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                                                            Jason Hodges and dog Dannii. Pic by Kuva.                                     inter is finally here, and with the longer nights and
Writers
Karl Franzen, Janine Martin,                                Next Issue Spring 2011                                                        cooler days, it’s time to snuggle up and give in to some
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                                                                                                                              on landscaping, pools, patios, as well as architecture and interior
disclaimer                                                                                                                    design solutions. And if you’re making a bucket list, be sure to
The views expressed in this publication are not                    approval, performance characteristics, accessories,        add the gorgeous gardens I’ve picked from around the world to
necessarily those of West Australian Publishers, but               uses or benefits they do not have;
are those of the respective authors who accept sole          (d)   Represent that he, she or it has a sponsorship
                                                                                                                              your plans.
responsibility and liability for them.                             approval or affiliation he, she or it does not have;
NOTICE TO ADVERTISERS                                        (e)   Make false or misleading statements concerning the         Jason Hodges, garden guru and Better Homes and Gardens celeb
The Trade Practices Act, 1974 came into force on                   existence of, or amount of, price reductions;
October 1, 1974. There are important provisions in that      (f)   Make false or misleading statements concerning             tells us all about his typical working day in our Day at the Coalface
Act which contain strict regulations on advertising and            the need for any goods, services, replacements or          feature, while Sasha deBretton reveals the secrets of her success in
all advertisers and advertising agents are advised to              repairs;
study those provisions very carefully.                       (g)   Make false or misleading statements concerning the         turning home renovations into million dollar profits for her clients.
It can be an offence for anyone to engage, in trade or             existence or effect of any warranty or guarantee.
commerce, in conduct “misleading or deceptive”. In           PENALTIES                                                        We’ve not forgotten those who would like a little escapism. Read
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                                                                                                                                                                               contents

                                                                     features                                                 minestyle regulars
                                          32                         INSIDE AND OUT                                       6   Brownie Points            4              The Interview          36
                                                                     Special Extended Feature
                                                                                                                              Inside & Out              6              Big Day Out            38
                                                                     TRAVEL                                          26
                                                                     Cruising the Kimberley                                   Travel                   20              Weird News             39

                                                                     FOOD & DRINK                                    32       Looking Good             28              Drive                  40
                                                                     Adam Liaw’s new book
                                                                                                                              Reviews                  30              The Bucket List        42
                                                                     THE INTERVIEW                                   36
                                                                     Amber’s appeal                                           Food & Drink             32              My Day at the Coalface 44
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scarface   blu-ray    frodo   wire   godzilla      monster       inbetweeners      star wars      humidor         ultimate   sequels   mutant      indulge




boxing
    BY KARL FRANZEN     clever T                                    he long winter nights demand some serious couchtime so you might as well stock
                                                                    up on the best of a raft of new DVD box sets and take the phone off the hook for
                                                                    the duration. So turn the lights down low, pull on your Snuggie and press play.




                                                             SAY HELLO TO SCARFACE
                                                             Brian de Palma’s 1983 gangster movie Scarface is regarded by many as a modern classic and
                                                             is probably one of the most quoted films around.
                                                             Universal is so confident of the number of avid Scarface fans out there that it is producing
                                                             a special edition of 1000 box sets costing US$1000 (AUD$900) of the upcoming Blu-ray
                                                             release (in September), housed in a specially commissioned humidor and containing bonus
                                                             bits and pieces, including prints and a copy of the 1932 version of Scarface.
                                                             For those not so keen to splash out that kind of money, a UK edition (pictured), comes in a
                                                             less flashy mock cigar box, which can be yours for around £50 (AUD$70).
                                                             Failing that you can just buy the film on its own.
                                                             Price: $1000




                                                MONSTER MASH UP
                                                The recent centenary anniversary
                                                of the birth of Ishiro Honda, the
                                                late, great writer and director of
                                                the original Godzilla film and a
                                                number of the many sequels, is
                                                enough of a reason to indulge
                                                yourself in a cheesy rubber
                                                monster fest.
                                                Most of the films are available
                                                individually but three box sets
                                                released by Madman offer great
                                                value for money. Perhaps the best is the Godzilla
                                                – Showa Classics Volume 1 which includes a 50th anniversary
                                                edition of the original and the mighty Destroy All Monsters where most of the Godzilla mutant
                                                freaks pile in for a big scrap.
                                                Price: $50



                                                                             THE AWKWARD YEARS
                                                                             Unfortunately you will need to search for this in the UK as only the first
                                                                             season has seen a DVD release in Australia, while the lucky Poms have seen
                                                                             all three series and are eagerly anticipating the movie.
                                                                             The wait for the postman is well worth it however, as this is one of the
                                                                             consistently best comedies to come out of the UK since The Office.
                                                                             Will has to leave his private school when his parents split up and start
                                                                             sixth form at the local state school where he becomes friends with Simon
                                                                             (love-sick loser), Neil (dim-witted paedophile magnet) and Jay (pathetic
                                                                             liar) who are equally desperate to find their place in the world, or at least
                                                                             someone to sleep with them.
                                                                             Price: Around $40 (plus postage)
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A BOXED SET IT IS
September sees the Blu-ray debut of the Star Wars franchise.
The sequels and prequels are collected into their own box sets or all six films can be bought in the nine-disc Star
Wars: The Complete Saga edition. Each film gets its own disc and there are three bonus discs containing 30 hours
of bonus features, some of which are brand new for the Blu-ray release.
Pre-orders are being taken.
Price: $140–150


                              THE NEW SOPRANOS?
                              One of the biggest arguments between TV fanatics on the internet is which is the best HBO series. Usually the choice is
                              whittled down to either The Sopranos or The Wire (although Deadwood should be up there too) and as both of these
                              were treated appallingly by Australian networks, DVD is definitely the best way to judge for yourself.
                              The recent Wire box set takes in all five series and while it may be difficult to get into at first, it really is worth the effort.
                              Taking the perspective of life in Baltimore from various angles (cops and dealers, politicians, education system and finally
                              the media), this gripping drama deserves your attention.
                              Price: Circa $150

LORDING IT UP
With six Blu-ray discs and nine DVDs, the just released The Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition
Blu-ray and DVD box set could be seen as the ultimate version, or just another cash-in designed
to milk the fans for another $100+ for films they probably already own two or three times over.
Regardless of the intentions, there is plenty in its favour for Frodo fans. The films are spread
out over the six Blu-ray discs and the DVDs contain about 26 hours of special features.
Price: $140




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                                       “I
                                             bought my first house at            tapping into a post-GFC market          deliver outstanding results.”
                                             21 and renovated it while           of property owners unwilling to         And the double whammy for
                                             working full time,” says Sasha.     move, but wanting to upgrade            Sasha’s clients is not only do
                     BY GABI MILLS
                                        “I followed my grandfather’s             their present home.                     they have a brilliantly executed
Sasha deBretton, CEO of Million         advice which was to buy property         “I have a bank of reliable tradies      renovation in next to no time –
                                        young and get 10 steps ahead.”           and can now renovate mansions           they also find that their property’s
Dollar Makeovers, is the woman
                                        This early experience of                 in four weeks with a huge team of       value skyrockets into the bargain.
    with the Midas touch. With her
                                                                                 tradie’s onsite everyday managed




                                         million
                                        renovating property herself in                                                   “We recently renovated a house
       trusty band of highly skilled    double quick time has stood              by the best site supervisors in         in Wembley Downs and spent
      building professionals, Sasha     Sasha in good stead, developing a        Perth. We can also do standard          $400,000 on the job. We re-
     is transforming Perth homes –      niche system in renovating fast at       4x2 single storey homes in 14 days      fitted ceilings, the electrics, the
                                        high level of quality.                   or under, and large mansions in         plumbing, basically taking it back
turning them from drabulous to
                                                                                 four weeks or under.                    to the bare bricks. We look at the
    fabulous in record time frames.     “There’s no need to take months
                                                                                 “People think its unbelievable          bones of the building first and
                                        and years to renovate when you are
                                                                                 only because they have never            rebuild from that point. In that
                                        super organised with a dream team
                                                                                 seen such organisation before.          case, the house was valued at
                                        of tradies and staff and every sup-
                                                                                                                         $900,000 before we renovated,
                                        plier at your fingertips,” says Sasha.   “Tradies and builders have a
                                                                                                                         and after we had finished, it was
                                        “I want to give my clients a             notorious reputation for being
                                                                                                                         worth $1.75 million.”
                                                                                 slow but in the Million Dollar
                                        quality dream home in weeks, not
                                                                                 Makeover world, I have a specific       Clients are encouraged to go away
                                        months. Anything can be achieved
                                                                                 strategy with the tradies and           on holiday for the brief period of
                                        when you have the passion, the
                                                                                 staff that enables me to create         renovation, while Sasha and her
                                        right system, and the right team all                                             tradie team of experts moves in.
                                                                                 an efficient system so that we
                                        dedicated to the same end goal.”
                                                                                 can offer an amazing service to         “Alternatively we can provide a
                                        “We love to deliver over and             clients, reducing all stress, hassle,   luxury home for the family to live
                                        above expectations, we love a            headaches and heartaches out of         in while we renovate their house.”
                                        challenge and we focus totally           the renovation process.
                           Talented:                                                                                     Sasha’s particular talent is bringing
                                        on the customer to create their
                    Sasha deBretton,                                             “We take on the entire project          together all the tradies required
                      CEO of Million    dreams. For us that’s satisfaction.”
                                                                                 and clients can go on a holiday,        to implement a grand design
                   Dollar Makeovers.    Sasha turned out to be super-            come back a few weeks later             scheme, creating several ready-
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                                           everything at our fingertips, we        “The house had good bones but                 Sasha’s mantra – ‘There’s always
                                           can put together a renovation           was a little ugly and everything              a solution’ – allows her to keep
                                           plan in a matter of hours.”             was falling apart. We did the                 a tight lid on budgets, and her
                                           Sasha’s team of six designers           renovation for $360,000 over four             experience ensures that she is
                                           are constantly working on new           weeks and afterwards the house                able to bridge the gap between
                                           ideas, and are able to dress the        was valued at $2.45 million, going            a client’s desire for a particular
                                           renovated home right down to            up over a million dollars.                    feature and what realistically can
                                           laying the dining room table.           “We saved the clients substantial             be achieved.
   Continued from page 6                                                           amounts on building costs, time,              “We also offer a free furniture
                                           “When we hand back the house
   designed one off Sasha deBretton        to a client, it’s like a display home   renting for two years and all the             package, where we take the client
   Collections.                            with a real wow factor, everything      hassle. Instead we made them                  shopping to furnish the home.”
                                           in its place. Clients are impressed     over $1m in a month thanks to the             The future for Million Dollar
   “Our new showroom, opening in
                                           because we are so quick – they          renovation and the clients were               Makeovers looks as bright
   July, will display examples of our
                                           save on rent, on disruption to their    over the moon.”                               as Midas’ pile of gold, with
   seven design concepts so that
   clients can see how they look.          lives and get their dream home and      Sasha’s special gift for design               franchises in Sydney and
   Equally, we’re happy to provide         instant added value to their home.”     allows her to assess the potential            Melbourne as well as work in
   a bespoke service if a client has       Million Dollar Makeovers is not         of homes as soon as she walks                 Karratha and Port Hedland on
   a specific look they are trying to      in the business of making empty         through the front door.                       the table, a book, and a TV series
   achieve.”                               claims – when they say they can                                                       featuring Sasha’s special brand
                                                                                   “Many people know what’s
   Sasha also recognised early on          add a million dollars to the value      wrong but don’t know how to                   of inspired reno design set for
   that future clients didn’t want to      of a house, they mean it.               get started, it’s all too hard. That’s        screening later this year.
   be messed around when it came           “A client in City Beach had a house     where we come in, taking all the              “I’m a perfectionist, with a very
   to providing quotes.                    valued at $1.35 million. They had       hassle away from them. And it                 customer-centric focus. I get tears
   “We say what we can do, and             been trying to line up builders for a   doesn’t have to be expensive – I              in my eyes when I see what we’ve
   get a quote back in their hand a        renovation for three years without      can offer creative alternatives               done for clients. I’m very proud to
   week after our initial site visit and   success and at a cost of $1.2m to       which aren’t expensive solutions              run a company with such a high
   consultation. Because we have           rebuild their three storey home.        to design problems.”                          care factor.”




