There’s life in the Inner West!
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Issue 293 | October 14th 2016
BBC First British Film
Festival Hell or High Water
Rock ‘n’ Roll Outlaw
Burwood Festival follows the beat of its own drum
Bumping in to Burwood Park on this Sunday October 16th
Rock and Rollers
Johnny Ruffo, once a concreter from WA, won the immediate adoration of X-Factor fans when he performed ‘I remember’ at the X-factor audition in 2011, going on to become a finalist. Since then he has emerged as a one man sensation, supporting One Direction, Back Street Boys, Salt ‘n’ Peppa and Guy Sebastian with his smooth singing style and even smoother dance moves. Johnny Ruffo added acting to his list of talents in 2013 when he landed himself a part in Home and Away as Chris. Later this year Johnny Ruffo will be featuring in Channel Nine miniseries House of Bond, about former WA businessman Alan Bond. Johnny Ruffo is Burwood Festival’s headline act, and will be out and about after his performance to meet fans. Make your way to the main stage at 3.45pm to catch this triple threat in action.
Rock ‘n’ roll is Burwood Fair’s theme this year, and we can be sure it’s rock we’re going to get, with a main stage performance from the original rock ‘n’ roll outlaw, Angry Anderson. Lead singer of Rose Tattoo, Angry Anderson has become a media presence and social advocate in his own right. In 1993 he was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to the community, particularly to young people, which he continues today. Prepare for growling vocals and a hard rock attitude as Anderson comes to Burwood with classic head bangers, ‘Scarred for Life’, ‘Bad Boy for Love’, as well as the hit ballad ‘Suddenly’. Angry Anderson will be gracing the main stage at 3.15pm.
Grease, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe
How could you have classic cars and not the king of rock and the queen of the screen? Yes, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and the cast of Grease (or at least very convincing imitations) will be hitting Burwood Fair’s stage for your viewing pleasure. John “Elvis” Collins has been impersonating The King and entertaining the masses for over 20 years, Shaleena Bain is a professional singer with a soft spot for onscreen sirens, and the Grease crew is so convincing they’ll have you grooving in the park in no time. Slick your hair back and watch these rock ‘n’ roll icons perform between 1.40 – 2.45pm on the main stage.
Burwood Festival is burning into 2016 with a magnificent rock ‘n’ roll
theme, ready to turn Burwood Park into an all out celebration of music,
community and... vintage wheels. This year’s Burwood Festival marks the 25th Anniversary of the festival’s Classic Car Show, which brings motor heads from
all over NSW to show off their hot rods.
Also on the bill are high energy performances from Australian music legend, Angry Anderson, X-Factor sensation Johhny Ruffo and impersonations of rock era icons Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and the characters of Grease. Kids can enjoy a live performance from the lovable Kung Fu Panda, meet farmyard animals and get snaps with roaming performers. They
can also make some music of their own at the Ukulele Workshop running all day, or have fun with friends on the assortment of fun park rides. So put on your blue suede shoes and groove down to Burwood Park between 10am-5pm on Sunday October 16th to take part in the Inner West’s biggest and most diverse community festival.
“Please join us in Burwood Park as our vibrant community comes together to celebrate spring with some good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll.
The festival is the biggest family friendly event in the area and we have some exciting new additions to the program, along with the return of rides, animals, and the Classic Car Show and Shine.” - Burwood Mayor John Faker
Kung Fu Panda What can a panda teach you about Kung Fu? Find out at this Warriors of Peace Training Academy Show, featuring all your favourite characters from the Kung Fu Panda movies. You can also meet the sensei himself as he ventures around the park.
Kung Fu Panda, main stage 12pm
Model boats If you need a break from all the action, take a stroll to the Burwood Park Pond, where deftly crafted miniature boat models will be setting sail. If you’re lucky the owners might let you steer them on their way.
All day, at the Burwood Park pond
Rides Jump onto the rollicking variety of rides Burwood festival is known for. This year Burwood Park will play host to over 15 rides, as well as carnival games and show bag stores. There will be a range of heart-starting rides for thrill seekers and gentler options for the littlies.
Ukulele Workshop Guitars can be a bit of a stretch for little fingers to get around, making ukuleles the perfect option for kids who want to start rocking out on their first musical instrument. A ukulele workshop will be running all day and is a great place to learn your first chord or pick up some tips from the pros. Borrow a uke or bring your own!
All day, Kids Korner
Main Stage Timetable
12.00pm Kung Fu Panda 3 show 1.40pm Marilyn Monroe 2.15pm Elvis 2.45pm Grease Show 3.15pm Angry Anderson 3.45 Johnny Ruffo
Inner West whispers
Local gossip, rumour, hearsay and unsubstantiated fact...
