There’s life in the Inner West!
Issue 281 | April 29th 2016
Get your fill of Fair Trade Fortnight Dark Chocolate and Olive Oil Spread What not to say on Mother’s Day!
Man Walks into a Bar The Man Who Knew Infinity
And Then There Were None
The Breast Milk Run
Inner West mums’ quest for liquid gold
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Local gossip, rumour, hearsay and unsubstantiated fact...
Fortress Tigers yet to come – WestConnex hot mess – Mighty 10 returns
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Satire for the soul
All that is required for another generation of bogans to be formed is that civilised men do nothing, argues Latte Leftie
Dear LL – A decade ago I married a second-generation migrant of Eastern European stock. At first everything was peachy. I was broadcasting exactly how non-racist I was by marrying a Slav from a non-English-speaking background. Plus, there were lots of quaint ethnic customs I could partake in. However, blinded by lust, I failed to recognise just how reactionary these working class economic migrants, based on the aspirational suburban fringe, were. Conversation at family gettogethers revolved monomaniacally around the best methods for expanding one’s portfolio of investment properties. When both my wife and her extended family vocally voted Liberal in the Tampa election “to keep the troublemaking Muslims out”, I ended the marriage. But by then a child had been born. My innocent daughter is now approaching puberty surrounded by jumpedup peasants who watch home renovation shows, hero worship Donald Trump and are driven into a dark rage at the thought of negative gearing rorts being reined in. I need to get her away from that toxic environment but the courts have awarded the bulk of custody to her mother. Christopher, Annandale LL replies: Never fear, it’s exactly these kinds of complicated custody disputes that members of the media are best placed to resolve. In return for an exclusive, Ciao can supply you with a couple of return tickets to Glenfield train station and the services of an erstwhile policeman turned ‘child salvage facilitator’. This gentleman, who is usually sober until at least midday, will be happy to snatch your daughter away while she’s travelling to school, punching out any philistine relatives, male or female, who protest. You may have to move to, say, Fitzroy, for a few months while the fuss dies down but I’m sure you’ll be able to then raise your offspring to become a Greens activist or performance poet or craft brewer in the Inner West. n Email your dilemma to email@example.com.
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Premier Mike Baird in order to request funding for a renewed Leichhardt Oval ‘Wests Tigers Centre of Excellence’. Leichhardt Council has applied for $17 million in funding out of the $40 million the State Government has made available to local rugby league grounds under their ‘Stadia Strategy.’ A day after the Stadia strategy was announced by the Government, Manly Warringah Sea Eagles CEO Joe Kelly announced that Baird had confirmed during a late-night phone call that Manly’s planned stadium upgrade fit the funds’ application criteria, securing a nifty $10 million of the available funding for “Fortress Brookie” (the Eagles’ Brookvale Stadium). In Byrne’s letter he asks Baird to, “urgently clarify the application process.” Baird’s electorate includes Manly. has been approved despite 12,900 submissions that were nearly all opposed to the “new M5” tunnel, has led to calls for ‘civil disobedience’
from the Member for Newtown, Jenny Leong, and an investigative report compiled by Wendy Bacon on the lack of transparency in the WestConnex project. Bacon’s report is concerned with engineering company Arup performing ‘independent’ assessments for aspects of the projects, while also having been awarded contracts involved in the roads delivery. Haberfield made national news when two protestors were arrested for occupying a heritage Federation home slated for demolition. building, as has the local newsagency. Hum was nominated as one of the ten best record stores in Sydney by the SMH, and was also the site of many local band album launch events, including Sticky Fingers’ Land of Pleasure signings. Newtownians seem cheered by the prospect of a Mitre 10 returning to the area, the previous Mitre 10 left in 2014 after being in business for over a century!
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King George V Memorial Hospital for Mothers & Babies
You may have observed the King George V Memorial Hospital on Missenden Road. Designed by prominent Sydney architects Stephenson & Turner, this building was completed in 1941. Its construction was greatly aided by the Ladies Auxiliary, which raised 45,000 pounds. The building was intended as a teaching hospital for obstetrics and gynaecology. It served this purpose for 61 years. In 2002 it was refurbished to house administrative offices for RPA Hospital staff.
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Inspired by the ancient Roman festival, “In the Ides of Now” was an exhibition composed of four starkly different artists that, through their practice and comparison with each other, explored the relationship between the sacred and the tangible/profane. The all female show simultaneously captured themes of timelessness and transcendence, and lived everyday experience. Amy Summer’s playful yet provocative pop paintings and collages contrasted with Shelly Anfield’s delicate, meditative geometrics hand-stitched onto canvas. Gallery directors, P-Squared, featured an engaging interactive work exploring the role of individualism or lack there of in the present and through history. Lea Kannar provided a profound and transcendent look at time through nature and evolution. “In the Ides of Now” was a stimulating addition to Arts Month and Leichhardt Open Studio Trail. Skyfire Gallery is a special gem tucked away on the upper level of
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n Drop into Skyfire Studio this month to see Gianluca Distante’s multidisciplinary exhibition ‘In Fuga’.
