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FREE There’s life in the Inner West! Issue 279 | April 1st 2016 WIN! FREE TIX: Celebrate seniors Spanish Film Festival Where to Invade Next Sydney Comedy Festival The human behind Humans of Newtown Locals who have made retirement their heyday Making their Mark FLEMINGTON SESSION 2: 1.30PM – 3.3OPM FREE SHOWS • FREE PARKING @ PADDY’S MARKETS FRO M OR A NAY A LONG M M SA R.’S PL NG A ND TI J NICK SA M HOS ING M H R T I O F W PER Kids Karnival TM & © 2016 Marvel & Subs SUNDAY 22 MAY SESSION 1: 11.00AM – 1.0OPM © 2016 Viacom International Inc. © 2016 Spin Master PAW Productions Inc. © 2016 Viacom International. All Rights Reserved WWW.PADDYSMARKETS.COM.AU


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Inner West whispers Local gossip, rumour, hearsay and unsubstantiated fact... Whispers – Let them eat cheesecake – pretty vacant – confused Italian NSW Premier Mike Baird made an unsavoury comment last week opening the newly refurbished Pasticceria Papa, Haberfield’s most famous shop. The appearance was bittersweet for Haberfield residents, who have been fighting the WestConnex plans to install a ventilation outlet in the suburb, where heritage homes are slated for destruction. Dozens of protestors from the WestCONnex action group turned up. Baird reportedly stated, “They know what they don’t want. But I know what they do want: ricotta cheesecake!” Protestors have called it Baird’s ‘Let them eat cake moment.’ l WE ARE C!AO Satire for the soul Latte Leftie explores the dangers of allowing freedom of association on campus (or anywhere else) Dear LL – If you’ll pardon the pun, I’m facing a devilish dilemma. I’m a student council official at a local uni. I need to adjudicate on whether the Satanist society should be deregistered for requiring its members declare their faith in the Dark Lord and the imminent dawning of the Benighted Aeon in which all truth and beauty will be extinguished. One the one hand, I’m all for banning anything unpleasant from campus: dead white males, live white males, white males wearing culturally appropriative sombreros, dangerous reactionaries such as Germaine Greer, uneducated proles too self-centred to support an open-door refugee policy and so on. On the other hand, Satanists have some serious runs on the board when it comes to being marginalised. And one of the more theologically fluid Satanists also identifies as a Wiccan high priestess (yet again, a gold medal-winning performance in the oppression Olympics). If I make the wrong decision I could end up with some UN supranational court gaoling me for human rights abuses or being ritually disemboweled in front of goths maniacally fornicating to the music of Marilyn Manson. Peter, Camperdown LL replies: Having had a man crush on Aleister Crowley in my wayward youth, my sympathy is for the devil worshippers. Nonetheless, one can’t risk making exceptions and thereby throwing away the Left’s hardwon reputation for a complete lack of discrimination. What kind of society would it be if people of shared interests or background were able to gather together freely and even form voluntary associations? Exactly the kind of racist, sexist, transphobic, specieist dystopia we now exist in and which visionary student activists are doing such noble work transforming. Do your progressive duty and deregister the Beelzbub-botherers, even if it means a life – or death – sentence! ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE Sarah Shepherd have disappointing occupancy rates. Balmain has the lowest rate, with 9.1 per cent of dwellings empty, meaning there’s around 675 unoccupied properties. In Leichhardt and Annandale, 8.5 per cent of dwellings are unoccupied, which amounts to 923 dwellings that aren’t being used. There are similar levels of occupancy in Five Dock, Abbotsford and Glebe, with an estimated total of 90,000 vacant properties in all of Sydney. l A certain Five Dock cafe looks in need of a social media makeover given their website claims, “The Best Italian food is made right here in San Fransisco!”. If that wasn’t awkward enough to snort laugh a spaghettini strand up your nose, the mission statement on their home page reads, “We at Modello believe in an intimate atmosphere in the right location.” HINT: the name of the cafe is not Modello – but a rose by another name, right? ADVERTISING Madi Day FOOD Melissa Leong A Sydney Morning Herald report based on research by the University of NSW found Sydney’s housing prices may have been artificially inflated by landlords purposefully not renting out properties. Why would they do that? Because losses can be offset by tax breaks such as negative gearing and capital gains concessions while the value of the property grows. Inner West suburbs l WINE Winsor Dobbin LOCAL history McHugh’s Shoes, Leichardt McHugh’s Shoes has been delivering quality footwear to the Inner West for over a century. Originally founded in Rozelle in 1911, in 2011 the store moved to Leichhardt. The business has seen four generations of the McHugh family in charge. Currently run by father and daughter team, Rod and Annie McHugh, the enterprise was originally founded by Annie’s great grandfather, Francis, who also opened locations in Carlingford, Ryde, Gladesville and Drummoyne. Over the century, McHugh’s Shoes has developed a devoted following of Inner Westies, not to mention TV and film stars and even opera singers! ART DIRECTOR Paden Hunter EDITORIAL Phoebe Moloney The McHughs never wear out! n Email your dilemma to Things we love: FREE EVENT LEICHHARDT COUNCIL PRESENTS ‘THE SUNSET SERIES’ Kassia Aksenov ASSISTANT PUBLISHER Contributors: Nigel Bowen, Lianna Taranto, Cat O’Dowd, Olivia Mackay, Russell Edwards, Maani Truu and Hannah Craft. Ciao loves you, and our photographers only supply photos for publication with consent. We try and make you look your best. No responsibility is accepted by Ciao Magazine for the accuracy of advertisements or information. We welcome unsolicited editorial and pictorial contributions. The opinions expressed in Ciao Magazine are those of contributors, indemnifying the publisher from inaccuracy or consequences arising from its reproduction. © All rights reserved. No material is to be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. Ciao Magazine is a free publication. Distribution, advertising & editorial enquiries 460A Parramatta Road, Petersham 2049 (02) 9518 3696. 0402 202 951 – Sonya 0405 509 805 – Sonia Ciao is locally owned and produced. Please recycle Printed by Spot Press, Marrickville Geoff Ostling of Petersham shows off his full body tattoo of Sydney native flowers at the West Village Hotel (formerly the White Cockatoo). Image: Ben Cregan Push it. Push it real good. FEATURING MENTAL AS ANYTHING LILYFIELD 4PM-7PM CNR MOORE & CATHERINE ST WAR MEMORIAL PARK While there has been a move to improve exercise initiatives for our local seniors (for example, the construction of seniorfriendly exercise equipment in public parks), one of Ciao’s favourite programs is Marrickville Council’s Tai Chi in Parks. While not exclusively for seniors – anyone is welcome – Tai Chi is particularly beneficial for our elderly residents due to the fact it is low-impact. It also reduces bone loss, improves balance and stability, reduces blood pressure, and helps mitigate the effects of Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s, among many others. The classes are held weekly, between 9am and 10am, in Kendrick Park, Tempe (Monday), Moreton Park, Lewisham (Fridays) and Enmore Park, Enmore (Saturdays). Did I mention they are completely free of charge, with no bookings required and taught be certified professionals? Why not try something new, improve your health and get to know other Tai Chi aficionados in your local community? WWW.SUNSETSERIES.COM.AU C!ao’s voice In • Colourful socks • Wayne Pearce Hill • Bookbinding classes • Shiraz • Embracing silver, salt & pepper and grey hair! Out • Sniping • Having to clean out your gutters • Humidity • Sandals • Vertical fiscal imbalance This free event is a Leichhardt Council initiative C!ao Magazine There’s life in the Inner West! 2


