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02 Sep 17:15

So I Did A Yoga Retreat: Billabong Retreat, Maraylya

Fergus Noodle

She didn't really seem to like it

Billabong Retreat, a yoga and meditation retreat just an hour's drive away from Sydney was the recent setting for Mr NQN's birthday. While he would be in hippy heaven, how would a driven type A personality like me fare? And would this retreat cure me of my week long headache? Read on Dear Reader!
27 Aug 18:38

New favorite Instagram: Feminist_Tinder

by Maya Dusenbery
55db2592170000430156851bI’m definitely swiping right on Feminist_Tinder, a new Instagram account where one woman is documenting what it’s like navigating Tinder as a feminist. Laura Nowak just added the line “hello i am a feminist” to her profile, and the guys do the rest. 

Of course, including something about feminism in your online dating profile is also just a solid litmus test to weed out people you wouldn’t want to date/hookup with anyway. I mention that I’m a feminist blogger on my Tinder profile, and it hasn’t provoked many sexist responses, but then agin, I’m a terrible Tinderer, sporadic and selective. (Before you despair too much, Nowak’s received some positive responses too.)

What’s best about Feminist_Tinder is Nowak’s responses to the guys who message her. She offers sharp, often hilarious comebacks to their misconceptions and misguided ideas — about not just feminism but also sex, dating, and the sexist double standards that it never ceases to amaze me are still so rampant out there.

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Check out more here.

30 Aug 06:18

Chester White Cured Diner, Potts Point [11]

by Susan Thye


So Noods went to the Hunter Valley for the weekend away with the boys, leaving me unsupervised which meant I may have bought 3 pairs of shoes, 2 books about robots, 6 boxes of Kit Kats, 3 handbags, a 17g Madame Truffles truffle, truffle ice cream and truffle salt. Yeah I dunno how that happened but the highlight of my weekend was having lunch with Viv, Sarah and Eric at Chester White Cured Diner with a sneaky beverage or two.


The place is pretty tiny, the bar runs the length of the room and behind the counter hangs an entire row of cured meats. So first things first, we order the Meat Platter (2 meats with sides $20, added 2 more meats for $6 each). We choose the Culatello ITA (King of cured meats! the menu exclaims), Truffle Salami, Sopressa Salami and Fennel Garlic Salami and the board is crammed with pickled carrots, cauliflower and radishes, bread, slabs of asiago and fontina cheeses and of course some olives.

We love the culatello which is similar to proscuitto but has a much more intense flavour and the heady aroma of the Truffle Salami has me weak at the knees. The fennel and garlic salami would’ve been awesome if it was a bit more garlic-y but it’s still tasty as is the sopressa washed down with a Negroni ($16) that is perfect for this almost spring weather.


We were actually thinking of heading to Buffalo Dining Club, Chester White’s sister restaurant in Darlinghurst- for their Spaghetti in a wheel of cheese, but then we heard about Chester White’s Truffled Spaghetti Cacio E Pepe ($22).


DAT TRUFFLE SCENT! Spaghetti, olive oil and pepper is mixed in the wheel so flakes of deeelicious truffle parmesan is scraped off ermahgerd if you love truffle you will love this! The pasta has a satisfying chew and as we scrape the plate clean I quietly contemplate ordering a second round.


And we couldn’t resist ordering the Not Chester Carbonara ($20) made with casarecce pasta, organic porcini mushrooms and speck.


Oooh yeah, mix it goood


Speck! My god how good is speck?! That fat, that flavour, THOSE GLORIOUSLY CRISPY NUBBINS! Each twisty pasta shell was coated in rich egg yolk so that the earthy mushrooms and bits of speck clung on for dear life before being delivered to my soul.


Oh and there’s the house made chilli sauce if you like a bit of spice.


I heart their plates hahaha


Not wanting to share, we ordered a round of the Cheeky Tiramisu ($5 each) which arrive in the cutest little mugs. It is the perfect ratio of cream and coffee soaked savoiardi biscuits and it turns out to be the perfect size for us after all the pasta.


Jars of house made pickles all lined up.


I love that Chester White has that Potts Point hipster vibe and the brilliant service, incredible pastas and tasty meats has secured a special place in my pasta loving heart.

