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FREE There’s life in the Inner West! Issue 222 | November 1 2013 Our Cup venues runneth over Where to watch the big race Is it worth it? WIN! DVD Springsteen & I Going nuclear PLUS! Movie tix Adoration is taking over the Inner West! Distributed in Leichhardt, Annandale, Petersham, Stanmore, Newtown, Rozelle, Balmain, Drummoyne, Haberfield, Five Dock, Concord, & Summer Hill Sharing food Why men hate it Coffee kings The best of the Inner West’s baristas


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Inner West whispers Local gossip, rumour, hearsay and unsubstantiated fact... Conspiracy theories and celebrity sightings in Leichhardt l West Connex conspiracy theorists are going off! With the recent train timetable changes dropping essential routes between Liverpool and Redfern, commuters are being forced back onto the roads. More people on the roads further congests traffic and makes the West Connex seem like an even better idea... but would State Rail secretly conspire with the RTA? Transport departments have a reputation for quarrelling and not even the firm handshake of Jamie Parker can help Gladys pull her transport army into line. Still all over the place, transport in the Inner West seems to be going from bad to worse. l There may, however, be a glimmer of hope. RTA officials have been seen walking up and down Parramatta Rd taking photos, trying to work out what shops are empty, untenanted or derelict. Anyone owning Parramatta Rd property can start getting excited – you may soon be getting an offer you can’t refuse. l Some vandals aren’t happy with the West Connex planned route. Property values of many Inner West houses (on the Haberfield to St Peters) route will be affected. Emblazoning such slurs as “Don’t buy, West Connex being built under here” on property sign boards has put off prospective buyers (particularly from the Eastern and Northern suburbs). No one knows exactly where the route for Stage 3 will go yet and community consultation doesn’t start until late 2015. Although we all know what a joke community consultation is, so it is possible that the plans have already been drawn up. l Spotted at Festa: Manu Feildel and Pete Evans filming with My Kitchen Rules (and wearing a little too much make-up according to one onlooker), Antonio Zeccolo (owner and founder of Palace Cinemas) and a Barry O’Farrel look-a-like. l What’s going on at B&T Collision Repairs? The police have been spending quite a bit of time there lately... Latte leftie In which Latte Leftie laments the nation-shaming antics of birthdaythrowing, blackface-wearing bogans WE ARE C!AO ADVERTISING Sonya Madden Satire for the soul JOURNALIST Max Kobras Dear LL – How much damage has been done to what’s left of Australia’s reputation as a civilised nation by a 21-year-old boganette throwing an African-themed 21st birthday party then putting the pictures on Facebook for the whole world to see? Leroy, Petersham LL replies: Immeasurable damage, Leroy. And perhaps the most distressing aspect of blackfacegate has been the sordid truths about Australia our racially evolved American cousins have broadcast. As a black-armband historian of long standing, I thought I knew just how appallingly racist this country is but, until I read the online sites Jezebel and Buzzfeed, I had no idea that, “When I went to Australia I was shocked at how many people wore blackface to the supermarket”, “Native American-themed weddings seem to be a thing down there too” and “The law that made it legal to hunt Aboriginals was only repealed in the ’70s”. It appears I, along with all other Inner Westies, have been residing in a multicultural Potemkin village, blind to the fact that the unlettered masses out in marginal electorates are slathering Kiwi boot polish over their faces before dropping into the corner store for some milk and invariably dressing up as Tonto and Pocahontas whenever they tie the knot. Even more unimaginably, the fathers (probably the mothers as well) of today’s 21st birthday-throwing national embarrassments were out legally shooting Indigenous Australians in Gough Whitlam’s Australia! Is it any wonder we look down on those who live in the outer suburbs as irredeemable barbarians? Of course, as at least one Fairfax columnist has been courageous enough to point out, Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison (John Howard wasn’t explicitly mentioned but I think we can reasonably assumed he makes up the troika) must ultimately take full responsibility for the blasé bigotry displayed by the lower orders. n Email your dilemma to FOOD Melissa Leong WINE Winsor Dobbin C!ao history Horseracing had been popular in Canterbury since its origins as a Sugarworks village in the 1840s, although formalised races would not begin until near the end of the 19th century. It was in 1884 that the Canterbury Park Race Club officially came together with Frederick Clissold and William Lovel Davis as directors. In 1886, Davis also visited the owner of Canterbury Park in Salisbury, England, where he purchased over 50 acres of land at £200 per acre for use by the Club. The Canterbury Racecourse is famous for a variety of innovations in the field of horse racing, such as the first use of a photo finish camera in 1946 and the first metropolitan racing success by a woman in 1957. Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales. ART DIRECTOR Eleanor Wales EDITORIAL Nancy Merlo PUBLISHING Sonia Komaravalli Contributors Nigel Bowen & Wendi Nutt Ciao “Show us ya teats!” Things we love: this completely chilled out Bernese Mountain Dog, named Goose, hanging from a ute window in front of 7-11 Petersham. The Inner West is known for being a dog-friendly place full of furry friends, but we think this guy is one of the coolest canine characters we’ve ever come across. Ciao loves you, and our photographers only supply photos for publication with consent. We try and make you look your best. No responsibility is accepted by Ciao Magazine for the accuracy of advertisements or information. We welcome unsolicited editorial and pictorial contributions. The opinions expressed in Ciao Magazine are those of contributors, indemnifying the publisher from inaccuracy or consequences arising from its reproduction. © All rights reserved. No material is to be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. Ciao Magazine is a free publication. In C!ao’s voice Out • The plastic speed humps, before other speed humps on Norton St – why?! • Trying to navigate the difficult Dendy website • Cuts to State Rail services • Bush fires and smokey skies in the Inner West • Stray trollies blocking roads in Petersham • People ignoring pedestrian crossings on Darling St • Dog owners not cleaning up after their dogs in Haberfield • Taking selfies at funerals • Knitting (has been traded for summer crocheting) Distribution, advertising & editorial enquiries 460A Parramatta Road, Petersham 2049 (02) 9518 3696 0402 202 951 – Sonya 0405 032 032 – Leane 0405 509 805 – Sonia Ciao is locally owned and produced. • Piping hot coffee from Bertoni’s, Balmain (no one likes a luke warm caffeine fix) • Having your own vegie patch • Flatform shoes • Nutella gelato from Rino Saffioti, Haberfield • The selection of renewed denim shorts at Cream on King (it’s hipster heaven) • The helpful Saturday bus driver on the 433 • The return of the Wog Boys • Shopping at Odyssey Jean Town, Marrickville • Waking up to native bird calls here in the Inner West Please recycle Printed by Spot Press, Marrickville Subscribe Tired of missing out on your copy of Ciao? Why not subscribe? It costs just $75 per year to have Ciao home delivered. Email with your address. Cover: Local baristas, Jack and Ash from Cavallaro’s at Norton Plaza, battle it out to see who is Leichhardt’s Best Barista! See inside the mag for more photos from Norton St Festa! Photo by Sam McMillan. C!ao Magazine There’s life in the Inner West! 4


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Community life R OAD TEST Rant Bring back the hat! What will you be wearing this Melbourne Cup day? Local milliner Wendi Nutt hopes it’s not an unfascinating fascinator... Sadly there is a huge generational change in dressing for weddings, the races and Melbourne Cup. It is a rarity to see an elegant hat at the races these days, styled with an outfit, shoes and handbag, which complement it beautifully. What was once an occasion to dress with elegance and style, is now being taken over by sad little pieces of fluff on a headband or a comb from China. Fascinators are certainly not ‘fascinating’. They are neither captivating, mesmerising nor alluring. They do nothing for you! They have no style, grace or elegance – especially if they are purchased from a department store. You may as well be wearing your knickers on your head! Why do so many gorgeous women spend a fortune on their fabulous shoes and dresses only to top it all off with a $6.99 ‘thingy’? It saddens me to see beautiful mothers of the bride also joining this trend by wearing a “this will do” piece in their hair to their daughter’s wedding. Furthermore, you cannot buy a hat online. A hat needs to be tried on for size and it has to fit your head. It needs to be in Hayburner hijinks Impractical headwear, office sweeps and long luncheons – it’s all part of the fun on Melbourne Cup Day. There are plenty of options, whether you’re after a big lunch, a big screen or just want to wear a big hat... Woolwich Pier Hotel Hosted by Ron Wilson, the best part about this cup lunch will definitely be the food. The menu is to die for, plus you get a glass of Veuve Clicquot on arrival. $95 a head and well worth it! Club Five Dock Five Dock is the place for fun and food with a two-course lunch at Three Peppers restaurant on offer ($17.50) as well as a hat parade, sweeps and a complimentary glass of bubbly. If you’re after something a little different however, there will also be a special Melbourne Cup High Tea Buffet available ($39) with cocktails, live entertainment and an assortment of sweets, French pastries, fruits and sandwiches alongside herbal teas and coffee from 1pm to 4pm. The race that intoxicates the nation Cup then book a table at the Royal Oak, where you’re invited to “frock up for a fabulous day!” For $75 per person, you’ll get a three-course lunch, oysters and canapes on arrival. 3 Weeds For an elegant racing affair, sign up for a threecourse luncheon at Rozelle’s 3 Weeds ($78), or if you prefer a more relaxed option they do a hamper to snack on all day too. Kazbah If food is the most important part of your race day and you’ve got a big group to feed, then Kazbah offers great value for money with the Ottoman Lunch feast, plus complimentary glass of sparkling, for just $35. There will also be a special Cup-themed dessert, the race will be screened live and there will be lucky door prizes and mystery bets. The Royal Hotel This will be the first Melbourne Cup at the pub since the Royal changed ownership and it’s set to be a huge one. They’ll have prizes for best dressed and best hat, as well as other giveaways and sweeps. The race will be shown live and loud on their big screens and you can get a two-course lunch with prosecco on arrival for $48 a head. The Balmain Hotel Balmain’s newest and coolest pub will have a Mad Hatters Melbourne Cup Enclosure on race day complete with delicious canapes, seriously good drinks, A REAL HORSE and horse lotto. Plus, there’ll be prizes for the best dressed, a live band and, of course, the big screen. You can’t get much better than that, this event will be guaranteed