There’s life in the Inner West!
Lunar New Year right here
Issue 299 | February 4th 2017
Silence Toni Erdmann
Rope bondage: A local art form?
How to keep chooks & make eggs
Baptism by fire
Lovers that introduce you to a whole new scene
Inner West whispers
Local gossip, rumour, hearsay
Satire for the soul
and unsubstantiated fact...
Is it OK to deck anyone who expresses
an ideologically unsound opinion? It’s
Rozelle punts Bunnings – Yes, WestConnex Minister – Fire buggery
a sacred duty, argues Latte Leftie!
l A development application proposing a Bunnings in Rozelle has been knocked back after the local community launched a campaign against it. The proposed development was for Robert St, Mullens St and Parsons St, and was predicted to become an eyesore and traffic jammer in Mullens St, a major entry and exit point into the ‘burb. Residents against the proposal have also noted that there are two other Bunnings stores in close proximity. The Inner West Council stated, “It has not been demonstrated that the site is suitable for the proposed development.” We’ll see if it stays out of the Land and Environment Court. l Gladys Berejiklian announced in her cabinet reshuffle that a standalone ministry would be created for WestConnex. Stuart Ayres, the Member for Penrith, will be overseeing the project. He is the same Sports Minister who
pushed for the new Moore Park stadium at Kippax Lake, which didn’t happen. Former Leichhardt Mayor Darcy Byrne grilled him for funding major stadium upgrades, while leaving suburban NRL grounds disheveled. Ciao wonders if councillors who fought against WestConnex will re-nominate in the possible Berejiklian de-merger plebiscite? Will bulldozers squash Baird’s local gov policies any faster than Ramsay Street? l A Leichhardt resident has called us with concerns of an arsonist on the loose. They have noticed trees and a car burnt along their street in the past few months. There has been another report of a burning on Marion Street. If you have noticed anything burnt in your neighbourhood we would love to know. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear LL – I don’t understand the brouhaha over someone peaceably exercising their right to free speech being king hit without warning, or given the chance to respond in kind. I mean, it’s not like we progressives haven’t explored all peaceable avenues to suppress views we find triggering. Surely once you’ve no platformed arch-conservatives such as Germaine Greer and gleefully destroyed the career of anyone ill-advised enough to diverge from the party line on gay marriage/transgender bathroom access/otherkins right to be recognised as dragons there’s nowhere else to go but political violence. Certainly, the next time my bogan coworker calls me “mate” rather than addressing me by my preferred non-binary pronoun, I’ll be calling a couple of hard, pipe-hittin’ people of colour to go to work on him with a pair of pliers and a blow torch. We’re going to get medieval on his arse! Then release a YouTube video of all the gruesome highlights synced to an amusing soundtrack! Mick, Leichhardt
Much has been written about the life of Robert Wardell, largely about him founding Australia’s first independent newspaper – aptly named The Australian. Less known, however, is his secretive romantic relationship with a “Miss S Wardell”, later found to be the inspiration for the name of his Petersham estate, Sara Dell. In the 1828 census, the recorded residents of Sara Dell included an S Wardell. But it was later discovered that there we no records of her arrival, departure or death. This is because the lady in question was Sarah Rowe, the wife of lawyer Thomas Deane Rowe. As adultery was then seen as incredibly immoral, Wardell recognised that he would never be able to marry his love, so subsequently merged their surnames in the name of his property. In
Petersham’s ill-fated love nest
1834, Wardell was murdered by convicts near his beloved estate. Sara continued her residence in Petersham until three years later when she passed away of unknown causes, joining her love and leaving Sara Dell behind.
LL replies: Sterling effort, Mick! The fact Richard Spencer was being given air time by the (usually reliable) (G)A(Y) BC when the righteous intervention took place illustrates how easily civilised discourse can spiral out of control when non-leftists believe they’re free to offer a contrarian viewpoint without getting sucker punched by a courageous masked activist (whom I’m sure we all hope made it back to his safe space without being harmed). No doubt you’re going to hear some fuddy duddies carping about the dangers of mob rule, the Left being hysterically intolerant of alternative viewpoints, or the ‘silent majority’ wondering why protestors never seemed to get so violently worked up about, say, three decades of the working class getting thrown under the bus. Ignore those poltroons and, as I do, let this (lightly paraphrased) quote from Chairman Mao be your lodestar: “Political correctness is not love. Political correctness is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy!” n Email your dilemma to email@example.com.
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C!ao Magazine There’s life in the Inner West!
Lunar New Year
n Phoebe Moloney
Ready for Lunar New Year's Eve? Well, guess what – it was last Saturday! But the thing about Lunar New Year is that celebrations
ramp up throughout the proceeding fortnight. Welcome in the Year of the Rooster with festivities inspired by Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean tradition happening all over your neighbourhood. Food, fun and films to be had!
Film and fireworks Foreshore Park, Rhodes Celebrate new beginnings with water views and an after-dark celebration. Communities for Communities have organized a sunset cinema experience at Foreshore Park in Rhodes where they will be screening King Fu Panda on the big screen with a variety of food vendors, traditional performances and kids’ entertainment throughout the night. The film will begin after sunset and the celebrations will end with a bang – yep, that means fireworks.
Feb 4th, 5-9.30pm
Art and artful food Kensington Street, Chippendale If you are looking for fancy fare and an inspired atmosphere head on down to Kensington Street, where a block party is being hosted between the White Rabbit Gallery, Spice Alley and the refurbished Old Clare Hotel. Apart from gourmet eats, the China Culture Centre and the Sichuan Department of Culture will host workshops for all ages:
make a lantern, learn to fold dumplings and create sugar sculptures. Catch street artists working live on a Year of the Rooster mural at the Old Rum Store, and listen to the latest in K-pop and C-pop tunes. That’s a lot of fun to pack into 5 hours.
New Year's eating
Feb 4th, 3-8pm
A very large rooster
Stalls and stage Burwood Park, Burwood Burwood will be ushering in the New Year with a spectacular China Fun Lunar New Year Carnival at Burwood Park, hosted in conjunction with the Australian Culture and Commerce Association. The park will be filled with over 100 food stalls surrounding the mainstage, which will feature performances from the Youth Dragon and Lion Dance group, Sunny Performing Arts and more. There will also be martial arts and calligraphy demonstrations throughout the day, as well as a Chinese opera workshop. Feb 6th, 10am-5pm
Lion dance and lunch Alex Travallion Plaza, Marrickville You don’t care what you do to celebrate the Lunar New Year as long as you see the Lion Dance, right? Well then, Marrickville’s celebration is just your ticket. Grab a snack at the Alex Travallion Plaza while watching the aforementioned Lion Dance, and say hello to the Chinese God of Fortune as he follows the procession through local businesses wishing them good luck and wealth. He might even stop to give you a special red envelope! Feb 18th, 11am
A minister for WestConnex won't solve the problem!