Chester White Cured Diner
3 Orwell St,
Potts Point
NSW

Trading hours:
Wed – Thurs: 5pm – 11pm
Fri – Sat: 12pm – 11pm

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26 Aug 10:19

Kin Senn Thai Street Food, Haymarket, Sydney

by Helen (Grab Your Fork)
Thai cakes. We're talking flavours of Thai tea, young coconut, egg yolk and pandan slathered with cream. If you ever walked along Campbell Street in Sydney's Thai Town, you would have seen Ma Toom's cream-laden cakes out the front of a particular grocery store, beckoning you closer with its tortes and rainbow crepe cakes. They've moved around the corner to Pitt Street now, in the heart of Thai
23 Aug 17:14

A Chinese Afternoon Tea or a LoTea at Lotus, Sydney

Fergus Noodle

i live on den sesame balls atm but red bean ones

Afternoon tea is a favourite past time and the best way to catch up with dear girlfriends but what if afternoon tea was given a twist? How about a Chinese high tea or in this case a Lotea. Lotus in the Galeries Victoria in Sydney offers diners a unique Chinese themed afternoon tea with Chinese morsels and a delightful selection of organic teas and tea infused chocolates.
26 Aug 00:39

juliedillon: Here are all 10 illustrations for my Imagined...





















juliedillon:

Here are all 10 illustrations for my Imagined Realms project. As of this posting, there are 14 days left on the Imagined Realms Kickstarter! You can own prints of all these illustrations starting at $20 for the set. :) 

Artist you should follow if you aren’t already: Julie Dillon’s work is chock full of WOC depicted as powerful and wise in gorgeous fantasy/sci fi settings. One of my top favorite artists

23 Aug 00:28

まるです。

by mugumogu
Fergus Noodle

Ahh Maru u wuss






まるとはなの物語、エピソード1。
ブログ記事の再編集と動画。
つづく、と思います。

Story of Maru&Hana.
I made this with reediting of blog articles and videos.

BGMはフリー音楽素材 H/MIX GALLERY様よりお借りしました。
ありがとうございます!




19 Aug 09:05

Textbook Boulangerie-Patisserie, Alexandria

by Helen (Grab Your Fork)
Fergus Noodle

expensos but i'd still go

Decisions. It's never easy on your first visit to Textbook Boulangerie Patisserie, the newest haven for sweet tooths that opened in Alexandria less than a month ago. There's been a stampede of fans since the doors first opened, and no wonder. The army of glossy airbrushed desserts in the display cabinet - garnished with silver leaf, antennae of tempered chocolate and shields of macaron shells -
16 Aug 22:53

まるです。

by mugumogu



まる:「このハンモックは満員ですよ。」
Maru:[This hammock is full.]



まる:「ZZZ...」


最近、まるはハンモック、はなはキャットタワーのてっぺんで寝ることが多い。

01 Aug 05:56

まるです。

by mugumogu
Fergus Noodle

Cat tea





またたび茶でティータイム。
It is teatime with Matatabi tea (Tea for cats).


14 Aug 14:49

In Which Ladel Ourselves Wet Fan Service

by Durga

God & Jon Hamm

by ELEANOR MORROW

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
creators Michael Showalter & David Wain


It was right before Christmas in the year of our lord 1993 that The State debuted on MTV. Sketch comedy was previously the province of the old; Steve Martin was already in his late 60s by this time, and dating women a mere forty years younger. People still thought Eddie Murphy was hilarious. Non-Seinfeld based comedy as we know it was largely based around puns and the crankiness of Tim Allen's fictional wife Jill (Patricia Richardson). No one was sure what exactly was funny, or why. For some reason, people even found Chevy Chase amusing, or pretended to.

There was nothing to laugh at before The State came on the scene, and Wet Hot American Summer was basically a reunion show for the sketch comedy series that influenced so many young people of every profession. Did it matter that Ken Marino was now in his early forties and that apparently no one liked Kevin Allison enough to invite him back for this project? No. All that mattered is that we could laugh again.

The State's breadth was stunning, and its innovation fantastic — even its worst sketches were so mind-numbingly bizarre that they became even more humorous in retrospect thinking of the idea that MTV allowed them to air on cable television. Most older comedy shows just sit like lumps; quickly becoming dated because of a topical humor that is only understood in context. The State was nothing like that — those of its concepts which did not resonate at the time are now retrospectively funny twenty years later.



The one thing The State constantly avoided being was fan-service. Instead the half-hour show delivered what you did not expect, usually without incorporating profanity or lame cameos from more famous performers as surprises. The fact that it did not have to appeal to any extant audience is what allowed it to exist on its own terms. Well, all of that is flushed down the toilet with Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.

The original cast of the film looks surprisingly spry in this short Netflix series, with even David Hyde Pierce seeming like he has been in cryogenic sleep since Frasier. Only Showalter himself looks meaningfully different from his original character. I was watching First Day of Camp with a friend of mine whose idea of comedy is Sam Waterson playing gay, and she asked me to explain what the joke was here. "So they were old too old to play campers? And now they're still too old?" I nodded and focused my eyes on the tiny tee-shirt worn by Gerald "Coop" Cooperberg (Michael Showalter).


One of the most embarrassing things Roger Ebert ever wrote was his review of the original movie. None of the jokes resonated for him at all, probably because he was a generation older than any of the writers or performers in the film. He should have at least appreciated the lush, colorful aesthetic that David Wain has made his signature style. No one does a better closeup in this industry, and the broad array of talent is so wonderfully directed that even Chris Pine comes off as a magnificent performer.

