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week, when I misplaced my jumped really, really high and visited
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was missing this useful but playground at her daycare centre).
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or check in with my favourite resolved to practise being more ‘in
identities on social media? the moment’, as the wellness gurus
As I contemplated throwing myself would put it. My other resolution,
out of the slow-moving vehicle and inspired by our royally impressive
dashing back to the office to retrieve cover star HRH Crown Princess
said piece of technology, the taxi Mary, is to resolve to find new ways
driver turned to me and made a to use the position I am fortunate
comment about an old typewriter enough to find myself in to help
discarded on the side of the road. champion important causes.
It turned out my rather dashing In an exclusive interview with The
Peruvian driver was a collector of Weekly’s Editor Juliet Rieden, the
vintage typewriters, a hobby born from his love BELOW: Crown Crown Princess spoke passionately but humbly
of writing historical novels. He went on to regale Princess Mary was about her 10 years at the helm of the Mary
me with a fascinating and winding tale of all smiles as she Foundation, tackling challenging issues such as
enjoyed a day on
rebellion and subterfuge involving the national bullying and domestic violence, and her
Sydney Harbour
mint and an altered banknote. So engrossed was before Christmas. determination to keep driving real and lasting
I that he parked up outside my house for a good societal change (see page 14). Of course, even
five minutes to finish the story. crown princesses need some R&R at the end of a
Then came time to sit down with my two-year- busy year, and it was delightful to see Mary and
old daughter for her dinner. After preparing her Crown Prince Frederik enjoying their shared
meal and playing together on the kitchen floor, passion of sailing right here on a sunny
we usually settle into our Sydney Harbour, before visiting family in
standard routine: she Hobart for the holidays.
devours her food at a Wherever you are, I hope you’re taking

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of strategically hidden we wish you a happy and healthy 2018.
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contents
January 2018
On the cover come true for two wonderful boys
14 Exclusive interview:
HRH Crown Princess Mary
from Brisbane
74 Read all about it: Australian 14
24 Harry & Meghan: the inside authors share their favourite books
story on the wedding breaking all 80 Annie Leibovitz: the great
the royal rules photographer gives us a peek at
30 Don Burke victim: "I'm finally the world as she sees it
free after 20 years of torment"
42 Murder mystery: the evil
86 Humour: Amanda Blair is
lured by lipstick, finally 48
genius and the girl in the submarine 88 The art of healing: Sally
68 Bette Davis exposé: her Fitzgibbons shares her tips on
lovers, catfight and family feud recovering from adversity
93 Your stars for 2018 100 Family matters: Pat
126 A taste of summer: seasonal McDermott gears up for the
salads, delicious, healthy meals, January sales
Julie Goodwin's mango desserts
and much more Fashion
& Beauty
Up front 102 Island paradise:
4 Editor’s letter: from the desk the best fashion for lazy
of The Weekly’s Nicole Byers
11 Open line: readers’ letters
20 Dave Hughes: we meet the
summer afternoons
109 Super accessories
110 Workshop: clever
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comedian's family, the inspiration
for much of his humour
36 Those were the crazy days:
wardrobe updates
114 Beauty: how to age-
proof your hair
24
the cast of Swinging Safari tell us 118 Beauty news and
about their childhoods in the '70s The Pretty List
48 Australian of the Year: meet
the contenders for the 2018 title Health
56 Love second time around, 120 How to be fearless: tips
with a difference: why more from Lorna Jane Clarkson
and more married women are in 122 Health news
lesbian relationships 123 Ask the doctor: readers’
62 Trip of a lifetime: dreams health questions answered

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Food & Home Regulars 146
126 Summer salads: Michele 161 Home hints: handy tips
Cranston shares her favourite “take and clever tricks
a plate” dishes 162 Clippings: all things lemon
132 The secret to health scented for summer
and wellbeing: the delicious 164 Back to school: colourful
Mediterranean approach to eating and cute school accessories to
138 Easy picnic breads: sweet make learning fun for all ages.
and savoury loaves to impress 166 What’s on: must-see shows,
144 Four ways with lamb movies, events and exhibitions
chops: top flavour boosters for the 169 Reading room: our pick of
humble chop the latest books
146 Julie Goodwin’s sweet and 173 Money: how to make the best
simple mango treats: mouth- of cash bonuses big and small
watering recipes to take advantage 174 Cruising: the destinations
of summer’s bountiful harvest that are sure to be a hit in 2018
152 Ask the experts: four 177 Travel news: great escapes
fabulous ways with festive leftovers and terrific deals and tips
154 Quick bites: the latest food 179 Puzzles: test your skills with
news and kitchen products our bumper set of brain-teasers
156 Home design: an indoor- 192 Horoscopes: what’s in
outdoor house in Fremantle, WA your stars this month
160 Get the look the ultimate in 194 End note: five things that
Bohemian interior styling made us smile
194
Recipe index 152 Roast pork and apple
rolls
corn wedges
Sweet
Savoury 145 Rosemary barbecue 154 Cheat’s Australia Day
130 Brown rice salad with stuffed lamb cutlets sauce lamb cutlets cake
pumpkin 145 Indian-spiced lamb 133 Salmon parcels with 151 Dairy-free no-cook
130 Cauliflower and parsley cutlets potatoes mango cheesecake
salad 152 Leftovers fried rice 143 Seeded cheddar soda 143 Dark chocolate, cherry
134 Chicken skewers with 131 Noodle salad bread with chilli butter and walnut soda bread
peach caprese salad 129 Prosciutto and potato 152 Smoked salmon and 149 Easy mango frozen
129 Corn and mixed bean salad egg toasties yoghurt
salad 140 Red lentil and pumpkin 135 Spicy prawn and white 143 Flourless almond, peach
144 Dukka-crusted lamb wraps bean panzanella and orange blossom loaves
cutlets 134 Roasted rosemary pork, 130 Summer salad of 150 Julie’s mango blondies
137 Greek vegetable pie fennel and potatoes peaches and blueberries 151 Mango and tumeric
with yellow split pea dip 137 Roasted sumac chicken 152 Turkey enchiladas panna cotta
144 Haloumi and fig paste with baby vegetables 140 Zucchini, fetta and 149 Mango shortcake

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wisdom I wish to commend you on your wonderful
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service of my late father’s funeral. Some
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message of acceptance and love can never be them, they are so lucky. What a lovely man.
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& the girl in the
submarine
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A fighting chance inspiring. However, I am often struck by the age
COVER: HRH CROWN Not being a big fan of boxing, I almost skimmed limit of 18-34 years. Could we have either an open
PRINCESS MARY past the story of Jeff and Jo Horn (Why I’m age range, or a competition solely for more
Photography by Fighting For My Family, AWW, Christmas issue). mature women? After all, innovative ideas are not
Erik Refner I’m pleased I took the time to read about these restricted to the under 35s. With older women
two lovely and humble people. How wonderful now the fastest growing demographic at risk
that Jeff has come through a childhood of of homelessnesss, a helping hand with some
bullying to a role of teacher to children and of our own genius ideas based on our rich life
WRITE TO US then to world champion. With Jo by his side and experiences, and a chance to display our
Letter of the Month wins a new baby to come, he really does now have potential, would be wonderful. Keep up the great
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In the news
We hail women making their mark in world politics and maternity
wards, and admire the camera skills of a curious orangutang.

Aussie fireys fight the


California blaze
As we go to press, Californian
wildfires are burning across an area
of land bigger than New York City
and Boston combined. In the worst
wildfire season on record, fires have
destroyed more than 1000 buildings
in communities including Los
Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura and
the state’s wine-growing centres of
Napa Valley and Sonoma.
Californian Governor Jerry Brown
described the situation as “the new
normal” and suggested that, as the
impacts of climate change intensify,
“this could be something that
happens every year or every few FRIENDS FOR LIFE Adelaide Year 10 students are
years”. Australian, Mexican and
Canadian firefighters have joined
turning memories into memoirs and making friends
around 8700 American fireys for life. The youngsters have been paired with local
battling the blazes. Aussie firefighters nursing home residents to write a book of each elder’s
have been helping out in the worst
life. The project will soon be adopted in other states.
American bushfire seasons for more
than 50 years. Among those taking part in the project are Patrick Fleming with his subject Jean and
Derek (above, left) and Jared Della Pace with Joy (right).

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[ Monthly round-up ]

HOUSE OF
CLAIRE
Netflix drama House
of Cards will return
for its final season
with Robin Wright’s
Claire Underwood as
Commdander in
Chief after Kevin
Spacey became the
LADIES LEAD latest Hollywood
THE WAY heavyweight to be
The face of politics is changing. embroiled in a sexual
Following the election of New harassment scandal.
Zealand’s youngest Prime Minister, Netflix confirmed
Jacinda Ardern, 37, Meaghan Scanlon, Spacey will not be in
24, became the youngest woman to season 6, thus
sit in Queensland’s parliament, putting his on-screen
and Iceland has elected Katrin wife front and centre.
Jakobsdottir, as PM at the age of just 41. Spacey played the
From top: Jacinda Ardern, Meaghan diabolical Frank
Scanlon and Katrin Jakobstdottir. Underwood in
previous seasons.

Baby round-up
TURIA PITT
Turia announced
the birth of her
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longed-for son On a recent trip to Borneo, wildlife


on December 7 photographer Ian Wood was trying to
with a simple capture an original shot when an
“Welcome to the orangutan stole his camera. The result
world Hakavai
was a hilarious and highly original
Hoskin”.
series of snaps of the curious primate.
MIRANDA
KERR
Miranda has
revealed that she
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Evan Spiegel The first baby panda to
are expecting. be born in France, Yuan
Meng, proved he was no
SARAH shrinking violet when his
HARRIS
The birth of Harry godmother, Brigitte
Scanlan Ward on Macron, came to visit. The
December 8 left
journalist mum cub growled and jumped
Sarah Harris at the French First Lady at
“knackered,
but happy”. an event at the Beauval
Zoo in Paris’ south.
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CROWN PRINCESS MARY

A decade
of giving
back
As Crown Princess Mary and her family enjoy a private holiday back in Australia,
Her Royal Highness talks to Juliet Rieden about 10 years of the ground-
breaking Mary Foundation, her deeply felt belief that everyone needs “a solid
dose of empathy” and how this Tassie-born royal found her place in Denmark.

I
n 2004, in honour of the “The last 10 years have been a third of schools. So when Crown
wedding of HRH Crown Prince rewarding and challenging journey,” Princess Mary’s youngest son came
Frederik to Australia’s own Crown Princess Mary tells The home talking about her work it was
Mary Donaldson, a 1.1 million Weekly. “We have worked hard and a wonderful moment for her, as a
kroner ($176,000) gift was in collaboration with experts and mother. “Vincent came home [from
raised in Denmark and Greenland. partners have established the Mary school] and told me that they were
As wedding gifts go, this was a pretty Foundation. That our efforts can help learning about ‘mum’s project’,” says
generous one and certainly a sign of to improve people’s lives and give Crown Princess Mary proudly.
how much faith Danes had in their them a sense of hope for the future, “I haven’t sat them down and
new Crown Princess. That trust was gives all of us at the Mary Foundation explained in detail what my work
paid back in spades when three years a sense of fulfilment and pride. is focused on,” she says. “However,
later the new royal put the people’s “However, today I am more they are definitely aware of some
funds to work and launched her convinced than ever that our work of the issues that deeply concern me,
Mary Foundation. has only just begun. When working as we talk about them and they ask
HRH The Crown Princess’s vision with social issues, you quickly find me questions about, for example,
was to create a powerful initiative out that the more you learn, the more the children I meet in Africa.”
that gave something back to complex it becomes − and the more Six-year-old twins TRH Prince
Denmark, a program of projects that humble you get when it comes to Vincent and Princess Josephine are in
would tangibly help the most creating lasting changes and securing their first year at school. Like their
vulnerable and tackle key social long-term impact.” elder siblings, TRH Prince Christian,
problems. Under an overarching The royal may feel humbled by the 12, and Princess Isabella, 10, they are
mantel of combating social isolation, task, but Crown Princess Mary’s not at a private school, but a public
based on the belief that everyone passion is obvious and the Foundation school – Tranegårdskolen in Hellerup,
has a right to belong, the Mary is a proud badge of honour for in suburban Copenhagen, just north of
Foundation has identified and Danes, who are hugely supportive their home in the Amalienborg Palace.
AUSTRALSCOPE.

developed around 10 projects within of her work. The “Free of Bullying” This is the first generation of Danish
three focus areas of bullying and program, pioneered by the royal children not to have been
well-being, domestic violence and Foundation, has been introduced into privately educated, which is a big
loneliness. half of Danish kindergartens and a deal. The Danish court is more than »

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[ Exclusive cover story ]
“Part of our
role as parents
is to bring up
our children to
be open and
tolerant.”

1000 years old – one of the oldest her work she demonstrates that even Empathy is certainly at the heart of
monarchies in the world – but as a if you are a person without any social the Mary Foundation’s work. “The
new era hovers on the horizon with or economic problems and even if you Foundation has been very effective,”
Crown Prince Frederik and his belong to the ‘upper class’ – or the says Sørensen, “both regarding the
Tasmanian wife Crown Princess Mary royal family – you can talk and work concrete work but also because
at the helm, it is also proving to be together with any ‘ordinary’ person. Crown Princess Mary’s personal
one of the most modern and open- She speaks with ‘ordinary’ people, to engagement in the work creates a new
minded, and initiatives like the children and those facing social [and vital] attention to the problems
Mary Foundation’s Free of Bullying problems in a really natural way.” the Foundation works with.”
program being widely used at This sense of genuinely connecting
classroom level are an important part with people is key in the royal’s The need to belong
of the new monarchy. personal message to her four I ask the Crown Princess what
children. “We feel that we have a spurred her on, not just to establish
Royal role model responsibility as part of our role as the Foundation, but to concentrate on
Danes also see Crown Princess Mary parents to bring up our children to the areas she has chosen, including
as a role model, says Lars Hovbakke be open and tolerant adults, with a social isolation. For Crown Princess
Sørensen, royal commentator and solid dose of empathy,” the Crown Mary, it seems it was elemental. “As
Assistant Professor at Denmark’s Princess explains. “It is important far back as I can recall, I have always
University College Absalon. “She is that we have the ability to reflect and found it difficult to see a person
a role model in many different ways. to put ourselves in the situation of seemingly alone, a person standing on
But most important is in her care for others, to see things from another the outside looking in, a person who
children, women and other people perspective. Empathy is what holds doesn’t feel like they belong,” she
with social or health problems. By our world together.” explains. “I believe that we all have a

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fundamental need to be an accepted ABOVE: Crown Princess Mary in her office.
“This is the basic idea behind Free
and valued member of a group, that LEFT: The Crown Prince couple at the of Bullying – an anti-bullying program
we are an important part of something 10-year anniversary gala for The Mary developed by the Mary Foundation
greater than ourselves. Alone, we feel Foundation. and Save the Children Denmark (with
vulnerable. This is the basic idea inspiration from Australia’s Alannah
behind the Mary Foundation’s experienced as a relentless pressure and and Madeline Foundation’s Better
underlying philosophy that everyone stress. Another factor is that messages Buddies Program) which is today
has the right to belong. All of our or words alone – which are often sent widely used throughout Denmark,
work and efforts are targeted at anonymously – can have an even more and attracts increasing interest from
combating social isolation, whether brutal impact than if said face-to-face. other countries.”
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it leads to or is the result of bullying, “In Denmark, the way we view


domestic violence or loneliness. Today, bullying is changing,” she adds. Evolving the monarchy
we know that the feeling of happiness “Today the focus is more and more The work is incredibly impressive
and the quality of our health are on the group and each child within and is no doubt one factor in
closely linked to whether we feel that the group, no longer just the children the Crown Princess’ popularity.
we have good and close relations.” who bully and the children who are Eighty-two per cent of the Danish
being bullied. We view bullying as not population is now in support of a
Tackling bullies being about vulnerable children or monarchy, up from 77 per cent before
Bullying is one of the Foundation’s key mean children, but rather about Crown Princess Mary joined the
areas and a hot topic for all mothers as unhealthy dynamics within a group. family. And it’s paving the way for
vicious trolls on social media wreak Therefore, if we are to effectively the Crown Prince Couple as they head
emotional devastation all over the combat bullying, we have to engage closer to Crown Prince Frederik’s
world and fuel terrifying social everyone within the group. It’s about future as King with his wife beside
scourges such as the rise in teen suicide. the group, with the guidance and him as Queen Consort.
“The dynamics of bullying are the support of teachers and parents, The Crown Princess turns 46 in
same online and offline,” says Crown creating a common set of values and February and 2018 will mark 14 years
Princess Mary. “But social media does a common understanding of what it since she joined Denmark’s royal elite.
provide a new channel for bullying. means to be a good friend. Creating Sørensen says Danes are not only
Digital bullying extends bullying past a culture where bullying within the thrilled with their Aussie royal,
the school day and it is therefore often group is seen as unacceptable. they are also really proud of her. »

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“The Danish people feel that Crown another of the cornerstone issues for
Princess Mary really cares about the Mary Foundation, and while the
Danes and is interested in all aspects Foundation’s work is with chronic
of Danish society. Especially in her situations and debilitating social
work for children with health or isolation, it is a topic the Crown
social problems and for women all Princess has personal experience of.
around the world. By her international “I did experience a feeling of
activities, the Crown Princess loneliness – short-term – when I first
contributes to making Denmark moved to Denmark,” she admits.
visible on the global scene. Danes “Moving to Denmark was a huge
appreciate this a lot.” change in my life; a new culture, new
The first step towards bonding with language, new friends and another
her people was learning the language. way of life. So, I see it as quite natural
“Crown Princess Mary’s Danish is that at times I felt quite alone or a
very good, and she learned quickly,” little bit like I was on the outside
explains Sørensen. “Especially in a looking in. Luckily, I had a lot of
small country like Denmark, it is caring and supportive people around
important a person from abroad me and I was also aware that it would
learns the language. It’s about take time to find my place and feel
Danish national identity and self- settled – to feel like I belong.
understanding.” “When we talk about loneliness,
And while the pomp, ceremony it’s important to distinguish between
and living quarters of royal life take short-term and long-term loneliness,”
the royal children into a whole the Crown Princess explains. “Short-
different realm, the young princes’ term and situation-specific loneliness

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and princesses’ daily lives are as is a natural part of life and something
‘normal’ as they can. Indeed as we go we can all experience when big
to press on this story, Crown Princess changes in our lives happen, such as
Mary is preparing to bring her family divorce, loss of a loved one or moving
back home to Australia for the to a new environment. This is the
holiday season. body’s way of reminding us that we
Intriguingly, the Crown Prince should seek relationships with others.
Couple has managed to forge a unique Loneliness over a longer period or
and respectful relationship with the chronic loneliness is different; it can
Danish public and media, and even lead to harmful consequences for
though their family attracts crowds our quality of life and health.” The
wherever it goes, this hasn’t prevented research the Foundation has carried
them from venturing outside Palace out discovered that “employment
walls. Unlike the British royals, who and having a partner are protective
are plagued with paparazzi, this is factors when it comes to the risk of
a couple regularly seen around experiencing long-term loneliness”.
Copenhagen and left in peace. The current Danish monarchy is
“Crown Princess Mary rides her suffering its own pangs of loneliness.
bike around Copenhagen with her Prince Henrik, 83, retired in 2016,
children and she goes to sports with leaving 77-year-old Queen Margrethe
them such as horseback-riding, to shoulder the burdens of royal office
swimming and ballet,” says Helle alone. Denmark’s Queen is positively
Bill Madsen, journalist and royal youthful compared to 91-year-old
watcher at Denmark’s popular Queen Elizabeth II, whose “rock”,
Her&Nu magazine. “What’s more, Prince Philip, 96, similarly retired this
she is considered a great, loving and year, but for Queen Margrethe there
supporting wife to Crown Prince were more troubling circumstances to
Frederik.” deal with.
AT WORK WITH THE MARY FOUNDATION
It’s been quite a journey from Aussie From top: A royal thank you to partners. In September 2017, a heart-rending
commoner Mary Donaldson to At the launch of BookFun. On tour in announcement revealed that Prince
Crown Princess and it hasn’t been Burkina Faso, Africa. Handing out medals Henrik was suffering from dementia
completely plain sailing. Loneliness is at an anti-bullying relay in Greenland. and together Denmark is supporting

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The Crown Prince
Couple with their four
children: (from left)
TRH Prince Christian,
Princess Josephine,
Prince Vincent and
Princess Isabella.

their Queen through this tough time. comes, Sørensen says, the Crown Foundation is tackling the issue of
But the persistent rumour that Prince Couple will make a wonderful domestic violence, now at epidemic
Queen Margrethe will abdicate King and Queen Consort. “They levels globally.
and hand over to her son continues will become a very modern royal “Violence against women is one
to swirl despite Her Majesty stating couple – more informal than Queen of the most prevalent human rights
she will hold the throne until she violations in the world,” explains
dies. Sørensen says such suggestions
are no more than idle gossip. “At times I felt quite the Crown Princess. “It knows
no social, economic or national
“In Denmark there is an extremely
long tradition for the head of state alone ... a little bit boundaries. Globally, an
estimated one in three women
(the king or the reigning queen) to
stay in office as long as he/she lives.
like I was on the will experience sexual or
physical violence in her lifetime,
Last time a Danish king resigned
before he died was in 1523, when
outside looking in.” and gender-based violence
undermines the health, dignity,
King Christian II left the country Margrethe and Prince Consort security and independence of its
because of a revolt against him. Henrik have been. And that will be victims, yet it remains shrouded in a
Since that time every head of state really good for the future of the culture of silence.
has reigned until death. Queen monarchy.” “In the Mary Foundation, we strive
Margrethe will probably not break In the meantime, Crown Princess to empower the individual woman
with this long historic tradition,” Mary has more work to do, and the and to support her in starting a
he explains. But when their time the third focus area of the Mary new life, free of violence.”AWW

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Dave Hughes

don’t
laugh...

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Life with three kids is chaos – but
also priceless comedic fodder.
Much loved funny man Dave
Hughes tells Susan Horsburgh
he’ll keep milking his home life
until the kids tell him to stop.
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Dave and his wife


Holly have fun in
their garden with
children (from left)
Rafferty, eight, Sadie,
six, and Tess, four.
[ At home exclusive ]

T
he possibility of a meltdown
at last year’s AFL grand final
was high, so Dave Hughes
gave his son a pep talk before
the game. Still, he didn’t
expect the weeping to start before the
quarter-time siren. A self-appointed
Adelaide Crows supporter, eight-year-old
Rafferty was nothing if not invested in
the event – so when his team’s fortunes
turned south, his dad (a mad Carlton
fan) went into damage control.
“We had some ‘coping cards’ which a
child psychologist gave us so we could
read them to him to get through the day,
like, ‘No matter what, they’re winners’,”
says Dave, “but they didn’t work and he
was bawling from about halfway through
the first quarter until we left just after
three-quarter time. He was crying so
much that he was louder than the tears of
the Richmond supporters – and they
hadn’t won a grand final for 40 years.”
If it sounds like he’s honing a stand-up
routine, he probably is. One of Australia’s
most loved funny men, “Hughesy” has
always milked the minutiae of his life for
comic effect – which means the upside of
any day-to-day mishap is the entertaining
story left behind. Life with three kids,
then, is a comic boon. The other day he
came through the front door of his
Melbourne home to find four-year-old
Tess armed with a Stormtrooper gun:
“She pointed at me and said, ‘Dad, do
you want to see Jesus?’”
Playing with his daughters, Tess and
six-year-old Sadie, usually involves a
high-stakes game of pretend. “They’ll say,
‘Dad, there’s a tsunami! We need to save all
the toys!” says the 47-year-old. “So I have
to fashion some sort of pulley system. Tess
and Sadie will be up on the balcony and I’ve
got to connect all their toys to the occy
straps so they can pull them up to safety.”
It’s all grist for the comic mill – so
much so that his wife of 11 years, Holly
Ife, has to preface the sensitive stories she
tells him, especially those involving the
kids’ friends, with a not-for-comedy
caveat. Dave can forget which things are
off-limits, though, so sometimes it’s best
not to tell him at all. Fortunately, his
family usually doesn’t mind the exposure;
Holly calls herself a “natural sharer” and »

JANUARY 2018 AWW.COM.AU 21


Rafferty – until he quit live on air – I was on the dole. If I buy a f**kin’ currently filming a new TV panel
used to have a regular Freaky Facts $3 million house, I’ll say I bought a show, Hughesy, We Have a Problem,
segment on his dad’s drive radio show. $3 million house. I just want to be in Sydney on Saturdays. He also
“I’d be bloody annoyed if one day honest, and if that makes some people performs about four nights a week on
they go, ‘Dad, don’t mention me any think I’m a rich wanker, then whatever.” the local stand-up circuit. “I worked
more’ – that’d break my heart,” says On the opposite side of the PR for free last night, just to get on
Dave, “but generally they’ve got a good ledger, however, Dave recently upped stage,” he says. “I’d much prefer to be
sense of humour. I really want to instil his feminist credentials, offering to take on a stage trying to be funny than
that in my children – that you’ve got to a pay cut after his radio partner, Kate watching Netflix.”
be able to laugh at yourself. No one’s Langbroek, revealed she was earning Which doesn’t always go down well
perfect – let’s all laugh at our failings.” 40 per cent less than him. “I had no with Holly. “She’s like, ‘We’ve got
His latest project encourages kids to idea,” says Dave. “People were saying enough money, why the f**k aren’t
do just that. Co-written with you home?’ ” says Dave.
Holly, who was a newspaper The kids enjoy After growing up in a
journalist for 10 years, Excuse an excerpt Housing Commission home
Me! is a picture book about a from the book in Warrnambool, the
preternaturally polite sheep Dave and youngest of four kids born
called Martha May who Holly wrote. to a nurse and a factory
refuses to pass wind/pop off/ worker, and spending six
toot/fluff – until the day of the years on the dole, Dave has
Baked Bean Bonanza, when what he calls a “famine
she holds one in for so long mentality”, which means he
she floats away. “I like the fact can’t say no to a well-paying
that she has good manners job. “One thing I think is,

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most of the time and that she you can never have enough
steps away to fart,” says money,” he says, “but also I
Holly, who is doing a master’s just bloody love performing

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in primary education. “That – I love the adrenaline rush
doesn’t really happen in our I get with it.”
house – everyone just lets rip.” In his younger days, when
And the moral of the story? he was unemployed and

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“It’s all very well to have directionless after dropping
good manners,” says Dave, out of uni, Dave sank into
“but every now and again depression and was stoned
you’ve just got to express and blind-drunk every
yourself – so don’t be wound weekend, blacking out and
up too tight.” sometimes ending up in the
Since his first (apparently police lock-up. Just before
woeful) stand-up gig 25 years his 22nd birthday, though,
ago, the one-time sheep he decided to change his life
washer has built a career on – and he hasn’t touched any
amusing tales of his own drugs or alcohol since. Now,
inadequacies, but he is one he says, “comedy is my hit”.
of the most successful men in “We get each other and have a He gets agitated if he’s off the
comedy – and his recent
$3.067 million purchase of
similar sense of humour. ” stage for a few days, and
even does gigs when he’s
Josh and Elyse’s house on Channel I was doing something noble, but not overseas on holiday. He now works
Nine’s reality TV program The Block really – I love working with her and of about a 50-hour week, and a good
effectively outed the Aussie everyman course she deserves the same as me chunk of every weekend, so Holly does
as a multi-millionaire. Holly had because in radio we’re a team … Then most of the domestic heavy lifting.
told him to bid anonymously, so she again, I hadn’t checked earlier so I was Dave would like one or two more kids,
was mortified to see her husband part of the problem.” The two of them but Holly figures they should stop
unmasked as the mystery buyer on TV. have since moved from KIIS FM to the while she’s still enjoying it. At one stage
Dave, though, remains unrepentant. Hit Network on the same money. they had three children under four,
“I never want to be full of shit and One of Australia’s hardest-working which was manic, but they’re coming
pretend I’m something I’m not,” he comedians, Dave does the national out of the trenches now, with Tess
says. “When I was on the dole, I’d say drive show during the week and is starting school this year.

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“I’m not a particularly neat person,
or particularly driven, so the chaos
was fine,” says Holly, 38. “I’m quite
happy to roll with the mess. Since they
were born I’ve felt like they are my
little friends and we still have a lot of
fun hanging out together.”
Dave loves “the joy and the fun” of
parenthood, but admits he’s happy to
skip the grind of cooking, bathing and
teeth-brushing every night. His patient,
easy-going wife is “a bloody angel”
who loves kids – and the couple’s kind,
well-mannered trio are a tribute to her
– but self-sacrifice, he says, is the
toughest part of parenting for him.
“I work a lot, so when I’m not
working, I just don’t think I could play
golf without feeling really guilty – so I
don’t know how these guys get their
lycra on and ride around on their
pushbikes for six hours on a Saturday
morning,” he says. “You certainly have
to be selfless – but nowhere near as
selfless as my wife, I understand that.”
The pair met in a Melbourne bar one
Friday night 16 years ago and got on
well, but Holly didn’t know he was
interested until she heard him talking
about their encounter on radio the
following Monday. He was funny and
friendly, she remembers, but also a bit
shy – “not a super-confident alpha male
type”. Although they were both smitten
from the start, Dave was more reluctant
to commit. “To be honest, I was enjoying
being well-known and single, if you
know what I mean,” he says, “but
I was a very, very lucky man when
I walked into that bar that night.”
After about four years together
Dave proposed in the car on the way gave up alcohol and started trying to like to be at some point in my life.”
to the Alice Springs airport after an crack into comedy, Dave reinvented Amid all the kid wrangling and
outback holiday, and they married at himself by meditating, reading self-help domestic drudgery, says Holly, the
Flemington Racecourse on New Year’s books and sticking motivational date nights have been pretty rare in
Eve 2006. Their marriage, says Holly, quotes on his walls. “He has a lot of recent years; in fact, it’s often Kate
is based on friendship and sheer faith in people to turn their lives who has to remind Dave to take his
commitment. “We get each other and around because he did it himself,” says wife out. So how does the couple keep
have a similar sense of humour,” adds Holly. “He’s phenomenally strong.” stoking the romantic flames? Holly
Dave. “And we talk a lot – I’m Currently on a health kick, he laughs – “I’m not sure that we do
constantly ringing her during the day, hasn’t eaten chocolate or cakes for keep the romance alive” – while Dave
so much so it annoys her I think.” more than two months and has interprets the question a tad more
The couple rarely argues, but Holly dropped six kilos. “I wanted to get my literally. “Our kids have nightly visits
says their rumbles are usually over beach bod for once,” says Dave, a to our room, so if there’s any romance
politics; she’s more of a bleeding pescatarian who runs four or five it has to get started before 11pm,” he
heart, while Dave believes people have times a week. “I’m terribly vain. I’ve says. “Last night, we were like, ‘Hear
to help themselves. At 22, when he never been body beautiful, so I’d the footsteps? Cease operations!’” AWW

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Harry & Meghan break


the royal rule book
Prince Harry has always done things his way and as he prepares to marry
American TV star Meghan Markle, Katie Nicholl looks at how this dynamic duo
will bring exciting passion and pizzazz to the monarchy.
24 AWW.COM.AU JANUARY 2018
[ Royal love ]
Totally smitten,
Prince Harry poses
with his fiancée at
their engagement
day photo call.

“Meghan
has a huge
amount of
charisma.”

T
he whispers among those London at the start of the month – American mother and father of
in the know was that an the announcement triggered a media American Irish descent, Meghan is not
engagement was just frenzy as international news crews the blue-blooded titled aristocrat
around the corner, and on hurried to Kensington Palace. many predicted Harry would marry.
November 27 Clarence It was the story royal fans had been She comes from a distinctly middle-
House announced (on Twitter) that waiting for; the world’s favourite class family who raised her in The
Prince Harry was engaged to Meghan bachelor prince was finally settling Valley, a leafy suburb in LA, and were
Markle, his girlfriend of nearly two down with the most exciting woman only able to send her to private school
years. While the news had been to marry into the royal family for and later university after her father
expected – speculation had reached decades. A famous actress who also Thomas Markle, an Emmy award-
fever pitch when Meghan quit her happens to be three years older than winning retired lighting director, won
television show Suits and moved to the Prince, a divorcee with an African- the lottery. Meghan’s father’s family »

JANUARY 2018 AWW.COM.AU 25


Meghan as a little girl in the arms of her grandfather – her mum
Doria is seated front left. Right: Meghan and Doria are very close.

are Irish and Dutch immigrants who to include the


settled in Pennsylvania, while her public in their day,” said a Kensington citizenship and from now on she will
mother’s ancestors were slaves who Palace spokesman. be under the guard of a personal
toiled on the cotton plantations of the In preparation for the wedding, protection officer 24/7. Nonetheless
Deep South. which Harry and Meghan are in Meghan is embracing her new life and
While unconventional for a royal charge of planning, Meghan will be has described the past weeks as some
bride, Harry appears to have found baptised into the Church of England of the happiest of her life.
the perfect partner. Meghan is a and she is also applying for British Posing for their very first photo
grafter, a strong and determined citizenship. Kensington Palace has call on the day of their engagement,
woman who has worked hard to confirmed that the newlyweds will she seemed at ease in front of the
become a successful actress. Having live at Harry’s former bachelor pad, cameras. When interviewed (on their
spent the best part of a decade Nottingham Cottage, although there engagement day for the BBC) she
working in show business, she is is speculation that they will move into came across as charming, funny and
confident in the spotlight and, like apartment 1, next door to William remarkably relaxed, while Harry
Harry, she uses her celebrity to and Kate, later on. appeared smitten.
campaign on issues close to her For now, Meghan is getting used to After years of searching for his ideal
heart. She is, she has said, a lady who life in the UK. She has left her home woman and suffering the heartache of
works, not a lady who lunches, and in Toronto and was forced to leave two love affairs that couldn’t stand
together they make a formidable Bogart, one of her beloved rescue the pressure of the spotlight, Harry
duo, as witnessed on their very first dogs, behind with friends because he has finally met his match. Meghan has
walkabout engagement together as is too old to travel. Meghan was said a natural warmth and a huge amount
an engaged couple of charisma that makes

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last month in
Nottingham.
“This beautiful woman just her the perfect choice
for him. Together they
Meghan became
a superstar
tripped and fell into my life. ” look set to be a force of
good for the monarchy.
overnight and together they are to be heartbroken, but it is one of just Harry claims he knew that he had
poised to drive the monarchy into many sacrifices she will make in order met “the one” after their very first
the 21st century. to marry into the royal family. She date. “All the stars were aligned,
Kensington Palace has confirmed has given up the charities she loved everything was just perfect. This
that Harry and Meghan will marry in (she was associated with UN Women beautiful woman just tripped and
May at St George’s Chapel in Windsor and the charity World Vision) but fell into my life,”he said in that
Castle, just weeks after the birth of the decided to start afresh and will get remarkably open TV interview.
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s involved with Harry, William and He apparently decided to propose
third baby. Harry wanted the wedding Kate’s Royal Foundation. while they were on holiday in
sooner rather than later so that his One of the areas she is keen to focus Botswana last August to celebrate
grandfather Prince Philip, who is 96, on, according to a source, is mental Meghan’s 36th birthday. According to
can be there in good health, and as health, which Harry championed in one source, “It was the trip of a
they now spend most of their time in 2017. “Meghan has decided to focus lifetime and Harry knew he was going
Windsor, the Queen and the Duke on the Royal Foundation and the to propose after that holiday, it was
won’t have far to travel. Commonwealth with Harry. They are just a case of when. He went back to
Although TV cameras are usually already talking about fundraising for Botswana to source a diamond.”
not allowed inside the royal chapel, Heads Together, she is very passionate When Meghan was photographed
the ceremony will be televised. about mental health awareness.” at the Invictus Games in Toronto in
“They have indicated that they wish Meghan may yet renounce her US September with a protection officer in

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tow and kissing Harry at the closing divorcee to marry a member of the
ceremony, all bets were off and it royal family was Wallis Simpson,
seemed certain that wedding bells whose marriage to Edward VIII
were imminent. triggered the abdication which nearly
It was early November when the ruined the monarchy. “Times have
Prince popped the question on bended changed and we have to give up the
knee while they were roasting a normal rules of a royal engagement,”
chicken for dinner at home. says historian Hugo Vickers, who is
Harry revealed he sought his also Captain of the Lay Stewards at 2005
grandmother’s permission (as fifth, St George’s Chapel. “Meghan is not the
soon to be sixth, in line to the throne girl next door, she’s an international 2007
he was required to do so) having star and that makes her pretty
taken Meghan to meet the Queen at fascinating. I suppose the most obvious
Buckingham Palace the month comparison is Prince Rainier of
before. “It was also important Monaco marrying Grace
to him that Meghan met Kelly. She put Monte
his grandmother and that Carlo on the map and
the Queen approves of while I don’t think 2012
Meghan, which she Meghan’s going to
does,” says a royal change the British
source. “She is monarchy, I think
simply happy that she and Harry
Meghan is making will be a good
Harry so happy.” alternative couple.
The last American “You’ve got
William and Kate 2013
on the one side
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job but, unlike signatuure style
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going to be b king, contem mporary.
which means he can
support th he family in
a differentt way and I
think Meg ghan will fit
into that very
v well.
Prince Ha arry has
always said he wants
to do thin ngs his own
way and th his is a very 2014
good exam mple of how
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nd
Meghan are a break king
the royal mould
m w
with
their fresh h, relaxeed
approacch. From m
kissing at
a the po olo
to embracing at
the Invicctus Gam mes,
they hav ve been
refreshin ngly opeen
about their
romancce from
2018
8
the start. Meghan 2015
has already »
pushed royal
boundaries, most notably with her like Meghan’s marrying into the royal support of his courtiers from the early
remarkably open interview in Vanity family for a very long time.” days of their courtship. Now she must
Fair magazine. Posing barefoot, she While being careful not to step on learn about the history of the royal
breached protocol by announcing to anyone’s toes, Meghan is making family she is marrying into, how to
the world: “We’re two people who are waves. She promises to bring address members of the royal family,
really happy and in love.” something new and exciting to the who to curtsey to and how to conduct
Sam Kashner who interviewed Windsors, and not just her own herself at state occasions. As a future
Meghan, was impressed. “She upsets unique lineage. For starters, there’s Duchess (the Queen is said to have
the traditional apple cart of earmarked the Dukedom of
what we expect in a fabulous Sussex for Harry) the couple will
way,” he says. “The fact that be expected to carry out duties
Meghan’s not programmed in on behalf of the Queen, and
the conventional sense to be Meghan will need to be au fait
a royal wife is exciting and with protocol and etiquette,
fascinating. I got the feeling something she has already begun
that she fell for Harry for to understand.
all the right reasons. I also During that debut walkabout
got the feeling that to have to in Nottingham she accepted
go through all this media flowers graciously, and
attention must mean she really had a warm word for
loves him.” those who welcomed
A big star her. When she was
on Instagram asked for a selfie she
(she has turned down a fan
more than because “we’re not
two million allowed”.
followers), a Since dating Harry
world famous she has closed her
actress and a lifestyle blog The Tig
humanitarian, and these days rarely
Meghan is an posts on Instagram.
exciting and It can’t have been easy
formidable for a self-proclaimed
combination. feminist but she has
Veteran done it out of love,
photographer which bodes well.
ABOVE: St George’s
Mark Stewart, Chapel. The diamond
Meghan knows that in marrying
who did a engagement ring into the royal family she will, to a
photo call Harry designed. degree, be cutting ties with her own.
with Meghan Prince George and She has already distanced herself from
at the polo Princess Charlotte. her half-siblings Samantha and
last May, says: Thomas Markle, who have spoken to
“Meghan seemed to take it all in her the relaxed and notably un-royal dress the press, not always kindly, about
stride. I got the impression that she code. Meghan opted for ripped jeans Meghan and are unlikely to be at
was very confident having the lenses for her first official appearance with the Windsor wedding. “Why would
on her. She wasn’t hiding at the back Harry at the Invictus Games in they be there?” says one person in
of the royal box, she was standing Toronto. Then there is the obvious Meghan’s camp. “Meghan hasn’t
right at the front. She didn’t seem shy chemistry between them, which is spoken to them for years.”
or nervous, quite the opposite. She most ‘un-royal’. They held hands Her reclusive father, who lives a
seemed very sure of herself. during their engagement day photo quiet life in Mexico, has said he would
“Nobody really matches Diana, she call and linked arms during their be thrilled to walk her down the aisle,
was from a different era, but Meghan televised interview. while her mother, with whom Meghan
GETTY IMAGES. ALAMY.

does seem to have the red carpet While they are doing things is close, will also be there taking pride
appeal that Diana had and I don’t differently, there is still protocol to of place alongside her daughter on her
think Kate wants. I think it’s a very adhere to, however, and Meghan is big day.
exciting time for the royals. They having to learn the ropes fast. She has Meanwhile, Meghan has been
haven’t had someone with a profile had Harry’s priceless tutelage and the warmly welcomed into Harry’s family

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and in another break with protocol Inskip and his wife Lara. One imagines There is already talk of the couple
spent Christmas Day at Sandringham that they will want to start trying for carrying out a world tour, which
at Her Majesty’s invitation. This is children as soon as possible. Harry means they are going to be busy.
an honour not usually bestowed on has said: “Hopefully we’ll start a Like William and Kate, they are likely
girlfriends; indeed, Kate had to wait family in the near future.” to visit Canada and North America
until she was married to be invited. Patrick Jephson, Diana’s former after their wedding – Meghan is
Meghan is already said to be very Private Secretary, says the greatest understandably keen to take Harry
fond of Prince George and Princess challenge for the couple will be trying home – and they are planning to be
Charlotte and they will be a to balance family with duty. “Princess in Sydney for the Invictus Games
bridesmaid and page boy at the Diana, above all else, would want her next October.
wedding, as they were at Kate’s sister’s sons to find happiness with women A family friend says Harry and
nuptials in 2017. who instinctively understand the Meghan have set their hearts on
The Weekly has becoming an
been told that
Kate, who will
“Meghan does seem to have the red “international
couple”.
have just given
birth by the time
carpet appeal that Diana had.” “I can see them
living between
the wedding takes place, will have a extraordinary responsibilities to England and America in the future.
low-key role but Prince William will which they were born. The role of a They want to travel around the world,
be his brother’s best man. 21st century princess is one that only shining the spotlight on the issues that
Meghan has a close knit group of those chosen to be a royal wife can matter to them.”
girlfriends and contenders for maids write. However, given the critical part Prince Harry can certainly count
of honour include the US-based they will play in the monarchy’s on the public’s support as he embarks
designer Misha Nonoo and socialite survival, they must have agreed with on what he has called “this crazy
Violet Von Westenholz, who are their husbands an answer to the journey”. He has grown up under
both believed to have played a hand question: how best to reconcile the the world’s watchful gaze and finally
in setting the couple up. demands of family, duty and celebrity? seems complete. We wish him every
Meghan also gets on with Harry’s In their contrasting ways, Elizabeth II happiness. AWW
cousin Princess Eugenie and her and Harry’s mother have provided
boyfriend Jack Brooksbank, his best shining examples to follow, and Katie Nicholl is the author of Harry:
friend Guy Pelly and his American- only the bravest hearts would dare Life, Loss and Love, published by
Hachette Books, on sale in April.
born wife Lizzie Wilson, and Tom to add to that list.”

