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Murder
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HOW I ESCAPED
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Maggie Beers
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The best-ever
chocolate roll

Meet Jade, our


polar explorer
at just 14

Our heritage

The fight
to stop a
brumby
massacre

Julianne
Moore

My gift to my
late mum

Leaps of faith
THE WOMEN WHO
CHOOSE TO CONVERT
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ITTING HERE IN the


Editor-in-Chiefs chair
overlooking Sydneys Hyde
Park and the graceful spires
of St Marys Cathedral, with
the sound of ferry foghorns echoing
from the harbour, I am penning my
irst editors letter for Australias
biggest and most loved magazine.
Suddenly, Im acutely aware of the
incredible honour of this role and the
responsibility of being the custodian
of one of the great voices for Australian
women. But theres something else, too.
Amid the lurry of kind well-wishers, the excitement of
joining the team, the eagerness to get on with the many
plans ahead (and a generous dose of irst-week nerves),
I realise what that unexpected sense is: stepping into
The Australian Womens Weekly feels like coming home.
Its not simply the decades of covers on the ofice walls
that I recognise with affection, nor the faces of the many
respected professionals on the team. Its not even the chair
Ive inherited, which has been graced by many great women
before me (and judging by the ink stains, coffee shadows
and loose screws, may also be a relic from a time when
printing presses rattled the building from the basement).
Its the sense that this is the place where Australian women
share their stories, news, wisdom, successes, heartbreaks,
laughs and challenges. Its not where the stories begin, of
course they start with you but its where we listen to
them and write them, and make them part of who we are
as the women of Australia. The stories weve grown up
with, loved and been inspired by, the news and stories that
celebrate our lives and chart our times have come from this
place. And I truly believe that telling our stories matters.
The Weekly is more than a magazine. Calling it an institution
makes it sound like there are Grecian columns in the foyer
(there are not) and suggesting its an icon sounds like were
all some sort of rock stars (no one whos ever heard me
sing would suggest such a thing). But The Weekly like
every good Aussie, its earned an affectionate nickname
has been the voice of Australian women for generations.
My Melbourne-born grandmother would spend weekends
over steaming vats stewing her famous jams, with recipes
from The Weekly propped beside the stove. My Perth-born

mum loved the royal stories,


particularly the glamour of Princess
Grace, the wild ways of Princess
Margaret and the fairytale-turnedtragedy of Diana. My not-yet-twoyear-old Sydneysider daughter
browses the pictures (and I admit,
uses the pile of issues, set aside for
my nightly reading, as a step to
clamber onto our bed).
And me? I love the stories that
inspire, the ones that bring tears
to my eyes, give me goosebumps
and the energy to jump up and get a bit more out of this
amazing life. There are so many to be told.
In this issue compiled largely before I started, by the
brilliant team headed by our talented, newly promoted
Editor, Juliet Rieden Im awed by The Australian Womens
Weekly/CPA Australia Women in Business winners (page
97), heartbroken by the Bowraville murders (page 42) and
touched by the joy and honesty of the Dateables (page 78).
I am delighted that, along with Dilmah and APT, were
supporting the Australian Red Cross in our upcoming High
Tea Tour (page 13) and heartened by the courage of our
cover star, Kerri-Anne Kennerley, who inally has hopeful
news to share about her lovely husband, John (page 20).
The last time I did a story with Kerri-Anne, she called me
to share her breast cancer diagnosis and I see now, as I did
then, her bright smile and brave spirit shining through.
If you have a story that should be told, from any corner
of Australia or the world, Id love to hear from you. We
promise to tell them with the quality of journalism you
expect from The Australian Womens Weekly.
Finally, I just want to say thank you. It is an honour to
be the Editor-in-Chief of your magazine and the custodian
of this extraordinary voice. Now, sit back and enjoy the
issue because this time and these pages belong to you.
Welcome home and thanks for being here with us.

Kim Doherty (ne Wilson) EDITOR-IN-CHIEF


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On the cover
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ROBYN NEVIN: PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAMIAN BENNETT. ROBYN WEARS BALLY LEATHER COAT. SAMANTHA HARRIS AND URSULA HUFNAGL:
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20
30
36
42

72
130
141

Meet Jade, our polar


explorer at just 14
Medical breakthrough:
Kerri-Annes miracle
Our heritage: the fight to
stop a brumby massacre
Leaps of faith: women
who choose to convert
Murder investigation:
How I escaped
Bowravilles most wanted
Julianne Moore: My gift
to my late mum
Health update: medical
marijuana
Easy family meals:
Maggie Beers hearty
lamb pie; the best-ever
chocolate roll

78

The Dateables: a joyful


love story
84 Call my agent: the power
behind the stars
90 Humour: Amanda Blair
92 Prince Philip at 95
97 Women in Business
Awards: meet the winners
194 House husbands: the
final taboo

Fashion & beauty


104 Pastel layers: fresh
and flattering looks
110 Workshop: shoes
115 Curvy style
118 Choose budget beauty
products that work
123 Beauty news and
The Pretty List

Up front

Health

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14
28
48

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62
68

Editors letter
Open line
A cure for quadriplegia
Still going strong: at
work at 70 and beyond
Kicking goals for the
girls: the Footy Shows
Rebecca Maddern
Donald and Hillary:
women hold the
trump card
Madeleine West: my six
surprise babies
Modern love: I am
cougar, hear me roar

Medical marijuana
Ask the Doctor
Boost your brain power
Health news

54

Rebecca
Maddern

42

Victims
aunt tells

COVER: KERRI-ANNE KENNERLEY


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Savoury
145 Barbecued beef short ribs with
vino cotto and rosemary
162 Beef and mushroom ragu
153 Braised fennel with bacon, pear
and watercress
156 Eggplant, kale and lentil salad
148 Free-range chicken and dried
apricot tagine
145 Hearty bean soup
153 Hot smoked salmon with sesame salad
146 Lamb and quince pies
172 Meatloaf
154 Roast pumpkin and beetroot salad
146 Roast pumpkin and verjuice risotto
156 Roast vegetables with fried onions
and sausages

126

The latest
beauty finds

162 Scotch eggs


154 Soba noodle
salad with fried prawns
161 Spaghetti and meatballs
171 Spinach tart with oat pastry
159 Stufed eggplant with lamb
161 Thai chicken sausage rolls
Sweet
172 Chocolate, oat and cranberry
crumble
175 Grated chocolate sponge roll
171 Pear and rhubarb crumble
166 Poached quince and chestnut cake
169 Pumpkin gingerbread cake
166 Rhubarb and custard bread pudding
165 Rustic apple pie
169 Vanilla and red wine poached pears

104

Pretty in pastels

182

Create a
haven in your
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194

Stay-at-home dads

Roast vegetables
with fried onions
and sausages

Food & home


142 Maggie Beers hearty
winter fare
150 Main course salads:
lling and satisfying
158 Julie Goodwins family
mince favourites
164 Sweet indulgence:
desserts from our Food
For The Soul cookbook
170 Rediscover oats: theres
more to it than porridge
175 Cake of the month:
grated chocolate
sponge roll
180 Ask the experts: the
ancient grain, quinoa
181 Food news
182 Home design: easy
bedroom makeovers

211 Whats on
212 Cruising in a winter
wonderland
214 Travel news: the best
deals and destinations
217 Puzzles
223 Laugh lines
223 Reader information
and Privacy Notice
224 Horoscopes: whats in
the stars this month
226 Family matters:
Pat McDermott

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199 Technology: work
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T AS SEXY
As chance would have it, I picked up my wifes copy
AS A SANDWICH
of The Weekly just after we had returned from a
D
pep talk on positive ageing. If we needed any more
encouragement it was there in spades in articles on
the 90-year-old Queen (WW, June), the octogenarian
Joan Collins (On-screen Kissing Is Horrible) and that
other ageless 90-year-old, David Attenborough (I
Could Never Put My Feet Up). All bear testimony to the part keeping active plays in staying young
at heart. The Queen has been on the throne more than 60 years; Joan Collins acting almost as long
and Sir David has been thrilling us with the natural world since the 1950s. It was heartening to read
how Attenborough resisted the temptation to hide under the bed on his 90th birthday. Hes one
who will not go gently into that night. L. CLARKE, NORTH SYDNEY, NSW.

On a visit to Australia,
Dame Joan Collins, the
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star of 80s
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AME JOAN COLLINS,


con Clad in a striking
black and
the woman most
A few days previously,
white print Roberto Cavalli
Joan
dress
famous for putt ng the
invited us to her room
and jacket, a leopard coat
with sweeping
casually
ber bitch into 1980s
views of the harbour at
draped across her shoulders
Sydneys
and
super soap Dynasty,
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sporting a pair of two tone
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revealed that she s not
is Hollywood glamour
only agile, but
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personiied
also feisty, witty and incredibly
Walking from bout que
Here to launch her personal
funny
to boutique
More than that, Joan,
range
with Percy, ever the gentleman,
elegantly
of cosmet cs and fragrances
stro ling
attired in a tailored monochrome
Joan,
behind carrying her shopping
who played the fabulously
bags,
acid
blazer, extravagant jewels
Joan instantly drew looks,
and black
tongued Alexis Carrington
recognition
Colby
Christian Louboutin heels,
and even a measure of
is also
and in the process revived
adulation
a stage,
opin onated, self assured
I adore your coat and
and
ilm and television career
shoes, says
that has
extremely good company
one woman I want them
now spanned e ght decades,
Joan,
is strolling
She
does
not shy away from
almost as famous for her
through Sydneys fashionably
acerbic
dificult topics, speaking
chic
wit as her classic beauty,
candidly
Double Bay accompanied
ires back,
by her
about her glamorous lifestyle,
Then what would I wear?
51 year old husband Percy
her
Gibson
days as a young starlet
Such is the world of Dame
in 1950s
and The Weeklys Style
Joan
Director,
Hollywood, her marriage
Henrietta Coll ns, the globetrott
to Percy
Matt e Cronan
ng
husband number ive
and still stunningly attractive
and the death
Fresh from the studios
of Foxtels
of her beloved and equally
octogenarian, who, it seems,
famous
TV Shopping Network
is as
(TVSN) Joan
sister, Jack e, to breast
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cancer
arrived looking every b
woman
t the style
Percy, a former theatr
30 years her junior
cal manager
whom Joan met dur ng
a stage tour >

Courageous Marlene

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ON-SCREEN
KISSING IS
HORRIBLE,
ABOU

Beverley Hadgrafts Rebuilding Marlene (WW,


June) was a confronting and distressing read,
sparking a flood of emotions ranging from shock,
anger and sadness to shame; shame from
knowing that most non-indigenous Australians
(like myself) are not aware of the shocking
statistics surrounding domestic violence in
Aboriginal communities. Marlene Tighes will to
survive and live, despite the horrendous injuries
that she sustained in such a brutal attack, is truly
courageous. Domestic violence against women
of any colour, creed or background is not only
unacceptable, but criminal. Now, thanks to
Marlene, the hidden facts surrounding domestic
violence and all its ugliness threatening so many
females in Aboriginal communities have been
brought to light. One can only hope education
and strong support services will bring about
positive changes that give these forgotten women
hope to live their lives without fear and abuse.
J. CAINE, DONVALE, VIC.

Retro recipe
I was surprised and delighted to see the cake of
the month in the June 2016 Womens Weekly
is a lumberjack cake. This bought back many
memories. A quick search identified I originally
cooked this cake from a recipe included in
Foods of Canada in the June 1975 edition of the
Womens Weekly. I still have the 1975 recipe and

its the same as the 2016 recipe. Im 90 years old,


bake two to three times a week, have been buying
The Womens Weekly since I was 15 and am being
tantalised by the aroma from the oven while
waiting for the lumberjack cake to cook.
D. BOYD, ESSENDON, VIC.

Back to front
I enjoy reading letters from readers as indeed I enjoy
each page of The Weekly, but I have a confession:
I start at the back of the magazine as I cant wait to
see what Pat McDermott has for us in her witty little
page. Yes, there are a lot of wonderful stories about
amazing people, but this page makes me smile
and in todays world, thats worth a lot. Bravo, Pat!
J. ONEILL, INVERELL, NSW.

Quiet achiever
We often enjoy reading and being fascinated with
the world of the rich lets face it, it tends to be a
guilty indulgence for most of us. To read about
Blair Parry-Okeden (The Truth About Australias
Richest Woman, WW, June), a billionaire who uses
her wealth not only to help others but insisting on
keeping a low profile, brings her generous spirit
to the next level. She presents a lesson to all that
public recognition for good deeds is not what its
about, as so many want ahead of everything else.
From her story, we can find the real meaning of
giving and use it in our own lives.
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From the North Pole to Greenland and all the way to the frozen
wastes of the South Pole, Melbourne teenager Jade Hameister
is setting out to achieve a goal that will, quite literally, take her
to the edges of the earth, writes Beverley Hadgraft.
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PHOTOGRAPHY BY PETTER NYQUIST.

With the North Pole


conquered, Jade Hameister
has Greenland and the
South Pole in her sights.

ADE HAMEISTER WAS


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usual family dinner and made
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to become the youngest person
ever to ski to the North Pole. It was
something shed been dreaming about
for the past year, she said, and since the
dream wouldnt go away, she wanted
to see if she could make it a reality.
Most parents would probably have
laughed and told Jade to inish her
vegetables. Luckily for Jade, she
doesnt have most parents. Her dad,
Paul, immediately began investigating
how to make it happen.
If your kids have a dream, its
important to take action and ind out
if they can do it, he says. Its better to
have a crack and fail than to run away
in case things dont work out because
youre going to learn so much more
from that.
In her school uniform at her home in
Hampton, Victoria, laughing away like
any other teenager, its hard to imagine
Jade scaling three-metre ice boulders
and dragging a 50-kilogram sled across
that frozen waste. Having survived
the North Pole, she will add a 540km
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the South Pole next year, making


her one of the few people ever to
complete the polar trifecta.
Jade, who turned 15 this month, is
doing this, she says, to inspire other
teens. I want to remind them to look
up from their smartphones and not
forget what a beautiful world we have;
to be active, have adventures and to
chase their dreams.
Hopefully, Paul will inspire a few
parents as well, as he accompanies her.
He has been stoking Jades furnace of
courage her whole life, teaching her
the difference between irrational and
rational fears, and to have a crack.
These are lessons, he believes, that
are parents to teach and too important
to be delegated to schools.
Jades polar dream irst took root
after a family trek with her mum,
Vanessa, younger brother Kane, 13,
and her dad to Everest Base Camp. She
met a young woman there who had
skied the South Pole solo. It sounded
incredible, Jade recalls.
Adventure is the thing I love most
getting outdoors and challenging
myself and this seemed like the
extreme of the extreme. To do it at
my age would be an achievement that

would be with me forever. I knew it


was going to be incredibly hard, but
it was there and in reach.
She and her dad began an extreme
itness regimen that included crossit
at her peak, Jade was squatting with
80 kilograms across her shoulders
dragging tyres along the beach, plus a
crash course in cross-country skiing.
The week before their departure,
Paul felt unwell. The night before,
the pain was so excruciating, he went
to hospital. It was a large kidney stone
and he needed surgery. He had it
immediately, woke up from the general
anaesthetic at 5.30pm and was on his
way to the airport at 7pm.
He had a plastic stent from his
kidney to his bladder. It was only
meant to be in for seven days. He had
it for four weeks and it calciied so that
the surface was like rough coral and
carved up his bodys internal tubes
until he urinated blood. But there was
no way I was going to let my daughter
down, he says.
He skied behind her, partly to make
sure she was okay and partly so she
couldnt see him wincing. Every day,
Id ind myself looking at the back of
this incredible, committed young

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Clockwise from
top left: Jade and
her dad on the
trek; Jade and her
mum, Vanessa;
with The Weeklys
writer Beverley
Hadgraft; in
training for the
trek on the beach;
and with her
guide, Eric Philips.

woman and thinking, I want this vision


imprinted on my memory for ever.
Thats love, Jade says when she
recounts her version of this. He kept
saying, Forget about me. Im just the
one pulling bags at the back.
What were her favourite moments
of the 11-day trek? The best was
actually reaching the Pole. It was weird,
my stomach kind of dropped. I couldnt
get my head around the fact I was
standing on the top of the world.
And then its hard not to laugh when
she adds, Another best bit was getting
into the tent in the evening, eating
Pringles and putting the stove on,
which was probably very dangerous
for a 14-year-old!
She loved the
surreal white
landscape and
spotting polar
bear footprints.
That was cool,
although Id have
freaked out if Id
seen a bear. She
loved being just
four people out in
that great white
wilderness guide
Eric Philips and
cameraman Petter
Nyquist joined
them and she
loved snuggling
into her 40cmthick sleeping bag
at night, falling
into the kind of
deep slumber that only those whove
worked really hard for it can know.
When it was over, I was really sad,
she recalls. Eric had said to me one
lunchbreak, You know, theres this
thing called the polar bug and if you
get home and desperately want to be
back, I think you might have that.
I said, Im missing it already and
I havent left yet! I dont know why I
want to be back there, freezing my arse
off, eating dehydrated meals and
pushing myself that hard. I just loved it.
And speaking of freezing her arse
off, the only thing that got her down,
she says, was going to the toilet.

Its something you take for granted


and, suddenly, theres all this hassle and
cold. She got frostnip (early frostbite)
on her hands and bottom as a result
and admits it was the only time she
wept, but that just made things worse
even tears freeze at the North Pole.
Interestingly, it was the training
the Jade found toughest. It had to be
uncomfortable to prepare her for
what she was going to endure. I had
these thoughts that maybe Id been
too cocky and thought I could do
something I couldnt, she says.
But I worked on my weaknesses.
Thats something Dad taught me.
When I was younger and did my irst

THAT WAS COOL,


ALTHOUGH ID HAVE
FREAKED OUT IF
ID SEEN A BEAR.
open water swim in a triathlon,
I panicked, but Dad took me to the
beach and we worked on trying to get
me comfy swimming in the ocean.
I kept bursting into tears, sitting on the
beach, going out, bursting into tears
but eventually I just swam and now
the swim is my favourite leg.
People often ask Mum and Dad
how they can let me ski the North
Pole, but as Mum says, shes let me go
to school camp with a random bus
driver and camp instructors we dont
know. On the North Pole, I was with
three men she knew and who knew
what they were doing.

Its clear that Paul and Vanessa are


a great combination. Vanessa is the
homemaker, the safe sanctuary and
comforter when things get tough.
Paul is one of only a few Australians
to have climbed the Seven Summits,
including Everest. He is also a
successful businessman, yet its clear
his value system has nothing to do
with macho ego and everything to
do with family values, and not leaving
his childrens self-esteem to the whims
of the education system. He is also
currently making plans for an
adventure with their son, Kane.
So how do you ind that line
between giving your children wings
and not pushing
or bullying them?
Im very
conscious of
making sure that
what were doing
is about the kids
and not looking
vicariously
for our own
self-esteem
through their
achievements,
Paul says.
But I do think
our culture has
become too
protective of our
children. If it
rains, we tell
them to come
inside, if they
dont like their
food, we get them something else to eat
thats not how life works. People
who are good at life know how to
push through hardship.
Paul will inish the polar trifecta with
Jade, although hes so impressed with
how she handled this years trip he
thinks shed be ine without him as long
as Eric and Petter are supporting her.
Hearing this, Jades smile disappears
for the irst time.
It was a really special thing to
do with my dad, she says. Im so
happy I got to share it with him. If
Dad wasnt there, I dont know if Id
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Cover story

Kerri-Anne Kennerley
in the garden of her
Sydney home with
Johns beloved
retriever, Digger.

The day
my John
came back
to me
When TV star Kerri-Anne Kennerleys husband, John,
slipped and fell from a balcony at a golf club in late
March, many, including his own doctors, believed he
had little chance of survival. Today, with Kerri-Anne
by his side, John Kennerley is making a recovery that
borders on the miraculous, writes Michael Sheather.
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Left: Happy to finally be wearing a shirt (not a


hospital gown). Above: At the rehab facility.

HE TENSION IN the
room was palpable,
emanating not just from
the demeanour of the
doctors and nurses
surrounding 75-year-old John
Kennerleys prostrate form, but
from John himself.
His wife of 32 years, Kerri-Anne
Kennerley, gently stroked his hand
touch being one of the few sensations
left to John after his devastating spinal
injury as the team prepared to
remove the resuscitation tube from
a tracheotomy incision just centimetres
below his Adams apple.
Wed tried this twice during the
past few weeks, but both times John

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was unable to breathe, recalls KerriAnne, 62. Survival is the irst thing you
hope for in a situation such as this and
I was grateful John was alive, but if that
life was to have any quality at all, he
needed at least to breathe for himself.
Previously, when doctors removed
the resuscitating tube, the muscles
which control Johns breathing his
chest, abdomen and many, if not most,
of the 15 muscles essential to expand
and contract the lungs had not
responded, forcing the medical team
into the traumatic procedure of replacing
the mechanical bellows that kept his
lungs supplied with oxygen.
It was time to try again. He was
scared, says Kerri-Anne. I could

see it in his eyes. I was scared, too.


But I also had every conidence in
the doctors caring for John. They
believed he could do it. So I told
myself to believe, too.
It took just seconds for the tube
to slip free from Johns throat. And
seconds more seconds that seemed
like hours before Kerri-Anne
detected the smallest movement in
Johns chest. The shallowest of sighs
was all that signiied Johns massive
internal effort to expand his frail
lungs, but it was a sigh that rang like
a bell inside Kerri-Annes head.
It was as though a great weight
had lifted from our shoulders, from
both John and me, she says. >

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Above, left: John called


him and Digger leapt
onto his bed for the first
time. Above, right: John
does exercises, making
small finger movements.

I was scared, too.


But I also had every
confidence in the
doctors caring for
John. They believed he
could do it. So I told
myself to believe, too.

Johns surgeons
agree that part of
his remarkable
progress is due to
having Kerri-Anne
in his corner.

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It was the most profound sense


of relief I have ever felt. That was the
moment when I felt hed really come
back to me.
That was six weeks ago. Since then,
John has made astounding progress,
especially for a man whose life so
nearly ended. John slipped and fell
from a balcony at a golf event in Coffs
Harbour in early March, severely
damaging his C3 and C4 vertebrae
and slightly damaging his C2.
A couple of lovely ladies asked for
a photograph and we said yes, recalls
Kerri-Anne. John went to step out of
the photo and I called him back in,
then he slipped against a hedge and
went over the balcony. I ran around
to him and he was on his side saying
that he couldnt feel anything, and
I knew he was in serious trouble.
Unable to breathe, doctors put John
into a coma before airlifting him to the
intensive care unit, where he underwent
emergency surgery to repair his
shattered spinal column, at Royal
North Shore Hospital in Sydney.
When one of the doctors came to
look at John following his admission,
he sought out Kerri-Anne after
examining Johns charts. He told me
later that he looked at the charts and
he thought, What are we doing? This
is all a waste of time , says KerriAnne. But John has a magniicent
will and motivation to survive. It just
shows that doctors, as much as Im
grateful for everything they have
done, dont know everything.
Today, three months later, he and
Kerri-Anne are a tight-knit team
facing a long road of rehabilitation
and care. John has re-located to
Sydneys Prince of Wales Hospital at
Randwick in the citys east, where he
is closer to Kerri-Anne and a much
larger rehabilitation centre.
It will take at least another nine
months before doctors can pinpoint
what physical abilities John is capable of.
In a wide-ranging interview, Kerri-Anne
says that, for now, she and John must
be patient and see what each day brings.
Yet there are positive signs already.
I hesitate to use the word miracle,
but for us that is what Johns recovery

has been like a series of minor


miracles, explains Kerri-Anne, sitting
in the lounge of the Victorian-era
home she shares with John in Sydneys
eastern suburbs. It started with him
being able to breathe unassisted. That
was such an important step. Otherwise,
he faced a life attached to a respirator,
fed through a tube in his nose. For
a man like John, who has always
savoured life to the full, that would
have been very dificult. He is now
taking proper food, as long as it is
very small portions, and he is chewing
and swallowing, which is wonderful.
While John breathes unassisted
during the day, doctors insist that his
breathing be supported by a respirator
at night. His lungs, like many high
injury spinal patients, are unable to
remove the phlegm that builds up and
constricts breathing, something most
of us relieve with a cough.
Some of the muscles around his
chest and diaphragm remain frozen,
although their movement may return
with time, while other muscles have
already regained some movement.
Yet, more than the fact that he is
breathing, John can now also speak.
Up until the removal of the respirator,
warm air from his lungs was unable
to pass over his vocal cords, which
meant he could mouth words, but not
make any sound.

doctors hoped signalled a possibility


for more movement.
In the gym, he can cycle somewhat,
says Kerri-Anne. At irst, it was just
John pushing on the pedals to make
them go around slowly, twice. But
he has gradually built up from that
and he can now cycle for 20 minutes
at a time.
With his spinal fracture now
stabilised with metal braces and
screws implanted during his surgery,
John can now also stand. But its
not quite standing as you or I might,
says Kerri-Anne. In rehab, the nurses
removed his constraints that stop him
falling and moved the table upright
so that he could sense his body weight
being supported by his legs.
Of course, she explains, that is the
good news. John is eating and speaking
and has reasonably good movement in
his legs. He can sit in a wheelchair,
which means we can go outside and
sit in the sun, which is wonderful.
That being said, he cant use his arms
or his hands, although he does have
small movements in his ingers.
But moving his arms is an
impossibility. If he wants to move
an arm from his lap to the armrest,
I have to move it for him. He cant
feed himself or turn a page or use a
TV remote, so in those ways, he is still
completely dependent on people, on

I ran around to him and he was on his


side saying that he couldnt feel anything, and
I knew he was in serious trouble.
His irst words, says Kerri-Anne,
are ones shell always remember. He
said, I love you, which, of course,
I will always treasure, she says. That,
too, is a milestone for him and for us.
Can you imagine what it might be like
to be unable to move and speak? The
very basis of any relationship is
communication, so we can speak to each
other and Im so grateful for that.
Incredibly, John also has movement
in his legs. Even when he was irst
assessed after his surgery, John had
small movements in his legs, which

me. So we are still hoping, still waiting


to see what might change.
Thats a predicament, in terms of
Johns future care. As a 75-year-old
patient, he isnt entitled to state-funded
care at home as he would be if he was
under 65. Instead, he must go to an
aged-care facility, where patients are
allocated limited budgets for their care.
Its an anomaly between the state
and federal funding systems, says
Kerri-Anne. And something I want
to change. Id love to get the NSW
Health Minister, Jillian Skinner, >
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together with federal Health


Minister Sussan Ley to discuss
ways we might ix what looks
like age discrimination.
When John suffered his fall,
which was less than a metre,
he fractured his spine, but did
not sever his spinal cord. He
is what specialists call an
incomplete quadriplegic.
His spinal column X-rays
show the traumatic fracture
across his vertebrae, but also
show the spinal cord swollen
and bruised but still intact.
With Johns brain still able
to communicate with his legs and
some muscles in his torso, as swelling
and bruising subsides with time, doctors
are hopeful of further progress.
The man who operated on John,
one of the countrys top spinal surgeons,
came to see him the other day and
he hadnt seen him for a few weeks,
says Kerri-Anne. The surgeon was
gobsmacked by how far John had
come. And another doctor the
emergency doctor whod brought
John in to the hospital from the
helicopter saw us the other day
outside, with John in the wheelchair.
He couldnt believe it was John. I think
he was amazed John was even alive.
The surgeon, Dr Andrew Cree, went
even further. Obviously, I dont have
a crystal ball and I dont know exactly
what is in Johns future, but all of the
signs are very
hopeful, he says.
With the
movement that
John has in
his ingers, it
seems there are
communication avenues that are
still open between his brain and his
ingers. That gives some indication
further improvements may happen,
but what theyll be we cant say yet.
Its a similar story for Johns legs.
That he can cycle so early in the
recovery process is astounding, says
his surgeon. You have to remember
that John is a 75-year-old man and
when people of his age suffer a spinal
injury, the outlook is generally poor.

Above, left: An X-ray taken just after Johns


accident, showing the breaks at the C3 and C4
vertebrae. Right: Metal pins in the vertebrae.

And in Johns case, when he irst arrived


from Coffs Harbour, I was not hopeful
he would even survive. But John is
obviously a very determined man
and having Kerri-Anne in his corner
is a big factor, too.
Kerri-Anne says that she and John
are leaning on each other. I might be
helping him keep his chin up, she
says, but hes giving me strength, too.
We draw on each other, just as we
always have. Yes, we get tetchy. We get
annoyed with each other from time to
time, but we both know that its just
the frustration bubbling to the surface.
And it must be terribly frustrating
for John because he is such a logical,
mathematical sort of person you do

other, says Kerri-Anne. A


real double act. I dont even
get a look in.
Kerri-Anne says she has
a natural coping mechanism
thats helped her deal with
a situation many might have
thought was hopeless. She
divides and conquers.
I look only at one day at
a time, she says. That is
the only way forward. Some
people catastrophise an event,
about whats happened to
them, projecting forward to
what might be and how it
would all be different if theyd just
done that one thing differently if
we hadnt agreed to the photo; if
I hadnt asked John to step back
into the frame; if we hadnt been
on the balcony.
But, really, what is the good of
that? It doesnt change anything. And
all it does is wreak havoc when you
need stability. I look at what we need
to achieve today and set out to get
there. Then do it all again the next
morning. I did the same thing when
I was diagnosed with breast cancer,
three years ago. It is the only way
forward because the only way is
forward. And thats all you can do.
Not that she was always like that.
When John was stabilised after his
surgery, Kerri-Anne took the
opportunity to go into the city to grab
some essentials on
her way to the
hospital. I went
in to get some
toothbrushes and
other things, and
I stopped to grab
some sushi for lunch along the way,
she recalls. I sat down and tried to
open the wasabi packet, but I couldnt.
I fumbled and fumbled, and then, as I
sat there, I burst into tears and started
sobbing. Everything, all the tension,
the fear, the horror of the past few
weeks, came looding out. A woman
came over to ask if I was all right and
I pulled myself together, but it was a
shock because, up until then, I thought
I was on top of it. Of course, I was

I might be helping him keep his chin up,


but hes giving me strength, too. We draw on
each other, just as we always have.

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this and get this result. But this isnt like


that. Its a game of wait and see and,
yes, sometimes that is frustrating and
our emotions get the better of us, but
then its all over in a lash and we
get on with it. I see him every day.
I wouldnt miss a moment of it.
Neither has their golden retriever,
Digger. He was allowed to visit John
in Royal North Shore Hospital and
when they saw each other, Johns face
lit up. They are devoted to each

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putting on a strong face for John, but


now Im okay. I have my face to the
wind and were looking to the future.
John has a son from his previous
marriage, Simon, who is now in his
50s. He has been in constant contact
with Kerri-Anne about his father
and his condition. Simon is terribly
concerned, of course, she says. He
has been on the phone every few days
and he will be coming out to visit
[from the UK] later in the year.
Yet mostly John and Kerri-Anne
are dealing with the day-to-day
getting John to rehabilitation and
occupational therapy, making sure
he eats well, reassuring each other
and just being.
We are now in a very serious
place, says Kerri-Anne. He will be
doing rehab, if he can keep up, until

5pm every afternoon. You have to


remember that John has virtually been
lying down for three months and there
is a lot of muscle wastage. So we have
a lot to overcome and that simply
means hard work. Its a bit of a double
whammy, the muscle wastage because
he hasnt moved in so long and the
injury itself. So we just have to get that
all going again and it will take time.
John, says Kerri-Anne, has a lot of
pain. Its the same kind of phantom
pain that amputees have after they
lose a limb, she says. John gets pain
in his arms, which, of course, he
cannot move. He sits in his wheelchair
and the pain rises, and inally it gets so
bad that I have to move his arm for
him before he gets some relief. He has
a high pain threshold, always has. So
I know it must be very painful.

John is such an unbelievably


strong character. If I didnt already
respect and love him before this
and I did I certainly do now. I have
nothing but admiration for him, with
all the fear, the pain, the uncertainty.
Hes a very brave man.
Theirs was once a life of glitz and
glamour one of openings, charity
events, red carpets and parties. Yet
that aspect of their life, says KerriAnne, is now inished.
John loved it as much as I did,
she says. I think he secretly liked
the attention, though he never said
so. But that part of our life is over.
From now on into the foreseeable
future, this is our life. And thats okay
because we are making it work and
we are going to continue to make it
work together. #
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Investigation

Finding a cure
FOR

quadriplegia
As Kerri-Anne Kennerley and her husband, John, embark on his
rehabilitation journey, Clair Weaver investigates new treatments.

HEN THE NEWS


broke that John
Kennerley had
been paralysed in
a freak accident,
comparisons were immediately drawn
to the late actor Christopher Reeve.
At irst, it seemed Johns injuries were
similar to those of the Superman star,
who was left quadriplegic after an
equestrian accident 21 years ago.
However, we now know Johns
condition is less severe than originally
feared. Unlike Christopher, whose
skull became disconnected from
his spine and had to be surgically
reattached, John has incomplete
quadriplegia, with some feeling and
movement below his injury. John
broke his C3 and C4 vertebrae, which
are near the top of his spine, but lower
than Christophers C1 and C2 injury,
which left him on a ventilator. Just
a centimetre or two can mean the
difference between hope and despair.
Despite his catastrophic injuries,
Christopher became a powerful
advocate, leading his eponymous
foundation in funding scientiic
discoveries and debunking the
centuries-old dogma that the spinal
cord could never be repaired.

OVER THE PAST decade, headlines


have regularly heralded miracle
treatments for spinal injuries, often
with stem cells. Nevertheless, in reality,
theres still little that can routinely be
done today for patients beyond

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W THE
SPINAL
CORD
The higher
the injury on
a patients
spinal cord,
the greater
dysfunction
an occur.
The C1 to C4
vertebrae
correspond
with the
most severe
levels of
injuries.

minimising post-accident damage,


good rehabilitation and making the
most of life in a wheelchair.
It begs the question: is there real
hope in this ield or is it all hype?

Stem cells
We can expect to see big leaps in
treatment in coming years but not
in the form of a magic bullet cure.
Thats the advice of Dr Andrew Nunn,
Director of the Victorian Spinal Cord
Service at Austin Health.
Stem cells are part of the equation,
Dr Nunn says. Well see progress, but
the way we think about this will change.
The theory of using stem cells to
reverse damage or restore function in
a person with paralysis is beautiful.

Stem cells have the potential to develop


into different cell types in the body and
can renew themselves. However, with
spinal injuries, its not simply a matter
of injecting generic stem cells and
letting them do their work.
The spinal cord is made up of
many nerves and axons [which act
like] computers and cables and they
have different cells, explains Dr Nunn.
Complicating matters, he adds,
The best stem cells [for treatment] are
those as close to the one you are trying to
replace.Vital cable insulation, known
as myelin, must also be reproduced.
The obstacles dont end there.
Professor Martin Pera, Program Leader
of Stem Cells Australia and Chair of
Stem Cell Sciences at the University
of Melbourne, explains, Challenges
for transplantation therapy include
making connections between nerve
cells across the damaged region, the
presence of scar tissue and the poor
survival and integration of grafted cells.
Duncan Wallace, CEO of SpinalCure
Australia and himself quadriplegic, is
optimistic, but acknowledges that the
glacial pace at which stem cell research
moves can be hugely frustrating for
those waiting for a breakthrough.
Stem cells have huge potential, he
says. The real beneit will come when
theyre combined with other therapies,
like electrical stimulation.
There are international clinic trials
underway, but no more than partial
recoveries have been recorded in some
animal studies to date.

GETTY IMAGES. TIMOTHY GREENFIELD-SANDERS. HASSELBLAD H4D.

If we can rebuild parts of the brain


or spinal cord with stem cells, says
Dr Nunn, it will be monumental
progress. We hope this works, but
we need people to be realistic.

offer unproven and


the best way to use
unregulated treatment.
cells to repair injury
And with the
or disease, he says.
internet, it is easy for
Moving
people to ind out
forward
about or be targeted
Breakthroughs
for therapies offered
While we wait for
in China, India and
future treatments,
US-based Christopher & Dana Reeve
Eastern Europe.
experts are now
Foundation is driving exciting research
Associate Professor
focussing on
into epidural stimulation, which implants
improving outcomes.
an electrical device into a patients spine. Megan Munsie, Head
The Christopher & Dana Reeve
of Education, Ethics,
This includes
It sends signals to their spinal cord,
Foundation has been life-changing
immediate care after
reminding it what it can do (think of the Law & Community
for Rob Summers (below).
an accident to prevent
spinal cord as disconnected, not dead). Awareness at Stem
Cells Australia, has
secondary injuries
Rob Summers, a baseball player
interviewed people
and neuroprotective
who was paralysed from the neck
who have travelled
measures (drugs
down after being struck by a hit and
overseas to receive
and cooling to
run driver, is one of four men who
unregulated stem cell
reduce inlammation
received epidural stimulation.
therapy, as well as the
and slow injury
Ive got a lot of function back,
clinics and regulators.
progression).
Rob says. I can move my toes, ankles,
Because of the
In Christopher
knees, hips all on command. I have
enormous potential of
Reeves case, the
gotten back very good sensation and
regenerative medicine,
timely administration
feeling, as well as bladder, bowel, and
people who never had
of a steroid likely
sexual function, the ability to sweat
hope before have
reduced the severity
my experience has been life-changing.
something to latch
of his injuries.
On our own doorstep, the Victorian
on to, says Professor
We need to help
Spinal Cord Service did a world-irst
people preserve what
triple nerve transfer, restoring hand and Munsie. We have
heard there are people
theyve got so if
arm function to a 23-year-old man left
in rehab who hear about stem cells
anything does come along, theyre
quadriplegic after diving into the surf.
physiologically prepared, says Dr Nunn.
and question whether they need to do
Its the greatest thing thats been
Dr DCruz is optimistic its only
done for quadriplegics, says Dr Nunn. physiotherapy because they are talking
a matter of time before stem cell
about getting out of hospital and going
Its hand function they want most of
signalling codes are deciphered
all, even more than leg function.
to India for stem cell therapy.
If it was your child who was paralysed, suficiently to develop an effective
Since 2012, Dr Nunn says the team
treatment, but this treatment would
she says, you would do anything, even
has completed around 100 surgeries to
have to be straight after an injury.
re-route nerves that dont
re-mortgage your home.
A stem cell cure for older spinal
function because of injury
Dr Mario DCruz, a
Stem cells are
cord injuries has a far less convincing
Victorian doctor who
to working nerves.
part of the
scientiic rationale, he says. Its less
Meanwhile, US scientists
became quadriplegic
equation. Well 15 years ago after a car likely [a cure for] established paraplegia
recently revealed in the
and quadriplegia will emerge.
journal Nature how they
accident, says patients
see progress.
Such realism doesnt get him down,
implanted a microchip into
are vulnerable to
though. Indeed, Dr DCruz, who often
a 24-year-old quadriplegics brain so he
exploitation by unethical operators.
talks to those who have just begun
regained control of his right arm. Using
The impact can be devastating when
living with a spinal injury, says his life
his thoughts, he could send instructions it becomes obvious treatment hasnt
is better today than it was pre-accident.
to his ingers and wrist, and play a video worked, he says. The persisting
Im able to continue practising
game guitar, pour from a bottle and
impairment coupled with the large
as a doctor, he says. I ind doing
pick up a phone via a signal decoder
inancial outlay can be as traumatic as
things for other people is often more
and electrode sleeve around his forearm. the injury, and can lead to major rifts
rewarding and fulilling than doing
and disputes among family and friends.
False hope
things for myself. I have a large
Professor Pera says there are big
risks, including infections and tumours. extended family and many friends
One of the problems with the hype
with whom I enjoy cooking, eating
around stem cells is some unscrupulous This is a new science, so we still have
and living a truly fortunate life. #
an enormous amount to learn about
or over-enthusiastic clinics are ready to
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THE BATTLE
TO SAVE

Snowys

BRUMBIES

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife


Service wants to reduce the number
of brumbies from 6000 to 600.

