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FREE There’s life in the Inner West! Issue 229 | March 14 2014 Multicultural merriment WIN! Pompeii Romeo & Juliet Half of a Yellow Sun Ashfield’s Carnival of Cultures Movie tix: Drink your way through tassie is taking over the Inner West! le, Distributed in Leichhardt, Annanda town, Petersham, Stanmore, New Balmain, Drummoyne, Haberfield, Rozelle, Five Dock, Concord, & Summer Hill the local clubs migrants built the Audi Festival of German Films is coming Lights, camera, achtung!


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Carnival of Cultures Sunday 16th of March On the Main Stage If you’re someone who loves live music, then the Main Stage is the place to be with its showcase of captivating sights and sounds... A performance bonaza is planned for the upcoming Carnival of Cultures. The Trovason Trio is the first act of the day and will kick things off at 10am with an energetic Cuban performance. Immediately following will be a dance performance from the Australian Oriental Dance troupe at 11am. How’s that for an exciting start to the day? There will then be a short recess of performances on the Main Stage from 11.45am to 12.30pm for the official welcome speeches of the day and an acknowledgement to country accompanied by traditional Indigenous dance and music. After the formalities the entertainment will continue with the incredibly thrilling and colourful African Drumming Parade at 12.45pm, and the rhythmic, soulful sounds of Chosani Afrique at 1.15pm, keeping with the African theme. Now, saving the best for last, the final acts of the day are ones that surely should not be missed... The eclectic local band Lo Lo Lovina (top right) will make audiences shake their hips at 2pm, with their unique tunes influenced by Gypsy, French Chanson and Tango music. While the headline act, The Rhythm Hunters (right centre), famed for their mesmerising fusion of Indo-Pacific grooves, will be performing from 3pm to 4pm - closing the carnival with a musical bang! Ashfield Council’s premier outdoor event, Carnival of Cultures, returns once again to celebrate the local community and its diversity! Attracting over 20,000 visitors in 2013, the Carnival of Cultures held annually at Ashfield Park is an absolutely smashing day of entertainment, tastes, sights and sounds, all with a multicultural flair. With a dozen spectacular performers playing across the festival’s two stages, as well as roving entertainment from Circus Solarus, plus plenty of free activities on offer around the park’s six different zones, this carnival promises to be great fun for the entire family. Whether you are interested in experiencing different cultures from all over the world or you simply want to listen to some good music and eat some delicious food, this event should not be missed. n For more information visit Keep an eye on these gypsies xx x In the Zone For your convenience, the Carnival of Cultures will be separated into six distinct zones, each with its own special focus. Find out what’s in each zone to get the most out of your day at the carnival... Zone 1 is all about sports and outdoor activities. In this space you’ll find a variety of sports associations, such as Goals Soccer Academy and Cricket NSW offering all sorts of interesting information, as well as entertainment like pony rides. Zone 2 is the place to satisfy your grumbling tum. Grab a bite to eat with the food court seated area and all the food stalls located here. The Main Stage will also be located in Zone 2 as well as a face-painting stall. Zone 3 is home to the Eco Village. This is where you can learn about sustainability and green living. There will also be representatives from the local emergency departments like SES and St John’s Ambulance sharing important information with residents. Plus a little barefoot bowls thrown in for good measure! Zone 4 will be where you find all the community and merchandise stalls. If you want to do some shopping or learn about the amazing variety of groups working in your community, this zone is where you should find yourself. Zone 5 is a mixed bag. It will feature the Second Stage, the Art Space and the Outdoor library and book sale. For those of you riding to the carnival, this is also the area where you’ll spot the bike valet and mechanic as well as most of the sponsor stalls. Rock out with your locks out xx x It x xxtakes an eco village to raise a hipster Zone 6 is for the little ones. Children will be kept busy all day long with jumping castles, a ‘paint an umbrella’ stall and even more face painting. Check out the map below to help you find your way around on the day. Fun xx x for all the family What’s on the Main stage with MC Miles Merrill 10am-10.45am Trovason Trio 11am-11.30am Australian Oriental Dance 11.45am-12.15pm Acknowledgement to Country and Indigenous Dance and music 12.15pm-12:30pm Official speeches 12.45pm-13pm African Drumming Parade 13.15pm-13.45pm Chosani Afrique 14pm-14.45pm Lo Lo Lovina 15pm-16pm The Rhythm Hunters the seCond stage 10.30am-11.30am Citizenship Ceremony 11.45pm-12.15pm Library Story Time 12.30pm-12.50pm Los Carmona Flamenco Dancers 13.15pm-14pm Tiddalik the Frog 14.15pm-14.45 Sydney Dance Rhythms 14.45pm-15pm Shanshan Dancing Studio 15.10pm-15.30pm U-Turn Youth Ministries 2


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inner West Whispers Local gossip, rumour, hearsay and unsubstantiated fact... Pastry news, Parramatta Rd goes green and political competition heats up l RIP Le Chocoreve. After 10 years opposite WE ARE C!AO Satire for the soul Righteous Rightie comes out swinging after an outrageous leftist slur suggesting inappropriate relations with a hamster Dear RR – I trust you will be gracious enough to accept my moral and financial support should you decide to sue Sydney University over the recent Honi Soit article featuring a disgraceful photoshopped image of you bearing the caption “Righteous ‘Hamster Inserter’ Rightie”. I hope this thuggish attempt at censorship by the precocious forces of political correctness won’t stop your noble campaign to have the nation’s arts faculties shuttered and all academics with political views to the left of Gina Rinehart summarily dismissed. Chris, Mosman RR replies: Thanks for your kind offer, Chris. Much as I despise both those who take handouts or help themselves to the taxpayers’ money, I’m sure all rightthinking people will understand it is now regrettably necessary for me to call for donations to finance my legal bid to have every dollar Sydney University has collected from the government (and those cash cow Oriental students) in recent years transferred into my bank account. Granted, I’ve availed myself of some exotic services involving the unconventional use of a silk handkerchief during my visits to Madam Wong’s House of Pleasure but to suggest I would dally with rodents is slander of the most despicable kind. I’m currently in discussions with The Australian’s media editor to have that august organ publish a grovelling apology, ghostwritten by me, from the recalcitrant Honi Soit editors, which will reaffirm my status as a ‘highly respected commentator’ whose columns have always been a showcase of ‘reasonable and rational’ discourse. In the meantime, rest assured I’ll be defending the cause of free speech, including my right to label anyone involved in tertiary education an unAustralian egghead elitist, by seeking to bankrupt those undergraduate arse clowns and the institution that facilitated their hurtful attack. n Email your dilemma to ADVERTISING Sonya Madden Stanmore Station this quaint patisserie has closed it’s doors. Apparently the land lord has put up the rent and owners say it is just not worth renewing the lease. The arrival of The Little Mule (a very on-trend café