First Day of Camp is a prequel to the original film. Coop has arrived to meet up with his girlfriend Donna (Lake Bell), who seems more interested in visiting Israeli counselor Yaron (David Wain). A camp production of the musical ElectroCity pairs theater counselor Susie (Amy Poehler) and dessicating Broadway character actor Claude (John Slattery). A subplot involving the government dumping chemical waste near the camp allows camp directors Greg (Jason Schwartzman) and Beth (Janeane Garofalo) a romantic interlude and explains how Jonas (Christopher Meloni) became Gene, the disturbed camp cook of the original film. Lastly, reporter Lindsay (Elizabeth Banks) goes undercover as a counselor to get a story about reclusive musician Eric (Chris Pine).

What exactly is First Day of Camp missing? It is almost completely composed of fan service, but that is not really the problem. Opening up the universe to amusing scenes filmed in New York in the office of magazine editor Alan (Jordan Peele) adds something different to the experience, even if characters like John Slattery's lecherous veteran actor, Jon Hamm's government assassin The Falcon and Michaela Watkins' lecherous choreographer fall a bit flat.

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp is such great fun it seems silly to ask for anything more. But extended scenes set at David Hyde Pierce's university or the courtroom of attorney Jim Stansel (Michael Cera) remind us of how exciting it would be to see a new comedy set in this wild universe instead of the familiar summer camp drama.

Demanding our most serious comedic talents revisit the scenes of their finest successes led to Beverly Hills Cop 3. Sure, without the comfort of the characters that proved so successful in the original film, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp would be an inconsistent mix of brilliant satire and completely bizarre flops (still not sure what Showalter was going for with his performance as Ronald Reagan), but that was pretty much The State. At least it wasn't content to trod out the same characters again and again, looking to resurrect whatever bit of genius captured the imagination the first time. Instead they moved onto the next thing.

Eleanor Morrow is the senior contributor to This Recording. She is a writer living in New York.

"You're Mine (The Chase)" - Meiko (mp3)

"Oh My Soul" - Meiko (mp3)


11 Aug 23:00

まるです。

by mugumogu



まる:「バリバリバリバリ!」
Maru:[I'm sharpening my nail intensely.]


まるが爪をといでいたら――
At that time,

はな:「ちょっとごめんなさいねー。」
Hana:[Excuse me!]



わざわざ前を通って行くはな。
Hana passed in front of him intentionally.



まる:「こらー! このでっかいお尻めっ!!」
Maru:[Hey, your big buttocks are obstructive very much.]


はな:「ちっちゃいことでゴチャゴチャ言わないの!」
Hana:[Don't complain about a trivial thing!]



02 Aug 10:22

Eggslut, Los Angeles [8]

by Susan Thye
Fergus Noodle

u guys can go to eggslut

Eggslut, Los Angeles - Bacon, Egg and Cheese Sandwich ($6)
So originally I was going to do a burgers of USA post but well, Eggslut in Los Angeles totally deserves a post of its own because yo look at dat Bacon, Egg and Cheese Sandwich ($6)!!! It’s been 3 weeks since I consumed it and it still calls to me in my dreams!

Eggslut, Los Angeles - Bacon, Egg and Cheese Sandwich ($6)
Seriously, how can a burger be so beautiful, just oh so attractive? The toasty warm brioche bun holds the crispylicious curls of hardwood smoked bacon, the melty cheddar cheese draped over the medium egg that will spill forth a river of yolk-y goodness and a slightly spicy chipotle ketchup brings everything all together in delicious harmony.

Eggslut, Los Angeles - Bacon, Egg and Cheese Sandwich ($6)
Innards shot because when something is that delicious you just want to share every single angle possible with the world. Seriously though? Best damn breakfast burger I’ve ever had.

Eggslut, Los Angeles - Slut ($9)
I may have blushed when ordering the Slut ($9) but you’ll have absolutely no regrets once you take one bite of the coddled egg which is layered on top of an impossibly smooth potato purée and served with slices of crisp baguette.

Eggslut, Los Angeles - Slut ($9)
Oh. My. Freaking. God. I may have just weeped with joy at this incredible flavour combination and seriously considered ordering a second round after my tastebuds went into a frenzy after that first bite.

Eggslut, Los Angeles - Gaucho Sandwich ($11)
I thought about getting the Fairfax Sandwich ($7) which is stuffed with scrambled eggs, chives, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and sriracha mayo but thought I should try a non egg sandwich and ordered the Gaucho Sandwich ($11) instead. While the combination of the juicy seared wagyu tri-tip steak, chimichurri, red onions, arugula (rocket) and an over medium egg tasted perfectly fine, my stomach mourned that it could not fit in another bae roll.

Eggslut, Los Angeles - Grand Central Market
Eggslut started off as a food truck before setting down roots in the Grand Central Market and apparently queues for Eggslut can be pretty insane but since we were still on Sydney time (and never really adjusted during the whole trip lol) we arrived around 3pm with only a 5min wait and easily grabbed a stool at the bar. The area is a bit dodgy but if you visit LA, Eggslut is definitely a must do!

