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free there s life in the inner west 193 3rd august 2012 every fortnight inner west erotica meet the hugh hefner of newtown win movie tix the sapphires bernie plus is taking over the inner west distributed in leichhardt annandale petersham stanmore newtown rozelle balmain drummoyne haberfield five dock concord summer hill vernon god little masai neck jewellery learn how to make it from a local artist jared ingersoll on corporate cuisine fab ferragosto it s time to tuck in and party down paolo and rita gatto from gatto matto trattoria get ready for ferragosto photo ben cregan the city of canada bay s annual italian festival will be better than ever ferragosto is getting ready to return for its 15th anniversary on sunday 12 august from 10am-4pm great north road five dock so don t miss it this is a smoke free event we encourage you to walk ride or take public transport to ferragosto for more information call 9911 6555 or visit proudly sponsored by presented by


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inner west whispers local gossip rumour hearsay and unsubstantiated fact we are c!ao latte leftie satire for the soul just as janet albrechtsen finally had to inform john howard his time was up a heavy-hearted latte leftie now needs to demand the pm s resignation dear ll ­ while it s turned out that having our party in power for the last half decade has been absolutely no fun at all for we labor supporters i m worried that the size of tony abbott s looming election victory will effectively turn australia into a one-party state what is to be done frightened stanmore ll replies sadly i must join with my peers in the progressive commentariat robert manne and mike carlton in requesting julia s resignation though i m appalled at the replacements they ve nominated manne s backing rudd as if we need another dose of that psychotic god-botherer while carlton is flying the flag for bob carr presumably believing that a few daily terror-delighting law and order campaigns will win back the reactionary battlers what needs to happen is for the half-asian lesbian unmarried mother penny wong to take the top job with doug cameron as her treasurer the bosnian muslim ed husic as immigration minister and peter garrett as foreign minister of course the alp won t win a single seat outside the inner cities but let s face it that boat sailed the night rudd was reamed the kind of ethnically and sexually diverse dream ticket i m proposing might just save the likes of albo and plibersek from losing their seats to the greens and mean the alp has five members left in federal parliament while the prospect of a quarter century in the political wilderness may seem depressing look on the bright side once the coalition has control of both houses of parliament the treacherous lower orders will surely have their wages cut to below subsistence level and find any government money previously shovelled their way in the form of pensions redirected into lavish corporate welfare email with your dilemma newtown leane senzamici future black for greens hub revival false alarm sweet lily for sale local elections give us the chance to throw out the dead wood leichhardt greens who after four years in office have managed to alienate every precinct except christina ritchie s white bay seem destined for a smashing it will be interesting to see what can be salvaged especially after the libs start ramping up their campaign it s already started with the slamming of the study to review 30-minute free parking in leichhardt and balmain perhaps we should conduct a study to help decide how to conduct the correct study ben cunnington unfortunate surname is standing in the balmain ward for local business safety and reducing bureaucracy ben hopes to show councillors what it means to actually get something done on the other side of iron cove canada bay greens are standing six candidates the current labor majority has been so good at delivering on eco-policy think sustainability awards resourcewise that the greens have to find a new issue to campaign on they are looking to reduce plastic bottle use in the area sweet lily s cafe in the italian forum is up for sale and australia post is moving out of norton plaza and back down norton st in other news a fire in a shopfront art gallery on marrickville rd is thought to be suspicious a scandal is rumoured to have rocked leichhardt council recently when a senior manager was found to be buying bunnings supplies for his son s business on the council s account the hub in newtown was rumoured to be hosting a few sydney fringe events but unfortunately this is untrue owner chris vlattas still hopes to reopen the iconic venue at some point food melissa leong art direction russell edwards editorial nancy merlo c!ao history the inner west has always been home to pioneers one of whom was mrs lillian fowler pictured after being elected to newtown municipal council in 1928 she became the first female alderman in nsw and went on to be the first female mayor in australia and the first woman elected to nsw parliament marrickville council library and history services local studies collection has a wealth of historically significant items like this pic and is home to the decorative certificate signed by premier jack lang and presented to lillian from the australian labor party in 1938 on her appointment as newtown s mayor publishing sonia komaravalli contributors russell edwards ben cregan nigel bowen jared ingersoll eleanor wales ciao ciao loves you and our photographers only supply photos for publication with consent we try and make you look your best no responsibility is accepted by ciao magazine for the accuracy of advertisements or information we welcome unsolicited editorial and pictorial contributions the opinions expressed in ciao magazine are those of contributors indemnifying the publisher from inaccuracy or consequences arising from its reproduction © all rights reserved no material is to be reproduced 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tired of missing out on your copy of ciao it costs just $75 per year to have ciao home delivered to your doorstep email info with your address please recycle printed by spot press marrickville cover crazy cat paolo gatto and his wife rita of gatto matto trattoria can t wait to dig into some great food at ferragosto this year you can catch paolo cooking up a storm at ferrakitchen on the day photo by ben cregan c!ao magazine there s life in the inner west saturday and sunday august 11-12 18-19 from 10am-5pm opening night friday 10th august from 6.30pm the balmain watch house 179 darling st balmain 2


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five dock s fantastic festival of italian culture held every year in august this year s ferragosto celebrations are sure to have great north road brimming with great food entertainment and stalls that the whole family will enjoy kicking off at 10am with a fantastic range of entertainment including live music and dancing cooking demonstrations kid s activities and market stalls festivalgoers should get in early to make the most of the day s offerings if you re feeling like some traditional old-school fun why not play a hand of briscola or watch an italian card game showdown then get your mind going with italian trivia before breaking for lunch with a slice of pizza in one hand and a gelato in the other boys who love their toys won t want to miss the displays from fiat and the alfa romeo and ducati owners clubs of nsw where you can get up close and personal with some classic vehicles you ve only ever dreamt of driving meanwhile the kids won t know where to run first the petting zoo free carnival rides or ferrakids stage there will be non-stop entertainment for the kids at their very own stage featuring everything from dance performances fencing and taekwondo demonstrations to magic and a pinocchio and gepetto puppet show for those of you that come for the food and browsing you will not be disappointed by over a hundred stalls featuring a variety of products and food to savour throughout the day perhaps while enjoying a live show by the main stage internationally acclaimed singer tony pantano will be leading the main line-up bringing a fun combo of rock pop latin r&b contemporary and opera music to the stage with an italian edge with plenty of comedy dance and song performances taking to the stage throughout the day too there s something for everyone at this year s ferragosto for more information or a full festival program visit paolo and rita gatto from gatto matto trattoria practice for the ice cream eating competition photo ben cregan buon ferragosto music and fun ferragosto sydney s favourite italian festival has come a long way since its inception in 1997 what started as a celebration of the italian culture of five dock has grown into our biggest event for the year ­ embracing all the cultures that make up the city of canada bay while retaining its italian roots on sunday 12th august city of canada bay will celebrate the 15th anniversary of ferragosto on great north road five dock past festival favourites as well as exciting new events will come together this year offering something for everyone bring your families and friends and celebrate 15 years of ferragosto we hope to see you there as seen on masterchef 4