New Premier Glayds Berejiklian has taken the unprecedented step of creating a Minister for WestConnex, Stuart Ayres. This hiving off of WestConnex from the Roads portfolio is an extraordinary move on the part of the Premier which signals that she recognizes that WestConnex is a basket case that needs special oversight to manage the incompetence and bad planning decisions that have plagued the project. But a new Minister and ministry won’t solve the problem that is WestConnex. It will only increase the huge cost of this deeply flawed project which is currently costing about half a million dollars a kilometre. This is a whooping $16.8 billion total cost. This 34km dirty tollroad won’t solve Sydney’s traffic or congestion problems. We know this from experience and from transport experts who say that more roads equal more traffic – it’s that simple. Only fast, efficient and affordable public transport can make ongoing change and make our air cleaner, our existing roads more efficient and our communities more connected. Integration is key and it is completely absent from WestConnex. WestConnex has and will have irreversible impacts right along the route with hundreds of people given inadequate compensation for the loss of their homes, dangerous increases in toxic pollution and stacks located near homes, schools, parks and sports fields, loss of crucial green spaces and thousands of trees, high tolls and significantly more congestion on local roads. The planning for WestConnex continues to occur in a knee jerk and secretive way as the government has set up the Sydney Motorway Corporation to do all the work
and as a private corporation, we the public can’t get any
Pics in the Park: Local outdoor Cinema
information on key aspects of this, the largest transport infrastructure project in Australia. Despite what was written in the last issue of Ciao, the
The holiday season may be wrapped up, but we still have plenty of warm summer nights to make the most of. One way to do just that is by grabbing a blanket, some snacks and joining your neighbours for a movie under the starts. Organised by the Inner West Council, Pics in the Park takes place each Friday night and runs through February until March 10th, with showings alternating between Pioneers Memorial Park, Leichhardt and Mort Bay Park, Balmain. Kicking off at sunset, each night will feature family-friendly short films before the advertised feature film. While the events are free, there will be opportunity for a gold coin donation which will then go directly to Twenty10 – a not-for-profit organisation that supports young people of diverse genders, sex and sexualities. Upcoming titles include Clueless, The Legend of Tarzan and
Greens have long promoted and campaigned with the community for world class integrated public transport – there’s nothing confusing in this and our record is there for all to see. The Greens do not support the ongoing privatisation of public transport as we believe that this is a core service and crucially important all across the state. Public transport is not a commodity to be bought by consumers – it’s a service. We will continue to work with community groups like Rozelle Against WestConnex, the WestConnex Action Group and No WestConnex Public Transport to do all we can to protect our communities from the destruction of this polluting private tollway.
Paper Planes. Pics in the Park is an alcohol-free event.
n Words by Jenny Leong MP, Member for Newtown.
n For further information or to see the full program of upcoming films visit www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au.
FREEevents listings are
This rant was written in response to last issue's rant, available at: www. ciaomagazine.com.au/category/ opinion/community-rant/
the National Gallery, on display. For further information visit studiokink.com.
n Compiled by Maani Truu. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sun 5 Feb, 1-5pm
Posters for Social Change Workshop Often left unrecognised, posters are repeatedly the building blocks of social change movements. From suffragettes, to anti-war movements, to more recent campaigns, posters can have a great effect on educating the population. This workshop will run-through artwork that has impacted Australia and the world, while taking a look at the techniques and designs used to create them. Following the educational portion of the workshop, each attendee will
create their own political poster and have it printed on the special Risograph press. Power to the people! Tickets are $70. Visit weteachme.com/ rizzeria for further information. Where: The Rizzeria, Shop 2, 359 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville
Are you interested in candid photography?
Tues 7 Feb, 7-9pm
Fetish: An Art Show With Valentines Day fast approaching, why not explore something new to get you in the mood for romance. The team at Studio Kink are excited to present their inaugural art show, which will showcase local artists including the photography of Ciao's relationships writer Cat O’Nine Tails and pieces from Bianca Wolff and Mastertouch. Perhaps most exciting is the inclusion of the Red Collection by the late Noel Graydon and the fact that Studio Kink is the only gallery to have the full collection, which was first featured in
Where: Studio Kink Sydney, Caroline Ln, St Peters
7 Feb – 4 Mar, 7.30pm
The Little Dog that Laughed Teaming up with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the New Theatre is bringing the clever, comedy The Little Dog that Laughed to the Inner West. The play offers a scathing attack on Hollywood double standards and stereotypes. Tickets are $32, with concession prices available. Visit www.newtheatre.org.au to book or for further information. Where: New Theatre, 542 King St, Newtown
Get into some local theatre
See page 6 for more what's on...
n Local Gigs
n Local Screens
Thursday 9th February
Alex Smith & Rohan Cannon Don’t expect this gig to showcase the Moving Pictures cannon. Nope, this time Alex Smith is taking a night to delve into his ‘quiet acoustic and electric’ side. Can confirm that there will be no screaming here, folks.
Leadbelly Newtown, $28.60
Friday 17h February
Mosquito Coast Nothing better than young people breaking into the industry early, and keeping up with more established acts, no less. Hailing from Perth, their music is reminiscent of the summer breeze, sun-bleached guitars and crashing waves topped with dreamy vocals. Newtown Social Club, $15.00
Catchier than malaria Saturday 18th February
Divergence Jazz Orchestra Comprising of 19 of Sydney’s most accomplished young musicians and featuring an appearance from guest soloist Miroslav Bukovsky, this is a jazzy summer hit. Expect the spirit of improvised jazz from eras gone by. Sound Lounge, $38
Who says the Germans can't do comedy? This one is nuts!
Ciao’s pick: Toni Erdmann
Germany’s entry in the 2017 Academy Awards snuck into Sydney unnoticed last year at the German Film Festival, but now its swag of awards, five star reviews and world-wide praise make it one of the most eagerly awaited of all the Oscar contenders. The US rating warns “graphic nudity” (hey, its German!), and yes – that extended scene at a corporate bonding party is pretty startling, but also one of the funniest things you’ll ever see on screen. And there’s quite a few similar jawdropping and hilariously awkward moments as Winifried (Peter Simonischek), a retired teacher and practical joker tries to re-connect with his cool and distant daughter Ines (Sandra Hüller), a corporate high-flyer stationed in Bucharest by butting into her professional life. Writer/director Maren Ade’s film is both bittersweet and tender in a somewhat un-German way, but edgy and very smart too – slyly revealing the absurdities and cruelties of modern life in the Euro-zone. No wonder the Brits want out! M from Feb 9.
n Thanks to Madman Entertainment we have 5
double passes to give away. Details below.
Arthouse favourite Manchester by the Sea
It’s always cold in Manchester-by-the-Sea, either snowing or icily grey. The temperature matches the emotional lives of its characters, particularly Lee (Casey Affleck), the damaged, taciturn loner who returns to his home town after the death of his brother. Kenneth Lonergan puts us through the ringer here, several times, and although not as overwrought or ambitious as his earlier masterpiece Margaret, where he aimed so high he very nearly derailed his career, it’s still brittle, raw and sensational drama. M from Feb 2.