serving Campos) may have affected trade. Up the road Molly Coddle café has branched out into Newtown and is running a roaring trade at its latest location. Le Chocoreve had temporarily closed its doors last year when there was an administration notice on the front door. Ex-staff say it was a failure to pay workers compensation that had the wolves at the door. After that obstacle was overcome the café re-opened its doors with a refreshing paint job and new chalkboard menu, but that wasn’t enough to save it! Bank site in Haberfield. After the recent closure of Sulfaro, Haberfield’s glucose index has deteriorated and any replacement sweeties will surely by welcomed. l Parramatta Road improves! Don’t fall off JOURNALIST Max Kobras your chair, but it is true. For the first time in years, Marrickville Council has actioned some refurbishment of the long forsaken road. Small planter trees have been placed from Crystal Street to Fort Street adding a nice touch of green to the otherwise fumey environment. Who needs a million dollar place-making plan? Just one small action at a time is good enough, right? the right to be the ALP’s Balmain candidate going up against Leichhardt Mayor Darcy Byrne. Popularity is not what makes a leader, its all about who you know. FOOD Melissa Leong l The Greens think that Verity Firth will win l Beautiful Brunetti’s of Melbourne is rumoured to be opening its doors at the old Commonwealth WINE Winsor Dobbin history This image from 1909 shows the celebration of Empire Day at Mortlake Public School. Empire Day was established in 1901 after the death of Queen Victoria and was celebrated annually across the British Empire in May. In Australia, the event was more commonly known as Cracker Night because of the bonfires and fireworks that were popular during evening celebrations and often children were given a half day at school. The observance of this holiday quickly declined in the post-war period however and it was ART DIRECTOR Eleanor Wales eventually renamed Commonwealth Day – an event still held today. n Image courtesy of Canada Bay Council EDITOR Nancy Merlo PUBLISHING Sonia Komaravalli Contributors: Jared Ingersoll, Mark Bond and Nigel Bowen Illustrations: Paden Hunter 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. Distribution, advertising & editorial enquiries 460A Parramatta Road, Petersham 2049 (02) 9518 3696 0402 202 951 – Sonya 0405 509 805 – Sonia Ciao is locally owned and produced. Please recycle Printed by Spot Press, Marrickville Cover: “The Girl with Nine Wigs” premieres at the Audi German Film Festival along with fifty other stellar German films. Giveaways on page 10 Things we love: coming across words of wisdom in the most unlikely places (even if they are misspelled). We have become so used to sharing inspirational quotes, memes and videos via social media that we don’t often notice messages around us on the street. These words were spotted on Catherine Street, Leichhardt. S er g vin High C!ao’s voiCe In • The Roller Den in Erskineville • The boys from Bob Jane T-Mart, Haberfield • Yum cha at Wests Ashfield Leagues • Easter eggs and hot cross buns (yes, already!) • Buses that come on time • Marrickville’s ‘Speed Date a Sustainability Expert’ event • The amazing selection of ready-made salads at Souq, Burwood Westfield • Real beards Out • Shootings in Petersham (a few metres from the Ciao office no less!) • Food served on boards – it’s time to move on people, everything rolls off • Delivery people who insist on continually shoving pamphlets under the doors of clearly abandoned properties on Parramatta Rd, leaving them overflowing • Leichhardt’s relentless parking officers • Hipsters getting beard transplants No w C!ao Magazine There’s life in the Inner West! 4


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Wednesday Members Draw Crack the Jackpot Sure, winning isn’t everything, but it would be mighty nice to walk away with thousands of dollars just for being a member of The Pier Social Club. The jackpot is drawn each Wednesday at 7.30pm and 8.30pm. If no one claims the prize we add $50 to the pot. And if you don’t win and are a student, don’t worry, you’re in luck. The Pier offers happy hour from 8.30pm till close on presentation of your student card. So put down the books and join in the fun. Also on Wednesday Night - $12.50 Pot Pie Uni Night - happy hour from 8.30pm till close with presentation of student card. Enquiries 02 9817 2204 Visit 2 Gale Street, Woolwich NSW 2110 Follow @woolwichpier *T&C’s apply visit, NSW Permit No. LTPS 13 - 05748


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Community life R OA D T E ST n Nancy Merlo rocking ouT aT our KAsbAhs With the Carnival of Cultures coming up in Ashfield on March 16th, we take a look at the various cultural clubs throughout the Inner West that have provided a kind of 'home base' for immigrants over the years; a place where they can reconnect with their countries of origin, preserve their traditions and maintain their social and cultural activities. rAnt What’s this nonsense I hear about an anarchist bookfair? Aren’t there more important matters than anarchists and their bloody books? Abbott and his cronies are now making decisions on behalf of millions; with cuts in social welfare, a hard line on immigration and an erosion of workers’ rights – their choices affect everyone from Newtown’s King Street to the Manus Island Detention Centre. Good cops to some, bad cops to many, but cops nonetheless; they are in authority, they are the powers that be, and their dominant views will shape all our lives. For Australians it’s simply a case of 'out of the frying pan and into the fire.' That is, until another election rolls round and they hand over the reins to another bunch of smarmy politicians claiming to have the foresight it takes to make all the big decisions on our behalf. Then we’re back in the frying pan once more. Who’s got time to read books? It seems people complain about government year in, year out. The never-ending cycle of elections bringing these people to power is like watching a dog owner replacing one dog that bites with another, only to get bitten again, never learning that they probably shouldn’t have a dog. Some will dare to say we’d be better off if we did away with the lot of them, and many will agree, but few will take it further than that. Except the anarchists. Bookfairs aside, the anarchists hold governments and politicians of all stripes to account and declare them all to be as useless and corrupt as each other and demand instead a real change in society. They call for the people to sack the politicians and take control of their own lives, deal with the affairs of their own neighbourhoods, their own workplaces, together, for the mutual benefit of all. That said, such a grand change in society can’t happen overnight and, to be fair, the anarchists know this. They expect a long period of education to precede any great change in society and would rather focus on the development of self-thinking individuals than play at politics. So maybe there is more to this bookfair idea than I first thought. Sydney’s anarchists have been involved in this process of education for decades, with Jura Books in Petersham spreading the idea of a society without government for over 30 years and The Black Rose Social Centre in Newtown promoting radical social change for almost as long. Now they’ve joined forces to bring Sydney its first Anarchist Bookfair. God help the politicians if people actually go along and read some of these books and listen to what these people have got to say. It’ll be them that’s in the fire next time. Klub PolsKi (Polish Club) The Polish Club located at 73 Norton Street, Ashfield, has been welcoming Polish people of all ages since it began in 1964. After purchasing