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Community Life R OA D T E ST n Emma McConnell Fitness for Seniors Bay Run, Leichhardt Getting your silver fox on and staying fit has never been so convenient, discovers Emma McConnell. Seniors Fitness Station Located alongside the picturesque Iron Cove and sporting the tagline ‘You’re Never Too Old To Play’, this outdoor gym is the perfect addition to complement the existing walking track. The equipment caters for all ages and especially beginners, with clear instructions demonstrating how each machine operates and what muscles groups are targeted. The equipment is designed in a manner that relies upon people using their body weight as the resistance, which obviates the need for complicated machinery. If you love getting plenty of fresh air then this one is for you – particularly before the really chilly winter months set in. RANT The gross failings of popular feminism The popular feminist movement caters precisely to women such as myself – white, middle class, cisgender and heterosexual. Work on your pecs in the fresh air aerobics can fit into anybody’s schedule. The health benefits are indisputable, particularly for those prone to injury or who wish to incorporate low-impact exercise into their daily regime. Spearheaded by the likes of Tina Fey, Lena Dunham and Amy Schumer, its commentary on issues affecting women like me is inspired, taking aim at everything from shitty media representation (33 per cent of speaking roles in 2015) to the outrageous gender wage gap (currently 17.3 per cent in Australia). One of the frustrations of feminism is the difficulty of being taken seriously. There are too many articles claiming that the wage gap is a result of our choices despite mountains of research on workplace sexism. Too many people insist that a film with one poorly written, overtly sexualised female character isn’t sexist. The response to the harrowing rates of domestic violence and homicide (15 dead this year as of 30th March according to Counting Dead Women Australia) is evasion and excuses. Women are suffering and it is offensive that people do not care because these truths make them uncomfortable or their entitlement supports their ignorance. But to me this perspective is blinkered. Many feminists are similarly blinded to tragedies that do not affect them, refusing to acknowledge the scales weighted in their favour. I expect better of feminism. I expect a movement which calls upon men to take notice of the harm inflicted on the other half of the world to show the same courtesy. And at nearly every turn it fails. Trans women are being murdered at chilling rates. The pay gap between white women and women of colour is staggering. 90 per cent of women with disabilities are sexually assaulted. Turn on your television. How many women of colour do you see? How many disabled women? How many queer? Last year Patricia Arquette declared it time for people of colour and the gay community to fight for equal pay for women. This thoughtless comment speaks volumes to the white liberal feminism she and her fellow celebrities espouse. This same thoughtlessness prompted Lena Dunham to pen a 'feminist' TV series set in one of the world's most diverse cities and populate it solely with white women. Amy Schumer's skits penetrate no plight but her own. Tina Fey has declared she will no longer attempt to explain how her racist jokes in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt aren’t racist. These lapses don’t just reveal ignorance: they betray an ominous lack of compassion. No marginalised group can achieve equality without the powerful losing something. Status, economic superiority, and freedom from unpaid labour are all sacrifices men will have to make if women are to become truly equal. If all women are to be equal, the privileged women among us must sacrifice something too. Lawn Bowls Petersham Bowling Club, Petersham Lawn bowls is a game of skill and patience which can lead to quite intense competition for the players and high drama for the spectators lucky enough to be on the sideline. And young or old, there’s nothing quite like a game of lawns bowls to spruce up a dull afternoon. The iconic Petersham Bowling Club is the perfect place to have a roll up but be warned, it can get busy so be sure to phone ahead to avoid disappointment. It is a relatively inexpensive way to catch up with your mates, have a few laughs and sink a beer or two! Aqua Aerobics Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre, Marrickville If you’re after a fun workout with a difference then try your luck in the pool! The facilities at the Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre are second to none and have been specifically designed to cater for both elderly and less-mobile patrons. With a variety of intensity levels and with classes available almost every day of the week, aqua Tai Chi Hannaford Community Centre, Rozelle The slow, controlled movements of Tai Chi promote mindfulness, meditative calm and relaxation all in one. They involve a combination of co-ordinated hand movements and breathing techniques. When practiced regularly these can result in a significant improvement in both your mental and physical wellbeing. Tai Chi is also a great way to meet laidback people and attending a class at the Hannaford Community Centre is free for the first time, with the cost of $10 per class thereafter. However, if Tai Chi isn’t your cup of tea there are plenty of other activities on offer at the Hannaford Centre – check their website for their extensive list of classes. The resistance training anyone can do 12th Annual Sydney Comedy Festival It's that time of year again – the Sydney Comedy festival is back, delivering over 200 comedic performances to have you clutching your sides and weeping with mirth. There are many familiar faces both from home and abroad, including Spicks and Specks' Adam Richard, Nazeem Hussain and the indomitable Arj Barker. The line-up of fresh faces demonstrates the new blood entering the Aussie comedy scene, and these newcomer performances are budget-friendly at just $15. Happily for us, the Inner West is playing host to many of these comic gems at local venues including the Enmore Theatre and The Factory between Monday April 18th to Sunday May 15th. Jump onto the Sydney Comedy Fest website to find a performance near you and snap up your tickets! For an evening of hilarity, it's a small price to pay. n Ciao is giving away two double passes to The Best of the Fest showing at The Factory Theatre on Fri 22nd April. Email us at telling us where you picked up your copy of Ciao or like and share our Facebook giveaway post. WIN FREE TICKETS What’s on n Compiled by Hannah Craft. Email Fri 1st to Fri 8th April FREE Community are en ev ts listings Why can't we just take one for the team? n Hannah Craft Sun 3rd Apr, 9am-3pm email info@ Attn: Hannah Kegworth Autumn F.A.R.E. Leichhardt Seniors Festival Leichhardt is bringing a creative focus to its celebration of the NSW Seniors Festival this year. On Friday April 1st the opening of the Age of Reinvention exhibition at Balmain Library will showcase poetry, flash-fiction and photography from the Seniors Festival competition. Later that evening, the Gala Celebration at Balmain Town Hall will feature music, comedy and canapes. The following week will be filled with workshops ranging from writing and meditation to social media. Visit the Leichhardt Council website for a full list of activities, venues and booking information. Most events are free but booking is essential. Sat 2nd Apr, 9am-11am Mature fun 4 Mini-Movers Free Dance Workshop Q2 Dance is facilitating a free dance workshop specifically designed for kids aged three to six years old, suited to their developmental stages in movement and coordination. Here your child can begin the journey that will last a lifetime: a love of music and dance. The class for kids aged three to four years of age runs from 9:30am to 10:10am and the class for ages five to six from 10:15am to 11am. It's a great chance to hang out with other little movers and shakers! Email info@ to book your place or call 0403 961 871 for more information. Where: 1/105-107 Parramatta Rd, Camperdown The Kegworth Public School Autumn F.A.R.E has raised over $209,000 for the school since its inception five years ago. Staying true to its promising acronym (Food, Art, Rides and Entertainment), the activities on offer this year are perfect for the little ones! The rides and petting zoo are sure fire winners. The massive Dad's BBQ will keep you well nourished, and the secondhand book and toy sales will be there for your perusal. With raffles, homemade crafts, bake sales and so much more, this is a perfect day out for the whole family, and for a wonderful cause! Armbands for unlimited rides are $25 each, save when you buy more. Where: Kegworth Public School, 60 Tebbutt St, Leichhardt Don't be a F.A.R.E evader See page 8 for more what's on...


