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FREE There’s life in the Inner West! Issue 282 | May 13th 2016 Mama Linh’s food truck begets a Glebe restaurant Spinal Health Week is “back” WIN! The Meddler Hunt for the Wilderpeople Essential Independents Film Festival FREE TIX: Councils Amalgamate Tuck into Leichhardt Long Lunch Danny Lim talks pavement politics Our local conscience 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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n FEATURE Leichhardt Long Lunch May 29th, 11am-5pm Leichhardt Town Hall that utilise fresh vegetables and mighty proteins great for kids’ tummies. 13.00    CAPRICCIO OSTERIA  Bryan Gerlini Capriccio Osteria & Bar on Norton Street will have their Head Chef Bryan Gerlini demonstrating how to prepare some of the Osteria’s Autumnal dishes. 13.30   RYLESTONE OLIVE PRESS  Elizabeth Fiducia Executive chef of Rylestone Olive Press will be showcasing delicious dishes using a variety of their award winning olive oils. 14.00 HEAD CHEF   Daniele Trimarchi Executive Chef of Mutti Australia and former chef at Fratelli Paradiso and Icebergs, Daniele Trimarchi will be demonstrating a variety of dishes using seasonal produce. 15.00   VINCENZO’S PLATE  Vincenzo Prosperi Sydney-based food vlogger (video blogger), Vincenzo Prosperi will share some of the authentic food and drinks of his native Italy - in style and with a smile! 15.30   SPICEVINE  Anup Arora Head chef and founder of SpiceVine Anup Arora will introduce spices, marinades and sauces inspired by the flavours of India and the Middle East. 16.00   CASA E CUCINA – Enzo Guarino Leichhardt Long Lunch is back for a second time this year, showcasing the Inner West’s food and creativity in a unique light. If you think you know dining in Leichhardt, think again. Leichhardt Long Lunch will have you supping elbow to elbow with your neighbours in the alfresco setting of Norton Street, serenaded by a superb line-up of local talent. Former Wiggle and children’s entertainment star Sam Moran will be headlining Leichhardt Long Lunch’s entertainment. His energetic live show will be staged from 12-1pm in the large outdoor area adjoining Leichhardt Town Hall next to the communal dining tables. There will be a wide range of stalls offering food, wine and products from local restaurants and artisans in the Inner West, representing businesses from Leichhardt, Annandale, Balmain, Rozelle, Lilyfield and Birchgrove. chefs and cooks, giving you the opportunity to learn how to make the signature dishes of your favourite local restaurants. For the first time ever, Leichhardt Long Lunch will be playing host to its very own Antique Roadshow. Bring in any mysterious items you have to be valued by experts from Raffan Kelaher & Thomas. Chefs with Taste Cooking demonstrations will be taking place throughout the day, compered by restaurateur, photographer and awardwinning cook Enzo Guarino. Enzo will start and end the day sharing some of his own signature dishes, and he has put together a stellar collection of Sydney chefs to reignite your passion in the kitchen. 11.30    CASA E CUCINA   Enzo Guarino 12.00    FOOD ADVENTURA Bruno Laborde Personal chef and catering expert Bruno Laborde will introduce you to the integral flavours and recipes in his signature fusion of traditional Mediterranean dishes with French Polynesian spices. 12.30    LA CANTINE Jonathan Trouillet Jonathan Trouillet is a French chef on a mission to help kids eat healthier at school. He will be demonstrating seasonal dishes Gather together with your family, friends and Inside Town Hall you will find cooking neighbours for a fascinating day celebrating the demonstrations from the Inner West’s premiere best flavours our side of Sydney has to offer! WHAT’S ON Play Along with Sam This is one for the kids to get excited about as Sam Moran, the star of Nickelodeon’s children television show Play Along with Sam, hits the stage with a live show. Sam Moran was the former Yellow Wiggle and since starring in his own show has won the ARIA for Best Children’s Album in 2015 and has also been nominated for a Logie. Come on down to Leichhardt Long Lunch between 12-1pm and see what the Sam sensation is all about. Turn that unloved heirloom into cash! Leichhardt Antique Roadshow Leichhardt Town Hall will also be the site of the Inner West’s very own Antique Roadshow. Antique experts from Raffan Kelaher & Thomas Leichhardt will be offering free appraisals of treasures and collectibles brought in by Leichhardt Long Lunch guests. Experts Céline Gallais, Imogen Harper and Rose NunesSilva will share their knowledge on jewellery, collectibles and decorative art pieces on the ‘Chefs with Taste’ stage, alternating appraisals with the cooking demonstrations. Remember to bring your antiques along with you! Lucky Luke & His Shooting Stars Lucky Luke and his band are here to convince you that everybody loves country music, they just don’t know it yet. Try your best to stop your foot from tapping along to Lucky Luke’s brand of honky tonk and traditional country music. Having grown up in North Carolina with a grandaddy who played Hank Williams Play it again, Luke! Work off that cheesy pasta! and Ernest Tubb on repeat, Lucky Luke is the real deal. Get down to their set and have a boot-scootin’ good time. The Low Down Riders Born and bred in Sydney’s Inner West, the Low Down Riders are a six-piece band inspired by New Orleans street music. This Leichhardt Long Lunch they will be bringing the sounds of Frenchman Street to Norton Street, with raucous horns and a chugging rhythm section. Their songs’ lyrics reflect the true storytelling tradition of the Deep South. Put on your dancing shoes and grab a drink to prepare yourself for the Low Down Rider’s gig . influences such as Otis Rush and Buddy Miller, Adam’s funky country blend is the perfect soundtrack to a Sunday afternoon spent in good company. Sit back and enjoy the best in local music. Music and Song Live music will be going all day long on the stage outside Leichhardt Town Hall, next to the communal tables. Roaming performers will also be providing improvised entertainment to Leichhardt Long Lunch diners throughout the day. 2 Adam Pringle & Friends Guitarist and vocalist Adam Pringle has been playing tunes around the Australian Blues scene for 20 years alongside the likes of Melanie Horsnell, Ray Beadle and King Tide. With Postprandial playtime! n Leichhardt Long Lunch is an initiative of the Plus-sized lego and chess = fun for the whole family. Leichhardt and Annandale Business Chamber, sponsored by Leichhardt Council and organised by Impact Exhibitions and Events.