its premises in 1967, the club expanded to the building next door (number 75) in 1984. While it has not been without it's problems – having suffered a fire in 2003 that destroyed the club's archives and Polish Army Museum room – today it boasts a bar, cocktail lounge, two ballrooms, restaurant, pokies and a Polish deli. The venue is popular for functions and hosts regular 'Club Vibrations' musical events for those who like to boogie to old school '80s and '90s tunes. It's also home to Polsih folkloric ensemble, 'Syrenka.' Maria Stavropoulou and Nikitas Ellenis every weekend. You'll also find homemade Cypriot sweets, loukoumades and coffee at Ellies Cafe on the first floor. In an effort to keep the Cypriot culture and heritage alive, the club runs a community dance school teaching traditional Cypriot, Greek and modern Greek dances. Release your inner pole at ashfield's polish Club Addison roAd Community Centre ConCordiA Club CyPrus Community Club Established in 1929, the Cyprus Community Club is one of the bigger cultural venues in the Inner West located in prime position at 58-76 Stanmore Road. The Aphrodite Restaurant inside offers traditional Greek and Cypriot foods at great prices as well as entertainment by Greek performers Not a 'cultural club' itself, the Addison Road Community Centre is home to numerous cultural groups housed in its various 'huts'. There's a Greek Cultural Association (Hut 36), the Turkish Welfare Association (Hut 35), which provides assistance for those with poor English language skills, as well as Latin America House at Hut 18, which is a meeting place for solidarity groups in support of social and human rights projects across Argentina, Chile, Cuba and Uruguay. They host a Latin-American barbecue every Sunday as well as discussion forums every second Saturday. If you can imagine a German RSL, this would be it. The Concordia has a very long history in the Inner West – established in 1883 in Stanmore, it moved to an old croquet clubhouse in Mackay Park, Tempe, in 2005 and sits on the edge of the park near the Cooks River. This temple to all things Teutonic has a very '80s feel (it's not super fancy) but it's a great place to get your fix of proper German food like pork knuckle and Wiener schnitzel – and the traditional folk music they play adds to the authenticity. A popular place for older people and families as it's conveniently located nearby Tempe Station, it is also home to the Concordia choir, chess group and canasta players. The sunseT series returns War Memorial Park in Lilyfield will come alive with the sounds of blues and roots music on Sunday 23rd March at Bluesfest 2014. If it's finger-picking blues or a fusion of soul and jazz you love then these artists are for you. Commencing at 4pm is local artist Dan Hopkins who swings from sweet urban country blues finger style to swampy lap slide guitar playing, creating a smorgasbord of authentic southern style foot stomping folk, roots and blues. Following Dan at 5pm will be Rozelle local Trude Aspeling who is one of the most versatile vocalists in Australia. Her sensational repertoire covers soul, gospel, Latin and blues. Trude has toured the world's major festivals and will now bring her own brand of soul and sultry blues to Lilyfield. While the sun is setting at 6pm settle in to hear seven-time-Aria-award-winning artist Wendy Matthews work her magic. Wendy has worked with some of Australia’s most iconic artists such as Jimmy Barnes and Kate Ceberano. She takes songs from every genre and makes them her own, from jazz to blues, rock to gospel and soul to infectious pop. Don't miss her performing all her hit songs! n For more information visit WhAt’s on n Compiled by Nancy Merlo. Email sunday 16th march FREE Community are events listings n Words: N. Neven. Sydney Anarchist Bookfair is on Saturday 22nd March from 10am at Marrickville’s Addison Road Community Centre. Find out more at email info@ ncy Attn: Na powered items at the end of trade on Saturday. The Centre received a highly commended award at the 2013 NSW Government Green Globes Awards in recognition of a 50 per cent energy reduction since 2008. n For more information visit www. tuesday 18th march Guangzhou, Florence, San Francisco and Nagoya. All concerts include at least one Australian composition, further enhancing Sydney’s ties with each Sister City. Tickets are $55, call 1300 797 118 to book your place. n For more information visit than just chicken at this event, with food stalls offering Portuguese tarts, Bairro Fair specialty coffee, Ginjinha liqueur, The Bairro Português Petersham Food paella, traditional bread and churros. and Wine Fair, will hit Petersham from Visitors to the fair can also look 10am to 6pm, bringing with it fantastic forward to face painting, crafts, food and entertainment for all ages! and a photo booth. MasterChef finalist 2013, Christina n Where: Audley and Fisher St, Batista, will MC this year and is Petersham. looking forward to digging in to all the Portuguese flavours on the day. “The food scene in Australia has grown leaps and bounds in the last decade but there are still some rather dated perceptions I’d like to tackle – like for example that all the Portuguese eat is chicken,” she said. Well there's sure to be more Don't chicken out! 6 month of march March at MarketPlace Celebrate Seniors Week at MarketPlace Leichhardt with free bingo for Seniors Card holders and the chance to win $20 MarketPlace gift cards. On from 9am to 11am, March 18th, 19th and 20th in the Food Court – just bring your ID and Seniors Card to join the fun! The green-minded shopping centre is also encouraging residents to turn off lights from 8.30am to 9.30pm on Saturday 29th March as part of EarthHour. Centre management asks all of its retailers to support the event by switching off all non-essential the Goldner Quartet Treat yourself to a selection of wine and food samples, and hear a first-class performance of music at the Goldner Quartet concert at City Recital Hall from 6pm. This performance will take audiences to seven countries in 80 minutes and features Inner West musicians Dene Olding (lead violinist) and his wife Irina Morozova performing a program tailored to each of Sydney's Sister Cities: Portsmouth, Wellington, The power of four makes magical music SEE pagE 8 FoR moRE whaT'S on...


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n locAl GiGs saturday 22nd March n locAl movies Knowledge For those who haven’t already heard of the Roller Den, it’s a new venue that's opened in the basement of the Imperial Hotel on Erskineville Road. Their launch party was just last Friday, when they were very proud to stay open until 8am since new licensing laws don’t affect them. So take that Barry O’Farrell. Starting this coming Saturday, the Roller Den will be hosting a monthly hip-hop night and this inaugural event will be headlined by L-Fresh the Lion. I’ve said before that Aussie hip-hop doesn’t really do much for me but this dude hits the right notes. Maybe it’s just because I find him interesting; traditional Sikh musicians aren’t that common after all. Anyhow, make sure to check out the Roller Den when you can. FREE TICKETS Win double movie passes Behold, a "lusty gentleman" Romeo & Juliet After Baz's version, there wouldn’t be much point in trying to capture the hip zeitgeist, or whatever it is that endlessly motivates new productions of Shakespeare’s plays. Downton Abby’s Julian Fellowes does the reverse, and despite taking quite a few liberties with the text, has made a faithful version that should attract both loyalists and a new and younger audience to this greatest of all love stories. It’s gorgeously filmed in the real Verona and other Italian old cities, majestically scored (if a little incessantly) by Abel Korzeniowski and impeccably