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FREE There’s life in the Inner West! Issue 240 | August 15 2014 Backyard bee keeping How green are you? Take our eco quiz One minute chocolate cake WIN! Israeli Film Fest God’s Pocket Kids retailer talks shop at the Business Expo Movie tix: DVDs: le, Distributed in Leichhardt, Annanda , town New e, Petersham, Stanmor Balmain, Drummoyne, Haberfield, Rozelle, Five Dock, Concord, & Summer Hill is taking over the Inner West! Get a wiggle on It’s Footprints Ecofest time again!

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You’ve Changed. Your Tattoo Hasn’t. Wayne Black - owner of D-inked Tattoo Removal Newtown - is a trained and certified laser technician. With many satisfied tattoo removal clients, Wayne and D-Inked are rapidly becoming Sydney’s first choice for laser tattoo removal. Before and After Laser Treatment: What people are saying about D-Inked Newtown: Hi Tattoo Removers I thought I’d write up a quick review of D-Inked! Laser Tattoo Removal, as I am a new customer. My previous experience of Laser Tattoo Removal was very disappointing. Since changing to D-Inked, I’ve been very impressed with the friendly & professional staff… They are gentle yet efficient. Highly recommend this business! Gotta be the best tattoo removal place in Sydney! I’ve been to a couple with little results but D-inked delivered. Exemplary, professional service. Wayne calmly talks you through the procedure and answers any questions. Sormita Zaara Riya – Newtown I was quite nervous about the process to remove my ink. I did tons of research on the internet and had no idea what to expect as far as the pain and what the results would be like. My first visit was better than I thought it would be and I so recommend Wayne and D-inked! Regina Bernotas – Leichhardt I would recommend D-Inked in Newtown to anyone wanting to remove or even fade a tattoo. I am looking forward to my last treatment and getting on with my life without that tattoo. Melanie Bright – Balmain Sophia Godfrey - Enmore Anne Nishadi – Blacktown Contact D-inked now on 9550 1111 or go to www.d-inked.com.au for free advice on removing your tattoo. Level 1, 247 King St, Newtown Phone: 9550 1111 Sydney’s Trusted Tattoo Removal Experts www.d-inked.com.au

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Inner West whispers Local gossip, rumour, hearsay and unsubstantiated fact... Stamolis storms home, community banking, Haberfield mystery, vale Alex l Congratulations to Independent John Stamolis WE ARE C!AO Satire for the soul More in sorrow than in anger, Righteous Rightie calls for the immediate sacking of the intemperate and abusive Latte Leftie. Dear RR – Hope you’re well, old boy – we must catch up for another long lunch at Bondi Icebergs soon. I’m writing to see if you could have that appalling Latte Leftie fellow dismissed immediately? After he had the unmitigated gall to pen some bleeding heart drivel about Palestinian kiddies who insist on playing in bomb zones (or, let’s get real here, are actively encouraged to do so by their parents) I sent him an eminently reasonable email pointing out he was a mouth-breathing, anti-Semitic, Holocaust-denying Nazi. You can imagine my surprise when I received a late-night response – presumably fuelled by one too many chardonnays – informing me I was a “foreskin-challenged, world-financial-system-andHollywood-dominating, well poisoning, Christ-killing, jumped-up scheming merchant” who should depart forthwith to Israel with all my co-religionists! Eli, Vaucluse RR replies: Lovely to hear from you, Eli! Loyal readers will know I’m a fearless advocate for free speech but whenever I’ve argued that people have the right to be bigots I’ve always made it clear that it’s not a free for all. All right-thinking people understand that it’s one thing to insist all towelheads are terrorist rapists or that some loud-mouthed octoroon is shamelessly milking their tenuous claims to Indigenous Australian heritage – it’s quite another to make irresponsible accusations that Israel ever acts in anything other than an entirely just and even-handed manner. Like my fellow conservative public intellectuals – Andrew Bolt, Tim Blair, Alan Jones – I champion engaging in civilised discourse with those of opposing views. So you can imagine my distress at the disservice my loony left stablemate has done to the commentariat as a whole. But don’t worry, I’ll get that spunky Sharri Markson on the case immediately! n Email your dilemma to info@ciaomagazine.com.au. ADVERTISING Sonya Madden sonya@ciaomagazine.com.au on winning the Leichhardt Council by-election in the Birrabirragal ward. Councillor Stamolis lost the seat to Liberal Candidate Melinda Manikas in the 2012 council elections. The results of the by-election (first count) were: Greens 1294, Labor 1436, Liberal 1172, Independent 2122, informal 95. Turnout was 67.7 per cent which was low but around what was expected. l The closure of Haberfield’s Commonwealth Bank (which was the only bank in the suburb) has spurred the local business community to create their own bank to service the area. Haberfield Chamber of Commerce President Alfio Musumeci (Ray White Haberfield) and Vice President Mary Bonfante (Frank’s Fruit Shop), are trying to build support for a community bank underwritten by Bendigo Bank. (We note that the TAB in Haberfield is still in operation.) l The old Italian restaurant in Haberfield (you know, the one next to Dolcissimo that has struggled to stay relevant since Il Goloso moved to the Post Office?) might become anything from Brunettis to a charcoal chicken shop. Locals have been speculating on what could possibly open in the 90-seat restaurant since a sign was put up simply saying “Opening Soon. PS. It’s NOT another pizza shop.” We’ve heard it might be a Lebanesestyle takeaway or a Brazilian BBQ eatery. All that can be confirmed is that the last few ventures to take up residence in this spot have not lasted long. l Alex Lind, owner of the Coopers Hotel Newtown, passed away unexpectedly aged 44, leaving behind his wife Leigh and three children Alice, Harrison and Fraser. Our thoughts are with the family. JOURNALIST Max Kobras max@ciaomagazine.com.au FOOD Melissa Leong info@ciaomagazine.com.au WINE Winsor Dobbin www.winsordobbin.com.au history This photo is from the Migrants for Aboriginal Rights concert in 1988 and is part of a series of 150 images that was donated to Council by the