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man vs food if you re feeling a bit peckish at ferragosto why not test your limits in the pasta and ice-cream eating competitions giant pasta eating competition club five dock is hosting this huge pasta eating competition to see which local man or woman can eat a piled up plate of spaghetti the fastest registration is at 1.30pm in the main lounge of the club and the comp starts at 2pm there are great prizes to be won so make sure you get in on the action if you ve got the kids with you pop by the club s marquee after 11am for free face painting too a full day of fun at ferragosto `12 it s easy to get to five dock it s on many bus routes and there s plenty of public transport all you need to do is make sure you bring your appetite and sense of fun 438 great nort h rd main stage highlights 10am five dock music school band performance 10.30am antonia secundo italian mezzo-soprano and flautist 11.20am ed5 international dance show 11.45am dj rosso 12pm 1.15pm tony pantano greg hooper band 12.10pm italian dj guy v 12.40pm duck cover soulful classics pop and rock show 2pm steve hart italian magician and comedian 2.50pm another door opens band performance ferrakids 10.40am sydney sabre fencing demo 11am rsd dance group 11.20am musa taekwondo demo 11.30am inner dance studio show 11.55am sandra malonde dancers 12.15pm rg dance school show 12.40pm ed5 international dance show 1.05pm sabrina vocalist 1.30pm my guitar school band performance 2.15pm 3.10pm pinocchio gepetto stage show 2.50pm 3.40pm magician mitch fairy 492 ad ro ns yo l pony rides and animal farm ice-cream eating extraordinaire in celebration of ferragosto s 15th anniversary there will be three ice-cream eating competitions held throughout the day that will pit 10 competitors against each other to see who is master of the gelato competitions will be held at 12.30pm club five dock rsl 66 great north road near the main stage 1.30pm next to canada bay club stall opposite ferrapiazza at st alban s church and 2.30pm opposite the children s stage corner of great north rd and rodd rd with prizes on offer for the winner and runner up of each round amusement rides five dock italian car display 409 4 3 2 1 five dock park ducati bike display italian car display queens road 499 ferrakitchen is back for its 5th year featuring chefs from new local restaurants gatto matto trattoria and sapori mediterranean cuisine as well as old favourites angelo s on the bay and la casa cooking up delicious italian cuisine there will be an array of wines especially selected by tintilla estate and petersons wines to compliment the wonderful food prepared by the chefs too buon appétit rd tony pantano gre at n o rt h main stage 49 2 438 12.45pm 2pm salvatore coco as daniele jacuzzi the fat chef 1.05pm mayor s speech 2.50pm ross maio accordionist 3.20pm la forza cosmopolitan pop group ra m y sa ro 1 ferrakitchen 2 ferrapiazza 3 ferrakids 4 homegrown stage ferrakitchen is always a popular spot to hang out sunday 12 august from 10am 4pm great north road five dock so don t miss it this is a street fair that is a fun day for all the family full of great entertainment including music and dancing cooking demonstrations fantastic food kids activities free pony rides animal farm jumping castle and more plus over 100 market stalls this is a smoke free event we encourage you to walk ride or take public transport to ferragosto for more information call 9911 6555 or visit r pa ra m ad the city of canada bay s annual italian festival will be better than ever ferragosto is getting ready to return for its 15th anniversary on ta at a ro d homegrown stage 461 10am shine dance academy traditional italian dance performance 11am dancing hearts studio show 11.20am dancexcite show 11.50am ceroc modern jive dance company show pinocchio and gepetto for a full festival program visit all roads lead to five dock presented by proudly sponsored by community glamour at its best 5


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community life r oad test rant why i miss john howard it takes a lot to make me nostalgic for the howard era but the conversation crikey for the nation s intelligentsia recently got me all sepia-eyed the cause was a 1000-word think piece on the shire by a professor of what else cultural studies curtin university s jon stratton had boldly waded into the crowded field of shire analysis to proclaim that john howard was responsible for sophie s fake funbags and vernesa s pneumatic pout apparently the two inner westie-residing faux-shiries are as howard s neoliberal social philosophy demanded self-made for these women cosmetic surgery is a key aspect of the kind of individualised self-help they identify with apparently the two garish gal pals are going mental with the silicone botox and eye-liner to be of more value in the dating market which is as you d expect in this shire this utopia of aussie values [where what is acceptable is founded in the hyper-real glossiness and then expressed through the late capitalist remaking of everyday life as consumerist spectacle now a pedant might be tempted to pick a few holes in stratton s theses by pointing out 1 the labor governments that preceded and succeeded howard s neoliberal brutopia weren t exactly tax-and-spend socialist regimes 2 young women were concerned with maximising their value on the dating market long before keating s vanquishment and 3 sophie and vernesa may not be the kind of politically engaged citizens likely to have absorbed the neoliberal dogma john howard with his typically unctuous machiavellianism imposed on an unwilling nation adventure treks in the inner west we do know there are no real mountains or strenuous trails here but that doesn t mean there aren t some adventurous hikes around here s four of the best ok so you ve done the bay run a zillion times and the only `adventure you ve had is stepping in dog poo it s time to branch out parramatta river walk i m indebted to canada bay council for posting out this map with my last rates notice ­ it s a beauty not so my rates 37.5km from drummoyne wharf to meadowbank on the northern side of the parramatta river then back hugging the hugely unknown but fascinating southern shoreline thanks to some inventive deals by council the trail is now mostly on public paths winding round the long indented waterfront only marathon runners will attempt this in one day the rest of us will do it in stages combined with ferry trips adventure highlights the meadowbank rail bridge the new exciting rhodes skyline that first glimpse of yaralla and this is tops the mortlake vehicular ferry to putney now on limited operating times catch it soon because it will vanish forever the greenway iron cove to cooks river fortunately for trekkers this genuinely exciting trail along the old goods rail has not yet been turned into a sedate stroll on a paved path with manicured lawns and signs instructing us what side of the shared facility to walk on south of parramatta rd all the way to dulwich hill you still have to climb fences and brave some rough terrain some sections have public access most don t but this is a great trip and the less daring can always detour around adjacent streets adventure highlight the original wrought iron rail bridge over a deep hidden ravine beneath the newer main rail line just west of lewisham this is our untamed urban landscape at its wildest ­ dark forbidding and mysterious balmain s industrial heritage ask for a copy of leichhardt council s brochure and pocket map for this tour starting from balmain head to kathmandu s post office head east to the wharf then backtrack birkenhead outlet around some fascinating side streets to mort bay it then live the dream has detailed information of many working sites like the working men s institute and my favorite ­ the the hanson concrete batching plant ­ one of our last remaining working sites continue through the alexander burns and adelaide steamship company at the bottom of nicholson st ­ now sob creative fish markets messy but refreshingly alive and office space there are plenty more secrets to up onto the anzac bridge there you ll be able to discover especially off the route on the southern side gaze over one of sydney s most tragic sights ­ of east balmain tip head down the incredibly steep the vast desolate and empty expanse of wharves and narrow datchett st adventure highlight it abandoned to placate balmain s famously stroppy must be really dangerous the brochure has an entire nimbys if we re lucky though cruise boats will panel devoted to safety instructions use sunscreen soon be back adventure highlight you ll just have to imagine the magnificent big boats that once wear a hat watch for cyclists don t annoy balmain s residents yikes docked here and all the exotic foreign ports they russell edwards sailed to unbearably sad rozelle/blackwattle bay loop an easy and relatively short 90 mins trot around what was once our working harbour is still rewarding even though much of the bay in the glebe section now resembles canberra s lake burley griffin complete with security cameras start from the crescent annandale and head east detour around the high school or climb the high fence on pyrmont bridge rd and you ll get to we can only hope that it won t be too long till tony is ensconced in the lodge and we can start feeling the hate again yes a pedant might be inclined to question stratton s argument but not me and that s because stratton s clarion call contains a transcendent truth one that has been largely forgotten as the rudd-gillard sideshow has lurched from disaster to catastrophe to high farce that simple comforting truth is this even now john howard is personally responsible for everything that s wrong with australia we all knew that deep in our bones for over a decade back when no inner west dinner party was complete without several hours spent discussing how howard s necromancy had transformed australians into a bunch of bradman-worshipping reffo-hating iraq war-supporting hyper-consumerist tools but then we dialled down the abominating and what s more allowed julia gillard to become the nation s hate figure in chief now she s the despised sorceress somehow responsible for cost of living pressures crushing the dreams of millions despite rising real incomes for australians being reduced to the level of cavedwelling grass-eaters as a result of a modest compensated-for carbon price for the welcome mat being rolled out to hordes of welfare-rorting bomb-making gang-raping towelheads we can only hope that it won t be too long till tony is ensconced in the lodge and we can start feeling the hate all over again i have a screening if you ve been dreaming of free movie screenings in newtown then dream no longer marrickville council will be hosting free screenings of new documentary i have a dream the making of a mural at dendy cinema newtown every thursday at 6pm and sunday at 