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FREE Life in the Inner West! Issue 226 | January 31 2014 The best Inner West florists Roadtesting roses WIN! DVD’s Blue Jasmine PLUS! Ladies in Lingerie What to buy your sweetheart Movie tix The Past Blue is the Warmest Colour is taking over the Inner West! Distributed in Leichhardt, Annandale, Petersham, Stanmore, Newtown, Rozelle, Balmain, Drummoyne, Haberfield, Five Dock, Concord, & Summer Hill Why men hate Valentine’s Day Caravan oflove story love A musical Marrickville Syd n ey O p e ra H o u s e by a r ra n g e m e nt w i t h A r t s P ro j e c t s Au st ra l i a p r e s e n t NEXT WEEK – SELLING FAST! ‘In A Time Lapse’ LUDOVICO EINAUDI 9 FEB 2014. CONCERT HALL SY D N E Y O P E R A H O U S E P R I N C I PA L PA R T N E R syd n eyo p e ra h o u s e . c o m /m u s i c F O L LOW U S # M U S I CAT T H E H O U S E


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Inner West whispers Local gossip, rumour, hearsay and unsubstantiated fact... Tree vandals, hooker scandals and the ACA moves to Leichhardt... l Ironic that the greenest electorate in the Inner West has suffered one of the worst incidents of tree poisoning we’ve ever heard of in the area. Leichhardt Council undertook the planting of nine trees in Illoura Reserve, Balmain, in May 2013, only to have three of those trees vandalised and cut off at ground level sometime between August 17th and 18th. The trees were then replaced and surrounded by wire cages to prevent further attacks. However, in late December last year there was a deadly herbicide used to again destroy the three angophora sapling replacement trees. Obviously someone doesn’t want their view being obstructed by native flora beautifying their local park. Perhaps the perpetrator owns a valuable house nearby? Just a hunch… l Hugh Jackman makes Leichhardt home...well, at least the organisation of which he is the patron has. The Actors Centre Australia is part of a strategy to save the Italian Cultural Centre. Councillors moved to approved the sale of the centre to Italian not-for-profit organisation Co.As.It, which is known for its transparent astute business dealings. They bought their current offices Casa D’Italia on Norton Street at the bottom of the market, and it is now worth well over a million. l The wannabe opera singer who has been exercising her vocal chords at 10.30pm on the balcony of her Abbotsford Cove apartment had better turn it down. Complaints about her voice booming over the ocean are said to be reaching as far as Drummoyne. Whingers should be grateful they are getting ringside seats! l The Huntsbury Hotel in Petersham is not known for its hipster clientele but we’re not sure why there are young ‘women’ in very short skirts walking alongside the pub on Canterbury Road, beckoning drivers to stop. Has this strip become a makeshift mini red light district? I’m right, you’re wrong Righteous Rightie shares his often sexual sense of excitement at the prospect of PM Abbott remaking Australia in his own image in 2014. Dear RR – There was a lot of loose talk post September 7 last year about Prime Minister Abbott lacking a clear vision for this great nation. Do you believe degenerate leftists will finally be forced to shut their endlessly yapping gobs when Abbott starts implementing an agenda that will make John Howard look like a same-sex-attracted, vegan Greens voter? Ray, Liverpool RR replies: I must confess to experiencing occasional outbreaks of tumescence over the summer holidays when I saw Our Tony in action – lecturing those bleeding-heart socialists at Davos about the superior organising capacity of the free market, invading the maritime territory of the uppity towelheads to our north, and promising to have every no-hoper on the dole wiping geriatric arses before the year is out. One can only hope he will now think better of the handful of offhand remarks he made about not reintroducing WorkChoices and deregulate the labour market immediately. Surely no one who’s ever read The Australian or AFR could seriously argue the Australian economy won’t be reduced to a Greek ruin unless the industrial relations pendulum swings back to the sensible centre and employers are allowed to have insufficiently servile staff publicly flogged and anybody identified as a unionist automatically imprisoned on corruption charges. Then it’s just a matter of rejigging carbon-pricing arrangements to ensure large corporations are actively subsidised to release pollution into the atmosphere and flogging off the (G)A(Y)BC to the lowest bidder. Ideally, the PM would also get ASIO to ensure that Commo dago in the Vatican meets with a mysterious ‘accident,’ clearing the way for Pope Pell to shift Holy Mother Church’s focus away from trivial matters such as poverty and injustice and back to combating the scourge of bottom banditry that’s undermining Western Civilisation. Happy days! n Email your dilemma to WE ARE C!AO ADVERTISING Sonya Madden STAFF WRITER Max Kobras FOOD Melissa Leong WINE Winsor Dobbin C!ao history Bell’s Foreshore, located in east Balmain and named for John Bell, who first established a boatyard there in 1840, has been the subject of many private development proposals over the years. However over the past 20 years this site has come to be recognised as an important part of Balmain’s heritage. Combined with the Fenwick’s Stone Building (pictured), which was constructed in this area circa 1888, Bell’s Foreshore is now considered a rare example of Balmain’s maritime industry history. This building, which became derelict in the early 1990s, was restored in 2012 by the Leichhardt Council and Heritage Council of New South Wales. n Image courtesy of Leichhardt Council. ART DIRECTOR Eleanor Wales EDITORIAL Nancy Merlo The perfect Valentine’s Day gift Elegant silk night dresses, super soft camisoles, exquiset lingerie from Europe and the UK (up to an M cup), maternity lingerie that’s soft and feminine and stylish post mastectomy lingerie. You’ll find something she’ll love at Nocturnal designs. Even the graffiti is self-referential in the Inner West Things we love: this colourful graffiti work, which was painted in Malcolm Lane, Erskineville in mid-2013 by artists Peque VRS and Days One DCA. The piece’s creation coincided with the release of, and was featured in, Very Nearly Almost Issue 23, an independent UK-based magazine that features the world’s best urban art. Just think, we have this internationally recognised treasure in our own Inner West backyard! PUBLISHING Sonia Komaravalli Contributors Dominic Case, Kirsten Colvin, Maria Zarro, Jared Ingersoll and Nigel Bowen Ciao Ciao loves you, and our photographers only supply photos for publication with consent. We try and make you look your best. No responsibility is accepted by Ciao Magazine for the accuracy of advertisements or information. We welcome unsolicited editorial and pictorial contributions. The opinions expressed in Ciao Magazine are those of contributors, indemnifying the publisher from inaccuracy or consequences arising from its reproduction. © All rights reserved. No material is to be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. Ciao Magazine is a free publication. In C!ao’s voice Out • Procrastination • Giving up on your New Year’s resolution one month into 2014 • Flavoured milkshakes without any flavour • The return of traffic along with school zones following the holidays • Over-cooked gnocchi • The Lamborghini driver who threw his parking fine on the road in Five Dock after parking in a No Standing zone – no one likes a tosser • Bike riders talking on their phones while riding • The top level of Birkenhead Point shopping centre on a hot day – it’s unbearably sweaty! • YOLO 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. The lingerie specialists Norton Plaza, 55 Norton St, Leichhardt NSW Phone 9518 3355 follow us • Motivation • Sticking to your New Year’s resolution • The selection of sandwich fillings at newly opened cafe The Grumpy Barista, in Petersham • Anticipation for the new season of Game of Thrones • Late night gelato with Nutella on top from Gelatissimo, Balmain • Handmaking a card for Valentine’s Day • Taking your dog for an evening walk around The Esplanade, Drummoyne • The Portuguese chicken burgers from Zest Chargrill Chicken, Wareemba 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: Love is in the air. As Valentine’s Day approaches, local couple Sarah and Nenad from the band Lolo Lovina share their romantic love story with us. Photo by Ben Cregan. C!ao Magazine There’s life in the Inner West! 4


