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free there s life in the inner west 207 22nd march 2013 every fortnight your neighbours wll they help you out in a crisis win movie tix hyde park on hudson dvds dead europe is it ok to talk dirty at work the verdict on earth hour is taking over the inner west distributed in leichhardt annandale petersham stanmore newtown rozelle balmain drummoyne haberfield five dock concord summer hill champion chocolatiers where to stock up on sweet easter treats zucchero fornaciari has entered the building plus win family passes to the easter show promotion finishes 30 th march the italian elvis prices smashed in le ic hhar dt fre e 2 hour parking at the italian forum with any purchase darrell lea easter eggs hurry 99 3 from your local store 6-8 norton street leichhardt open mon-fri 9am-7pm sat 9am-5pm sun 10am-4pm ph 9560 7008 auburn 9649 7900 belrose 9986 3331 blacktown 9622 1937 burwood 9745 6375 campsie 9789 9000 carlingford 9871 4522 caringbah 9525 0309 engadine 9520 8838 griffith 6964 7322 five dock 9713 4729 glebe 9660 6919 marrickville 9560 2488 merryland 9897 1011 neutral bay 9953 0609 revesby 9773 8510 riverstone 9627 1516 riverwood 9153 7347 toukley 4396 4137 cc18531_ciao_a

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inner west whispers local gossip rumour hearsay and unsubstantiated fact latte leftie why did julia waste a week in liberal party heartland when she should have been addressing the concerns of more important individuals we are c!ao advertising sonya madden sonya@ciaomagazine.com.au satire for the soul drummoynites do their block summer hill renaissance mystery markets l who said people in the inner west don t watch commercial tv the block stars dan and dani were almost mobbed when they dropped into drummoyne s mr stainless this month dan and dani bought some materials from the stainless steel shop to make seats with a sydney opera house style design l in addition to the block all stars inner westies will have watched the abc s investigation of the obeid mcdonald scandal with lots of generic shots of birkenhead point and surrounding waters where obeid s office was while obeid and mcdonald are being walked to the labor party exit sign their colleague angela d amore has thus far escaped defenestration despite being found guilty of misusing a parliamentary staff allowance d amore has retained her party membership because she is lodging an appeal d amore fell from grace in 2010 and her subsequent appeals have since been dismissed the former member for drummoyne had a reputation for being of the people very hard working and wearing fantastic stilettos l the sleepy village of summer hill is morphing monica trapaga s shop reclaim has moved out to newtown after 10 years on lackey street but new businesses like goblin café are moving in recent attacks in the area certainly haven t contributed to the village al fresco atmosphere however with one woman threatened to hand over her phone and wallet at knifepoint last sunday l are new markets coming to town rumours of a new designer market in balmain are circulating but there s no more news on the supposed night market that was happening somewhere in the leichhardt lga although supported by council the market may not have had the right transport connections to be viable dear ll ­ a little part of me died when the news broke that the prime minister had checked into a rooty hill fleapit and was engaging in face-to-face contact with westies one can t imagine the likes of paul keating or gough whitlam lowering themselves to this kind of humiliating intercourse with the great unwashed and they actually represented western sydney electorates if memory serves correctly reba meagher sensibly chose never to leave her coogee neighbourhood to visit cabramatta during the years she was that benighted region s local member but i guess that was before the outer-suburban bogan elite seized control of the nation s political system and an ever-more craven alp felt they had to pretend to take seriously the ceaseless whining of tradies earning $250k a year sticking their hands down toilets about the cost of air-conditioning their eight-bedroom mcmansions i mean i still don t have a bike path that goes all the way from my front door to my office three kilometres away but do you hear me complaining about my commuting times apart from the odd letter to the fairfax press a number of brisk emails to albo and an ongoing social media campaign and you want to talk about cost-of-living pressures try to find a jar of decent basil-infused greek feta from an inner west-based providore for under $20 it s a free country and if an individual chooses to move to the boondock badlands frankly i don t see they have any claim on the attention sympathy or tax dollars of the more civilised sections of society andrea annandale ll replies that s the contemporary graspingly aspirational working class for you andrea we can only hope they get their just desserts when the mad monk pulls workchoices 2.0 out of his zucchetto come september 15 n email your dilemma to info@ciaomagazine.com.au leane senzamici leane@ciaomagazine.com.au newtown food melissa leong info@ciaomagazine.com.au winsor dobbin www.winsordobbin.com.au wine c!ao history if you re an inner west local from way back you may recognize pete right from pete s milk bar located on the corner of rowntree and darling streets in balmain between 1963 and 2009 many residents have memories of going to the milk bar before going to the movies at the bijou or the roller skating rink on rowntree st local history lover rachel is researching the milk bar and would love to hear from anyone with info or photos of the place for a post she ll be writing on her blog www.retrogoddess blogspot.com email racheljane73@gmail.com if you ve got any old photos you d like to share design eleanor wales info@ciaomagazine.com.au editorial nancy merlo info@ciaomagazine.com.au we know the inner west has some amazing talent the girls who grace our covers and fashion pages are all real and local and we re on the lookout for models for future issues if you ve got what it takes and want to put a spring in your step and a song in our heart give us a call on 9518 3696 or email images or portfolio to info@ciaomagazine.com.au publishing sonia komaravalli sonia@ciaomagazine.com.au contributors russell edwards ben cregan and nigel bowen ciao take your kids to the pub things we love live music and the venues struggling to keep it playing the live music scene in the inner west has had a hard time lately with iconic venue the annandale hotel having recently gone into receivership but could things be looking up soon leichhardt mayor darcy byrne has proposed to turn parramatta road into sydney s live music cultural precinct email us at info@ciaomagazine.com.au and let us know if you think this could be a solution www.ciaomagazine.com.au photo shot by ben cregan dress by glam girl 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 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community life r oad test rant the con in westconnex both labor and the libs have now committed to funding a major improvement to parramatta road but not everyone thinks the westconnex is the right way to go the rant in ciao s last issue 206 claimed that by opposing the westconnex project to expand and extend the m4 motorway the greens have lost their way while our ranting friend is right to feel aggrieved about the horrendous traffic congestion in the inner west it is in fact the old parties that lack a clear vision on transport policy leaving the greens as the only party with effective solutions to the problem extending both the capacity and reach of the m4 will simply encourage more cars onto the already choked streets of the cbd and inner west further contributing to traffic congestion the gridlock that regularly paralyses both the current m4 and m5 during peak hour clearly demonstrates the folly of trying to solve traffic problems in dense urban areas by simply building more roads an urban planner in london or new york would laugh if you told them we are going to solve traffic problems in a major city by building a bigger road even transurban the largest tollway operator in australia says that improved public transport is the best way to move people in and out of the cbd the rant also made light of the huge impact the extension of the m4 will have on local residents large tracts of land on either side of parramatta road will need to be compulsorily acquired for the widening of the road and the building of on and off ramps construction is also expected to drag on for up to ten years causing major disruptions to the lives of local residents ­ and road users who s got eggsellent chocolate everyone loves an excuse to eat a bit of chocolate so this easter we ve decided to scour the inner west to see which local chocolate experts have the best range available rino saffioti rino saffioti s chocolate shop in haberfield has filled the void that colefax chocolates left after closing their doors about a year ago his chocolate is good quality and tastes beautiful while his range is a little smaller than what colefax used to stock there s still plenty on offer such as various sized eggs rabbits and hens ­ available in dark and milk chocolates including a 1.5kg egg currently on display in the shop window this easter he s even offering customised eggs to order with a name painted on them 4/5 the buckets of assorted eggs to the choc rabbits and ducks mini dark milk and white chocolate eggs with gooey flavoured centers and hot cross bun chocolates filled with apple and cinnamon ganache ­ it s all beautifully presented this year they have also added a very cool-looking chocolate jigsaw puzzle with a colourful easterthemed graphic to their selection which i d say is the most unique easter gift i ve seen so far 4/5 the cruelty free shop this one is for the vegan chocolate lovers out there this glebe store stocks a great range of easter eggs from various brands for people that may be gluten-free vegetarian vegan or lactose intolerant but still want to enjoy something yummy this easter 3.5/5 max brenner fans of this brand will be pleased to know that easter products have hit the shelves in the newtown store there s not too much variety but one gem that stand out is the speck-tacular egg speckled with pecan chunks and toffee 3/5 rochford chocolates erskinevillebased chocolatier timothy rochford of rochford chocolates was trained in belgium and makes some truly fantastic chocolate however with an upcoming overseas trip in the works timothy produced a small easter range this year for advance orders only kudos to those people who got in early and are enjoying a rochford creation this easter 3.5/5 siala and lynne from belle fleur kids it features chocolate bunnies packaged with a chocolate freckle half-eggs filled with gourmet chocolates and some whole eggs with pretty floral designs 2/5 kimberley chocolates this tiny shop front on lilyfield road leichhardt has been selling handmade chocolate since 1994 however when i visited last week i found their easter range was quite limited and makes better gifts for adults than belle fleur fine chocolates across their rozelle and petersham stores these guys probably have the biggest range of fine handmade easter chocolate available in the inner west from the trading circle this summer hill store is all about promoting a consciencesalving fair trade easter with fair trade chocolate they have a decent selection of fairtrade easter chocolate available including bunnies and blocks you can choose milk dark or white chocolate from their chocolatier cocolo and lyndsay and edmund gourmet ranges 3/5 n nm a very fishy royal easter show join the sydney fish market at the sydney royal easter show for some excellent free seafood cooking demonstrations from thursday 28th march until wednesday 3rd april sfm seafood demonstrator brigid treloar will be cooking up some delicious seafood recipes at this year s show including spanish-inspired regal new zealand king salmon and mirror dory fingers with piquillo mayo the regal new zealand king salmon recipe is a modern take on the easter tradition of loaves and fishes and the fish itself has the highest natural oil content of all salmon so in terms of nutritional bang for your buck it s a bargain says brigid she thinks the mirror dory is also a fantastic and affordable seafood species with classes running at 11am and 3pm daily don t miss your chance to get fresh with fish audience members will also have the opportunity to ask questions win prizes and enjoy some free tastings during the demo plus special guest pete evans will be joining brigid for the 11am demonstration on march 28th n where australian women s weekly theatre kitchen inside the woolworths fresh food dome info www.sydneyfishmarket.com.au as we move beyond the fossil fuel age surely the environmentally responsible stance would be to improve pubic transport the ranter also suggested it is the duty of all parties to protect the environment how can encouraging more cars onto the road be interpreted as acting to protect the environment as we move beyond the fossil fuel age surely the environmentally responsible stance would be to improve pubic transport the obvious solution to the traffic problems faced by commuters in both the inner west and the western suburbs is better public transport links indeed it is chronic underinvestment in buses and heavy and light rail that has created the tortuous commute our ranting friend now endures for many billions less than the $15 billion and counting westconnex there are real public transport solutions that will get people out of their cars solutions like parramatta city council s light rail scheme the light rail network down parramatta road and the upgrade of our heavy rail and bus services sydney has a population heading toward five million it s important we make the responsible decisions now that will ensure sustainable transport options for the whole city the greens policy of prioritising public transport over roads will do just that n hall greenland greens candidate for grayndler what s on compiled by nancy merlo email info@ciaomagazine.com.au until thurs 28th march ne.com.au info@ciaomagazi attn nancy free community events listings are seniors week seniors week is a time to celebrate the valuable contributions our older generations make to our local community this year seniors are encouraged to join in the celebrations and try something new by either coming along to the `not so young club meeting and luncheon from 11.30am on wednesday 27th march and hearing from a mystery guest speaker or hopping on a bus trip tour to mary mackillop and may gibbs nutcote on thursday 28th costs $10 and includes lunch bookings are essential for both events n call 9367 9146 to reserve your spot 4 learn how to use homeopathic medicine safely within the home to treat things like insect bites bumps bruises and burns perfect for those who are looking for alternatives to over-the-counter medications workshops will run for two hours every tuesday at 10am and cost $20 for more information call the centre on 9797 0422 sydney college of the arts rozelle this year the event will feature the metropolitan orchestra performing pieces from vivaldi s four seasons accompanied by leichhardt espresso chorus the leichhardt sydney secondary college school band will kick things off pack a picnic basket and stop by entry is free and all ages welcome n www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au tuesday 26th march seniors week every tuesday n where 66 ramsay st haberfield sunday 24th march classics in callan park as part of leichhardt council s popular sunset series classical music concert classics in callan park will be held from 4pm to 7pm in the grounds of historic back to nature haberfield naturopathic centre is introducing weekly workshops in natural first aid this month where parents can come along and norton st fashion parade mirror fashion boutique is celebrating the upcoming winter season with a parade of the latest fashions from italy and spain be first to preview these european collections with their unique colours styles and designs mirror fashion boutique will also be offering a complimentary $25 voucher towards any purchase over $100 as well as free jewellery of your choice from the lustre j collection valued up to $89 on the day models will also be wearing the latest masquerade eyewear from the merchant european fashion comes to leichhardt

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n local gigs saturday 13th april n local movies zucchero italian rock superstar zucchero fornaciari is touring australia this year and will be bringing a truly incredible musical experience to the state theatre for his adoring fans when he hits sydney in april with music largely inspired by gospel blues and rock music the star has sold over 40 million records worldwide and has claimed countless accolades including two world music awards six ifpe europe platinum awards and a grammy award nomination free c d u le tiwinkoebts movies passes remember claire from six feet under sleepwalk with me rudderless thirtysomething men and they are always men with no prospects and messy entangled lives they re in an endless funk about are a staple in american indie flicks a sign of our confused cash-strapped times no doubt in writer director mike birbiglia s refreshingly different trawl through this familiar turf lauren ambrose six feet under plays the good woman trying to ground him she s abby and she cuts matt birbiglia in a version of himself way too much slack he s a stand-up comedian so terrified of the impending marriage he stumbled into via what must be the world s most unromantic proposal he s developed a rem sleepwalking disorder ­ an increasingly hazardous condition which supplies the very loopy humour as well as some thrills and spills most of his tales come from his celebrated stage show and this american life segments fans of ira glass s radio program and there are legions of them will instantly recognise the idiosyncratic style they will adore this ctc at dendy newtown from april 4 n reviews ­ re all the president s women hyde park on hudson is zucchero the italian elvis credited with a career spanning four decades today zucchero is known as the voice of italy for this generation and his shows have almost sold out across the country demonstrating just how far his music has reached he is also the only italian star to have performed