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Move over Grandma Moses, Grande Dame Julie is coming through!

the beach acrylics on canvas 120cm X 100cm

Definition of naïve: “of or created by one without formal training; simple; is often colorful and striking” Naif is the French feminine of naïve.

A new and exciting collection of naive art by emerging artist Julie McCarron-Benson will be opened by on Thursday 22 May, by public persona extraordinaire, Dominic Mico.

“I though it might have been an insult, the first time someone said my work was naïve, that I was a naif”, said Ms McCarron-Benson commenting on her work which will be on show at the Tuggeranong arts Centre and which throbs with the vibrancy and spontaneity which are the hallmarks of the naïve school. “This is my first exhibition. I only started drawing and painting just over 3 years ago. The works explore the loneliness and isolation of the suburban dweller who stifles longings to be ‘somewhere else’ whilst quietly getting on with things.  Imagine that just through the window is your ‘somewhere else’.  The style of painting is a sort of simplified Tromp L’oeil.

“And, across the road in a friend’s restaurant, I have a portrait exhibition,” Ms McCarron-Benson continued. “The idea of having 2 first exhibitions simultaneously was something I maybe should have slept on a bit.  I didn’t have a body of work, I’ve had to produce most of it in the last 6 months.  There are about than 40 pieces all together,”  Ms McCarron -Benson concluded.


Double Header: 2 exhibitions simultaneously “Somewhere Else”  and  “Portraits”


Work by McCarron-Benson

To be officially opened Thursday 22nd May at 6pm and 7pm by Dominic Mico


Tuggeranong Arts Centre and ZBrasserie Tuggeranong


Exhibitions to run 22 May to 8th  June 2008

Further information : email: julie@mccarronbenson.com 

Visit www.tca.asn.au

The ACT Junior Chess League ACT Open Interschool Championships

The ACT Junior Chess League

ACT school children will be giving their mind a workout over the next week and a half as the ACT Open Interschool Chess Championships are run over 6 x Primary School Zones and 2 x Secondary School Zones.

More than 1000 ACT & Regional Primary School children participate in Interschool chess events each year.

In Term One, Australia’s biggest interschool events for girls (held in Canberra) were won – again – by the team from Curtin Primary and those girls are well into preparations for the school’s fifth consecutive trip to the Australian Schools Teams Championship (ASTC) to be held in Adelaide in December.

The 2007 ASTC in Brisbane was a special one for ACT schools as both Primary sections – Girls’ & Open – were won by ACT schools. Not only was the double-win a first for the ACT, Hawker Primary became the first ACT school to ever take out the Open Primary title!

So after the Zone events, a Final, and a playoff series amongst the top teams, the ACT will been keen to discover the teams to continue our proud tradition at the 2008 ASTC!

Event Details:

Venue: All events at Campbell High School
Time: Play 9-2.30 daily, presentations from 2.45pm

North Canberra Primary –19 May

A MASSIVE Zone – North Canberra schools LOVE their chess so much that some are now competing elsewhere for lack of space to accommodate big entries from traditionally strong schools like Turner, Kaleen & Ainslie alongside newer schools like Maribyrnong & O’Connor Cooperative.


Woden/Weston Primary – 20 May

Home of the Australian Girls’ Champions – Curtin Primary. Also a massive 15 team entry (60 children) from St John Vianney PS
Belconnen Primary 21 May Home of the first ACT & Australian Open Primary Champions – Hawker Primary.

Belconnen Primary 21 May

Home of the first ACT & Australian Open Primary Champions – Hawker Primary.

South Canberra Primary – 22 May

Garran PS & Canberra Grammar will be defending ACT pride against strong entries from NSW regional schools – Jerrabomberra & Bungendore.

 Gungahlin Primary -23 May

A Zone full of emerging schools including this year a first-time entry from Harrison Primary.

 Tuggeranong/Murrumbidgee Primary – 26 May

See Megan Setiabudi in action – the current Australian Girls’U14 Champion. You will also spot St Joseph’s PS here – a little way away from home in Boorowa!


North Canberra Secondary 29 May

Home of defending ACT Champions – Hawker College – bolstered this year with the presence of Junta Ikeda – Australian Junior Champion!

South Canberra Secondary – 30 May

A highly competitive Zone with Canberra Grammar & Alfred Deakin HS fielding more than their fair share of national and international representatives!

The ACT Junior Chess League (ACTJCL) is a non profit community organisation aiming to promote chess at all levels for all junior players in the ACT and surrounding areas. Please contact me on 0439 311 047 if you require any further information about junior chess events.