Federation of Italian Workers and Families. In 1988, immigration rates peaked with over 250,000 people arriving in Australia and it is interesting to think about how these ‘new Australians’ were adamantly fighting for the rights of the oldest Australians. The year also marked the bicentenary of European settlement in Australia. ART DIRECTOR Eleanor Wales eleanor@ciaomagazine.com.au EDITORIAL Nancy Merlo nancy@ciaomagazine.com.au n Photo Courtesy of Leichhardt Council RitzyRocks is back at Ferragosto Renata of RitzyRocks attended Ferragosto as a stallholder for the first time last year and the festival was such a success that she is back again this year to showcase some beautiful new Venetian glass pendants, rings, earrings and more. Renata was in Venice earlier this year for Carnevale, which was certainly a week to remember filled with inspiring costumes and elaborate masks and accessories. While she was there she made a visit to a couple of the family-run factories that make the beautiful Murano glass which Venice is famous for. Now she’s back in Australia and excited to have returned with an array of different designs, handmade using the colourful glass. RitzyRocks specializes in Venetian glass jewellery and can custom make pieces for all occasions. Renata will be at Ferragosto this coming Sunday 17th August from 10am, so for a beautiful Italian piece of jewellery, visit her at the stand or check out her website. n For more information visit www.ritzyrocks.com.au or email renata@ritzyrocks.com.au 4 PUBLISHING Sonia Komaravalli sonia@ciaomagazine.com.au Contributors: Jared Ingersoll, Millie Cotes, Michelle Carrick and Nigel Bowen Stop and smell the flowers once in a while 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 info@ciaomagazine.com.au (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: Former Yellow Wiggle, Greg Page, is coming to the Footprints Ecofestival to entertain kids with his “Butterscotch’s Playground” show. Photo by Ben Cregan. Things we love: Winter Poinsettias. These budding beauties were spotted outside Hurlstone Park’s Vietnamese Baptist Church. An interesting flower that blooms according to the length of day, shorter days and longer nights trigger the vibrant green and red flowers to bloom. Reminiscent of Christmas, they add a touch of colour to our otherwise drab winter. Whether you’re a flower enthusiast or not, why not pass by and check them out, perhaps with Vietnamese roll in hand, and enjoy an early spring. C!ao’s voice In • Free sewing lessons at Marrickville Library • The Smashed Avocado at The Counter, Petersham • Caramel milkshakes from Excelsior Jones, Ashfield • Free prawn chip entrees at Thai Garn, Summer Hill • $10 burger night the Oxford Tavern • The new look Annandale Hotel re-opening • Crispy pork belly from Spice I Am, Balmain • Sunny spring weather in winter • Bee keeping The face of Carnivale Out • Driving your car out of a car wash to find it smells like Chinese takeaway food • Cafes that would rather throw away left over food than do something productive with it • People who walk or ride their bike on the road around the Bay Run – you’re missing the point of the bike path! • People turning on the red light from Crystal Street on to Parramatta Rd • Dead cockroaches in window displays on Parramatta Rd C!ao Magazine There’s life in the Inner West!

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Community Life R OA D T E ST n Nancy Merlo Photo: Michele Margolis buzzing for honey Bee keeping seems to be trending in the Inner West, as people unite to save these industrious creatures from increasing world temperatures, droughts, pesticides and floods that are threatening their numbers worldwide. In homage to the creature that makes honey on toast possible, we taste test some of the best liquid gold on offer in the area... RANT Sustainability struggles Leichhardt Council’s annual Footprints EcoFestival is just around the corner and that means plenty of hippies, hipsters and yippies giving talks, showcasing demonstrations and running workshops on everything from DIY furniture mending to how to run a worm farm – pretty much anything that might do a little bit of good for the environment by stretching resources as far as they can go. And that’s the problem. Yes, it’s great that there are people willing to take the time to promote sustainability and help others live more environmentally friendly lives, but it is on such a frustratingly small scale. Furthermore, with the current stance of our commander-in-chief and the Coalition on the topic of renewable energy sources, I don’t have high hopes for our nation to get anywhere on a grand scale anytime soon. When the Liberals came to power they slashed a lot of the initiatives introduced by the previous government, such as the carbon tax to name one of the largest ecorelated acts. Then there is the Libs condemnation of wind power, despite its fantastic success around Europe and even in South Australia, with the official reason for their cutting back on wind power infrastructure in Australia being “health concerns”. Healthlands The staff here explained that because the bees have had a bad season due to weather conditions their most popular honey product – raw and organic Ambrosia honey ($9.95/jar) – is out of stock until spring. People prefer the raw honey because it has not been heat treated and therefore retains more of its natural health benefits. The alternative, Organic Honey ($11.95), isn't a bad option though, Ambrosia was one of the first Australian companies to gain organic certification way back in 1989 and is proudly Australian. honey tends to be a little overly sweet. A more interesting variety is the rare organic Himalayan raw white honey; a 340g jar costs $14.30 (double the price of most other honeys). But why buy something imported when you can buy local? Alfalfa House Coles Big name supermarkets are also feeling the honey shortage at the moment and a note in Coles Leichhardt informs customers that efforts are being made to provide alternatives to unavailable brands. When we visited there were several well-priced varieties from Capilano (which merged with Wescobee Honey last year), Smith’s, Archibald’s and Airborne. Capilano’s ‘twist and squeeze’ You’ll find raw uncertified biodynamic Yellow Box Honey for sale from the bulk bin here. True to its name, the honey is a light murky yellow colour and comes direct from Malfroy's Gold, NSW. A jar will