at international events like mandela day and live aid alongside hugely popular acts such as u2 queen and eric clapton this is one musician that can certainly hold his own even up against some of the greatest musical talents in the world for bookings call ticketmaster on 136 100 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.au n nancy merlo franklin d roosevelt bill murray was truly a great american president a man of towering achievements though we see little of those in roger mitchell s deliciously wry peek at his sleeping arrangements during a visit by the king and queen of england samuel west and olivia coleman it s june 1939 and fdr seems more preoccupied with his stamp collection and slyly drinking than in lofty affairs of state and receiving comforting hand jobs from a distant cousin a terrific laura linney who is ­ as it turns out ­ not the only one with access into the great man s trousers his wife eleanor olivia williams sleeps in another house the queen s butler notes with arched eyebrows and makes furniture with women the sort who like one another the queen takes all that in her stride she s far more worried by the presence on the menu of something called a hot dog mitchell notting hill goes gently on his satiric targets we laugh but none of this is cruel and after kennedy and clinton why should we be surprised but will we still be smirking if we ever hear this about obama and michelle m15 from march 28 n thanks to icon films we have 10 double in-season passes to give away details below rust and bone those who recall jacques audiard s galvanizing a prophet know that this multiaward wining frenchman doesn t pull any punches there are plenty here strong violence alert though this is also a tender love story stephanie marion cotillard loses her legs after an accident with a killer whale she works in a seaworld park but the man she teams up with matthias schoenaerts is far tougher than any sea critter sharks included audiard knows how to push audience buttons ­ this unsentimental and very gritty film is a powerhouse of emotion it cuts right to the bone ma15 from march 28 arthouse pick n dvd pick win dvds dead europe christos tsiolkas the slap is a brave writer and so is marrickville-based tony krawitz for bringing one of his darkest novels to the screen premiering at last year s sydney film festival in the main competition and going on to a critically acclaimed art-house run the story follows greek-australian photographer issac ewen leslie tracing his family roots in europe after his father s apparent suicide ­ he s trying to find out why his family refused to ever return home tsiolkas was searching for the key to europe s tragedy over the last 100 years and issac s journey is a confronting one ­ he comes face to face with anti-semitism political extremism illegal refugees child pornography and finally the ultimate betrayal this is daring stuff and krawitz has delivered the goods his movie works astonishingly well as both a taut thriller and hallucinatory nightmare ma15 available now on dvd and digital download n thanks to transmission home entertainment five ciao readers have the opportunity of winning a dvd copy details below tough love win tix all the fun of the show there ll be tonnes of fun food rides and games to entertain the whole family at this year s sydney royal easter show plan ahead to make the most of your easter show experience this year and go online to visit my show planner where hundreds of free entertainment and experiences are on offer the woodchop is a must-see as is the new night-time production darcy s quest starring the 11.2m chromium heroine darcy the racing pigs are also very cute and sure to impress the whole family while crowd favourite the psycho sideshow will return again this year featuring bizarre and sensational acts that are sure to mesmerise audiences the show is on from march 21st to april 3rd don t miss your chance to choose from over 300 showbags and taste test free food from the woolies fresh food dome while you check out the iconic district exhibit displays ­ the only one of its kind in the world find out more about tickets and show highlights you won t want to miss at www.eastershow.com.au n to win a double pass to the show email info@ciaomagazine.com.au and tell us in 25 words or less what ignites your senses at the sydney royal easter show go to www.eastershow.com.au for inspiration friday 5th april city critters get back to their rural roots of venice the event kicks off at 6pm refreshments will be served by well co cafe wine bar plus delicious desserts from cakes creams patisserie n call jana on 0488 089 515 to reserve your spot at leichhardt s first fashion parade of the season fri 29th sun 30th march ayurveda yoga ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old science of natural healing that has its origins in the vedic culture of india yoga in daily life is holding lectures and workshops over the coming weekends for those who want to learn more the ayurveda and yoga the sister sciences lecture will be held from 7pm to 8.30pm march 29th 25 including chai and sweets a yoga and ayurveda practice and theory workshop will be held from 9am to 1pm march 30th 60 including lunch and notes for more info and bookings call 9518 7788 n where 102 booth st annandale trivia night come along and support local charity communities for communities at this annual trivia night to be held at concord rsl from 7pm tickets cost $35 and you can make up your own table of eight teammates or leave it to the event organisers to group you there will also be raffles live and silent auctions and lucky door prizes on the night so don t miss the opportunity to have loads of fun while raising money to help build houses for disadvantaged families in indonesia ­ tickets are available now n call 9475 5252 for more info sunday 14th april castel d oro getting on board with a coffee cart trovatino s supplying muffins and dolcetti bringing along the quiches and mini pizzas children are also welcome to come and play on equipment supplied by tiny tots n if you can t make it to breakfast you can still donate at www.everydayhero com.au/valasia_papadakis_0 win movie passes dvds brekky with bears has battled liver disease since she was just two weeks old so rather than having breakfast at home or at a café come and have a good feed for a great cause the event will be overflowing with gourmet goodies with time realty donating bacon eggs onion and sauces for the hot brekky to be in the running to win a double in-season movie pass to hyde park on hudson just email info@ciaomagazine com.au telling us where you picked up your copy of ciao include your name and address also five lucky ciao readers could win a dvd copy of the searing australian drama and hit at last year s sydney film festival dead europe you can enter both but remember you have to tell us where you found your ciao bandaged bear breakfast five dock mum valasia papadakis is hosting a bandaged bear breakfast at five dock public school from 9.30am to 12.30pm to raise money for the children s hospital westmead ­ where her daughter stefania only at the movies mar 28 trailer and website focusfeatures.com/hyde_park_on_hudson community glamour at its best 5

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n feature neighbourhood watching it was meant to be an australia day long weekend of sun and surf but as i flew into byron bay the wind blew in as well the rain started to pelt down and suddenly i couldn t walk a metre down the street without my clothes being soaked through umbrellas were useless and soon branches began to fall from trees which were cracking under the angry assault of mother nature turning on the television i realised things were only going to get worse as the storms that had already flooded cities all over queensland moved south towns like lismore that are a mere hour away from byron were being evacuated all flights were cancelled and then the power went out i was stranded in the dark unable to trade most restaurants and shops closed their doors meanwhile as i stood watching a one-way convoy of cars scramble to get out of town old episodes of man vs wild popped into my mind what would bear grylls do all i could think of was finding a torch and stocking up on snacks nutella counts as an end-of-days food requirement right what i didn t count on was the kindness i experienced from so many strangers one woman staying in an apartment above mine even offered to share her dinner ­ in case i hadn t thought ahead and picked up that nutella before buckling down for the night of course this wasn t a doomsday scenario ­ 24 hours later the power came back on and eventually the sun came out and the airport re-opened so i was able to fly home albeit three days late however the whole incident had me wondering a couple of things firstly what did people do in the dark ages of no electricity and secondly would inner west locals be as generous if say a cyclone hit haberfield inner western suburbs are often described as villagelike but how many of us would really band together like villagers to help each other out in the event of a disaster or even offer to share our dinner with a neighbour who didn t quite make it down to iga before the hail started never having faced such a