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Entertainment Free Fri 8pm Free Sat 8pm Free Sun 2pm Cash Housie Thu 10:45am Fri 8pm Sat 1:00pm and 7:30pm Mixed Bingo Cash Housie Mon, Tue and Thu 7:30pm Bingo Mon, Tues, wed, Fri 10:45 Raffles Tue Chook Raffle 7:00pm Thu Market Day 1:30pm & 7pm Fri Meat & Gift Card 1:30pm & 7pm Sat Meat Raffle 3.30pm Sun Chooks & Gift Card 7pm Entertainment


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n Local Gigs Sunday 3rd April n Local screens MAGNUS Rock'n'rollers Magnus are launching their album later this month and this gig will be a little taster of what is to come. These Sydneysiders love giving a rough and ready live finish to their songs encapsulating the moment and feel of each particular show. FREE TICKETS Win double movie passes Should Mike invade Australia? The Record Crate, $5 on the door Where To Invade Next One affair is never enough... Spanish Affair 2 opens the festival with a laugh The hypnotic Sarah Blasko 2016 Spanish Film Festival If you’re on a good thing, do it again! Last year the always wildly popular Spanish Film Festival opened with Spain’s biggest ever box office hit, A Spanish Affair, and quick as a flash, there’s a sequel. Spanish Affair 2 has the same madcap crew plus a bunch of their new Catalan friends, and it’s a typically high-spirited way to launch 2016’s program of 32 comedies, dramatic features, thrillers and docos from Spain and Latin America. Here’s three no serious cinema-lovers should miss:  Eva Doesn’t Sleep, an Argentine film starring Gael Garcia Bernal that relates the incredible saga of Eva Peron’s body following her death; The moving Ma Ma, which stars Penélope Cruz giving another masterful performance; Best of all is the closing night sensation, Ciro Guerra’s award winning Embrace of the Serpent, a breathtaking odyssey through the Amazon. At Palace Cinemas Apr 12 – May 1. Full program: Friday 8th April Festival Guest: Daniel Guzmán at Norton Street SARAH BLASKO Iconic Australian songstress Sarah Blasko is back, promoting her latest, and seriously good, album Eternal Return. Blasko is utterly mesmerising live, so don't miss this rare opportunity. Enmore Theatre, $68.20 Sunday 10th April SEAN McMAHON & THE MOONMEN Playing a late matinee show, Sean McMahon & The Moonmen are launching their debut album Shiner. The brains behind the operation, McMahon delivers folky bliss that's backed up beautifully by his talented band. Charismatic Madrid-born actor/director Daniel Guzmán describes his debut feature Nothing In Return as autobiographical, and if that’s so, he sure had an eventful adolescence… The drama, which stars Miguel Herrán, tells the story of a 16-year-old hothead whose life goes dramatically off the rails. It took him nine years to make – time well spent it seems as it won him Best New Director at the 2016 Goya Awards. You can meet Daniel at the Festival opening at Palace Norton St on April 12, and at a special Q&A at Palace Verona on April 17. Michael Moore’s last film, the sarcastically titled Capitalism: A Love Story was a passionate cry of rage at the banking system that gave us the GFC, all peppered with his acerbic dark wit. He’s still mad as hell, still just as funny, but the old man has mellowed a bit (he’s supporting Clinton, not Sanders!). And Where To Invade Next is his friendliest and most generous-hearted film yet. And it isn’t about US’s aggressive foreign policy – actually Moore’s idea of “invasion” is as benign as pillaging other nation’s good ideas. So it’s off to Italy where workers have more than the US’s two week annual holiday, France where school lunches aren’t tasteless lumps of beige lard, Norway where jails are more like comfy retreats and Portugal where druggies don’t get sniffed by dogs and locked up. And so on, in fact everywhere in Europe is so much cooler than his homeland – a belief that lots of Inner Westies share (They have light rail! They hate McDonalds! They ride bicycles!). But surely we’ve got something he can steal? NSW’s new bicycle safety laws, maybe…? CTC from April 7. n Thanks to Madman Entertianment we have 5 double passes to give away. Details below. CIAO's PICKS Marrickville Bowling Club, Free n Thanks to the Spanish Film Festival and Palace Cinemas, we have 10 double passes to give away to festival films. Details below. Daniel (right) with the star of Nothing in Return Trouble at 8,000 metres Lilyfield Bluesfest Bluesfest is returning to Lilyfield with a diverse line-up of acts to please any music enthusiast. Jan Preston's Boogie Circus will kick off the festivities at 4pm, fronted by Australia's own Queen of boogie piano and joined by Annandale's Margeaux Rolleston. Taking over at 5pm will be The Pigs and their addictive brand of hillbilly pop (they have regaled audiences the world over with covers of hit songs, as well as their self-penned anthems). Mental As Anything will wrap up the festival at 7pm. Starting out as students and playing at pubs and university events, Mental as Anything's repertoire ranges from pop and rockabilly to country. In 1978 they took the country by storm with their hit 'The Nips Are Getting Bigger'. Mental As Anything have been touring with their two original vocalists since the '70s, and will be gracing the Bluesfest stage with their stream of classic hits. Bring a picnic, relax and enjoy this unmissable free event. Sherpa Squeal like a pig! n Memorial Park, Lilyfield, Sunday April 10th, 4pm-7pm There’s a telling scene glimpsed early on in Aussie Jennifer Peedom’s compelling doco about the 'Everest Industry'. A tiny woman is struggling to pull one of those monster-sized packs full of creature comforts for trekkers – luxury items such as beer as often as not. Porters like her will make multiple trips up and down the treacherous mountain for a single expedition. And for all the gushing from liberal-minded trekkers about “the beautiful Nepalese people” , there’s a clear set of expectations here: Westerners get to feel like Gods while being spoilt rotten. While the crew were filming, an avalanche killed sixteen Nepalese workers. One Sherpa called Phurba Tashi, himself about to make his own record breaking 22nd ascent of Everest, became an unlikely leader and made a surprising and dramatic decision – none of them will go up the mountain. So is he a labour hero? Or as one Western trekker says, “a terrorist.” The scenery is stunning, the ironies as sharp as the incredible peaks. M from Mar 31. Mon 4th to Sat 9th April Marrickville Council Seniors Festival Marrickville Council is pulling out all the stops to celebrate NSW Seniors Festival this year, organising a range of activities for everyone to get involved. The Young At Heart Film Festival will be held at Marrickville's Town Hall meeting room from 2pm each day, screening short films with seniors in leading roles, followed by feature documentaries. Tuesday 5th will bring the annual free lunch and concert, which will be held at the Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL from 10:30am-2pm. Always a crowd favourite, this event is open only to Marrickville local government area residents. Bookings are essential, call 9335 2143 to secure a place! Visit the Marrickville Council website for a full list of activities and venue information. Tues 5th April, 10am-11:30am Who are these whippersnappers? Glebe Foreshore Parklands Walking Tour A striking bunch 6 A gentle walking tour through the picturesque Glebe Foreshore Parklands guided by ecologists and parklands staff will take you through Federal Park, Bicentennial Park and Blackwattle Park Bay, finishing up at Bellview House. The walk is a Seniors Festival event but open to people of all ages. The route is flat and suitable for those with mobility aids, and the parklands are easily accessible by public transport. Meet the tour staff near the wetlands at Chatman Rd in Annandale to begin the walk. Call 9265 9385 for more information. Where: Federal Park, Annandale Mon 11th to Fri 22nd Apr program jam-packed with activities for kids aged 4-12. Bayside Kids will be offering everything from soccer, netball, kids Zumba and yoga to basketball and gymnastics at Five Dock Leisure Centre. Camp days will also be held at the leisure centre and filled with similar activities, as well as movies, games, arts and crafts! Camp days range from $40-$60, clinics are $35 per child. To book visit the Leisure Centre's website or call 9744 2622. Where: Five Dock Leisure Centre, Queens Rd, Five Dock. WIN Double MOVIE PASSES To be in the running to win one of ten double passes to Spanish Film Festival films, or one of five to Where To Invade Next, email your name and address telling us where you picked up your Only at the movies April 7 Council's Bayside Kids School Holiday Program City of Canada Bay is once again running their popular school holiday copy of Ciao. You can enter both in one email, but give us a preference. n Reviews – Russell Edwards


