Magnificent Stringer leads Dons past Hawks


Essendon’s Archie Perkins takes down Jack Scrimshaw of the Hawks.Credit:Getty Images

Hind’s run, especially in the second half, was critical in breaking through the Hawthorn wall.

The Hawks would also lament sloppy set shot goalkicking in a game they were in until the final 90 seconds.

“Probably at the end of the day we just lacked a bit of polish,” Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson said.

“There were some really positive signs today albeit we didn’t quite have the polish.“

Clarkson said defender Changkuoth Jiath was OK, despite a late injury scare.

ON A STRING

Few players in the AFL have the bag of tricks possessed by Stringer, and he reached into his rucksack of wonder in the first half on Sunday for two important majors. The first came courtesy of a costly turnover at half-back from the Hawks. Chad Wingard fumbled what should have been a comfortable enough chest mark after a low kick from Jack Scrimshaw, leading to a loose ball inside the Bombers’ forward 50. In came Stringer, deciding he didn’t need to waste any time by picking up the footy, instead soccering it through for a goal. The second came on the cusp of half-time, with the Dons having been swamped in the second term by the Hawks. In heavy traffic, Stringer snapped truly to put his side back in front and leave Alastair Clarkson visibly angry in the Hawthorn coach’s box.

DUKES OF YORK PARK

With Tasmania’s hopes of its own AFL side in a state of flux pending the findings of Colin Carter’s review into a Tassie team’s viability, every match played on the Apple Isle these days falls against a highly politicised backdrop. There is an argument that every Tassie match is a referendum on a stand-alone side. North Melbourne and Greater Western Sydney drew fewer than 4000 fans in Hobart seven days before this match, giving further weight to those who argue that Tasmanians are fed up with being served the dregs of the league. In an ideal world the Hawks and Bombers would have been playing at the MCG rather than the University of Tasmania Stadium but a 29-year gap between Essendon matches in Tasmania had clearly left the local population of Bombers fans hungry to see their side, and it so it proved as they packed out the house, something of a middle finger to Gold Coast chairman Tony Cochrane who during the week renewed his long-held scepticism about the sustainability of a Tasmanian team.

ESSENDON
3.2 5.3 9.5 13.8 (86)
HAWTHORN

1.3 4.7 8.8 10.13 (73)

GOALS
Essendon: Stringer 4, Jones 2, McDonald-Tipungwuti 2, Langford, Guelfi, Parish, Hind, Cahill.
Hawthorn:
Breust 3, Koschitzke 3, Shiels, Wingard, Moore, Mitchell.

BEST
Essendon: Stringer, Draper, Hind, Ridley, Jones, Parish.
Hawthorn:
Breust, O’Meara, Mitchell, Impey, Jiath.

UMPIRES
Deboy, Meredith, Findlay.

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Before and after: The magnificent renovation of a South Yarra arts and crafts style house


A once-foundering 1921 arts and crafts-style home in South Yarra has undergone a series of magnificent changes – by one of Melbourne’s most well-regarded heritage architecture practices – that goes way beyond an alteration and addition.

The result is more a remarkable resurrection.

When Tina Tam of Lovell Chen’s design team first saw the white-painted Edwardian brick bungalow with the arched entry, she says the roof tiles had reached the end of their life, the chimney was missing, the front verandah was infilled, and it had other issues, including rising damp.

A deceased estate, “the interiors were sound but tired,” she says.

Before the tired, old house was recovered by new owners and heritage experts Lovell Chen.
Before the tired, old house was recovered by new owners and heritage experts Lovell Chen. Photo: Trevor Mein

Ordinarily, such an old pile on a corner block would excite developers. Fortunately, heritage overlays prevented demolition, and so it came into the ownership of a professional couple who had the idea of creating their forever home.

Lovell Chen’s design strategy was to extend up into the roof cavity and out to a new, three-level rear pavilion to adapt the house to fit this new brief.