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                     Comfort
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   Artistic hub: Venn in Perth’s CBD
   was designed to reflect the chic,
   ultra modern ethos of the various
   programs, challenging the traditional
   perception of work spaces.




                                           “W
                                                            hen deciding on a       represent the company itself,         all the difference to how staff feel
                                                            design concept for an   incorporating any trademark           in the space.
                       BY KAMI RAMINI                       office building or a    colours and ideas, but it should      “While architecture doesn’t
                                               shopfloor, we sit down with the      also represent what the company       control people, it certainly
             Thinking more about the           company and look at who they         does and the industry it is in.       makes them feel better in their
             architecture and interior         are, who their key stakeholders      “How you design the space very        workplace if there is natural
        design of your office building         and clients are, and the business    much depends on the individual        light, natural ventilation, easily
                                               they’re in,” says Clinton.           identity of a company,” says          accessible, and nicely planned
        isn’t just about aesthetics. It’s
         also about clever marketing,          “Really it’s an analysis of that     Clinton.                              spaces,” says Clinton.
                                               business, its branding and           “But to give you an idea, if it’s     Think of the things you most
        staff retention and increased
                                               marketing, and how they can best     a toy company for example,            remember about a place when
            productivity, says Clinton         be interpreted through the built     we’ll probably play around with       you visit it, says Clinton. Think
    Matthews, founding partner of              form.”                               lots of different colours and         Paris and you see the Eiffel Tower;
   Matthews Architecture in Perth.             Marketing is about a company’s       shapes whereas if it’s a resources    think London and you see Big Ben,
                                               image in the public eye and          company, you might bring in           St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster
                                               nothing is more ‘public’ than        cleaner lines and simpler designs     Abbey…
                                               its headquarters, so why don’t       to create a clean, crisp space that   “Architecture very much identifies
                                               companies concentrate more on        emits the idea of reliability and     the sense of a place,” says Clinton.
                                               cementing that image through         efficiency.”
                                               their buildings, asks Clinton.                                             With staff retention becoming
                                                                                    The blend between architecture,       an increasingly important issue
                                               “It’s quite interesting that with    marketing and company image           across many industry sectors,
                                               all the marketing gurus we have      doesn’t end there.                    Clinton hopes that companies will
                                               throughout the country, few seem     “Staff comfort, ease of               consider increasing the quality of
                                               to incorporate the architecture of   accessibility and layout are          the work environment as a way
                                               a company’s premises into their      absolutely critical to the whole      of both furthering the brand and
                                               strategy,” he says.                  marketing process. How your staff     helping staff retention.
                                               “An enormous part of the             see the company has a direct           “There’s an enormous
                                               marketing machine of a company       effect on how the customer sees       opportunity there, through clever
                                               goes into representing its image     you, because your staff are the       architecture, to reinforce branding
                                               through media but what happens       ones out there talking about it,”     and staff retention and well-
                                               when you walk into its building      says Clinton.                         being.”
    Streamlined: Individual work stations
    flooded in natural light wrap around a     and it’s just a bland, boring box    There are many simple elements
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                                                  D
                                                           J Pools is a fully Western      pools can vary in styles, and are
                                                           Australian owned and            different from the range of DJ
                                                           operated business, selling      Pools’ new pools.
                                                  both new and refurbished pools.
                                                                                           “The refurbished pools are
                                                  The company’s pools come in a
                                                                                           restored at our factory here in
                                                  range of styles and colours, with
                                                                                           Neerabup,” said Doreen. “All old
                                                  a variety of standard, culture and
                                                                                           fittings and lights are removed
                                                  shimmer finishes for their clients
                                                                                           and replaced with new ones. Also
                                                  to choose from.
                                                                                           the interior finish is renewed and
                                                  DJ Pools has helped many Western         all Gelcoats whether for new or
                                                  Australian families achieve their        used pools are supplied by FGI, a
                                                  dream of owning a swimming pool.         world leader in Gelcoat and resin
                                                  As this is a major decision for many     technology.
                                                  seeking to have a pool, the friendly     “We build, sell and install
                                                  staff at DJ Pools believe in listening   swimming pools. We are here
                                                  to the needs of their clients and        to assist you in deciding which
                                                  giving them honest answers to            pool would best suit your needs,




          Take
                                                  their concerns relating to the           which includes an obligation-free
                                                  purchasing of a swimming pool.           site inspection where we measure
                                                  “Our commitment to you is our            up and assess the proposed
                                                  honesty and affordability of a           installation area for your pool.”



                      the plunge
                                                  quality product,” said Doreen
                                                  Marwick of DJ Pools.                       DJ Pools are open Monday to
                                                                                             Friday from 7.30am to 4pm,
                                                  “We also have a range of pre-              Saturday 8.30am to 3pm and
                                                  loved pools that become available          Sunday by appointment.
                                                  as and when.”                              Visit www.djpoolswa.com.au
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The price we say
                                                      inside & out             landscaPinG




                                                       Making an
is the price                                                                    impression

you pay
No hidden costs                                         Space: Good landscaping is essential
                                                        for getting the best from your house.




                                                      G
                                                              ood landscaping is                will be the most used area when it
                                                              essential to make the             comes to the outside.”
                                                              most out of your home.
                                          e
                               d to receiv
                                                                                                “Links between the home, the
                                                      After all, you wouldn’t spend             entertaining area and any other
                            a
        esent this
                  SCOUNT
                                                      hundreds of thousands of dollars          areas outside such as pool areas,

     Pr                                               on a fine painting and then chuck         needs to flow, have ease of



           10% DI
                                                      it in an old clip frame, so why let       movement between each space
                                                      dodgy landscaping detract from            and just ‘feel right’.”
                                                      your house?                               By using a professional landscape
                                                      Somebody who knows this better            designer, homeowners will benefit
                                                      than most is Outside In managing          from getting the best advice
                                                      director Denise Staffa.                   for their requirements and a
                                                                                                small investment in obtaining a
                                                      “Landscaping has become an
                                                                                                proper landscape design could
                                                      integral part of the property market.
                                                                                                potentially save thousands in the
                                                      Gone are the days of laying some
                                                                                                long run says Denise.
                                                      lawn, chucking a few plants around
                                                      and putting up your clothesline.”         Although experts can help with
                                                                                                existing gardens and space, there
                                                      “First impressions is vital to the


We pride ourselves in our approach to
                                                                                                are many benefits for including a
                                                      front of the property, it will set        landscaper from the initial house
                                                      a particular mind frame for the           planning stages.
                                                      rest of home. Cheap, nasty and
                                                      ‘slapped together’ landscaping            A qualified landscaper will also be

our customers. We are there to walk our               can be the biggest loss to any
                                                      investment in a property.”
                                                                                                able to advise on what best suits
                                                                                                different locations and projects.
                                                                                                “Our university-trained design
clients through each step of the way,                 Denise says it is essential to make
                                                      sure the front of a property is           team has an in-depth knowledge
                                                                                                of indigenous ecology which
                                                      designed correctly to create the
from your choice of pool, through to                  best first impressions.
                                                      “Sloped sites should have
                                                                                                helps provide suitable plants
                                                                                                and materials in any design,” said
                                                                                                Newforms Landscape Architecture

after sales advice.                                   properly designed retaining and
                                                      step works. Driveways should be
                                                                                                managing director Ryan Healy.
                                                                                                “Using careful research and a
                                                      practical with ease of entering,
                                                                                                thorough design process means
                                                      reversing and visitor parking. Front
                                                                                                we can pay particular attention
                                                      entrance pathways should feel
                                                                                                to what makes every site unique,
                                                      open and welcoming and the
                                                                                                as well as its specifics of ecology,
                                                      simple and effective use of plants
                                                                                                history and special requirements
                                                      to enhance the entire outlook.”
             family company, family values                                                      which will result in dynamic and
                                                      Denise says the main outdoor              multi-layered landscapes.”
                                                      area, whether at the back, front or
          Unit 3, 9 Warman St Neerabup WA 6031                                                  Ryan says landscape architects
                                                      side of the house, needs the most
            Phone: 9206 0174 Fax: 9206 0185                                                     may also have close ties with
                                                      attention.
                                                                                                construction companies ideally
             Email: sales@djpoolswa.com.au            “Covered space needs to be well           suited to the demands of particular
        www.djpoolswa.com.au                          thought out to achieve comfortable        projects which will help produce a
                                                      usable space underneath, which            perfect result.
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Changing
                                                                                                                      Customers can meet with the
                                                                                                                      interior designers at Easy Living
                                                                                                                      to discuss and change the design
                                                                                                                      and materials of the unit as many


    rooms
                                                                                                                      times as they like, and it’s free.
                                                                                                                      A deposit is taken only once
                                                                                                                      the plans and price have been
                                                                                                                      approved and the design is sent to
                                                                                                                      the factory to be made.
                                                                                                                      “Having something made
                                                                                                                      especially doesn’t necessarily
                                                                                                                      mean it’s going to be more
                                                                                                                      expensive,” says Richard.
                                                                                                                      Architect Robert Andary who
                                                                                                                      heads his own practice in Perth,
                                                                                                                      specialises in creating light and
                                                                                                                      airy spaces for his clients.
                                                                                                                      Rob says he puts the focus back
                                                                                                                      on the space and how we want to
                                                                                                                      live in it.




                                           design
                                                                                                                      “When I ask the question ‘how
                                                                                                                      do you live in the space?’ – a lot
                                                                                                                      of people tell me how they live
                                                                                                                      in compromise to the space they
                                                                                                                      have, as opposed to how they’d
On the money: Rob Andary’s home is a perfect fit.
                                                                                                                      really want to,” says Rob.
                                                                                                                      “What most people want is to


                                           R
                   BY KAMI RAMINI                  ichard Hofer, general         becoming more prevalent now,         have an open plan living space
                                                   manager at Easy Living in     the furniture looks smaller than a   which can incorporate and create
     An invention of the 1970s and                 Nedlands Perth, says the      lot of the more traditional models   a new, freer way of living.”
        designed to enhance more           furniture industry has moved with     but the dimensions are not that
                                                                                                                      “There are many ways to design a
       ‘together time’ for families,       the change in trends to cater for     different,” he says.
                                                                                                                      space which means you unclutter
                                           all spaces and sizes.                 It’s also important to think about
          open plan living has now                                                                                    it as much as possible and let the
                                           “Now, with smaller apartments         the function of the furniture and    space speak for itself,” he says.
         become something we all
                                           and units having multi-purpose        the space available for it, says     A perfect example of this
       want and the good news is,
                                           areas for the kitchen, dining and     Richard – which is where the         experience of space is Rob’s
      you don’t necessarily need a         family, the ‘formal room’ is no       custom design service at Easy        house, a property of his own
       lot of actual space to do it.       more – and the furniture industry     Living comes in.                     design which is both home and
                                           itself has had to change to adapt,”   “In smaller spaces especially, it    office.
                                           he says.                              is really important to try not to    “I live here, so I can show people
                                           As smaller units and spaces           squeeze things in,” he says.         the kind of experience they’re
                                           become increasingly common,           “With entertainment units for        going to get,” says Rob.
                                           furniture designers are making        example – we think about what        The living space upstairs, framing
                                           lounge pieces that appear smaller     needs to go inside and the wall      a breathtaking view over the Swan
                                           than they actually are, to increase   area and shape available, and then   River, is light and airy and just so
                                           the perception of space and still     we ask the customer what they        relaxing to be in.
                                           allow people to have the look         want it to look like.
                                           they’re after.                                                             “Normally it’s the darkness of
                                                                                 “In other places if customers        existing spaces that most people
                                           The Easy Living showroom              walk into a shop floor and see       want to change. Most houses
                                           exhibits a whole range of different   something they like, they have       aren’t designed to take advantage
                                           furniture models designed to fit      to ask themselves how they can       of orientation, prevailing breezes
                                           different sorts of spaces.            make it fit into the space. We do    and the relationship between the
                                           One example of a space saving         the reverse – we design the unit     inside and the outside – this one
                                           design is from Scandinavian           to fit the space and then we make    shows people how you can,” he
  Arion: Space saving Stressless Arion     company, Stressless Ekrone.           it look how the customer wants it    says.
  cinema suite is available in different                                         to,” he says.
  configurations and seat sizes to help    “As soon as you get the                                                    The open plan space is seamless.
                        fit in any room.   Scandinavian design which is          All this at no extra cost.           It drifts from a living area into a
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slick dining area and on into an            myself,” he says.
effortless kitchen – all the while           “I’m the clients’ point of                         People are trusting you
flanked by the incredible riverside         reference no matter what – it
view which the space seems to               gives them a level of personalised
                                                                                                with their home – it’s
point towards.                              service which I think many forget                   what they wake up to in
Other countless details bring               is probably the most important
to life the overall experience of           thing.                                              the morning and what
space. Warm sunlight illuminates
the room through the wall-long
                                            “People are trusting you with their                 they come back to at night
                                            home – it’s what they wake up
window, while a refreshing cooling          to in the morning and what they                                                        Rob Andary
natural breeze passes through.              come back to at night.”
Near-invisible kitchen cabinets
                                            Rob designs each space
and perfectly planned lines mean
                                            specifically for every project,
nothing distracts the eye.
                                            taking into account the position
“It’s barely 60sq m, which isn’t that       in terms of natural light and
big, but because it’s used well, it         prevailing breezes, how the
appears much more spacious,”                internal spaces interact with each
says Rob.                                   other and how those internal
“There is an enormous amount of             spaces relate to the outside areas.
detail needed to make the space             “The amount of things to consider
look like it has no detail.”                once something gets started can
Rob is the principal architect,             be so overwhelming if people try
interior designer, founder and              to do it on their own,” says Rob
office manager of his business. “I          “That’s why I always encourage
have people that work with me               people to use a professional,
on a contract basis but I oversee,          because it’s those little things that
manage and produce everything               make all the difference.”