Exhibition-goers at Carriageworks were asked to document unused public spaces on a map of Sydney to create a new artwork at Sydney’s Biennale. With answers from, ‘Annandale’, to ‘Leichhardt Police Station’ to ‘Our Nightlife’ the exercise obviously provided a sticking point for punters. The Post-It note collection is part of ‘The Mosquito Project’, an exhibition that documents the research of Taiwanese artist Yao Jui-chung who spent four years travelling around Taiwan photographing derelict public spaces, which are satirically called ‘Mosquito Pavilions’ in Taiwan. A poignant exhibition, given the Eveleigh Rail Yards site also fell into disuse for over a decade.
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• Breakfast in bed • Balmain pubs crawling with patrons on Anzac Day • Wendy Bacon • Retrospectively listening to Prince albums • Mood lighting
• Sleeveless coats. Where do you put your arms? • Dropping penalty rates • Cold porridge, oh no, that’s the federal election • Public breastfeeding shaming
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Emma McConnell picks the top four movie-character mums we secretly wish were... Or were at least related to!
What not to say on Mother's Day
Mother's Day is tricky and I'm not just talking about where to put the apostrophe. You see, I am not a mother. Mainly due to the fact that I do not have children. Yes, I am without issue.
You don't talk back to this mum!
Erin Brockovich (2000) Compassionate, independent and sassy – this single mum brings these ideals together to help those who need it most. Despite having no formal legal training she plays a crucial role in launching an ultimately successful court case against the Pacific Gas & Electric Company for knowingly contaminating the water supply of a small town in California. Based upon a true person, Erin’s character managed to care for her three children as well as finding the empathy to help the families tragically affected by the contamination. It is a remarkable story that Julia Roberts shines in. Highly recommend viewing, if only to see Julia playing a grittier, unaplogetically working-class character.
free-spirited and carefree nature despite numerous setbacks. As the mother figure in the film she is a pleasure to watch and is a character that continues to be admired even today.
The Sound Of Music (1965) With her guitar-playing skills and an endless catalogue of singalong songs, Maria cleverly defeats the evil stepmother stereotype we’ve become so accustomed to. Starting out as the governess for the seven Von Trapp children she turns their cold, rigid lifestyle around and in turn captures the heart of their father. Maria brings the love and life back into the Von Trapp family with her
Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) A strong, hard-headed woman with endless determination, this badarse mum is not just about saving the world from total annihilation – she is also intent on saving the life of her son. The film franchise centres upon Sarah and the role that she plays in shaping the events of the present and subsequently the future. Linda Hamilton reimagines the character for the second instalment by becoming physically and mentally strong, with her son’s fate at the forefront of her concerns. Like all mums, all she wants is the best for her child and to be the mother that he rightly deserves.
It's no issue for me but it does seem to cause other "people a bit of bother." Don't get me wrong. I'm all for motherhood. It's safe to say it's got me where I am today. And after five series of Call the Midwife there's little I don't know about childbirth. It's just that whether a woman is a mother or not a mother and how she arrived at either of those states is not small talk. It is as big talk as you can get. So today I offer this helpful guide - what not to say on Mother’s Day, or any other day. My first tip: "When are you due?" is a very risky conversation opener and should be used with extreme caution - perhaps only in a maternity ward. Once a rumour went around work that I was pregnant. Bailed up with the question, I had to admit I had just stacked on a few kilos. Now, a few years on, if I’m offered a seat on a bus I’m happy to accept. It means I look old beyond my years or young enough to be pregnant. I'm hoping it's the latter but either way I get a seat. Generally, assumptions are best avoided. Even though I’ve been asked this question in various forms many times I still don’t know how to answer, “How many children do you have?” “None,” just seems so bold and inevitably elicits a kindly hand on the arm and condolences in hushed tones: “You would have been a lovely mother”. Hardly evidence-based. If I find out someone can't play the piano I don't feel the need to reassure them their take on Bach would have been breathtakingly brilliant. Usually the disappointed small talker moves quickly to pets. Which is fine as I can wax on about my beagle for as long as you want. However, it is hardly flattering and shows a poor grasp of biology if you actually think I'm his mum! I am really not sure why my doctor wrote on my specialist referral, "No children, has a dog". A new holistic approach covering both medical and veterinary bases perhaps? Or maybe fleas were at the root of my problem... I have never understood why parents seem so driven to wish their state on others. Once a well-meaning male co-worker helpfully urged me not to, “Leave my run too late in the motherhood stakes”. Ever since, I have had visions of myself in a lycra smock running breathlessly towards an imaginary finish line. To those of you who have made the finish line, my congratulations. May all good things come to you this Mother's Day. But everyone, remember - if you're out and about and talking to strangers, please, just stick to the weather.
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Forrest Gump (1994) Forrest’s mother Mrs Gump certainly needs a special mention! Filled to the brim with memorable sayings her kindness and compassion plays a major role in how she, as a single mother, raises her only son. Her loving banter is taken quite literally and Forrest uses these quotes to shape his own life – one which is full of achievements and memorable adventures. Her nonjudgemental nurturing and unchanging style (particularly the flower-adorned hats) make her the quintessential and standout movie mum on this list.