Eggslut
Stall D-1, Grand Central Market
317 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, California

Trading Hours:
7 days: 8am – 4pm

Click to add a blog post for Eggslut on Zomato

28 Jul 13:55

Victoria, 33

“I like to design my owen clothes and I often modify clothes to make them fit my body better. Strong personality and femininity inspire my style.”

13 June 2015, Sideways Festival

29 Jul 19:00

Quote of the Day: “I didn’t expect the policy to change my behavior but it has”

by Alexandra Brodsky

Oh ye of little faith, look at what the youth say.

At the New York Times, Sandy Keenan (not to be confused with Sandy Kenyon) interviewed a bunch of students at the University at Albany ,which now, because of a new New York state law, must obtain affirmative consent before sexual activity to avoid breaking school rules. Keenan asked the students about their sexual practices and knowledge of the new consent policy. Some of the responses were devastating. Many students didn’t know anything about affirmative consent. One young woman told the reporter that recently, to deflect unwanted sexual attention and touching, she had “pretended [she] was dead.” Another, when asked how many of the ten men she most respected on campus needed consent education, said 11.

But one junior, Tyler Frahme, warmed my heart. When Keenan first spoke to Frahme, he didn’t know about affirmative consent. But Keenan writes:

Since first hearing about the new policy, he said, he had been practicing consent almost religiously. He now asks for consent once or twice during sexual encounters with women he knows well, and four or five times during more casual or first-time hookups.

“I certainly didn’t expect the policy to change my behavior,” he said, “but it has.”

It’s getting to be a little more comfortable, he said. He crafts and poses questions like “You O.K. with this?” “Do you still want to go ahead?” and “Hey, you don’t have to do this if you don’t want to.”

For reasons Maya and Reina have written about before, I don’t think affirmative consent is a silver bullet to end gender violence: it’s really just the bare minimum we can ask of each other as decent human beings, and a very early step toward building health sexual cultures. But so much resistance to affirmative consent is based on an assumption that sexual practices are set in stone, as though people couldn’t possibly have sex slightly differently tomorrow than they did yesterday. History, of course, instructs us otherwise, as does Mr. Frahme.

Image via.

29 Jul 21:30

Thursday Tipples 10 / Boozy Hot Chocolate 3 Ways

by Lisa Manche
boozy hot chocolate | spicyicecream

Along with polka dot scarves and a steady rotation of slow-cooked dinners, hot chocolate is an absolute necessity at this time of year. Everyone knows how to make a basic hot chocolate, but I've taken it a couple of steps further. For this month's Thursday Tipples I bring you not one, but three tasty and boozed up ways to serve it. The winter blues are totally a real thing - and these drinks will help to brighten your cold nights and warm you up from the inside out.

boozy hot chocolate | spicyicecream

There is something so comforting about wrapping your cold hands around a warm mug. Out of the three versions, I honestly couldn't pick a favourite - I really loved all of them for different reasons. Of course the chocolate that you use is really important here because it's the dominant flavour, so pick one that you love. I also have to thank my sister Beth who helped me make, style and photograph all three recipes in one afternoon - and drink them afterwards ;) Hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

boozy hot chocolate | spicyicecream

1. Nutella and Frangelico Hot Chocolate

This is great for a hot chocolate emergency - if you have no chocolate in the house but can scrape around 2 tablespoons of Nutella from the jar, you're in luck. The almond milk and Frangelico help to make it a little special.

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup cream (optional)
  • 2 large tablespoons Nutella
  • 30ml Frangelico
  • Whipped cream, to serve

Place the almond milk and cream into a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the Nutella until smooth and combined. Remove from the heat and add the Frangelico. Serve with whipped cream.

boozy hot chocolate | spicyicecream

2. Birthday Cake Hot Chocolate

This one is just plain fun. How can you not love anything with sprinkles on top! It's pretty sweet, as you would expect, but it's delicious. Kids would love this too - just leave out the booze!

  • 1/4 cup milk chocolate, melted
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup cream (optional)
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate, chopped
  • 3 teaspoons dry vanilla cake mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 30ml Cake flavoured vodka
  • Whipped cream and sprinkles, to serve

Place the milk and cream into a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the white chocolate, cake and vanilla extract until chocolate has melted. Remove from the heat and add the Cake vodka. Spoon a layer of melted milk chocolate into the serving glass. Pour the hot chocolate over the back of a spoon into the glass. Serve topped with whipped cream and sprinkles.

boozy hot chocolate | spicyicecream

3. Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

This is a pretty and tasty version of hot chocolate spiked with a white chocolate liqueur. I love the red colour and the addition of cream cheese icing and crumbled cake on top really bring it all together. 

