.” A separated cycleway is one with a concrete kerb between the cyclist and traffic. In addition to the street routes, there are also several off-road paths around the area. John Caley, president of Bike Marrickville, shared a few of his favourites. “Along the M5, there’s a cycle route that follows most of it, from Bexley North out to Salt Pan Creek. A lot of people don’t know it’s there.” Another trail he enjoys starts at Wigram Road and follows Johnston’s Creek north, then connects with The Crescent and on to Rozelle Bay. The Cooks River trail is a popular one. John says, “It’s really nice to jump on that trail from Rookwood Cemetery” where the path begins. “There is bushland or grass, a green corridor. Because you’re following a river, there are very few hills. It’s a nice ride.” It follows the river east to Tempe. Fiona and John both mentioned the Whites Creek path as being a pleasant ride. It combines bike friendly street routes that connect with shared paths. “Get on it at Parramatta Road. It winds down Whites Creek Lane to Booth Street,” John said. The shared path starts at Booth and travels up to Brenan. “I like Whites Creek, because it is traffic free, quiet, hidden and green, with some interesting houses and the great artificial wetlands,” Fiona adds. Campbell and I took the light rail over to Hawthorne Canal, where we completed our ride. This shared path is on the GreenWay, a five kilometre corridor running from Iron Cove to Cooks River. Part of the Inner Sydney Regional Bike Plan, a proposal to extend these paths, was intended to be included in the Inner West Light Rail Extension, but has been deferred by the state government. Leichhardt Council is proposing a plan to make upgrades to the Hawthorne Canal shared path. While works are in progress to improve the future of cycling in the area, some feel there is much to be done. When I asked cycle enthusiast Andy Zootie what issues he felt were most important, he said safety. “Traffic is becoming heavier around the Inner West. More units are being built, with little thought for cycling infrastructure. We need more pathways to encourage people to ride more and safely,” says Andy.
“Bicycle trips have doubled in five years”
Encouraging people to start riding is a primary focus of Fiona’s office and other programs around the area. “There is safety in numbers,” she says. “The more bikes on the road, the more the car drivers will become accustomed to sharing the road.” Twice a year, Fiona’s office conducts bicycle counts during peak commuting times at 100 intersections throughout the council area. The total number of bicycle trips has doubled in the last five years and increased even more in areas where infrastructure has been put in place. Well, I can now say this previously frightened rider is contemplating a new bike! If you want to try out the Broadway Link yourself, join Sydney Rides Festival on October 24th for guided rides between Eveleigh Markets and the Powerhouse Museum. Rides Festival and other resources see: sydneycycleways.net bikemarrickville.org.au
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The secret path down Hawthorne Canal
“It is traffic free, quiet, hidden and green”
We began at Wilson Street near Newtown Station. Fiona tells me that Wilson Street is known as “the Bicycling Highway of the Inner West.” It’s a bicycle friendly street, quiet in terms of traffic, with sections of dedicated lanes. From there, we travelled to Shepherd Street and continued on calm roads making our way to Broadway. I was anxious about how we were going to get across the busy intersections at Abercrombie Street and Broadway. My fears were alleviated when I saw the dedicated traffic signals for cyclists. “Traffic divisions help to make a street quieter and safer,” says Fiona. Divisions consist of traffic lights such as these that allow bikes through safely, road closures that provide access to bikes only, and roads that are one way for cars, but allow bike access both ways.
Fiona Campbell on the Broadway Link
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I get a little thrill whenever I see this on the menu at Japanese restaurants. For a vegetable dish – a practically vegan one at that – it is incredibly rich and satisfying. The flesh of the eggplant is unctuous and tender, the caramelised miso glaze an umami-mazing hit. This is a great recipe for a warm evening’s dinner party as everything can be prepared in advance; when your guests are ready just throw the eggplants under the grill. Bring on the warm spring nights! 1. Combine dashi/stock, mirin, sake and sugar in a small pan. Heat and whisk until sugar is dissolved and mixture is starting to bubble. 2. Add the miso paste and whisk well to combine. 3. When smooth and thick, remove from heat and set aside. 4. Slice the eggplants in half lengthways. Score the eggplant on the cut side, pushing deeply into the flesh while taking care not to cut through to the skin. 5. Cover the cut side of the eggplant liberally with oil. Cook cut-side down in pan at high heat until the surface becomes golden-brown, about 3-4 minutes. 6. Turn over and cook for a further 2-3 minutes, or until the flesh of the eggplant is soft when poked with a skewer. 7. Place eggplants cut-side up onto a rack over a dish or tray (this will catch the drips of oil and miso as they cook). Spoon the miso sauce over the eggplant. 8. Sprinkle the top with sesame seeds and grill for a few minutes, until the sauce is bubbling and golden. 9. Remove from heat, sprinkle sliced spring onion and serve.