Barber DV conviction – Merging the merged
l Last week Hawleywood’s Barbershop in Newtown became the centre of a media storm, when one of the store’s barbers and former Mixed Martial Arts fighter Julian Wallace (misreported as the owner and manager of the shop) was sentenced for domestic violence against his partner and champion Australian MMA fighter, Jessy Jess, committed in April in their Newtown flat. Jessy Jess told the court Julian flew into a rage when he came home and realised she ordered him the wrong takeaway noodles. After pleading guilty to one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one count of intentionally choking with recklessness Julian released a series of nude photos of his fiancee on his Facebook page. Julian ‘the Jackal’ had already sparked controversy when he appeared on Sunrise defending the barbershop’s men’s only-policy. Some locals are calling to boycott Hawleywood’s, “boy’s club culture”. Hawleywood’s released a statement saying it
strongly opposed domestic violence and that management was grateful to be alerted to Julian’s violence by media. l The Local Representative Advisory Committees, formed after the amalgamation of Marrickville, Ashfield and Leichhardt Councils of some former councillors and mayors, have now also been merged by the Inner West Council. This will mean formerly elected councillors will be advising across jurisdictions previously outside the local government areas that elected them. But hey, that just seems to be the order of the day. Administrator Richard Pearson said the merged LRAC would be focussing on the council’s budget, social housing policy and allocation of the $14 million ‘Stronger Communities’ fund, which was given to newly merged councils by the State Government to spend on services and grants for community programs.
When it comes to soccer, sorry, football, Sydney’s multicultural past has had a huge influence on its current make-up. The Sydney Croatia, Avala, Pan-Hellenic Llinden and the Associazione Poli-Sportiva Italo Australiana are just some of the names (before they were changed to be less ethnically specific) of teams who came together to form a national league. Associazione Poli-Sportiva Italo Australiana, now the A.P.I.A Leichhardt Tigers, was at the forefront of these developments after its founding in 1954. The Sixties saw the club win multiple premierships, propelling it to the top-tier of football clubs in the state and country. In 1987 and 1988, following the creation of national competitions, A.P.I.A took out the National Soccer League Cup. Lambert Park in Leichhardt is the club’s long-time home ground.
The APIA Leichhardt Tigers centre stage
Satire for the soul
Latte Leftie admits he is not a “perfect progressive” and that his off-mic remarks at a 2005 Politics in the Pub event were a “misspeaking”
Dear LL – Goddess knows how many times I’ve defended you against those who’ve labelled you a hypocritical, elitist, self-parodying, pseudo intellectual. When controversy erupted over your exorbitantly priced Latte Leftie Thought Leadership Academy, which promised to “pass on the secrets on being the kind of op-ed commentator who can earn big bucks writing on being morally conflicted about using gender-specific toilets for The Guardian and Sydney Morning Herald” I defended you. When you boasted you could “stand in the middle of King Street holding up a ‘Stop the boats!’ placard while dancing to Rolf Harris songs and not lose readers” I argued you were just being an irony-loving hipster. When you remarked, “It would have been better for everyone if Gillard had remained in Wales and become a singing coalminer rather than immigrated to Australia” I assumed you were just overwrought as a result of her failure to grasp legalising gay marriage was the greatest moral challenge of her time. But this recording of you commenting you’d like to be the meat substitute in a Fran Kelly and Anne Summers focaccia is indefensible, especially as there was no reference to gaining affirmative consent prior to engaging in this imagined sexualised snack. Billy, Erskineville LL replies: While I can conceivably be accused of moral vanity I have never – or, at least, only rarely – claimed to be entirely beyond reproach. Let me just say that after a number of craft beers I found myself in the presence of a fellow leftist intellectual superstar (whom I’ll call Di Bundle) and engaged in some Parisian café banter. Of course, anyone who knows me knows those words don’t reflect who I am. For a start, I prefer first-year Arts students to leftist dowagers.
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Isn’t this just the sweetest? Australia Street in Newtown is known for its colourful residents and gorgeous heritage houses, but it’s often the displays on the street that are most spectacular. Situated near the permanently teeming Black Star Pastry, this generous household has offered up their porch for the perfect peoplewatching view. Another Australia Street favourite is the shrine to alcohol a little further up the road, as well as the street library and very punny Fire Fighters billboard. n Image courtesy of Vicki Forbes, Newtown 2042
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Burwood Mayor Cr. John Faker posing with one of the hot rods to be shown at the 25th Classic Car Show and Shine at Burwood Festival this year.
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Whether you get down like Napoleon Dynamite, Beyonce or Ian Curtis, it's time to let your apprehensions go and put your dancing shoes on. Boogying is the flavour of the month with
a slew of shimmying shindigs enlivening the Inner West.
Time changes everything, except the 370
Social Sunday Okay, you haven't busted a move since 1974 but you've still got it, right? The Bridge Hotel's live music event on Sundays is probably the groove for you. The Bridge Hotel is known for its historical contribution to Aussie Rock, and is one of Sydney's longest enduring live music venues. The Hotel's Sunday Social celebrates a different period of rock 'n' roll every week, with the purpose of getting the crowd moving to some of Sydney's most respected musicians. Social Sunday is held during the very sociable hours of 3.30pm to 7pm, so you can get home in time to watch 60 Minutes. n 119 Victoria Road, Rozelle, $10
Swing Dancing Is your favourite movie Dirty Dancing, Strictly Ballroom or perhaps Grease? Then maybe it's time you started learning to partner dance, without the fierce competition of the ballroom scene and a bit more of the spunk of the 'Lindy Hop' or 'Collegiate Shag'? (yes, that is the real name of a dance). Maybe it's time you start learning to swing dance! Let your knees out for weekly classes in the jigging du jour of the '20s, '30s and '40s with beginner and pro lessons held at Petersham Bowling Club every Wednesday night. The classes are singles and queer friendly. Time to invest in some brylcream! n 77 Brighton St, Petersham, $15
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No Lights No Lycra If you're looking to re-enact the cathartic, endorphin-rush experience of your partying days, minus the hangovers, wardrobe malfunctions and bad pick-up lines, then this is the dancing event for you. No Lights No Lycra turns the lights off so you can dance like nobody is watching... because nobody is. The NLNL teams curates a highly danceable playlist each week, generally featuring artists and genres from the '70s all the way to now. No Lights No Lycra is known for its serious approach to safety and for its welcoming community, so if you haven't danced for a while or you're a little bit wary about what could happen in a darkened community hall, taking the plunge is definitely worth it. No Lights No Lycra is held every Thursday just off King Street at 7.30pm – 8.30pm. Wear light clothing because it gets hot and sweaty fast.