Environment

Brumbies carried our


diggers into battle during
World War I, praised
for their hearts and
courage. Now, theyre
caught up in another
war this time for their
own survival, writes
Beverley Hadgraft.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY CAROL HANCOCK

exist nowhere else in the world, as


N THE CRISP morning air
well as many endangered animals.
of the Snowy Mountains,
The brumbies are feral pests, equine
wild brumbies quietly graze.
wrecking balls for everything from
A sudden noise makes the
mosses to waterways.
lead mare jerk her head up
Leisa Caldwell is a founder member
warily, ready to lead her mob to
of the Snowy Mountains Horse Riders
safety as well she might. Theres a
Association. Her family has lived at the
war going on up here and brumbies
southern end of the Snowies, along
are in the crossire. Literally.
the steep, pine-clad ridges, as Banjo
The NSW National Parks and
Paterson says, for ive generations.
Wildlife Service has just released a
She helped form the group after
plan to reduce the number of wild
previous plans of Parks management
horses in Kosciuszko National Park
stopped them riding and brumbyfrom an estimated 6000 to 3000
running (pursuing the brumbies on
within ive to 10 years. Its inal
horseback and catching them by
objective is a herd of just 600
roping) there. It was a shock, she says,
a stunning 90 per cent cull. The
done with no public consultation.
fallout has been furious.
Our heritage has been hijacked.
At the forefront of the campaign
Leisa warned back then that if the
are those who normally lead the
brumby runners were kicked out,
charge to protect our wildlife
there would be problems managing
environmentalists whose calls to
the horse population in the parks.
eradicate the horses will result in the
That, she says, is now the case and
horses being shot and their carcasses
she is furious at claims that brumby
left to rot on the pastures they call
running is inhumane. Yet these
home. Even worse is that, in their
people support aerial or ground
fervour to protect national parks
shooting? I take offence to that. We
from animals that have lived there
love horses. Were the last people on
for nearly 200 years, these greenies
earth whod want to harm them.
wont countenance the trial of a
Leisa is irst to concede brumbies
humane option fertility control
shouldnt be in the unique alpine
which would end the mares ability
areas. Theres nowhere else in
to breed and protect
Australia like it. But
the environment cheaply
then Parks decided
and painlessly.
they needed a plan of
The plan has stirred up a
hornets nest in the Snowy
Theyve had management for the
alpine as well and
Mountains and beyond.
their cattle lower
they just got lower and
The mountain men who
taken, their lower. Its spurious to
have lived here for
generations grieve this
towns flooded suggest brumbies are
having permanent or
erosion of their heritage,
and history serious environmental
while those who spend
impacts there compared
every spare cent rehoming
destroyed.
to bushire, loods and
and retraining the brumbies
human infrastructure.
scramble for evidence that
Yet its not only
will provide a reprieve.
environmental issues that concern
Those seen as anti-brumby have
Leisa. There are heritage and cultural
been threatened and snubbed.
ones, too. The mountain community
Bumper stickers urge, Ground cull
has been kicked in the guts over and
a greenie, save a Snowy brumby.
over, she says. Theyve had their
There are petitions and meetings.
cattle taken, their towns looded for
Conservationists, meanwhile, stick
the Snowy Mountains Hydro Scheme
to their brief to protect our national
and their history destroyed. The last
parks. The horses must go, they say.
bit of history to show they even >
Kosciuszko contains plants that
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had to get a private phone


number and I never allow my
photograph to be taken or it
will end up on one of their
[protest] Facebook sites, she
says. Youd think we were
living in the back blocks of the
US instead of a civilised state.
Even the horses give her
grief. She had to put up
barricades to stop them
trampling her campsite on the
last big trek she did there.
We dont want this to
be adversarial, but there are
two sides who will never meet and in
between are the 80 per cent who dont
even realise that horses arent native,
and cant imagine theyre doing
damage, she says. Were not pushy,
we just want government to take
responsibility. Horses should have
been removed along with the cattle.
Theyre a big animal in a fragile area,
in signiicant numbers in nearly 50 per
cent of the park.
Dianne believes the government has
been frozen into ineptitude because
of the vocal brumby advocates.
The National Park isnt a farm,
she says. The horses can still be looked
at and enjoyed if theyre taken out. I
cant accept they have cultural heritage

Colleen OBrien with


one of her brumbies.

Our grandfathers didnt


ride deers and pigs into
war. Nor do they take part
in Olympic ceremonies.
part in several horse management
consultations for Kosciuszko National
Park, but says that since the Guy
Fawkes River National Park aerial
cull in 2000, when horses were left to
die in agony for days, life has been
very emotive and dificult.
Im 70 and Ive been threatened,
Ive been barrelled up in my car, Ive

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existed is the brumbies. If they


go, whats left? Leisa says.
The environmentalists who
have sat on steering committees
alongside her dont understand
why she gets so emotional, how
shell shoot feral pigs or deer,
but objects to shooting horses.
Our grandfathers didnt
ride deers and pigs into war,
says Leisa. Nor do they take
part in Olympic Opening
Ceremonies. No other animal
on the planet has this interaction
with humans.
When police need help inding lost
walkers, mountainmen can ride where
they like. They know that park like the
back of their hands. Who will do that
when we cant? Leisa says.
Environmentalist Dianne Thompson,
a spokesperson for the advocacy group
National Parks Association of NSW
(not to be confused with the government
body), holds no truck with Leisas
concerns. We dont need horses
galloping over the park [searching for
people], she says. We have drones.
Diannes father was a drover and
shearer. When she opened his letters,
a pressed lower would fall out. Shes
grown up loving nature and was a
vigorous bushwalker. She has taken

value. Its anathema to me to


hear people carry on like that.
The public has until the end
of August to make submissions
on the horse management plan
and then the government will
decide whether to go ahead.
What if they decide against it?
Well, it comes back to what
is the tipping point, Dianne
says. And I think we could
be very close to that. The
damage is extensive, its not
little patches Ive seen it for
myself. Its been extensively
scientiically documented.
For every expert claim justifying a
brumby cull, there is a counter expert
claim against (see right). No wonder
Parks and Wildlife has conducted such
an exhaustive consultation 21,000
members of the public quizzed in
focus groups and meetings, reports
from an independent technical group
of scientists, cultural heritage experts
and hundreds of stakeholders, plus
acres and acres of scientiic research.
The cost was $460,000, according
to the NSW Ofice of Environment
and Heritage, but the government
knows Australians love their brumbies,
especially the Snowy River ones,
immortalised in ilm and poetry, and
even galloping across our $10 note.
Kosciuszko National Park is the
largest national park in NSW and a
UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. With its
clear cascading streams, its the only
true alpine zone in mainland Australia
and home to 850 plants, including the
rare Anemone Buttercup, and 300
animals, including the endangered
pygmy possum and broad-toothed rat.
Its also at the headwaters of the
Murray, Murrumbidgee and Snowy
rivers. High-quality water lows from
here to the Murray Darling Basin,
estimated to be worth $9.6 billion
a year to the Australian economy.
Climate change is affecting both
water and wildlife, but so is erosion,
some caused by feral animals.
Tom Bagnat, the Director of
Metropolitan and Mountains for
National Parks and Wildlife Service,
says it has a legal obligation to protect

A key issue is the damage caused


by brumbies and other feral animals
to the Kosciuszko National Park.

THE ARGUMENTS FOR


AND AGAINST A CULL
FOR: The brumbies endanger the
rare corroboree frog.
AGAINST: The frog is being wiped
out by a virus, not horses.
FOR: This region was never meant
for hard-hoofed animals.
AGAINST: This region was populated
by megafauna for millions of years;
horses may be restoring it to what
it was.
FOR: There are 6000 horses and
their numbers are increasing.
AGAINST: Its actually half that.
Parks just counted horses over a
larger area than previously.
FOR: Theyre a danger on the roads.
AGAINST: Roads and Maritime
Services say the danger is negligible.
FOR: They could spread Hendra virus.
AGAINST: Hendra isnt a risk in NSW.
FOR: Brumbies damage vegetation.
AGAINST: Horses are selective grazers
and dont like native grasses, they
eat introduced ones, so they help
preserve native habitat and prevent
the spread of bushfire.

Kosciuszko National Park and cant


back off horse management. However,
he accepts that there are cultural and
environmental issues. But we arent
just picking on horses. Over the past
ive years, weve removed 934 deer,
1850 pigs, 846 goats, 251 cats, 2037
foxes and 1377 wild dogs, he says.
Rangers lay thousands of kilos of bait

for these animals and no one


cares. Removing brumbies is
prickly, he agrees, especially
Snowy Mountains brumbies.
The plan doesnt propose
one single method. There will
be a range: trapping and
removal will be continued, but
added to it could be ground
shooting, mustering and
removal, and culling and some
fencing. Aerial shooting, he
says, will not be considered.
Since 2002, Tom says, 3000 horses
have been removed at a cost of $1000
a head. Only 18 per cent were rehomed,
the rest ended up in pet food. Removal
has limitations because trucks cant
reach many areas of Kosciuszko
National Park. That, however, means
they cant reach carcasses either, so shot
horses will be left to rot. A 70-kilogram
deer takes 11 weeks to break down,
according to the scientists report. How
long would a horse take?
Tom doesnt know. Nor does he yet
have a plan for the carcasses.
If we get the tick on this, we will
be seeing if theres a commercial use,
such as composting on site, he says.
On the plus side, the plan includes
the introduction of a scientiic panel
to conduct surveys not only on brumby
numbers, but on speciic impacts.
Yet if these havent been done already
and they were proposed in the 2008
horse management plan why the
rush to reduce numbers now?
We can hold our hands over our
hearts and say there are impacts, and
theyre increasing, says Tom. But we
want to improve our methodology. We
acknowledge horses have a cultural
and heritage value, but that doesnt
mean we have to have 3000 or 6000.
If we get it down to 600, we believe
were acknowledging the heritage
value while still looking after the
natural values of the reserve.
Madison Young is an environmental
scientist and vice-president of the
Hunter Valley Brumby Association,
which rescues and rehomes National >
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Park brumbies. Shes horriied at the


thought of dead horses being left to
rot. Youll have an explosion of dogs,
cats, foxes and pigs. Theyll be out of
control! she says.
Shes furious that shooting on sight
has been rated by the scientists group
as more humane than transporting to
rehoming. They thought transport
was stressful to the animal. When we
transport, the maximum is 10 horses
with grass hay in the bottom. We have
a camera in there and watch them
eating the whole way.
While she agrees horses can cause
damage, she insists that in the park
there is very little evidence of that.
We often get shown pictures of
so-called horse damage and those of us
that know horses and also know pigs,
say, Thats a pig wallow. Horses dont
wallow, or Thats a split hoof, horses
dont have split hoofs pigs, deer and
goats do. These horses have been there
for 200 years. We have no idea if theres
any relationship between, say, horses and
insects that now rely on horse manure
and are then eaten by birds we love. Its
unheard of to extinguish an animal when
we have no idea whats happening.
Madison wants to see a proper risk
assessment that includes the social
and economic implications. These
brumbies have huge tourism value
and its extremely complex socially.
The people who live there have a real
connection to these horses.

theyre bred at natures toughest stud.


If youre a silly high-energy horse in
the wild, you lose weight and then it
snows and youre out of the gene pool.
If youre quiet and sociable and sound,
you survive and those genes make
them spectacular domestic horses.
Colleen agrees the horses should be
managed. The 2003 bushires wrecked
sphagnum moss beds, for instance,
and to regenerate they need no horses
trotting over them. However, she
wouldnt like to see numbers drop
below 4000 and certainly not 600. It
would only take another bushire and
the population would be wiped out,
and Parks has said horses wouldnt be
replaced if that happened.
She is also against ground shooting,
especially of uncontained horses
Dr David Berman, an ecologist
where its hard to guarantee a swift
and feral pest management specialist,
kill, and cant understand why fertility
agrees. The fact that those speciic
horse studies havent been done means control has been discounted. Its been
used for 32 years in America (where
that no one knows the optimum horse
brumbies are protected) and shes
population for the park, he says.
They cant just pick whatever number watched it administered, easily and
simply, with a dart gun controlled
they think is good, he says. They need
to reduce horse numbers in some areas, by a 72-year-old woman, sitting on
a camping chair with a thermos by
with detailed monitoring of plants and
her side. Its community funded,
soils, and let them expand in new areas
and do the same. Thats good science, but done over just six weekends and is
so low-stress the mare does nothing
its unthinkable for environmentalists.
more than put her ears back.
Colleen OBrien, vice-president of
Colleens been trying to get a trial in
the Australian Brumby Alliance, looks
Australia, showing how
overseas to Europe, where
cost-effective it is. But
horses are being reintroduced
Parks wont do it because
to many wildlife areas to
protect biodiversity and
They need to it would mean leaving a
in place for ive years,
replenish natural spaces.
reduce horse herd
and if they did that theyd
Surely, she says, the Snowy
numbers in be annihilated by the
Mountains brumbies must
greens.
have similar value.
some areas ... extreme
If we can keep the
Colleen devotes her
Thats good brumbies in around a
life to rescuing brumbies
third of the park, that still
and rehoming them.
science.
leaves two-thirds where you
On her Australian Brumby
can have a horse-free
Challenge, trainers are
experience, she says.
given a wild brumby and,
Colleen used to take photos of
after 150 days, they show what theyve
brumbies when she went into the
achieved. This year, the inal will be
Snowy Mountains. Now, shes more
in November at Equitana, a
likely to be on her hands and knees,
Melbourne horse show. Afterwards,
taking pictures of the vegetation.
approved bidders get the chance to
The brumbies watch her, ears pricked
buy the animals.
forward inquisitively. They dont know
Brumbies are more dog-like than
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Religion

LEAPS OF

faith

As Australians drift away from traditional Christian churches, a growing


number are converting to new faiths. Clair Weaver meets three women
who have undergone life-changing spiritual transformations.

IKE MANY TEENAGERS,


Susan Carland was trying
to igure out her identity
and direction in life when
she began questioning the
religion shed been raised with.
Growing up in a loving family in
a regular suburban Christian home,
shed attended the Uniting Church as
a child before switching to the Baptist
Church as a teenager.
I was very happy with the Christian
faith I had grown up with, she says. It
was so positive, I started going to my
[church] role models with my questions.
Yet her spiritual curiosity was still
not quenched, so the then 17-year-old
decided to embark on an exploration
of other religions.
I started to wonder why I believed
what I did, recalls Susan, who is married
to Waleed Aly, Gold Logie-winning TV
host. Was it because I genuinely believed
it to be true or was it because it was
what I was raised to believe?
There was only one religion she
really wasnt interested in Islam.

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I thought, why would anyone want


to be part of a barbaric, outdated,
sexist religion? Susan says.
Two years later, she became a Muslim.

WHEN YOU SIT down and ill in


a questionnaire about the personal
details of the people in your household
in August, you may well be contributing
to a historical shift in Australias religious
landscape. For the irst time, its quite
possible no religion will become the
number one single answer to the Census
question on religion.
If so, it will overtake Catholicism,
which has been the top response for
the past three decades, and Anglicanism,
which had been number one since
records began (although Christianity
will likely stay on top if you combine
all its denominations).
However, this is not the only change
thats been observed. Minority nonChristian religions, such as Buddhism,
Hinduism and Islam, are bucking the
trend, swelling in numbers as the larger
churches downsize. A big part of the

explanation, of course, is migration


and population growth. Yet theres
another reason, too: people converting
to faiths that resonate more deeply
than the ones they were raised with.
Islam is growing in Australia,
although contrary to public perception,
Muslims still make up only 2.2 per
cent of our population at last count
(a survey in 2014 found Australians on
average guessed the igure to be 18 per
cent). When Dr Susan Carland, now
a sociologist and academic at Monash
University in Melbourne, converted
at 19, that igure was just 1 per cent.
Despite her early avoidance of
Islam, Susan says, I kept coming
across information about Islam in
my reading and on TV until my
interest was piqued.
Given the internet hadnt taken hold
yet, she turned to books and a Muslim
womens group at university to ind
out more. After two years of research,
a series of small epiphanies and much
soul-searching, Susan decided she was
ready to commit. >

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAMES GEER

Susan Carland says


she finds Islams
emphasis on social
justice appealing.
For her, becoming
a Muslim felt like
coming home.

Before I felt a spiritual connection


to Islam, I felt a logical connection to
it, she says. I found the emphasis on
social justice appealing; I noticed there
was a real concern for the vulnerable
people in society. Islam codiies their
right to be protected.
Of making her new faith oficial,
Susan says, Becoming Muslim felt
like coming home. It felt like a natural
it for me as a person.
Susans intellectual interest in Islam
continues to this day, with her PhD
examining how Muslim women tackle
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a contradiction between Islam and


feminism doesnt understand either,
she says. Living according to Islamic
values, dressing modestly and praying
ive times a day helps make her more
mindful and reminds her to strive to be
the person she wants to be, rather than
surrender to her innate traits, such as
selishness, laziness or sarcasm, she says.
Nevertheless, her decision to convert
came as a shock to her mother, who
opposed it at irst. Mum had some
hesitations, says Susan, but I can see
as a mother myself that if my kid came
to me at 19 and said they wanted to

get involved in something that I have


only ever heard negative things about,
it would be hard. Things are great
with my mother now.
Its worth noting this was before
9/11 and exposure to Islam for many
Australians was limited to foreign
depictions on TV, ilm and in books
such as Betty Mahmoodys Not
Without My Daughter, in which an
American woman lees Iran and the
tyranny of her Muslim husband. Since
then, of course, the public perception
of Islam appears to have become
inextricably linked to terrorism.

Nikki Kinstlinger, her


hair covered with a
wig, in Sydneys Great
Synagogue. I was
immersed in the
culture and I fell
in love with it.

For every hate tweet she receives,


Susan donates $1 to UNICEF. I cant
change them [the online trolls], she
says, but I can respond in a way that
relects my values. Since October last
year, she has donated about $4000.

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JUDAISM PROVIDED ANSWERS

Theres deinitely still the fear


and belief among certain people that
Muslims are all terrorists and kill
people or, if not, they are sleeper cells,
says Susan. Ninety-nine per cent of
what people see about Muslims in the
media is negative. As consumers, we
need to be switched on.
Susan and her husband, Waleed,
who won the Gold Logie in May as
co-host of Network Tens The Project
and with whom she has two children,
are helping challenge such attitudes
and stereotypes, although they face
backlash for doing so.

Getting dressed in the morning has


been transformed for Cosmopolitan
magazines online fashion editor Nikki
Kinstlinger, who converted to Judaism
in 2014. Five years ago, denim shorts,
skinny jeans and short-sleeved tops were
staples in her wardrobe. Today, the
married 29-year-old is just as stylish,
but wears only modest attire that covers
her elbows, knees and collarbones.
As an Orthodox or observant Jew,
she also covers her hair with a wig or
scarf. My religion dictates every part
of my life, from how I dress to what I
eat and my social life, she says. Its a
constant consciousness that didnt exist
for me before. That would drive some
people crazy, but for me, its reassuring.
Married women cover their hair and
dress modestly for myriad reasons. It also
means your husband is going to be the
only person who gets to see you in your
natural form. I ind that quite beautiful.
Raised in a Christian family in the
regional NSW town of Dubbo, where
she went to Catholic school, Nikki says
religion was always in the background
of her life, but didnt shift to the forefront
until she discovered Judaism. It was
moving to Sydneys eastern suburbs
at 18 and making Jewish friends that
sparked her interest.
I was immersed
in the culture and
I fell in love with
it, she explains. I
love the community
togetherness. Its
very familyorientated and no matter where you
are, everyone feels every other Jew is
their brother, whether you are in Israel
or sitting around at Shul [synagogue]
in Bondi. There was also an attraction
to my now husband at the time but
I didnt convert for him.
Judaism provided answers to questions
that Nikki hadnt felt were adequately

answered by Christianity, she says.


I was a curious kid. I did religion at
HSC level, but I never really understood
the timing of events [in the Bible]. I
remember saying, if Jesus was Jewish,
why arent we all Jewish?
Today, Nikki says she loves discussing
theology with her friends and family,
drawing on the Torah and practising
ancient rituals. While Cosmopolitans
focus on sex and celebrity may seem
like an anathema, she considers her
career separate to who she is.
When Nikki decided to embark
on a two-year program of learning
in preparation for her conversion to
Judaism, her family were supportive, if
sceptical. At irst, I assume, they thought
I was just doing it to get married, she
says. Dad was more shocked I was not
going to eat pork or bacon again. When
they realised it was because I wanted
to be religious, there was some concern
and questions came looding in.
There are some aspects of Nikkis life
that separate her from family and old
friends such as her strict adherence to
a kosher diet and being unable to attend
events during the weekly Sabbath but
they manage to work around it. From
Friday night to Saturday night, I am
pretty much out of touch on my phone
or anything, she says. We just exist
in the world as it is. This includes no
turning on switches, cooking or driving.
While Judaism is non-proselytising
(meaning Jews dont actively try to
convert others to their faith, which
is practised by 0.5 per cent of the
Australian population),
Nikki admits some
people may have
found her early
evangelism annoying.
Some people took it
personally, she says.
They saw it as trying
to dictate how they live their lives. That
was hard. Because I was a little too eager
and probably overbearing at times.
Becoming Jewish, she says, has
given her more empathy for minority
groups and the prejudices and hardships
they face. Nikki is expecting her irst
baby and hopes her children will keep
the faith, which is passed down the >

Dad was more


shocked I was not
going to eat pork
or bacon again.

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Meshel Laurie likes


the emotional
discipline and
calmness that
Buddhism brings.

mothers line. Her husband Jeremys


family has always been very welcoming
and supportive, she says, even before
shed decided to convert. For some
people, a convert isnt good enough,
she says. But they are really amazing.

BUDDHISM MADE ME CALMER


In her teens, comedian Meshel Laurie
became sceptical of the Catholicism
shed grown up with. I was a big
Jesus fan, she says, but there were
aspects of Christianity that didnt
make sense to me.
In her early 20s, the popular radio
and TV personality began reading
about Buddhism and earmarked it
for her future. But by the time I was
in my early 30s, I was in a terrible
depression, she says.
I went to a Buddhist centre in
Brisbane and thought, yes, this is what
I want. At one of those irst sessions,
[the Buddhist scholar] Lama Zopa
Rinpoche was quoted as likening the
Dharma centre to a triage or emergency
centre. My mental health was so fragile,

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it was like I was in the right place at


the right time for my soul.
So what was it about Buddhism,
which is slightly more prevalent than
Islam, at 2.5 per cent of the population,
that resonated? Its all about emotional
discipline, sellessness and seeing yourself
as part of something bigger, Meshel
says. That irst triage reminded me
that emotions are my responsibility:
they arent happening to me, they
are my reactions to thing and people.
As soon as that switch was licked,
I immediately felt better, like life was
back on track. It keeps me grounded.
As a result, Meshel believes she has
become calmer, which probably helps
with juggling her many roles, including
co-hosting KIIS 101.1 breakfast radio,
various TV appearances, producing
stand-up comedy, recording podcasts
and raising her twins, now aged six.
I dont leap to reactions in the way
that I used to, she says. Instead, I say
to myself, Take a minute to igure out
what your reaction is and what it should
be. Often, I realise my irst reaction is

out of fear, jealousy or something else,


so then I can stop myself from acting
out of emotional chaos and creating
problems from that.
The independence and lack of
formal rituals in practising Buddhism
also appealed to Meshel, who kept her
conversion quiet at irst. People at
work in Brisbane at the time noticed
[a change in me], she says, because
I was a bit of a hellcat before that. My
parents thought it was a bit of a fad at
irst, but theyve been really supportive.
Meshel is now an oficial ambassador
for the Dalai Lama in Australia. Her
faith has been her anchor, she says, in
getting through her recent divorce from
ex-husband, artist Adrian Lewinski,
(so much so that shes written a book
about it, Buddhism For Break-ups,
which is due for release in September).
Its been a long emotional journey
for all three women, but they are happy
with where they are now. Like Susan
and Meshel, Nikki feels certain her
chosen religion is for life. You have got
to let go of the convert part, she says. #

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How I escaped
Bowravilles
most wanted

N A SMALL house in northern


New South Wales, hunched
forward in a chair, a woman is
facing painful memories from her
past. I am still numb about it,
I am still in shock about it.
When she led a violent relationship
as a young woman, Alison Walker
could not have known that she was
the beginning of something that
would become far bigger and far
worse than she could ever have
imagined. Her partner of four years,
Jay Thomas Hart, is suspected of
murdering her 16-year-old niece,
Colleen Walker, four-year-old Evelyn
Greenup, and Clinton Speedy-Duroux,
16, in a ive-month period from
September 1990, after she had left him.
Alison was, in effect, his irst victim.
He had already expressed what his
nature was to me. He tried to kill me,
she says. It could have been me.
Now, after ighting through the
courts and lobbying for more than
25 years, the community in Bowraville,
where these crimes happened, are closer
to getting the one thing they have
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ighting for Jay Hart to be tried for


all three murders with all the evidence.
Hart was tried for the murder of
Clinton Speedy-Duroux at Coffs
Harbour in February 1994. Although
Harts alibi was limsy, he was acquitted
due to lack of evidence. On February 6,
2006, Hart stood trial for the murder
of Evelyn Greenup at Port Macquarie.
The evidence from the deaths of Clinton
and Colleen was ruled inadmissible.
On March 3, he was acquitted. He has
never been tried for all three murders
at the same time. He now lives under
an assumed name on the Central Coast.
Now NSW Attorney-General Gabrielle
Upton has asked the Court of Criminal
Appeal to consider whether Hart
should be retried over the killings.
Alison was in her late teens when
she met Hart. He was already part
of the community at the Aboriginal
mission, just outside Bowraville, and
friendly with Walkers family. He was
known and trusted by people who were
normally suspicious of white men.
A white man on the mission was
a big no-no, says Alison. Bowraville
had been a segregated town, its business

out of bounds for Aboriginal people,


the cinemas divided into different rows
for blacks and white. Until as recently
as 1991 there were two pubs, one for
Aboriginal people and one for whites.
When I was growing up, white
people werent allowed to associate with
me, Alison remembers. Even though
Hart was friends with everyone, people
were still shocked when the two got
together. His mother, whom Alison
describes as a beautiful person, didnt
like him going down to the mission.
I dont think she approved of me,
but she got used to it. She looked after
me. She bought me a washing machine.
Hart was three years older and
Alison was his irst girlfriend. I was
his irst woman to live with, to be with
and stay with. He didnt care what
people thought about him living on the
mission with me. He didnt care about
any of that, he still stayed with me.
At irst, they were just hanging out.
We were just having a good time with
the mob. Looking back, she remembers
him as quiet. Too quiet sometimes. Even
when he drank, he never did anything.
He would just sit there and drink. >

PHOTOGRAPHY BY NICK CUBBIN. THESE IMAGES HAVE BEEN RETOUCHED.

Alison Walker was the de facto wife of the chief suspect in


the Bowraville murders. Here, she reveals to Susan Chenery the
shocking abuse she suffered during their turbulent relationship
and how she literally had to run for her life.

Exclusive interview

Alison Walker says


she was brutally
bashed by Jay Hart
when she was
seven months
pregnant and, later,
he threatened her
with a rifle. Yet he
was never charged
by police.

Above: Jay Hart now lives under a different


name on the NSW Central Coast.

Hart was a big man, powerful. He


was built like a white albino gorilla,
Alison says. He wouldnt take shit
from me or anyone else. I always
knew he had a streak in him.
Gradually, their relationship became
turbulent, fractured. Over the next four
years, it was punctuated by her leaving
him and then returning the pattern
of a classic abusive relationship. By the
end, he was someone else, someone
she didnt recognise. He just turned
into the devil.
When she became pregnant, he would
buy her the hamburgers and chocolate
milk shakes she had cravings for. Yet
seven months into the pregnancy, she
felt the full force of what he was capable
of. He knocked me on my arse. She
ran down the road with blood pouring
everywhere and ended up with stitches
on the inside and outside of her nose.

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The coppers never charged him, they


put an AVO on him, but we ended up
back together again, she says.
Hart wasnt, Alison says, a full-on
basher. He never bashed me every day
and every night. You know a person has
got an anger side to him. Everyone has
got a good and a bad side, but I never
saw the anger side for long. Not until
we started having our ups and downs,
and I started leaving him.
A lot of the time, he was hardly
around. He was always drinking
with the lads. He was always gone,
drunk. At irst, he wasnt drinking
every day and then he was. He did his
own thing. I never told him what to
do. When I started doing my own
thing, he couldnt handle it.
One night he came looking for her
on the mission, carrying an iron bar.
She and her cousin hid in the bushes.
She didnt believe that he would
ever really hurt her, but then he got
guns from his cousins, who had a
farm nearby. He said, I will give you
ive minutes to run out of the room or
I will pull the trigger. He had a rile
pointed at her and a pistol pointed
at himself. I started screaming and
I ran down the road screaming for my
father. The coppers came and took the
guns. I couldnt believe it, I couldnt
understand why he was doing that,

why he changed. I thought, this man


is going to kill me.
Alison believes the fact that the
police didnt arrest him during his
time with her meant that his behaviour
was unchecked and later escalated. It
was like it was just a normal thing for
black women to be bashed back then,
to the coppers, she says. He was never
charged, he got away with hitting me.
It was slowly building up, I reckon.
One night, she sensed she was in
real danger. There was a menace in
him she hadnt felt before. It chilled
her into running for her life.
I had my two nephews with me one
night and he came back to the house,
really smashed off his head. He was
lighting matches and throwing them on
the carpet. He put some sausages under
the grill and walked into the room and
went to sleep. Something said to me, get
out. I crept around the house, I grabbed
the kids, I turned the stove off, I went
down the road through the paling
fence with the cows in the paddock
and up to my sisters with the kids.
I dont know what was protecting
me in that house that night. I was that
far away from him getting me and
those kids, and just killing us all. I didnt
leave him because I wanted to start
a new life or anything. I really didnt
want to leave him, but I just had to. >

TOP: PHOTOGRAPHY BY NICK CUBBIN. BELOW: COURTESY OF THE NINE NETWORK.

I started screaming
and I ran down
the road. I thought,
this man is going
to kill me.

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Relatives and
friends of (from
far left) Colleen
Walker, Clinton
Speedy-Duroux
and Evelyn
Greenup are
seeking justice.

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(Rebecca had separated from their


father, Billy Greenup). They had all
piled into her bed to sleep. As the
party ended, Patricia told Hart to leave.
Soon after, she heard Evelyn crying
and tried to get into the bedroom, but
couldnt open the door. Then she heard
a thump and the room went silent.
Fiona Duckett, who was also staying
in the house, saw Hart come lying out
of Rebeccas room, when she was up
making a bottle for her baby. Rebecca,
however, did not wake up until 11 the
next morning, feeling far more groggy
than a normal hangover. In the night,
her pants had been pulled down. She
soon discovered that her beautiful child
with huge eyes and curly fair hair was
missing. She found
one of Evelyns pink
sandshoes on the
lawn. It was not
until late April
1991 that Evelyns
remains and her
other pink shoe
were found in nearby bush, during a
volunteer search near where Colleens
clothes had been found a week before.
Evelyn had died from a blow to the head.
Clinton Speedy-Duroux, 16, arrived in
Bowraville from Tenterield in December
1990, to spend time with his father,
Thomas, on the mission. Handsome,
he was the fastest runner in his school

I knew he was
dangerous, but
I didnt think he
would go that far.

AAP. FAIRFAX MEDIA. NITV-SBS.

Alison was living in Brisbane when


she got the call from her sister: her
niece, Colleen, was missing. She said,
You need to come home, we cant
ind her. I went back that week.
On Thursday, September 13, 1990,
Colleen Walker had kissed her mother
goodbye, to go to Bowraville from her
home at Sawtell for the weekend. On
the Saturday, she went to a party at the
mission with the intention of catching
the 3am train to Goodooga with her
girlfriends. There was a lot of alcohol
that night and she was being pestered
for sex by Hart, then 25, but fended him
off, as she had being doing for the past
few days. At midnight, she walked down
a lane at the side of a house and was
never seen again. People claim they
remembered that Hart was following her.
Colleen was feisty, but she was loving
and very close to her mother, Muriel,
who moved Colleens brothers and
sisters to Bowraville to keep looking,
even to this day. My sister is not at
rest, so I am not at rest. I will never be
at rest until she is at rest, says Alison.
In April 1991, Colleens clothes were
found by ishermen, weighted down in
the Nambucca River.
Three weeks after Colleen vanished,
there was a party at the house where
Rebecca Stadhams lived with her
mother, Patricia, and her three small
children, Aiden, Aaron and Evelyn

and could dance like Michael Jackson.


He soon had a girlfriend, Kelly Jarrett,
a good friend of Colleen Walker.
On January 31, 1991, there was a
party near Harts home. Hart wanted
Kelly to go back to his caravan with him,
but she wouldnt go without Clinton. By
3am, the three of them were watching
music videos and drinking. Before they
went to sleep on the double bed, Kelly
asked Clinton not to leave her alone
with Hart. When Kelly woke from an
unnaturally deep sleep at 8.40am, she
could not ind the shorts and underpants
she had been wearing when she went
to bed. Clinton was gone. On February
18, his body was found in bush on the
outskirts of town. Stuffed in his trousers
was a pillowcase from Harts caravan.
He had died from a blow to the head.
It seemed that each murder had been
sexually driven and that Clinton and
Evelyn had been in the way of a sexual
assault, or in Clintons case, had possibly
tried to stop one. It also seems feasible
that Colleen, Rebecca and Kellys drinks
had been drugged. Alison Walker recalls
Hart having a lot of tablets around
him. He used to take medication.
When she heard that Hart was being
charged with the murders of Clinton
and Evelyn, Alisons world shattered.
I couldnt believe it. I knew in the back
of my head that it was possible because
of the way he treated me. I did not see
that coming. I knew he was dangerous,
but I didnt think he would go that far.
Alison still struggles with her part in it.
I think a lot of that had to do with
me leaving him. After
I left him, he just went
stupid, she says.
Shaken by the
possibility he had
preyed on her family
and community, she
agonises over what
she could have done differently so the
children would still be alive. I think
about the things I did that might have
driven him there. I couldnt believe that
I associated with and gave a part of my
world to him, and to have him turn
around and do that. What did my niece
do to deserve to have that happen to her?
What did that boy do to deserve that? #

still
GOING
STRONG

Retire why would I? Juliet Rieden meets three


women working into their 70s and 80s. Theyre
part of 1.4 per cent of Australian women who
choose to work full-time past retirement age
and their passion and drive is infectious.

Robyn Nevin
Actress, director
Aged 73
Im probably not the oldest [stage actress
still working], but there arent so many of
my age. The other day, I was thinking of
Ruth Cracknell. She died at 76, way too
young. She didnt ever seem old. She got
pneumonia and that stayed with me.
But it doesnt occur to me [that Im in
danger] because Im quite strong.
Im currently working with John Howard
in All My Sons [at the Sydney Theatre
Company], and hes a very big man. He
gave me a pat on the shoulder and I went
whoa. I felt the power of this huge man.
I had one major injury in the 1980s.
I did a David Williamson play and I was
stif and sore. I tolerated the pain and
compensated by doing less. Id ask Nicholas,
my husband, to cut something for me or
open the door. The phone rang one day
and I couldnt pick it up. It got so bad
I went to a physiotherapist, who gave me
a big crack. The next morning, I couldnt

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move. Both arms were numb. I started to


cry because I was helpless. I went to a GP,
who sent me to a physio, who sent me to
Feldenkrais [a form of exercise] and now
I swear by it. I have therapists up and
down the eastern seaboard.
I used to smoke devotedly, but I stopped
when I was 45. It was the best decision I
ever made and it saddens me to see my
21-year-old grandson now smoking. But
you cant deliver the lecture.
Im very good with nanna naps. During
King Lear [in which Robyn played a female
Lear], I used to take a 20-minute nap at
the interval. Fantastic.
I denitely take much better care of
myself of course! I was very neglectful
when I was young. I used to sit up till ve
oclock in the morning drinking red wine
and smoking cigarettes, and talking about
the performance. Dreadful behaviour.
Now, I love getting up early, so during
rehearsals is my best time.
Challenge compels me. Retirement hasnt
been anything Ive considered. Its something
Ill think about when I become incapacitated,
if I do. I cant imagine that either. >

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Robyn Nevin is
starring in Arthur
Millers classic All My
Sons at the Sydney
Theatre Company.

Marie Farley on her


familys dairy farm
near Kempsey, NSW.