fun. WatervieW For those of you who want to make a day out of Melbourne Cup, the WatervieW is hosting a super stylish luncheon that kicks off at 11.30am and features Motown music, a fashion parade, sweeps, raffles and three-course lunch with a glass of bubbly (or two!). A table of 10 is $1250. n NM Leichhardt Bowling Club Enjoy Happy Hour drink prices from midday until the big race at the LBC, plus prizes are up for grabs for best dressed, best hat and for trivia questions you answer correctly. “[Fascinators] do nothing for you! They have no style, grace or elegance – especially if they are purchased from a department store. You may as well be wearing your knickers on your head!” proportion with your face and body shape, and be in line with your own personal style. If it is good quality and well-made (by a milliner), it will last for many years, be worn on many occasions and will top off a variety of outfits. It can also be re-styled into an entirely new shape by a milliner and the trim replaced…Giving your dearest hat a little facelift means it can be re-used and will always stay in style. Regrettably, in a few years our council rubbish tips will be filled to the brim (pun intended) with the plastic flowers, dyed chook feathers and headbands of cheap fascinators that were only worn once before they fell apart. Will they be beautiful, collectable, vintage hats in 100 years? Unfortunately not. Support fabulous independent, Australian, self-funded businesses, artists, designers, couturiers, milliners, stylists, handbag and shoe designers. There are many of us living and working right here in the Inner West! Please join me in my BRING BACK THE HAT campaign and the art of wearing them elegantly. The Royal Oak Hotel If you’re looking to get dressed up for Melbourne Don’t jump! When two strangers meet atop a tall building by chance – one a homeless man, the other a man on the edge of despair – what follows is an unexpected story of hope and friendship... The Maintenance Room comes from award-winning Sydney playwright, Gerry Greenland, and tells the story of Edward. Life has become unbearable for Edward and he’s decided to end it all by jumping off a building. But when he arrives at the maintenance room on the roof, his plans are foiled by a homeless man who has taken up residence there, and angrily demands to know what Edward is up to. As they explore each other’s reasons for being on top of the building, the question is posed: will they live or die? Playing at the King Street Theatre (Cnr King and Bray Streets, Newtown), Tuesdays through Saturdays at 7.30pm, from November 7th to 30th , tickets ($30) are available at More info at What’s on Compiled by Nancy Merlo. Email Sunday 3rd to 24th November Saturday 9th November n To WIN a double pass to the preview screening on Thursday 7th November at 7.30pm, email WIN TIX! info@ciaomagazi Attn: Nancy FREE Community events listings are n Words: Wendi Nutt, Philadelphia Philpot - Couture Millinery and Styling. Wendi had been creating couture hats and bridal headpieces in the Inner West for over 23 years and has never repeated a design. She was recently named Wedding Accessory Designer of the Year – WEOA awards. For more info visit Sunday 10th November St Brendan’s Fair Step right up! It’s time for the annual St Brendan’s fair, which will be held on the St Brendan’s Church grounds from 10am to 4pm. The Spring Fair is a major fundraising event for the school and a highlight on their local calendar, featuring plenty of family fun including rides for the kids, entertainment, music and stalls filled with craft, books, cakes and jams. Everyone loves an oldfashioned fair and these guys do a damn good job at hosting theirs. n Where: Cnr of Johnston and Collins Streets, Annandale. Sunday 10th November Walking the Landscape Opening on Sunday 3rd November from 3pm to 5pm with a special ‘meet the artist’ event, ‘Walking the Landscape’ exhibition features works by Graham Austin, Kerwayne Berry, Peter Griffen and Toni McDowell. Each artist has been inspired by their experience working in the Australian landscape and bring different elements to the exhibition – Austin presents aerial views of the outback while Griffen’s abstracts are influenced by Indigenous art. More info at n Where: 165 Salisbury Rd, Camperdown. 6 Relay for Life Join the fight for cancer by registering for this year’s Inner West Relay For Life – held annually at King George Park, Manning St, Rozelle. Registrations costs $20 per person, or you can create a team and walk with friends. There will be prizes for those who raise the most money as well as best dressed awards and an award for all teams who keep the Relay spirit alive and have at least one team member on the track for the whole 24 hours of the relay. Food will be available throughout the event as well as entertainment. The survivors walk begins at 11.30am, while the Candlelight Ceremony of Hope will be held at 7.30pm – both are open to the public. n More info: au/2013/inner_west_2013. Rock out in Newtown celebrating its 35th anniversary from 9.30am to 5.30om on November 10th! Look out for some of our favourite events on the day including the Newtown Festival Dog Show, as well as awesome live performances and tonnes of delicious food stalls. The Kids Zone and Eco Zone will also be returning this year. Entry is via gold coin donation at Lennox St, Australia St or Church St, with all funds raised on the day going to the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre. n More information at Newtown Festival One of the Inner West’s biggest festivals returns to Camperdown Memorial Rest Park once again this year – The Newtown Festival welcomes all sorts of weird and wonderful people to their party and will be Relay supporters at Norton St Festa See page 8 for more of What’s On...