Brrr... Bring gloves, and tissues
Mardi Gras Month in the Inner West Don’t leave all your partying for parade night when the Inner West Council is celebrating all throughout the Mardi Gras month. This year is the fifth annual Feel the Love Reception, organised in partnership with the Inner West Council LGBTIQ Working Group, and is calling on the theme ‘Get Connected’ with hopes to unite all the LGBTIQ communities from the former council areas. The event, which will be held at Petersham Town Hall on the February 16th, will additionally host a ‘Get Connected Expo’ where Inner West services will have information stalls. On the morning following the reception, the community is invited to attend the Official Rainbow Flag Raising Breakfast at Balmain Town Hall, when local council buildings will raise the rainbow flag in recognition of our vibrant LGBTIQ community.
n Both events require bookings. Visit www. Feel the love locally innerwest.nsw.gov.au for further information.
Michael Fassbender and Brendan Glesson
Tresspass Against Us
Trespass Against Us had its Australian Premiere at the British Film Festival late last year, and is now getting a welcome run at Palace Norton Street and Chauvel. A mustsee for Michael Fassbender fans, this intense family drama is set across three generations of the Cutler clan who live as outlaws in their own anarchic corner of Britain’s richest countryside. Chad Cutler (Fassbender) is heir apparent to his bruising criminal father, Colby (Brendan Gleeson) and has been groomed to spend his life hunting, thieving and tormenting the police. But with his own son, Tyson (Georgie Smith) coming of age, Chad soon finds himself locked in a battle with his father for the future of his young family. Directed by Adam Smith and featuring incredible performances – and an astonishing score by The Chemical Brothers – Trespass Against Us is at once an exhilarating crime thriller and a profoundly moving story about love and family. MA15+ from Feb 16. (Unpreviewed).
n Thanks to Umbrella Entertainment we have 5
double passes to give away. Details below.
Scorsese's new film is a flat-out masterpiece
Ciao’s pick: Silence
So soon after Paterson, Adam Driver again turns up in another highly original movie, though it's his co-star, Andrew Garfield, who gets most of screen time and is picking up most of critical praise. They play two Jesuit missionaries who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden. Apparently Martin Scorsese, who was raised a Catholic, wanted to film this story for decades (its based on Shusaku Endo's acclaimed novel), and vowed to do so if The Wolf of Wall Street was a success. That was, but this is such a difficult project with such harrowing content that you can just picture the suits pleading to the veteran auteur, “Don’t do it Marty, Don’t!” Fortunately, he did, and produced both a stunning testament to faith, and a powerful challenge to its destructive power. CTC from Feb 16. n Thanks to Transmission Films we have 5 double inseason passes to give away. Details below.
Sun 12 Feb, 10.30am
Sydney Rock & Roll Alternative Market Rock your Valentine off their feet with a gift from Sydney’s Rock and Roll Alternative Market, with plenty of unique vinyl, fashion, artwork, cult DVD’s and collectables on offer. Aside from the shopping, you can look forward to a full entertainment line-up Spurs for Jesus, A Band Called Twang, The Hellcat III, The Drey Rollan Band plus DJ’s and even a beginner’s swing
See you there, buddy!
dancing class! Give in and let your inner rocker loose for just one day – you deserve it. Entry is $6, with kids under 12 free. For further information visit www. rocknrollmarket.com.au. Where: Manning Bar, University of Sydney, Camperdown
Sun 19 Feb, 10am-8pm
Sydney Mardi Gras Fair Day One of Sydney’s biggest events in the Mardi Gras calendar (second only to that big parade), drawing crowds over 80,000 strong. Fair Day showcases a bit of everything, from entertainment on the main stage, dancing at the lounge tent, a broad selection of international cuisine, all while browsing the stalls of local businesses. Most importantly, however, is the opportunity to learn about our local LGBTIQ organisations and how you
Come join the rainbow family!
can support their work. The event is completely free, however, a gold coin donation is appreciated. Where: Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, Newtown.
22 Feb – 26 Mar
Boomalli presents Good Looking The latest offering from the local Indigenous artist collective, Good Looking, showcases Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from the LGBTIQ community. Coinciding with
the lead up to the annual Mardi Gras celebration, the exhibition gives space for artists to express both their sexual orientation and their communities. Opening night will feature performances by Kerrianne Cox and the Dreamtime Divas, with MC Kathy Malera-Bandjalan. Located locally in Leichhardt, come along and support the work of homegrown artists. Where: Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative, 55-59 Flood St, Leichhardt
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A whole new world
Healthy relationships involve flexibility, compromise, honesty, negotiation and good communication skills.
“It’s been quite confronting for me to be around introverted people with such mainstream attitudes.”
Ciao’s relationship expert, Cat O Dowd, explores the excitement, vulnerability and hardship of introducing a partner to your own strange world, whether that be Sydney’s hippy, kinky or more mainstream scenes.
A relationship contains several different cultures: the broader context of the society we grew up in, the family culture we were brought up in and the culture of your friends or ‘tribe’. Urban tribes and sexual subcultures can provide a sense of belonging often missing in big cities. But if one partner inhabits a very different world it can be confronting to ideas we once accepted as normal. I interviewed four couples about how they have traversed new terrain and the lessons they have learnt along the way.
Emily, 21 & Johnny, 26 Dating for 14 months
“I was taught not to ask questions. These are the rules and you follow them,” Emily says. She went straight from a private all-girls school to university to study law. She met Johnny at her first ‘fire jam’. “It looked like a bunch of hippies meeting in parks spinning fire,” Emily says. After frequenting fetish nightclubs, Emily found the fire jammers more introverted and harder to get to know. Emily found Johnny’s friends asked her deep questions, including about her interaction with the elements and the world around her. “It’s made me a better learner and I’m now asking new questions. I’m interested in moving from criminal law into writing new legislation... I’ve found a new part of myself.” Emily has embraced her partner’s social scene with gusto. She goes to five fire jams a week, attends bush doofs and has been welcomed into Johnny’s gang as one of their own. Emily’s enthusiasm for trying to learn about this scene was about being able to deeply understand Johnny. He creates and sells firejam props and is a key figure in the scene. “I liked dressing up in nice clothes, drinking cocktails and going out to dinner,” Emily says.