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“I sat there
from 9 to 5 every
day feeling
sick, sick, sick.”

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[ Workplace harassment]

Finding the
courage to
have a voice
L
Revelations about the ooking back, I was clinically to break my spirit. Throughout my
depressed. Not only did I long career in the media, I had been
alleged harassment find it hard to get out of bed sexually harassed innumerable times
of women by Burke’s each day, I couldn’t write – inexcusable acts that I naively
a word and, as journalism believed were part and parcel of being
Backyard star Don Burke is my livelihood, this created gnawing a woman in the media at the time –
stunned Australia but anxiety about my financial and but this was something else, vicious,
professional future. But the thought of venomous and vile.
what of the women returning to work was crippling. I just As tough as I felt I was, in the end,
who suffer such abuse? couldn’t. I was done. Spent. Burnt out. my tormentor’s use of gas lighting
There was no way I was ever going to (manipulation of facts intended to
Journalist Wendy Squires, put myself in a position where I could make you question your own memory,
also a victim of workplace be bullied and mistreated again. perception, and sanity) and outright
You see, I had found myself in a abuse and bullying (he told me
harassment, talks to high-profile job which, to the outside regularly I was f**king hopeless,
whistleblower Bridget world, seemed glamorous and enviable. pathetic, a laughing stock and ugly
But the reality was anything but. My both inside and out) I couldn’t go on.
Ninness and explores boss at the time was a nasty bully, a I felt there was nowhere to formally
the lifelong impacts. man who took great delight in trying complain about his behaviour and, »
PHOTOGRAPHY ● NICK CUBBIN
HAIR AND MAKE-UP BY JOANNE SHARPE.

Bridget Ninness is
trying to find an
inner peace after
years of torment
at what should have
been her dream job.

JANUARY 2018 AWW.COM.AU 31


if there was, I would be perceived as investigation led by Fairfax, the ABC guard from the outset. But nothing
expendable while he was not. and journalist Tracey Spicer. She could have prepared her for what she
recalled her torturous time working was about to face. “It was constant,”
Shell-shocked and shattered with the now disgraced TV gardener she says of Burke’s bullying behaviour.
I also feared that should I protest, I and her attempts to have Channel “When he first met you, he would say
would be branded a troublemaker Nine management acknowledge and something that he knew would disturb
and, as such, overlooked or refused act on her harassment complaints. you, so that you would react. He
employment elsewhere. So, I left the And, like most women recalling their knows that you’re feeling on edge and
job with little self-esteem and a form abuse, she still finds the memories raw he likes you to feel like that. He likes
of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and distressing. Bridget, now 54, you to be in fear and weak. It’s power,
(PTSD) which saw me shell-shocked, worked on Burke’s Backyard from control and domination. No matter
shattered and scared to return to 1990 to 1997 and was the program’s what you said, he would use that as
corporate life. To an extent, I still first female producer. She had worked an opportunity to belittle you.”
suffer today. And I am not alone, her way up from personal assistant to Bridget revealed to the 7.30 Report
especially when it comes to sexual Nine Network management to her that while on a trip to Greece with
harassment victims. “dream role”. Burke, he turned to her and said,
The Australian Human Rights “The show was a perfect fit for me. “Bridget if anything goes wrong on
Commission’s most recent national It was about nature, it was about this shoot I will rip your f**king head
survey on sexual harassment in off and I will shit down your
the workplace found only one throat,” a statement that made
in five who had been sexually her “vomit” with fear. She was
harassed at work formally not alone in receiving his abuse.
reported their experience. The There were many shocking
AHRC’s Sex Discrimination episodes during the years.
Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, “We started each week with a
says common reasons for not production meeting at 8am,”
reporting were that they thought Bridget recalls. “And he [Burke]
it [the abuse] was not serious would sit at the head of the table
enough, that the perpetrator was with about 10 of us sitting

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too senior, or that it would be around. The head of production
easier to keep quiet. This, she had done some research and was
adds, is unacceptable. reporting back [to the team] on
The powerful international what he’d learnt. Don
#MeToo online movement has looked at him and said in
seen hundreds of thousands of Bridget Ninness puts on a brave
front of all of us: ‘Just
women admitting they, too, have face for the cameras while with look at you, sitting there
suffered abuse and discrimination Don Burke at a 1980s Logies. with c... all over your
at the hands of powerful men. Right and below: recent media mouth from letting him
The hashtag was spurred by re orts on the scandal. j... off in your mouth.’
the revelations regarding “If you’re not shocked
sexual abuse by Hollywood by that, then time on
heavyweight Harvey Burke’s Backyard was
Weinstein, Oscar winner probably okay for you,” Bridget says.
Kevin Spacey and the host “But for us, these things were shocking,
of America’s most watched belittling, degrading. It was intended
OPPOSITE PAGE: PHOTOGRAPHY BY NICK CUBBIN,

morning TV show, Today, Matt Lauer animals, it was about plants. It was to humiliate and desecrate and at that
among others. In Australia, it has led about everything that resonates in point everyone just went silent. That
to the outing of former TV star Don my soul. To dedicate myself to that episode was so sickening to me. It
Burke as a predator and a bully and career … it was an absolute dream was like being taken out at the knees.
the promise of more names to come. come true,” Bridget recalls in an often Whenever I’d see his eyes, this fear
Someone who knows only too tearful interview with The Weekly. would rise in my stomach. I was in
well the residual effects of sexual “The way it ended up was the complete absolute fear for seven and a half years.”
harassment and bullying is Bridget shattering of that dream.” Eventually, Bridget did complain
Ninness. The former Burke’s Backyard Bridget says she was warned by a about Burke’s behaviour, and was
producer was brave enough to go on mentor at the time she took the job fobbed off by Nine management
camera for the ABC’s 7.30 Report on that Burke was “a narcissist and that with:“Bridget, you need broader
Burke’s transgressions as part of an he was cruel”, and so she was on her shoulders”. That is, the onus was »

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“I was in
absolute fear
for seven and a
half years.”
on her to behave differently. But in
1997, after several more years
“limping on” in the job, Burke
unleashed his anger on a researcher
and Bridget decided she couldn’t go
on. “I just went ‘I’ve had enough.
Enough!’ ” And so, she ended a
25-year career that she loved and had
worked her “butt off to achieve” . In
the ensuing legal battle, she had to
turn up to work as usual, fully aware
she was under intense scrutiny. “I was
under legal advice that I just had to go
into work every day and so I just sat
there from 9 to 5 every day feeling sick,
sick, sick.” Eventually a deal was
negotiated and Bridget left.
However, like so many abuse
survivors, the road for her since has
not been smooth. “I still don’t think
I understand exactly how much it
knocked me around,” she says. “Your
intuition is way off. Your boundaries
are shattered. I went on to make
some very bad decisions in business
relationships. I got into a domestic
violence relationship … I had a tough
time. All these years since, I’ve been
trying to pull myself into alignment
so that my internal barometer is set
accurately. I haven’t been able to work
adequately since.
“This experience is an old story for
me,” she adds. “It lives under the
surface. I can’t say that it doesn’t. of the #MeToo movement are self- time and again in her practice, as she
It’s just there.” flagellatory questions, the same I counsels professionals with career and
Bridget broke down in tears as have asked myself over the years: why interpersonal difficulties. And she, too,
she described how it felt to see the hadn’t I done anything to stop the is angry. Self-questioning, frustration,
#Ibelieveher hashtag on social media bullying; had I let other women down feelings of impotence and anger are
the night the allegations against Burke by not reporting my common in the
were aired. “That was overwhelming. tormentor; and why tormented, Meredith
I hope that we’re heading towards didn’t I stand up “At last women says. It is a natural
different days now. Being silent …
that’s the worst thing.”
for myself?
Accompanying such
will be heard, physiological and
emotional response akin
With those years of silence now introspection are understood and to the body’s innate
behind her, Bridget is looking to the
future. She wants to write a book
other, angrier
reckonings: why did
most importantly, fight or flight response.
However, it is hard to
about harassment in the workplace. he think he could believed.” convince a victim they
She helps run an arts collective and treat me that way; could have acted
feels that finally she is regaining why didn’t anyone intervene; and why differently in hindsight.
direction and purpose. wasn’t there anyone I could report “I know victims blame themselves for
to who would take my complaints not walking out of the room, answering
Burning questions seriously? And, importantly, why am back or biffing the bloke but I always
Along with the heart-breaking I still so upset about this years later? tell them that they were probably
confessions of depression, suicidal Psychologist, counsellor and the physically unable to respond,”
thoughts and actions, the broken author of Working with Mean Girls, Meredith explains. “The initial response
relationships and unfulfilled potentials Meredith Fuller, sees such questions is shock, similar to witnessing a car

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Wendy Squires says It wasn’t then and it isn’t now. There
that, as part of the was nowhere for you to go, no outlet Know your
#MeToo movement, to complain to, no recognition of the rights
she is now taking impact emotionally, mentally, and “Too many people
power of her past.
professionally of such actions and there have had their
was certainly no respect for whistle- experiences
blowers. But that was then….” minimised or
Kate Jenkins agrees that so many dismissed by an
victims were hampered by concerns employer,” says The Australian
about the potential impact on their Human Rights Commission’s Sex
careers. “Our research shows that Discrimination Commissioner, Kate
these fears about the negative Jenkins. “This is not only harmful
consequences of reporting sexual to individuals, but also costly to
harassment at work are very much businesses, who miss out on skills
grounded in reality. Nearly one-third and talent when employees who are
of people who made a formal sexually harassed are prevented
complaint about workplace sexual from reaching their full potential.”
harassment said they suffered Any person who finds themselves
significant consequences as a result – a victim of abuse or harassment
being labelled a trouble maker, being should understand they have legal
ostracised, victimised or ignored by rights which will be enforced,
colleagues. Too many people have stresses Kate. Here’s what you
had their experiences minimised or need to know.
dismissed by an employer, which is
not only harmful, but also costly to ● Sexual harassment is unlawful and
businesses who miss out on skills and employers will be liable for the
talent when employees are prevented conduct of their employees unless
from reaching their full potential. they can show they took reasonable
Like Bridget Ninness and so many precautions to prevent the sexual
other women, the impact of my abuse harassment occurring.
still resonates, although I have
managed to forge on in my career – ● Businesses must ensure that
this time on my own terms – as a employees are able to come
freelancer. And while it may not offer forward with complaints of sexual
crash, and the body gets flooded with me the financial security of a nine-to- harassment, and that these
hormones, turning legs to jelly. It can be five gig or mean I have met my full complaints are acted upon.
hard to breathe or move. Often, victims potential career-wise, not waking up
will experience a panic attack, making with a burning pit in my stomach or ● If someone experiences sexual
it hard to even speak. We don’t have feeling like a whipped dog each day harassment in the workplace, they
control over our physiology and the certainly softens such concerns. can raise it with their manager and
body is known to store trauma as or HR department. Larger companies
muscular stress. Recovery time can take A watershed moment may have an internal grievance
minutes or hours but the residual However, while to a certain degree I mechanism.
affect can last years, as the women still remain angry and unforgiving, I
currently feeling retraumatised will am also jubilant that – at last – women ● If the complaint can’t be resolved
attest. It is as though they have who have been in the same position internally, people can consider making
wallpapered over as Bridget and me will be heard, a complaint to an external complaint
a problem in their minds and these understood and most importantly, handling body such as the AHRC or
revelations are stripping it all believed. As Bridget says of the #MeToo state anti-discrimination commissions.
off – slowly and painfully.” movement,“This is a watershed moment The AHRC will investigate the
Meredith also tells her clients they in time. The most amazing healing is complaint and will try to resolve it
were right in believing that complaining taking place now. We [women] are
CHRISTOPHER RIMMER.

through a process of conciliation.


about abuse could or would ruin their joining forces. Individually we are
careers and livelihoods. “The most weak, together we are strong.” AWW If you or anybody you know is
important message I can impart to the suffering mental health issues,
victims and survivors of such abuse is Additional reporting by Genevieve please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.
to never feel guilty. It is not your fault. Gannon.

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[ Aussie film ]
This is Australia,
1970s-style! Guy
Pearce and Kylie
Minogue with their
young blond brood
in Swinging Safari.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY VINCE VALITUTTI. CHILDHOOD PHOTOGRAPHS SUPPLIED AND USED WITH PERMISSION.

Swinging
Guy earce, s er e ie an y ie inogue on
outrageous costumes and wigs in an ode to a simpler,
more synthetic time. Genevieve Gannon reports.

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T
he scene is a suburban Australian
backyard in 1975 with all the
trimmings, kitsch lawn furniture, an
above-ground pool, and the family
barbecue in pride of place. A gang of
neighbourhood kids gathers around the open
flame, all skinny legs, shaggy hair, knee socks and
terry-towelling. They’re a picture of sepia-tinged
innocence until you notice the fuel that’s being
splashed around, and the child dressed up in a
highly flammable, old wedding dress. One of
the boys is holding a Super 8 camera, shouting
directions at his “death cheater” stuntmen.
Metres away, oblivious parents drink cask wine
and eat a dinner of cheese cubes and cabanossi
speared on toothpicks. They sport handlebar
moustaches and high-volume curls, Pucci prints
and flares. Suddenly, in a woof of fire, the polyester
wedding gown ignites. The flaming child runs in
circles, while the others try to put him out with a
hose. It’s technicolour chaos and it’s how many
people remember the 1970s.
“In the end he just ran and jumped and said: ‘I’m
burning to death I’m going for the pool.’ And the
parents just didn’t even see it,” says director and
screenwriter Stephan Elliott, laughing.
“That was real. We did it. And it was horrific.”
The Australian filmmaker best-known for The
Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, is
describing both a scene from his new, star-packed
film, Swinging Safari, and a memory from his
childhood. The story of Australia in the ’70s is one
he desperately wanted to tell, and when he sent »

Kylie Minogue
Guy Pearce

Guy Pearce, 50, says the ’70s was “a pretty wonderful


and mad world”. His on-screen spouse Kylie Minogue,
49, says the film’s storyline is likely to shock. “I’m sure
they’ll say ‘ that didn’t really happen’, but oh, it did.”

JANUARY 2018 AWW.COM.AU 37


the script to our most recognisable acting talent,
they did too. “Something spoke to the cast,”
Stephan says. “It was so rare to have a script that
you send out and everyone said yes. They will
unanimously say it was the most fun.”
In the pineapple-tinged, tangerine dream world
of Swinging Safari, Stephan and the cast bring the
past to life. There’s Guy Pearce as washed up,
sun-blasted, bleach-blond encyclopaedia salesman
Keith Hall, and his alcoholic, agoraphobic wife
Kaye, played by Kylie Minogue. “Big Kahuna”
Julian McMahon plays Rick Jones, whose
aspirational wife Jo, (Radha Mitchell) owns the
most impressive wig collection since Liberace.
Asher Keddie and Jeremy Sims, as Gale and
Bob Marsh, round out the neighbourhood.
The story is loosely based on Stephan’s
childhood, but once the cast was assembled and
production began, everyone began to contribute.
“There’s a lot of everybody’s memories. As it
should be,” Stephan says.
Kylie – who is unrecognisable in a bad pageboy
wig – urged Stephan to include a reference to the
game “elastics”, but he ran into trouble when he
asked the child actors to play it. “Modern kids
had absolutely no idea what to do,” Stephan says.
“I had no idea, either. I rang Kylie, she was on a
plane. I said, ‘Can you tell these girls what to do?
I actually don’t know how it works’.” »

Asher Keddie
Jeremy Sims
“People were
clueless and the
Perth-born Jeremy Sims, 51, said everyone involved in
the film was reminiscing. “We were kids in the 1970s. kids were left
to run amok.”
We spent most of the time on the set saying, ‘Oh my God,
I remember that.” For Asher Keddie, 43, the temptation
to revisit the era of bell-bottoms was irresistible. “We just
had so much fun,” she says.

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From left: Atticus Robb,
Asher Keddie, Jeremy
Sims and Chelsea Glaw
make a well-coiffed
family in the film.
Julian McMahon
and Radha Mitchell
with their three
kids played by
Ethan Robinson,
James Calder and
Darcey Wilson.
In one memorable scene, a neighbourhood girl is
“branded” with Colonel Sanders’ head when the
Kentucky Fried Chicken logo on a surfboard sears
her skin, which is a true story.
“That stayed there for about a year. It was so
hot, it actually burnt her,” Stephan says.
Stephan reunited much of the team behind
Priscilla, with costume designer Lizzy Gardiner
and production designer Colin Gibson coming on
board. The result is a brightly hued time warp,
replete with orange and brown polyester, platform
shoes, bubble chairs, flares, fondue, shag haircuts,
shag carpeting and, well, just shagging.
There is a serious undertone, with more than
a hint of the melancholy inherent in the end of
childhood in the coming-of-age story.
“All is not what it seems. They’re telling us
one thing and doing another behind our backs,”
Stephan says of adults.
But the mood of the film is a celebration of
everything about the ’70s, not just the velour and
lava lamps, but the optimism, freedom and
unfettered joy of being a child of the era.
“When you really look at it, there’s this
spectacular lost decade of people who were really
quite clueless and rudderless and kids that were
just left to run amok,” Stephan says. “Which
was my childhood, and it was fantastic.” AWW

on
Julian McMah

Rhada Mitchell

Julian McMahon’s father Sir William McMahon was Prime


Minister from March 1971 to December 1972. Julian, 49,
says it was an era when a lot of Australian families were
just “making it up as they go along”. Melbourne-born
co-star Radha Mitchell, 44, says, “People were fumbling
around and it was kind of ridiculous.,”

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The girl
in the
sunken
submarine
A missing woman, a headless, limbless torso, a home-made submarine
and a strange self-obsessed home inventor – the mysterious death
of Danish journalist Kim Wall has all the bizarre hallmarks of a
Scandi crime novel, writes William Langley.

A
few fading flower bouquets lie on – the brainchild of a brilliant but eccentric Danish
the quayside cobblestones near the inventor, Peter Madsen. On the evening of August
place where Kim Wall last walked 10, the pair sailed out into the Scandinavian
on dry land. Winter is closing in on sunset. A photograph, taken by a passing
Copenhagen, its ornate spires glisten pleasure-boater, shows Kim standing in the
in the moonlight and its pretty harbour glows conning tower, smiling with her auburn hair
beneath swinging lanterns, but this most civilised flapping in its usual unruly twist. She was not
of cities remains gripped by its strangest, darkest seen alive again.
murder mystery. Eleven days later, a naked female torso was
Six months ago, Kim, a free-spirited, 30-year- found washed up on a small island south of
old journalist, boarded a home-built submarine Copenhagen. The head and limbs had been

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[ True crime]

chopped off, and weights attached in he would be held responsible, as the


an attempt to prevent it surfacing. The craft’s builder, he panicked and threw
torso bore multiple stab wounds and her into the sea.
DNA tests showed it to be Kim’s. As the days went by, more body
By the time of this horrific discovery, parts were recovered, including
Madsen, 46, was already in police Kim’s severed head, which showed no
custody. A day after leaving harbour sign of any lethal impact. On October
with Kim, he had been rescued from 28, after months of interrogation,
the sea, 50km offshore, and explained Madsen admitted dismembering her
to the coastguards that his cherished, body, and dropping it into the sea,
40-tonne submarine, but he continues to
the UC3 Nautilus, had
sunk after a ballast-
“ He could be all charm one deny killing her.
The case, with its
tank malfunction. He
affected surprise at the
moment, then in a rage. ” vivid characters,
bizarre plotlines and
news that Kim was missing, saying he had dropped gruesome detailing, has been likened to a real-life
her off several hours earlier at a dockside restaurant. TOP: Kim went ‘Scandi-Crime’ novel. It has made headlines all
This explanation lasted only as long it took missing after over the world, and dominated news coverage
boarding Peter’s
investigators to locate and salvage the Nautilus. in Denmark, where – as Ben Hamilton, editor
submarine last
Inside, they found bloodstains and shreds of Kim’s August. ABOVE:
of the English-language Copenhagen Post, says
clothing. Madsen then offered a different version Peter poses in his – “it has become a kind of obsession, the one
of events, claiming she had died after a 50kg hatch homemade thing everybody here talks about.” Yet despite
AAP.

cover had accidentally fallen on her head. Fearing vessel Nautilus. all the attention, and one of the biggest murder »

JANUARY 2018 AWW.COM.AU 43


inquiries in Danish history, almost no one can The photo (left) of journalism school in New York in 2011. “She’d
suggest a convincing explanation of what may a woman on the ask about digging up city election records, and in
have happened. submarine on the same breath remind you, with great delight,
August 10 is
Dressed in threadbare camouflage fatigues for that Shakira was pregnant.”
believed to be
his most recent appearance at the Copenhagen Kim Wall, who
At the Wall family’s home in the small port
main courthouse, Madsen bears little resemblance had done many of Trelleborg, just across the Swedish frontier,
to the caricature ‘evil genius’. Slender and assignments in Kim’s mother, Ingrid, says she and her husband,
tousle-haired, he smiles lightly and nods at people areas that could Joachim, are not ready to talk about the case.
in the room. When he speaks he is polite and to be considered Instead, she directs me to a social media page, on
the point, but he seems only mildly interested risky (centre, which she has written: “We cannot yet grasp the
bottom).
in what is happening around him. Still, as the extent of this catastrophe, and there are many
evidence piles up, a picture is questions that must be answered.
emerging of man whose dashing
public persona disguised an inner “ We cannot yet During the horrific days since
Kim disappeared, we have had
one, filled with anger and deviance.
It was this other Peter Madsen,
grasp the extent of abundant evidence of how loved
and appreciated she was as a
allege the prosecutors, with whom
Kim, petite and vivacious, went to
this catastrophe.” human and friend, as well as a
professional journalist.”
sea on that fateful August night. Others on the site describe Kim as “unique”,
Born in neighbouring Sweden, into a family of “persistent”, “quirky” and “awesome”.
journalists, Kim had already forged a reputation The more you hear about her, the more you
for fearlessness. She had reported on voodoo in sense that Peter Langkjaer Madsen, the enigmatic
the Caribbean, climate change in Africa, and visionary of the Copenhagen waterfront, was
feminism in China, and her stories had appeared just her kind of story. With his powerful charisma
in major publications including The New York and virtuoso brain, Madsen had grown into
Times and London’s Guardian. Colleagues spoke something of a folk hero in Denmark. Besotted
of her as having an endearing mix of diligence with machines – particularly rockets – from an
and playfulness. early age, he had built his first powered projectile
“She was a rare breed,” remembers fellow when he was seven, firing it 400 metres into the
reporter Laura Dimon, who met Kim at garden of an old people’s home! After dropping

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saying things like there
was a curse on him.”
Even those who
worked closely with
Madsen, and admired
his energy and brilliance,
wondered what really
drove him. He seemed
to have no close friends,
no interest in money, no
settled domestic life, and
while there was talk of
a wife, no one appeared
to know who she was.
He was keen on women,
though, and with his
rugged looks and
vibrant personality, took
full advantage of what
he described as his
“open marriage.”
One woman who
fell for him was blonde
Danish-American
Deirdre King, 38,
a former employee of
the Nautilus project.
out of engineering college – claiming it had Above: Police “The thing that made Peter so attractive to
nothing to teach him – he started his own search the area women was his mind,” she told Denmark’s
space-exploration program, vowing to “take where Kim’s torso Ekstra Bladet newspaper. “He is fascinating
was found. Top,
mankind beyond anything it has yet imagined”. to be around, and I think a lot of women felt
centre: A salvage
The scientific establishment sniggered until he ship raises the that. He is flirtatious, and definitely not your
blasted a rocket 8km into the atmosphere submarine. Below: regular date. He can get angry about things,
from a floating platform in the Baltic Sea. The case has but I don’t believe he would ever harm a woman.
As if aerospace was an insufficient test of his made headlines I’ve never met anyone who would say that.”
talents, he also turned his energies to submarines, worldwide. What has now been revealed as the darker
completing the Nautilus – the world’s largest side of Madsen’s character seems to have led him
privately built sub – in 2008. As he to the seamy fringes of Copenhagen’s
sailed in triumph around the choppy nightlife. In court he has admitted to a
waters of the Copenhagen archipelago, long-time interest in sado-masochism,
an admiring public hailed him as a and to attending a private club called
home-grown version of Captain Nemo, Kinky Salon, which describes itself as
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the hero of Jules Verne’s classic 19th “an arty, playful, fun, sex-positive
century adventure story Twenty costume party…we do sexy things
Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. in the name of art, and arty things
Yet, as with the fictional Nemo, who in the name of sex.”
seeks vengeance on a world he has A spokesman for the club says it
grown to despise, there was a darker, cannot discuss individual members.
less understood side to Madsen. “I am interested in the whole field
“He could be all charm one moment of eroticism,” Madsen told the court,
and in a rage the next,” says Thomas but denied he had ever engaged in
Djursing, author of a biography of “violent” sexual activity with anyone.
Madsen. “He was incredibly passionate When asked about the finding of
about his work, and he took any kind videos showing women apparently
of setback badly. He’d had a few being decapitated on a computer
problems with his projects recently, and in his workshop, he replied: “It is
I think it affected him. He’d started not my computer. It belongs to »

JANUARY 2018 AWW.COM.AU 45


the laboratory. Anyone could bitter irony of a woman who had
have used it.” sneaked into North Korea and
At a briefing outside the reported from a contaminated
courthouse, Copenhagen’s chief nuclear site in the Pacific, dying
prosecutor, Jakob Buch-Jepsen, just 50km from her comfortable
says he is certain a “very strong” family home in Sweden. Yet Kim
murder case will be brought survived in danger zones precisely
against Madsen, and the trial is because she knew what risks not
likely to begin in the next few to take.
months. “We already have a lot Why, then, did she go out alone
of evidence,” he says, “and we are with a man she didn’t know on a
finding more all the time.” voyage which – under Danish
Yet the investigation remains maritime law – was illegal?
riddled with doubts and Madsen wasn’t interested in
questions. Kim was bold, but she money for himself, but he needed
wasn’t reckless. Madsen was it for the projects which had
unconventional, but he wasn’t become his obsession. According
crazy. Both had a mutual interest to a source who worked with him
in the trip being a success. She on building the Nautilus, the
was planning an extended trip to nine-year-old
China and wanted a story to sell. craft was barely
He had learned that publicity seaworthy, and in
often brought new investment for his projects. need of a major
“He had taken plenty of other journalists out refit. With no
on trips,” says Djursing. “I think he enjoyed it, authorisation to
and I never heard of there being any problems.” carry passengers,
Denmark, a small, prosperous country with Madsen was
a low murder rate and a high degree of sexual trying to market
tolerance, is still struggling to digest the horror the sub as a
of what has been uncovered. Many people sightseeing
feel uncomfortable with the ‘Scandi crime’ attraction,
comparison, yet theories – some persuasive, offering dockside
others bizarre – continue to fly around visits to tourists.
Copenhagen’s waterside bars over glasses A promotional
of Akvavit, the local spirit. video on a
Among the theories are
that Madsen, short of
“ Among the theories is website he set up says:
“We guarantee a fun,
money after falling out
with his partners two years
that he was using the sub inspirational experience
that will be long
ago, was using the sub for
drug-smuggling, and that
for drug-smuggling. ” remembered.” But the
sparse, claustrophobic
Kim was trying to expose him. Another is that interior of the Nautilus bore no resemblance to
other, unidentified, people may have been on the the fantastical opulence of the fictional Captain
Nautilus, who Madsen is covering up for. Nemo’s craft. Only a few people at a time could
“Every time you meet people for dinner,” says get aboard, and the video suggests that all they
Jerzy Sarnecki, a criminologist at Stockholm saw was a control room with a few crude dials
University, “you hear a new version of what and levers, a periscope and a gloomy passageway
might have happened. I don’t think all this helps, leading to a cabin.
and we should stick to what we know.” Kim had no reason to assume she was in
“What’s missing is an obvious motive,” says danger. And as many of her colleagues have
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Ben Hamilton. “Would Madsen, given what we pointed out, front-line female journalists can’t
know about him, have done something like this? forever stick to the safe options.
Top: Peter Madsen
I think a lot of people are looking at it differently Whatever happened out on the dark, chilly
outside court in
now. At first it was seen as a kind of Agatha Copenhagen, and
waters of the Copenhagen Sound brought two
Christie mystery, but as the details came out (below) working remarkable careers to an end. Only Madsen,
people were revolted. Now they want it settled.” on his submarine now in an isolation cell in the city’s Vestre prison,
Several of Kim’s colleagues have noted the in 2008. knows the truth. And for now he isn’t saying. AWW

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Hearts &
minds , Australians nominate
o put their heart and
helping others. Sue
methurst meets some of the
contenders for this year’s
Australian of the Year.
[ Australians of the year ]

VIC
of the
year

Samuel Johnson
Australians fell in love with actor Samuel
Johnson years ago when his laconic voice
and cheeky humour came into our homes
through TV shows like The Secret Life of Us
and Molly. et despite his stellar acting career,
the best role this Logie award winning actor
has ever played is undoutedly the one that
has dominated his life off stage.
Samuel was named Victorian of the Year
after raising a staggering $7 million to fight
cancer through the Love Your Sister charity,
the organisation he established with his
adored sister Connie (pictured above with
Samuel) when she was given a terminal
breast cancer diagnosis.
Sadly, in September last year, 33-year-old
Connie, a mother of two young boys, lost her
battle but not before her brave journey and
the Love Your Sister community had become a
rallying point to raise funds to fight all cancers.
“She’d be really proud of me, but a bit
jealous too, she’d wonder why it wasn’t her!”
Samuel teases of his award. “Obviously, the
people who give these out haven’t vetted me
properly so I’m going to enjoy every minute

“I won’t even of it until they realise the mistake they’ve


made and make me give it back.”

think about Jokes aside, you don’t have to delve too far
below the surface to realise the popular
PHOTOGRAPHY BY NICK CUBBIN. NEWSPIX.

looking at a script actor is deeply committed to the Love Your


Sister cause. In the days before Connie’s

until we raise
death, when she was awarded an OAM for
her tireless work for others battling breast

$10 million”
cancer, she penned a wish list for Samuel to
fulfil. The all-important list had just one task
on it, “to smash cancer in the bumhole!”
Keeping his promise to Connie has
become a full-time job and Samuel is totally
focused on the cause. He announced he »

JANUARY 2018 AWW.COM.AU 49


would ‘retire’ from acting, adamant that began when Connie was diagnosed with Little Brother campaign, sending Samuel
he won’t return to our screens until he terminal cancer in 2009. She’d beaten on a 15,000-kilometre trek around
has raised $10 million.“I won’t even think cancer twice already but this time, it Australia on a unicycle. She tapped into
about looking at a script until we raise was third time unlucky. Three different Samuel’s showbiz contacts to help
the $10 million,” he says.“This is so doctors diagnosed Connie with mastitis, promote the ride and it worked
important to me, I have an opportunity before her breast cancer was accurately spectacularly, with followers and fans of
to further unite our Love Your Sister diagnosed. Sadly, by then it was too late the TV star flocking to the siblings’ blogs,
community and what we can achieve and the cancer had taken hold. interviews and Facebook page.
together is better than anything I can The young mum of sons Willoughby Samuel’s ride raised close to $2 million
achieve acting. My father raised us and Hamilton, who were both under so when he returned, Connie unveiled
to be very aware of our social five when she was diagnosed, was plans to expand the charity to become
responsibilities and I’m doing that to determined to use every minute of the Love Your Sister and the pair organised
balance my sins,” he says, smiling. imposing death sentence to fight cancer. cheeky, quirky and fun campaigns like
The Love Your Sister community She came up with the idea of a Love Your the Boobie Bus, Potty Mouths Unite (a

“It’s bigger than all of us, and in her name I will simply keep
on shouting from every rafter I can find ‘our mums matter’.”
swear jar fundraiser) and the inspirational
Big Heart Project, just before Connie died.
The impact of Love Your Sister has
been profound. The charity has 380,000
followers and has facilitated research
grants for rare cancers, established a
Breast Cancer lab at the Garvan Institute,
and in his 2000 media appearances,
Samuel has reminded thousands of
women about the importance of
checking their breasts.
“I want to die having done more good
than evil, so I’ve still got a bit of work to
do,” he says. “This community is so
important to me and to curing cancer, we
use love and humanity to spread the
word, not fear and hope. Ours is a very
real story, we don’t dance around the
reality that cancer kills people, it’s a
bloody nasty disease and we want to
vanquish all cancers for good.”
It would have been perfectly
QLD
understandable if Samuel decided to tuck
Local
himself up under the doona and grieve hero
his sister’s death, but he’s barely lost his
stride, even when he grappled with the
idea of having to market Connie’s death,
but she’d reassured him it was the right
thing to do. Philippa Russell
“She said to me ‘Sam, this is bigger Pip Russell landed a dream job as a children’s television presenter on shows likes
than us’, and she was right. It was always Toasted TV and Totally Wild, but she walked away from the glitz and glamour of
going to come to this, but how do you showbiz for a career behind the camera that has proved far more rewarding.
monetise and market your own sister’s Despite having no funding, no business plan and no idea of how it would evolve,
death? At first it made me uncomfortable, she quit her lucrative on-camera career to create the first ever television show
but it doesn’t anymore, she was right, made by kids in hospital, for kids in hospital. Juiced TV, filmed at Queensland’s Lady
it’s bigger than all of us, and in her name, Cilento Children’s Hospital, offers sick kids the opportunity to communicate with
I will simply keep on shouting from every one another and entertain one another.
rafter I can find ‘our mums matter.” “I had the idea for Juiced for a long time,” she says, “before I started in TV I’d been
Despite many sleepless nights, he volunteering with the kids at the hospital, and when I had spare time during filming
won’t rest until Love Your Sister reaches Totally Wild, I’d come in and organise parties and shows for the kids and I just loved
the coveted $10 million mark. He already it. Seeing the smiles on their faces was so wonderful.”
has plans in place for the release of a Juiced TV is a unique television concept, and the kids are the stars of the show. It
commemorative rose on the anniversary is filmed in a purpose-built studio inside the hospital and the kids are the presenters
of Connie’s death, and he has a ‘Big Balls and reporters. Sometimes they even have adventures outside the hospital,
project’ planned to target men’s cancers. including a trip to report from the red carpet at the Logies in 2016. The episodes
“I don’t have to follow a script now, feature animal encounters, behind-the-scenes tours of concerts and film sets and
I can let the crazy, wild imagination that’s interviews with their idols like actor Johnny Depp, who made an appearance as his
PHOTOGRAPHY BY NICK CUBBIN. NEWSPIX.

got me into trouble over all these years Pirates of the Caribbean alter ego Captain Jack Sparrow.
off the chain and use it for good instead “It helps break up their hospital stay,” Pip says. “It distracts them from their
of evil,” he quips. treatment and it gives them a positive memory of hospital.
“This recognition is the Holy Grail “We try to take the stigma of sadness away from a hospital stay. We were able to
for me, it means I must be doing fly a young patient to Sydney to report from the red carpet of a movie premier
something right, which is a pleasant recently. The kids are so enthusiastic and this offers them something special.”
change. It gives us an opportunity to To date, more than 1800 children have taken a starring role in the show, which
accelerate our fundraising, amplify our has been viewed by 1.5 million on You Tube.
message and unite our community, “This recognition means so much to me because it acknowledges the kids and
and I’m really honoured.” their contribution and it means that we are all making a difference,” Pip says.
Barbara Spriggs
‘I’m just an ordinary, everyday Australian,’ says Barb Spriggs. Of course, this feisty
65-year-old is anything but. The South Australian was recognised as the state’s Senior
of the Year after waging a brave and relentless campaign to uncover the truth about
her late partner’s mistreatment at the Oakden mental health facility.
“One day I went to visit him, he had a tear running down his cheek, he was trying
to tell me something was wrong but couldn’t communicate. Then my daughter
discovered shocking bruises on his legs. When no one could explain to me why, I began
to ask questions,” she says. What she uncovered was heartbreaking. Bob, who suffered
Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia, had been given 10 times the dose of his
medication, and was left lying on the floor to restrain him.
When Bob died, Barb pushed her grief aside and focused on finding the truth. With
the help of the Community Visitors Scheme, she made a formal complaint and received
an apology from the Health Department, but still no explanation as to exactly what had
happened at Oakden. So, the quest began. She wrote letters, made phone calls, then
applied through Freedom of Information for Bob’s files. The notes were damning.
“I couldn’t live with the thought that another family might go through what we’ve
been through,” she says. “We wanted something done.”
Barbara’s kitchen-table investigation led to a formal inquiry and a damning report
that detailed 10 years of abuse of patients. She uncovered systematic failures and
SA shocking treatment of vulnerable patients. The centre has since been closed.
Senior of “I’m very honoured to have received this award. It means that we have really
achieved something, and it empowers me to empower others,” she says. “I feel very
the year strongly that everyday Australians should have a voice, because we all have the
capacity to make a difference, I hope that my recognition gives others the belief that
they can make change too. Speak up, we must never remain silent.”

to hospital, a bed to stay in, meals for


parents, equipment they may need to
ACT take their child home,” says Suzanne,
who is also mum to Laura, 26, Amelia, 24,
Local and Ruby, six. And so, the Stella Bella
hero Little Stars Foundation was born and it
quickly grew. As more and more families
came to Suzanne for help, to date more
Suzanne and than 400, she could see a clear need for a
daughter Ruby purpose-built facility to provide childcare
next to a framed and respite care for chronically ill children.
photo of Stella. In March 2017, she proudly opened the
Stella Bella Children’s Centre in Fyshwick,

NEWSPIIX. KATE GERAGHTY. ANDREW FINCH/CANBERRA CITY NEWS.


the first childcare centre that caters for
seriously ill kids. “These children have very
special needs and can’t go to mainstream
childcare, so we offer a safe place that
gives them that wonderful experience
while Mum and Dad can have a break.”