Libby Smith
Publicity Officer
ACT Junior Chess League



Outstanding Service award winner mortgaged her house to keep club afloat

CanberraBurns Club

Burns Club President Eunice Stewart’s 42 years of service has been recognised at the
2008 ClubsACT excellence awards taking out the award for outstanding service.
Financial difficulties struck the Burns Club in the late seventies/early eighties in a time
when new Clubs were springing up in the new Suburbs.
This resulted in the Burns club suffering due to members not wanting to drive all the way
to the Burns Club when they could join a local Club in their Suburb. “Drink driving laws
were now in force and it was too costly for taxis” Mrs Stewart said.
At this time negotiations had started to move the Burns Club to a more populated suburb.
“The debts owed by the club were not great, but enough to stall any further plans for a new
Club” Mrs Stewart said.
Mrs Stewart who worked at the club and having strong feelings for the Scottish heritage
and Club history was prepared to cover the debt by taking a small mortgage over her
house. “This was done knowing that the club did have assets and should be able to repay
the loan and indeed it was” Mrs Stewart said.
Eunice worked in the club as a volunteer when the club was financially unstable and has
dedicated her time to Canberra’s oldest licensed club. “I did work when it was going
through a bad spell financially, I worked for a couple of years just part time to help them
out, I’ve been a member and a strong supporter” said Mrs Stewart
As current club president Mrs Stewart has been involved in a number of areas over her 42
years, beginning in 1966 as an associate member in a time when women weren’t allowed
to be full members of clubs “It was about the 1970’s that they let the lady’s come into their
own and gave them full membership” Mrs Stewart said.
Mrs Stewart’s other passion is the Burns Club pipe band who she regularly escorts to her
home land in Scotland. “We have won the Australian championships, when we went to
Scotland we won two championships and came second in a couple as well” Mrs Stewart
said. “They did exceptionally well for a little band from Australia” Mrs Stewart said.
The Burns Club in the ACT was formed in 1924 and remains the oldest licensed club in
Canberra, originally located in Forest the club is know located in Kambah where it has
established itself as a profitable well ran community based club.
The Burns Club also won the Community Assistance Award, medium division, and the
Responsible Gaming and Gaming Facility Award, medium division.


For more information contact:
Bob Samarcq |CEO ClubsACT | 0419 316 877
Tim Mordue | timothy@contentgroup.com.au or 6273 0232 / 0414 413 537
David Pembroke |david@contentgroup.com.au or 6273 0232 / 0416 103 229

The Minister and the Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing create a stir for cancer research!

Australia''s Biggest Morning Tea

Join politicians, The Hon Nicola Roxon, MP, Minister for Health and Ageing and The Hon Joe Hockey, MP, Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing, as they switch on the kettle at Parliament House to raise funds for The Cancer Council’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. Attending the morning tea will be members of federal and local government along with Board members from The Cancer Council ACT. Guests can enjoy a cuppa and nibbles, enjoy a chat with our politicians, and hear about the importance of The Cancer Council ACT.

While the official tea party date is Thursday 22nd May, kettles will be switched on throughout the month in offices, homes, schools and community centres to help the fight against cancer.

Someone in Australia is diagnosed with cancer every five minutes, with one in three people likely to be diagnosed within their lifetime.

All money raised goes to Cancer Council research, education and patient support programs. As little as $5 can provide support to newly diagnosed patients. Last year over one million people stirred themselves into action at morning teas across Australia, raising almost $9 million.

If you would like to take part or find out more about Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea log on to www.biggestmorningtea.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85. Registered hosts will receive a fundraising pack full of ideas and information including posters, invitations, games and competitions.

The Age of Aquarius


“When the moon is in the seventh house
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars.

This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius…”
So goes the song in the musical “Hair”.

Just a bit of hippie, new age nonsense? Or should it be taken seriously as a visionary prophecy? Let’s take a look at the significance of astrology in events of spiritual importance.

Western astrological thought indicates that we have just gone out of the Piscean Age and entered the Aquarian Age. Each Cosmic Age lasts about 2,000 years and has its own atmosphere and world view due to the influence of the prevailing zodiac sign on all of the planets during their transit, as well as their configurations and the relationships between them.

Dan Costian (PhD), author of “Bible Enlightened”, relates how in each Cosmic Age a new avatar or incarnation of the Divine took birth on the earth in human form in order to reveal another aspect of spirituality to human beings. In the Age of Gemini (c6000 – c4000BC) this divine incarnation was Rama, in the Age of Taurus (c4000 – c2000BC) it was Krishna, and in the Age of Aries (c2000 – 1BC) it was Abraham, Moses, Zarathustra, Confucius, Lao-Tse and Socrates. In essence, the planets ‘set the scene’ by providing the atmosphere or mood of the time to harmonise with and to reflect the message of the incarnation of the divine of that Age.

The Age of Pisces extended from about 1AD to about the year 2000. The avatar or incarnation of the divine in this Age was Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The early Christians used the symbol of the fish, the sign of Pisces, in order to recognise each other. The birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem had been foretold by the prophets and was heralded by a star in the East, which guided the Three Wise Men to the baby in the stable.

Various predictions about the date of the beginning of the Age of Aquarius have been made. The Adi Sahasrara, the seventh and last chakra, was opened on 5 May 1970. This cosmic phenomenon was witnessed by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi and she has described it in one of her lectures. This event has paved the way for the spontaneous awakening of the Kundalini energy so that people en masse can receive their self-realisation, their connection with the divine. I believe that this is the date of the beginning of the Aquarian Age.