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leichhardt bowling & recreation club GEt dREssEd aNd REady tO CELEBRatE MELBOURNE CUP 2013 November 2Nd at leichhardt bowling club FasHIONs in the field • Prizes for best dressed, prizes for best hats. • Mystery prizes on poker machines. • Trivia questions with mystery prizes. HaPPy HOUR dRINK PRICEs from midday until the cup 88-92 Piper St leichhardt Ph: 9569 1936 / 9560 3574


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n Local Gigs Saturday 9th November n Local movies n Art house pick Melbourne Ska Orchestra I’ve never heard Big Band ska before now, although I have been a fan of ska itself for a while and the orchestra style suits. It’s just reggae beats with a jazzed up rhythm but ska always sounds great and is a lot of fun to bounce to. n The Factory Theatre, $33.40 Friday 15th November FREE C d u le TIWinKoEbTS movies passes Léa Seydoux (right) and Kacey Mottet Klein in Sister Stonefield This is some pretty hard, old school rock and it’s working pretty well for this all-girl outfit. They can all play well, they know how to complement their singer and it’s all put together in a great way. Totally going to go check out these ladies. n The Annandale, $22.95 Sister In her accomplished 2008 debut Home, Swiss director Ursula Meier explored life at the margins in a country we often think to be picture-postcard perfect. She returns there in Sister, a poignant drama about a 12-year old boy and his older sister, living alone in a pretty Alpine resort. We very quickly learn that things are not right with this family. How do they live? Where are their parents? It turns out Simon (Kacey Mottet Klein) is a cunning thief stealing ski gear from tourists in order to buy food, which he shares with the volatile and moody Louise (Léa Seydoux), who returns his obvious, overly needy affection with occasional hostility. We learn just how “wrong” things are for this pair a bit over half way in, and (no spoilers here!) that revelation comes as both a shock – and turns the nature of the story right around. Gillian Anderson is also in the fine cast. But it is Seydoux, the delicate flower of Farewell, My Queen – and almost unrecognisable as the working class toughie in knee high white boots and a cheap puffy jacket – who really stands out. What a stunning performance! M15+ from Oct 31. A saucy summer Adoration Naomi Watts is a brave actress. Fresh from tackling the near impossible task of portraying Diana, here she dives into something even something more dangerous, a story by feminist icon Doris Lessing. And into deep and very murky waters indeed. Adoration is a tale of love, lust and female friendship and tells the story of Lil (Watts) and Roz (Robin Wright), two lifelong friends living in a tranquil Australian seaside town (it was shot at Seal Rocks on the NSW coast) Stonefield who embark on separate, passionate affairs – with each other’s surfer sons! The twist here is that instead of a Sunday 17th November quick climax (well, some, they are teenage boys) when the The Brouhaha affairs are discovered, the two women decide to just… Self-described as “feel-good folk” well, continue - with inevitably disastrous consequences. and that’s pretty accurate; their last A Hopscotch Features co-production, Adoration features an EP was called Smile It’s Free and their exquisite visual confidence coupled with a bold approach new release is As long as there’s a to storytelling. Adapted by Academy Award-winner Smile. Similar to Missy Higgins and Christopher Hampton (Atonement) and directed by Anne a bit like Jack Johnson as well, so if Fontaine, Adoration radiates with a sweltering sensuality. you’re into relaxing, chill-out music, It is a provocative, sexy and fascinating film. CTC from Nov this could be your thing. 14 (Unpreviewed). n The Newsagency, $15 n Thanks to Hopscotch Films we have 10 double n Words: Max Kobras in-season passes to give away. Details below. The Butler Forest Whitaker plays a butler from the poor south who serves in the White House from the 50’s through to the Reagan era while his son becomes increasingly radicalised and militant. Within this family drama, Lee Daniels has framed the entire US civil rights struggle, and that’s just too big a story for one movie. But his choice of casting is inspired – Oprah Winfrey as his restive wife, Liev Schreiber as LBJ (issuing orders from the crapper), John Cusack as Nixon, and (wait for it) Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan. Obama plays himself. CTC from Oct 31. BEST OF THE REST n Home entertainment The butler