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Community life R OAD TEST The best of the buds With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we've prepared a guide to the top Inner West florists to help local lovers (and secret admirers) find the perfect bunch of blossoms. Potteround This stunning Rozelle florist feels more like a gallery than a shop. Their stock is fresh and their arrangements are modern and beautifully presented. This is the place to go for something different, as well as hampers. But if you're sticking with tradition, a dozen long-stem roses arranged in a flat box will cost you $120. Delivery prices are set according to your suburb and distance from the shop. Rant Will Leichhardt Council live within its means? Only time will tell but Liberal Councillor, John Jobling, is sceptical... At a November meeting Leichardt Council unanimously resolved that “it would not support any Special Rate Variation” to attempt to reduce deterioration in its roads, footpaths, parks and storm water drains. It further resolved to "live within its means." Prior to the meeting, I submitted to the Mayor and council minutetaker the Liberal eight-point motion opposing the Special Rate Variation rise and rejecting any further Council expenditure. Yet, the next day Rozelle received a 'Green' flyer claiming that Liberals and Labor supported a rise. Jodie McGregor Flowers This Annandale florist won the 2013 Inner West Business Award for Best Florist and is one of the most reputable in the area with fresh, good quality flowers on offer, as well as other gifts. It's a great place for people who don't know what they want because staff can be trusted to put together something fab on your behalf. The shop is quite small, which means you get quick service but you might feel pressure to buy rather than take your time browsing. For Valentine's Day a bunch of 12 long-stem roses will set you back $119.95. Delivery is generally $15, depending on location. A bunch big enough to melt your heart to pick and choose their own flowers. Prices are average with a bunch of 12 roses costing $125 plus $15 delivery. However, they do offer cheaper half dozen and single boxed rose arrangements as well. Then at the December meeting, Leichardt Council refused to even discuss a Liberal Urgency Motion relating to future staff salary increases. Like most councils, Leichardt Council staff costs are about 50 percent of all spending. I wonder if ratepayers are aware that during the last three years Local Government NSW and the unions agreed to an annual 3.2 percent salary increase plus CPI. The State Government last year set the rate rise at 3.4 percent. Virtually ALL this rise was absorbed by staff wage increases. This year the government will allow only a 2.3 percent rate rise. Why did Council refuse to discuss how this could affect its coming budget? Especially if LG NSW and the unions agreed on a larger increase. If the increase is greater than 2.3 percent, Council could face a shortfall of funds between $250,000 to $400,000. Remembering that Council voted to “live within its means” what must be cut or not undertaken? The claim that it would cut wages was proved to be totally false and a press release to that effect by the Mayor had to be corrected. If teachers, politicians and police salaries are subjected to CPI increase limits why are local government employees different? Furthermore, the ALP supported deferring an application for a grant for local infrastructure resource support funding from the NSW Government at a special three percent interest rate for roads. It is difficult to understand why the ALP and two of the three Greens councillors voted to defer an application seeking a grant to restore existing assets, especially as the application needed to be lodged in December and Council's next meeting is not till February 2014 – this means we have missed out. Our roads need such subsidised funding but Council seems happy to allow them to further deteriorate along with the footpaths, parks and drainage. With the ALP/Green agreement to have a Green Mayor and Deputy in 2014/2015 what other deals have been agreed to? Budding Florist Located in MarketPlace Leichhardt, this shop is tiny and as a result has less floor stock than most others but it is well-priced – a dozen bunched or boxed red roses costs $109.95 plus delivery, which starts at around $10. Urban Flower A family-run business for over 30 years, Urban Flower is offering a special romance-themed range for Valentine's Day this year that caters to people who want to make a big statement. There are 50 and 100 red-rose arrangements on offer alongside smaller single rose and teddy combos. A bouquet of a dozen roses is priced at $129 plus delivery, which is generally $9.95 (but may depend on time and location). Flowers on Norton This Leichhardt business is innovative and unique, one of the only local florist to offer a 'Valentine's For Him' arrangement; plus their stuff is beautiful. However, they can be slightly more expensive – you'll pay $130 for 12 long-stem roses in a flat box and delivery charges vary. Lucy's Florist Winners of the 2012 Inner West Business Award for Best Florist, Lucy's is a traditional, old school florist with reliable service and simple arrangements. They are not cutting edge when it comes to floral design but they are quite affordable compared with other florists, with a bunch of 12 long-stems priced at just $85. Flowermart Norton Plaza's florist has a decent range of market bunches on display and the staff are happy to make something to fit your budget, on the spot, so it caters well for individuals who want Jackie, the budding florist himself Outdoor flicks and fun Back for another brilliant season, Leichhardt Council's Pics in the Park program is bringing free outdoor movies to a park near you this month! Local parks will be transformed into outdoor cinemas this summer with screenings of a delightful animation, a thrilling magical tale of illusions and a ghostly classic... Take a seat on the Village Green at Mort Bay Park on February 7th from 8pm for a screening of short family films from Flickerfest to be followed by the feature film Up. On February 21st Now You See Me will be showing at Pioneers Memorial Park, telling the story of a couple of FBI agents as they track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money. Combine the best of the great outdoors and civilised indoors The final movie event will be a screening of Ghostbusters again at Mort Bay Park on Friday 7th March from 8.30pm. All ages are welcome to come along and enjoy a picnic under the stars while supporting