So what can we expect the Age of Aquarius to be like? Eccentricity, originality, independent thought, love of innovation and contempt for tradition are all strong traits of Aquarius so we can expect that there will be a shake up of the old order and a questioning of all ideas about society, religion and relationships. This will lead to a search for new ways of being.

This time of questioning started happening in the late 1960’s and ‘70’s when a lot of old ideas, traditions and indoctrinations were examined and thrown out. It led to the sexual revolution, a lot of experimenting with drugs and experimenting with new religions mostly from India including ones promulgated by false gurus who saw an opportunity to make money. So it had quite a few negative consequences, but it was necessary for people to move beyond the staid, narrow ways of looking at things that had prevailed for some time and to become ‘seekers of truth’. Under the influence of Aquarius people will not accept what others tell them and like to learn through their own experimentation and experience.

Aquarius encourages the progress of humanitarian and social causes so the Aquarian Age is one where pure love and altruism prevail. People work selflessly for the good of the whole, without exploiting or manipulating others.

Unity and integration are themes of the Aquarian Age. We can look forward to a truly multicultural world where individual differences are valued and respected while at the same time we are able to work co-operatively for the good of everyone. The sign opposite Aquarius is Leo which has an ennobling and enriching influence

Originality and innovation are qualities of Aquarius so we can expect inventiveness and creativity in all spheres of life.

The truth is another important aspect of Aquarius. All falseness and corruption should disappear. The appearance or exterior will be less important while the essence will be of utmost importance.

We can look forward to an end to ‘blind faith’ in religion and to a time when the mystical knowledge that has been hidden and kept secret will be revealed.

The following is a quote from Shri Mataji about the Aquarian Age:
“So, now a New Age has started which is called the Age of Aquarius, meaning the pitcher carrier of spiritual holy water that is the work of Kundalini. The activity of the Kundalini is like the sap of the tree that rises and nourishes all parts of the tree and does not get stuck at one flower.”

And on 16 September 1983 in the USA she said:
“Now very interesting it is to see that this Kundalini is the one which is called as the Kumbha – in Sanskrit language, means the Aquarius. We call it Aquarius, as one of the signs, and is the same as Kumbha in Sanskrit language. So it is the Age of Aquarius, is the Age of the Kundalini. Secondly is the Age of the Kundalini which will nourish, which is the Mother within you, which will rise, will give you the completeness of it, and which will connect you with your Spirit which ultimately gives you the enlightenment by which you become collectively conscious.”

Returning to the song ‘Age of Aquarius’
“Harmony and understanding
Sympathy and trust abounding
No more falsehoods or derisions
Golden living dreams of visions
Mystic crystal revelation
And the mind’s true liberation

It would seem that these lyrics written by James Rado and Gerome Ragni in 1967 for ‘Hair’ were in fact prophetic and have proved to be good predictors of what was, and is still, to come.

SUNDAY 25 MAY 2008 from 10.30am -12.30pm
at 77 Chewings St, Scullin
All welcome.

For more information about the Kundalini phone Sahaja Yoga on 1300 724 252 or go to www.freemeditation.com.au, where you can also find out how to raise your own Kundalini online. In addition, you can subscribe to our free online newsletter called Light of Love.

Sahaja Yoga in Canberra holds free weekly meditation classes for beginners at:
o 77 Chewings Street, Scullin on Thursday nights at 7.30pm and Sunday mornings at 10.30am
o Woden Health Centre, Corinna Street on Tuesday nights at 7.30pm
o Tuggeranong Library Community Room, Cowlishaw Street on Thursday nights from 6.00pm to 7.00pm

According to the wishes of the founder, Shri Mataji, Sahaja Yoga is always taught free of charge.




Do you know when you are entitled to a refund? Did you know there is a cooling-off period for a door-to-door sale? Have you been the victim of a scam?

These are just some of the issues that face all consumers, and the Office of Regulatory Services can help with these and other consumer questions.

“Staff from the Fair Trading area of the Office of Regulatory Services will be visiting two of our libraries to help answer general consumer questions and hand out useful information resources,” said Vanessa Little, Director of the ACT Library & Information Service.

“Everyone is invited to come along to Woden and Belconnen Library in May to get some help and find out more about the services provided by the Office of Regulatory services.

“Consumer rights information will be available at our libraries on:

• Thursday 15 May at Woden Library
• Tuesday 20 May at Belconnen Library
• Tuesday 27 May at Woden Library

“Drop in between 10.00am and 4.00pm for your opportunity to learn more,” said Ms Little.

For more information about the ACT Public Library, phone
6205 9000, email library.customerinfo@act.gov.au or visit the library web site www.library.act.gov.au

Mental Illness Education ACT (MIEACT)

Mental Illness Education

One in five Australians is affected by some form of mental illness. Depression is the most common. There is a lack of awareness in the general community about the difference between feeling sad and clinical depression. Clinical depression is a medical condition that has a significant impact on a person’s life. It not only affects the way a person feels but also interferes with how they function. 