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n Promotion Being a senior in the Inner West has its moments of bliss, though it’s important for seniors in the area to look after their own health and future. Take care of what is to come for yourself, your family and your loved ones. In celebration of Seniors’ Week, Ciao introduces you to professionals who have got you covered, so you can stress lesss and enjoy more. ECO DENTAL The Dentist with your total body wellness in mind Taking care of your teeth is not always a top priority for seniors and Inner Westies alike. However, we all know how important it is! Eco Dental show you how to take care of your teeth the safe and eco friendly way. The idea of eco friendly dentistry at Eco Dental is to reduce the environmental impact of the dental clinic while providing the highest quality service to their patients. This eco consciousness takes place from the surgery room, the reception, the office and even the bathroom! Dr Fallah has had over a decade of working experience in oral surgery, dental implants, edodontics (root canal treatments) and cosmetic dentistry. He regularly attends seminars to keep his knowledge up to date with the latest technology. The products and surgical techniques at Eco Dental are carried out with least harmful products. Eco Dental have made the switch to Digital Radiography in order to conserve energy, this also means less exposure to radiation for patients, up to 90 percent less radiation is emitted through digital x-rays. Forum Law Personal advice for peace of mind The legal team over at Forum Law will lend a helping hand with your wills, property law needs and conveyancing matters. Do you have a current will? Without a valid will, your loved ones may not be looked after according to your wishes, and your estate could be involved in a costly legal dispute. Your affairs are more complex that you may think, and a home-made will may not take the most important details into account – or even be legally binding. Particularly if you are in a blended family, or a de-facto relationship. Do you wish to appoint a Power of Attorney to make legal and financial decisions on your behalf? Do you need an Enduring Guardian to look after decisions regarding your health, wellbeing and medical treatment? The lawyers at Forum Law can also help with these documents, so you can be confident that these decisions will be taken care of in accordance with your wishes. Forum Law’s caring legal team, conveniently located in the Italian Forum in Leichhardt, will help you understand estate planning matters and record your wishes. They will also identify any issues, and promptly revise your will and other documents when your circumstances change. Forum Law can also help you with all aspects of property law and conveyancing. They are proud to be one of the most affordable conveyancing lawyers in the Inner West and Leichhardt area. In fact, you will find they are less expensive than some conveyancers who do not have the advantage of their qualifications and experience. The legal team at Forum Law offer all clients an initial 30 minute FREE consultation, during which they can assess how they can help you and give you an estimate of their fees. Contact Forum Law today on 02 9560 3388 to make an appointment. Suite 44/21-23 Norton St, Leichhardt, At Eco Dental the team have implemented holistic dentistry. This is the practice of keeping the whole body healthy, not only focusing on oral care. Other total health areas Eco Dental attend to are diet, nutrition, physical and emotional well being. Making sure that patients can implement effective changes to their oral and overall health. The dentists at Eco Dental use mainly porcelain or composite resin. The team at Eco Dental do all that they can to make their patients feel comfortable. They recognise that many people suffer from a fear of the dentist and have practices in place to manage patient anxiety. At Eco Dental they offer different sedation techniques and relative anagesics. Don’t hesitate to call and arrange an appointment with one of the dentists and enjoy a complementary cup of tea in the waiting room. Dr. Rooein Fallah Ph: 9566 4400 136/138 Glebe Point Road, Glebe ‘The Dentist with your total body wellness in mind’ Looking for a Lawyer We’ve made our Eco treatments affordable for all to enjoy 136 - 138 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe in the Inner West? 95664400 Located in The Italian Forum in Leichhardt, Forum Law Solicitors offer a team of reliable professionals available for personal and business related advice. • Personal advice for peace of mind • Suite 44/21-23 Norton St, Leichhardt Ph: 9560 3388 14


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n FEATURE A g e i s s t i l l b e c o n s i d e r e d l i m i t i n g , o f t e n y e t a s b y m a n y t o r e t i r e m e n t t h e o f m o s t l i f e . t o e m e r g e s l i b e r at i n g H a n n a h t w o w h o p e r i o d C r a f t s p o k e I n n e r h av e W e s t i e s e m b a r k e d u p o n Freedom from Youth i n e x t r a o r d i n a r y t h e i r s e n i o r j o u r n e y s y e a r s . initially had to pursue in secret. It was only after retirement that Geoff found the freedom to please nobody but himself. “It was a totally liberating experience. I could do what I wanted to do.”  For Judi Muller, retirement was not the fulfilment of a lifelong dream but the forging of a new one. Born in Belgium, Ms Muller’s family migrated to Australia in 1948 when she was eighteen months old. In her retirement, Judi has transformed her Lilyfield home into a gallery sourcing and selling Aboriginal art. Although she was always interested in visual art, Judi’s career was in early childhood education. After growing up in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs she worked in childcare centres, then in 1976 with the Department of Community Services. She left DOCS in 1985 for a teaching position at TAFE, where she taught childcare workers for twenty years before retiring. It was only then that she formed a particular interest in Aboriginal art. “When I retired, after a year or so I thought ‘Oh my god, what am I going to do for the rest of my life?’ It was a long time. I started looking at Aboriginal art and I started doing whatever short course I could find.” In pursuit of her new passion Judi happened upon Honey Ant Gallery. The owner was impressed with Judi’s knowledge and offered her a part time position while she was on maternity leave. Judi readily assented. Judi’s watershed experience came just before she took the job. Judi determined that she could not work in an Aboriginal art gallery without having been to the remote communities where a lot of the art was created. She packed up and Age carries with it a host of negative associations. The most ungenerous of these is the idea that retirement is the beginning of the end; that here the trajectory of life commences its descent. Geoff Ostling of Petersham is living proof to the contrary. A lifelong Sydneysider and former history teacher, Geoff Ostling, 69, feels that he is in his prime. “I’m busier now than I ever was working full time.” In his retirement Geoff found the freedom to fulfil a dream he had been nursing for decades: a full body tattoo. Geoff ’s love of tattoo art was evident as early as five years old when he quizzed sailors about their ink. The first time he saw a tattoo he asked his father, an Anglican pastor, what it was. He received a thoroughly disapproving reply. The turning point came at Sydney’s very first Sydney Tattoo Show, where at 38 years of age Geoff met a man named Merv Chapman. It was the first time he had ever seen a full body tattoo. “I just loved it, I thought it was wonderful,” he recalls. He knew then that this was what he wanted. He later visited Merv Chapman at his home in Glebe; Merv was something of a local character. He gave Geoff some words of wisdom: to choose a theme for his body art and adhere to it. When confronted with this decision, Geoff considered what had been most meaningful in his life, what had shaped him as a person. His thoughts landed on Sydney, his lifelong home. The result is a full body tattoo of around seventy native Sydney wildflowers, interspersed with images of the city and symbols alluding to past experiences. Geoff was 42 when he first got inked. It had not been an option in his youth. “Nice middleclass boys didn’t have ink.” Teachers were also not allowed visible tattoos. And so his first tattoo was the beginning of a journey, which he went north into the desert for two weeks. What greeted her was deeply confronting. The quality of life in remote Aboriginal communities was unlike anything she had witnessed in Australia. It was like another country she had never known existed until she was there. Yet it sparked an important epiphany that would shape her life hereafter: the connection between Aboriginal art and culture and Aboriginal rights. Judi’s gallery, Mulapa Aboriginal Art, operates under strict principles. Much of the art is sourced directly from Aboriginal owned art centres. She is meticulous about the ethics of the dealers she buys from, visiting them in Alice Springs to ensure the artists are dealt with fairly and respectfully. In an industry ripe with counterfeit and corruption, there are only two private dealers she trusts enough to purchase from. Thus Mulapa has become Judi’s own effort to further Aboriginal rights. “I want Aboriginal art in people’s homes, because that, an Aboriginal man once said, will do more for Reconciliation than anything else.” Judi and Geoff share a renewed sense of vigour and purpose in their senior years, unfettered from the bonds of careers and conventions that shaped their youth. “I could do what I wanted to do,” Geoff marvels, recalling his first years of retirement and the energy sparked by his freedom. “I didn’t have to get up in the morning, I didn’t have to do anything. But I was driven to do things all the time.” For him, the tattoos that now mark his entire body are not simple decoration. They tell with intimate and heartbreaking clarity the story of his life. They map his devotion to his homeland, his faith in love and goodness in the world. They recall the loss of his beloved partner in the AIDS crisis, and the joy of finding love again. Every design has meaning, and the freedom to decorate himself has been the freedom to express what he holds dear. In these markings his story will endure. When Geoff passes, his skin will be be tanned and donated to the National Gallery of Australia. Judi’s story is one of a quiet crusader. In founding Mulapa, she does not merely immerse herself in a lifelong passion. For her, promoting ethical Aboriginal art is an act of reconciliation; an act she hopes is catching on. Art is the seed she sows about herself, a seed that blossoms into awareness and understanding. “You bring a bit of Aboriginal culture into your home and there’s a connection. Your horizons broaden… maybe you start to ask questions,” she says. “I see art as one way of bringing that issue into the white man’s world.” Judi and Geoff are both active members of the Inner West community. You may happen upon Judi’s art stall at the next community event. You will still see Geoff at church on Sundays. He has stayed true to the faith of his upbringing despite finding a unique path through life. He never did receive any serious resistance from his family. As Geoff points out, he didn’t really break the rules. “I promised my mother I’d only get one tattoo, and that’s what I did. One very big tattoo.” 8