  Visual aid
                                                                                    As well as residential and              “We use that base and add in the
                                                                                    commercial interior design              colour palate, material choices,
                                                                                    projects, Tohu also specialises         textures, lighting so the client can
                                                                                    in the production of 3D photo-          see exactly what they’re getting
                                                                                    realistic images: renderings.           – we can even show the space
                                                                                    “Much of my work is for                 at different times of the day or
                                                                                    individuals who are already in the      night.
                                                                                    planning stages of a project but        “It ends up saving everybody
                                                                                    don’t feel confident enough to go       involved a lot of time.”
                                                                                    any further without seeing what
                                                                                    it’s going to look like.”
                                                                                    Luis was surprised by how few
                                                                                    architecture and design practices
                                                                                    in Perth offered 3D photo-
                                                                                    realistic renderings as part of their
                                                                                    presentation service.
  Helpful: 3D photo-realistic versions help clients visualise designs.
                                                                                    “Nothing can show a client the



                                     “W
                                                        hen people are              architect’s vision for a space
                                                        redesigning a space         better than creating a virtual
                                                        in their house, they’re     photograph of it,” says Luis.
                   BY KAMI RAMINI
                                            not sure if what their architect        The process starts with the
       A lot of people just don’t           is proposing is really what they        construction of a virtual 3D
                                            want,” says Luis. “That’s where 3D      model which acts as the base for
    like surprises, and according
                                            renderings can really help.”            the rendering.
      to Italian interior designer
                                            Luis founded his interior design        “The 3D model is like a virtual
   Luis Antonio Schilling, this is
                                            company Tohu Design, after              realisation of the space (or product)
particularly true when it comes             moving from Italy to Western            which you can rotate to view from       Virtual reality: The architect’s vision
       to designing their homes.            Australia in 2009.                      different perspectives,” says Luis.     can be rendered as a computer image.
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inside & out           Pat i o s




                                   All hands
                                                                                                                     Jarrah are the two that stand out.
                                                                                                                     With pavers, there is a big move
                                                                                                                     towards larger pavers with
                                                                                                                     simplistic designs. Polished pavers


                                                           on deck
                                                                                                                     and polished concrete are quite
                                                                                                                     the rage now.
                                                                                                                     •	 Avoid untreated softwoods like
                                                                                                                        Oregon and untreated pine as they
                                                                                                                        rot quickly and are popular with
                                                                                                                        termites.
                                                                                                                     •	 Avoid angular paving as furniture
                                                                                                                        placement could become tricky.
                                                                                                                     •	 Invest in a good quality decking oil.



                                                                                                                     OPEN AND SHUT CASE
                                                                                                                     Electrically-controlled blinds and
                                                                                                                     shutter systems allow the patio
                                                                                                                     area to be insulated from a strong
                                                                                                                     sea breeze, harsh sunlight or
                                                                                                                     winter weather.
                                                                                                                     Today more people are turning
                                                                                                                     towards electronically-operated
                                                                                    In style: Patios today are a     blinds or aluminium shutters and
                                                                               natural extension of your home.       louvres. Even drop-down blinds
                                                                                                                     have moved away from plastic
Call it what you want – patio, outdoor room or alfresco –                                                            to a more durable shade cloth
but know this, tables, chairs and scatter cushions do not a patio make.                  BY JANINE MARTIN            material.
                                                                                                                     “Whatever you chose, ensure
                                                                                                                     you retain the ability to open the



T
       oday’s patios are near works   LOOK UP IN WONDER                     used to support the patio have           blinds and the patio up to the
       of art with homemakers         Gone are the days when most           moved from skinny to sumptuous           elements,” says Nick.
       focusing as much on the        patios were simplistic colorbond      with some featuring beautifully          •	 Blinds for an average 8x4 patio
outdoor element as they do on         roofs with a couple of skylights.     laminated timber.                           would add about $7000 to your
                                                                                                                        overall budget.
the indoor. Themes, however, are      Linings or ceilings for patio         “Sections to supports patios or
not as popular as before.             roofs, says Nick Jolly, are in high   rendered columns match the
“People want a natural extension      demand.                               façade of the home in an effort          LET THERE BE LIGHT
                                      “These options hide the               to make the alfresco a natural           Forget the simple string of
of their home,” says Nick Jolly
                                      framework and allow spotlights        extension of the home.                   coloured lights festooned along
of Patio Living. “That’s because
themes such as the Balinese           and fans to be fitted to a flush      “Every patio is now bespoke and          the verandah eaves, or the lone
style which incorporates shingle      ceiling. “It also helps to further    designed around the house. It is         spotlight over the patio setting,
roofs and coconut poles, require      insulate an outdoor area that         definitely not fashioned in a kit        outdoor lighting has come a long
materials that don’t necessarily      previously may have been too hot      form as we used to do,” Nick says.       way since then.
work well in our climate.”            in the summer and very cold in        •	 A timber ceiling for an average 8x4   Create an evening wonderland
                                      the winter.”                             patio would add about $9500 to        with ceiling down lights, low
It’s a smart idea to lock in a                                                 your overall patio cost.              in-ground lights to highlight
                                      Natural timber linings such as
master plan and discuss the                                                                                          flower beds or pathways, a
                                      cedar and polonia (a flexible
various inputs you want with                                                FLOOR PLAY                               ground-staked spotlight to focus
                                      hardwood which can be stained
your patio consultant at the                                                                                         on a tree, battery and solar-
                                      to match any timber) are quite        The style of flooring you’d like
very beginning. Don’t decide on                                                                                      powered lights to pretty up
                                      popular as are white gloss boards     for your patio can be anything
an outdoor kitchen or ceiling-                                                                                       your entertaining area or mini
                                      that offer a striking contrast to a   from fancy bricks and pavers to
mounted heaters midway through                                                                                       spotlights to highlight water
                                      deck below.                           smart decking. While decking
the construction process.                                                                                            features, screens or statues.
                                      Nick points out that Patio Living     was initially used to solve height
                                      is also seeing a demand for large     problems or cover problematic            Illuminated pots and planters
                                      marine ply sections to line out       garden areas, today it has assumed       (although slightly more expensive)
                                      ceilings.                             a greater stylistic role. “People        can also add instant oomph to
                                      Roof designs have undergone a         are now furnishing their patios          your outdoor room.
                                      metamorphosis too. Basic flat         with nice furniture and this always      •	 LEDs are more energy efficient than
                                      and gable roofs have been joined      looks better on better quality              halogens, can last for about 15 years
                                                                            flooring,” Nick says.                       and do not generate heat.
                                      by pyramids and hipped gable
                                                                                                                     •	 Mood lighting is in, so speak to
                                      roofs as well as a number of          When it comes to decking, an                your electrician about dimmer
                                      curved designs. Even the posts        imported timber called Merbau and           switches.
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travel        sydney




     Flying visit




Sydney
                                                                                                                     Harbour city: Sydney’s stunning skyline.




                                      A
                  BY KAMI RAMINI               rriving at the airport after   But the rest of the time, relaxing      weather could be temperamental,
                                               a perfectly pleasant four-     in the spacious living room or          but luck and the sunshine poured
        Is a weekend long enough
                                               hour flight from Perth, we     making toast and tea in the fully       down on us in equal doses that
     to make the best of Sydney?      aimed ourselves straight for the        serviced kitchen, it just felt like     March weekend.
Maybe not, but I was definitely       Medina Grand Sydney, our central        being in an extra-special version       On our first night, all dressed for
     going to give it my best shot,   city home for the next few days         of home.                                the summer, we headed out for
                                      – strategically positioned for easy     We even had a view of Sydney’s          an al fresco dinner in the heart of
     which made for a pretty fast
                                      access to almost everything.            CBD sprawling out beneath us            the CBD.
paced fly-in-fly-out experience.
                                      Happily, the Medina Grand is not so     from our 22nd floor apartment,          It turned out to be easily the
                                      much a hotel, more a stylish block      and just couldn’t wait to get out       most memorable evening of the
                                      of flats with a great concierge,        there.                                  whole weekend.
                                      offering not only studio rooms but      The bustle, the vibrancy, the           The Ash Street Cellar, on a quiet
                                      one, two, and three-bedroom, fully      countless cultural events and           laneway behind The Ivy complex
                                      serviced apartments.                    exhibitions, the scattering of truly    on George Street, made for a
                                      You couldn’t find a better place        good, affordable restaurants and        wonderful throwback to many
                                      to spend just a few days, like my       bars gives Sydney such a buzz.          a summer night spent over long,
                                      partner and I, or several weeks if      In every way, even in the quiet,        lingering dinners back in Rome.
                                      that’s what you’re looking for.         pedestrianised sideways, there’s
                                                                                                                      The menu, by head chef Alfie
                                      When we wanted it, the Medina           something about Sydney that
                                                                                                                      Spina, is Italian-inspired sputini
                                      Grand behaved just like a hotel,        feels so European and so much
                                                                                                                      (tapas) with, in parts, a slightly
                                      offering us every service we            like my old home in Rome.
                                                                                                                      Spanish and French flair, and was
                                      needed.                                 We’d been warned that the               no less than exceptional, not
                                                                                                                      to mention the eight page-long
       Home from home: The Medina      CBD views: A central                                                           wine list exhibiting an incredible
          Grand’s spacious bedroom.    base in the city.                                                              selection of old and new world
                                                                                                                      wines.
                                                                                                                      We went for a wonderfully
                                                                                                                      nostalgic bottle of ‘Grecante’
                                                                                                                      Grechetto from Umbria, Italy
                                                                                                                      and started off with a delicious
                                                                                                                      appetiser of fried baby whitebait
                                                                                                                      with lime mayonnaise.
                                                                                                                      We then moved onto shared
                                                                                                                      plates of baked ricotta with peas
                                                                                                                      and mint, and prawns cooked
                                                                                                                      in garlic and chilli, which were
                                                                                                                      so delicious we finished off the
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remnants of each plate with a         The choices were overwhelming        especially different from many
piece of ciabatta bread, so the       with about 200 stalls offering       others around, delivered on every
plates were sent back to the          everything from flowers to           expectation. Especially delicious
kitchen clean.                        contemporary fashion. In the end     were the wonderfully textured
Each dish was generous and we         we picked up a couple of hand-       Thai chicken spring rolls and the
could have easily stopped there,      made t-shirts from stall-holders     sweet and soft eggplant in the
but thank goodness we didn’t. Our     of the month, Isobel and Tatiana,    spicy green curry.
finale was the fig, prosciutto and    whose label Ataya is a kind of       Amazingly, Sydney held back on
buffalo mozzarella salad – by far     Japanese take on sixties style, at   the rain for our final day so we
the very best I’ve had in Australia   pretty affordable prices.            spent our last morning lapping
and a perfect end to the meal.        Happy with our purchases and         up the famous views down at
We finished off the evening with      busy morning, we finally gave in     Circular Quay, clicking away on
a beautifully mixed cocktail in       and headed back to the Medina        our cameras and composing our
the neighbouring Ivy Bar, until we    Grand for a shower and a well-       wishlist of what to do for our
were ready to saunter back up         deserved nap – it was a holiday      next trip Sydney-side, before I
towards our apartment, full up        after all.                           stopped into ARIA Restaurant
and entirely content.                                                      for a quick interview with chef/
                                      Rested and refreshed and
                                                                           owner and MasterChef judge,
The next day we awoke to yet          determined not to miss the
                                                                           Matt Moran, (see more on that
more perfect autumn sunshine          opportunity, we set off on foot
                                                                           on page 34) before catching the
and with showers forecast for         to the stunningly renovated 19th
                                                                           shuttle bus to the airport.
the day after, there was only one     century Queen Victoria Building
thing for it – Bondi Beach.           (QVB) on George Street, for some     A weekend wasn’t long enough                  Kami was a guest of
                                      of the best shopping the city        to take in everything that is                 The Medina Grand Sydney.
In no more than half an hour,                                              magical about Sydney but as a
                                      has to offer, in easily the most                                                   Rates for studio room from $180
we were hiring surfboards and                                              taster, in every sense of the word,           per night and check the website
                                      breathtaking setting.
running into the waves like a                                              it was perfect. Go back?                      for special deals.
couple of over-excited kids.          This is a completely different                                                     www.medina.com.au
                                                                           Of course we will.
                                      experience from the Paddington
We spent the morning surfing –
                                      Markets but with everything from
well, my partner was really the
                                      antique sideboards to angora
one surfing, I was mostly doing
                                      sweaters, from Florentine leather
quite a convincing impression
                                      to South African diamonds and
of a confused seal – until our
                                                                           wishlist