Come with us now on a journey through time and space… So were the opening lines of each episode of the surrealist British comedy, The Mighty Boosh, although these words could be emblazoned on a banner in the front windscreen of the Inner-West’s notorious 370 bus service from Coogee Beach to Leichhardt. This bus service seemingly resists the laws of physics and the pull of time, transcending epochs and continents to assert itself as a natural mechanism of the universe: slow, eternal and inscrutable in the face of analysis by our most brilliant scientific minds. It has a sister bus in Naples, the notorious circumvesuviana, which circles the mighty and terrible Mount Vesuvius, creeping along slower than geological processes. It is a bus that makes Odysseus’ decades-long journey home in Homer’s epic The Odyssey look like a slightly sidetracked Contiki tour. And so, while the majority of my friends list completed unpaid internships or took jaunts through Europe, South-East Asia and the Americas over the previous Summer, I decided to embark on a far more arduous, dangerous and challenging journey, but one – I hoped – would ultimately be more rewarding and offer me many revelations and an inimitable feeling of
n 189 Church St, Newtown, $7
existential homecoming. I decided to ride the 370 from
Salsa 4 Seniors Salsa is regarded as one of the sexiest styles of dancing. As a distillation of many Latin and Afro-Caribbean dances it has an
Annandale to Coogee Beach, cleanse myself in the salty water of the ocean, and take the bus back home from the beach to my home in Annandale.
extensive history as an art form. The Inner West Council has just
December 2015, ten-o’clock on a Sunday morning.
introduced free weekly salsa classes into its program for seniors,
A beautiful, sun-drenched day that promised an
to be held in eight-week blocks throughout the year. Dancing is
oppressive heat, judging by the ominously rising
obviously a great way to rejuvenate the mind and body at every
screeches of cicadas from dawn. Waiting at the bus
age, and doing it to beautiful music with enthusiastic locals only
stop on Booth Street I whip out my phone and check
seals the deal. The classes begin on Wednesday October 19th at
the TripView app – I see the next three services are
Petersham Town Hall, 2pm – 4pm. To register, call 9335 2143.
all running 15 minutes late, and I walk to Newtown.
Become a swinger!
n 107 Crystal Street, Petersham, free
I arrive before the bus at Newtown station, and wait a further ten minutes before three services arrive
Garage Sale Trail
On the bus now, and the mood is tense, grim – you could strike sparks from the huddled mass of humanity,
A national celebration of all things sustainable, affordable and
towels and togs in hand, jaws solemnly set, eyes straight
community, the annual Garage Sale Trail is back on the agenda
forward, determined that finally, this time they would
and bigger than ever, with over 10,000 garage sales planned and
arrive at the coast.
sellers ready to haggle. Taking place on October 22nd, all over the
We go through Newtown, St Peters, Alexandria,
country, local councils will facilitate the event, with our local area
Kensington and I cease to recognise streets. Then
supported by the Inner West and City of Canada Bay Councils.
the bus breaks down. We all stand on the side of the
Thanks to the generous, friendly and environmentally-minded
road as the two other services that arrived together at
nature of our community, you can bet that there are plenty of
Newtown station pass us by, filled to capacity. I walk
participants just outside your front door waiting for you to
some way down the road and hitch-hike the rest of the
snatch a bargain. To get involved all you have to do is hop on the
way to the beach and hurl myself into the sea.
website, type in your location, and watch the garage sales pop up on a map all around you. After that, simply plan your route and get shopping. Hosts are encouraged to jazz up their sales with entertainment or baked goods, as if you needed another incentive to get involved! n To host a sale or find ones near you visit www.garagesaletrail.com.au.