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1/3 cup milk or dark chocolate
  • A few drops red food colouring
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 30ml white creme de cacao
  • Cream cheese icing and red velvet cake, to serve

Place the milk and cream into a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the chocolate until melted. Add the red colouring (one drop at a time until you have the colour you're happy with) and vanilla extract. Remove from the heat and add the white creme de cacao. Pour into a mug and serve topped with cream cheese icing and crumbled red velvet cake.

05 Aug 14:14

Oregano Bakery, South Hurstville

by Helen (Grab Your Fork)
Fergus Noodle

I want a lamington scroll. I want a lamington everything

You can't mention Oregano Bakery without talking about THAT cinnamon scroll. These giant pillows, laced with layers of cinnamon sugar and blanketed with a heavy snowfall of icing sugar, can be spotted in coffee shops and markets all over Sydney. They're even couriered overnight to Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane. It wasn't always that way. When Sonia and Tony Jabbour first opened Oregano
31 Jul 07:36

Australia going backwards on protection of privacy and information access

by Peter Timmins
Fergus Noodle

I'm really cranky about all our shitty right wings governments all the time lately. This thing has made me very grumpy though. They introduced tough new penalties for breaching Federal privacy laws and then they just got rid of the Commish.

At a time when threats to privacy abound including from a federal government that lays claim to a watchdog role to safeguard our right to privacy, a government whose leader before the 2013 election committed to increasing government transparency and accountablity, Australia today has no permanent federal information commissioner, no federal privacy commissioner, and no federal freedom of information commissioner. 

The Office of Australian Information Commissioner established in 2010 to enable the commissioners to carry out their functions with an initial estimate of staff required of 100, now has around 65.

Attorney General Brandis is presiding over the erosion of protections put in place to safeguard the right to privacy and promote and oversight the exercise of the right to access  government information. 
 


Australian Information Commissioner Professor John McMillan resigned today to become NSW Ombudsman.

(Open and Shut joins the OAIC in expressing thanks for his many years of service to FOI and other causes, in and outside government.)




Freedom of Information Commissioner Dr James Popple departed in December 2014 to take up an appointment to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and was not replaced.

Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim's five year appointment expired on 19 July. No one has been appointed to fill the position. Pilgrim was appointed Acting Australian Information Commissioner for three months.

As passed by Parliament, the Australian Information Commissioner Act established the OAIC consisting of three information officers: the Information Commissioner, the Freedom of Information Commissioner and the Privacy Commissioner. The functions of the commissioners are set out in sections 7, 8 and 9, and reproduced below.


Something Some - many- things functions cannot be carried out by one commissioner instead of the three legislated by parliament in an office with a reduced staff compliment as a result of budget allocations in the last two years.
Parliament has not passed the government's bill to abolish the OAIC.

The bill has been before the Senate since October 2014 and not brought on for a vote because there is no majority in favour.

Tim Smith QC of Accountability Roundtable and a former judge of the Victorian Supreme Court in correspondence with Attorney General Brandis about the FOI cutbacks submits the government is seeking to achieve its goal through non legislative means, ignoring its obligation to give effect to the law as it exists, a duty that remains until such time as Parliament rescinds the Australian Information Commissioner Act:
not only are the OAIC’s major statutory functions not being performed as intended and legislated by the previous Parliament but the statutory office created by that Parliament can no longer be described as existing. In particular, the evidence available points to the deliberate removal of the funds needed by the OAIC to discharge its statutory FOI functions including its central and critical overarching statutory responsibility to independently monitoring, supervising and guiding the FOI system, and advising the government,  Further, the Government has chosen to pass those responsibilities to one of its Departments.
If one accepts that analysis, why does it not follow that the Government’s actions are a repudiation of its duty? Why does it also not follow that the Executive Branch of our Government is repudiating its obligations to respect, carry out and maintain the laws of the Parliament, the Constitution, the Rule of Law and the Separation of Powers?
The same points could be made about the reduced capacity to conduct the information and privacy functions of the office.

Even broad shouldered Timothy Pilgrim cannot carry out the statutory functions in addition to those that fall to him as chief executive of the office. 

You, me and citizens generally are the losers.
 
 The information commissioner functions are as follows:
(a)  to report to the Minister on any matter that relates to the Commonwealth Government's policy and practice with respect to:
  (i)  the collection, use, disclosure, management, administration or storage of, or accessibility to, information held by the Government; and
 (ii) the systems used, or proposed to be used, for the activities covered by subparagraph (i); (b)  any other function conferred by this Act or another Act (or an instrument under this Act or another Act) on the Information Commissioner other than a freedom of information function or a privacy function.