10.30am throughout august the documentary looks at the colourful history of the iconic i have a dream mural on king street which has been described as a story of misfits and murder painted illegally in 1991 on the side of a three-storey building by juilee pryor and andrew aiken the work is the largest oldest mural surviving in newtown and has become one of the most famous works of street art in the country marrickville filmmakers liz paddison and darrin baker took two years to make the film as residents of newtown during the 1990s the pair say they were fascinated inspired and just as mystified as everyone else about these big murals that seemed to simply appear overnight and couldn t resist making a film about it to see the mural up close pass by 305 king st on your way to the newly renovated dendy cinema 261-263 king st newtown tel 8594 9000 what s on compiled by nancy merlo email fri 10th aug to sun 2nd sept info@ciaomagazi attn nancy free community events listings are nigel bowen until fri 17th august wednesday 15th august 100m2 `100m2 tells the story of sara a 30-yearold woman who nabs a flat for a very good price because the owner an elderly woman named lola intends to live-in until she dies sara banks on the fact that lola a heavy drinker/smoker is on her way out but soon sara s life falls apart while lola recovers her vitality the two develop a touching friendship guaranteed to get tears and cheers from the audience playing in spanish with english subtitles fridays saturdays at 8pm and sundays at 6pm tickets $30 call 80948310 to book la sala level 1 134a victoria rd rozelle 6 kate shayler kate shayler at balmain library join kate author of burnished burnside life stories from 6.30-8pm at balmain library to hear her experience of collecting and writing this unique compilation of children s life stories from the burnside children s homes the book has been nominated for a global ebook award the nita kibble award the colin roderick award and a prime minister s literary award it is filled with stories that will bring laughter and tears but most of all inspiration bookings are essential so call 9367 9211 to reserve your spot where 370 darling st balmain footprints film festival the deadline to submit your short film into the footprints film competition has been extended until friday 17th august so if you re a budding filmmaker get to work on creating a seven-minute film with a sustainability edge show the inner west what the environment and a sustainability means to you ­ you don t even need a camera you can use your iphone not only will you have the chance to screen your film in front of a huge audience but you ll also share in over $5,000 worth of prizes go to for full terms for more info contact joel at lmc 9367 9051 or fri 17th to sun 19th august will your dog become a movie star features a dog somewhere in it somehow the inner west is full of dog-lovers and this festival invites all of them to come along and watch some of the funniest most dramatic 15-minute 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local gigs local movies shame inner west shame in absence of any truly recommendable gigs this fortnight shame inner west shame i thought i d write about newtown s sandringham hotel which as some of you may know went into receivership last month the gigs are still running but the bar is shut and the question emerges ­ will you keep going to the sando this fortnight they have tim barry playing sat 4 as well as roland k smith and the sinners along with a variety of other bands on wednesday nights i only went to the sandringham once and scammed my way into the gig for free don t judge me but the size and atmosphere of the band room upstairs struck me sure it was hot stuffy and the actual bar up there is tiny but the place and the vibe are unique and that s starting to become a rarity after the annandale hotel s bitter struggle to survive and the sando no longer operating as a functioning bar things are looking grim for the inner west music scene ­ or at least for our rockers alterno hipster venues like the vanguard the red rattler and the factory all seem to be alive and well though so perhaps this is just the face of the new inner west music scene share your thoughts let us know if you ll still be going to gigs at the sando i sure hope someone will email claire albrecht free c d u le tiwinkoebts movies passes finally a feel-good film about black australia the sapphires a small town murder by the nicest guy actor-writer tony briggs has considerably reworked his successful 2004 stage play based on the true experiences of his mother her singing sisters and a cousin in the `60s the addition of irish comedian chris o dowd in a completely invented role no doubt at the request of the film s international backers was inspired he s a drunk dj down on his luck when he discovers a trio of aboriginal singers in a small town talent quest it s all uphill from there for him and the quarrelsome girls the rough patches of the plotting and there are quite a few all effortlessly glossed over by one sensationally slick supremes-like song-and-dance routine after another hey these gals don t even have to rehearse but if you have any doubts about the rising crescendo of hype about this film or worry that movies about black australians are always unbearably bleak yes samson and delilah then cast them aside now those preview screenings with sold-out signs are saying something ­ and ciao can gleefully confirm it ­ the buzz is well-deserved this is a gem which sparkles and shines very brightly indeed directed by wayne blair also starring deborah mailman and jessica mauboy ctc at palace norton st and dendy newton from aug 9 thanks to hotscotch films we have 5 double in-season passes to give away details below bernie in the small town of carthage texas there s a diner with a sign reading you kill it i ll cook it richard linklater knows this world he was bought up here and in a mixture of re-enactments and interviews with real people gives us a story so bizarre so unreal that it could only be true bernie jack black who has never been better drifts into town and charms everyone he s the local funeral assistant so soothing at his job the old folks are booking in just to be buried by him he runs the town s musicals sings like an angel gets involved in all the church s affairs and is loved by all sure some notice he s gay a little light in the loafers but he s such a nice generous fellow no one minds only da matthew mcconaughey remains unimpressed justifiably as it turns out for bernie goes on to shoot the wealthy ill-tempered woman shirley maclaine he s moved in with then it all gets really strange because no one wants to punish him as they all like him way too much based on an actual case linklater has made a morbidly funny very smart and subversive film m15 at palace norton st from august 16 thanks to madman films we have 10 double in-season passes to give away details below at the multiplex abraham lincoln vampire hunter 3d ignore the high-minded critics and instead have some insouciant fun with this eurotrash absurdity apparently america s most-loved and respected president played woodenly by benjamin walker didn t just chop trees with his axe ­ he literally sliced open the brains of the undead in full-blooded gory 3d director timur bekmambetov smirks his way from one ludicrous ott scene to the next and so will you but the laughs will be tempered by the depressing realisation of the absolute crushing depths american popular culture can sink to ma15 on now art house pick the president of the united states win tix vernon god little turned into a play in the wake of the recent colorado massacre the suddenly topical 2003 booker prize-winning novel vernon god little comes to the new theatre this month playing from tuesday 14th august till saturday 15th september this sharply written and darkly funny play addresses some uncomfortable themes with humour and good taste after a boy named jesus massacres his high school class and commits suicide on a not-so-typical day in texas his best friend vernon is left to cop the blame in an attempt to outrun his absurd bad luck vernon decides to make a dash for the mexican border ­ but can he escape the dysfunctional mess of modern-day american all that too often commercialises violence an uplifting story and worth checking out ­ performances will run wednesdays through saturdays at 8pm and sundays at 5pm tickets cost $30 or $25 for concessions to book call 1300 13 11 88 or visit beauty all the movies above are crowd-pleasers you ll have a great time at all of them then there s the art house just to remind you that life is harsh and often deeply unpleasant beauty is a nuanced intense character study and deon lotz is just superb as the repressed francois a respectable afrikaans gay man who develops an obsession with the much younger son of a colleague it s a slow suspenseful burn to start with but then director oliver hermanus kicks us awake and keeps us in a sweat til the climax which more than earns its rating warning it s a genuine shocker r18 at dendy newtown on now reviews ­ re poor old vernon comes under attack made by amateur filmmakers at balmain town hall over one big weekend there will be comedies dramas docos experimental films and animations on show tickets to the opening night party are $30 or $15 for the opening night film call 9818 1813 to make your booking tuesday 21st august to win a double pass to the play email and tell us where you pick up your copy of ciao saturday 25th august cryptic crosswords revealed crossword expert ralph penglis will be running a two-day workshop at marrickville library teaching you the skills needed to solve those difficult brain-teasing cryptic crossword puzzles running from 10.30am to 12.30pm on the last two tuesdays in august this is a workshop that will give your mind a workout call marrickville library on 9335 2173 to make a booking marrickville library community room cnr marrickville and petersham roads marrickville sustainable house tour a free bus tour running from 9.15am to 12.30pm will be visiting local lewisham homes with the latest sustainable technologies