                                      everything in between, the QVB,
rumbling tummies forced us out
                                      has enough choice to keep you
of the water and in search of a
                                      wandering around it for days.
good feed.
                                      That evening we took a taxi down
After a home-made muffin and a
                                      the long, sinuous King Street to
yummy coffee, (Sydney baristas
                                      Newtown – a quirky, slightly
claim they make the best coffee
                                      off-beat suburb in the inner west,
in Australia – and they could be
                                      intent on trying Thai Ponthong
right) we had time for one last
                                      – four-time winner of ‘Best Thai
dip and an hour drying off in the
                                      Restaurant in Sydney’ award –
sun, before heading over to the
                                      which lived up to its reviews.
Paddington Markets in search of
a bargain.                            The menu, although not


Delicious: The Ash Street Cellar.


                                                                                      MY WISHLIST FOR NEXT TIME …
                                                                                      It could go on forever, but these are just a few
                                                                                      from the very top …
                                                                                       •	 Climb to the top of the Harbour Bridge
                                                                                       •	 Road trip to the Blue Mountains
                                                                                       •	 Go to Shark HQ at the Sydney Aquarium
                                                                                       •	 Dinner at ARIA Restaurant
                                                                                       •	 Dinner at Jamie Oliver’s, Jamie’s Italian, set to open in July 2011
                                                                                       •	 Picnic at the Royal Botanical Gardens
                                                                                       •	 Take a picture from Observatory Hill
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travel




Fast track
  to europe
F
       innish carrier Finnair has
       launched a new gateway
       to Europe via Singapore.
It promises to be the fastest
                                                                                                                              Far reaching: Fly Finnair to
connection between Northern                                                                                                   50 European destinations.
Europe and Singapore, and at the
same time, will offer good onward     passengers on Finnair’s              or hearty stews. Finally, the ‘Chef’s   and Saunas has space for about
connections for passengers            intercontinental scheduled flights   Gourmet’ option offers high             250 customers. Facilities include
continuing to other destinations      can now pre-order the main meal      level gourmet cuisine. Where            six individual shower rooms, a
from Singapore and Helsinki in        they want to enjoy during their      else would you be able to enjoy         buffet, free wifi network, Apple
                                      flight.                              reindeer fillet at 30,000 feet?         iMac workstations and flatscreen
Finland.
                                      By placing an order on Finnair       Orders can be placed online from        TVs in the relaxation areas.
The Singapore route will
                                      website’s homepage, passengers       30 days before the flight and up        The Finnair Lounge is open for
offer connections via Finnair’s
                                      can choose from one of three         to 24 hours before departure.           Finnair and oneworld tier level
route network to 50 European
destinations.                         main course options. These           Once you have arrived in Helsinki-      and Business Class passengers,
                                      include ‘Wellness and Energy’,       Vantaa airport’s Finnair Lounge,        and, for a fee, to other customers
The Finnair Asian network already     offering meals made with fresh                                               keen to experience the best
                                                                           you’ll understand why it has been
includes Delhi, Beijing, Hong Kong,   ingredients and often including                                              airliner lounge in the world.
                                                                           chosen as the world’s best from a
Shanghai, Seoul, Bangkok, Tokyo,      Asian flavours. The ‘Food Lover’s    list of 600 lounges. The first time
Osaka and Nagoya in Japan.            Treat’ option offers wholesome,                                               For further information visit
                                                                           a lounge outside America has won
                                                                                                                    www.finnair.com
In addition, business class           home-cooked food, like bratwurst     the award, the Finnair Lounge, Spa




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travel           crUisinG tHe KimBerley




    Magical
                                                 mystery cruise




                                                                                                                                    Stunning: The Kimberley coastline.




                                              A
                   BY JULIE HOSKING                   nyone who’s been to               After a safety briefing, we’re           Each day starts at 6am for the
                                                      the Kimberley knows               strapped in and flying low over          ‘fishos’, those crazy souls happy
        It doesn’t take long to run                   the spell this incredible         the plateau; there are waterfalls        to brave intermittent rain and
                 out of superlatives.         landscape weaves.                         everywhere, the colours of the           head out in one of True North’s
                                                                                        earth more vivid for the wet.            six tenders in pursuit of mud crab
                Amazing. Humbling.            As experienced aboard the True
                                                                                                                                 and the elusive barramundi.
                                              North, it’s utterly bewitching.           And, suddenly, there she is,
     Breathtaking. Overwhelming.
                                                                                        anchored in the Hunter River:            For a real treat, join Rob and a
                                              This landlubber is well and truly
        And that was just day one.                                                      A majestic modern beast, True            bunch of mates heli-fishing to
                                              starstruck even before testing
                                                                                        North looks strangely at home in         hidden spots along the way.
                                              her wobbly sea legs, having spent
                                              two indulgent days at Broome’s            the midst of this ancient land.          On this trip, owner Craig
                                              Pinctada Cable Beach Resort, and          It soon becomes apparent how             Howson’s young son Nicholas
                                              suffice to say if I didn’t have a         well True North measures up to           showed up all the veterans,
                                              date with a luxury cruiser, I would       its motto, “go wild in style”.           bagging a decent barra and the
                                              have found it very difficult to drag                                               coveted silly Nemo hat, which
                                                                                        We’re ushered into the bar lounge,
                                              myself away.                                                                       is awarded each evening for the
                                                                                        a large room that’s both cosy and
                                                                                                                                 catch of the day.
                                              It’s overcast as I take to the skies      stylish, fruit platters and zucchini
                                              with a couple from London and             frittata slices in front of us, coffee   All equipment is provided,
                                              another from Melbourne.                   orders being filled behind the bar.      although you’re welcome to bring
                                                                                        Shoes discarded, we nestle into          your own rod.
                                              Our charter flight takes us over
                                              the spectacular Buccaneer                 the couches and swap stories             The rest of us materialise at
                                                                                        before being shown to our cabins.        the marri dining tables around
                                              Archipelago and down for a closer
                                                                                                                                 seven for a cooked breakfast
                                              view of the famous Horizontal             Mine is on the lower deck, a
                                                                                                                                 before boarding a tender for
                                              Falls, bursting with water thanks         comfortable, two-bed room with
                                                                                                                                 a sightseeing tour which is
                                              to a bumper wet season.                   a separate bathroom stocked with
                                                                                                                                 guaranteed to include the ever
                                              The True North helicopter                 L’Occitane toiletries.
                                                                                                                                 present crocodile.
                                              awaits on a tiny airstrip on the          Nothing is left to chance aboard
                                                                                                                                 Then it’s back to the boat for a
                                              Mitchell Plateau, as does a group         True North. With 20 crew to care
                                                                                                                                 morning brew, before hopping
                                              of passengers who clearly had a           for a maximum of 36 passengers,
                                                                                                                                 in the helicopter for a bird’s
                                              wonderful time on leg one of the          the aim is to please but there is
                                                                                                                                 eye view of the magnificent
                                              Kimberley Wilderness tour.                nothing obsequious about their
                                                                                                                                 surroundings or out in the tenders
                                              “It’s brilliant, absolutely brilliant,”   attention.
                                                                                                                                 again for more scenic cruises or,
                                              they enthuse, laughing and                Apart from the head chef who hails       for the fit and hardy, a hike into
Feeding time: Join Rob with the ‘fishos’,     hugging helicopter pilot Rob              from Manchester, they’re all young       the bush where the reward is a
and right, the True North in all its glory.   Colbert farewell.                         Australians – friendly and relaxed.      swim in fresh water surrounded by

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picturesque waterfalls.                And there are so very many                                                               Ancient: Experience first hand
                                       wonders on our week-long 600                                                               the amazing rock art of the
All walks are graded so you know                                                                                                                   Kimberley.
                                       nautical mile journey.
what you’re in for.
                                       There’s the heli-picnic, a logistical
‘Home’ again for lunch, when
                                       exercise that would do the
Captain Gavin Graham might up
                                       military proud. Crew are ferried
anchor and move on to the next
                                       up to the spectacular Melaleuca
location as we eat.
                                       Falls first to prepare for our
Then it’s back out for more            arrival. We land, five at a time, to
adventures via land, water or air.     find it all laid out, camp chairs,
At 6pm, it’s cocktail hour, when       tarpaulin, beach towels. As we
Meg whips up all manner of             laze in the tepid water of the
seductive concoctions while you        swimming hole, Andy cooks a
                                                                               wonders happens late on day four.        more shallow channels of the
nibble on bar snacks.                  feast fit for kings over hot coals –
                                                                                                                        400sq km reef start to subside,
                                       fresh barra, mud crab, lamb chops.      We’re sitting in a tender on
The food is divine, so much so                                                                                          so quickly that cascades form
                                       For flavour and locale, I’ve never      Montgomery Reef, surrounded
that the night we’re in open                                                                                            in powerful pockets as the reef
                                       had a more perfect meal.                by water and sky, True North a
waters and my sea legs fail utterly,                                                                                    rises around us. We see turtles
                                                                               jewel in the distance, the light
I’m more bereft at missing out on      Who could forget the sheer                                                       tumbling into the sea, their little
                                                                               mystically diffused through the
dinner than being so ill.              majestical might of Kings                                                        heads briefly bobbing above the
                                                                               clouds. I feel so insignificant, yet
                                       Cascade?                                                                         water. Birds fly in from nearby
Head chef Andy Tonge cooked for                                                so alive. This is incredible, I say to
                                       As the water thunders down the                                                   islands to feed on the exposed
the UK’s who’s who as executive                                                Dr Andy Lewis, the ship’s onboard
                                       50m falls, Gav uses all his skill                                                reef. The sky turns a purple-pink.
chef with Goldman Sachs before                                                 brainiac and naturalist.
                                       to edge True North’s nose bow                                                    We all hold our breath as nature
heading to Australia and working                                               “This is nothing,” he says with a
                                       closer, so we receive a shower like                                              puts on a spectacular show. It’s
with Shannon Bennett at Vue de                                                 smile. “Just wait a few minutes.”        unbelievably beautiful, yet almost
Monde.                                 no other.
                                                                               And, as if by the flick of a switch,     impossible to do justice with
Assistant chef Euan McGowan’s          Who needs a body scrub? Our                                                      mere words.
                                                                               it begins. The strong tidal flows
CV boasts a stint at Jamie Oliver’s    delight is tempered by the
                                                                               take over and the waters on the          Let’s just say: Magic.
Fifteen in London.                     knowledge that it was at this
                                       spot, 24 years ago, that American
Think smoked salmon, avocado           Ginger Meadows was taken by a
and poached eggs, fish pie with        four-metre croc.
parmesan crisps and prosciutto
salad, or crispy duck leg with soba    It’s a reminder of the brutality of
noodle salad and ponzu dressing.       nature amid all the beauty.
                                                                               facts