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The cool, salty water soothes my spirit momentarily – until I remember there is still the journey home… (This reporter did eventually arrive safely back from Coogee on the 370, some months later, in time to file this piece the following October). n Words by Max Schintler
Where: Rozelle Neighbourhood Centre Inc, 665A Darling St, Rozelle
21 Oct, 11am
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Mimmo Cuticchio & the
14 – 29 Oct
Yellow Peril at Artereal Gallery The exhibition by Eugenia Lim takes a look at the relationship between immigration, mining and the Australian identity. Incorporating both video and physical instillations, which include large-scale prints of Lim’s family on gold foil, the exhibition attempts to explore the issue through a number of forms, ensuring that the viewer is always engaged. This is a great chance to catch the internationally acclaimed artist’s work (seriously, she has been exhibited at the Tate Modern)
on show in our humble Inner West. For further information, visit www.artereal.com.au. Where: Artereal Gallery, 747 Darling St, Rozelle
Go out on a gold expedition
17 Oct – 14 Nov
Art By Night Red Door Arts is an accessible arts program, aiming to provide artistic opportunities for Inner West residents living with disabilities. One of their latest ventures, Art by Night, offers evening classes in visual art, music and drama for people of all ages with an intellectual disability, whether they want to socialise, learn new skills or simply have a creative outlet. All skill levels, from complete beginner to Picasso, are eagerly welcome. To enrol contact email@example.com. Prices are based on an 8-week term.
Teatro dei Pupi Siciliani For the first time ever, Mimmo Cuticchio is bringing his Teatro dei Pupi Siciliani (Sicilian Puppet Theatre) to Australia in an attempt to share the traditional art form with younger generations. Come along to see the duel between Orlando and Rinaldo to conquer Angelica’s heart, taken from The History of the Paladins of France, by Giusto Lo Dico. This isn’t just your average performance, as the entire story is performed in Italian.
Entry is free. For further information visit www.iicsydney.esteri.it.
Where: Leichhardt Public School, Marion St, Leichhardt
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Massey Park Golf Course
CleanPaork ut Day
Majors Bay Rd
Dispose of your chemicalsGreenlees Ave safely and for FREE!
We will be hosting our annualReserve Household Chemical Cleanout
Day for Inner West residents on Saturday, 5 November 2016.
Accepted materials (20kgRothwell and 20L limit): Park
G Solvents and household
G Batteries - from cars, toys,
appliances etc.Queen Elizabeth Park
G Motor oils, fuels and ﬂuids School
G Paint and paint related
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St Lukes Park
G Acids and alkalis.
Burwood Rd Crane St
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St Lukes Oval
WHEN: Saturday, 5 November at 9am-3.30pm
WHERE: Cintra Park car park, Crane Street, Concord
For information year round on the safe disposal of chemicals please call the Environment Line on 131 555 or visit: www.cleanout.com.au.
1a Marlborough Street Drummoyne NSW 2047
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n Local Gigs
Friday 21st October
The Amy Winehouse Show
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Winehouse’s Back to Black album, vocalist Atlanta Coogan and her band will pay tribute to the great singer, who tragically passed away in 2011. The show will cover the hits she was known for, while telling her incredible life story. The Factory Theatre, $30 Sunday 23nd October
Sydney-based singer-songwriter (and ex-Australian Idol finalist) Mitchell is charming, rustic and unique in good measure; a combination that has won her fans across the world. Trust us - this one's a bargain. Newtown Social Club, $25
Mitchell's a major talent
Thursday 27th October
Fresh off a tour with certified roots legend Xavier Rudd, Yeshe is keen to share his story with the people of Sydney through his music. Expect elements of traditional African percussion mixed with western folk and roots. Camelot Lounge, $25
n Local Screens
Desperate dudes and dirty deeds
Ciao’s pick: Hell or High Water
Set in the badlands of Trump’s America but unlike that
candidate, David Mackenzie’s stunning thriller is pure
class. We’re in No Country For Old Men territory, harsh
and desperate rust-bucket towns where almost everyone
carries a gun. After a bank threatens to foreclose their
family farm, Toby (Chris Pine) and his wild ex-con brother
(Ben Foster) stage a series of heists against its own local
branches in a bid to provide for Toby’s own sons’ future.
Best of the Brits: Rooney Mara shares a kiss with Jack Reynor in The Secret Scripture
But a grumpy Texas Ranger (Jeff Bridges) is determined
British Film Festival 2016
The pound may be sinking like a stone, but at least British cinema’s fortunes are still shining just as brightly as ever. Opening on Oct 25, the fourth BBC First British Film Festival dives directly into British culture, humour and traditions with a spread of international award-winners and crowdpleasing hits. There are 19 Australian premieres, a series of classic restorations, a specially curated Local Heroes retrospective with films as diverse as Carry On Camping to Sid And Nancy, and a focus on pioneering director Ken Loach’s work plus his new Palme d'Or winning drama I, Daniel Blake. Fans of Michael Fassbender can check out two of the hottest films around before their Australian release (The Light Between Oceans with Alicia Vikander, and Trespass Against Us with Brendan
The Neon Demon
Maybe bad-boy Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest does blur the line between art and pornography… Maybe! Is it the jaw-dropping lesbian necrophilia scene with a make-up artist (Jenna Malone) and a naked corpse? The buckets of blood pouring out of her vagina? Or when a model (Abbey Lee) does something I dare not describe with an eyeball? The eye belongs to Jesse (Elle Fanning), a young beauty trying to make her way in the vicious LA model scene. A film this tacky really shouldn’t be so ravishingly beautiful to look at and so much fun. But it is both – spectacularly! CTC from Oct 20.