David Greary's internationally acclaimed play A Man Walks Into A Bar will premiere in Sydney this April. An absurdist comedy that will strike a chord with anyone who has ever been in a bar, the show features “Man” and “Woman,” as they come to grips with their broken relationship whilst battling it out onstage in an 'open mic' style. While evidently hilarious, the comedy is a veneer which softens the gravity of the show, as the 'truth' behind its stories shifts and the identity of the narrator is uncertain. Featuring an all-Australian cast of emerging actors, musicians and designers, this show is not to be missed! Tickets range from $20-$30, book on the production's page: www.trybooking.com. Starts 7:30pm WedSat with 3:30pm matinees on weekends.
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Head On Photo Festival
A photography festival that encourages exploration of the self, society and the space around one's self. Featuring several exhibitions across many venues be sure to catch; 107 Projects “I would buy...” exhibition, Wed May 21st – Sun Jun 8th; Soho Gallery “Notes from the Mississippi Delta Exhibition”; Sat May 7th – Thur June 2nd Leichhardt Library and ACA; Mon 2nd May – Mon 30th May Stanley St Gallery; “Mountains of Uncertainty”, Wed 27th April – Sat 14th May. Visit www.headon.com.au for more shows and information.
The 2nd Annual CaraCare Gala Ball
Get in your fancy pants and head to this local event at Le Montage
Comedian and Triple J presenter Matt Okine is back at the Enmore Theatre as a part of the annual Sydney Comedy Festival 2016. in Lilyfield for a night of glitz and Okine has a brilliant anecdoteglamour. The CaraCare Gala Ball telling ability, which gains a laugh will not only be a night of fun, but after every executed joke. He tells it is also fundraising for a good it like it is and has no problem cause. CaraCare has dedicated sharing his most personally their psychological services to help mortifying experiences for the children who have been abused. On the night you can expect champers on audience's enjoyment. Okine picked arrival, incredible entertainment and up the 2015 Aria Award for best comedy release as well as the 2015 many outstanding prizes to be won. Melbourne International Comedy The dress code is Black Tie. Get in fast as there is only a limited number Festival Director's Choice Award. This show is a must-see. of tickets available. Tickets are $160 with corporate table discounts available, to find out more visit www.caracare.org.au/events/ Tickets are $35 + bf, visit www.enmoretheatre.com.au/ events/2016/05/07/matt-okine to book online.
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Get the durries and beers ready so that you can get “smokin' and drinkin” with Danny Brown himself. This gig has recently changed venues from The Metro to The Enmore Theatre to squeeze more of you party-goers inside. Be prepared for mayhem. The Enmore Theatre. $69.90 + bf (all ages)
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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
In real life, journalists spend their days drearily fact checking and worrying how long they’ll have a job. But in Hollywood at least, their lives are much more exciting. And in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (WTF, get it?) Kim Baker (Tina Fey) even manages to “find herself ” Eat Pray Love-style in a war-torn and savagely foreign land. We first meet her as a desk-bound drone pounding away teleprompter copy for Botox-faced TV presenters. Kim leaps at the chance of a three-month stint in Afghanistan, and it isn’t too long before she’s in dodging bullets during the day with a crusty colonel (Billy Bob Thornton) and sashaying off to long, hard nights of partying (with Margot Robbie). She ends up addicted to the adrenalin rush of it all, and stays three years… Fey is a great comic actor, and anyone going along for laughs will get a few. But directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s movie is way more drama than comedy, as befitting its subject matter – this is a war zone. And it is good to see journalists’ work portrayed as both important and fun. What a pity the newspapers that employ them are all closing down. WTF indeed. CTC from May 12.
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Friday 6th May
Jenny Broke the Window
Enjoy some good indie pop/ rock while dancing along to Jenny Broke the Window. These Sydneysiders are a must-see live and you will more than likely know a tune or two. Newtown Social Cub, $18
Saturday 14th May
Floyd Vincent and The Temple Dogs
A night of rock, roots, world and pop! Floyd Vincent and The Temple Dogs are delightfully unpredictable, throwing all they've got into their sets. Floyd's been around since the 1990s and this is sure to be a ripper. Lazybones Lounge, $15
Late last year the online Daily Mail was “stunned” by a controversial new Agatha Christie about to screen on BBC, which contained “drug abuse, gruesome violence” and (oh no!) “the F-word.” Naturally the clickbait tabloid found a Christie expert to point out what a betrayal this was to the Dame. “If they are going to have appalling things like this in it then it’s not Agatha Christie,” he sniffed. And naturally when it screened in Britain, it rated its socks off. And deservedly so, as this three-part drama is a very smart and sharp adaptation of Christie’s famous novel, one of her darkest and most sinister. And it has a great cast including Miranda Richardson, Charles Dance, Sam Neill, Douglas Booth and Aidan Turner – all part of a group invited to an isolated island by a mysterious killer. As for the “sexing up,” teen heart throb Booth snorts some coke and hunky Poldark star Turner appears shirtless. If that’s all too much, heavens knows how anyone ever coped with Christie gleefully knocking off all her characters one by one. MA15+ available from from May 4.