Today, the upstairs, lantern-like new room, or “His study” above the garage and deep basement gym, sauna and cinema room, does present to the street as an obvious novel extension.

His study is a new room up in the trees, with furnishings and colour by Nexus Designs.
His study is a new room up in the trees, with furnishings and colour by Nexus Designs. Photo: Trevor Mein

But with the tall chimney reinstated, the lower brickwork stripped back and re-tuckpointed, the upper facades re-rendered, the front porch reinstated, and a suitable new fence, the Jewel Box appears to be a rather interesting period house that’s been polished back to respectability.

Yet, so much more has happened underneath those replacement Marseilles tiles that had to be imported from France.

A huge works program that Tam explains “kept the principal structure of the floor plan intact” commenced with dismantling and rebuilding the roof. The ground floor’s former 3.6-metre ceiling height was brought down by 600 mm, creating a viable attic space and enabling the internal accommodation to almost double.

One of the two bedrooms in the amplified space under the new roof.
One of the two bedrooms in the amplified space under the new roof. Photo: Trevor Mein

“The owners,” Ms Tam says, “wanted to keep the humble nature of the house”. And duly, that’s how it might appear to an uninformed eye.

“Yet with a gross floor area that is now 450 square metres, it’s quite a lot of house to be fitting onto a small site.”

Up the new staircase that fits in seamlessly beneath a large custom-made leaded ceiling light is a charming suite of inserted rooms that includes two bedrooms, two bathrooms and masses of storage.

It looks authentically Arts and Crafts, but neither the stairs nor leaded skylight existed until last year.
It looks authentically arts and crafts but neither the stairs nor leaded skylight existed until last year. Photo: Trevor Mein

New dormer windows, invisible from the street, infuse the upper level with daylight. And from the main bedroom, a small rear balcony and an aerial bridge lead to the “Master’s study”, which is surrounded by timber-framed windows with wide sills, providing “views to the treetops on all sides”.

Also accessible via a new spiral stair, arrival in the aerial workspace gives a sense of coming up into the trees. Tina Tam talks of “a sense of release”.

Augmenting the agreeableness of the space is, she says, “the horizontality of the room, which is so different”.

The couple also asked for one of the downstairs rooms to be dedicated as a library and along the same north, garden-facing frontage, a “Hers study”.

It is this room – perhaps more than any other of the spaces that have been so perfectly composed in a collaboration between the Lovell Chen team and the equally estimable interiors specialists, Nexus Designs – that makes a case for employing the best in the business to get the best of results.

Nexus introduced wallpaper and matching curtaining designed by the Arts and Crafts Movement founder William Morris. So not only is it period-appropriate, it creates an enwrapping verdant atmosphere, somewhat like an interior garden.

William Morris wallpaper and curtains make her study like an interior garden.
William Morris wallpaper and curtains make her study like an interior garden. Photo: Trevor Mein

Without being overly beholden to one of the most influential decor movements of the Industrial Age, Nexus has acknowledged the style, but throughout the house has mixed in an effortless collation of modern art, furnishings and jewel-like paint colours and fabrics.

The totality of the makeover is the hallmark of the now extraordinary home.

Everything about it has been deliberated, even down to the bronze-coloured stainless steel lining beneath the eaves of the extension, put there, Ms Tam explains, “to reflect the garden underneath”.

The great room of the home, the living, dining and kitchen space is another achievement that sits agreeably in the house’s 1920s context.

The main living room is a grid of beefy timbers, period appropriate and supporting the new second-level structure above.
The main living room is a grid of beefy timbers, period-appropriate and supporting the new second-level structure above. Photo: Trevor Mein

Working as structure to support the upper floor and characteristic of the craftmanship of arts and crafts style, a new grid of exposed Victorian ash beams distinguishes the ceiling.

It’s another aspect of “contemporary arts and crafts”.

“It’s an interpretation,” Tam says, “but it all feels harmonious.”