to outwit the Robin Hoods – one last job before he’s forced to retire and sit on the porch, spitting into the dust of a morally broken country. Written by Sicario’s Taylor Sheridan, this shares both the ethical complexity of that film and its tension, adding acerbic wit, tangy dialogue and biting social observation. We all hate banks, so its ambiguous message will resonate. But wait – even that has a sting in its tail as deadly as the rattlesnake we glimpse in a final cathartic scene. CTC from Oct 27. n Thanks to Madman Entertainment we have 5 double
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Phew, all those festivals! It’s a busy time at our local arthouse cinemas, but don't overlook Joe Cinque's Consolation, the incredible story orginally told by Helen Garner, or supernatural thriller Boys in the Trees. Check our verdict
online: ★ www.ciaomagazine.com.au
Glesson). And not to be missed is part-doco, part heist thriller The Banksy Job. All in all, a jolly sterling show! Head to the website for more. ★ Oct 25– Nov 16 at Palace Cinemas. Full details and bookings: britishfilmfestival.com.au n Thanks to Palace Cinemas we have 5 double
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Get that look
The Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival
Another week, another film festival. Just one perk of living in Sydney’s self-proclaimed cultural capital. This time it’s all about Greece, with the Greek Film Festival back in Sydney for the 23rd time! Hosted by Palace Theatres, Norton Street, the program includes 17 feature films and 16 shorts, with everything from high grossing love stories (Worlds Apart and The Lobster) and thrillers (Blind Sun) to a locally produced documentary on Marijuana (A Life of its Own: The Truth about Medical Marijuana). Running alongside the main line-up is a Student Film Festival, with filmmakers encouraged to use Greek language in their creations. The core festival runs from the 12- 21 October, with the student projects shown on the 23 October. With a bill offering Greek perspectives from around the world, you wouldn’t want to miss it.
There's more to Greek cinema than Big Fat Greek Weddings
n For the full program or to book tickets visit www.greekfilmfestival.com.au.
The adorable garcon-chien combo returns
Belle & Sebastian: The Adventure Continues
Here’s a treat for our younger readers, or their parents – for everyone loves tousle-haired French kids, Alpine scenery and big slobbering pooches, right? After helping defeat the Nazis in their last outing, Sebastian and his faithful hound now save the day again by rescuing Resistance fighter Angelina, whose homecoming plane has crashed in the mountains. PG Available of DVD and Digital from Oct 12. n Thanks to Icon Films we have a DVD of Belle & Sebastian: The Adventure Continues PLUS a Family Films DVD pack of five movies to give away. It includes the original Belle & Sebastian, City of Ember, Lassie, Fairytale: A True Story and Tarzan. Details below.
21 Oct, 8pm
Laugh Against Lyme with Steve Hughes Laughing makes you feel good but laughing when you know you’re helping charity feels even better. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Karl McManus Foundation, which works to fight Lyme Disease. In order to get as many people as possible through the door, The Laugh Stand have brought on internationally renowned comedian Steve Hughes to headline the night, with
Heavy metal comic Steve Hughes
six other hilarious acts to warm you up. All these comedians reckon it’s time to beat Lyme and we agree. Tickets $25 at the door. Where: Harold Park Hotel, 70A Ross St, Glebe
22 Oct, 10am-3pm
Eveleigh Heritage Festival Everyone is a history nerd at heart, right? Maybe it’s just us. While not strictly Inner West, we couldn’t bear to ignore a free event that celebrates our fascinating and diverse local history. Featuring heritage walking tours, talks and local historian meet and greets, the event aims to celebrate the unique history of what once was some of the largest railway workshops in the Southern Hemisphere. The kids won't miss out either, with train rides, a jumping castle and crafts taking place on the day.
Festival season continues
Where: Australian Technology Park, 2 Locomotive St, Eveleigh
23 Oct, 10am – 5pm
Marrickville Festival One of the Inner West's most vibrant festivals, Marrickville Festival brings together people, cultures, and creative communities with a feast of international cuisine, live music and entertainment.
With over 120 stalls displaying local produce, handmade artisan works, gifts and community groups, as well as a huge dance program and music competition, this is the perfect day out for families, friends and curious locals alike. Marrickville Festival is held along Marrickville and Illawarra Roads, why not ride your bike there and make a day of it. To read the festival program go to: www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/ marrickvillefestival/
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What makes a great local pub?
“Sports on the television. Actually, even better, letting the customers control what sport is on the television.” Michael, Summer Hill “Simple. Cheap beers.” Gabe, Leichhardt “A place where you don't feel weird about putting your feet up, or curling up on a couch while you catch up and enjoy your drink. It has to have a cosy vibe and not take itself too seriously.” Ann, Newtown “I'm a big fan of activities, like trivia or karaoke. Stuff that is a bit fun.” Ellie, Glebe “A big sunny beer garden where I can relax with my mates and my dog on a Sunday arvo.” Chris, Leichhardt “Free pool! And a happy hour!” Nick, Five Dock “It has to be an extension of your home. Where you can fully relax and unwind with your neighbours.” Lisa, Strathfield
The Inner West is positively bursting with community gardens. You may have wandered through the local park and happened upon some well-maintained parsley. Then a bunch of fennel fronds caught your eye. After that, some humble raised garden beds, or a tin shed complete with tools. These are all tell-tale signs of a nearby community garden. The joys of the garden are endless, and getting your hands down and dirty has been scientifically proven to increase your happiness. Research shows that coming into contact with one of the microorganisms present in soil Mycobacterium vaccae - actually increases serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is one of the brain’s happy chemicals. It puts you in a better mood and makes you feel less stressed. So gardening is a great way to get you feeling good. Which isn't surprising given the revivifying effects of being out in nature and feeling the sunshine on your back. Community gardens also benefit the environment. In some cases they transform urban landscapes into havens of biodiversity. Increased plant life provides habitat for increased amounts of urban wildlife. Mort Bay Community Garden in Balmain is a unique garden surrounded by an area of native bushland. Members can combine agricultural garden care with bush care. This includes weeding and the planting of native species which are indigenous to the local area. Members also take home the fresh veggies they help to grow! For the volunteers, this means delicious vegetables to add to some healthy meals. These vegetables are local - meaning zero carbon output in travel time - and organic - that is, grown without environment-harming chemicals such as pesticides and synthetic fertilisers.