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Long life loving ROLL ROLLIN, IN, Sex, dating and relationships with cat o’dowd amore MELISSA Leong Wisdom before Innovation “No one has sex over 35! Everyone knows that!” An elderly gentleman told me recently. I blinked and looked to see if he was joking but he wasn’t! No one else in the room laughed, it was accepted point-blank. Sex was only for the young apparently! Hang on! Sexual satisfaction is essential for physical and mental health of any adult age. Intimacy is a natural human need and strengthens relationships. Expressing our sexuality is a basic human right. Let’s clear up this ageist myth. 75 per cent of adults aged 58 to 85 said that satisfactory sex is essential to maintaining a relationship in a recent study. Over half the men and women had been sexually active more than once a month. STI’s and HIV is rising amongst the over 60s population every year. Safe sex health campaigns mistakenly only target young people. This is where public health fails our baby boomers. Staff at nursing homes often aren’t trained to deal with sexually active residents. Our society has ingrained this myth of the asexual older person to such an extent that over half of actively sexual elderly people didn’t think it was “proper” for them to be sexually active in a Finnish study. Information on elderly sexuality in sex education in schools could destroy this taboo surrounding sex and old age. If we care about the welfare of our ageing population then we must boldly put BOUNCE BOUNCE OUT OUT “Netflix and chill m’dear?” Is it any coincidence that NSW Youth Week is preceded by Seniors Week? Well, they do say ‘age before beauty’, but I prefer to think of it more as ‘wisdom leading innovation’… in other words, being old enough to know better, but doing it anyway can kind of be, well, fun! Being somewhat caught between the two demographics is kind of cool. Both have something to teach the rest of us caught in the middle. Launch Launch youryour fitness fitness withwith our PT ourTriple PT Triple Pack Pack when when you you join join this this month month & receive & receive By omitting this important aspect of physical and emotional health, we’re saying the sexuality of  ageing adults isn’t important! However a good sex life can add years to our life. Sometimes couples can get embarrassed and sex can stop. This doesn’t have to be permanent. Don’t be scared to come see a sex therapist such as myself for help if you’re struggling. Professional help can reignite your sex life. Sex at 70 might not be the same as when you were 20, but this chapter of your life can usher in new and heightened explorations of your sensual side. Try accepting the normal changes that happen to your body as you age. Let go of expectations about sex and stop comparing yourself to your younger self. Communicate your fears with your partner. Be honest, open and playful. Expand your definition of sex as more than just intercourse. Sex can be whatever you want it to be. Touching, kissing, sensual massage, mutual masturbation. Remember not all intimacy has to lead to intercourse.  Life can be sensual into your 80s. their sexual health on the table. Australia is facing complex challenges with an ageing population and I’ve read countless general health studies where sexual health consistently gets excluded. Some Australian studies of our sexually active population cut the age range for participants off at 50! Many older people have more exciting sex lives than when they were younger. They have more time, less interruptions from kids or work, more privacy and self-confidence. Their partnership may have deepened or they might be relishing in online dating. As it happens, I started writing this column while polishing off a piece of extremely fantastic lamington* from Carriageworks Markets. It could have been the jam, coconut covered chocolate ganache, pannacotta sponge or all of the above, but I think it happens to be an apt illustration of exactly what I’m talking about. From those who came before us, we have learnt the value of time honoured traditions and long-honed techniques. In the kitchen, these classic recipes are almost always the ones we gravitate towards when we are happy, sad, or simply needing comfort. With them come generations of wisdom, practice and just a dusting of reverence. The lamington in question, was made by Flour & Stone’s Nadine Ingram in case you were wondering, so it’s not exactly your bog standard fare either.  In fact, the construction goes a little like this: sponge is soaked overnight in panacotta before being liberally schmeared with raspberry compote, sandwiched together then rolled in thick chocolate ganache and finally curls of coconut. An old school recipe, but a completely modern take on the subject. 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n Your say n Sustainability n Local news What is the major challenge facing local seniors? Loneliness. If you're an independent person like me, you don't want help but you need it. I'm an old hippie, so I want more art courses and writing workshops. Right now I'm heading to a class on how to use tablets in Rozelle. Pauline, Haberfield I think having community facilities and events where seniors can meet people who are younger than them. The seniors in my life who are happiest are those who have friends in different generations. Otherwise older people can feel isolated when their friends begin to pass away. Tim, Erskineville I'm ethnic and both my parents are seniors. The language barrier they face is definitely the biggest problem, they feel isolated. In this area there seems to be ample services to cope but for ethnic elderly people language is a big issue. Jessie, Newington Accessibility. Physical accessibility, digital accessibility and also access to social places and events. Amy, Leichhardt Cost of living. Sally, Leichhardt Access to a network of support and places where they can meet other senior citizens. Delores, Leichhardt WAste Not The survival strategies used by past residents of the Inner West during the Great Depression illustrate that reducing your environmental footprint actually stems from being ruthlessly tight with your dosh. Who knew? Your grandma. Save Suzy Spoon Newtown's resident vegetarian butcher is under threat of closing down due to rising rental prices at their current location on King Street. Suzy says she is hoping to amend the situation by finding a new location to produce vegan smallgoods and house their cafe. You can donate to their crowdfunding campaign by visiting Imagine buying a Newtown terrace for thruppence Stop buying things Reducing expenditure was obviously a priority for families living throughout the thirties, particularly those living on rations who had no monetary earnings at all. Lena Taranto, 93, who lived in Newtown throughout the Depression with neither parent in salaried work, says that most people kept their own garden, including her father, so that vegetables didn't have to be bought. Subsistence gardens were created on rooftops, in front yards and pathways. Keeping chickens and ducks was also common. While these things were done for the purpose of saving money, nowadays we can also appreciate home farming for reducing the amount of transport, packaging and freezing our food requires before being eaten. Another memory of Lena's is visiting the biscuit factory with her mum to take home bags of broken biscuits. People during the Depression would seek out defective food: offcuts from butchers and bad fruit from groceries, that would otherwise go in the bin. Awkward cuts of meat would be fried and wrapped in bacon to make it go down easier, and excess fruit was pickled and devilled to last. Hard bread was made edible by mashing it in boiling water, oil and salt, or added to recipes like meatloaf, stuffed artichokes and “fake duck”, a kind of crumbed steak. Electricity and gas were also not used lightly. One pot cooking was a necessity. Getting imaginative with left overs, spoiled (or even binned) stock at grocers, as well as recipes is worth the extra brain effort, you'll be payed back in cash and oxygenated air. Do not waste a drop While Lena's dad gained infrequent work, her mum kept the family afloat using all the skills and resources in her arsenal. She became a seamstress working from home and would use the offcut material from clients' dresses to clothe her children. She also welcomed three boarders into her Newtown rental (who says AirBnB is a new idea?), so that the family could pay the landlord each week. Many entrepreneurial women in the Depression fed their families by selling homemade jams, cakes and preserves they made in their home kitchen to local grocers. Using only the space you need and all the skills and resources you have still fits into a financially and environmentally sustainable ethos. Home industry is worthy Save Suzy Spoon Marrickville Makeover Marrickville Primary School is the NSW finalist in a competition that may win them a new playground. Students created a video in the style of a reality makeover program featuring the school's concreted courtyard, which they say is “grey, miserable and hot.” According to the video their dream playground would include a vertical garden, new wooden seats and lots of flowers. 