At the multiplex: Dad’s Army
There’s a lot of amiably silly moments in Oliver Parker’s update of the popular Brit sitcom from the 1970s about a home guard squad of doddery old duffers. And competent mugging from Bill Nighy, Michael Gambon, Tom Courtney and Toby Jones. But why update it at all? If there is an audience for such well-meaning but pointless laffs, wouldn’t the old boy be just as happy with the original eyeball-rolling bad jokes about “jam rolypoly”? What next? Ropey remakes of Porridge? Carry On Up The Khyber? Hang on, we’ve just had that – Grimsby. PG on now.
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Amnesty Birthing Kit Packing Day
Amnesty International's NSW Women's Network are offering you the chance to help save a mother's life in this special Mother's Day event. One woman dies from pregnancy and birth complications every 90 seconds. Most of these deaths arise from easily preventable infections. The NSW Women's Network is tackling this loss of life by providing expectant mothers with birthing kits and training to use them. This free event will be held the day before Mother's Day, Saturday May 2nd, 2-5pm. The Women's Network is inviting volunteers from the community to help put together 600 birthing kits for mothers in need. The astounding success of last year's efforts resulted in 200 kits sent to Think Humanity in Uganda and 400 to Apostle Padi Traditional Birth Centre in Ghana. If you would like to join or make a donation, visit the Eventbrite page 'Amnesty Women's Network Birthing Kit Packing Day' to book your place
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Following The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything, filmmakers seem to have been scuttling off to mathematics academies everywhere looking for big-brained odd men with inspirational back stories. The one of Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyenga, born into poverty in India before gaining entry to Cambridge University, where he changed the face of modern mathematics, is a pretty astonishing one. Ramanujan (Dev Patel) dazzled the learned profs in the often hostile and stuffy environment of Cambridge around the time of WW1 – bizarrely insisting that his theories were given to him by God. Director Matthew Brown doesn’t take any chances with the material – this is a very conventional biopic. But it is also a thoroughly compelling one, the drama mainly played out in the relationship between Ramanujan and his mentor (Jeremy Irons). For once maths isn’t boring – that’s quite an achievement!! PG from May 5.
Sat 7th May, 1:30pm
Talk on Laurence Halloran
Jan Worthington, a Fellow of the Society of Australian Genealogists, will be giving a talk on Laurence Halloran. Arriving in 1819, Halloran was the first Headmaster of Sydney Grammar School. He was also a sailor, polygamist, poet, imposter,
preacher, murderer and convicted forger, fathering 22 children by several wives and mistresses. After the talk, stay back to enjoy drinks, nibbles, and the chance to chat with Worthington herself. Join the City of Canada Bay Heritage Society for this wonderful free talk on an extraordinary man in a bygone world. Where: City of Canada Bay Museum, 1 Bent St, Concord
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The 2016 Inner West Local Business Awards are accepting nominations until Wed May 11th. Businesses will be judged on their provision of outstanding customer service, appearance and maintenance of facilities and staff, value for money and merchandisation and
presentation of products or services. The support for local businesses has been overwhelming, with thousands of entries received thus far! Get in quick and nominate your favourite local haunt – everyone who submits a nomination goes into the draw to win a Nikon Digital SLR camera!
The latest of City of Canada Bay's foodie workshops has arrived. Nutrition Australia will be demonstrating the creation of their most wholesome meals in a new event catered especially to Chiswick residents. It is part of the Council's larger initiative focussing on community engagement in response to the area's changing demographics. Visit the Chiswick Eventbrite website or call 9911 6524 to secure your place! Where: Cnr Blackwall Pt Rd and Parkview Rd, Chiswick
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Are you worried about housing affordability in Sydney?
"Yes, definitely for my children and grandchildren. They will never be able to put down a deposit on a place in Sydney." Elizabeth, Leichhardt "I wish it was cheaper but I have a job and I am doing ok." Joe, Camperdown "No, not really – I have a home. I'm too old to worry about it." Irena, Strathfield "No, I have my own home. Sydney's a great town if you've got money. I can understand why people are worried, but I am not, personally." Theresa, Leichhardt "No, I am in control of my life unlike some people. I am not worried about my children because I will support them as a responsible parent." Anon, Leichhardt "Not for me but for my kids. My wife and I earn a good wage and we can just afford to buy a house. I don't see how my kids will, nowadays." Dave, Stanmore "If nothing changes, homeowners of the future will be those who have inherited from their parents, renters will be those who have not. That's very worrying." Jean, Marrickville
Super nanny, Kassia Aksenov, shares a few life hacks for reducing your family’s environmental impact. Being sustainable has it challenges, and what is even more challenging is being sustainable after having children. I must confess that I am not a mum, but I have worked as a nanny for over seven years and picked up some good habits from my super-mummy friends.