Marie Farley
Dairy farmer
Aged 87
I grew up in the country, so farming is in
my blood rst cattle, then dairy. There
used to be dances at the local hall. They
would have a band and all the girls would
sit around, and the boys would ask them
for a dance. Jack asked me to dance,
probably the Canadian Three Step or the
Pride Of Erin. We used to go to all the
balls. Everybody would go dressed up
in their gowns. It was lovely.
I was 21 when I came to live on this
farm. Jacks father lived here and then,
when we got married in 1950, we took
over. We had nine children ve boys and
four girls and we used to take the littlies
with us as we worked. We would have a
playpen and wed put that at the side of
the dairy with a rug and theyd have little
things to play with, their bottles to suck.
Today, I still help milk the cows twice
a day. We have 120 cows, thats 240
milkings. I was born in 1929, so that makes
me quite an old lady, doesnt it! I think
when youre used to it, though, its nothing
unusual. I dont know whether Im strong
or not, but I still mow the lawns. I love my
ride-on mower. On my fathers farm, we
hand-milked. Now, its all mechanical with
the milking machines. On an average day,
I go over there if Im needed. I hose out
the dairy or put the water through the
machines. I might let the cows in the
green feed. I think it keeps you physically
t, but probably mentally, too, because
youve got accounts to do.
My knees not so crash hot, so Ill have
to retire soon, wont I? I think its being
on the cement for all these years, but Ill
have to get of and do something else
like sit out on the veranda and read
your magazine. >

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I still help milk the


cows twice a day.
We have 120 cows,
thats 240 milkings.
When youre used
to it, though, its
nothing unusual.

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Pam Easson
I got voluntary redundancy from the
public service when I was 54 and I
went into real estate, rst with First
National Real Estate Parramatta, then
my own business, Pam Easson Real
Estate. I prefer being my own boss.
I left school aged 15. My father
thought I would get married and that
would be that, so I wouldnt need to
do my Leaving Certicate. I had other
ideas and completed my HSC as a
mature student at TAFE at night, while
working full-time with three small
children. I had three years of between
the rst and last birth. If you love the
work, its not that hard to juggle
[motherhood and work] its great.
My mother was 45 when she
developed pre-senile dementia, about
three years after Dad was killed by a
drunken tow truck driver. It was hard.
I was terried of getting it.
I go in to work six days a week. I dont
want to retire. You can only play golf
so many days and go to lunch what
do you do the rest of the time?
Ive never been to a gym, but I walk
a lot and I ran the City to Surf 11 years
in a row, so Im t.
I work with my daughters and thats
the beauty of it I get to see them every
day and Im part of their life, and the
babies [Pam and her husband, Phillip,
have 16 grandchildren] come straight
out of hospital and to work. Its lovely.
I just cant imagine not doing what
Im doing now. #

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KICKING
GOALS
FOR

the girls

The AFL Footy Show is two hours of very


blokey live TV, co-hosted by the controversial
Sam Newman. Why, asks Beverley Hadgraft,
did Rebecca Maddern leave a prestigious
TV gig to sit beside him?

T WAS A curious moment


when Rebecca Maddern was
announced as the irst female
host of the Nine Networks
AFL Footy Show. Detractors
wailed theyd lose their last
bastion of political incorrectness.
Feminists wondered why one of our
most talented journalists would take
such a job and social media went into
the kind of meltdown usually reserved
for Australias annual changeover
of Prime Minister.
Rebecca herself, however, ielding
calls from friends, family and fellow
TV stars, had no doubts about taking
the role. Her only worry was entering
the studio her irst night. No one had
walked down those steps in high heels
before, she says. I told [fellow host]
James Brayshaw, Stay close because if
I fall over youre catching me, buddy.
She looked remarkably conident
from her irst appearance, but thats
hardly surprising. Shes not a panicker,
she says, and theres plenty of evidence

I
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in her journalistic career, dealing


with anything from being trapped by
bushire to quizzing suspected body
in the boot murderer Joe Korp.
On top of this, Rebecca knows her
footy. Shes been going to watch her
beloved Geelong Cats since she was
eight and yes, she did have two older
brothers, Paul and Anthony, but they
and her dad, Graeme, were and are
Collingwood supporters.
Her stepdad, Rex Gorell, was on the
Cats board, but Rebecca went with her
girlfriends after netball and, 30 years
on, still goes with those same girlfriends.
Well probably still be going in our
80s, she says, laughing, sitting there
with our rugs over our knees.
The Cats Grand Final wins were
only narrowly pipped to best moment
of my life status by her marriage to
cameraman husband Trent Miller.
Anyway, she is enjoying displaying
her footy knowledge and it seems
thats contagious. Probably Rebeccas
favourite reaction to her appointment

came from two female supporters who


approached her after a Geelong-West
Coast game. They said, Rebecca, we
want to thank you so much for being
part of the Footy Show. Were the ones
whove taken our kids to footy since
they were six. We know about football
and now feel more conident to talk
about it in front of family and friends.
That was a special moment, she says.
There are many who might say that,
ironically, the Footy Show is one of the
reasons women dont feel conident
talking about AFL. A testosteronefuelled domain led by TVs most
controversial and, some would say,
misogynistic character, Sam Newman,
it hasnt exactly been female-friendly.
Its been an awful vehicle for
sexism and racism. Its been a show
thats excluded women, says one of
its most outspoken critics, News Corp
sports reporter, Jessica Halloran. It
goes against everything the AFL is
trying to become, this inclusive,
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Rebecca Maddern at the home


ground of her beloved Geelong
Cats with midfielder Rhys Stanley
(left) and forward Tom Hawkins.

The most commented on AFL Grand


Final story last year, Jessica says, was
an open letter from a mother about
another host, Billy Brownless, who had
referred to her as a stripper. The Footy
Show condones and breeds this toxic
behaviour, the mother complained.
Sam Newman, meanwhile, is a
sexist dinosaur, as he does anything
from bringing on nurses in G-strings
to mocking footy journalist Caroline
Wilson by dressing up a mannequin
with her head on it.
For Rebecca to take that role was a
real positive and a history-making
moment, says Jessica. The gags still
happen, but her being there is a changing
attitude. From the irst show, she had
that great comeback for Sam about
him being the same age as her greatgrandfather. Shes witty and smart. Shes
a lesson to TV bosses not to be afraid to
put female talent into sporting TV roles.
Rebecca has proved a ratings hit with
viewers, with numbers up 20 per cent
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since her arrival to the show an


achievement not lost on her TV bosses.
So what did Sam Newman think
about Rebeccas appointment?
He was very encouraging and
excited about having a female on the
show, she says, irmly. You might not
expect that, but he understands TV and
knows you need to evolve. He also
added that it wasnt that we needed a
female. We needed a co-host and he told
me, You were the best man for the job.
Yet there will be a time when Sam
steps out of line. What will she do? Its
hard to say, she says. Its hypothetical.
I will go with my gut. If I think its
wrong, Ill challenge him.
In any case, she isnt there to keep
Sam in line. Her role, she says, is to be
the journalist. It doesnt matter if youre
asking about politics or football, the art
of crafting a good question to get a
great answer is the same.
The offer to host the Footy Show
came out of the blue. It wasnt a role

Rebecca had even considered. Five


years ago, it wouldve been a huge
step, she says. Today, with Samantha
Lane on the Seven Networks AFL
coverage, Leila Gurruwiwi on The
Marngrook Footy Show, Chelsea
Roffey becoming the irst female goal
umpire in a Grand Final and the irst
womens AFL league starting next year,
the stars were aligned.
Not that we should be surprised.
Around 41 per cent of AFL supporters
are women and, according to the AFLs
annual report, the number of female
participants in 2015 soared to 318,880
thats 22 per cent of all participants
and up 46 per cent on the previous year.
In addition, with newsreaders
regularly staying glued to their seats
for 30 years, Rebecca had to face the
fact a prime presenting position might
never come up at Seven. I was 38 and
knew I could still be waiting at 50,
she says. There wasnt really a choice
at the end of the day.

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From top:
Rebecca is
the No. 1
ticket holder
for the Cats;
with co-hosts
Sam Newman
and James
Brayshaw;
and husband
Trent Miller.

Rebecca grew up in Highton, a suburb


of Geelong, with her brothers and
three older stepbrothers, Paul, Brett
and Jason moving easily between
her two homes, just 15 minutes apart,
after her mum, Wendy, remarried.
She probably was a tomboy, she
agrees; her brothers happily doubling
her on their motorbikes or teaching her
to swim. They threw me in the pool
and yelled, Go, Bec. Get to the edge!
Yet because they were all so much
older, she was more like an only child
in many ways. She went to an all-girls
school and mostly hung out with her
girlfriends, particularly those who,
like her, were pony-mad.
Rebecca got on her irst pony
aged four and after that spent every
moment preparing for showing
competitions all over Australia. In
retrospect, she says, looking after
horses set her up for life the hard
work, the never making excuses
because things are uncomfortable
and the understanding of the need
for patience, dedication and respect.
Those traits may explain why
various mentors have been keen to help
her along the way. Radio news director
Nikole Gunn was the irst to take the
young promotions part-timer under
her wing, giving her private tutorials,
then launching her straight into the
breakfast news reading spot when
the two of them moved to Nova.
A year later, out of the blue, Rebecca
got a call from Rob Olney, then News
Director at the Seven Network. I hadnt
had any television experience, so he was
either very smart or very silly, she says.
When she literally got her on-air
baptism by ire in the 2003 Victorian
Alpine region bushires, she made him
look very smart.
Hearing Rebecca talk about that
assignment, its obvious why hosting
the Footy Show holds no fears for her.
Id been reporting from Omeo for
a few days, then woke up on Australia
Day and had a very funny feeling.
I rang work and said, Its 10am, the
sky is completely black and its very
still. I dont think thats normal.
The whole town was ringed by ire.
Rebecca and the rest of the population

took shelter at the footy oval and were


spared after a wind change, but the loss
of livestock and homes was devastating.
For the irst time her smile disappears
and she tears up. I grew up on a
farm, she says. I was very sensitive
to livestock owners who had lost their
animals. I am very aware of what the
land means to people.
She won a prestigious Quill Award
for that report and her face was on
television constantly in 2005, as she
captured a raft of exclusives on the
story of Joe Korp, whose mistress
attempted to murder his wife, Maria,

I kept thinking,
Is he going to close the
door and kill us?
including going to his house to ask him
outright, Did you kill your wife?
That was another scary moment.
I kept thinking, Is he going to close
the door and kill us? she recalls. As
she drove away, she got the call to tell
her that Maria had just been found.
In between all this, Rebecca found the
time to get married twice. She says she
was too young when she met her irst
husband, James Wilson, whose family
owns a Geelong real estate business.
She met her second husband, Trent,
when in Albuquerque on a story. He
was working in the Los Angeles bureau

at the time, but returned to Australia


soon after meeting Rebecca. Theyd
been dating for two months when he
was lured back over the Atlantic for a
job ilming the US TV series Mythbusters
and for the next year Rebecca used all
her leave lying over to watch him ilm
things being blown up!
They got engaged three years ago
on the beach in Cabo San Lucas in
Mexico. Hed organised a private
table. We had a candlelit dinner for
two it was high tide and the Mexican
waiters were concerned wed be
washed away and then he organised
a waiter to bring the ring down, pushed
into a little eggcup of sand.
He proposed and, of course, I started
crying and said yes.
A year later, in 2014, they married in
a fun, casual, beautiful ceremony at
her mums Melbourne apartment, each
reading out a series of funny, heartfelt
statements about each other.
I said I was in awe of his love of the
ocean, which is very special to him as
he loves suring, she recalls. I cant
remember what he said about me, but
he doesnt save those nice things. Hes
always telling me that hes proud of
me and Im gorgeous, and good at my
job. Hes a real sweetheart.
Their honeymoon was a working bee
at the holiday place they had bought
on the Great Ocean Road and where
they still escape to whenever possible
Trent to surf and Rebecca to run or
walk on the beach.
She is close to her family doesnt
even distinguish between whos a step
family member and whos not, they all
get on so well and her next ambition
is to start a family of her own. Im 38
so Id better get to it! she says.
Talking of families, how does her mum
feel watching her only daughter enter the
blokey bastion of the Footy Show?
Rebecca laughs again. Shes just
glad she doesnt have to get up at 5.30
to watch me on Sunrise any more.
Perhaps too, Wendy knows her
daughter is also kicking another goal
for the girls. As Jessica Halloran says,
There should be more women holding
meaningful roles in footy. We make up
nearly half of supporters, so why not? #
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Donald
&Hillary

With more female than male


voters, the US election will be
in the hands of women and
that is a problem for both
Hillary Clinton and Donald
Trump, writes Nick Bryant.

HE QUEUE
outside the
Donald Trump
rally in
Indianapolis,
which had
started to form ive hours before
the billionaires arrival and was
now more than 100 metres long,
featured a familiar cast of
characters. As ever at his events,
there were beefy, white, workingclass men, tattoos etched into
their forearms, wearing Make
America Great Again baseball
caps. There were clean-cut
corporate types who looked like they
were auditioning for his reality show,
The Apprentice. There were elderly
people who you could imagine
playing the pokies in one of Trumps
casinos. Yet most striking of all was
the presence of so many middle-aged
women, some dressed in business
attire, some wearing yoga leggings,
who you might expect to see at a
Hillary Clinton rally.
I like his no-nonsense approach,
said one woman. Washington is
terribly broken and he is the only
person who can ix it. The woman
standing next to her, whose young
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Above: Hillary with daughter Chelsea, husband


Bill, son-in-law Marc and baby Charlotte.

banner, nodded vigorously. Hes not


your everyday, regular politician, she
said. Hes got a whole new perspective.
Neither woman seemed perturbed
by a street merchant spruiking T-shirts
emblazoned with the slogan, Hillary
for Prison 2016 a reference to the
FBI investigation into her use of a
private email server during her years
as US Secretary of State. Or that
another, cruder T-shirt was also
on sale: Hillary Sucks more than
Monica, a reminder of the Monica
Lewinsky scandal that led to her
husbands impeachment.

The problem for Donald


Trump, however, as he pursues
his dream of becoming President,
is that many women are unwilling
to overlook the sexism and
misogyny that has attached itself
to his campaign, and which he
himself has given voice to. Polls
repeatedly suggest that threequarters of American women have
a negative view of him. Given
that more women vote in US
presidential elections than men,
his male chauvinism may well be
the biggest obstacle standing
between him and the White House.
Donald Trumps misogyny has been
well documented. A person who is
lat-chested is very hard to be a 10,
said the former owner of the Miss
Universe pageant, referring to his
sliding scale of female beauty. You
know, it doesnt really matter what
[they] write, as long as youve got a
young and beautiful piece of arse, he
told Esquire magazine in 1991, when
asked about getting hostile coverage
in the press. Women, you have to
treat them like s***, he reportedly
told a friend, again in the 1990s.
One of the most dramatic moments
in the campaign so far came when
Trump was challenged during a >

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women dont like her contain a


kernel of truth. The same polls that
highlight the ierce female hostility
towards Trump also suggest that
almost six out of 10 women have an
unfavourable view of Hillary Clinton.
Many women, rather than being thrilled
at the prospect of electing the irst
female President in Americas 240-year
history, would appear to have the same

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CLIMATE CHANGE Donald Trump
would not continue Barack Obamas
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for the Chinese in order to make US
manufacturing non-competitive.
REGIONAL SECURITY Trump has
said he wants to reduce Americas
military presence in the Asia-Pacic,
which could embolden China to
project its power in the region
more aggressively.
TRADE DEALS Trump is against
trade deals, such as the Trans-Pacic
Partnership, which the Australian
government believes will benet
Australian rms.
ISIS Trump has promised to step
up military operations against the
group calling itself Islamic State and
would probably expect close allies,
such as Australia, to step up their
military commitment.

Nick Bryant is the BBCs New York


correspondent.

AAP.

Republican televised debate about


calling women fat pigs, dogs, slobs,
and disgusting animals. His response
was to launch a vicious attack on the
female anchor, the Fox News presenter
Megyn Kelly, who posed the question.
You could see there was blood coming
out of her eyes, he said afterwards.
Blood coming out of her wherever,
a comment which seemed to refer to
her menstrual cycle.
Strong women and especially those,
such as Megyn Kelly who challenge
him, seem to make the billionaire even
more chauvinistic. Can you imagine
that, the face of our next President?
he said of Carly Fiorina, a Republican
rival and the former CEO of HewlettPackard. He once tweeted that Arianna
Hufington, the founder of The
Hufington Post, was unattractive
both inside and out. I fully understand
why her former husband left her for
a man he made a good decision.
Now that same vitriol is being
directed against Hillary Clinton or
Crooked Hillary, as he has taken
to calling her. If Hillary Clinton were
a man, I dont think shed get 5 per
cent of the vote, Trump claimed, as
he celebrated victory in the New York
primary, in the atrium of Trump Tower
on Fifth Avenue. The only thing shes
got going is the womans card. The
beautiful thing is women dont like her.
I was at Trump Tower that night and
saw the woman who was standing
directly behind Trump, the wife of
one of his main backers, roll her eyes
contemptuously. Worryingly for Hillary
Clinton, however, those last four words

reservations as many men: that she is


untrustworthy, too much of a political
insider, not very likeable. The pro-Hillary
sisterhood is much smaller than most
commentators anticipated.
One of the most remarkable statistics
in this extraordinary election season
came from the irst primary contest
in New Hampshire, which Hillary lost
to her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders.
Eight out of 10 women aged under 30
voted for the 74-year-old Senator rather
than Hillary, a feminist trailblazer who,
for decades, has been in the thick of the
ight for equality. When Hillarys ally
and feminist icon Gloria Steinem
sought to explain this by saying,
When youre young, youre thinking,
Where are the boys?, and the boys
are with Bernie, it not only sounded
condescending but demeaning. It
implied women should vote solely
on the basis of gender. Yet for many
young women, not voting for a female
candidate has become an expression
of female empowerment.
Many young women Ive spoken to
on the campaign trail seem to believe
a female President is an historical
inevitability, but theyre prepared to
wait for someone other than Hillary
Clinton to smash through the most
resilient glass ceiling in world politics.
The irony is that Hillary Clinton
has placed more emphasis on her
femininity than she did eight years ago,
when she ran unsuccessfully for the
Democratic presidential nomination
against Barack Obama. Then, she
seemed determined to show how tough
and macho she could be, especially as
Americas commander-in-chief. This
time, shes projected a gentler image,
highlighting, for instance, how she
recently became a grandmother. Yet
it doesnt seem to be working.
Given women will ultimately decide
the next President and Trump has
infuriated so many female voters, the
road to the White House should have
been a cakewalk for Hillary Clinton.
Yet the former First Lady also has a
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Madeleine and her


troupe of Phoenix,
Hendrix, Xascha,
Xanthe and twins
Margaux and Xhalia.

My six

surprise babies

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Extreme motherhood

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STYLING BY REBECCA RAC

With her brood of six young children, former Neighbours actress


Madeleine West has her hands full, yet is about to relaunch her career.
Her secret is planning with military precision, she tells Ingrid Pyne.
T IS THE morning of our
interview and Madeleine
West has woken in a panic.
She races downstairs,
frantically packs six
lunchboxes, pulls six sets of
clothes out of the laundry basket, and
ducks under the shower for a couple
of seconds. It is now time to wake
the children. Kids, up, up, up, she
urges. We have an important day
ahead of us. She drags them out of

bed all six of them, a bundle of


tousled hair and half-closed eyes
and glances out of the window. Its
still dark. Wow, winter really is
upon us, she thinks. Then she looks
at the clock. It is 1am. Ooops.
This, she explains later, is a classic
symptom of extreme motherhood.
The former Neighbours bombshell
has popped out six surprise children
in just eight years, while still dabbling
in acting, writing, motivational

speaking, songwriting and the odd


charity ambassadorship.
Sound exhausting? It should. Yet
you get the feeling Madeleine, after a
decade in a breastfeeding and nappy
changing fog, is emerging recharged,
ready to ratchet up her career. Since
the arrival 18 months ago of twin girls,
she has hired a nanny for the irst time
and, at an age when actresses are often
frozen out, shes aiming to phase back
in. First up is the role of a morning >
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Left: Madeleine with her long-term partner,


successful restaurateur Shannon Bennett.

waist, and without my push-up, I am


less cup overloweth, more empty
windsock. This is implausible unless
she has access to a miracle set of Spanx
but what is believable is that she has
a newfound appreciation of her body
that is less to do with the supericial.
When I was a young actress,
I suffered head-up-my-own-arse-itis,
she says. I equated my value with the
way I looked. But Ive come to respect
my body for the wonderful machine it
is. The fact my body has been able to
bear these little creatures and feed them
and nurture them, I do feel strong.
And she should feel powerful and
lucky. In her TV heyday in 2002, she
was hit by a bus on Sydneys busy
Oxford Street. It made headlines around
the world, thanks to Neighbours global
audience of 120 million.
I was hit on the right-hand side
of my face and thrown some distance,
she explains. The impact fractured
my skull in three places, I had a brain
haemorrhage and amnesia. When
I woke up and saw my face, I wanted
to die. I didnt recognise myself. But
then I realised the kindest thing you
can do for yourself is to believe in
yourself, that you have far more to
offer than just how you look.
Today, Madeleine has a missing
eyebrow, a stutter when tired and
ongoing migraines. Initially, she battled
a phobia of busy roads and buses,
suffering palpitations, panic attacks
and shortness of breath in any city
centre. Yet she confronted her fears

head-on. Just weeks after the accident,


along with her mum, Julie Boyer, she
stood on the same corner at the same
time of day she was hit. I visualised
what had happened and acknowledged
that it was a freak of nature, Madeleine
explains. I let the panic wash over me
and then ebb away.
The response, according to those
who know her, is pure Madeleine.
Shes always been very driven, even as
a very young girl, says her mum. She
has certainly chased her dreams. Once
she had something in her sights, she
never wavered from it. Everything shes
ever put her mind to shes achieved.
My motto, Madeleine tells me, is
Dont make excuses, make it happen...
The only thing making excuses
guarantees you is a front row seat to
watching the world pass you by.
Its tempting to dismiss Madeleines
just make it happen motto as
simplistic. She has an obvious genetic
advantage, intellect, wit, an enviable job,
inancial security, plus a partner who is
one of our top chefs, supportive of her
ambitions and a fabulous father. Yet,
in fact, her life has been marked by
risk-taking and obsessive preparation.
Madeleine left her home in northern
NSW and arrived in Melbourne alone
at 16. She supported herself through
her inal years of school waitressing
and took acting classes on the side,
but still aced her exams and got into
The University of Melbournes law
school. When a bit part on Neighbours
came up, she quit mid-degree.
Going through hardship in your
younger years can destroy you or make
you stronger, she says. I like to think
it made me stronger. Madeleine is
currently writing a book, her second,
that will reference her fractious teenage
years, although she says reports that
she was a ward of the state are untrue.
Of course, I have laws and
insecurities, but I try to overcome
them and keep dreaming, she says.
Even today, in a home she calls
Chateau Catastrophe, Madeleine
inds the time to plan and dream. She
gets up at 5am to have 15 minutes of >

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TV host in The Wrong Girl, a new


series based on Zo Foster Blakes
best-selling novel, in which she stars
alongside Jessica Marais, Hamish
Blake, Kerry Armstrong and fellow
Neighbours alumnus Craig McLachlan.
This is my big return to work after
six children and Im super-excited,
says Madeleine. I think its really
important to be there for your kids but
equally important for them to see that
you have found your ire in life be
that a hobby you are passionate about,
regular exercise, or a return to work.
So while I love going to the park
with them, cooking and playing with
them, part of life is knowing we all have
dreams and ambitions even mums
and the onus is on us to fulil them.
So are she and her long-term partner,
celebrity chef Shannon Bennett, certain
there wont be any more babies to
derail her plans? Yes!
Youve said that before, I remind her,
and read a quote from an interview
three years ago, when she still had
only four children: Four is quite
enough. We were done two kids ago,
but destiny had other ideas.
There will deinitely, 100 per cent
be no more, she says, laughing. With
the possible exception of an immaculate
conception, there is no risk of the
West-Bennett clan extending beyond
the half dozen we are currently up to.

THE FIRST THING you notice about


Madeleine is that she looks better than
you remember her from Neighbours
though its been 16 years and ive
pregnancies since she scored the role of
nurse Dee Bliss. She arrives at Jardin
Tan in Melbournes Botanical Gardens,
one of eight restaurants owned by
Shannon, in a form-itting white mini
dress, face chiselled, legs tanned. It
takes a while to register the child-like,
1.6m igure approaching me is a
38-year-old mother of six. Yet then,
in her wake, comes a gaggle of longlocked daughters and her only son,
Hendrix, giggling and squabbling
like a bohemian Von Trapp family.
Its all smoke and mirrors, she
says, explaining her pregnancy-defying
body. Without my Spanx, I have no

I equated my value with the way I looked.


But Ive come to respect my body
for the wonderful machine it is.

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One bed left unmade


before breakfast
could see nations fall
by dinnertime.
achievements. I was never attracted to
acting purely for fame, she says. For
me, it was about storytelling. Despite
her sex kitten looks, Madeleine is no
stranger to edgy roles: a prostitute in
Satisfaction; underworld girlfriend
Danielle McGuire in 2008s Underbelly
(for which she won an AFI); a kinky
ireighter in Rescue Special Ops; and
an ice addict in City Homicide.
So how does she feel about her
children one day seeing her more saucy
scenes? Ill explain this is me playing
a character. This is something this
character may have had to do. Im not
saying its right or wrong, Im just
saying their story deserves to be told.
In other ways, Madeleine is iercely
protective. She makes sure her children
are unidentiiable in the photographs
The Weekly takes, explaining to both
us and them that while she has chosen
a career in the public eye, they have
not. Until you are old enough to
make that decision for yourself, I am
protecting you, she tells Hendrix
patiently, as he complains that his
Robin Hood hood is too hot.
Id support them in anything they
choose to do, she says, resolutely. We

teach our kids to dream big, teach


them ambition, to reach for the stars,
and then we get on the train for our
nine to ive job which we hate and cry
in our lunch break, but we keep it
because its got good super and a car
space. Were doing a disservice not only
to ourselves, but our children. I know
we all have inancial realities, but you
ind a way. If it means on the weekend
you design handbags and sell them at
a market, youre following your heart.
Shannon and Madeleine met 16 years
ago at a dinner in Melbourne for Jamie
Oliver. She was in Neighbours and he
would soon be crowned Gourmet
Travellers Best New Talent. There was
a spark when he tried to convert her
from vegan to carnivore. She ordered
quail and has never looked back.
Shannon reveals, My initial thoughts,
of course, were, What a stunner. But
I discovered an intelligent young woman
with drive, ambition and a sense of
humour. Unlike a lot in her industry,
she didnt take herself seriously and
could make me laugh.
Fellow restaurateur, MasterChef
judge George Calombaris, a close friend,
describes them as equally matched in
work ethic and determination. They
complement each other well, he says.
They want their kids to understand
the important things. Its not how
much money you have, but that you
love what you do and work hard for
it. Nothing comes from nothing.
With Shannon overseeing his eight
restaurants and cafes, launching an
ethical burger chain, working on
MasterChef and writing books,
Madeleine admits he is often absent,
even though he is an extremely
devoted and involved dad. He
plays the good cop and I play the bad
cop, she says. I am the one saying,
Eat your dinner, get to bed. Hes the
one coming in for a tickle or taking
them out to the backyard late at night
to check for signs that Santas been.
If Madeleine is resentful she does the
parental heavy-lifting, she doesnt show
it. From the beginning, I was, Well,
Ill keep the home ires burning. Its
only through his incredible sacriices
we can enjoy the lifestyle we have. #

MADELEINE WEARS SEED DRESS.

alone time to write lists on everything


from groceries to goals. I even have a
list of my lists, she admits.
In her new book, Six Under Eight:
When Parenting Becomes an Extreme
Sport part diary, part tongue-in-cheek
parenting manual Madeleine admits
to being a control freak. The girl who
slavishly annotated and plotted her
scripts has morphed into the mother
who cannot sleep if she hasnt pressed
a weeks worth of uniforms and
planned a fortnights worth of evening
meals, each tailored so they can be a
nutritious lunchbox iller the next day.
As the brood has grown, so too have
my OCD parenting tendencies. Im a
great believer in the Butterly Effect:
one bed left unmade before breakfast
could see nations fall by dinnertime.
And so, to the obvious question: how
does a woman of obvious intellect and
who plans compulsively end up with
six surprise children? Madeleine says
no version of the Pill (and she has tried
several) works on her. I am the 1 per
cent warning you read about on the
Pill packet, she says, sheepishly.
Yet Madeleine is quick to list the
beneits of her large troupe: Phoenix,
10, Hendrix, eight, Xascha, ive, Xanthe,
three, and twins Margaux and Xhalia,
18 months. Yes, she may crank up the
washing machine ive times a day,
divide dinner into general and adult
only sittings, buy three chickens for
a simple family roast and own a large
Audi SUV that still cant accommodate
Shannon, but she likes the values that
a large family instils in her children.
Were having children later and, for
the most part, we have higher incomes,
she says. As parents, we feel obliged to
do everything perfectly, be in control of
everything, be present at every moment,
and give our children everything they
desire, she says. Hence we have
children who grow up thinking, The
world doesnt orbit the sun, it orbits
around me, the sun is there to give me
great light for my next selie. My kids
have no sense of entitlement. They
always have to think about the other
person because theres so many of them.
Motherhood, she says, has made
her more ambitious for meaningful

Modern love

I AM

COUGAR,
HEAR ME

ANNY WAS 29 and


working behind a bar
when a woman in her
50s started lirting
with him. She ordered
cocktails with naughty names and
eventually one thing led to another.
Id never entertained the idea of a
female substantially older than myself
before, Danny (who asked us not to
publish his second name) recalls. He
clearly enjoyed the experience though.
Since then, hes dated around 20 cougars
for anything from a one-night stand to
a two-year relationship.
Two-thirds is sexual, he explains,
but I also ind older women more
entertaining. You can have a decent
conversation with them.
Younger womens idea of fun is a
weekend bender, he says. You cant
prise their iPhone out of their hands
and they turn everything into a major
drama. The mature woman just deals
with it and moves on.
And have you looked on social
media? Honestly, Gen Y their
grammar is shocking!
Danny is university-educated and
it from a lifetime of martial arts. He
appreciates the good things in life
ine wine and dining, a well-cut suit,
a nice cologne and an understanding
of the possessive apostrophe. So do
his cougars.

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Cougars are usually


portrayed as
desperate women out
to prey on innocent
young men for
a sexual thrill. Yet,
are they actually
maligned and
misrepresented, asks
Beverley Hadgraft.
His preferred hunting grounds,
he says, are the eastern suburbs and
northern beaches of Sydney. He
occasionally taps into the Tinder
app for a hook-up or hangs out in
boutique bars, but his ideal meeting
place is farmers markets.
How does that work?
Well, if shes looking at zucchini,
I make some sly but intelligent comment
like, Did you know zucchinis are
actually a fruit not a vegetable?
Instantly, youve got her attention
and your foot in the door.
For those who believe cougars only
hang out in second-rate nightclubs in
scarlet and stilettos, discovering theyre
actually perusing organic vegies in jeans
and ballet lats may come as a surprise.

The hot soccer mum, thats the


type I like, Danny explains, although
I did once go to a wedding and instead
of going home with a bridesmaid I went
home with the brides mother.
She was divorced, he adds, hastily.
Danny reckons cougars get a bad rap
from the media. There are plenty of
45-year-old men with 25-year-old
wives and, socially, thats acceptable,
but turn the tables and dont the media
have a ield day.
Has he pointed this out to his mum
when she asks about his love life? She
doesnt know, he replies. Nor will she.
Cougars are not forever, he says.
Others do not, apparently, agree
on this point at least. Many female
celebrities are with much younger men.
Deborra-lee Furness is renowned for
having one of the happiest marriages
in Hollywood with Hugh Jackman,
13 years her junior. Kylie Minogue,
48, got engaged to Joshua Sasse, 28,
earlier this year. Halle Berry, 49, is
currently dating a 27-year-old rapper
and Jennifer Lopez has been with
Casper Smart, 18 years her junior,
since 2011. Then theres Madonna,
Susan Sarandon, Kris Jenner
These classy women make it okay
for others to come out of the cougar
closet, says Lucia Demasi, generally
regarded as the queen of cougars. With
her blonde hair and smooth skin, >

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ROAR

OLDER WOMEN
ARE MORE
ENTERTAINING.
YOU CAN HAVE A
CONVERSATION
WITH THEM.

A barman mixes
martinis for Donna
Karlicki, 44 (left), and
Tanya Stapleton, 42.

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Celebrity cougars
Kylie Minogue, 48,
and Joshua Sasse,
announced their
engagement in
February after
meeting in
September 2015.
There is a twodecade age gap
between them.
Jennifer Lopez has
been with her
partner, Casper
Smart, for five
years. At 46, she
is 17 years older
than the 29year-old actor,
dancer and
choreographer.
Kardashian family
matriarch and
reality TV star Kris
Jenner, 60, has
found love with
Corey Gamble, 35,
since meeting him
in 2014. Gamble
works for Justin
Biebers manager.

younger men. To be honest


I dont understand the attraction,
she says. In Adelaide, where I
live, there are so many stunning
young girls. I wouldnt do it if
the roles were reversed. I often
think they have it in their head
the older woman is going to
teach them something sexually,
but from what I hear, it seems
younger women are more
experienced anyway.
If you go on something like
Tinder, its just one-night stands,
but thats not how I roll. Ive
got morals and its nothing
but respectful.
Like most cougars, Donna
didnt set out to date younger
men. Her irst cub hit on her
when she was out to dinner
with friends and, after enjoying
the experience of being in
control while still having fun,
she continued. Her most recent
relationship was 26 to her 44
and lasted more than two years.
I like the fact I know I wont
have a future with them, she says.
I dont invest my emotions 100 per
cent and I know I wont get hurt
because of that. I dont actually want
to be head over heels in love with
anyone at the moment.
The cubs, meanwhile, get someone
whos caring but not needy. Theyre
proud to be seen with me, Donna
adds. They always want to hold my
hand. I make a joke of it if we go to a
restaurant and say how everyone must
think, what a nice son, they are taking
their old mum out for dinner.
Donna roars with laughter. Actually,
all the cougars laugh a lot at this strange
state of affairs.
Donna has three daughters, aged
19 to 24. My eldest says, Mum, its
disgusting as I wouldve to my
mother, she says, laughing. I dont
tell the youngest too much, but theyre
always saying, Mum, this guy thinks
youre hot. They think thats cool.
I just reckon if Demi Moore can do
it, so can I. Men have been doing this
for so long. Its about time we took
back some power.

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Lucia looks ageless an aura


she maintains by refusing to
ever reveal her age.
Lucia runs The Cougar Club, a
US website for cougars and cubs,
and has a Facebook page with
around 300,000 followers. How
did she become cougar royalty?
Demi Moore kicked off the
cougar revolution in 2003
when she dated Ashton Kutcher,
she explains. The public were
fascinated and Lucia, already
an established dating and
relationships expert, found
herself being quizzed about
the phenomenon. Shes been
opining on radio and TV shows
all over the world ever since.
According to Lucia, the oficial
deinition of a cougar is a woman
over 40 who dates men at least
10 years younger. The men the
cougars date are cubs and, she
claims, there are around eight
cubs to every woman.
Really?
Oh, yeah. I always joke there
are a shortage of cougars, she says.
Lucia does a brisk business in how
to catch a cougar tutorials for these
keen cubs. It offers advice about
avoiding clichd pick-up lines like:
Youre hot, and never asking her out
by text. They get their $19.97 back if
they havent beneitted after 30 days
and are man enough to admit it.
The term cougars was actually
coined by Canadian ice hockey
teams in the 1990s for their older
groupies. With its obviously predatory
connotations, unfortunately the name
has stuck.
Id prefer timeless goddess myself
but its not so catchy, Lucia says.
I tell people to look at the positive
aspects of a cougar sleek, strong and
in control. The idea theyre predatory is
a fantasy. How often does an attractive
woman of any age have to chase guys?
Thats just something the media would
like you to believe.
Mum of four Donna Karlicki also
agrees that its the cubs doing all the
prowling. Aged 44, shes dated seven
cubs and is constantly hit on by

Tanya Stapletons experiences with


younger men have been less positive.
She recently agreed to coffee with a
25-year-old. He was nice, but more
mature than me, she says. I sat there
thinking, Wow! So many life goals
Perth-based Tanya, 42, says shes
found other cubs quite aggressive.
They target women in their 40s
because they think shell be grateful.
They say, Im not after anything
serious. And I reply, Oh, you mean
nothing more than a couple of hours.
I ind that interesting because, like
many women in their 40s, I probably
look the best Ive ever looked and have
the conidence to go with it.
So is she going to stick to guys her
own age? Tanya sighs. They have so
much unresolved baggage, she says.
The unresolved baggage issue is one
Lucia encounters a lot among happy
cougars. The number one reason they
like younger men is they have no
ex-wives, no children they have to see
every other weekend and no alimony.
Women are now inancially
independent, which means they can
make more honest choices. There have

I DONT ACTUALLY
WANT TO BE HEAD
OVER HEELS IN LOVE
WITH ANYONE.
been great advances in beauty and they
rarely look their age.
And is it true that women in their
40s and men in their 20s enjoy sexual
compatibility? I dont go with that,
Lucia says, laughing. How does that
account for the rest of the population
being interested in sex?
Lucia, of course, dates younger men.
Like most cougars, that wasnt her
life plan, its just that as she got older,
the age of the guys asking her out
remained the same.
I work-out, I do yoga and dance,
I travel, I dont have children or the
responsibilities other women my age
have. I get along with younger men.
I have a young spirit, I like men with
a young spirit.

When 43-year-old mum of three


Juliet Potter told her dad she was
dating a man 18 years her junior
his response was, Whatever do
you talk about?
I told him I talk about the same
stuff I talk to every man about. Hes
25, hes not 12. Hes a mature person.
Juliet looks 10 years younger than
she is. Shed had one very brief date
with a much younger man, but while
beautiful, he was also boring and
she couldnt leave fast enough.
She was in a restaurant with clients
in October last year when Marco made
eye contact, asked if she was single
and conidently asked for her number.
Theyve been together ever since.
With a PR agency and websites that
specialise in selling cars to women,
Juliet is all about female
empowerment.
Terms like cougar infuriate her. Its
so derogatory, she says. If Marco
was 43 and I was 25, I dont believe
it would be mentioned. Why is it even

an issue? The fact we live in a maledominated society is why.


Were not chasing these men, theyre
chasing us. You reach 40 and youre
not supposed to be sexy any more, but
the reality is younger men ind women
in their 40s extremely sexy.
The more of us who come out and
talk about it, the more comfortable
were going to feel about it.
Juliet shows me a photo of Marco.
Hes so handsome, its ridiculous,
she says gleefully. Go me!
Interestingly, Danny emails photos
of his latest partner that day, too.
Very tidy for 47, he observes. I was
surprised at irst how good women in
their 40s looked. Im not any more.
A few days later, he emails again to
tell me about another conquest, this
time made in a gym, where his latest
squeeze was reclaiming her body.
He also emails a photo of some
zucchini he spotted in Woolworths.
Now, every time I see these, I think
of you, he wrote. Spot the predator. #
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Exclusive interview

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My gift to
my late mum
P

Julianne Moore was


devastated when her
mum died suddenly at
68, but she is still very
much with the Oscar
winner. In a candid
interview, the 55-yearold LOral ambassador
talks to Juliet Rieden
about family, being
a homebody and why
she would never have
cosmetic surgery.