and designs to help inspire locals to reduce the carbon footprint of their own homes visitors will be able to speak to homeowners who have reduced their footprint using clever design techniques like rain gardens it s the sydney fringe of course watch out for the greywater treatment boganville burlesque group girls photo tim talti systems porous paving rainwater tanks drought-tolerant gardens friday 7th september vegetable gardens solar power and solar hot free for all water passive solar design energy efficiency and more bookings are essential as spaces join in celebrating the opening of this year s are limited sydney fringe festival season with a huge outdoor party outside the hub theatre in info and bookings 9335 2222 the middle of newtown from 5pm to 10pm on september 7th local legends itch-e scratch-e will be joined by ben drayton avra cybele 10k freemen the future of blame and corey mumbles to entertain the crowd and everyone is welcome to come along ­ and the best part about it is it s free for all this is one festival of arts and live music not to be missed and offers a taste of what will be on offer during the 2012 fringe where newtown square newtown win double movie passes theatre tix to be in the running to win a double pass to bernie the sapphires and/or vernon god little all you have to do is email with your name and postal address telling us where you picked up your copy of ciao and we only at the movies august 9 always like hearing just why you do you can enter for just one or them all but if you do ­ give us an order of preference community glamour at its best 7


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kitchen ricotta ingredients you will also need with melissa leong wine with winsor french treat arrogant frog 2011 cabernet sauvignon merlot with their cute frogdesign labels and joke name it is easy to dismiss this range ­ but that would be a mistake winemaker jean-claude mas crafts some impressive wines in the languedoc region of france and the value for money is outstanding with this soft spicy and very easy to drink red blend this would be great with frog s legs a barbecue or a cheese platter try dan murphy s or bws $10-12 2 litres of good quality milk 1 cup double cream optional the juice of 1 lemon herbs are an aromatic optional extra try rosemary or thyme a colander a big square of cheesecloth a brand new chux will also suffice and a slotted spoon delicious ricotta is easy to make cheese it s one of those things we think is too difficult to make at home but in some cases it couldn t be any simpler really making ricotta yoghurt and labneh are great ways to use up milk that s close to turning bad transforming it into something wonderful waste not want not method 1 in a heavy-based saucepan turn the stove on a low setting 2 pour the milk and lemon juice in stir briefly to combine add herbs or cream at this point if you like 3 do nothing the more you stir the more rubbery the curds will become ­ you don t want that 4 once the curds start to form which should take about 15 minutes and the temperature reaches 80°c a meat thermometer is good to have on hand here turn off the stove and let it sit for about 5 minutes 5 drape the cheesecloth inside the colander 6 spoon the curds into the cheesecloth and allow to drain keep the whey it s great for drinking if you have an upset stomach or you can use it in cooking instead of water ­ when baking it makes crusts crustier and gives a denser texture to breads 7 ricotta will store in the fridge for about a week but there are so many other ways you can preserve it for longer including covering it in salt to create salted ricotta for pasta super value toolangi 2010 chardonnay the 2010 vintage produced some superb yarra valley chardonnays ­ and this is up there with the best when it comes to quality and value hand-picked fruit has been aged in oak barriques for 11 months to produce a wine that oozes class and drinkability some of the yarra s best winemakers had a hand in producing a wine that is beautifully constructed lean and well-balanced with just enough meat on its bones lovely stuff $25 at the markets fruit bananas are good quality at the moment but can be expensive queensland strawberries are delicious too in season are usa cherries aussie navel oranges and beurre bosc pears aussie mangoes are just getting started they are not at their best yet but still remind us that warmer weather is on its way vegies in season are all things great for making hearty winter soups ­ broccoli and broccolini cabbage celery and borlotti beans baby fennel is also in and makes a nice salad cut up with some of those aussie oranges high prices on ginger cos lettuce wild rocket and spring onions smooth customer grant burge 2010 5th generation shiraz this is the star from a new range made by leading barossa valley producer grant burge who is aiming to make affordable bottles that still offer quality burge himself is a fifth-generation vigneron hence the name and this has quintessentially barossan plum and dark cherry aromas rich deep dark berry flavours with chocolate and vanilla notes and some appealing softness on the palate great with roasts $19 roast pork chops with spaghetti aglio olio e peperoncino this is one of my favourtie simple dinner dishes simply get some nice pork chops and season with salt pepper roughly chopped fresh rosemary smashed garlic with skin on and olive oil rub all the ingredients over the pork chops and let it marinate for about 30 minutes then place the pork chops in a tray and grill both sides on a medium heat while that s cooking cook your spaghetti to al dente and don t forget to strain well in a fry pan add olive oil crush garlic fresh sliced red chilli and stir for a minute then add spaghetti and roughly chopped parsley and cook for a further minute lastly add freshly grated grana padano freshly cracked black pepper and salt to taste place the pork chop in to a nice large dinner plate and smother the roasted garlic over serve with spaghetti and a nice glass of cabernet merlot in my opinion simple dishes like this are luxuries corporate cuisine spitting olympic chips the 2012 london olympics are here and they came with great pomp and ceremony or so i m told as i had to work the morning of the opening event i heard that the queen jumped out of a helicopter in true corporate media fashion the week before the olympics was filled with all manner of tenuously linked olympic-themed stories some were interesting some absolutely disgusting such shameful remarks about leisel jones and then there was the discussion about corporate sponsorship it was reported that you could not buy hot chips at any olympic venue unless it was from mcdonalds it would be fair to say that i am not a huge supporter of the golden arches franchise but this has seriously hit a nerve with me you are not allowed to buy hot chips in england has the world gone mad `hot chips are england when i used to live there i was lucky enough to work at some pretty remarkable restaurants and exposed to wonderful cuisine but a trip to the chip shop for a battered sausage branston pickle and plate of chips all washed down with a mug of tea is one of my favourite food memories it also leads into something else that i am feeling a little sensitive about at the moment and that is the value and cost of food in recent times i have noted that in online forums there have been a few comments about the price of food in restaurants i for one know for a fact that my prices have dropped over the past couple of years while overheads and the cost of goods have increased how this particular franchise can make such a profit enough to control national buying decisions is astounding it s also worth noting that the `chip ban is happening in the same country that recently said they would not support jamie oliver s school lunch program even in the face of such brilliant and positive results for the health and wellbeing of a nation s children at the end of the day it s all about the dollar plain and simple corporate control the thing corporations seem to misunderstand is that consumers are everyday becoming more aware of the power of their buying choices wouldn t it be nice if one day we could en masse show large corporations that we don t agree with them by choosing not to purchase from them jared ingersoll kamal s king of the three peppers kitchen at home with kamal mudunkothge kamal is the executive chef at the three peppers restaurant inside club five dock and is very excited for the upcoming spaghetti-eating contest the club will be holding in celebration of ferragosto in five dock when ciao caught up with him recently he revealed his tips for making the best pasta everyone is very excited about club five dock s pasta-eating competition if you were at a competition level how much spaghetti do you think you could eat it s not about how much you can eat it s about how quickly u can eat it every contestant will be served an equal quantity what s the key to making the perfect plate of spaghetti using good quality products is the key to success some of these products include 8 sliced roma tomatoes roast garlic white wine extra virgin olive oil grana padano cheese fresh handpicked sweet basil and of course perfectly cooked fresh pasta the best thing about cooking pasta is you can use any ingredient and still make a great dish that s why every region in italy cooks it differently and with pride what ingredients do you always have in your kitchen being in a commercial kitchen we have all ingredients on hand but one thing you won t find is canned food we are fortunate enough to have a team of talented and passionate chefs who are able to create great dishes out of fresh ingredients that get delivered daily what different cuisines inspire your cooking style italian modern australian authentic thai malaysian chinese indian and greek all of them have something to offer who taught you how to cook my parents they live in my home town in sri lanka i went out on my own at a very young age as i began my career as a chef my family has a lot of respect for good food and of course are great food critics interview nancy merlo.