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Inner West whispers Local gossip, rumour, hearsay and unsubstantiated fact... Parramatta Rd, an artwork – Wrapped in plastic – New op-shop l Leichhardt Council has been publicising a call-out for creatives to beautify the LeichhardtAnnandale-Camperdown section of Parramatta Road. It offers a commission of $10,000 and the job listing states the Council is seeking public artworks that re-imagine the history and futures of the Inner West’s busy corridor. The artworks will likely be some of the first manifestations of Mayor Byrne’s long-term project to reinstate Parramatta Road as a live music and entertainment district, which the job listing names ‘The Transit Zone’. We are looking forward to any transition, aesthetic or otherwise, that will enliven our underrated Parra Road. l We at Ciao are only human... and therefore can only delight when our rival community mag, the Inner West Courier, becomes the subject of a petition. Some environmentally minded locals have sussed out that wrapping 80,000 copies of the News Limited rag in plastic every week might not be so great for the environment. They have calculated WE ARE C!AO Satire for the soul It’s time for liberal Liberals, ambitious Greens and ideologically exhausted Labourites to form a grand coalition, argues Latte Leftie Dear LL – This is the first election in two decades that I don’t feel an exhilarating sense of superior disgust when contemplating the Coalition’s leader. Sure, that jolly buffoon Beazley never set the heart racing. Granted, in retrospect, the less said about the likes of Latham, Rudd and Gillard the better. But how I yearn for the enlivening animus I felt about that poisonous pygmy, that jumped-up suburban solicitor, that charisma-challenged 1950s relic John Howard. Do you remember back when Inner Westies would express amazement at the fact he’d endlessly win elections despite the fact no one they knew admitted to voting for him? When we’d all buy 500-page long denunciations of him penned by Bob Ellis (RIP). Ah, happy days. And, needless to say, the wall punching, virginity prizing, homosexual fearing, Cardinal Pell-supplicating, raw onion-eating, Imperial Honours-reintroducing, ‘ironing housewives of Australia’-patronising Abbott provided many hours of delightful hate-viewing. But it’s hard to feel lofty contempt mixed in with national shame over a brilliant orator and Q&A regular such as Turnbull, especially given his progressive past (and hopefully future). I’m now wondering if I have to consider voting Liberal rather than just flipping a coin between Labor and the Greens. Anthony, Petersham LL replies: Malcolm Turnbull, Craig Laundy, Tanya Plibersek, Albo, Jim Casey – all tertiary educated, wellheeled, urbane individuals with the correct views about multiculturalism, the ABC, the environment, public transport and womynism. Surely they should be in the one party (perhaps we can call it ‘Labraleens’) rather than squabbling among themselves? A party, for example, willing to impose eye-watering sin taxes on prole vices such “smoking ciggies” and “necking piss” to fund a massive infrastructure program devoted to building public toilets for the gender fluid? I can only dream of the day when left-liberals of all stripes will join forces to fight the real, outer-suburban bogan enemy. ADVERTISING Sarah Shepherd sarah@ciaomagazine.com.au that the local franchise of the Murdoch empire contributes four million unnecessary pieces of plastic in landfill every year. (We envirofriendly independent publishing types would never dare defy the gods of rain, hale and shine by introducing a plastic sheath to our fortnightly pamphlets.) Even worse, locals have deduced that wrapping the Courier in plastic does not even keep the newspaper dry when it does rain. That makes it very suitable for school papier-mâché projects. And for the (not at all spiteful) nickname, The Inner Wets Courier. l Five ADVERTISING Madi Day madi@ciaomagazine.com.au Dock residents can look forward to having their very own charity op-shop, which will be arriving on Great North Rd in the near future. Coles is also expected to arrive at the shopping strip in July after a month of renovations at the site during June. Thrifty locals are predicting closing down sales at Supabarn during May. We bags the ice cream. FOOD Melissa Leong info@ciaomagazine.com.au WINE Winsor Dobbin info@ciaomagazine.com.au LOCAL history Those of you visiting Leichhardt Town Hall for Leichhardt Long Lunch would also do well to know its history. Opened in 1888, the hall was seen to mark a ‘coming of age’ for the Leichhardt area. The extravagant hall was a source of pride for locals, so much so that the day of it’s opening was declared a public holiday. Nine years later, the clock was added to commemorate the 60th year of Queen Victoria’s reign. At the time she had just surpassed George III as the longest-reigning monarch in British history (since overtaken by Queen Elizabeth II). And you thought the Inner West had nothing to offer for monarchists... n Courtesy of Leichhardt Library ART DIRECTOR Paden Hunter paden@ciaomagazine.com.au EDITORIAL Phoebe Moloney phoebe@ciaomagazine.com.au The first sign Leichhardt was going places n Email your dilemma to info@ciaomagazine.com.au. Things we love: Kassia Aksenov kassia@ciaomagazine.com.au ASSISTANT PUBLISHER Contributors: Nigel Bowen, Lianna Taranto, Olivia Mackay, Russell Edwards, Maria Zarro, Maani Truu, Hannah Craft and Emma McConnell. Publisher: Sonia Komaravalli 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 info@ciaomagazine.com.au (02) 9518 3696. 0414 174 441 - Sarah 0405 509 805 – Sonia Ciao is locally owned and produced. Please recycle Printed by Spot Press, Marrickville Local footpath activist Danny Lim and his dog Smarty strike a pose at The Hub in Newtown. Lim has just announced he will be running in the Senate elections. Image: Ben Cregan Cool shades No matter how many times we rush by this impressive orchard on Leichhardt Street it never ceases to put a smile on our faces. A tiny balcony garden is the home of a beautiful array of succulents and colourful blossoms. A clever arrangement of umbrellas keeps the midday sun out and likely deflects some of the bad vibes coming off the rush hour traffic in the mornings. This resident’s garden takes urban greenery to a level as yet unseen in the Inner West; unfortunately we were unable to talk to the gardener as the verdant foliage completely hides any mode of access to their front door. Is the brick just a facade to a suburban forest? C!ao’s voice ! In • Peaceful activism • Jet-setting overseas because of cheap airfares! • Dancing to ‘70s music with ‘70s dance moves • Long-sleeved floaty maxi dresses • Autumn hikes Out • Refugees having to take extreme measures to point out how bad life is in offshore detention • Julia Roberts’ wig in Mother’s Day • Imperialist carp • $6000 toasters C!ao Magazine There’s life in the Inner West! 4