ASSION, PATHOS AND


locked-in anxiety are all in
a days work for Julianne
Moore, emotions she has
escalated to almost
Shakespearean heights in a career
that at 55 seems only to be gathering
pace. At that middle age when many
actresses complain they are fading into
unemployment, Julianne pocketed her
irst Oscar last year (for her haunting
portrayal of an early Alzheimers
victim in Still Alice). Yet, work aside,
what is even more surprising is that
behind that breathtakingly lawless
alabaster skin which also has a
career of its own by the way, thanks
to Juliannes appointment as a global
ambassador for LOral Paris (yes,
shes worth it!) and those powerful
acting chops, is a hands-on and rather
mumsy mum, for whom having
children was never in question and
home-making is a private infatuation.
I am very domestic, its true, says
Julianne, laughing. Im not much of
a cook. I always like to say I assemble

food, I dont cook it. Cooking utterly


confounds me I dont have the patience
for it. But I do love my house and I like
to make it nice, and Im really good at
cleaning up and taking care of people.
Im good when people are sick and I
like to think Im a good mother. I like
having a home, I like having a family,
its all important to me.
Julianne lives in Los Angeles with
ilm director husband Bart Freundlich,
who is 10 years her junior, and their
two children Caleb, 18, and Liv, 14,
and as we speak is stuck in gridlock
trafic heading uptown to collect her
daughter from lacrosse practice.
My kids are both pretty sporty,
she says. My son loves to play
basketball and were always at one
tournament or another. I dont think
theyll follow us [into movies]. The
other day, I said to my husband, Why
are we never going to the play? Why are
we always going to the game?
Although she waited until she was 37
to have her irst child, Julianne says kids
and a family were super important >
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Julianne with her


daughter, Liv, and
(above) with Liv,
Bart and Caleb.

The Smith family of Mum Anne,


Dad Peter and three kids Julie Anne
(as she was born), Valerie and Peter
were a tight, close-knit unit. They
had to be, since
Peters job as a
Defence Force
helicopter pilot
and paratrooper
saw the family
catapult around
America. Julie
Anne attended nine schools between
the ages of ive and 18, and while the
constant shifting made friendships
dificult, it was a dynamite education
for a future actor.

You have to make


your personal life
happen as much as
your career.

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There are so many actors


who come from peripatetic
upbringings, says Julianne,
laughing. Theres something
about it that makes you a great
observer of human behaviour
and really makes you adaptable.
Youre able to adapt to any
situation and you feel conident
and comfortable.
My husband now makes
these jokes that Im very
comfortable in new places. He
grew up in New York City and
hes comfortable in every single
social situation go to any
cocktail party, talk to people,
whatever but make him go to
the airport and get on a plane,
and go somewhere where they
dont speak English and hell
lose his mind. On the contrary,
I love the travel theres nothing more
exciting to me than going somewhere
Ive never been before. I dont care if I
dont speak the language; I know Ill
igure stuff out. But socially, oh my
gosh! So there are things you develop,
moving around, and then there are
things you dont develop.
Julianne inherited her fair skin and
red hair from her mums Scottish side
of the family and when Anne died, the
actress was desperate to connect to
her mothers heritage, for herself, but
also as a gift to her late mum. When
my mother became a US citizen, she
had to renounce her UK citizenship.
It broke her heart. She would come
home crying. I still remember it.
Anne was just 20 when Julie Anne
was born and mother and daughter
were very close. Before she died, the
British rules changed, allowing
Julianne to claim citizenship through
her mothers heritage. She planned to
go ahead both for work, but also for
Anne. Then my mother passed away
suddenly and it was awful, absolutely
awful, Julianne says. So I ended up
getting my citizenship. My sister did
it, too, subsequently. It was for Mum
because she never had that and she
would have loved it. Its something
that Im very proud and happy to
have because of my mother. >

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and always the non-negotiable


key to her life plan. I thought
everybody felt this way, but
from the time I was a little girl,
I knew that I was going to grow
up and I was going to have a
boy and a girl, she says. No
matter what, thats what I was
going to do. That was one of the
things I really was sure about.
I really wanted it. I wanted
children and I wanted to have
a boy and a girl, and I would
say to them, I got what I wanted,
I was really lucky.
While it may sound as
if Julianne has followed a
charmed existence, dialling up
her wishes only to have them
granted in some sort of ta-da
Cinderella act, dont be fooled
there have been considerable
roadblocks on the way. The actress
irst marriage to actor-director John
Gould Rubin didnt work out and
while her career soared, Julianne spent
her early 30s single and lonely, heading
for therapy to wrench her life back
on track. What she learnt, she says, is,
You have to make your personal life
happen as much as your career.
I got married very young and I
think a lot of it was just not knowing
any better, she explains. By the time
Bart and I got married, we already had
two children and wed been together
for seven years. So I didnt really have
any kind of apprehension [second
time around]. I really, really wanted
it [marriage]. I think we both did.
Juliannes guiding light was her
mother, Anne Smith, who died suddenly
and unexpectedly seven years ago from
septic shock. It was a
devastating time for
Julianne. Anne went to
bed and never woke
up, after suffering from
a massive bacterial
infection. She was just
68. My mother was
an excellent mother. She taught me
that it was important to have
something that I cared about for myself,
my own career, and that it was also
important to have a family that I loved.

Juliannes red hair, complexion and


freckles are a constant warm reminder of
Anne, although as a child she wasnt
so happy about it. When I was little,
we lived a lot in the Midwest and the
South, places where they didnt have a
lot of redheads. Most of the kids were
very tanned and blond or had dark
hair, so I was unusual. I absolutely
hated having red hair, I wanted to look
like everyone else, she says, laughing.
When Mum came to the United States
when she was a teenager, she had a
terrible, terrible sunburn that landed
her in the hospital and so she never let us
stay at the beach very long or go outside
for very long. It felt like torture when we
were kids, but it really saved my skin.
Its also why Julianne was the obvious
choice to be the new face of Renaissance

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Cellulaire, LOrals anti-ageing range


aimed at women over 50 who, in
LOrals words, dont want plastic
surgery. Julianne is the perfect exemplar
for the product and is quick to add that
her cleansing, moisturising and daily
sunscreen (Ive used it since I was 23)
routine is her secret
weapon, plus a killer
mascara and blush,
saviours for fair skin.
Yet, in years to
come, would she
consider a nip and
tuck? Im an actress
so I dont want to have plastic surgery.
It just would be a detriment to what I
do for a living. Its not for me, she says.
Keeping it is another secret weapon,
which for Julianne is all about yoga.

Ive done weightlifting, I used to run a


lot, I went through a Pilates phase, I went
through the going to exercise class stage,
Ive done it all and found that eventually
all of it puts me in bad moods and makes
me grumpy, she confesses. The only
thing that hasnt so far is yoga. I really
enjoy it, I really look forward to it. I like
the quiet that I have when I do it.
And does she feel different mentally as
shes got older? Thats a complicated
question because you hear people say
again and again, I dont feel any different
than I did, Im still the same person I was
when I was 20. I do agree with that in
that your essential self doesnt change,
but Id like to think that Im signiicantly
more aware of the world, of other
people, of my surroundings, and I can
better take the temperature of whats
going on. Im much more still and much
more present now than I was in my 20s.
Fortunately for us, Julianne Moore is
likely to be present in movies for many
years to come and despite the perceived
lack of roles for
women of a certain
age, feels positive
about her future.
Judi Dench just won
her eighth Olivier
award and I think
things are changing.
I see women who are commanding an
audience and I think the audiences are
interested in seeing them. I certainly
know what I want to see. I want to see
women. I want to see women my age. #

I absolutely hated
having red hair.
I wanted to look like
everyone else.

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A beaming Julianne after winning her first


Best Actress Oscar last year for Still Alice.

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Natalie Bacci and Tim


Sacketts eyes met
on the dance floor ...
and two months later,
he proposed.

Relationships

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I WAS LONELY...
I NEEDED
SOMEONE SPECIAL
This is one of the most joyful love stories of the
year Natalie Bacci was lonely and despaired
of ever finding a partner. Then a unique
matchmaker stepped in with a program that is
transforming lives. Susan Horsburgh reports.
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HEN NATALIE
Bacci went to
The Dateables
dance in October
2014, shed never
had a date or a kiss but by the end
of the night, shed scored both.
I went to the dance because I
wanted to get myself a boyfriend,
recalls the 25-year-old, who has Down
syndrome. I was lonely at home with
my family. I needed to ind someone
special in my life.
Hiding behind chairs at the dance in
suburban Sydney, I was nervous as,
she says, but the sight of Tim was enough
to prompt a self-administered pep talk.
In the middle of the dance loor,
I said to myself, Be strong, be strong,
be strong. And then he walked by.
What did she think? Natalie gives a
raunchy snort. Good looking! she

says, giggling. It was love at irst


sight. His taste in clothes! And I like
his face a lot. I just love him!
Tim Sackett knew hed found The
One that night, too. Natalie was
the irst young lady that caught my
attention, says 27-year-old Tim, who
has Prader-Willi syndrome, a genetic
disorder that affects cognitive ability.
I just thought she was the most
attractive woman in the room.
The pair danced to Brown Eyed
Girl and, a couple of songs later,
exchanged numbers. After that, it
was on and two months later, Tim
proposed with a purple sapphire ring.
Tonight, at a cafe near Sydneys
Central railway station, the couple
describes their electric irst encounter
and the love that binds them. He treats
me really well, says Natalie. We just
understand each other, says Tim.
Natalie, who has a part-time admin
job in the public service, wants to
move out with Tim later this year
without Mum and Dad! but
stresses that the domestic workload
would have to be evenly split.
Thats ine by Tim. Id just like to
be a good equal partner whos there >
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Above: David Gwilliam and Danielle Pham


met at a workshop run by Liz Dore, who
also organises The Dateables dances (top).

eternal children, so they dont recognise


that they have sexual feelings.
People with disabilities are more
vulnerable to sexual abuse, but the
more information they have, the
more able they are to consent to the
sort of relationships they want.
Natalies dad, Al Bacci, says he and
his wife have always tried to treat
Natalie like their two other daughters,
because over-protective parents too
often lead to lonely children. If youre
going to just think of the worst case
scenario all the time, youre never going
to allow them to have life experiences,
says Al, who has driven his daughter to
the cafe tonight. Weve always wanted
Natalie to be everything she wants to
be so why should we deny her the
ability to have a relationship?
At a nearby table, David Gwilliam
and Danielle Pham hold hands and
recount the story of their relationship
over a bowl of spaghetti bolognese.
David does most of the talking,
intent on catching his 9.18 train,

while Danielle murmurs


occasional conirmations
between bites.
David has never been
able to shake the taunts
that darkened his school
days the toxic words
that made him feel small
and wrong and different
but something
happened when he fell
in love with Danielle:
she silenced them.
My social skills are
not as good as most
people, explains
David, who has
Aspergers syndrome.
In primary school,
I was bullied a lot
and that installed an
idea in my mind that
I was not accepted
in this world.
An upside of
Aspergers is an
excellent memory,
he says, but it also means that
lashbacks of abuse replay on a
continual, corrosive loop in his mind.
I spend a lot of time a lot of time
thinking about when I was bullied,
he says, but when I spend time with
Danielle, those symptoms subside.
I dont know exactly how, but
spending time with Danielle makes
me feel a lot better inside.
During the week, David packs
supermarket shelves and Danielle,
who has Down syndrome, does admin
and cleaning work at a Sydney girls
school, but the pair come together most
weekends to go roller-skating and see
movies, to play board games and ride
ferries around the harbour.
Like every couple, they have their
annoying foibles. I repeat everything
that David says like a parrot, says
Danielle, while David admits hes a
huge fan of facts and statistics that most
people dont care about. Overriding
those irritations, though, is a mutual
understanding that no one is perfect.
What I love about Danielle is that
she accepts me for who and what I am,
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for her, he says, and I hope


no matter what dificulty
we come through in life
we can get through it. Ive
inally found someone
I can spend the rest of
my life with.
Essentially thats what
most of us want, which
is why relationships and
sexuality counsellor Liz
Dore has devoted her
professional life to
bringing people like
Natalie and Tim
together. After growing
up with an uncle who
had Down syndrome,
Liz took a job 25 years
ago in a group home,
caring for adults with
intellectual disabilities.
Later, she worked at
Family Planning NSW
and discovered a serious
need for sexuality
education among people
with disabilities.
A few years ago, as an extension of
her workshops, she started holding
The Dateables dances so that young
people with intellectual disabilities
and those on the autism spectrum
could practise their social skills and
perhaps even fall in love. The events
are a rare opportunity to leave parents
and carers at the door, have a drink,
bust a move and check out the talent.
People with disabilities have the
right to experience romantic love,
Liz argues, but its harder for them
to ind it, especially if they are gay,
because the people around them
dont assume they will or that
they should.
There are some parents who do
want that for their young people,
but others that dont know how
that would happen or are scared
of what it might lead to, she says.
They think the intellectual disability
means they wouldnt have the
intelligence to navigate a relationship,
and some people think of people with
intellectual disabilities, especially
those with Down syndrome, as

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have had such a successful relationship


is because weve looked at each others
differences and then pushed them
aside. If I were to hold those things
against her, how could I say I was
in love with her?
The couple met seven years ago
at one of Lizs relationship skills
workshops. Afterwards, David made
follow-up phone calls to each of his
classmates, as the homework required,
and Danielle agreed to see a movie.
It was a slow-burn
romance, kindled
over a series of
summer dates,
culminating in
their oficially
becoming a couple
on Valentines Day,
2010. Says David,
I asked Danielle
and if I recall
correctly it took
me about 45
seconds to stop
stuttering Do
you want us to be
boyfriend and girlfriend?, and I think
she replied, Only if both of us are
comfortable with that. No one had
ever explained the exact details of
how you go from being just friends to
boyfriend and girlfriend. Id never
seen it in a movie. Id never seen it in

real life. I just assumed that I would


just ask the question straight out.
The technique worked for Danielle.
I was very happy when he asked
me, she says, and I said yes. David,
who lives alone in his own house, was
responsible and independent, she
says and a welcome change from her
previous boyfriend, whose mother
wouldnt let him out of her sight.
A bone of contention, though, is their
divergent tastes in food and music.
Danielle has a sweet
tooth, whereas David
is more savoury; she
likes Andrew Lloyd
Webber musicals and
he prefers Cher, The
Beatles and Graeme
Connors. Actually, he
really prefers no music
at all because the
repetitive tunes on the
PA system at Woolies
where he works are his
daily form of audio
torture. Danielle
wants to listen to lots
of music, he says, and I want silence
because of that.
Sitting next to them, Liz reminds
the pair that differences are healthy.
Theyre like a yin and yang match,
she says. David said Danielle accepts
him for who he is and she does

People think
disabilities stop these
relationships from
happening, but my
desire for someone
to spend my life
with is the same as
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but she also is probably teaching


David about empathy and expressing
feelings. And Davids teaching Danielle
about being organised.
As David strokes and kisses
Danielles hand, there is no denying
theyre in love. Some people think
that disabilities stop these sorts of
relationships from happening, says
David, but my desire for someone
to spend my life with is just the same
as anyone else.
Danielle, who lives with her foster
mum, adds, We would love to get
married, but its just not possible.
Practically, they say, it cant work
they dont have the money and David
isnt able to care for Danielle with her
medical conditions. Still, they are happy
to carry on as they are, enjoying each
others company and the comfort that
comes with it. I very rarely went
outside my own home prior to meeting
Danielle, says David. Now I do that
a lot more, and having Danielle in my
life has been a big support as well.
David prides himself on his rigid,
orderly approach to life, but Danielle
has softened his edges, taking him
outside himself and his all-important
routine. To his surprise, he actually
likes it. My life, says David, would
not be as wonderful without her. #
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Agents stand in the shadows of a celebritys success but theres no doubt


they helped build that fame. They are a stars confidantes and managers
and sometimes even a shoulder to cry on.
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AGENT Lucy Mills


CLIENT Adam Goodes
Being named Australian of the Year in
2014 was an extraordinary honour and a
defining moment in the life of champion
AFL player Adam Goodes. Not only was
he the toast of the nation, with a platform
to give voice to Indigenous issues, but
suddenly he was cast into a celebrity
stratosphere that went far beyond the
fame hed earned on the footy field.
In the heady days after his award,
everyone wanted a piece of Adam and
never more so did he rely on his longtime agent and friend, Lucy Mills.
That was such a diicult time, says
Adam. We found out very quickly how
hard that year was going to be in the
rst few weeks, when we had 80 to 100
requests coming in and I was still playing
full-time footy. It was overwhelming.
Lucy was amazing, helping me
navigate through it all. She organised
strategy meetings, took care of every
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process for me so that I could focus on


doing what mattered campaigning for
the Recognise movement, White Ribbon
and Racism. It Stops With Me.
Lucy and Adams long and loyal
partnership has been carved over
15 years and it is clear when you see
them together that there is a unique
camaraderie. She is his go-to girl for
handling the huge number of requests
for interviews and appearances at events
he receives, along with advising and
negotiating partnerships with sponsors
such as Qantas and David Jones. Yet
their relationship is so much more.
Lucy has an ability to get the very
best out of me, Adam says, and shes
really helped me navigate the direction
I was taking of the footy eld.
For a couple of years, we could see
that Adams AFL career was coming to
an end, Lucy says. Ive always thought
that, despite what he achieved on the
eld, his greatest achievements were
and are still ahead of him. >

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AGENT Chris Giannopoulos


CLIENTS Shaynna Blaze and Scott Cam
Chris Giannopoulos is lovingly described
as Australias very own Jerry Maguire
and its not far from the truth. Although
he goes about business a little more
discreetly, the Managing Director of
Bravo Management is a formidable
agent known for taking talent from
seed to star, with a reputation bigger
than some of his star clients.
The Blocks Shaynna Blaze and Scott
Cam are just two of an impressive stable
of famous TV and radio identities that
Chris manages. Ive been representing
Scott for 15 years and Shaynna for the
past five. I look after all of their media
and commercial afairs, which means
everything from securing, negotiating
and servicing their media and commercial
partnerships to handling publicity
requests, managing their busy schedules
and providing career advice, Chris says.
Both Shaynna and Scott have
signicant proles, so there are a lot
of requests for their time. My role is to
help them balance their busy media
lives with quality time with family and
friends. Its easier said than done, with
all these two have on their plates, but
theyre both very grounded people with
great ethics and we always talk about
things with a holistic outlook in mind.
After 20 years in the business, Chris
says the key to a successful agent/star
partnership is building trust, longlasting relationships and also having
the ability to say no.

I take a very no-nonsense approach,


he says. Talent need to trust that the
person representing them has their best
interests at heart and will always be
honest with them. This sometimes
means diicult conversations.
Shaynna says that she would never
have had such a successful career without
Chris straightforward guidance. When
it was time to get a manager, it was Chris
honesty and his no-bull factor that made
me sure he was someone I could trust.
Chris was able to work out a way for
me to do both The Block and Selling
Houses Australia when it was almost
unheard of in terms of being on two
channels at the same time. Then it
rolled on from there, with book deals,
an ambassadorial role and design
collaborations. Chris never tells you
what you should do, but gives you
advice and encourages you to make
decisions that sit well with you because
its not always about the money.
Scott also appreciates his agents
honest attitude. Chris doesnt sugarcoat anything and thats exactly what I
was looking for, he says. He is a steady
as he goes sort of bloke, which is what
you need negotiating in the media world.
The highly respected showbiz kingpin
says the key trait for success in the
cut-throat world of entertainment is
having an eye for detail, while being
able to see the overall big picture, and
a dose of commonsense! >

Adam Worling is the go-to guy who helps


many of the countrys top fashion designers
shape the image of their brands. Its just
not about a dress, its actually about who
the designer is as a person and how they
want to be seen by the people who buy what
they make, says Adam, who handles Sydneys
Alexandra and Genevieve Smart, the sisters
behind fashion label Ginger & Smart.
We have to think about how the decisions
we make today will look in one, two, six, even

18 months. Ive always believed people want


to know who designed it, how they design it,
why they design it. You work for your brand
Alex and Genevieve work for Ginger &
Smart so you have to be the brand.
The most important part of the relationship
between Adam and his clients is trust. He
helps us grow our brand, says Alexandra
Smart. It works because we all have a
great relationship with each other. We
have known each other since we started
the business, so hes been there all the
way through. Adam is very loyal. Hes
got a very big heart.

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AGENT Ursula Hufnagl


CLIENT Samantha Harris
Talking to famed model agent Ursula
Hufnagl about her clients is a little like
talking to a den mother. Not only does
she manage her young charges careers,
but often she advises them on how to
conduct their lives under the all-too
revealing glare of the public spotlight.
Samantha Harrison started modelling at
10 and came under Ursulas wing in 2004,
aged 13, when she was a finalist in a model
competition. Thats when I met Sam and
she was such a baby, recalls Ursula, 68,
who started Sydneys Chic Management
23 years ago after modelling in the 60s,
70s and 80s. She is an Indigenous girl and
was so shy she could barely look at you.
As Samanthas family remained in
Tweed Heads, where she was born, the
young model moved in with Ursula and
her family in Sydneys eastern suburbs.
It was to help me feel comfortable and
it was such an open-hearted thing to do,
says Samantha, now 25. It was like having
a second family to look after me. She has
always been very protective and still is.
When you start modelling at such a
young age, you dont want to make wrong
choices or be overwhelmed, or do things
that are outside your comfort zone, so
having Ursula at my side was wonderful. #
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Suffering for fashion

In every photo,
Im trying really
hard not to itch
or overheat.

Below: Amandas children


show off their enviable
woolies collection.

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HEN MY GRANDMA
died, her traditions died
with her. Some I was
happy to lose like her
birthday party offerings
of Apricot Chicken Casserole and Chow
Mein both recipes sourced from the back
of the French Onion Soup sachet. Yet there
is one tradition I really miss. The way she
loved a yarn, preferably 8-ply.
Shed spend her days on the couch in the
sunroom clickety clacking through the Patons
Classic pattern book, whipping up garments
for the grandkids. Shed keep a cracking pace
all day, knitting one and purling one, only
stopping to visit the toot or to break for cheese
and tomato sandwiches at 12 oclock sharp. Id
sit next to her, amazed at her ability to talk to
me about the latest issues in my eight-year-old
life and not miss a thread, either in her creation
or our conversation. Id tell anybody that cared
to listen that my grandma doesnt even look
at what shes doing when she knits. It was as
fascinating and bewildering to me then as
James Packer and Mariah Carey are to me now.
Wed have jumpers, vests, cardigans, beanies,
scarves and even bed socks in moss, bobble,
honeycomb, stocking and wafle stitch. Cables,
Advance Australia Fair motifs, Ken Done prints,
Jenny Kee koalas. There wasnt a knitting
pattern published that she didnt own or hadnt
stolen from a magazine in a hairdressing salon.
Like knights to the royal court, we grandkids
would be called to her suburban
castle once a year to receive our
allocation. Wed haul on our
hand-knits and parade around
so Grandma could admire her
handiwork and ability to pick
exactly the right size, not
forgetting to tell us that your
kidneys will be warm now,
darling. Grandma still lived
in a world where a child
without a good solid winter
jumper was a child calling
for a bout of consumption.

Despite our protests, Mum forced us to wear


the jumpers, deriving some sick pleasure from
seeing her own children suffer for fashion like
she had as a child. She knew the agony of heat
rash and hives, and the embarrassment of being
the only kid in school with a hand-knitted
school jumper, but it didnt soften her stance.
You see, Grandmas knitting solved a woolly
situation for Mum a birthday present for Gran
so every year wed be dragged, trussed up in
our hand-knits, to the local shopping centre in
search of a PixiFoto. The snaps that ended up
on Grans mantelpiece form a year-by-year
history of my childhood awkwardness, made
more so by the fact that, in every photo, Im
trying really hard not to itch, scratch or overheat.
It was natural that Id form an afinity with
the humble sheep and to this day, when I spot
a lock heaving under the weight of their
winter leece, I make a point of making eye
contact, letting them know that I acknowledge
their discomfort and perhaps to give them a
little hope that spring will come again soon.
Having no nostalgic inclination back then, we
regrettably gave all Grandmas jumpers to the
local op shop. Its where most Nanna knits end
up, disposed of by family members who dont
have room to store a collection that, over the
years, can grow to rival the stocks of the Wool
Corporation. Nowadays, I often ind myself
in op shops searching through other peoples
discarded garments to ind something for my
own children to wear. As I scramble through
the piles of natural ibres, Im praying for a
miracle that one day I might ind something
hand-knitted by my grandmother resting at
the bottom of a shelf. I know its stupid and
it probably wont ever happen, but it wont
stop me from searching. See, now that Im
older and wiser, I know that nothing is as
warm as a jumper knitted by your grandma. #
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Amanda Blair lives in Adelaide with her four
children and a husband she quite likes when she
sees him. In her spare time, she talks a lot and
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If you cant stand the heat, stay out of the jumper, says the almost diedin-the-wool Amanda Blair. Yet now shes nostalgic for Nanna knits.

Prince Philips
passion

FOR OUR WIDE


BROWN LAND
To celebrate the Duke of Edinburghs 95th
birthday, Juliet Rieden explores the royals
special connection with Australia.

T he
Duke of
Edinburgh
95th
birthday

NCREDIBLY, THE DUKE


of Edinburgh has visited
Australia more times than
any other member of the royal
family. During the war, he spent
time in Sydney, Melbourne, Western
Australia and Tasmania as a naval
oficer, and after the 1954 tour with
the Queen, he made 16 solo trips in
addition to those with his wife.
What is even more surprising is that
Prince Philip frequently lew himself
halfway around the world and back.
Those close to the Duke tell how he
would pilot the plane himself and
make the journey to Australia with
a co-pilot in a number of hops, with
stopovers in places like Malta, Oman,
India, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Pakistan,
Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand and
Malaysia en route.
The Duke learned to ly with the
Royal Air Force (RAF), earning his
wings in 1953 and his helicopter wings
with the Royal Navy in 1956, but it
was using his private pilots licence,
gained in 1959, that he would jump,
usually into the royal jet an Andover,
part of the leet known as the Queens
Flight to ly down-under. Prince
Philip was 76 when he gave up lying
in August 1997, having notched up
5986 lying hours in 59 different aircraft
(including a Concorde) over 44 years.

LIEUTENANT PHILIP Mountbatten


was 19 years old when he irst visited
Australia. It was 1940, and as a junior
oficer with HMS Ramillies he was
most sought after by Sydneys society
set. His dashing good looks and lean,
it stature were much talked of, and
reports say he was a most agreeable
companion, intelligent, witty and
with both feet on the ground.
When not on the dance loor,
Mountbatten loved riding and
shooting, and even took up suring,
which he proved rather good at. As the

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Prince of Greece and Denmark titles


he renounced when he became a British
subject in 1947 in anticipation of his
marriage to Princess Elizabeth second
cousin of King George VI and greatgreat-grandson of Queen Victoria,
Philip Mountbatten was extremely
well connected and never short of
an invite to stay on a sheep or cattle
station; on a later trip, he even managed
to score a week at
Admiralty House in
Sydney, as a guest of
the Governor-General.
He returned in 1945
with HMS Whelp,
sporting a golden
beard, which was the
vision that a young Princess Elizabeth
reportedly kept in a frame on her
dressing table.
In Tasmania, he stayed on the
Connorville Estate in Cressy, home
to Australias inest merino sheep and
a great place for the naval oficer to
unwind. He was the guest of Mrs
R.G. OConnor, who said, He was
a natural, unspoiled boy and one could
not have met anyone nicer. He had a
jolly, infectious laugh, and was very
good company In every way he
was typically an Englishman.
In 1942, as a sublieutenant with the
destroyer HMS Wallace, Prince Philip

met an Australian who was to become


a lifelong friend and touchstone. Mike
Parker, a fellow naval oficer who later
became the Duke of Edinburghs
Private Secretary and Equerry, was a
straight-talking Aussie with a wicked
sense of fun. In Australia in 1945,
Parker and Mountbatten found
themselves on leave together and hit
the social scene. Philip was actually
quite reserved. He
didnt give away
a lot. There have
been books and
articles galore saying
he played the ield.
I dont believe it,
Parker tells Gyles
Brandreth in his book Philip And
Elizabeth: Portrait Of A Marriage.
In Australia, Philip came to meet
my family, my sisters and their friends.
There were girls galore, but there was
no one special. Believe me. I guarantee
it, he says.
It was actually Parker who delivered
the terrible news to his friend, now
Duke of Edinburgh, husband of
Princess Elizabeth, that her father the
King had died. The couple were on
tour in Africa, staying the night at
Treetops, a safari lodge perched high
up in a leafy canopy in a Kenyan game
park. The Duke was asleep when >

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There were girls


galore, but there
was no one special.
Believe me.

Clockwise from opposite: The Queen and


Prince Philip arrive in Sydney in 1970; aboard
the Royal Yacht Brittania in 1972; a photo of
Philip sporting a golden beard was special to
the young Elizabeth; Philip was an avid flyer;
a young Duke showing his cricket prowess.

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Parker roused him to break the news


that King George VI was dead, aged
56, and his daughter, Prince Philips
wife, was now Queen. I never felt
so sorry for anyone in all my life,
said Parker. He looked as if youd
dropped half the world on him.
From this moment on, Prince Philips
life changed forever. His naval career
was over and his work would be
dedicated to supporting his wife, Her
Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. For an
active military man, it must have been
quite a challenge. I think it was very
hard for him to put his career on hold,
says Sir William
Heseltine, an Aussie
who worked with the
Duke, in later years,
in his role as Press
and Private Secretary
to Her Majesty.
But within this new
world order, the Prince carved out
special interests of his own and
Australia featured high on his agenda.
Following the 1954 visit, Prince Philip
returned here two years later as part
of his four-month world tour on
Royal Yacht Britannia.
He spent 27 days opening the
Olympic Games in Melbourne and
also visiting the Northern Territory,

the Australian Capital Territory, New


South Wales and Victoria. Arriving
in Darwin, he immediately impressed
his hosts with his keen interest in local
projects such as the uranium mines
in Rum Jungle a drive of 105km
through unending bush. Later, on
a crocodile hunt, he shot a1.8-metre
croc, and on an outback cattle station
proved himself a natural at mustering
cattle in punishing heat. Undeterred by
the temperatures and the distances, he
went to Tennant Creek, Alice Springs
and then Hamilton Downs Station for
an informal Aussie barbecue before
jumping on a plane to dine with Prime
Minister Robert Menzies in Canberra.
Prince Philip was uniquely suited to
Aussie country life.
He loved the bush,
was a superb
horseman, cooked
outdoors, and his
blunt sense of
humour itted right in
with larrikin farmers.
When the Queen Mother visited in
1958, she too spent her best days on
a cattle station. In her letter home to
Princess Margaret, she eulogised about
the Aussie station hands and in many
ways could have been describing her
dashing son-in-law: The real country
Australian is really a knock out. Very
tall, with long legs encased in tight
trousers ... too charming for words.

I think it was
very hard for him
to put his career
on hold.

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After 1954, when three-quarters


of the adult population turned out
to see the Queen, it would be a test
of the Dukes popularity to see how
many would come to see him solo.
But in Melbourne, the Opening
Ceremony for the Olympic Games
saw 103,000 people line the streets
to cheer the Duke. In advance,
rigorous checks were made by the
Australian Security Intelligence
Organisation for communist activity.
None was found, but teams from
communist countries marched past
the royal box without saluting. The
Prince was unperturbed.
In 1961, the Duke rather bizarrely
intervened to save the noisy-scrub bird
near Albany in WA. The bird which
does, by the way, have a very noisy call
and is now, though still endangered,
increasing in numbers in Two Peoples
Bay, south of Perth is the subject of
two of the paintings in the Dukes
private collection of Australian art.
The collection began in 1956, when
the Duke purchased 16 Aboriginal
paintings by artists including Albert
and Oscar Namatjira. Then in 1963,
the Queen bought Sidney Nolans
Herd At The Waterhole for Prince
Philips birthday.
In 2013, Albert Namatjiras
grandchildren presented their own
paintings to the Queen and Prince
Philip to add to the Royal Collection.

MARY EVANS PICTURE LIBRARY 2008. REX FEATURES. ALAMY. GETTY IMAGES.

The Queen and the Duke on their


1963 tour of Australia, stopping off
in Alice Springs (left) and greeting
the crowds in Adelaide.

The royal couple in Cairns


in 2002. Right: The Duke
with Mike Parker in 1950;
the Queen and Prince Philip
leave Australia in 2011.

Of course, the Princes most


infamous encounter with indigenous
Australia came in 2002 in Cairns,
when he asked Ivan Brim, who was in
body paint and loincloth, Do you still
throw spears at each other? Such
gaffes have become part of the royals
make-up, and while his critics suggest
they hide an underlying elitism, the
veteran royal watchers are used to
what they see as the offbeat humour
of a man who has never been anything
but himself in public life. Prince Philip
is very natural he says what he wants
and does what he wants, says Press
Associations Alan Jones, who admires
the Dukes authenticity.

Sir William Heseltine is inclined to


agree. Poor Prince Philip always got
criticised for harmless remarks and
witticisms which he was making to try
and enliven proceedings, he explains.
When you think how many
thousands of situations hes been in
and been trying to raise a laugh, and
half a dozen times in his life hes said
something just a little bit injudicious
and everybody leaps on him.
Former Governor-General Dame
Quentin Bryce enjoyed hosting the
royal couple at Yarralumla in Canberra
and notes the Dukes amusing irreverence.
On one stay, Her Excellency was
showing the Duke personal mementos.

A photograph of Ilfracombe where


I spent my early years. I explained
every detail of the town, who lived
where, the dam my father and Bill
Forrest built. He listened intently,
then he opined, If you ask me, it
looks ready for development!
Prince Philips last visit to Australia
was with the Queen in 2011 for the
Commonwealth Heads of Government
Meeting (CHOGM). Tony Abbotts
controversial knighthood of the royal
in 2015 nearly brought down the
government and was a factor in
Abbotts own demise. And yet the
monarchy still thrives.
In 1967, in one of his typically
no-nonsense statements, Prince Philip
advised Australians, If the monarchy
is of value, retain it if not, get rid of
it. As he celebrates his 95th birthday
on June 10, the Prince can rest assured
he is unlikely to ever see that day. #
This is an edited extract from The Royals
In Australia by Juliet Rieden, published
by Pan Macmillan.
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BUSINESS

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winners are ...

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2016 WINNERS They all


started small, but with big ideas, determination and
hard work have built a business and made their mark.

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amazing entrants
now meet the
success stories of
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Women in
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outperform men1. So why arent more of us taking control of our financial futures?
Seems all we need is confidence. Thats why Westpac, the first major Australian
bank to have a female customer, teller and CEO, have created Ruby, a financial hub
for women by women. Theres also complimentary general advice to help you take
advantage of your natural talents.
Time to take control. rubyconnection.com.au

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Ziah Lane,
NSW

OUR 2016
WINNER

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Lorna Cook (left) &
Julie Adams, WA

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Kristy Chong, NSW

NO ISSUES TISSUES

CHEMO@HOME

MODIBODI

Ask anyone in business what the Holy


Grail is for a retail outlet. Theyll answer
Woolworths or Coles. So Ziah Lane hit
the jackpot in 2011 when, as part of her
Masters of Design project, she presented
the concept for No Issues Tissues to
Woolworths, along with a prototype
box. They jumped at it. Five years
later, her No Issues Tissues (made from
bamboo and the only tree-free tissues on
the market) are ranged in Woolworths,
Coles and Harris Farm Markets.
Bamboo is the future of the paper
industry. I am an advocate and I want
everyone to know that, the 38-yearold from Sydney says.
With rapid growth over the past
few years and a staff of seven, Ziah
anticipates turnover to exceed $2 million
next year in Australia alone, which
also presents new challenges. Cash
low and funding is hard; fast growth
requires money all the time from
different places, Ziah says.
The strategy is to launch into
petrol stations, airlines, independent
retailers, hotels and then to overseas
markets, and to expand the range.
Winning this award means brand
awareness for my product, says Ziah.

With decades of working in cancer care


between them, nurse Lorna Cook and
pharmacist Julie Adams, both 40, could
see there was a need for a specialised
service to deliver treatments to patients
in their own homes. We are the only
company in the private sector that does
cancer care at home, says Lorna.
Our aim is to give the health
consumer a voice; its how they want
to be treated, rather than others telling
them how they are to be treated.
The effect, for many patients, has
been life changing. People discontinue
treatment because they cant get to
hospital or because of
the effect on their
families. Its called
treatment fatigue,
explains Julie.
You can change
survival rates by
treating patients at home. We get
feedback telling us what a difference
it has made to their lives.
After mortgaging their homes to start
the company in 2001, Chemo@Home
now has 13 staff to administer over 200
treatments a month, and is a $1 milliona-year company. Letting people know
that when they need this kind of service
it is there is vital, says Julie.

After the birth of her second child,


Kristy Chong experienced light
bladder leakage. It was the inspiration
behind her womens underwear range,
Modibodi. The absorbent underwear
uses unique technology to give
women of all ages comfort, security
and conidence.
We have had great publicity, but
because of the nature of the product,
getting our name out there can be a
challenge, Kristy, 38, from Sydney,
says. People dont feel comfortable
talking about the reasons why women
need Modibodi. We want to break
down those taboos and
accept womens bodies
for what they are.
In its irst year, 2014,
Modibodi had $15,000
in sales. In the irst
three months of this
year, it had over $100,000 in revenue.
I get feedback that the garments
have changed peoples lives, that
they live up to the hype. I feel that
everything I set up to do to empower
women I have achieved, the now
mother of three says. #

No Issues Tissues wins $10,000 and Bauer


Media advertising to the value of $25,000.

Fast growth
requires money all
the time from
different places.

Chemo@Home and Modibodi each win


$5000 and Bauer Media advertising to
the value of $15,000.
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RUNNERS-UP
Carmen OKeefe,
ACT
RIGA PRECAST
Being a woman in
a mans world has
never fazed Carmen.
Before going into
the precast concrete
business, she worked
for the Department of Defence. I win
trust, am listened to and well respected,
says Carmen, 30. I work hard to gain
respect and I give back. In just nine
months, Carmen and the Riga team of
11 employees has been awarded more
than $12 million in building contracts.