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bliss on a budget even travellers on a tight budget can splurge a little in affordable kuala lumpur writes winsor dobbin malaysia s bustling capital is a fascinating collision of cultures a city where old meets new and visitors can have a good time regardless of the size of their budget kuala lumpur is also close enough to sydney to make it a perfect long weekend destination whether you re taking in the passing scene from the terrace of a five-star hotel or sampling street food from a hawker stall and staying in budget digs this is a fascinating city with plenty to offer with over seven million people living in and around the klang valley kuala lumpur is big and brash not quite as chaotic as several other asian capitals but also not as ordered and impeccably mannered as neighbouring singapore kl as the locals call it is the cultural financial and economic centre of malaysia and of growing international importance it hosted the 1998 commonwealth games and is a regular venue on the formula one world championship calendar it is also home to the spectacular petronas twin towers the tallest twin buildings in the world and a symbol of malaysia s emergence as a first-world city but just metres from the towers you ll discover ramshackle markets and traditional malay homes which adds to kl s rough and ready charm in malaysia you can still live in relative luxury on a pauper s purse ­ if you are prepared to eat the local cuisine which is delicious and draws on malay chinese indian and western cultures and happy to stay in one of the many budget hotels i was staying at the tune hotel downtown seven stops away from kl sentral station on the very efficient monorail so much more useful than sydney s in that it actually goes to places you d want to visit at five-star hotels like the jw marriott you can snap up a room for around $150 a night but the emergence of tune and similar budget chains means you can book a room online for between $10 50 depending on occupancy rates and the season booking ahead the cost was $40 a night ­ but the hotel was full and it was peak season i met a businessman from melbourne who had booked well in advance and was paying around $16.50 a night for his week-long stay the catch is you only get a room with a comfortable bed and small but efficient bathroom with a power shower if you want a towel soap or shampoo you either bring your own or pay extra forewarned is forearmed if you want wi-fi in your room you ll pay for that too ­ and to have the television activated there are however free computer terminals fried hokkien mee hakka-style beef noodles and hainanese chicken rice western chains like mcdonalds burger king kfc and subway all have lunchtime meal deals for between $2 3 and mall food halls surprisingly often boast the greatest variety cleanliness and value kuala lumpur is an easy city to traverse on foot ­ although it pays to keep your eyes on the often crumbling pavements that could cause a nasty fall the public transport kuala lumpar s super modern light rail features driverless trains system is cheap and efficient with a trip from one side of town to the other in the lobby and it is unlikely you ll want to spend too costing less than a dollar and a new integrated transport much time in your room watching local television card called myrapid is being introduced the location is great however with the medan tuanku monorail station and the sultan ismail light rail station both close by with the maju junction shopping mall which has a food hall directly across the road you can budget on spending around $3-4 on a meal whether you are dining in a typical malaysian streetside kopitiam cafe or one of the many food halls try dishes like traditional favourite nasi lemak for breakfast or penang char keoy teow noodles satays from street stalls or rotis served with curried gravies also check out the bustling jalan alor literally food street for a wide range of asian food styles and the traditional lot 10 hutong basement offering street food from 25 different stalls perfect for sharing dishes like contrast traditional mosques and markets with futuristic high-rises and flashy department stores the central market is the place to buy traditional goods and there are bustling night markets each night on jalan petaling complete with myriad copy watches belts and bags if that is your thing the key message here is to haggle haggle haggle the first price many traders will ask for is often four times the real value don t be scared to walk away if you don t think the prices are fair these are copies after all chinatown and little india are great areas for strolling and the traditional malay area of kampung baru is literally in the shadows of the petronas towers for the best views in town head up to the 41st floor and walk across the skybridge which connects both towers from there make your way to the viewing deck on the 86th floor if shopping is on the agenda the pavilion mall is the best choice for high-end labels this seven-storey mall has around 450 retail stores pampering comes cheap with a foot massage costing around $10 and a manicure slightly less there are plenty of choices along bustling bukit bintang some seedier looking than others ­ it may pay to avoid the ones with more aggressive touts if you want to stay in touch there is free wi-fi everywhere log in if you are near a starbucks or mcdonalds and save a bundle affordable flights to and from sydney are now also available with the arrival of budget carrier airasiax you pay extra for everything you can pre-book meals pillows/blankets etc and the service trolley visits regularly with a range of reasonably priced snacks and drinks the seats are certainly a little cramped but no more so than jetstar and you can have a cheap massage when you arrive to iron out any kinks travel anniversary august 2012 ­ celebrating 20 years we would like to thank all our clients who have chosen to book with us at global village travel sharing their holiday planning experiences with us over the past 20 years to celebrate we would like to offer a bottle of champagne for every booking made and deposited in august a great month to book a river cruise this is a great month to book ­ there are last minute 2012 deals on ·europe river cruises · intrepid gecko s adventure tours · plus many other cruising and coach touring get set for 2013 earlybird deals on ·europe china vietnam river cruising · japan usa canada europe ski globus religious tours · arctic tours and more or book now for your christmas,new year eve or school holiday break contact us today global village travel 1/13 beattie street balmain free parking next door tel 9555 8355 facts and figures airasiax operates daily flights from sydney airport to kuala lumpur low cost carrier terminal lcct fares start from $199 economy one-way on sale and from $299 for a standard fare sydneysiders can also take advantage of airasia s fly-thru service which provides connections to several asian destinations airasia flies daily to kuala lumpur from sydney pre-booking online of up to 15kg luggage cost is $20 20kg is $25 25kg is $30 snacks start from $4 and meals from $6 if you pre-book online in-flight entertainment units are available for hire bookings and further information from tune hotels has properties in malaysia indonesia the philippines thailand and britain for more and ciao reader offer book deposit any holiday in the month of august to receive a bottle of champagne this offer is valid for new booking made deposited 1st ­ 31st august 2012 with global village travel limit of 1 voucher per booking/holiday conditions apply linea john pty ltd trading as global village travel licence number 2ta003595 meet your local adventure experts natalie s pick classic vietnam 15 days ex ho chi minh city from natalie adventure expert newtown this trip has you experiencing the diversity of this interesting country the major cities are exciting and chaotic the countryside so picturesque and peaceful the people are beautiful and the food is rich in colour and flavours a must-see destination for something a little different vietnam info night wed 15 august 6:30pm start call to rsvp departs every wednesday and saturday $1,755 itinerary ho chi minh city mekong delta nha trang hoi an hue hanoi halong bay highlights get caught up in the bustle of ho chi minh city float across sparkling waters on a halong bay tour learn about local life on a mekong homestay walk along unspoilt beaches in nha trang explore the beautiful rivers and cobblestone streets of hoi an visit the old quarter of hanoi for a spot of shopping feast on mouth-watering vietnamese cuisine includes 14 breakfasts 4 lunches 4 dinners 11 nights hotel and 1 night homestay accommodation overnight sleeper train overnight boat local tour leader call 1300 308 904 email visit 181 king street newtown conditions travel restrictions apply international airfare and visas not included price subject to 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your say from brown to green sustainability local news cash in your green ideas do you have a sustainable idea that will enhance your community then why not throw your green thinking