Marrickville Council Grant Program Now Open
The program exists to support local community projects that will benefit the lives of residents in the Marrickville area. Categories of supported projects include: Arts and Cultural Development, Community Cultural Development, Independent Artist, Community, Sustainability and Recreation, with standard grants offered from $500 to $7500 per project. In addition to the base grants, the Council will be administrating ClubGrants with a value of up to $25 000 per project. The benefits of the grants can be seen in the courtyard of Thomas Roseby Lodge, a local aged care facility, with landscape designer and grant recipient, Helen Worrall, able to turn the space into a vegetable garden, where residents are able to be involved in the growing process. Applications for the grants will close on Wednesday June 1st. n For further information or to discuss applications call 9335 2222 or visit www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/grants/
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Food prep and meal time
If you have the garden space, growing your own veggies and herbs is a great idea. Kids love being outdoors so getting out there for a day in the garden is loads of fun. When preparing meals many mums recommend cooking in bulk and freezing portions for days ahead when you just can’t muster up the energy to cook. Storing meals in freezable one-portion sized containers comes in handy for lunches on-the-go and saves you buying over-packaged baby food with far less nutritional value. When eating at home keep a cloth for baby near the sink to wipe their face when they’ve finished rather than grabbing wipes or tissues. If you have more than one child I recommend colour coding your cloths for each child which helps reduce germs spreading when one child gets ill. Instead of grabbing paper towelling to mop up spills use old tea towels or terry towelling. These produce no waste and don’t take up much room in the washing machine.
second baby she used disposables while out and reusables when at home. A green alternative to wipes can be as simple as cutting up an old T-shirt and turning it into rags or using the thin baby face-washers that are sold at Kmart. These are gentle on baby’s skin and can be reused.
Clothes, toys and activities
Shopping for secondhand clothes and toys or accepting hand-me-downs means items get more use before hitting the dump. Another tip is to look for toys that have various uses or stages and can be enjoyed by kids at different ages. Wooden blocks, for example, help babies develop their fine motor skills and can be used in more complex imaginative play when kids grow older. Using toy libraries saves on clutter in the home and lets your kids rotate items on a regular basis, keeping them stimulated. Glebe Library has a toy library facility. Flyers and pamphlets that come in the mail are great arts and craft tools and saves you buying brand new supplies.
'The factory in the sun'
Rhodes’ Lewis Berger Park Renamed
This Saturday, the City of Canada Bay Council is holding a community picnic to celebrate the official opening of Lewis Berger Park in Rhodes. The renaming of the park follows a campaign by a number of local residents to recognise a prominent figure in the history of Rhodes. Lewis Berger & Sons (now known as Berger Paints) begun manufacturing paint on the Rhodes Peninsula in 1916, creating hundreds of local jobs at a time where they were desperately needed. According to the City of Canada Bay Mayor, Angelo Tsirekas, the renaming recognises Berger’s contribution to the community “and reflects on the rich industrial history of Rhodes". The park, which is located on Rider Boulevard, opposite Rhodes Waterside Shopping Centre, will be the location for the event, which will also commemorate the relocation of the ‘Berger Honour Shrine’ war memorial from Queen Elizabeth Park, to its original location in Rhodes.
Nappies and wipes
Talk to your kids
The benefits of using reusable nappies was mentioned in the previous edition of Ciao. As a nanny, I am aware of the extra washing and work that comes with resuables and advise families that they don’t have to choose one or the other. When a friend of mine had her
Making your kids environmentally conscious from a young age helps build their understanding of waste avoidance. You want your kids to opt for less waste producing practices on their own accord, so explain to them why sustainable choices are important. n Kassia Aksenov
The importance of supporting mums
This year, the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) is celebrating National Mothering Week by extending the message to celebrate the broader support network surrounding mothers. The ABA recognises the importance of a mother’s support network, including partners, parents and friends, in the wellbeing of both mother and child. In acknowledging this, the ABA’s 2016 campaign gives mothers the opportunity to thank their support network by sharing stories about the help they have received and how it has affected their lives. Through sharing their stories mothers go in the draw to win a prize worth $500 to be spent on a night out with their support person of choice. According to the ABA’s Chief Executive Officer, Rebecca Naylor, sometimes the smallest things make the biggest difference. “We know from calls to our Breastfeeding Helpline that just having someone to talk to and providing encouragement can give mums a boost in confidence,” she said, “The realities of motherhood can be challenging and we know that support and nurturing of mothers is so important.” Here in the Inner West, a local CityWest wing of the ABA will be holding a morning tea at Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, at 10am on the 9th of May, along with numerous events throughout the week (May 1st 8th) including forums to acknowledge and discuss the important role support systems play. n For further information on how you can enter the competition visit www. breastfeeding.asn.au or the ABA’s Facebook at www.facebook.com.au/ ozbreastfeeding.
Have Your Say on Sydney's 'New Brooklyn' in Sydenham
Marrickville council has launched a proposal to rezone the area directly behind Sydenham Station, with plans to develop the area into a Creative Hub and is calling for community members to comment on the plans. The area, located directly under the Sydney Airport flight path, is unsuitable for residential development. The council imagines the area as a “vibrant entertainment and employment precinct”, according to Mayor of Marrickville Councillor, Sam Iskandar. “With the fantastic transport links the area has, we believe a Sydenham Station Creative Hub could easily become a must-visit destination for all of Sydney,” he says. Following the closure of comments on the May 17th, a report outlining the comments made by the community will be considered by the Council in June this year, with the goal of submitting a planning proposal to the NSW Government shortly after. n To have your say, fill in the survey at: yoursaymarrickville.com.au
Have you got a support network?