WINNERS CONFERENCE
Our winners were flown to Sydney
for a business conference, where
they received mentoring by our
award judges, including CPA
Australias Alex Malley and
Reserve Bank board member
Heather Ridout. The winners
also enjoyed a David Lawrence
styling session.

Conference MC Leila
McKinnon with winner
Ziah Lane. Left: Award
judges Sarah Wilson
and Siobhan McKenna.

Rachel Perkins,
Victoria
As a back-to-work
mum, Rachel saw
a need in the market
to connect mothers
with family-friendly
employers. On maternity leave with my
second child and exploring work options,
I noticed a lack of specialist career
support for mothers, says Rachel, 40.
Four years on, JustMums Recruitment
boasts a team of four and demand for
our service from mums and employers
continues to grow at a rapid rate.

The conference at The Ivy


Penthouse, Sydney. Below,
left: Carmen OKeefe and
Heather Ridout; (right) judge
Sacha Drake, Westpacs
Ainslie van Onselen and
keynote speaker CPA
Australias Alex Malley.

Caroline Monet,
WA
CAROLINES
SKINCARE
In just four years the
skincare entrepreneur
has evolved from
a cottage industry
to one selling ive
products in more than 2500 pharmacies
across Australia. Chronic eczema prompted
me to formulate a natural home remedy,
which resulted in the creation of Carolines
Cream, says Caroline, 54. We now
produce 100,000 units a year.
The three runners-up each received one-on-one
mentoring sessions at the business conference.

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Winter outfits
dont have to be
head-to-toe black.
Instead, layer up
in this seasons
pastels for a fresh
and flattering
wardrobe.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY NICK SCOTT
STYLING BY IRENE TSOLAKAS

Next linen shirt, 6-22,


$55, and cotton and
elastane pants, 6-22,
$35, next.com.au.
Boden cashmere
jumper, 6-22, $199.50,
bodenclothing.com.au.
Zara acetate coat,
XS-L, $139, (02) 9376
7600. Pushmataaha
metal bangle, $240,
pushmataaha.com.
Sportsgirl metal
necklace, $19.95,
sportsgirl.com.au.
ASOS polyurethane
backpack, $42, asos.
com/au. Trenery leather
loafers, 36-42, $179,
www.trenery.com.au.

PASTEL
LAYERS

Fashion

HAIR BY KEIREN STREET. MAKE-UP BY CHARLIE KIELTY. THESE IMAGES HAVE BEEN RETOUCHED.

Zara polyester top, S-L,


$49.95, and cotton and
elastane pants, 34-44,
$49.95, (02) 9376 7600.
Trenery wool and nylon
jumper, XS-XL, $179,
www.trenery.com.au.
Sportsgirl wool and
polyester coat, 6-16,
$199.95, sportsgirl.com.au.
Collette Dinnigan at
Specsavers plastic
sunglasses, $199,
specsavers.com.au.
Pushmataaha metal
ring, $154, and metal
necklace, $165,
pushmataaha.com.

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H&M Conscious organic


linen and mulberry silk
dress, 34-40, $269,
hm.com/au. Cos cotton
jumper, 6-14, $99, (02)
9231 3944. Witchery
viscose and cotton
cardigan, XXS-XXL,
$169.95, witchery.com.au.
Pushmataaha metal ring,
$154, pushmataaha.com.
Colette By Colette
Hayman metal ring,
$12.99 for set of three,
colettehayman.com.au.

Witchery wool and


acrylic cardigan,
XXS-XL, $229.95,
witchery.com.au.
Target acrylic jumper,
XS-XL, $49, target.com.au.
Country Road cotton
and elastane pants,
4-16, $119, www.
countryroad.com.au.
Sportsgirl wool hat,
one size, $39.95,
sportsgirl.com.au.
Walnut canvas sneakers,
$49.95, from Styletread,
styletread.com.au.

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Decjuba lyocell and


polyester trench coat, 8-14,
$199.95, decjuba.com.au.
Todd Lynn/Edition for
Debenhams polyester
dress, 8-18, $105,
debenhams.com/au.
Witchery merino wool
jumper, XXS-XL, $169.95,
witchery.com.au.
Sportscraft modal scarf,
$99.99, sportscraft.com.au.
DKNY leather watch,
$149, (02) 8977 8086.
Kmart canvas sneakers,
6-11, $10, kmart.com.au.

Zara wool, polyester


and viscose vest, XS-XL,
$219, and acrylic and
linen pants, one size,
$89.95, (02) 9376 7600.
Cos cotton top, 6-14,
$69, (02) 9231 3944.
AIJA gold-plated
earrings, $110, aijabrand.
com.au. Sekonda
stainless steel watch,
$149, (02) 9417 0177.
David Lawrence
leather bag, $199,
davidlawrence.com.au.
All prices are
approximate. Items
available online where
websites are quoted.

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Great value

SHOES & BOOTS


Get ready for winter with shoes and boots made for walking.
Bianca Lane goes shopping.

2
3

Ankle boots
Your winter wardrobe
staple. Tassel details
and blue suede make
great alternatives
to black.

7
1. Next suede and textile boots, 36-42, $119, next.com.au. 2. Country Road leather boots, 35-42, $249, countryroad.com.au. 3. Autograph suedette
and leather boots, 7-11, $89.99, autographfashion.com.au. 4. Sofia Cruz leather and suede boots, 36-42, $189.95, styletread.com.au. 5. Jeanswest
leather boots, 36-41, $199, jeanswest.com.au. 6. Nine West suede boots, 5-10, $199.95, ninewest.com.au. 7. Forever New faux suede boots, 36-42,
$99.99, forevernew.com.au. 8. Zara polyester and cotton boots, 36-41, $99, (02) 9376 7600. 9. Rubi synthetic boots, 35-42, $49.95, rubishoes.com.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAMES EVANS. STYLING BY BIANCA LANE. ALL PRICES ARE APPROXIMATE. ITEMS AVAILABLE ONLINE WHERE WEBSITES ARE QUOTED.

Workshop

1
6

Slip-ons
Swap stilettos for
slip-ons. Patent
leather and metallic
styles can work with
eveningwear.
7

12

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11

10

1. Sambag leather slippers, 36-42, $190, sambag.com.au. 2. Zizi By Florsheim leather loafers, 36-41, $219.95, florsheim.com.au. 3. Hush Puppies
leather loafers, 5-12, $159.95, hushpuppies.com.au. 4. Next leather and synthetic loafers, 36-42, $60, next.com.au. 5. Rubi synthetic slip-ons, 35-42,
$19.95, rubishoes.com. 6. Ziera leather loafers, 35-44, $259.95, ziera.com.au. 7. Sambag pony hair espadrilles, 36-42, $180, as before. 8. Soludos
leather slippers, 6-10, $139.95, theiconic.com.au/soludos. 9. Sambag leather embossed loafers, 36-42, $170, as before. 10. Ugg quilted slippers,
5-12, $139.95, ugg.com. 11. Zensu leather loafers, 36-42, $159.95, zensu.com.au. 12. Zara polyurethane flats, 36-41, $39.95, (02) 9376 7600.

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5

1
6

Lace-ups
Classic and
comfortable. Give your
outfit a lift with a
brogue or sneaker in
textured fabrics
or leather.
7

12

11

10

1. Rollie leather brogues, 36-42, $159.95, styletread.com.au. 2. Mollini leather lace-ups, 36-42, $159.95, styletread.com.au. 3. Superga canvas
sneakers, 35-47, $119.95, (02) 9256 8450. 4. Rubi synthetic sneakers, 35-42, $29.95, rubishoes.com. 5. Jeanswest leather brogues, 36-41, $139,
jeanswest.com.au. 6. Ziera leather brogues, 35-44, $269.95, zierashoes.com.au. 7. Diana Ferrari leather and suede sneakers, 36-41, $129.95,
styletread.com.au. 8. Hush Puppies leather and suede brogues, 5-12, $149.95, hushpuppies.com.au. 9. Ecco leather lace-ups, 35-41, $249.95,
au.shop.ecco.com. 10. Clarks leather and rubber brogues, 4-11, $199.95, clarks.com.au. 11. Eb&ive leather brogues, 6-11, $149.95, ebandive.com.au.
12. Seed leather brogues, 36-41, $139.95, seedheritage.com.au.

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Fashion news

Curvy style

Fashion
finds
for shapely
figures

Bianca Lane discovers a lust-have label, rejoices in not-so-delicate cashmere,


salutes khaki as the new neutral and heads west for some cowgirl style.

Washable cashmere

LABEL LOVE:
MARINA
RINALDI

Online retailer Boden is the place to


go for cosy cashmere knitwear that is
also machine washable. Hurrah! With
slouchy new shapes, light layers and
knitted classics in sweet sorbet tones,
there is something to suit every style.

ALL PRICES ARE APPROXIMATE. ITEMS AVAILABLE ONLINE WHERE WEBSITES ARE QUOTED.

Marina Rinaldi is renowned for


its high-end designer pieces,
luxurious cuts, fabrics carefully
curated for a curvier frame and
exceptional quality. The new
collection features linen shirts
and lightweight jackets suitable
for our mild winter.
Marina Rinaldi heavy faille
jacket, 14-28, $570, silk blouse,
14-20, $415, and cotton pants,
$415, (02) 9221 5544.

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50s cardigan, 6-22,
$179.50; 2 cashmere
crew neck jumper,
6-22, $199.50,
bodenclothing.com.au.

Bag Polyester
tassle bag,
$59.99;
Cardigan Acrylic
and nylon
cardigan, S-XL,
$69.99,
autographfashion.
com.au.

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Jacket City Chic cotton jacket,


XS-XXL, $149.95, citychic.com.au.
Pants Mela Purdie wool jersey
pants, 6-24, $299, melapurdie.com.

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How to choose

budget beauty
products

There are brilliant beauty products for around $8 that will leave you feeling great
about your skin and wallet. Sheree Mutton shares the secrets of finding them.

Beauty

T ONE TIME or
another, we have all
splurged on an expensive
beauty product only to
i nd one with a cheaper
price tag that does exactly the same
thing. Yet most of us believe you get
what you pay for that a pricier beauty
product is better in quality and will
probably have greater beneits. The
truth is there are plenty of inexpensive
choices that are just as effective as
their premium counterparts.
According to Suncorp Banks Cost
of Looking Good report, Australians
aged between 18 and 64 spend $673
million on cosmetics, $729 million on
skincare products and $699 million
on haircare products every month.
To help you save in your beauty
cupboard, weve rounded up our
favourite beauty products for under
$20. Heres how to look your best
without breaking the bank.

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Ingredients are key

Its easy to be persuaded by


beautiful packaging and a supermodel
advertisement, but remember its all
about whats on the inside. Beauty
expert and author of Amazinger Face,
Zo Foster Blake, recommends focusing
on the products ingredients, rather than
price, when looking for a good beauty
buy. You can buy a moderately
priced night cream that is packed with
glycolic acid or peptides and get far
better results than a very expensive
cream that lacks those ingredients,
Zo says. [Look for] ingredients that

actually do something, like AHAs


[alpha-hydroxy acids], which exfoliate
and cleanse, antioxidants, which claim
to slow ageing, and vitamin A, which
can reduce wrinkles and brown spots.

Choose products
which suit you

To help curb spending, opt for the most


suitable products for you. That means
beauty items that will work for your
lifestyle (and budget!). I think where
women go wrong when it comes to
beauty products is when they buy
something because it works or looks

great on their friend, says Liz Kelsh, the


head make-up artist for Max Factor
Australia. Beauty is never a one-sizeits-all purchase and its much better
value to seek professional advice and
ind products that are particular to
your skins needs. There are so many
different skincare products out there,
I think its more about inding out what
your skin needs, rather than should I go
for expensive or cheaper products. >

1. Revitanail Nail
Strengthener, 14ml, $19.95.
2. Burts Bees Honey Lip
Balm, 4.25g, $6.95.
3. Vaseline Intensive Care
Spray Moisturiser Advanced
Strength, 190g, $9.99.
4. LOral Paris Elvive
Fibralogy Thickening
Shampoo, 250ml, $5.95.
5. NIVEA In-Shower Rich
Body Lotion, 400ml, $7.99.
6. Go-To Skincare Lips!,
15g, $15.
7. Dr LeWinns Hand & Nail
Cream SPF 15, 100g, $19.95.
8. Lanolips 101 Ointment
Multipurpose Superbalm,
15g, $17.95.

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TOP TIP:
REPURPOSE
PRODUCTS

We all buy more than we


need and are guilty of using
only a small portion of the
beauty products we have.
Our skin only needs a
handful of products, but they
need to work hard, to defend,
hydrate and renew, says Zo
Foster-Blake. A cleanser that
removes make-up, a serum
or face oil that acts as a skin
booster or problem-solver,
antioxidants, moisturiser,
chemical exfoliation and,
of course, sun protection
form a simple, effective
and powerful artillery.
Liz Kelsh says a cleanser
and exfoliant that are
appropriate for your age
and skin should be irst on
your shopping list. It doesnt
matter how expensive your
moisturiser is if its being
applied over dead skin. This and
nailing the perfect foundation for
your skin, should be your irst beauty
wardrobe priority, she advises. #

A rose-coloured lipstick
can double as a cream
blush, while a shimmery
eyeshadow can be used
as a highlighter for
your cheekbones.

Cut down on multitasking products

Weve all heard of the wonder


products that claim to do
four or ive things at once,
but often you will end up
overcompensating because
they dont work as well. The
problem with some multipurpose products is they
over-promise and underdeliver, says Zo Foster Blake.
Most products can do one
or two things well, but asking any
product to do ive things competently is
absurd. So, rather than throw $20 at a
BB cream, spend $15 on a decent SPF
moisturiser and $15 on a foundation.
Its worth it.
Liz Kelsh agrees, saying, Im not
a huge fan of multi-tasking when it
comes to skincare. I think its much
better to keep it simple and address your
speciic skin needs. Especially if youre
on a budget, as using the right skincare
for your skin means you will spend
less on make-up as your foundation
will glide on and last all day.

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1. Dove Summer Glow Gradual Self


Tan Body Lotion, 250ml, $7.36.
2. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
400ml, $12.99.
3. Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula
Daily Skin Therapy, 250ml, $7.39.
4. Bio-Oil, 60ml, $14.95.
5. Lucas Papaw Ointment, 25g, $5.99.
6. Natio Ageless Gentle Daily Face
Cleanser, 100g, $17.95.
7. Batiste Dry Shampoo Original,
200ml, $9.95.
8. Avne Thermal Spring Water,
50ml, $9.99.
9. Sukin Super Greens Facial
Recovery Serum, 30ml, $17.95.
10. Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes,
25 wipes, $6.99.

Beauty
top tip

YOU DONT HAVE


TO SPEND BIG TO
GET RESULTS

A quality serum is a good


investment for the skin. Serums are
loaded with concentrated actives in
high doses, which is why they cost more,
but they will do all the heavy lifting
when it comes to genuine changes to
the skin, says Zo Foster-Blake.

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1 Nothing makes a woman
more beautiful than
a compassionate heart, inner
happiness and confidence.
2 My number one beauty tip
is read the ingredient list on
make-up and skincare to avoid
chemicals such as parabens,
silicone, talc and bismuth that
can irritate and age the skin.
3 My daily skin routine involves
Im all about clean, clear skin.
I double cleanse and moisturise
morning and night, exfoliate and
apply a mask every other day,
and I also invest in regular oxygen
facials for maintenance.
4 The most common beauty
mistake women make is
wearing too much make-up
or the wrong colour foundation.
5 My signature fragrance
is Bvlgari Omnia. Its been
discontinued and I think I have
bought every bottle left!

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DEFY AGEING
Its no secret that as we age, skin can
lose its elasticity. To help firm and lift, try:
1. Alpha Keri Body Slimfit Bust Lift and
Firm Cream, 200ml, $49.95. 2. Clinique
Sculptwear Lift and Contour Serum for
Face and Neck, 50ml, $108. 3. Elemis
Pro-Collagen Neck and Dcollet Balm,
50ml, $150. 4. Sisley Intensive Firming
Bust Compound, 50ml, $320.

Treat yourself Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging


Antioxidant Infusion Essence 140ml $130. Achieve a flawless
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1. Akin by Alchemy Dry
Shampoo, 150ml, $14.95.
Containing bamboo and rice
powder, this dry shampoo
gives instant volume and texture, refreshes hair and has no residue build-up.
2. Klorane Leave-In Spray with Flax Fiber, 125ml, $19.95. A spray that
provides instant volume, by lifting the roots and adding texture.
3. Richard Ward Anti-ageing Argan Elixir, 50ml, $19.95. Increases volume
and shine, while targeting the efects of ageing on the hair and scalp.
4. John Frieda Luxurious Volume Forever Full Hairspray, 283g, $15.99.
Give ne hair lush body and hold that lasts all day.

All about the base


Natio Natural Radiance
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1. Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Brightening Skin


Primer, $39. A coloured corrective gel primer that
has a blend of beneficial ingredients, including
algae extract and vitamin E, which assists in
keeping skin hydrated for longer-lasting make-up.
2. Dermalogica Redness Relief Primer SPF20, $70.
A new facial primer with a sheer green tint
that calms irritation and protects the skin
from UVA/UVB exposure.

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fresh and spicy notes of ginger
flower, followed by tiger orchid,
night jasmine and ylang-ylang.

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list
Sheree Mutton reveals her
favourite products from the
beauty counter.

X LOral Paris Colour


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in Doutzens Delicate
Rose, $21.95.
An ultra-vibrant,
illuminating pink lipstick
that will instantly
brighten your look.

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Sass & Bide Love Notes Florescence candle,


$90. The Australian fashion label has
collaborated with Cire Trudon to create a range
of beautifully-scented candles, including this
one which has a fresh fragrance.

X Rimmel London
Volume Colourist
Mascara, $18.95.
Instantly volumises
lashes, while its semipermanent lash-tint
progressively blackens
the lashes over time.
W Jurlique
Activating
Water
Essence,
150ml, $70.
A highlyconcentrated
formula
featuring
marshmallow
root extract
which softens
and revitalises
the skin while
improving
its ability
to retain
moisture.

W Este Lauder Bronze


Goddess Limited Edition
Lip And Cheek Summer Glow
in Fuchsia Lights, $55. This
multi-tasking colour stick for
lips and cheeks delivers a
natural flush and burst of shine.

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TLancme Juicy
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cushion applicator
makes this luscious lip
colour easy to glide on.
There are 14 fabulous
shades to choose from.

T Guerlain Limited Edition


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New hope

FOR MEDICAL
CANNABIS

Should we legalise cannabis for


medical use? Professor Kerryn
Phelps reports on controversial new
clinical trials starting in Australia.

Health
ACK IN 1996, I was
working as the medical
reporter for the Today
show on the Nine
Network in Australia.
I travelled with a production crew
to San Francisco to investigate the
move in California to legalise
cannabis for medical use. This new
law enabled legal access to cannabis
for people with cancer, AIDS,
multiple sclerosis and some other
medical conditions, provided that
they had a doctors recommendation.
Canada, Switzerland, the Netherlands
and Israel have legalised programs for
medical cannabis. Conversely, cannabis
is treated as a serious illicit drug in
other countries such as Indonesia,
with a conviction for importing large
quantities attracting the death penalty.
Medical use of cannabis is illegal
in Australia currently, even under
medical supervision, except for
Victoria, which recently legalised
medicinal cannabis for children with
severe epilepsy, starting in 2017.
Also, NSW residents who are aged
18 years and over and have a terminal
illness are eligible to register for the
Terminal Illness Cannabis Scheme.
The irst clinical trials have been
conducted in NSW, with the federal
Parliament passing laws earlier this
year to legalise the growing of cannabis
for medicinal products. The trials aim
to determine conditions where it might
be useful, the best method of delivery,
dose to be used and side-effects.
The conditions to be targeted by the
trials are serious medical problems
where conservative treatments are
limited or ineffective, so these trials
represent hope for these people.

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HOW CANNABIS IS USED


The most common ways cannabis is used
is by inhalation of smoke or vapour, in
food, tea, capsules or a sublingual spray.
Smoking is a common method, but the
smoke can cause damage to your lungs
and airways, and cause inlammation
in your nose, throat and sinuses. In
countries with medical cannabis

Cannabis side-effects
Like any active drug or herbal
medicine, cannabis use can have
some side-effects including:
Depression
Hallucinations
Paranoia
Triggering of psychosis
(particularly in young people)
Dizziness
Heart palpitations
Hunger
Altered perception
Confusion
Slower reaction times (dangerous
if driving or operating machinery)
Addiction (this is less likely with
the lower doses used for medical
purposes compared with the higher
doses generally used recreationally)
Smoking cannabis brings with it
some of the same risks of lung disease
as tobacco and increases the risk of
lung cancer. If you have a medical
recommendation to inhale cannabis,
a vaporizer is the safer and more
reliable method.
Medicinal marijuana must not
contain any pesticides, heavy metals,
fungi, bacteria or other contaminants.

programs, inhalation is recommended


via a speciic type of medical vaporiser.

IS IT EFFECTIVE?
The principal reason for the
Australian medicinal cannabis trials
is to establish effectiveness in speciic
medical conditions where the options
for medical treatments are limited,
such as intractable childhood epilepsy.
Researchers will also be looking at
different strains, preparations and
delivery methods of cannabis to test
which are most effective and safe.
Speciic formulations are designed so
they do not cause a stoned effect.
There is evidence for cannabis being
effective in treating a number of dificult
conditions including:
Cancer-related nausea, loss of
appetite, weight loss and debilitation.

Nausea and vomiting related


to chemotherapy.
Some forms of chronic pain,
including nerve pain.
Muscle spasms of multiple sclerosis.
Cannabis will not cure the
underlying problem, but may help
manage symptoms and reduce reliance
on other pharmaceutical medication.
I expect once a medicinal cannabis
program is running, doctors will only
recommend it where standard medical
treatments are not giving adequate
relief or where medications are likely
to cause unacceptable side-effects.

OTHER PRECAUTIONS
Different types of cannabis have
different effects and side-effects. Be
clear about why you are considering
cannabis. Could your symptoms have
a legal, safe and effective remedy?
The aim is to use small doses to the
point of symptom relief. Higher doses
will achieve a high, but this is more
likely to cause unwanted side-effects.
If you have any medical condition
affecting your lungs or breathing
capacity, smoking tobacco or cannabis
can make it worse.
Do not use cannabis in any form
if you are pregnant or planning a
pregnancy as it can damage a foetus
and may increase the risk of some
future childhood cancers. The active
ingredient also crosses into breast milk
so cannabis use is contraindicated
while you are breastfeeding.
If you have a family history of
schizophrenia or other psychotic
illness, cannabis is best avoided.
If you have a history of heart disease,
you need to be cautious because the
adverse effects of cannabis on heart
disease are not known.

WITHDRAWAL EFFECTS
Because cannabis is addictive, if you
use it at high doses regularly, physical
dependence is a possibility and if you
stop using it, you can experience a
withdrawal syndrome including several
days of irritability, restlessness, sleeping
problems, nausea and hot lushes. #
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Medical Q & A

Ask the doctor


Our medical expert, Professor Kerryn Phelps,
answers questions on abdominal pain, vitamins,
twins, fungal infections and going smoke-free.

I have a niggling dull pain in


my lower right-hand side that
comes and goes. Is this just
sore muscles or should I be concerned?
B.B., NSW.
An undiagnosed pain in your abdomen
should always be checked by your doctor.
There are a multitude of possible causes
including bowel cancer, low grade
appendicitis, bowel inflammation,
a hernia, ovarian cyst or other
gynaecological problem.

If I eat fruit, do I need to also


take vitamin C tablets or
multivitamins? F.E., Tas.
Your body cannot produce vitamin C,
so you need to eat foods containing
vitamin C every day. If this is not possible,
then I advise taking a supplement.
Multivitamins are useful where diet
or digestion of food is inadequate.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL SUESSE.

My son and daughter-in-law


dress their twin baby girls
identically, but I dont think this
is good for them. I think they should grow
up as separate identities. Am I just being
an interfering nana? A.T., Vic.
I am sure your opinion would be valued if
it was sought by the parents of the twins.

HAVE A QUESTION?

In infancy, dressing twins alike is often


just convenient for the parents. At some
point, the girls will start to express their
individual preferences in their clothes and
hairstyles, and that is when they will start
to dress diferently.

Do fungal toenail infections


really take months to clear, as
it says on the bottle of antifungal treatment I got from the chemist.
Can you suggest anything that works
faster? K.S., Qld.
Fungal nail infections are stubborn
and tend to recur if they are not treated
consistently until the infection is resolved.
You should be seeing a result within a
few months, but it can take up to a year
for the infection to clear with topical
treatment. More severe infections will
need oral antifungal medicine.

What should I say when the


pharmacist asks if I want a
generic medication? It often
isnt clear how much money I save and
I wonder if the pharmacist is out to con me.
If the doctor wanted me to have a generic,
wouldnt he prescribe me one? E.R, WA.
Some generic medications are
pharmaceutically equivalent, while others

If you have a question for Professor Kerryn Phelps,


write to: Ask The Doctor, GPO Box 4178, Sydney, NSW 2001 or email openline@
bauer-media.com.au. Letters cannot be answered personally. See the Contents page
in this issue for the location of Bauer Media Limiteds Privacy Notice.

Time to quit
This years budget
announced there will
be a series of 12.5 per
cent increases in
tobacco excise for each
of the next four years.
That means, by 2020, a
packet of cigarettes will
cost about $40. Public
health experts hope
that this measure will
encourage a continuing
drop in the number of
smokers, so that Australia will soon
become virtually smoke-free.

are not. Your doctor has the option


to decline brand substitution, but they
may not tick the box. If you prefer a
particular brand of medication because
it is familiar to you, insist the pharmacist
supply that brand.

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Improve your memory
and stay sharp with
these six simple diet
changes, writes
Dr Joanna McMillan.
UST LIKE ALL the organs
in the body, your brain needs
fuel to perform at its best.
Eating healthy food that
powers your brain can
prevent you feeling sluggish, improve
concentration and help you maintain
clarity and focus throughout the day.
Those are the immediate beneits,
but studies also show that what we eat
now may help ward off brain-related
diseases such as Alzheimers and other
forms of dementia in old age. That
should concern us all since dementia
is the second leading cause of death in
Australia and there is currently no cure.

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BRAIN
POWER

So, what does your brain need to


perform at its best and stay as healthy
as possible?

Cut back on saturated and


trans fats
Several studies have found those
who eat a high intake of saturated fat
have a greater risk of cognitive decline
and dementia as they age. This may
be due to saturated fat itself, or a high
saturated fat intake may be a marker
for a poorer diet and less nutrients the
brain needs. Other studies associated
saturated and trans fats with worse
memory and poorer brain function.

What it certainly means is that a


diet of fatty meats and meat products,
pies, pastries, cakes, biscuits and deepfried foods all high in saturated fat
are not good for brain health.

Eat more omega-3 fatty acids


On the contrary, people who eat
a lot of ish have a lower risk of
dementia. The reason is likely due to
their higher intake of omega-3 fatty
acids found in oily ish and seafood.
These long-chain fats are found in
concentrated amounts in the brain,
so we know they are important for
optimal brain function. They have >
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Make extra virgin olive oil


a pantry staple
People who eat more
monounsaturated fats score better
on cognitive tests, while those that
eat a Mediterranean-style diet have
been shown to have a lower risk of
cognitive decline and Alzheimers
disease. There are many aspects of this
diet that may be protective, including
a high intake of ish, but the type
of fat again plays a starring role.
Extra virgin olive oil is primarily
monounsaturated fat, but its
also a rich source of several
antioxidants and beneicial plant
compounds. It truly is a superfood and seems to be a winner
for brain health.
Its a myth that you cant cook
with extra virgin olive oil. Being
a mono fat makes it very stable
and less prone to oxidation than
polyunsaturated fats, plus the
antioxidants help protect the oil.
Make it your pantry staple for
cooking and dressings. It even
helps absorb more antioxidants
from your vegies its a win-win!
Other good sources of
monounsaturated fats include
avocado (avocado oil is another
terriic option for cooking and
dressings), peanuts and many tree
nuts, including almonds, cashews,
macadamias, pecans and pistachios.
Tuck into a handful of nuts daily
for both heart and brain health.

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Go for smart carbs


The brain is a glucose-greedy
organ. Compared to other
animals, we have very big brains and
they use a lot of glucose to fuel brain
cells. The brain will, therefore, work
best if there is a nice steady supply of
glucose via the blood.
If youre eating poor-quality foods
full of added sugars and reined starch
think rice crackers, highly processed
low-ibre cereals, white bread, banana
bread, mufins, cakes, lollies, soft
drinks, energy drinks, low-fat snack
bars and white rice and eating them
regularly throughout the day, your
blood glucose levels will be all over
the shop! Immediately after eating,
your blood glucose will be sky high,
quickly followed by a trough an hour
or so later. Your brain picks up this
drop in blood glucose and sends you
signals to eat again the brain doesnt
like low blood glucose. So you enter
that cycle of eating every couple of
hours, relying on sugary or starchy
foods to pick up your energy levels
and concentration. Thats bad news

Smart carbs include wholegrain low


GI breads (sourdough is a great
option), muesli or oats, some highibre cereals, legumes, barley, quinoa,
amaranth, buckwheat (including soba
noodles), wholegrain pasta, brown
basmati rice and most fruits.

A plus for caffeine


While we usually think
negatively about caffeine, it
actually might be good for the brain!
A couple of studies have linked coffee
intake with a lower risk of Alzheimers
disease, while in the short-term, caffeine
can improve concentration and
cognitive performance. The trick is
not to overdo it. A coffee right before
an important presentation can be a
good idea and you can certainly safely
enjoy three or four small coffees a day
(just dont add sugar or a lavoured
syrup). Coffee also contains some
antioxidants that might explain
some of the beneicial effects.
Another fabulous drink is tea,
especially green tea. Yet even black tea
contains antioxidants and a smaller
amount of caffeine than coffee.

for brain health, not to mention


weight control and overall vitality.
Instead, go for what I call smart
carbs. These are nutrient- and ibrerich, but also low GI. This means they
are digested and absorbed slowly,
trickling glucose into your blood and
providing a steady stream to the brain.

Load up on different
coloured vegetables
and fruit
You hear it all the time eat
more vegies and fruit but it
really is important and not
just for heart health and
weight control. Plant foods
are packed with what we call
phytochemicals. These are
compounds over and above the
vitamins and minerals we know
to be essential, but they have a
wide range of beneicial effects,
some of which we are only
just discovering. There is no
replacement for eating whole
foods and ensuring plant foods
are a mainstay in your diet.
For brain health, they are antiinlammatory and protective against
cell damage. Be sure to include as many
different types as possible and the
recommended ive vegies and two fruit
is a good place to start, but consider that
your minimum, especially for vegies. #

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been shown to reduce inlammation in


the brain and promote the growth of
new brain cells just what we want
for brain health and a sparky mind!
Youll ind shorter-chain omega-3s
in some plant foods, including chia,
laxseed and almonds, but we have
only a limited capacity to use these to
make the long-chain ones (called EPA
and DHA) important for the brain.
To boost your intake of these directly,
tuck into oily ish such as salmon,
trout or sardines two or three times
a week (yes, the canned ones count).
You could also take a supplement,
although these cant replicate all of
the advantages of a diet high in ish.

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Your health

3.5 million
THATS THE NUMBER OF
AUSTRALIAN WOMEN WHO HAVE
EXPERIENCED MENTAL ILLNESS,
NEW RESEARCH SHOWS.

CERVICAL CANCER RATES DECLINE Cervical cancer rates remain


at an historical low of seven new cases per 100,000 women, according to the
Cervical Screening in Australia 2013-2014 report. Deaths are also low at two per
100,000, while cervical high-grade abnormalities have decreased, likely due to girls
being vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV). The research shows more
than 3.8 million women aged 20 to 69 took part in cervical screening in 2013-2014.

The study from the Australian Health Policy


Collaboration, in collaboration with Victoria
University, found that poor mental health is
the leading cause of disability in Australian
women, with younger women, aged 16-24,
reporting the highest rates of mental
disorders. One in five mothers of children
aged two years or less are diagnosed
with depression.

Sheree Mutton looks at the decreasing


rates of cervical cancer, how working less can
improve brain function and more.
BREAKTHROUGH IN BRAIN CANCER
Researchers at the University of Queensland
and the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research
Institute have identified a protein which can
afect the growth of brain cancer. Queensland
Brain Institute Deputy Director, Professor
Linda Richards, says low levels of NFIB protein
were linked with poor survival in the most
fatal form of brain cancer glioblastoma
(GBM). Our study identied that increasing
the level of NFIB in human brain cancer cells
stopped the cancer from growing, says
Professor Richards. This opens the door
for long-term research into whether we
can prevent the cancers in the rst place.

Three-day work week is ideal


A recent University of Melbourne study
has discovered that working part-time, as
opposed to full-time, has a positive impact
on the cognitive function of Australians
over 40. The study consisted of 6500
Australians who were tested in three areas,
memory, reading and perceptive ability. It
found working both zero hours and 50-60
hours per week lead to the same lowered
levels of cognitive function. More than
eight million Australians work full-time, while
3.8 million work part-time, according to the
latest Australian Bureau of Statistics gures.

DID YOU KNOW? Australian men visit the doctor less frequently
and are more likely to have more serious illnesses than women,
according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Mens Health Week
runs from June 13 to 19 and women are being encouraged to remind
their male family members to have regular health checks.
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INTER IS THE
perfect time to
have a huge pot
of soup on the
stove simmering,
so the warming smells envelop me.
Something else I love about winter
is rugging up and cooking on the
barbecue, and youll i nd the beef
ribs here so more-ish. Having your
family around as you cook the
pumpkin risotto or roll pastry for
the lamb and quince pie will ensure
its a special day. For the tagine,
make the apricots Australian!

Maggies hearty

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Maggie Beer
Maggies tip:

PICTURE
FOOD PREPARATION
CREDITS TO BY
GO NICK
HEREBANBURY.
PLEASE MAGGIE WEARS NICOLA WAITE TOP.

We used
Carme pastry, which is available
frozen in some delicatessens and
gourmet food stores. If unavailable,
find Maggies sour cream pastry
recipe at maggiebeer.com.au.

Lamb and quince pies


For recipe see page 146.

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Barbecued beef
short ribs with vino
cotto and rosemary

Barbecued beef short ribs


with vino cotto and rosemary
SERVES 4 PREP AND COOK TIME 3 HOURS
30 MINUTES (+ REFRIGERATION AND STANDING
TIME) START THIS RECIPE A DAY AHEAD

2kg beef short ribs


cup (80ml) vino cotto
cup (80ml) extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
cup fresh rosemary leaves
cos lettuce and cucumber salad,
to serve
1 Place the beef ribs in a large, shallow,
non-reactive dish. Combine vino cotto, oil,
soy sauce and rosemary in a small bowl;
pour over beef. Cover; refrigerate for about
24 hours, turning occasionally.
2 Preheat a covered barbecue. Place ribs
on barbecue grill; cook for 2-3 minutes
on each side or until well-browned. Turn
of elements directly underneath ribs,
leaving remaining elements on to cook by
indirect heat; close barbecue lid. Maintain
barbecue heat at about 160C. Or roast
the ribs in a large baking dish in the oven
at 160C (140C fan-forced).
3 Cook ribs for 2-3 hours or until very
tender, glazing three to four times with
some of the marinade. Transfer ribs to
a tray; loosely cover with foil. Stand for
30 minutes. Slice beef from the bone.
Uncooked marinated ribs suitable to
freeze. Not suitable to microwave.

Maggies tip:

You may
need to order the beef ribs from
your butcher.

Hearty bean soup


SERVES 4 PREP AND COOK TIME 1 HOUR 20 MINUTES
(+ SOAKING TIME) START THIS RECIPE A DAY AHEAD

cup (100g) dried broad beans


3 cups (750ml) water
1 litre (4 cups) water, extra
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
125g speck, cut into 1cm dice
20g butter
1 medium (150g) brown onion,
chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped finely
4 sprigs fresh thyme

Hearty bean soup

1 medium (120g) carrot, diced


1 stick (150g) celery, trimmed, diced
3 cups (750ml) chicken or vegetable
stock
1 cup (250ml) tomato passata
rind from a 100g piece of parmigiano
reggiano (parmesan cheese), with
1cm cheese remaining
1 small (90g) zucchini, diced
100g green beans, cut into 3cm lengths
50g kale, stalks removed, leaves torn
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf
parsley
extra virgin olive oil, to serve
shaved parmesan, to serve
1 Place the broad beans in a large bowl
with the 3 cups of water. Cover; stand
overnight or for 12 hours.
2 Drain beans. Rinse well; drain. Place beans
in a large saucepan with extra 1 litre of
water; bring to the boil. Skim of any white
bubbles. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered,
for 40 minutes or until tender. Drain.

3 Meanwhile, heat a large saucepan over


medium heat. Add oil and chopped speck;
fry for 3-4 minutes or until lightly golden,
then add butter, onion, garlic and thyme.
Cook, stirring, for 5-6 minutes or until soft
but not coloured. Season lightly with sea
salt and freshly ground black pepper.
4 Add carrot, celery and broadbeans;
cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
5 Add stock to pan; stir well, scraping
browned pieces from base of pan. Add
passata and parmesan rind; bring to the
boil. Skim away any scum from top of
mixture. Place a lid three-quarters over
the pan; simmer for 30 minutes. Add the
zucchini and green beans; simmer, partially
covered, for a further 2-3 minutes or until
zucchini is just tender. Discard the thyme
and parmesan rind; season to taste. Stir
through the torn kale leaves.
6 Ladle soup into bowls; top with parsley,
a drizzle of extra oil and shaved parmesan.
Soup suitable to freeze. Not suitable
to microwave.
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Lamb and quince pies


MAKES 4 PREP AND COOK TIME 3 HOURS
(+ COOLING AND REFRIGERATION TIME)

cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil


1kg trimmed boneless lamb shoulder,
cut into 2cm cubes
60g unsalted butter, chopped
1 large (200g) brown onion, chopped
coarsely
2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
1 tablespoon unbleached plain flour
3 teaspoons tomato paste
1 fresh bay leaf
teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
leaves
cup (125ml) red wine
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 cups (500ml) veal or chicken stock
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, extra
1 small (350g) fresh quince, peeled,
cored, cut into 1cm-thick slices
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf
parsley leaves
2 x 445g packet sour cream shortcrust
pastry, thawed following packet
instructions (see Maggies tip, page 139)
1 free-range egg
1 tablespoon milk
green salad and tomato chutney, to serve
1 Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large,
heavy-based saucepan over high heat.
Cook lamb, in small batches, until browned
all over, adding remaining oil when
necessary. Transfer lamb to a medium
bowl. Wipe out the pan with paper towel.