set non-members back $15, which is pricey compared to supermarket brands but the honey is delicious. Thick and sticky with a mildly sweet flavour, it goes gooey on hot toast. The honey can candy in winter sometimes because it hasn't been heat treated and the bees haven't been fed sugar – but I could eat this stuff by the spoonful. A rare look inside a tetra hive Ranieri’s Deli For something unusual visit this deli for a jar of chestnut honey. Imported from Sicily, it’s made by the bees that have foraged amongst chestnut flowers. Unlike your average honey, it's a dark golden brown, clear, smooth and with a strong bittersweet flavour. It’s better used as a natural sweetener in cooking than on toast for those who don’t like overpowering tastes. Dr Earth Marrickville markets This shop stocks two types of honey in large vats so you can buy what you need. It’s natural, raw honey; complete with a cloudy golden colouring and tastes good. It’s priced at $11.95 a kilogram. You can pick up a 500g tub of Tonalli Apiaries natural organic honey for $8.50 at the Marrickville Farmer's Market, which is a fair price. The honey is light in colour and taste and is sure to be a hit with those who like mild flavours. “The last person I heard that considered windmills a danger was Don Quixote - and I wouldn't trust him to run my government.” I’m neither a doctor nor an expert on the dangers of wind, but the last person I heard that considered windmills a danger was Don Quixote – and I wouldn’t trust him to run my government. A quick Google search would suggest that the greatest danger these windmills pose is shards of ice falling off them in winter. Of course, that will be a serious issue in our harsh Aussie winters (not!). Even if you refuse to believe that global warming is real, it is simply a fact that fossil fuels are a limited resource and we need a replacement. Therefore, if you worry about the long-term state of this Earth, you should see the value of investing in renewable energy, both economically and environmentally, and at least consider the alternatives to coal, oil and natural gas. So why are there arguments around sustainability at all? I don’t want to suggest that Mr Abbott or any of his esteemed colleagues are in the pocket of Gina the Hutt, but if the corruption shoe fits… Honestly though, what I’m most upset about is the thought that our nation and its beauty could be destroyed by plutocracy and straight up greed. We are better than that. So all you hippies, hipsters and yippies, keep on doing what you do. It is small and slow but we have to start somewhere. n Words: Max Kobras down to business Calling local business people who are ready to move their business forward and look to the future – don't miss the annual Inner West Small Business Expo! This premier local B2B event will hit Burwood Community Hub on Friday 22nd August and is bringing with it an amazing program of speakers ready to share their expertise on the theme of 'Dealing with Change'. Guest speakers include Westpac Senior Economist Matthew Hassan, Paul Wallbank, Vicki Harding from Flying Penguin Extraordinary Educational Toys (pictured) and Patrick Zuluaga from PMZ Marketing. Doors open from 9.30am to 2.45pm and the first event starts at 10am. Don't miss the 1pm Panel (Session 4), where you'll get the chance to ask speakers questions. Entry is $33 for access to all information sessions, the Q&A panel and refreshments, and you can come and go as you please. Take advantage of this great opportunity to meet new clients in a welcoming space and gain valuable insights into the challenges posed by the current business environment. n Where: 2 Conder St, Burwood (5 minutes from the station). For a full program or to buy tickets visit www.innerwestbusinessexpo.com. What’s on n Compiled by Nancy Merlo. Email info@ciaomagazine.com.au Until 1st September FREE Community are events listings Wall 2 Wall Mural Comp Spotted a bare brick wall that's itching for a makeover? Well here’s your chance. Leichhardt Council is inviting artists to submit an inspiring design for the annual Wall 2 Wall mural competition with entries open until September 1st. This year’s prize pool offers $4000 for first place, $2000 for second place and $1000 for third place. Plus, if your design is chosen as a winner it will have 24/7 exposure on a public wall. leichhardt.nsw.gov.au/Wall2Wall 6 Ian Stephen comes to the Petersham Bowlo Friday 22nd August n For more information visit www. Ian Stephen and the Imperfectionists Former frontman of the 80s post-punk n Where: 77 Brighton St, Petersham. If you love old school Melbourne band the Slaughtermen, rock n' roll Ian Stephen moved to America in you'll love 2001 to continue his career. Fittingly this play about so as his musical style has always been Sun Records in heavily influenced by Americana, Memphis. Titled 'Sons of Sun – Elvis, country and Southern gospel. Now he Jerry Lee, Johnny and Me,' the show has released his eighth solo album Per tells the story of Sun Records founder Sempre, Italian for 'forever', and will be Sam Phillips, his assistant Marion playing a one-off gig at the Petersham Keisker, and the musicians they Bowling Club. Described as being recorded. A three-piece band fronted about love, hate and the eternity of the by John Kennedy brings the music to two, this album has an incredible mix life, performing 35 songs from Elvis of genre styles, including tracks sung Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee in Spanish and French. For any Ian Lewis, Roy Orbison and more. Tickets Stephen fans, this is an exclusive event are $32.70 from stickytickets.com.au. not to be missed. n Camelot Lounge: 19 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville. email info@ m.au ciaomagazine.co y nc Na : Attn Saturday 30th August Saturday 30th August Sons of Sun The only thing better than live music is live music that is raising money for charity. There seems to be a lot of this going around in the Inner West. Rockin for Refuge is an awesome musical event that will be using all funds raised to support the Asylum Seekers Centre in Newtown, a NGO that helps people with basic needs like food, jobs, medical care and accommodation. There are going to be plenty of great local bands and artists performing so make sure to head down to the Red Rattler from 2pm to midnight to rock out to a great cause. n Red Rattler Theatre, $20 Rockin for Refuge See page 8 for more what's on...