Heart Ya Mum?
To celebrate Mother’s Day at Ciao we are running a SELFIE COMPETITION. Take a snap with your mum (or mums!) and tell us why she’s the best! Upload it to Instagram with hashtag #heartyamum and tag us @ciaomagazinesydney entries close March 4th
Tuesday 17 May May --6:30pm 6:30pm with Kelly Doust
Falling Into Fiction
Kelly will be in discussion with Jacinta Tynan, Sky News Presenter and author of Mother Zen
Balmain Library Free - All welcome Light refreshments
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in the kitchen
Dark chocolate and olive oil spread
with Olivia Mackay, n www.scoffandquaff. wordpress.com
Much of the world’s cocoa is produced using child labour and slavery. Unsurprisingly it’s a fact that many of us would rather not think about. This Mother’s Day make sure you don’t give your mum a chocolate gift which has involved mistreatment of kids. Thankfully many of the world’s big chocolate producers have committed to using 100 per cent slave-free cocoa and you should be able to find good quality fair trade chocolate at any Inner West delicatessen or supermarket. I guarantee this recipe will curb your desire for other commercial chocolate spreads. Based on a classic ganache recipe of chocolate and cream, the olive oil imbues the most glorious glossiness and a subtle fruity finish. To make it extra special, why not sprinkle over some crushed caramelised nuts along with the sea salt?
Wine with Winsor
Huntington Estate 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
You don’t find too many new-release red wines with seven years on the clock but this excellent cabernet from one of the leading producers in the Mudgee region has been released at its peak – and looks very stylish. It is the Huntington philosophy to release red wines with a number of years of bottle maturation. This is from an excellent vintage, is savoury and elegant and would be a great wine to take to a dinner party. $26.
1. Break the chocolate into small pieces (no bigger than 2cm square) and place in a deep heatproof bowl. 2. Warm the cream and sugar in a saucepan until simmering gently. 3. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate, stirring thoroughly until all the chocolate is melted. If any pieces do not melt, you can microwave the bowl for 5 seconds at a time, stirring well, until completely smooth. 4. When slightly cooled, stir in the olive oil.
Won’t someone think of the exploited children?!
Trentham Estate 2015 Two Thirds
Looking to cut down on your alcohol consumption? The team at Trentham Estate has produced a lovely semillon sauvignon blanc that has, as the name suggests, just twothirds of the usual alcohol. It weighs in at just 8.5% alcohol but still has the flavour profile of a full-strength wine. Made from early picked fruit and a great pairing with a chicken or seafood salad, this is a delicate, fresh and crisp white designed for enjoying well chilled. $16.
5. Pour into a clean, dry jar and screw on the lid. 6. Allow to cool completely. 7. Serve thickly spread on warm sourdough toast and sprinkled with sea salt. 8. Store in a cool, dark cupboard for up to a week, or keep in the fridge if you want it to last longer.
• 200g (1 ¼ cups) fair trade dark chocolate • 150ml (2/3 cup) double cream (NOT thickened cream!)
• 25ml (2 tbsp) extra virgin olive oil • 30g (2 tbsp) raw sugar Makes enough to fill a standard 400g jam jar
Foster e Rocco 2015 Rosé
Adam Foster used to be a sommelier but he got so caught up in the allure of wine that he decided to become a winemaker – and he is rather a dab hand with the Italian grape variety sangiovese. Here, he and fellow sommelier Lincoln Riley (Rocco) have combined to make a rather delicious dry and savoury rosé made in the European dry style that is absolutely stunning with dishes like a Mediterranean mezze plate. $25. www.gourmetontheroad.blogspot.com
n Fruit: Persimmon is in season, so check out this often overlooked fruit – it’s ripe
and soft with overtones of honey and apricot. Mandarins are plentiful as their local April-October season has begun; Custard apples are in season, with African Pride and Pink Mammoth varieties selling for $4-$7 per kilo. per kilo. Firm, papery skinned brown onions are yum and good value at $2/kg.
n Veggies: Carrots are best in the cooler months and currently thrifty at $2-2.50 n Courtesy www.sydneymarkets.com.au
Ugly but delicious
AT HOME WITH Anneka Manning
Anneka Manning was writing for and editing Australia’s leading foodie publications when she decided to start teaching baking in person.
has to be organic and the chocolate 70% cocoa and fair trade. Who would you share a Persian Love Cake with? My family – my husband, Paul, and my children, Brooke and Ben. They keep me grounded and smiling and, most importantly, always happy to give me a reason to bake whenever I feel like it! Is there a designated bowl licker in your family? The kids are…but only if I don’t get there first! of BakeClub baking school in Rosebery. She is headlining the upcoming Cake Bake & Sweets Show, held at the Sydney Olympic Showground on the weekend of June 3rd – 5th. Manning’s latest book, BakeClass (Murdoch Books), came out earlier this year.
n Anneka Manning is the founder
Satisfy your cake hole!