Symptoms can include prolonged feelings of extreme sadness, loss of motivation and interest in activities that previously brought joy, changes in appetite, sleeping patterns or weight, feeling worthless or guilty, impaired thinking or concentration and physical aches and pains.

There is no single cause for depression. Some of the more common factors that may contribute to someone experiencing depression include traumatic or stressful experiences such as the death of a loved one or loss of a job, hormonal changes such as occur during puberty or following childbirth, problematic use of alcohol and other drugs, or a family predisposition to depression. Depression can also occur as part of another mental illness such as bi-polar disorder.

Despite its prevalence, there are many misunderstandings about depression. The most common is that people with depression could change their lot if they just tried. They may be urged to ‘cheer up’ or told to ‘snap out of it’. These sorts of mistaken beliefs can make it harder for people living with depression to seek help and thereby contribute towards unnecessarily prolonging their distress. It is about as realistic to expect a person living with depression to snap out of their illness as it is to expect a diabetic to snap out of having diabetes.

Stigma around mental illness is a serious problem. Stigma means people are made to feel ashamed of their illness or that they aren’t as good as everyone else. Apart from being socially debilitating, stigma prevents people from getting the help they need to manage living with their illness.

Mental Illness Education ACT (MIEACT) is a local not for profit organisation, with a unique approach to mental health promotion. MIEACT recruits and trains volunteer educators who have either experienced living with a mental illness, or cared for a loved one who has a mental illness.

MIEACT volunteers conduct interactive education seminars on the topic of mental health in Canberra’s schools, workplaces and within the community. All of our education sessions incorporate each volunteer’s real life story of living with a mental illness, including the factors contributing towards their illness, its effects on family and friends and effective treatment. The emphasis on personal narrative is not only incredibly powerful, but it is also very effective in increasing the audiences understanding of mental illness while simultaneously reducing the stigma that continues to surround mental illness.

Research from the University of Canberra reveals that not only do the seminars increase participants’ understanding of mental illness but that volunteer educators benefit greatly from being involved with MIEACT’s programs. Having the platform to speak openly about living with a mental illness is empowering and is an important step on the road to recovery. Improved self esteem, confidence and making new friends are other positive outcomes from being involved with MIEACT.

If you think you might be experiencing depression, contact your GP or

Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636

Life Line 13 14 11

SANE Australia 1800 18 7263

Mental Health ACT Triage 1800 629 354

If you need an education session about mental illness for your school, workplace or community group; or want to channel your experience of mental illness in a positive way, contact MIEACT on 6257 1195 or go to www.mieact.org.au

Story telling for Community Development

‘Stories Changing Minds’ is the MIEACT motto. Storytelling has been a highly effective tool for MIEACT in delivering health promotion, both in educating the public and empowering people living with or caring for someone with a mental illness., To demonstrate these dual benefits, MIEACT will be hosting a panel discussion at the ACT Writers Festival at 1.30pm Saturday June 21 entitled ‘Storytelling for community development’.

For community service agencies, we hope to show how storytelling can be used as a core element of projects. For ACT writers, we hope to show how storytelling skills can be used for social justice. The panel will consist of MIEACT’s Youth Projects coordinator, Jenni Savigny; AIDS Action Council Community Education Manager, David Mills; and Anecdote storytelling consultant Mark Schenk. Light refreshments will be offered at the end of the discussion. Please contact Pip Blackwood on 6257 1195 or pip@mieact.org.au for more information.




An Interview of an Australian Handball Player



This interview was conducted at the Junior National Championships in June 2007 but we only received a copy of the clip a few days ago.  This was shown worldwide to household with paid Filipino TV Channel.

The views and sentiments expressed at the interview are still applicable, and therefore deemed worthwhile to share with the readers.

Canberrans urged to enter the 2008 ACT Sustainable Cities Awards


Canberrans urged to enter the 2008 ACT Sustainable Cities Awards

The Keep Australia Beautiful ACT Sustainable Cities Awards for 2008 were officially launched today at the Legislative Assembly by John Hargreaves MLA, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services.

“The ACT Government is committed to the environment and to tackling climate change. These awards are an opportunity for us to recognise those in our community who are making a difference. By focusing attention on those who are doing something new, innovative or even just having a go, we can inspire others to do the same,” said Mr Hargreaves.

Speaking at the launch, Howard Pender from Australian Ethical Investment, winner of the 2007 ACT Awards, said:

“We wanted to do the right thing when we set out to create a new office. Our renovation of Trevor Pearcey House created a better environment for our staff, financial savings for our company and substantial gains for the environment. I encourage ACT residents to enter these awards and to show the rest of Australia what ACT residents and organisations are achieving for the environment.”

Also speaking at the launch was the 2006 Winner, Klaus Weber, from ANU Sliver Cell.

“Thanks to these awards we have been able to reach a wider audience with our message. Best wishes to all entrants in 2008 and to the overall winner who will represent the ACT in the Australian Sustainable Cities Awards for 2008.”