Suzanne Tunks
Suzanne hopes it is just the beginning
to sick kids as they reached milestones in of a marvellous legacy in her daughter’s
At just nine months old, Suzanne Tunks’ their treatment, but as the program grew, honour. “It feels really good knowing
precious baby daughter Stella died from a Suzanne saw a greater need to support not you’ve genuinely helped someone.
complex cardiac condition. Stella’s death, on just the children, but their parents too. During Stella’s illness, I didn’t know what
Father’s Day 2010, lit a fire in Suzanne’s belly “Having a sick child can place great I was doing in the next two hours, let
– to find ways of positively supporting strain on a family, physically, emotionally alone to think about create something
seriously ill children and their families. It and financially. We wanted to provide like this. It just kind of happened and I
began with Little Stars Beads, a simple but practical help that would make a real and am so proud. Every family I meet gives
clever program offering keepsake beads immediate impact, like petrol to get me a reason to keep going.”

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Dr Catherine Hamlin
Dr Catherine Hamlin never intended to
dedicate her life to eradicating obstetric
fistula in the world’s poorest women.
The Sydney-born obstetrician arrived in
Ethiopia in 1959 with a single-minded
purpose of setting up a midwifery school
in Addis Ababa to train local women to
become midwives.
With husband Reg, also an obstetrician,
they planned to stay three years, but
almost 60 later, the remarkable 93-year-
old still spends every day caring for the
women of the troubled African nation.
“My dream is to eradicate obstetric
fistula from Ethiopia,” she says, “I won’t
achieve this in my lifetime, but I know
that it can be done. We’ve treated more
than 50,000 women, but of course there
is always more work to do.”
The Hamlins had never seen a fistula
NSW
case before they arrived in Africa. The Senior of
debilitating condition, in which a hole the year
forms between the rectum and the
vagina after prolonged labour, causes
incontinence. Women suffering are often
shunned from their communities. Such clothes, in a state of dejection with “My staff would be worried about me
was the extent of the problem that they nothing but hope that we can cure them; if I slowed down!” she says. “I’m just an
opened their own hospital, the Addis it touches the hearts of everyone who ordinary woman, I have a big team that I
Ababa Fistula Hospital in 1975. “When we meets them. After they are treated, they work with and this would not be possible
first came across the fistula patients they can go on to lead a normal life. They without them. They are marvellous.
broke our hearts. To meet only one woman leave us, on dancing feet, with a new I know that this place is in good hands.
suffering this is to be profoundly moved. dress and hope for the future.” “I am still trying to wake up the world
“We felt tremendous compassion for After Reg died in 1993, Catherine and tell people about the women we
them and sadness to see their plight, I continued their work, setting up five treat. To think that this injury is still
simply couldn’t turn my back,” she says. hospitals in locations around Ethiopia. In happening when we have achieved
“Childbirth should be a joyful occasion, 2007 she opened the Hamlin College of so much in medicine! I still can’t turn
but to them it’s become a nightmare. Midwives in Addis Ababa. She no longer my back on these poor women. If we
These poor women coming through the operates but she still attends a packed always have compassion in our hearts
gates of the hospital in urine-soaked schedule of appointments at the hospital. we can all make a difference.”

Bettina Danganbarr
When local women experiencing family violence arrived on Bettina Danganbarr’s
doorstep, looking for a safe place to sleep and talk about their problems, she
welcomed them. Bettina, 41, is loved and respected in her local community of
Galiwin’ku on Elcho Island, both for her official work as an Aboriginal Community
Police Officer and her volunteer work, supporting local women. When an irate
husband forced his way into her home, threatening the safety not only of the family
taking refuge there but of her own three children and two foster children, she knew
NT the island needed a more organised, community-led response. She established
the Galiwin’ku Women’s Space, which is about to begin bricks-and-mortar work
Local on an official shelter. Bettina’s family has a lot to celebrate in 2018. Bettina’s
hero mother, Kathy Guthadjaka (a teacher, bilingual education pioneer and “the most
inspiring person I know,” says Bettina), is the NT’s Senior Australian of the Year.

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It can take decades for a woman to
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truly makes her happy. And when she
does – even after marriage and children
– that discovery is sometimes found in
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[ Relationships ]

A
lmost 18 months deeply to other women, a
ago, to her great person her friends turn to
surprise, Melissa when they need wise counsel.
Santos found “When women become friends
herself falling there is a great intimacy that
deliciously but nervously in love. is entered into,” she says. “We
The mother of three had been share deeper and go to our
single for some years, hectically vulnerable places easier and
busy with children and a faster. And so that happens in
supercharged career in television, a love relationship too, there is
flying across the country for a level of intimacy that is quite
work, juggling ballet lessons and breathtaking, and when you add
jiu-jitsu classes. Keeping the show on the road ABOVE: Mother the physical it is a lovely journey into intimacy.”
left neither time nor inclination for romance. of two Jenny She is still coming to terms with it, though. “There
Besides, at 53 and menopausal, her body wasn’t Lonergan was are funny little things like if we are going out, both
48 and married
what it had once been. “I didn’t want to disrobe of us are at the mirror putting on our make-up
when she had an
in front of anyone,” she recalls. But Melissa had “epiphany” about and that feels weird. It is like, well, this is different.
met someone at work, someone she was drawn her sexuality. Usually a bloke combs his hair for five minutes and
to, kept wanting to see. Someone whose work is waiting downstairs reading the paper.”
she admired, whose savvy, brains and humour Attitudes are definitely changing. “Data from
were powerful and magnetic. But as much as she the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women’s
looked forward to their meetings, she struggled Health reveals striking evidence of social change
with that anticipation. “The shock of it would in this regard,” says Dr Paco Perales, from the
jerk my head back.” Because Melissa was falling Institute for Social Science Research at The
for a woman. University of Queensland.
As much as she has given herself a big surprise Dr Lisa Diamond, from the University of
Melissa is one of a growing number of women Utah, recently released a study, saying “it’s a
partnering with other women in middle-age. complicated dynamic between hormonal changes,
In the past, such unions may have been physical experiences, and, certainly sexual desires.
conducted in secrecy but with the passing We don’t know if sexual fluidity is more likely at
of ground-breaking same sex marriage certain life stages than others. But one of the
legislation in late December, there is things we have observed is that individuals,
a new sense of social acceptance. In especially women, go through changes that give
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turn, this may give some women the them a little more freedom around middle age.”
confidence to embrace their feelings in a Although there has not been a lot of research
way that was not open to them previously.
The facts are that women, according to recent
“ in Australia, where older and lesbian women are
largely invisible, Dr Catherine Barrett, director
psychological research in the US, are more open to We have of Celebrate Ageing, says she and her colleagues
gender fluidity, especially as they become older. In
short, there is now evidence that supports a growing
noticed a “have noticed a trend in women coming out late.
There are increasing stories of women leaving
trend to late in life change around sexual preference trend in heterosexual relationships to be with a women.
for women, many of whom have had children,
marriages and in fact lived whole other lives.
women There is that thing that lesbians often get asked
‘have you just not had good penis, not found the
And in this unfamiliar new world, a muffin top coming right male partner?’ But a lot of women will tell
and caesarean scar were not an embarrassing
turn-off, they were understood and celebrated.
out late. you that part of it is that the sexual connection
is incredibly strong and it feels right. But it is not
“I felt I had put on weight, there was cellulite ” just that. Woman are talking about an emotional
in new places,” Melissa says of her body image and spiritual connection as well.”
at the time of her new attraction. “That didn’t When Melissa told her boss, “he just put his
seem to matter in the same way with another head in his hands and said ‘there is no use for
middle-aged woman who is also not bodily us middle-aged men anymore’,” she says.
perfect. She made me feel that it didn’t matter.” Jenny Lonergan was 48 and spending all her time
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started watching a these things in her
program about a gay own eventful life,
woman on SBS. “All recounted in her
of a sudden I literally recently released book
had an epiphany. This Up Until Now. “It just
emotional feeling, this never occurred to me
amazing opening up to love a woman. It
that I can’t describe. was just natural to
All of a sudden the have relationships
psychological straight-jacket came flying off. ABOVE LEFT: with men.” In 1985 she was running a cancer
I just thought ‘oh my god, how did I not know?’ Richelle Menzies support group. Kay, who had been diagnosed
I sat there in the room by myself for five or six was 40 when she with breast cancer, was a regular member of
fell for a woman.
hours going ‘oh my god, oh my god, of course’, the group. Petrea herself was “living as a tourist”
ABOVE RIGHT:
just going over and over my life. It was like this The honeymoon is because she had been diagnosed with leukaemia.
gush of everything completely making sense.” still not over for Before she died in 1992, Kay told her partner
She had been married for 24 years, her oldest Petrea (left) and Wendie to “fluff up Petrea, because who looks
daughter was 19, her youngest 15. “I thought, I Wendie after 24 after her?”
had to tell my husband. My inner self was saying years together. Normally Petrea didn’t socialise with clients but
you have just got to be you. It was such a relief. Wendie insisted on taking her to dinner to thank
He just said, thank God. It made sense to our for everything she had done for Kay and their
relationship, which wasn’t a normal marriage. three children. “As the meal unfolded, it was just
Within about three weeks I realised I had to be obvious that she just got me. She had a great
honest with the kids too. I didn’t want to have a sense of humour, a fierce intellect and a deep
secret life.” It was a painful transition. “You go understanding of human suffering. Within three
through your adolescence at 50, the whole days I was thinking, I would really like to know
psychological thing of discovering who you are.” Wendie’s perspective on this. We were pretty much
All the women interviewed for this article had “ inseparable within about a week.” That was 24
been married and had children, had done what years ago, when she was 42. “The honeymoon
was expected. “I lived in a very small town and Mature hasn’t worn off yet” she laughs. “I had never
I didn’t even know what lesbians were,” says
Richelle Menzies, who came out at 40 after
women experienced the emotional depth in a relationship
with a man that I have with Wendie. And the ease
she fell in love with her next door neighbours’ become of being together. We can cook an entire meal
daughter. “Historically we married very young more and never discuss the end point of where we are
before we had any life experience or were able
to make the best choices.” assertive heading. We have the same values, we laugh at the
same things. We share a lot of interests and a lot of
Says Dr Barrett, “If you look at some of the and fundamental things that make life very seamless.”
research around ageing, women come into their
strengths in middle and mature age and become likely to Annette Davey, 68, was married for 13 years
and had two children. She had known her
more assertive and more likely to know who they know sister-in-law since she was 16. When she was 48
are and what they want.”
who they and a few years after their divorces from the two

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Richelle notes that “women live longer than brothers, they were sitting having a drink one
men so you have got a much larger group of are and Saturday afternoon. “We just started talking
women who form relationships with other
women that can become something more”. what about it and it hit both of us really. I had decided
I was going down the gay path and was discussing
While research has shown that women’s they it with her and she said she had come to same
sexuality is more fluid than men’s, Melissa
believes that “women have always had a kind
want. conclusion. It was quite sweet. We just fell in love.”
Annette sold her house and they bought and
of emotional language, an emotional literacy”. ” ran a general store together. “We already had so
In her new relationship, “you can talk through much history, it was very comfortable easing into
a lot of the issues that might normally be a it. It just seemed to fall into place. We didn’t have
stumbling block with a bloke. We understand to learn each other’s faults because we already
each other and what we might need at a deep knew them.” They were together for 17 years
level because we are both women.” until her partner died of cancer four years ago.
Author, inspirational speaker and counsellor, “We had a lot of fun,” she says now. “It was
Petrea King, 65, runs the Quest For Life centre in beautiful, tender and loving.”
Bundanoon, NSW, which helps people overcome As society has become more tolerant, it has
trauma, grief and illness. She has overcome all of become easier for women to live openly gay.

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People today are not expected to have conventional was a “coming home sensation, a familiarity, and
relationships or even have children as they once a recognition”, she says that a woman coming
were. Young women sometimes experiment out impacts everyone around them, everyone they
between the sexes. “Women have a capacity to love. “Because they have to come out too. My
love someone for who they are and for it not daughter just got together with a guy – at some
be about gender,” says Dr Barrett. “People who point she would have had to tell him that her
thought there were no options now recognise mum is a lesbian and they would have had to tell
that options exist.” his parents. Just as I have to keep coming out,
Even so, stigma remains. “We still have messages my mum, who is in her 80s, has to decide to hide
from politicians and community leaders that being the fact or tell people her daughter is gay.”
gay is an abomination, that it is wrong,” says Dr BELOW LEFT: The women in this article described various
Barrett. “In those messages, being a lesbian is lesser. Annette Davey (left) reactions when they told their children. “My
When women realise that for them this is the way found love with her daughter went into high drama about it” says
it was always meant to be, they have to make it sister-in-law. BELOW Petrea,“that her mother had turned into a lesbian
RIGHT: Kim Harman
work in a world that is a bit lesbiaphobic.” just before the HSC.” Jenny’s daughter tried to get
(right), with partner
Sally Woodfood came out in the 1980s in rural Lauren, came out out of a moving car when she broke the news.
England at a time when she could have lost after 16 years of “She said ‘stop the car’ and walked around on the
custody of her three daughters for being a lesbian. marriage. side of the road, spinning around in circles going
“People did lose their ‘oh my god’.” Mostly
jobs, terrible things offspring start to
happened.” She is from realise that Mum is
a generation that is happy, often for the
still wary. “When I meet first time.
somebody new, I wonder While Melissa has
if I am going to come found herself in what
out to them or not she calls “the secret
and risk that look of and everlasting
prejudice, that weird family”, other women
look on people’s talk about tortuous
faces.” While for Sally, lesbian relationships.
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was pretty aggressive, up everything, her family,
domestic violence does her job, to come and live
happen in gay relationships,” with me.”
says Sally. Women can rush Still, living with another
into relationships. “There is middle-aged woman has its
that whole business of what challenges. “You have got
do lesbians do on a second two women living together
date? They move in. You who are menopausal.
kind of think because there And a 20-year-old daughter.
is so much in common When she gets her period,
things must work out, but that sets our menopause off.
they don’t necessarily.” Because we are female, we
Other women speak of are more emotional. Half
relationships becoming the time you want to stab
platonic once the sex has each other and the other
fizzled. When Kim Harman came out after 16 ABOVE: Tracie half you want to hug each other. But we have
years of marriage, she lived desultorily with a Oldham (left) met survived and come out stronger.”
woman for 10 years. “I was so caught up in the Carol on dating For some women, men’s expectations of them in
site Pink Sofa.
whole thing of being able to have this lifestyle as a relationship became intolerable. Tracie believes
BELOW: Lauren
a woman. But we should have just been friends Parker found that some women in gay relationships, “are not
really. Because you are such good friends. Most women to be really gay. I just think they get to a certain stage of I
women don’t like to sleep around a lot.” In more sensitive don’t want to be treated like a doormat anymore.”
Queensland you could have a civil partnership to her needs. Tracie now focuses on community work. “My
before the Yes vote. Kim “got married in a big fat work is about the mental health, illness and suicide,
full-on gay wedding. Once you have found that which within the gay community is inexorable. I
right person, it transcends that male-female thing.”
A woman coming out can be fragile and
“ am still trying to work out how to do this and how
I fit in with the world. For so long I didn’t.”
vulnerable. “Some people are very unscrupulous,” Women Now a mortgage broker, Lauren Parker was
says Annette. “It is easy to get into a relationship
but it is hard to get out.” have a 21 and in the Air Force when she married. Her
husband was in the Army doing close personal
Tracie Oldham, 55, is a marriage celebrant capacity protection. “Any diplomats, commanders,
who, because she lives in Victoria, was not able
to marry the person she loved. But because she to love politicians, he would pick them up in armoured
cars. He was a military policeman.” He was also
was married in the UK six years ago, she is now someone never home. When she had two children she was
automatically legally married in Australia. “It was
a bit of an anti-climax.” for who left on her own knowing his work in places like
Iraq was dangerous. She was lonely and worried.
She was previously married to a man for 19 years they are “I didn’t know if he was coming home in a body
and has three children. Her husband went to work
one day and didn’t come home, abandoning his
not their bag. There was that constant worry and dread of,
are my children going to have a father? I was just
family for another woman. At the suggestion of gender. desperate.” She was “totally committed” to her
friends she went on the Pink Sofa dating site, where marriage but they drifted apart. Then she met a
she met Carol, who was in the UK. For a long time ” woman through work and they became friends.
they just talked on Skype. “I couldn’t stop thinking “We talked for hours. Then one day it went from
about her, it was killing me to log off.” They met having fun to ‘oh, I like you’.”
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for the first time when she went to visit Although Lauren is single but dating
Carol in UK. “She came running at the someone now, she is resolute that she
airport and I was running. It was like a will stay with women. “My mind is
beach scene, running into each other’s made up. I don’t want to be hurt by a
arms. It was like we had known each man that is not sensitive to my needs. I
other our whole lives, we were just so want that gentle intimacy, that softness.
comfortable with each other, we never A woman knows what a woman wants.
stop talking. We never come up for air.” They are kind, nurturing and loving. It
It has been a long, painful process with is a different way to feel. ”
immigration for them to be able to live Kim agrees. “Once you have figured it
together in Australia. “I have never been out in your head and said it out loud, you
content until now. It really is a love story, can’t go backwards, you can’t live the life
we have had to fight for this. Carol gave you were living. It is a big revelation.” AWW

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t’s rare that you have the the Royal Commonwealth Society
Brothers Joshua and opportunity to meet a family as when their entries for The Queen’s
Benjamin entered a royal special as Jenny and Dean Wood Commonwealth Essay Competition
and their two boys, Benjamin, arrived in the post and immediately
essay competition 13, and Joshua, 10; and equally won hearts.
hoping to win a trip extraordinary that The Weekly’s Joshua was born with a severe
introduction to this close-knit retinal disorder, so rare that
to London while visually foursome from Carindale, Brisbane, ophthalmologists are still trying to
impaired Josh could still came from the other side of the world, figure out what the future holds for
from Clarence House in London, this happy, sensitive, quiet lad who
see. They didn’t win, but home and royal HQ to the Duchess loves to swim (he hopes to compete
thanks to the Duchess of of Cornwall and the heir to the British in the Paralympics when he’s older)
throne, Prince Charles. The Woods’ and has a passion for trains –
Cornwall’s team, The story is one of immense fortitude, especially the London Underground.
Weekly and Qantas, their courage and unfailing love and it is The extent of Joshua’s sight varies
no surprise that Jenny and Dean’s from day to day, hour to hour. The
dream came true, two sons caused such a commotion in only clear certainty is that it won’t
writes Juliet Rieden. the corridors of Clarence House and improve. Josh tells me he can see

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“My brother
is amazing,
very
resilient.
I have a lot
of respect
for him.”

“shadows and colours” and that his to pick us. If we go to pick him up Benjamin is very bright. “He
favourite colour is “aqua”. He has a from school, all the time I have to say, was reading really young and he’d
special machine that magnifies words ‘Joshie, it’s Mummy,’ because until I stand up on the coffee table and
and pictures to give him the best do that he’s not sure it’s me, and make speeches,” says Jenny. “He’s an
possible chance of seeing, and on good where there are lots of other people incredible kid, in a category of his
days he can watch some TV shows. coming and going, like shopping own.” And when Joshua was born
Josh loves looking at maps and if he centres, it’s really hard for him.” “two and a bit years later”, the family
holds a book or iPad right up to just Jenny, 43, and Dean, 50, a pharmacist was complete.
a few centimetres in front of his eyes who runs his own business, first “Then a few weeks after he was
he is able to make some things out. discovered that Joshua had issues born I started to think there might
“He can see me, but not my features,” with his sight a few weeks after he be something wrong with his eyes.
explains Mum Jenny, a primary was born. “We always wanted two But I wasn’t sure,” says Jenny. The
school teacher who has been on a kids preferably, but didn’t mind boys couple went to a GP, who thought
hiatus from work to look after Joshua or girls,” adds Jenny. “We used to say, Joshua may have cataract problems
since maternity leave some 10 years ‘as long as they’re healthy!’ But now and sent them to an ophthalmologist.
ago. “For example, if we were I realise that you love them whatever. “The specialist said, it’s not
standing beside each other in the It’s just as amazing having a child cataracts, it’s really rare but we don’t
same clothes he would not be able that does have some difficulties.” know what it is, it’s out of my league. »

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She said, ‘he’ll be blind’, and I think immediately informed the teachers
the blood drained out of my body,” and his parents. “Some people in his
says Jenny. “We were all there and Ben class said some nasty things to him.
was great. He was really little. We’ve It made me quite angry. I felt sorry
got photos of them cuddling each for Josh and wanted to do something
other. Benny was holding him and was about it. He was upset at the time.
really excited. But Dean and I were He didn’t want to go to school and
just in shock.” wasn’t his usual self.”
The couple will never forget the The incident was quickly brushed
drive back home. Jenny was crying aside and Ben is quick to add that the
and Dean, who Jenny describes as other children were young and didn’t
“more reserved” than her “had little know better and that now Joshua is
tears flowing down”. one of the “most popular” kids at
Over the next few months, baby school. “He’s very funny and quite a
Joshua was plagued with tests and still character,” says Ben. “He’s an amazing
his condition confounded the experts. kid, very resilient and persevering.
“We thought he could see absolutely I have a lot of respect for him.”
nothing,” says Jenny. “Then one day The shortcomings for Joshua are the
after about 12 months, I put a cup in things he can’t do – like trampolining,
front of him and he reached for it. contact sports, bouncy castles and
He’d never reached out for anything reading print – and this Benjamin feels
before. I thought, ‘oh, maybe he can keenly. “I don’t like seeing him missing
see something’. And then we found out on things. It’s just not the best of
out that he’s got a little bit of vision, feelings. Sometimes I don’t do those
he’s got mobility vision.” things because I don’t want to have
This was the impetus the family him not included in it,” he says.
needed and from that moment on,
together they have forged forward, Josh’s dreams comes true
determined to give Joshua the best It was this feeling that prompted
chance in life while also delighting in Ben and Josh to enter The Queen’s
the wonderful boy he has become. Commonwealth Essay Competition.
Joshua learned Braille and has his The topic for the 2017 competition for
own machine to use at home. The under-18s was “a Commonwealth for
rest of the family has also learned, Peace” and the prize a trip to London.
though they’re not as good at it as “When Ben saw it he immediately said
Joshua. “I thought learning Braille ‘Oh, there’s a trip to London, Josh
would be a nice thing to do for him, could see the Underground’,” says
so I can then help him with his work Jenny. Going to London and riding
and I just wanted to get a taste of the Underground has been Josh’s
what it’s like,” dream ever since
Ben tells me. he became
The brothers
are incredibly
Joshua’s entry obsessed with the
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close but
there’s more to
was the first can name all the
stations, draw the
that’s what started it,” says Jenny.
Ben and Josh wrote their entries
it, they are a
team, a united they’d ever had system and knows
all the lines.
completely on their own and their
essays (see page 66) are heart-
force taking on
in Braille. Josh wrote his warming, touching, incredibly
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the world entry in Braille profound and bring tears to your eyes.
together. “Ben and Jenny had to While they didn’t win, Ben and Josh
instinctively would modify all of his write to the Royal Commonwealth were both thrilled to bits to receive
things for Josh,” says Jenny. Society to get special dispensation to certificates of Special Commendation
Today Josh uses a cane. He goes to send the entry by post. “I totally from the Palace.
a regular school and in the past has would have understood if they had It is at this point that The Weekly
been the victim of bullying, but brother said, we don’t have the capability, but heard about Josh and Benjamin from
Ben had his back. “It was when he we got a lovely email back to say, ‘Oh the team at Clarence House who had
was a lot younger,” says Ben, who yes, it’ll be the first Braille entry we’ve already fallen in love with the boys

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C
Clockwise from top left: Josh in a train simulator. In the cockpit
of their Qantas plane in Dubai. At High Street Kensington tube
o
sstation. Having fun in London. With Philip Barnard-Brown, the
first Australian to be coachman to The Queen. Posing with Josh’s
fi
idol,
i author David Walliams. Waiting to go in to Buckingham Palace.

and were super keen to invite them Clarence House was putting together congratulating them. One airline
to attend the Awards Ceremony at a fantastic program of engagements hostess bought the boys a gift each as
Buckingham Palace. But how would and experiences for this unique family, she had heard about their story, and
they get there? including a personal meeting with the at the Qantas Lounge they were
Enter the generosity of Qantas’ Duchess of Cornwall, the host of the presented with a model each of the
Chief Customer Officer, Olivia Wirth, event in Buckingham Palace. Airbus. Landing in Heathrow, we were
who read Josh and Ben’s essays and As we go to press on this story, the seated upstairs to have a good view of
without hesitation agreed to provide family is still in London having the the landing. The boys were so excited.
return flights for our foursome to go trip of a lifetime. But Jenny has been “Then Clarence House had organised
to Buckingham Palace. calling daily with updates. a driver to pick us up from the airport
When I called Jenny to tell her the “Firstly Qantas was incredible,” and take us to the accommodation
news, she was floored. Her sons had she tells me, holding back tears. which they had organised. We couldn’t
never been outside Australia, let alone “They treated us like royalty. All quite believe it when we arrived at
seen Buckingham Palace. But little did the staff knew about the boys going the Cavalry and Guards Club on
she know this was just the beginning. to Buckingham Palace and were Piccadilly. This is a private members’ »

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The peacemaker challen
by Benjamin Wood ge
is
My peaceful place
‘I can’t see it,’ he said.
ar t These four words had a pro
in my he …My brother is amazing
found effect on me.
by Joshua Wood peaceful place is an inner sadness. Other peo
and resilient yet I felt he had
I always thought my . ple didn’t notice but I did
erything around me He is my little brother afte .
where I can see ev an d rea d in his protector.
r all. I am his big brother,
y drive
Where I can one da
d jum p on tra mpolines. One day after a particularl
y difficult day at school
print an
kin and include me
d I heard him saying, “I can
Where people are complete his homework.
’t see it”. He was trying to
d sports.
in all their games an Should I step in? What
n wa lk wi thout a cane and could I even say to make
this better for him? It wa
Where I ca s
in my class. the first step in my peacem
see the whiteboard aker journey.
e faces of my friends I took my brother by the
Where I can see th to him and we did his hom
hand and read the work
and family clearly. does ework together.
my peaceful place …I am merely one person
I have now learnt Imagine, just for a mome
being a peacemaker.
thing s.
not need all these stays nt if each person in the wo
y pe ac efu l pla ce is in my heart and became a peacemaker for
at least one other person.
rld
M Anyone can be a vessel for
with me forever. instigator. Invite that lonely
peace. Be an inclusion
child to play, no matter
what their race, religion or
disability.

said – ‘we can’t believe this is On subsequent days the family were
happening’ and ‘we are never showered with other money-can’t-buy
going to forget this’ and experiences, including a personal tour
‘Wow!’ Inside, Ben smiled of the Royal Mews, a trip to Australia
and said ‘this is the best day House to meet Australia’s High
of my life’ and Josh said ‘I am Commissioner to the UK Alexander
just so happy’. Downer and a fabulous ‘transport
“We were led into the day’ for Joshua, criss-crossing London
White Drawing Room and in different trains, using a train
met The Duchess of Cornwall. simulator and visiting the London
She was so lovely, so easy to Underground Control Room.
speak to; such a gentle lady “Joshua was asking everyone so
and her warmth shone many questions and I think they were
through with genuine interest quite impressed by his knowledge
in the boys. Then we went to the London Underground network,”

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the Awards Ceremony itself. says a proud Jenny. “As we were
Joshua typed his essay on the Braille machine “The boys were over the leaving, they gave the boys the biggest
he has at home. Every year he goes to Braille camp moon to meet [children’s maps of the Underground – big
in Sydney to perfect his skills.
author] David Walliams enough for Josh to see – which Josh
there. He is Joshua’s is putting on his bedroom wall.”
favourite author. We posed “This is the most unforgettable
club and has been frequented by for photos of David with the boys and trip and the things that have been
the Royal Family and Sir Winston he even posted one on Twitter which organised and the places we have
Churchill. Its patron is HRH the Ben was very excited about. He told stayed at are things that you wouldn’t
Duchess of Cornwall. Words cannot the boys he was going to organise even dream of happening to you. A day
even describe the beauty of this club books and audio CDs to be sent to hasn’t gone by where they both haven’t
and we were in awe that we were able our hotel – which he did!” said how fortunate they are.” AWW
to stay here. Ben and Joshua just loved
it and didn’t want to leave.”
Next came the family’s big day at HOW TO ENTER THE QUEEN’S 2018 COMPETITION
Buckingham Palace. “Honestly, we The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition was established in 1883 and is
can’t even put into words how it felt open to all Commonwealth citizens under the age of 18. “Towards a Common
to walk up to the gates of the Palace Future” is the 2018 Competition topic. To enter, visit thercs.org/youth-and-
knowing we were going inside. education/the-queens-commonwealth-essay-competition/2018-competition-
The boys looked very handsome towards-a-common-future/
all dressed up in their suits and

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In a tell-all interview, the personal assisant to Bette Davis
tells Jaci Stephen the truth about the Hollywood icon’s
love life and her difficult realtionship with her daughter.

S
he was the first person to a few minutes to light one of her
receive 10 Academy Award 100-a-day cigarettes. The dresser holds
nominations and she twice her collection of crockery: winter
won for Best Actress. The serving dishes featuring animals;
first woman to receive a summer dishes, a welcoming house
Lifetime Achievement Award from the in blue. There are Thanksgiving
American Film Institute, and the first dining plates on which a large turkey
female president of the Academy of dominates, and a gravy boat big
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, enough to serve a squadron. The
Bette Davis is engraved in history as exquisite ruby water glasses are as big
one of the most accomplished female as vases and as heavy as small gym
actresses of classic Hollywood history. weights; the wine goblets are elegant
Known for her willingness to play creations of a bygone age. Bette’s pride
unsympathetic characters, when she in the appearance of her dining table
died from breast cancer in 1989, the is not what one might expect from
world lost one of the last of the greats. a woman who played an ageing
Entering the living room of Kathryn former actress, holding her paraplegic »
Sermak, her personal assistant of
10 years, you are immediately
transported back to old
Hollywood. Dominating the
room is the actress’s striped chaise
longue, like a long throne and
draped in a fur wrap, as if Bette
has only just left the room for

Bette Davis and Kathryn Sermak in


1987 and (main picture) the actress in
a photoshoot taken on January 1, 1988.