202020 Vision's competition aims to promote more green space in urban environments, the winning green space design will be announced on May 1st. Be aware of what's around you Famously, the Depression in Sydney gave birth to the 'Daffodil Salad', made of a common garden weed. Lena remembers as a child sharing her toy with all the kids in the street, and later her husband exchanging car lifts with farmers for fresh vegetables. While such solutions might not be re-creatable today, the principle remains: if you know what you already have access to, you won't waste resources buying it. Opening a dialogue with your relatives, friends and neighbours about what you could potentially share or exchange will reduce your consumption. Learning about what ingredients are native and/or abundant in your local area is valuable knowledge which will help you buy, grow and find food minus the air miles. Remember: make it do or do without! Bridging the digital divide Marrickville Council's Cyber Seniors Program is finishing up its term at Marrickville High School, where the school has paired student volunteers with senior residents to learn computer skills. In the hour-long classes students have been teaching seniors to search online, tweet, use YouTube and complete online forms in their first language, including Greek, Vietnamese, Portuguese and Spanish. Gigis. “I've found I can take photos, I can use the Skype to talk to my brother in Greece, some cousins in Canada and America. And today I'm going to learn how to send a message." The program will continue throughout the year cycling through different local high schools which have offered to take part. Next term will take place at Casimir Catholic College in Marrickville from May 12 – June 16 every Tuesday, classes are taught in a variety of languages. You can find more information about attending the next term of Cyber Senior classes by calling 9335 2143. Even kids are reno mad in the Inner West Skatepark skittered Leichhardt Council’s plan to build a skate park beneath the arches in Callan Park has been potentially thwarted after a ruling came down from the NSW Heritage Council saying that such a project will negatively affect the heritage significance of the park. “The proposed regional skate park would introduce a visually dominant “hard edge” urban element into a highly significant 19th century landscape,” stated the refusal letter. “The construction of the proposed regional skate park would adversely impact on the ability to interpret the significance of Callan Park Conservation Area and Buildings.” The skatepark was workshopped with local skaters over a period of more than a year, but also provoked controversy in its removal of community performing space, The Archway Theatre, whose patrons continue to insist stay in the park. “The Minister for Environment and Heritage Mark Speakman can override this decision. Given the demolition by neglect his Government has overseen in Callan Park for the last five years, he must know how hypocritical it would be to oppose the skate park on heritage grounds,” said Mayor Darcy Byrne in response to the application refusal. Odysseus Gigis has been participating in the classes held at Marrickville High School where he has been taught to use a variety of skills by Michaela, a Year 12 student who speaks Greek. "I love helping people,” said Michaela. “It's so, so nice. It makes me feel good. I'll definitely continue.” Mr Gigis has learnt to use Facebook, messenger and Skype. "They're very good teachers. I'm enjoying it,” said Mr Teacher Patrik with students Fanny and Hugo LO L BUSIN CA NOMINATIONS OPEN 18th April 2016 Register your business or nominate your favourite at The Age of Reinvention March events 13 March Take it to the streets 2-4pm intergenerational chair painting workshop Leichhardt Town Hall 23 March 11:30am Reinvent the menu Not So Young Club Hannaford Centre Fri 1 April 9-10am Laughter workshop 10.30am - 1.30pm Drab to fab Fashion workshop (incl. lunch) Balmain Town Hall 6.30pm MON 4 April 9.30am Gentle exercise Hannaford Centre TUES 5 April 10am Tai Chi Annandale Community Centre WED 6 April 8.30am Yoga Hannaford Centre THURS 7 April 9.30am Tai Chi Hannaford Centre FRI 8 April 10.30am Zumba Gold Hannaford Centre S ES 2016 AW ARDS 2 - 4pm 1 - 4pm Zine Workshop 2 - 4pm A taste of Meditation 2 - 4pm Instagram workshop TUES WED 5 April 6 April 10am 8.30am Tai Chi Yoga Annandale Hannaford Community Centre Centre 2 - 4pm A taste of Yoga THURS FRI 7 April 8 April 9.30am 10.30am INNER WEST Age of Blogging Reinvention workshop The Age of Reinvention Exhibition opening March Fri MON Leichhardt events 1 April 4 April Balmain Library 9.30am 13 March 9-10am Laughter Take it to Library the streets workshop Gentle 7:30 - 10pm 2-4pm intergenerational chair painting workshop Leichhardt Town Hall 23 March 11:30am Reinvent 10.30am - 1.30pm Drab to fab Fashion workshop (incl. lunch) Hannaford Centre Balmain Town Hall 6.30pm Age of Reinvention Exhibition opening Balmain Library 7:30 - 10pm Gala Celebration Balmain Town Hall 2 - 4pm The Age of The Reinvention Age of Reinvention TUES March WED March Fri THURS Fri MON FRI MON TUES 5 April events 6 April events 1 April 7 April 1 April 4 April 8 April 4 April 5 April Laughter Laughter Take it to Take it to theworkshop streets workshop Tai Chi the streets Yoga Tai Chi Gentle Gentle Tai Chi Zumba Gold 2-4pm 10.30am 2-4pm - 1.30pm 10.30am - 1.30pm exercise exercise Drab to fab Drab to fab intergenerational Annandaleintergenerational Hannaford Hannaford Hannaford Annandale Fashion workshop Fashion workshop chair painting Hannaford Community chair painting Centre Centre (incl.Hannaford Community (incl. lunch) lunch) Centre workshop workshop Centre Centre Centre Centre Leichhardt Leichhardt Balmain Town Hall Balmain Town Hall Town Hall Town Hall Whites Creek Leichhardt Cottage Library 10am 9.30am10.30am 9.30am 10am 13 March 8.30am 13 March 9-10am 9.30am 9-10am WED THURS Leichhardt 6 April 7 April Library 8.30am 9.30am Yoga Tai Chi Hannaford Hannaford Centre Centre FRI Whites Creek 8 April Cottage 10.30am exercise Tai Chi Gold Zumba Gold Zumba Hannaford Hannaford Centre Centre Hannaford Centre the menu Gala Not So Young Club Celebration Blogging workshop Leichhardt Library Balmain Town Hall Hannaford Centre 6.30 - 8.30pm 6.30 - 8pm 11.30am 6.30pm 1 - 4pm 23 March 2 - 4pm 23 March 2 - 4pm 6.30pm 2 - 4pm2 - 4pm 2 - 4pm 1 - 4pm 1 - 4pm 2 - 4pm 2 - 4pm 2 - 4pm 2 - 4pm 2 - 4pm 2 - 4pm 11:30am 11:30am A whole lot of Age of A taste Zine Reinvent A tasteReinvent of Age Instagram Blogging Blogging Zine Zine A taste of A taste Instagram of Instagram A taste A taste Reinvention Reinvention Workshop the menu Meditation the menu workshop workshop workshop Workshop Workshop Meditation Meditation workshop workshop of Yoga ofof Yoga hoopla of Yoga Poetry Slam 10 Things TO Exhibition opening Exhibition opening Not So Not So Whites Creek Whites Creek Whites Creek Leichhardt Leichhardt Leichhardt Leichhardt Leichhardt Leichhardt Leichhardt Leichhardt Whites Creek Whites Creek Whites Creek Young Club Young Club Cottage Cottage Cottage poetry event) KNOW BEFORE Balmain Library Library Balmain Library Cottage Library Library (a 50+ Library Library Library Cottage Cottage Library Library Line dancing and Hannaford YOU GO Hannaford Centre Centre hula hooping 7:30 - 10pm 11.30am 6.30 - 8.30pm 6.30 - 8.30pm 6.30 - 8pm 6.30 - 8.30pm 6.30 - 8pm 6.30 8pm 11.30am 11.30am An all ages event7:30 - 10pm Balmain A whole lot A whole lot A whole lot class and lunch of hoopla of hoopla Gala Gala of hoopla Poetry Slam Poetry Slam Poetry Slam 10 Things TO 10 Things TO 10 Things TO Library Celebration Celebration (a 50+ poetry event) (a 50+ poetry event) (a 50+ poetry event) KNOW BEFORE KNOW BEFOREKNOW BEFORE Line dancing and Line dancing and Line dancing and YOU GO YOU GO YOU GO hula hooping hula hooping hula hooping Casual Mondays BalmainBalmain Balmainclass and lunch An all ages event An all ages eventAn all ages event Balmain Balmain class and lunch class and lunch LPAC Town Hall Library Town Hall Library Library Casual Mondays Casual Mondays Casual Mondays Café LPAC LPAC LPAC Café Café Café 10


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OF CROYDON THE BEST OF & CROYDON PARK Caffettiera Kitchen & Espresso Bar Caffettiera is a welcoming community cafe, a place where you can catch up and enjoy quality time with friends, family or work colleagues. Chill out and enjoy our all-day breakfast—we offer a wide range of artisan breads, including gluten free products, cereals and other lifesustaining essentials—or stop for lunch, coffee or that special occasion. Our chefs offer a sensational Mediterraneaninspired menu along with enticing sweets and pastries, all in the comfort of a modern interior and air conditioning. We pride ourselves on the best dine-in, takeaway, catering or that special-event experience for all of our customers and we look forward to your next visit. Ph: 8076 4558 n 164 Georges River Rd, Croydon Park Carolcity Pet Studio At Carolcity Pet Studio we have more than 10 years of experience in pet grooming and care. We can groom all breeds of dogs and are experienced in any required style. The most advanced, ethical and hygienic techniques, products and technologies are used to deliver the best attention to your pet whilst in our care. We are a member of the International Certificate Master Groomer (ICMG), and also have membership of DOGSNSW. Our services and products include grooming dogs, cats and small animals; we can groom your pet for that special day or for a show; we also provide day-boarding and have a wide variety of pet accessories. n 82 Edwin St N, Croydon NSW 2132 Ph: 0405 300 305 By appointment only Croydon and neighbouring Croydon Park are the hidden jewels of the Inner West. Nestled among leafy trees and relaxed residential streets, these suburbs brim with delicious eateries, irreplaceable family-businesses and services run with a smile. PURE GELATO From simple beginnings: We continue our passion for creating a great-tasting gelato! Our love of ice-cream and customers’ smiles has led us to study the art of gelato-making in Italy, the land of its origin. A combination of the skills and knowledge from the big-flavour houses in Southern Italy led to the birth of Pure Gelato! Today you can choose from our more than 150 award-winning rich flavours—from from pistachio , hazelnut to a variety of fruit-taste sensations. All will bring a smile to your face. Select a scoop, choose a tub or go for a Gelato Cake on that special occasion with family or friends, or just for the fun of it. You can even create your own Gelato Cake. Give us a call. The only limit is your imagination! 30-32 Brighton Ave n Croydon Park Ph: 9716 4488 La Bocca Deli Cafe “Whether you are looking for a place that sells delicious food, catching up with old friends for coffee and cake or need something on the go, La Bocca Deli Café has it all. A small family business catering for small and big occasions. We offer it all. Providing you with the freshest quality foods, cakes and best coffee in the area. Come along and see for yourself.” n 155 Georges River Rd, Croydon Park Ph: 9716 9169 11