Getting to know Johnny’s scene enabled Emily to move beyond her comfort zone, embrace spontaneity, discover strength in vulnerability and intimacy, and learn hard truths about herself while strengthening the relationship. “I have learnt that I’m really adaptable, I didn’t previously realise that,” she says. “You never grow in your comfort zone. I was always in my comfort zone. I had to let down my walls and relax enough for people to get to know the real me rather than just the parts of me that I wanted them to know.” When asked whether her partner has adapted as much to her world, Emily replied that she didn’t think it was as important. “I haven’t managed to get him to a nightclub or get him into a suit yet but I don’t think he needs to adapt as much as I did.” “The first time he met my uni friends they asked if he was wearing a dress. He said, ‘What’s wrong with my pants?’” “Johnny has relaxed a lot and is more fun, he’s more used to being around extroverts. I managed to get him into jeans once too!”
Sarah, 41 & Sven, 35 Dating for 15 months
Sarah grew up in the underground DIY punk scene where politics and protest is an everyday part of life. She protested logging old-growth forests and chained herself to bulldozers. She also volunteers for Animal Liberation and has been vegetarian since she was 12. “My ideal weekend would involve crowd surfing at a benefit gig, cage dancing upside down at a metal club, breaking into abandoned buildings or tunnels to explore, cooking vegan cupcakes to raise money for worthy causes and ocean nude swims,” she says. Extroverted Sarah can “get along with anyone” but has struggled to get to know Sven’s quiet and introverted gamer friends despite trying to for over a year. They’ve never asked Sarah about her life, “Even after I’ve spent hours listening about theirs.” “It’s been quite confronting for me to
be around introverted people with such mainstream attitudes,” Sarah says. “I’ve taken my views for granted living in an alternative scene where you’d get mocked if you bought multinational junk food… I’ve never been forced to sit through hours of Top 10 radio hits before or seen so much littering.” Sven’s friends’ ideal weekend involves playing computer games at home after eating a meal of red meat and white bread off disposable plates. He and his friends also go hunting for fun. Sarah and Sven now have completely segregated social lives. Sarah says she has given up on trying to belong in his social group, “I tried for Sven’s sake but I’d rather pull teeth now!” “I’m very open minded and I don’t want to date a clone of myself. We are compatible in much more important ways than his social group but I won’t compromise on my values. I would never ‘become’ like my partner’s friends. I have too strong a sense of self.”
Kayla, 24 & Ben, 27 Dating on and off for 18 months
Kayla enjoys dominating. She likes to cane, spank and tie people up. “Ben isn’t kinky at all and doesn’t understand it even though he’s tried,” says Kayla. “He isn’t submissive.” Ben doesn’t understand kink boundaries. “In the kink community close contact doesn’t necessarily indicate something sexual,” Kayla explains. “If I was to spank someone in a fully-clothed play session with a clear understanding it wouldn’t lead to anything Ben wouldn’t like it. ” Ben’s hatred of kink made Kayla realise how important it was to her. Ben would love her to give it up but she can’t. “I don’t really tell him everything. I know it’s wrong. I have to be secretive. My needs aren’t being met.” Whilst Kayla admits she “probably has to try more” with Ben’s friends she finds them boring and has never had a meaningful conversation with them. “They don’t see the
world like I do.” Ben and Kayla keep their social circles separate. Ben goes out with his mates without Kayla and Kayla goes to parties without him. “He wouldn’t come or have fun anyway. He says mean things about my kinky friends, which prevents him getting to know them. He can be judgmental and hates dressing up.” Since seeing a relationship counsellor things are improving. Kayla feels Ben is starting to listen to her more. ”He would never listen to me because he didn’t understand.”
Sally, 29 & Jack, 31 Dating for 18 months
“I met Sally at my first-ever, meet-and-greet kinky event,” says 31-year-old Jack, “and it just worked.” 29-year-old Sally is a self-described “brat” who has been involved in the kink scene for eight years. Jack was curious about kink for years but repressed his desires in dark recesses. “Now I’m more open about myself with my partner,” he says. “Communication in this relationship has been the best out of any of my relationships. In other circles people struggle to talk about sex but in this scene you need to communicate about what you do and don’t like to find someone who fits with your kink.” Jack struggles with how his first kink relationship doesn’t fit into the societal notions he was brought up with. “I’m still bumbling through it,” he says. “There’s mental blocks for me about what you should and shouldn’t do.” “In the first few months we were both trying to gauge each others limits…We are very verbal and communicative about what we need,” Sally says. Bringing Jack into her world meant Sally learnt to articulate her needs better and offer reassurance. “I was more capable than I gave myself credit for. I never saw myself as the person to mentor or guide until I was put into this position,” she says. Jack also actively sought advice from the community, “Sally has so many friends in the scene. If we get stuck on a problem we have a wealth of people in the scene around us to help and who want us to succeed,” Jack explains. “As the ‘top’ I will learn from other ‘tops’, they want to teach me,” says Jack. “I’ve never experienced such community support before.” Good communication, openness and the reciprocal altruism of the kink community has been the key feature in Sally and Jack’s relationship success.
*Names have been changed on request of participants, except for Ciao cover girl Emily.
n Words by Cat O Dowd
Sex therapist, Couples Counsellor Arts Psychotherapist
n Your say
The worst date you have been on...
Probably the one where he was very nice but I definitely didn't like him at all but I didn't know how to reject his advances without being mean so I made out with him and then confessed the next day I didn't want to see him again. Mara, Dulwich Hill Maybe the time I was invited to an event as a plus one but I didn't realise it meant anything until the guy got drunk and bit me on the shoulder on the dance floor while I was talking to someone else. Bella, Five Dock When I was shooting a film opening and the person I invited kept telling me how to use my camera and directing my photos. Then we had to watch a three hour film together, I would have left but the film was too good. Sarah, Five Dock I went on a tindr date where we got talking about online dating and she started going on about the poor quality of men on tindr, and how she was going to delete the app straight after our date. Nathan, Leichhardt I once went on a date with a guy who did circus stuff and he wanted me to climb a tree with him. I fell out of the tree onto my back. It really hurt. Peter, Five Dock
Year of the
Chickens are a great addition to any backyard. Chickens have vibrant personalities and if you decide to house them, they will not only reward you with friendship, but provide up to six eggs per week per chicken, rid your backyard of excess insects, keep your weeds down and supply an amazing lot of poop which can be composted into fertiliser. Store bought chicken eggs often arrive from farms in which chickens are crammed together without room to walk, and fed bland, nonnutritious feed mixtures made from soy or cottonseed. No carton designation - even freerange - guarantees that birds did not suffer mistreatments such as beak cutting. Backyard chickens that have some ability to forage for themselves, dust bathe and roost nightly are proven to be healthier and produce organic eggs that contain less cholesterol, less saturated fat, more vitamin A, more omega3 fatty acids, more vitamin E and more beta carotene than factory farmed eggs. Here are the ins and outs to buying, caring for and maintaining your chickens’ happy lifestyle!
Some breeds are great egg layers, some are more calm, and others would be good for ethical meat. This article is directed toward egg-laying chickens, so I recommend the ISA Brown as a sweet and beautiful hen that typically provides 300-350 big brown eggs per year! Australorps are an Australian variety of chicken that are also calm, friendly and great layers.