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n Local Gigs Friday 22nd August n Local screens Doc Holliday Takes the Shotgun This is a Sydney band who play some sweaty, swampy thrashabilly tunes and live shows are where they shine. Lots of energy from these boys, which is sick, but watch out for the bassist when he jumps into the mosh; you might just get smacked in the face. FREE TICKETS Win double movie passes and DVDs Oh unhappy man.... n The Roller Den, $10 God's Pocket Saturday 23rd August Filthy Teens Singer sounds a lot like the Warlocks,= but the instruments are very '60s inspired. A bit surfy like Beach Boys at times, very Beatles often and there is this really nice drone throughout. I hope these guys have a successful future because I want to hear more. Under The Same Skin: One of the many challenging films at this year's festival n Lewisham Hotel, FREE 2014 Israeli Film Festival In the 11 years Palace have hosted this festival, Israeli cinema has gone from strength to strength. That was very evident at Cannes this year, where several outstanding films from this year's program were featured – including the Opening Night Selection Self Made from Camera D’Or winner Shira Geffen, the powerful and moving festival highlight Next To Her, as well as the intriguing drama The Kindergarten Teacher. Alongside this critically acclaimed fare, there's the usual popular comedies, sensitive dramas, riveting political docos and hot-blooded romances. Never shy of controversy, Israeli film makers often confront audiences with challenging accounts of life in their troubled land. A personal favourite – Samen Zoabi’s Under The Same Skin in particular, shot in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and with actors from both Israel and Palestine, is both inspiring and deeply humanistic. At Palace Norton Street and Palace Verona from Aug 24 to Sept 4. 20,000 Days on Earth Rebel, rock star, antihero, junkie, bad dancer, genius, believer, doubter, storyteller, songwriter, icon, a man with a face only Dr Frankenstein could love – Nick Cave is now so revered that no one would be surprised if he was given a knighthood. Co-written with Cave, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s slightly fictionalised day in his life is innovative, strange, brooding, insightful – and yes, does allow us into the great man’s head. He tries to bullshit us, of course – he has a role to play! But that only makes us love him more. Arise Sir Nick! CTC from Aug 21. Aussie rock kings John Slattery (Mad Men’s Roger) takes us about as far away from affluent Manhattan as it's possible to get in his directorial debut – to a white, working class suburb of South Philadelphia. Outside of The Wire’s Series 2, this is a world we rarely see on screen and the story is an adaption of an early Pete Dexter (The Paperboy) novel. Philip Seymour Hoffman gives his penultimate stellar performance as a crooked meat supplier – but now, the pain we see in his despairing face is almost too much to bear. The story, blackly comic at times, concerns the death of his stepson, an odious jerk killed after racially abusing a co-worker. Christina Hendricks (Joan from Mad Men) plays his wife and John Turturro his crooked gambling buddy. Eddie Marsan gets a cameo while Richard Jenkins as a drunk columnist completes the all-star cast. Fans of the hardboiled and sardonic will lap it up, but was it just too tough for the big screen? Surprisingly, even with all that talent, it didn’t get a release here. Yes it's dark, but damn impressive too, and thankfully, now available on DVD. MA15+ Tuesday 26th August ★ Thanks to Madman Home Entertainment we have 5 DVDs to give away. Details below Kingswood Just saw these guys at Splendour and they rocked my tits off. They are super inspired by Queens of the Stone Age (just look at their name) and they even covered one of their songs during the show so any fans of QOTSA will enjoy Kingswood. Don’t think they are just some tribute band though; they have their own awesome, desert rock, fists-out jams. CIAO's PICK! ★ Thanks to AICE and Palace Cinemas we have 5 n Newtown Social Club, $30 double in-season passes to the festival to give away. Details below. into the dark with Nick Cave at the wheel Sarah Snook: Temporal Agent any changE? Founded by Dulwich Hill musician Josh Pyke, the annual Busking for Change charity event returns this year in support of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Over the past five years, Josh has raised $43,000 for the ILF, which is an organisation that was set up to help address the literacy crisis in remote Indigenous communities. This year Josh is hoping to reach $50,000 for the charity and you can help him hit his target by coming along to his Busking For Change show on Thursday 4th September at The Roller Den, Erskineville. Joining Josh onstage this year will be his friend and fellow musician Urthboy (aka Tim Levinson), whose last three records were nominated for the Australian Music Prize. Urthboy is also the frontman of popular hip-hop group The Herd, who have been nominated for a number of industry awards since their formation on 2001. Josh Pyke: making music for a good cause Predestination When Sarah Snook graced Ciao’s cover a couple of years ago, we knew she would one day be a star… Now everyone agrees, even Variety called her performance in the Spierig Brothers time-travel saga an “extraordinary breakout performance". That’s an understatement, she is simply a knockout, the best thing in what is already a fantastic movie, and more than a match for her long time Hollywood heavy hitter and co-star, Ethan Hawke. The story, like all time-shifting sci-fi, tests all credibility and, like Inception, the ending will make your head hurt. But in a good way, and unlike that classic, this has real heart – which Snook’s character (known only as “John Doe”) provides. We first see him/her as a strange tough guy in a lowlife bar, and as soon as he/ she starts to tell his story, “When I was a little girl….” we are rapt – gripped, enchanted and thrilled to the end. MA15+ from Aug 28. n Reviews – Russell Edwards ★ More local movies: www.ciaomagazine.com.au n Tickets are $30 from www.oztix.com.au, or $35 at the door. For more information visit buskingforchange.com.au. tickets at sydneyfringe.com.au. Rd, Glebe n Glebe Justice Centre: 37-47 St Johns Goodchild, plus you can take a live recording of the night home with you! Tickets start at $21.80 from www.thevanguard.com.au. n Where: 42 King St, Newtown Wed 3rd to Sat 6th Sep Harry and Liv Old school musos playing live Sunday 31st August No Soul in Technology At 6.30pm at the Vanguard, Sydney based bluesy-soul revivalist Chich will launch his debut CD, which was recorded live in the style of the great soul singers of the '60 and '70s at Leichhardt’s Love Hz studios. Chich floats between rock 'n’ soul and sweet sultry ballads and this event will feature a set from the man himself as well as an acoustic set from 8 Harry and Liv is a slice-of-life comedy about a brother and sister, both musicians, who live together in a small apartment and struggle to pay the rent because they bought a grand piano. Winner of both the Judges Choice and Best Newcomer awards at Short + Sweet Cabaret, Harry and Liv is written and performed by actual siblings and Marrickville locals Evan and Charlotte Kerr. If you have the time, make sure to join these two as they sing and bicker their way into your heart as it is a really fun and down-to-Earth show. Purchase painting for the kids, CPR workshops and health information stalls on offer, plus the opportunity to discuss the Yaralla Estate Management Plan. SLHD has established a Community Advisory Committee to advise on how best to use the estate and welcome ideas from locals. History buffs will also enjoy the heritage tour of the property and have the chance to meet the local ranger and ask questions. n More information at www.slhd. nsw.gov.au/Yaralla/ Move in with Liv and Harry Saturday 16th August Yaralla House open Day Take a walk through one of Haberfield's oldest and most beautiful estates, Yaralla House, this Saturday from 10am to 1pm at the Sydney Local Health District Open Day. Locals young and old are invited to enjoy a BBQ and entertainment with face WIN DOUBLE MOVIE PASSES To be in the running to win double in-season passes to 2014 AICE Israeli Film Festival or a DVD of God's Pocket email your name and contact details to info@ciaomagazine.com.au telling us where you picked up your copy www.aiceisraelifilmfestival.com of Ciao. You can enter both in one email if you like, but if you do, give us a preference. Remember to include a postal address.