acted by Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Douglas Booth (from nowhere – maybe a boy band?). Paul Giamatti pops up as the friar, whose meddling should attract the attention of Verona’s coroner. As does Damian Lewis (Homeland) as Juliet’s dad – who really should be charged with child abuse. M15+ Parental guidance strongly recommended: Contains sex (heaving bosoms), drug use (poison), street thugs (with swords) and suicidal themes. From Mar 27. ★ Thanks to Icon Films we have 5 double in-season passes to give away. Details below. "What was that rumble?" Pompeii n The Roller Den, $14.80 saturday 22nd March better than the wizardS This is a six-piece band from Melbourne that is jumping across plenty of genres; they have a soulful saxophonist who will suddenly start making calypso sounds and then the whole band will quickly change into a general indie sound. That might put most people off but some will love this. Check out their album launch at the Bald Face Stag. GoT’s legions of fans won’t need any prompting to go see Jon Snow again, here transported from the frozen north to the warmer (much warmer, as it turns out) Roman city of Pompeii. Kit Harington plays Milo, a Celtic horseman enslaved by the Romans and forced to fight in blood-soaked arenas for the amusement of a brutal elite. Where he just happens to meet the corrupt senator (Kiefer Sutherland) who years ago slaughtered his entire family. But not before patrician hottie Cassia (Emily Browning) catches sight of his six-pack (very impressive), and (blush) you can guess the rest. Paul W.S. Anderson’s disaster epic doesn’t deviate too far from the sword and sandal formula but does have those two very attractive stars, 3D and a powerful armoury of CGI. Useful for the fireworks we’re all waiting for and also for Roman history buffs. I don’t need to tell you the ending – you know what happens when the gods of Vesuvius take their vengeance. Well, you should. CTC from Mar 20. ★ Thanks to Icon Films we have 5 double in-season passes to give away. Details below. Wadjda Last issue’s bicycle movie (The Armstrong Lie) was about a ruthless hypocritical cheat but this rare charmer from Saudi Arabia couldn’t be more different. Pre-teen Wadjda (Waad Mohammad) just wants to own a bike, something forbidden to girls in her country. So she scams, cheats and tries everything she can to… Hang on, isn’t that what Lance Armstrong did? Fortunately the feel-good spirit of Haifaa Al-Mansour's debut allows us to gloss over our young feminist heroine’s actual tactics. It’s a lovely film, and like Wadjda, we want more! PG from March 20. WIN TIX! n Bald Faced Stag, $10 Cool bike! happy days, but not for long... Autumn cArnivAl fashion parade Autumn carnival season is coming and so is the BMW Series 2. Join in and help us celebrate with a fancy day of fashion, food and fun at Canterbury BMW this month... The great people at Canterbury BMW and all of us here at Ciao Magazine are inviting fashion and car-loving locals to celebrate the arrival of the BMW Series 2 on Friday 21st March from 1pm with an exclusive Autumn Carnival fashion parade. Come along for canapes and drinks from 1pm and then settle in for the parade at 2pm, to be hosted by local TV personality Ortenzia Borre. Featuring stunning fashion pieces from fabulous retailers located inside Burwood Westfield Shopping Centre (including Oxford, Sheike, Cue, Witchery, Sportsgirl, David Jones and Forever New), along with one-of-a-kind hats designed and handmade by Wendi Nutt of Philadelphia Philpot Couture Millinery – the parade is sure to inspire you fresh ideas for what to wear this Autumn racing season. fashion for the racing season! Half of a Yellow Sun Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) is on his home turf here – in Nigeria just after independence. He plays a dynamic, hard-drinking political activist whose inability to keep his trousers zipped up doesn’t sit well with smart and sassy gf Olanna (Thandie Newton). This sweeping historical saga follows a number of characters, including Olanna’s wealthy sister (Anika Noni Rose) and the love of her life, an expat Brit writer. It's unashamedly soapy for the first half – then abruptly changes tack as a brutal civil war explodes. The tragic events in Biafra during the '60s are largely forgotten now, and this reminder is both timely and emotionally charged – as well as chilling. Biyi Bandele’s debut impresses too for its nod to the role Western oil interests played in all that strife. TBC from March 27. ★ Thanks to Leap Frog Films we have 10 double inseason passes to give away. Details below. n Reviews – Russell Edwards n Where: 376-384 Canterbury Rd, Canterbuy. RSVP to events@canterburybmw. by March 18th to make sure you're catered for. Entry is free. saturday 19th March Speed dating for SuStainability loverS Building or renovating residents won't want to miss Marrickville's free Speed Date a Sustainability Expert event – and they don't even need to be singletons! Everyone is welcome to explore their environmental options by attending this special event where guests get a 13-minute 'date' with leading sustainable home experts including designers, architects and builders offering advice on how to make homes and gardens greener. “The experts will be all in one place, ready to mix and mingle and offer great advice – from information on solar panels and solar hot water, to environmentally-friendly home renovation. We want to make it as easy as possible for our community 8 to go green at home,” says Mayor Jo Haylen. The event runs from 2pm to 4.30pm at Marrickville Town Hall (303 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville). n Register at www.marrickville.nsw. from Wednesday 26th March whether painting, sculpting, drawing or photography is your thing – get to work and submit your entry by March 26th. Winners will be announced at a special exhibit on March 28th, where works will be for sale. n For more info call 0405306640. saturday 29th March art prize The Marrickville Golf Club is inviting Inner West artists to enter an art prize this month to celebrate the life of the old timber bridge that crosses the river between Marrickville and Earlwood. The bridge is being replaced later this year and the golf club is asking artists to submit their artistic impressions of the bridge as they see it so we can all remember once it's gone. There will be a prize pool of $1000 to be shared across three categories: open, high school and under 12. It's $10 to enter and entries must be hangable. So Sydney vegan feStival The inaugural Sydney Vegan Festival hits the Factory Theatre, Marrickville, this month with vegans from around the world gathering for live music, food and market stalls. Heading the line-up of guest speakers and cooking demonstrators is Brooklyn vegan chef Isa Moskowitz, creator of Post Punk Kitchen, who will be joined by fellow cook Terry Hope Romero (check her out in our At Home section), who co-authored the book Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan with Isa. Also not to be missed is an appearance by internet cooking sensation, The Vegan Black Metal Chef, who hosts a unique show featuring black metal and guided vegan recipes. This is an 18+ event, tickets are $49+bf. For more information and tickets visit www. ★ To WIN a double pass to the first ever Sydney Vegan Festival, email with your full contact details. Win doUBLe MoVie passes To be in the running to win a double in-season pass to Pompeii, Romeo & Juliet or Half of a Yellow Sun (and don’t forget The Festival of German Films – see more on page 9) just email us at telling us where you picked up your copy of Ciao. You can enter for them all in one email, but give us a preference. Include your name and address in your email, as we can’t post if we don’t know!