crisis at home here in the inner west i did wonder if that kind of neighbourly spirit only exists in hippy beach towns and rural communities as neighbour day approaches on sunday 31st march i asked around and discovered that indeed many locals do get along well with their neighbours maria zarro a resident new to five dock said in the short time i ve been here i have been blown away by how friendly natural and helpful five dock people are i don t quite believe this sort of thing still exists in sydney but maria s disbelief isn t exactly unfounded forming friendly neighbourly relationships takes work when you re living in a cosmopolitan city like sydney ­ where anonymity can be yours if you want it ­ which is why neighbour day founder andrew heslop urges 6 top tips to storm proof your house after the wild weather we ve been experiencing throughout the country ciao speaks to peter kaye from ses ashfield-leichhardt to find out how to safeguard your house from disaster l unblock gutters cleaning gutters and checking down pipes and valleys for blockages is a must l skylights most people are not aware they need to be maintained the seals perish wind causes movement and in a storm they have been known to `pop off l trees the crowns of trees get heavy with rain and when combined with strong winds and wet soil they easily topple over trim dead branches and reduce the crown of large trees your council can provide a guide as to how much can be trimmed l loose roof sheeting old metal roofs that were secured with nails should be checked and nails replaced with screws if water has gotten into the roof battens and these have rotted whole sections of the roof can lift off in storms l surface drains check and clear surface drains particularly if they are in a low spot and report any debris build-up covering street drains to you local council all the calls for assistance in the ashfield and leichhardt council areas over the past month or so have been due by the above causes says peter most of which could have been prevented with some low-cost maintenance petersham s very neighbourly andrew heslop photo john mcrae after recently being stranded in the stunning beach town of byron bay in some not-so-stunning circumstances nancy merlo ponders how the inner west would cope if disaster struck neighbour day because it s encouraged us all to be better cooks host a street party and get your neighbours involved he says the more i consider andrew s words the more i realise how right he is it was the simple offering of food from the woman in byron bay that made me feel a little more while andrew believes that the inner west particularly his own community in petersham is very well connected secure even in disastrous circumstances there s no reason why this kind of generous and helpful attitude he observes communities are only as strong as the towards others shouldn t be your approach to your people who live in them and to have a well connected neighbours in daily life even when there is no informed and supportive community you need to shop imminent disaster local and get involved for those of you who aren t sure how to reach out to your after all you never know when you may run out of nutella and need to go a knockin next door neighbours or get involved andrew says the secret people to use the annual event this year as a catalyst to start a great relationship with their fellow local residents that will last all year round you don t have to be best friends but you should know how to quickly reach each other in an emergency he says weapon is ­ surprise surprise ­ food it s amazing how a cake biscuits or even a barbecue can break the ice and bring people together masterchef has been excellent for n if you d like to host your own neighbour day party download free invitations posters name tags and a how-to guide at www.neighbourday.org sharon ashfield-leichhardt ses volunteer

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coming together a new era of art has come to balmain with the merging of two brilliant galleries that have long supported australian artists ­ flourish arts and breathing colours gallery come along and show your support at the launch of their latest exhibition artistic synergies curator robin hill is excited to be uniting the work of both flourish artists and breathing colours artists at one central location with breathing colours forming the gallery and retail space of the business flourish is set to become a behind the scenes workshop space and a place for people to learn about a range of art from painting to jewellery design robin s philosophy has always been to focus on australian artists that offer something a little special i enjoy a range of artwork ­ from the traditional to the quirky ­ and i m prepared to take risks with the art i exhibit but it has to be original and well made says robin this is exactly the kind of thinking that has led her to the unique work of rodney swansborough and pearl red moon launching at breathing colours on saturday 23rd march from 5pm the artistic synergies exhibition features work by this talented husband and wife team including three series of paintings by rodney and stunning embellished art by pearl the exhibition was named artistic synergies because it joins two artists in a collaborative exhibition creating a kind of synergy where different creative elements are united coincidentally and fittingly the name also reflects the synergy of the two galleries coming together pearl s work in itself brings together various traditions including sewing beading and portraiture forming a sense of cohesion all on its own while rodney works arts the opening of the exhibition will be held 4pm saturday 23rd march at breathing colours beach nude by rodney swansborough with mixed media and says his philosophy is to get the medium to do the work for you by this he means that he allows his own discipline and technique to be present alongside the medium s own presence which creates an impact of its own i submit to the medium as much as it submits to me he says and this brings something unique to the work and a synergy that wouldn t happen if you could just control the medium don t miss this fantastic exhibition on display till april 8th to thank her supportive customers robin will also be hosting an open house at the gallery each sunday from 2pm until april 7th n breathing colours gallery 446 darling st balmain ph 9555 8543 equine antiquity ii by rodney swansborough austalian icon by pearl red moon 9555 8543 open tuesday-sunday from 10am-5pm www.breathingcolours.com phone easter special 7 day free trial includes · gym · pool · group fitness classes · aqua classes annette kellerman aquatic centre ditch the chocolate hit the gym instead conditions apply new members only check out the website to find out more www.akac.com.au black st marrickville phone 9565 1906 127icd2445 community glamour at its best 7

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kitchen with melissa leong tropical thirst quencher a few weeks ago i visited beautiful melbourne to judge burgers for a restaurant industry magazine competition aside from the copious amounts of awesome food and drink you inevitably encounter in this southern sister city of ours the stand-out was the weather it was unseasonably warm sweltering in fact melting along the footpath we happened upon a quintessentially melbourne out of the way cute as hell café called grub food van grub hole in fitzroy there we begged for the most refreshing cool drink they could muster the following recipe is a little nod to that saviour serves 2 one young coconut 2 cups of pink grapefruit juice 1 cup of lemonade or tonic 1 cup of ice 1 handful of mint leaves roughly torn nasturtium flowers to decorate wine with winsor lively white tulloch 2012 verdelho there is a lot of snobbery about grape varieties ­ and portuguese grape verdelho is not considered trendy by many members of the wine trade that s a good thing in one way ­ it means slurpable wines like this one are probably cheaper than they should be that said this is the best-seller in hunter family winery tulloch s range once people actually get to try its freshness and tropical fruit vibrancy they love it see for yourself $16 savoury red caillard 2011 mataro clever chap leichhardt resident andrew caillard he not only made this lovely wine in conjunction with family members he also painted the pretty picture for the label i tasted this alongside several far more expensive premium reds and it shone with its super dark fruit complexity exquisite was my one-word tasting note it is a triumph from a very difficult vintage in the barossa spicy supple briary tangy and very drinkable one to seek out $44 method crack open the coconut pour the water into a jug scrape out the flesh with a spoon and chop roughly add to jug add pink grapefruit juice lemonade/tonic mint leaves and ice banish xx x the autumn blues with a splash of summer add a little raw honey to sweeten to taste serve in your most tropical looking glasses topped with nasturtiums or other edible flowers and maybe a little cocktail umbrella for good measure cheers n www.fooderati.blogspot.com think pink grapefruit tartness coconut for that tropical kick then just add gin to make delicious refreshing drink an adults-only