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2 Heat butter over medium-low heat;


cook the onion and garlic for about
10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until
softened and lightly caramelised. Return
the lamb to the pan; season with sea salt
and freshly ground black pepper. Stir in
our, tomato paste and herbs. Turn up
the heat; add wine and vinegar, stirring
constantly. Gradually stir in the stock;
reduce heat to low. Simmer gently,
uncovered, for approximately 1 hours
or until lamb is tender this will depend
on the age and quality of the meat. The
meat at this stage should be thickly
coated in the sauce. Transfer to a large
bowl; season to taste. Cool.
3 Meanwhile, heat the extra oil in a medium
non-stick frying pan over medium-high
heat. Add the quince; fry until golden and
tender. Cool. Stir into cooled lamb mixture
with parsley.
4 Lightly grease four 210ml pie tins or
four holes of a Texas ( cup/180ml) muin
pan. Unroll the pastry. You will need to
cut out four x 13.5cm rounds (these are the
pie lids, so need to be slightly larger than
the muin hole), and four x 16.5cm rounds
for the bases. This will be easier if you cut
two bases and two lids from each sheet of
pastry. Ease pastry into pan holes, leaving
a little pastry over the edge to form a lip.
5 Fill pastry cases with lamb lling. Lightly
beat egg and milk in a small bowl; brush
lightly over pastry lip. Put lids into position
and press around edges with a fork to seal.
Using a sharp paring knife, trim pastry and
make a tiny hole in the top of each pie to
allow steam to escape. Refrigerate pies
to chill pastry for about 20 minutes.
6 Meanwhile, preheat oven to 220C
(200C fan-forced). Brush the tops of pies
with egg wash again; bake for 20 minutes.
Reduce heat to 180C (160C fan-forced).
Bake for a further 25 minutes. Allow pies
to cool slightly before turning out.
Pies suitable to freeze. Not suitable
to microwave.

Roast pumpkin and


verjuice risotto
SERVES 4 PREP AND COOK TIME 1 HOUR
10 MINUTES

1 litres (6 cups) chicken stock


1kg peeled jap pumpkin, cut into
2cm pieces

cup (80ml) extra virgin olive oil


cup (160ml) verjuice
50g unsalted butter
1 large (200g) brown onion,
chopped finely
2 cups (400g) arborio rice
cup (40g) finely grated parmigiano
reggiano (parmesan cheese)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, extra
cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
shaved parmigiano reggiano (parmesan
cheese), to serve
1 Preheat oven to 240C (220C fanforced). Line a shallow oven tray with
baking paper.
2 Bring stock to a simmer in a medium
saucepan; cover to keep warm.
3 Place the pumpkin on prepared tray.
Drizzle with oil; season to taste with
salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Roast the pumpkin for 20-25 minutes
or until tender and slightly burnished
(caramelised), turning once. Drizzle
the pumpkin with cup (60ml)
of the verjuice.
4 Meanwhile, heat the butter in a
shallow, wide-based, large saucepan
over medium-low heat. Cook the onion,
stirring, for 10 minutes or until soft and
golden. Stir in the rice; cook, stirring,
for 1-2 minutes. Increase heat to high.
Add the remaining verjuice; cook,
stirring, until the liquid evaporates.
Season with sea salt akes; reduce
heat to low. Add a ladle of hot stock;
stir until absorbed.
5 Continue adding the stock, a ladleful
at a time, stirring until each ladleful has
been absorbed, until half of the stock
has been used it should take 10 minutes.
Add two-thirds of the roast pumpkin
and any verjuice on the tray. Add the
remaining stock, a ladleful at a time, until
the rice is cooked, about 20 minutes,
mashing the pumpkin as you stir.
6 Remove the pan from the heat and
stir in the grated parmesan. Season to
taste with sea salt akes and freshly
ground black pepper.
7 Serve the risotto topped with the
remaining roasted pumpkin, drizzled
with extra oil and sprinkled with the
parsley and shaved parmesan.
Not suitable to freeze. Stock suitable
to microwave.

Maggies tips: Use


a vegetable peeler to shave
parmesan. Serve with a crisp
leafy salad for a main meal.

Roast pumpkin and


verjuice risotto

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Free-range chicken and


dried apricot tagine

Free-range chicken and


dried apricot tagine
SERVES 4-6 PREP AND COOK TIME 2 HOURS
(+ STANDING TIME)

1.5kg free-range chicken thigh fillets,


cut into 4cm-5cm pieces
1 tablespoon ras el hanout (see Maggies
tips)
cup (40g) blanched almonds
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large (200g) brown onion, chopped
coarsely
2 cloves garlic, chopped coarsely
pinch saffron threads
1 cinnamon stick
cup (60ml) water
cup (100g) Australian dried apricots
cup (100g) prunes, pitted
2 teaspoons rosewater
cup (55g) rmly packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon chopped fresh at-leaf
parsley
freekeh (cracked green wheat) or
couscous, to serve
1 Rub chicken with ras el hanout in a
medium bowl; cover with plastic wrap.
Stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
2 Preheat the oven to 200C (180C
fan-forced).
3 Place nuts on an oven tray. Roast for
8 minutes or until golden; cool.
4 Reduce oven temperature to 190C
(170C fan-forced). Heat half the oil in
a heavy-based frying pan over mediumlow heat; cook the onion and garlic,
stirring, for 6 minutes or until soft but
not coloured. Add the safron; transfer
mixture to a large ameproof casserole
dish with a tight-tting lid.
5 Heat remaining oil in the same pan;
cook chicken in batches, seasoning with
sea salt akes and freshly ground black
pepper as you go, until browned all over.
6 Add the chicken, cinnamon and water
to the casserole dish; cover. Transfer to
the oven; cook for 30 minutes.
7 Meanwhile, put the apricots, prunes,
rosewater and sugar in a small saucepan.
Add 1 cup of water; bring to the boil.

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Reduce the heat to low and simmer,


uncovered, for 10 minutes or until the
fruit plumps up. The fruit will absorb
almost all of the liquid.
8 Add the dried fruit mixture to chicken
mixture; stir to combine. Return to oven
for another 20-30 minutes or until the
chicken is tender, but not falling apart.
You may nd there is a lot of liquid left
over if so, remove the chicken and fruit
from the pan with a slotted spoon. Bring
the liquid to the boil on the stove; boil,
uncovered, until a little syrupy. Return
chicken and fruit to pan; season to taste.
9 Spoon the chicken mixture into serving
bowls; scatter with the nuts and parsley.

Serve with freekeh or couscous prepared


following packet instructions, if desired.
Suitable to freeze. Not suitable
to microwave.

Maggies tips: Ras el hanout


is a North African spice mix which
can contain over 20 spices. Meaning
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Main course

SALADS
Michele Cranstons flavourpacked salads will keep
you feeling full and satisfied
in the colder months.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAMES MOFFATT
STYLING BY OLIVIA BLACKMORE

Roast vegetables with


fried onions and sausages
For recipe, see page 156.

Mid-week dinners

FOOD PREPARATION BY NICK BANBURY.

Eggplant, kale
and lentil salad
For recipe, see
page 156.

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Hot smoked salmon


with sesame salad

Hot smoked salmon


with sesame salad
SERVES 4 PREP TIME 20 MINUTES

2 green onions (green shallots),


sliced finely
100g bean sprouts, trimmed
1 medium (120g) carrot, peeled, grated
1 medium (200g) red capsicum,
julienned
100g snow peas, sliced finely
1 cup coriander leaves
500g hot smoked salmon fillet, flaked
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
DRESSING
cup (70g) hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1 DRESSING: Place all ingredients in
a screw-top jar; shake to combine.
2 Combine vegetables and coriander
in a large mixing bowl; add half the
Dressing and toss to combine.
3 Arrange the vegetable salad over
a serving platter. Top with the flaked
salmon and sesame seeds. Drizzle
with remaining Dressing.
Not suitable to freeze or microwave.

Braised fennel with bacon,


pear and watercress
SERVES 4 PREP AND COOK TIME 25 MINUTES

40g butter
6 (220g) shortcut bacon rashers,
sliced finely
2 large (700g) fennel bulbs, trimmed,
cut into thin wedges
cup (125ml) apple juice
1 medium (230g) green pear, sliced
finely, julienned
1 bunch watercress, sprigs picked
DRESSING
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil
1 DRESSING: Place all ingredients in
a screw-top jar; shake to combine.
2 Melt butter in a large frying pan over

Braised fennel
with bacon, pear
and watercress

medium heat. Add bacon; cook, stirring,


until it is crisp and golden. Remove with
a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel.
3 Add the fennel and apple juice to the
pan; cook, covered, for 5 minutes. Uncover,
season with sea salt and freshly ground
black pepper, and continue to cook the
fennel, uncovered, turning once, until
the liquid has evaporated.
4 Transfer the fennel to a serving dish and
add the pear and watercress. Top with the
bacon pieces and drizzle with the Dressing.
Not suitable to freeze or microwave.

The sweetness
of the braised fennel
and pear is beautifully
off-set by the saltiness
of the bacon and
peppery bite of the
watercress.
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Roast pumpkin and


beetroot salad
SERVES 4 PREP AND COOK TIME 1 HOUR

1 cup (200g) green wheat freekeh


(see Micheles tip)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon ground coriander
800g pumpkin, cut into thick wedges
4 medium (700g) beetroots, peeled,
cut into 2cm pieces
50g baby rocket leaves
cup (40g) roasted cashews, chopped
mustard cress, to garnish
DRESSING
1 tablespoon finely chopped
lemon grass
cup (200g) Greek-style yogurt
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon finely grated ginger
teaspoon sea salt

Soba noodle salad


with fried prawns

Soba noodle salad


with fried prawns
SERVES 4 PREP AND COOK TIME 35 MINUTES

16 (1kg) uncooked king prawns


300g soba noodles
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 large fresh red chillies, seeded,
sliced thinly
100g baby spinach leaves
2 green onions (green shallots),
sliced finely
10 snow peas, trimmed, sliced finely
coriander leaves, to serve
DRESSING
2 sticks lemon grass, white part only,
chopped finely
1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
cup (60ml) soy sauce
cup (60ml) sesame oil
1 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons caster sugar
2 tablespoons lime juice

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1 DRESSING: Place all ingredients in


a screw-top jar; shake to combine.
2 Shell and devein the prawns, leaving
their tails intact.
3 Bring a large saucepan of water to
the boil; cook the noodles until just
tender. Drain the noodles; transfer to
a large bowl. Shake the Dressing well;
toss a little of the Dressing through
the noodles.
4 Meanwhile, heat a large frying pan
over high heat; add the oil. Cook the
prawns, in batches, for a few minutes
on each side or until browned lightly.
Remove from pan. Add the chilli and
spinach to the pan; stir-fry until spinach
is just wilted. Add the noodles, onion
and snow peas; toss to combine.
5 Divide the noodle mixture between
four warm bowls. Top with the prawns
and the coriander. Spoon over the
remaining Dressing.
Not suitable to freeze or microwave.

1 Preheat oven to 180C (160C fan-forced).


Line two baking trays with baking paper.
2 Place the freekah in a saucepan with
1 litres of water and 1 teaspoon of sea
salt. Bring to the boil: reduce heat and
simmer, partially covered, for 45 minutes
or until just tender. Drain well; transfer
to a large bowl to cool.
3 Meanwhile, place the oil in a large bowl.
Add the ground coriander and season
well with sea-salt and freshly ground
black pepper. Add the pumpkin pieces
and toss to coat, then transfer to one
of the prepared trays.
4 Add the beetroot to the bowl and toss
in the remaining oil. Transfer to prepared
tray. Roast the beetroot and the pumpkin
in the oven for 40 minutes.
5 DRESSING: Combine all the ingredients
in a small bowl or jug.
6 Arrange the freekah, rocket, beetroot
and pumpkin on a serving plate; drizzle
with Dressing and top with the cashews
and cress.
Not suitable to freeze or microwave.

Micheles tip:

Green wheat
freekeh is roasted wheat grains
harvested while young, or green. Its
low GI and high in fibre. If unavailable,
use pearl barley or brown rice and
cook according to packet directions.

Roast pumpkin and


beetroot salad

Eggplant, kale
and lentil salad

For more great recipes


search salads on

This eggplant
salad is also delicious
served alongside
grilled sausages or
barbecued meat.
Roast vegetables with
fried onions and sausages
SERVES 4 PREP AND COOK TIME 50 MINUTES

10 Brussels sprouts, trimmed, halved


500g cauliflower, cut into florets
cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil
3 large Italian-style sausages
2 medium (340g) red onions,
sliced thinly
teaspoon finely chopped fresh
rosemary leaves
2 tablespoons dried cranberries
1 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf
parsley leaves

Eggplant, kale and lentil salad


SERVES 4-6 PREP AND COOK TIME 40 MINUTES

2 large (1kg) eggplants, cut into 2cm pieces


teaspoon sea salt flakes
1/
2 cup (100g) French-style green lentils
1 (200g) red capsicum, diced
1 (120g) zucchini, diced
1 (550g) celeriac, peeled, diced
1 clove garlic, chopped finely
cup (125ml) extra virgin olive oil
100g kale, trimmed, finely sliced
2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
1 Preheat oven to 180C (160C fan-forced).
Line a baking tray with baking paper.
2 Place the eggplant in a colander and
sprinkle with the sea salt.
3 Place lentils into a saucepan with 1 litre
(4 cups) of water; bring to a simmer and
cook for 20 minutes or until tender. Drain.

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4 Meanwhile, place the capsicum,


zucchini, celeriac and garlic in a bowl
with 2 tablespoons of the oil. Season
with sea salt and freshly ground black
pepper and toss to combine. Transfer
to the prepared baking tray and roast
for 40 minutes.
5 Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a
non-stick frying pan; cook eggplant in
batches over medium heat until golden
brown. Add more oil as required.
6 Place the kale in a large bowl and
drizzle with the remaining tablespoon
of the oil. Rub the oil into the kale to
soften the leaves a little, then add the
cooked eggplant, roast vegetables,
lentils and pomegranate molasses.
Season to taste, toss to combine, then
arrange on a serving platter. Serve with
crispbread and goats cheese, if desired.
Not suitable to freeze or microwave.

1 Preheat oven to 180C (160C fan-forced).


Line an oven tray with baking paper.
2 Toss the sprouts and cauliflower with
2 tablespoons of the oil on prepared tray.
Spread vegetables into a single layer.
Season with sea salt and freshly ground
black pepper. Roast for 40 minutes or
until tender.
3 Squeeze the meat from the sausage
casings (discard casings), breaking it up
into small pieces. Heat the remaining oil
in a large frying pan; add the sausage
meat. Cook, stirring occasionally, over
a medium heat until the sausage meat
has browned. Add the onion and
rosemary; cook, stirring occasionally,
for a further 10 minutes or until lightly
caramelised. Add the cranberries; cook
for a further 5 minutes.
4 Add the roast vegetables to the frying
pan; stir lightly to combine. Serve scattered
with the parsley.
Not suitable to freeze or microwave.

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Julies family mince


favourites
Scotch eggs
For recipe,
see page 162.

Julie Goodwin

Cooking delicious
dinners neednt cost
the earth and sticking
to a budget doesnt
have to mean boring.
The whole family will
love these jazzed-up
mince recipes from
Julie Goodwin.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN PAUL URIZAR
STYLING BY MICHAELA LE COMPTE

Stuffed eggplant with lamb


SERVES 4 PREP AND COOK TIME 1 HOUR

FOOD PREPARATION BY NICK BANBURY.

25 MINUTES

2 large (1kg) eggplants


2 teaspoons coarse cooking salt
cup (80ml) extra virgin olive oil
2 medium (300g) brown onions,
chopped
500g lamb mince
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2 slices bread, processed to coarse
crumbs
1 cups (160g) grated tasty cheese
mixed leaf salad, to serve
1 Preheat oven to 200C (180C fan-forced).
Line an oven tray with baking paper.
2 Halve eggplants lengthways; scoop out
the flesh, leaving about 1cm border inside
each eggplant. Place eggplant shells on
prepared tray; cover with foil, bake for
25 minutes. Meanwhile, cut the eggplant

Stuffed eggplant
with lamb

flesh into 2cm cubes; place in a large


sieve. Sprinkle eggplant with the salt;
stand for 10 minutes.
3 Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large
frying pan over medium-high heat; cook
the onion, stirring, for 8 minutes or until
softened. Increase the heat to high; add
mince. Cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes
or until browned.
4 Brush excess salt of eggplant; Pat dry
with paper towel. Push mince to edge of
pan; heat the remaining oil in centre of

pan. Add the eggplant; cook, stirring,


for about 5 minutes or until eggplant is
tender. Stir in the garlic and spices; cook
until fragrant. Stir in the breadcrumbs.
5 Spoon the mixture into the partially
cooked eggplant halves; bake, uncovered,
for 10 minutes. Top each with cup of
the cheese. Bake for a further 15 minutes
or until the cheese is golden and bubbling.
6 Serve with a mixed leaf salad, if desired.
Mince mixture suitable to freeze. Not
suitable to microwave.
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This delicious twist on the


classic sausage roll will have
everyone wanting more.

Thai chicken
sausage rolls

Spaghetti and meatballs


SERVES 6 PREP AND COOK TIME 1 HOUR
(+ REFRIGERATION TIME)

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


2 medium (300g) brown onions,
chopped finely
2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
1.25 litres (5 cups) tomato passata
(Italian tomato cooking sauce)
teaspoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
500g spaghetti
chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, to serve
MEATBALLS
750g pork mince
250g lean beef mince
4 eggs
1 cup (80g) grated parmesan cheese
1 large clove garlic, crushed
1 cup (70g) fresh breadcrumbs
100g mozzarella cheese, cut into
1cm cubes
1 MEATBALLS: Using your hands, combine
both minces, eggs, parmesan, garlic and
breadcrumbs in a large bowl; season well.
Using damp hands, roll the mixture into
balls about the size of a golf ball. Press
a cube of mozzarella into the centre of
each meatball; make sure it is completely
covered with the mince mixture. Place
balls on a plate; cover, refrigerate for at
least 30 minutes before cooking.
2 Heat the oil in a large frying pan over
medium-low heat. Add onion and garlic;
cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until the
onion is soft but not coloured.
3 Stir in the passata, oregano, sugar and
vinegar; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes
or until thickened slightly. Taste the sauce,
then add salt, pepper, extra sugar or
vinegar as required.
4 Drop the chilled meatballs into the
sauce; simmer gently, uncovered, for
30 minutes.
5 Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in a
large saucepan of boiling salted water,
uncovered, until just tender; drain.
6 Serve the meatballs and sauce with
spaghetti; sprinkle with parsley.
Suitable to freeze. Not suitable
to microwave.

Spaghetti and meatballs

Thai chicken sausage rolls


MAKES 64 PIECES PREP AND COOK TIME 1 HOUR

The quantity in this recipe is pretty huge,


but they will be very popular! If you dont
need this many sausage rolls, you can
freeze some before baking.
500g chicken sausages
500g chicken mince
1 egg, beaten lightly
cup (35g) fresh breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon red curry paste
2 tablespoons chopped coriander
roots and stems
1 fresh small red chilli, seeded,
chopped finely
4 green onions (green shallots),
sliced
4 sheets frozen butter puff pastry,
partially thawed
1 egg, beaten lightly, extra
Thai sweet chilli sauce, to serve
1 Preheat oven to 200C (180C fan-forced).
Line two oven trays with baking paper.

2 Squeeze the mince from the sausages.


Using your hands, combine the sausage
mince, mince, egg, breadcrumbs, sauce,
paste, coriander, chilli and onion in a
medium bowl.
3 Place the pastry on a board; cut each
sheet in half. Work with the pastry while
its still a little bit firm from the freezer
as it is easier to handle.
4 Place one-eighth of the mince mixture
along the centre of the pastry. Brush
one side of the pastry with a little of the
extra beaten egg, then roll the other
side of the pastry over to enclose the
mince mixture.
5 Bake rolls for 40 minutes until pastry
is pufed and golden. Cut each roll into
eight pieces. Serve with sweet chilli sauce.
Rolls suitable to freeze at the end of
Step 4. Not suitable to microwave.

Julies tip: You can cut the


rolls in half before or after baking
to make 16 long rolls, if you prefer.

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Scotch eggs
MAKES 8 PREP AND COOK TIME 45 MINUTES

10 free-range eggs, at room temperature


500g good-quality sausage mince
250g beef mince
3 cups (225g) panko (Japanese)
breadcrumbs
cup (70g) tomato sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
2 cups (300g) plain flour
vegetable oil, to deep-fry
aioli, lemon wedges and fresh dill,
optional, to serve

Beef and
mushroom ragu

Beef and mushroom ragu


SERVES 4 PREP AND COOK TIME 1 HOUR

cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil


500g button mushrooms, sliced
500g beef mince
1 medium (150g) brown onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
teaspoon dried oregano leaves
2 tablespoons tomato paste
cup (180ml) red wine
400g can crushed tomatoes
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
500g dried pappardelle pasta
cup (25g) freshly grated
parmesan cheese
cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
1 Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large
saucepan over high heat. Cook mushrooms,
in batches, stirring occasionally, until
browned. Remove from the pan.

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2 Heat another 1 tablespoon of oil in same


pan. Cook mince, stirring, until browned;
transfer to a medium bowl. Reduce heat
to medium; add remaining oil. Cook onion
and garlic for about 5 minutes or until soft.
Add oregano and paste; cook, stirring,
for a further 1 minute, or until the paste
changes colour from bright red to orange.
3 Return mushrooms and beef to pan. Add
the wine; simmer, uncovered, until reduced
by half. Stir in the undrained tomatoes,
sugar and salt. Reduce heat to low;
simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally,
for 40 minutes or until thickened. As the
ragu cooks, it will become thicker, richer in
colour and very aromatic. Season to taste.
4 Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large
saucepan of boiling salted water,
uncovered, until just tender; drain.
5 Serve the pasta with ragu; top with
parmesan and basil.
Ragu suitable to freeze. Not suitable
to microwave.

1 Bring a large saucepan of water to a


rolling boil. Gently lower 8 eggs into the
water; boil for 4 minutes. Remove eggs
with a slotted spoon; place in a bowl of
cold water. Peel carefully when cool.
2 Place both minces in a large bowl with
1 cup of the breadcrumbs, sauce, mustard,
curry powder and half each of the salt
and pepper. Using your hands, work the
mixture until well combined, then divide
the mixture into eight equal pieces. Form
each piece into a thin flat oval.
3 Beat the remaining eggs in a shallow
dish. Combine the flour with the remaining
salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Place
remaining breadcrumbs in a shallow dish.
Gently toss a boiled egg in the flour;
shake away the excess. Place an egg on
a patty. Using damp hands, gently wrap
the patty around the egg. Toss gently in
flour; shake away excess. Dip into beaten
egg; drain away excess. Roll egg in crumbs
to coat. Repeat with the remaining eggs.
4 Meanwhile, fill a large saucepan
one-third full with the oil; heat to 180C
(or until a cube of bread turns golden in
15 seconds).
5 Deep-fry the eggs, in batches, for
4-5 minutes or until a deep golden
colour. Drain on paper towels.
6 Serve the eggs with aioli, lemon
wedges and dill, if desired.
Not suitable to freeze or microwave.

For more great recipes


search mince on

Cook It

Choose from three warming desserts to create a


sweet, fuss-free comfort food treat and make the
most of in-season rhubarb, pears and apples.

DARK CHOCOLATE AND PEAR RIPPLE CAKE


Serves 8-10 Prep and cook time 1 hour (+ refrigeration time)
Prepare a 340g butter cake mix following the packet instructions. Fold
in cup grated ripe pear. Pour half the batter into a greased and lined
22cm round cake pan. Sprinkle over cup of hazelnut meal and 50g grated
Lindt Dessert Premium Dark chocolate. Cover with the remaining cake
mix. Drag a bread and butter knife through the batter to create a ripple
efect. Bake in a 180C (160C fan-forced) oven for 35-40 minutes or until
cooked when tested. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire
rack to cool completely. In a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering
water, melt 200g chopped Lindt Dessert Premium Dark chocolate,
stirring with a metal spoon until smooth. Mix in cup sour cream.
Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Spread icing over the top of cooled cake.

TIP: To make cup hazelnut meal, process cup of roasted hazelnuts


to ne crumbs. You could also use almonds, pistachios, macadamias, or
pecans instead of hazelnuts.

BREAD AND BUTTER BANANA PUDDING


Serves 6-8 Prep and cook time 1 hour 15 minutes
Lightly grease an 8-cup capacity baking dish with Ballantyne
Spreadable. Using 8 thick slices of brioche or raisin bread, spread
each slice with 2 teaspoons of Ballantyne Spreadable. Layer
bread in the dish with 2 thickly sliced bananas. Heat combined
600ml thickened cream, 1 cups milk, 1 cinnamon stick and
1 split vanilla bean, until mixture almost reaches boiling point.
Strain mixture into a large jug. In a large bowl, whisk 4 eggs
and cup honey until thick and pale. Gradually whisk hot milk
mixture into egg mixture. Pour over bread in dish and sprinkle
with 1 tablespoon of demerara sugar. Place baking dish into
a larger dish. Add enough just boiled water to come halfway
up the sides of the baking dish. Bake in a 180C (160C fan-forced)
oven for 50-55 minutes, or until the custard is just set when
tested by inserting the tip of a knife into the custard and the knife
comes out clean. Cool pudding for 5 minutes before serving.

TIP: This recipe is also delicious made with plain bread or croissants.

Serves 4-6 Prep and cook time 40 minutes


This recipe uses a Thermomix. In the mixing bowl, combine 6 peeled,
coarsely chopped Granny Smith apples, 1 bunch chopped rhubarb,
cup caster sugar and the juice of lemon. Cook at 100C/15 minutes/
speed soft, with MC on. The fruit will soften and release its juices. Spoon
into a 6-cup capacity baking dish. Using the cleaned and dried Thermomix
mixing bowl, combine cup plain our, cup demerara sugar, 1 teaspoon
ground cinnamon and 100g chopped chilled butter. Pulse for 3-5 seconds/
speed 9, until even crumbs form. Stir in cup aked almonds and
cup desiccated coconut. Pulse for 1 second/speed 9. Sprinkle over
fruit in dish. Bake in 180C (160C fan-forced) oven for 15-20 minutes
or until golden and crunchy on top. Serve with vanilla ice-cream.

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APPLE CINNAMON AND ALMOND CRUMBLE

Vanilla and red wine


poached pears
For recipe,
see page 169.

Sweet
indulgence

NG BY OLIVIA BLACKMORE

Desserts

Warm up this winter


with these rich,
generous desserts
from The Weeklys
latest cookbook,
Food For The Soul.
Rustic apple pie
SERVES 8 PREP AND COOK TIME 1 HOUR
20 MINUTES (+ REFRIGERATION TIME)

FOOD PREPARATION BY ANGELA DEVLIN.

4 medium (600g) red-skinned apples


1 cup (220g) caster sugar
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 cups (750ml) water
2 cups (300g) plain flour
1 tablespoon caster sugar, extra
125g cold unsalted butter, chopped
cup (80ml) iced water, approximately
2 tablespoons milk
cup (55g) demerara sugar
1 tablespoon flaked natural almonds
1 Peel and core the apples; cut into sixths.
Place apples in a medium saucepan with
the caster sugar, rind, juice and the water.
Bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low;
simmer for 10 minutes or until tender.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer the apple
to a medium bowl. Simmer the syrup,
uncovered, for 15 minutes or until
reduced to cup. Cool.
2 Meanwhile, process the flour, extra
sugar and butter until crumbly. Add
enough of the iced water to process
until ingredients come together. Press
the dough into a ball, enclose in plastic
wrap; refrigerate for 30 minutes.
3 Preheat oven to 180C (160C fan-forced).
4 Roll dough between two large sheets of
baking paper into a 35cm round. Remove
the top layer of paper; carefully slide the
dough on paper onto a large oven tray.
5 Pile apple into the centre of the dough,
leaving a 7cm border. Fold pastry edge
up and around apple. Brush milk over the
pastry; sprinkle with demerara sugar.

Rustic apple pie

6 Bake pie for 40 minutes or until the


pastry is golden brown. Just before
serving, spoon some of the syrup over
the pie and sprinkle with almonds.
Not suitable to freeze or microwave.

Test Kitchen tips:


If you would like to give the pie
some colour, add a scatter of frozen
raspberries or blueberries to the
apples before wrapping in the
pastry. The pie can be made 6 hours
ahead. Reheat 20 minutes before
serving. Serve with cream, ice-cream
or custard, if desired.

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4 wedges in the centre. Sprinkle the


crumble over the quince.
5 Bake cake for 1 hours or until a skewer
inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Stand cake in pan for 10 minutes before
transferring to a wire rack to cool. Serve
warm or cooled, drizzled with reserved
syrup and topped with cinnamon.
Not suitable to freeze or microwave.

Poached quince
and chestnut cake

Rhubarb and custard


bread pudding
SERVES 8 PREP AND COOK TIME 1 HOUR
30 MINUTES (+ COOLING AND STANDING TIME)

1 cups (430ml) pouring cream


1 cups (375ml) milk
1 vanilla bean, split lengthways
700g loaf sliced white bread,
crusts removed
60g butter, softened
6 eggs
cup (165g) caster sugar
20g butter, melted, extra
2 tablespoons demerara sugar
RHUBARB AND RASPBERRY JAM
700g trimmed rhubarb, chopped coarsely
cup (110g) caster sugar
1/
3 cup (80ml) water
2/
3 cup (100g) frozen raspberries

Poached quince and


chestnut cake
SERVES 12 PREP AND COOK TIME 4 HOURS

2 medium (700g) quinces, peeled,


quartered, cored
2 cups (440g) caster sugar
cup (125ml) sweet marsala
2 cinnamon sticks, halved
1 vanilla bean, split lengthways
1 litre (4 cups) water
1 cups (185g) self-raising flour
100g ground almonds (almond meal)
teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon mixed spice
250g butter, softened
1 cup (220g) firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup (220g) unsweetened chestnut pure
3 eggs
cup (60ml) milk
CRUMBLE TOPPING
cup (50g) plain flour
cup (75g) firmly packed brown sugar
cup (80g) finely chopped walnuts
75g butter, chopped

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1 Place the quince, caster sugar, marsala,


cinnamon, vanilla bean and the water in a
large saucepan over high heat; bring to the
boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer, uncovered,
for 2 hours or until the quince is tender and
syrup has reduced. Using a slotted spoon,
transfer quince into a medium bowl; cool.
Reserve syrup and cinnamon. Discard the
vanilla bean. Cut quince quarters in half.
2 CRUMBLE TOPPING: Combine the flour,
sugar and walnuts in a small bowl. Rub in
butter until mixture forms coarse crumbs.
3 Preheat oven to 180C (160C fan-forced).
Grease a deep 24cm springform pan; line
the base with baking paper.
4 Push the flour, almond, baking powder
and mixed spice through a fine sieve into
a bowl. Beat butter and brown sugar in
a large bowl with an electric mixer until
pale and ufy. Add chestnut pure;
beat until smooth. Beat in eggs, one at
a time, until just combined. Fold in our
mixture and milk until combined. Spread
mixture into the pan; arrange 12 quince
wedges in a circular pattern, then place

1 RHUBARB AND RASPBERRY JAM: Place


all the ingredients in a large saucepan
over medium heat; bring to a simmer.
Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes or
until thick; cool.
2 Preheat oven to 160C (140C fan-forced).
Grease a 2-litre (8-cup) baking dish.
3 Place cream, milk and vanilla bean in a
medium saucepan over medium heat.
Bring to a simmer; stand for 15 minutes.
4 Meanwhile, spread the bread slices with
the butter, then spread with tablespoons
of the jam. Roll slices to enclose lling.
Halve the slices crossways. Arrange the
bread, cut-side up, in the dish.
5 Whisk the eggs and caster sugar in
a large bowl until combined; whisk in
cream mixture. Strain custard mixture
over bread; stand for 15 minutes.
6 Brush top of pudding with extra butter;
sprinkle with demerara sugar.
7 Bake pudding for 40 minutes or until
just set. Stand pudding for 10 minutes
before serving.
Not suitable to freeze or microwave.

Test Kitchen tips:

You will need


about 1 large bunch of rhubarb for this
recipe. To test if the pudding is cooked,
insert a small sharp knife into the centre
then withdraw the blade. If the blade is
clean, the pudding is ready.

Rhubarb and custard


bread pudding

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Pumpkin gingerbread cake

Vanilla and red wine


poached pears
SERVES 6 PREP AND COOK TIME
40 MINUTES (+ COOLING AND
REFRIGERATION TIME)

6 medium (1.4kg) firm pears


2 cups (500ml) dry red wine
1 cups (375ml) water
2 x 5cm pieces orange rind
cup (125ml) orange juice
1 cup (220g) caster sugar
1 vanilla bean
1 cinnamon stick
1 Peel the pears, leaving the
stems intact.
2 Combine wine, the water,
rind, juice and sugar in a large
saucepan. Halve the vanilla
bean lengthways, scrape the
seeds into the pan; add vanilla
bean and cinnamon stick.
3 Lay pears down in the pan to
cover in wine mixture. Cover
surface with a round of baking
paper and a heatproof small
plate to keep pears submerged.
Bring to the boil. Reduce heat;
simmer, covered, over medium-low heat
for 20 minutes or until the pears are
tender. Transfer pears to a large deep
bowl. Cover to keep warm.
4 Meanwhile, simmer the remaining
liquid in the pan over medium heat
for 10 minutes or until syrupy.
5 Serve warm or cooled pears drizzled
with reduced syrup.
Not suitable to freeze or microwave.

15 MINUTES (+ STANDING TIME)

1 cups (275g) firmly packed


brown sugar
3 eggs
3 cups (450g) self-raising flour
3 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
teaspoon ground nutmeg
teaspoon ground cloves
teaspoon cooking salt
teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 cup (250ml) buttermilk
1 cups (350g) mashed butternut
pumpkin
2 tablespoons thinly sliced
crystallised ginger
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped
roasted pecans
CARAMEL SAUCE
60g butter
cup (110g) firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons dark rum

185g butter, softened


2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5cm piece (25g) fresh ginger,
grated finely

1 Preheat oven to 180C (160C fan-forced).


Grease a deep 22cm bundt pan.
2 Beat the butter, extract, grated ginger
and sugar in a large bowl with an electric

Test Kitchen tips:

Add
a squeeze of lemon juice to the
reduced syrup if it is too sweet. Serve
the pears with whipped cream or
vanilla ice-cream, if desired.

Pumpkin gingerbread cake


SERVES 12 PREP AND COOK TIME 2 HOURS

mixer until pale and flufy.


Beat in the eggs, one at a time,
until just combined. Fold in
combined sifted our, ground
spices, salt and soda with
buttermilk, in two batches,
until combined. Stir in pumpkin.
Spread mixture into pan the
batter should nearly ll the pan.
3 Bake cake on lowest oven
shelf for 50 minutes or until a
skewer inserted into the centre
comes out clean. Stand cake in
the pan for 15 minutes before
turning out onto a wire rack
to cool. Level the base of the
cake, if necessary.
4 CARAMEL SAUCE: Stir the
butter, sugar and the water
in a small saucepan over low
heat, without boiling, until
the butter melts and sugar
dissolves. Bring to the boil;
boil for 3 minutes or until the
sauce thickens. Remove from
heat; stir in rum. Stand sauce
for 5 minutes to thicken.
5 Place the cake on a cake
stand or plate; drizzle with
the sauce. Decorate with crystallised
ginger and pecans. Serve warm or cold.
Cake suitable to freeze. Not suitable
to microwave.

Test Kitchen tips:

You
need to cook 1kg pumpkin for the
amount of mashed pumpkin needed
in this recipe. You can decorate this
cake with Chinese candied ginger
strips, available from Asian grocers.
The cake and syrup can be made
a day ahead; store them separately
at room temperature.

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Rediscover
OATS

Michele Cranston takes a


look at the original health
food and proves theres more
to oats than simple porridge!

Pear and
rhubarb crumble

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN PAUL URIZAR


STYLING BY KRISTEN WILSON

Boost fibre
Pear and rhubarb crumble
SERVES 6 PREP AND COOK TIME 1 HOUR

Spinach tart
with oat pastry

1 bunch (500g) rhubarb, chopped


4 medium (920g) semi-ripe pears,
peeled, cut into 2cm cubes
cup (75g) caster sugar
1 tablespoon orange or lemon juice
1 cup (100g) almond meal (ground
almonds)
1 cup (100g) rolled oats
cup (110g) firmly packed brown sugar
teaspoon ground cinnamon
100g butter, chopped
1 Preheat the oven to 180C (160C
fan-forced).
2 Place the rhubarb, pear, caster sugar
and juice in a large bowl; toss to combine.
Transfer the fruit mixture to an ovenproof
dish (2.5-litre/10-cup capacity).
3 For crumble topping, combine the
almond meal, oats, brown sugar and
cinnamon in a medium bowl. Rub in
the butter until the mixture resembles
buttery crumbs.
4 Cover the fruit with the crumble topping
and bake for 45 minutes or until golden
and the pear is tender.
5 Serve the crumble warm with cream
or custard, if desired.
Suitable to freeze. Not suitable
to microwave.

Spinach tart with oat pastry


SERVES 4-6 PREP AND COOK TIME 1 HOUR

FOOD PREPARATION BY NICK BANBURY. JUG FROM MOZI.COM.AU.