How to Coop
Build your own with a few basic tools and recycled materials, or buy a ready-made chook shed, even online.
Makes a good friend and a good egg!
Chickens need an outdoor run for moving around happily in, an area of dust for cleansing themselves, a hen house that includes boxes for nesting and laying, and a perch where they will sleep. Protect the chicken area with a fence of wire. Chickens can be let out during the day to roam around the whole backyard if desired, as long as vegetables or other special plants are fenced off from their gobbling ways.
Chickens will eat up all of your leftovers and vegetable scraps, thus saving a lot of material from landfill. Chickens should have a constant supply of water and organic pellets. Throw the scraps over the fence every morning, but avoid giving them citrus, avocado skins, and raw green potato peels as these are toxic.
High nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium levels in chicken manure make it one of the best fertilisers around for your vegetable garden. The poo needs to be composted to make it safe to use on plants, due to the high quantities of ammonia present. Collect soiled bedding around once a week, including hay and poop, and place it in a compost bin with other brown elements such as leaf litter. Water the mixture, continue adding over time as necessary, and turn the pile every few weeks. Within six to nine months you will have created an amazing, composted fertiliser for your garden. n Words by Lucia Moon
Inner West Citizens of the Year
Dennis Laris of Ashfield and Sylvana Mahmic of Marrickville have been announced as the new joint Inner West Council Citizens of the Year at the annual Australia Day ceremony at Enmore Park. The awards aim to recognise role models within the local community, involved in diverse fields and activities. Laris was recognised for his long-term work with the Wesley Mission, where he has spent the past 18 years mentoring young people through education and fostering. Similarly, Mahmic was recognised for her ongoing support of young children with disabilities, through her role as CEO of the not-for-profit, Plumtree. Holly Goodwin, a local representative of the Australian Breastfeeding Association, was awarded a Highly Commended. Jan Muller was awarded the Senior Citizen of the Year award for her work with Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, specifically as a part of the Good
Neighbour program which provides companionship and support to elderly disabled community members, while Logan Lee Tuaru, School Captian of Ashfield Boys High, was recognised as the Young Citizen of the Year due to his role as an active volunteer and mentor in the community. Inner West Council Administrator Richard Pearson has expressed his congratulations to the winners, adding that the winners were chosen by a panel of former mayors, representing the former council areas. “These fine citizens make the inner west a better and more compassionate place,” he said. “It’s impressive and inspirational to read how they contribute to their local communities. They all are making an enormous impact on Inner West Council residents.”
For further information about the Inner West Citizens of the Year program visit www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au.
Logan Lee Tuaru takes out the Young Citizen prize
n Local news
Expert Calls for Changes to White Bay Cruise Terminal
An independent noise expert has expressed concern that the introduction of real time noise monitoring for ships berthed at White Bay Cruise Terminal is essential to improving the situation for nearby residents in light of recent noise complaints. “Noise data would back up complaints from residents," said the expert, Rodney Stevens. "It would have solved the problem two or three years ago." Stevens was contracted by the Inner West Council to carry out an acoustic review of the terminal in light of the recent public exhibition of a proposed noise mitigation strategy by Sydney Ports which closed on January 31. The findings were presented at a public meeting at Balmain Town Hall, where Stevens further stated that the immediate priority was to mitigate the noise and pollution impacts through shore to ship power. “That would immediately cut noise significantly, and the 25 per cent of ships that already have the capacity to use shore based power should have priority access to White Bay over ships that do not,” he said.
Never stop dancing!
Nikki Webster Hosts Charity Dance-A-Thon
Dance at Nikki Webster has taken over Westfield Burwood for a community dance-a-thon raising money for the Infants Home charity, which provides early childhood education and support for young Inner West children and their families. The event, which lasted for six hours, featured classes in a range of styles and catered to a wide range of ages and abilities, with a hip-hop class led by ZBOYZ crew member Anjello a crowd highlight. “It is so important to promote an active and healthy lifestyle, especially amongst younger members of the community,” said Webster. “This Dance-A-Thon was an opportunity to encourage community members to participate in high energy dance and fitness classes while having a tonne of fun at the same time.” During the event local children were given the chance to audition for an upcoming music video by popular children’s entertainer, DJ Jazzy.
Nominations open for Built Environment Awards
Nominations are now open for this year’s Inner West Built Environment Awards, which explicitly seek to celebrate the rich cultural and architectural heritage of the Inner West. The Urban Photography Competition encourages photographers to engage with the local landscape and submit their work for consideration. The winners will be selected by a panel of eco-experts. Entries close Sunday 5 March. For further information visit: www.innerwest.smartygrants.com.au.
Wednesday 15 February
@ Leichhardt Library
A Darker Magic This Way Comes is Merlin as you haven’t seen him before, a re-imagination of the Arthurian legend written by Merlin. A story of love and war, knights and wizardry, angels and goddesses and the forever clash of light against dark.
Leichhardt Library 6:30pm-8pm Free event – All welcome Bookings online or call 9367 9266
Natural & Spiritual Healing
* Bach & Aust. Flower Remedies * Psychic-Tarot Readings * Past Life Regression * Energetic Healing
Free Intro Offer
20 mins valued at $35. Please see website.
The Italian Forum, 23 Norton St, Leichhardt
www.natureheals.com.au | Glebe, NSW | Ph: 0413 933 814
WORKING WITH NATURE
I visited Chris Simpson of Natural Therapies with very few expectations and an open mind. I have never partaken in alterntive therapies and had no knowledge of what a Reiki session would entail – so I was already rather impressed to find Chris Simpson’ consultation room in the beautiful setting of the historic Valhalla Cinema on Glebe Point Road. Chris met me on the stairs, her positive and confident demeanor engendered trust, and her minimalist, clean consulting room made me feel comfortable and calm. Chris is an ex-policewoman who had a career change into tourism then event management and finally developed her healing skills to the point where she now runs a standalone business based on different ‘modalities’ of natural and alternative therapies. “I’ve always had that theme of helping people. To be a part of the journey to wellness and empowerment, it’s the part I find most rewarding,” Chris says. I soon realized that connecting all of Chris’ services is a reverence towards the natural world and its healing capacities. One of Chris’ points of difference is that she works with homeopathic remedies that use the essences of solely Australian flowers. She tells me Waratah is particularly empowering, and that’s why she keeps bottles of the waratah remedy in the four corners of her consulting room. She also refers to the impact colours, crystals and even photographs of flora can have on your emotional wellbeing. “I think of it as working with nature to make a difference. I believe it’s not myself doing the healing but the the energy that works through me. There is hundreds of different modalities that you can use to heal and I feel lucky to work with some of them,” she says. My chosen modality for the session was Reiki,
Chris, keeping it natural
which, as I soon discovered, involved me simply lying on my back with my eyes closed while Chris utilized a variety of methods to read and balance my emotions, including writing protective symbols over me. She said her intuition drew her to working on my throat (she gently placed a blue crystal there) explaining that I needed to express myself more, she also picked colour cards for me and revealed their significance in my life. Apart from her work with natural elements Chris’ medium skills were incredible, communing with a family member of mine and sharing insights from that communion in a generous and calm manner. After the Reiki I felt relaxed and ready to take on the world. I would recommend Chris’ services for anyone who feels the need to connect with their interior selves. Chris says her services suit people who, “are open minded and want to feel better about their health, lives or relationships.” n Chris is offering a special on introductory 20 minute Reiki and Reading sessions. For bookings go to natureheals.com.au or call 0413 933 814.