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n promotion venerable viatour It was the year that Shane Gould became Australian of the Year after winning three gold medals at the Munich Olympics. It was the year that Gough Whitlam said "it's time" and brought Labor back to government after 23 years in the wilderness. It was the year Belinda Green became Miss World and a young ex-carabiniere called Antonio Bamonte set up a travel agency and called it Viatour. The year was 1972. Somewhere between 1971 and 1976, the Italian community in NSW reached its peak of almost 80,000 first generation Italians. By then large scale immigration from Italy was no longer a surprise to mainstream Australia. 'Wogs' still, but part of the rich tapestry now, with cappuccino and alfresco becoming part of everyday Aussie speech. So the young Antonio Bamonte, hailing from the Amalfi coast, had fertile ground for the seed he planted. Soon the thousands of Italians who'd been living in Sydney acquired a level of wealth sufficient to travel back to the home country and they flocked to Viatour. In those days Alitalia was flying to Rome and the DC-10 with the big 'A' on the tail were swallowing Italian after Italian at Kingsford Smith. Of course, Viatour was also selling Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Thai International, KLM and Lufthansa. Then Air India opened a route to Rome from Sydney via Bombay and Viatour became the number one agency on that route. Fast forward to today.  Alitalia has not been flying to Australia for years, but Viatour's logo, featuring a "V" very similar to the "A" on the tails of Alitalia planes is still there. The first generation Italian immigrants has shrunk dramatically and now the community is made up mostly of the children and grandchildren of Viatour clients of yesteryear. They still have affection for the agency that ferried their fathers to the home country but have learned to use the Internet for their bookings, especially on the domestic front. However, an agency can still provide astonishingly good fares on international routes. At the moment, Viatour can offer an economy class return trip to Rome for $1510 including taxes. Nevertheless it's true that there is no longer a flood of Italians waiting to be swallowed up by the cavernous A-380s of today. "We had to learn to do things in a different way", says Mr Bamonte. Typically, a Viatour group takes around 20 travellers with common interests to any destination, especially the Mediterranean. After all, the favourite agency of Italians in Sydney has learned a thing or two about taking travellers to Italy after more than 40 years in the business. Part of the business is ATI Tours, a wholesaler selling packages in Italy to all agencies. So they know where to get the best hotel deals in Italy as well as France, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Turkey – destinations often linked by a cruise in the Mediterranean. Cruises are becoming increasingly popular, according to Mr Bamonte. "This is an area where we still have an edge over the Internet,” he smiles. "Those who book a cruise over the Internet sometimes find out there are hidden costs that were not revealed at the time of the booking, or were printed in very small type. We tell our clients the full story, and they keep coming back to us.” Cruise lines often introduce specials at the beginning of the month (information you won't find on Internet), so it may pay to give Viatour a call right now to find out about real gems like tours in May and June to Europe, offering 20 days starting at $5,685.00 including return airfares, hotels, most meals, and coach transfers across Portugal, Spain, France and Italy. Proof that you can teach an old dog new tricks... n Viatour: 125 Ramsay St, Haberfield. T. 9799 3222. For more information visit FREE SENIORS WEEK BINGO In celebration of NSW Seniors Week Join in the fun! Show your NSW Seniors Card together with photo ID to receive your Bingo game card and play to win for MarketPlace Leichhardt Gift Card prizes Dates: Tuesday 18 March Wednesday 19 March Thursday 20 March 9.00am - 11.00am daily Renew Leichhardt Launch! Sunday 16 March, 11am-1pm, The Italian Forum, Norton Street, Leichhardt Bringing Leichhardt back to life! Come and find out about Renew Leichhardt and enjoy entertainment for all the family. Featuring Bananas in Pyjamas (meet B1 and B2) and The Musician - Ant1 from The Hooley Dooleys Times: Location: Food Court Corner Marion & Flood St, Leichhardt T (02) 9560 4488 Roaming entertainers, face painters and children’s rides! aqua3441 BIP_PRIMARY LOGO For further information, please contact Council on 9367 9243 Bananas in Pyjamas © Australian Broadcasting Corporation, licensed in association with Southern Star Entertainment 2014 Original song by Carey Blyton community glamour at its best 9


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n Ciao’s piCk n Reviews The Girl with Nine Wigs Managing to be both heart-wrenching and uplifting, this tragicomedy is one of our faves from the 2014 festival, based on the true story of Sophie van der Stap. The film follows Sophie’s fight to continue living after discovering she has a rare and aggressive type of cancer at just 21-years-old. Helped along the way by her carers and loved ones, it’s her collection wigs – each with their own distinct style and personality traits – that get her through the toughest of times, lending her their courage, sensuality and sense of humour when she needs it most. Audiences will be swept away in Sophie’s journey to reclaim her identity, health and a ‘normal’ life as they watch her experience a myriad of emotional, psychological and physical battles. With just the right amount of lightheartedness and plenty of talent on screen and behind the camera, this film is certainly worth the watch. Woyzeck: The Tragedy of a Simple Man Based on an unfinished 19th century play and its various adaptations, this film is an extreme revisionist update on the original piece. Woyzeck is the story of a young man, played adeptly by Tom Schilling, who works three jobs and participates in an illegal drug trial to support his family. The trial soon results in some serious side effects and the man’s life begins to spiral out of control. Woyzeck is really quite a tragic tale, and while the original play focused more on the dehumanising effects of the military practices appropriate to its time period, this adaptation, given its contemporary setting, feels considerably more everyday, which ultimately adds to its authenticity and the horror of this man’s situation. A great watch for those with a penchant for drama and doom. Pass the popcorn please achtung cinePhiles The much anticipated 13th annual Audi Festival of German Films is hitting Sydney from this month, showcasing over 50 award-winning, critically acclaimed features, shorts and documentaries that cinema-lovers won’t want to miss! There’s sure to be something for everyone at this year’s festival, which includes everything from drama to comedy, horror, romance and even a western! Opening the festival is the thoroughly entertaining crime action-drama, Banklady, directed by Christian Alvart and based on the true story of Gisela Werler – West Germany’s first female bank robber. Nadeshda Brennicke is fabulous here as the unassuming femme fatale who goes from shy girl to notorious criminal, defying gender expectations of the 1960s; an era that is brought to life with the film’s great use of music and production design. Brennicke is one of the festival guests this year, appearing at Chauvel on March 26th and 31st, and Palace Norton Street on April 1st for Q&A sessions. Festival talents Constanze Knoche, Leis Bagdach, Angus McGruther and Justus Neumann will also be making the journey down under for guest appearances at the festival. A Pact This intriguing psychological thriller will have you on the edge of your seat. Wigging out n The Audi Festival of German Films will be showing at Chauvel and Palace Cinemas from Wednesday 26th March to Thursday 10th April. For more information, tickets and sessions times visit We meet Georg and Paul as teenagers on the day a pact is Other highlights include Exit Marrakech, which made between the pair: Paul can have Georg’s girlfriend, will be showing on Oriental Night (an exotic Anna, if he can have her back whenever he wants. As you Moroccan-themed festival event), and sees can imagine, it’s a deal that comes back to haunt Paul writer/director Caroline Link return here – over decades later when he’s happily married to Anna and a decade after her Oscar win for Nowhere Georg shows up (eek!). What happens next, you’ll in Africa – doing what she does best never guess, as French director Denis Dercourt with this exploration of culture and maintains suspense to the very last scene. personal journeys set in Morocco. The country makes a stunning backdrop sses to for this classic coming-of-age story Win double pa stival of about a troubled teenage boy named the Audi Fe To be in the running to win Germ an Fi lm s Ben dealing with feelings of neglect a double in-season pass to and resentment towards his career-driven the Audi Festival of German father, and is one of the best reasons to see Films Festival email us at this film on the big screen. Ben’s relationship with an exotic Berber girl also adds a bit of au telling us where you drama and romance to the mix. picked up your copy of Ciao. FREE TICKETS Include your