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Street fashion The hottest looks on the streets of the Inner West n Photographer: Sam McMillan | Location: Addison Rd Markets, Marrickville DEnim DoublE Lou’s jacket is from Hong Kong and both his jeans and shoes are borrowed from a friend Oren is looking cool, wearing Topshop jeans and jacket with Converse and Ray Bans sunnies Tal also sports the “light denim jacket with black jeans” look in Topshop jeans and a jacket from Cream Dan is wearing an Asos beanie with Dr Martens, an op shop sweatshirt and Nudie jeans. His leather jacket is from a flea market in Amsterdam We’re loving Daisy’s retro op shop jacket over a bright dress, worn well with Converse shoes, an op shop backpack and a choker from eBay Alice found her awesome jacket at Glebe Markets and matched it with a shirt from Vinnies and Maximus shoes Charlotte Kerr is wearing a Gorman top with Karen Walker sunnies and pants from American Apparel Danae rocks her boyfriend’s Diesel jeans with $1 sunnies from the Salvos and RM Williams boots. Her shirt, coat and jumper are all from op shops Local musician Leura’s outfit is all from her grandfather and op shops in Melbourne and Vancouver (www.soundcloud.com/leura-music) Fantine is wearing Loriblu shoes, a Loro Piana jacket and her jeans and shirt are from H&M. Connor’s outfit is all from Banana Republic with Nautica shoes Joanna Ethel Keyte’s oversized jumper and scarf are from Vinnies with boots from Platypus Shoes We didn’t get her name, but this lovely lady is wearing Sportsgirl shoes, op shop pants all the way from Mullimbimby with borrowed tights. She makes her jewellery herself (if you like it you can buy it at arts.rhea@gmail. com) Liz McCarthy is wearing floral Doc Martens, jeans from Cotton On and her friend Kenny’s abstract printed shirt Kian Clark could be a menswear model in his Zanerobe cardi, General Pants shirt, Nudie jeans, Ben Sherman shoes and Ray Bans Charlie McEvoy created this unique look with Premonition pants, a Carhartt beanie and Stussy jumper from Culture Kings, topped off by Nike Janoskis from the NYC store 16 Emily Duncan is wearing a dress from India with Kmart boots and Collette Dinnigan glasses Leila Joy Berney in a parka from Asos, a Boy London beanie and Cheap Monday jeans Jared from Magazzini Italia is looking dapper in his grey Vinnie’s jacket, Zara sweater and pants from Asos

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n Your say n Sustainability n Local news As the Footprints Eco Festival draws near, it's time to confess your eco sins: what's your most unsustainable guilty pleasure? n “Sitting in front of the heater and watching reality TV pretty much throughout the entire three months of winter – it's my time to hibernate.” Nat, Wareemba. Native backyard bee keeping Backyard bee keeping is becoming an accessible and attractive pastime for many Inner Westies. It's an interest that has evolved with the increased awareness about a social native species known as the ‘Sugarbag’ bee, or Tetragonula Carbonaria, as an effective pollinator. Aboriginal people have been interacting with the ‘Sugarbag’ bee for thousands of years, harvesting honey as food and medicine. A tropical species, their natural habitat is within tree hollows, predominantly in Northern Australia. Due to extensive research and efforts to rescue bees from land-clearing sites, ways to domesticate and keep these tiny creatures in hives have been successfully developed. They are now found in backyards, community gardens and schools across Sydney due to their tolerance for our local climate and our growing understanding of their needs. When I first learnt about these fascinating creatures I was in awe of their adaptable temperament, curious behaviour and social similarities to the honeybee. What captured me was that they are a ‘stingless’ species and as a welcome addition to my urban backyard, they offered the opportunity to enhance biodiversity and pollination. At just 4mm in size, the bees are suited to a backyard or balcony with surrounding flowering trees and plants, as they travel between 100-500 metres to forage for nectar and pollen. Introducing the Sugarbag bee to my backyard garden provoked me to learn more about the wide diversity of native bees that visit our garden every day, and how I can actively promote their existence. My experience also spurred me to share my knowledge with others. Seed O sugarbee, where is thy sting? 24/7 because I'm too impatient to wait for it to turn on every time I want to use it.” Kiel, Drummoyne. n “Driving one kilometre up the street to buy a Paddle Pop ice cream from the BP station. It's too cold to walk but it's never too cold for ice cream.” Nicole, Haberfield. n “I know it's totally indulgent, but warming up my clothes and underwear in the dryer before putting them on.” Helen, Annandale. n “Using way too much toilet paper. I hear you're only meant to use two squares per visit to the rest room. I'd estimate I use three times that amount.” Mike, Abbotsford. n “Leaving my computer on Harvest Spoon, the environmental education organisation that I have co-founded, delivers workshops to both young and old in the community about the beneficial qualities of bees in pollination, their ecology, behaviour and how to create a bee-friendly garden. While we may like to think bees actively produce honey for human consumption, they actually create this sweet delight, which is abundant in health properties, for their own food supply and to feed their young. This being said, we are able to harvest a little excess for our own eating pleasure and to promote our health too. The Sugarbag beehive generates around 1kg of harvestable honey per year. The honey is very high in antimicrobial properties, having a tangy flavour with tinges of citrus and eucalypt depending on nearby forage. The tangy flavour makes it a great accompaniment alongside ice cream and cheese, but honey isn't the only benefit of maintaining a hive at home. A native beehive in your garden is a wonderful way to connect young children to their natural world through the amazing learning opportunities these complex creatures initiate. Seed Harvest Spoon will have a stall and deliver workshops at the Leichhardt Footprints EcoFestival, Sunday 24th August, at Whites Creek Valley Park, where you can learn more; we will also take hive purchase orders on the day. n Words: Michelle Carrick, Seed Harvest Spoon. Email michelle@seedharvestspoon.com. au or visit www.seedharvestspoon.com.au Demetra with some new Ethiopian friends xx x Far Off Family For six decades World Vision has been instrumental in engaging the community in the struggle to eliminate world poverty, enabling comparatively wealthy westerners to make a difference in the lives of children, and indeed even small villages, from the comfort of their homes. And there are also those who are willing to step outside their comfort zone to support at good cause. Meet Demetra Proestos, Manager of the Balmain PCYC, who recently spent a month in Ethiopia visiting her World Vision sponsor child. After four years of communicating via letters and photographs, Demetra made the decision to meet Dawit and his family face to face. Despite the community’s obvious struggles, Demetra was overwhelmed by the flood