He's really gotta stick up...for his garden
Like most community gardens, Mort Bay operates on a volunteer, roster-run basis. There are also mini working bees every Thursday afternoon, and bigger, monthly bees on the second Saturday of each month. Great for a yarn, a bit of hard yakka and the chance to take home some produce. Since the establishment of Sydney’s first-ever community garden in Rozelle in 1985, the concept has been thriving. Some gardens have chickens, some have honey. Check out your local plot - there are dozens in the Inner West, such as those in Redfern, Marrickville, Newtown, Lilyfield and Leichardt, just to name a few. It’s a social, joyful experience to be a member of a team of community gardeners. And there's never a nicer time to till the soil than spring. So go on - get gardening! n Words by Lucia Moon
Protesters Removed from WestConnex Blockade
Community action continues against the WestConnex motorway development. Last Friday saw up to 50 protestors forcibly removed by police from the Sydney Park site. The removal came after protestors joined together to form a barricade, in an attempt to prevent the demolition of trees in Sydney Park, which were set to be removed to make way for the motorway. The protestors linked arms around a fence surrounding the site, creating a human barricade, which prevented trucks from entering the site for some time before approximately 30 officers, including riot police, intervened. “It was incredibly disappointing to see police once again ignoring legitimate concerns of the community they serve, and acting as private security for the corporations building Mike Baird’s deeply unpopular WestConnex tollway,” said WestCONnex Action Group (WAG)
spokesperson Vince Polito, who was one of the residents removed in the protest. “Residents will continue to occupy Sydney Park to protect it from WestConnex’s destruction,” he said. According to another protester, the actions of police were unnecessary and aggressive. Newtown Greens MP Jenny Leong said the planning laws in place in NSW have left the community with no option but to resort to physical means to challenge the project. “The only option for the community is to physically put themselves between the chainsaws and bulldozers and the trees and the parks they want to protect."
The forced removal followed the continuous occupation of the Sydney Park site by antiWestConnex campaigners, which had been ongoing for a number of weeks. The occupation is attempting to prevent the plan for an interchange at St Peters from going ahead, with up to 1000 trees at risk. None of the protestors were charged. n Words by Maani Truu
All we are saying, is give trees a chance
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Marrickville Town Centre
With plans to develop a strategy for the upgrade of Marrickville Town Centre, the Inner West Council is seeking input from the community and asking; “What do you love about the Marrickville Town Centre? What would you change?” Members of the community can contribute to the strategy through submitting their experiences of the Town Centre, which will then be collated and used to inform what work is prioritised. You can have your say either online or in person, with a number of community information sessions scheduled for the near future, where residents can hear about the plans, ask questions and have their thoughts recorded. Online feedback will be via two platforms, either through completing an online survey or identifying areas on an interactive map that are working well or need improving. n Feedback closes November 13th. In-person information sessions will be held on October 25th and November 8th. For more information or to have your say visit www.yoursaymarrickville.com.au.
It doesn't add up
Save Addison Road Community Centre
The Addison Road Community Centre is calling out for public support in the wake of news that their electrical infrastructure is in need of an $100,000 upgrade. Currently the centre operates as an affordable space for not-for-profits, a base for social and environmental programs and as a meeting place for the community. The organisation that manages the site, The Addison Road Community Centre Organisation (ARCCO), is independent, which means consistent government funding can't be guaranteed. People are invited to contribute money towards the repairs, with each person receiving a raffle entry per $20 donated, which will then go in the draw to win a Fair Trade Emporium hamper. n Visit www.chuffed.org/project/addisonroadcentre.
Cultural Festival Grants
The 10-day cultural festival Open Inner West will be back (but in amalgamated form) in 2017, with applications open for those interested in taking part. Council is encouraging community groups that are able to celebrate the diversity of the Inner West through storytelling, music, dance, art, theatre, food or otherwise to apply. Activities may include anything from cooking classes, poetry readings, craft and traditional arts workshops, to exhibitions and cultural events. Preference will be given to activities encouraging younger, culturally and linguistically diverse community members to get involved. Grants of up to $5000 are available. n Applications close November 1. For further information visit www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au. Applicants are invited to attend information sessions held on 20 October, 11am – 12pm and 6pm – 7pm.
n with Olivia Mackay, www.scoffandquaff.