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Magnificent Micah saves City from Roar onslaught


To their credit City were organised, well drilled and desperate in defence – and Micah was in no mood to be beaten.

But Brisbane looked a class above from the outset – as was indicated by the team sheet, with four women in the starting line-up – Emily Gielnik, Tameka Yallop, Katrina Gorry and Clare Polkinghorne – who were part of the Matildas squad at last year’s World Cup.

It was one-way traffic from the outset, with Gielnik getting clear on the right on a number of occasions, slinging crosses over which her teammates routinely squandered or were denied by Micah’s sharp reflexes.

Mariel Hecher, Gielnik herself, Leticia McKenna and Yallop again missed gilt-edged chances, either shooting over the bar, wide or being denied by Micah.

City’s attacking chances were few and far between, but Rhali Dobson did get clear on the break to shoot, her effort stopped by Georgina Worth, while Margot Robinne also shot wide.

The second period was more of the same: City defending in depth with Jenna McCormick at the heart of the rearguard and Micah filling the breach whenever needed.

Gorry went close with another effort from distance which struck the bar, then Yallop’s deflected shot was finger-tipped to safety by Micah before Gielnek was also denied. Gorry then shot just wide with a powerful shot.

But it was one of those days for Micah – and Brisbane.



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Match of the Day analysis: How Cavani won the game for Man Utd with ‘magnificent’ performance


Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer analyses how substitute Edison Cavani completely changed the game for Manchester United, after the striker set up one goal and scored two more in a 3-2 win over Southampton.

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Even sneery anti-sport types should weep over the Wallabies’ magical and magnificent Bledisloe ‘victory’


If you pick one of the first two, you are, I imagine very close to the quiet majority on the subject, as even I – still tragically proud of being the only Wallaby in history sent from the field in a match against the All Blacks for violence – accept that while the current slew of NRL finals and rugby championships really does excite a huge chunk of the population, it leaves a hefty majority of the population about as cold as the great Fran Lebowitz. (To be fair, however, she was a special case, once boasting that she was someone who truly “wished my cigarettes came already lit.”) And despite it being a hoary cliche, the truth of it is, more people participate in the arts than the football codes plus cricket and basketball combined.

But let me make a quick plea for you to acknowledge that the scenes we saw on Sunday afternoon on the occasion of the first Bledisloe Cup Test were every bit as magical as the Walter Scott quote? Come on!

How fabulous was it to see such enormously athletic men going so unbelievably hard for all that time, hammer and tongs, no quarter asked or given, with grimaces, grunts and growls, powered by passion pure? And that, friends, was just the haka!

As to the game itself, for my money, sport doesn’t get a whole lot better than that, and it was the perfect example of my long-brayed FitzSimons theorem that: “While nothing is so dull as a dull rugby game, there is nothing so magnificent as a great rugby game.”

And that performance by the Wallabies was nothing less than magnificent. Up against the finest team in the world, in a country they haven’t won in for 20 years, our blokes got to an even score when the full-time siren blew, and then – then, friends – they went for another eight minutes without a break, roaring from one end of the field to the other, never backing off a centimetre, each minute “crowded to the full with glorious action, and filled with noble risks”.

And in the end they registered a magnificent 16-16 victory. (You heard me! Against the All Blacks on New Zealand soil, a draw really is a bloody victory.)

Seriously, name me another sport in the world, where for EIGHT MINUTES without break you can have the sports fans of two countries, roaring, on the edge of their seats, alternately thrilled and then fearful as the ball went from one end to the other. And then, while you are it, tell me the time such extremes of emotion were experienced in an art gallery or theatre, love them as I do – no, honest.

How can you not get misty-eyed, just a little, and . . .

And what?

You still want to stay with Fran or Paddy and sneer unpleasantly in our general direction? You think that the only model for a life well lived is the aesthete, the literary, the clever – and never the physical, the brutal?