10 MINUTES (+ REFRIGERATION TIME)

cup (65g) rolled oats


cup (75g) plain flour
pinch of salt
90g cold butter, chopped
1 egg, beaten lightly
40g butter, extra
1 medium (350g) leek, trimmed,
rinsed, chopped finely
1 bunch (500g) spinach, stems trimmed,
chopped
120g fresh ricotta cheese
4 eggs, extra
cup (40g) finely grated parmesan
cheese
fresh herbs, to serve
1 Process the oats, flour and salt until the
oats are fine. Add the butter and process

until combined. Add 1 tablespoon of the


egg; process until it comes together in
a ball, adding a little more of the egg if
needed to bring the pastry together.
Remove and flatten to a disc. Wrap in
plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
2 Meanwhile, heat the extra butter in a
medium frying pan over medium heat.
Add the leek; cook, stirring, for 10 minutes
or until soft and golden. Add the spinach
and stir until just wilted. Remove from the
heat and season to taste with sea salt and
freshly ground black pepper. Cool slightly.
Squeeze lightly to remove excess moisture.
3 Preheat the oven to 180C (160C
fan-forced). Grease a 20cm loose-based
flan tin thoroughly; place on an oven tray.
Roll out pastry between two sheets of
baking paper until large enough to line
the base and side of prepared tin. Ease
pastry into tin; trim edge. Line pastry

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with baking paper and fill with pastry


weights or rice. Bake for 15 minutes.
Remove baking paper and weights;
bake for a further 10 minutes or until
pastry is dry and golden.
4 Spoon spinach mixture into the pie
case and dot with the ricotta. Lightly
beat extra eggs in a medium jug and
season with sea salt and ground white
pepper. Pour egg into pastry case and
sprinkle with the parmesan. Bake for
20 minutes or until the filling is just set.
5 Serve tart warm, sprinkled with fresh
herbs, if desired.
Uncooked pastry suitable to freeze.
Not suitable to microwave.
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1 cup (100g) rolled oats


cup (65g) dried cranberries, chopped
100g dark chocolate, chopped, extra
cup (60g) sour cream

Meatloaf
SERVES 6 PREP AND COOK TIME 1 HOUR
30 MINUTES (+ STANDING TIME)

500g lean beef mince


2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
1 medium (170g) red onion,
chopped finely
1 medium (120g) carrot,
grated coarsely
1 medium (120g) zucchini,
grated coarsely
2 tablespoons finely chopped curly parsley
2 eggs, beaten lightly
1 cup (100g) quick-cooking oats
2 tablespoons tomato sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
cup (20g) finely grated parmesan cheese
cup (125ml) tomato passata
(tomato pure)
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

season with freshly ground black pepper.


Combine well using your hands. Press
mixture into the prepared pan. Using
the edges of the baking paper, create
a little bit of space between the sides
of the pan and the Meatloaf. Spread the
passata over the meatloaf.
3 Bake the Meatloaf for 40 minutes.
Sprinkle with the seeds and bake for
a further 40 minutes or until cooked
through. If serving warm, stand for
10 minutes before lifting out and slicing.
4 Serve Meatloaf in thick slices with
a green salad and chutney or tomato
sauce, if desired.
Suitable to freeze. Not suitable
to microwave.

Chocolate, oat and


cranberry brownie
MAKES 16 PREP AND COOK TIME 50 MINUTES
(+ COOLING TIME)

1 Preheat oven to 160C (140C fanforced). Lightly grease a 12cm x 22cm


(inside top measurement) loaf pan;
line base and sides with baking paper,
extending paper 5cm over the sides.
2 Place all the ingredients, except the
passata and seeds, into a large bowl;

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125g butter, chopped


200g dark chocolate, chopped coarsely
cup (110g) caster sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs, beaten lightly
1 cup (150g) plain flour

Types of oats
Whats the difference between
rolled oats and quick-cooking oats?
Traditional rolled oats are hulled
oat grains that are cleaned, steamed,
then rolled to flatten.
Quick-cooking oats are created
by steaming the hulled oat grains
for longer and rolling them thinner.
They are broken into small pieces,
so they cook faster.
Rolled and quick oats can both
be used to make porridge. Check
before using oats in baking, such
as muesli bars, biscuits, crumbles
and cakes. Most recipes call for
the traditional rolled oats, unless
otherwise specified.
Rolled oats and quick-cooking oats
have the same nutritional benefits.
Storage
Keep oats in a cool dry place in an
airtight container. They can be kept
in the fridge or freezer if your pantry
is prone to moths or weevils.

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Meatloaf

1 Preheat the oven to 180C (160C fanforced). Grease a deep 19cm square cake
pan; line the base and sides with baking
paper, extending 5cm above sides of pan.
2 Stir butter and chocolate in a medium
heatproof bowl over a medium saucepan
of simmering water until smooth (dont let
water touch base of bowl). Remove from
heat; stir in sugar and extract, then eggs,
sifted flour, oats and cranberries. Spread
mixture into prepared pan.
3 Bake for 30 minutes or until just firm.
A skewer inserted into the centre should
come away with moist crumbs. Cool
brownie in pan.
4 Lift brownie onto a chopping board.
Place extra chocolate in a small heatproof
bowl over a small saucepan of simmering
water; stir until smooth. Gently fold in sour
cream. Spread the chocolate mixture over
the brownie. Cut into 16 squares to serve.
Suitable to freeze. Butter and chocolate
suitable to microwave.

Why are oats considered a superfood?


They are a whole grain, a complex carbohydrate, provide protein, are
low in sodium and are minimally processed. Oats contain all three
parts of the edible grain the bran, germ and endosperm and
retain the fibre, vitamins and minerals often removed when grains
are refined. They are high in insoluble fibre, which passes through
our digestive system without being absorbed. Oats also contain beta
glucan, a soluble fibre which has been shown to lower cholesterol
reabsorption in the bloodstream great news for heart health.

Chocolate, oat and


cranberry brownie

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Introducing the Lindt Dessert premium


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Chocolate bundt cake with pistachios


Serves 12. Prep and cook time 1 hour 30 minutes (+ standing time).

15g unsalted butter, softened, for greasing


2 x 180g blocks Lindt Dessert Premium Dark,
chopped finely
250g unsalted butter, extra, softened
2 cups (440g) firmly packed brown sugar
6 eggs
cup (110g) plain flour
cup (110g) self-raising flour
cup (50g) cocoa powder
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup (120g) ground almonds (almond meal)
cup (160ml) milk
cup (35g) pistachios, chopped coarsely
CHOCOLATE GLAZE
1 x 180g block Lindt Dessert Premium Dark,
chopped finely
60g unsalted butter, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 170C (150C fan-forced).


Grease a large 26cm bundt pan (2.5 litre
capacity) liberally with the soft butter.
2. Place chocolate in a medium heatproof
bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering
water (dont allow the bowl to touch the
water); stir until just melted. Cool slightly.
3. Beat the extra butter and sugar in a
medium bowl with an electric mixer until
light and flufy. Beat in eggs one at a time
until combined.
4. On low speed, gradually add combined sifted
ours, cocoa and cinnamon, then ground
almonds and milk in batches. Fold in the
melted chocolate until combined. Spoon
the cake mixture into prepared pan.

5. Bake cake for about 1 hour or until a


skewer inserted into the centre comes
out with moist crumbs. Leave cake in pan
for 10 minutes before turning out onto
a wire rack to cool.
6. CHOCOLATE GLAZE: Place the chocolate
and butter in a medium saucepan and stir
over low heat until just melted.
7. Spoon some of the Chocolate Glaze over
the cake and sprinkle with pistachios. Serve
cake with remaining Chocolate Glaze and
thickened cream, if desired.
CHOCOLATE TIP: Chopping the chocolate
finely allows it to melt evenly and quickly
over low heat without the risk of the
chocolate overheating.

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Cake of the month

Swiss roll
Weve taken a retro favourite, dressed up the flavours and added
a bit of chocolate flair. All ready to wow the crowd.
Grated chocolate sponge roll
SERVES 10 PREP AND COOK TIME 30 MINUTES
(+ COOLING TIME)

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JULIE CRESPEL. STYLING BY KATE NIXON.

4 eggs, separated
cup (110g) caster sugar
2 tablespoons hot water
60g dark chocolate, grated coarsely
cup (75g) self-raising flour
2 tablespoons caster sugar, extra
dark chocolate, extra, to decorate
VANILLA CREAM
cup (180ml) thickened cream
2 teaspoons icing sugar mixture
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Preheat oven to 180C (160C fan-forced).
Grease a 23cm x 32cm Swiss roll pan; line
the base and long sides with baking paper,
extending the paper 5cm over the sides.
2 Beat the egg yolks and sugar in a
medium bowl with an electric mixer for
about 5 minutes or until thick and creamy.
Transfer the mixture to a large bowl;
fold in the hot water and chocolate,
then fold in the sifted flour.
3 Beat egg whites in a clean bowl with
an electric mixer until soft peaks form;
fold into the chocolate mixture. Spread
the mixture evenly into the pan.
4 Bake sponge for about 12 minutes.
5 Meanwhile, place a piece of baking paper
cut the same size as the pan on the bench;
sprinkle with extra sugar.
6 Turn hot sponge onto the sugared paper;
peel away the lining paper. Using the paper
as a guide, loosely roll the sponge from
the long side. Stand for 2 minutes; unroll.
Cool; trim all sides of sponge.
7 VANILLA CREAM: Beat all the ingredients
in a small bowl with an electric mixer until
soft peaks form.

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8 Spread sponge with Vanilla Cream.


Again, using the paper as a guide, roll
the sponge from the long side. Serve
sponge roll topped with the extra grated
dark chocolate or small chocolate curls,
if desired.
Not suitable to freeze or microwave.

Test Kitchen tip: The filled


sponge roll is best eaten on the day
it is made. Keep it in an airtight
container in the refrigerator until
ready to serve.

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Comfort food
for sharing
Gather the family together and try our no-fuss pumpkin soup,
gourmet cider roast pork belly and divine coffee date cake
as ALDI gets you eating ve-star meals on a budget this winter.

CIDER ROAST PORK BELLY


WITH APPLE AND PARSNIP

TIP: To make crisp crackling, the pork rind needs


to be completely dry. Leave the pork rind, uncovered,
in the refrigerator overnight and cover the pork
flesh with plastic wrap to stop it from drying out.

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CIDER ROAST PORK BELLY


WITH APPLE AND PARSNIP
SERVES 4 PREP AND COOK TIME 3 HOURS
1.5kg piece Ironbark Pork Belly, rind on
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh
rosemary
1 tablespoon sea salt flakes
1 cups (330ml) Storm Brewing Co
apple cider
4 medium (1kg) parsnips, peeled, cut
into quarters, lengthways
4 cloves garlic, peeled
1 cups (375ml) Chefs Cupboard Liquid
Chicken Stock
2 medium (300g) green-skinned apples

1 Preheat the oven to 240C (220C


fan-forced).
2 Using a sharp knife, score pork rind
at 1cm intervals in a criss-cross pattern.
Place the pork, rind-side up, in a large
roasting pan. Combine the rosemary
and salt in a small bowl; rub salt mixture
over pork. Roast pork, uncovered, for
20 minutes or until the rind starts to
blister and crackle.
3 Reduce the oven to 160C (140C
fan-forced). Add cider to pan; roast for
1 hours.
4 Add parsnips, garlic and stock to pan;
roast, uncovered, for 45 minutes.
5 Cut unpeeled apples into halves; add to
pan. Roast for a further 30 minutes or until
apple is tender. Season mixture to taste.
6 Serve the roast pork with the apples
and parsnips.

TIP: To make the soup more hearty,


you can add some fried sliced chorizo
sausage, cooked chopped bacon or
cooked shredded chicken, if you like.

ROAST PUMPKIN SOUP WITH SOUR CREAM


SERVES 4 PREP AND COOK TIME 45 MINUTES

A GREAT TASTING CUT


Pork belly is economical, rich in flavour
and perfect for slow roasting or braising,
with the added bonus of crispy crackling
and succulent meat every time.
When shopping for fresh pork, try
to pick up perishable items, such as
the pork, last. If theres likely to be
an extended delay between shopping
and returning home, take an insulated
container to keep the pork cold.

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medium (850g) butternut pumpkin


1 large (200g) brown onion
2 tablespoons Just Organic Extra Virgin
Olive OIl
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 cups (500ml) Chefs Cupboard
Liquid Chicken Stock
2 cups (500ml) water
1 cup (240g) Farmdale Fresh Sour Cream
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind
shredded lemon rind, chopped parsley
and Bakers Life White Sourdough,
to serve

1 Preheat oven to 200C (180C fanforced). Line a large oven tray with
baking paper.
2 Peel pumpkin; cut into 3cm pieces.
Peel onion; cut into thin wedges.

Combine the pumpkin and onion on


prepared tray. Add oil and coriander;
toss to combine. Season with sea salt.
Roast for 30 minutes or until pumpkin
is tender and the edges are starting
to caramelise.
3 Transfer the pumpkin mixture to
a medium saucepan with the stock.
Cover and bring to the boil. Remove
from the heat and process using a
stick blender until smooth (or blend
or process until smooth). Season to
taste with sea salt and freshly ground
black pepper.
4 Combine sour cream and grated
rind in a small bowl; season to taste.
5 Serve the pumpkin soup topped
with lemon cream, shredded rind
and bread, if desired.

KALE AND HALLOUMI SALAD WITH HONEYED WALNUTS

COFFEE DATE CAKE

SERVES 4-6 PREP AND COOK TIME 25 MINUTES

SERVES 10 PREP AND COOK


TIME 1 HOUR 15 MINUTES

1 cup (100g) Forresters Raw Walnuts


cup Bramwells Pure Australian Honey
1 cup (200g) quinoa or Remano
CousCous Plain
2 cups (500ml) water
1 bunch (200g) kale, trimmed, washed,
shredded nely
1 large (180g) carrot, peeled, grated
coarsely
1 tablespoon The Olive Tree Australian
Extra Virgin Olive Oil Robust
180g Emporium Selection Halloumi,
sliced thinly
DRESSING
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 teaspoons Remano Speciality
Vinegars White Wine Vinegar
2 tablespoons Just Organic Extra
Virgin Olive Oil
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Merryeld Caster Sugar

1 Preheat the oven to 200C (180C


fan-forced). Line an oven tray with
baking paper. Place nuts, in a single
layer, on tray. Drizzle with honey; toss

gently to combine. Bake for 8 minutes,


stirring once, or until golden. Cool.
2 Meanwhile, place quinoa and the water
in a medium saucepan; bring to the boil.
Reduce heat to low; simmer, covered, for
10 minutes or until tender. Drain.
3 DRESSING: Whisk the ingredients
in a small bowl until combined. Season
to taste.
4 Place hot quinoa in a large bowl with
the kale, carrot and the dressing; toss
gently to combine. Season to taste.
5 Heat a char-grill pan over high heat.
Brush halloumi with oil; cook for 1 minute
on each side or until browned.
6 Divide the kale mixture between
serving plates, top with the halloumi
and honey walnuts.
TIP: Quinoa and walnuts are packed
with ample protein to make this a
meal in itself. Alternatively, you could
serve it as a side dish with grilled
chicken, sh or a poached egg.
It would also make a delicious lling
for wraps or a sandwich.

1 cups (200g) Sweet Vine Pitted Dates,


chopped finely
1 tablespoons Alcafe Aroma Classic
Granulated Coffee
1 cups (310ml) water
1 teaspoon White Mill Bi Carb Soda
60g Beautifully Butterfully Butter
cup (165g) Merryeld Caster Sugar
2 Lodge Farms Free Range Eggs
1 cup (150g) White Mill Self Raising Flour
CHOCOLATE GLAZE
150g Choceur Dark Chocolate, chopped
nely
cup (80ml) thickened cream
1 tablespoon golden syrup or corn syrup

1 Preheat the oven to 180C (160C fanforced). Grease a deep 20cm round cake
pan; line base and side with baking paper.
2 Combine dates, cofee and the water in
a small saucepan; bring to the boil. Remove
from heat; stir in the bi carb of soda. Stand
for 5 minutes. Blend or process mixture
until smooth.
3 Beat butter and sugar in a small bowl
with an electric mixer until pale. Beat in
eggs, one at a time, until just combined.
Fold in sifted our, then date mixture.
Pour mixture into pan.
4 Bake cake for 50 minutes or until a
skewer inserted in the centre comes out
with moist crumbs attached. Stand cake in
pan for 15 minutes before turning, top-side
up, onto a wire rack to cool slightly.
5 CHOCOLATE GLAZE: Stir ingredients in
a small saucepan over low heat until smooth.
Transfer glaze to a small heatproof jug.
6 Place cake on a platter. Slowly pour glaze on
cake, allowing a little to drip down the side.

POWER FOOD
Without doubt, kale is one of the most
nutritious and versatile vegetables,
yet it contains few kilojoules, which
is great for those of us watching our
weight. Its particularly rich in Vitamin
A and other essential nutrients.

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Our coffee date cake is a twist on the classic


sticky date pudding with the addition of the
seductive avours of coffee and dark chocolate.
Its perfect for a dessert on a wintery evening.

COFFEE DATE CAKE

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WINTER WITH

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Kitchen tips

Ask the
experts
Our food experts
Fran Abdallaoui and
Pamela Clark take
a look at one the
most popular grains
around quinoa.

SERV
I N G SUG
GESTION

Nutritious and delicious quinoa


(pronounced keen-wa) is cooked and
eaten like a grain, but it is in fact a
seed. It has a delicate, nutty flavour
and a slightly chewy texture. There are
three varieties available white, red
and black. We love it as it is quick to
cook, is an excellent carrier of flavours
and adds a lovely texture to meals.
Use it as a replacement wherever
you might use grains or rice (to
prepare, see Test Kitchen tip).
Seeds are the means by which
many plants procreate, therefore
they must give the new seedling the
nutrition it needs to grow and sprout.
This is why seeds are such nutritional
powerhouses and quinoa is no

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exception. It is rich in protein, dietary


fibre, folate, dietary minerals and several
B vitamins required to turn the food that
you eat into energy to fuel your body.
While it may be relatively new to many
of us, quinoa has been a staple food in
the Andean region of South America for
thousands of years. The Incas are said
to have considered it sacred, calling it
the mother of all grains.

Test Kitchen tip:


To prepare 1 cup of quinoa, rinse
well under cold, running water.
Bring 2 cups of water to the boil in
a medium saucepan, add quinoa
and cook, covered, over low heat
for 10-12 minutes or until just tender.
Drain any residual liquid and uf up
quinoa with a fork.

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Quick bites
The Weekly is let loose in a chocolate lab, samples French
cheeses, tries out a compact oven and embraces the tea cosy.

DIY chocolate bars


Chocolate fans, rejoice! Chocolab is a
brand new way of getting your chocolate
fix. Customise your own block from the
comfort of your computer first, choose
the base (finest Belgian milk, dark or
white) and then go wild with a selection
f
th 80 additions. Be
chocolatier and then
our creation delivered
our doorstep. From
$7.50 a bar. Visit
chocolab.com.au.

GREAT
GRINDERS
We love these stylish
new salt and pepper mills
from Salt&Pepper. In
monochrome with rose
gold, theyll spice up your
dining table. $39.95 each.
Visit saltandpepper.com.au.

COMPACT COOKING

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Winter is the perfect time for meltingly


tender braises and stews, and to cook
them to perfection, Breville has
developed the space-saving Smart
Oven Pro. It has a Slow Cook setting
that can be set on high or low from
four to 10 hours and keep the food
warm until you are ready to dish up.
With the flick of a switch, it also cooks
your favourite roasts and even toast!
RRP $340. Visit breville.com.au.

FANTASTIC FROMAGE
Celebrate Bastille Day (July 14) with
good French cheese there are close to
400 varieties. If you like the buttery
texture of Brie, try an ber-rich Triple
Cream. Prefer the earthy aroma of
Camembert? Pont-lvque is soft and
has a full-bodied flavour. Comt is the
deliciously nutty French cousin of the
Swiss Gruyre cheese. Bon appetit!

SUMOS
IN SEASON
Sumo mandarins are in
season for a brief time
only from mid-July. These
jumbo citrus are hard to
miss with their distinctive
top knot and bumpy,
bright orange skin.
They are exceptionally
sweet and juicy, and we
love the fact that they
are seedless. Available
from Woolworths.

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Keep your tea warm with these funky
knitted tea cosies from Annabel
Trends. They are available in eight
designs to brighten up your home,
including a cute cupcake, cottage,
stripe pom pom (all at right),
strawberry, pineapple and beehive,
$28.95 each. Visit annabeltrends.com.
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Easy
BEDROOM
makeover

Home design
Embrace patterns, layers and colour to
turn your bedroom into a cosy haven
this winter, says Hande Renshaw.
EDROOMS ARE NOT only a place to retreat to,
they are also a space youll spend a considerable
part of your day in, so its important to decorate
them in a way that makes you feel comfortable
and relaxed. In order to create a warm and
welcoming bedroom, the space should have layers larger
pieces in the room, such as the bed, can be broken up with
smaller elements, such as throws, pillows and candles. This
season, the more layers you add into the bedroom, the better.

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For a luxe and decorative style in the


bedroom, inject maximum colour, pattern
and texture. You can do this by embracing
multiple tones of the same palette when
decorating, to create timeless elegance. Use
bed covers, cushions, throws, linen and
bedheads to set the scene and mix up your
patterns dont be afraid to team lorals
and stripes. The more layers you add to
a room, the more interesting it becomes;
throws over throws, rugs hanging from
walls and a variety of cushions will all
do the trick. Employ colour and pattern
as a feature on the bed to make it your
centrepiece and the highlight of the room.
Additions such as an upholstered bedhead
will also create visual interest as well as
provide an instant softness to a space.

1 Oleander Midnight round


cushion, $119, from Laura Ashley,
laura-ashley.com.au.
2 Fraser bedhead in Platinum Grey
with button detail, from $1099 (for
Queen size), from Forty Winks,
fortywinks.com.au.
3 Eggshell acrylic paint in Carmen,
$49.30 for 1 litre, from Porters
Paints, porterspaints.com.
4 Ockley white bottle lamp base
with drum shade in Navy, $299,
from Laura Ashley, as above.
5 Mollinson basket weave cushion
in Dove, $89.95, from Sheridan,
sheridan.com.au.
6 Vachon wool throw in Heather,
$279.95, from Sheridan, as before.

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Contemporary

Sleeping spaces are primarily about the bed, bed linen


and also storage space. These are key considerations
whether you are designing a room from scratch or
remodelling an existing space. For a simpler and more
modern room, you can afford to get creative and bold
with the bed linen and artwork.

1 Marmo marble table lamp,


$20, from Kmart, kmart.com.au.
2 AURA By Tracie Ellis Quatro
cushion in Pearl Blush, $69.95, fro
Aura Home, aurahome.com.au.
3 Velvet pillowcase in Dusk Blue,
$79 for a set of two, from Kip & Co,
kipandco.net.au.
4 Mid-Century bedside table in
natural oak, $399, from West Elm,
westelm.com.au.
5 Stockholm bed frame in Brown,
$899, from IKEA, ikea.com.au (store
locations only).
6 Teal tartan wool pompom blanket,
$249, from Kip & Co, as before.

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Childrens

Decorate your childs room without being age-speciic, as this will allow
you to be more creative with the artwork and furniture. As long as you
incorporate the correct age-appropriate bed, adequate storage and play
space, the room will always work for your child. There are many ways to
personalise a childs room, whether for a girl or a boy. You can wallpaper
a feature wall in a decorative design or incorporate a huge map of the world,
which is educational as well as decorative. This can easily be changed and
wallpapered over as your child grows.

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1 Wally cotton knit cushion cover,


$49, from Castle, castleandthings.
com.au.
2 Cloud night light, $5, from
Kmart, kmart.com.au.
3 Pintuck cushion, $99, from The
Family Love Tree, thefamilylovetree.
com.
4 Lattjo bat hat, $5, from IKEA,
ikea.com.au (store locations only).
5 Multi-spot fitted sheet, $95,
from Castle, as above.
6 Spirit Of Adventure (left) and
Eden wallpapers by Decor Maison,
$193 each for 10m x 53cm rolls,
wallpaperdecor.com.au.
7 Ice-cream night light, $9, from
Kmart, as above.
8 Ubabub Babyletto Lolly cot, $749,
from Tinitrader, tinitrader.com.au.

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ONE HEAD,
ALL FLOORS
The latest carbon fibre turbine
head has been engineered
for carpets and hard floors,
which means theres no need
to change when moving from
one floor type to another.

CLEAN LIVING
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Gardening

Clippings

Jackie French extols the virtues of the


often overlooked camellia and tells you
what to do in the garden this month.

The queen
of winter

There is a camellia for


every climate and garden.

Winter lowers need to be


magniicent, long-blooming
and totally, gloriously
trouble-free. In other words,
they need to be camellias.
Camellias are forgotten
as we rely more on lorists
blooms than home-grown
posies to give friends.
Camellias dont survive as
long as liliums or hot-house
roses when theyre cut, but
if you buy a suitable variety,
theyll look lovely for a week
or two. In the winter garden,
camellias are unsurpassed.
THE SIX RULES FOR
STUNNING CAMELLIAS

Choose the right variety.


There are camellias for
every climate and garden
in Australia, from fully
tropical to the coolest of
mountain tops. Ask your
local nursery for the ones
that suit your climate.
Feed with camellia food
after blooming, water in
thoroughly and mulch well.
Camellias are droughttolerant once established.

Its time to ....


Prune deciduous trees

into a neat shape and get


rid of branches that try to

ALAMY.

Plant your
favourite
fruit tree.

Prune only to keep a


neat shape. Otherwise,
just enjoy them. The only
other time you need to get
out your pruning saw is
to totally rejuvenate an
elderly camellia.
Stick to one colour or
harmonising shades.
Pink can be a thousand
colours when it comes
to camellias and some
clash horribly, a bit like
Cinderella raiding friends

decapitate you when you


mow the grass under them.
Love your roots: carrots,
beetroot and parsnips are
weetest and most tender
n winter roast them now!
Fill vases with scented
winter blooms like daphne
r Erlicheer dafodils, to ll
he house with happiness.
Plant your favourite fruit
ree. If you have no room,
onate it to the local school
all kids deserve the

pink-illed wardrobes
instead of waiting for
the fairy godmother.
Hunt out fragrant
camellias or ones that
make excellent cut lowers
they do exist!
Let yourself fall in love.
The best camellia to
grow is the one you
instantly adore because
then youll feed and water
it and, every year, glory
in its lowers. #

5
6

chance to pick some fruit


then munch on it.
Rake up those dead
leaves you have neglected,
especially on paths, and
add them to your compost
heap rotting leaves can
be slippery and potential
leg breakers.
Forget window boxes
hang potted succulents
that need little watering up
on a sturdy curtain rail to
give you green windows.

Magic spots
for camellias
Try a neatly trimmed
hedge of camellias instead
of a front fence.
Espalier camellias to
turn a boring wall or fence
into a thing of beauty.
Fill giant hanging
baskets with prostrate
camellias and hang them
outside your windows
to enjoy them indoors
and out.
Place two giant pots
of camellias either side of
the front door.
Fill dramatic black or
earthenware ceramic pots
with camellias as a hedge
along the front of the
house or along the
driveway, where you
can move them to a less
obvious spot when their
owering has nished.
Brighten that dull
shaded area along the side
of the house ll it with
camellias and winter glory.

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D-I-Y tips

Home hints

ROUGH SKIN
SOLUTION
To soften
stubborn
dry patches
on rough
elbows
and knees
this winter,
rub with
a simple
scrub of
honey and
sugar, then
gently rinse.

Travel in style

ASK
THE
WEEKLY

Use an inexpensive, lidded


plastic ice cube tray, secured
with a rubber band, to carry
and store pairs of earrings
when travelling.

Yuletide tipple

I slipped on
a mossy path
and, despite
no broken
bones, my
cotton-blend
trousers were
left with dark
stains. Can
you help?
G. Hickson, Hamilton, NSW.
Dampen the stains and
rub in a thick paste of
oxygenated stain remover
powder and water. Leave
for one to two hours, check
to see if stains have lifted
(and repeat if necessary),
then wash as usual.

Celebrating Christmas in
July? Use your slow cooker
to make and serve mulled
wine or hot chocolate.

Mind the gap


To avoid gaps when picking
up stitches on a neckline or
armhole, pick up a stitch in every
possible stitch along the edge.
On the next row, work enough
K2 tog or P2 tog evenly spaced
around the opening to get the
number of stitches you need
and proceed as per pattern.

Eggs-ellent idea
Fry eggs in rings of capsicum
instead of an egg ring its
nutritious and theres no
messy clean-up.

Lemon fresh
After juicing lemons, put
the skins in the cutlery holder
of your dishwasher and run
it as usual leaves a lovely
fresh lemon smell.

Home-grown spuds
Use two or three identical
polystyrene fruit boxes to
grow potatoes. Plant seed
potatoes in one box (make
sure there are drainage holes),
then cut the bottom out of
the second/third boxes and
hill the plants by placing the
second box over the rst, and
adding more potting mix as
the plants grow.

Snow simple
If you live in a snowy
area, spray your
shovel with cooking
spray and the snow
will slip right of
when shovelling.

Avo to go
While avocadoes are
cheap and plentiful, blend

the ripe esh with a little lemon


juice and freeze them in sealed
containers. The frozen pure
is great for smoothies, dips
and spreading.

Close shave
Use an inexpensive plastic
razor to remove pilling from
jumpers and other clothing
quickly and easily.

Readers
prize hint
Fix a magnetic knife strip to the
wall near your sewing machine to
hold all your bobbins, scissors and
small machine tools.
H. van Bentum,
Blacktown, NSW.

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Georgina Bitcon shares how to keep


your jewellery safe, remove moss stains
and more, plus a readers prize hint.

HOUSE
HUSBANDS
THE

final taboo
Who brings up baby and
who brings home the bacon
is undergoing a seismic change,
but switching traditional roles
is not as easy as it should be,
finds Keren Smedley.
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THESE IMAGES HAVE BEEN RETOUCHED.

N 2014, THE AUSTRALIAN


Bureau of Statistics reported that
women contribute to the family
income in more than 50 per
cent of families with dependent
children, yet its still unusual for the
man to be the main carer and the
woman the primary or sole earner.
There are 4.4 million dependent
children in families where only one
parent works full-time and in only
3 per cent of cases this is the mother.
There are just 144,000 stay-at-home
dads and igures show that even if
both parents work it is the norm for
the mother to earn less and take charge
of the home and children, and for
Dad to be the main earner.
Choosing to do things differently
can often be commonsense, based on
circumstances or earning power, but
it takes conviction to swap roles.
Nicolle Jenkins, 43, returned to
work when her eldest daughter, >

Real life

Dugald Rodgers has


been the primary carer
for daughters Hannah
(left) and Ava since they
were newborns.

Left: Nicolle Jenkins and husband Dugald


decided hed stay at home. Above: Andrew
and Nicole Moody both had busy jobs.

Hannah, now eight, was four weeks


old, and two weeks after Ava, six, was
born. Nicolle runs a communications
business in Freemantle, WA, where
she and husband Dugald Rodgers,
46, are Directors, but both are clear
Nicolle is the boss.
When they met, Dugald was a scuba
instructor and later managed a diving
store. They decided early on hed stay
at home post-kids because Nicolle
could earn more. They both believe
its important for children to have one
parent at home when theyre young.
Dugald has been the primary carer
from the start he did all the night
feeds, managed the house, went to
baby classes, play dates, everything.
Yet it hasnt been easy for Nicolle
at home or at work. As the owner of
a business and a woman with a family,
many have questioned my ability to
be truly professional. One or two
people have implied my children are
suffering. But its made me a better
mother and Dugald and I have created
a family structure that works for us and
plays to our strengths. My proudest
moment was when Hannah said, Id
like to be a boss just like you.
In the early days, although he was
sometimes invited to mothers groups,
Dugald found that women dont
always know how to relate to a man
who isnt their spouse or a relation.
This left him feeling isolated at times.
He was delighted when another local
father began to spend some time as
the child carer and they joined forces

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with their children. He has always


done the companys books and this
work has grown as it has become
more successful. He now works
part-time in the business when his
childcare commitments allow.
Nicole and Andrew Moody, both
45, originally followed a more
traditional model. Nicole was the
General Manager of a media company
and Andrew was a manager in a
hospitality company. Nicole took
maternity leave and then went back to
work full-time. Their sons, Tyson, now
14, and Sullivan, 10, went to day care.
Nicole and Andrew, who live in
West Leederville, WA,
divided the day
between them. She
left early and he
made the family
breakfast before
dropping the boys
off. She picked them
up on her way home and Andrew
worked late. Nicole fed the boys and
put them to bed before going to bed
herself. They caught up on chores at
the weekend.
Six years ago, it became clear things
were awry. One of them had to step
down from their busy job and take
control of the home. It was an easy
decision for them as Nicole was more
career-driven and had recently set up
her own company. But Ive been
challenged by my female peers, she
reveals, with some incredulity. Women
need to be kinder to each other and

not judge others decisions. A bonus


for Nicole is watching the boys
relationship with their father lourish
and to know theyre seeing a different
role model to the norm.
I suffered as a young man, as Id
never been taught the skills needed
to look after myself, so the irst few
months away from home were tough,
says Andrew. He now encourages both
sons to help in the house so they can
be better prepared.
Andrew has now found a full-time
job with a sympathetic boss who
believes men should be involved in
their childrens care. This has enabled
him to be the main carer and work
lexibly to meet his sons needs.
Katja, 40, and James Whincup, 36,
are just starting out with baby Anna,
who is seven months old. Katja, a GP,
moved to Australia from Germany in
2011 to marry engineer James. Shes
always earned more than him and
her career is an important part of her
identity. Although able to work in
Australia as a registrar, she couldnt
practise as a GP. To become fully
qualiied involved moving to a rural
practice in the coastal town of Denmark,
WA, for two years. This meant James
had to stop working. Hes been happy
to do this and enrolled in a part-time
course online while
looking after Anna.
Its my female
friends who have
made negative
comments, asking
if I feel sad I cant
spend time with
Anna or whether I feel guilty going
back to work full-time, says Katja.
She feels its important for her and her
husband to take turns being the main
earner and, for the moment, thats
going to be her. Its early days for
James, but hes looking forward to
caring for the home and two dogs.
All three couples believe strongly
that no one else has the right to judge
their choices. Interestingly, all three
have always had joint accounts and
pooled the family inances, even
before they married. Could this be
the secret of their success? #

Women need to
be kinder to each
other and not judge
others decisions.

Andrew Moodys
relationship with
his sons Sullivan
(left) and Tyson
has flourished.

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[storing information on the web] enables
people to do anything anywhere via
mobile or tablet. There is no longer a
need to go back into the ofice if you
need a document. Now, if something
comes up on the weekend, you can sit
on the beach and ix it.
People are not tethered to their
desks any more.
1 SIGN YOUR LIFE AWAY

Even in this tech age, so many forms


still need an old-fashioned signature,
which means wasted time printing,
scanning and sending. With the app
DocuSign, you can sign, send and
store documents on your mobile
device, saving you hours of time.
2 THE NEW-AGE SHOEBOX

The app called Shoeboxed takes photos


of receipts and invoices with your
mobile phone, then sorts your receipts
into tax categories. This data is fully

searchable and is registered with the


Australian Tax Ofice, so you can
electronically store all those paper
documents in the palm of your hand
no more battered boxes bulging
with tattered receipts!
3 WHERE IS THAT DOCUMENT?

An app called Box stores all your content


in one place in the Cloud. This means
you can call up documents, photos and
reports when youre not in the ofice and
share them with colleagues or clients,
and can be accessed from any device.
4 ITS GOOD TO SHARE

The Zunos app helps you communicate


with everyone from your staff to clients.
You can send out presentations, videos
and photos, and even distribute
questionnaires or feedback forms.

Visit Telstra Apps Marketplace at


marketplace.telstra.com to ind out
more about these apps.
Its not a secret that mobile devices
are taking over in both work and
play a 2015 Nielsen report showed
that we are joined at the hip to our
smartphones 82 per cent of us having
them always with me, versus 27 per
cent for tablets. The report also found
that 55 per cent of us own a tablet
and that igure is expected to increase
to 61 per cent in a year.
Many ofices have not yet come to
the party, however, with 43 per cent
of people using their own phone for
work and 26 per cent using their
personal tablet. #

ARE YOU A YUCCIE? First there were


yuppies, then came hipsters ... Now its all about
the Young Urban Creative (or Yuccie) and the
secret is they are always connected to the world
or internet through their phone or tablet. As
a small business owner, its wise to remember
that bad customer service to these Yuccies may
spark a review on Yelp or Facebook, which could
really hurt your business.

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Powered to

bloom
Kelly Jamieson, founder of Edible Blooms, knows the tech
side of her business is sorted, thanks to Telstra, which gives
her more time to focus on making her customers happy.

dible Blooms is the


brainchild of Kelly
Jamieson. By connecting
with Telstra, she has
found her business is
quite literally blooming. Here, Kelly
talks us through her journey from
vision to the nationwide success
Edible Blooms is today.
How did Edible Blooms start?
Edible Blooms is just like a orist,
but you get to eat our bouquets!
When I rst came across the idea,
I had a gut feeling that it was going
to work. If I loved it, other people
would love it, too. When my sister,
Abby, and I were young, we used
to make biscuits and sell them, so
I think we were destined to work
with chocolate!

An entrepreneur is
just a little bit of crazy
and a lot of can-do.
KELLY JAMIESON
FOUNDER OF EDIBLE BLOOMS

I sank everything I had into starting


this business, despite my accountant
telling me I couldnt aford to and that
it would close down in a day. I just
said, Lets do it! There is nothing
better than putting everything on the
line because you have to make it
work. I remember my rst Brisbane
customer. He sent a gift to his wife,
just because. That melted my heart
and I felt I was on to something.
What is your core business strength?
The most important things are the
taste and the look, but as an online
store, our customers experience is
everything to us. Being quick and
responsive to customer needs is
something that we work really hard

TELSTRA promotion
on improving all the time. When our
customers are happy, we have a
business that just keeps on going.
How does technology help you
stay in touch with your team?
The greatest benefit of technology
is that Abby and I can see exactly
what our stores are doing within
Australia. The speed and accuracy of
the data I am working with helps me
make better business decisions, and
having cloud-based systems means I
can see minute to minute what is
happening across all our Edible
Blooms locations, while working from
my home office.
How has Telstra technology helped
digitise your business?
We recognised early on that people
are time-poor. Our Neto online store
from Telstra is integrated with other

Kelly Jamieson and her sister, Abby.

Even when I am at
the markets, I can
check sales on my Neto
dashboard and place
orders. I can even check
on my staf availability
using the Telstra
Business Apps

platforms, we have a lot of touch


points with the customer to keep
them updated from when we make
their order, through delivery to when
it nally arrives. Also, we can take
our Neto online store to where our
customers are if they are on eBay
or Facebook, our Neto online store
can talk to them.
Our Neto online store from Telstra
is integrated with a lot of other
platforms, including our accounting
software. I never thought it would
give me the amount of exibility
it has. I still work really hard, but
I can work where I want to work.
How do you manage your
work/life balance?
For me, it comes down to life
enjoyment. The cloud-based
systems we have from Telstra
allow me to work from my farm in
South Australia, while Abby runs
the operations from our Melbourne
office, but we can still be in touch
with our business locations.
When my business systems are
working perfectly, I can spend my
time where I want to, which is about
the customer. I love my family, I love
my business and when they work
together, that is when I am the
happiest I can be.

Telstra technology gives you the freedom


to work remotely, and helps you to keep
across all aspects of your business.