E-Waste ‘Drop Off’ Recycling DayWellbankSt
Majors Bay Rd
FebruaryJesse Stewart Reserve
WHERE: Cintra Park car park, Crane St, Concord Rothwell Park
What can I bring?
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and cables HOME ENTERTAINMENT:
CD players, sound systems, games and
HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES: irons,
Concord Public School
kettles, toasters, vacuums, oil heaters
and power tools
Burwood Rd Crane St
Cintra Park car park
What can’tGodIdabrd ring? Park
WHITE GOODS: fridges, freezers,
washing machines, dryers and air
St Lukes Oval
LIGHTING: ﬂuorescent tubes and halogen lights
HAZARDOUS WASTE: smoke detectors, chemicals, broken glass, CRT televisions and monitors
St Lukes Park
What else do I need to know?
The e-waste ‘drop off’ day is free to local residents (please provide proof of residency). Pack your e-waste securely and drive safely. On arrival, follow the trafﬁc controller’s instructions and do not leave your vehicle unless instructed. Staff will unload your vehicle for you. Only household quantities will be accepted.
For more info visit: www.canadabay.nsw.gov.au
1a Marlborough Street, Drummoyne NSW 2047 Tel 9911 6555 www.canadabay.nsw.gov.au
UNTIL MARCH 2017
Team Up to Clean Up on Clean Up Australia Day!
FREE BBQ Sunday 5 March
There will be a free BBQ from 10am-12.30pm for all volunteers at Council’s cleanup sites: l Halliday Park, Five Dock with Mayor Helen McCaffrey l Rhodes Foreshore Park, Rhodes with the Resource
Recovery Team Lets make it the biggest and best ever! Join an existing site or register your own. For more information or to register another site, visit www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au or call Council on 9911 6555.
1a Marlborough Street, Drummoyne NSW 2047 Tel 9911 6555 www.canadabay.nsw.gov.au
n with Olivia Mackay, www.scoffandquaff.
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South Indian vegetable curry with coconut
When I met my now husband he said he “wasn’t really into food”. Considering how high food is on my list of life priorities, it is nothing short of a miracle that we made it to a second date. My beloved has thankfully since developed an enthusiasm for exploring many different cuisines. They say that compromise is key to a successful partnership, so in the 10 years we’ve been together I have tried to develop my culinary skills to extend to Indian dishes… with varied results. I admit that the delicate complexity of spice blending is not my forte. This dish is the result of much experimentation and persistence on my part, and patience on the part of my husband. You’re welcome, Mr Black!
1. Heat a good glug of oil in a large saucepan or wok until shimmering.
2. Add the cumin seeds and black mustard seeds. 3. When the seeds start to pop, lower the heat slightly and add the curry leaves and chilli flakes.
4. When the curry leaves are crisp, add the ginger and garlic and salt. Stir well.
• Ghee or coconut oil for frying • 500g cooked vegetable pieces (e.g. potato, sweet potato, beans, eggplant, zucchini) • 1 tbsp cumin seeds • 1 tbsp black mustard seeds • 2 tsp garam masala
The food of love
• 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped • 1 inch piece ginger, chopped • 1 onion, finely diced • 15 fresh curry leaves • Dried red chilli flakes, to taste • 1 tbsp tomato paste • 400ml coconut milk • Dash of fish sauce, to taste
5. Tip in the onion and cook gently for about five minutes, until softened. 6. Stir in the tomato purée, garam masala and coconut milk. (Don’t worry if the oil separates – this is meant to happen!) 7. Bring to a simmer then add the vegetables. 8. Add fish sauce to taste. 9. Cook gently for ten minutes, or until the vegetables are warmed through. 10. Best served with fresh coriander and garlic naan.
n Fruit: Make a sensual fruit platter (at least for yourself) with juicy figs, buxom peaches, passionfruit and sweet cherries. These are all reasonably priced and in season but not for too much longer. n Veggies: Asian greens, bok choy and choy sum are a bargain for under $2 a bunch. Add to a fragrant stir-fry with locally grown sweet corn and eggplant. Thanks to Sydney Markets.
Pop those cherries
AT HOME WITH MARK DE VIATE
Mark De Viate is the ‘rope god’ at Studio Kink, a space in St Peters dedicated to sharing kinky intimacy techniques. Mark specialises in the centuries old art of Japanese bondage, which requires a lot of skill, and even more rope.
What are your goals as a Japanese Bondage (or Shibari) artist? To be true to the Akechi Denki tradition. He was the father of the line of Shibari I teach and follow. The practice of Shibari is an exchange of erotic energy.
How did come across Shibari? I first was exposed to rope bondage used in a BDSM context as a young man. I began experimenting at the age of 20.
Is there any food or drink you find particularly erotic? Food for me is about taste and pleasure, though in a different manner to bondage or sex. The reaction to fine food is pleasure, but it is quite different to the pleasure that can be derived from sexual stimulation.
If you had to pick a food or drink to use in a kink setting, what would you use? I’ve used Champagne and rope before for a wonderful finale to a birthday celebration for Hellfire. [Hellfire is a fetish nightclub hosted on Oxford Street]
What do you think of that other great Japanese art form – Japanese cuisine? I love the attention to detail in Japanese culture, including in their food. It’s the same type of attention
to detail, and connection to natural beauty, that is so prevalent in Shibari. I tend to consume fine food for pleasure before or after a beautiful Shibari session.
What is the importance of teaching others the skill of Shibari rigging (tying the ropes) and modelling (being tied)? To ensure that the fine details of Shibari and the energy exchange are passed to the next rope devotees, otherwise people will just try and copy images and miss out on the substance and the detail that separates beautiful Shibari from simply functional bondage.
If non-kinky intimacy is “vanilla” then what flavour would you associate with Shibari? Salted caramel is the Shibari distinction from the vanilla world.
n For upcoming workshops go to studiokink.com
Is this possible with spaghetti?