name and address in your email, as we can’t post if we don’t know! Luxury German carmaker, Audi, has returned as the title sponsor of the Audi Festival of German Films. Now in its seventh year as the title sponsor in partnership with the Goethe Institute, Audi continues its dominance of film sponsorship. Audi has a strong presence in film sponsorships, being a major partner of the Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane Film Festivals. Film represents one of the three major arts sponsorship ‘pillars’ for the Ingolstadt-based brand, along with contemporary art and theatre. The broad appeal of Australia’s key film festivals, which represent a premium and significant cultural platform, was the key driver for Audi to further its involvement in film, according the Audi’s General Manager Corporate Communications, Anna Burgdorf. “In terms of our customers, film is high on the list of lifestyle options – it can be fun, intelligent and engaging, can challenge and provoke, provide insight into other cultures or simply provide fantastic escapism – in its many forms, film is diverse and entertaining – and generally a great addition to our support of cultural sponsorships,” Ms Burgdorf said. “Audi is also interested in bringing together the best of Germany and Australia, by combining culture with a premium lifestyle. Not only do we want to be known as a sporty brand, and a German luxury carmaker, it is also important for our customers to understand that we are a sophisticated and leading brand, which we demonstrate through our long- term partnership with the Goethe Institute and the Audi Festival of German Films. In addition to its film festival partnerships, Audi also has some major Australian stars as brand ambassadors. These include Naomi Watts, Hugh Jackman and Richard Roxburgh. The brand ambassadors help to strengthen Audi’s association with film. 10


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n promotion cruise control the best kind of waterside accommodation Experienced travellers agree that a river cruise is one of the most enjoyable and hassle-free ways to explore castles, cathedrals, historic townships, picturesque villages and pristine nature reserves. On a river cruise, you’ll not only view incredible sights along the legendary waterways of the Rhine, Moselle, Main, Danube, Rhone, the Yangtze, the Mekong, the Mississippi and the Galapagos Islands - you’ll also connect with the real destination. It’s a simple way to travel. You’ll enjoy fine food, impeccable service and lovely scenery while travelling on your river cruiser, with no packing and unpacking or worrying about logistics to waste your vacation time. There are plenty of opportunities to unwind. Relax on deck, take photos, enjoy conversation with family or new friends. Think of this as your own personal journey of discovery with an abundance of that precious commodity - leisure time. At Avalon Waterways, cruising is being taken to a whole new level of luxury travel. We speak with Christian Schweitzer, Marketing Manager Australasia of Globus Family of Brands to discover how to make the most of your cruise. When is the best time to book a river cruise? Booking early gives you two big advantages – you’re likely to get the cruise and the cabin you want, and you’ll also benefit from early booking discounts and other special offers. Occasionally there are last-minute deals available, but demand for river cruising is high and cruises often sell out, so there’s a risk you’ll miss out or have a limited choice if you wait. A lot of people book more than a year ahead, and many pre-register even before cruises go on sale. What is your favourite thing to do while onshore from a river cruise in Europe? I’m fond of the German beer purity law and how it gets maintained by the towns and cities along the Rhine. The law dates from the 1500s and permits only four ingredients to be used to make beer – water, barley, hops and wheat. The cities of Cologne and Dusseldorf compete over which produces the best beer, and a visit to any of their taverns is very enjoyable. On my last visit to Cologne I really enjoyed the Paffgen Brauerei, near the famous cathedral. This sort of charming experience is so easy on a river cruise, where you often dock in the heart of each location. Are existing cruise ships having to upgrade offerings and reduce prices to attract passengers as the latest cruise ships come into the market with ‘bigger and better’ offerings, more restaurants and increased activity options? Avalon Waterways operates the most modern river cruise fleet in Europe and retires its ships after just six years of service. This means Avalon can offer the highest standards and is able to refine the design and functionality of its ships to exceed the changing expectations of guests. Avalon puts a big emphasis on the quality of its meals, wine, service and activities. It also provides a higher level of choice, which is especially appealing to Australian travellers and allows guests to customise their river cruise. Is there still a trend towards river cruising? What is driving this? Yes, river cruising continues to grow year-on-year. It is still in a strong growth phase and a relatively new style of travel, giving travellers a different way to see and experience christian schweitzer, destinations Marketing Manager in Europe and Australasia around the world. With smaller ships - taking a maximum of around 160 passengers in Europe river cruising offers a more intimate style of travel and lets passengers experience more of the local life in the destinations they visit. Ships dock right in the heart of many of the towns, villages and cities, making it easier for guests to step ashore and explore. What will the cruise passenger of the future look like? Younger? More active? Wanting more ‘add-ons’? The age of many river cruise passengers is younger than people expect, and the average age has been coming down in recent years. As the popularity of river cruising grows, we expect to see an even broader range of ages aboard Avalon ships. River cruise passengers are often more active too, and the style of travel means they can do as much or as little as they please – whether it’s cycling in the European countryside or enjoying local restaurants and cafes. A key trend we see in the future is greater demand for choice – passengers are saying they prefer greater control over what they take part in and pay for, rather than paying for everything up front under an all-inclusive banner. What are your popular cruises? For those that want to take a river cruise, typically a fifteen day itinerary from Amsterdam to Budapest is favoured amongst first-timers. Such an itinerary traverses the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers and your ship will call into all the large and small ports along the way giving you a genuine pan-European experience. For those with a little less time, an eight day itinerary from Amsterdam to Basel is delightful. It takes in the most picturesque places along the Rhine River including the Rhine Gorge in Germany where you’ll pass the famous Lorelei Rock. AvAlon WAterWAys to operAte ten stylish suite ships - Savings of $1000 per couple with 2015 Preview Brochure - Designed with Australian travellers in mind, Avalon’s Suite Ship concept has grown rapidly since the debut of Avalon Panorama in 2011. With two entire decks of all-suite accommodation and 30 per cent more cabin area than the average competitor, Panorama set new standards in space and style. New Suite Ships have entered the Avalon fleet every year since. Each features wall-to-wall panoramic windows that slide back to turn the entire cabin into an open-air balcony, allowing passengers to enjoy the outdoors without compromising space. Avalon’s 2015 preview brochure features 28 of its most popular river cruise itineraries, ranging from eight to 24 days and provides a glimpse of Avalon’s 2015 river cruise season. It allows travellers to book select itineraries ahead of the main season release in coming months. Early booking discounts of up to $1000 per couple are available on dozens of 2015 departures, including 19 different itineraries on the Rhine, Seine, Moselle, Rhine, Danube and Main rivers. The early booking discount of $1000 per couple applies to more than 130 departures throughout next year’s season, on sale until June 30, 2014, or until sold out. All other 2015 European cruises are available with a discount of $500 per couple until September 30, 2014, or until sold out. Cruises in the preview brochure are available from $1709* per person twin share (including discount) for the eightday A Taste of the Danube itinerary between Budapest and Vienna. Other popular itineraries include the eightday Romantic Rhine between Zurich and Amsterdam (from $2155*), the 15-day Magnificent Europe between Amsterdam and Budapest (from $4701*) and the 11-day Burgundy & Provence between the Côte d’Azur and Paris (from $3431*). n For full details and bookings see licensed travel agents, visit or phone 1300 230 234. the captain is your designated driver so enjoy the views with a glass of bubbly! community glamour at its best 11