It’s all fresh, fabulous and oh, so    Then there’s the mythical
five star.                             Wandjina art etched high in red
It would be very easy to do little     rock at Raft Point; the knuckle-
other than eat, sleep, read and        whitening ride through the
                                       throbbing Horizontal Falls (I was
gaze out the window of our
                                       not among the daredevils who
luxury hotel on water and, of
                                       went more than once), the tide
course, you can do just that. But
                                       lines on the surrounding cliffs
it would be almost sacrilegious.
                                       like giant paintbrush marks; and
For everything about True North,
                                       the final, serene evening sipping                 CHOOSE YOUR CRUISE
from its ability to navigate
                                       a cocktail on the squeaky white                   Each year after its regular upgrade, True North heads north
shallow rivers to the onboard
                                       sands of Selica Beach, having had                 from Fremantle on a series of amazing journeys that eventually
helicopter, has been designed to
                                       our first saltwater swim of the trip.             takes the ship around Australia.
get out there and experience the
wonders of the Kimberley.              For me, though, the wonder of all                 From the beauty of WA’s Ningaloo Reef to the traditional
                                                                                         welcome of the West Papuans, from Sydney Harbour for a New
                                                                                         Year’s like no other to the wonders of the Southern Ocean,
                                                                                         each experience is geared for guests to “go wild in style”.
                                                                                         The ship has an on-board naturalist who knows everything you
                                                                                         need to know about the wonders that surround you and, on
                                                                                         most trips, there’s a helicopter to take you places you’d never
                                                                                         get to by boat or land.
                                                                                         The Kimberley Islands Cruise (six nights), which Julie enjoyed
                                                                                         courtesy of North Star Cruises starts at $8995 for Ocean Class.
                                                                                         For more information, see www.northstarcruises.com.au or
                                                                                         call (08) 9192 1829.
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looking good              Plastic sUrGery




Bodybeautiful
                                     “I
                                              t was through a friend that
                                              I heard of Medi Makeovers,
                BY JANINE MARTIN              an Australian organisation
 When Nada Dilevska, a 32-year            offering cosmetic surgery
                                          packages in Thailand,” says Nada.
     old contracts administrator
                                          “She’d had some surgery done
       in Karratha, was quoted a
                                          through Medi Makeovers the
 staggering $16,000 for a breast          year before and thought it was
        augmentation procedure            definitely worth her money.”         Safe hands: Medi Makeovers client Tess Phillips registering at Yanhee International.
      (all inclusive) in Perth, she       While it was reassuring to speak
 decided on a different path to           to someone who had undergone         12 days and the procedure was               $4000, a bargain when compared
                                          cosmetic surgery in Thailand, it     carried out at the renowned                 to the hefty price pitches Nada
                the snip and tuck.
                                          didn’t altogether eliminate Nada’s   Yanhee International hospital on            received here in Australia.
                                          concerns. “I was worried about the   day two.                                    Nada says she did not hand Medi
                                          language barrier, not getting the    An on-the-ground Medi                       Makeovers the entire sum of
                                          right results, and about being so    Makeovers manager guided Nada               money, instead paying the hospital
                                          far away from home if something      every step of the way during her            and the travel agent separately.
                                          went wrong.”                         time in Thailand. She even sat in           “There was never any pressure
                                          Daniela Pratico from Medi            on Nada’s consultations with the            from Medi Makeovers. And
                                          Makeovers helped dispel those        surgeon and took notes.                     although I contacted other
                                          fears.                               Nada says she was most                      outfits like them, the interaction
                                          “Daniela gave me all the data I      impressed with the hospital                 from Daniela was greater and
                                          needed including background          itself and its international plastic        all my questions were answered
                                          information on the surgeons.         surgery department. “The nurses             promptly.”
                                          She also put me in touch with        were fluent in English.”                    Since her breast augmentation,
                                          previous Medi Makeovers clients.”    Post surgery, Nada says she spoke           Nada is planning another Bangkok
                                          Nada discussed the actual            to the Medi Makeovers manager               getaway later this year to rectify
                                          procedure with the surgeon           almost every day and had follow-            her eyesight.
                                          appointed to conduct her surgery     up checks at the hospital.                  Her advice to people opting for
                                          via internet chat. “I had written    “All in all, I am extremely happy           cosmetic surgery in Thailand?
                                          instructions as to what was going    with the results and the quality of         “Research the hospital and its
                                          to happen and notes on dos and       service received,” Nada says.               surgeons before you decide and
                                          don’ts,” she says.
         Value: The renowned Yanhee                                            The bill for the entire procedure           find people who can recount their
     International hospital in Bangkok.   Nada was in Bangkok for around       including air travel costs came to          experiences there.”


SERVICE SHAPES BUSINESS
Director of Medi Makeovers,               mining industry.                     Medi Makeovers says it has worked
Daniela Pratico says the most             The company deals with select        hard to put the client first.
popular procedure among clients           hotels in Thailand including the     “We organise everything so that
is breast surgery.                        Luxury Suite Hotel (near Yanhee      their cosmetic surgery getaway is
However dental procedures are on          Hospital), the Grand Millennium,     a safe secure journey. We are with
the rise, currently contributing to       Centre Point and the beautiful       them every step of the way, 24/7.
about 30 per cent of business.            Birds & Bees Resort (in Pattaya).    “The journey doesn’t end soon
Medi Makeovers sends about                “These hotels are familiar with      after the procedure or as they
10 clients a month to Thailand’s          our clients’ needs,” says Daniela.   return to Australia. We pride
Yanhee International or Phuket            “For instance if a client is         ourselves on following up with
International hospitals for               discharged from hospital earlier     our clients.”
cosmetic surgery and a growing            than scheduled, the hotel will not   Medi Makeovers charges a flat rate                          Holiday: A happy Medi
percentage hails from the                 charge a penalty fee.”               of $250 per client for service costs.                    Makeovers client in Pattaya.

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reviews




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                      combo
T
       efal’s Toast N’ Egg may              or sausages for that little extra
       seem like an odd coupling            something.
       at first.                            For anyone who likes to keep
The combination of a toaster with           cooking time to a minimum or
a steamer means you can now                 is stuck for space, this is ideal.
poach or boil an egg while bread            An auto switch-off feature
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It is simple to use and once                running while making a coffee
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One poached egg or up to four               poached eggs may not look
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                                                                                            Press play
Playbutton: The future of music formats?
                                                                                                                 and listen
                                            T
                                                    he race to come up with      the buttons (or badges as some of     dependent on the exchange rate.
                                                    the latest musical format    us still call them) beloved by your
                                                                                                                       Drawbacks include remembering
                                                    has seen records and         stereotypical indie kid but they
                                                                                                                       which buttons do what and
                                            cassettes give way to the CD         also have the added bonus of
                                                                                                                       as some have more than one
                                            which is now being hit big time by   having an album stored inside.
                                                                                                                       function, it can be annoying. If
                                            the dominance of the download        Five buttons on the reverse           you’re happy to just press play and
                                            (legal or otherwise).                control track skipping, volume,       leave it running, it’s a cinch.
                                            The fortunes of the formats are      sound setting and almost anything
                                                                                                                       Perhaps most awkward is the
                                            also reflected in the players.       else.
                                                                                                                       somewhat limited choice in
                                            It was not too long ago that the     The headphone socket doubles          available albums.
                                            Walkman seemed to be the most        as a charger socket to keep the
                                                                                 inbuilt battery powered up.           At present the range is a handful
                                            amazing audio device ever, but                                             of indie and alternative groups,
                                            then came along the iPod and         The sound is pretty good, easily
                                                                                                                       with the two best known probably
                                            other MP3 players which soon         equivalent to an MP3 player,
                                                                                                                       being British indie band XX’s debut
                                            ended that story.                    and the portability is beyond
                                                                                                                       and The Pains of Being Pure at
                                                                                 any doubt. The cost is around
                                            This year sees the launch of a new                                         Heart’s latest Belong (pictured).
                                                                                 $20–25, roughly the same as
                                            idea which has made the format                                             Only time will tell if this is the
                                                                                 buying a CD but as they are not
                                            the player.                                                                future of music formats or just
                                                                                 readily available in Australia and
                                            Playbuttons are the same size as     usually bought overseas, this is      the new cassette single.

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                                                                                                                                      BY KARL FRANZEN




Rubber (DVD)                                                                    Tony (DVD)
Rubber opens with a car driving                                                 The best way to describe Tony
along a desert road swerving into                                               would be what happens if Mike
chairs randomly placed in its path                                              Leigh were to make a horror film.
before stopping to let the main
                                                                                Bleak, grim and with a gritty
actor climb out of the boot and
                                                                                British feel but somehow it’s
start talking to the camera.
                                                                                difficult to stop watching.
Then things get weird.
                                                                                There is no central story and
Written and directed by Quentin                                                 instead it aims to be more of
Dupieux (also known as French                                                   a character piece - and what a
electro musician Mr Ozio), Rubber                                               character Tony is.
is the story of an old discarded
                                                                                His lonely life consists of
tyre which comes to life and soon       a fine line between inventive                                                 with pervert moustache – he
                                                                                watching 1980s action films on
discovers destructive telepathic        entertainment and post-modern           VHS, reading porn and killing the     looks exactly like the kind of man
powers before going on a                pretension but mostly manages to        occasional person who is lured        your mum told you to avoid.
rampage, killing all in its path.       stay on the former side without         to his stark flat in a massive run-   The film is excellently made with
The opening monologue                   going too far up its own backside.      down high rise.
provides a disclaimer to the                                                                                          great performances from the cast
                                        Although it may sound like a            To call him a sad case would be
surreal premise of the film: “All                                                                                     and includes a fittingly brutal
                                        cheap B-movie, the production




                                                                               dvd
                                                                                an understatement; in one of the      soundtrack by The The.
great films contain an important        values are excellent. At times          few light-hearted moments he
element of no reason”.                  Rubber has the aura of being                                                  It’s just that its unrelenting
                                                                                is turned down by a prostitute
Just to add to the confusion a          an elaborately expensive music          after asking what he can get for      bleakness makes it a something
bus-load of spectators are then         video but there is much to enjoy        a fiver.                              of a difficult watch. However
brought in to see the film being        and it is set to become a bona                                                those who do will not forget it
                                                                                Peter Ferinando is perfect as Tony
made and to discuss the story.          fide cult classic.                                                            in a hurry.
                                                                                – an amazing blend of strange,
This homage to “no reason” treads       Madman, RRP: $29.95                     sinister and pathetic, complete       Eagle Entertainment, RRP: $29.95