You want Oscar Wilde, not wild and woolly? Well, funny you should say that. For let me make reply to you, the way I did to McGuiness in these pages, all those years ago.

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For even Wilde had a brute side to his life! Richard Ellmann’s excellent biography of Wilde recounts an occasion in Oxford when the young men of Magdalene College got together and decided on a plan of bursting into Wilde’s room to give him a good pummeling for being so effete. So it was that four of the heftiest and most offended by his dandyism shouldered their way through Wilde’s door while many others waited on the stairs to watch events unfold.

“The result was unexpected,” the biography recounts. “Wilde booted out the first, doubled up the second with a punch, threw out the third through the air and taking hold of the fourth – a man as big as himself – carried him down to his rooms and buried him beneath his own furniture. He then invited the spectators to sample the would-be persecutor’s wines and spirits, and they accepted.”

Ah, Oscar, you should have been in the English second row!

And I am sure the rest of you get the point, even if McGuiness didn’t. If someone so revered an aesthete as Oscar Wilde didn’t mind engaging in hard physical pursuits – and let’s not forget his sport at Oxford was boxing – surely it is proof positive, that not all footballers are a generically Neanderthal breed. And it is OK to enjoy watching them play!

And if you are still not convinced, I leave you with Oscar’s final words on the subject, the quote that proves there is something in this for everyone. “Rugby is a good occasion for keeping 30 bullies far from the centre of the city.” (Still, I wish you hadn’t said that, Oscar.)

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Luxe cooking school, cabins for ‘magnificent’ farm site


THE owners of a boutique organic cooking school in the Ballina Shire hinterland are expected to get approval for on-site cabins, a recreation building and new education facility for their classes.

The $2.2 million development application for the site on Fernleigh Rd at Brooklet has been recommended for approval at Thursday’s council meeting.

Lodged by Planners North on behalf of Bhadra Property Holdings, the DA is for eight tourist cabins four with one bedroom and four with two bedrooms and a lounge/recreation building.

 

A development application for new cabins and a cooking school is slated for approval by Ballina Shire Council.

 

A third element of the proposal is the information and education facility, which would be used for the Bhavana Organic Farm and Cooking School.

The cooking school is already operating on the property, with classes starting at $325.

According to their website, Bhavana means “spiritual cultivation”, and this is “at the heart of every experience we offer”.

“More than just a cooking school, Bhavana is a catalyst for health and wellbeing,” the website states.

“Our slice of paradise is situated on 125 acres of magnificent farmland … Bhavana is about simple delicious food in a nourishing and nurturing environment.

“Inspiration, relaxation and creation are at the foundation of our teaching.

“Our intention is to extend your knowledge, and support you in making healthy whole food choices for you and your family.”

 

Bhavana Organic Farm and Cooking School offers simple, organic food.

Bhavana Organic Farm and Cooking School offers simple, organic food.

 

The Brooklet site is right next door to Olivia Newton-John’s Gaia Retreat and Spa.

And it appears Gaia is not impressed with the plans, and instructed town planner Malcolm Scott to lodge an objection to the council on their behalf.

“The overall nature and scale of the proposed development is not consistent with contemporary planning controls,” Mr Scott wrote in the objection.

“The proposed cabin buildings and recreation, administration and commercial kitchen building will be clearly visible from sections of the recreation open space area and walking track within Gaia.

“The proposed commercial cooking school is not like an art gallery, museum, library or visitor information centre and appears to be more, by nature and use, a hybrid type of boutique small restaurant. Restaurants are a prohibited development in the RU1 zone.

“Gaia Retreat and Spa have instructed me; it is their opinion that the proposal should be refused or significantly scaled back in order that contemporary planning controls can be achieved and the potential for unintentional off-site impacts onto its operation minimised.”

Gaia Retreat and Spa were not the only ones opposed to the DA.

The council received 10 submissions, including five objections and five letters of support.

Two of the submissions were kept confidential.