affair bewitching blend petaluma 2012 white label sauvignon blanc a new-look entry-level label from petaluma a winery with a formidable reputation and with vineyards in both the adelaide hills and coonawarra here sauvignon blanc grapes from both regions have been blended together to produce a delightful australian-style savvy less in your face than its kiwi counterparts but crisp clean and very food friendly with lifted zesty citrus i wouldn t say no to a glass or two on the back deck $23 n www.winsordobbin.com.au at the markets n fruit new season australian apples are delicious and crisp at the moment go for gala granny smith or jonathan varieties new season pear varieties including beurre bosc green packham and nashi pears have also just arrived it s end of season for stone fruits so don t have high expectations and buy only as you need also it s a good idea to keep them in the fridge at this time of year n vegies great buys this month are locally grown eggplant and sweet corn as well as beans it s over a meal that people tell you of their worries and deepest concerns it is a holy act in itself did jesus like chocolate it s just an easter egg i was baptised a roman catholic i even used to be an altar boy although much to my mother s concern i ve never really been taken by any one religion rather i m fascinated by them all one thing that i ve always been particularly curious about is the history of the chocolate easter egg what follows is my brief version of events 2000bc cacao is cultivated by the aztecs in south america 1900bc a beer-like beverage is made by the aztecs from the fermented pulp of the cacao bean 6bc jesus is born 37 jesus is crucified and resurrected 300 mayans carve images of cacao beans symbolising life in stone 705 approx saint bede the venerable makes reference to 40 days of fasting in `temporum ratione and talks about eostre the pagan god of fertility it s believed that eggs were symbolically used to celebrate eostre 1502 columbus landed in nicaragua and is the first european to consume cacao personally all his other exploits fall by the way side 1519 hernán cortés starts a cacao plantation and is responsible for bringing chocolate to europe starting with spain in 1528 1569 pope pius v declared that drinking chocolate on a friday did not break fast 1610 pope paul v officially adopts easter eggs as a symbol for easter celebrations 1730 the steam engine is used to mechanise the grinding process so the cost of chocolate reduces making it accessible to more people 1800 solid chocolate easter eggs start to appear 1828 the cacao press is invented 1866 the cadbury brothers develop `the cadbury process making large amounts of cocoa butter available which is the secret to commercially produced molded chocolates 2013 my kids will happily run around the backyard hunting for chocolate eggs then eat themselves sick and not for one second consider any of the above happy easter n jared ingersoll pretty soon we had over 80 people coming for a monday night meal john singleton then gave me some money to open a free restaurant for homeless and needy people call it loaves and fishes he said what s easter like at the loaves and fishes restaurant our loaves and fishes free restaurant and mobile services prepares and serves up to a thousand meals every day on easter sunday the meal is served by members of the jewish community as a show of religious solidarity what role do you think food plays in bringing people together food plays an enormous part in bringing people together and forming community i love eating with our guests in our free restaurant it is over a meal that people tell you of their worries and deepest concerns it is a holy act in itself are you a good cook yourself do you have a signature dish you enjoy cooking i used to cook many years ago and turned out a mean roast chicken nowadays i am just too busy and anyway i love eating with our guests if you could have anyone in the world come and share a meal at loaves and fishes whom would you most like to invite in june this year we are going to be visited by his holiness the dalai lama if anybody exemplifies courage under adversity it is him i am so honoured he will be spending time with us because he is homeless we are creating an environment for him to share and eat with the homeless people of sydney this will be just for the homeless i think there will be magic in the sharing between him and them all the important people can stand at the back n for more information on visiting or donating to the exodus foundation this easter visit www.exodusfoundation.org.au interview nancy merlo photo ben cregan the spiritual leader of exodus at home with reverend bill crews reverend bill crews is the founder of the exodus foundation and loaves fishes free restaurant in ashfield which serves hundreds of meals to needy and homeless people every day here bill chats to ciao about what will be happening at the restaurant this easter sunday and having the dalai lama come to visit what first inspired you to begin feeding disadvantaged people in the community through the exodus foundation s various food services i arrived in ashfield as minister of ashfield uniting church in 1986 we simply opened our church doors to invite people in one night many of the people who came in we found were hungry and so as a congregation we collected any money we could and on a monday night bought and cooked a leg of lamb for anyone who would turn up 8

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30inch_wide poster.qxd 16/10/2012 8:47 pm page 1 lo busin al c 2013 inner west local business awards nominate an outstanding business in the inner west that deserves recognition for their service and you could win a 3g wifi samsung galaxy camera media partners brand new at 30inch_wide poster.qxd 16/10/2012 8:47 pm page 1 s s s es es es 2013 aw ards a samsung galaxy camera section 1 please tick one of the following categories automotive services bakery/cake shop beauty services butcher café child care services delicatessen/gourmet food fashion shop fast food/takeaway fitness services florist fruit vegetable shop hairdresser home based business long serving business vote win brand new at home furniture store jewellery store new business pet care pharmacy pizza restaurant professional services real estate agency restaurant seafood outlet service trade specialised business specialised retail business wedding services support sponsors number of years in operation section 2 please nominate an outstanding business business name address suburb business ph signature date postcode nb only customer signed coupons will be accepted in the count customers are restricted to one vote per category $10 we are now open at nigh burger monday to friday pm til la nights 5 try our delicious new range of fresh gourmet burgers beef chicken or vegetarian try our delicious new range of fresh gourmet burgers beef chicken or vegetarian shop 16 51 norton st norton plaza leichhardt 2040 next to co phone 02 9572 8711 cafeilvizio@gmail.com section 3 enter the prize draw your name your contact number any personal information including contact details other information you provide will be used strictly for this program and will not be provided to any third party want face to face business advice www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au ph 1300 134 359 we are open at night weare now now open at download more coupons from the www.thebusinessawards.com proudly managed by local business awards website monday to friday monday to friday 5pm shop 16 51 norton st norton plaza leichhardt 2040 next to coles phone 02 9572 8711 cafeilvizio@gmail.com community glamour at its best 9 5pm til late shop 16 51 norton st norton plaza leichhardt 2040 phone 02 9572 8711 cafeilvizio@gmail awarding business excellence since 1985 closing date wednesday 10th april 2013 post to inner west local business awards po box h211 hurlstone park nsw 2193 enquiries tel 02 8577 5060 photocopied coupons are accepted multiple coupons accepted in one envelope vote online www.thebusinessawards.com terms and conditions · awards businesses that receive the highest number of nominations become finalists the number of nominations needed to qualify will vary for each category finalists will be judged using a separate criteria to determine the winner in each category.prize draw promotion is open to all regions in which the local business awards operate nominations within a region close as stated on the coupon the overall promotion commences 18/2/13 one draw will be conducted at precedent productions level 1 30 floss st hurlstone park nsw 2193 the draw for the advertised prize will be conducted on 10/10/13 and the winner will be notified via telephone by 5.30pm on 10/10/13 the person whose coupon is drawn randomly from all participating area coupons in the local business awards 2013 will win the advertised prize prize consists of 1 x samsung galaxy camera total rrp $599.01 picture is for illustration purposes only actual product may vary any change in the value of the prize occurring between the publishing date and the date of the prize is claimed is not the responsibility of precedent productions prize is not transferable and not redeemable for cash authorised under nsw permit ltps/13/00741.