Jenny Pickles, General Manager of Principal Sponsor, the Packaging Stewardship Forum’s ‘Do the Right Thing’ program, added:

“These awards help us find examples of excellence and effective case studies of how much was recycled, where and by whom. We look forward to seeing some interesting entries in the ‘Packaging Recycling’ category this year.”

Entries close 27 June 2008 and winners will be announced early August. Entry details can be found online at www.kab.org.au or email Yvonne Harris on Yvonne@kab.org.au

Background to Australian Ethical Investment and Trevor Pearcey House
The refurbishment of Trevor Pearcey House, AEI’s new head office, transformed an existing building and set a new standard on how a world’s best practice green building can be achieved on a conventional budget. This project was undertaken using accepted conventional and low technology design principles, technologies and materials which can be easily transferred to other projects. Most refurbishment projects see existing internal fit outs as either waste to landfill, or materials to be recycled off site, often at their lowest value. Substantial amounts of materials were reused in the new fit out, helping avoid the purchase of new materials. The building received a ‘world leader’ six star green star office design rating from the green building council Australia. It was the third building in Australia to achieve this rating.

Background to ANU Sliver Cell
Dr Klaus Weber and Prof. Andrew Blakers of the Australian National University invented Sliver solar cell technology as part of a research program substantially funded by Origin Energy. The high efficiency and low cost of sliver solar cells means that sliver technology has an excellent chance of dominating PV technology and the PV industry. Recent studies have indicated that Sliver technology could reduce the costs of PV technology to a point where it will be competitive with wind energy and ‘zero emission’ coal.

Background to the ‘Do the Right Thing’ program of the Packaging Stewardship Forum
The Packaging Stewardship Forum was established in May 2006 as a forum of the Australian Food and Grocery Council. The Forum aims to significantly increase government, industry and community understanding of resource recovery and litter management through the delivery of projects throughout Australia, either directly or in partnership with others. Its focus is on providing cost-effective resource recovery and litter reduction solutions that deliver real and measurable outcomes. The Forum’s highly successful Do the Right Thing anti-litter campaign is stronger than ever, with more than 80% of people recognising that Do the Right Thing means put your waste in the bin. Throughout Australia more than 180 towns and cities are taking the Do the Right Thing message to their communities.

Background to Keep Australia Beautiful
Keep Australia Beautiful is best known for its awards programs that identify, acknowledge and promote excellence in grass roots environmental initiatives. These include Tidy Towns, Sustainable Cities and Clean Beaches. Each of the awards programs celebrate the work of local communities striving towards sustainability. Keep Australia Beautiful Week is held in the last week of August each to coincide with spring. These are just some of the activities that involve up to 3 million Australians each year. Program details can be found at www.kab.org.au 

The Small Strange Metal Box from Outer Space

A small metal box

By Chris Trappel

It traveled through the stars: the planets and the galaxies, time and space, oceans of black and bright, red and orange, heat and ice, orbits and stagnation. Only to reach the unreachable again, further and further it went, on its pathway towards our planet.
In its funny rotation it gained speed. It: A small, strange metal box from outer space seemed determined to move forward. The space monsters snapped at it. The stars shone on it, but still the box moved on, swimming in the black sea of emptiness, strangeness and divine mystery. It iced up a thousand times then defrosted as the warmth of a star shone upon it. Still, it maintained its odd rotation like an awkward waddle, towards our planet. It was the size of a cigarette packet or perhaps more like a small metal cigar box… because that’s exactly what it looked like. As it approached the Milky Way Galaxy it stopped. Light projected from inside. Then it glowed pure white light and sped down towards Earth. Flames were thrown from behind it like a rocket, helping it to penetrate Earth’s atmosphere. It hit the ocean and was washed up on the shore where a boy found it and took it home. From under the thick cover of his blankets he could see the light. Then shapes dancing and flickering, then noises that woke up his parents.
But the metal box knew that it was safe with the boy and it didn’t want to get him into trouble – so it went quiet all night. The metal box was placed in the park, the boy knew that this had to be done. Machinery appeared from out of the box and grew and grew, entwining and forming connecting monstrosities that turned into beautiful works of art that lit up the sky, challenging our world’s natural wonder. It continued until most of the planet could see the outer worldly beauty. Then it stopped.
The boy picked it up. The strange metal box flew up towards the boy’s face and embraced him with metal arms. Then, like a rocket, it sped out of the Earth’s atmosphere.

This Week In Folkus

In Folkus

Hello, I’ve been away but NOW I’M BACK!!!!

The sadness just keeps coming for some… This week it’s Burma’s turn as we reflect on how fortunate we are here.

1. This Week in Folkus
2. Next Week in Folkus
3. Parish Notices
4. The Comics
5. Sport

1.This Week In Folkus –
The Folkus Room, (operates out of The Serbian Cultural Centre & Club) 5 Heard St. MAWSON ACT .. eastern side of Southlands Centre and just off Athllon Drive.. CHECK OUT OUR NEW MAPS PAGE….