TAKE YOUR BUSINESS


DIGITAL WITH TELSTRA
More and more customers are shopping online,
so Telstra has partnered with e-commerce
specialists Neto to provide a simple app to help
take your business digital so you can be where
your customers are. And that's only one of the
many business apps available through Telstra.
HELP GROW YOUR SALES
Neto allows you to expand your store online,
help grow your sales, sell and ship nationally,
24/7. Your Neto online store gives you an
all-in-one, easy-to-use platform that can help
streamline your business processes, including
integration with shipping carriers, accounting
platforms, marketing channels and point-ofsale. By using the Neto cloud-based platform,
you can build your online store, sell your goods
through multiple channels and improve the
eiciency of your operations. Its a hassle-free
way to expand your business online.
STREAMLINE YOUR BUSINESS
Telstra has an app to suit a range of business
needs, such as Deputy, for simplied roster
management, and Shoeboxed, to digitise receipts
and invoices. Telstra takes the hard work out of
taking your business digital, allowing you to
focus on the things that matter in your business.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HOW


KELLY USES TECHNOLOGY AT
TELSTRA.COM/DOYOURTHING

Money

Beat the CAREER GAP


Women returning to work after maternity leave often face a big drop
in salary but there are clever ways to buck that trend.

Sarah Wilson
(left) and
Ainslie van
Onselen at
The Weeklys
Women in
Business
conference.

Think about
working one to two
days a week during
maternity leave.

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one week in every


other school break.
Its not just family
leave it can save
your sanity to build in breaks for travel,
or to re-group after illness.
Sarah Wilson, founder of the I Quit
Sugar empire, has done both and even
advocates building gaps into your
working week if you can manage it, even
if its re-jigging your hours to spend less
time commuting. Im lucky in that I
run my own business, so I only go into
the ofice two days a week, and I try to
avoid rush hour, she says.
Meanwhile, Ainslie encourages us
to ask for lexible hours. We had a
branch where they normally work nine
to ive, but most foot trafic was around
six, so the team went to headquarters
and said they wanted to open 10 to six.
I met male members of the team
who said they were able to drop their
kids off to school in the mornings for
the irst time and they loved it. #

CRUNCH THE NUMBERS

After a career break, women work


an average of 24.2 hours a week.
This compares to 29 hours before
going on leave.
On average, it takes 9.9 months
to build up to the same number
of hours worked before the break.
The average age for a woman to
have a career break is 34, when
womens average earnings are $51,646.
Considering an education career
break? The studies cost, on
average, $15,061.
The average age for a woman to
take an education career break is
28 and the break lasts 15 months, but
she will likely end up with an 18 per
cent salary rise.
Women still earn 17 per cent less
than their male counterparts,
according to rubyconnection.com.au.

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SOURCE: Westpac International


Womens Day Report, 2016.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY YIANNI ASPRADAKIS. THE OPINIONS CONTAINED IN THIS ARTICLE ARE MEANT
ONLY AS A GUIDE. READERS SHOULD SEEK INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL ADVICE.

HETHER ITS
backpacking
around Turkey or
time off for twins,
women are more
likely than men to build a career break
(or two) into their careers.
This means lower superannuation
balances and often lower salaries and
status once back in the ofice.
Ainslie van Onselen, Westpacs
Director of Womens Markets, Inclusion
and Diversity, advises women to plan
ahead, by adding an extra 3 per cent or
so to the 9.5 per cent guaranteed super
rate for the year or two before your
break. If you have a partner, ask them to
put some of their super in your account.
This has always
been possible, but the
recent budget means
you now get the tax
beneits, she says.
Women should also
be proactive with their
careers, not reactive.
This may mean doing a bit of extra
study on a career break we know that
women who pursue higher education
beyond their undergraduate degree
have an 18 per cent increase in pay.
It is also vital to keep your toe in
the water, whatever your career ield.
Think about working one to two days
a week during your maternity leave
and have the practical discussion with
your partner about sharing the load.
Dont necessarily take yourself out
of the labour market for seven years
because it is much harder to come back
in then. It can be very daunting.
Ainslie practises what she preaches,
having studied for a Finance Masters
while on maternity leave. With her two
now school-aged daughters, she buys
annual leave, which means she can take
ive weeks holiday at Christmas and

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Books

Reading room
Juliet Rieden discovers a haunting tale of love, friendship and
a mothers cruelty set against the backdrop of World War II.
THE GUSTAV
SONATA
BY ROSE TREMAIN,
RANDOM HOUSE.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID KIRKHAM.

The power of a
Rose Tremain novel
is in her haunting
characterisation and
vivid descriptions,
and this new tale, set
in neutral Switzerland
before and after
World War II, is
a real gem. Its an
unforgettable story
of a boys undying love
for his mother, of her
blaming him for past
losses and of stoicism
begetting years of cruelty.
The narrative is divided into three
sections, which make up Gustavs sonata,
each depicting different periods in the
protagonists life spanning to the 1990s.
Five-year-old Gustav Perle lives in a tiny
apartment in Matzlingen, Switzerland, with
his worn-out widowed mother, Emilie,
who works at a cheese factory. Be like
Switzerland. Stay separate and strong,
she tells the son she holds at cigarette length.
It is 1947 and war did not trespass here,
although Gustavs police chief father died
a hero helping Jews, she also tells the boy
who never cries. His one toy a tin train

About the author


ROSE TREMAIN

has painted passengers,


who are
his only friends. Yet
Gustav wants nothing
to change the smell
of Emmental cheese in
Muttis hair, her
stockings drying over
the bath although he
is afraid of her late night
tears and the aniseed on
her breath from the
glass of yellow liquid.
Money tight, the
tender dreamer helps
at a second job,
cleaning the church,
kneeling to hook
treasures dropped
by the congregation from the aisles iron
grating a hairpin, a plum-coloured lipstick
in a gold case gifts his mother violently
rebuffs. When a crying Jewish boy joins his
class, a friendship blossoms over the nature
table. Anton Zwiebel is a budding concert
pianist from a giddily exciting home, but
inds a new ice-skating partner Rudi, who
can do a double toe-loop and Gustavs
laughter-illed new world is crushed. Yet
passion and patience can still orchestrate
the right kind of life, as Tremains
testament to never questioning the one
you love crescendos over more than half
a century. Powerful and enchanting. #

Born in London, Rose


Tremain, now 72, was one
of only five women listed
in Grantas 20 best young
British novelists of 1983
and she has delivered on
that early promise. Her
best-selling novels have been
published in 30 countries
and won numerous awards.
She is best known for
Restoration, set in the court
of King Charles II, which
was shortlisted for the
Booker Prize and translated
into a movie and a stage
play. Powerful historical
novels are not remembered
for their detail, theyre
remembered for how they
speak to us about the
human condition, says
Tremain, whose novels
all tackle this issue.

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Leila McKinnon REVIEWS


LEILA MCKINNON IS THE HOST OF THE NINE NETWORKS INSIDE STORY
AND A REPORTER FOR NINE NEWS

STILETTO BY DANIEL
OMALLEY, HARPER
COLLINS.
Goodness, Stiletto is
so wildly bonkers its
hard to know where
to begin. The world is
much the same as now,
except for a secret army
of genetically modified
Belgians whove been evolving for centuries.
Their mortal enemy is a branch of the British
Secret Service comprised of people with
supernatural powers. Its one of the oddest
novels Ive encountered. Take the flesh-eating
ghoul who has an account at Fortnum &
Mason, or the lady-in-waiting to the Queen
who can dissolve peoples bones with a wave.
This is no medieval epic. Its a complex
political thriller with fantastical features and
a wonderful soupon of wit. When peace talks
begin, negotiations are hampered by centuries
of hate, factions and rifts. Stiletto is endlessly
imaginative and stupendously diverting.

THE WAR THAT SAVED


MY LIFE BY KIMBERLY
BRUBAKER BRADLEY,
PENGUIN.
The War That Saved
My Life lays it on
pretty thick, pulling at
heartstrings with a lack
of restraint that makes
the grim parts appalling
and the happy moments as sweet as treacle.
Cynics need not apply, but if youre in the
market for emotional tears, or looking for a
gift for a younger reader, its a sweet book. Its
the summer of 1939 and 11-year-old Ada Smith
is locked in her single mothers dirty flat day
and night. She has a clubfoot and her abusive
mother is ashamed of her, but World War II
and evacuation to the country with brother
Jamie will change her life for the better. Adas
transformation from an angry young woman
into a confident lady is imaginatively drawn.
What this book lacks in originality, it makes
up for with its toasty, warm embrace.

THE OTHER SIDE OF


SILENCE BY PHILIP
KERR, QUERCUS.
Bernie Gunther has
managed to survive
the bad luck of being
a clever, morally upright
detective in World War II
Berlin. Its 1956 and hes
a concierge in a flash
hotel in the south of France. Living under
a false name, hes lying low until an old foe
and a new bridge partner, writer Somerset
Maugham, drag him into the Cold War. Its
another finely plotted novel from Philip Kerr,
the eleventh starring Bernie Gunther, who
continues to be as cautious and agile as a cat
as he crosses the cruellest adversaries the 21st
century has to ofer. Once again, a beautiful
woman is Bernies kryptonite and hell have
to summon all his cunning if hes to survive
her machinations. Gunther and Maugham
are delightfully bitter but decent company in
the glamorous mineeld of post-war France.

WHEN IM GONE
BY EMILY BLEEKER,
LAKE UNION.
When Im Gone is the
story of widower Luke
Richardson, whos
raising three children
and mysteriously
receiving handwritten
letters from his dead
wife, Natalie. Written in the year between her
diagnosis and her death, theyre tragic, but
often funny and authentic. For her husband
of 16 years, theyre something to cling to, but
gradually Luke starts to realise his childhood
sweetheart had secrets. Although she has
passed away, Natalie is still shaping his life and
wrapping up a lot of unnished business. Im
not going to lie, When Im Gone is sentimental,
perhaps melodramatic, but the plot is
unpredictable and theres a couple of cracking
surprises. Someone call Rachel McAdams
agent and lock her in like the hills above LA,
this book has Hollywood written all over it.

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THE COURTESAN
BY ALEXANDRA CURRY,
ALLEN & UNWIN.
Currys spin on the
well-documented story
of Sai Jinhua, courtesan
at the time of Empress
Dowager Cixi, circa 1881,
is a delightful reinvention
of a woman whose life was
steeped in mystery. The
authors embellishments
only add to those Jinhua
gave herself, as she made
a journey from China to
Europe as concubine to
Hong Jun, Chinese envoy.
Curry begins by whisking
us to seven-year old
Jinhuas house, on the
day her father has been
beheaded. Shes sold for
six silver coins, as her feet
are unbound. At her new
home, her feet are broken
and bound, making the
child a more attractive
commodity. Clever, strong
and kind, Jinhua learns a
virgin courtesans role:
how to moan and exhale.
The second half of Currys
book transports us to
Vienna, where women
bind waists instead of
feet. Curry fills our hearts
with Jinhuas hope for a
new life, as for the first
time she feels happy
and hardly afraid at all.

THE BRIDGE LADIES BY BETSY LERNER, PAN MACMILLAN.


As a child, Lerner would hang the coats of the Bridge Ladies at
the door when it was mother Rozs turn to host the game. As she
greeted the ladies again nearly 50 years later, she realised she
knew nothing about the coterie who attended her Bat Mitzvah
and wedding. Her relationship with her mother was tarnished by
scrutiny Roz turning up to clean cutlery when her daughter was
holding a dinner party. Three weeks chatting to the ladies turned
into a rare invitation to join the bridge table, blossoming into this
sensitive (yet funny) study of mothers and daughters. They did
not complain about their parents in therapy, observes Lerner of
the women who did not kiss each other hello. Jackie is the most
diicult to know. Spry Bea, the only one with a gentleman friend.
Bette could have been a movie star. Yet this is all about Roz, who never spoke about the death of
daughter Barbara at two years old in 1964. The dignied dance of Roz caving into an unheard
of embrace with her author daughter trumps all. I was far too young to understand I had lost
my sister. The far greater loss for me was the love of my life: my mother. Laugh, cry, learn.

THE BOOK I love

Ashleigh
Cummings,
actress

PAUL MCCARTNEY: THE BIOGRAPHY


BY PHILIP NORMAN, HACHETTE.
Apart from his imprisonment in Tokyos Kosuge Prison for a week
in 1980, after being stopped at Narita International Airport with
marijuana, Paul and Linda McCartney had never spent a night apart.
This follow-up to Normans 1981 Shout! The Beatles In Their Generation
bio had the tacit approval of Sir Paul. While digging into his troubled
partnership with Lennon, the book is at its most bare documenting
the rst inside story of 25 years of marriage to Linda. The wife who
took him a simple cheese sandwich when nally allowed to visit him
in captivity was liked by his entourage from the beginning. She was
lovely, said Pauls childhood friend, Tony Bramwell. She just stayed
in the background, taking photographs. When Linda was diagnosed
with a malignant breast tumour in December 1995, it brought back the misery of a 1950s
hospital ward. McCartneys beloved mother, Mary, had died of breast cancer at just 47.
Linda died at 56 in 1998, the year after Paul was knighted for services to music.

REVIEWS BY KATIE EKBERG. GETTY IMAGES.

FAREWELL TO THE FATHER


BY TIM ELLIOTT, PAM MACMILLAN.
In the Mosman house where the author grew up, when the wind
blew the right way, you could hear the lions roaring at Taronga
Zoo. Yet when journalist Tim Elliotts doctor father, Max, began
his terminal deterioration at 40, consuming a bottle of gin at
night, there was no safe harbour from his rages. The book opens
in 1977, after his dads rst suicide attempt. Seven-year-old Tim
throws his arms around his neck, him feeling like something
washed up on a beach, sodden and heavy He is wearing the
giant red moccasins wed given him for Fathers Day weeping
listlessly and drooling. The doctor was cruel and inappropriate.
His actions appearing naked from their bathroom in front of
daughter Ginas teenage friends were as loud as his words, telling Tim he was not wanted,
writing letters to wife Rosie, when a nal act of violence made it impossible for them to stay
under one roof. Tims love for his father doesnt abate and when Max dies, head slumped on the
kitchen table, there is still no escape. I wanted to save him. The pain of failing never goes away.

THE POISONWOOD
BIBLE BY BARBARA
KINGSOLVER, ALLEN
& UNWIN.
Its blurb will tell you The
Poisonwood Bible is the
story of a Baptist family
from Georgia, which travels
to the Belgian Congo as
missionaries, in 1959. More
than just a riveting narrative,
Kingsolver creates a world
of tangled microcosms,
both beautiful and
confronting. These
microcosms challenge the
structures we have built
around ourselves personally
and as a society. Aside
from its poignancy, The
Poisonwood Bible is
exquisitely crafted. The
novel is constructed
through the lenses of the
ve female members of
the family and each voice
is insightful. Its layered
investigation into humanity
allows the story to evolve in
the eyes of each individual.
Ashleigh Cummings is
co-starring in The Hanging
at the Sydney Theatre
Company from August 3.

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Hannah Richell REVIEWS


HANNAH RICHELL IS AN AUTHOR AND AUSTRALIAN BOOK INDUSTRY
AWARD FINALIST

KATHERINE HOWARD
BY JOSEPHINE WILKINSON,
HACHETTE.
A revealing retelling of the tragic
tale of Henry VIIIs fifth wife,
Katherine Howard, the fiercely
ambitious lady-in-waiting to
his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves,
who would win the heart of the
King purely on her own merits.
UK author and historian Dr
Wilkinson throws new light on
the second queen of England to
be beheaded (Queen Katherine
became stepmother to Princess Elizabeth,
daughter of Anne Boleyn, the first to sufer
such an execution), putting into delicate
context how the well-proportioned, fullgured girl sufered violent sexual abuse
when fostered out to a dowager aunt in
preparation for service at court. As a 12-yearold, Katherine was fumbled with over a
signicant time by her tutor, Henry Mannock,

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THE ONE WHO GOT


AWAY BY CAROLINE
OVERINGTON,
HARPERCOLLINS.
Caroline Overington
has an ability to home
in on the darker,
unsettling sides of
life, seizing upon
topics you might see
headlining the news and spinning them into
gripping page-turners. Her latest thriller,
The One Who Got Away, opens with the
unexplained disappearance of a woman
from a cruise ship. The police arent sure if
its murder or suicide, but with her handsome
husband, beautiful home and two delightful
children, Loren Wynne-Estes appeared to
have it all. As the media and the authorities
start to trawl over the details of Lorens
disappearance, her sister, Molly, discovers
her journal and begins to delve beneath the
Facebook-perfect life, only to discover a
reality far from the glossy faade. Guaranteed
to have you reading late into the night.

and bullied into bed again at


13 by gentleman usher Francis
Dereham. King Henry VIII, 49,
reeling from the plainness of
Anne of Cleves (he had only
seen a portrait of her), became
merry and lusty restored to
the cherished youth he thought
he had lost when he rejoiced
with sweet 15-year-old bride
Katherine. Henry could not believe
his fun-loving, efervescent wife
was not pure on their wedding
day, when accusations betray
the naive child-bride. A familial relationship
with Thomas Culpeper, a distant cousin, after
her marriage to the King, ups the indictment
from promiscuous fornication before marriage
to adultery after. As the barge took her to
the Tower of London and the scafold, its
journey, [was] a cruel distortion of Katherines
triumphant entrance into London less than
a year earlier. Intensely poignant.

ENDEAVOURING
BANKS, EDITED
BY NEIL CHAMBERS,
NEWSOUTH BOOKS.
A handsome tome hailing
pioneering naturalist Joseph
Banks, depicted on the
cover in a satirical etching
from 1772. This was a time
when achievers were
mocked for exploring
what were regarded as
worthless enquiries into
microscopically small
objects. With asses ears
and elaborate hair, dandy
Banks stands astride the
Anatarktic and the
Artick, brandishing his
nets. Yet Chambers sits
Banks in his true light in
his frontispiece portrait,
cloaked in robes preserved
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singers and childrens choirs. There


are ice-skating rinks in many towns
and if it snows, youll feel as though
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After two days in Amsterdam, you
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Nurembergs market is the most
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cities around the world. Here, youll
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4.
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22.
23.
24.
28.

Regretted
Penitent
Angry, irate
Spoken test,
exam
End of rail
route, freight
Handles
Business
absorption
Building janitor
Dry, parched
Otherwise, or
Sits astride
Pursues
Pays attention,
carefully
Announces,
proclaims

15.
16.
17.
18.
20.

30. Frank
31. Slender
filament
32. Proposes,
a plan
33. Ooze out

DOWN
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
11.
14.

Space available
Dash
Widened
Quote as
example
Lyric poems
Meddle
Tavern
Makes bigger
Aircraft
tracking system
Flat-topped hill

21.
22.

24.
25.
26.
27.
29.

Bitterness
Waterfalls
Latvian capital
Plays a role
Magazine
chiefs
Paris river
Governing
body,
university
Remaining
Egyptian
goddess
Duelling sword
Break suddenly
Tooth on
a wheel

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1. Marine creatures
home
6. Victories
11. Put on a pedestal
16. Tyrant
21. Exude
22. Perfume,
toilette (3,2)
23. Curry bread
24. Gyration
25. Footpath
26. Varnishes
27. Inert
28. Insignificant,
a trifle
29. Relinquished,
territory
31. Large vases
32. South American
garment
36. Tomb inscription
37. Imposing building
38. Throwaway lines
41. Medicine amounts
44. Stoneworker
45. Eyelid swellings
48. US Everglades state
49. Japanese hostess
52. Chocolate egg time
56. Unfilled job
57. Inhale, take a
58. Incursions
61. Income cheat, tax
62. Abdominal ruptures
63. Accounts review
64. Takes notice of,
warning
65. Collide with (3,4)
66. Prince Charles wife
67. Disinfect
71. Garbage, waste
73. Explorer, Polo
75. Fatigue
80. Shoe bottom
82. Approve officially
83. Curves
85. Unscrambling cyphers
86. Travelled by bike
88. Further down
90. Assenting
91. Adolescents (abbrev)
93. Forgive, sinner
94. Untwists bottle top
95. Star clusters
96. Beans and peas, eg
97. Close
99. Prolonged
unconsciousness
100. Wicked act
104. Monarchs rule
105. Slobber
106. Idiotic, remark
107. Shortens,
hem (5,2)
111. Submit, application
113. Terminate

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210.
211.
212.

Charged atom
Peace prize
Scared
Car bump marks
Loaded down
Ramrod-straight
Dog, spaniel
Ages
Tasmania,
the Apple
Mentor
Measure, out
Rough plans
Sharp twinge
House location
Haemorrhaged
Dwell
Maps book
Brazilian dance,
nova
Fellows
Anguish, great
Madrid native, eg
Jewelled headband
Neither hot nor cold
Perhaps
Hear, to
Saintly glow
Atrocious
Book duo,
Dr Jekyll and Mr
Embed
Low platform
Heap
Ancient harp
Steep rugged rock
Neglect, your
responsibilities
Besieged
Lawn
Modify
Pungent bulbs
Pond surface growth
Emirate, Dhabi
Et cetera, so on
Has not (41)
Height
Himalayan country
Awkward, clumsy
Bring upon oneself
Bitumen compound
Chomp
Opposed to
New York-Ontario
falls
Renounced, had
his old ways
Hassles, pesters
Seepage
Lucifer, devil
Daunts
Dehydration symptom
Onto terra firma
Wind up proceedings
In existing
condition (2,2)
Strange people

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277.
278.

Metal filing tool


Zips, toothed
Hire contract
Print media, the
Protrudes
Flow out from
Coached
Drink to the health of
Stop
Cigarette-butt
container
Spotted playing tile
Tallest mountain
Synagogue ministers
Timber-processing
factory
Phony
Shows in
Sneaky
Pixies
Cradles
Do well, at
Cross between
two species
Capital of the US
state of Georgia
Early farm labourer
In conclusion
Landmark, Great
Barrier
Slack, baggy
Cowl
Storyteller
Minor planet
Visualise
Recently arrived
infants
Brown meat quickly
Gender war,
battle of the
Concept
Praised lavishly
Scrutinises, examines
Emotionally unstable
Slumberers

DOWN
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.

Thick sweet liquid


007 auto, Martin
Guinea pig cage
Weaving apparatus
Hermits
Conical tents
Bill for payment
Animals that suckle
their young
Gangsters sidekick
Fully satisfy
Lazy
Softened, the
impact
Finds not guilty
Arrange in list
Follows next
Petite
Taverns
Drawing pins, thumb

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20.
30.
33.
34.
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60.
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132.
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137.
138.
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142.
143.
151.
153.
155.
156.

Sampled
Foul smells
Nightclub
Greasiest
Inquest magistrate
Crackpot
Normally (2,1,4)
Persian
Thrills
Rowing blades
Allows
Leaf-brew pourers
Always, for
Horrid
Mumbai is there
Pulled up, trousers
Embarrassed
Belonging to them
Renovate
Cures
Tantalising
Holstered pistol (4,3)
Mitigating
circumstances
Pamper
Insinuation
Economic downturn
Enthral
Control
Silt-removing boat
Mysteries
Enrols (5,2)
Happened
Moon shape
Spookiness
Driving skills tester
Twirled, thumbs
Immature trees
Talc
Deduce
Miniature, plant
Most senior
Mouth sores
Small notches
Overturn
Exaggerating
Argentinas
capital (6,5)
Wipe out
Circus high wire
Denigrated
Became fine, the
weather (7,2)
Creative, thinking
Generally
Logo sticker
Collect
Flavour
Unswept
Purgative, salts
Consumed, was
Picture
Spot-on
Make beloved
Prejudiced people
Silver bar, eg
Fish, rainbow

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160.
161.
164.

Bewitches
Used a razor
German shepherd
Actress, Dame
Maggie
165. Kidney-related
168. People from Milan, eg
170. Extremists
173. Advantages
174. Manage
177. Forefathers
178. Beats
181. Beirut cuisine, food
185. Manicure board
186. Ordered from
the field (4,3)
187. Arouses
188. Oblivious
193. Tutankhamens title
194. From Riyadh, Saudi
195. Totters
200. Plot, a course
201. Personally crafted
206. Summit
207. Chirped
208. Facets
209. Bacon strips
211. Straddling
214. Mail receptacle
216. By now
217. Hedge cutter
218. Taunted
220. Wise saying
222. Delete
224. Dog, Jack terrier
225. Achieves
226. Little by little
229. Plaything, rag
232. Assistant
235. Singer
236. Horned beast,
white (abbrev)
237. Uncertainty
241. Military greetings
242. Faze
244. Heftier
245. Practical person
248. Swerved
249. African wildlife tour
251. Of race and culture
252. Genetic copies
253. Therefore
254. French cap
255. Altogether (2,3)
259. Easy pace
260. Brusque
261. Affirmative responses
262. Fragrant bloom
264. Lyrical poems
265. Observed, was
267. Bargain
Solution in next
months issue.

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133

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135

107

114

120

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129

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125

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166

167
173

180
187

141

142

143

149

151

156

172

186

110

131

138

147
150

109

145

146

155

108

116

124

130

144

154

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99

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117

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92

105

112

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101

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87
91

100

74

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189

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Hi-fi,
system
Back, in
the

Jiving,
waltzing
Our star,
Steve

Smelled,
the air

Signifies
maiden
name
WideSailors necked
water
drink
bottle
Wrath
Wet
weather

Facts &
figures
Sedan,
family

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21

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Type of
poem
Occasion

Middle
Perfect

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Noticed,
was
Cold-cuts
shop

Delivery
vehicle
Drink,
& tonic

Begin
Cake, Fastener, journey,
Victoria safety set

Repair
Morning
(1.1.)
Earl Grey
drink

Prepare
text for
use
Wedding
vow
(1,2)

Total up
Hair
colorant

Discard,
get of

Layered
Suppose,
what
Baby

Printing
fluid

Every 24
hours

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Scrabble
piece
Pastry
dish

Panache,
style
Ding in
bumper

Spin
Hurt,
impair

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25
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23

13

4
15

14

25
7

Per head,
for

Our star,
Hawn

11
24

Movie
actor,
Gibson

Song, They, he
and
Love is Wiped
In The clean

Unsullied
Part of a
play

Clueless
13

Comes
back

Little
devil

Solution in next
months issue.

20

Swiss
peak

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26

11

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In this puzzle, each letter of the alphabet is


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Cryptic Crossword
1

8
9
11

15

10
12

16

17

Test your powers of observation. The two pictures below may


look the same, but weve made five changes to the one on the
right. Can you spot them? Solution overleaf.

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24

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28

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Sudoku

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30

31

ACROSS
3. Obtain praises from both
left and right with such
retaliatory acts (9)
8. Most ramblers take this
steady pace (5)
9. Almost wept about taking
a seat in church (3)
11. Takes more than one
to find an answer for it (6)
12. The French camper
remains hidden (6)
15. About to star but
seen as pests (4)
18. Proves Id been involved
and supplies the reason
for it (8)
19. Important people are so
attractive, we hear (8)
20. Talks about it in Yass (4)
24. Fed up with your tea?
Then beat it (6)
27. Lay it down in your vehicle,
your favourite one (6)
28. Robert once had a shilling (3)
30. Have some dinners in the
Interior (5)
31. Scattered those nasty
spiders for little Edwin (9)

DOWN
1. Meddle with a picnic basket
with a new cover (6)

2. Goes into a bar and


gets put out in an
unceremonious way (6)
3. How to learn about
your kidneys (5)
4. Anyway, show a little energy (3)
5. What I owe to one state
and another (4)
6. Collapsed in a church recess (4)
7. Notice the blemish? (4)
10. The Easterner took some
blows to his joints (6)
13. Hang them! Theyre not
ahead (5)
14. When youre so poor they
will deny at this point (5)
16. Get lost in it and it
will astound you (5)
17. Is seen to point to sanity (5)
18. Needed when the
chips are down (6)
21. Thats a tall one! (6)
22. Tries with a different
sort of ridicule (6)
23. One has a right to get
paid quickly (5)
24. Anyway, that was some act (4)
25. Nourishes left less?
The costs? (4)
26. Qualified to make some
tables (4)
29. Youll catch it so put it down (3)
Solution in next months issue.

Each number from 1 to 9


must appear in each of the
nine rows, nine columns and
3 x 3 blocks. Tip: No number
can occur more than once
in any row, column or 3 x 3
block. Solution overleaf.
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Bogglewords
Can you work out the words
or phrases depicted here?
Solution overleaf.

Just The Two

Using only the two letters given,


can you fill in the blanks to make
a series of words. You can use the
two letters as often as you need.
Solution overleaf.

CE
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2. A _ _ D
3. D _ U_ _
4. A _ _ _ D _
5. _ H _ _ K _ D
6. _ _ L _ _ T I _
7. R _ _ L _ _ T_ D

Word Play

Fit the eight words here into the grids to form


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Word Maker How many words

of four letters or more can you make using the


letters given here? Each one must include the
central letter and you should have at least one
nine-letter word in your total. Avoid plurals,
proper nouns, hyphenated words, those with
apostrophes and verb forms ending with s,
eg, bakes. Solution below.
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WORD MAKER: Centre,


Cert, Cringe, Eerie,
Egret, Energetic, Enter,
Entire, Entree, Erect,
Erecting, Generic,
Genre, Girt, Green,
Greet, Grin, Grit, Inert,
Integer, Inter, Nicer,
Nitre, Recent, Recite,
Regent, Reign, Rein,
Renege, Rent, Rice,
Ring, Rite, Teenier,
Tern, Tier, Tiger, Tire,
Tree, Trice, Trig.

1. Sky turns blue.


2. Womans pants
change colour.
3. Girls sleeves
are longer.
4. Womans hand
near cat disappears.
5. Girls shoes have
no laces.

June

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INSIDER WINNING WORD: Father.

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FIND A WORD
WINNING WORD:
Relationships.

CLUELESS 1=R, 2=P, 3=I,


4=E, 5=W, 6=T, 7=G, 8=O,
9=V, 10=A, 11=X, 12=Y, 13=C,
14=M, 15=F, 16=Z, 17=L, 18=N,
19=J, 20=U, 21=H, 22=S,
23=B, 24=Q, 25=D, 26=K.
WINNING WORD: Partner.

EASY CROSSWORD

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Cancer
Jun 23-Jul 23
For some months now, there have been
unresolved issues about babies, children,
teenagers (or the partners who could bring
them into your life eventually). The Full Moon
near the 19th will help you see a new angle.
From the 26th, hearts will rule heads, then
by the first week of August, you can call this
episode final at last. Beyond this issue, do
put your house or apartment first from the
9th, as you can secure your situation and
shield your lease, mortgage, renovations
or investment from future problems.

Jul 24-Aug 23
Its all about you from the 12th
and four heavenly bodies will be in
Leo, your sign. This is your time to
relaunch with a new look, role, title
or proile. You are also making some
good progress with your house or
apartment, as from the 8th a promise
must be made. Once you are past July,
you can at last wash your hands of
an issue which has dragged on for
months. Home is where the heart
is from the inal week of July, so enjoy
it. You can also farewell 2013 as
ancient history. The future looks
so much brighter.

Virgo

Aug 24-Sep 23
The friendship you have within
a larger group will take up your time
and energy near the 6th, 11th and

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which will affect this network for
the rest of the year. It may be as casual
as a Twitter tribe or as formal as a
political party. You are in a wonderful
position to think big with money,
property, business or charity for the
inal quarter of the year, with small
decisions now helping you onto
bigger and better things later. In fact,
by 2017, you could save or make
a small fortune.

Libra

Sep 24-Oct 23
Its all about your friends, your social
life and your group from the 12th, and
you will be amazed at how rapidly
these people take over your life in
the last fortnight. If you all harness
people power, then you will create
something which will live forever.
Your career, degree, unpaid work
or full-time parenting role is on the

agenda near the 7th, when one of the


years most important discussions
or signatures will unfold. Reshape
this situation near the Full Moon
on the 19th to satisfy some of the
last requirements.

Scorpio

Oct 24-Nov 22
Your career, degree, unpaid work
or full-time parenting job will
require more time and energy in
the inal fortnight, for all the right
reasons. Something very special is
unfolding as you have four heavenly
bodies in the success, ambition and
achievement zone of your chart.
You must also factor in other suburbs,
states or countries in your planning,
as what you hear or read near the
7th is a turning point that is only
possible once a year. Move past
any local differences then to ask
exactly the right questions.

ILLUSTRATION BY JUDITH COOK.

Leo

Horoscopes

BY JESSICA ADAMS

Sagittarius

Nov 23-Dec 21
You are the traveller and explorer of
the zodiac and will be swept away
by the journey (or internet adventures)
in the second half of July, with more to
come in August. There is so much to
learn about this special place on the
map, no matter if you are packing your
bags or just connecting with the locals
on Skype. You also have some key
decisions to make about your money,
property, business, possessions or
charity. Get to the bottom of the facts
and igures near the 7th, and it will help
you at a crossroads near the 19th.

Capricorn

Dec 22-Jan 20
This is the most important month of
the year for deciding how to proceed
with your former, current or potential
partner. If an enemy, rival or opponent
matters more to you, then it is the
conlict which will take up your time.
In all cases, the Full Moon near the
19th asks you to line up the pros and
cons of a inal choice. You need all the
information your heart can absorb, so
make sure you use the period around
the 7th and 11th to ind out what this
man (or woman) is feeling. The results
will change so much.

Aquarius

Jan 21-Feb 19
The inal half of July inds four
heavenly bodies in your zone of
marriage, serious relationships,

professional partnerships and oneon-one conlicts. They all involve


two people on opposite sides of an
emotional or psychological see-saw.
Balance your end by making sure
that, from the 14th, every question is
asked and every answer is provided.
This may be love or war, but the
feedback you receive from outsiders
from the 22nd will help you make
a smart August decision.

Pisces

Feb 20-Mar 20
With so many patterns in the
emotional sign of Cancer, its no
surprise that this month is all about
babies, children, teenagers or the
relationships which might bring them
into your world. What you hear or
read near the 7th will change a great
deal and, near the 19th, you are at
a crossroads, so take your time. The
second half of the month is about
your lifestyle, when you realise that
the way you work and look after your
body depends on having your facts
right. Probe deeply then.

Aries

Mar 21-Apr 21
Babies, children, teenagers or the
lovers who may bring them into your
life one day dominate your month.
From the 12th, you will be preoccupied
by a complicated but fascinating
relationship which involves one of
the years most important discussions
in the inal fortnight. From the 22nd,
its all public and the feedback and

reaction you receive will help you


make a landmark decision by August.
One way or another, you need to leave
the legacy of your personality to a
generation born 20 or more years
after you.

Taurus

Apr 22-May 21
You must be wondering when it
will all become clear with your
former, current or potential partner.
Alternatively, you have been caught up
with unanswered questions about an
enemy, rival or opponent. Wheels turn
from the 8th, when a commitment is
waiting, one way or another. It may
not be until after the 26th that you
begin to feel youre at the end of the
road with this saga, though. Give
yourself a week to line up every single
factor, so that you can make the
decision which signs off this episode.

Gemini

May 22-Jun 22
You have crucial decisions ahead
about your money, house, business
interests, charity, possessions or
apartment now. The paperwork or
discussion near the 6th will set a new
direction for the rest of the year. That
is the time to clearly state your position,
but also ask the right questions. Even
the Full Moon near the 19th will
show you what must be resolved and
when. You also have an intriguing
project, website or idea waiting for
you in the second half of July. The
results will endure. Its special. #
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Tea and sympathy


I didnt want
a relationship.
I wanted
a coffee.

E WALKED UP to the
cafe on the corner last
week. My granddaughters
ordered their usual
babycinos with a side
order of marshmallows. Now it was my
turn. Everyone was there the macchiatos,
mochas, espressos, cappuccinos, caffe lattes,
ristrettos and even the Americanos. I felt like
a guest at a Soprano family wedding. I read
and re-read the coffee menu. A queue formed
behind me, people sending texts, sighing,
coughing and exchanging sympathetic smiles
with the barista. Did I want a pour-over or
a i lter? A micro-lot? A cold drip? A direct
trade? A fair trade?
The queue shufled and stamped. Several
people checked the time on their mobiles.
Fair trade sounded like the right thing to do.
Cool, said the barista. How do you want it?
Hot, I said, cleverly. I was beginning to
feel like one of the in crowd.
I mean how do you want your coffee?
Espresso, lat white, latte, cappuccino, ristretto,
double ristretto, long black, macchiato, double
macchiato or a cappuccino? Maybe a slow drip
or French press?
This was getting risqu. I didnt want
a relationship. I wanted a coffee.
By now, the girls were rearranging
the magazines and the cushions
on the sofa. They were trying
to cut their last marshmallow
with a fork. I could hear
growls from the people at
the back of the line that now
stretched out the door, under
the awning and into the rain.
Flat white, I said, desperate to
bring the whole drama to an end.
Cool, said the barista again. Piccolo
or grande?
I grabbed the girls and ran. I can still
hear the cruel laughter that followed us out.
The MOTH (the Man of the House)
thinks the worlds drowning in a tsunami
of expensive froth. Hes ighting the trend

single-handedly. He drinks tea made from tea


leaves. He doesnt like gift teas that arrive
with house guests and distant cousins.
Anyone who gives you Brandy Butter
Christmas Tea or Relax Yourself Summertime
Blend is saying, Heres some expensive tea I
found at the airport. Which bedroom am I in?
I think hes a little harsh. A stack of these
pretty tins sit in the pantry waiting for a tea
emergency the night we get bad news and
run out of proper tea at the same time.
Every morning and most evenings, the
MOTH makes tea following the rules set
down by his mother. Bring a kettle of water
to a rolling boil. Warm the teapot. Put in
a generous measure of loose tea. Fill the pot
with boiling water, replace the lid and wait
patiently. In the meantime, put out china cups
and saucers, teaspoons, the sugar bowl and
a jug of milk. Hot buttered toast and a jar of
homemade marmalade will do nicely as well.
Even when the kids were young and
morning noise and anxiety levels were high,
the MOTH made tea. While all around him
people lost their heads, he waited for the tea
to brew. Exams began, deadlines whizzed by,
planes, trains and taxis left without us, but
the tea was poured when it was ready and
not a moment earlier.
There are times a soy latte just doesnt cut
it. You need a proper cup of tea when:
Youve just had a baby 15 minutes ago.
The vet called and the news isnt good.
The baby you had 22 years ago is now
leaving home.
The exam results could have been better.
Some annoying chickens have come home
to roost.
The last wedding guests have departed.
A few weeks ago, I asked the MOTH if he
remembered drinking tea and looking out at
the ocean the morning after our wedding.
How could I forget? he answered. The
bloody tea was cold! #
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www.facebook.com/PatMcDermottau.

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