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n your say the hour of no power n sustainability local news newtown unplugged newtown will be hosting an unplugged version of earth hour this year with selected restaurants bars and cafés offering candlelit dining and live acoustic entertainment from 8.30pm to 9.30pm on march 23rd ­ demonstrating that low-energy use doesn t have to mean sitting home in the dark the green living centre will be supporting the earth hour event by supplying free beeswax candles to participating venues n for more information `like the green living centre on facebook do you think earthhour makes a difference in the scheme of things and how far will you be taking it this year n i don t actually know when it is but will now seek to find out and participate in terms of immediate greenhouse gas reductions no i don t think it makes much of a difference but in terms of raising awareness changing people s attitudes and engaging with the community i think it can make a massive difference we may move slowly but we are making progress patrick rozelle n i m going to have a go at cutting everything off and just seeing what i can do to entertain myself by candlelight jeff ashfield n in the big scheme of things probably not but the good intention is there michael haberfield n the difference earth hour makes to the environment is about .00002 per cent which is insignificant but that s ok what it does do is highlight and identify the importance of how we as individuals can play a role in changing the world we live in that hour changes the way people think and treat the world for the rest of the year and this makes a big difference zahin sydney switch on to eco-consciousness when it first launched earth hour received widespread support eight years on people are wondering if it has degenerated into gesture politics or is still a valuable consciousness-raising exercise this saturday 23rd march sydney homes and businesses will turn off the lights in a show of environmental solidarity people all over australia will do the same however in a time of very serious environmental degradation stemming from over consumption and climate change a lot of people ask is one hour a year really enough others argue that for businesses which use fluorescent lights specifically the energy that it takes to turn the lights back on takes away from the effect of earth hour as a whole fluorescents use more energy to get going than to stay on but what a lot of people are missing is that just like a concert for charity or a protest or rally what people need and get from earth hour is inspiration people are are not necessarily expecting to create change with one day for those who say that earth hour is not really about saving power or energy or any of those things the reality is that what the earth needs is an inspired collective force to combat climate change every city building that goes dark means more night sky and stars every house that turns off the power means a moment for people to talk to each other about the day each street lamp that goes dark means one more romantic candle lit dinner in newtown bringing people together of course one hour of one day is not nearly enough one year is not enough but seeing the stars spending time with family and enjoying something a little different can and does build lasting change a little slower a little more community and a little more thought a little inspiration can go a very long way this year there are more events on than ever get out and get inspired words adam taylor co-ordinator of alfalfa house n for more info go to www.earthhour.org.au or to find out who is taking part in local earth hour event newtown unplugged visit www.facebook.com/greenlivingcentre bite-sized treats for mum xxxx mother s day competition do you have the best mum in the inner west well now is your chance to spoil her silly win a decadent high tea experience at little darling diner for your mum and three of her guests this mother s day by liking `ciao magazine on facebook go to www.facebook.com/ciaomagazine and click like for your chance to be in the draw for the high tea luncheon including three tiers of sweet and savoury delights plus a pot of tea for each guest are you a business superstar the inner west local business awards are gearing up for another year with voting open from monday 18th march is your business ready and registered the local business awards have become an exciting competition for many inner west business owners as customers from around the area put pen to paper and show their appreciation of great customer service by voting for their favourite local businesses across over 30 categories categories include best butcher florist pharmacist and restaurant just to name a few and the whole competition culminates in the very glamorous annual gala awards presentation evening on wednesday 29th may when winners are announced and publicly awarded for their hard work last year s winners of the most outstanding specialised business category jodi and matthew arthur of my guitar school in five dock still have their trophy standing tall and proud on the office reception desk and say that business has been great since winning the award it s an achievement we re really proud of and the recognition of winning has definitely boosted the profile of our business in the inner west said jodi she like many other winners from last year looks forward to competing again in 2013 saying fingers crossed we can make it as winners two years in a row great seafood at the sydney fish markets this easter easter at sydney fish markets a seafood lunch is a common part of easter celebrations in australia and this year around 50,000 customers are expected to pass through the sydney fish markets over the easter long weekend with around 350 tonne of seafood expected to be sold easter trading hours will be extended from 5am until 5pm on good friday march 29th and will continue as normal during the rest of the weekend from march 30th to april 1st parking will be available on easter thursday and good friday for a flat rate of $3.00 for two hours and special event clearways will be in place from 3am to 5pm on good friday n for more info visit www.sydneyfishmarket.com.au matthew and jodi arthur from caption xxxxx my guitar school five dock you have to be in it to win it so if you re a new business in the inner west and have not yet registered to allow people to vote for you go to precedent productions website to register today n for more information visit www.precedent.net 10

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n annandale local business n annandale local business the family grocers sam and kathy are the husband and wife team that with the help of their three sons has been serving locals at iga annandale for 28 years now since opening its doors in september 1985 the store has expanded and underwent a renovation in 2001 but two things that haven t changed are the famously jam-packed shelves and the owners dedication to serving their niche annandale market which is filled with growing families from baby food to freshly baked bread ready made meals and fresh fruit and vege ­ it s all available right here sam says the key to long-term success has been continual hard work as well as a combination of providing their customers with what they need and being there for them as friends one of my favourite things about annandale is that it feels like home everyone knows everyone here and we have all become friends he said known for going the extra mile for people sam says he genuinely doesn t mind helping out his customers ­ most of whom he knows and greets by name ­ and says doing small things like holding someone s baby while they do their grocery shopping is an important part of keeping customers happy this kind of hospitality just comes naturally to us says sam with around ten thousand lines of grocery items available including organic and gluten-free items there s never anything missing from the shelves but one of the best things about this local iga is that unlike the big chain stores they offer a more customised service as they are able to pay closer attention to what the customers in annandale want they also offer things that you just can t anywhere else like delicious homemade pasta salads dips and soups cooked by kathy herself essentially this is a small family business that supports peto for annandale australia s largest dog and cat store peto has arrived in the perfect inner west location ­ right next to federal park dog park annandale bring your pooch along to the store s grand opening weekend on saturday 23rd and sunday 24th march to take advantage of loads of special discounts on pet products plus plenty of free entertainment for the rest of the family the pet-loving people at peto are excited to be opening their doors in annandale this weekend and are inviting locals to come along and help them celebrate store owner david rowe says after setting up two peto stores on the northern beaches six years ago and from the positive feedback we regularly receive from our loyal customers we are very pleased to offer the same choice low prices and level of service to sydney s inner west community for the grand opening weekend there will be huge discounts on loads of items including up to 25 per cent off a selected range of science diet and more than 30 per cent off breeders choice cat litter plus plenty of entertainment for the kids including face painting and a balloon animal artist of course dogs are welcome too ­ bring them along for some free treats peto believes in `think adoption first so there ll also be a gold coin donation sausage sizzle over the weekend with proceeds to be donated to the sydney dogs and cats home each year this charity gives thousands of lost and abandoned animals from 11 council areas in sydney including leichhardt a second chance at life so peto will be assisting to rehome cats and dogs within the local community the trusted and experienced staff at peto looks forward to welcoming you to the store and sharing expert advice on the welfare of your animals open seven days a week they offer discounts when you join their loyalty club their own diy dog-wash baths and dog training too with a choice of over 25,000 products at lowest guaranteed prices within 20 kilometres this paradise for cat and dog lovers really is the most convenient one-stop-shop for all your pet needs including food toys and accessories n peto 1a the crescent annandale ph 9571 7999 for more information visit www.peto.com.au daniel and sam from iga annandale other small businesses nationally and locally for example stocking cheese from paesanella in haberfield and ice cream from serendipity in marrickville after almost three decades in business sam and kathy are thankful for the community that has helped make the shop what it is today and look forward to many more years of business in annandale we started with nothing and have ended up with a unique business thanks to local community support so we reinvest everything back into the shop to do our best for our consumers and neighbourhood says sam n iga annandale 47 booth st annandale ph 9660 1646 open 7 days ow n n pe o welcome to annandale s new peto opening specials save $25 save $9 save $20 save $15 save $7 adult chicken 15kg adult small bites 7.5kg adult original 15kg indoor 5kg paper cat litter 30l 99.99 59.99 99.99 59.99 15.99 save 40c annandale save $7 puppy small/large sensitive adult small/large lite mature 18kg 49.99 79c each annandale 1a the crescent call 9571 7999 peto.com.au lowest prices community glamour at its best 11 on sale 14/3/13 1/4/13 or while stocks last all savings calculated from rrp.

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snap happy email your snaps to info@ciaomagazine.com.au all the bubbles have us seeing double a bevvy of beauties came out to celebrate the ilve vip showcase of 2013 product releases girl power local ladies joined deputy mayor linda kelly and councillor vera hannaford to celebrate international women s day in leichhardt this month talented women is what iwd is all about the best of italian design the ilve showcase at maserati sydney a magical summers night on the rhodes foreshore watching a movie under the stars in support of local charity communities for communities battle of the piano accordions at petersham s bairro festival a few stylish ladies cheers to the new range from leichhardt-based business ilve kitchen appliances leichhardt council sydney college of the arts present fun and games at st mark s fete performing vivaldi s four seasons the metropolitan orchestra tmo featuring sydney college of the arts callan park rozelle arch sunday 24 m dorothy took to the stage for a song and dance at st mark s fete last week gone fishin 4 pm ­ 7p m free event please walk ride or bus to the event 4pm­4:40pm sydney secondary college jazz orchestra 5pm­5:30pm leichhardt espresso chorus ­ ristretto performing excerpts from messiah 5:45pm­7pm the metropolitan orchestra tmo performing vivaldi s four seasons fundraising organisation this is a leichhardt council free event www.sunsetseries.com.au 12 for all event details times and transport information visit world class entertainment at the bairro food wine festival

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bellezza hair salon ph 9572 6966 open 7 days shop 4 norton plaza 55 norton st leichhardt express yourself with a new look make an appointment and bring in this ad you ll recieve 20 off your next colour service monday thursday only

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astrogirlzarro your stars for the week from our real astrogirl aries the spirit of rebellion peaks under the mars-uranus link channel your innerwarrior and fight for your right to party taurus separating yourself from restrictive individuals or situations between march 28th and 29th helps you reconnect with your individuality dare to be yourself this fortnight the panel says he seems so nice you don t see many guys these days following their dream i love singing too so i understand how much this means to him really admire him keep it up manuela gemini your leadership qualities shine over the next couple of weeks as you lead the way in community-related activities cancer it will be vital to shut out external influences while you review your belief system honour what you feel in your heart and guts rather than going with the crowd leo you ll need large doses of freedom to release you from the deadening routine of daily life between march 28th and 20th free that noose from your neck and enjoy life virgo you have a strong desire to communicate on a one-to-one basis under the mercury transit use the power of words to soothe other people s personal issues juliana what a handsome and well-dressed young man libra the full moon in your sign on march 27th highlights the importance of being diplomatic practise justice and harmony in your professional dealings scorpio a new creative phase is underway the venus transit brings the beginnings of a productive and rewarding work cycle sagittarius expect a creative shift mid-month but don t over think the process like a cancerian just do it like a sagittarian capricorn mars and the sun align with uranus in your home environment tackle domestic responsibilities from an unorthodox angle for instant success hot or not would you like play doctors and nurses with a man who can serenade you in italian ladies grace from do or dye i think he is cute nice smile too i would go to the norton st festa just to hear him sing aquarius aim to be tactful and persuasive under the venus-mars transit in your communication sector you ll win others over to your way of thinking if your motives are sincere mathew 18 is a professional singer and medical science student at sydney university pisces mars and uranus align in your money sector between march 22nd and 24th there ll be a sudden breakthrough concerning spending money which spells s-h-o-p-p-i-n-g for you lucky pisceans n http astrobabylon.blogspot.com matthew s greatest passion in life is singing and he looks forward to performing at the norton st festa later this year the talented cabarita local can speak and sing in italian and hopes to travel to italy to study `popera popular operatic music one day and reach a level on par with his idol andrea bocelli matthew is available to sing at weddings and funerals and says that while he was initially quite shy in front of an audience he now enjoys performing so much that the nerves have disappeared it s important to do things that scare you sometimes because that s the only way to really succeed he says for more info about matthew visit matthewvocalist.com suave dresser and talented young lad but probably a little too young for a nanna like me ms red 14