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in the kitchen OK, so Shrove Tuesday was last week but in my mind any excuse to eat pancakes is a good one. Sweet, savoury, or that very decadent combination of both (hello bacon and maple syrup!), pancakes are the perfect flavour-absorbing vehicle. perfect pancakes Ingredients 1 cup plain flour 1 large egg 1 ½ cups milk Wine with winsor n Simply decide what mood you’re in, take stock of your fridge contents and it’s happy days. Here’s a great base recipe, and a few ways to misuse it. Pancakes are a great way to get kids cooking and a simple pleasure to cure weekend hangovers. 1 tbsp caster sugar 1 tsp baking powder 1 generous pinch of sea salt Brilliant blend Kangarilla Road 2013 Duetto Duetto is Italian for a musical performance by two artists but in this case it refers to a blend of two unusual, but increasingly popular, white grape varieties; vermentino, originally from Sardinia, and fiano, which originates in Campagna. They have been combined in this McLaren Vale offering to produce a textural, interesting and refreshing wine that is extremely food friendly. $30. Method Sift the flour, sugar and baking powder together into a mixing bowl. Add the pinch of salt and stir through gently. Whisk the egg, mix it with the milk and gradually whisk it into the sifted flour mixture until combined. When ready to cook, add a small knob of butter to a non-stick pan on medium/high heat and pour in a ladle of mixture. Once the pancake bubbles evenly, use a spatula or fish slice to gently unstick the pancake from the pan and flip it (bonus points if you manage to successfully flip it without a spatula). You’re looking for a nice even golden colour on both sides. Cracking rosé Spy Valley 2013 Pinot Rosé This is a delightful New Zealand rosé, made entirely from pinot noir grapes, that outshone several Australian wines with big reputations at a recent tasting. Bright cherry aromas and flavours play the lead role here with imperceptible oak adding structure. A bright and lively style of dry wine with brisk acid, it is ideal for autumn enjoyment and best served chilled with tapas or maybe a mezze plate. Try Summer Hill Wine Shop. $19.99. Flavours to add into pancakes Grated zucchini, ricotta and Parmesan Finely diced ham and Gruyere Frozen berries Finely diced mushrooms, parsley and corn Toppings that rock xx xThe breakfast of champions Maple syrup, crisp bacon and pan-fried banana halves Fresh berries and freshly whipped vanilla cream Lemon juice and caster sugar n Fruit: Summer fruit is slowly coming to an end so enjoy mangoes and stone fruits, including plums, nectarines and peaches, while you can before they disappear. It’s the perfect time for apples – Fuji, Gala and Granny Smith are all available for $2-$8/kg, depending on size and variety – and there are some great new season pears arriving; get Williams, Nashi and Packham pears from $3-$9/kg, depending on variety. n Vegies: Beans are a good buy at the moment at $3-$4/kg. Broccoli isn’t too bad either at $4-$5/kg and cauliflowers are $3-$4 each. Eggplant is the best buy of the week however, at $2-$3/kg. Kale is a super healthy vegetable that’s readily available right now at $1.50-$3/kg, as is silver beet, and carrots are currently on special ranging from 79c-$1.50. n Trim’s Fresh: Shop 21, MarketPlace Leichhardt. At the markets Touch of spice The Little Wine Company 2013 Gewurz Hunter Valley-based duo Ian and Suzanne Little work wonders with the Alsace grape variety gewurztraminer. After 20 years of experimenting with the variety, in this case grown in the Goulburn Valley of Victoria, they are in the zone with a wine that offers varietal rose petal/Turkish Delight/ spice characters but finishes crisp and dry. A delightful companion for spicy Asian dishes. $22. Eat your greens At home with... terry hope romero Vegan author Terry Hope Romero is one of many international guests coming to Marrickville for the first ever Sydney Vegan Festival on March 29th How will you be involved in the Vegan Festival? I’ll be right there on stage presenting; doing my favorite combo of cooking demonstration, Q&A chat and general ramblings about all things vegan cooking. I have a fun little new book coming out in June, Salad Samurai, and I’ll be featuring a recipe from that! When did you first start following a vegan way of life? Very long story framed very short, I started out vegetarian at 16 and then sometime around when I moved to New York City in the mid-90s gradually went vegan. In the decades since vegan food has improved dramatically, along with the general acceptance of vegan lifetstyles. As you can imagine most people have their own stories and reasons for choosing vegan, mine revolve around three basic points: it can be better for you health, it’s probably better for the environment, and it’s definitely better for animals. What four ingredients are most essential to a vegan kitchen? Olive oil, beans (canned and dried), fresh veggies and high quality spices. Sorry, that’s not exactly four ingredients is it? If there’s a fifth it may be nutritional yeast, the vegan staple with an awful-sounding name that provides a boost of umami to ‘cheese’ like dishes. As the author of several cookbooks, how do you continue to come up with fresh, interesting recipes? I live in NYC and am surrounded by all kinds of cuisine, from trendy to traditional. That, and living in Queens, one of the most ethnically diverse places in North America, I have access to lots of interesting markets and neighborhoods. If you could invite anyone over for dinner, whom would you invite? Why? Margaret Atwood. We’d talk about fleather and our weird dystopian sci-fi vegan future. 12 Jared ingersoll Restaurant Diaries In the past few years I’ve seen an alarming trend around the subject of ‘sustainable’ food. I hear the same alarming word pulled out in most conversations about the next ‘greenwashed grand gesture.’ These conversations always go something like this: “We want to support our farmers but we believe that (insert cause/ organisation) needs some help with this and we are coming to you because we know that you have supported other causes like this. We are going to use all of our eight months of being a food activist and concerned citizen to approach our database of Facebook contacts and use your lifetime of learning and experience to pull off this amazing event. We are asking you to be involved but because we have no money, we’d like you to ask your suppliers to donate their products.” There, did you see it? I highlighted it just to be sure: donate. That one little word makes me hugely angry and sad! I am in no way reluctant to give freely my time and knowledge to ANY worthwhile cause be it for social or environmental good. What upsets me however, is this increasing trend towards ‘supporting’ the little guy (whether it’s a farmer or alternate small scale food producer) by expecting them to give away for free the very thing that we are supposed to be valuing above all else! The irony of saying that you value something but are then reluctant to see the need to pay a fair price for it is maddening and destructive. That kind of ‘passionate engagement’ will kill a product. Sustainable food production needs to be just that, sustainable, and there is more involved than just healthy soil. There is always going to be the need for education about the sustainable food movement (for want of a better term) but the momentum has started – it’s now time to make sure that all who actually live these ethical catchphrases are supported by our patronage. The next big challenge is not awareness, it’s to give this stuff good old-fashioned bottom line substance. So if you’re an events organiser or food activist who really wants to make a difference, start by sorting out your business plan. If you ask me: “Do you know anyone who will be prepared to donate their products?” best make an appointment as I might have a few things to say about your request. n For more information visit soda bread Ingredients 1 ½ cups graham flour or white whole wheat flour 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, plus additional flour for dusting 1 ½ tsp baking soda ¾ tsp salt 1 1/3 cups plain soy milk or almond milk 1 tblsp apple cider vinegar 1 cup genuine dried currants 1 rounded tblsp caraway seeds Method: 1. Cover cast iron Dutch oven with a lid and preheat over a medium-high flame for at least 15 minutes. If you have a heat diffuser plate, place that underneath the pot. 2. Sift together both flours, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. In a large measuring cup whisk together soy milk and apple cider and set aside to curdle for 2 minutes. 3. Form a well in the flour, add the curdled soy milk, currants and caraway seeds. Stir just enough to moisten ingredients. The dough will be slightly sticky, that’s fine…don’t be tempted to add extra flour. 4. Generously flour a work surface and drop the dough into the flour. Gently pat the dough into a circle, then carefully flip over a few times to coat generously with flour. Pat the sides with a little additional flour. 5. Use a shape knife to slice a deep X into the top the dough at least 5 inches long (cut deep, about 2 inches deep). Uncover the Dutch oven, lower the dough into the pot and cover. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the bread is about doubled in size and feels firm to the touch. Uncover the pot. Use a long handled spatula (and wearing oven mitts to protect your hands!), carefully flip over the bread and bake uncovered another 5 to 10 minutes to lightly toast the top of the loaf. 6. Remove the bread and allow to cool for 5 minutes before slicing. Serve warm. Wrap leftovers tightly and reheat before serving.