                                        Leisure Society – Into the Murky Water                    (Other Tongues, CD/LP/Download)
                                        blend of sun-drenched pop, folk        Me Talking without bouncing or         magazine. We are a mess of holes.
                                        and a nod or two to classical –        tapping something and it screams       Shaking from head to toe.” Quite.
                                        an almost perfect blend of the         out for a festival or barn dance.
                                        Penguin Café Orchestra, Fleet                                                 There are a few mellow moments
                                                                               The first single This Phantom          to be had too. On Our Hearts
                                        Foxes and Mumford and Sons.
                                                                               Life is also a joyous listen – full
                                                                                                                      Burn Like Damp Matches and I
                                        There are two songs on Into the        of pep and even containing an
Hopefully Into the Murky Water          Murky Water both of which are                                                 Shall Forever Remain an Amateur
                                                                               impossible-to-ignore flute solo.
will fare better than The Leisure       contenders for the most upbeat                                                are great examples of lovely
                                                                               There is plenty going on, almost
Society’s criminally overlooked         and deliriously happy tracks of        enough to distract the listener        lilting melodies which just can’t
debut The Sleeper.                      the year.                              from the frankly bizarre lyrics:       help but sound jolly, despite the
This UK band is an intriguing           It is impossible to listen to Keep     “I am a dancing bear. You are a        melancholy nature of the lyrics.




cd
Dropkick Murphys – Going Out in Style                       (Dew Process, CD/Download)
For a long time I dismissed the         Cornelius Larkin, a character          Next up is Going Out in Style
Dropkick Murphys as wannabee            the band created to portray            which keeps things lively and
Pogues clones but in recent years       the experiences and stories the        includes a few familiar names
they have matured into their own        members heard when growing             such as The Living End’s Chris
sound and identity, becoming            up. The 13 songs follow Cornelius      Cheney and Fat Mike from NOFX.
tough working class spokesmen           through his life and never veer far    The star power is upped a little
along the way.                          from the anthemic Celtic punk          on Peg O’ My Heart where high          none the worse for it.
At first listen, their seventh album,   rock of recent albums such as The      profile Dropkicks fan Bruce            With the majority of songs
Going Out in Style, seems to be         Meanest of Times and Blackout.         Springsteen lends a hand with the      charging in at under three
about three things – death, dying       Hang ‘Em High gets things off to a     vocals.                                minutes, the only let up is the five
and fighting (to the death).            quick start, lovely snarling vocals,   Other highlights include Climbing      minute epic Broken Hymns which
It is in fact a concept album           relentless drums, charging guitars     a Chair to Bed which could almost      is a rousing anthem which would
and follows the life of                 and the signature bagpipes.            be the Pogues at their best and is     sound perfect belted out in a pub.

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food & drink          a d a m l i aW




                                                                         adam’slaw

                                                                                                                    Winner: MasterChef victor Adam Liaw.




                                 “I
                                         did the audition process as a      affinity with Asian food so it’s just   vinegar,” he said pointing at it.
                                         bit of a laugh and then I just     that initial step of getting over       “Have you seen it before?”
     I’ve often asked myself what                                           the idea that you need to go to a
                                         really wanted to keep having                                               And the answer was that yes I
         changes in people’s lives   that experience,” said Adam.           restaurant to eat it,” Adam said.       have, and nearly all the other
       after being on a show like    “I was just having so much fun         Two Asian Kitchens then, is also        bottles next to it, too.
 MasterChef. Well, if last year’s    cooking every day, living with all     a ‘how-to’ guide to Asian cooking       Feeling full of new found
  winner Adam Liaw is anything       the other contestants and talking      and, more precisely, how not to         confidence in my abilities for
                                     about food. I wasn’t looking for       feel intimidated by it.                 authentic Asian cooking, before
      to go by, then the answer is
                                     any huge life change – that just       “Asian food is peasant cuisine          I said goodbye to Adam I asked
              simple. Everything.    kind of happened,” he said.            essentially – it is all home cooking    which of the recipes I should start
                                     Now, 18 months on, Adam is living      and is extraordinarily simple,”         with, considering my preference
                                     in Sydney, has released his first      Adam said.                              for not falling at the first hurdle.
                                     cookbook Two Asian Kitchens,           “There’s a lot more fine-dining         He said: “Just choose a picture
                                     and is preparing to open his very      in Asia these days but you never        that just makes you go ‘wow, I
                                     own restaurant in Surry Hills,         used to find it at all, outside of      need to eat that’ and start there –
                                     Sydney later in the year – quite a     Japan. It was all just home cooks       you’ll see that once you get over
                                     step away from his life as a media     or a restaurant cooking home-           the initial feeling of not believing
                                     lawyer in Japan, or his Australian     style food.”                            you can do it, it’ll be really easy.”
                                     hometown of Adelaide.
                                                                            In this demystifying of Asian           The book is filled with beautiful
                                     His book, Two Asian Kitchens           cooking, the book doesn’t stop at       pictures of doable dishes without
                                     is more than just your average         the techniques themselves but also      a chop-stick in sight, but for
                                     cookbook; it also tells Adam’s story   includes tips when shopping for         me the one to start with was
                                     in food. The book begins in the        ingredients – what, for instance, is    a no-brainer: Char siew pork
                                     pantry for preparation of the basic    Chinkiang black vinegar?                neck (recipe on next page). And
                                     staples and then moves through                                                 surprise, surprise – finding the
                                                                            “One of the best things in the
                                     traditional recipes of ‘The Old                                                required Shaoxing wine at my
                                                                            book is the picture glossary
                                     Kitchen’ into ‘The New Kitchen’,                                               local supermarket was as easy as
                                                                            section,” said Adam, who started
                                     where Adam has taken the flavours      pointing out pictures of bottles at     anything, too.
                                     of the many cultures he grew up        the back of the book which were,
                                     with and added his own twist.          I have to say, strangely familiar.        Pantry essentials: Adam
                                     “The Old Kitchen is my time                                                      includes a helpful collection of
                                                                            “People know soy sauce but as             condiments in his new book,
                                     growing up – every single dish         soon as you say ‘Shaoxing wine’           Two Asian Kitchens.
                                     is something from my past. The         or ‘Cheong Chan cooking caramel’
                                     New Kitchen is about how that          – they get freaked out because
                                     past influences the way I cook         they’ve never heard of it before.
                                     now,” he said.                         But show them the picture and
Two Asian Kitchens, Adam Liaw
Published by Ebury Press             More than anything however,            it’s a bottle they’ve seen loads of
Available now                        Adam wanted to “demystify”             times in the Asian food aisle of
RRP: $49.95                          Asian cooking to the home-cook.        the supermarket,” Adam said.
                                     “Australians have a really strong      “You asked about Chinkiang black
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                                                                                                                       BY KAMI RAMINI, FOOD EDITOR




         A recipe by Adam Liaw
         For just a taster of what you can expect from Adam Liaw’s debut
recipe




         cookbook, Two Asian Kitchens, here’s one of my favourites.
         Adam says pork neck is an underrated cut of meat, but its fat content
         makes it perfect for roasted or barbecued dishes like this.
         “Char siew (‘grilled pork’) is often seen hanging in the windows of
         Chinese barbecue shops, dyed red.
         “I don’t like to use too many colourings or preservatives in my
         cooking so I have left out the red colouring. If you prefer your char
         siew a more traditional colour, add red colouring.”


         CHAR SIEW PORK NECK
         Serves: 4–6
         Preparation: 25 minutes
         Cooking: 40 minutes + 2 hours marinating

         ingredients
         8 garlic cloves, roughly chopped             FIVE-SPICE SALT:
         2 tbsp grated ginger                         3 star anise                     Lip-smacking:
                                                      12 cloves                        Char siew pork neck.
         4 tbsp honey
         2 tbsp caster sugar                          2 cinnamon quills
         2 tbsp Shaoxing wine                         1 tbsp fennel seeds
         125ml soy sauce                              1 tbsp Sichuan peppercorns
         1kg boneless pork neck, cut into             2 tsp sea salt flakes
         5cm-wide strips

         method
         To make the five-spice salt, roast the spices and salt in a dry frying
         pan over medium heat for about 3 minutes until fragrant. Cool,                Enjoy the Lap of Luxury at Bannisters
         grind to a powder with a mortar and pestle and transfer to a bowl.
         Combine 1 tbsp of five-spice salt with the garlic, ginger, honey,
                                                                                       on the NSW south coast.
         sugar, wine and soy in the mortar and grind to a loose paste. Put
         the pork neck in a non-metallic shallow dish, pour the loose paste
         over the top and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least 2
         hours but preferably overnight.
         Preheat the oven to 200°C. Transfer the pork and marinade to a
         roasting dish just big enough to hold the pork. Bake the pork for
         10 minutes. Turn to coat with the reducing marinade and bake
         for 25–30 minutes until glazed and caramelised and just cooked
         through. (Alternatively, cook on a barbecue over medium heat.)
         Rest the pork for at least 10 minutes before slicing to serve.
         Note: You only need half the five-spice salt for this recipe. Keep the rest
         in an airtight container to use next time.

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food & drink         m at t m o r a n



                                                                                                                                             Room with a view:
                                                                                                                                                  Matt Moran’s
                                                                                                                                               ARIA Restaurant.




          home                      comforts
                                     R
             When Matt Moran                 ather than showcasing              What is important says Matt, no         still being decided but he said the
     released his last cookbook              ‘cheffy’ food as such, the         matter what is on the menu, is to       latest book will mark the middle
                                             book is about simple,              source the very best produce.           road between When I Get Home
       When I Get Home, it was
                                     home-style food, made with the             “If you start with great produce        and his first book Matt Moran,
           definitely something      very best produce and cooked with                                                  which showcased his more widely
                                                                                and use the best and freshest
        different for those who      love; the kind of stuff any good           quality ingredients available, the      recognised restaurant-style dishes.
     knew him for his signature      home-cook could manage.                    dish speaks for itself,” he says.       “It’s more home-style – it’s kind
               high-end menus.       Sitting in the elegant dining              Despite being around food all day,      of in between the last two – with
                                     room of his Two Hat-rated ARIA             designing and tasting menus with        recipes people can make at home
                                     Restaurant in Sydney, with the             the teams of chefs working for          for dinner parties,” he says.
                                     picture-perfect view of the                him at his restaurants in Sydney        And it’s not just Matt’s cookbooks
                                     Sydney Opera House and Harbour             and Brisbane, Matt says he still        which are paying homage to the
                                     Bridge behind us, Matt told me his         enjoys cooking at home – hence          simpler food in life.
                                     passion for food doesn’t stop at           the inspiration for the book.
                                     the kind of haute cuisine coming                                                   Matt and his business partner
                                                                                “My kitchen at home is half             Peter Sullivan, are looking to open
                                     out of ARIA’s kitchen.
                                                                                commercial – I’ve got cool rooms        a new restaurant in Sydney later
                                      “I think people associate me with         and commercial ovens in the             this year, which will focus on the
                                     fine dining because of ARIA, and           house. It’s because I find cooking      concept of simple, sustainable,
                                     therefore they think that’s what I         at home very therapeutic and very       home-grown food.
                                     eat every day, but it’s not actually,”     easy.
                                     says Matt, who recently signed                                                     “It’ll be casual simplicity in the
                                                                                “I enjoy cooking, it’s what I do and    food – it’ll be a real contrast to
                                     with Channel 10 to appear as a
                                                                                what I love, I find it relaxing to be   the menu at ARIA,” he said.
                                     regular on MasterChef, among
                                                                                able to cook in the evenings and
Signed copies of the special         other shows.
                                                                                over the weekend.
edition hard cover When I Get
                                     “I love ARIA and I enjoy eating in
Home cookbook (pictured)                                                        “And let’s face it – I probably do
                                     fine dining restaurants but it’s not
can be purchased for $55 per                                                    a better job than anyone else in
                                     something I do every night. It’s
book from the ARIA Restaurant                                                   my house, and I do it a lot quicker,
                                     not uncommon for me to have a
or ordered online at                                                            too,” says Matt.
                                     poached chicken or a free range
www.ariarestaurant.com.                                                         The name of Matt’s next
                                     egg with soldiers on a Sunday
                                     night,” he says.                           cookbook, due out in October, is




WIN                      a signed copy of Matt Moran’s “When I Get Home”
                         For your chance to win a signed limited edition copy of Matt Moran’s
                         When I Get Home, answer the following question and send your
                         answer via email to: competitions@wapub.com.au.
                         The question is: Who won last year’s MasterChef?                                               Casual simplicity:
                         (Full terms and conditions are on the contents page)                                           Matt Moran.
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                                     BY KAMI RAMINI, FOOD EDITOR            topdrops
                                                                            BY KARL FRANZEN, WINE EDITOR




Black
                                                                            Sandalford Wines is a true institution in Western Australia.
                                                                            Established in Perth’s Swan Valley in 1840, there is a rich history to
                                                                            this pioneering company which was one of the first to recognise the
                                                                            potential in Margaret River, establishing a vineyard there in 1970.



               gold
                                                                            It is from here that some of Sandalford’s best wines originate
                                                                            including the Estate Reserve range.