cap in the ring for the banksia environmental foundation s community grant courtesy of the gpt group local not-forprofit community groups are being called to enter the banksia awards where $10,000 will be awarded to the group that shows the most potential to create lasting positive impact on its local environment submissions for the awards are now open across eight categories for those who have made a significant contribution to a sustainable future by living better working better and management of environmental and societal improvements entries close friday 24th august for more info or to enter visit would you could you would you pose naked for art probably not it would be difficult to sit still in an awkward pose and it would probably be cold peter earlwood i already have posed nude for art in spencer tunick s `the base photo at the opera house i did a few life-drawing sessions for cash through uni too it was mainly just old men and women doing it as a hobby nothing too weird brett newtown it s a nude body it s not a big deal well in my case it s a big deal but not an issue in all honesty though it s only nudity who cares justin newtown would it be considered art paul annandale i don t think i have that level of comfort with my body to strip down entirely in front of strangers can i leave my underwear on sophie concord yeah why not i ve got nothing to hide i think nudity is a great equaliser kelsey glebe there is nothing wrong with being naked i don t understand why we have to wear clothes anyway moira annandale no my body is for my partner s eyes only alisa chiswick i modelled regularly in the city and also once at the gypsy jazz art club at camelot sadly it seems gypsy jazz art club isn t going on in marrickville for the foreseeable future katie former five dock local now world traveler no artist would want me winsor all the way from tassie going green in london london 2012 has overtaken the lives of many inner westies but channel nine s poor olympic coverage hasn t given us much insight into the culture of the games or any interesting tidbits on the making of this year s games experience london has billed these games as the most sustainable ever and the biggest zero-waste event in history the approach was based on the world wildlife fund s concept of `one planet living ­ to help people live within the world s resources rather than using three planets worth of resources as the uk currently does the organisers took the challenge very seriously the original site was not unlike homebush ­ contaminated neglected overgrown with weeds and a polluted wasteland more than 200 buildings needed to be demolished 97 per cent of their materials were reused in the new olympic park and the waterways had failing river walls invasive species and poor quality water they were so neglected that a multi-million dollar dredging programme had to be executed to remove tonnes of silt rubble shopping trolleys timber and at least one car as the site s facelift began contaminated soil was remediated and re-used a concrete batching plant was set up on site to supply low-carbon concrete and an ecology plan was developed to translocate 4,000 smooth newts 100 toads and 300 lizards as well as fish then there were 45 hectares of wildlife habitats created including grasslands ponds and woodlands to house insects 525 bird boxes 150 bat boxes and artificial otter holts more than 4,000 trees 74,000 plants 60,000 bulbs and 300,000 wetland plants were planted to create a new open green space once the site was sustainably managed the next step was to design and construct all olympic park venues were built to be as energy efficient as possible although falling short of the 20 per cent renewable energy use target it s around 9 per cent the venue used sustainable practices where possible the olympic stadium s roof truss was made out of unwanted gas pipelines and the velodrome is almost 100 per cent naturally ventilated and maximises the use of natural light to reduce energy consumption rainwater is being collected from the roof for flushing toilets and irrigation however the biggest problem facing organisers is the huge amount of waste created by an event with 14,700 athletes competing millions of spectators 21,000 journalists and around 200,000 staff present everyone at the games must take some individual responsibility for acting sustainably but organisers have said that all sponsors and non-sponsors will need to comply with special plant-based packaging bio-packaging or recycled material standards this has meant sponsors such as mcdonalds heineken and coca-cola have had to repackage which is big step for them this kind of supplier collaboration is highly commended but still the most sustainable games ever is not entirely virtuous bike group critical mass have complained about closed cycle ways and over 100 cyclists were arrested on opening night christian wolmar transport analyst and author says the whole thing is completely hypocritical it fits in with the whole hypocrisy of the games ­ sponsored by coca-cola and mcdonald s even while it s supposed to be about sport and healthy living cindy mullen free parking not yet free parking trial free parking finally comes to leichhardt ­ well 30 minutes free maybe leichhardt council has indicated that they will undertake a three-month trial of 25 parking metres along darling and norton streets that will provide 30 minutes free parking to visitors but don t get too excited just yet the council still has to consult with local business chambers about the exact locations of the trial meters and is yet to decide whether the trial will be restricted to local residents only everyone else may have to remain content skolling their coffees and scoffing down their lunch at berkelouw in under a quarter of an hour have your say local residents are invited to have their say on how to improve the public transport system at public forums being held at leichhardt town hall 7pm-8.30pm monday 6th august and balmain town hall 7pm-8.30pm wednesday 8th august the forums are being organised by greens mp jamie parker who says feedback and ideas gathered at the workshops will be collated and considered as part of my response to the government s draft transport master plan status update our pick of the best things i want to do today drink cocktails vacuum wear a nice frock eat cheese and pate things i do not want to do today finish this essay claire albrecht sunday 29th july our backyard feeling nostalgic for the aussie games why not revisit homebush olympic park and take in the wetlands check out the largest stand of grey mangrove forest along the parramatta river at badu mangroves in bicentennial park or visit the birdlife discovery centre in newington armory more info at /www 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12 the inner west might be a pretty liberal kind of kind of place but gentrification recently drove australia s adult photographer of the year pictured right in fancy dress out of the area i moved into squalid student housing here back in 1997 when i was at uni cat o nine tails the woman behind the erotica site reflects a little nostalgically over the next 13 years i lived everywhere ­ stanmore petersham lewisham newtown dulwich hill me and some friends were one of the first groups to get a warehouse in marrickville back in 2000 when everyone thought that was really far away but i like to do my photo shoots outside and i was finding that because of the way things are going you no longer had any privacy in the backyard of a terrace house suddenly there would be a block of shiny new flats near you with the residents staring down and yelling abuse at me and my models and it was getting too expensive to rent the big places i like to have to live and work in so a little while ago i moved a bit further out those cheaper areas are the new newtowns similar to what suburbs around here used to be like like most people who end up working in porn cat o nine tails never had any intention of working in porn i was a photojournalist but it got to the point where i didn t have the energy to be running after policemen anymore and my focus turned more from the outside world to the personal world i was offered some work shooting glamour models for a men s magazine things grew from there and i started what s been my main focus and labour of love for the last five years ­ i ve tried to make it different to the millions of other sites featuring naked people i m the only photographer whose work is featured so it is all my vision it s as if my character cat o nine tails travels through time and photographs all these crazy things sometimes i end up involved in the action sometime i m just watching is there such a thing as feminist erotica the usual cacophony of purse-lipped anti-porn feminists has remained uncharacteristically silent about the fairer sex s now undeniable appetite for mummy porn we asked cat to reflect on what the popularity of fifty shades of grey which has now notched up 30 million in sales says about female sexuality circa 2012 i m embarrassed to say that i ve been so busy organising my ball that i haven t got around to reading it although everyone i know is talking about it i presume that