Wine with Winsor
Turkey Flat 2014 Butcher’s Block
There is brilliant value to be found in this bold but beautifully balanced Barossa blend. A melange of shiraz, grenache and mataro grapes, it is a perfect choice for anyone who likes their reds with a hint of machismo. This is forward and fun and can either be enjoyed in its playful youth or comfortably cellared for a decade. Great with steaks or braises, this is a wine that blossoms when matched with food. $20.
Tyrrell’s 2015 Part & Parcel
This is the first release of this eclectic white blend by Hunter Valley winery Tyrrell’s, a blend of semillon, chardonnay, gewurztraminer and verdelho. It may be a cross-cultural blend but it works brilliantly, offering a fresh and aromatic bouquet and flavoursome intensity on the palate. This is a lovely, refreshing, low-alcohol wine (11 per cent), perfect for enjoying now the days are getting longer and warmer. This would be fabulous served chilled with oysters or cooked seafood dishes. $25.
Who knew eggplant could be so tasty?
• 2 small eggplants or 4 Japanese eggplants • 1/4 cup dashi (can also use vegetable stock to make it vegan) • 2 tablespoons mirin
• 2 tbspn sake • 1 tbspn sugar • 2 tbspn miso paste • 1 tspn sesame seeds • Spring onions to serve
Foundstone 2014 Merlot
Berton Vineyards are making some cracking wines at Yenda in the Riverina. This is a blend of fruit from several different vineyards that tastes as good as many merlots costing double or triple the price. It is soft, juicy and plush, bigger than Beaujolais-style wines although with a similar youthful charm. Think plums and dark cherries with just a hint of oak nudging through. This would be excellent paired with earthy dishes featuring mushrooms or truffles. $8-10.
n Fruit: Local strawberries and mangoes are of superb quality and
the Brazilian fruit jabuticaba has begun its season. On the other hand, cumquats are now finished and limes are pricey. and delicious when bought locally. The price of pumpkin is rising dramatically as we exit winter and radishes are becoming scarce. Courtesy of Murdoch Produce
It’s Asparagus season!
n Veggies: Asparagus is a great buy right now, especially cheap
AT HOME WITH Joanne Bowskill
Cover girl Joanne Bowskill will be holding cooking lessons at this year’s Concord Carnival. But these are no ordinary lessons... they are specially devised for chefs under the age of 12!
What inspired you to start cooking classes for kids? The visible loss of basic cooking skills, not only in children but in adults. Also, and very importantly, the growing obesity problem in Australia. Some adults can’t cook - what can you expect from children in the kitchen? I have really high expectations of children’s skills in the kitchen. With guidance and supervision, they are much more capable than we often give them credit for. What is the one recipe you are most grateful someone taught you to make? My mum’s corn fritter recipe, as my seven-year-old son eats them every single day for breakfast. What makes a good recipe for children to learn? Clear and simple instructions with an outcome that the children will enjoy. Kids will most often try a recipe where they have been involved in choosing the recipe, selecting the ingredients and the preparation of the meal. How does learning to cook relate to reducing waste and looking after the environment?