                                                                            ESTATE RESERVE VERDELHO ESTATE RESERVE 2009
                                                                            This Verdelho has a real zest to it. It has lovely stewed fruit
                                                                            characteristics but is far smoother and much less harsh than other
                                                                            Verdelhos.
                                                                            There is a lot of citrus fruit in there but has a lovely smooth creamy
                                                                            finish. Ideal for a morning celebration drink although this will hold
                                                                            its own against any food.
                                                                            RRP: $25




L
       ooking at them, they          In France, where the whole             ESTATE RESERVE CHARDONNAY 2009
       could be dirty, cracked       thing started in the 17th century,
                                                                            This creamy smooth chardonnay is exceptional. Both the bouquet
       lumps of coal.                truffles were hunted using pigs
                                                                            and palate are strong and have much to offer in terms of flavour, with
But be brave, sniff them and         to snuffle out the scent.
                                                                            nectarines and a little oak, but this is far from overpowering.
as that pungent, earthy smell        Trouble was, not only did the
                                                                            This is perfectly balanced and will win over even non-chardonnay
assaults your nostrils you know      pigs find the treasured truffles
                                                                            drinkers. Just remember not to over chill as it needs a little warmth to
you are in the presence of           but they ate them too. Here
                                                                            come to life and this wine really deserves to be appreciated in all of its
something special.                   in WA, we sensibly use dogs
                                                                            splendour.
Black truffles are one of the        that are just as good at
                                     sniffing them out, but restrain        RRP: $35
most expensive ingredients
a chef can include in his            themselves in the scoffing
repertoire. Valued at around         department.
$1,500 per kilo, you don’t just      For those who want to try
chuck a few truffles in with         the delicious hidden fungus
the spuds. No wonder they are        for themselves, the annual
called Black Gold.                   Mundaring Truffle Festival takes
                                     place over the weekend of 30–31
And we are growing them very
                                     July 2011.
                                                                            ESTATE RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2008
successfully in Australia. The
                                                                            With a strong bouquet and deep colour you would expect this to be
Wine and Truffle Company, in         Bring your taste buds and enjoy
                                                                            a monster of a wine but it proves to be more refined when it comes
Manjimup Western Australia,          a weekend in the company of
                                                                            to the drinking.
had its first harvest in 2001, and   the food of kings.
in 2005 unearthed its first 1kg                                             It is rich and has strong tones of chocolate and spices, particularly
truffle.                                                                    cinnamon, and it leaves you with a chocolaty after taste.
                                      Tickets for the Mundaring Truffle
                                      Festival are on sale through BOCS     It is quite difficult to swallow as there is so much to be enjoyed in
That was just the beginning
                                      Ticketing. Festival Entry is $12.50   savouring such an outstanding wine.
– today the Wine and Truffle
                                      (BOCS) and $15 at the gate.
Company is the largest producer                                             This is perfect for most meat dishes and after a few years in the cellar
                                      www.mundaringtrufflefestival.com      it will be outstanding.
of fresh truffles in the Southern
                                      www.wineandtruffle.com.au
Hemisphere.                                                                 RRP: $45
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the interview               amBer




trapped
                        in time



                                        B
               BY KARL FRANZEN                 eth Norris and Dale Wicks      would never find anyone to            research team that believed in our
                                               from far north Queensland      identify it.                          discovery.”
      When it comes to precious
                                               had a favourite beach in       “At one stage we were accused          “We had always wished Australian
materials such as gold, opals or        Cape York and it was here where       of faking the find by hiding Baltic   Amber and its inclusions to be
diamonds, Australia has plenty          they regularly found pieces of        amber on the beach.”                  safely deposited in an Australian
     sitting under its surface but      amber of various colours and
                                                                                                                    Institute or museum. Finally we
                                        sizes.
     until recently it was thought                                                                                  were given the rare opportunity to
                                        As they began amassing a                                                    do just that.”
       we were bereft of a highly
      sought after semi-precious
                                        collection of their finds they did       The Cape                           With expert help and guidance
                                        not know they had stumbled
                                                                                                                    onboard, it was now possible
                material – amber.       upon Australia’s first deposit of        York amber                         to look further into the sizable
                                        amber which would become a
                                                                                                                    collection, with some exciting
                                        major scientific discovery and           is estimated                       discoveries. As amber is formed
                                        the identification of some new
                                                                                                                    over millions of years, when the
                                        species.                                 to be around                       resin from trees solidifies encasing
                                        Beth began sending pieces to
                                        various institutions and scientists      24 million to                      anything trapped in the sticky
                                                                                                                    substance, it creates an excellent
                                        to learn more but so strong was
                                        the belief that Australia was            34 million                         record of how the world was
                                                                                                                    made up, long before humans
                                        bereft of amber it took seven
                                        years before she found someone           years old…                         were around.
                                                                                                                    The Cape York amber is estimated
                                        willing to take her seriously.
                                                                                                                    to be around 24 million to 34
                                        “Finding a scientist that could                                             million years old making some
                                        properly identify our discovery       All of this changed in 2004 when      of these life-forms invaluable to
                                        was a huge challenge,” says Beth.     Beth and Dale made contact with       researchers.
                                        “We donated many samples              Mike Archer, Sue Hand and Henk        “These inclusions in amber
                                        of raw amber for testing while        Godthelp at the University of         are rare and fascinating survivors
                                        corresponding with scientists         New South Wales and Dan Bickel        from Australia’s distant past. It is
                                        in Australia and internationally      from the Australian Museum.           not just insects that can be found
                                        with little results. Amber was not    “Much to our delight they were        trapped in amber, but also plant
 Discovery: An example of Australia’s   known to be part of Australia’s       willing to explore the possibility    material and small animals such as
         first major amber discovery.   fossil record, so it seemed we        of this mysterious find, at last a    frogs and lizards.
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“I am always amazed and                from a science-fiction movie, a
fascinated when an inclusion           millipede, two species of ants,
comes into view in my                  butterflies, spiders, many different
microscope, perfectly preserved        kinds of flies, wasps, pseudo-
time travellers capturing a            scorpions, termites and even a
moment in time from millions of        tuft of hair from what I suspect is
years ago. To date over 300 insect     an ancient marsupial.
and botanical inclusions have          “This is a fabulous find. Not only
been discovered, many are new          are these the most significant
species not yet known from any         amounts of amber ever found in
other fossil record.”                  Australia but they occur where
One such discovery was only            Australia and New Guinea were
made possible by involving some        once joined by a land bridge
serious equipment and expertise.       and until now we had almost no
Dr Suzanne Hand, of the UNSW           information about what was living
School of Biological, Earth and        there at the time. Now we can
Environmental Sciences was             study some of the actual animals.”
especially excited by the amber        The new species of beetle was
pieces with inclusions and the         found in a piece of amber which
possibilities they held for study.     was one of a 100 sent to Grenoble



                                                                              A taste of the
“…many of the pieces we’ve             in France for analysis at the
looked at have inclusions of           European Synchrotron Radiation
beautifully preserved plant and        Facility.
animal remains that were trapped       “We knew they had inclusions but


                                                                              far east is not
in the resin before it hardened,” Dr   we were amazed at the variety
Hand says.                             of things that emerged on the
“There’s a strange new species of      screen,” says Dr Hand.
beetle that looks like something       “The facility was able to use those
                                       scanned images to make almost
                                       perfect three-dimensional giant
                                       models of some of the creatures,
                                       including the strange beetle and a
                                                                              so far away
                                       prehistoric spider.”                   Explore the beauty of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and
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                                                                                                                                     High seas: Build confidence




     wave
                                                                                                                                            on the ocean waves.
                                                                                                                                       Photo courtesy of Bob Gould.




                machine



                                             T
                 BY JANINE MARTIN                   he 100-foot long, gaff-
                                                    rigged schooner has
  Peter Grace sounds incredibly
                                                    just been inducted into
      spirited for someone who’s             the prestigious Sail Training
     just completed a demanding              International Blue Flag Scheme
      five-day voyage in Moreton             – a salute to the vessel’s
                                             commitment to environmentally
       Bay aboard South Passage,
                                             responsible practices in the
      Queensland’s only tall ship.           waters it navigates.
But then again the watch leader              “I believe the award confirms the
     and board member for South              things we already do,” says Peter.




sail
        Passage, has reason to be.           South Passage, which sails north
                                             to Cairns in winter and south to
                                                                                    life, so we have a responsibility      Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race
                                             Wollongong in summer, follows
                                                                                    to minimise the environmental          and raise money for a children’s
                                             certain green rules. And voyagers
                                                                                    impact we have on these areas.         cancer charity,” says Peter.
                                             (all of who are actively involved
                                             in sailing the ship) are expected to   “As a vessel that hosts many           Sailing a working tall ship can be a
                                             comply with these.                     educational voyages, it is also        memorable experience. And some
                                                                                    important that we send the right       of the lessons people take away
                                             Nothing is thrown overboard.
                                                                                    message to students about looking      include learning the merits of
                                             Recycling is carried out as much
                                                                                    after our waters,” Russell says.       team work and responsibility.
                                             as possible. And all sewage is
                                             treated before being pumped well       Besides students, South Passage        Most of all, Peter says, they learn
                                             out to sea.                            is also available for public and       resilience.
                                                                                    corporate charters.                    “Many voyagers get seasick, but
                                             Peter says South Passage is flying
                                             the flag for the environment in        “A Queensland charity group            they continue with the jobs
                                             which it operates and is always        called Womenrace4 … has been           assigned to them on board. They
                                             looking for ways to improve on its     hiring South Passage for the past      conquer their fears and leave with
                                             initiatives.                           four years to compete in the           a sense of achievement.”
                                             South Passage president Russell
                                             Shaw said the volunteer crew of
                                                                                                Facts
 Elegant: Nothing beats the beauty of
                 a tall ship in full sail.   the stately vessel takes great pride     •	 South Passage calls at places you wouldn’t generally stop at such
         Photo courtesy of Stuart Webber.    in helping to look after the marine         as Broughton Island, Orpheus Island and Port Stephens.
                                             environment.                             •	 A day sail (usually six hours for up to 60 passengers, BYO food and
                                             “Since its inception in 1990, there         drink) costs $70 pp.
                                             has been a strong commitment             •	 A daily charter is $2,500 for four hours, $3,000 for six hours and
                                             to environmental conservation               $3,500 for eight hours (BYO food and drink). Numbers as per day
                                             among the South Passage team.               sail. Twilight sails or berth side events can also be tailored.
                                             “We sail in some of Queensland’s         •	 Public voyages cost is $150 pp per day (including food and non-
                                             most pristine waters and in areas           alcoholic drinks). Discounts are given to students and for longer
                                             which are home to vital marine              voyages. Maximum number of voyagers is 24 plus a crew of six.
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                                                                                                                                     weird news

                                                                                                                          First lady: Beware of imitations.