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Community Life R OA D T E ST n Emma McConnell Spinal Tap Keep Moving! Emma McConnell cracks into Spinal Health Week with tips on the best ways to get your back on track. Sedentary behaviour is one of the leading causes of poor spinal health, but luckily there is a simple solution – get moving! Physical inactivity is easily combated with minor changes to your normal routine. Developing an exercise regime is a good place to start. For those with limitations or mobility issues walking or moderate housework is beneficial, however the key to back health is to maintain a routine. Once you’re feeling confident, engage in activities such as yoga, swimming and exercises that focus on developing your core muscles to assist in strengthening your back whilst keeping your body limber. RANT Sitting around on your arse isn't quite as simple as it used to be As a white, middle-aged man and a fairly modest chap at that, there is one activity in life that I regularly do that I can safely say I do as well as anyone in the world, perhaps even at an elite level. The activity of which I am talking about is part hobby, part lifestyle choice and part occupation. Of course, the activity I am talking about is sitting down. No, I’m not talking about sitting atop a pole for hours or sitting underwater or sitting in a yoga pretzel pose. I’m talking about plain, ordinary sitting on my ample derrière. Whether it be on the sofa or a dining chair or even on the porcelain throne in the smallest room in the house, I reckon that if sitting was an event at the Rio Olympics (in French it would be called La Assis) I would be boosting Australia’s gold medal tally and sending the Russians in search of a new posteriorenhancing drug. That’s how confident I am in my own ability to sit on my arse. At least, that was what I thought until the other day when I received a visit at my workstation by the workplace OH&S person. Very quickly my delusions of sedentary grandeur came crashing down when this Ergo-Nazi informed me, quite matter of factly, that for most of my adult life the one thing that I had assumed to be doing very well, I have actually been doing completely wrong. Apparently, as children we naturally sit correctly and then as we age we adopt poor habits and a sloppy posture. It seems that, far from potential Olympic gold medalist, I am the postural equivalent of Eddie the Eagle (you know, short-sighted, slightly overweight and heading for a spectacular crash).  The combination of my poor posture and repetitive movement, which many of us have when working away at our computer, can increase the risk of muscle strain and even possibly the type of injury they now call a ‘Musculoskeletal disorder’ or MSD (it’s what they use to call ‘RSI’). In fact, the Work-Related Injury statistics for 2009-10 show Muscular Stress (which includes actions such as lifting, pushing and repetitive movement like sitting typing at your computer) was the most common cause of injury in Australia in all age groups except the 15-24 year old – and those young people are probably destined for a similar fate. Who knew there are actually rules for sitting down? Maybe the nagging I received from my parents about slouching in front of the TV for hours was not just to get me to mow the lawn after all. And just maybe, the chronic LBP (lower back pain) I have now is somehow connected to my poor sitting habits. So do yourself a favour and google ‘sitting posture’ and don’t forget to stand up and move about occasionally! n Words by Hugh Jarse With a little effort, this could be you! Understanding Ergonomics Whilst exercise helps in strengthening the muscles within and around your spine it is important to ensure the correct posture is maintained, especially at work. Office employees are particularly in need of the correct equipment and adjustments to their workstation, otherwise long-term damage may occur. Ensure that both your chair and desk are at an appropriate height for you, and comfortably encourage correct posture. If you work in a corporate environment consider ways to boost your movement at work, such as incorporating ‘walking meetings’ as part of the workplace or perhaps suggesting the option of standing desks. Starting From The Bottom A minor change in your footwear can do wonders for your spinal health. Wearing inappropriate or the incorrect type of shoe not only leads to terribly sore feet but can also impact upon your posture, particularly in your lower back. It is important to invest in a well-fitting pair of shoes that supports the arch of your foot, especially if they’re intended for exercise purposes or if you’re wearing them for extensive periods. If you prefer style over comfort then opt for custom orthopaedic insoles to ensure your feet (and back) are as stress-free as possible. And on a side note – ladies, if you love your back please minimise the amount of time you spend in heels! Preventative Therapy Standing desks are so hot right now Understanding your posture and how to improve it is an integral step in maintaining a healthy spine. Visiting your local chiro, osteo or physio and gaining professional advice is essential as everyone’s back health varies and largely depends upon your age and mobility level. Utilising the knowledge and recommendations given to you by your practitioner can be used as a preventative measure, as well as a way to minimise and heal existing conditions. Following such advice will not only keep you moving but will significantly improve both your present and long-term health. Essential Independents: American Cinema, Now Festival This two-week festival is hitting Australian shores with Norton Palace Cinemas playing host to the diverse program of 32 films from May 17th – June 1st. The festival aims to showcase the past, present and future of independent cinema from the US, including cult classics The Virgin Suicides, Midnight Cowboy and newbies I Smile Back and Mapplethorpe. Films from a wide range of genres will be showcased, including narrative feature and documentaries, along with a retrospective on the first films of now major international filmmakers. Of the line-up fourteen films will be having their Australian premiere. Ciao has five double in-season passes to give away to your choice of film from this deftly curated and spine-tingling collection. n To enter email us at info@ciaomagazine.com.au telling us where you picked up your copy of Ciao and what film from the festival would you like to go see and why! WIN FREE TICKETS For further information on the festival's programs and ticketing visit www.essentialindependents.com. Where: Palace Cinemas, 99 Norton St, Leichhardt. Jane Got a Gun What’s on n Compiled by Hannah Craft. Email info@ciaomagazine.com.au Fri 13 May – 29 May Sun 15 May, 2pm FREE Community are en ev ts listings email info@ m.au ciaomagazine.co Attn: Hannah On Parramatta Road Local photographer, Lyndal Irons has been documenting the raucous life of Sydney's most infamous road for over four years. This long-term photography project has been highly awarded and Irons' exhibition, marking the international Head On Photo Festival, is a chance to view it in completion. See Sydney's vena cava in ways you never imagined! Official opening is 6-8pm, Friday May 13th. Where: Articulate Project Space, 497 Parramatta Rd, Leichhardt. Open 11am-5pm, Wednesday-Sunday. 6 Fundraising Concert at Concord Hospital Be taken on a European musical journey as the Reverend Paul Weaver and Bruce Wilson perform piano solos and duets to raise money for the restoration of the stained glass windows in the Concord Hospital chapel. Each year the pair performs for classical music lovers, delighting the audience with compositions from some of the world’s greatest artists, including Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt and Debussy. Everyone is welcome, but there is a suggested donation of $15 to ensure the chapel remains a beautiful venue for future concerts. Where: Concord Hospital Chapel, Hospital Road, Concord Thu 19 May, 6.30 – 7.30pm It’s that time of the year when writers, publishers and all-round creative folk descend on Sydney for the international event that is the Sydney Writers' Festival. Luckily for us we don’t have to venture into the madness of the main precinct to get a piece of the action with Ashfield library partnering with the Festival for the 14th year running, bringing the event to our own backyard. Catch Irish crime novelist, Adrian McKinty, discussing his latest thriller, Rain Dogs. Gleebooks will be selling copies of the book with signings available. The event is free but bookings are essential. For further information or to book your spot visit www.ashfield.nsw.gov. au/page/library.html Where: Ashfield Town Hall, 260 Liverpool Road, Ashfield Lyndal Irons shoots Parramatta Rd life Adrian McKinty Sydney Writers' Festival at Ashfield Library See page 8 for more what's on...