a local charity, with gold coin donations being collected at each screening to support Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets. n For more information visit I hope our precincts will get together and carefully examine the draft budget when it becomes available. Personally, I still have issues with the fact that Council expends funds in areas that private enterprise is prepared to undertake. For example, whilst the Bell's Store project in Balmain is a great restoration, are residents aware that it cost $16,000,000 and still needs almost another $1,000,000 to make it habitable? The question has to be asked: should Council have undertaken such a task? The draft budget for 2014/2015 will really test the Council commitment to “live within its means." n Words: John Jobling n Want to rant? Email What’s on Compiled by Max Kobras and Nancy Merlo. Email Weds 5th to Fri 9th Feb info@ciaomagazi tn: Nancy At FREE Community events listings are Saturday 8th February Cooking workshop This free workshop will be held at the Concord Community Centre from 9.30am, as part of the ‘Waste Less in the Bay’ program, which is aimed at helping people to minimise food waste. Chef Gerry Barbara will lead this workshop, putting together delicious and colourful salads and stir fries, perfect for summer, using ingredients commonly found in your fridge. Learn how to mix and match flavours, store vegetables and taste some amazing creations. Bookings are essential though so don’t delay! n Call 9911 6555 to book. Until Sunday 9th February Short+Sweet Short+Sweet – the biggest and best festival of micro-theatre shows in the world – is underway and showcasing heaps of amazing talent with over 400 ten-minute plays, handpicked from thousands of scripts being performed at the King St Theatre, Newtown. In Week Five of the festival, one of these plays is titled “Is it because I'm Indian?” by Rajendra Moodley. A one-man show with just a chair, voices from Raj’s past, many costume changes and a Bollywood dance, this comedy show is not to be missed – but it's just one of many on offer. Tickets $33, for a full program visit 6 n To WIN a double pass to Short+Sweet on Wednesday 5th February, email Wednesday 5th February Destination Cambodia For some, holidays aren't just an excuse to lie by the pool all day, but are all about soaking in a culture. Join travel writer Walter Mason as he discusses his latest book, Destination Cambodia. With his distinctive voice, extensive knowledge and wry sense of humour, Walter is able to create an honest and remarkable image of the Cambodian nation. This is a free event at the Leichhardt Library from 6.30-8pm. Bookings essential, call 9367 9266 to book. n For more info visit www.leichhardt. Cult TV hit + burlesque = magic and I am sure most people thought it had about reached as far as it could. Well, they were wrong, because now The Vanguard is putting on a burlesque parody of the show. Considering the series’ predilection for nudity, perhaps this isn’t really a stretch. Regardless, this should be a very fun show and I am sure it will be good for a chuckle at $43.80 per head. n The Vanguard: 42 King St Newtown. Dames of Throne Burlesque The Game of Thrones TV show went to air three years ago and has become more than just one of the most popular shows on the box; it is now a cultural phenomenon. There are parodies of it all over the Internet Can Indians be bogans? 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Feel the Love Leichhardt GENERATIONS OF ANNANDALE, BALMAIN, BIRCHGROVE, LEICHHARDT, LILYFIELD, ROZELLE Under New Management 386 Parramatta Road, Petersham • ph: 9560 9658 • e: • Monday: $5 Pasta 5pm-9pm • $3.50 Schooners of Bulmers Tuesday: $5 Rump & Salad 5pm-9pm The Petersham Inn Celebrate Mardi Gras 2014 Let Your Colours Burst Wednesday: Drag Comedy featuring Prada Clutch fortnightly starting 29th January $3.50 Cocktails • Basket raffle & Meat Tray alternate Wednesday’s - free ticket with any meal purchased Thursday: BADGE DRAW first draw 6th February $500 • Be there to win it. Be sure to get your membership card before the night $5 Carafes Sangria Rosa 5-7pm • $6 Mega Dog & chips (chunky beef sausage, mustard, onion & cheese) Friday: POMMY ANDY’S TRIVIA NIGHT • $15 Jugs of Pimms • $15 Carafes Sangria $3.50 schooners all night (Carlton, VB, New, Resches, Blonde) • Mega Meat Tray Saturday: Punters Club - more people more jackpot Sunday: Brunch (coming soon) packages available / no venue hire functions @ deco bar POMMY ANDY’S TRIVIA NIGHT $1 POOL Drag Comedy Prada Clutch featuring Leichhardt Council LGBTIQ Action Group Mardi Gras Reception 7pm-9pm Wednesday 12 February 2014 Location: Leichhardt Council Administration Building, Wetherill Street, Leichhardt RSVP by 5 February: 9367 9146; Watch 6 Nations Rugby February MardiGras Valentine’s Day FRIDAY, 14 FEBRUARY Doors Open 6.30pm – Dinner Served 7pm Gourmet Tasting Plate Bookings essential Prawn & scallop terrine, fresh oysters, chicken paté, prosciutto & grilled vegetables Slow Cooked Beef Fillet Roasted vine tomatoes, asparagus and sweet potato puree & red wine jus Grilled Corn Fed Chicken Mushrooms and pancetta, roasted chat potato & french beans Chocolate Mousse Starter $55pp EntErtainmEnt with DOug williamS Make this Valentine’s Day one you will never forget with an evening of entertainment featuring Doug Williams and his band performing the best of R&B including hits from Earth Wind & Fire, Marvin Gaye, Barry White and many more. Entertainment 9559 0000 Mains (Served alternatively) For Bookings Dessert (Shared plate) Red Velvet Cup Cakes Dipped Strawberries Mini Pavlova A complimentary glass of champagne on arrival Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Club • T: 9559 0000 • 20-26 Canterbury Road, Hurlstone Park NSW 2193 • Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Club promotes the responsible service of alcohol


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n Local Gigs n Local movies FREE TICKoEbTS in d u le W movies passes An emotional quagmire A hootenanny in the alley St Jerome's Laneway festival Music lovers rejoice, summer is upon us and that means festivals. There really is nothing that quite matches spending a day or two in the sun, hanging with your mates, maybe drinking some beer and listening to great music. And perhaps the best thing is that some of the greatest events to kick off this year are held right in our Inner West backyard. This weekend, the Inner West has the privilege of hosting St Jerome’s Laneway Festival at Sydney College of the Arts in Rozelle. Laneway, which is already celebrating its tenth anniversary, is certainly not the most popular or well-known festival of the season but it has a devout following and, unlike some other festivals that could be mentioned, has completely sold out. Anyone looking for a late ticket purchase will have to head to eBay or Gumtree it seems but there are bound to be some floating around. Featuring many great acts from Australia and New Zealand (such as Lorde, Jagwar Ma and Unknown Mortal Orchestra) and plenty of awesome international performers too, it is no surprise that tickets ran out fast. n Words: Max Kobras The Past It’s a mystery (a scandal?) that Asghar Farhadi’s latest film (his A Separation caused such a stir a few years ago) isn’t on the Academy’s list of nominations for Best Foreign Film. It should be, without a doubt, and anyone who was captivated by his intense earlier triumph will quickly pick up on its rhythms. The Past more less starts where it left off – with another estranged couple. Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) arrives in Paris from Iran to stay with his ex-wife Marie (Bérénice Bejo) while they finalise their divorce. A mistake, he’s quickly drawn into a new turmoil involving her plans to marry Samir (Tahar Rahim), a decent man whose own wife is in a coma after attempting suicide. Then there’s Samir’s son, Faoud (elyes Agius), who gives a heartbreakingly convincing performance of youthful distress, and Marie’s deeply disturbed daughter whose role in her mother's affair has been questionable. We’re drip-fed information to this drama, a slow-burn leading to the inevitable explosion. When it comes, it will leave you shattered. M15+ from Feb 6. n Thanks to Madman entertainment we have 5 double in-season passes to give away. Details below. That exquisite first kiss Blue is the Warmest Colour You will probably hear about Abdellatif Kechiche’s Palme d’Or winning lesbian romantic drama for all the wrong reasons. Yes, it is “out there”, yes it is sexy – explosively so – and blisteringly candid too. But one of the results of the pervasiveness of internet porn is that it freed filmmakers exploring physical love and passion in all its power from the accusation that they are merely out to titillate or shock. No point anymore. At any rate, we see far more of Adèle (Adèle exarchopoulos) eating or teaching, and close-ups of her doing mundane things like sleeping or just mooching about alone than of her 69ing with her lover – the blue haired artist Emma (Léa Seydoux). The young actresses are just extraordinary, both their performances are searingly intense and it’s not hard to understand that there were tensions on the set. Who could go through that and remain unscathed? Certainly not the audience, who will see love, ecstasy, agonising pain and flickers of every emotion in between through Adele’s eyes. This is an amazing film. R18+ from Feb 13. n Thanks to Transmission Films we have 10 double in-season passes to give away. Details below. BeST OF The ReST Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom There aren’t many militant revolutionaries preaching violent overthrow of the State who end up lionised as modern-day saints by the West. So what happened to Nelson Mandela? Justin Chadwick’s film does go some of the way to explain this remarkable man’s transformation, and Idris elba (the drug dealer Stringer Bell in The Wire) gives a convincing impersonation. Looks great, and it should, as it's backed by the South African Tourist Authority. But it all feels like State-sponsored propaganda. Theme song sung by Bono. M15+ from Feb 6. WIN DVDS XXX Will she, won’t she? Privates on parade Passion. War. Music. Blokes in dresses. What’s not to love? Winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in its debut in 1977, Peter Nichol’s world renown musical Privates on Parade will soon be coming to our fair shores. New Theatre first produced the play back in 1989 and it is returning to Newtown from February 11th to March 8th in collaboration with this year’s Mardi Gras celebrations. The story follows that of the Song and Dance Unit South East Asia, a group of military misfits posted to Singapore to entertain British troops during the Malayan Emergency of 1948. Described by Time Out, London as “Apocalypse Now given the Kenneth Williams remix or Cabaret retold by Noel Coward”, Privates on Parade is as hilariously farcical as it is fraught with themes of colonialism, homophobia and personal stories of fear and loneliness. Ultimately, this is as much a coming-of-age comedy as it is a satire of one dark reality. n To WIN a double pass to the preview performance of Privates on Parade on Wednesday 13th February at 7.30pm, email your contact details to with a modern touch, this is Blue Jasmine Cate Blanchett is firm favourite as Best Actress, and you’ve probably already seen her in Woody Allen’s last film. If not, why not? There’s simply no excuse. This is a guy who has 50 years of making acclaimed films under his belt. OK, some were less than great (ahem…) but everyone loved this one, even terminal Allen-haters. And what’s not to admire? Fine actors like Sally Hawkins, Alec Baldwin and Peter Sarsgaard all deliver the goods in a bitingly satiric but deliciously sudsy script involving white-collar crime, infidelity, moral vanity and avarice. And madness too, all the characteristics of the American way of life, for Allen makes no secret about where he is pointing his accusatory finger. As the fallen socialite and symbol of a class system in tatters, Blanchett is a wonder to behold. She simply doesn’t put a foot wrong. M15+ available now on BluRay, DvD and digital hD. n Thanks to entertainment One hopscotch we have 5 DvD copies to give away. Details below. n Reviews – Re WIN TIX Don't ask, don't tell Sunday 9th February Ludovico einaudi at the Opera house not a night to be missed. The show will be held in Concert Hall at the Opera House, kicking off at 9pm. Standard ticket prices begin at $49. Visit for more info. n To WIN a double pass to this fantastic show, email info@ with your full name. WIN TIX in from 6pm to 8.30pm, and enjoy a three course meal ($55 per head) with a glass of complimentary champagne on arrival. Happy Valentine's Day, lovers! n Call 9559 0000 to book. Friday 14th February Fancy playing some Ludo? From classic orchestral swells to rock infused ballads, the 25-year catalogue from Ludovico Einaudi is varied to say the least. He has written scores for such movies as Black Swan and J. Edgar and collaborated with musical legends like the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Ludovico’s latest creation, In a Time Lapse, promises to bring his eclectic style back in full force to Australia for his second visit. If you love the melding of orchestra 8 Friday 14th February Romance at the RSL Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL is putting an evening of romance and music in celebration of Valentine's Day this year, with a special dinner menu and program of entertainment featuring Doug Williams and his band performing the best R&B hits in history including everything from Marvin Gaye to Barry White. These guys definitely know how to set the mood so join valentine’s Day at the Royal Looking for the perfect place to take your special guy or gal this Valentine’s? With its beautiful, botanical atmosphere and live music playing from 9.30pm, The Royal Hotel will have that romantic vibe you’re after. They are offering a delicious two-course dinner with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine for $49 per head. Space is limited, book early to guarantee yourself a spot. n The Royal: 156 Norton St, Leichhardt. Every Tuesday a passion to move your feet then Leichhardt Bowling Club has an offer you! Every Tuesday from 10.30 am, the club will be holding line dancing classes suitable for people of all ages and fitness. The style of dance is great for both the brain and body and is a great place to socialise. No need to bring your cowboy boots, or even a partner. Just come down, be brave and give it a try, you won’t be disappointed. n For more information, contact Julie Talbot on 9560 0584 or at WIN DOUBLe MOvIe PASSeS To be in the running to win a double in-season movie pass to Blue is the Warmest Colour or The Past or a Blue Jasmine DVD, email us at telling us where you picked up your copy of Ciao. You can enter for them all in one email, ONLy AT The MOvIeS FeB. 13 Line dancing at LBC Whether you are the life of the dance floor or just a hopeful beginner, as long as you have but give us a preference. You must include your name and address in your email, as we can’t post if we don’t know!