Mum’s primal meal
For the majority of us, our first food memories are shaped by our mothers. They are, after all the ones who have typically been charged with our nourishment from birth and have literally worn the fruits of their labour, firstly on their chests and later possibly in their hair and on their clothing, thanks to a high chair, a plastic spoon and some good aim. We have a lot to thank them for across the board, so it’s rather perplexing that the great breastfeeding debate continues to dominate our social media feeds and water cooler conversations. Recently, a dear friend and new mother posted a video about discrimination in public places when it comes to breastfeeding. It contained footage of complete strangers yelling at mothers in parks and restaurants discreetly doing what comes naturally… feeding their baby. Though I personally haven’t yet made a decision on the subject of procreation, I found it shocking that something as real and natural as feeding one’s child should be couched in such feelings of embarrassment and shame. While it is true that legislation around the world has progressed to support the fact that breastfeeding in public is not a crime of nourishment, we still face a huge social stigma surrounding women who choose to do so. Three years ago, in our very own progressive Inner West, a Newtown café was cited for asking a new mother not to breastfeed on her premises. The comment sparked public outrage, and perhaps some deserved embarrassment for the proprietor, however the fact that we’re still having this discussion several years later and that women are still forced to feed their children in toilet cubicles lest they feel the wrath of the public, is beyond me. As the marketing machine gears up for Mother’s Day, and we plan our socially acceptable gatherings, perhaps we should think about celebrating and supporting mothers (not just our own), by supporting their right to feed their children without shame. Just because mothers CAN put up with some pretty challenging experiences in order to raise us, doesn’t mean that they always SHOULD.
When did you start baking? I was drawn to baking from a very young age. I remember when I was eight I bought a fun book called The Kitchen Wizard by Deborah Jarvis and it introduced me to some cool baking science concepts like how soft clouds of whisked egg whites and sugar were crisp, sweet meringues when baked. I think this is when my life-long love affair with baking really started. Why do you love it? Firstly, it is the science of baking. I originally trained as a home economist and I have always been fascinated by the actual ‘why’ behind the ‘how’ of baking. Secondly it is the way baking connects people. How it can make people feel nurtured, comforted and loved. It brings people together, inspires compliments and gratitude, and simply makes people feel good. What is the biggest mistake you can make when baking a cake? I think the biggest mistake you can make is not considering what sort of baker you are when choosing the recipe. Don’t make it hard for yourself and remember, something simple done well will out trump anything tricky done not-so-well. What sweet do you think best represents the Inner West? It would have to be chocolate beetroot cake. Of course the beetroot
1. Preheat the oven to 170°C. Brush a 2 litre capacity ovenproof dish with melted butter. Dust with cocoa powder, tapping out any excess. 2. Place the chocolate and butter in a medium heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, making sure the base of the bowl doesn’t touch the water, and stir until melted and smooth. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and stir in the marsala, 1/2 cup of the caster sugar and the egg yolks. 3. Use an electric mixer with a whisk attachment to whisk the egg whites in a clean, dry large bowl on medium speed until soft peaks form. Add the remaining ¼ cup caster sugar and whisk until thick and glossy. Add one-third of the egg white mixture to the chocolate mixture and use a large metal spoon or spatula to fold together. Fold through the remaining egg white mixture until just combined. 4. Pour the mixture into the prepared dish. Bake in the preheated oven for 55–60 minutes, or until crumbs cling to a skewer inserted in the centre. 5. Remove the pudding from the oven and set aside for 5 minutes. Dust with icing sugar and serve in scoops with cream or ice cream.
Chocolate Soufflé Pudding
• Melted butter, to grease • Unsweetened cocoa powder • 3 cups chopped good-quality dark chocolate • 125 g unsalted butter, cubed • 2 tbsp marsala wine or freshly brewed strong coffee • 4 cup caster sugar • 5 eggs, at room temperature, separated • Icing sugar, to dust • Cream or vanilla ice cream, to serve with pudding
Milk Sharing in a Social Network
Maani Truu meets three Sydney mums who have united online in their search for child rearing’s ‘liquid gold’.
from the number of donors turning to informal groups like HM4HB. “What donors (to banks) are missing out on is the fact that a person is going to have to pay for that milk, so you are basically giving away your product and the banks are going to make money off it,” Terri says. “HM4HB is a community-based approach to child rearing that has existed for centuries. It’s just bringing it into this age, where we are using social media to connect with people,” she says. With such a long history, it should be questioned why the practice of sharing milk carries such a strong social stigma now. One argument could be that there is no economic benefit to community based milk sharing. Another may be the taboo of the non-sexual female body, which already pervades discussion of breastfeeding in general. “It’s unfortunate that over time we have lost that sense of community in regards to breast milk sharing,” Daina says. The stigma against sharing milk seemed particularly misplaced when I discovered that breast milk is used for a number of purposes. Amber’s journey into milk donation actually begun when her sister-in-law was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma and her oncologist recommended drinking colostrum to help boost her immune system. Colostrum is the first few mils of breast milk produced with significanty higher levels of antibodies and protein. It is often a golden colour, lending it the nickname ‘liquid gold’.