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sister captive in What Ever attorneys left, because she
Happened to Baby Jane?. caught everything. And
Kathryn Sermak’s new book, she had the studio system.
Miss D & Me, reveals even She taught me about women
more, with its anecdotes and – yes, they are cat-fighting,
insights into Bette Davis’ life but you bond together. She
the other side of the camera. It loved men, absolutely, but she
is also a tribute to the woman was supportive of women.”
she acknowledges taught her Married four times, men
everything when she started were a big part of her life
out as a naïve Catholic and, says Kathryn, “she was
22-year-old working for one of happiest when she was in love.
the world’s greatest movie When she was in love, look at
stars. When we sit down to her films, especially when she
talk at Bette’s dining table and was in love with Willy Wyler.”
sip rosé from the classic Bette had an affair with
glasses, it’s impossible not to Wyler when he directed her in
feel a sense of the presence Jezebel (for which Bette won
who, to Kathryn, will always be Miss thinking Who are you, Grandma, in one of her two Oscars; the other was
D. The name stuck when Catherine (as your really red bows! for Dangerous). “He was everything
she was then) found addressing her “She really did teach me everything I dreamed of in a man,” she said.
employer by her first name too – so much that helped me then, and “Love and passion soon followed.”
familiar. Bette, who had changed the continues to now. Discretion, respect. His view was she was “passionate and
spelling of her name, encouraged She was the most honest, respectful emotional, with more energy than
Catherine to do the same. “I want to person, big time. It didn’t matter if anyone I’d ever known. Too much for
advise you that one of the big battles you were the elevator person, she me.” Of her last husband, Gary Merrill,
in life is to stand out from the crowd,” would greet them all. Always respect, Bette said: “Gary was macho but none
she said. Hence, in 1979, Miss D and she said. Everybody has a job to do. of my husbands was ever man enough
Kathryn, the double act, was born. You’re no higher or lower. Your fans to become Mr Bette Davis.”
“I didn’t know who Miss D was,” are your bread and butter, the ones Relationships and her abortions (she
says Kathryn. The night before the who pay the money to go to your is said to have had three – one as a
job interview, she read Bette’s movies. I learned so much after she result of her affair with Wyler) were
autobiography, The Lonely Life, in passed because now I’m seeing what not something Bette discussed with
which the actress spoke of her need everyone thought – oh, she must her ingénue assistant, although
for perfection, even as a Kathryn learned about
child. “She was very
focused on details and
“ She was happiest men from her employer.
“I didn’t know much
when she went to the
circus as a young girl,
when she was in love. ” about them and she
talked me through the
the elephants were walking down this have been so difficult. If she was that stages of having boyfriends. She
carpet to the ring and the carpet was difficult I wouldn’t have been with certainly helped me with Pierre [one
misaligned. She couldn’t focus on the her for 10 years.” significant other] and his messiness.
performance because the carpet The recent TV series Feud painted a Miss D hated mess. ‘Just move it on
infuriated her.” It was an attention to picture of a more difficult character the floor’,” she advised. It became
detail Kathryn had witnessed in her in the actress’s rivalry with Joan a competition between Pierre and
photographer father and would stand Crawford. It is a picture Kathryn does Miss D for Kathryn, and it was clear
her in good stead for the job she not recognise. “Feud is Feud. It’s Pierre stood no chance.
landed with the then 71-year-old. She entertaining; it’s not accuracy. Miss D The most difficult man in Bette’s life
assured Bette she could cook the was always the first to admit when was son-in-law Jeremy, married to her
three-minute egg she required every she was wrong. That’s what a strong biological daughter, Barbara, known
morning, and told her she knew person does. She was a woman in as B.D. (Bette also adopted children:
nothing about the film industry. a man’s world [her smoking and Michael and Margot with Gary). They
“That’s good,” said Bette, “I will teach drinking are legendary] and when men met when B.D. was 15 and he was 29,
you everything you need to.” are strong and confident, you give when he was her chaperone at the
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“Suddenly, I was in a limousine, and them respect, but if you are a woman, Cannes Film Festival. Jeremy was the
I’d never been in a limousine. I was on you get the big ‘No’. But she had British nephew of Eliot Hyman, who
Concorde, and I’m looking at her and confidence – that’s why all her owned Seven Arts Productions. »

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ABOVE: Bette Davis
as a Hollywood belle
and (clockwise from
top left) with Joan
Crawford in 1962;
with husband Gary
Merrill and their
three children; with
one of her great loves,
director William
Wyler; and in the
arms of Henry Fonda
in Jezebel, for which
she won an Oscar.
OPPOSITE PAGE:
Bette and her
daughter Barbara
in the mid-1960s.
Barbara’s “betrayal”
broke Bette’s heart,
Kathryn says.
children and treated everybody fairly,
but there was that mother connection
with B.D. There’s no question she and
Jeremy didn’t see eye to eye, but she
knew B.D. had married him and when
she went to their farm she’d take
lobster and artichokes, which they
loved. Miss D gave to you – she gave
her daughter a lake. I once asked her
‘How did you give your daughter a
Bette Davis – with Kathryn by
her side – is mobbed by fans in
lake?’ and she said: [a lake of] money.”
London’s Piccadilly after the launch The perception of Bette is that
of her autobiography in 1987. although brilliant, she was a lonely,
irascible woman. Nothing could be
further from the truth, says Kathryn.
“Miss D was being escorted by the helped them out financially, but when “She loved reading, especially
director Robert Altman – who, by the she had her stroke, following her autobiographies and had many
way, she never had an affair with, as breast cancer diagnosis, Harold [the friends. She loved cooking. People
they insinuated in Feud – and she attorney] told him that legally Bette misinterpreted The Lonely Life. She
needed an escort for her daughter. could not bail him out of bankruptcy said ‘it’s like any writer, any artist – it’s
Jeremy went to pick up B.D., who again as she was on medication.” you and only you up on that screen or
was tall, slender and very striking, This, says Kathryn, was the most that blank page. It doesn’t mean your
and she fell in love with her handsome painful time emotionally. “There was life is lonely.’ She was always busy,
companion.” They wanted to get the horror she’d never act again, and always had friends – Laurence Olivier,
married, but B.D. needed her parents’ she loved acting. Her agent said she Robert Wagner, Roddy McDowall.”
consent. Bette refused to give it, “so should never be seen again and go off, When Bette died in 1989 it was the
B.D. threatened her: if you don’t give like Greta Garbo. I said ‘Are you end an era for Kathryn, aged 33, as
it, we’re going to elope. Miss D always kidding?’ I thought ‘She’s given well as the film world. “No one
blamed herself that she never gave everything and now you’re saying put prepares you. You lose your best
B.D. a proper father.” her out to pasture because she didn’t friend, which is very, very painful; you
Central to the book is a family look too well.’ I knew her spirit and lose your job, the place where you
reunion for July 4 Independence Day her strength, but it was a difficult four live; you lose your identity.” But she
celebrations, when didn’t grieve. “You
tensions reached a head
between Bette and Hyman.
“ The betrayal was worse cannot. I knew who
Miss D was. I had a job
It had been a huge
operation, with Bette and
than the stroke. ” to do and there was no
time to be emotional. I
Kathryn preparing to make sure months. It’s like being a baby – you’ve had the press; I had to organise things.
everything would be perfect for the got to learn to walk and talk again. You have to put the grieving process
arrival of the family for the holiday She thought she wanted to die, so I on the back burner.”
in a house in Huntington Bay. “We exploded: ‘If you want to die, go ahead, Miss D would not, says Kathryn,
worked our buns off for two weeks, or we’re going to fight this together’.” have liked today’s Hollywood. “She
planting things, repairing the fence; B.D. attended once, despite Bette wouldn’t approve. She knew she and
Miss D even bought a dishwasher and having sent a limo six hours away to that world were going. In came
added fumigators. She spared nothing pick her up. “Miss D was so happy animation – it was just different times.
for her family because she loved them and B.D. wouldn’t even stay one night. But I don’t think she was glad to be
so much.” In an argument about I have the letters she wrote, the going, as she had so much fun.”
whether there are clams in the Bay, photos, she talked to her mom all the I leave the house as if I’ve been in
the two personalities clashed. time. Then, a year later, I heard about the presence of the great legend herself.
B.D. subsequently wrote two B.D.’s book and I thought ‘Aha!’” When I look at the photos of the plates
scathing books about her mother, The book, My Mother’s Keeper, was on my iPhone, there’s a video of an arm
and it’s clear Kathryn was no fan of an enormous shock to Bette. “The serving food. How it got there, I have
Jeremy’s. “Jeremy once came to the betrayal – that was worse than the no idea, it’s a bit spooky. That’s the
Colony House for dinner and told me, stroke. Miss D was completely magic of Hollywood, I suppose. AWW
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1 Atonement by Ian McEwan.
A beautifully tragic romance
chronicling the consequences of a crime.
From a summer afternoon in a 1935
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tale with an extraordinary ending. It will
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Civil War that compels. Survival, not
morality, is her strongest drive and
despite Rhett’s charms I’m convinced the
day after he walked out, quite frankly,
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3 All the Light We Cannot See by


Anthony Doerr. Illuminates the ways,
against all odds, people try to be good to
each other. A blind French girl flees with
her father when the Germans occupy
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A Melbourne mum who started
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Eye of the Sheep, won the Miles
Franklin award and has been
optioned for film and theatre. Her
latest, The Choke, about a traumatic
childhood and how to survive it, is
garnering critical acclaim.

Sofie’s top summer reads:


1 The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah
Krasnostein. This book tells the
deeply moving story of Sandra
Pankhurst – a woman who spends
her life cleaning up after traumas.
The book reads as a love letter from
Krasnostein to Sandra, who despite
the injustices she has suffered is
able to show others incredible
compassion and kindness.
I treasured every word.

2 To Become A Whale by Ben


Hobson. A coming-of-age story

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his mother dies, must learn how to
survive. This book is a beautifully
drawn portrait on the cruel ways
boys are taught to be men.

3 Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn


Ward. This profoundly moving
novel by Jesmyn Ward broke my
heart – its young characters felt real
to me, and I desperately wanted
them to be safe. The writing was
lyrical, full of magic and mystery,
just like the ghosts that appear in
the narrative, with their own stories
to tell.
Emily Maguire
The Sydney-based author has written
new series, this is a thrilling tour of
1860s London as courtesan-turned-
private-detective Heloise Chancey
diplomacy, love and living well play
out against the backdrop of a world in
serious and dangerous flux.
five novels including psychological
thriller An Isolated Incident, which was
shortlisted for the 2017 Miles Franklin
investigates a series of gruesome
murders. It is sometimes gory,
sometimes raunchy, but always
3 Australia Day by Melanie Cheng.
This smart, engaging short story
collection offers fresh perspectives on
Literary Award, the Stella Prize and the compulsively readable. what it means to be Australian today.
Ned Kelly Awards. Emily also writes
essays on sex, religion and culture. 2 Grand Days by Frank Moorhouse.
Edith Campbell Berry – my
favourite fictional heroine of all time –
The stories also explore identity and
belonging in a variety of other ways,
delving into family, love, class and
Emily’s top summer reads: is a clever, eccentric young Aussie education. Big themes aside, every

1 She Be Damned by M.J. Tijia. The first


in what promises to be an exciting
working at the League of Nations in
Geneva in the 1920s. Her adventures in
story is beautifully written and a
total pleasure to read. »

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page of this incredible book – reading
of to the beach like his friends. Funny,
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Based in Melbourne, Favel’s debut novel,
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it restored my faith in writing. It really
is the best thing that I have read in a 3 Love Your Sister by Connie and
Samuel Johnson. On September 8
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the Dobbie Literary Prize and Newcomer
of the Year at the Australian Book
Industry Awards. When The Night Comes
2 Stalin Ate My Homework by Alexei
Sayle. I found this memoir
hilarious. Even if you are not a fan
Connie Johnson. She was recently
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followed in 2014 and she is currently of Alexei Sayle’s comedy, his childhood while battling breast cancer. In 2014,
working on a new novel. was so fascinating that it’s worth a Connie, along with her younger brother,
read. He grew up in Liverpool with actor Samuel Johnson, co-wrote this
Favel’s top summer reads: Communist parents and was taken book about their journey and how

1 Tin Man by Sarah Winman. A beautiful


portrait of love, friendship, and life.
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From the selfies of Kim Kardashian to the selflessness of the Queen,
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As she publishes a new book of her work, the photographer talks to
Mick Brown about shooting stars and losing the love of her life.

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[ Trailblazer ]

A
nnie Leibovitz is a tall, rangy, real, but it’s ... unbelievable.” She pauses, before
handsome woman with striking, saying of President Trump: “Every day, I’ll say,
aquiline features and an unruly ‘What did he do today? What downtrodden
shock of grey hair, who at first group of people is he picking on today?’ ”
glance exudes a palpable air of She sighs. “The man is just insane.”
can-do control and authority. Annie can, she In the wake of Clinton’s defeat, it took her a
admits, “be a terror” – and one imagines that while “to brush myself off and pick myself up”.
some measure of terror, or at least strength of She even contemplated abandoning the book
will and power of persuasion, must be necessary altogether. But in the end, after much deliberation,
to take the pictures that she does. she decided to go ahead. The last photograph
For more than 45 years, through her work with now is of the artist Robert Smithson’s gargantuan
Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and Vogue, she has been earthwork Spiral Jetty, with its strong resemblance
the foremost pictorial chronicler of power, fame to a question mark. “It’s saying, who are we?
and celebrity (a word she loathes, incidentally) What are we doing?” Annie explains.
in American life. Her father, Sam, was a lieutenant colonel in
A new collection of her work, the US Air Force; her mother,
Annie Leibovitz: Portraits Marilyn, a modern dance
2005-2016 sits on the desk instructor, who once performed
in her New York studio. (Two with the Martha Graham
floors in an old industrial company. It was while
building in the Meatpacking studying painting at the San
District; a fleet of young and Francisco Art Institute that
personable assistants.) With Annie took a night class in
150 images, it is formidable photography, and in 1970 she
in its breadth, and its weight. started working for Rolling
(Annie tends to do heavy: her Stone. Her first commissioned
2006 book, A Photographer’s work for the magazine was
Life, weighed in at 4kgs – so photographing John Lennon.
heavy, she says, “I couldn’t In 1980 she took the last ever
carry it anywhere to give portrait of him, just hours
it away to people.”) before he was shot dead.
This is Annie in excelsis: In the Rolling Stone
movie and music stars, years she considered herself a
politicians and power brokers; documentarian, spending years
the inevitable nudes – Lady on the road working with
Gaga splayed over a bed, and journalists, and photographing
a rather simian Jeff Koons bands (most notably the
admiring himself in a mirror; Rolling Stones in 1975). When,
as well as a panoply of less in 1983, she moved to Vanity
© ANNIE LEIBOVITZ.. © MICK BROWN/TELEGRAPH MEDIA GROUP LIMITED 2017.

familiar characters and Fair – the ne plus ultra of


still-lifes from her Pilgrimage high-sheen celebrity culture –
series of objects and places with historical things changed. The budgets grew bigger, the
resonance. It is a record not only of Annie’s life portraits more stylised. Two images in the
as a photographer over 11 years, but of American new book epitomise this: Angelina Jolie,
life. And planning the book, she knew exactly shrink-wrapped in silver lamé, attached to the
where she wanted it to end. front of a microlight plane – like a figurehead
During the 2016 presidential campaign, she had on the prow of a ship – and, most extravagantly...
photographed Hillary Clinton numerous times “George Clooney?” she jumps in.
– over the years she has come to know her well. Yes. An extraordinary image: George tricked
And the final image was to be Clinton, triumphant, out like a 1920s Hollywood director-tyrant,
the first female president of the United States. afloat on a platform, surrounded by a host of
Annie had even been contemplating what desk in ABOVE: Annie women clad in nude underwear, brandishing
Leibovitz in 2012.
the White House the president-elect would choose cameras and klieg lights – an image that speaks
OPPOSITE:
to be sitting at for the portrait, hoping it would be Model Natalia
volumes about Hollywood hubris and excess. But
one of Eleanor Roosevelt’s. And then she didn’t win. Vodianova, as that, she says, was Tom Ford’s idea, when he was
“It was just devastating,” Annie says. “Just shot by Annie in guest-editing a special Hollywood issue, based on
shocking. Where we are now is supposed to be Paris in 2014. a photograph of the film-maker Cecil B. DeMille »

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at work. “And Clooney’s a really great guy. He gets informal: the Queen with her corgis, with her
a joke.” But it’s the last of those “high production grandchildren and with Princess Anne. “That’s
value” pictures, she tells me. “I’m not saying I’m what she wanted to do – and that’s what I did,”
never going to do them, but I don’t look to do Annie says.
them unless they make sense.” And one thinks The portrait with Princess Anne is particularly
that for Annie they make sense less and less. revealing, Anne’s arm resting protectively around
In her new book, the Hollywood glitz gives way her mother’s shoulder. “I love that photo,” Annie
to more contemplative pictures of artists, painters says. “It makes me cry, actually.”
and musicians; the human rights campaigner “Intimidated” is not quite the word, she says,
Malala Yousafzai; the author Joan Didion – lined, but there is not a day when she is not nervous
unvarnished and truthful, shot against leafless and worried about a shoot. “I’m photographing
trees as if to signal the tragedy that has enveloped [former US Vice President] Joe Biden this week
her life; the feminist human rights lawyer Andréa and I’m nervous about it because I think he has a
Medina Rosas; and Samantha Power, the former little bit of the Great White Hope on his shoulders
US ambassador to the UN, cradling her son on right now, and I admire how he’s conducted his
her knee as she checks her BlackBerry – a study life. It’s wonderful to admire people and be
in the conflicting demands of motherhood and interested in them in that way and have this
professional power. responsibility of taking an image
“This is embarrassing,” Annie that suits them.”
says, “but I think of myself as in a She has photographed every
tradition of portrait photographers American president since Richard
who photographed people of their Nixon, and enjoys a particular
time. There will always be people I rapport with Clinton and Obama.
want to photograph, and I like that Her new book includes a series of
there’s so much of it – that there’s a images of the Obama administration,
sense of history with this material. including a striking image of
I think that’s powerful, and it’s Obama on his last day as president,
beyond me. I’m in a place sometimes shot from behind, gazing out of the
when I’m photographing somebody window of the Oval Office as if into
and I can’t believe it, and I feel like an uncertain future. “I knew I was
it’s my duty. I really do.” going to take the last portrait,” she
She has photographed the Queen remembers, “and we were trying to
twice: first in 2007, in full regal set up a date with the White House.
attire inside state rooms in Finally, they said, ‘okay, two o’clock,
Buckingham Palace, to celebrate the Thursday, January 19th.’ I said, ‘I’m
monarch’s state visit to the United sorry, isn’t that the last day he’s
States. “I was thinking, ‘She’s going in office?’
to be the Queen.’ I was given “It was amazing. I went in and
catalogues to look through to pick he said, ‘Annie, you have five
her tiara, her clothing ... I was given minutes, and I’m only doing this
options. I was given half an hour. because I love you.’ We took that
And she was incredible. I remember after the picture, and I took some others, of him sitting at
shoot thinking, ‘My God, she’s so feisty.’ I just his desk – but they’re just a little too sad for me.”
love her. And what of his successor?
“You know the story on this. The BBC were She has photographed Donald Trump many
doing a documentary on the Queen, and they did times in the past. “I think,” she says pointedly,
a trailer that made her look as if she was storming “with every one of his wives along the way.”And
out of the shoot. The truth is, she was storming how has it gone? She shrugs. “You know, he’s
into the shoot. And she did not stop working always making a deal.” In a photograph shot for
until the end. She has this great, great sense of US Vogue in 2006, Trump, unusually, settled for a
duty and she was so hurt and angry that it was ABOVE: Caitlyn supporting role, seated in a sports car as his wife,
made to look any other way.” Jenner’s iconic Melania, descends the steps leading down from
July 2015 cover
The second time Annie was approached, to
© ANNIE LEIBOVITZ.

the back of the Trump plane – pregnant and


for Vanity Fair,
shoot the official portraits marking the Queen’s shot by Annie. dressed in a gold bikini. “Our first lady ...” Annie
90th birthday, she says she “couldn’t believe it”. OPPOSITE: Nicole says, flatly.
This time, the photographs were taken at Kidman and Some of Annie’s images over the years have
Windsor Castle and were altogether more Baz Luhrmann. been so blatant in their appraisal of the joy their

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subjects take in their wealth and position that you in 2015, publicly announced her gender transition
can’t help wondering if she intends them as satire. in an interview with Vanity Fair, with a cover
In this case it would probably be safe to assume portrait by Annie. More than simply shooting
she did. She hesitates when asked about when, a portrait, Annie says she “felt like I was on a
where, or even if, she will photograph Trump as mission” to help Caitlyn decide how she should
president – a hesitancy that suggests that, for present herself to the world. “It had nothing to do
Annie, notwithstanding her sense of duty, this with the magazine cover or anything. She was so
is as much a question of ethics as opportunity. raw. [The writer] Fran Lebowitz said an amazing
Contemplating the transformative possibilities thing: with everything it involves, you can’t really
of Annie’s portraits, Graydon Carter, be a woman unless you start at 12.
the former editor of Vanity Fair, once It’s an acquired thing. So imagine,
spoke of her uncanny ability “to make “ I like to like you’re right on the doorstep of
boring white men who have desk
jobs look epic”. “I’m not an edgy people ... as I get this; you’re coming out, literally,
metaphorically, whatever, and she
photographer,” she says. “In some
ways I wish I was, and think I should
older, I like people was trying to sort out her look.”
Left to her own devices, Annie
be tougher and have a more critical
eye. But I like to like people, and as I
to look as good says, Caitlyn would have looked “like
a drag queen. I had to really keep it
get older, I like people to look as good
as they can. I believe in the soul, and
as they can.” back. Just keeping her hair closer to
her head – a simple thing like that.
allowing the person to present themselves. She wanted a big do. We had pictures of Lauren
What they want to present to the camera is really Bacall, Angelina Jolie – thousands of pictures on
important to me, and I like to follow through for the wall. To me it could have gone any which
them, if I can. It’s hard to have your photograph way. I did have one idea that you should look at
taken. It’s a frightening experience for people the cover and you don’t know what movie star
because they have to sort of deal with themselves.” that is, and you’d have to take a second look to
There can be few of Annie’s subjects for whom realise it’s who it is. But really, the whole idea was
it was more frightening than Caitlyn – formerly to give her something that she could live with,
Bruce – Jenner, the Olympic athlete who famously, and I was really happy we could do that.” »

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The Jenner issue went on to become And in its own way it was a big influence
one of the biggest-selling in the history of on her, but I don’t think in the long run
Vanity Fair. Annie likens the attention and I could be the person she was hoping or
controversy her pictures attracted to that imagining I could be. She was just grander
around her portrait of a pregnant Demi and larger than me.” She pauses. “She was
Moore. “We were astonished. But I think just a really great person.”
it was kind of a beautiful thing. She And did she make Annie a better
[Caitlyn] opened up and dealt with person? She laughs. “I’m not too sure she
something that our society was just on the succeeded. Listen, she was a lot to live up
verge of trying to understand. It’s definitely to. I think when I stepped into it I thought
more complicated. We are not just men I had my own territory and she had her
and women; we have about five or six or territory; I think it was fine, but it got
seven different genders. It’s a kaleidoscope, harder as time went on ... And then she
who we are.” died. And that was hard. She didn’t die a
For 15 years, probably the most important Annie Leibovitz: nice death.”
relationship in Annie’s life was with Susan Sontag, Portraits Susan died of cancer in 2004. You must miss
the literary critic and one of America’s foremost 2005-2016, her terribly, I say. “What I miss about her right
public intellectuals, whom Annie met in 1989, published by now is that this time could have really used a
when she was sent to photograph her for her book Phaidon, is on voice like that. I remember things happening and
AIDS and Its Metaphors. Annie was 40; Susan, 56. sale now. she would say something that seemed completely
Annie once said a deeply revealing thing about right, and so obvious and that no one else had
their relationship: that if she was going to be really noticed. Her sense of timing and her sense
involved with Susan, she knew that she was going of observation – I miss all that.”
to have to be “better – be a better photographer, In 2009 Annie experienced well-publicised
be a better person”. financial trouble, after borrowing US$24 million
“That was a very conscious choice at the time,” against her three homes and portfolio, and
she says now, “that if Susan wanted to be involved defaulting on the loan. (She always had a
with me, I sort of knew what I was getting myself notoriously insouciant attitude to bookkeeping.)
into. I just didn’t have the ways and the means like But bankruptcy, as she observed at the time, “is
Susan. I didn’t have the intellect like Susan. I didn’t not death”. She refinanced the loans, selling her
know how I could keep up or even be with her. West Village house for US$28.5 million and
I remember going out to dinner with her the first “downsizing” to an US$11.25 million apartment
time. I read The New York Times from front to on the Upper West Side. “The best thing I ever
back and I sweated through my clothes, worrying did,” she now says. “You just have to move on.”
what to talk about. But she couldn’t have been Annie has no partner. She has three daughters,
more charming or put me more at ease.” one of 16, and 12-year-old twins, born by
In a sense, Susan was as much mentor as partner surrogate in 2005, five months after Susan’s
or friend. She broadened Annie’s horizons, death. Being a single mother is “pretty hard”. She
introduced her to new worlds. “The thing she pauses. “I think it is a two-man job, and I didn’t
insisted upon was that people experience things, quite take in what it meant to have help. I work
be in the world, that we travel – and we did. I was so much, but the girls are great. Going to school’s
still a very surface person, and she insisted on a full-time job and they work really hard during
depth, more depth. I did once ask her, give me 10 the school year. And I have a very wonderful
books to read. And she made a list. But I’m a very family – I’m one of six kids – so they have their
slow reader, a terrible reader. She would always uncles and aunts, and they all help out. They’ll
get pissed at me for that.” She laughs. “She once be fine, but I do wish I could be there more.”
said, ‘If I read that slow I wouldn’t read either.’” Could she see herself with a life partner?
Susan had written the collection of essays On “I don’t discount it, but I’m so busy. I was
Photography, one of the defining studies on the always running so fast that I never had a sense
meaning of the medium. Yet curiously, perhaps, that anyone liked me anyway.” She pauses.
it was a subject they rarely discussed. “She never “That’s a strange, strange thing to say, but do
really told me how to take a picture, although she you know what I mean? It would be interesting,
did once say to me, ‘Stop taking pictures of but I’m a handful. I can’t imagine anyone putting
© ANNIE LEIBOVITZ.

people in bed – just stop it! I don’t want to see up with me.” She strikes me, I say, as more
another bed!’ ” She laughs. “I think what she insecure than people might imagine. “Sshhh.”
loved was that I was engaged in popular culture She puts her finger to her lips and laughs. “It’s
and doing that work. It was entertaining to her. my secret.”AWW

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[ Humour ]

The face of the future


As she reluctantly embraces middle age, Amanda Blair makes peace with
war paint and, just like her grandmother did, begins ‘putting her face on’.

N
ew year, new me. Well, not are comfortable, but applying a wet, sticky
exactly a new me, just an substance to your face, then blending it so
enhanced version of me. you don’t look like Donald Trump isn’t.
Oh, don’t worry, I haven’t Sure, occasionally I’ve been required to
been surgically enhanced, temporarily make up with make-up ...
just cosmetically. bridesmaid duties, family portraits and,
At the tender age of [muffled muffled], I’ve ahem, my 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit
started wearing make-up. This has taken my Calendar shoot ... and I always feel like a
friends and family by surprise, as I’ve always drag queen ready to belt out Gloria Gaynor’s
prided myself on my fresh-faced approach. I Will Survive. And survive I have, make-up-
I’ve never worn make-up and felt sorry for less, until recently, when a different drag
people who don’t leave home without it. came into my life – middle age. I took a
My grandmother was one of these people. good hard look in the mirror and didn’t like
Often family excursions would suffer lengthy what was staring back at me: a tired, lined,
delays while we waited for Nan to emerge dehydrated, frumpy version of my former
from the bathroom, where she’d been “putting self. Goodbye sparkle and dewy freshness,
her face on”. Initially, I was confused by this,
as I didn’t know you could take your face off.
“ hello invisibility and meeting the eligibility
criteria for cheap caravan insurance. A
Nobody had bothered to inform me of this Initially, I conversation I had years ago with a beauty
biomechanical feat, so much of my sixth year
was spent trying to find the hidden hinges, so
was confused editor came to haunt me during my night-
time hot flushes. Apparently, when you age,
I could see what I’d look like without mine. by this, as I your facial features recede, so we can add
Eventually I got sick of the fruitless
investigation which resulted in nothing more
didn’t know that to our lists of reasons why ageing
ROCKS. Your face gets sucked back into
than irritated skin, and asked Nan to show you could your skull and you may end up looking like
me how she did it. We went into the
bathroom, where I perched nervously on the
take your Steven Tyler from Aerosmith. Nice.
So a touch of colour here, a bit of shading
step stool but Nan assured me it would be face off. there and Pot o’ Gloss over the whole bloody
over quickly. She reached into the mirrored
vanity for the Pond’s Cold Cream and ” lot might keep me ahead of the march of time.
Might make me feel more vibrant, more like
slathered it on with gay abandon, rubbing in Helen Mirren in the red bikini shots and less
a circular motion for what seemed like like, um, well, me. Taking a leaf from Nan’s
hours. Next the warmed flannel and the book, I bought just the bare necessities from

ILLUSTRATION BY GUSTAV DEJERT @ILLUSTRATIONROOM.COM.AU.


gentle swipe, and et voilà, nude Nan. the beauty bar and am light with my touch,
She put her war paint back on aware I’m being watched by my family for
as quickly as she removed it – powder, signs that I may have lost my mind. The
then some rouge, eyeshadow and husband has instructed the kids to call
finally her trademark tangerine him immediately if there is a code blue
lipstick. I asked her why, as – blue eyeshadow or mascara – as this
I thought she was just as would require an intervention. In the
beautiful without it. Because meantime, it doesn’t feel so
she felt “more comfortable”, bad to, sometimes, put your
she said and I’ve struggled best face forward. AWW
with that statement most of
my life. To me, make-up isn’t ABOUT THE WRITER
comfortable, Hush Puppies Amanda Blair lives in Adelaide
are comfortable, tracksuits with her four children and a
are comfortable, underpants husband she quite likes when
that come up over your waist she sees him.

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[Real life ]

Sally Fitzgibbons
The art of
healing
Sally’s top 10 health
and fitness tips

1
Be an early bird. Sally gets
up before sunrise for an “epic
Sally chooses
head start on the day” and
fresh fruit and
vegetables recommends getting going before
wherever the pressures of the day start.

2
possible over Consistency is key. Sally thinks
processed of her workouts, not as hard
foods. work, but as “me-time” and
“self-care”. That makes it a whole lot
easier to stick to a training routine.

3
Fuel up for the day. A healthy
breakfast gives your body the
best possible start to the day.
Some of Sally’s favourites include
avocado toast, chia pudding with
fruit and veggie omelettes.

4
Choose wholefoods over
processed foods. It’s the easiest
way to reduce sugar, salt,
saturated fats and refined carbs.

5
Eat a rainbow. Sally has fruits,
veggies and nuts on hand
during the day and she mostly
prepares evening meals from fresh,
seasonal ingredients. Eating from a
variety of food groups helps to keep
meals interesting and nutritious.

6
Hydrate – especially before and
after workouts. Our bodies are

I
t’s 10am and Sally Fitzgibbons a hat. That’s not everyone’s cup of made of 60 per cent water and
has been up since half-past four. tea and it puts a lot of strain on Australian guidelines suggest
She’s been for a run and a surf, relationships. It wasn’t about moving women drink around 2.1 litres of
devoured a bowl of homemade on to other people. It was about trying liquid per day. Sally chooses water,
bircher muesli and is sitting on to live our lives at the best possible herb tea and organic coconut water
her front veranda with a steaming cup capacity. It’s hard. It breaks my heart. over caffeinated or sugary drinks.
of herbal tea, watching waves crash It’s always going to hurt. There’s

7
Make time to relax.“It’s all about
against the headland and debriefing always going to be pain. It’s never easy having that quiet moment to
The Weekly on the ups and downs to part ways with someone you love.” process the day,” Sally says.
of 2017. She is all animation and After the break-up, Sally immersed

8
Before bed, Sally recommends
optimism and that contagious smile herself in the World Surfing League a thorough stretch. “Wherever
that seems never to crumple – even (WSL) tournament. In spite of a foot I go in the world, my fit ball
when it has every reason to. injury at Bells Beach, she shredded the comes with me,” she says. “A stretch
Sally is ripping into 2018 after one competition in the heats and entered before bed is the best way to
of the most challenging years of her the final rounds as favourite, on top of maintain flexibility.”
life. The 27-year-old pro surfer began the leader board. Then, out of the

9
Keep a diary where you reflect
last year with a split from her fiancé, blue, her luck changed at Maui. Sally
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEREMY SIMONS.

on the food you eat, exercise


NRL footballer Trent Merrin, brought was left on her board in the pouring you do and how those things
about in part by career pressures. rain, the ocean as flat as the Sargasso makes you feel. “It’s been key to
“Surfing is an incredible opportunity Sea and not a rideable wave in sight. balancing my diet,” Sally says.
but it turns your life upside down,” She was out of the competition

10
Get a good night’s sleep.
she admits. “You’re away eight before the quarterfinal, leaving fellow Our bodies and minds
months of the year and you’re Aussies Tyler Wright and Stephanie need sleep to recharge,
endlessly following swells and tides. Gilmore to take out first and second recover, repair and restore.
You’re dropping things at the drop of places in the WSL 2017. »

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“It was such a tough set of Sally was sports mad as a kid. on” and she felt “lethargic, lonely and
circumstances,” Sally says, and yes, Growing up on the south coast of isolated”. In desperation, she tried a
she’s still smiling. “There were a NSW, her backyard was the ocean and range of fad diets, which made her
couple of minutes remaining and I had even then she’d be up with the sun, tired, dizzy and angry with herself.
that vision in my head, like in the “sprinting to the surf and pretending Around this time a blood test
movies, where the wave comes and I was Layne Beachley”. She played showed Sally had an extreme allergy to
Fitzgibbons drops in. I really thought every sport on offer (soccer, athletics, dairy products. “When I thought about
it was going to happen, but it didn’t. touch football) and, for added it,” she says, “it just made sense. I’d
That’s the thing. I committed challenge, she’d race the school bus been napping after training sessions.
everything. I did my best all year. home. “Our house was five kilometres I felt heavy. I had a lot of cramping, a
I trained the hardest I could and from the school. In the afternoon, I’d lot of sharp pain. Sometimes, I’d feel
prepared. That’s just the situation throw my bag onto the bus and race it ill for no reason and throw up. So,
I was given.” to my stop.” She rarely lost. In 2007, I thought, well that’s a bit awkward
Surfing is like few other sports in she ran the 800 and the 1500-metre because I eat dairy a lot, with milk
that the track can on my muesli and
change radically
from one minute to “I want to encourage and in smoothies and
all that. It was an
the next. As former
world champion,
now surfing
inspire people to have a go.” adjustment but now
I don’t think twice
about it.”
commentator, Martin Potter, said: races at the Youth Olympics and The food allergy was the impetus
“She came into the event ranked brought home gold in both. for Sally to develop a personal
number one in the world, but the Sally grew up with a pretty relaxed, philosophy around nutrition and
waves just didn’t go her way … She’s a healthy approach to diet. Her parents fitness. She became conscious of food
true champion though. She’ll be back, served up simple, nutritious food at as fuel and of choosing the fuel her
bigger and stronger.” mealtimes but there were no hard and body liked best. “I think the message
She already is. Sally resumed fast rules. “My parents didn’t forbid in it all is that, when you take the time
training the day after that event, last me from eating sweets or junk food, to feed your body the right fuel and
December, running up and down hills so I’ve tried everything. I had fast food listen to it and have that awareness
in Maui, awake at first light to catch with my brothers on road trips and around it, everything runs better.”
those sunrise waves, and she hasn’t the vegemite-cheese sanga most days Last year, Sally created a health and
stopped since. She’s determined to for school lunch.” fitness app, All Australian Beach Body,
give Tyler and Stephanie a run for There have been times, however, and this year she’s followed up with a
the finish line again this year, and when she’s struggled with her health new book, Summer Fit All Year Round
she’s also back at work on the Sally and fitness. At 18, a back injury (published by Macmillan Australia).
Fitzgibbons Foundation’s quest to restricted her to minimal exercise and They combine the wisdom she’s gained
end childhood obesity. she remembers that “the weight crept in learning, not only to get along with

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her body, but to train it for peak “We’re both pretty busy,” she emotionally and competitively in
performance. It’s not a one-size-fits-all admits, “but I think that, when we’re something I love.”
diet and fitness regime. Sally believes both old grannies, we’ll still be surfing, And even after the events of the past
everyone is an individual and needs to taking our longboards down to the 12 months, Sally still believes pro-
take time to get to know the fuel and beach. That’s when we’ll be hanging surfing isn’t entirely incompatible with
exercise combination that works for out together.” a romantic life. “I’m like anyone else
them. She’s also conscious that, while Right now, Sally is preparing herself out there,” she says. “I don’t know
she’s paid to be at peak fitness, most mentally and emotionally for another what the universe has planned next.
of us have very different lifestyles. year on the pro-surfing circuit. I can’t predict whether another
“I’m extremely fortunate,” she “Surfing can be tough but I would relationship will work. I’d definitely
admits. “I’m 100 per cent on board never say, ‘oh, poor me’,” she insists. say that the environment I work in
with the realism of what’s going on in “I’d never think of it in terms of the adds strain, but you never know.
other people’s lives. I’m not living in sacrifices I make. Surfing gives me Maybe it’s just about meeting the right
dreamland, like, ‘The kids will be fine, an opportunity to see the world person at the right time in their lives
work will be fine – let’s go off for two and immerse myself physically and to come along for the ride.” AWW
hours and prepare a quinoa salad.’ I
think it’s important for everyone to
explore and discover what works for
them. When you learn for yourself and
choose to do something for yourself,
it’s more powerful and it sticks. You
can follow the meal and exercise plans
I recommend to a tee or you can get
inspired by them and try to develop a
relationship with food that’s relaxed
and healthy and natural – a bit like
when you throw an outfit on and
you’re not really trying but it looks
like the most awesome outfit ever.”
Sally’s fitness routine comes with a
life philosophy that, in the past 12
A food allergy was
months, has seen her through good the impetus for Sally
times and bad. “I try to live by my to develop a personal
values of determination, humility and philosophy around
respect for the ones around me,” she nutrition and fitness.
explains. “I never want to judge Since then, she has
people. I want to encourage and developed a health
app and written a
inspire people to have a go.
new fitness book.
“I try to live by those values
through all my experiences. And I
encourage other people to do that too.
Ask yourself what your philosophy is,
what your values are, what makes you
happy, so you can live your daily life
in keeping with that. If you wake up
every day and reinforce what the
positives are in your life, that becomes
contagious. De-cluttering your mental
space is also important, and getting
into a place where you know you’re
enough for you. Though I’m lucky
because I’ve managed to surround
myself with great people as well.”
World champ Tyler Wright lives just
500 metres from Sally but their
individual schedules are such they
don’t see much of each other at home.