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n Your say n Sustainability We’ve got a theory that relationships are more successful when both partners are from the Inner West. Do you only date people from your own area? n “Yes, you can go to the same cafe!” Michael, Abbotsford. n “I am not suburbist, but it’s a practical method I would consider using.” Mike, Sydney. n “It’s easier to stalk someone once they’ve dumped you if you live in the same ‘burb. Well I find it easier anyway...” Ged, Camperdown. n “Good theory. Inner Westies are a special breed and often misunderstood by outside species – personally, I always find I get along best with other Campos coffee-drinking, op-shopping, foreign-movie watching locals.” Mark, Petersham. n “Isn’t it better to date people outside your area so if things go bad you won’t have to bump into them everywhere?!” Dayna, Annandale. n “Dating someone from the same suburb is certainly more convenient but love doesn’t discriminate between east and west.” Francine, Burwood. n “I once dated a guy from Wollongong... it didn’t work out because of the cost of petrol.” Caris, St Peters. n “This is a ridiculous and discriminatory theory. How will you meet anyone if you’re excluding a huge chunk of the population?” Ashley, Drummoyne. Why aren’t we there yet? In the face of so much scientific evidence of global warming, it’s a puzzle as to why the basic arguments continue. Is the climate really changing? Can we prevent it? Does it matter? We debate whether this summer’s devastating bushfires are ‘caused’ by climate change. No, of course they are not; Australia has always had bushfires, and single events don’t prove or disprove trends. But the increase in their frequency and severity in recent years is clearly a symptom of a changing climate, and it is a change that we would be better off without. Conversely, certain newspaper columnists have chuckled over the fate of the climate scientists stuck in Antarctic ice. They present this as “proof” that the polar icecaps are not melting after all, but conveniently ignore the fact that ice floes must melt and break up in order to move around and reform - in this case, unfortunately around the ship where the scientists were observing the process. Meanwhile, the new government seems unconcerned that no one believes its policies can achieve its current modest emissions reduction target. It seems irrational to continue to ignore the changing climate – or to deny the need for action – even though it is a big emotional leap to reject what we grew up with: our history, our values, our way of life, our understanding of science. Fossil fuels have brought comfort, convenience and prosperity to many millions in the past couple of centuries. Many of our parents and grandparents have worked hard in those industries to make a living for themselves and their families. No one can, or should, deny that. But now that we have discovered the downside of it all, it’s time to move on. Just as we used to burn coal and oil to make the world better, now we can build wind farms and solar thermal power stations, and line our roofs with solar PV arrays. We can use modern technology and renewable resources, creating new jobs Blowing in the wind (power) to achieve the same comfort and convenience, without the downside. This is something we should do for our own children and grandchildren. We should be searching for more sustainable answers to local transport and domestic energy efficiency. Of course, fossil fuel companies have a huge investment in the old technology and governments are scared of upsetting them. But now, every year that passes without reducing emissions means more we must inevitably reduce. We won’t achieve the changes without strong government leadership, but as Gandhi said, “When the people lead, leaders will follow.” n Words: Dominic Case, Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle. Visit for important announcements coming soon, or email for more information. Local news Mums on the hop Trending for mums and bubs Recently featured on Channel 10’s Wake Up! morning program, ‘Kangatraining’ is the new post-natal fitness craze that has swept through Europe and will hit the Inner West this year, bringing a complete workout to local mums, which enhances both cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and muscular strength. Unlike other classes, the baby is part of the action at Kangatraining, as the name suggests – new mums wear their babies in pouches during the session. The workout has been developed in consultation with midwives, chiropractors, and babywearing consultants to ensure safety for mums and babies, and classes will be held in Ashfield, Five Dock and Newtown. n More info at Tracey’s a local hero Woman power in Drummoyne Tracey Roberts was named Drummoyne’s 2014 Woman of the Year last month, after being nominated by Drummoyne State Liberal MP John Sidoti. Tracey won this award for her philanthropic work, raising funds for the purchase of chin-controlled and nonmotorised wheelchairs for the Royal North Shore Hospital, done in conjunction with Rotary Club Five Dock. In May of last year, Tracey hosted the Blue Diamond Ball at the Rotary Club where they were able to raise an unprecedented $120,000. This money was used to purchase seven brand new wheelchairs, three of which are chin-controlled and the rest non-motorised. Funds were also used to establish a maintenance program for the pre-existing wheelchairs at the hospital. Tracey, who was inspired to do this work by the unfortunate accident and subsequent quadriplegia suffered by her uncle, has also contributed to the handicapped community by initiating a program to see unused wheelchairs given to those who need them. This program works by having people donate their secondhand wheelchairs to Tracey and she personally sees that they are given to those in need. This allows people with restricted mobility to see a new level of freedom and independence. John Sidoti said it was fantastic to see inspirational women like Tracey making a difference to the local area. Hopefully, she will serve as an example for later generations and lead to a higher and more committed level of community. Voice of her generation Each year, the YMCA NSW Youth Parliament is held as a platform for young people to raise issues with the State Government that they believe are important. This year one Inner West youth is excited to be representing her generation... Balmain student Shumi Ruan was recently confirmed as the Youth Member for Balmain after being nominated by local MP Jamie Parker. Over 300 people aged 15 to 18 years old applied to be part of the program this year alone and Shumi was one of 150 particpants to be selected. Shumi has said that she saw this as a great opportunity to learn more about the parliamentary and legislative system and she is looking forward to advocating for gender