its it s been called a pan-sexual website ­ people of all sexualities appear on and view it i like sexy images of both men and women so i shoot both and i try and stay away from that fake performance of sexuality you see so often ­ i d never have cheesy stuff such as fake lesbians on my site people especially early on posed because they wanted some nice pictures of themselves not for the money so there s a different dynamic at play than with a standard porn site it s a word of mouth type of site most people check it out because they know someone who modelled for it or a friend recommended it most of cat s models are inner westies and she credits an inner west venue for opening her eyes to the possibilities of r-rated material made by and for women fifty grades of erotic play with every single inner west woman openly or secretly reading e.l james clit lit hit we figured the time was right to profile cat o nine tails an erotica entrepreneur who was providing sexual fantasy fodder to women long before ms james started mucking around on twilight fan fiction sites success comes down to the fact that women like a bit of character development and narrative in their erotica which is what i try to give them in my photo shoots unlike my parent s generation where men and women had defined roles and did specific things everything is now confused those rituals about how men and women act and interact have disappeared so having the book s male character be so strong and sure of himself is probably appealing i used to be an old-school feminist but now i come from a more sex-positivist position i don t like a lot of porn out there and admittedly most of it is made by men for a male market but like annie sprinkle says the only solution to bad porn is more porn more women should make the porn they want to see the membership of my site fluctuates between being 50 to almost 100 per cent female and women are the most vocal in terms of telling me they want to see more men on the site and they want them to look a certain way i really like the idea that the website is all about the female gaze outside of gay porn there s not much out there where the male body is shown in an erotic way but women obviously want to see that words nigel bowen photos cat o nine tails i think it was in 2001 that i went to the imperial in erskineville to see gurlesque the lesbian strip club and it blew my mind i saw [strip tease artist glitta supernova get up and do this amazing sexy empowering dance and my whole world rocked on its axis i m not sure you can say that there s an identifiably inner west approach to sexuality aside from noting it s quite a queer area but this is definitely a place where stuff like gurlesque happens it s funny i ve spent a lot of time in `alternative areas in countries such as germany and sweden where you expect people to be open-minded and found they freaked out much more than people in the inner west about what i did a self-described sex nerd cat may soon be sharing her extensive carnal knowledge with inner westies troubled by boudoir issues as she has only one semester of study to complete before becoming a certified sex therapist people were coming up to me in the toilets at gigs and parties wanting to discuss sexual problems they were having plus i was getting asked to do media interviews about subjects such as labiaplasty and porn so i figured i may as well become a sex therapist and get the piece of paper to make it official in many ways it s a natural transition from erotic photography to sex therapy as both are about social constructs based in history i m very interested in stripping things back and seeing how they are constructed be it in a photo shoot or a therapy session comes to life once a year ms nine tails throws a big party attended by members and supporters of her site as well as many of the incredibly sexy models who appear on it this year s `winter wonderland/yuletide ball is a night of light-hearted burlesque cabaret and audience participation involving a victorian yuletide dress-up theme spanking snow maidens amateur strip tease competitions and performers such as gurlesque founder glitta supernova it kicks off at 8pm on saturday the 4th of august at the art house hotel on pitt st ciao readers are welcome to attend and tickets can be purchased for $30 on the door.


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astrogirlzarro your stars for the week from our real astrogirl aries the phrase `lessons in love will apply to rams this fortnight when mars and saturn join in your relationship sector the panel says taurus the moon gets cosy in your sign on august 9th watch what you eat as you will be tempted to binge more than usual jenny not my type but i think he would be lots of fun and have lots of stories to tell love the hat collection gemini venus leaves your sign on august 8th so make the most of getting out and meeting people in the first week of august cancer venus slides up to your sun this fortnight creating opportunities for love and pampering make an appointment with your beautician for a complete beauty overhaul leo leos should still be in their element this fortnight with the sun firmly placed in their sign the new moon on august 16th is an ideal time to begin new projects virgo communication setbacks should lift after august 8th avoid signing contracts or negotiating deals until the second week of august samantha he looks like he would be suave with the ladies libra a mars-uranus opposition aggravates your diplomatic demeanour your aggressive side may surface at the most inconvenient times so take your happy pills before dealing with others scorpio venus makes favourable aspects to your sun in the second week of august adding a warm and fuzzy layer to your intimidating persona sagittarius jupiter and venus still occupy your relationship sector until august 8th take advantage of romantic opportunities before mid-month capricorn you will get itchy feet for new living arrangements under the tense pluto-uranus square now is a good time to think about relocating aquarius uranus is triggering your mind in the most abstract way you are bored with conventional ideas and look to new ways of thinking and being this is a good transit to learn astrology pisces you will be your most creative under the moon-neptune transit of august 14th inspiration for writing drawing or painting will be strong under this transit http hot or not ay caramba julio is one hot tamale nancy groovy hat i bet he d make a superb salsa partner julio has been the director of caramba latin american gallery on king street for 15 years and is the `prince of panama hats in the inner west these fabulous hand-woven hats from ecuador which can take up to six months to make are julio s passion in life ­ along with playing latin music and salsa dancing be ready for an impromptu lesson if you stop by his shop julio s best relationship advice is never to ask a woman s age it doesn t matter as long as you have passion you re only as old as you feel he says ms red this is one latin lover who can leave his hat on just minutes from sydney olympic park for info and updates share and `like us on facebook you can win some great prizes by following us on twitter @wentworthpoint to participate contact luciano casmiri on or 0438 856 568 community glamour at its best 13


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snap happy email your snaps to newtown precinct business association snaps by peter campbell christmas in july snaps by justin mackintosh the hogwarts gang jennifer steve and rebecca enjoyed mingling with local business people at the buzzing newtown precinct drinks liz maree and chris sharing business tips pete the great photographer brad and hansen from anime at abbotsford are harry potter s biggest fans the naughty table at rozelle s christmas in july pam and caroline get in the festive mood everyone got glammed up for the communities for communities lucas gardens school charity ball our new online shop is now up and running at currently offering works by wendy moore janusz szkulnik andrea mckey and pauline stevens keith rowe s glass art most of the items are one off pieces by the artists and are stocked in the gallery now in some cases we can also offer custom made pieces or additional sizes see website for details the passionate sax player from the band no frills honey brought down the house at the lucas gardens school charity ball alberto s no.1 pizzeria restaurant was established 33 years ago and has been successfully catering to the locals of the inner west ever since we also have additional pieces by each artist in the gallery so please come by for a browse because it s always good to see you winter deals spaghetti with meatballs brocolli w garlic bread $16 everyday wendy moore august workshops this august wendy moore is offering a unique insight into her process offering workshops to create two of her beautiful polymer clay creations sat 11th masai collar sun 12th black white cuff there are still places available so check out the online store for more information 39 cameron street birchgrove cnr gipps streets open thurs-sun from 10am since 1979 spend $51 and you get a surprise alberto caters pizza pasta beef veal chicken pork dishes seafood upon request 589 king street 9519 4262 dinner 7 days 5 till late lunch pick up or delivery for lunch orders over $100 pizza/pasta phone we can cater pizza or pasta for your next event just give us 24 hrs notice 9810 6362 generous toppings prompt service unbeatable value for money dine in takeaway or delivery see our website for more tasty deals 14