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lifestyle ask sal how to replace bath taps a quick way to give a new look to a dated bathroom is through fixture replacement however before you get started it s important to note that while bath taps are an easy item to install you may need a special pipewrench or screw remover if the taps have been on for decades also make certain to measure the pipe so you get the correct size tap and then follow these instructions l turn the water supply off use the five-in-one tool or a flathead screwdriver to pop the plastic top off each tap use the phillips-head screwdriver to unscrew the taps the taps should just pull off after the screw is out if it is fighting you use the wrench to pry it off some taps will not have the plastic top and on occasion the screw holding the tap on is a flathead l measure the pipe the taps were on you are measuring from edge to edge to find the diameter of the pipe you need an accurate measurement because the taps come in different sizes you will need the information at the hardware store both for buying the right size replacement taps but also for a new washer this is a good time to clean the threads on the pipes use the wire brush and scrub gently to remove lime and built-up debris grease the pipes that come from the wall put plumber s tape around the threads at the end of the pipes this will prevent any leaks and ensure a tight seal place the washer over the tip of the pipe and then the new tap l screw a phillips-head screw into the top of the tap to secure it to the pipe place a plastic cover over the screw and pop it on turn the taps on and test your work making sure you put hot on the left and cold on the right n for more info call 1300 go boys or visit www renovationboys.com.au property of the week keeping active aquatic exercises the annette kellerman aquatic centre provides a variety of services and facilities for the community including an olympic-size pool baby splash pool wellness centre and cafe surrounded by the beautiful enmore park while the centre aims to meet the needs of kids and adults alike this month the spotlight is on our older generation in celebration of seniors week at akac seniors can enjoy a variety of offerings in the pool aquaerobics group fitness classes are choreographed to catchy tunes and supervised by experienced aqua instructors ­ great for cardio fitness strength and toning classes are suitable for all fitness levels the easiest one being aqua easy hydro classes available to the public under the direct supervision of an experienced exercise physiologist for those who require extra assistance a character home 64 garfield st five dock in a fabulous lifestyle location just a few minutes stroll to kings bay parkland and five dock village this classic period home offers comfortable low maintenance family living now with future scope to enhance extend and add value stca if desired brimming with original character and charm its spacious interiors span a single level and flow out to a private courtyard with a sun drenched north aspect l features include high ornate ceilings spotted gum floorboards.· formal dining room plus spacious separate lounge · eat-in kitchen modern appliances miele dishwasher · entertainers courtyard large garden shed · elegant master bedroom with cast iron fireplace study or sunroom adjoining the second bedroom · gas heating double parking city buses at the door · 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms 1 car space contact joe rizzo 0417 427 527 view saturday 30th march 10.15am to 11am n www.prbrealestate.com.au in the wellness centre seniors gym classes group fitness classes are supervised by qualified exercise specialists pick from gentle circuit stretch yoga pilates or swiss ball classes to increase vitality flexibility core strength overall muscular strength cardio fitness and general wellbeing programs and personal training all wellness centre members receive an initial results package to access exercise specialists nutritional advice health and fitness screens personal training and customised eight-week programs have a chat with a membership consultant about seniors concession rates promotions availability of trainers and class timetables to find the optimal membership call 9565 1906 to make an appointment or just drop by for a visit and tour of our centre akac is open monday to thursday 6am to 9pm friday to saturday 6am to 7pm and sundays from 8am to 7pm and is wheelchair accessible n for more information visit www.akac.com.au amore sex dat ingand re l at io ns h ip s spicy inner west ciao asks inner westies answer is it inappropriate to talk about sex in the workplace not if you re in the sex industry mark annandale i think it s ok as long as you don t get too vulgar and no one is being made to feel uncomfortable the real problem begins when people start actually having sex in the workplace sharon leichhardt johns to tiger woods the exposure of clandestine lusts has always kept the public both enthralled and selfrighteously sated yet in a world where pornography is mainstream sexual gratification is considered paramount and psychologists warn of an approaching tsunami of child sexualisation sanctimony and moralising can seem self-serving nah it s probably the best place water cooler whispers claire petersham depends on what is being said and who is saying it pamela burwood yes unless you have a very open adult workplace there is too much risk that you ll get slapped with a lawsuit these days you never know what might offend someone james burwood if you re a puppeteer in a childcare centre maybe i was never welcome back there again andrew newtown we do it every single day adam pyrmont is it inappropriate to talk about work during sex chris haberfield so many variables but generally i think it s fine rob balmain it really depends on the type of workplace you re in for example after what happened with mark mcinnes and kirsty fraser-kirk i wouldn t be making too many overtly sexual comments if i worked at david jones rima hurlstone park year of the trouser snake we ve got through the year the world was widely predicted to end only to find ourselves facing 12 months of serpentine possibilities and perils with the explosion of fireworks and the clatter of cymbals chinese astrology decrees that we have just entered the year of the snake for the chinese the snake does not conjure an association with the sinister and menacing the way it does in the west rather the snake is perceived as influential intuitive strategic and wise and therefore the year ahead is said to be prosperous for those with discipline who can progress steadily and thoughtfully the lived reality will perhaps be an accelerating fusion of both east and west as well as the actual and the symbolic or perhaps 2013 like pretty much every year will continue as it started with sexual scandal and subterfuge at every turn this year we ve already seen the departure of a pope his shame at the catholic church s endemic problems with supposedly celibate priests obvious and humiliating as he slithered into the sunset meanwhile julia gillard s tactical snake-like announcement of an election date months away was immediately overshadowed by the arrest of craig thompson whose alleged penchant for prostitutes has proven poisonous for labor there was an old saying that in british politics labor scandals were always about money and conservative ones about sex it seems nowadays everyone is getting snakey in 2013 sexual scandals have little to do with whether you re on the left and right or maybe things are simply reversed in the antipodes and even cold blooded if the year of the snake ends up rewarding the disciplined and steady over the indulgent and impatient in ways more obvious than virtue being in india the entire nation has been searching its soul after the gang rape of a young woman in front its own reward we are headed for interesting times but if 2013 like every other year is shaped of her husband aboard a crowded bus unleashed a predominantly by what s in men s collective pants public outcry as furious as a striking cobra then a more apt name for it would be the year of in steubenville ohio a den of vipers was the trouser snake uncovered in the form an entire town complicit in its i could be wrong about all of this although i doubt silence about their beloved football team s ritualistic it ­ i m a cocksure rooster after all raping of an intoxicated teenager n jason dunne is an inner west columnist from jfk to bill clinton and from matthew and author of everyone is henry miller while you re down there community glamour at its best 15

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