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in the kitchen Easy Seedy Bread  with Olivia Mackay, n www.scoffandquaff. This is not a traditional bread. Adapted from a “paleo-esque” recipe by my good friend Sally at SassyBites (, it has no yeast, no wheat flour, and it’s definitely not soft and fluffy inside. However, it’s delicious, simple to make and packed full of protein – a couple of slices in the morning will keep you going gangbusters until at least morning tea time. And while other wheat-free breads tend to be full of bizarre ingredients and/or require half a dozen eggs to keep the dough together, this recipe uses psyllium husks to ensure everything sticks. Dense, nutty and naturally sweet, it is ideal for toasting and serving with butter and/or savoury spreads. It makes fantastic crackers too: simply slice thinly, spread over a wire rack and bake for 10 minutes in a moderate (180°C) oven. If freezing, ensure you slice it first. Wine with Winsor n Ripper riesling Taylors 2015 Promised Land Riesling This is an ideal wine for the tail end of summer; a fresh and lively entry-level riesling from Clare Valley family producers Taylors under the Promised Land label, which offers quality quaffing across the range. From a very good vintage, it is dry with bright acidity that complements the zingy lemon and lime sherbet flavours. A lovely all-purpose white, affordable and a good match for seafood, poultry dishes and Asian plates. $15. Method 1. Preheat oven to 180°C. 2. Line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper. 3. Place all the dry ingredients into the tin. 4. Add oil and water, and stir carefully until well mixed. 5. Cover with a tea towel and allow to sit and ‘soak’ for 2 hours. When it’s ready the dough will remain when you pull the sides of the loaf pan away from it. 6. Bake for 30 minutes. 7. Turn the loaf out of the tin and place it upside-down directly on the oven rack. 8. Bake for a further 45 minutes. The bread will be cooked when it sounds hollow when whacked with a wooden spoon. 9. Allow to cool before slicing. Bargain red Henry’s Drive 2013 Pillar Box Red Looking for a food-friendly red wine that is perfect for midweek enjoyment and will not break the bank? This blend of shiraz and cabernet sauvignon from Padthaway in South Australia might fit the bill quite nicely. It is a well-balanced fruit-driven blend, with dark berry and spice notes to the fore and oak in a support role. A perfect choice to pair with gourmet burgers or a backyard barbecue – and the retro label is a lot of fun. $16. Feeling seedy? Ingredients • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds • ½ cup raw flaxseeds/linseeds • 2 tbsp chia seeds • ½ cup whole, raw hazelnuts or macadamias • 1 cup quick-cook rolled oats* • ½ cup almond meal • ½ cup psyllium husks • 1 tsp salt • 3 tbsp oil (coconut, macadamia or extra virgin olive oil are best) • 1½ cups water Tassie treat Frogmore Creek 2014 Fumé Blanc Not only is Frogmore Creek one of Tasmania’s premier winery restaurants, it is also the producer of a range of excellent sustainably produced wines crafted by talented Frenchman Alain Rousseau. This is a case in point with 100 per cent sauvignon blanc grapes matured in oak to produce a wine that could easily be mistaken for a bottle from the Loire Valley. Think citrus flavours alongside some creamy textural notes, and with bright fresh acidity as the underpinning factor. $28. MARKET UPDATE n Fruit: Australian-grown Valencia oranges are abundant and tasty at the moment. Pick them up for around $2 a kilo. Late season peaches and nectarines are still in store, as are figs. Pears are plentiful currently and in several different varieties, as are new season apples. buy, as are Tasmanian carrots priced under $3 for a kilo. As autumn has hit so pumpkins at no more than $2 a kilo. Market Update thanks to Sydney Markets. n Veggies: Eggplants are available in a range of different colours, celery grown in Victoria is a top It’s soccer season! SNAPS! @ciaomag azinesyd Leichhardt Council hosted a ney /CiaoMag Sustainable Fashion Parade azine as part of Earth Hour at Rozelle’s Hannaford Centre. Rozelle Markets, Vinnies, Red Cross and Tali Gallery provided some of the season’s hottest eco-friendly looks. Photography: Nicol Mouton F O L LOW US! Angela, Cheryl, Kassia and Danyelle. The team behind the event Samantha in stallholder Ruth Morris Natasha in Red Cross Rozelle with Tali Gallery basket Charlotte in Vinnies Leichhardt 12 Natasha in Zhinzonn stallholder Red Cross Ambassador Alex Van Os Natasha in Voola Taka stallholder 70s jumpsuit Tara Chandra aka Fashionbambini and Joely Malcolm


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n TRAVEL fast lane If you’ve done Tokyo, Kyoto and maybe Hiroshima and want to get off the beaten track to discover the ‘real Japan’, travel editor Winsor Dobbin will be your guide. From exploring sake distilleries, learning how to play Taiko drums and travelling on superfast bullet trains, Japan is one of the most dynamic and intriguing travel destinations on the globe. Where else can you browse bonsai museums, enjoy kabuki performances, watch sumo wrestlers in action or visit a town full of animated dinosaurs? Japan offers myriad different experiences – and is much more affordable for Australians now than it has been in the past. And the numbers are up in a big way. Japan National Tourism Organization says a total of 376,200 Australians travelled to Japan in 2015, a 24.3% increase from 2014 – many of those visitors are in winter, not only for skiing, but also to experience some dramatic snow-covered scenery. I recently visited Japan with Tobu Top Tours; checking out contrasting attractions from remote rural regions to the massive and impressive city of Osaka. The purpose of the trip was to demonstrate how much more of Japan has been opened up to tourism by the new Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train, which rockets from Tokyo to Kanazawa, opening up increased areas of previously undiscovered regional Japan – primarily Fukui, Ishikawa and Toyama. And while it was great exploring roads (and rail tracks) less travelled, one of the biggest pleasures was the warmth with which the Japanese people greet visitors. There were miles and miles of smiles. Japan’s traditional cultural arts. If it doesn’t sound like your scene, take a look at some of the 100-plus artfully crafted masterpiece bonsai trees. You will definitely be impressed. In nearby Kawagoe, many old storehouses and warehouses from the 18th- and 19th-centuries have been maintained and restored, and visitors can hire kimonos for a day for a fun step back in time. Poke your head into a traditional sword and knife-makers’ store, visit the rustic Matsumoto soy sauce factory or check out the town’s belltower, which dates back to the 1600s. There is one street devoted to the region’s traditional sweet treats. the Niigata Wine Coast, and is home to five wineries making Western-style wines. Cave d’Occi offers an interesting tourism experience. Back in Niigata, try to sample the many different regional sakes on offer from vending machines at Ponshukan, a great place to learn about the beverage with maps and instructive diagrams. It is known as “sake heaven”. cliffs on the Echizen coast; formed 12-13 million years ago by volcanic activity. L i f e i n t h e Fukui City Hida Takayama “There were Miles and Miles Of smiles” Also try to check out Furin, a delightfully authentic restaurant tucked away behind a small gate and down a laneway. The sushi and sashimi here was excellent and many of the tables overlook a delightful small Japanese garden. In nearby Chichibu, take a behind the scenes look at Bukuo Shuzo, a sake brewery with helpful staff who explain the process in great detail before a tasting of the different styles. A nice diversion is the Hodosan Ropeway, an aerial liftway dating back to 1961 that climbs Mount Hodo in the Chichibu Mountains. Head high into the hills from the Toyama station to explore the many rural delights of Hida Takayama town, with its old homes, two morning markets, alpine air, delightful river; and also nearby Hida Satoyama, perfect for exploring on foot or by bicycle so you get close to the local farming communities. Good places to stay in this region are the traditional ryokan, or Japanese inns, like Hotakaso Yamano-an, where you sleep on a futon on the floor and can bathe in the open air pools with views of the Alps. Dinner here is an a traditional Kaiseki meal of multiple courses featuring fresh local ingredients, including fish from local streams. The magnificent old Yunoshima-Kan, another onsen (hot springs) resort in Gifu Prefecture, has monkeys in the adjoining forest and you can relax in the hot pools or maybe enjoy a traditional kabuki performance. It overlooks the Gero Onsen resort town, one of Japan’s three most famous hot spring destinations. The people of Fukui are obsessed by dinosaurs; the remains of several have been found in the region. Not only are there several life-sized models outside the local train station but the city is also home to the brilliant Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, one of the three leading dinosaur museums in the world. Fukui is also the birthplace of the delicious Japanese dish tonkatsu, panko-fried pork cutlets with a Japanese-style of Worcestershire sauce. I tracked down Yoroppaken, the humble restaurant where tonkatsu was first served – and the meal was delicious. The Hotel Riverge Akebono is a very good, centrally situated hotel for exploring the town. In nearby Ehiji, the historic temple is well worth a look, and as are the ancient ruins at Ichijodani, while the town of Tsuruga is home to the fascinating Nihonkai Sakanamachi seafood market, the largest on the Japanese coast. Banter with the stall holders and try specialities like Echizen crab and ‘amaebi’ (sweet shrimp). Wherever you go you will find signs in English and locals more than willing to help you find your destination. THE FACTS Winsor Dobbin was a guest of Tobu Top Tours on a trip to promote the new Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train route from Tokyo to Kanazawa, which opens up regional Japan to overseas visitors. shinkansen/hokuriku-shinkansen/ Qantas flies twice daily to Tokyo via Sydney (Sydney-Haneda) or Brisbane (BrisbaneNarita). The Brisbane-Narita flights are operated by the refurbished A330 aircraft, with lie-flat seats in business, brand new economy seats and new in-flight entertainment. The Sydney-Haneda flights are operated by a B747, which features the refurbished A380 interior. For more information about flights and ticketing visit: Sado Island some of the best moments Omiya/Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture A hydrofoil or ferry ride away from pleasant and bustling city of Niigata, Sado Island is home to several temples, historical ruins and small villages, like the fascinating fishing hamlet of Shukunegi. Here you can visit the remote Sado Island Taiko Centre, run by the world-famous Kodo group, and learn how to play the huge traditional drums, and also visit an interesting old gold mine that is now a tourist attraction with animated characters playing the roles of the miners. Urashima is a lovely resort overlooking the water and its restaurant, in an adjacent building, serves outstanding local seafood. The coastal strip on the mainland is known as Gifu Prefecture One of the unexpected highlights of my trip was a small gallery in the small town of Mino City. The Mino Washi Akari Art Gallery hosts a superb exhibition of artistic lanterns made from local paper. These lanterns are used in a local festival held each autumn and represent stunning craft work. It is one of three twinned museums in Mino, the others are the Mino-Washi Museum, devoted to hand-crafted local paper, and the Mino History Museum. At nearby Irori at Shirakawa-go, you can visit a tofu factory and enjoy a multiple-course tofu feast. Try to find time to visit the dramatic Tojinbo Just a short train ride from Tokyo, the business and shopping centre of Omiya offers affordable alternative accommodation to Tokyo. One of the most surprising and interesting destinations was Omiya Bonsai Art Museum. Opened in 2010, it is Japan’s first public bonsai art museum and reflects all aspects of one of 13