Council staff have recommended approval of Bhadra Property Holding’s DA, with some conditions.

Councillors will make a decision at Thursday’s council meeting.





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Black Lives Matter: The sinister history of slave trade behind Liverpool’s magnificent monuments | UK News


The grandeur of Liverpool’s centre is awe-inspiring for a first-time visitor.

The architecture tells a story of wealth and power but in the magnificent structures, which tower above the streets, there is a sinister story of human trafficking on a massive scale.

For Laurence Westgaph, an historian whose expertise is the transatlantic slave trade, it is the perfect classroom at a time when many are looking at Britain’s history with fresh eyes.

Historian Laurence Westgaph runs slavery tours
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Historian Laurence Westgaph runs slavery tours

Demand for his slavery tours around the city has grown following the brutal killing of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests.

“I am surprised but I think people are now starting to make the correlation between events that took place long ago and the way black people are still treated in the modern day,” he said.

“I don’t think you can extricate the history of slavery and the slave trade from the history of modern racism and how it affects black people in the most visceral forms.”

Employing social distancing, the tour journeys its way through the streets.

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Many of the city’s secrets are invisible but with a guide you soon realise they are hiding in plain sight.

Stopping outside the Martins Bank Building relief sculpture, panels of the Roman god Neptune – which represents Liverpool – are pointed out. He stands above two African children carrying bags of money.

The work is controversial and in the current climate is interpreted by many people as a reference to Liverpool’s pivotal role in the slave trade.

Laurence Westgaph says many people are shocked by the city's past
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Laurence Westgaph says many people are shocked by the city’s past

By the 18th century, the city was Europe’s largest slave port.

It is thought ships from the Mersey ferried at least 1.5 million kidnapped Africans across the Atlantic.

The journey was dangerous and miserable with many dying in transit.

Those who survived were forced to work on sugar plantations in the Caribbean and in America’s Deep South.

The tours have grown in popularity in recent weeks
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The tours have grown in popularity in recent weeks

On the back of this trade on the bones and blood of Africans, Liverpool and Britain became fabulously wealthy, Mr Westgaph explains.

“I think a lot of people are shocked – they don’t realise how deeply our society has been shaped by the events that took place in the 18th and 19th century, both here and in America where the enslaved people were transported to,” he said.

“Especially in a city like Liverpool, which I consider to be the greatest memorial to the slave trade in the country.

“The entire city has got remnants and connections to slavery either through street names, through buildings or places of memory. So for me, when I take people around the city, I’m really calling on that history, and the legacies of that history resonate into the present day.”



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Judging by the uptake of the tours, there is certainly an appetite to look at our history in a new way that is not taught in the national curriculum.

For instance, when the UK does talk about slavery it often starts with Britain’s role in its abolition – a glaring omission according to Mr Westgaph, as this country was one of the greatest slave trading nations and benefited enormously from it.

The killing of George Floyd is an opportunity to move things forward, he says.

But he warns there have been pivotal moments like this in the past which we have failed to learn from, and he is not as optimistic as others that this could be a time of real change.

If things are going to change, he says, there must be a focus on addressing systemic racism.

“I am very aware of the importance of symbolism but symbolism doesn’t change things on the ground,” he said.

“When you pull down a statue, when you go home that night you’re still having to deal with poor educational opportunities.”



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Scotty from Marketing’s ‘Scott the Magnificent’


Basking in the afterglow of his National Press Club address, Prime Minister Scotty from Marketing relaxes at home with wife Jenny.

JENNY: You seem particularly pleased with yourself tonight, Scott. Must have gone well at the Press Club.

SCOTT: They lapped it up, Dear. I really had to hold back on saying a few hallelujahs during my speech. They were like disciples and I was their shepherd. But I’m feeling good for another reason.

JENNY: Really? Pray, tell.