of warmth and hospitality she experienced, and was able to witness the positive changes that her contribution has brought to the village. The experience has hardened Demetra’s resolve in the fight against poverty, and she encourages others to get involved in this enriching experience by sponsoring a child of their own. For more information visit worldvision.com.au. Celebrate a Local Star Leichhardt has introduced a new award for deserving members of the community – the first ever Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year awards are to be announced on September 17th to honor individuals that have made outstanding contributions to the community. If you live, work, study or volunteer in Leichhardt get involved by nominating your local hero; nominations closed August 22nd. For more information go to: www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au/Newsand-Events/Latest-News/Citizen-of-the-Year-Award or call 9367 9047. even longer baths." Phoebe, Stanmore. n “I take long showers and for I have sinned - I go shopping three times a week and don't bring a greenbag." Felecia, Haberfield. n “Forgive me Mother Nature greenocracy If you're always complaining that local government doesn't do enough when it comes to sustainability, now is your chance to have a say – don't miss Leichhardt Council's Environmental Sustainability Plan consultation workshop... Come along to this evening workshop at the Annandale Neighbourhood Centre on Tuesday 19th August from 6.30pm to 9pm and let Council know what you think are the important emerging environmental issues that need to be addressed in your community. The current Environmental Sustainability Strategy was developed five years ago so it's about time it was reviewed, and Council are looking to develop a 10-year Leichhardt Environmental Sustainability Plan to manage long-term environmental concerns. The new plan will build on the objectives of the 2010-2014 plan but also lay out the Council’s strategic direction and priorities for the years to come. It will ensure these sustainability objectives are integrated in all Council's activities, plans and policies, guide council to meet legislative requirements and responsibilities as On yer bike! Mayor xx x Jo Haylen with school kids and street artists Painting with purpose Wilkinson Primary School is getting involved in Marrickville Council’s 'Live to Create' initiative – a program that encourages and provides an outlet for creative expression in order to deter graffiti and tagging among young people. Local artists worked with students to create two large murals that can be seen from the Park Street entry to the school. The murals, inspired by the children’s own imagination, are quirky and dreamlike, brightening the whole school and suburb. n Words: Millie Cotes well as respond to issues brought up by locals. If this sounds like something you'd like to be involved in, guests are asked to register their attendance via Eventbrite or by calling the Sustainability Engagement Officer on 9367 9381. Refreshments will be provided on the night. n For more information visit www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au. 10

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footprints ecofestival Sunday 24th August Footprints Film Festival If you’re a bicycling film buff be sure to pack enough popcorn in your pannier for the Footprints Film Festival, which will be screening as part of the EcoFestival at a cycle-powered cinema. The festival features 15 short films on a range of topics pertinent to sustainability; such as reducing food waste and identifying native mice. (And you thought they were just rats!) The film festival will take place in the Cycle-in-Cinema Tent at the park. Screening will go all day, starting from 11am, with the winners announced at the end of the festival at 3pm. This year Footprint Filmmakers are jostling to win $2000 worth of photography equipment from Photo-Shop-Studio, a $1500 voucher from Bicycle Garage in Lilyfield, a $500 voucher from Terrific Scientific and a bunch of tickets from Norton St Cinema. The Film Festival requires a platoon of enthusiastic legs to keep the screen up and running, so don’t miss out on the chance to catch some locals on film, and show off your spandex. There will also be bicycle blenders outside the tent offering festivalgoers freshly spun smoothies to complete their cinema experience. nsw.gov.au for more information. n Call 9367 9381 or email: footprints@lmc. Some great fashion finds are waiting for you at the Footprints Ecofestival Clothing Swap Now in its fourth year, the much loved Footprints Eco Festival returns for 2014 at Whites Creek Valley Park, Annandale, from 10am to 3pm on August 24th. This year’s festival is choc-abloc with feel good workshops, educational entertainment and scrumptiously sustainable food to munch on. Re-Stylin’ Come away from the EcoFestival with a whole new look and a feel good ‘tude. After the success of last year’s clothes exchange, Footprints will be hosting another fashion swapping session starting at 11:00am. Drop your unwanted clothing items outside Whites Creek Dairy, then return after 12pm to hoe into all the free fashion finds. Afterwards, get some outfit inspiration at Ciao Magazine’s very own fashion parade, which will be featuring exclusively ‘upcycled’ styles. The parade kicks off at 1.45pm on the Footprints main stage. Wiggle On Bring your kids to catch Greg Page, of Yellow Wiggle fame, back on stage with his new project, Butterscotch’s Playground. Page will be leading the audience on an educational adventure with some help from his animal friends, Butterscotch Bunny, Honey Bear and Owlivia who, yes, is an owl. The show starts at 12.15pm on the Footprints main stage. Keeper of the Bees Become the ultimate inner-city greenie with a two-hour demonstration on attracting and keeping native bees in your backyard. The workshop is run by Seed. Harvest. Spoon, a local initiative dedicated to intergenerational sustainability education. Running from 11.30am to 1.30pm there will be plenty of time to ask the sticky questions on collecting honey and avoiding stings. If that all sounds a bit River Cottage to you, hang around for the honey! n For more information visit www.footprintsecofestival.com.au As part of the Sydney Fringe Festival 2014, Leichhardt Council presents from the St James Ethics Centre Dr Simon Longstaff AO Interviews conducted by @ Leichhardt Town Hall Tuesday 2 September 6:30–8:00pm Issues facing Sydney’s live music scene Free Event Saturday 6 September 12:30–2:00pm Dale Barlow & John Wardle Issues facing Indigenous women in today’s society Leah Purcell & Bronwyn Bancroft as told by Animal Bro Year of the Horse To book your seat email clairea@lmc.nsw.gov.au or call 9367 9146 (limited seating available) An exhibition of drawings, paintings and other works by Jovana Location: Yoka Terzic Leichhardt Town Hall – Corner Norton and Marion Streets, Leichhardt Thursday 4 September, 7.00pm 2–8 September, 3.00pm–7.00pm Official Opening: Exhibition Open: For all event details, times and transport information visit www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au 11