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n Local Gigs Monday 16th May n Local screens M83 M83 are hitting our shores to play here in the Inner West. With the release of their most recent album last month, they're sure to give us the best in cruisey French electronica playing hits from new release Junk as well as old favourites. Enmore Theatre, $79 + bf FREE TICKETS Win double movie passes That winning NZ style Hunt for the Wilderpeople Mum is here to help Kings of the indie jungle The Meddler Marnie (Susan Sarandon) is recently widowed, and has moved to LA to be closer to her daughter Lori (Rose Byrne). She’s a whirlwind of energy, most of it misspent on helping others, even total strangers like the Apple genius bar guy she's convinced can better himself. Most of all she drives Lori crazy with unceasing calls, messages, texts, surprise visits and unwanted relationship advice. Also on her radar is a Harley riding excop (J.K. Simmons) with the improbable name of “Zipper.” Who, when he’s not nodding to Marnie’s always excellent advice, serenades his organic farm pet chickens with Dolly Parton songs... Lorene Scafaria’s breezy sitcom delivers plenty of laughs, it’s amiable and quirky, but scarily, she based it all on her own mother. (Wow... How’s the therapy going, girl?) Though Sarandon doesn’t often get such brightly comic roles, and here she's just perfect as the woman with too much love in her heart, and way too much time on her hands. M from May 19. Cruising New York City is safe and prosperous now, but in the '70s, it was a dangerous place – widely regarded as decadent, a city in moral and economic decline. There’s a great selection of films from those troubled times at the Essential Independents Film Festival, but perhaps nothing defines the city and decade better than the confronting Cruising, which stars Al Pacino as an undercover cop in the city’s notorious S&M bars. As a bonus, it screens with the ultra out-there no-holds-barred Interior. Leather Bar, co-directed by James Franco. May 24 8.30pm at Palace Norton St. Saturday 21st May Tired Lion This ensemble from the West Coast live up to the welldeserved hype and exposure on national radio over the last year. Channelling '90s grunge, Tired Lion are sure to deliver high energy rock that won't let you down. Newtown Social Club, $25 +bf Friday 27th May New Zealand’s eccentric deadpan comedies (Flight of the Conchords) have already had cult success, and now the style seems set to break out into the mainstream. Taika Waiti’s (What We Do in the Shadows) most recent homegrown effort has been a huge box office hit in NZ, but more importantly, has so far scored a 100% Rotten Tomatoes approval rating – and all thanks to very hard-to-please US and UK critics. At first it sounds like a silly family comedy: Ricky (Julian Dennison) is a troubled overweight city kid who finds himself on the run with his grumpy foster uncle (Sam Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush. After a series of misunderstandings, a national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive – before an inevitable, but hilariously upbeat climax. And it is silly... Really – all profoundly odd, with so many farcical elements and off-kilter moments that not even Wes Anderson could pull off something quite so uniquely funny. Only a Kiwi could do that. PG from May 26. n Thanks to Madman Entertainment we have five double in season passes to give away. Details below. Basement UK band Basement have reconnected to tour their latest album, Promise Everything. With an early Noughties feel they bring us a precious combination of punk and pop; let's hope there are no more band break-ups in sight. Factory Theatre, $40 + bf WIN DVDs n Thanks to Sony Films Releasing we have five double in season passes to give away. Details below. Al Pacino: Just a cop doing his job? Flesh and Bone: Ballet as battle Ruckus’ Speed of Life Sydney based, disability led, contemporary performance ensemble Ruckus are back at it again with their second major production Speed of Life. The show asks the question: “How might you navigate our modern culture when you are unable to process information like most people around you?” In looking for answers the Ruckus team spent 14 days working in Cambodia and are now, after two years of development, ready to bring you the answers they have found. If you haven’t got the memo, Ruckus is a group of six entertainers, who aim to smash stereotypes and challenge the audience’s preconceptions about disability through original and provoking performances. Catch Speed of Life between May 25th and May 28th. n For further information about Ruckus or to buy tickets visit ruckus.org.au/bookings. Tickets are $25/$15 concessions. Performances on May 27th and 28th will be Auslan interpreted.Where: PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, 107 Railway Pde, Erskineville Flesh and Bone Are dancers all dysfunctional obsessives? After Black Swan and this gritty eight-part TV drama – created by Breaking Bad star writer Moira Walley-Beckett, we’d be forgiven for thinking so. Flesh and Bone very quickly dives into murky territory indeed. Claire (Sarah Hay) is a shy and damaged young ingénue who arrives from Pittsburgh and secures a spot with a prestigious New York ballet company run by volatile control-freak Paul (Ben Daniels), who quickly spots Claire’s brilliance and plots to turn her into a diva. Her problems are revealed early, so it’s not a spoiler to say her family make the Lannisters look functional. All of which make for compulsively ripe bingeing, and as a bonus, the dancing is fantastic. But parents be warned, don’t let your aspiring young ballerina near this one. The sex, drugs and nudity may be ok, but surely not all that smoking! MA15+ Available on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital on May 18. n Thanks to Defiant Screen Entertainment we have three DVDs of the series to give away. Details below. Listen to the Ruckus Ending Sat 28 May Jane Bennett, Paintings of Precinct through the eyes of the artist. Particularly notable is a historical Glebe, Pyrmont & White Bay series recording the construction of As part of the ‘Creative Glebe’ initiative and the Pyrmont Festival of Wine, Food and Art, Jane Bennett will be presenting her major solo exhibition, ‘Paintings of Glebe, Pyrmont and White Bay’. As the name suggests, the exhibition will the Anzac Bridge in 1994-95. Where: Glebe Library, 186 Glebe Point Road, Glebe. The exhibition is open from 9am weekdays, from 10am on Saturday and closed Sunday. Free Sat 21 May, 11am-4pm showcase the history of the Bays shows with Marvel Comics, Dora the Explorer and Paw Patrol. Lots of other free activities and fun things to do. See www.paddysmarkets.com.au Sat 28th May CO.AS.IT National Ball This gala event will raise funds to establish initiatives that enable independence, participation and a greater sense of well-being for older Italians. See www.coasit.org.au Other Worlds Zine Fair Anarchy in the Inner West! Industrial art - Jane Bennett 8 For lovers of alternative art, this one is for you. The fair begun in 2014 as a critical response to the MCA Zine Fair’s connections to mandatory detention of asylum seekers through their sponsorship by Transfield. While the sponsorship has ended, Other Worlds continues to facilitate the sharing of creative works, in a system that is community run by a group of volunteer Sydney artists and zine makers. Can’t make the fair? Why not check out the launch party the night before, held at Jura Books, Petersham, which will feature live music for a $5-$10 entry. Where: Marrickville Town Hall, 303 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville Sun 22 May, Flemington Markets WIN MOVIE PASSES & DVDs To be in the running to win one of five double inseason passes to The Only at the movies May 19 Meddler, Hunt for the Wilderpeople picked up your copy of Ciao. You can or a DVD of Flesh and Bone, email info@ciaomagazine.com.au with your enter them all, but give us a preference. name and address telling us where you n Reviews – Russell Edwards Kids karnival Join Sam Moran from Nick Jr's Play Along with Sam Show and other