did it Music magic Sunset beats Get your groove on at free world music event Earthbeat, which forms part of the Leichhardt Sunset Series that brings together sounds from all over the world... Dance through Leichhardt from 4pm to 7pm on Sunday 10th November as the Earthbeat world music concert hits Pioneers Park in Leichhardt, uniting music and culture from across the globe right here in our Inner West backyard. Kicking things off will be Gondwana featuring Charlie McMahon, who will combine indigenous Australian instruments such as the didgeridoo with western instruments such as the synthesiser and guitar to create a sound like no other. Following this, French performers Baby et Lulu will charm the crowd from 5pm to 6pm, while high energy drumming ensemble TaikOz will close the event with a truly unique performance. There’ll be something to please every musical taste as well as a drumming workshop for audience members from 4.45pm to 6pm. What more could you want? Pack a picnic and come along. n For more information visit Springsteen & I Produced by Ridley Scott, this feature music doco is a celebration of rock icon Bruce Springsteen (aka The Boss), which seamlessly combines footage of some of Springsteen’s most famous live performances, dating back over three decades, with interviews with fellow musicians and fans. It is here that this doco really stands out; it becomes clear early on that this is a product by the fans, for the fans. One example is of long-time fan Nick Ferraro, whom dreamed of performing as Elvis Presley with Springsteen. At one of his concerts, Nick came all dressed up, holding a sign that read “Can the King sing with the Boss?” and, much to his delight, he was brought up to sing with his idol. It is the touching moments like this that gives depth and humanity to this film and it’s a must-have for every Springsteen lover. n Available on DVD & Blu Ray from Nov 1. WIN a copy of the DVD thanks to Shock Records, details below. Drum roll please... Monday 11th November Mayor’s Golf Day Registration Registrations are now open for the 2013 Mayor’s Golf Day, with Mayor Angelo Tsirekas having announced that all proceeds from the event will go to the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute (ADRI) at Concord Hospital. The golf competition will be held at Massey Park Golf Club again this year and registration is $120 per person (or $480 per team). A lunch-only option is also available for $40 per person. Registrations close Monday 11th November so get in quick by calling 9911 6555 or emailing: n More information can be found at Wednesday 13th November Sunday 17th November From Tuesday 19th Nov Glebe Street Fair Sydney’s oldest and biggest street festival, Glebe Fair, turns 30 this November so why not come along and celebrate! More than 30 events will take place during the day, including fundraisers for the Cure for Life Foundation, established by brain surgeon Dr Charlie Teo, as well as Barnados Australia. Dr Teo will kick off the festival for the second year running by leading a band of 20 bagpipers on a parade down Glebe Point Road. Another 40 entertainers across three stages will keep the festive vibe pumping throughout the day, plus a few surprises have been planned as well. Running from 10am to 5pm, there’s sure to be something for everyone with a range of food on offer and over 250 stalls! n Where: Between Bridge Rd and Parramatta Rd, Glebe. Theatre in Newtown A modern black comedy, Dying For It follows the story of Semoyan, an out-ofluck man who decides he’s going to take his own life. But when word gets out about his decision, Semoyan finds himself flooded by visitors all begging him to kill himself on their behalf. The problem is, when the big night rolls around, Semoyan starts having second thoughts. Don’t miss this thoughtprovoking socio-political satire. n Tickets ($32) are available at Author Talk Get down to Balmain Library from 6.30pm to 8pm to hear local author Jenny Spence talk about her debut crime novel No Safe Place, which follows a smart, brave heroine named Elly Cartwright in a suspenseful, fast-paced story that’s action packed till the end. The event is free, with refreshments provided but bookings are required on 9367 9211. Mayor Angelo Tsirekas gets his golf on 8 WIN DOUBLE MOVIE PASSES To be in the running to win a copy of Springsteen & I on DVD, a double pass to The Maintenance Room or Adoration just email telling us where you picked up your copy of Ciao. ONLY AT THE MOVIES NOVEMBER 4 Website and Trailer: coming-soon/adoration-movie/ n Balmain Library: 370 Darling St, Balmain.