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n feature How green are you? When it comes to living an environmentally friendly life, there seems to be three categories of people in the Inner West: the environmental extremists, the extremely careless carbon-munching consumerist and those who fall somewhere in between. Here we break down each of these groups and look at how both the most sustainable and nonsustainable locals travel, dress, live and eat. Some of the descriptions will surely sound familiar for those who live and work in the Inner West. Do you hate fast food as much as fast fashion? Do you prefer going to the markets rather than going to the mall? Note your own answers down along the way to find out what category you fall into... n Words: Max Kobras and Nancy Merlo Carting the groceries home need never be a problem again with this SUV-sized bicycle On the road you are a... A) Pedal pusher There is nowhere the power of your own feet and legs can’t take you. You don’t own a car and you keep healthy getting around on foot, bike or board. If/when you must travel by motor vehicle or aeroplane, you always offset your carbon footprint. When you get hungry, you are a... A) Vegan You live a cruelty-free life, which means you eat no animal products at all and buy locally for low food miles. Most of what you eat comes from local organic farmer’s markets and you hate anything that comes in plastic packaging. You also recycle all food scraps and your compost heap is as big as a small car (not yours though because you wouldn’t dream about driving anything that runs on fossil fuels, right?). Your shopping style is... A) Eco fashionista You go out of your way to wear sustainable fabrics, mostly dress in secondhand clothing and/or make your clothes yourself. If something tears, you mend it before throwing it out and you always re-purpose old clothes. You would probably spontaneously combust if you crossed the threshold into a Westfield. You describe your home as… A) Green house Your house practically runs itself. You’ve got solar power, a water tank, your toilets only have half flushes and you always have a bucket in the shower to collect the runoff. If you had a big enough backyard, you would build a windmill, probably from recycled timber, to go with your organic herb garden. B) The bus stop regular Public transport is your go-to mode of transportation and you can recite bus timetables off the top of your head. But whether you take trains, trams and buses for sustainability reasons or simply because you can’t afford a car, is up for debate. B) Op shopper B) Flexitarian C) Devout driver Whether you’re traveling an hour to get to work or just 10 meters down the road to the local corner shop, you are always behind the wheel of a car. CO2 emissions? Never heard of them. You don’t believe in climate change and love your big four-wheel drive (even if you can’t find anywhere to park it on your narrow street in Balmain and can barely afford the petrol it takes to run). You try to be eco friendly, frequently go through organic, fruitarian and vegetarian phases, and try to buy sustainably grown foods. However, it is not uncommon for your cravings to overpower your will; you’ve been spotted in the Woolworths confectionery aisle a few times. While you will buy new clothes from time to time, most of your wardrobe is ‘vintage’, borrowed or stuff you found at op shops, Vinnies and garage sales. You like to think that you buy second-hand clothes for sustainability reasons (and this might be true), but most people just think you’re a hipster, not an environmentalist. B) The best of both worlds You take the easy steps towards sustainability with low-energy appliances and light globes, but you’ve been known to turn the heaters on in winter and stand in front of an open fridge when a heatwave hits. C) Gimme beef-atarian C) Top shopper C) Carbon factory You don’t care where your food comes from, how it’s made and the damage it’s done to the environment. When you’re hungry all that matters is that it tastes good and doesn’t put too big a dent in your wallet. I’ll bet there’s McDonalds food wrapping on the floor of your car right now. OMG, shopping! That word alone has you salivating and you’re always waiting for the next sale or updating your wardrobe. You would go out clubbing baby seals for a new fur coat, but you wouldn’t be able to catch them in those brand new Manolo Blahnik pumps you’re wearing. You put your TV on as soon as you get home (even when you’re not watching), your taps leak, you use a dryer (even though you have a clothes line) and you are a big fan of hour-long showers. The only thing that can shrink your carbon footprint is bankruptcy. How you scored: Mostly A’s Generally people are all too quick to criticise each other – you’ve probably experienced your fair share of road rage as a cyclist on Parramatta Road – but don’t let that deter you from your cause. You’re doing the right thing by the environment, and you should feel good about that. By the same token, however, make sure you don’t alienate people who aren’t quite there yet when it comes to living an sustainable life. Help educate people rather than judge them. These days most people tend to pick and choose what level of sustainability suits their lifestyle; it’s a ‘do what you can’ attitude and it’s certainly better than doing nothing at all. While you may not be able to give up some things like eating packaged foods, you could look into growing your own food as well. If you enjoy mixing new and pre-loved fashion, try clothes swapping with friends too as a way of getting the most out of a garment. Don’t rest on your laurels, there’s always more that could be done. Mostly B’s Mostly C’s You’ve got a long way to go to becoming an eco-warrior but the good news is there are plenty of changes you could make in your day-to-day that the planet would be grateful for, and that wouldn’t disrupt your lifestyle too much. If you’re a meat-loving carnivore for example, you could choose sustainably farmed meat for your next BBQ and embrace the practice of ‘nose-totail’ eating (making use of the whole animal) to minimise waste. And if you really can’t give up driving, try cutting down by car sharing, which will save you money and the environment – visit www.goget.com.au for more information. 14