SCOTT: I looked around the room and realised I am finally safe. No longer need I fear going the same route as Howard, Rudd, Gillard, Abbott or Turnbull. No tap on the shoulder from within the party room for me!

JENNY: John Howard was voted out by the people, not the party.

SCOTT: Don’t forget he was tapped on the shoulder, but told the bearer of bad news to piss off. No Dear, I looked at my colleagues and saw none had the credibility to ever stage a successful challenge to my leadership.

JENNY: Do go on.

SCOTT: Potato Pete, for instance. Lovely man and a great believer in the culture and skills of our Indigenous people. He showed that when his concern for the urban Indigenous people from his town losing touch with their traditional abilities led him to grab some of the local Indigenous youth. He threw them into the back of his divvy van, drove out to the middle of nowhere and dumped them — knowing they would have to get in touch with deeply ingrained but untapped cultural talents to find their way home unscathed, which they did. What a fine man and a great educator.

Even so, Potato Pete is more a duffer than a Dutton. Shocking with numbers. Let’s face it. He couldn’t organise a chook raffle, let alone a leadership spill. I’m where I am today because of his ineptitude.

And, he forgot to include a million-dollar property in his declaration to the Register of Members’ Interests. He’s even botched up protecting our borders, letting 3,000 people off the Ruby Princess without having to go through customs. That’s not even mentioning the millions of dollars of government grants his child care centres have received. No threat from Potato Pete.

JENNY: Josh could be a problem. Quite often the Treasurer ends up the new leader.

SCOTT: Josh from Accounts?! You’re kidding me, aren’t you? I knew he was useless with figures years ago. His $60 billion botch-up came as no surprise. I said, “Josh, if one is 15, what’s two?” Josh says, “30”. Then I go, ”So what’s three?” Josh says, “40”. How good is that?!

JENNY: Where were you when you asked Josh?

SCOTT: At the Kooyong Tennis Club.

JENNY: Honestly Scott. There are times I just don’t understand you.

SCOTT: Really? Why?

JENNY: Don’t worry. Who else?

SCOTT: Mathias Cormann. Has no credibility since Turnbull’s book. The public will never trust a cigar-smoking Schwarzenegger impersonator who can’t even get the famous “I’ll be back” quote right. Meathead Mathias, for his party trick, keeps saying, “I’ll stab you in the back”. Complete idiot.

JENNY: Greg Hunt is getting lots of media coverage and seems to be doing well.

SCOTT: How good is Greg Hunt?! I can tell you. No bloody good. I can stitch him up easy as pie. Remember the 10,000,000 downloads of the virus tracing app essential to the opening of the economy? And what did we end up with? 6,000,000 downloads. I’ll make sure he’s left carrying the can for that false assertion.

If he gets a bit uppity I’ll organise a photoshoot of him standing next to Delta Goodrem. Fair dinkum, he’d barely come up to her knees. Way too short to be seen as a nation’s leader.

JENNY: Christian Porter is getting good press.

SCOTT: Don’t worry about him, Dear — despite his wonderful first name. If he gets a bit too big for his boots I’ll sow the seed the union boss woman, McManus, radicalised him and turned him into a Communist. 

JENNY: Simon Birmingham?

SCOTT: Old Big Ears?! No one ever takes a big-ears seriously. And I’ll blame him for stuffing up our trade with China.

JENNY: Dan Tehan?

SCOTT: Now you’re not being fair dinkum. I made him Education Minister because he sounds like he repeated Grade 5 eight years in a row. No, Dear. I’m sweet for years.

JENNY: You haven’t mentioned any women, Dearest.

SCOTT: Now I know you’re not fair dinkum. The women! Women! A woman winning a leadership spill? Come off it! This is the Federal Liberal Party. You are too funny, Dear.

Rocky Dabscheck is a musician/songwriter and front person for Rocky and The Two Bob Millionaires. He is also the author of ‘42+1: The (Real) Meaning of Life’ and Stoney Broke and the Hi-Spenders‘.

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