equality, education, and environmental awareness – issues she believes are important to other young people too. The main part of the program involves a week-long camp where each of the participants work on their proposed Bills and Parliamentary Reports and take part in mock debates. Shumi is doing her best to self-fund the residential stay but any donations to help cover her expenses would be greatly appreciated. If you’re interested in helping out, email Shumi directly:, or contact the YMCA staff and mention Sumi’s name for more information. Could this be the next Julia Gillard? n For more information call Youth and Government Manager Shi-Shi Luo on 9633 8251. FMK raises money and brightens up Haberfield With a passion for community that equals their commitment to great hair, FMK Hair Studio is not like other hairdressers. Here Courtney, manager of the Haberfield salon, chats to Ciao about their recent charity ball and all the latest haircare tips and trends... Can you tell us a little more about the charity masquerade ball FMK held at the end of the last year? Our masquerade ball went really well! The amount of excellent feedback we received from everyone that attended was overwhelming and the generosity on the night was mind blowing! We do this every 18 months to raise money for the Westmead Children’s Hospital and it’s something that I really love to be a part of. Do you have any hair tips for summer? Just one word: hydration. Like our body and skin, hair is always in desperate need of hydration. The summer sun takes its toll quite quickly; even without us noticing the heat and salt water can easily strip all the hair’s nurtrients out! Make sure to keep it moisturised. What specific services does FMK offer? Everything from precision cuts to extraordinary colour work. We offer a range of luxury kerestase treatments that repair and restructure the hair like no other and it is still affordable. FMK also offers wedding packages with hair and makeup in the one place so you can be beautiful best for your big day. What is the most popular request you have from your customers? We find that most of our new clientele are looking for a change! Women are always after a fashionable look that keeps them refreshed and youthful and we love to tailor make a look for every individual. What are the hottest hair trends at the moment? There are two main trends: with short hair, it’s crop with soft graduation through the back and sides and a textured top while with long hair, the current style is to cut it to around the collar with soft tasseled movement and longer layers. Off centre parts are also in. Which celebrity has the best hairstyle? Michelle Williams in the new Louis Vuitton campaign is a stunning example of the new crop style I mentioned before. Her hair is just gorgeous! What made you want to get involved in the hair industry? It would have to be the creative side that drew me in. I love doing photo shoots and fashion weeks and we offer all our staff great opportunities to be involved in everything we do. I’m also very competitive so I love being challenged and I get that opportunity in this line of work. n FMK Hair: 70 Dalhousie St, Haberfield. For more information visit Masked beauties with great hair 10


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Australia Day may have just passed, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop eating lamb. Summer days mean that simple food is king and it doesn’t get much simpler than the classic Australian crumbed lamb cutlet. The Four in Hand’s Colin Fassnidge shares his crumbed lamb cutlets with salsa verde recipe with us for this first issue of Ciao for 2014. Food that comes with its own handles? It’s got my vote! kitchen with Melissa Leong n Wine with Winsor Cheeky chardy Deakin Estate 2013 Chardonnay You’ve got to love a chardonnay that offers real flavour and varietal characters but doesn’t cost a motza. This has some ripe peach and pear fruit characters, citrus zest and some interest on the palate thanks to smart winemaking. It’s clean and elegant given the price tag, well balanced – and extremely drinkable, too. Chill and enjoy with chicken dishes, spicy prawns or just on the back deck with a picnic. $10. Lamb by Colin Fassnidge Serves 2 You’ll need: 6 lamb cutlets on the bone Plain flour 2 eggs, scrambled 4 pieces sourdough bread, blitzed into crumbs Salt and pepper Oil for frying Salsa Verde: ½ bunch mint ½ bunch parsley ½ bunch sage 10g capers ½ bulb garlic, peeled A splash of red wine vinegar Olive oil for blending Salt and pepper for seasoning Head chef from Four in Hand, Colin Fassnidge, loves his lamb...and so do we! Method: 1. In a food processor, add herbs and garlic cloves with olive oil until a thick consistency is achieved. Next, add capers and blitz briefly, then pour in a splash of red wine vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and that’s your salsa verde done! 2. Season lamb cutlets with salt and pepper. Dip in flour, then egg wash and coat in breadcrumbs. Shallow fry for one minute on each side or until golden. 3. Arrange cutlets on a plate, drizzle with salsa verde and serve with salad. Something different Eldridge Estate 2012 Gamay Here’s something different and interesting. David and Wendy Lloyd at Eldridge Estate on the Mornington Peninsula have a lot of love for the rare gamay grape, used in the wines of Beaujolais in France. This is a really aromatic and vibrant red designed for those who enjoy fruit and savoury spice rather than oak and power. It’s a firm, beautifully constructed lighter-bodied red that can stand being chilled and would be great with Middle Eastern dishes. Lovely stuff. $37. Fun white At the markets n Fruit: January through to February is the best time for all fruits from white and yellow peaches and nectarines to grapes of all varieties including Red Crimson, Red Globe, Black Muscat, Menindee, Seedless Black, White and Thompson. New season Gala apples are also in stock. Get the last of the mangoes while you still can as they are slowly coming to an end, along with Tasmania cherries. n Vegetables: Chinese vegetables, lettuce, celery, spinach and zucchini are all plentiful at the moment with lots of locally grown produce available. Best buys at Trim’s this week will be kale at 99c/bunch and eggplants at $1.99/each (most other shops will have them priced around $2.99-$4.99). It’s eggplant season! n Trim’s Fresh: Shop 21, Leichhardt MarketPlace. Ph: 9572 6886. Longview 2013 Red Bucket Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Here’s a serious white wine at a fun price – the perfect drop for enjoying well chilled while watching some cricket or tennis. From a family winery with vineyards on the fringes of the Adelaide Hills, it is a blend of two varieties which combine exceptionally well. With just 12 percent alcohol, this is a very refreshing drop showing grapefruit zest and minerality but no shortage