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[ Astrology special ]

Your Stars
for 2018
The Weekly's new astrologer, Lilith Rocha, looks into the cosmos and predicts
exciting times for the year ahead. Find out what this means for you.
ILLUSTRATIONS ● CATHERINE CARDASCO

Signs of tthe times


The major planetary players for
2018 are sponta aneous Uranus in
show-me-th he-money Taurus and
strategy planet Saturn in structure-loving
Capricorn, with JJupiter in Scorpio
exploring deeper levels of emotional
intimacy. In all, it will
w be a year when
having a plan, creating new routines and
improving personal communications
are guarantee ed to bring you
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Taurus
Big picture
● Apr 22-May 21
The hottest news from the cosmic press is Uranus
moving mid-May into Taurus for your three-year transition to
a truer, more liberated you. Unsettling? Possibly. Exhilarating?
Absolutely. Same old, same old? No way. Concerns about what
others think lessen as life opens up a cornucopia of learning
curves which draw you into unknown territory, even if that’s just
a new way of looking at your local habitat. Get ready to channel
your inner outrageousness as you dare to wear, think and do
things differently – to explore where you’ve never been before.
Money matters The present planetary dance recommends
a more open-ended approach to alternative ways of earning
income, asking the question: is what you’re currently working at
what you really came here to do? Are you passionate about it?
Saturn in Capricorn could have you rethinking an old money-
making venture from a more current, contemporary angle.
Connections From intimate and committed to casual
and social, this year Uranus the rearranger is bent on
revamping relationships, which requires your willingness
to step off the comfort couch into a makeover of your regular
routines. If that’s luxury spending, try investigating simple
pleasures. Used to counting cents? Then lash out on special

Aries
Big picture
● Mar 21-Apr 21
Aries’ motivating planet, Mars, cruises at a more
events and relationship celebrations.
The inner you Taureans tend to trust the evidence of their
senses – what they can smell, hear, touch, eat and put in the
leisurely pace than usual this year. It’s your cue to slow down bank. But, as this year’s invisible energies make their presence
and specialise rather than spread yourself thin, to do fewer felt, delight yourself and surprise others by exploring something
things with greater finesse and achieve more with less effort. you normally wouldn’t, anything from an aromatherapy
As your naturally keen instincts and intuition deepen, you get to massage to an outdoor music recital to vegan cookery.
master the fine art of acting on inspiration rather than impulse. Food for thought “The Monks of Cool have a passing-out
Money matters Roll on May 2018, when Uranus, the test for a novice, who is taken into a room full of all types of
planet of surprises, finally exits its long stay in Aries to conjure clothing and asked: ‘Yo, my son, which of
up money magic in your zone of income and cash flow, these is the most stylish thing to
kicking off a seven-year surge of economic opportunity for wear?’ And the correct answer is,
entrepreneurial, creative, innovative thinkers – meaning, guess ‘Hey, whatever I select’.”
who? Pair this with a powerful planetary push in your house of Terry Pratchett,
professional success, and voilà! Time to roll out the welcome Taurean, author.
mat for a brand new prosperity cycle.
Connections After some flux and adjustment to social
networks, when retro Mars in your friendship sector culls what’s
no longer a supportive fit, Venus is at her most nourishing in
the last half of 2018 for love and romance, new or enduring. Her
price? The co-words co-operation and compromise, quite the
challenge for I’ll-do-it-my-way Rams. But adopt new strategies
for anger management, temper control, conflict resolution and
peaceful negotiation, and watch relationships blossom.
The inner you Integrating the life-changing experiences
and insights of Uranus’ seven-year stay in your sign brings
increasing inner reconciliation. As you develop fresh skills and
rediscover old talents, the creativity and happiness sector of
your chart is this year’s most vibrant and lively. Maintain its
radiant sparkle with regular rituals to keep joy alive, some
with people you love, others just for you.
Food for thought “If you don’t like something, change it.
If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
Maya Angelou, Aries, writer and activist.

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Cancer
Big picture
● Jun 23-Jul 23
Uranus brings a delicious fizz to your social
life, while Jupiter’s once-in-12-years visit to the Cancerian joy
division expands your involvement with groups, community
organisations and institutions. It has all the makings of an
enjoyably transformative year, so it’s worth exploring whatever
sets your antennae quivering, however offbeat. If you want
to study, travel, acquire new skills or work on behalf of
political refugees, do it. Trust your impeccable instincts.
Money matters Early year attention to revising and
reworking your financial scenario to suit current circumstances
will put you in a prime position to ride later waves of
opportunity heading your way. Even if you don’t have scads
of actual cash to splash, this year still opens doors, grants
favours and ensures economic support when it’s needed.
Connections Saturn arriving for a three-year stay in
your house of relationships brings inevitable tests and
challenges in personal interactions, possibly even a revolution
in partnerships. Before you start hyperventilating, this is
a good thing. The Crab clan is naturally self-protective,

Gemini
Big picture
● May22-Jun 22
You’ll be happy to hear this is your year for
but this year honesty’s your best defence, so surrender to
change, seize the day and take that courageous leap of faith
with those you care about.
getting clear, for streamlining, decluttering and upgrading. The inner you As Mercury compels you to be more open
Replacing old habits with shiny new ones. Being more and receptive, Jupiter and Uranus mastermind a brilliant
Mercury-mobile and less location-dependent. For really breakthrough from caterpillar you to confident butterfly you,
hearing Jupiter in Scorpio’s insistence that what you have for which taking time alone with your soul source is imperative
to offer can make a difference in people’s lives. this year. Create a private sanctuary to cocoon and commune
Money matters Taskmaster Saturn joining Pluto with the knowledge that your real wealth lies in kindness,
in Capricorn for a three-year overhaul of your economic generosity and the reliable guidance of your inner compass.
sector kicks this year off with a financial reality check of what Food for thought “Pronoia is the antidote for paranoia.
you own, what you earn and what you owe. Restructuring It’s the understanding that the universe is fundamentally
spending into a cost-effective plan will help you to navigate friendly. It’s a mode of training your senses and intellect
fluctuating money markets, and also buff up your appeal so you’re able to perceive the fact that life always gives
to lucrative professional alliances, because it takes a team you exactly what you need, exactly when you need it.”
to make this year’s dream work. Rob Brezsny, Cancerian, astrologer.
Connections Partnerships are this year’s power point,
as Uranus is busy replacing associations you’ve outgrown
and need less of with a vibrant new network you know you
want to see more of. As relationships change and mature,
a focus on being more accepting and appreciative of loved
ones at home could make your domestic scene the most
enjoyable it’s been in years.
The inner you With Jupiter’s once-in-12-years visit to
your interior landscape, Inner Twin will be having a much
bigger say in your life, which may take the form of questioning
certain things you’ve always believed. And, while it takes
courage, coming to terms with your past and bidding
adiós to the Gemini selves you’ve outgrown will be your
most liberating achievement this year. Your health needs
nourishing, nurturing and maintenance too, so don’t put off
checks and treatment till the last minute.
Food for thought “Our most basic common link is
that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air.
We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”
John F. Kennedy, Gemini, US President.
Leo ● Jul 24-Aug 23
Big picture This year invites exciting new adventures, as
Mars executes a triple-pass over your zodiac zone of past
karma to finalise what’s reached its use-by date. Jupiter
highlighting your home life suggests a closing chapter and
domestic upgrade: either expansion to a larger cat empire,
or a move to the new living situation you’ve been looking for.
Money matters Your extravagant nature doesn’t make
money management easy, and with Jupiter the planet of
bigger, better and more expensive egging you on, it doesn’t
get any easier. But, despite budgeting not being your thing,
this year Saturn does the math on what you spend, what you
lend and what you end up with. And, with Uranus from midyear
on in your career zone, many Lions step up to a new success
cycle of entrepreneurial activity.
Connections As Mars makes an extended five-month tour of
your relationship zone with significant turning points at January
and August eclipses, heavenly tricksters Jupiter and Uranus
conspire to throw life’s pieces up in the air and reassemble your
personal jigsaw in this year’s fabulous new pattern. And all your
majesty’s partnerships take a royal stride forward.
The inner you Leos are born to stand out, not fit in. But you
Virgo
Big picture
● Aug 24-Sep 23
Virgo’s ruler, Mercury, spends most of the year
also need the balance of time away from the spotlight, giving in inspiring fire signs, while mysterious, seductive Neptune
yourself the recognition and approval you expect from others. blesses you with suitably fluid moves for handling bureaucratic
“Getting to know you, getting to know all about you” is the snafus and tricky interactions. This year’s planetary emphasis
theme song of this year, shining light on aspects of your current in the lower half of your chart suggests you’ll be reshaping and
situation that mightn’t be as right for you as they once were, on refining (one of your favourite words) the way you perceive,
roles that no longer fit and aren’t worth replaying, on precisely operate and communicate.
what it is you’d like more of. And less. Money matters As this year brings more of the financial
Food for thought “Whenever you’re wrong, admit it. downturns that seem to be the new normal, other signs may
Whenever you’re right, shut up.” Ogden Nash, Leo, poet. struggle but budget balancing’s a Virgo birthright. With the
planet of discipline in your banking sector, you’ll do more
with less and make belt-tightening look like the latest fashion
statement. But it’s still absolutely worthwhile investing in
your professional presentation and also lavishing the
occasional windfall on something wonderful, just to keep
endorphins oiled and pleasure centres lubricated.
Connections With Saturn in your happiness sector busy
rearranging schedules, the more open and authentic you are,
warts and all, the more positive personal attention comes
your way in 2018. It is a peak year for reaching out and joining
groups, with plentiful benefits accruing from networking
referrals and recommendations.
The inner you Begin by reviewing the past 12 months.
Give yourself credit. Forgive mistakes. Promise you’ll celebrate
your flaws. You love a plan, a to-do list, an agenda, but this year
also requires flexibility and suppleness: the ability to bend,
surrender to the flow, let go of wanting everything just so and
give yourself permission to do things you think you don’t have
time for. So send the inner critic on holidays more often, and
consider the wisdom of Virgo playwright Johann Goethe:
“One ought every day to hear a little song, read a good poem ...”
Food for thought “Wabi-sabi is the Japanese art of finding
beauty in imperfection. It reveres authenticity ... celebrates
cracks, embraces liver spots, rust and frayed edges.”
Tadao Ando, Virgo, architect.

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Libra
Big picture
● Sep24-Oct 23
The the inner segment of your horoscope is
heavily accented, so this year’s flavour is internal and personal,
focused on establishing a stable foundation for changing times.
This activates all manner of undiscovered talents, so prepare
yourself for a thrilling face-off between who you thought you
were and who you really are.
Money matters Jupiter’s abundant presence in your
money zone sizzles with multiple opportunities to improve
this year’s income stream. Joint ventures are auspicious, but
be judicious in your choice of partners and especially
discriminating about investments: check that they’re ethical.
On the question of whether or not to spend on deluxe must-
haves, you know you will, but you also know only too well
how retail overindulgence can be a buy now, cry later thing.
Connections Partnerships are Libra’s biggest growth area,
and for the past seven years Uranus has been shaking up your
relationship zone like a cosmic colonic. It’s been unsettling,
but admit it, aren’t you feeling cleaner and healthier? Now,
after an initial period of trial and error experimenting with new
security measures, you’ll find it easier to adjust relationship
weights and measures to a satisfying balance. Keeping
Scorpio
Big picture
● Oct 24-Nov 22
Dreams-come-true Jupiter, planet of wealth and
communications real rather than nice is key, plus seeing less abundance, rocks your sign once every 12 years and this is it.
of those who don’t gel with your current reality. You’ll have so much energy you might need to be tied down.
The inner you Inner space is teaming with all sorts of Or up, depending on your preference. With creativity off the
insights, answers, guidance and ah-ha moments, making quiet Richter, don’t hold back – except when Jupiter’s urging you
time more vital than ever to hear important thoughts jostling overboard into more and more: experiences, work, love, food,
for your attention through all the white noise of 21st-century recreationals. Then your challenge is moderation and restraint.
life – so that you can choose what you really love, not what you Thinking expansion, yes; overindulgence, no.
think you ought to. Or realise it’s time to say no to something Money matters Jupiter’s lucky touch makes this a lucrative
you’ve always gone along with in the past. year when even minimal efforts bring impressive results.
Food for thought “Let love pull us by the ears to school. Smart Scorps will, of course, take advantage of this golden
Let love tell us everything we need to know – and let it tell opportunity to build up a stash for times when the astral cash
us soon.” Rumi, Libran, poet. box is less bountiful. With a powerhouse of planets enhancing
your reputation as an organising dynamo, doors open with
magical synchronicity and you cruise smoothly through.
Connections With confidence-boosting Jupiter turning
you into an even more powerful love-magnet than usual,
relationships are on the move, ready or not. Be willing to
ditch old habits, because your likes, dislikes, needs and
preferences are changing, too. Involvement in community
causes or charities could be a surprising heart opener for you.
Or mentoring someone younger, and absolutely by sharing
more of your private world.
The inner you As Jupiter opens you up to a once-in-12-
years flourish of soul growth, get ready to surrender
old versions of yourself to the latest upgrade. Expect
mini-epiphanies. Mars making a rare five-month pass
through your sector of past history offers healing release
through forgiveness, freeing up your light-hearted side to
spark and sparkle. And you to enjoy more fun – even take
yourself less seriously.
Food for thought “Ignite the light and let it shine, It’s
always been inside of you and now it’s time to let it through.
’Cause baby you’re a firework. Come on, let your colours burst.”
Katy Perry, Scorpio, singer-songwriter.

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Capricorn
The big picture
● Dec 22-Jan 20
Your planetary ruler, Saturn, which takes
almost four decades to circumnavigate the zodiac, is in
Capricorn for the next three years dismantling some of your
old control structures. If this incurs a clash between traditional
and contemporary, expect a mini identity crisis en route to the
new you. Resistance will be futile. There’s really no option but
to go with the growth process and enjoy it. The best question
to ask yourself this year: what is it I don’t know, but need to?
Money matters While motivating Mars spends five months
stirring up your money zone, Capricorns still keep a tight rein
on the purse strings, doubling their money by folding it in
two and stashing it back in their wallets. You can already
stretch a dollar till it squeals, so you’ve got this year’s financial
front under iron control, riding the current economic tide
with signature style.
Connections Some friendships dwindle as new networks
evolve and fate takes a hand in moving you out of your
Capricorn comfort zone, asking for closure and completion

Sagittarius
Big picture
● Nov 23-Dec 21
Your boss planet Jupiter’s calling card in
with the past. Intimate relationships will be blessed by your
commitment to communicating more honestly and openly.
Loyalty’s important too – expect it to be tested.
Scorpio marks this as a year of intense self-awareness. The inner you Self-image is central to your life, so it’s
Startling revelations about the way you play the game of life important to recognise when that’s changing. New experiences
(shock horror! It’s not others, it’s your own beliefs that limit you) could be unexpectedly pleasurable this year if you let Venus
instil the necessary clarity for weathering this year’s challenges. tickle your soft underbelly and blitz you with delicious
Balancing your natural attraction to risky adventure and instant opportunities to relax and explore your tender, receptive side.
results with patience and restraint mightn’t be easy, but it will New facets of your personal prism are ready to emerge, but
be rewarding. they need you available to engage with them by whiting out
Money matters Saturn doing a three-year stint in your to-do list non-priorities, cutting back on workloads, obligations,
money zone could make happy-go-lucky Sagittarians more responsibilities and social media. Good luck with that.
serious about stability and security. Actually getting down Food for thought “You special, miraculous, unrepeatable,
to the nitty-gritty basics of economic realities: pinpointing fragile, fearful, tender, lost, sparkling, ruby, emerald, jewel,
where you fritter funds on unnecessary spending, reshaping rainbow, splendour person. It’s up to you.”
investments which aren’t paying their way, making the positive Joan Baez, Capricorn, songwriter activist.
changes needed to set up a firmer financial future.
Connections This year behaves like the Indian deity Kali,
doing a pruning job on friends and associates no longer in
synch with who you’re becoming. Naturally you’re expected
to pull your weight by weeding out hangers-on who pick
your brains, drain your resources or exhaust your generosity;
the pay-off will be more authentic connections with members
of your true tribe. In intimate encounters, rather than cutting
straight to the chase, you might want to consider a slower,
more scenic, conversational route.
The inner you With your sector of rest and retreat being
strongly accented, this year turns your curious, questing
thirst for learning to exploring your inner world. The most
rewarding times will be in serene settings which feel like
personal sacred sites – alone. So start accepting fewer
invitations and paying more attention to your internal GPS
to prep for Jupiter’s late 2018 move into Sagittarius for your
once-every-12-years merry-go-whirl.
Food for thought “Let us not look back in anger or forward
in fear, but around in awareness.”
James Thurber, Sagittarian, cartoonist.

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Pisces
Big picture
● Feb 20-Mar 20
While Saturn settles the “Life Of Pisces” into
a relatively stable groove, Jupiter’s energy is expansive, so
take care not to enlarge what you don’t want by constantly
focusing on it. This year’s directive is crystal clear: go within
or do without – which in your case means listening to your
own impeccable intuitive guidance.
Money matters 2018 presents you with new and unusual
economic opportunities, which call for upgrading your asset
management. Like sensible spending, smart saving, stopping
up money leaks: all the financial housekeeping necessary
before Jupiter’s late year entry into your growth and abundance
zone. Dollars spent on career necessities won’t be wasted,
though, nor will time spent listening to advice and new ideas
about how to cash in on your particular skills and unique talents.
Connections While Mars and Jupiter offer passionate
stimulus packages, Saturn enhances your understanding of
boundaries, insisting on frankness in up close and personal

Aquarius
Big picture
● Jan 21-Feb 19
This year calls for innovation, a revolution in
relationships. And as this year’s Venus themes remove friends
no longer on your wavelength, rejigging your A-list with some
surprising new contenders, you’re likely to find that honesty
thought processes, rampant creativity and masses of lateral never felt so good.
problem solving – how spookily Aquarian is that? Alternative The inner you Mars barging through your house of
strategies, unusual solutions, communal projects? You’re so endings for five months on a declutter rampage, chucking inner
there. With two wake-up, shake-up eclipses in Aquarius and and outer junk, makes time to relax, unwind, debrief, download
charismatic Mars making an unusually long five-month and recharge essential this year, so that when wonderful
passage through your sign, this year your radical talents opportunities don’t present themselves dressed the way you
can’t help but shine. expect, you’ll be sufficiently refreshed to recognise which ones
Money matters While others struggle, typically contrary have your name on them.
Aquirk-ians are likely to flourish financially as luck-bringer Food for thought “Mechanical voices, radios, telephones
Jupiter is in your money sector for most of the year, ensuring take the place of human intimacies, and the concept of being
a steady, less erratic cash flow. Nobody’s sharper at spotting in touch with millions brings a greater and greater poverty in
opportunities than an Aquair-head, and this year’s auspicious intimacy and human vision … This is the illusion which might
Jupiter/Neptune alliance could trigger inspirational thinking cheat us of being in touch deeply with the one breathing next
about new ways of earning a living, or turn a worthy interest to us.” Anaïs Nin, Pisces, writer.
into a blossoming business.
Connections Eclipses in January and August reboot your
relationships with quantum leaps and thrilling breakthroughs:
so quintessentially Aquarian. Uranus beginning its once in a
lifetime seven-year cycle in your home zone sees you shimmying
free from past patterns and long-running soaps to be the wild
experimenter you are, inventing new romantic and social rituals.
Which benefit from asking questions, then remembering to
listen: loved ones need to feel heard. This year brings beaucoup
de visitors to the Aquasphere as you share ideas with ever
broadening audiences via the latest, up-to-datest cyber media.
The inner you Time out becomes increasingly important
this year to rest and replenish before re-engaging in life’s fray,
for keeping your energetic elastic supple enough to retract with
snap, then stretch again with maximum flex. When your ruling
planet Uranus changes signs in May, pause … reflect … assess.
Look back over the past seven years and acknowledge your
wins, adjust your goals, make peace with the past.
Food for thought “If you limit your actions in life to things
that nobody can possibly find fault with, you will not do much.”
Lewis Carroll, Aquarian, writer.
[ Family matters ]

A wardrobe of decisions
Pat McDermott, in need of new clothes for her wardrobe, is ready to hit
the sales, armed with her practical and informative fashion dictionary.

T
he master bedroom in our old daughter’s house to babysit, I often wear my
house had a wardrobe that ran “authentic” blue tracksuit pants.
the length of the wall on my Iconic: Clothing is linked to fame. A $340
side of the bed. For years, every white T-shirt, teamed with tight black pants
weekday morning, I’d hop up that make you look like Jackie Onassis, is
when the alarm went off, open the wardrobe iconic. It made me look like John Travolta
doors, then climb back into bed for a bit of in Grease.
a lie-in while I stared at my clothes. What to Edgy: This piece of clothing is for people
wear to work? who like cliffs and other precipitous places.
It is not for people like me. I stand well back.
● Not what I wore yesterday in case it looks
like I didn’t get home last night. Cue eye roll After I read the “fashionistas” dictionary,
from the MOTH (The Man of the House). I decided I didn’t need to revamp my
● Nothing that had a spot that couldn’t be
rubbed off with a damp face washer.
“ wardrobe. I just needed to clean it out.
I started by pulling out the plastic dry-cleaning
● Nothing with a hole or from my size 12 What better bags full of clothes. I found the outfits I’d
period which, to be fair, only lasted for
two weeks.
time than worn to my children’s weddings.
Here’s the hot pink suit, the silver gown,
● Not the polka dot jacket I love because January, the deep blue and white dress, the jackets
it’s having a strobe-like effect on one of
my workmates.
the month with the ruffles at the neck. I thought back
to all the anxious plans and the most simple
we all go

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● Nor the black suit I wear to funerals of all requests – that everything go smoothly
because I’m bound to drip yoghurt on it and
someone will die while it’s at the dry cleaners.
broke saving and be perfect. Forever.
But there’s other stuff hanging in the
You’d be surprised how often this happens. money in wardrobe, too. It’s at the back where it’s
● Nothing that needs ironing, which rules
out the rest.
the sales. hard to reach. There’s a pile of outdated ideas
that could easily be discarded and a big bag

Now we’ve moved into a new apartment


” of decisions I’ve been putting off making.
In the far corner I can see a friendship that
with a wardrobe cleverly hidden behind needs repairing, and an exercise plan I was
floor to ceiling mirrors. I need new stuff and going to start last year is still on a hanger
what better time than January, the month at the back.
we all go broke saving money in the sales. What’s taking up most of the space is a big
I needed to understand some important box of advice I’ve been planning to give my
fashion terms before I set out for the shops. children. But when I finally sifted through it
there didn’t turn out to be as many
Authentic: Clothing with an honest suggestions as I thought.
“working class” vibe and/or an ● Be careful with money but not too careful.
indigenous, rural “starving artist” ● Don’t put things off.
look. A $600 pair of pre-ripped jeans ● Be kind.
is a good example. I have ancient ● See the world and the dentist regularly.
blue tracksuit pants that date back to As for me, if I get rid of some old ideas and
when Ruff Red was a baby. They have that bag of decisions that need to be made,
a very authentic stain on the knee. All I’ll have room for new shoes. In January,
these years later I still wonder what it is. when everything’s possible, dear readers,
Directional: This piece of I wish you all a Happy New Year. AWW
clothing is going somewhere.
Other pieces may follow. If To connect with Pat on Facebook, visit
I go somewhere, say to my www.facebook.com/PatMcDermottau.

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[ Fashion ]
Hansen & Gretel top,
0-4, $169. Akin Ginger
& Smart skirt, 6-16,
$275. My Island
Home bangle, $95
(worn throughout).
Posse bag, $69,
theposse.com.au.

Island
paradise

PHOTOGRAPHY ● NICK SCOTT


STYLING ● REBECCA RAC

HAIR AND MAKE-UP BY KRISTYAN LOW AND JASMIN LO.


THESE IMAGES HAVE BEEN RETOUCHED.

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Bec & Bridge dress
available from theiconic.
com.au, 6-12, $350. Michael
Hill bangle, $69 (worn
throughout). My Island
Home basket (small), $30.
Posse straw bag, $69,
theposse.com.

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Sir The Lable top,
0-3, $160, Stella
McCartney bodysuit
(worn underneath),
S-L, $134.95, and Nice
Martin pants, 6-12, $179.95.

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LEFT TO RIGHT: Ljji wears Marlow & Mae
blouse and bloomers, 0000-3, $59.95,
marlow-and-mae.myshopify.com.
Sophia wears Sir The Label dress, 0-3,
$340, and My Island Home necklace
(worn as belt), $150. Alex wears Paris
Georgia hat, $320, Viktoria & Woods
top, 00-3, $190, and skirt, 00-3, $260.
Posse straw bag, $69, the posse.com.
My Island Home hat, $160.

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LEFT TO RIGHT: Sophia
wears Witchery shirt, 4-16,
$179.95, Billabong swim
top, 6-14, $39.99, Viktoria
& Woods pants, 0-3, $290,
The Vintage Clothing Shop
belt $59 and Country Road
sandals, 35-42, $99.95.
Alex wears Trenery dress,
4-16, $179, Seapia
one-piece swimsuit (worn
under dress), XS-L, $169,
and Michael Hill necklaces,
$239 each.

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RIGHT TO LEFT: Sophia
wears Sir The Lable top,
0-3, $160, Magali Pascal
pants, XS-L, $279 and
My Island Home hat, $160.
Ljji wears Marlow & Mae
jumpsuit, 3 months-3
years, $59.95. My Island
Home basket (small), $30.

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Sophia wears Marle dress, XS–L
$260, marle.co.nz, Pfeiffer top,
XS-L, $199 and Michael Hill necklace,
$239. My Island Home fan, $5.
OPPOSITE: Alex wears Witchery
shirt, 6-16, $119.95, Elka Collective
shorts, 6-14, $169 and Michael Hill
necklace, $239. Sophia wears Nice
Martin Dress, $210, 6-12, My Island
Home hat, $160, and Michael Hill
necklace, $239. My Island Home
fan, as before.

All prices are approximate. Items


available only online where
websites are quoted.

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1. My Island Home bag, $95. 2. Jasmin Sparrow clamshell earrings, $319, jasminsparrow.com. 3. Missoni hat, $378, matchesfashion.com.
4. Bec & Bridge x Pared Eyewear, $250. 5. Seed slides, 36-41, $79.95. 6. Viktoria & Woods dress, 00-3, $370. 7. Hansen & Gretel shorts, 0-3, $179.
8. Shashi earrings, $65.64, shopbop.com. 9. Sarah J. Curtis hat, $295. 10. Kayu clutch, $205, kayudesigns.com. 11. Stevie May shirt, XS-L, $160,
theiconic.com.au. 12. Palm Swimwear bikini top, 0-3, $82, and bottom, 0-3, $110.

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Summer
MELLOW
YELLOW
The colour of the
season in hues of
sunshine, marigold

essentials
and lemon brightens
any wardrobe.

Marks & Spencer


dress, 6-22, $63.
Splash out on clever seasonal wardrobe
updates for beach, barbecue and evening.

Sly Pony earrings,


$59.95.

Seed pants
6-14, $119.95.

Seapia
swimsuit,
$169.

Seed slides, 36-41, $89.95.

PADDLESUITS
Get into summer
watersports,
paddleboarding and
surfing, and look chic
while keeping
sun smart.

FROM LEFT:
The Upside
paddlesuit,
XS-XL, $249.
Tigerlilly
paddlesuit,
6-14, $210.

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[ Fashion workshop ]
By Charlotte
earrings, $169.

GOLDEN HOOPS
The statement earring is
a favourite for summer
parties, be they delicate
hoops or bold styles.
Cinquante earrings, $169.

Zara dress, S-L, $199.

IN THE
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TROPICS
Hawaiian prints in
the palest of pinks,
retro surf-style shirts,
and soft flowing
dresses in gorgeous Cotton On shirt, Big and
florals are just made XXS-XL, $24.95.
Forever New
earrings, $14.99. bold is very
for lazy days and on-trend and
romantic nights. gives an
exotic look.

WOVEN
WONDERS
Natural, handmade straw
bags are a summer staple, Landon bag, $165.
from small baskets to roomy
Seed bag, $49.95. totes, embellished with
tassels and pompoms.

Sophie Anderson bag, $237.

Seafolly bag, $99.95. Kayu Mini St Tropez bag, $85.95.

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Bold prints
in a similar
Camilla scarf, $249.
palette go
well together.
Malene Hocke scarf, $85.
SCARVES
The silk scarf is a great
piece to update simple
summer looks; layer it
around your neck, drape
over a swimsuit or wrap
it up for a chic turban.

Frankie Peach scarf, $110.

Suboo dress, 6-12, $199.


Victoria Beckham

Zara espadrille, 35-41, $89.95.

ESPADRILLES
Summer sandals, slides and espadrilles are the
Viktoria & Woods, perfect partner to summer dresses and denim.
jumpsuit 00-3, $440.
Carrie Forbes
slides, 35-42, $277.

Seed slides, 36-41, $59.95.

STRIPED LINEN
Elka Collective
Linen is the ideal fabric
jumpsuit, 6-14, $189. for summer. Choose
from plain colours or Edward Meller shoes, 35-41, $235.
striped options; relaxed
styling looks best.

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The Aviator gets a feminine update,


with a vibrant rosy-hued lens and
metal frame. It’s perfect for summer.

Lesley Crawford SBS network stylist

NO HAT, NO PLAY
We’re spoiled for choice with straw
hats from a classic Panama to the chic
boater or a floppy brimmed sunhat.
COUNTER-CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP LEFT: Forever New Nadia hat, $34.99.
Ray-Ban Aviators, $240. Forever New Lola hat, $34.99. Sophie Anderson hat, $325. Seafolly hat,
79.95. Nerida Winter Johnny Be Good hat, $295.

Carla Zampatti X Specsavers,


2 pairs for $199.

Ray-Ban Hexagonal frames, $220.

Try off the


shoulder for
a relaxed
summer feel.

FLORAL DRESSES
A floral midi dress is an essential
in soft floaty fabrics that can be
transformed from relaxed daytime
to dressed-up with a coloured heel
for a summer garden party.
FROM LEFT: Zara dress, S-L, $119. Country
Road dress, 4-16, $229. M&S Collection,
6-22, $106. Country Road dress, 4-16, $229.

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[ Beauty ]

Age-proof
your hair From
hormones

W
hen it comes to the art of Other factors to consider if you’re already
ageing gracefully, skincare gets to hair seeing excessive hair shedding or thinning are
all the attention, but are we genetics or exposure to increased free radicals
forgetting about our hair?
loss, (the nasties that speed up the ageing process).
Environmental issues, hormone Kelsey “Twenty per cent of women in this age group
changes and lifestyle factors all contribute to the will suffer from some kind of hair loss,” says
deterioration of our hair health over the years.
Ferencak trichologist David Salinger, author of Guide To
The good news? It’s never too late to start reveals Hair Loss. “We see a lot more younger women
making a difference. We quizzed a range of how to affected now than thirty or forty years ago.
experts on how to counter the ravages of time Free radicals cause the white blood cells to attack
and restore your strands to their former glory. protect the hair follicle, which causes inflammation and
and a reduction in hair growth.”

s
To limit damage, try minimising heat styling
prevent and colouring, and adding a supplement to your
your regime. “The best way to deal with free radicals
is by taking antioxidants like vitamins A, C and
strands E to neutralise them,” says David. But, if you’re
from concerned about dramatic hair changes, he
recommends visiting your GP or a trichologist.
30s ageing,
whatever Style file
“In your twenties you should be experimenting
Now is the time to think about protection and your life with different colours and lengths,” says celebrity
prevention as, according to hair supplement
manufacturer Viviscal’s Senior Brand Manager stage. hair stylist Anthony Nader, owner of RAW Salon.
“By your thirties you should know what length
Helen Feeney, this is when your hair follicles
and colours suit you.” If you’re not sure, stick to a
are at their peak. “In our twenties and thirties we
more vibrant shade of your natural colour and a
typically have 615 follicles per square centimetre,”
chic lob, that way you’ll be on trend and refined. »
she explains. “That number falls to 485 by the
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time we’re fifty and to 435 by eighty.” TOOL


When it comes to age-proofing your hair, BOX 1. Swisse Ultiboost Age Protect, $29.99.
lifestyle and styling habits play a huge part. “In Rich in antioxidants and vitamins, this
your twenties, you’re more likely to experiment supplement fights free radical damage.
with things like yo-yo dieting or smoking, both 1 2. KMS Thermashape Hot Flex Spray,
of which diminish the level of Vitamin B, an 3 $33.95. Protects hair from heat damage
essential element for hair health,” says Helen. and breakage caused by styling.
“Stress and contraception can also have an effect, 3. 3More Inches Life Saver Leave-In
but the root causes of hair damage at this age are 2 Styling Treatment, $36. Strengthens
things like colouring, heat styling and braiding.” and provides UV protection.

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“Stick to a
more vibrant
shade of
your natural
colour.”
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4 s 50s
By your late 30s, the ageing process is in
full swing and you’ll notice greying,
thinning and perhaps a change in hair
texture. Post-pregnancy hormones can
also contribute, says Helen. “Post-partum
hair loss affects about 50 per cent of
women. However, it’s usually temporary
and reverses itself in time.” The most
common hair issue is female pattern hair
loss (FPHL). On average we shed about
150 hairs per day but as we age, our hair
becomes less dense, the growth rate slows
and your scalp may be more visible.
If you’re concerned about FPHL, David
suggests looking for thinning in the front
and top area of the scalp, or a “burning”
sensation. “A lot of women, particularly
if they are thinning on top, complain that
their scalp is really sensitive,” he says.
“This can be due to genetics, hormones
or as simple as low levels of iron storage.”
A blood test to determine any deficiencies,

“To give the illusion of fuller locks, go for highlights in


complementary hues rather than one flat colour.”
or an adjustment in sex hormones – to reduce or and require less maintenance. You’ll also want
counteract testosterone levels – can help. to add dimension to your hair as it will start to
As hair loses melanin (the pigment responsible thin out. To give the illusion of fuller locks, go
for hair colour), it can result in strands turning wiry for highlights or complementary hues rather than
and coarse, and where it used to be straight, it may one flat colour,” he says. “They’re also great for
be wavy. “It’s common for women approaching or dealing with greys as they allow for your hair
going through menopause for hair to go wavy,” says TOOL to grow out naturally with subtle hints of grey
David. “Drier hair can be due to external factors BOX rather than a big block of regrowth.”
like too much sun or over-drying, but can also stem
from nutritional deficiencies such as vitamin D 1
1. Nth Degree Brightening Purple Sage
and essential fatty acids, or thyroid issues.” and Silk Protein Shampoo, $23.95.
Gives dull-looking hair a glossy lift.
Style file 2. Pantene Pro-V Long & Strong
Your 40s and 50s should be about tweaking and Conditioner, $6.99.
Conditions brittle hair and keeps longer
highlights. “There’s no reason for you to stay the
locks looking strong and lustrous.
same colour you’ve been for two decades,” says
3. Matrix Total Results Mega Sleek
Anthony. “Your complexion will change dramatically Mega Varnish High Shine Serum, $25.
between your thirties and forties, so adding some Adds shine and polish post-wash.
lightness around your hairline will soften your face 2 3

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60s
Medication and the after effects of menopause
are most likely the culprits behind hair concerns
such as greying, thinning and brittleness come
your 60s. The best approach at this life stage is
luscious, no matter your age. David also suggests
trying health supplements containing a mix of
vitamins and minerals. “The three main ones are
zinc, iron and vitamin D, which is very protective
of the hair,” he says. “Then, supplements with
antioxidants and calcium as people who are low
in vitamin D are often low in calcium, so they
pair together well.”
Be mindful, too, of the side effects of some
to embrace your silver strands, eat healthily and prescription medications, as these may be the
enjoy a balanced lifestyle, but there are a few root cause of hair damage, too.
other things you should be wary of.
Hormonal changes associated with menopause Style file
can affect the healthy hair growth cycle, but high When it comes to colour, Anthony has one piece
blood pressure and genetics may also be to blame. of great advice. “Don’t ever mask your natural
“Nowadays, genetic hair loss affects about 50 colour 100 per cent as it will look artificial,”
per cent of women by the time of menopause, he says. “If you want to stay blonde, go for
whereas it used to be around 15 per cent,” says heavy highlights and steer away from darker
David. “There is a link between genetic hair loss, colours as they can make your complexion
heart problems, high blood pressure and sugar look ruddy and under the weather.” AWW
intake. For those with thinning hair and hair loss, TOOL
there is more chance they’ll suffer blood pressure BOX 1. Viviscal Maximum Strength Dietary
problems, with the common denominator being Hair Growth Supplement, $69.95.
fructose, as it creates inflammation in the body, Supports a healthy hair growth cycle.
which also causes a reduction in hair growth.” 1 2. Herbal Essences Bio:Renew
David advises cutting refined sugar from your Rosemary & Herbs Shampoo and
Conditioner, $11.99 each.
diet and introducing oral anti-inflammatories,
Anti-inflammatory rosemary and aloe.
such as fish oil supplements. Hair products 2
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3. De Lorenzo Novasemi, $21.95.


containing anti-inflammatory ingredients like Add vibrancy and skip a salon visit
rosemary oil, chamomile and aloe vera, and a with a coloured hair mousse like this.
diet packed with protein will also help locks stay 3

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[ What’s new ]

Beauty
news
This way for sun-kissed
skin and healthy hair
with Stefani Zupanoska.

Soft touch
Designed for newborns and
babies with sensitive skin, this
gentle soap-free body wash
will leave bub’s skin cleansed MUST
and moisturised. The soothing TRY
Luscious locks
nappy cream, packed with Fight hair loss and thinning hair
aloe vera, avocado oil and Lullaby
with Roots Hair Growth Shampoo
Soothing Nappy
vitamin E, reduce ness and Conditioner, $19.95 each, and
Cream (far left) ,
$30, and Intensive Spray, $24.95. Packed
and protectss icate eas. with hero ingredient Procapil,
Calming Body
Wash, $28. it promises to stimulate hair
growth with every wash.
2
New Editor’s picks
1. Equal B
Beauty Super Serum, 30ml, $99.95.
Revive u ur skin with this super serum, designed to help
sustain h ration and achieve a more even skin tone.
2. Equal Beauuty Moisture Eye Veil, $109.95 for a pack of 5.
1 Features hydrranti-puff and AQ3 elements that work to

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reliev uffiness and reduce the appearance of
3
e lines around the eyes.
3. Equal Beauty Cleansing Cloth, $49.95 for a
pack of 30 pieces.
Infused with hydra glow, these cleansing cloth
pads condition skin while sweeping away dirt.