Spring vegetable and three cheese pasta
• 250g tagliatelle pasta • 400g fresh broad beans, peeled • 2 bunches asparagus, cut in 3cm lengths • 1 tbsp olive oil
• 2 Zucchini, grated • 2 garlic cloves, crushed • 150g ricotta cheese • 60g goat’s cheese • 1⁄4 cup parmesan cheese
1. Cook pasta in boiling salted water according to packet instructions. Drain. Retain ¼ cup of the boiling liquid. 2. Boil asparagus and broad beans until tender. Drain. 3. Cook zucchini and garlic in a large pan, stirring for 2 minutes until tender. 4. Add pasta, steamed vegetables, ricotta and goat’s cheese and the retained liquid to the pan and toss through until warmed. Divide in four bowls and serve with parmesan on top.
Wine with Winsor
Calabria Richland 2016 Shiraz If money is a little tight after the holidays but you still want to drink in style then this very nifty and easy-drinking shiraz from the Calabria family in Griffith, NSW, should be on your radar. This is the 20th anniversary release of the Richland label and the shiraz is one of the best wine bargains around; rich and flavoursome, soft and well-rounded with attractive hints of pepper and spice. It would be a very good barbecue wine, or would look good paired with a pepper steak. $11.
Gerard Bertrand Cotes des Roses 2015 Rosé The perfect choice for a romantic Valentine’s Day gift for the special lady in your life. Not only is this a really lovely rosé from the Languedoc-Rousillon region in the south of France, it is also beautifully presented with a crystal cork and specially-designed bottle with a the base shaped like a bunch of roses. It would make a lovely vase after you’ve drunk the contents, which is fresh, dry and delicious rosé. Try Dan Murphy’s or BWS. $26.
Claymore 2016 Joshua Tree Riesling One of the best rieslings from South Australia’s Clare Valley in 2016, but also one of the best-kept secrets; this new release is well worth keeping an eye out for. It is a classic wine from a stunning year for dry rieslings; full of intense, curled energy. Driven by lemon and grapefruit citrus flavours, this is long and sinewy with bright, zingy sherbet acid and lots of length. Beautifully balanced and a perfect match for white fish. $20.
A menu for the Year of the Rooster
The calendar New Year may seem like so long ago already, but the Lunar New Year is right here and with it, another opportunity to set intentions for the days and months to come. The Chinese Zodiac has us smack bang in the year of the rooster. If you believe (or just for fun), this year should be a powerful one, with a heap of momentum propelling us headlong into our endeavours. It is said that we should be clear about our intentions, and stick to the old ‘if it ain’t broke’, tried and true path, rather than sticking your neck out (rooster style), only to get the chop. The characteristics of the rooster are loyalty, commitment and family values – all things that when applied to the world of food, in my mind at least, mean a celebration of the food we know to be good, and sharing it with the people we love and value the most. Sure, trying new things is exciting, but when I think about the food that makes me the happiest, it comes from the restaurants that never fail to nail the classics, time and time again, and recipes that always deliver, no matter how many times you make them. The trusted and loyal restaurants and recipes that will get me through this year will be places like Marrickville Pork Roll for banh mi - still the best and one of the cheapest food thrills you can have in Sydney, Faheem Fast Food in Enmore for some of the best Northern Indian and Pakistani food you’re likely to come across, and down the street, Emma’s Snack Bar for the most heartfelt and fun Lebanese feasts in the city. The reliably great and the consistently fantastic are the benchmarks of an ever-changing food scene here in the Inner West, and just like the loyal rooster, should be celebrated. After over five years writing for Ciao, this is my last column for now; I want to thank you all for putting up with my (often) inane rantings and passionate outbursts over this time and I wish you all the great fortune that this Chinese New Year brings. Gong Hei Fat Choi!
THE BLOGGER’S TABLE
Sicilian rustic authentic cooking in Newtown!
A new concept for 2017, THE BLOGGERS TABLE sees the Inner West’s best food bloggers collaborate on their tales of great food experiences. They all sat down at Newtown’s Mama Rosy’s. A young lady born in Sicily, Mama Rosy was raised in the organic regions of Palermo and, destined to aspire to her family’s rustic cooking traditions. Mama Rosy’s ideal of producing signature Italian dishes was passed onto her younger generation, which resulted in a boutique style kitchen located in Newtown. Mama Rosy’s Newtown is a depiction of her vision to share and explore her cultural food experiences with others in Australia. The restaurant was established in June, and is operated and owned by the children of Mama Rosy. At Mama Rosy’s they specialise in authentic Sicilian cuisine. The menu varies from wood fired pizzas available in 13” or half a metre, to fresh homemade gnocchi and pasta to authentic entrees. Mama Rosy’s is a cute boutique style restaurant with a magical secret garden out the back. It is an alcohol licensed premises. Mama Rosy’s, 496 King Street, Newtown | Ph: 7900 3668 | www.mamarosys.com.au
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Grapevine chandeliers cast a warm glow through the garden space at Mama Rosy’s. A young couple in their twenties twirl their forks through Tagliatelle with Sautéed Beetroot and Speck and Italian pop icon Peppino di Capri croons over the sound system. We begin the night with wine and cool down with the Diomede “Lama di Pietra” Chardonnay from Puglia, Italy. If reds are more your thing then Co-Owner and Floor Manager Margout suggests the Yarra Valley Stefano Pinot Noir. The Chardonnay is perfect with our Antipasti share board, bejewelled with prosciutto, cheeses and fritti misti – prawns, polenta chips, croquettes – and more! Our Primi (first) course is Spaghetti con Le Sarde, a Sicilian staple hailing from the streets of Palermo, where bold flavours of the East and West fuse to form culinary delights. Sundried raisins and fresh mint lend sweetness to local sardines and tomatoes. It’s almost like it’s Christmas again! Each slurp is sweet, saucy and delicious. A single pan-fried sardine adds a playful touch to the finished dish, along with a scattering of pan grattato – toasted bread crumbs flavoured with olive oil and garlic. The generous platter serves three but could easily feed four. We follow with Mama Rosy’s acclaimed Half-Metre Pizza and a delightful trio of desserts – Tiramisu, Panacotta with lemon sauce and Torta Caprese, a divine flourless chocolate cake. The team at Mama Rosy’s will no doubt go above and beyond to ensure you’re having the best time with your friends. As Margout says, “People want to have a good time. This is why we give as much as we can.”