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FRICKLES WITH SMOKY AIOLI Deep-fried pickle spears are tangy, crisp and, especially when paired with aioli, irresistable. Makes 20. Method
Pickles • 5 Lebanese cucumbers • 2 small brown onions • 1 tsp salt • 1.5 cups apple cider vinegar • 1 cup white sugar • 1 tbsp mustard seeds • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
Get into a pickle
Smoky pickled onion aioli • 1 cup mayonnaise • 1 tsp smoked paprika • 2 cloves minced smoked garlic • 2 tbsp finely chopped onion • Juice of half a lemon
To fry • 2 eggs (for dipping), 1 cup flour, 2 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp salt
To make the pickles: 1. Slice the cucumbers into quarters lengthways. 2. Cut the onions in half then slice thinly. 3. Combine the cucumbers and onion in a large bowl and sprinkle over the salt. Toss to combine. 4. Cover and refrigerate overnight, or at least 3 hours. 5. Tip the cucumbers and onions into a colander over the sink. Rinse well then leave to drain. 6. Warm the vinegar, sugar and spices in a saucepan. 7. When the sugar has dissolved and the liquid is gently simmering, add the drained cucumber and onion. 8. Allow to continue simmering for 1-2 minutes then transfer to a large, clean jar. 9. Cover and refrigerate.
To make the aioli: 1. Combine ingredients then season with salt, pepper. 2. Cover and refrigerate.
To fry: 1. Combine the flour, salt and spices. 2. Pat dry the pickle spears with paper towel. 3. Dip the spears in the beaten egg then roll in the flour. 4. Lay on a plate in a single layer. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. 5. Heat the oil in a saucepan until shimmering (180C). 6. Deep fry the pickles a few at a time 7. Remove when brown and drain on paper towel.
n Fruit: Pineapples ($2-$5) and seedless watermelon ($1-$3 per kilo) both make for mouthwatering desserts right now. Stone fruit season, which includes mangoes, has been slow to start with rainy weather. n Veggies: The continuation of spring weather has meant that Asian greens, silverbeet, English spinach and kale are still all very affordable from $1-$2 a bunch. Lebanese cucumbers are $3-$5 per kilo and eggplants are $3-$6 per kilo. Thanks to Tony Trim of Trim’s Fresh.
Stop your pining!
Wine with Winsor
Wirra Wirra 2016 The Lost Watch Riesling Wirra Wirra is a standout McLaren Vale winery that is probably best known for its quality red wines. It spreads its wings and sources fruit from the cooler Adelaide Hills for this excellent hand-picked riesling from the cooler Adelaide Hills. This is a little softer with more mouth feel than its Clare Valley and Eden Valley counterparts but shares the same crisp lemon and lime freshness. Delightful drinking while young. $24.
Earthworks 2015 Tempranillo Tempranillo is the Spanish grape that leads the way in the great reds of Rioja, but it is also very much at home in the warmth of the Barossa Valley, where it is becoming increasingly popular. This is a big, assertive prop forward of a wine with its bright red and black fruit characters aided and abetted by the naturally savoury notes of the fruit. This would be perfect with a roast leg of lamb, or perhaps matched with a beef casserole. $20.
Oakridge 2015 Lusatia Park Vineyard Chardonnay Oakridge winemaker David Bicknell is the man with the Midas touch - and where he goes stylistically other winemakers follow. This is a classic modern Yarra Valley chardonnay from one of the region’s most renowned vineyards. It is part of the LVS (Local Vineyard Series) range of wines that reflect the sense of place of where they were grown. This is intense, stylish and textured while still lean and minerally. Lovely stuff. $38.
Two Faces of Thailand
Most visitors to Thailand head straight for the beach. Whether it be the sands of Phuket, the fun of Koh Samui, the sleaze of Pattaya or the laidback charm of Hua Hin, their aim is to spend as much time as possible enjoying the sun. But there are many sides to Thailand, including the big city hustle and bustle of Bangkok, which is well worth a couple of days of exploration, and the country charm of towns like Kanchanaburi, where life moves at a slower pace.
Here you can ride on a long tail boat along the River Kwai, visit fascinating local night markets, tour elaborate country temples and chat with local designers who create jewellery from onyx and other local stones that sell for a quarter of the price here that they would fetch in Bangkok. The small town is well off the radar of most visitors to Thailand, yet offers a fascinating combination of rural charm and dark history. Kanchanaburi was under Japanese control during World War II. Asian labourers and Allied prisoners of war were forced into building the infamous Burma Railway, including the bridge and Hellfire Pass, around an hour’s drive away. Almost half of the prisoners working on the project died from disease, maltreatment or starvation. Kanchanaburi province is around three hours from Bangkok. It has a past that impacted many Australians, whose descendants are drawn to visiting the bridge, taking a drive out to Hellfire Pass and touring the local war cemeteries and museums. (Its location at the edge of a mountain range keeps it much cooler than the other provinces of central Thailand.) Local attractions include taking rustic local trains through remote countryside; Wat Tham Phu Wa, a temple which features a series of grotto shrines within a large limestone cave system, and several elephant sanctuaries. Thankfully, a temple at which visitors could pose with drugged tigers was recently closed down.