Friday 9 May .. Doors and Bistro open from 6.00pm … Admission $15/$12, children free!
DJ Gosper’s ‘Glory Box’ (with The Blues Cowgirls and the KarismaKatz) emerging from her "Glory Box" CD which raised funds for breast cancer support group, Bosom Buddies, DJ presents a tableau celebrating her survival. The experience has added a lustre to her performance that’s the silver lining on her clouded journey. She says, "Getting up and mobile and performing again, I am performing with no fear. That’s coming through on stage. I am not thinking that next time I will do better. It’s always, ‘Now, this is it’. There’s no room for being half arsed."
This will be one to tell your grandkids about….

2. Next Week In Folkus … a restful and reflective weekend, one year on… it’s been a remarkable time!
Saturday 17 May … Saturday Arvo Jazz with The Black Mountain Jazz Band and open mic opportunities

3. Parish Notices……..

3a. The Folkus Room is offering annual subscriptions. see the web site for details

3b. The Canberra Irish Players are near to finishing rehearsals for another hit out ….Make sure you keep a night free for the Irish Community Players latest production of Bernard Farrell’s "therapeutic" comedy, "I Do Not Like Thee, Dr Fell", which will be on at the Canberra Irish Club, 6 Parkinson St, Weston, from 2nd to 5th June at 8 pm. Tickets cost $20 for Adults and $15 for Concessions, and bookings will be available at the club in a few week’s time on 62887451. Don’t miss the play that helped launch Liam Neeson’s career…

The Oriana Chorale, through the power of the voice, will explore this important part of our heritage from the Romantic period.
"We are delighted once again to be directed by Tobias Cole, one of Australia’s most distinguished countertenors and who performs regularly as soloist with Opera Australia. Toby made his Canberra conducting debut to great acclaim last year in Oriana’s performance of Rautavaara’s Vigilia, following this with Oriana’s equally-acclaimed interpretation of An Australian Summer." The music spans a wide range of styles and emotions: the ecstatic reverence and penitence of Verdi and Rossini; the confident affirmation of faith by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Bruckner; the enigmatic reflections of Max Reger; and the sonorous expression of piety in the Russian Orthodox tradition by Glinka and Tchaikovsky. Underpinning many of these works is the debt owed to the musical foundations provided by JS Bach – in particular his use of the chorale. The concert too acknowledges this debt to Bach: the program starts with a famous song in its original secular form – a love song, you will recognise the tune – and ends with one of Bach’s well-known arrangements of it in chorale form….. Tickets are $25 (concessions available) at the door or from members. Oriana Chorale Inc is grateful for the support of the ACT Government…. Coming up in August, the Oriana Chorale has invited two other important Canberra Choirs – The Resonants and Igitur Nos – to join us in offering to Canberra audiences a feast of music from the Renaissance, to be conducted by Andrew Carwood, director of music at St Paul’s Cathedral in London…. Further information is available from Liz McKenzie, 0417 44 22 32; or Richard Brabin-Smith, 6249 6459 and 0404 461 450.

3d. The notice with depth & C21…. Follow The Folkus into winter. The program just keeps getting better. We are also expecting to be able to present more jazz and blues/roots stuff as aficionados of those genres become more aware of the breadth of our charter.

4. …
It was a hot Saturday evening in the summer of 1960 and Fred had a date with Peggy Sue. He arrived at her house and rang the bell. ‘Oh, come on in!’ Peggy Sue’s mother said as she welcomed Fred in. ‘Have a seat in the living room. Would you like something to drink? Lemonade? Iced tea?’ ‘Iced tea, please,’ Fred said. Mom brought the iced tea. ‘So, what are you and Peggy planning to do tonight?’ she asked. ‘Oh, probably catch a movie, then maybe grab a bite to eat at the malt shop, maybe take a walk on the beach…’ ‘Peggy likes to screw, you know,’ Mom informed him. ‘Really?’ Fred asked, eyebrows rose. ‘Oh yes,’ the mother continued. ‘When she goes out with her friends, that’s all they do!’ ‘Is that so?’ asked Fred, incredulous. ‘Yes,’ said the mother. ‘As a matter of fact, she’d screw all night if we let her!’ ‘Well, thanks for the tip!’ Fred said as he began thinking about alternate plans for the evening. A moment later, Peggy Sue came down the stairs looking pretty as a picture wearing a pink blouse and a hoop skirt, and with her hair tied back in a bouncy ponytail. She greeted Fred. ‘Have fun, kids!’ the mother said as they left. Half an hour later, a completely disheveled Peggy Sue burst into the house and slammed the front door behind her. ‘Twist, Mom!’ she angrily yelled to her mother in the kitchen. ‘The Twist, dammit!………..It’s called the Twist! ‘…….