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n Travel Mission amazing Chinese island offers a climate similar to Hawaii and a wide range of leisure options, Winsor Dobbin discovers. China’s largest island, Hainan, has always been something of a cultural and economic backwater, but that’s all about to change with the Chinese Government aiming to establish it as the “sports and leisure capital of Asia” within the next decade. And if that sounds far fetched, bear in mind that Hainan is already home to the biggest spa facility on the planet – as recognised by the Guinness Book of Records – and it is part of a complex that also includes no fewer than 10 golf courses, a massive volcanic mineral springs reserve, an array of 10 restaurants and a Movie Town amusement park with its own film studio. If it all sounds like nothing succeeds like excess, prepare to be surprised. Everything here is surprisingly classy and exceptionally well organised. Welcome to the amazing world of Mission Hills Haikou, a resort with something for every member of the family on an island that has been dubbed “the Hawaii of the east” and is warm all year round. Mission Hills Haikou follows in the footsteps of the first Mission Hills facility, which is located between the cities of Shenzhen and Dongguan, and a 90-minute drive from Hong Kong International Airport, home to a mega golf complex that boasts 12 courses – the largest in the world. But it is Mission Hills Haikou on Hainan island – a one-hour flight away – that offers a bewildering array of sporting, spa and eco-friendly activities. Opened in 2010, this resort occupies a lava rock-strewn landscape on undulating terrain that proved useless for farming but is dotted with ancient trees and areas of wetlands. All the golf courses are beautifully manicured with high-tech golf carts (and there is the possibility of night golf); while the hotel and leisure facilities are similarly impressive - including a luxury 18-storey hotel with over 500 rooms and suites, and some private villas. Rooms here all have LCD televisions with access to international cable channels, free and reliable wi-fi, 24-hour room service, bathrobes, mini bars and safes, along with excellent bathrooms with quality amenities. Ongoing developments, also by the Mission Hills group but a few kilometres away and not intrusive, include Mission Hills Lan Kwai Fong; a low-carbon-footprint lifestyle, shopping, dining and cultural precinct; hotel developments including a Ritz-Carlton, a Renaissance and Hard Rock, and the newly opened Huayi Brothers Feng Xiaogang Movie Town theme park, with 24-hour dining and shopping districts as well as six movie studios. The theme park allows peeks behind the scenes at film sets and transports visitors back to 1940s China. It is fascinating to wander through the perfectly re-created streets and laneways of a past era. An ice skating rink and tenpin bowling facility are also in the pipeline for the new shopping precinct. Mission Hills Haikou’s golf courses have already hosted the World Cup in 2011, and two editions of the World Ladies Championship, along with a high-profile celebrity pro-am each October. Its courses are the Lava Fields, Blackstone, The Vintage, Sandbelt Trails, Meadow Links, Stone Quarry, The Preserve, Shadow From sleepy backwater to Asia’s leisure capital Downs and the par-3 Stepping Stone and Double Pin layouts. Many feature 100-year-old lychee trees and ancient stone walls. However, the spa and mineral springs complex, which sprawls over 88,000 square metres with circular buildings inspired by an ancient fortress in Fujian province, is every bit as popular as golf. The spa, also accredited by The Guinness Book of Records, comprises a grandiose main building made from volcanic rock and with a bamboo ceiling. It houses 90 private treatment suites, a hair and nail spa, private gardens, and spa cafe. Treatments range from facial care and signature baths to body scrubs, body wraps, steam baths and a selection of massage treatments, including lava shell massage, warm organic candle massage and herbal heat massage. Traditional Chinese herbal medicine treatments are used alongside modern technology. There are also special treatments and health and fitness programs for younger guests, along with a wellness pavilion for yoga, tai chi and qui gong. There are several spa packages available including a two-day “East Meets West” wellness program. Guests can also consult traditional Chinese doctors, who offer diagnosis and traditional herbal cures. My doctor was insistent I give up all oily, fatty and fried food and go on an immediate detox to save my ailing spleen! I’ve since developed quite a taste for detox tea. The volcanic mineral springs complex extracts water from 800 metres below the ground and offers an amazing 168 hot and cold mineral springs baths of varying sizes and styles – celebrating bathing rituals from five continents; from Turkish baths to Japanese onsen. There are mud baths, a mist shower tunnel through the rocks, a mineral springs bath that unleashes a torrent of water jets and is designed for relaxing muscles, along with steam rooms and the amazing selection of exotically scented plunge pools – from jasmine and tamarind, to coffee and Rooibos tea. Kids of all ages will also enjoy the Lava Lagoon, a 20,000 square metre outdoor lake/pool with a range of water craft, including canoes and water trikes. And what of the food, you ask? There is outstanding Chinese food at Magma Cafe, one of several restaurant outlets on site, which specialises in noodle and dumpling dishes from northern China, while the Silver Moon offers a rather more authentic food experience, which can mean a lot of offal, gristle and bones in some dishes. The Ukiyo Japanese restaurant, however, is outstanding with sushi, sashimi and a variety of grilled dishes. There are also plenty of western, and healthy, options at the Bistro on the Rock, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Lava Bar & Grill and the World Kitchen, a food hall affair with several cooking posts. There is also a pretty good wine list – including some familiar Australian names. For those travelling with their families, all the Mission Hills hotels feature specially decorated children’s rooms, which interconnect with parents’ rooms, and all campuses offer childcare facilities. The Recreation Centre includes a heated lap pool and children’s pool, as a well as an ultra high-tech gym, fitness studio for martial arts classes and less strenuous options like table tennis and billiards. There is a large on-site kids’ club that offers a range of activities for the young ones including music and handicraft classrooms and a games room. Mission Hills Haikou - like its sister resort – underlines its ecofriendly credentials with sign-posted eco trails that wind around the golf courses highlighting local flora and fauna – and an eco gallery. One eco trail visits the remains of an ancient settlement and you can spot squirrels, birds, frogs and some brightly coloured butterflies. And, because this is China, there are many shopping opportunities throughout the hotel, golf clubhouse and spa. Staff across all the Mission Hills facilities are multinational and multilingual – the company now has over 14,000 employees. And the expansion is not finished yet. Next up is a new golf and lifestyle resort in Yunnan. THE FACTS Mission Hills Haikou is located in the volcanic region outside Haikou city on Hainan island – which is climatically similar to Hawaii. It is 20km from Haikour Meilan International Airport – a one-hour flight from Hong Kong and Shenzhen. For details of spa treatments and packages visit www.missionhillschina.com. Qantas operates 28 return services each week from Australia to Hong Kong, with daily flights from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. With Hong Kong a key hub for the region, customers can enjoy onward connections to cities across Asia with partner airlines. The new Qantas lounge in Hong Kong offers signature cocktails, wines, spirits and barista service and with all of Qantas’s inbound flights from Hong Kong to Australia being overnight, customers can enjoy a substantial meal in the lounge before they fly so they can maximise their sleep on board. See www.qantas.com.au. www.ciaomagazine.com.au 15

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