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Stars Inner Best CELEBRATING OUR BEST AND BRIGHTEST Bay Bitch By Astrogirlzarro already fast-paced Ram under the New Moon-Uranus connection on April 7th. Unexpected change can shift your mindset for the better. Gets an upgrade On reading the notice “Bay Run – Timbrell Drive Upgrade”, ironically hung on yet another of the ugly wire fences that have become a blight on the Bay Run and actually the whole of the Canada Bay landscape, I pondered the word upgrade. An upgrade improves the quality, value or performance of something. Canada Bay Council is claiming that cutting down a lone old gum that doesn’t fit into the divided 300m cyclists asphalt path and 200m walkers path is an upgrade. It certainly will not be improving the quality of the air or the aesthetics of the path, perhaps the performance of the runners or cyclists will be faster but is that an improvement? Some of the most charming paths I’ve been on have been shared paths – like the path I shared with a donkey on the Aeolian island of Salina off Sicily. After this Timbrell Drive section is complete, the Ashfield Council bit – from the new “super bridge” round to the UTS club – is going to be converted into a dual passage cycle/pedestrian way too, apparently knocking out yet more of the trees shielding us from the City West Link traffic. It seems Canada Bay and Ashfield Councils have been showered with money to spend on sportsters from the state government – curious, as Leichhardt can’t get a cent out of them for it. Plans for both sections show that cyclists are once again being given the most pavement space. Again curious, since on weekends walkers, runners, strollers, kids on scooters and skates all outnumber the bikes. All those well-connected male cyclists who travel in gangs must have some influence. But who is going to address the needs of all those pedestrians who just want a pleasant, green place to walk not encased by concrete, carbon, and coated metal chaos! Got Bay anecdotes? Message Aries Life accelerates for the Taurus You’ll be compelled to undertake inner work once Mercury enters your sign on April 5th. Talking things through with a trusted friend or counsellor helps you make sense of a particular situation. Gemini The support of loved ones can bolster your confidence in making courageous choices about a certain issue around April 10th. Cancer Altering a negative work situation on April 10th can work in your favour. Be brave and say ‘no’ assertively. Leo In a professional rut? Expanding your skill set from April 5th can lead to a promotion, pay rise or fulfilling work later in the year. concerning Virgos in previous weeks are still the point of focus this fortnight. The Universe asks that you act on pressing family issues immediately. Virgo The domestic issues Libra Venus enters your love zone on April 5th. Your generosity towards the object of your desire pays off over the next few weeks. Scorpio Communication is key for the usually silent-but-deadly Scorpion. Robust conversation is essential for enhancing your romantic relationships. Jo Wallace, the human behind Humans of Newtown Sagittarius Outlandish Uranus reminds you not to take life too seriously. Infusing your regular routine with fun and colour around April 10th will renew your spirit. Capricorn Capricorns are compelled to add a twist to tradition around April 10th to liven up stale family rituals. After the worldwide success of Humans of New York, long-time Newtown resident Jo Wallace thought it was time somebody began documenting the weird and wonderful people of the Inner West. “I thought if I didn’t do Humans of Newtown, somebody else probably would,” Wallace says. It’s a decision that’s led to a Facebook page with almost 50,000 likes and a recently published book. Having lived in the suburb for nearly 20 years, selftaught photographer Jo feels Newtown is completely different to anywhere else in the world. “I feel sometimes in Newtown we live in a completely different bubble to most places,” she says. “There is certainly a very caring and compassionate collective heartbeat that attracts like-minded individuals to live, work or play in the area.” “There’s no real rhyme or reason to it,” she says of choosing her subjects. But she does have some rules: “I won’t approach someone if they’re eating, in a hurry or don’t look like they want to be approached.” The last rule may go some way to explaining why the people featured are such positive examples of the friendly and diverse Inner West community. The original goal was always to publish a book, with Wallace utilising social media a useful platform to get to that point. Having just made that dream a reality, Wallace says it was a very rewarding moment. “It’s a snapshot of our history as well – a moment at this point in time in the Inner West,” she says. Proud as she is of her book, Wallace is also a big believer in newer forms of communication. “I love that social media has created opportunities for people to engage in real conversation,” she says. “There are great stories of people reaching out to others when they’ve shared their story, one that may involve difficult times.” “The one thing I’d love from the blog is for people to be just a little bit kinder to each other. If everyone made a tiny extra effort each day, life would be better for so many people,” she says. n Go to for more. Words by Maani Truu. Aquarius Tech-savvy Aquarians need to upgrade their technology for personal or professional use under the Mercury transit from April 5th. Staying connected leads to successful networking. from April 5th, thanks to Mercury’s impulsive influence. Indulge in a few welldeserved quality items, but be mindful to set boundaries around spending. n Pisces You’ll be in a shopping frenzy Joy Aimée Tarot Readings and Counselling TAROT with Joy Aimee Question from Lisa: Should we move closer to family or stay where we are? The spread: Page of Pentacles, Page of Wands, Three of Swords, Four of Swords, Chariot, Nine of Cups. Dear Lisa, I feel your original move was either because of a job offer, or that as a couple you decided to shift to where there were more career opportunities, for instance, to a larger city (Page of Pentacles, Page of Wands). Whilst this was a sound financial decision, it seems to have become a source of tension in your relationship (Three of Swords). It is challenging to be away from family and emotional support, especially if you have a young family. I also get a sense here that there are concerns for the health of a grandparent or - 30 years experience - Insightful & honest - In person, Skype and phone readings Call Joy: 0417 821 260 Email Joy: parent, or simply the feeling that they miss you. The Four of Swords and The Chariot both speak of a dilemma around moving, whilst the Nine of Cups calls upon you and your partner to put the love you share first, before all other considerations. I don’t feel the time is yet right for a move, no matter how much one or both of you might long for it. Timing is everything and if the situation is forced, there will be regret and perhaps resentment. I feel it is really important that you and your partner have a loving and respectful conversation about this dilemma and put a timeframe in place. That is, negotiate a win-win whereby you decide how long you need to stay where you are and when it might be possible to move closer to family. 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q Rashmi Gune is dressed as a woman from medieval Sweden with brooch, personal implements (tweezers, cutting knife, teaspoon) and a nalbinding cap (hand-made from pure wool). Worn with woollen tights. q Charlene van Derput is in traditional Byzantine dress from the Viking period with an apron, undertunic and head scarf marking the period of Constantinople modest dress.  Bharatanatyam (Indian-classical Dance) by Aruna Gandhi and group. q The boys from Ulladulla in the traditional dress of the Uyin people  Korean performance ensemble Sydney Arirang  Reiko Azuma from Ashfield wears a red cotton dress with Japanese experimental silk flower. Reiko plays is lead singer of the Reiko Azuma Trio. u Veronica is wearing a bright pink slack suit that she made herself. Veronica is from South Africa and has travelled extensively. Her earrings and necklace are from Bali and her bag is from Vietnam. STREET CULTURE Ashfield Carnival of Cultures was a myriad of colour, movement and choice sounds. uCook Island dancer in traditional dress q The Street University of Ashfield bustin’ moves. qq Sophia Ventouris School of Greek Dance in traditional Greek costume,  Rita is 22 months old and is wearing traditional Nepalese dress. The fabric was bought locally and the Daura Surawal was stitched by a local tailor. qCook Island dancer in traditional dance.  Archie Roach “owns” his style. Smooth, meaningful and authentic. 15



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