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n Your say n Sustainability The nuclear power debate Are you for or against nuclear energy? ● “Against. Local news Grants for Ashfield Does your organisation need more money? Ashfield Council’s 2013/2014 Community and Environmental Grant Scheme opens on Monday 4th November, offering local organisations the chance to secure extra funding for their initiatives. Grant 1 is available for non-profit groups, who can apply for up to $2,000 for services or programs that address major community needs. Grant 2 is for environmental initiatives. For more details about eligibility and guidelines you can attend an information session on Tuesday 12th November at 10am or 6pm at the Ashfield Civic Centre. To book your place at one of these sessions email christinao@ or call 9716 1842. Closing date for all applications is 5pm, Friday 6th December. Chernobyl and Fukushima are just two of the major accidents worth considering. We have abundant sunshine in Australia and it’s free. All we need to do is harvest it. Australia could become the world leader in solar technology. Sadly, there are currently too many vested interests in oil and coal lobbying government.” Robert, Lilyfield. It has been clear for many years now that global warming is a real and current threat; and while there have been some incredible advances in renewable energy sources, are they happening fast enough? It is estimated that approximately 13 per cent of our nation’s energy last Should environmentalists consider the nuclear option? year was generated from renewable sources. That’s not an unimpressive remains highly and dangerously radioactive. Therefore, number, although we are still far from being one of the it must be buried in a secure location to essentially sit cleanest countries on Earth. For instance, in 2011 New for indefinite periods of time. Once again, Australia Zealand was ranked as the 6th cleanest nation by the has a natural advantage here. While the idea may be International Energy Agency and their renewable energy unsavoury to most, we have plenty of practically unused sources more than double Australia’s. So if we want outback that could be adapted for this kind of storage. to be an environmentally friendly and energy proficient Finally there is the economic standpoint. It is common nation, perhaps it is time to look at another option. The knowledge that Australia is one of the world’s largest nuclear option. uranium exporters, behind Canada and Kazakhstan. What Studies have shown that when a nuclear power plant is lesser known perhaps is that we also have the largest is operating correctly and safely, the nearby population proven uranium reserve at 31 per cent of the entire does not suffer increased occurrences of cancer or globe’s reserve. Therefore, if Australia chose to become radiation sickness. However, many people remain wary a nuclear powered nation, there would be no concerns of nuclear energy and rightfully so; radiation is a very about importing expensive uranium. real danger, as are nuclear plant meltdowns and the Despite all these arguments for a nuclear powered question is often asked: what if there is a meltdown, Australia, I’m not necessarily stating that this is the way akin to the infamous Fukushima disaster of 2011? to go. Other than all the various risks and costs, uranium Well, this is where Australia has a unique advantage. is ultimately not a renewable resource, therefore nuclear Our entire continent is located on a single tectonic energy can only be a temporary measure. But as nuclear plate, which means we don’t experience earthquakes of energy is incredibly clean, emitting less greenhouse the same severity as that which started the Fukushima gases than even solar power, I can’t help but wonder incident. While this does not guarantee safety, it is a if it’s a choice that should be considered until total valid argument for the use of nuclear energy. renewable energy becomes a viability. The other major safety issue with nuclear power plants n Words: Max Kobras. is the radioactive waste they produce and how it can Let us know your take on the nuclear power debate, be properly stored. The half-life of this waste can be up email to hundreds of thousands of years, during which time it ● “I am for it...on the Voyager probes!” Mike Sydney. ● “I’m against it. I saw a doco earlier this year presented by Brian Cox who said that 1Kw of energy falls on the earth’s surface every second per square metre...In other words (i.e. in my words): a shit load of sunlight and energy that we should and could utilise!” Leane, Newtown. ● “Against ● “Only nuclear, pro solar.” Anitra, Leichhardt. if the nuclear power was used to destroy the fiat and fractional reserve money system would I agree.” Tahuna, Five Dock. ● “I don’t know enough to have a definite opinion, but I don’t think people should rule out the nuclear option without doing any actual research. It does have a few things up on coal power, and sustainable energy isn’t yet a realistic option. Also, I know that they use nuclear power in Sweden, so it can't be that bad!” Eleanor, Leichhardt. Balmain songstress Domenica xxxx Music matters Congratulations to Balmain acoustic indie singer Domenica, whose ‘Springtime Sun’ song was recently nominated in the 2013 MusicOz Australian Independent Music Awards. Domenica will walk the red carpet at The Star Casino, Pyrmont, on November 7th alongside many other talented local musicians and says that growing up in Sydney’s inner city exposed her to “a diverse and vibrant music scene,” which has allowed her music to evolve and grow. Women Power A group of Sydney women have achieved remarkable feats of energy saving in a unique pilot project run by 1 Million Women, which has seen households cut electricity usage by up to 60 per cent... Earlier this year 1 Million Women challenged 10 participants to cut their electricity use by a minimum of 20 per cent – the amount Australian households waste in a typical day – as part of the three-month Women Power energy saving project. Marrickville's Bernie Hobbs, science presenter