The freedom of information functions are as follows:
(a)  promoting awareness and understanding of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and the objects of that Act (including all the matters set out in sections 3 and 3A of that Act);
(b)  assisting agencies under section 8E of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 to publish information in accordance with the information publication scheme under Part II of that Act;
(c)  the functions conferred by section 8F of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 ;
(d)  providing information, advice, assistance and training to any person or agency on matters relevant to the operation of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 ;
(e)  issuing guidelines under section 93A of the Freedom of Information Act 1982
(f)  making reports and recommendations to the Minister about:
   (i)  proposals for legislative change to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 ; or
   (ii)  administrative action necessary or desirable in relation to the operation of that Act;
(g)  monitoring, investigating and reporting on compliance by agencies with the Freedom of Information Act 1982 ;
(h)  reviewing decisions under Part VII of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 ;
(i)  undertaking investigations under Part VIIB of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 ;
(j)  collecting information and statistics from agencies and Ministers about the freedom of information matters (see section 31) to be included in the annual reports mentioned in section 30;
(k)  any other function conferred on the Information Commissioner by the Freedom of Information Act 1982 ;
 (l)  any other function conferred on the Information Commissioner by another Act (or an instrument under another Act) and expressed to be a freedom of information function.
(1) The privacy functions are functions conferred on the Information Commissioner by an Act (or an instrument under an Act), if the functions:
  (a) relate to the privacy of an individual; and
  (b) are not freedom of information functions.
(2)  The functions mentioned in subsection (1) include, but are not limited to, the provisions in the following table.
Provisions that confer privacy functions
1 Privacy Act 1988 Division 2 of Part IV
2 Crimes Act 1914 Division 5 of Part VIIC
3 Data-matching Program (Assistance and Tax) Act 1990 Sections 12 to 14
4 National Health Act 1953 Section 135AA
5 Telecommunications Act 1997 Section 309

The Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Act 2015 and the Counter‑Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Act 2014 also confer functions on the Privacy Commissioner.

04 Aug 23:00

まるです。

by mugumogu



流れる水が好きなまるのために水を出してあげたら、はながやって来て――
Because Maru likes flowing water, I turn on the water.


溢れ出た水に大パニックを起こして走り去った。
Then Hana came and was surprised at the overflowed water.

はな:「なんじゃこりゃぁああ!!」
Hana:[Why does water approach me??? ]


その様子にまるが驚く。
And Maru was surprised at her.

まる:「なんじゃありゃ?」
Maru:[What happened to her?]





02 Aug 23:00

まるです。

by mugumogu



まる:「あづいぃぃぃ~。」
Maru:[It is too too hot!]


暑いですか、そうですか。
それでは手ぬぐいをどうぞ。
As it is hot, I give a Japanese towel to you.

まる:「ほほう、これは確かにちょっと涼しいや。吸汗力も抜群だし――」
Maru:[Oh, thank you! I slightly feel cool. And this is superior in a sweat absorption power.]



まる:「ってこら。よけい暑苦しいですよ。」
Maru:[Just kidding! I don't sweat, so this is even muggier.]



はな:「今日もいい天気ね。畑仕事に精を出さなくっちゃ。」
Hana:[It's quite fine! I have to work hard for crop work.]


はな:「変なこと言わせないで。」
Hana:[Hey, don't give me strange words!]





03 Aug 17:18

Bennelong, Sydney Opera House

Fergus Noodle

I would like the desserts thanks v much

It has been over a year since the Sydney Opera House's Bennelong restaurant was open. Bennelong 2015 celebrates modern Australian cuisine with a concerted focus towards Australian ingredients. Chef Peter Gilmore and the Fink Group put their stamp on the space with a 2 and 3 course menu that serves up Grilled Lady Elliot Island bug fermented chilli, organic turnips & radishes and Roasted John Dory, served on the bone, orach, turnips, kailan, umami butter. Much ado has been made about their desserts and they are special indeed. There's the creme brulee vs mille feuille or his takes on the Australian lamington and pavlova.
26 Jul 17:23

12 Hours Of Pies: The Search For Sydney's Best Meat Pie!

The meat pie is one of the most familiar and well known Australian foods. Gone are the days where gristly mince meat filled a carapace of hard pastry. Today's pies can be spectacular specimens filled with flavoursome mince spiked with rosemary or chunky, soft beef brisket or red wine soused lamb shank. Read on to see what we found on our meat pie challenge across Sydney (and there's some non meat options too!).
23 Jul 05:12

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Hanzismatterblogspotcom/~3/zaLyhO30eUw/from-james-l.html

by tian
from: James L.
to: tiangotlost@gmail.com
date: Fri, May 15, 2015 at 7:16 AM
subject: Help please. Translation

Can you please help me with these. I though they said "strength" and "courage". But now i think they say "little pig" "big mistake". Can you help me please. Thank you. James.