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in the kitchen Butternut ravioli with orange and miso butter  with Olivia Mackay, n www.scoffandquaff. wordpress.com Pumpkin and miso. It’s not a common combination; some may even call it weird. But what some call weird, I call beautiful. In this dish the sweet butternut pumpkin is perfectly complemented by the salty, umami-mazing miso, the addition of orange helps to balance the richness, and toasted sesame seeds add a delicious nutty pop. Try to use shiro (“white”) miso as it is sweeter and much more delicate than the darker varieties. If you are a true Newtonian and wish to make a vegan version, simply use 125g firm tofu in place of ricotta and egg, olive oil in place of the butter, and use eggfree gow gee dumpling wrappers. Wine with Winsor n www.wdwineoftheweek.blogspot.com Quirky red d’Arenberg 2013 The Custodian Grenache There are some impressive red wines in the sub$20 line-up from d’Arenberg in McLaren Vale, including the 2013 The Footbolt Shiraz and the 2013 High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon. This bright, juicy and easy-to-drink grenache stole the show for me, however. Made from venerable old bush vines, this is a very Australian red; powerful with plenty of fruit intensity. Ideal for pairing with rich red meat dishes. $18. Method 1. Mash the roasted pumpkin flesh with the ricotta and egg (or tofu if making the vegan version) and the orange zest. Season to taste. 2. Lay out 20 wonton wrappers on your work surface. 3. Place 1 tablespoon of the pumpkin mixture at the centre of each wrapper. 4. Brush edges of the wrapper with water, then place another wrapper on top and seal around the filling, gently pressing out any air. 5. Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. 6. Add half the ravioli to the boiling water. (It’s important not to overcrowd the pot or they’ll end up stuck together and may split) 7. Cook until translucent, about 2-3 minutes, then remove with a slotted spoon and distribute between four plates. Repeat until all the pasta is cooked. 8. Heat the butter in a saucepan until bubbling and slightly browned. Brilliant value Angove 2015 Long Row Chardonnay There are days when you don’t want to splash out on a bottle of wine; days when you are satisfied with a chardonnay that is clean, well made and refreshing. This is a wine for those days; tropical fruit salad flavours dominate with the merest hint of oak in the background, but it is well balanced and ideal for serving chilled, maybe paired with fried seafood dishes, or some spicy Portuguese chicken. Terrific midweek drinking. $10. Who would have thought Japanese-Italian fusion could work so well? Ingredients • 40 wonton wrappers • 200g roasted butternut pumpkin • 100g firm, full-fat ricotta • 1 egg • zest and juice of 1 orange • 75g unsalted butter • 2 tbsp shiro miso paste • Salt and pepper • Toasted sesame seeds and finely sliced spring onions, to serve Serves 4 (4-5 ravioli per serve) Spicy Shiraz Blass 2014 Black Spice Shiraz This is one of a very smart new range of wines from the Wolf Blass label, made exclusively for Dan Murphy’s and BWS stores. It is a big and generous young wine with plush dark berry fruit flavours to the fore; medium-bodied with well-integrated cherry oak and spice notes. Earthy and rich, this has plenty of soft mouthfeel and tastes more expensive than it is. It would be an excellent companion for a gourmet burger or fillet steak with mushroom sauce. $22. n www.gourmetontheroad.blogspot.com Market Update n Fruit: Queensland Mandarins are super sweet at the moment and the cheapest they will be all year ranging from $1.50 a kilo to $5 a kilo. Bananas are plentiful and all varieties of apples are in full swing. a kilo depending on whether they are machine harvest or handpicked. Silverbeet, kale and Asian veg are around $1.50-$3 a bunch. Thanks to Tony Trim of Trim’s Fresh. It’s not easy bean’ green n Veggies: Buy green beans this week starting at $1.50 a kilo up to $8 AT HOME WITH PETER WU Peter Wu’s food truck, Mama Linh’s brought the excitement back to Sydney’s obsession with Vietnamese cuisine. Now Peter has teamed up with the real Mama Linh to bring Glebe Hem Nine Nine, which re-imagines traditional dishes in a casual dining setting. What are your memories of growing up in Marrickville? Mum and I first arrived in Australia back in 1988 and made Marrickville home as my grandmother had already settled there. Her first kitchen job there eventually led to her owning her first restaurant in Marrickville. I remember coming home from primary school to help out at the restaurant by clearing tables and bringing customers their bill. I remember being sent up to Marrickville Woolworths and pushing a trolley full of Coke and Sprite when soft drinks were on sale, since I was eight years old, I absolutely hated doing it! I have many fond memories of Marrickville and that is where I will always feel a strong connection to. What is the dynamic between you and your mum professionally? I haven’t lived at home since my teens. So having to be in a small kitchen with mum twelve hours per day, six days per week can be very challenging at times. Mum is an old school restaurant matriarch and does things really old fashioned. Ultimately she is very proud of what we have achieved together. Customer feedback has 10 been so amazingly positive and we’re all learning so much more in the never-ending culinary world. That being said, we do have our dramas in the kitchen every now and then. She is my mum after all, so when I do something wrong I get yelled at. When she does something wrong, I keep my mouth shut. Did you always want to be a chef? No. I actually just always wanted to own my own business of some sort. I was in sales for over ten years and after being burnt out from that gruelling industry, I wanted something a little different. I actually opened another Vietnamese bar in Newtown in 2013 with a similar concept as Hem Nine Nine. I had a friend who I hired as the chef, who due to some misunderstandings quit on me and didn’t give me a chance to find a replacement. I immediately phoned my mum for tips and recipes and basically got taught how to cook over the phone. It was very chaotic in the beginning but when I finally got things under control and things were back on track, I started to realise I was enjoying all aspects of being in the kitchen. What do you enjoy eating when you are not at work? Steak and watermelon. I can never go past a really good piece of steak and I pretty much eat watermelon every day! A friend of ours recently recommended I try watermelon with vanilla ice cream! Mind blown! But I do love a really good bowl of ramen too. I’m all about soups. And watermelon. MELISSA Leong Keep Newtown weird There’s a piece of street art I walk past. It’s a stencil of Big Bird saying ‘Keep Newtown weird.’ I didn’t think much of it until the story came to light about a young guy who was beaten up while walking home. He happened to be wearing a skirt, enraging his attackers. Without going into how many cultures exist around the world where men don’t count trousers as part of their daily garb, our freedom of expression is part of what makes it glorious to be a human, and especially a human that gets to live in a free and democratic first-world country. Mamma’s making Vietnamese, Image: @msnom_nom Vietnamese Chicken Salad Ingredients • 3 large chicken breast fillets • 1/4 white cabbage • 1/4 purple cabbage • 1/2 iceberg lettuce • 2 large carrots For the Dressing: • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice • 1/4 cup fish sauce • 2 tbsp white vinegar • 1 cup mint leaves • 1 cup perilla leaves • 1/2 cup fresh coriander • 1/4 cup fried shallots • 1/2 kg chicken bones/frames • 1/2 tbsp pickled minced chilli • 2 tbsp white sugar • 1/3 cup water That freedom of choice is what breeds diversity. From a food industry standpoint, we see amazing venues open, and then months later, a handful of copycat venues. Usually, the laws of attrition weed them out, but imagine if every single restaurant, café and food store were almost exactly the same. How boring and bland life would be. An audit of the Newtown/Enmore area’s current food culture is encouraging. While we’ve observed an influx of high-street chains, the eat streets of King Street, Enmore Road and surrounds remain largely independently owned, and offer up everything from raw vegan goodness at Sadhaña Kitchen, to fine cheeses, wine and charcuterie at The Stinking Bishops, excellent cocktails at The Gretz, old school Euro deli styles reimagined at The Continental, as well as corner shop charcoal chicken, Thai, Turkish, dive bar bistros (Mary’s), and of course plenty of family style pubs to spend a long, boozy Sunday in. This isn’t to say all of it is good, but then again, ‘good’ is subjective. Diversity is a great thing. It means that no matter how weird, funny, strange, or even boring we are as individuals, we will always find a place (and hopefully more than one), where we feel safe, comfortable and at home. These places make us feel special, and we should be thankful that a myriad of different places exist for people who aren’t us to also feel just as welcome. Sydney’s Inner West has always been a place in the world where inclusivity meets diversity and open mindedness. Food trends may come and go in the same way as fashion, but let’s encourage that spirit of difference to remain the hallmark of what makes the Inner West great. Method: 1. Shred cabbages, grate carrots and chop herbs. Place chicken breast and bones in pot of water and boil. The chicken is done when the meat slides easily of a fork. 2. Remove chicken breast and while meat is still hot, shred the chicken using 2 forks and place aside to cool. 3. Mix dressing ingredients, whisk until sugar dissolves. 4. In a large salad bowl, combine all the ingredients and slowly add dressing and toss through. 5. Garnish with the fresh coriander and fried shallots and enjoy!