of flavour and intensity on the palate. Very nice and often on special at Dan Murphy’s. $16. n At home with... Vincenzo Livia There are exciting things happening at the Italian Forum this year, with a handful of new businesses having come to life over the last month or so. Whether you’re in the mood for a snack, apéritif or dinner, stop by and check out the Forum’s most exciting new venue, La Tavernetta. Vincenzo Livia is head chef of this newly opened restaurant and here he chats to Ciao about his passion for food and Sophia Loren... How long have you been a chef? Tell us a bit about how you started out in the industry. I’ve been a chef for a good 30 years now, but I’ve spent about 39 years working in the kitchen. When I was about 15 years old I realised I wasn’t as crazy about going to school as I was about following my Sicilian nonna around, especially when she would make her homemade bread. A friend of mine then convinced me to follow my passion so I dropped out of school and haven’t looked back since. Where did your passion for food come from? I came to the realisation that I had a passion for food and cooking when I used to watch the chefs in professional kitchens whip up the most amazing dishes. They were so quick and so precise. They turned something simple into something extraordinary and from there I knew I wanted to do the exact same thing. Can you tell us a bit about what you’ll be offering at La Tavernetta? At La Tavernetta I want to offer my 30 years of experience and knowledge of Italian cuisine. I’m working with young innovative people so it’s the perfect fusion of old school, classic and new trendy ideas. What kitchen utensil can’t you live without and why? My tongs! It’s not very sanitary to pick up food with your hands so it’s the one utensil I use as an extension of my arm. What ingredients are essential in your kitchen? Fresh herbs, good Italian olive oil and salt. If you could have anyone over for dinner, whom would you invite and why? This is personal but perhaps Sofia Loren [he admits with a giggle], because she is still the most beautiful woman in the world. 12 Jared Ingersoll There’s more to the beast than meets the eye fillet A whole animal provides endless untold opportunities for a delicious meal. Rump. Ribs. Livers. Shoulder. Kidneys. Fillets. Skin. Bone. If you’re going to eat meat, respect the animal and go the lot. You see what I did there? Yup, I threw in a couple of bits of offal amongst the other cuts of meat. Want to know why? Because somehow we have forgotten that offal IS meat. Beef rump is loved by many and for good reason; it tends to have more texture and flavour than beef fillet. But if it’s texture and flavour that you’re after, you must try eating offal. Its texture and flavour is remarkable and unique. What a joy a delicious piece of tongue is! Vincenzo’s the new kid on the Forum block Vincenzo’s Ricotta e Melanzane Dessert (Ricotta and Eggplant) Makes 2 stacks Ingredients 1 large eggplant 500g fresh ricotta 3 tablespoons icing sugar Vanilla essence Melted chocolate Method 1. Cut your eggplant into circles, grill and set aside. 2. Combine the fresh ricotta with 3 tablespoons of icing sugar and a little vanilla essence. Mix well. 3. Melt enough chocolate to make 1 cup of chocolate fondue. 4. Prepare the dessert in layers like a lasagna. First layer is one eggplant circle, second layer is a spoonful of the riccotta mixture spread over the eggplant and third layer is the chocolate fondue on top. Repeat this process three times to make a ricotta and eggplant stack. 5. Once completed, place in the fridge for a minimum of an hour. 6. Serve cold. Some of you might be a bit squeamish about eating tongue. You might say “I don’t like the idea of it.” Fair enough. But why are you so happy to chew on the ‘business end’ of the beast? Offal is the black sheep of the meat family but the reality is that if you are willing to reach out and give offal a bit of love, it can be turned into the most delicious meal. Anything from the time honoured and consuming terrine and pâté, to really simple and super fast lambs fry (half a centimetre thick) eaten with buttery onions, a splash of balsamic and a touch of rosemary. Every successful meal can be divided into two parts: one part good recipe and the other good produce. A great offal dish is no exception. Go to your butcher, ask for help choosing fresh delicious offal that is bright and lively and give it a go. You have nothing to fear and everything to gain. In fact, you really do deserve something special. If you’re having trouble getting your fellow diners on board, I find the best way to get offal into people’s mouths is to ‘stretch the truth’ a bit – when they are happily scoffing mouthfuls and ask, “What’s that flavour? It’s amazing!” I say, “Sherry, thyme, eschallot, butter and a few chicken hearts.” There is a pause, a moment of conflict where they weigh up deliciousness with prejudice and, let me tell you something, deliciousness wins every time! n More info at


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n Feature A groovy kind of love Like all good love stories, serendipity played a part in this one: a chance meeting at a friend’s house, gigs that fell through at the last minute and a spur-of-the-moment invitation all combined to bring Sarah and Nenad together. To spice things up there was a misunderstanding, a thwarted proposal and ‘Lolo,’ the ‘other woman’ they’re both madly in love with... Sarah wasn’t looking for love the day she met Nenad, but Cupid had other ideas. The date – 10/11/12 – was auspicious for starters. Nenad had just arrived in Australia from Berlin and they met by chance at a mutual friend’s house in Newtown. Mysteriously, two of Sarah’s gigs with her Gypsy fusion band, Lolo Lovina, fell through at the last minute and she found herself at a loose end. She was happy to oblige when Nenad needed a ride to his hotel. When he asked her to dinner to say “thanks” (as you do!), they discovered they had a lot in common: a Rroma (Gypsy) heritage, a love of music, and Nenad even spoke the Rromanes language that Sarah had travelled to Serbia to study a few years earlier. On top of that, Nenad was a drummer and Sarah’s band needed one for a gig the next day. So was it love at first sight? “If I’d been open to the idea, it would have been, but I wasn’t really in that headspace or even looking for a relationship,” says Sarah. “I was really happy as a single mum, with my career, my friends, my life… and then along came Nenad! For him, yes it was. I remember him saying to me at dinner on that first night, ‘I feel I could trust you with my life.’” Prophetic words, indeed, but the course of true love never does run smooth. Just three days later when Nenad was keen to, quite literally, tie the knot, things didn’t go to plan. “He presented me with two bracelets and asked me to tie one on his wrist,” says Sarah. “Then he tied the other one on mine and said, ‘Now we are engaged.’ When he saw my horrified face he added, ‘A little bit?’ I told him that I needed to become engaged of my own free will, so I took it off and kept it safe… but I did ‘steal’ another bracelet of his that I still wear today. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to get engaged, I just wanted it to be when I was ready!” The official proposal happened later in a thoroughly modern way – over Skype – when Nenad had to return to Berlin for a while. “We were missing each other painfully, and he asked me if I was prepared to spend my life with him,” says Sarah. (She said yes.) “He did a live re-enactment when he came back home a month later.” (She said yes again.) Just over a year after they first met, the couple tied the knot outside their Marrickville home. Lolo, the ever-present ‘other woman,’ was guest of honour… and the venue for the ceremony. “We had an amazing wedding – we got married in front of our house in Lolo, our Gypsy caravan/stage,” explains Sarah. Yes, that’s right, Lola is a polka-dot covered 1978 Viscount Royale that Sarah and Nenad love almost as much as they love each other. “I rescued her from Tamworth and towed her back to Sydney to turn into a stage,” Sarah recalls. “One side folds up to welcome everyone into her lounge room. She is warm, creative and inspiring and celebrates both our Meet singer Sarah Bedak and drummer Nenad Radic Rroma. This passionate, strong-willed and musical pair are married to their band – and now to each other. Rromani culture and the culture of Australian caravanning holidays. I decorate her and dream up creative uses for her, and Nenad cares for her structural and technical wellbeing. She is like a member of the family, of the band and she has very loving parents!” Following the caravan wedding ceremony, the couple had a party that spilled over into the backyard, the street and the park next door. “We had lots of musicians and performer friends to entertain everyone, a dance floor near the Hills Hoist and we self-catered Serbian Gypsy food. It was all very ‘us’ and amazing to celebrate with our community and friends. Our home feels blessed by the kindness of everyone who came to celebrate with us and by our commitment to each other.” But what’s the reality of living and working with your partner, especially in a creative venture, like a band? “We argue about music all the time,” says Nenad. “We are both overexacting and have very high standards that neither of us will compromise.” plans constantly, which is great. I have grown vocally and musically as a result of Nenad,” says Sarah. Nenad feels the love too. “Sarah has opened her whole life to me, her home, family, band and more. I guess that is normal in a marriage but somehow it feels like a bigger responsibility as she is my only family in this country,” he says. “Day to day, she brings me back things she knows I’ll like, small things like pumpkin seeds or Serbian delicacies. She sends messages of love when we are not together, picks me flowers and knows when I need a coffee. She also gives me the best bits of whatever it is we’re sharing!” As their friends testify, Sarah and Nenad are meant for each other. They both have a grounded confidence, inherent sense of style, and a passion for life and love that is as infectious as their band’s high-energy Gypsy music. That passion and confidence is doubled when they’re together, particularly on stage. “We sing a love song called Jastar Amenge Dur (Let’s go far away together). It’s a passionate Greek Gypsy love song in flamenco style that Nenad taught me, and we both adore it,” says Sarah. “When I sing it, I sing it to him. The emotion in the song fits with my feelings for him. The lyrics translate as ‘Your lips burn me, I love your beautiful big dark eyes, you create in me such a big fire that I don’t know what to do…’ “It feels to us both as if we are on the right path in life and this is great for our band and our relationship. Like everyone, we still have challenges but the best thing we’ve discovered is that we are stronger together.” n Follow Lolo Lovina on Facebook for info on their upcoming album ‘But Mangav Tut’ (I really love you), due out on iTunes just in time for Valentine’s Day. It includes the love song ‘Jastar Amenge Dur,’ so you can play it to your sweetheart. You can also see the couple perform live from their Gypsy Caravan Stage at Newtown Square on February 1st. After heading to Tasmania, Canberra and Melbourne in March, they’ll be back in Sydney for weekly gigs on Wednesdays at Manly’s Hotel Steyne. n Words: Kirsten Colvin, Photo: Ben Cregan “Day to day, she brings me back things she knows I’ll like, small things like pumpkin seeds or Serbian delicacies. She sends messages of love when we are not together, picks me flowers and knows when I need a coffee.” Sarah agrees. “Doing what you want to do in life, with the person you love is actually a very difficult thing! We both have very strong personalities and we are passionate about what we do. This can lead to clashes. Still, Nenad respects my views and I respect his. So it’s more or less pretty constructive.” And that’s one of the beautiful things about this creative and romantic union; the pair have learned a lot from each other and continue to grow together. “We rehearse every day, we talk about the band and our future Are We Officially Dating? While Nenad was pretty certain about where his and Sarah’s relationship was going right from the beginning, apparently some young lovers are not so sure when it comes to the ‘are we officially dating?’ question. On Valentine’s Day men are expected to go along to rom-coms without complaining – at least not to their dates. That won’t be a problem this year – they have one told strictly from the bloke’s point of view. Three guys in fact. In Are We Officially Dating? a group of best mates deal with that confusing but pivotal “moment” in every dating relationship when it’s decision time: “So...where is this going?” The boys have a hard-drinking, partying Manhattan lifestyle with lots of suspiciously easy casual sex and they’ve vowed to keep it that way. However their “no commitments” plan gets derailed when they each secretly fall in love. Zac Efron stars as book designer Jason, his dilemma is with writer Ellie (the gorgeous Imogen Poots – what’s to decide?). Meanwhile Daniel (Miles Teller) beds down with his gal pal while Mikey (Michael B Jordon) tries to woo his estranged wife, who he still adores. Tom Gormican delivers the (sometimes raunchy) laughs, which come thick and fast right up to that “ahhh” moment. You know the one, it’s a Valentine’s Day movie! TBC from February 13. n Thanks to Studio Canal we have 10 double in-season passes to give away. For details on how to win Like Ciao Magazine on Facebook. community glamour at its best 15



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