At a Fishing Settlement

October, and a rain-blurred face,
And all the anguish of that bitter place.
It was a bare sea-battered town,
With its one street leading down
Onto a shingly beach. Sea winds
Had long picked the dark hills clean
Of everything but tussock and stones
And pines that dropped small brittle cones
Onto a soured soil. And old houses flanking
The street hung poised like driftwood planking
Blown together and could not outlast
The next window-shuddering blast
>From the storm-whitened sea.
It was bitterly cold; I could see
Where muffled against gusty spray
She walked the clinking shingle; a stray
Dog whimpered and pushed a small
Wet nose into my hand – that is all.
Yet I am haunted by that face,
That dog, and that bare bitter place. ……………. Alistair Campbell


Stay Well & Truly Silly Gentle Folk

Bill Arnett
The Folkus Room
Canberra’s Acoustic Preference
0407 434 469
"No Strangers Come Here – Just Friends We Have Not Yet Met"

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Country-style fun for all ages is the theme of the Michelago Mayfair this Sunday (11 May, Mothers Day).

The Fair will be at the Michelago Oval from nine in the morning until four in the afternoon. The official opening of the Mayfair will be performed by the Member for Monaro, Steve Whan MP, at noon.

As well as games and entertainment, the Fair will showcase local enterprises and local produce, says Martin Hughes of the Michelago Region Community Association.

“Michelago Oval is a great community facility,” says Martin Hughes. “And being half-way between Canberra and Cooma, the ideal place to bring Mum, and meet family and friends, on Mothers Day.”

Mr Hughes says that last-minute applications are still being considered, but that so far stall-holders include crafts, handmade soaps, honey and wax, scarves, wood carvings, quilts, iced cakes and jewellery. A local grazier will give demonstrations of sheep-dog handling during the day.

“Community organisations such as Landcare will also be represented,” he says, “with the Landcare bookstall being a certain attraction.”

Children’ entertainments include a jumping castle and face painting, with games and competitions. Fire brigades from around the district will hold demonstrations and competitions, with the Rural Fire Service community education caravan there to dispense good advice.

A particular feature, says Mr Hughes, will be demonstrations by junior fire brigades.

“Some very young brigade members show just how well they can cope with living in the country,” he says. “Adults take note!”

Big-time gamblers will be interested in Cowpat Roulette, says Mr Hughes.

“This sophisticated game of skill involves numbered squares in a paddock,” he says. “Then add a cow …”

The Fair will raise funds for the Michelago Region Community Association, for improvements to local facilities such as the oval and the tennis courts.

“But the main purpose of Mayfair is to have a fun day, to meet friends, neighbours and visitors, and to show off the Michelago region,” says Mr Hughes.

President of the MRCA, Mareeca Steer, pays tribute to the main sponsor of the Mayfair, Country Energy.

“The Michelago Mayfair is the first fair that the MRCA has organised for the region,” says Ms Steer. “We want to showcase the varied businesses that thrive in our region. We also want to provide an opportunity for people from both Canberra and Cooma to come and have a fun family day in our beautiful region.

“Country Energy has given us this opportunity by providing financial support for the fair,” she says. “Without their help the fair would not have been possible.”

Other sponsors include Predator Paintball and Noel Teys Real Estate.

More information from:

Martin Hughes 6235 9093, 0405 209 685

Mareeca Steer 0439 400 129

Trish Grice 0402 487 706

Nick Goldie 6235 9190, 0417 299 586

Country-style fun for all ages is the theme of the Michelago Mayfair this Sunday (11 May, Mothers Day).

Public Discussion on Depression


Be proactive | Learn new skills | Minimise mental illness

The Mental Health Foundation (ACT), a leading service provider and information resource on mental health in Canberra, has organised a series of public discussions for 2008. The discussions generate positive awareness around mental health and provide participants with some useful skills. For example: what symptoms to look out for; available services in our Canberra community; and treatment options available.

Popular first discussion held in Gungahlin
The Foundation held its first discussion in Gungahlin, which looked at bipolar disorder. Over 30 locals or Canberrans attended and gained from hearing the life experiences from a local Canberran: they gave a powerful glimpse of what life is like with bipolar disorder. Attendees also received an information pack on available services.

Feedback received indicates that the format and concept of holding these locally based information nights were of great benefit, as illustrated below by Bob (omitted surname and permission was sought):

“Many thanks for organising the discussion group at the Gungahlin Community Centre last night. I thought it very courageous for the speaker to speak so frankly about her story and the evening was informative… Well done to all concerned.

As I attend these meetings I am surprised at just how many groups there are out there offering support and advice… I feel if I can learn more about depression and bipolar I might just be able to help someone else.”

Discussions on mental illness and health are being held throughout all regions of Canberra. They provide a unique opportunity for people to learn and to better understand what life can be like with a mental illness.

Next discussion: Depression
Depression is a common illness in Australia, the fourth most presented issue for general practitioners: it is likely that you will experience it yourself, or know someone living with this illness.

To some, depression can take away feelings of happiness and hope, leaving you feeling empty and sad. It may be caused by a singular event that shocks us and leaves us unable to cope with what had happened; it could also be ongoing build up of daily pressures, such as work and bringing up children; plus others.

There are many symptoms or bodily signs to indicate depression. Being aware of these symptoms and learning how best to maintain good mental health are some ways to stop or minimise depression.

The Mental Health Foundation (ACT) is providing you with an opportunity to learn more about this illness. Come along and discuss depression with our expert panel of: health professionals; and people who live with this illness.