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Weekly specials, delicious produce, excellent value 79 MarketPlace Leichhardt, Cnr Marion and Flood St Leichhardt. Located next to Aldi Tel: 9572 6886 Carrots cents a bag Primo double smoked ham $15.99kg Seedless white grapes $1.99kg The Market Grocer Sirena tuna 95gms 3 for $5 Broccolini 500g $5.99 Almonds Illy coffee 250gm $1.99 a bunch Italian sausages $8.99kg $9.99 $19.99kg Sopressa flat hot/mild Granny Smith apples $1.99kg Cashiers and Deli operators wanted Enquire within, ask for Maria *Specials until Wednesday 19th of March


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n Your saY n susTainabiliTY n local news With the German Film Festival coming up and the French Film Festival winding down, we ask locals what the most annoying thing is people do in a cinema... n “Opening a crunchy packet of anything after the first 10 minutes. Open that damn packet and eat the things quickly - dont take 2 hours to crunch and rustle, please!” Michael, Stanmore. n “Smuggling in non-cinema food. I've been in cinemas when people have brought in KFC, Maccas and Oporto and the smell fills up the entire room, making everyone crazy hungry! Although those times were better than when someone brought in a tuna sandwich from Subway. That was gross.” Stacey, Burwood. n “Answer phones. Please turn it off or put it on silent.” Annelise, Sydney. The 3 r'S Located within the bustling Addison Road Community Centre, Marrickville, lies Australia’s largest creative reuse centre... Not-for-profit community co-operative, Reverse Garbage, was established in 1974 by a group of educators determined to help the environment by diverting industrial discards from landfill and reusing materials in their classrooms. As their slogan states, they are experts in reuse. But what exactly is ‘reuse’ and ‘creative reuse,' and how are these different to ‘recycling’? You may have heard of the ‘three R’s’ when discussing sustainability: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. At the top of the hierarchy is 'reduce.' This means to consume less. To reduce our impact on the environment it’s important to consider if we really need to purchase new items. Can we reduce our wastage by considering other ways to utilise the things we already have? This brings us to 'reuse,' the second in the hierarchy of sustainability. We can prolong the life of an item by reusing it in the way it was originally intended. For example, buying second hand clothing or a second hand car. This maximises the utility of the item and makes a significant difference to our environment as we are not manufacturing a new product, we're using what we already have. Just as important (and often the most interesting and fun!) is ‘creative reuse,' where we think outside the square to use or alter an item for a different purpose, like making coffee tables out of wooden shipping pallets, or ottomans out of street banners and milk crates. Reuse is often confused with recycling but it is actually quite different. Reuse is about prolonging the use of an item, whereas recycling is reprocessing an item into new raw materials for manufacture. Recycling requires additional Movin On Mortlake podiatrist Marco Mangano is getting ready to walk from Sydney to Coolangatta in September this year to raise funds for Lifeline and is inviting locals to support the cause by joining the trek! Like many Australians, Marco has been affected my mental illness and suicide having lost his wife in 2011 due to complications with her illness, and hopes to raise $10,000 for the charity that supported him during his grief. n For more information or to make a donation visit Reusing is as important as recycling xx x energy to break down, wash and sort materials, as well as energy to remanufacture and transport them to and from recycling centres. Not to mention the additional waste derived from those properties which can’t be recycled. This is what makes ‘reduce’ and ‘reuse’ so important; not only to save valuable resources from landfill but preserve the embodied energy that was originally used to manufacture an item. Reverse Garbage saves approximately 50 Olympic swimming pools worth of resources each year, from vinyl records to furniture, fabrics, DIY materials, stage props and gardening tools, making them available for reuse at discounted prices. In addition, they conduct tours and fun educational workshops for children as young as four, through to high school school students and seniors. 'Using what we already have' is a notion that many of our senior citizens are especially familiar with having lived through global financial hardship and war, and these workshops are very much a shared knowledge experience where both participants and staff share different methods of reusing everyday materials to help pave the way for a better future. To donate your unwanted goods to Reverse Garbage for reuse, or for more information visit n Words: Mark Bond, Reverse Garbage. Wendy Williams has got the competition all stitched up xx x person with an overly loud and annoying laugh in every cinema. It's funny but can get irritating.” Dan, Balmain. n “People talking and commenting as if no one else can see what's happening. We are all watching the same movie shut up!” Jasmine, Kirawee. n “I find there's always one All stitched up Local Drummoyne quilter, Wendy Williams, has been headhunted to showcase her beautiful designs and share her patchwork secrets at the largest quilting convention in the Southern Hemisphere. The Australasian Quilting Convention will celebrate its 10th anniversary in Melbourne this year and features both international and Australian quilting talent. Wendy will be displaying three quilts at the convention including her Judges Choice Winner from the 2013 Sydney Quilt Show, and teaching her contemporary spin on quilting to visitors during the four-day event starting April 10th. n For more information visit patrons. Really irritates me that they splash it all over the seats and floor.” Michael, Abbotsford. n “Popcorn mess left by untidy Swapping and SuStaining in leichhardt Leichhardt Council has plenty going on this month when it comes to sustainable living, get involved in these two great events and save some cash as well as the environment... • On March 26th a free Sustainable City Living forum will be held at Leichhardt Town Hall from 6.30pm to 9pm, featuring guest speakers Indira Naidoo, James Moody (co-founder of TuShare), Laura Wynne from the Institute for Sustainable Futures and Sally Hill (co-founder of Wildwon). Come along and kick off the evening with a mouthful of delicious canapes from the Veggie Patch Van, then browse the display stalls, learn about different sustainable living initiatives geared towards our urban environment, and maybe even take home some goodies! • Following the Sustainable City Living forum, a Clothing Swap event will be held on Saturday 29th March from 10am to 12.30pm, also at Town Hall, where locals are invited to bring up to six clothing items to switch. Both women's and men's clothes are accepted as long as they are clean and undamaged (no jewellery please). So if you've got a bundle of clothes you don't wear anymore, don't throw them away – drop in and swap Sweet sartorial swapping APIA vs Marconi The much anticipated Grand Opening of the new Lambert Park Stadium will take place on Saturday 22nd March at 6pm, with Premier Barry O’Farrell set to officially open the $3.5 million facility. To commemorate this prestigious event, the Balmain Financial Group is sponsoring an inaugural Balmain Commercial Cup which will see APIA Leichhardt Tigers go head to head with long time rivals, the Marconi Stallions. Balmain Financial Group will be contributing $5000 to the winner of Round 2 of the IGA FNSW National League Football Clash, as well as $1000 to the Man of the Match. This opening event is one that will spoken about for years to come, adding to the club's already illustrious history – APIA formed in 1954 and has achieved national significance by producing the greatest number of Socceroos than any other football club in the history of Australian Football. To become part of the club's history come along to the game, tickets ($15) are currently on sale at the club's HQ on Marion Street. n Call 95726888 for more information. them for something you will use! 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