Max Factor Crème Bronzer, $21.95.


With baked minerals and ultra-light micronized
pigments to give skin a natural sun-kissed glow. Time to shine
Fenty Beauty Match Stix
Shimmer Skinstick, $37.
Apply this cream-to-powder
shimmer formula after your
foundation to illuminate skin.

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[ The Pretty List ]

Stefani Zupanoska celebrates


citrus with her favourite 2

fragrant finds.

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10

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1. Byron Bay Coconut Lime Soy Candle, $15. 2. Fenty Beauty by Rhianna Killlawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife, $50. 3. Molton Brown
Bushukan Eau De Toilette, 50ml, $88. 4. Youth to the People Age Prevention Firm and Brighten Serum, 30ml, $83. 5. OGX Sunkissed Blonde Lemon
Highlights Shampoo, 385ml, $17.99. 6. Jurlique Refreshing Citrus Body Lotion, 300ml, $49. 7. Le Labo Shower Gel in Mandarin, 250ml, $35.
8. June Jacobs Mandarin Moisture Masque, 120ml, $75. 9. L’Occitane En Provence Immortelle Divine Cleansing Balm, 65g, $65.
10. Penhaligon’s Quercus Cologne, 100ml, $229. 11. Davines Dede Leave-In-Mist, 250ml, $38.95.

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[ Wellbeing ]

How to be
FEARLESS
Lorna Jane Clarkson reveals how she maintains a healthy, positive
outlook, no matter how busy she gets running a global business.

2
I
’m constantly telling myself to be fearless Ask yourself: what are you really
but when I stop and really think about it, worried about …
no matter how many times I practise my When I’m faced with something I fear,
“Wonder Woman” pose – I still have serious I have learnt to ask myself “What am I truly
doubts being fearless is even possible. worried about, deep down?” If I can, I work
Maybe what is possible is using fear to channel out what’s holding me back and what the worst
my energy in a more positive way to overcome it. possible outcome could be. It allows me to put
Maybe what I actually need is a little bit of everything in perspective and make the best
conquered fear in order to be fearless. And, possible decision.
maybe, learning how to harness my fear is the

3
most fearless I can expect to become. Plan for failure if it should
Too often we allow fear, worry and self-doubt happen ...
to dominate and define our lives. Write down the worst possible outcome of
We let it steal our opportunities, our facing your fear and then come up with an action
confidence, our happiness and our precious plan to overcome it just in case. Think of the
dreams. We allow our fears to take hold of us, worst-case scenario but don’t let it rule your
stop us in our tracks and paralyse us. decision to be fearless.
But what would you do if you didn’t have fear?

4
Would you climb a mountain or launch your Change your thinking …
own website? No matter how big or small, it’s Create an irresistible, compelling and
important to recognise that the fear that’s stopping pleasurable reason to face your fears.
you is just a feeling – a story that you have created If you don’t, then you’ll come up with an
in your head about what could possibly happen – excuse not to face them every single time.
but that made-up story is not real!

5
Finding courage and taking risks isn’t easy Adopt a daring mindset ...
(for anyone) but it’s exactly what needs to Don’t give time, attention or energy to
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happen in order to move forward and do great fear – take a deep breath and go for it.
things with your life. More often than not you will be surprised to
So how can we become more confident? Push find that it wasn’t that bad after all.
doubt to the side and become a little more fearless? Facing your fears is about letting courage
and confidence sit in the driver’s seat.

1
Recognise that fear is just a Like everything else, the more you do it,
feeling ... the easier it becomes and the faster you
Unless what we fear is literally life-threatening, This is an edited will be able to drive. Yes, it will be scary
then fear is just a story that we have created in extract from Love every single time and you won’t always be
our minds about what might happen. And even You by Lorna Jane sure that you are doing the right thing, but
though we need to listen to our fears, we should Clarkson, $39.99. one thing that I know from personal
also be reminded that most of our fears are Visit lornajane. experience is that nobody ever overcame
wasted worries that never actually take place. com.au. fear without facing it. AWW

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“The fear that
is stopping
you is just
a feeling.”

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Health news
Sheree Mutton reveals the latest medical research
to help u sta fitte
er and healthier for longer.

Did you know?


Just one hour of exercise
a week can help prevent
depression, says a new
study led by the Black
Dog Institute. About one EARLY BABIES COULD
SUFFER POOR FITNESS
million Australians have Babies who are born even just a few
depression, and one in weeks early are more likely to have
poor physical fitness throughout life,
five Australians aged 16-85
new research has found. Associate
experience a mental Professor Isabel Ferreira from
illness in any year. The University of Queensland said
babies delivered between 37 and 38
weeks had a 57 per cent increased
risk of poor cardiorespiratory fitness
compared to those born at 39 to 42
weeks. Dr Ferreira said mothers could
be deterred from having scheduled
caesarean sections or induced
labour without a medical reason.

British researchers from Queen Mary University of London have


found that taking vitamin D supplements could help those suffering
from asthma. Trials suggest it could lead to a 50 per cent drop in the
number of asthmatics being admitted to hospital due to an asthma
attack. Speak to your doctor about an asthma management plan.
WE’RE
LIVING
LONGER 84.6 YEARS EAT A HEALT
BREAKFAST
THY
is the average life expectancy New research out
of an Australian n woman born of Spain has found d
that those who
in 2016, up one year from regularly skip
2006, ac ccording to the breakfast may
Global Burd den of Disease be significantly
increasing their rissk of
study. An Australian male
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use of
heart attack because
born in 20016 can expect plaque in their arteries. They also
to live
e 80.5 years, an had the biggest body mass index.
increa ase of 1.6 years .
[ Medical Q&A ]

Ask the doctor


Professor Kerryn Phelps answers readers’ questions on unexplained tension
headaches, uterine prolapse, acne and more, plus reports on sun safety.

Q
I’m a 40-year-old non-smoker and have her dentist, dermatologist and doctor. It causes
been suffering from persistent tension no pain. How should we treat it? M.P., Vic.
headaches for a month now. I’ve had my Lichen planus is an autoimmune condition
eyes checked and my vision is fine. The tense affecting the soft tissues of the mouth, causing
ache is interfering with my work, and I feel as if white patches, red swollen patches and open
I’m having trouble with my short-term memory. sores. She should be checked for coeliac disease,
What could be behind this? F.A., Tas. and a gluten-free diet may help. Treatment
Your GP will check you for high blood pressure depends on the severity of the condition and
and other possible causes. Investigations may the symptoms. If she is not in any pain then
include brain MRI. Then it would be worth she may be able to manage it with good oral
seeing a physiotherapist who specialises in hygiene, avoiding spicy or salty foods and
neck and spinal problems to assess you for avoiding stress.
cervicogenic (neck-related) headache.

Q
My 18-year-old son had very bad acne

Q
I have developed a uterine prolapse for several years. It is clearing up,
which has not caused me any discomfort but he has been left with scars. There
yet, but I would like to know whether seem to be so many treatment options for
I should have an operation. I am 69 years old acne scarring – which treatment to you
and have never needed to go to hospital, recommend and why? B.T., Vic.
apart from when I delivered my children. I am I would seek the advice of a specialist cosmetic
otherwise in perfect health. H.S., NSW. dermatologist. Depending on his skin type
If the prolapse is not causing any discomfort and the degree and type of scarring, they
or urinary symptoms, it does not need surgery. have procedures such as laser resurfacing,
Pelvic floor exercises can be taught by a pelvic radio frequency needling and other
floor physiotherapist. If it does start to bother needling techniques.
you, there are conservative treatments such as a

Q
fitted vaginal ring pessary which you could try. I have been taking the Pill since I was
a teenager and have always had regular

Q
I’m 82 and have been taking cortisone menstrual cycles. (No children, yet.)
to alleviate pain from a combination of My most recent/current period has lasted
arthritis and polymyalgia. I’ve had to for 10 days so far – much longer than I have
come off the cortisone in preparation for ever experienced. Other than this unusual
surgery. I feel better in many ways without the length, I have no other symptoms. Do I need
cortisone but I am in an immense amount of pain to worry? L.P., Qld.
(shoulders, knees, hips, hands, back). Do you The abnormal bleeding pattern may be a side
have any pain-relief suggestions that don’t effect of the Pill, but you need to see your GP,
involve cortisone or opiates? Z.K., WA. who will examine you, do a Pap smear and may
If you have the condition called polymyalgia HAVE A QUESTION? arrange a pelvic ultrasound to exclude causes
rheumatica, you will get a return of pain if If you have a question for of bleeding which need to be diagnosed and
you cease cortisone abruptly. You can try Professor Kerryn Phelps, treated, such as an endocervical polyp.
natural therapies such as turmeric, fish oil and write to: Ask The Doctor,
magnesium. Regular gentle exercise is important. GPO Box 4178, Sydney,
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However, it may be that you need to continue


with cortisone after your surgery and then very
gradually reduce it to a point where you are on
NSW 2001 or email
openline@bauer-media.
com.au. Letters cannot
Stay sun smart
Australians are being urged to slip, slop, slap,
the smallest effective dose. be answered personally. seek shade and slide on sunglasses, amid
See the Contents page in concerns that sun protection behaviours

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My mother has non-erosive lichen planus this issue for the location overall don’t seem to be improving. Sunscreen
(purplish, itchy flat-topped bumps) and of Bauer Media Limited’s is not a suit of armour, experts warn.
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GROW
BOLD!
What does it
mean for Dee?
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with grace and a stuff. She loves being a little
refined sense of larger than life. She keeps
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older is often one of life’s most and talking to people, going
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couldn’t be happier, healthier or bingo,” says Dee, an enthusiastic
more satisfying. The secret, says exponent of growing BOLD who
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of mind. who she really is.
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old. If you’re unhappy, you BOLD and stay young, then live
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Summer salad of peaches


and blueberries, and (left)
Cauliflower and parsley salad.
For recipes, see page 128.
[ Bring a plate ]
FOOD PREPARATION BY NICK BANBURY.

Brown rice salad


with pumpkin.
For recipe, see page 128.

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“To take this salad
to the next level,
top it with chunks
of avocado.”

Corn and mixed bean salad

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Corn and mixed bean salad 2 tablespoons cider vinegar whisk until pale and creamy. Slowly
SERVES 8 PREP AND COOK TIME 25 MINUTES 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil add the oil, whisking constantly, until
2 large (400g) brown onions, sliced thinly the mayonnaise is thick and creamy.
¼ cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil 8 slices prosciutto Stir in mustard; season to taste with salt.
2 medium (340g) red onions, sliced finely ½ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves only 3 Preheat oven grill to high and line a
2 cloves garlic, chopped finely ⅓ cup fresh dill sprigs baking tray with baking paper. Heat
1½ teaspoons ground cumin ⅓ cup loosely packed mint leaves a frying pan over a medium heat;
2 medium (400g) red capsicum, diced MAYONNAISE add the olive oil and onions; cook for
roughly 1 egg yolk 15- 20 minutes, turning occasionally
4 cobs corn, kernels removed 1 tablespoon lemon juice until golden brown colour.
200g green beans, trimmed and ¾ cup (180 ml) grapeseed oil 4 Place prosciutto slices in a single layer
chopped 1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard on the lined tray; grill until golden brown
400g canned black beans, rinsed and crispy, turning over half way through.
and drained 1 Place potatoes in a large saucepan of 5 Add half the mayonnaise, half the
2 tablespoons lime juice salted cold water. Bring to the boil; reduce herbs and half the onions; toss gently
100g rocket leaves heat and simmer for about 15-20 minutes to combine and transfer to a serving
DRESSING or until the potatoes are just tender. Drain bowl or platter. Drizzle the remaining
200ml sour cream well, transfer to a large bowl and sprinkle Mayonnaise over potatoes, top with the
1 tablespoon finely chopped dill over the vinegar. Season with sea salt and remaining herbs, onions and roughly
1-2 tablespoons finely chopped canned freshly ground black pepper. broken pieces of prosciutto.
chipotle chillies in adobo 2 MAYONNAISE Meanwhile, place the Not suitable to freeze. Suitable to
egg yolk and juice in a medium bowl; microwave.
1 Heat the oil in a large frying pan and
add the onions. Cook over a medium
heat for 2-3 minutes or until onions are
just softened. Add the garlic and cumin
and cook for 1-2 minutes stirring, until “A classic potato salad is a
fragrant. Add the diced capsicum and
corn; cook for 3 minutes or until corn must-have at any gathering.”
is tender. Add the beans; cook for a
further 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
2 Gently fold the canned beans and
lime juice through the vegetables
then transfer to a serving platter lined
with the rocket leaves.
3 DRESSING Combine all ingredients
in a small bowl. Serve the salad with
the Dressing.
Not suitable to freeze or microwave.

Test Kitchen tip


● Chipotle chillies in adobo
are available from selected
delicatessens and large
greengrocers.

Prosciutto and potato salad


SERVES 8 PREP AND COOK TIME 40 MINUTES
(+ COOLING TIME)

Prosciutto and
1.5kg desiree potatoes, cut into potato salad
2-3cm chunks

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platter. Top with the sliced peaches,
blueberries and spoonfuls of ricotta.
Sprinkle over remaining ingredients
and drizzle with the Walnut Oil Dressing.
Sprinkle over the parmesan.
Not suitable to freeze or microwave

Brown rice salad with


pumpkin
SERVES 8 PREP AND COOK TIME 1 HOUR

1 cup (200g) medium grain brown rice


1kg jap pumpkin, peeled
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
250g broccoli, cut into small florets
3 celery sticks, trimmed, sliced thinly
on angle
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
75g packet pomegranate arils (seeds)
1 sheet nori (seeweed), toasted and cut
into fine strips
MISO DRESSING
1 tablespoon honey
Cauliflower and
1 teaspoon sesame oil
parsley salad
2 tablespoons white miso
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
Cauliflower and parsley salad reserved currants, parsley, cucumber, ¼ cup (60ml) lemon juice
SERVES 8 PREP AND COOK TIME 20 MINUTES tomatoes and onions. Toss to combine
and transfer to a serving platter. Sprinkle 1 Preheat oven to 220°C (200°C fan-forced).
¼ cup (40g) currants with the cashews and drizzle with the Line a baking tray with baking paper.
¼ cup (60ml) hot Earl Grey tea Tahini Dressing. 2 Combine the rice and 1 litre water in
½ large (600g) cauliflower Not suitable to freeze or microwave. a medium saucepan; bring to the boil.
1 bunch flat leaf parsley, chopped Boil gently, uncovered, for about
1 (400g) telegraph cucumber, peeled Summer salad of peaches 25 minutes or until the rice is tender.
and diced and blueberries Drain.
400g heirloom tomatoes, quartered SERVES 8 PREP AND COOK TIME 15 MINUTES 3 Meanwhile, cut the pumpkin into
4 green onions (green shallots), 3cm pieces. Place pumpkin and oil in
sliced finely 50g baby spinach leaves a bowl and season with sea salt and
100g roasted cashews, chopped coarsely 50g mizuna or mixed salad greens freshly ground black pepper; toss until
TAHINI DRESSING 4 ripe peaches or nectarines, sliced the pumpkin is well coated. Transfer
2 tablespoons tahini 125g blueberries to lined baking tray; roast for about
1 tablespoon lemon juice 250g fresh ricotta 30 minutes or until the pumpkin is
1 teaspoon honey 2 long green chillies, seeded and browned and cooked through.
½ teaspoon ground cumin sliced finely on an angle 4 Bring a small pan of water to the boil;
¼ teaspoon freshly ground white pepper ½ cup small basil leaves blanch the broccoli florets for 1-2 minutes.
¼ cup (50g) pepitas Drain.
1 Put the currants and hot tea into a small 20g parmesan, grated 5 MISO DRESSING Whisk the honey and
bowl and set aside for a few minutes. WALNUT OIL DRESSING sesame oil into the miso, then whisk
2 TAHINI DRESSING Drain the warm 2 tablespoons walnut oil in lemon juice and zest. Season.
tea from the currants into a small bowl, 2 tablespoons lemon juice 6 Combine the rice with broccoli, celery
reserve currants. Add tahini and whisk 1 teaspoon maple syrup and sesame seeds.
until smooth then add the lemon juice, 7 Place the rice mixture on a serving
honey, cumin and pepper. Stir until 1 WALNUT OIL DRESSING Combine platter; top with the pumpkin. Spoon
smooth; season to taste with sea salt. ingredients in a screw top jar; season over the Miso Dressing. Sprinkle with
3 Finely slice the curds from the generously with sea salt and freshly pomegranate arils and sliced nori.
cauliflower, about 2cm in; discard the ground black pepper; shake well. Not suitable to freeze. Rice suitable
stalks. Transfer to a large bowl, add the 2 Arrange the salad leaves over a serving to microwave.

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Noodle salad DRESSING 2 DRESSING In a small bowl, combine
SERVES 8 PREP AND COOK TIME 25 MINUTES ⅓ cup hoisin sauce the hoisin sauce, lime juice, sesame oil,
2 tablespoons lime juice sugar and a tablespoon of the chopped
375g fresh thin egg noodles 2 teaspoons sesame oil coriander stem. Pour over the noodles
2 cups (100g) finely sliced Chinese 2 teaspoons brown sugar and toss to combine.
cabbage (wombok) 1 tablespoon finely chopped coriander 3 Add the cabbage, green onions, bean
4 green onions (green shallots), sliced stems sprouts, carrot, snow peas, capsicum
finely and coriander leaves to the noodles
200g bean sprouts, trimmed 1 Bring a large pot of salted water to and toss to combine.
1 large (180g) carrot, julienned the boil and add the egg noodles. 4 Transfer salad to a serving platter
100g snowpeas, trimmed and julienned Stir with tongs to separate and cook and sprinkle with the sesame seeds
1 large (200g) red capsicum, julienned for 1-2 minutes. Drain, rinse well and and red chilli.
1 bunch coriander, leaves picked transfer to a large bowl. Using a pair Not suitable to freeze or microwave.
2 tablespoons black sesame seeds of kitchen scissors, roughly cut them
1 long red chilli, sliced finely into 5cm lengths.
The secret to
health &
wellbeing
The Mediterranean diet isn’t a trend
or fad, it’s a real food approach to
healthy eating that embraces variety,
flavour and nutrient-rich foods.

Chicken skewers with peach


caprese salad
For recipe, see page 132.
[ Healthy eating ]
PHOTOGRAPHY ● LOUISE LISTER
STYLING ● EMMA KNOWLES

Back to basics
The Mediterranean diet is centered
on minimally processed foods such
as whole grains, plant foods, seafood,
yoghurt, pulses, seeds and nuts.
Ultimately, balance and enjoyment
are at the core of this approach to
food. Sharing food around the table
helps foster a healthy relationship
with food where the focus is on
enjoyment and satiation rather than
restriction or control. Cutting out fats Salmon parcels
isn’t encouraged; healthy fats are with kipfler
such as extra-virgin olive oil, nuts, potatoes
seeds, oily fish and dairy foods like
yoghurt.

Extra virgin olive oil


A good source of monosaturated
fat linked with lower levels of “bad”
LDL cholesterol and better weight
management. It contains linoleic
acid, a type of omega-6 fatty acid,
which is good news for your heart.
Always opt for extra virgin olive oil
as your primary source of fat, as
it’s the least processed and contains
the highest levels of beneficial
polyphenols, the protective
compound found in plants.

Seafood and fish


These feature heavily in the
Mediterranean kitchen, offering a Salmon parcels with potatoes 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
healthier protein source. Oily fish, SERVES 2 PREP AND COOK TIME 50 MINUTES 100g baby spinach leaves
such as sardines, tuna, salmon and After tuna, salmon might be the most ¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
mackerel, are all good sources of popular fish in the world to eat. It’s also
heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids among the most heart-healthy of fish, packed 1 Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced).
FOOD PREPARATION BY AMAL WEBSTER AND PETA DENT.

and should be consumed 2 to 3 times with vitamins and minerals, such as B12, 2 Combine the potato and onion in a
a week. A small amount of meat can vitamin D and selenium. Salmon is also a roasting pan; drizzle with half the oil.
be eaten, ideally twice a week. good source of niacin, omega-3 fatty acids, Roast for 30 minutes or until browned
protein, phosphorus and potassium. Baking lightly and tender.
Plant-based focus it in a parcel locks in the flavour and juices. 3 Meanwhile, arrange lemon and tomato
Plant-based sources of protein, on two 30cm square pieces of baking
rich in fibre, such as nuts, pulses, 300g kipfler potatoes, sliced thinly paper. Top with salmon, capers and fennel
legumes and seeds, should be 1 small red onion (100g), cut into seeds; drizzle with remaining oil. Fold
on the daily menu. Fruit and thin wedges paper into a parcel to enclose salmon;
vegetables naturally contain plenty 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil place on an oven tray. Bake for 8 minutes
of antioxidants and polyphenols, ½ medium lemon (70g), sliced thinly or until salmon is cooked as desired.
vitamins and minerals and should 1 small tomato (90g), sliced thinly 4 Serve salmon parcels with potato and
be consumed in abundance. 2 x 180g skinless boneless salmon fillets onion; top with spinach and parsley.
2 teaspoons baby capers Not suitable to freeze or microwave.

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Chicken skewers with peach
caprese salad
SERVES 4 PREP AND COOK TIME 25 MINUTES
Caprese salad should be simplicity
itself, comprised of layers of sliced fresh
mozzarella, basil and luscious sun-ripened
tomatoes, seasoned only with salt and
olive oil. Traditionally served as an antipasto
(starter), here we have made our caprese
a little more substantial with the addition
of grilled chicken skewers and peach cheeks,
which complement the richness of the
buffalo mozzarella.

800g chicken breast fillets, cut into


2cm pieces
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 medium (600g) peaches,
cheeks removed
250g buffalo mozzarella, torn
2 medium tomatoes (300g), sliced
400g mixed cherry tomatoes, halved
½ cup fresh small basil leaves
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
PISTACHIO MINT PESTO
½ cup (70g) pistachios
1½ cups fresh mint leaves
1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
2 teaspoons lemon juice
Roasted rosemary
½ cup (125ml) extra virgin olive oil
pork, fennel
and potatoes
1 PISTACHIO MINT PESTO Blend or
process ingredients until smooth;
Roasted rosemary pork, with two-thirds of the rosemary mixture; season to taste.
fennel and potatoes toss to combine. Roast for 30 minutes. 2 Combine chicken and 1½ tablespoons of
SERVES 4 PREP AND COOK TIME 1 HOUR 3 Rub pork with remaining rosemary the oil in a medium bowl; season. Thread
mixture. Heat the remaining oil in a onto eight skewers.
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh heavy-based frying pan over high heat. 3 Cook chicken on a heated oiled grill
rosemary leaves Add pork; cook, turning, for 5 minutes or plate (or pan or barbecue) for 8 minutes.
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh until browned all over. Add peaches to grill plate; cook for a
oregano leaves 4 Stir potato and fennel; place pork on top further 2 minutes or until chicken is
2 teaspoons fennel seeds of vegetables. Roast for 20 minutes or until cooked through and peaches are golden.
½ teaspoon dried chilli flakes pork is just cooked through. Stand pork, 4 Layer grilled peaches with mozzarella,
⅓ cup (80ml) extra-virgin olive oil covered loosely with foil, for 5 minutes. tomatoes and basil; drizzle with vinegar
4 small (800g) fennel bulbs, trimmed, 5 Cut pork into slices; serve with potato, and remaining oil. Serve salad topped
quartered fennel and lemon wedges, if desired.. with chicken and pesto.
800g kipfler potatoes, halved Not suitable to freeze or microwave. Not suitable to freeze or microwave.
lengthways
500g pork fillet
Test Kitchen tips Test Kitchen tips
1 Preheat oven to 220°C (200°C fan-forced). ● You could replace the pork with ● You can use chilli-infused olive
2 Combine the rosemary, oregano, fennel chicken breasts. Sprinkle with oil for marinating the chicken, and
seeds, chilli and ¼ cup of the oil in a small fennel fronds and fresh oregano cow’s milk mozzarella instead of the
bowl; season. Place the fennel bulbs and leaves before serving, if you like. tangier buffalo mozzarella, if you like.
potato in a large roasting pan. Drizzle

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Spicy prawn and white bean ½ cup (60g) pitted Sicilian olives, halved Bake for 5 minutes or until golden and crisp.
panzanella 1 fresh long red chilli, sliced thinly 3 Remove rind from the lemon into long
SERVES 4 PREP AND COOK TIME 20 MINUTES 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves thin strips with a zester. Shell and devein
120g soft goat’s cheese, crumbled the prawns, leaving tails intact.
160g wholegrain sourdough bread ¼ cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil 4 Place bread, rind, prawns, beans, tomatoes,
olive-oil spray ⅓ cup (80ml) red wine vinegar cucumber, onion, olives, chilli, basil and half
1 medium (140g) lemon 1 clove garlic, crushed the cheese in a large bowl; toss to combine.
800g cooked medium king prawns 5 Combine oil, vinegar and garlic in a
400g can cannellini beans, drained, rinsed 1 Preheat oven to 220°C (200°C fan-forced). small bowl; season to taste. Just before
250g mixed cherry tomatoes, halved Line a large oven tray with baking paper. serving, spoon the dressing over the
2 Lebanese (260g) cucumbers, chopped 2 Tear the bread coarsely into bite-sized salad; top with the remaining cheese.
1 small (100g) red onion, sliced thinly pieces, place on lined tray; spray with oil. Not suitable to freeze or microwave.

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Roasted sumac chicken
with baby vegetables
Greek vegetable pie with
Roasted sumac chicken with yellow split pea dip
baby vegetables
SERVES 4 PREP AND COOK TIME 1 HOUR
15 MINUTES
Sumac is a spice ground from berries that
flourish wild around the Mediterranean; its tart,
lemony flavour goes well with grilled meats.

30g butter, softened


1 tablespoon sumac
1.4kg chicken
500g baby beetroot, trimmed
250g baby carrots, trimmed
250g yellow baby carrots, trimmed
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
½ cup fresh mint leaves
100g Greek fetta, crumbled
2 tablespoons pistachio dukkah

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


2 Combine butter and sumac in a small
bowl. Rub sumac butter all over the
outside of the chicken; season. Tie the
chicken legs together with kitchen
string; place in a large roasting pan. Wrap ¾ cup (50g) fresh breadcrumbs paper towel. Finely chop the silver beet.
beetroot individually in foil; add to pan 6 eggs, beaten lightly 5 Place zucchini, beans and silver beet
with chicken. Roast for 30 minutes. ¼ cup (35g) sesame seeds, toasted in a large bowl with cheeses, herbs,
3 Baste chicken with pan juices. Toss 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil breadcrumbs, egg, sesame seeds and
carrots in oil; season and add to pan. 8 small pocket pittas, warmed oil; mix well to combine. Season. Spoon
Roast for a further 35 minutes or until lemon wedges, to serve mixture into lined pan; smooth surface.
chicken is cooked through and the skin YELLOW SPLIT PEA DIP 6 Bake pie for 35 minutes or until set.
is golden brown. Cover chicken loosely 1 cup (200g) dried yellow split peas 7 YELLOW SPLIT PEA DIP Place peas in a
with foil; stand for 10 minutes. 1 small onion (80g), chopped small saucepan with enough cold water to
4 Meanwhile, peel beetroot and cut in 4 cloves garlic, bruised just cover; bring to boil. Drain; rinse. Return
half. Return beetroot to pan. 1 teaspoon ground cumin peas to pan with onion and garlic, add
5 Serve roast chicken and vegetables 1 teaspoon ground coriander enough cold water to cover by 6cm; bring
with mint, fetta and dukkah. ⅓ cup (80ml) extra virgin olive oil to the boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook
Not suitable to freeze or microwave. ¼ cup (60ml) lemon juice for 25 minutes or until peas are tender and
beginning to collapse. Drain. Cool to room
Greek vegetable pie with 1 Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). temperature. Process pea mixture and
yellow split pea dip Oil a 24cm springform pan; line the base spices until smooth. With motor operating,
SERVES 8 PREP AND COOK TIME 1 HOUR with baking paper. gradually add oil in a steady stream, then
15 MINUTES 2 Combine zucchini and salt in a colander add juice in a steady stream. Season to
Although called a pie, this is more like over a bowl; stand for 30 minutes. Rinse taste. (Makes about 2½ cups)
a frittata, as it contains no pastry. zucchini; drain. Pat dry with paper towel. 8 Serve pie warm or at room temperature
Trim stems from silver beet; discard with dip, pitta bread and lemon wedges.
250g zucchini, sliced very thinly stems. You will need 300g leaves. Suitable to freeze. Not suitable to
1 teaspoon fine sea salt 3 Meanwhile, cook beans in a large microwave.
780g silver beet saucepan of boiling water for 5 minutes or
200g green beans, trimmed until tender. Remove beans with a slotted From The Australian
125g Greek fetta, crumbled spoon, refresh in a bowl of iced water; Women’s Weekly’s The
125g kefalotyri cheese or parmesan, drain well. Finely chop beans. Mediterranean Diet,
grated coarsely 4 Add silver beet to the water in the pan, Bauer Books, $34.99,
¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf return to the boil; drain immediately. available where good
parsley leaves Refresh under cold running water; books are sold and
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill drain well. Squeeze the silver beet to at awwcookbooks.
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves remove excess moisture; pat dry with com.au.

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Easy picnic breads These loaves are a great choice for when
you want impressive-looking bread with
minimum effort. Make them centre stage
for friends and family to help themselves.

Dark chocolate, cherry


and walnut soda bread
For recipe,
see page 141.

PHOTOGRAPHY ● BEN DEARNLEY


STYLING ● SOPHIA YOUNG
[ Home-baked ]

DID YOU KNOW?


Middle Eastern orange
blossom water adds a light
floral note to these loaves. It
can be found in delis and
continental grocers. You
could substitute the grated
rind of 1 orange or lemon for
a different flavour.

Flourless almond, peach


and orange blossom loaves
For recipe, see page 141
FOOD PREPARATION BY NADIA FONTOFF.

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For more great recipes
search bread on

Zucchini, fetta and corn


wedges
MAKES 12 PREP AND COOK TIME 45 MINUTES

½ (125g) trimmed corn cob


1 small (90g) zucchini, grated coarsely
150g fetta, crumbled
⅔ cup (50g) finely grated parmesan
2 teaspoons dried oregano
3 cups (450g) self-raising flour
2 teaspoons caster sugar
1 cup (250ml) milk, approximately, plus
extra for brushing

1 Preheat oven to 220°C (200°C fan-


forced). Grease and line an oven
tray with baking paper.
2 Cut corn kernels from cob. Combine
corn, zucchini, 100g of the fetta, parmesan
and half the oregano in a medium bowl.
Red lentil and
pumpkin wraps 3 Sift flour and sugar into a large bowl;
stir in zucchini mixture. Make a well in
the centre, add milk. Using a butter knife,
Red lentil and pumpkin wraps surface into a 26cm round. Preheat a large cut the milk through the flour mixture to
MAKES 6 PREP AND COOK TIME 45 MINUTES non-stick frying pan over medium-high mix to a soft, sticky dough. Turn dough
(+ STANDING TIME) heat. Add one wrap to the pan; cook on onto a floured surface; knead gently until
one side for 30 seconds or until starting smooth. Press dough into a 22cm round
300g peeled pumpkin, chopped to brown. Turn, cook for a further 30 on oven tray. Cut dough into 12 wedges.
coarsely (see Test Kitchen tips) seconds. Transfer wrap to a clean tea Brush tops with a little extra milk. Scatter
½ cup (125ml) water towel; cover to keep soft. with remaining oregano and fetta.
1 cup (150g) red lentil flour 4 Repeat with the remaining wraps, 4 Bake for 30 minutes or until bread
1¼ cups (185g) plain flour stacking wraps and covering as they cook sounds hollow when tapped. Cool on
½ teaspoon table salt to keep soft. Use wraps warm or cooled. tray. Break into wedges when cool.
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted Fill wraps with a selection of meat and Suitable to freeze. Not suitable to
(see Test Kitchen tips) salad and roll up, or serve warm with microwave.
¼ cup (60g) coconut oil, melted meat or vegetable curries.
Suitable to freeze. Not suitable to
1 Boil, steam or microwave pumpkin microwave. Test Kitchen tips
for 10 minutes or until just tender; ● We’ve chosen fetta for our wedges,
drain. Blend or process pumpkin with but you could also use a soft goat’s
the water until smooth; push pumpkin Test Kitchen tips cheese or mozzarella.
puree through a medium sieve into a ● We used jap pumpkin in this ● Serve with whipped fetta topped
bowl. You will need 1½ cups puree. recipe; you will need to buy about with extra virgin olive oil and
2 Sift flours and salt into a medium bowl; 500g. The moisture content of freshly ground black pepper. To
stir in seeds. Make a well in the centre; different pumpkin varieties will vary. make whipped fetta, drain a small
stir in oil and enough of the pumpkin ● To toast cumin seeds, place in tub of marinated Persian or goat’s
puree to form a soft dough. Turn the a small dry frying pan; stir seeds fetta over a jug; reserve oil, discard
dough onto a lightly floured surface; constantly over medium heat for flavourings. Whisk or process fetta in
knead until smooth. Wrap the dough in 1 minute or until fragrant. a medium bowl until smooth, adding
plastic wrap; stand for 10 minutes. ● Best made on day of serving. enough of the reserved oil to give a
3 Divide dough into six portions; roll Can be frozen for up to 2 months. soft, spreadable consistency.
out each portion on a lightly floured

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Zucchini, fetta and
corn wedges
Seeded
DID YOU KNOW? cheddar soda
Cheddar is sold at different bread with
stages of maturity. A mild chilli butter
cheddar is typically three
months of age, a medium
cheddar is six months; mature is
about nine months; extra-
mature 15 months and vintage
18 months or more.

STORING AND FREEZING BREAD


Cool the bread on wire racks to eliminate steam,
which softens the crust. Wrap the bread in plastic
wrap or foil, or seal in a large resealable plastic bag and
expel the air. A sure-fire way to extend the life of bread
is to freeze it. Pack the cooled bread in freezer bags;
expel all the air and freeze immediately. If correctly
wrapped, bread can be frozen for three months.
Seeded cheddar soda bread 5 Bake bread for 45 minutes or until Flourless almond, peach and
with chilli butter browned. Transfer to a wire rack to orange blossom loaves
SERVES 6 PREP AND COOK TIME 1 HOUR 10 cool for 10 minutes. Serve soda bread MAKES 2 LOAVES PREP AND COOK TIME 1 HOUR
MINUTES (+ STANDING TIME) sprinkled with a little extra salt flakes, 45 MINUTES
if you like, and with chilli butter.
2 cups (300g) white spelt flour Suitable to freeze. Not suitable to 4 medium (600g) green apples,
1½ cups (240g) wholemeal self-raising microwave grated coarsely
flour (see Test Kitchen tips) 4 free-range eggs, beaten lightly
1½ teaspoons bicarbonate of soda Dark chocolate, cherry and ½ cup (125ml) unsweetened
1 teaspoon sea-salt flakes walnut soda bread almond milk
80g butter, chopped MAKES 1 LOAF PREP AND COOK TIME 1 HOUR 1⁄3 cup (115g) honey or pure maple syrup
2 cups (240g) coarsely grated vintage This super-easy bread relies on the reaction 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
cheddar between an alkaline bicarbonate of soda and 2 teaspoons orange blossom water
1½ cups (375ml) buttermilk, acidic buttermilk to produce carbon dioxide 4 cups (480g) almond meal
approximately, plus extra for brushing for aeration. Since the reaction is immediate 4 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder
½ cup (75g) mixed seeds (see Test upon mixing, make sure you get baking quick 5 medium (750g) peaches, quartered
Kitchen tips) smart. And, like scones, this bread is all the 1 tablespoon honey or pure maple
CHILLI BUTTER better for being eaten close to making. syrup, extra
250g butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes 4 cups (600g) plain flour 1 Preheat oven to 160°C (140°C fan forced).
2 cloves garlic, crushed ¼ cup (55g) caster sugar Lightly grease two 10.5cm x 21cm (top
2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda measurement) loaf pans; line base and
1 teaspoon sea salt long sides with baking paper.
1 Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced). 1½ teaspoons ground cardamom 2 Combine apple, egg, almond milk,
2 CHILLI BUTTER: Combine ingredients 100g cold unsalted butter, chopped honey, vanilla and orange blossom water
in a medium bowl. Season. 1¾ cups (430ml) buttermilk in a large bowl. Add almond meal and
3 Sift flours and soda into a large bowl. 1 egg, beaten lightly baking powder; stir until just combined.
Return husks to bowl with salt flakes; rub 100g dark chocolate, chopped coarsely 3 Divide the mixture between the pans,
in butter with fingertips until mixture ¾ cup (75g) roasted walnuts, chopped level the surface. Top with peaches, cut-
resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in cheddar. ¾ cup (115g) dried cherries side up, pressing them slightly into the
Add enough buttermilk to mix to a soft, 1 egg white batter; drizzle with extra honey.
sticky dough. Turn onto a floured surface; 1 tablespoon caster sugar, extra 4 Bake loaves for 1½ hours or until a
knead until just smooth. Shape dough; skewer inserted into the centre comes
flatten top slightly into an 18cm round. 1 Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). out clean. Cover loosely with baking
4 Line large oven tray with baking paper; Line an oven tray with baking paper. paper for the last 10 minutes of baking
sprinkle 1 tablespoon of seed mixture 2 Sift the flour, sugar, soda, salt and to prevent overbrowning.
over centre of tray. Place dough on seed cardamom into a large bowl. Rub in
mixture; brush top and sides of dough butter with your fingertips until mixture
with extra buttermilk. Sprinkle all over resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well Test Kitchen tip
with remaining seed mixture. Make a in the centre. ● You can use other stone fruit for
shallow cross cut on top of the dough 3 Whisk buttermilk and egg in a medium this recipe, such as plums or apricots.
using a floured knife. bowl; add egg mixture to well. Using a
knife, cut liquid through mixture until it
starts to clump. Add chocolate, walnuts
Test Kitchen tips and cherries. Turn dough onto a lightly
● To make wholemeal self-raising floured surface; knead gently until dough
flour, combine 2 teaspoons baking just comes together. Shape into a 16cm
powder and 1 cup wholemeal plain round. Place on tray with floured hands.
(all-purpose) flour. 4 Lightly beat the egg white in a small
● For the mixed seeds, we used 2 bowl with a fork; place 1 tablespoon of
tablespoons each of sesame and egg white in another small bowl. Add
sunflower seeds and 1 tablespoon extra sugar; whisk until combined.
each of chia seeds and linseeds Brush mixture over the top of the loaf. Recipes extracted from The Australian
(flaxseeds). You can also use a 5 Bake the loaf for 45 minutes or until Women’s Weekly’s Simply Bread,
packaged seed mix from the baking golden and the bread sounds hollow Bauer Books, $49.99. Available where
section of the supermarket. when tapped. Serve warm or at room all good books are sold and at
temperature. awwcookbooks.com.au.