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lifestyle ask sal bathroom renovations a full bathroom renovation usually takes three weeks if all goes to plan not only must you plan accordingly for access to other amenities during this time but it s also important to carry out your renovation in the correct sequence to ensure everything runs smoothly there is a logical order professionals follow to ensure the time spent on the renovation and interruption to your environment is minimal here is my step-by-step guide to help you stay on track first is the strip out and demolition learn how to remove old tiles taps and vanity units and you ll be surprised at the money you can save next comes the roughing in of walls and floors the walls will need to be gyprocked and new flooring put in as strict building codes must to be followed you will need to have this stage planned by a professional plumbing comes next if you re moving a shower bath or toilet you will need approximately two days of initial rough for your plumber to get the pipes in the right place electrics will then be fitted the electrician will install lighting and power points ensuring that all electrical elements are the minimum distance from water outlets the bathroom will then be waterproofed it s important that a professional waterproofer completes this stage as there are many building codes and standards to adhere to tiling comes next you can save some money by doing it yourself this can take up to several days depending on your choice and size of tile finally you should be ready for the cabinets and fixtures to go in the shower screen will be installed and finishing touches will be fitted such as mirrors and towel rails for more info call renovation boys tel 9519 5511 running with ryhan baby got back welcome to part two of our whole body workout one of the most important muscle groups in your body is your back which is crucial to stabilisation and everyday tasks like standing lifting and carrying practising proper posture helps maintain body mechanics so with feet shoulder-width apart create a small arch in your lower back by tucking the tailbone in and tilting your pelvis forward tighten up the buttocks rotate the pelvis into a neutral position and be careful not to arch too far forward pull the shoulders back lift your chest and chin until its level and practice until it feels natural now you have proper posture how about building a back so mean it s got its own hate mail want to widen those `wings latissimus dorsi here s how side-to-side wide grip pull-ups using an overhand grip pull to the collarbone with a full range of motion this means hanging off the bar just before the elbows lock out and pulling up to one side and then to the other an alternating method gives the same contraction to each side of the back do 8-15 reps on each side for 2-3 sets you can use an assisted machine to build strength first until you re ready for the pull-up bars single arm seated cable rows fantastic for building thickness in the back s mid-section start with a single arm in a seated position with your back straight pull the cable towards the abdominal area be sure to hold your chest proud for maximum muscle contraction keep a steady slow motion 3 sec pull 3 sec back do between 8-12 reps for each arm for 2-3 sets close grip chin-ups using an underhand grip perform the same motion as the pull ups with the arms pull straight up to the collarbone keeping your body steady a great exercise for the ultimate v-taper physique perform 10-15 reps for 2-3 sets for more information email or facebook ryhan vengetas property of the week waterfront living endless potential 54 preston ave five dock nestled in a blue ribbon prized waterfront location directly opposite waterfront halliday park this well maintained brick residence offers a lifestyle and leisure opportunity for buyers with endless possibilities and potential comfortable as is or renovate to create your dream waterfront home this residence currently comprises 3 bedrooms polished flooring neat timber kitchen with ample storage and generous living spaces with views towards the picturesque halliday park and watersides features include · outstanding potential and opportunity ·polished timber and carpet floors · neat kitchen with ample storage and breakfast bar · direct frontage to waterfront halliday park · minutes to local shops prestigious schools parks and amenities · highly sought after and prized location · close to canada bay waterside and foreshore reserves price offers over $1.4 million contact sean huang 0424 826 737 strathfield partners 9763 2277 arts wendy moore s wearable artworks polymer clay artist wendy moore is coming to flourish arts this august to run two workshops focused on her specialised craft offering a beautiful introduction into the world of colour creativity and polymer clay currently wendy is one of many great artists whose unique one-off pieces of work can be found on flourish arts online store and gallery she has been working with polymer for over 20 years and her high level of skill is quite obviously demonstrated through her finely made pieces of wearable and figurative art wendy s artistic journey with polymer began in the late 80s i first learnt about polymer clay when i bought a pair of magnificent waratah and flannel flower earrings over 25 years ago i then somewhat ambitiously attempted to make a face cane which looked rather demented but the process had me hooked i d experimented with many different media but adored the flexibility and huge potential of polymer clay she says from there she continued to dedicate herself to her art began teaching and moved to nepal in 2006 where she was able to develop her own style inspired by the colourful world around her this august wendy will run two separate workshops for locals interested in learning to work with this stimulating medium on saturday 11th august she will teach participants how to make a `masai collar a stunning tribal-style neck adornment and at her second class on sunday 12th august participants will learn how to create a black and white cuff like the one from wendy s own collection during the classes wendy will also show students how to make and use variations of the cane and share her wealth of knowledge and experience working with clay and jewellery design each class costs $130 and includes all materials and equipment required plus morning and afternoon tea visit the flourish arts website to make a booking before they sell out flourish arts 39 cameron st birchgrove tel 9810 6362 devine inspiration mellissa read-devine hard at work painter and printmaker mellissa read-devine will be joining her mother ­ mixed media artist patricia devine ­ and local watercolourist julie simmons to present a new exhibition of diverse and vibrant works at the watch house gallery here mellissa gives us a sneak peek inside the exhibit what can people expect from the show a collaboration between three sydney women artists the exhibition will be a delightful meld of peaceful domestic scenes and the wilder streetscapes and landscapes beyond the garden fence how do you feel all the works in the exhibit fit together coming from three different artists the diversity in styles and mediums will be what maintains interest in the overall look of the show there will be works that appeal to a wide range of visitors each room will give the viewer a different experience what are the main inspirations behind your works julie is driven to create atmosphere mood and life in her strong watercolours depicting local street scenes of balmain still life and waterscapes that have a strength equal to oils and acrylics patricia on the other hand brings about the quirky with her detailed works depicting fish dogs and cupcakes her inspirations are the scenes of everyday ­ made timeless with collage paint and pastel and i bring both my disciplines together with tiny intricate wood engravings and large vivid paintings i am well known for my bushscapes flickering with `macro­ pointilistic brushstrokes and i ve added to my collection with floral and garden scenes what do you hope people will take from the show we will all be present to explain our craft and inspirations and hope to share with people our passion and joy in the creating of works for the exhibition come and see our treasures ­ vibrant quiet and intimate ­ in the unique rooms of the historic watch house running on august 11th 12th 18th and 19th insideout opens friday 10th august at 6.30pm both julie and mellissa are widely exhibited and awarded artists this will be a great opportunity to view and purchase some of their latest work the watch house 179 darling st balmain opening hours 10am 5pm community glamour at its best 15 learn how to make your own!



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