on ABC Radio, was among the project's participants, which also included women from Camperdown, Surry Hills and Alexandria, and she was able to reduce her household energy consumption from 48kWh a week to 28kWh a week. Founder of 1 Million Women, Natalie Isaacs, also took the challenge herself and managed to cut her usage by 47 per cent. “This is real behaviour change at its absolute best, with results that translate into saving pollution and money. We’ve calculated that if a million women householders cut 20 per Natalie Isaacs, 1 Milion Women founder and co-CEO cent of their electricity consumption, it would collectively save them $240 million a year off their bills and remove the need for 400 megawatts of coalfired power generation, which is like two small power stations,” says Natalie. n For more info on how to make changes in your own home visit Childcare crisis demands action Over 50 representatives from local P&Cs across the Inner West attended a public forum in Balmain last month to demand the State Government take action in resolving the childcare crisis and schools shortage, which is causing boundary changes that are forcing siblings to be separated into different schools and hundreds of children to be turned away from after-school care. “Local parents are crying out but so far Minister Piccoli is refusing to listen,” said Mayor of Leichhardt, Darcy Byrne. The meeting resolved that Leichhardt Council will engage a demographer to provide projections of the numbers of children aged 0-4, 5-11 and 12-17 years for 2016, 2021 and 2026, and apply the future child numbers to estimate demand for school and OSHC places. Furthermore, they will be providing P&Cs with information on how to lobby and mobilise their parent communities. Kate Forsyth @ Leichhardt Library Kate Forsyth is the author of many great children’s and adults books such as Bitter Greens and the Witches of Eileanan series for adults and Grumpy Grandpa and the Chronicles of Estelliana for children. Come and spend an evening with one of Australia’s much loved authors her books will have you coming back for more. thursday 7 november 6:00pm Leichhardt Library italian Forum, 23 norton st bookings required call: 9367 9266 Free event - all welcome refreshments served conversations @ baLmain Library with Jenny spence Join local author Jenny Spence as she discusses her latest book. Suspenseful, fast paced and action packed, No Safe Place is a dazzling crime novel set in a beautifully drawn, noir-ish Melbourne and featuring a smart, courageous and believable heroine in Elly Cartwright. Jenny Spence is an award winning Australian author. No safe place is her debut crime novel. wednesday 13 november, 6:30pm balmain Library 370 darling st, balmain bookings required call: 9367 9211 Free event - all welcome refreshments served Leichhardt Library piazza Level, italian Forum, 23 norton street Leichhardt Library service 10


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kitchen There are staple pantry and refrigerator items that you should always have on hand in case the urge strikes to cook something nourishing and tasty, but you don’t have the time to put in the work. Tom Yum paste is perfect for adding into everything from meatballs and stews to amp up the flavour… and of course, you can use it for its original purpose; to create a hot and sour soup that’ll blow away the cobwebs in two seconds flat. with Melissa Leong n Wine with Winsor Tasmanian Devil Pepik 2012 Pinot Noir Tasmanian pinots are all the rage right now with the trendy drinkers around town but you don’t have to splash out heaps of cash to see what all the fuss is about. This is a delicious easy drinking style of pinot from one of the island state’s better producers, Josef Chromy. It’s fragrant and mediumweighted with some attractive savoury notes and is dangerously slurpable. Pair it with duck or chicken dishes. $22. Tom Yum Soup Serves 2 Ingredients 12 green prawns, peeled and deveined, tails left on 1 tbs tom yum paste ½ stalk lemongrass, white part only, finely sliced A small handful of coriander, leaves picked, stalks finely chopped 4 white button mushrooms, quartered 1L chicken or prawn stock 2 servings of dried rice vermicelli 1 red chilli, finely sliced Sugar to season Fish sauce to season Vegetable oil to fry Deep fried eschalots (in jars from Asian grocers or good supermarkets) Method A (tom) yummy soup! 1. In a deep saucepan on a medium high heat, fry off the tom yum paste with a good slug of vegetable oil until fragrant. 2. Add in stock and stir to combine. Bring to the boil and add lemongrass, coriander stalks, mushrooms and half the sliced chilli. Allow to simmer and season with sugar and fish sauce to taste. 3. In a separate pot, cook the noodles according to the packet instructions, drain and refresh in cold water and set aside. 4. Drop the green prawns into the simmering stock for 5-6 minutes or until just cooked. To assemble: Evenly divide the noodles into two bowls. Place 6 prawns on top of the noodles, and top the bowl with tom yum soup, making sure each bowl gets enough mushrooms and other bits. Garnish with the coriander leaves, sliced chilli and deep fried eschalots. Organic Offering Angove 2012 Organic Chardonnay There’s a growing interest in organic and biodynamic wines – and the quality is certainly on the upswing, even at lowerend price points. This is a very good chardonnay for the money, clean and crisp in the modern mode with peach, melon, fig and grapefruit flavours all in evidence and a nice clean, zingy finish. A very good summer quaffer. $15. Iberian Impression SC Pannell 2012 Tempranillo Touriga Stephen Pannell makes superb high-end red wines but this affordable number is noteworthy because it is so immediately appealing and ridiculously drinkable that it is hard to resist. A blend of two Iberian Peninsula grape varieties, it leaps out of the glass with its positivity. If you like wines that reflect juicy, concentrated fruit rather than serious structure then you’ll love this lusty, luscious red from the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia. $25. n At