小畜 little livestock

大過 big mistake
23 Jul 05:36

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Hanzismatterblogspotcom/~3/mEJLz-DzjMQ/from-dee-to-tiangotlostgmail.html

by tian
from: Dee 
to: tiangotlost@gmail.com
date: Mon, Jul 6, 2015 at 8:53 AM
subject: please can you help

Hi my nieces recently got these tattoo during a drunken night! and neither of them know what they mean

利用 taking/taken advantage of
13 Jul 17:17

4 Jaffles That Will Change Your Winter! Including a Lasagna Jaffle!

Fergus Noodle

yessssss

Jaffles or toasted sandwiches with sealed ends can contain a variety of toppings from humble to grand. Here I give you four ideas for jaffle fillings starting with the crazy lasagna jaffle (every bit as good as it sounds!). Then how about sojem puff or croissant jaffles to shake things up? Or how about my favourite after school snack-a bbq pork jaffle? Arctic vortex or not, these four delicious jaffle ideas will have you warmed up in no time!
19 Jul 17:20

The Splice Pavlova!

Fergus Noodle

OMMMGGGG

Perhaps I have lost my mind but a tropical cake in the middle of Winter? But if you can't be basking in the warmth then let me show you the next best thing food-wise. It's a pavlova with a layer of pineapple and lime curd with a thick layer of fluffy coconut cream. Striped meringues and pineapple flowers adorn the top. Winter will be the furthest thing from your mind!
20 Jul 17:32

Harvested, Pyrmont {A Cafe Using Rescued Food}

Food charity OzHarvest's new cafe Harvested in Pyrmont uses entirely rescued food in their kitchens. For the modest cost of $15 or $20 per person, diners can get a three course meal. What makes the deal even sweeter is how that money is used afterwards. So what does rescued food look like on the plate? The meals that you might find here might surprise you.
20 Jul 21:09

The Local Mbassy, Ultimo [10]

by Susan Thye
Fergus Noodle

I want to eat the things


The Local Mbassy, Ultimo - Shakshuka ($17)
Winter is well and truly here. I hate the cold, it feels like my soul just shrivels up and goes into hibernation the moment the first cold snap hits! But when we heard that the newly opened The Local Mbassy served baked eggs we made the trek over to Ultimo near Wentworth Park and just down the road from the Sydney Fish Markets. Isaac went for the Shakshuka ($17) which was jam packed full of baked beans, bacon and poached eggs in a sweet paprika sauce. There was a loooot of beans lol and plenty of toasted bread to dunk into.

The Local Mbassy, Ultimo - Full English Breakfast ($18)
Since all day breakfast was offered, I opted for the Full English Breakfast ($18) because I was super hungry haha and the Local Mbassy’s did not disappoint. It came with my eggs of choice which were poached and had perfectly gooey centres, fat sausages, double smoked crispy bacon, grilled cherry tomatoes on the vine, mushrooms, a pile of wilted spinach, in-house baked beans and a golden hash brown (even though the the menu said potato rosti). Try as I might, I just could not finish this and mourned my fail stomach.

The Local Mbassy, Ultimo - Spanish Open Omelette ($16.50)
Leen’s Spanish Open Omelette ($16.50) was massive! It was a super generous serving with crispy edges and fluffy innards and stuffed with chorizo, spanish onion, red capsicum, grilled tomatoes and fresh rocket and shavings of parmesan cheese scattered on top.

The Local Mbassy, Ultimo - Red Velvet Pancakes ($15.50)
The Red Velvet Pancakes ($15.50) arrive and we take a moment to gaze at its triple stacked beauty. The pancakes weren’t as fluffy as I thought they’d be, more of a hotcakes style but they tasted like summer with the fresh strawberries and blueberries. The pancakes could’ve used a bit more chocolatey flavour and I would have preferred ice cream instead of cream but they were a nice light dessert to end the meal with.

The Local Mbassy, Ultimo
I loved the interior with exposed beams, hanging lightbulbs and bicycle gear stools. The service was ace and I’ll have to re-visit soon and try their extensive lunch menu!

Local Mbassy
310 Wattle St,
Ultimo
NSW

Trading Hours:
Mon – Fri: 7am – 4.30pm
Sat: 8am – 4.30pm
Sun: 8.30am – 4.30pm

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18 Jul 19:29

Less than 1% of Women Regret Their Decision to Have an Abortion

by Lisa Wade, PhD

A new article reports the findings from a longitudinal study that followed 667 women who had early- and later-term abortions for three years after their procedure. Dr. Corinne Rocca and her colleagues asked women if they felt that the abortion was the “right decision” at one week and approximately every six months thereafter.

This is your image of the week:

 

Percent of women reporting that abortion was the right decision over three years:

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Over 99% of the women said that the abortion was the right decision at every time point. The line that looks like the upper barrier of the graph? That’s the data.

Overall, measures of negative emotions were relatively low — an average score of under 4 on a 16-point scale at one week and declining to about 2 at three years — and were higher for women who had a more difficult time deciding whether to get an abortion or who subsequently had planned pregnancies. Whether the abortion occurred in the first trimester or near the legal limit did not correlate with emotional response.