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4 ways with lamb chops

Haloumi and fig paste


stuffed lamb cutlets Dukkah-crusted lamb cutlets

FOOD PREPARATION BY NICK BANBURY. RECIPES FROM THE AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S WEEKLY,
Haloumi and fig paste Dukkah-crusted lamb cutlets
stuffed lamb cutlets SERVES 4 PREP AND COOK TIME 15 MINUTES
SERVES 4 PREP AND COOK TIME 15 MINUTES
Place ½ cup dukkah in a small
We Aussies love our Using a small sharp knife, cut a slit in shallow bowl. Combine 1 tablespoon
the side of 12 lamb cutlets without cutting pomegranate molasses with 3 teaspoons
lamb, especially on all the way through, then open out flat. extra virgin olive oil in a small bowl;
Australia Day – here are Combine 185g coarsely grated haloumi, brush the mixture over 12 lamb cutlets.
THE BUTCHER. AWWCOOKBOOKS.COM.AU.

¼ cup of chopped roasted almonds, Sprinkle dukkah over lamb to coat both
our top four flavour 1 crushed clove garlic, 3 teaspoons each sides; press firmly. Heat 2 tablespoons
boosters for the humble chopped fresh thyme and flat-leaf parsley olive oil in a large frying pan over medium
and ⅓ cup fig paste. Place 1½ tablespoons heat; cook lamb for 3 minutes each side
chop, be it a cutlet, loin of the haloumi stuffing on each cutlet, for medium or until cooked as desired.
or leg variety. fold over to enclose; press firmly. Season. Serve with lemon wedges and topped
Cook cutlets on a heated oiled grill plate with pomegranate seeds, if you like.
(or grill pan or barbecue), on medium-
PHOTOGRAPHY ● JAMES MOFFATT high heat for 3 minutes each side for
STYLING ● OLIVIA BLACKMORE medium or until cooked as desired.

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[ Australia[ Slug
Day ]

Rosemary barbecue sauce


lamb cutlets Indian-spiced lamb cutlets

Rosemary barbecue sauce Indian-spiced lamb cutlets


lamb cutlets SERVES 4 PREP AND COOK TIME 25 MINUTES
“They’re quick
SERVES 4 PREP AND COOK TIME 15 MINUTES
and easy to
Place 12 lamb cutlets in a shallow dish;
Toast 1 teaspoon each fennel and
coriander seeds in a small dry frying pan make and the
add combined ½ cup barbecue sauce, over medium heat for 3 minutes or until exotic flavours
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh
rosemary, 2 crushed garlic cloves
fragrant; cool. Using a mortar and pestle,
grind the seeds to a coarse powder. will wow
and 2 teaspoons olive oil. Turn to coat.
Season. Cook cutlets on a heated oiled
Stir in 1 teaspoon ground turmeric.
Add ½ cup each fresh coriander and mint,
your guests.”
grill plate (or grill pan or barbecue), over 1 small chopped red chilli; pound to a
medium-high heat for 3 minutes each paste. Stir in ⅓ cup Greek-style yoghurt.
side for medium or until cooked as Coat 12 lamb cutlets in paste. Cook cutlets
desired. Serve topped with extra fresh in a frying pan lined with baking paper
rosemary leaves, if you like. over medium-high heat for 3 minutes
each side for medium, or until cooked as
desired. Serve with extra chilli and herbs.

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Sweet and simple
mango treats
This month Julie Goodwin shares five fabulous
recipes to take advantage of the bountiful
harvest of fresh Australian mangoes.

Dairy-free no-cook
mango cheesecake
For recipe, see page 151.

PHOTOGRAPHY ● JOHN PAUL URIZAR STYLING ● MICHELE CRANSTON

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[ Summer fruit ]

“For a smoother scooping


texture, transfer the frozen
yoghurt to the fridge 30
minutes before serving.”
FOOD PREPARATION BY ANGELA DEVLIN. HAIR AND MAKE-UP BY JASMINE ABDALLAOUI.

Easy mango
frozen yoghurt
For recipe, see page 149.

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Mango shortcake

“Arranging the
mango slices like
a rose creates a
spectacular effect.”
Mango shortcake
SERVES 12 PREP AND COOK TIME 40 MINUTES

1½ cups (225g) self-raising flour


100g butter, at room temperature,
cut into pieces
½ cup (110g) caster sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon cold water, approximately
3 large (1.5kg) mangoes
CUSTARD
½ cup (110g) caster sugar
3 yolks
2 tablespoons plain flour
1 ¼ cups (310ml) milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 strips orange peel
15g soft butter

1 Preheat oven to 190°C (170°C fan-forced).


Thoroughly grease a 25cm shortcake
flan tin or fluted loose-based flan tin
(see Julie’s tip).
2 Place the flour and butter in a food
processor; blitz to combine. Add the
sugar and blitz again until combined. Easy mango
Add the egg and water process once frozen yoghurt
more. Turn the mixture out of the
food processor and spread it in the
tin. Press with your hands so that it is before serving. Spread the custard over
firm and even. the shortcake. Arrange the mango slices Julie’s tips
3 Bake on the middle shelf of the oven as though they are rose petals, starting ● A shortcake tin is a flan tin with
for 18 minutes or until golden brown. in the centre and working outwards. fluted edges and raised centre, so
Remove from the oven and cool in the Not suitable to freeze or microwave. when the shortcake is turned out,
tin for 10 minutes before turning out onto it has an indented centre. For extra
a wire rack to cool. flavour, brush the shortcake with
4 CUSTARD With an electric mixer or orange liqueur while it’s still warm.
balloon whisk beat the sugar and the
egg yolks for 3 minutes or until light
and creamy. Add the flour and beat until Easy mango frozen yoghurt
well combined. Meanwhile, combine the MAKES ABOUT 1 LITRE PREP TIME 10 MINUTES
milk, vanilla and orange peel in a medium (+ FREEZING TIME)
saucepan, heat until just below boiling
point; remove the orange peel. Gradually 3 large (1.5kg) ripe mangoes
whisk the milk mixture into the egg 1 cup (280g) Greek-style vanilla
mixture. Return the mixture to a cleaned flavoured yoghurt
saucepan and cook over medium heat,
whisking continuously, until the custard 1 Peel the mangoes, remove the flesh
boils and thickens (about 3-4 minutes). from the seed and cut into large pieces.
Remove from the heat, then stir through Place in a snap-lock bag and freeze.
the butter. Place in a container and cover 2 When frozen solid, blitz in a food
the surface with plastic wrap to avoid processor with the yoghurt until
a skin forming on top. Refrigerate until almost smooth – you will still have
ready to use. a few chunks remaining. Store in an
5 Cut the cheeks from the mango and airtight container in the freezer.
STEP 5
slice thinly. Assemble the shortcake just Suitable to freeze.

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Julie’s mango blondies 1 Preheat oven to 160°C (140°C fan-forced). is left across the surface for a moment
MAKES 12 PIECES PREP AND COOK TIME 1 HOUR Grease and line a 20 x 30cm lamington before it sinks.
10 MINUTES tin with baking paper, extending the 4 Gently fold butter mixture into egg
paper 3cm above the sides. mixture. Sift flour over the wet ingredients
250g butter, chopped 2 In a medium pan over medium to low in bowl and gently fold through. Fold
250g white chocolate melts heat, melt butter then add the chocolate through the white chocolate and mango.
2 teaspoons vanilla extract and stir until it melts. Stir in the vanilla. Spread mixture into prepared pan and
4 eggs 3 In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the bake for 50 minutes. When ready, the
1¾ cups (385g) caster sugar eggs for 2 minutes or until pale. With the brownies will have a delicate crust on top
1½ cups (225g) plain flour mixer running, gradually add the sugar and still be dense and moist in the middle.
⅔ cup (130g) white choc bits and continue to beat until the mixture 5 Dust with sifted icing sugar, if desired.
1 medium (400g) firm mango, peeled, “forms the ribbon”. This means when the Suitable to freeze. Not suitable to
seeded, flesh cut into 1cm cube whisk is lifted out of the mixture, a trail microwave.

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Mango and turmeric
panna cotta
SERVES 6 PREP TIME AND COOK TIME 15 MINUTES
(+ REFRIGERATION TIME)

1¼ cups (310ml) milk


2 cups (500ml) thickened cream
½ cup (110g) caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 strips lemon peel
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 large (600g) ripe mango, flesh pureed
3 teaspoons powdered gelatine
chopped roasted macadamias and
mint leaves, to serve

1 Place 1 cup (250ml) of the milk with


the cream, sugar, vanilla and lemon in a
medium saucepan over medium-high
heat. Bring to the boil then immediately
take off the heat. Strain through a fine
sieve into a bowl and allow to cool. Stir
through the turmeric and mango flesh.
2 In a small jug warm the remaining ¼
cup (60ml) of milk for 15-20 seconds
in the microwave, until it’s just blood
temperature. Sprinkle gelatine over, allow
to soften, then stir in with a fork, making
sure it dissolves and there are no lumps.
3 Stir gelatine mixture into cooled cream
mixture. Place 6 small serving glasses onto
a tray and, using a ladle, divide the mixture Mango and tumeric
among them. Place the tray into the fridge panna cotta
for 3 hours or until set. Serve topped with
macadamia nuts and mint leaves.
Not suitable to freeze. FILLING the freezer while making the Filling.
2 ½ cups (375g) cashews, soaked in water 3 FILLING Combine all the ingredients
overnight, drained and rinsed in a food processor or a high-speed
Julie’s tip 1 cup (250ml) coconut cream blender and process until velvety
● You will need 1 cup of mango Finely grated rind of 1 lemon smooth. You will need to scrape down
puree for this recipe. If you want to ½ cup (175g) honey the sides of the bowl occasionally. Pour
prepare this dessert a day ahead, 1 cup (240g) coconut oil, softened the filling into the chilled base and
drop the gelatine to 2½ teaspoons Flesh of 2 ripe mangoes (around 500g) refrigerate overnight to set.
for a slightly softer set. MANGO MINT SALSA 5 Serve in small slices topped with fresh
2 large (1kg) mangoes, cut into 1cm Mango Mint Salsa.
cubes (see Julie’s tip) Not suitable to freeze.
Dairy-free no-cook mango 1 tablespoon mint leaves
cheesecake juice and finely grated rind of 1 lime
SERVES 20 PREP TIME 30 MINUTES (+ SOAKING edible flowers Julie’s tip
AND CHILLING TIME) ● To remove the mango flesh, slice
1 Grease and line base and sides of 24cm the two “cheeks” off with a sharp
1¾ cup (180g) pecan nuts spring-form cake pan with baking paper. knife. Use a small drinking glass
1 cup (90g) moist coconut flakes (or 2 Combine the pecans, coconut, dates, to scoop the flesh out of the skin.
shredded coconut) coconut oil and salt in a food processor; Peel the remaining centre of the
1½ cups (180g) fresh seeded dates pulse until combined but still a little mango and remove what flesh you
2 tablespoons coconut oil, softened bit chunky. Press mixture firmly over can from the seed.
¼ teaspoon salt the base of the pan. Place the tin in

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[Ask the experts]
Salmon and
egg toasties

Loving
leftovers
Forget heaps of ham Leftovers
fried rice
sandwiches! Fran
Abdallaoui transforms Turkey
festive food excess into enchiladas

these clever, tasty meals.


Smoked salmon and
egg toasties
Combine ½ cup spreadable cream
cheese, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh
dill and 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
in a small bowl. Butter 4 slices of white
bread. Place two slices, buttered-side
down, on a board, spread equally with
cream cheese mixture; divide 50g sliced
smoked salmon between slices. Cook
2 eggs on a heated, oiled sandwich
Roast pork and
press for 2 minutes. Place on top of the
apple rolls
salmon; sandwich with remaining bread,
buttered-side up. Toast in a sandwich
press for 2 minutes or until golden.
Serve with lemon wedges. Serves 2. Roast pork and apple rolls pan over high heat. Cook 500g shredded
Combine ⅓ cup dijonnaise and 1 chopped cooked turkey, 1 chopped red onion, 4
Leftovers fried rice shallot in a small bowl. Heat 2 tablespoons crushed cloves garlic and 1 tablespoon
Heat 1 teaspoon vegetable oil in a large olive oil in a small frying pan over smoked paprika, stirring, for 5 minutes.
wok over high heat. Pour 2 lightly medium heat. Add 6 fresh sage leaves; Add 400g can diced tomatoes; cook for PHOTOGRAPHY BY BEN DEARNLEY. STYLING BY VIVIEN WALSH.

beaten eggs into the wok; swirl until set. cook for 1 minute or until crisp; remove. 1 minute. Season to taste. Spoon mixture
Remove from wok; slice omelette. Heat Add 200g thickly sliced roast pork to the onto the centre of 8 tortillas, sprinkle with 1
1 tablespoon extra oil in wok; stir-fry ½ pan; cook for 2 minutes each side or until cup grated cheddar. Fold tortillas to enclose
sliced red capsicum, 1 sliced red onion, pork is lightly browned. Spread dijonnaise filling. Place, join-side down, in an ovenproof
2 cups shredded cabbage and 1 crushed mixture over 2 Italian-style bread rolls, dish. Spoon over 450g jar chunky tomato
clove of garlic for 3 minutes or until top with rocket leaves and pork. Combine salsa; sprinkle with 1 cup grated cheddar.
softened. Add 600g sliced leftover ham, 1 green apple, cut into matchsticks, with Bake for 15 minutes until golden.
turkey or chicken, half the egg, 2 x 250g 2 sliced inner stalks of celery with leaves; Serve with coriander and lime wedges.
packs 90-second microwave basmati rice, add to rolls with crisp sage leaves. Serves 4.
1 teaspoon sesame oil and 2 tablespoons Top with lids. Serves 2.
each soy sauce and sweet chilli sauce; For more great recipes
stir-fry until hot. Top with remaining egg. Turkey enchiladas search leftover on
Serve with sweet chilli sauce, coriander Preheat oven to 220°C (200°C fan-forced).
and sliced green onion. Serves 4. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large frying

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[ Food news ]

Quick bites
Fran Abdallaoui shares travel guides
for foodies, new products for your
kitchen and a quick no-bake Australia
Day Cake recipe.
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Fremantle,
WA

The indoor
outdoor house
Rosslyn and Ian de Souza embrace the outdoor room in a truly organic dwelling
that grows and changes with them, writes Bronwyn Phillips.
PHOTOGRAPHY ● SCOTT HAWKINS STYLING ● HANDE RENSHAW

B
ehind the imposing restrictions,” says Ros, who curates sold it, and moved into the studio.
limestone wall that encloses Ian’s exhibitions and publications, Rosslyn met Ian and moved to the
the block is a dwelling designs, and also manages two property in the 1990s. “It was an
unlike anything else. boutique accommodation properties. artist’s studio,” she recalls, “and very
Organic and fluid, the “The whole place is like an artwork outdoor. We used to sleep under a
home of Rosslyn de Souza and her for him – it changes with the seasons, beautiful canopy and then in winter,
artist husband Ian is deeply connected and the limestone wall is like a frame we would bring our futon inside and
to his creativity. It’s a place where around an artwork.” sleep in the loft.” One of the first to
boundaries between outside and Having repurposed the driveway for embrace the concept of “trans-terior”
inside, the domestic and artistic, blur Ian’s studio, the front gate serves as spaces, the couple cooked in an
and intertwine. It’s a house inside a the front door. Visitors step into Ian’s exterior kitchen and showered in a
garden, a garden inside a home. studio, its ceilings and walls hung bathroom without walls. They bought
Inspired by the Oriental homes with paintings. “It’s like the Sistine and converted an old railway carriage,
of Ian’s childhood, the de Souzas’ Chapel,” says Ros. “It’s a battleaxe which became Ian’s studio, then a
property comprises a studio, block, and we use every scrap.” bedroom, and finally Rosslyn’s office.
converted railway carriage and a When Ian first purchased the Primarily, the de Souzas’ home
rammed earth cottage, connected by property in the early 1980s, it exists as Ian’s studio, and his work
ARTWORK BY IAN DE SOUZA.

courtyards, passageways and gardens. consisted of a derelict 19th-century features throughout. Indeed, the art
Sliding glass panels and cafe-style cottage on a huge neglected block informs the property, and vice versa.
blinds slide and roll away, creating of land, littered with old steel drums “Ian works in ink on rice and
completely open spaces that take and yellow sunflowers. He built a watercolour,” says Ros. “It merges and
advantage of the natural light, soft rammed earth studio on the back part bleeds and flows together, it references
breezes and warm Western Australian of the block – the first of its kind in the property.” A large painting forms a
climate. “My husband does not like Fremantle – renovated the cottage and screen for the bathroom and other »

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[ Home design ]

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: A riot


of colour leads to the courtyard;
Ian working in his studio; Ian and
Rosslyn; watercolours inspired
by Ian’s fluid home. OPPOSITE:
The courtyard connects the
indoors to the outdoors.

“We used to sleep under a beautiful canopy and


then in winter, we would bring the futon inside.”
works are displayed throughout.
“Because Ian’s background is
Eurasian – Portuguese, Chinese,
Malay and Indian – the property
has an Oriental feeling,” says Ros.
“Different courtyards open up into
the larger courtyard, which you step
up, down, then up again. The steps are
Oriental, to stop evil spirits entering.”
Although the couple now has an
enclosed bathroom, they still cook
outside and don’t own an oven. “Nine
months of the year it’s glorious,” says
Ros of the climate in WA. “We manage
quite well with a barbecue. We live
in a cycle, with the seasons.”
In the courtyard there is a huge
table that seats 22, and the de Souzas
were legendary hosts. “We don’t
entertain that number of people
anymore,” says Ros. In the couple’s
large, open bedroom there is a glass
table. “We can fit guests into the
bedroom,” says Ros. “In winter I
cook earlier and then I light the
slow combustion wood fire in our
bedroom and put the casserole pot
on that,” she laughs. “Our bedroom
is more like a salon.”
As the needs of the couple change,
their home has changed. “It’s very
organic – as we’ve grown older, this
place has had to accommodate us,”
explains Ros. “As Ian says, a home
should be like a comfortable overcoat
you just slip into.” A beautiful, green,
artistic coat at that. AWW

Less is more
Rosslyn de Souza has some handy
tips for arranging art and objects
for maximum effect.“When I was
creating the small short-term lease
properties, I had to get rid of anything
that wasn’t absolutely necessary.
It was a real discipline. I learned to
use what I already had, and not add
anything. Often by just rearranging
things you can create what you
want. Treat space like a pause in a
conversation – it doesn’t always have
to be filled. Space draws attention
to what’s there. Once you have the
basics, all you do is tweak it, take one
thing away and add something else.”

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“I light the slow combustion wood fire in our
bedroom and put the casserole pot on that.”

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: The de Souzas’ bedroom hosts guests around the glass table, while the wood fire is used for cooking in winter;
glass panels allow for plenty of natural light and the feeling of space; the alfresco dining area; artwork dominates the wall to add
colour in the sitting room; the outdoor bathroom featuring Ian’s artwork as a privacy screen; Rosslyn enjoys the sunny outlook.

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[ Get the look ]

Boho chic
Give your home a stroke of artistic flair with
furnishings, prints, plants and a gorgeous ottoman
for the ultimate in bohemian styling.

INSET PHOTOGRAPHY BY SCOTT HAWKINS. INSET ARTWORK BY IAN DE SOUZA. STYLING BY HANDE RENSHAW.
5
6
7
3

4 8
1. Ke-Zu Emu Pigalle outdoor chair, $440, kezu.com.au. 2. Freedom Viridian 85 x 114cm print, $349, freedom.com.au. 3 & 4. Spotted dinner plate,
$14.95, and Abstract Brushstroke side plate, $14.95, both from West Elm, westelm.com.au. 5. Linen Indigo cushion, $69.95, from Oz Design Furniture,
ozdesignfurniture.com.au. 6. Pom Pom Blush throw, $119.95, from Kas Australia, kasaustralia.com.au. 7. Freedom Monsteria plant, $149, freedom.
com.au. 8. Matt Blatt Ryker ottoman, $995, mattblatt.com.au.

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[ D-I-Y tips ]

Home hints
Georgina Bitcon shares tips for removing ticks, peeling mangoes, eating
onions, deterring ants, and being travel savvy, plus there’s a reader’s prize tip.
ASK THE WEEKLY Foundation fader

Q
I have just moved to a To remove liquid foundation
tick-infested area and from clothing, spray shaving foam
have already had several onto the stain, let it sit for a few
on my legs and arms. What is the minutes, then rub it vigorously
best way to remove them? into the stain and rinse with
J. Abbotsmith, NSW. cold water. Repeat if necessary,
Firstly, do not attempt to pull a before laundering as usual.
live tick out with tweezers. For an
adult tick on someone aged over On eggshells
four years, current advice is to If you drop eggshell into a bowl
spray it with a wart-freezing when cracking eggs, wet your
spray (containing dimethyl ether fingers before picking it out – it’s
– DME) from a pharmacy to kill it. much easier to remove.
Check out ticksafe.com.au for
full instructions and advice on No ant picnic
preventing and treating tick bite. When you’re camping or picnicking, place each of
the table legs in a bowl or plate of water to prevent
Cheek to cheek ants from crawling up to the food.
For a nifty way to peel mangoes, cut cheeks from
each side of the seed with a sharp knife, then, Don’t let any Cinnamon for plants
starting at one end, use a drinking glass to push fruit go to waste Pure ground cinnamon (not cassia) makes an
between the skin and flesh, so the peel remains
on the outside and the cheek slips into the glass.
this summer – effective rooting powder for striking plants and
a light sprinkling will also prevent the fungus
chop any excess, that causes “damping off” in young seedlings.
No overpowering onions pop into small For older plants, spraying with a strained solution
If raw onions are too strong for salad or sandwiches, zip-lock bags and of cinnamon steeped overnight in water will help
soak them in lightly salted iced water for 20–30 freeze to make combat fungal disease.
minutes, then rinse and pat dry on paper towels.
your own single- Muffin magic
Beach baby serve, healthy Put paper muffin liners in the bottom of your car’s
A large fitted sheet makes a great sand-free area frozen smoothie cup holders to catch drips and other gunk.
for a small baby to play at the beach. Simply hold packs. Simply
the four corners taut with an esky and beach bags.
blend with milk SHARE YOUR DOMESTIC SECRETS
Send your handy hints or questions to: Home
Ahead of the pack or yoghurt while Hints, The Australian Women’s Weekly, GPO Box
Super-organise your suitcase and save space still frozen. 4178, Sydney, NSW 2001, or email openline@
with lightweight packing cubes to keep similar bauer-media.com.au. We pay $75 for the reader’s
items all in the one place. Look for inexpensive prize hint each month. While every effort is made
sets in retail chainstores. to ensure the efficacy of each hint, we cannot
take responsibility for individual results.

Reader’s prize hint


GETTY IMAGES.

Going away? Put indoor plants on an old towel in the bath in 1–2
2 cm
of water, and leave blinds or curtains open for light and humid
dity.
This will keep them happy for a week or two. C. Cameron, Qld d.

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[ Clippings ]

Lemon scented
The freshest, sweetest scent for midsummer is lemon. Yet, oddly, the strongest
lemon fragrances aren’t from lemons at all, writes Jackie French.

T
here’s nothing like branched in winter but in
the beautiful scent summer the scent is truly
of citrus in summer delicious. Grow it in full sun and
and here are my prune it to any shape you like.
best lemon scents You can grow it, too, in big pots,
to grow in your garden. filled with winter-blooming
Lemongrass: This is the pansies in autumn to give colour.
winner in the lemon stakes! Lemon balm: Ho hum. It’s
Stunningly lemon flavoured, lemony, but a slightly camphor-
the scent wafting up from the like lemon taste as well as scent.
clumps on hot summer days. Its main virtue is it’s unkillable
It will die down in frost, but unless you live in a desert and
come again. I grow ours against even then it may come back
a warm water tank. In warmer when it rains. The leaves are a
climates try a hedge of it around pleasant pale green. Inoffensive
the vegetable garden, to keep the is the best word for it.
grass from encroaching and as Finger limes: The fruit is like
a pest repellent too. Pots well. Nothing beats the scent lemon caviar, each tiny globule
Lemon verbena: This gracious and flavour of lemons. a deep burst of flavour. I adore
deciduous shrub tolerates harsh it. They’ll grow in sun or shade,
frosts and all but arid and regions of frost or tropics and
tropical climates. It may be bare survive flood or drought. But until you
It’s time to ... pick them there is no scent at all.
● Fill your pet’s water bowl Lemons: The mid-summer scent
Top tip each morning with ice of lemon trees is often that of rotting
MID- cubes, to keep the water fruit under the tree. You can’t really
SUMMER fresh and cool. ● Trim back smell the lemons until you get up close
POTS & rose branches by one-third and sniff and, while the leaves may
BASKETS and water and feed well so smell lemony too, they are never truly
This is the time potting they’ll keep blooming until fragrant, even in a lemon grove.
mix turns to concrete. Do not panic, nor winter. ● Cover your And yet when you pick a mid-
repot, at least until the weather cools. favourite fruits in fruit fly summer lemon, sniff it, grate the
Instead soak well, in a bucket or tub if bags, which not only keep deeply flavoured zest, slice it thinly
possible or with two hours of sprinkler. out fruit fly but birds and into your jug of water, with a sprig
If you don’t, the ultra-dry soil can repel possums. ● Feast on sun- or two of mint, then it is magic.
moisture. Add water till it soaks it up. warmed tomatoes, fresh Utter summer magic, the scent of
Now dig tiny holes, not too big or basil, tiny crisp home-grown lemon, the rich scent of lemon from
you’ll disturb the roots, and poke in zucchini. ● Admire your your summer garden. AWW
water-retaining crystals. Mulch well. display of sunflowers.

What to plant in January


FLOWERS: Alyssum, ageratum, coleus, gypsophila, Iceland poppy, larkspur,
linaria, lupin, mignonette, pansy, portulaca, stock, salvias, sunflowers and zinnias.
VEG: Artichoke, asparagus, beans, beetroot, capsicum, carrots, chilli, celery, corn,
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mini eggplant, lettuce (if the temperature is over 30ºC they may not germinate),
parsley, parsnip, pumpkins, radish, silverbeet, tomatoes and zucchini (except in
humid areas). In frost-free climates add choko, melons, sweet potatoes and taro.

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Trials save lives
You can get emotional about breast cancer. But we’d rather get practical, Tanja Zearo (left),
KIX WGMIRXMƤG ERH KIX VIWYPXW pictured with her sister
Katarina, is a participant
Every advance in the treatment of breast cancer has come through clinical in the OlympiA clinical
trials research – and that’s what Breast Cancer Trials does. Every dollar trial, which aims to
we raise goes towards funding our clinical trials. Every day, our research reduce the risk of breast
cancer coming back
is saving and improving the lives of people affected by breast cancer.
after treatment, for
Life-saving drugs such as Herceptin®
, Exemestane, Letrozole and patients with the BRCA
Tamoxifen came through our clinical trials. Millions of women in Australia gene mutation.
and around the world are cancer free today because of the work we do.
But there’s still more to be done. Breast cancer in females is the most
commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia, with 48 women diagnosed every day.
So let’s get practical about breast cancer. Let’s get results.

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What’s
on
The must-see
shows, movies,
and exhibitions.
ON SONG
David Campbell (right) returns
to his musical theatre roots as

Glitz and glam


legendary American singer,
songwriter and actor Bobby
Darin in Dream Lover – The Bobby
Darin Musical. After an acclaimed Wealthy widow Hanna (Danielle de Niese, above,
Sydney season, it’s Melbourne’s centre) is the talk of the town. But while men line
turn to experience the story of
up for their chance with the beautiful heiress, she
the trailblazing entertainer
whose songs provided the has eyes only for the one that got away. She’s not
soundtrack to the ’50s and the only one turning heads, either. Opera Australia’s
60s. At The Arts Centre new production of The Merry Widow waltzs
Melbourne from December
27. Visit dreamlover.com.au. onto the Sydney Opera House stage from
January 2. Visit opera.org.au.

T MOVIES

JUMANJI: WELCOME TO DARKEST HOUR DOWNSIZING THE GREATEST


THE JUNGLE Gary Oldman (above, centre) Paul Safranek (Matt Damon amon, SHOWMAN
Four high-school kids is transformed in a career- above right) is looking g for a Hugh Jackman (above) heads
discover an old video game high performance as Prime new start, which come es in the an all-star cast as P.T. Barnum,
– Jumanji – and are sucked Minister Winston Churchill, form of “downsizing” – a a visionary with a dream to
into the game. To return, as he battles to evacuate technique to shrink hu umans. create the Greatest Show on
they’ll have to go on the most troops from Dunkirk. Equally Recipients cost and co onsume Earth in this all-singing,
dangerous adventure of their impressive is Ben Mendelsohn less, and their assets a are now all-dancing musical. Michelle
lives. From left, Kevin Hart, as King George VI and Kristin worth 100 times more e, Williams, Zac Efron and
Karen Gillan, Jack Black and Scott Thomas as Churchill’s allowing them extrava agant Zendaya round out the cast
Dwayne Johnson bring the wife Clementine. Utterly lifestyles. Will it be all it’s hyped in this feel-good flick. Opens
laughs for a new generation engrossing from beginning up to be? Kristen Wiig (above) December 26.
of fans. Opens December 26. to end. Opens January 11. also stars. Opens Dece ember 26.

SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN Head to the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre in


Don’t miss Fremantle for their adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic story, The Twits, tthis
school holidays. The season runs from January 8 to 27. Visit sppt.asn.aau.

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School List
10TH
ANNIVERSARY
Service.
TOUR
The favourite Aussie musical,
Priscilla Queen of the Desert, is
off on a national tour in 2018,
starting in Melbourne on
January 21 before visiting
Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane.
Hop aboard the bus with
Bernadatte (Tony Sheldon),
Tick (David Harris) and Felicia
(Euan Doidge) as they head
to Alice Springs to put on the
show of a lifetime.
Visit priscillathe
musical.com.au.

MUST
SEE

Cult classic
Craig McLachlan steps into
the outrageous Frank N
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new production of The


Rocky Horror Show, at the
Adelaide Festival Centre
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from December 28, before it


heads around the country.
Visit rockyhorror.com.au.
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one of our friendly Team
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The Melbourne Theatre Company is
schoollistservice
bringing The Curious Incident of the
Dog in the Night-Time, to the Arts

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Centre Melbourne from January 13.
Based on the best-selling novel by We’ll pack your items
Mark Haddon, the play free of charge.
is the story of
15-year-old

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when it’s ready to collect.
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A powerful tale of family dynamics set in the
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Great Read
Tasmanian bush charts the lives of two very sticker in your
different sisters, writes Juliet Rieden. local bookstore.
The Sisters’ Song turned black,” writes Allan. Mum
by Louise Allan, Allen & Unwin. hammers a sheet across the bedroom
The lyrical landscape of Tasmania has window with nails, while their aunty
proved fertile ground for authors, and Lorna warns them: “Be good or
this debut novel from a gentle and Mum will be sent to an asylum and
perceptive new voice in Australian you to an orphanage.”
fiction is deeply evocative of a bygone The girls actually end up with
era. It’s a tale spanning 70 years Grandma – who looks like Queen
about family dynamics, secrets and Victoria with a bun and hair parted in
hidden emotions, but especially about the middle. She is feisty and at times
female relationships within families. fun, and in encouraging Nora’s gift
“I was inspired by my experiences of for playing the piano leaves Ida in
motherhood, both as a daughter and the shade. As Nora’s musical career
as a mother,” author Louise Allan tells flourishes, Ida’s life takes a different
The Weekly. “Ever since I had children turn – becoming a nanny age 15 – and
myself, I’ve felt torn between caring for a chasm is opened.
my family and pursuing my own dreams The siblings are reunited when, years
and hopes. Just about all my characters later, Nora is saddled with a family she
are inspired by people in my family tree. doesn’t want in the Tassie bush and Ida
Ida is based on my grandmother, who comes to help out.
was devoted to her family, had a great Allan’s skill is in her characterisation,
sense of humour, and who experienced three which is deft and sensitive, and in her
stillbirths before having my father and uncle understanding of the mores of different
by Caesarean.” generations. This is a story we live through
Ida (the protagonist) and her younger sister every page which underlines the painful
Nora live in Ben Craeg, where thy have scant reality of history repeating itself through
memories of Dad, Edward. Ida treasures two generations but delivers a powerful and
Box Brownie photos of him on a picnic, cathartic final message.
faded, but with memories of blonde, cherubic
Nora and herself “my face almost completely
covered by a cloche hat, as if trying to hide… ABOUT THE AUTHOR
my hand rests on Dad’s arm so he wouldn’t Louise Allan
forget I was there too.” Born and raised in Tasmania, Louise Allan,
The other photo shows Mum, Alice and 51, now lives in Perth with her husband,
Dad unsmiling; Edward’s suit already four children and two dogs, golden
hanging on him – he is soon to die of retriever Gretel and labrador Leisel – “Yes,
stomach cancer. The girls are not allowed to they’re named after characters from The
go to his funeral and so our many conflicting, Sound of Music,” confesses Louise. Louise
confusing messages to children begin: “It is started out as a doctor. “But as my family
no place for a child.” grew, life as a working mother became
Everything changes after that, as Mum too hectic,” she says. The Sisters’ Song
draws the curtains on life, the house dim and took Louise six years to write and “was
silent. It is 1926. Ida is six. “Their world accepted by the first agent I sent it to.”

CONGRATULATIONS to Elva Callaghan from St Lucia, Queensland, winner of the December issue AWW Book Club competition who
wins a copy of Ada, by Kaz Cooke, by telling us who her favourite entertainer is and why. “Actor Nicole Kidman is beautiful, talented
and a true-blue Aussie. Her diversity of roles highlights her chameleon-like skills as an actor. She’s fabulous,” writes Elva.

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Leila McKinnon REVIEWS
THE ZOO TWO STEPS
by Christopher Wilson, FORWARD
Faber & Faber. by Graeme Simsion
Yuri Zipit is the and Anne Buist,
wonderfully Text Publishing.
idiosyncratic narrator Almost by accident, two
of this bizarre account middle-aged strangers
of Stalin’s last days. find themselves walking
He’s twelve-and-a-half the Camino, an arduous
and has survived being pilgrims’ path that runs
hit by a milk truck and run over by a tram. through Europe. Widowed American Zoe and
But, as he puts it, “there are some breaks divorced Englishman Martin are facing the Now Let’s Dance
in my brain, mostly in my clear thinking mental and physical challenges of the by Karine Lambert, Hachette.
departments”. He’s naïve, trusting and full of 1500km section between France and the Widower Marcel and widow
hope when there’s absolutely no reason for west coast of Spain. The narrative switches Maggy meet 800km from
optimism. When he opens the door to two between the two as they rifle through their the little town where they
men late at night and his father calls out to memories, stare down their mistakes, treat both lived their entire married
ask who it is, he yells over his shoulder, “It’s their blisters and ponder their futures. lives, in France, where they
two secret policemen … a fat one who’s out of Misunderstandings, conflicts and flirtations could have bumped into each
breath, and a skinny one with yellow teeth.” abound. At times our erstwhile walkers can other in the marketplace.
His ensuing relationship with the dying Stalin be a little annoying. Zoe is earnest and flaky, But he wouldn’t have noticed
is a literary treat. All sorts of horrors lay in and Martin starchy, even priggish, but they the well-heeled woman with
store, and plenty of delicious absurdity, grow on you as they trudge their way south a chignon – the Algerian
making this a tale that’s tragic and charming. to find what it is they have lost. zookeeper only saw his
childhood love, mini-mart
QUEEN VICTORIA’S HOUSE OF SPINES assistant Nora. Now she has
MATCHMAKING by Michael J Malone, drowned – three months
by Deborah Cadbury, Orenda Books. before their planned golden
Bloomsbury. Impoverished wedding anniversary trip back
The story of Queen Glaswegian poet Ranald to Algeria. His healing gift from
Victoria’s 42 McGhie is an incredibly his daughter, Manou, is a stay
grandchildren is also fortunate young man to at a spa. Maggy, wife of the
the story of early inherit, quite out of the town’s notary Henri, had never
20th century Europe. blue, a fully serviced slept with another man, was
Grandmamma Queen historic mansion. Or is not allowed to work or read
manipulated many of them into dynastic he? There are walls that turn ice cold, and Maupassant. She is now
marriages across the continent. Their others from which the cries of a desperate dominated by son Frederic,
letters not only give us a glimpse into an baby are heard. But then again, Ran isn’t while she relaxes at the same
extraordinarily rich and powerful family, taking the medication he’s been prescribed spa as the handsome stranger.
they reveal what it was like to see history for his mental health. And there’s the She had always dreamed of
unfold firsthand as the world descended into question of the selfish cousins who seem climbing Everest; instead she
war and revolution. Kaiser Wilhelm’s mother, determined to get him out. It’s a spooky and finds simple happiness with
the German Empress “Vicky”, wrote shortly compelling three-way tussle to explain the her poetic new beau. What
after his second birthday that her son got strange goings on. Malone keeps the tension raises the bar in this familiar
so “violent and passionate that it makes high and he unfolds the mystery of the love second-time-around story
me quite nervous”. Queen Victoria woman in the mirror with skilfully crafted is that it’s so continental. In
campaigned vigorously to prevent two of suspense. Ranald is a likeable, if troubled spite of disapproval from their
her grand-daughters marrying Russians. guy, and his trips to the village to investigate children, there was never any
Both would be murdered by the Soviet his family’s history ground this possibly question the “disobedient
secret police. Scholarly and exciting. supernatural thriller most cleverly. urchins” were about to kiss
and sleep together.