the markets n Trim’s Fresh: Shop 21, Leichhardt MarketPlace. Ph: 9572 6886. n Fruit: It’s the perfect time for beautiful mangoes, which are just arriving from far north Australia and ranging from $3-$5 each, stone fruit has also just kicked in; peaches and nectarines are priced between $5-$12/kg. It’s the first week cherries have come in too so look out for those in retail stores, they are still a little expensive but will come down in price. Bananas at $1.50$3kg, and blueberries at $3-$4/punnet, are both good eating and good value at the moment. n Vegetables: Broccoli and cauliflower are a little expensive right now but bunched vegies are still reasonably priced and good quality. Cherries are on the way! At home with the Azzi’s Zahi and Penny Azzi are the husband and wife team behind Kazbah Restaurants. Here they chat to Ciao about family, flavour and their food philosophy... What are the most essential ingredients in your kitchen? Zahi: We use a lot of garlic, feta, harissa (the chilli paste) and saffron. But herbs in general, like coriander and parsley, are also essential. We are all about the flavour, food doesn’t mean much without these herbs and spices that add taste. What do you eat when you really want to indulge? Penny: We really like Asian food. Thai food is very flavoursome, Vietnamese is very fresh and we like Chinese food too. Zahi: Only because our food is a little heavy and very different. Asian food has an entirely different texture with different components; there’s sweet, sour, hot and spicy – it’s a bit of a change for us. Even their noodles, you can’t compare to pasta, they are a little lighter. And I guess a good bottle of wine with dinner is an indulgence too. If you could invite anyone for dinner at your place, whom would you invite? Penny: Maybe Tom Ford or someone in the fashion industry to add a bit of glam. Someone from Cartier would be good too; where guests usually bring flowers to a dinner party, maybe they could bring some diamonds! Do you watch cooking shows? Penny: We’ve got kids and they love cooking shows, they watch MasterChef and really like Heston Blumenthal. They get amazed when they watch him and then say, ‘Daddy can we make that?!’ Heston is amazing, he’s nothing like anybody else and seems like a genuinely nice person. Are your kids second-generation foodies? Penny: They love their food and eat everything. They want a three-course meal all the time (I’ll have to warn whoever they marry!). Sometimes when we’ve gone out for yum cha or a big lunch somewhere, Zahi will say ‘I’ll just make some sandwiches or we’ll have some fruit’ [for dinner] and they freak out – suddenly it’s like, ‘Oh my God we’re starving! You’re not going to make us dinner? We want food!’ Zahi: I guess because they are always hanging around us and we are travelling and trying new restaurants all the time so they really understand food and ask lots of questions about it. What’s your food philosophy at the restaurant? Zahi: We specialise in restaurant-standard breakfasts and offer great banquets, which we actually call ‘feasts’ because of the amount of food involved – it’s our style of food, it’s big and our dinner menu especially is designed for sharing; we try to create the feeling of a homely dinner table. n More info at 14 Jared Ingersoll on... writing Words don’t always come easy I truly love communicating a thought or an idea through the written word. I find writing about food especially wonderful because it is such a joy to be able to illuminate a concept, idea or ethos about food, not by cooking for you but rather stringing together a couple of sentences into a coherent paragraph. King and queen of the Kazbah When you get the chance to sit down at a computer, punch out a few paragraphs and have it work, it is such a buzz! I knocked out my first book in just three weeks – freaking awesome! But sometimes writing is a real bastard. It is harder than all the homework you have ever done. You start your piece, re-write, re-edit, chop and change a dozen times, only to re-read it and discover that it sucks. It is at moments like that when I start to apply my two favourite strategies, which are: “What point am I trying to make? Stick to the point,” and my personal favourite, “Start with an idea, walk through a story and bring it full circle and back to your original idea – boooom, job done.” Then there are the odd occasions, like right now, when I would like to take writing outside and beat it with a very large stick for being so damn frustrating! To help you understand my mindset, let me take you into my writing process over the last few days... • I start off by thinking about global economic values attributed to gastronomy. How do you make that simple? • Goats cheese is simple, I love goats cheese! • Goats can be nasty like that one that knocked me out on my 10th birthday! • Being 10 was cool. • I wonder if my 10-year-old will look after my Basil Brush toy to pass onto his own kid? • Why do we call goats ‘kids’? • Where was I… oh yeah, goats cheese! Love goats cheese, back to my column about goats cheese. It is upon my re-read that I realise that my strategy has failed... n Words: Jared Ingersoll, PS. If you warm some Kalamata olives and a sprig of rosemary in honey then serve it with goats cheese you will enjoy one of the best flavour combinations in the world! Baked Kataifi Prawns with Muhamara Sauce (Serves 2-3) Ingredients 6 large King prawns, peeled except for head and tail Kataifi pastry 1 tbsp olive oil Muhamara sauce (A delicious dip that can be used to complement any grill or as a dressing. Can be kept in the fridge up to a week in an airtight container) Method: Wrap Kataifi around prawns. Place on a tray, drizzle with olive oil and bake in oven at 180 degrees C, serve with Muhamara sauce. To make Muhamara Sauce: Blend 50g shelled walnuts, 2 peeled roasted capsicums, ½ tsp harissa, 1 tps ground cumin, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 240ml olive oil, 1 tsp tomato paste and 1 clove garlic in a food processor to a coarse paste consistency.


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