In contrast, women reported twice as many positive emotions at one week. Over time, positive feelings about the abortion declined along with negative ones, suggesting that the experience became less emotionally charged overall with distance from the procedure.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

(View original at http://thesocietypages.org/socimages)

15 Jul 02:07

Spiced Chocolate Popcorn Cake

by Lisa Manche
Spiced Chocolate Popcorn Cake | spicyicecream

Today is a pretty special day. It's Spicyicecream's 8th birthday! I started this blog to combine my love of baking, photography and writing - and I'm happy to say that that is still true. Back in 2007, I was a graphic design student who was obsessed with cupcakes. Never in a million years did I think I'd still be at it after all this time, but I still love coming here - however sporadically - to share new recipes with you. Blogging has broadened my food horizons immensely (but I still don't eat eggs…) and I've been lucky to meet so many fantastic people, some have become my closest friends.

Spiced Chocolate Popcorn | spicyicecream

Of course, it can't be a celebration without cake, and I have a rather special one to share today. I've made chocolate-chilli ice cream sandwiches and doughnuts in the past, and I thought these flavours would be perfect in a cake. To decorate it, I made some very indulgent spiced chocolate popcorn that might just be my new favourite thing. Seriously, it's the perfect dessert / late night Man Men watching snack. I used cinnamon and cayenne pepper to provide the spice in both the popcorn and the cake - but you could also use Chilli Chocolate if you prefer. I think this cake is delicious! I like that the heat doesn't hit your palate straight away, but you get a little warmth from the spice few seconds later.

Spiced Chocolate Popcorn | spicyicecream

Julia Child had it right when she said "people who love to eat are the best people" and I find that is certainly true. This post would definitely not be complete without a huge thank you to all of my readers. It makes me so happy to hear that I've inspired someone to try a new ingredient, or that one of my recipes has been used to celebrate Christmas or a special birthday. These things touch my heart. Thank you for your visits, your comments and your ongoing support.

I have a few big plans for this blog in the near future - a redesign is on the cards, which will make it much easier to browse the recipe archives. I want to share more of the things that inspire me, tips and tricks for entertaining, blogging and more. I look forward to sharing that with you soon! xx

Spiced Chocolate Popcorn Cake | spicyicecream

Spiced Chocolate Popcorn Cake
Makes a small layer cake, Serves 6

Cake
Adapted from David Lebovitz

  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 cup plain flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon bicarb soda
  • 55g butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup strong black coffee
  • ¼ cup milk

Popcorn (this will make more than you need but it's an excellent snack)
Adapted from The Kitchn
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
  • 120g good-quality dark chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (depending how spicy you like it)
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt, divided

Cream cheese icing
  • 125g cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
Chocolate sauce
  • 90ml thickened cream
  • 100g good quality dark chocolate, chopped
  • 25g brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

To make the cake, preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Sift together the cocoa powder, cinnamon, cayenne, flour, salt, bicarb soda, and baking powder in a bowl. Using an electric mixer with a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar about 5 minutes until smooth and creamy. Add the egg and mix until fully incorporated and then the vanilla extract. Combine the coffee and milk in a small jug. Stir half of the dry ingredients into the butter mixture, then add the coffee and milk. Finally stir in the other half of the dry ingredients. Spoon into three small cake tins, filling about 2/3rds full. Bake for about 30-35 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of a cupcake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool in tin about 5 minutes, then place on a wire rack and cool completely before icing.

To make the popcorn, in a medium pot, heat the oil and 3 kernels of popcorn, covered, over medium heat until all 3 kernels pop. Pour in the remaining kernels, cover pot again and shake to distribute. As the popcorn pops, shake pan occasionally and immediately remove from heat once the popping slows to 2-3 seconds between pops. Pour popcorn into a large bowl, removing any unpopped or partially popped kernels you see. Line a rimmed baking sheet with non-stick paper and set aside. Place the chocolate, cinnamon and cayenne in a microwave-safe measuring cup or bowl. Heat in the microwave in 30-second increments until chocolate is very soft and becomes completely liquid when stirred gently. Immediately pour over the popcorn and stir to coat as thoroughly as possible. Spread evenly onto the baking sheet and sprinkle with salt. Let sit at room temperature until chocolate has hardened, about 1 hour.

To make the cream cheese icing, combine ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer until smooth.

To make the chocolate sauce, place ingredients into a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir with a metal or wooden spoon until chocolate is almost melted. Remove the bowl from the heat and continue to stir until chocolate melts. Serve warm or transfer to a clean airtight jar or container. Store in the fridge for 3-4 weeks. Serve room temperature or warm.

To assemble the cake, trim the top of the cake layers with a serrated knife so they are flat. Place one layer onto a plate or cake stand and top with a thin layer of cream cheese icing. Repeat with the remaining two layers. Thinly coat the top and sides with the icing, using an offset spatula to coat. For a smooth finish, dip the spatula into boiling water and wipe with a towel and then smooth the icing. Drizzle chocolate sauce over the top, allowing it to drip down the sides. Top off with the spiced popcorn on and around the cake.