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n Your say n Sustainability n Local news What should be the major issues in the upcoming elections? Make sure elderly people are looked after and income tax relief goes to low-income earners before the rich. It would be good if politicians had a long-term plan for the future of the country. It would be nice to see some vision from the pollies. Rick, Croydon Christ, I don't know much about it. I just go with the flow. Herbert, Abbotsford Funding for hospitals and schools. Ginetta, Leichhardt I feel sorry for pensioners who have worked hard all their life and now they are living on little money. It affects a lot of people and I think that's unfortunate. Jenny, Five Dock Jobs for people of all ages. Andrew, Leichhardt The issue of marriage equality is personally important for me, I think the time has come. Georgia, Leichhardt Education and hospitals. There is all this new infrastructure going into certain buildings but I don't see it going to hospitals. I am living in an area with an expected population growth of 50,000 people and the hospital is pretty run down, it needs an upgrade. Chris, Canterbury Just in time for the election, the people’s Premier Mike Baird announced details of a NSW container deposit scheme (CDS) to tackle litter across the state and improve recycling. Back in February 2015, Baird had promised that if elected, he would implement the scheme by July 2017, and so far this politician seems to be trying to deliver on this promise. Even though not many actual logistic details have been revealed, the discussion paper has been discussed, and everyone agrees a CDS will help us meet the Premier’s goal of reducing litter by forty per cent. The Environmental Planning Authority (EPA) says, “about 160 million drink containers were littered in NSW in 2014–15. This represents about 44 per cent of the volume of all litter in NSW. Drink containers make up the largest proportion of litter volume in NSW, twice as much as the next largest proportion, which is take-away cups and food containers.” Not all containers qualify for the scheme (unfortunately wine bottles are excluded) but those that do, are entitled to receive a 10 cent cash back. For those that remember the “Casha-can” scheme back in the '70s and '80s and the thrill of squashing aluminium cans with your bare feet and collecting enough cans to covert to serious cash (maybe even enough to buy a Sunny Boy), the scheme was a good way for kids to earn pocket money. Of the 4.2 billion drink containers consumed in NSW every year, the incentive to convert to cash (at 10 cents a container is $420 million) is high and the drive to collect bottles will again be targeted at charities and school groups who wish to raise money for projects. The scheme is funded by the big beverage companies Coca Cola Amatil, Schweppes, Message in a bottle Thousands of nominations received for the Inner West Local Business Awards Nominations have now closed for the Inner West Local Business Awards, with the huge number of applications revealing enormous support for businesses within our local community. The next step will be reviewing the nominations to determine a list of finalists for each of the categories. Once this is complete, there will be an extensive judging process that will result in winners being selected and revealed at the Awards presentation evening, which will take place on June 29th. The judging criteria includes: outstanding levels of personalised customer service, the appearance and maintenance of business facilities and staff, value for money relative to quality and the presentation of product and service offerings. After the finalists are revealed, the judges encourage businesses to involve their community in this process and take particular regard of customer testimonials. n For further information visit www.thebusinessawards.com or call 8577 5060. Stop binning bottles, take them to the bank! Carlton & United and Lion, and is an excellent example of corporate environmental responsibility. Even though consumers will ultimately foot the bill, with Australian Beverages Council chief executive Geoff Parker expecting prices to increase by up to 22%, the scheme will change attitudes towards waste. One only has to walk around the Bay to see how many bottles are caught in the waste catchments – the visual pollution is distressing. The water bottle category is the most likely to be the one to shrink first. As a high-end discretionary product, sales are expected to fall. Perhaps some of us will even go back to having our own water bottles and drinking Sydney tap water – this would represent a real cultural shift. The scheme is also expected to reduce litter in our yellow bins, which will make garbage run times quicker and ultimately cost councils less. Broken glass contaminating bins is also expected to lessen. Collection points and depots will be announced soon and anyone “can” get involved with reverse vending machines being overseen by a scheme co-odinator. Though details are sketchy, there is a clear message that the State Government is serious about waste reduction (especially if it can help the PM get some votes). n Words by Cindy Mullen Are you a small biz superstar? Local hero recognised in Leichhardt Council Volunteer Award Leichhardt City Council has launched their new Amy Large Volunteer of the Year Award to honour the much loved community member, who sadly passed away late last year. The award was announced at the Council’s Leichhardt Citizen of the Year Awards and will be first presented in 2017. The award will acknowledge the work of local residents in helping local families, organisations, programs and individuals in need. Amy was known for her long-running service to local organisations, including Birchgrove Public School, the Birchgrove Scorpions Junior Rugby League Team, the Balmain Town Hall, Back to Balmain Day Committees, the Red Cross and Salvation Army. Making Inclusion the new 'Normal' Recently founded Inner West performance company, Murmuration, believe that inclusivity shouldn’t be considered exceptional or extraordinary; instead it should just be the norm. “It’s a society where people can work together, side by side, where we actually support those differences and empower each persons uniqueness,” said Artistic Director Sarah-Vyne Vassallo. Founded in 2015, Murmuration is the first professional integrated performance company, working with both disabled and able-bodied artists. “While we are based in traditional practice, the methods we use are non-conventional, allowing a wider range of individuals to participate, who may have previously been shut out,” she said. In their first year, the company worked with over 1,200 people in their projects. Due to federal cuts to the arts sector they are now turning to crowd funding to support their message. Their ‘It’s Possible’ campaign, seeks not only to raise funds for their operation but to champion social change, through spreading the message of inclusion and attempting to build a society where everyone can participate in the arts, regardless of difference. According to Sarah, there are limited opportunities for people with disabilities to partake in the arts and Murmuration are forerunners in this field. Along with their ‘learning’ workshops, which are open to everyone, in their ‘making’ stream, Murmuration works with professional disabled artists often go unnoticed. “People always say, ‘Oh really, there are professional artists with a disability?’ Well yeah, there are,” Sarah said.  n To contribute to Murmurations' campaign visit: www.indiegogo.com/ projects/help-make-inclusion-the-newnorm-it-s-possible#/ Canada Bay Council seeks answers ahead of WestConnex Despite being supportive of WestConnex, Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas says he will be contacting the State Government to seek clarification on a number of issues relating to the WestConnex proposal. Citing the construction phase as a particular source of concern, Tsirekas said the council is considering traffic build-up on local roads, pedestrian safety and pollution, access to tunnelling, reuse of Heritage building materials and noise as potential issues. “While we are fundamentally supportive of the project and the need to reduce traffic congestion around the City of Canada Bay, we do have concerns relating to the construction phase and feel we need to ask more questions on behalf of our community,” he says. Murmurations artists at work, Image: Gisella Volmer Doing time for kids Balmain PCYC’s annual fundraiser, Time4kids, was held on April 29th outside Balmain Woolworths. Time4kids raises money for PCYC youth development and police programs. Local community members were locked into a makeshift jail cell and residents were asked to donate money to 'bail out' the prisoners. Demetra Proestos, club manager of PCYC Balmain says, “PCYC as a whole over the state has decided that Time4kids is a really innovative and fun way to fundraise. Normally people just have their basic fundraiser and raffle, so having this big cell as a landmark piece brings more attention to us.” Mayor Darcy Byrne, Greens MP Jamie Packer, President of the Inner West rotary club Fay 12 Thurlow and founding director of Cobden and Hayson, Danny Cobden, all ‘did time to stop youth crime’ within the makeshift jail cell.“When I was a kid growing up in Balmain [the] PCYC was really a godsend for me,” Mayor Byrne said. “A lot of my friends needed somewhere safe to hang out that wasn’t on the street and which brought us into contact with police officers and other positive role models. [The PCYC] really made a big difference in our lives.” “So it’s important to me as Mayor to make sure that a helping hand is available for local kids today as well," the Mayor said. Overall, the fundraiser raised $4100 in pledged money, which will go towards buying new equipment and making archery, boxing and arts and crafts classes available to Balmain PCYC members. For more information on how you can help Time4kids visit: www.pcyctime4kids.org.au/ n Words by Samantha Hayes Leichhardt Mayor doing good while doing time

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n TRAVEL LONG WEEKENDS The arrival in Australia of low-cost airlines like Air Asia X has broadened our horizons when it comes to a weekend away, travel editor Winsor Dobbin reports. It used to be that when we wanted a short break we looked at the Blue Mountains or maybe the South Coast. Now, with cheap flights available, it is feasible to spend two or three days somewhere more exotic. Here are four suggestions for a short break in a good hotel; from Melbourne to Na Jomtien. nifty smart phone that includes free local calls and wi-fi and can be used throughout your stay. There is a brand new shopping centre that’s part of the Avani Riverside property next door. Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort, 2571-3 Charoennakorn Road, Thonburi, Bangkok. +66 2 476 0022. www.anantara.com. KUALA LUMPUR There are certain things that are non-negotiable for a city hotel. It has to be within walking distance of they key destinations; to have friendly, helpful staff, a comfortable bed, a shower that works and fast, free wi-fi. All the rest tends to fall into place if a hotel gets those basics right - and that is certainly the case at the excellent Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre Hotel and Residences, a property that was until recently part of the Japanese Prince chain. Probably the most noticeable feature is the staff - almost uniformly bright and sparky. The main Kuala Lumpur attractions, including the Petronas Twin Towers, the shopping on Jalan Bukit Bintang and the gourmet cuisine of Jalan Alor (Food Street), are just a gentle stroll away, but the hotel is well placed, tucked away for those who don’t want to hear the roar of traffic 24 hours a day. There is also a monorail station at Raja Chulan, just six minutes walk from the hotel, putting the entire city within easy reach. The hotel has two impressive restaurants - the Chinese Tai Ze Heen and Japanese Enju. There are all the five-star touches: the modern Sompoton Spa, a good-sized pool next door to the hotel in the Residences, a pleasant garden, and a good-sized gym. I liked little touches like coffee machines and free water in the rooms - and an excellent oldstyle concierges’ desk with maps and useful information. The shower was a delight and the room’s toiletries were top class. The serviced apartments are in the separate Residences building, along with a funky ‘Living Space’ that is an alternative for light breakfasts and small meetings Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre Hotel and Residences, Jalan Conlay, 50450 Kuala Lumpur. +603 2170 8888. www.pullmanhotels.com a 20-30-minute shuttle ride away. I just spent three days at an outstanding new fivestar property right on south Na Jomtien Beach; the Swiss-owned Movenpick Siam Hotel Pattaya. The Movenpick, open only three months, is a very fine property indeed, modern and efficient with terrific staff and great facilities. Dining options, for instance, range from T55, a New York-style steak house; Twist, an allday dining option with both Thai and western dishes; the La Costa Pool Bar (excellent for a cold beer and a chicken satay) and snacks in the Red Coral Lounge (think a global wine list and artisan gins). A tapas-style eatery is close to completion, and there is also an excellent executive lounge. Wi-fi is fast and free throughout the high-rise property and Wave Spa is a lovely, and peaceful, spa facility. For a property that has only been open a short time things work remarkably smoothly and the buffet breakfast has to be in the top five I have seen in terms of both range and quality. The pool overlooks the pristine beach and is delightful; there is a well-equipped fitness centre and rooms mostly have ocean views. The Ocean Marina Yacht Club is just a stroll along the beach and the three golf courses at the Siam Country Club are just a short drive away, as are temples and theme parks. Younger guests will enjoy a free chocolate and desserts buffet served every day from 4-5pm, as well as the kids club and kayaks on the beach. There are also shuttles four times daily from the resort to Pattaya City. Movenpick Siam Hotel Pattaya, 55 Moo 2 Sukhumvit Road, Na Jomtien, Sattahip, Chonburi, Thailand. +66 33 078 888. www.movenpick.com. BANGKOK Want to learn to cook Thai food, or keen on kick boxing? The Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort is a delightful oasis on the banks of the busy Chao Phraya River, a real resort in the city, with so many diversions you might want to spend your entire stay on site. Bangkok is one of Asia’s most vibrant cities; a sprawling, bustling metropolis that’s always on the move. But the Thai capital can sometimes be just a little bit too full on, which is why it can be great to escape from the bedlam to somewhere that is cool and gracious. The pool here is a typical resort affair such that you could easily be in Phuket or Koh Samui. From the hotel it’s just a 15-minute transfer by the resort’s quick and efficient river ferry to the Skytrain, which gets you downtown within minutes. A myriad of dining options are available, from long-time favourite Trader Vic’s with its PanAsian cuisine to Japanese steakhouse Benihana (part eatery/part theatre); Tuscan cuisine at Brio, a world buffet at the Riverside Terrace and buffet breakfasts in The Market. There is also an impressive range of bars from the clubby Elephant Bar to the Longtail Bar by the river; Loy Nam for poolside drinks and Numero Uno for morning coffees and pastries. You will get to decide between