Taking liberties
The dangers of relying on Google search were brought
to the fore recently following a printing error by the
United States Postal Service.
And we’re not talking about a couple of dodgy
imprints going astray.
Three billion copies of a new postage stamp with the
Statue of Liberty standing proudly for all to see were
produced – except it was the wrong Statue of Liberty.
A keen eyed stamp collector politely enquired
whether officials realised that the image they had
reproduced three billion times was not the famous
emblem of freedom guarding the gateway to
Manhattan.
Instead, it was a lesser known doppelgänger of the
famous icon, a half-sized replica currently housed
outside the New York-New York Hotel and Casino in
Las Vegas.
                                                                  Trophy wife
It’s not all bad news however.
                                                                  An EPL football fan given a dream task may have gone a little overboard when he
Owners of the resort were more than pleased with                  was asked to guard the European Cup overnight recently.
the USPS featuring their venue on a stamp. Three
                                                                  According to The Sun, Andy Carpenter, an Aston Villa supporter, was told to not
billion times.
                                                                  leave the cup unattended for a single minute.
“We all thought that the Post Office was honouring
                                                                  Taking the responsibility for the safety of the massive piece of silverware
just one great American institution, but in reality it
                                                                  seriously, Andy thoughtfully tucked the cup up for the night in his bed so that
was honouring two – The Statue of Liberty and Las
                                                                  he could ‘hold its handles’, relegating his puzzled partner into the spare room for
Vegas – with just one stamp,” said Yvette Monet, a
                                                                  the night.
spokeswoman for the company. “Regardless of how
it came about, New York-New York is honoured to                   He took photographs of the experience – including a touching shot of the huge
be the first Las Vegas casino resort to be on a U.S.              cup next to his sleeping child’s head in her cot – before reluctantly handing the
stamp.”                                                           cup back to its protectors the next day.
There are no plans to recall the stamp.                           He said: “I kissed it then took a few photos. What footie fan wouldn’t? I’m only
                                                                  human.”



  Naked ambition                                                                                                                             Pumped:
                                                                                                                                          Overdressed.

  A Spanish fitness club, optimistically called Easy Gym, is claiming to offer its clientele a
  world first.
  It’s said to be the only fitness club for nudists in an attempt to buck a downturn in
  business, according to its non-nudist owner, Merche Laesca.
  The gym, which is in the Basque region of Spain, already has its fair share
  of opportunities for the clothes-shy, with 12 nudist beaches, a mass
  nude run in a nearby town, and local swimming pools with naked
  sessions for swimmers keen to improve their breast stroke.
  There have even been reports that a local yoga teacher is looking into
  offering naked yoga sessions.
  Based on the grand opening however, the world may as yet be unready for
  the collective sight of naked fat busters sweating on their giant fitness balls.
  Just four brave exercisers turned up for the chance to pump iron in the nude.
  Other local gym owners don’t appear to be keen to follow suit.
  “Each to his own, but I think it’s the most unhygienic thing in the world,” one owner said.
  Quite. Whose turn is it on the exercise bike?


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drive




               Power play




Subaru
                                                                                                                    Subaru’s STI: It’s a WRX, and then some.




                                    T
               BY KARL FRANZEN             he STI is a more refined          torque to play with.                    when you find that nice secluded
                                           beast than the WRX.               A clue to how serious the car           series of bends and track.
        Subaru has nicknamed its
                                           Whereas its sibling is            takes itself is the adjustable          When you get the chance to put
        latest WRX and WRX STI,     seemingly hell-bent on rocketing         differential selector on the            your foot down it soon becomes
        the “turbocharged twins”    away at the drop of a hat, the STI       manual version which lets you           addictive and the engine sounds
           and they may look the    is a more serious drive.                 take a bit more control of the all      just awesome. Surely it can’t be
       same and both offer more     That is not to say there isn’t the       wheel drive.                            long before someone releases
                                    power, there is – and more so, but       To put it simply, the STI’s handling    a compilation CD of the STI in
     driving pleasure than almost
                                    with more manoeuvrability in the         is superb. Instant response and         action, it’s music to a serious car
        anything else on the road
                                    gears there is just not the sense        the ability to flow with the road       enthusiast’s ears and would make
           but there are some big   of rushing ahead and peaking too         means you will be crying out for a      a great ring tone.
                     differences.   soon.                                    nice secluded series of bends.          It’s easy to get carried away with
                                    And even if the STI is for the more      Subaru has revised the suspension       the engine and handling, after all
                                    serious driver there is still a lot of   for the latest model and they           that’s why someone will part with
                                    fun to be had.                           have done a great job.                  $60,000 or more, but the interior
                                    A new automatic version is now                                                   has quality to match.
                                                                             A nice touch is the SI-Drive
                                    available, complete with paddle          system which gives a choice             Leather trim and optional bucket
                                    shift and the A-line 2.5-litre           of three power and handling             seats are just right for it and the
                                    turbocharged four-cylinder Boxer         settings depending on driving           stack of features are too many to
                                    engine – giving you 221kW of             conditions. Intelligent mode is         list here.
                                    power and 350Nm of torque                for regular town driving in traffic     Special mention should be given
                                    (between 3000–6000rpm).                  or for highway cruising whereas         to the raft of safety specs which
                                    I only got to get my hands on the        sport (the default setting) is for      come with it, including a cocoon
                                    manual version but I don’t think         everyday use.                           of airbags – something which
                                    I missed out, not when you have          Sport # boosts the rev count and is     should reassure the more nervous
                                    221kW of power and 407Nm of              ideal for more fun driving, maybe       passenger.
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fast facts
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Power: 221kW (@6000rpm)
Torque: 407Nm (@4000rpm) manual;
350Nm (@3000–6000rpm) auto                                          On spectacular World Heritage listed Lord Howe

Fuel consumption: 10.5 litres per 100km (manual);                   is found Arajilla.
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                                                                    and Kentia Palm forest.
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bucket list                Gardens




Gardens of delight
                                                                              MELBOURNE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, Australia




gardens
                                                                              On the Yarra’s south bank, these historic gardens are a lush and lovely
                                                                              oasis of green just out of the centre of town.
                                                                              The grounds are expansive, with a mixture of landscaped and wild
                                                                              gardens, native and exotic plantings – though some of the natives are
                                                                              pretty exotic too.
                                                                              There are around 10,000 different species in the botanical collection,
                                                                              and this is considered one of the best collections of plants in the world.
                                                                              Some of the themed arrangements include the Australian Rainforest
                                                                              Walk, the Camelia Garden, Fern Gully, New Zealand Collection, the Rose
                                                                              Gardens, the Tropical Display Glasshouse, the Cacti and Succulents and
                                                                              the Water Conservation Garden.
                                                                              One of the prize exhibits of the gardens is the ‘Separation Tree,’ a 300-
                                                                              year old River red gum under which Victoria was declared a state.
Photo courtesy of Janusz Molinski

ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, Kew, UK
In the 18th century there was a fashion amongst the rich and useless
upper classes to travel around the world in search of bizarre and
previously unknown plants from the colonies and beyond. To house
these new examples of Nature’s creativity, Kew Gardens was built just
outside London.
Succeeding generations of green-fingered enthusiasts expanded the
site, adding whimsical buildings and palatial glasshouses to allow more
delicate exotic plants to flourish.
Today Kew is a hothouse of conservation and scientific advances, with its
Millennium Seed Bank work and a mission to educate the public through
first-hand exposure to the beauty and fragility of the botanical world.
Many now extinct plants continue to flourish in Kew, preserving its place
as one of the foremost botanical treasure houses in the world.


                                                                              THE ALHAMBRA,
                                                                              Grenada, Spain
                                                                              Possibly the world’s
                                                                              most romantic garden
                                                                              award goes to the
                                                                              Alhambra in Spain.
                                                                              Standing on a fortified
                                                                              plateau, with views
                                                                              across a valley and
                                                                              surrounded by
                                                                              the Sierra Nevada
MONET’S GARDEN, Giverny, France                                               mountains, Muhammad
The beloved cover of numerous chocolate boxes around the world,               I’s palace was based on
Monet’s Garden has inspired artists and onlookers alike ever since it was     Hadrian’s Villa in Rome.
created in 1883.
                                                                              The surrounding
The artist spent nearly 30 years building up the garden, which nestles in     gardens, with their
the Valley of the River Epte, providing rich inspiration for the leader of    peaceful courtyards,
the Impressionist painters. With its incredible ever-changing light, the      architectural water
garden acted as an open air studio for the artist.                            features and controlled planting designs date from the 11th century.
Visiting the garden is like stepping onto a Monet canvas, with the artists’   The importance of the Alhambra in garden history lies in its perfect
pink house with green shutters, festooned with roses, and the iconic          distillation of Moorish and Mediterranean traditions of garden-making,
water lily lake still dazzling despite being so visually familiar.            inspiring the enclosed knot and parterre gardens of northern Europe
A real example of where life imitates art.                                    such as at Versailles.
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m y d ay at t H e          coalface
lawnmowers        garden beds        beautiful    blowers     dannii     gardeners            inspiration   landscaping     unwind      greenart      gardens




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What time do you get up
                                     5  Three tips please to instantly




                                                                              Contacts – H
and what’s on the menu for              improve a garden?
breakfast?                              A lot of people don’t know what
I get up at 5.50am and I go to a        plants to pick – I always tell
mate’s café around the corner for       them to look at the roundabouts




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coffee, fruit salad and toast.          and speed-humps in their local
                                        area and see what the council
How varied are your working             plants, because if they survive at
days?                                   roundabouts where they don’t get
Very. I run my own business with        much love, then they’ll survive at
seven guys full-time, while I also      your house.




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do TV about two days a week.            Secondly, fill your garden beds so
                                        you don’t end up weeding all the
Have you ever encountered a             time.
garden you couldn’t improve?            And thirdly, have a plan and stick
No. Every problem can be                to it. You don’t have to be an
answered; it’s just a matter of         amazing designer, you just have
whether you can afford to answer        to know what you want, start
them. So if someone’s got a very        small and keep working at the one
steep block and they want to            plan so you don’t finish up with a




                                     6
turn it into a usable space, then       mish-mash.
you need to excavate and build
walls and that sort of stuff, and       How did you come up with
if their budget doesn’t allow for       the idea for your gold winning




4
that, then unfortunately it can’t       Sir Walter Greenart Garden at
happen.                                 this year’s Melbourne Flower
                                        Show?
What garden gadgets couldn’t            I like trying to use cheap products
you live without?                       in an interesting way. I took a
Everything that’s powered –             septic tank, which is something
lawnmowers, whipper-snipper,            that is necessary but ugly, and
                                                                                             JASON HODGES
blowers. Use technology to its          turned it into something that was                    Channel 7’s resident gardener/landscaper
best – laborious things can be          luxurious and beautiful.                             and business owner of landscaping
reduced to a minimum because
the machines do them for you.
                                                                                             company, Greenart Gardens.



Man’s best friend: Jason
with Dannii the dog.                                                    7     Single most expensive
                                                                              thing you own, apart from
                                                                              property?
                                                                              I have a 1967 Mustang convertible
                                                                                                                    9     How do you unwind at the
                                                                                                                          end of the day?
                                                                                                                          If it’s a “doing” thing, I’d probably
                                                                                                                          be mowing the lawn – I mow my
                                                                              and I’ve got a 1963 two-door                lawn about twice a week. If it’s a




                                                                        8
                                                                              Falcon and also a pretty nice ute.          ‘hanging around’ thing, it’d be with
                                                                                                                          Heidi, my 20-month old daughter,
                                                                              Who is/was your hero/                       and my dog, Dannii – like Dannii




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                                                                              inspiration?                                Minogue.
                                                                              I was the youngest of four and
                                                                              by the time I was eight years old,          Does anything keep you
                                                                              everyone had a job. My parents              awake at night?
                                                                              are pretty special people. Dad’s a          Ah … I was just saying to a mate
                                                                              brick-layer, and I had these pretty         today that for the two weeks
                                                                              cool brothers and sisters who               we were building the garden in
                                                                              were always playing with flowers.           Melbourne, I probably only got
                                                                              Mum and Dad were both good                  three hours sleep each night. But
                                                                              gardeners so when I was about               that was a good reason for not
                                                                              seven or eight years old, I decided         sleeping. But look, to tell you
                                                                              I wanted to be a landscaper/                the truth, I could sleep through
                                                                              gardener.                                   anything.
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Fact:
You don’t have to travel
860km to experience




winter 2011

                       “
                             A recent trip to Shark Bay reminded
                             me of how lucky we truly are, with a




                                                                       “
                             landscape covering the full spectrum
                             of natural colours and visual textures.
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