A generous Antipasto Platter
Perfect Panna Cotta
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Marked by a wine barrel and golden light spilling onto King Street, Mama Rosy’s is a convivial Italian restaurant run by a tight-knit group of Sicilian family and friends. It’s the kind of restaurant that’s not too proud to turn out the lights and encourage guests to join a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday, just to make a diner’s night. The arrival of our half-metre pizza board is another whole-of-restaurant experience; capturing the cosy courtyard’s attention with high dough arches, draped in prosciutto with a ricotta crown. With dough that’s proofed for 24-hours, and set aside for a second rise to ensure the well-charred crust is light and bubbly, the pizzas here are not a case of style over substance. With simple Italian toppings like fresh mozzarella di bufala, rocket, cherry tomato, and shaved ParmigianoReggiano DOP, these large rectangular beauties are cooked for just a minute and a half in the shiny, copper-topped wood-fire pizza oven. It’s manned by smiling pizzaiolo Johnny Giordano who, like the rest of the team, oozes warm, Sicilian hospitality. The beautiful Margout Bucceri lands our mountain of spaghetti con le sarde with a childhood tale of watching her mother cook it in Palermo, the nation’s capital. The toothsome pasta is adorned with toasted breadcrumbs and a whole sardine. Each strand of spaghetti is well coated in a finely chopped mixture of sardines and anchovy; the intensity eased by cherry tomatoes and sweet bursts of raisin. Presenting our heaving antipasti platter, Restaurant Manager Cristian Fiorello explains, “We try to give as much as we can.” While he’s referring to his team’s passion - evident in everything they do - if you’re tucking into their four-course Italian banquet ($50/head) of antipasti, pasta, pizza and dessert, you’d be well advised to bring a hearty appetite.
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This family business staffed by a young Italian team has a warm and energetic atmosphere. On the night I visited, I enjoyed the four course set menu with friends, available for $50 per person.
First up was the Antipasto Platter. The Italian colours of green, red and white rule this entrée. Juicy olives, savoury prosciutto and creamy mozzarella compliment the generous tastings of arancini, calamari, prawns and bruschetta. I could have easily enjoyed this platter as a meal on its own.
The pasta dish was Spaghetti con le Sarde, a true seaside combination of sardines and raisins. It’s a flavour combination that I didn’t expect to enjoy as much as I did.
Next up was the always popular wood fired pizza. At half a metre long with a true Italian base and draping with prosciutto, this was just as impressive to look at as it was to eat.
Finally, the piece de resistance, the dessert platter. This dish features three iconic Italian temptations: A
light and fudgy flourless chocolate cake, a decadent lemon panna cotta and a tiramisu. Mama Rosy’s tiramisu is rich and indulgent from itsDotersiMpyleBosmhb oLotokoBfigeInsTphirse? sso and sweet layer of velvety mascarpone. To top it off, it is generously drizzled in chocolate and topped with fresh strawberries. While each one ofAboutTheAuthor
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Inner Best CELEBRATING OUR BEST AND BRIGHTEST
Aries Your organisational and strategic skills sharpen under the Mercury-Pluto link. Trust your judgement when making major professional decisions. Taurus Home renovations or other domestic affairs become the focus around the Lunar eclipse on February 11th. You may have to put aside a dream to concentrate on practicalities. Gemini Mars in Aries heightens your impatience to move forward with a project or situation. This is an ideal cycle for making your mark in the public sphere. Cancer The eclipse on February 11th can be an emotional time for the already emotional Crab. Take the first steps to overcoming a fear that holds you back from reaching your potential. Leo The Full Moon in your love zone signals new romantic beginnings. You get closer to an unresolved issue involving a significant other. Virgo Find your inner voice with the help of the Mercury-Pluto connection. Express the issues that are important to you with conviction and power. Libra Plans to improve your personal space are best implemented in time for February 7th. Scorpio Observe significant professional proceedings that occur midFebruary. These are clues to fulfilling job possibilities. Sagittarius Sagittarians may feel restless under the Lunar eclipse of February 11th. Routines may seem restrictive, so make time for fun and spontaneity. Capricorn The first of three eclipses to trigger your financial sector occurs on February 11th. Review and tweak your money strategy for the coming year. Aquarius The Full Moon on February 11th, combined with Jupiter and Uranus, promises a breakthrough with a stalled situation or project. Innovative ideas and confidence will move you forward. Pisces The Mercury-Pluto link infuses your networking skills with influence and charm. Shamelessly schmooze with all the right people up to February 7th.
Dennis (left) believes that children are our future – and present
Joint winner of the 2017 Inner West Citizen of the Year Award Dennis Laris believes that the key to supporting struggling young people in our community is relationships – particularly those that are stable and long
lasting. This is why he has dedicated his life to volunteering for, and working with, youth-based organisations. Ciao sat down with Dennis to
hear about the work that earned him a gong.
An “Inner West boy through and through”, Dennis has spent his whole life in the community attending both Summer Hill Public School and Ashfield Boys High School and now, as an adult, working at Dulwich High School of Visual Arts and Design. These close ties to his community have allowed him to move between a number of volunteer and paid positions linked by a common thread: a passion for supporting and mentoring young people. “I love to see the treasure in each and every kid that I come across,” says Dennis. “Often people will say that someone is ‘impossible’, but I don’t believe so and that’s probably why I have been able to make good headway in working with young people.” Dennis spent 13 years working with Ashfield’s Wesley Mission Youth Services. This included five-and-a-half years acting as a House Parent - a program where families bring struggling or homeless youths into their home for dinners and companionship, to allow them a respite from life in a refuge. He now works as a student support officer, a role similar to that of a counsellor.
“I always had an inclination towards early intervention work. I wanted to get into schools and reach the kids before it go to a point where they were expelled or they dropped out,” says Dennis. “It’s been a great journey and I have loved every minute of it.” Despite being heartened by a move towards more relationship-based youth services in the Inner West, Dennis argues there is still the problem of unstable funding at a state level. “That prevents relationships,” he says. “When a young person feels comfortable with a service or organisation, that willingness to get help doesn’t automatically transfer should that program or organisation be defunded.” “We need to keep supporting young people, because at the end of the day, the community benefits from everyone doing well. Young people are not just the future, they are now.”
n Words by Maani Truu. You can see the other winners’ stories on the Inner West Council website.
On the first of January I felt empowered by the New Year and all the wonderful feelings I was having thinking about new goals, new activities and doing old things in a new way. I was beaming from being able to take over sportsters on my mountain bike and riding high in the seat. My first letdown was this morning. Riding confidently on my seat, albeit slowly up the killer hill to Iron Cove Bridge, I was passed by some lycra-clad joggers. Yes, it was humiliating and even more so when I changed down a gear to attempt to catch up with them and my chain came off. I pushed my bike up the hill with my head hung low. There have been other events that have diverted me from my resolutions. Firstly, I was looking forward to receiving a new “stunning Monet” rug I ordered from a popular homewares website to replace a dog-weestained carpet. Alas, it was not meant to be. An email informed me the Monet rug was no longer available despite still being advertised on the website, albeit at a higher price. Secondly, my car was finally written off in the second week of January after a six-week wait. Now I am arguing with the insurer to honour their ‘new car for old’ policy as I had my car for three days longer than the two-year limit. Despite having 17 years loyalty, my claim is likely to be rejected. (They obviously subscribe to the same kind of loyalty as some of my past employers!) Thirdly, my son is likely to miss out on selective school entry by about two places, though I’m thinking this could be a positive step – who knows? The half-sunken boat outside Le Montage has surely been placed there to remind us that our dreams haven’t completely disappeared and there is still some hope left! Got Bay anecdotes? Message firstname.lastname@example.org.
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