fascinating MELBOURNE I press the switch to open the blinds of room 1720 - and the view offers a real wow factor. Below me the Yarra River meanders its way through the city of Melbourne. So bright, so shiny, so sharp. This is my first visit to the Hilton Melbourne South Wharf, in the centre of one of Melbourne’s newest business and leisure precincts but just a 10-minute stroll to Southern Cross Station and half that to the Crown Casino complex. To be honest, I’d never heard of South Wharf, but it is just a short hop skip and jump along from Southbank, right next to the Melbourne Convention and Entertainment Centre and in a precinct that includes several riverside bars and cafes as well as a DFO South Wharf Shopping Precinct that will keep shopaholics busy for hours. The Hilton is a business hotel first and foremost; obviously designed for conference delegates, but the 396 rooms are generously proportioned with city or bay views, and there is an on-site health and fitness club, as well as an executive club with a terrace, where you can enjoy scones and jam, or pre-dinner drinks and canapés. My room does the job perfectly. There is space: you can reach all the power points and the bed is ultra-comfortable. The bathrooms have separate showers and baths and Peter Thomas Roth amenities. Check-in is quick and painless - and the blackout blinds ensure you can sleep no matter what time of day it is. If you are heading for the airport, Tullamarine is just 25km away. For those looking to eat or drink on-site there is the Caffé Cino coffee bar, or the all-day dining of Dock 37 Bar and Kitchen, while the attractive and bright lobby area is a great place to meet up with friends. Rooms start from $235 per night, which seems more than reasonable for a welllocated luxury hotel from which to explore Melbourne’s many delights. Hilton Melbourne South Wharf, 2 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf 3006. (03) 9027 2000. www.melbournesouthwharf.hilton.com. “The Thai capital can sometimes be too full on, so it’s good to escape” attractions on and off-site. Manohra cruises depart from the hotel’s own jetty – including dinner cruises – and the on-site attractions range from the Anantara Spa (with an array of treatments) and Silver Spoons cooking school to the hotel’s Muay Thai kickboxing school. The service is spectacularly good: seamless, multilingual and understated. There is a business centre with helpful staff, along with a fitness centre and kids’ club. The rooms (try to get one overlooking the river) are extremely well equipped and come with a NA JOMTIEN The Thai resort town of Pattaya is party central with go-go bars and sleazy nightclubs but the area surrounding Pattaya has many world-class attractions and you are just 75 minutes from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. There are clean, sandy beaches to be found rather than the oil-slicked ones on the resort strip, world-class golf courses and impressive spa facilities. Many visitors will probably want to visit Pattaya City at least once during their stay, maybe for shopping or a massage, but my tip is to stay at Na Jomtien Beach; a new resort strip that is just NEED TO KNOW AirAsia X flies daily to Kuala Lumpur from Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast and Perth with up to 11 daily connecting flights to Bangkok, as well as Pattaya and other Thai airports. A range of over 100 destinations across 23 countries are serviced by AirAsia, including a Fly-Thru service to a range of destinations that can be connected with a single booking, luggage transfers included, meaning you don’t have to clear immigration. For bookings or further information visit www.airasia.com. www.ciaomagazine.com.au 13

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Albo at the Night Markets with Sam Iskandar, Mayor of Marrickville, Khedra Cloud from Ethnic Community Services Twilight munchies on Addison Rd Afro kidz mesmorise the crowd Anna Marie Serving up a smile Cultural kitchens at the markets SNAPS! F O L LOW The first Street Food Night Market was a resounding success, Artereal booms and the Ristretto group swoons. S! @ciaoma gazinesy dney /CiaoMa gazine U Leichhardt Espresso Chorus Ristretto Group singing Rossini in Annandale Katherine Sabbath, Yang-en Hume, Gillian Lavery, Rachel Honnery Artereal gallery packed out One of Louise’s Monstrous Masses Louise Zhang The Leichhardt Antiques Show 1-2pm Talk to Raffan Kelaher & Thomas – Free appraisals of your collectibles, bring them to find if they are Trash or Treasure! FREE ADMISSION Sunday 29 May 2016 11am-5pm Leichhardt Town Hall Exhibitions & Events All this + food, wine, free entertainment & kids rides! Sam Moran 12-1pm Nick Jr’s Play Along with Sam and former member of The Wiggles, Sam Moran will perform live and sign autographs! and adjacent Carpark  /leichhardtlonglunch leichhardtlonglunch.com 14

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The seasons and the styles are a-changin’, albeit very slowly... Ciao’s resident stylist Kassia Aksenov hit King Street in Newtown on Mother’s Day to find out what the trend-setters of the Inner West wear to meet their mums.  Meg looks fantastic in her vegan leather jacket, picked up from Target, her patterned TopShop dress - complete with collar and top button done up and Doc Martens brogues.  Lucy does Sunday lunch with Mum perfectly in this casual look. She teams Birkenstock sandals with a secondhand loose fitting shirt under op-shop found dungarees. This is pulled together with Holly Ryan jewellery.  Aimee is top to toe in the new black... which is black! Everything is thrifted from her secondhand Tree of Life top to her op-shop found satin Sass & Bide pants. What a find! The exposed midriff breaks up the look wonderfully.  Emma May wears hand me down striped top from her former housemate mixed with low rise Calvin Klein slouchy mum jeans and a tote shopper she mader herself! t Jacinta is so ‘90s in her dress she picked up from a vintage shop in Perth, Doc Martens and vintage boyfriend denim jacket with sewn on patches. t Mia shows us how to fringe jacket - which was picked up in Melbourne. This is worn with Cheap Monday jeans, her mumma’s shoes, and a turtleneck and belt that were thrifted.  Jade is all about mixing sleek styles with casual and sports-luxe looks. Her outfit is all from TopShop which she pairs with New Balance trainers. t Kyle and his style come all the way from Melbourne. He wears Plane shirt, a Melbourne-based designer, Nudie black jeans, G-Star grey shoes, hat from Alaska and Sunglasses by Local. The matching hat and sunnies combined with the striking stripes make this outfit pop! STREET FASHION The best candid shots in the Inner West n Photographer: Kassia Aksenov  Chela does the boho look with a polished spin on it. She teams patterned, wizard-sleeved mini dress by local high-end designers Bec & Bridge with tan ankle boots (a must-have this season!) and suede fringe tan leather bag by brand Kuwana.  Bethany brings a little colour to our Autumn blues with this bright floral top, purchased online at ASOS. She teams this with country style shorts and black Volleys. Casual and creative!  An up close and personal look at Bethany’s paper gold clutch. Bethany has added her own blue tassel for personal style - looks great!  Virginia and Danny know what it means to dress as a couple, they complement each other in the best way couples should and it’s all in the monochrome. Virginia wears Unif jacket with Bardot dress and chunky boots. Danny wears Glider top, military jacket, fitted jeans and black Vans.  Zen shows us how to do the bohemian, gypsy look for men. Wearing Ocean Earth patterned shirt, Peruvian Jade necklace charm, RM Williams boots and a hat he picked up in Rome, Italy. www.ciaomagazine.com.au 15

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