Details of discussion

Date: 15th May 2008
Time: 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Location: United Pentecostal Church, Cnr Plunkett & Maclaurin Streets,
Chifley ACT 2606
Cost: FREE

This public discussion will be informative and engaging, a good opportunity for you to learn and understand. Open your mind, learn something new and hear the human experience of living with depression.

One in five people will experience depression in their lives – one in four females and one in six males.

Six percent of the population experience depressive disorders in any one year.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reported mental disorders to be the third leading cause of overall disease burden, accounting for thirteen percent of total burden.

More Information
P 02 6230 7629 | F 02 6161 8273 | E attitude@mhf.org.au

Handball Connects People

Dino Rulli & Nenad Bach


Being a handball parent and through my involvement in my support role in the Australian Handball Federation [AHF], I have met a number of amazing people both locally and overseas. Recently, I made a quick trip to New York to attend an impromptu get together with my university friends. One of the highlights of the trip was meeting in person someone who has been a supporter of Australian handball. This is none other than Nenad Bach, the Editor of the Croatian World Network [CROWN] website.

A few months after the 2005 World Championship held in Tunisia, one of the Australian players [Ogi Latinovic] came across the picture of Bevan Calvert included in an article published on CROWN. I sent a short email to the Editor to thank him for acknowledging an Australian player. Much to my pleasant surprise he replied and requested some information on Bevan. That marked the start of a ‘connection’ with CROWN, which has been publishing updates on the Australian handball team and Bevan. [see: http://www.croatia.org/crown/articles/8871/1/UPDATE-ON-AUSTRALIAN-HANDBALLER-Bevan-Calvert-A-CroWorld-FRIEND.html] Hence, CROWN has been recognised as one of AHF’s friends and a link between the two websites duly established.

It was fortunate that during my unplanned trip, Nenad was not out-of-town and was able to meet up with me. Our friendly Webmaster agreed that it would be a good idea to do an interview article on Nenad and happily helped develop questions which I emailed to Nenad after I got back home. Here are Nenad’s responses to a few questions:

VC: Is there excitement in Croatia about the upcoming WC? 
In a small country like Croatia, events like World Championship is front page
news. We are building a new sport hall in Zagreb for the event, plus the whole
country will be involved. As we are coming closer to January 16, 2009 you will
see more articles written about the handball and championship.

VC: Do you follow Croatian Handball closely or just the National Team?

NB: I actually didn’t pay much attention to the sport at all, except by default,

because our national team is phenomenal, considering of a small pool of

people to chose from. What triggered my attention is Australian Handball and

Croatian World Network Croatia.org connection with Bevan Calvert and your PR

Team that did an amazing job promoting its national team. Then I started to

pay more attention and now especially that we are the host of the 2009 Men’s

World Championship (January 16th – February 1st, 2009).

VC: Which team(s) do you think will do well in the 2009 WC?

NB: I am not an expert on the subject, so beside obvious choices like Croatia,

Germany, Poland, Denmark, Russia, Spain and France, there are always some

surprises and that depends on a momentum that some teams achieve by a

magic. Most of the time I remember that people who are somewhere in the last

row of the photo when our sports teams leave for Olympic games, are usually

the first one to come out of the plane with gold medal around their neck. Some

people, as well teams, are calibrated for big stages. They shine under pressure.


VC: What do you know about Australian Handball?

NB: Not much, but much more than average Croatian probably. The reason is as I

mentioned before, our connection with CROWN – Croatia.org and therefore, I

learned on a day that Australia qualified for the 2009 games the same day.

And it made me very happy that Australians are travelling to Croatia. We are

two countries that are far apart on the globe, but very well connected in human

stories and sensibilities. Many Croatians found home in Australia and always

promote their new country as the place to visit, with the words "You will love

Australia as soon as you land". Sports is a great catalyst for world peace,

because it is transparent as much as it can be, plus people connect through the

game regardless where they came from and what they do or make for a living.

At the game we are all together on the same spiritual level. It is very close to

VC: What do you expect from Australia at the coming WC?

NB: Well, all I can say that I wish you well. I know that you are not in the same

league as the front runners, but all of these teams got there by participating.

And you ARE partiicipating. You have the whole organization of support that

makes your team better and better; and as we see, your players are being

accepted in the some of the best world leagues; where when they come back to

play for the national team, they will transfer the knowledge to their own team.

Croatians played all over the Europe, plus desire must be stronger than pain.


VC: What made you pick Bevan’s picture out of the hundreds [possibly thousands]of

pictures taken during 2005 WC?

NB: Destiny.

I thought I’d also mention that aside from being the Editor of CROWN, Nenad is also an accomplished singer, songwriter and film score composer. If you want to know more about his "music side", you can check out: http://www.myspace.com/nenadbach . Hopefully plans for him to tour Australia next year would materialise. He could even catch a handball comp game or two, and we could also get the chance to attend his concert. Then we can truly say that sport and music connect people.

Violi Calvert

AHF Media and Public Relations