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The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur, Simon & Schuster.
Poetry rarely gets in the bestseller lists but the controversial Rupi
Kaur does, and it’s all down to the power of Instagram. This 25-year-
old Canadian is part of a new generation dubbed “instapoets” who
have paired poetry with illustrations publishing initially on social
media platforms. Kaur’s first volume of work, Milk and Honey, was
self-published and thanks to her 1.6 million followers on Instagram
was quickly picked up by a publisher. And while this may sound
very new-fangled and millennial, the poetry is worth a look. It’s smart
and arresting, dealing with issues such as sexual abuse, the notion of
beauty and racism. This second volume is also laced with a dreamy
lyricism which is defiantly compelling.

How Do Worms Work by Guy Barter, Hachette.


Chief Horticultural Advisor of the Royal Horticultural Society in the
UK, Barter’s “A Gardener’s Collection of Curious Questions and Seven Days of Us
Astonishing Answers” is irresistible to both the gardener and those by Francesca Hornak,
who love beautiful, illustrated books – the vintage engravings are Hachette.
delectable. It covers all aspects of gardening with an infectious dollop “Serial” foreign aid worker
of humour and whimsy and leaves you happily knowledge-filled. Dr Olivia Birch, 32, is heading
Not all herbs smell nice; beware the glory flower, which smells of home to her English
rotting meat. Does beer get rid of slugs? “Slugs love beer.” Tempt aristocratic family for
them to enter a vessel with beer at the bottom and they will drown, Christmas. Shallow “fun” TV
but they are not so keen on Budweiser. Who knew? You do now! production sister Phoebe
shares a cloying bond with
father Andrew Birch, a snide
The Art Of Wellbeing, by Meredith Gaston, Hardie Grant. “celebrity” food critic. Leaving
Victoria’s Meredith Gaston has been inspiring and delighting with Liberia’s deadly HAAg virus
her sage, comforting volumes of learning to live a joyous life through epidemic, Olivia’s arrival
nature for years, and this larger-sized, deliciously Gaston-illustrated requires the family to go into
keepsake has to be her best yet. Divided into four sections – comfort, quarantine for her stay. Hornak
energise, nourish and blossom – she adds heaps of yummy plant- deftly sets the table for a
based recipes; rise and shine “compost” (as her family call it!) suffocating seven days with
smoothie, with avocado, spinach and more, and little lavender this secretive family. Mother
chocolates. Plus face masks and toners using bananas and apple Emma is hiding the lump under
cider vinegar from your kitchen pantry. Every section has her her armpit, confirmed as
familiar lulling, but practical advice on how to make every day cancer. Olivia breached the
special and above all, never underestimate the power of love. HELP charity’s “No Touch”
protocol, sleeping with fellow
paediatrician Sean, who has
contracted the virus, for which
Into the World by Stephanie Parkyn, Allen & Unwin. there is no vaccine. Father
It took Tasmanian environmental scientist Parkyn years to Andrew deletes emails from
write this remarkable retelling of revolutionary Marie-Louise “birth son” Jesse in LA, who has
Girardin’s boarding of the Recherche, dressed as a male flown to their country pile to
steward, on its mission in 1791 to locate missing explorer La meet the former Middle East
Perouse. Daughter of a drunken gardener, Marie-Louise was correspondent who slept with
used to endurance. But she escaped with sweet baker his mother in Beirut in 1980.
husband Etienne, and gave birth to son Jojo. When a fatal Disappointed and lonely, Jesse
accident and illness rob her of both, she must go back to her drinks at the local pub on
REVIEWS BY KATIE EKBERG.

now wealthy wine merchant father’s house. Pregnant and Christmas Eve, innocently
abandoned by lover Hebert, she casts disrepute on the family cajoled into joining Phoebe’s
name as she gives birth to second son Remi. Women’s drunken fiancé George. Jesse’s
choices were few: Marie-Louise could remain prisoner of her West Coast gay-dar zooms in
father, port prostitute or leave her baby with the nuns and and he and George share a kiss.
seek her fortune at sea. Triumphant all-round story-telling. An absolute cracker.

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Jennifer Byrne REVIEWS
THE SCANDAL by THE NATURALIST’S
Fredrik Backman, DAUGHTER
Penguin. by Tea Cooper,
Long novels about Harlequin.
small-town sports While it’s common for
fanatics normally writers to mix genres,
leave me as cold as the Australia’s Tea Cooper
snow which surrounds does it more boldly
Beartown, in the middle than most in this blend
of the Swedish forest. of romance and natural
A dying working-man’s town with just one history about one of the biggest scientific
distinction: after years of furious training, its controversies of the 19th century, the Paris Fashion, A
junior ice hockey team now has a real chance classification of the platypus. A creature Cultural History
to take out the national championships, which both lays eggs and nourishes its by Valerie Steele, Bloomsbury.
lifting the dreams of the entire community. young with milk, to the disbelief of all but “There is no progress in art,
But then a sexual scandal erupts, implicating naturalist Charles Winton and daughter Rose, any more than there is
the team’s key player, 17-year-old Kevin, and who travels to England in 1808 to persuade progress in making love,” artist
the manager’s daughter. The town must take the stuffed shirts at the Royal Society of the Man Ray famously said. Such
sides. This new bestseller by A Man Called truth of her father’s findings. Jump forward a is perhaps the conclusion
Ove author Fredrik Backman evolves from century, and researcher Tamsin is called to about fashion in this brilliantly
a hockey story to a spellbinding study of the Hunter Valley, where an old sketchbook posed debate: why is Paris
character, class and the cost of principles. has been discovered. Is it the same one Rose considered the fashion capital
One young boy, Amat, knows the truth of took to England? And does it prove she was of the world? The author, the
what happened – but will he speak up? as eminent a naturalist as her father? Director and Chief Curator
of the Museum at New
WORKING CLASS THE CHALK MAN York’s Fashion Institute of
MAN by Jimmy by C.J. Tudor, Penguin. Technology, takes us from
Barnes, HarperCollins. This gripping thriller the 1393 Paris husband who
Volume one told us takes until the very last disapproved of his 15-year-old
what caused the chapter to solve the wife’s lust for new-fangled
damage; the trauma puzzle it poses in the styles, through Louis XV’s
of young Jimmy first … but you’d be high-spending mistresses
growing up in a chaotic, crazy to peek, because Madame de Pompadour and
abusive, and sometimes there’s 30 years of Madame Du Barry, to the male
parentless home in the twists, false trails and dandy and women in trousers.
meanest streets of Adelaide. Volume two general creepiness in-between involving a An 1872 caricature of a
tells us how the damage played out over the bunch of neighbourhood boys, a mysterious smoking woman in slacks
next 40 years. A story as dark as pitch but drawer of chalk stick figures, and several reads, “It’s fun to be man”,
so compelling, so powerful and at times so spectacular deaths in a sleepy English while in 1967, Yves St Laurent’s
close to unbelievable – how can this man still village. It starts in the mid-1980s, when three-piece pinstripe suit still
be alive? – it sets a new bar for rock’n’roll 12-year-old Fat Gav is given a bucket of chalks created waves on the catwalk.
survival stories. The drugs, the sex, the hits, for his birthday. Or perhaps it’s when Eddie Good Christian American
the highs, they’re all here. But what lifts this meets the Pale Man, who plants the idea of women were warned of the
memoir is its searing honesty, and Jimmy’s using the drawings as a secret code? “licentious and infidel” French
tender, sincere regret for what the circus However it started, it quickly becomes a dress by reformers in the
REVIEW BY KATIE EKBERG

he ringmastered did to his own wife and dangerous game. The chalk figures lead the 19th century. “La Parisienne
family. Also to himself. The scene that opens four boys to the dismembered body of a encompassed not only the
the book, when Barnes hits bottom, reveals young girl, a crime which remains unsolved great lady but also the
all his fear and self-loathing; it’s an act of for 30 years. Until the figures return. Turns courtesan, the milliner or
great courage to share it now. out the game has never ended …. grisette [working class],”
says Steele.

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Many happy returns


Money magazine founding editor Pam Walkley reveals how to turn cash
windfalls, great or small, into the financial gift that keeps on giving.

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f you, or your kids, were lucky enough at 18 per cent interest will cost $17,181 and
to receive a cash windfall from Santa at take 33 years to pay if you only make the
Christmas, there are some great ways minimum repayments. Similarly, if you have a
to make it grow, no matter whether its mortgage, reduce your interest but also have
$50 or $100,000. Don’t be temped to access to your money by opening an offset
spend it all, although you may use part to account attached to the mortgage. Offset
buy something you love or donate to your accounts can be a great way to save for your
favourite charity. You might also consider kids’ education or home renovations. It’s like
investing in yourself by undertaking a course earning interest equal to your mortgage
or study to boost your earning capacity. interest rate without having to declare interest

1
Smaller amounts, such as $50 to $200, income from the offset account in your tax
can be used to build your savings, either return. Alternatively, you could also use the
as a buffer or to invest. Look for an cash to kick-start a share portfolio. Even with
account paying reasonable regular interest a $1000 you can buy two exchange traded
using websites like ratecity.com.au or finder. funds (ETFs) on the ASX (minimum parcel is
com.au. For example, at the time of writing $500), giving you a small stake in many local
the Bankwest Hero Saver was paying 2.6 per or offshore companies. For example, the
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cent monthly when you deposit $200 and make iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (code IVV) aims
no withdrawals. If you are prepared to take to replicate the performance of US large-cap
more risk to earn higher interest, stocks as represented by the
consider a peer to peer (P2P) lender. Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.
With RateSetter (ratesetter.com.au), One-year returns have been 19.5
for example, you can start with per cent. The Vanguard Australian
$10, and at the time of writing earn Shares Index Fund (code VAS)
interest ranging from 3.7 to 9 per cent tracks the performance of the S&P/
for terms from one month to five ASX 300 Index, our top 300
years. The reason these accounts companies. One-year performance
are riskier is they are not covered has been 12.04 per cent.

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guarantee of up to $250,000 for or more gives you a life-
each account held in a bank, credit changing opportunity. You
union or building society. could start a diversified investment

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$1000 to $10,000 open up shares, infrastructure and fixed
more choices. If you have high income. Unless you feel confident,
interest credit card debt, one of the it’s probably worth seeking out a
smartest things you can do is pay financial adviser, and, if possible,
this down, as it’s likely costing you one that is recommended by people
a fortune. A $5000 credit card debt whose opinions you value. AWW

For the kids There are special bank accounts for kids to encourage them to save. For
example, BCU’s Scoot’s Super Saver is paying 3.5 per cent per annum for kids up to age 13 who deposit at
least $20 each month and withdraw no more than $5 in the same month. Kids can’t personally buy and
sell shares but you can, so create an account in the name of an adult with the shares held in trust for the
child. One of the best ways to get diversification in a small portfolio is to use ETFs (see point two, above).
When the child turns 18, you can transfer ownership of all shares to them. Tax returns will need to be
completed for the child if they earn more than $416 or are entitled to a refund of franking credits.

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THE
TOP 5

Holiday hotspots
Andrea Black

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Sri Lanka
With a raft of new hotel openings and tours on
offer, not to mention the new direct flight from
Melbourne to Colombo on SriLankan Airlines, this
island nation, which is slightly smaller than Tasmania,
is a must-visit for 2018. According to David Galt of
Webjet, it’s Australian travellers’ next big leisure
destination. “The friendly people, hospitality, sublime
beaches and wildlife-rich jungles make it ideal for
couples, solo travellers or families,” he says. For
first-timers, it’s worth going on an organised tour. There
are endless options available, including Tuk Tuk rides
around the capital of Colombo and scenic train rides
from Kandy. In Sri Lanka there are eight UNESCO
World Heritage Sites, including the 16th-century
colonial fortress of Old Galle. Visit srilanka.travel.
Prefer a beach break? The south
Our tip coast features marvellous beach
resorts and villas.

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Crystal-clear
water awaits
on Sri Lanka’s
south coast.

Beauty abounds at
the Lake District.

2
The English Lake District
This district in north-west England was recently announced as a UNESCO World
Heritage Site and it’s easy to see why. The area is home to England’s largest natural
lake – the sparkling Windermere – and the highest mountain, Scafell Pike. Writer Beatrix
Potter gained inspiration from the area, as did poets William Wordsworth and Samuel
Coleridge. There’s a museum and gallery for every taste, including The World of Beatrix
Potter. Dine in historic teahouses, visit markets to eat Grasmere Gingerbread, or try a
treetop adventure course. There are a number of tours available in the area, which
is about 3.5 hours from London by train. Visit golakes.co.uk.
Don’t miss the quirky Derwent Pencil Museum in Keswick, where
Our tip you can view miniature pencil sculptures or take an art workshop.

3
Canberra
Our nation’s capital may be small, but it packs
a punch, according to Lonely Planet, which
Jamala Wildlife
announced Canberra as one of the world’s Top 10
Lodge.
Cities in its annual Best in Travel 2018. The revitalised
capital features whole precincts such as NewActon
and Braddon, with some of the best cafes, bars and
restaurants in the country. There are design-savvy
hotels such as Hotel Hotel, pet-friendly options like
the Mercure and you can even sleep with a lion, bear
or giraffe at the Jamala Wildlife Lodge, housed in the
National Zoo & Aquarium. Wineries abound on the
capital’s doorstep, and ski fields are not far away.
The city is filled with cultural must-visits, including
Questacon and the National Gallery of Australia.
Annual events such as Floriade bloom bigger
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every year. Visit visitcanberra.com.au.


See the famous Menin Gate
lions, which have returned to
Our tip The Australian War Memorial.

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Marina Bay Sands’ famous
rooftop pool in Singapore.

4
Singapore
It’s the destination that just keeps getting better, and
it’s becoming more convenient to visit. From March
25, Singapore will revert back to being the stopover for
Qantas flights to Europe, and Singapore Airlines has just
launched its new A350 flights from Brisbane. It’s no secret
that Singapore is a foodie capital with 38 restaurants in the
Michelin Guide, including Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce
Chicken Rice & Noodle, where the signature dish costs
just A$3.70. There’ll also be a new shopping district on
Orchard Road to discover and the newly renovated Raffles
Singapore hotel, which will reopen in the second half of
2018. Visit visitsingapore.com.au.

Our tip Check out the four-storey slide at


Changi Airport – it even has a pool.

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The Kimberley, WA
It’s wild, remote and features some of the most
spectacular scenery in the world. If you’re not up
for driving, an exploratory cruise can be the best way to
explore. “Our own backyard can’t be underestimated and
the Kimberley is still the wild west. I think that should be on
everyone’s to-do list,” says Debra Fox of APT. APT’s 11-day
Kimberley Coast Cruise from Broome to Darwin takes in
Indigenous rock art at Bigge Island and King George Falls.
Scenic’s 8-day cruise from Broome to Kununurra visits the
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The Bell Gorge
Falls. Visit westernaustralia.com.
waterfall in
Our tip Don’t miss the Lacepede Islands,
a green turtle breeding ground. AWW
the Kimberley.

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Great
escapes
The latest deals, products
and destinations to ensure
you get the best value for
your travel dollar wherever
in the world you’re going.

The magnificent Red Centre


It turns out only 16 per cent of visitors to Uluru climb the rock.
It is sacred to indigenous Australians, signs warn it is culturally
insenstive, and the track is often closed due to wind. Now the
climb will be banned from 2019 – but there’s still plenty to do in
our stunning outback. The Weekly urges everyone to continue
visiting this magical place. For the record, in the past decade,
we’ve photographed both royals and celebrities there,
including Jessica Mauboy (above) and never made the climb.

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Cryptic Crossword
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 21. Time often seen 7. So Tim gets in and
to be hidden (5) leaves it out (5)
8 24. Some more sinners 12. Put her on the list in
9 10 coming out of the your snaky way (7)
plant? (5) 13. Humbled by a sailor
11 12 13 14 27. The most unrefined as he’d been known
word to use (7) to do (7)
15 16 17 18 19
30. There’s a lot to 14. Is seen to clear away
be said for such a such cakes (7)
voice (4) 15. Such a flighty
20 31. Take that hose and person? (5)
work with them 16. ET gets in a line
in the garden (4) here (5)
21 22 23 24 25 26 32. Some cooperate and 18. Fewer seem to carry
work in the theatre (7) water in them here (5)
27 28 29
33. How to halt the 19. Fabric worn by a
30 31 post (4) confused saint? (5)
34. Errol expected to 22. Elaborate display
32 have this part (4) with a lot of the
33 34
clatter necessary (5)
DOWN 23. So get with a cop
2. Make amends if you want a good
for playing a story (5)
ACROSS 10. David loses his capital note badly (5) 25. The Queen of
1. The circle Hal joined for being greedy (4) 3. Or able to turn red the heavens? (5)
with another circle (4) 11. Properties in the on command (5) 26. I take the lead in
6. It’s mostly gloomy for Eastern states (7) 4. Finally one for the a perfect manner (5)
weavers (4) 15. It’s a paler sort of cobbler (4) 28. Sued for being
8. Understand how to gem (5) 5. A little foggy and employed! (4)
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cash (7) it is so moving (5) we hear (4)
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changes to the one on the right.
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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 N I T
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
A N L
ending with “s”, eg, “bakes”.
Solution on pages 189-190.
G M O
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Five Square Lose a Letter


Use the clues below to fill in the square. The Each of the squares in this crossword has two letters. Cross out one letter in each pair so the
words read the same horizontally and remaining letters spell a word in each direction to complete the grid. Solution pages 189-190.
vertically. When you have finished, the shaded
squares, reading from the top, will spell the
mystery word. Solution pages 189-190. S U T E U C U I O D
D E R C X S H N E N
1 2 3 4 5 T O D W C O
P E A O A A
2 O R N A R M V E K I
A W S E E O E O N S
3 I E L N
C I E T
4 L A G T C R O F O Y
T O R I E A L G R T
5 H O S A
V L E O
R I T C A N T I I L
1. Talons D A P E E T H R A S
2. Couturier tag, designer – E A M U
3. Hymn, – With Me
4. Triangular slice, – of cheese O O I A
5. Mix of rain and snow B A T S N T R U M N
E L R E T F H A O B
U O E E G C
Bogglewords D A U N L E
Can you work out the words or phrases
depicted here? Solution pages 189-190. D O O N T E N A P L
S H E R A R S O L H

Word Play
Fit the eight words here
into the grids to form
another set of four-letter
words reading downwards.
Solution pages 189-190.
COAT DEEP
ICES SOFT
INTO ADDS
MELT KNEE

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Bit Parts Guess What 1
Using the words listed below, turn the four-letter words in the grid When you have
into eight-letter words. When you’ve completed the grid, you will worked out the
have two words left over. Put these two words together to create answers to the 2 CLUES 15
another eight-letter word. clues at centre, 1. Tribal head
Solution pages 189-190. transfer the letters 3 (15-2-14-3-10) 14
into the numbered
2. Rounded heap
spaces. Reading
LACE TIME LOAD STEP FOOT 4 (11-5-12-7-8) 13
from number 1,
these letters 3. Pushes from office,
LAND STAR DRUM MEAT SIDE eg (9-6-4-1-13)
will spell the title 5 12
of a classic movie.
Solution pages
1 6 7 8 9 10 11
F I S H 189-190.

2
B O A T All-a-Grams
Instead of clues, we have given you anagrams of the words that
3 fit into the grid. Work out each letter jumble, then work out where
B A L L each word fits. Solution pages 189-190.

4
M E A N
5
M A R K
6
R O A D
7
B E A T
8
S H O E
1. Oat tins 2. Eel scar 3. Army err 4.Red lane
5. Seat biter 6. Cork yodel 7. Earth feed

Work Out Letter Chase Alpha Sudoku


Use the letters from the words given Hidden in the square is the name of an iconic Solve the puzzle as you would a normal
below to fill the squares in the grid to Aussie snack. Starting at the shaded square, Sudoku but using the letters A-I instead
create six five-letter words. We’ve put move from letter in any direction to find what of numbers.
in three letters to get you started. it is. You can only use each letter once. Solution pages 189-190.
Solution pages 189-190. Solution pages 189-190.

CANE, CREATE, HUSH, POP, TROT


E C D
H C W N F D G C I
R I E A B G
V I A D D F B C
A C F D
C E E I S I G A F
G C I H B
R E A F D C
G M T E I B D

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Pairs
Cross out all of the letters
that appear twice. When
you do, you’ll find there K F W G C Q BV T Y
are four letters left over.
D S P Z J K H
Rearrange them to
R E O
form a word.
N A FV I X T D
Solution pages 189-190.

P I G C Z E
Y J M OU Q L H W S R U X N

Trivia Quiz
1. Which sport is contested at both the 9. … And who plays Miss
5. 15.
Giro D’Italia and the Vuelta a Espana? Fisher in the TV series?
2. What is the name of Long John 10. What spirit is mixed with
Silver’s parrot in Treasure Island? orange liqueur and lemon
3. Who is the patron of the Invictus juice to make a Sidecar
Games, the international multi- cocktail?
sport event for wounded, injured 11. Which part of the human
and sick veterans? body includes a mitral
4. Which country music star has and tricuspid valve?
been married to former asphalt 12. Sriracha is a type of what?
paver Carl Dean for 40 years? 13. By what name is the
5. Under what pseudonym does Shakespearean character
J.K. Rowling write the Cormoran Robin Goodfellow more
Strike series of detective novels commonly known?
The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm 14. Which European city is 18. The phrase “Round up the usual
and Career of Evil? home to the Tivoli Gardens suspects” made its movie debut
6. In which year did the world see amusement park? in which classic film?
the fall of the Berlin Wall: 1985, 15. Who played Mr Spock in the 19. Sir Anthony Hopkins, Frank
1987 or 1989? original Star Trek TV series? Langella and John Cusack have
7. Cute and furry, the suricate is a 16. In ancient myth, what is the all played which US politician

GETTY IMAGES.
member of the mongoose family – name of the dog that guards on the silver screen?
by what name is it better known? the entrance to Hades? 20. How old was the composer Wolfgang
8. What type of car does stylish 17. How many spaces are there Amadeus Mozart when he died?
detective Phryne Fisher drive … ? on a Monopoly board? Solution pages 189-190.

Cooking up a Storm Add One


Using a name from both columns each Add one letter to each of the words on a line to make four new words. Write in that letter
time, can you work out the names of our at the start of that line, and when all letters are found, it will spell the mystery word.
10 kitchen stars? Solution pages 189-190. Solution pages 189-190.

1 Julie A Stone 1 FEAT PALM BOOM ABLE


2 Ed B Lawson 2 NITS BEAT ANTS BOND
3 Neil C Ramsey
3 TIES SHOE ACRE SACK
4 Rick D Mehigan
4 FATS EVER CURS AXES
5 Jamie E Perry
6 Gordon F Halmagyi 5 PANT HIND DEAL BRAN
7 Julia G Stein 6 BARE TIER THIN APED
8 Nigella H Goodwin 7 ACES CAPS AIRS MATS
9 Curtis I Oliver
8 HEIR DEER SAND HEAR
10 Gary J Child

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Famous Names Crossword
1 2 3 4 ACROSS DOWN
1. Australian actress, 1. Fashion designer,
Nicole – Calvin –
3. The Silence of the 2. Star of the Jason
5 6 7 Lambs star, Sir Anthony – Bourne franchise, Matt –
8 9 5. The Queen actress, 3. Forrest Gump Oscar
Dame Helen – winner, Tom –
9. NZ opera great, 4. Australian test cricket
Kiri – Kanawa captain, Steve –
10 11 12 11. Former M in 007 6. Notting Hill star, Julia –
movies, Dame Judy – 7. Iconic actress, Meryl –
13
13. Ghost star, – Moore 8. Chinatown star, Jack –
14 15 14. Sense and Sensibility 10. Actress who played
star, Emma – the Flying Nun, Sally –
16 16. Citizen Kane creator, 12. Cricket great, Sir Don –
Orson – 15. Warren Beatty’s actress
17 17. Guernica painter, sister, Shirley –
Pablo – 16. Surname of Queen
18 19
20. Thelma & Louise star, Elizabeth ll
20 21 Susan – 18. Actor who played
22. Gladiator Oscar winner, Atticus Finch, Gregory –
22 Russell – 19. Famous US
23. Cool Hand Luke star, frontiersman, Daniel –
23 Paul – 21. 1950s cult star,
24 24. TV’s Jack Irish, James –
Guy – Solution pages 189-190.

Fill In
Use the words below to fill in the grid at right.
Solution pages 189-190.

3 LETTERS BEAKS 8 LETTERS


AXE GRAPE ACROBATS
GAS GREEN DISLIKED
ICY IDEAL ESTIMATE
ILL PRISM HAMMERED
NOD PUPIL HYDROGEN L I M B
OUT QUIET KANGAROO
OWN REEDS OPENINGS
TWO RELAX SKINCARE
SKINS
4 LETTERS SKUNK 9 LETTERS
ABLE SOLID PLAYTIMES
BOSS RECOVERED
DUNE 6 LETTERS
ENDS ADAPTS 14 LETTERS
KNEE CUCKOO CONGRATULATING
LAYS LEADER DISAPPOINTMENT
LIMB OTHERS
MODE PRANCE
SHOT SODIUM
STAR
UGLY 7 LETTERS
USED BUCKETS
GRANDMA
5 LETTERS HANDBAG
ABOUT SLAMMED
AGENT STATUES
APPLY TANGLES

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Sudoku Top and Tail
Each number from 5 2 Complete the words below by adding the same letter at both ends.
1 to 9 must appear Solution pages 189-190.
in each of the nine 5 3 9
rows, nine columns
and 3 x 3 blocks. 2 98 6 7 – ODICU – – ALLELUJA –
Tip: No number can
occur more than
2 5 4 1 8
– FFUSIV – – ARGLIN –
once in any column, 5 8 9 2 7
row or 3 x 3 block.
Solution pages
8 7 6 4 2 – ISCUSSE – – ONAGO –
189-190. 5 4 3 7 8 – PPALOOS – – ETRIEVE –
Lovatts Super
Sudoku magazine 1 8 7
is available at your – RATORI – – LAYGROU –
newsagent now. 7 1
– LIMATI – – ANTAMOUN –

A-Z Puzzle
fill in the blank white squares in the puzzle using all the letters
of the alphabet. Remember, you can only use each letter once Futoshiki
and all letters must be used. Solution pages 189-190. Fill in the blank squares so that each row and column contains all
the numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4. The symbols will tell you if the number in
each square is larger (>) or smaller (<) than the number next to it.
A O R P R A S E S Solution pages 189-190.

U U R E A
C I E N C E R U C
H C G U E E
R E E D S I S R E L
O O X E S
O X E N A S L E E
M E E F T I A
P L A S E F E E
T L S N O O K
A O U T O N C I L
I E R A E
I N S E C T S S A L A

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P
Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Knock-Out PELICAN KETCHUP FEDORA PORKY MINT


Hidden in this word list is
the name of a household BOWL INDIA DAFFY BURMESE BOOBOOK
item. Knock out all the
words that match the JAMAICA SIAMESE PARSLEY FRUIT MANX
clues and the remaining
words will reveal the SUNHAT MICKEY ROSELLA SOMBRERO CANADA
mystery name.
CROSS OFF ALL: 1. Cat breeds 2. Types of headwear 3. Sauces
Solution pages 189-190.
4. Birds 5. Cartoon characters 6. Commonwealth countries

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Answers
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE: ALL-A-GRAMS: 1. Statio , FAMOUS NAMES:
1. Extra cloud appears top left. 3
2. Ear on kangaroo at far left is missing. 6 K I D M A N H O P K I N S
3. Kangaroo’s arm has moved. 4. Second In grid: (Across) Feathered, Batteries, L A A M
kangaroo’s nose is bigger. 5. Kangaroo’s Crookedly. (Down) Remarry, Station,
E M I R R E N S I
arm is missing. 6. Kangaroo’s pocket line Learned, Cereals.
has vanished. 7. Additional kangaroo I O O K T N T E
appears in background. 8. Ear on WORK OUT: N N B S R I H
kangaroo at right is tilted. 9. Sun has
vanished top right. 10. Kangaroo in S P O R T F E D E N C H B
background at far right changes colour. D E M I R E H R
WORD MAKER: Align, Along, H P E E T H O M P S O N A
Among, Anoint, Anon, Anti, Atoning, W E L L E S A L D
Gain, Gamin, Giant, Glint, Gnat, Ingot, O C E A N I D P I C A S S O M
Into, Lain, Laming, Lamington, Ling,
Lingo, Lino, Lint, Lion, Loan, Loaning,
Loin, Long, Main, Malign, Malting, Mango,
U R T N P B L O A
D E O S A R A N D O N
Mantling, Mating, Mint, Moan, Moaning,
Nail, Naming, Nation, Nominal, Noting, T E A C H S C R O W E I E
Oilman, Talon, Taming, Tang, Tango, O K N N E W M A N
Ting, Tonal, Tong, Toning. LETTER CHASE: R P E A R C E N
FIVE SQUARE: 1. Claws. 2. Label, 3. Abide. Vegemite sandwich
4. Wedge. 5. Sleet. Mystery word: Sage.
ALPHA SUDOKU: FILL IN:
BOGGLEWORDS: 1. Sideways glance. A C R O B A T S A D A P T S C P
2. Shoplifting. 3. Bedspread. 4. Settee. B E G F C I D H A U E L B L T W O R
LOSE A LETTER: F A H D G B C E I C K A N G A R O O A A N A
S K U N K M U H Y D R O G E N
S E T C U S H I ON I C D H E A B G F O E S T I M A T E T R C
P O A W C A G D F B A H I C E M O D E E L I M B A X E
OWN E R O V E N S I H A N D B A G M O U T
I I L T A H E C I F G B D G A S B U R E E D S U I
L O G I C A L F R Y C I B E D G A F H R A P P L Y C A S S O L I D
A P E S K I N S D A E
H O E O D G C I H E F A B P U P I L R E D Q U I E T A
R A T C E N T R A L E O A G E N T M N I L L
E O M A E B A G F D H I C
I C Y C S T A T U E S N
E A T E N T H UMB H F I A B C E D G O W N S H O T A U G L Y
D O U E L E T T V O P E N I N G S E
S HO R T E N A L L PAIRS: Lamb. H A M M E R E D R G R E L A X
E E N R D I S L I K E D D
WORD PLAY: TRIVIA: 1. Cycling, 2. Captain Flint, R N O D E S E E E
3. Prince Harry, 4. Dolly Parton,
S T S O D I U M S K I N C A R E
S O F T 5. Robert Galbraith, 6. 1989, 7. Meerket,
8. Hispano-Suisa, 9. Essie Fisher,
SUDOKU:
K N E E 10. Cognac, 11. Heart, 12. Chilli sauce,
13. Puck, 14. Copenhagen, 15. Leonard
I C E S Nimoy, 16. Cerberus, 17. 40, 18. 2 1 5 6 3 7 9 8
Casablanca. 19. Richard Nixon, 20. 35.
M E L T COOKING UP A STORM:
4 3 8 1 2 9 5 6
1H (Julie Goodwin), 2F (Ed Halmagyi),
A D D S 3E (Neil Perry), 4G (Rick Stein), 5I, (Jamie
3 9 2 7 6 5 4 1
Oliver), 6C (Gordon Ramsey), 7J (Julia
C O A T Child), 8B (Nigella Lawson), 9A (Curtis 1 5 4 8 9 2 3 7
Stone), 10D (Gary Mehigan).
I N T O 8 7 6 4 1 3 2 9
ADD ONE: 1. Feast, Psalm, Bosom, Sable;
D E E P 2. Units, Beaut, Aunts, Bound; 3. Tines, 5 4 9 3 7 6 8 2
Shone, Nacre, Snack; 4. Flats, Lever,
BIT PARTS: 1. Starfish, 2. Boatload,
3. Meatball, 4. Meantime, 5. Landmark,
Curls, Axles; 5. Paint, Hindi, Ideal, Brain; 6 2 1 9 8 4 7 5
6. Barge, Tiger, Thing, Gaped; 7. Aches,
6. Roadside, 7. Drumbeat, 8. Shoelace.
Mystery word: Footstep
Chaps, Hairs, Maths; 8. Their, Deter, Stand,
Heart. Mystery word: Sunlight
7 8 3 2 5 1 6 4
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Answers
January continued ... Christmas Issue
A- Z PUZZLE: INSIDER: Winning word: Beard. EASY CROSSWORD:
Winning word: Letters.
M A J O R P H R A S E S C H A R B A A
U U U I R E Q A A R T I S T U R A P T Y U L E P R O P O S E S
A I D T U B A C R E O E L E O P E
S C I E N C E T R U C K U R A N I U M W R O T E
B C R I M E S C I T E
H C G F U E E S E K E N M E D A L T M N V S O E I M
R E E D S I S R A E L E A S E G A P A B L A Z E G U E S T T H R I L L
E R R O R S S T A B E P E E E E E E A
O O O X E N Z S S P E N D S N O D D E D
O X Y G E N A S L E E P F T I P B R E L K
T A T N V
H O M A G E S C H O O L
M E L E F T I A L E E M U H O L L Y
E S T A T E E X T R A
S I H M M O N
P L E A S E F E V E R U N T I E S G I R D L E
T H E R E P L A S T I C
T L S N O O K E S A L N A E
COLOSSUS:

B P R O H I B I T E D B R A V A D O K I C K I N G O U T V
A B O U T C O U N C I L P I N A R R I I V E J T D N A A O B E R I E W I T H D R E W S L E D
G I M A G I N E D G E A O D N S C A M P E R S C
X W I E R A E T N L D I I G N O R A M U S E S C D Y T T
C O S T S E G M E N T R N A B A S H E D E P I C
I N S E C T S S A L A D A P O S T L E S S S A L A D Q U A D S D P A N O R A M A CRYPTIC CROSSWORD:
R U I A C C R U E F T U T U S A G E R A L D V M B
D E P I C T E U P G R A D E S E E R I N E S S U T A I P E I P A N A M A S T D
B S I N S G R S T A N D S O V M O H N
TOP AND TAIL: 1. Modicum, O O P S P A T C H I N G C P C U D R O P L E T S B L O C R N R E T O R T E D
A O A S P O O M A R A T H O N S G E R S I E R P O D I U M R U M
2. Effusive, 3. Discussed, R O O M S P A L I N G S N N E E R E G A T T A B A T H E
D I N A L O U W I N S I D E R E R S F M S E W M M S E A F A R E R
4. Appaloosa, 5. Oratorio, 6. Climatic, L L A N R E A D S M R U M B A O A T R
T I N Q U E S T S M T R I P O L I I P E N A L I S E E
T A T A I N A
7. Hallelujah, 8. Gargling, 9. Nonagon, M A Y B E D R E C I P E L N A T T E R G C A R A T A E L I M I N A T I N G
N E X P E N S E L O R P H A N A G E A A B R A H A M B
10. Retriever, 11. Playgroup, S K I R T D E K E O U T I N D R E P O S E R T E N O R L R E E T A
12. Tantamount. WR
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[ Horoscopes ] with Lilith Rocha

cruise control beffore you combust.


When co-operative ventures hit
glitches, don’t go troppo, keep
improving communication. New Year’s
Venus is keen
resolution? In thee midst of busyness,
RQ EXI¿QJ make a quiet space for life-changing
up your ideas in search off a landing pad.
professional
LPDJH Taurus ● Apr 22-May 21
So much to do an nd so little interest in
doing it? Rather jjust put your feet up

Caprico
and ease into the year? Excellent idea.
With Venus in Caapricorn most of this
month, your cooll-aid role model is
Dec 22-Jan 20 Taurus Jack Nich holson in Anger
The Sun, Venus, Saturn and Pluuto in Capricorn Management singging I’m Pretty!
for most of January hits peak intensity Oh So Pretty … rremember to
mid-month with the addition o of Mercury and systematically reffresh yourself with
the new moon, making six plan nets in your simple pleasures, preferably outdoors,
sign for this month’s powerful page-turn on in between max ximising your assets,
partnerships: public, professional, personal minimising deb bt, expanding credit,
and private. Venus is keen on buffing
b up your shrinking porees, joining a gym and
professional image, updating p promo materials giving up ind
dulgence bingeing. As
and refreshing online profiles. And if sudden you keep dooing what’s needed
upsets turn careful plans topsyy-turvy, apply to nourish numero una, filling