Sweeping the streets clean
There are many different facets to Thailand if you steer away from the beach resorts for a few days, travel editor Winsor Dobbin discovers.
There are also waterfalls and national parks. In both the Felix River Kwai Resort, and the region as a whole, you get a sense of the real Thailand. The food is not dumbed down for visitors and many of the locals have barely a word of English. At the lively Kanchanaburi night markets, pointing can be a very effective means of communication.
The capital and by far the biggest city in Thailand, Bangkok sits in the delta of the Chao Phraya River and has a population of over 8 million people, with over 14 million in the conurbation. It is one of the great gourmet capitals of the world. The city has boomed over the past two decades becoming a major drawcard for tourists from around the globe, including Australia. Because Thailand is such a large country, with diverse culinary influences, even street food styles can vary dependent on where the vendor is from. Thai food is generally aromatic, spicy and complex and often dozens of ingredients are involved. There are Burmese, Laotian, Cambodian and Vietnamese influences at play and rice, chilli and fish sauce are ubiquitous and coconut milk common. Dishes are usually served all at the same time, and contrary to what many believe, Thais do not generally use chopsticks. Street food can feature many dishes that westerners are familiar with, including tom yam goong soup, pad Thai, som tam (spicy green papaya salad), various curries and simple choices like fried rice and noodle dishes. Hawkers often make stir-fries and curries to order; although others have dishes simmering, ready to be eaten. Just point at what you like the look of, be it sun-dried seafood, crispy pork belly, skewered meats, Thai fish cakes, or
Chinese-style pork buns. Freshly sliced fruit, served with sticky rice, is popular as a dessert. My favourite affordable restaurants in Bangkok include the quirky Cabbages and Condoms, and Suk 11 in the leafy gardens of a popular hostel. There is also Suda, something of a Bangkok icon and popular both with local workers, who appreciate the snappy service, and visitors keen to try ‘authentic’ dishes on a budget. Turn up the price-meter and you have the likes of superstar chef David Thompson’s much-
patience is definitely key to enjoying the thai capital
awarded Nahm for modern Thai cuisine, and – a real surprise – fabulous and authentic Italian food at Attico, on the 28th floor of the Radisson Blu Hotel. Attico is a great space with tempting displays of cured meats, artisan cheeses and signature home-baked breads, along with an open kitchen – and the food is outstanding. While Bangkok is a foodie paradise there are myriad other attractions. Among the many highlights is the weekend market at Chatuchak Park in Bangkok, one of the world’s most famous street markets – and also one of the largest. You’ll find everything here from handmade shoes to banana smoothies; Thai country and western singers, antiques and artworks - all just a short metro ride from downtown Bangkok Most visitors will want to do a ferry ride on the Chao Praya River and visit the Wat Phra Kaew Buddhist temple and Grand Palace, the big Buddhas of Wat Pho, and Jim Thompson House, home of a famous silk entrepreneur.
Do come the raw prawn
Some will watch a Muay Thai boxing card. There is shopping galore, whether you favour one of the many street markets or shopping malls populated by global brands. Be aware, however, that Bangkok traffic can be an abomination, particularly when it rains, and that there can be long queues in sweltering temperatures to get into the major attractions. The Skytrain and the subway system are, however, easy to use but patience is definitely key to enjoying the Thai capital.
NEED TO KNOW
Qantas operates daily A330 services from Sydney to Bangkok with connections from all Australian capital cities. www.qantas.com. For more information try the Tourism Authority of Thailand website: www.tourismthailand.org.
Where to stay: Movenpick Hotel Sukhumvit 15 is a brilliantly situated hotel with comfortable rooms, great staff and a rooftop pool and bar. Right in the centre of the action in the Sukhumvit district, it is walking distance to both Asoke and Nana BTS stations as well as Sukhumvit MRT. The hotel is a few hundred metres down Sukhumvit Soi 15, but that means you have convenience plus peace and quiet. And the hotel has free TukTuk taxis 24 hours a day to whisk you to either the corner of Sukhumvit Road or Terminal 21 shopping centre. There are 297 rooms and suites with a choice of garden courtyard and city views; fast and free wifi access and modern bathrooms with walk-in rain shower. All rooms have complimentary tea and coffee making facilities.
Mövenpick Hotel Sukhumvit 15 Bangkok, 47 Sukhumvit 15, Sukhumvit Road, Klong Toei Nuea, Wattana, 10110 Bangkok. +66 2 119 3100.
www.movenpick.com/en/asia/thailand/ bangkok/bangkok/overview/ Felix River Kwai Resort is a delightful older-style resort on the banks of the River Kwai, which has 255 rooms and suites, all with private balconies, as well as a Log Cabin retreat for celebrity visitors. The very spacious rooms start online from around $90 a night. You can walk across the bridge to town. There are two large and very clean swimming pools, expansive gardens, and a walkway along the river, streams running through the gardens that are home to some huge carp and two tennis courts. The food here is spicy and authentic – and on weekends there are dinner cruises along the river.
Felix River Kwai Resort Kanchanaburi, 9/1, Thamakham 12 Alley, Tha Ma Kham, Muang, Kanchanaburi 71000, Thailand. +66 34 551 000. www. felixriverkwai.co.th.