Foraging your Backyard
This issue’s theme is getting out and about in the Inner West now that the weather is starting to turn it on. From a food perspective, there’s a lot to be thankful for. It isn’t just about barbeques and picnics with friends in al fresco surrounds, either. When you are outside next, take a good look around. Chances are you are sitting on, or near, something that would do better on your plate than underfoot. Foraging is not just a hipster term for seaweed garnishes on high-end restaurant menus, as much as it has become the theme du jour for the culinary set. It can also be anything salvaged from your landscape, from native berries and sea succulents, to seeds and greens. So for the newbie forager, where do you go and what are you supposed to look for? Plants like warrigal greens, mallow and wood sorrel, for example, are abundantly available in parks through Wolli Creek, Glebe and Marrickville, even your own backyard. While they can be found in restaurants around town, they’re often easier to use at home and a helluva lot cheaper, not to mention local. Paddock to plate, eat your heart out. If you’re unsure of what to look for, there are heaps of online resources to get you started. Self-proclaimed Weedy One, Diego Bonetto, is an expert on the subject of identifying wild edibles and not only is his website (diegobonetto.com) a useful starting point for researching local wild food, but he also regularly takes groups of people foraging so you can learn firsthand what makes good grub. Chef and wild food expert Clayton Donovan’s young children have grown up on a diet of knowing what to eat from their surrounds. He laughs when he tells me about the time his kids set up a ‘bush tucker’ stand in the playground at school. He received a concerned phone call from the principal, worried that his kids might poison the other children (they didn’t), and he noted that it was astonishing that five and six-year-olds could know more about wild foods than their educators. It’s rare that we have this knowledge to pass down to our next generation, so why not discover foraging as a family? This is the part of the article where I install the caveat that will prevent you from wanting to sue anyone: if in doubt, don’t eat it. Proceed with caution and do your research, but don’t forget to have a bit of fun in the discovery process.
Reduction of packaging from pre-prepared foods is a big bonus. Knowing how to cook enables you to look through the food items you already have and create a dish, without having to go to the shops to buy new ingredients for each and every dish you want to produce. It’s one of the greatest skills to have as a cook, in order to save money on your household bill and not have food constantly going to waste. What is your favourite play destination in the Inner West and what goodies do you take along? Timbrell Park in Five Dock. I like to take along a Picnic Cob, a recipe we will be demonstrating at the Concord Festival. This is a great sandwich loaf that can be made the day before, is easy to transport, and very tasty. free Get Kids Cooking in The Bay workshops at Concord Carnival at: www.canadabay.nsw.gov.au/ concord-carnival-concord-kitchen Concord Carnival is from 10am-4pm Sunday, October 11th at Greeenlees Park.
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Kids in the kitchen
1. Put 3 litres water in a large pot to boil 2. Finely chop chives 3. Place ricotta, flour, chives and salt in a bowl 4. Very gently mix together using your hands until just combined 5. Sprinkle flour on bench and tip ricotta mix onto it 7. Divide mix into 4 balls 8. Roll each ball into long narrow snakes 9. Cut snakes into 1cm long pieces 10. Gently drop gnocchi dough into boiling water 11. Once gnocchi floats to the top remove from water using a slotted spoon and place in bowl 12. Top with sauce, grated cheese, salt and pepper to taste Serves 4 Adult help is needed for boiling and straining gnocchi, chopping chives
500g ricotta ¾ cup plain flour and extra flour for bench 1 tsp salt ½ bunch chives Extra flour for bench
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Spring has… begun! And what goes hand in hand with the sunshine, flowers blooming and bees buzzing? No, we’re not talking about hay fever, we’re talking about Spring Racing. Ciao sourced the finest dresses from the quaintest Inner West boutiques to show you how to nail that Melbourne Cup look. This season is all about retro dress cuts with stand-out prints in colours that pop!
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Hats and fascinators supplied by Catherine Kelly at Embellish Atelier, 128 Victoria Rd, Rozelle PH: 04 16 182 486 Embellish-hats.com Prices available upon appointment.
Navy and white Foil Dress, $139. Navy Foil Cardigan, $89. Elk necklace, $59. Elk tote bag in tangerine, $245. Meshea Lifestyle.
Bouquet, $190. Retrospec’d Clothing.
t Norma Jean dress in French
42 Short St, Leichhardt. Phone: 9518 3281
315 King St, Newtown. Phone: 8021 0302
Black and white Retro bag $39.95. Melissa grey heels $109. Origami Doll.
Palm Tree Green Dress, $139.
$199. Retrospec’d Clothing.
Sandi dress in Spanish Rose Red,
451 King St, Newtown. Phone: 9517 1387
Betty dress in Lazy Days Lemon, $190. Retrospec’d Clothing.
Elizabeth dress in English Rose, $190. Retrospec’d Clothing.
t Elizabeth dress in Santorini Check,
$190. Retrospec’d Clothing.
q Vivian dress in Posie Blue, $190. Retrospec’d Clothing.