“My sister-in-law would have tea with colostrum”
“Everyday I would pump about 20 milligrams of colostrum,” Amber recalls, “and my sisterin-law would come over and have a cup of Rooibos tea with a splash of rice milk and colostrum.” With so many benefits it is clear why recipients perceive breast milk as ‘liquid gold’ and donors are eager to ensure it doesn’t go to waste. What is striking about the NSW chapter of HM4HB is the overwhelming sense of support and community between members. It is common to see statuses on the HM4HB Facebook page from women jumping at the chance to ensure someone else’s baby has enough milk. “It’s all about community,” says Terri. “It’s community building. Women helping fellow women.”
If someone has too much of something and someone else doesn’t have enough, it seems like a simple solution to pass the excess along. But when talking about breast milk, not everyone is on board. Then there are those who take matters into their own hands, the mums worldwide sharing their milk through online communities that put mothers in contact with parents in need. One such community used by Inner West mums is the New South Wales page of Human Milk for Human Babies (HM4HB). A global operation, HM4HB operates via localised Facebook pages, where anyone can post as either a donor or recipient, allowing members who can help to connect with those in need, dependent on their location. While there is no template for posting, typically it will include information as to whether they have milk to donate or are seeking milk, their location, how much milk they have to donate and often provisos such as; “non-smoker”, “non-drinker” and “healthy diet”.
needs roughly six bottles a day, this price is “completely unsustainable”. The demand for natural breast milk, along with the prohibitive costs of public milk banks, has led to online networks developing to meet the needs of mothers. One way milk banks differ from online networks such as HM4HB is that the milk in banks is processed and the donor screened through a formal process. In the same way that cow’s milk is treated, bank breast milk is pasteurised and homogenised to kill bacteria. It is for this reason that many mothers believe peer-to-peer networks are a superior source of breast milk than banks. “I can understand why they do that from a health perspective,” says Amber, who donates her own milk in the HM4HB network. “When you pasteurise breast milk you kill a lot of the white blood cells and antibodies and for some people that is part of the reason why they are looking for breast milk. We probably don’t need to muck around with it so much.” Women are not always involved in milksharing communities out of feelings of necessity. As Daina, another breast milk recipient and user of HM4HB, puts it, “Formula is a substitute that is always available to women and is fine to use but I think there are a lot of health benefits for a newborn baby to be breast fed, whenever possible.” There is a firm belief within the milk-sharing community that “breast is best” and when faced with the inability to provide breast milk for their child, someone else’s breast milk is the next best option. The World Health Organisation seconds this opinion. Its guidelines state “breast milk from a healthy wet-nurse or human-milk bank” as the next best option when traditional breastfeeding isn’t available. Of course, emphasis is placed on a “healthy” donor.
This is one criticism made by opponents of milk sharing - that a “healthy” donor cannot be guaranteed by informal groups. Speaking to donors and recipients part of HM4HB, they all agree that the risk of receiving tarnished or infectious milk is significantly reduced when you remember the demographic of the donors: breastfeeding mothers, who are also feeding their own children with the same milk. “These are mothers who have recently given birth and are altruistic enough to find someone to donate their milk to. Those people by nature are responsible,” says Terri. And there is no financial gain in being a donor. Speaking to Amber about her reasons for donating, she says it was an easy decision. “I’m a blood donor and I’m an egg donor, it just made sense to me. If you can give something without it having a detrimental effect on you – why not?” Amber says. At one point she was producing over two litres of milk a day, with the only alternative to donating pouring the excess down the sink. While peer-to-peer networks have improved the situation for mothers in need of donor breast milk, Daina and Terri believe greater awareness about the possibility of milk sharing would improve both supply and demand. “We need more knowledge about how you can safely donate and more people to be aware that you don’t have to throw that milk out,” says Terri. “Also, I would love to see free screening for women who wish to donate.” Both mothers express concerns about establishing more milk banks, as they would require funding, and with the costs involved, the practice could quickly become prohibitively expensive. In addition, a focus on formal methods of donations may detract
n Words by Maani Truu
Note: some names have been changed.
Local Breastfeeding Information and Support
Leichhardt Early Childhood Health Centre
Hosts Breast Feeding Support Clinics. Piazza Level, Italian Forum, 23 Norton Street, Leichhardt Ph: 9562 5400
it’s a simple solution to pass the excess along
HM4HB is not the only exchange of its kind. There are five breast milk banks in Australia. Our local bank (and the only one in NSW) is located at RPA, but like other hospitalbased banks, it is only equipped to provide milk to critically ill babies in the hospital. All the other banks operate in this way, except for one charity organisation, Mother’s Milk Bank. While it is illegal to sell human body products in Australia, Mother’s Milk Bank offers milk to anyone for a ten dollar “donation” per bottle. Birchgrove mum and user of HM4HB, Terri, says that considering her daughter Lena
Australian Breastfeeding Association, Marrickville
Meets for fortnightly discussions during school term. For information visit: www.breastfeeding. asn.au/local/nsw/marrickville-nsw
RPA Early Childhood, Lactation Clinic
Missenden Road, Camperdown Ph: 9515 8422