FRONTIER 18 SUNDAY DECEMBER 16 2018 19.............. 19.............. 20-21 22.............. 23.............. 24 25.............. 33.............. 34-35........ 37.............. 38-39 40............. Humans of the NT Blah, Blah, Blah ........News features Fashion & beauty Food .............Movies TV Guide How to travel Christmas style Escape to the Aussie mountains Stars & quiz .......Fishing & hunting Puzzles & comics THIS WEEK IN THE TERRITORY Editor Regular contributors Phillippa Butt Lauren Roberts, Caddie Brain, Leigh Paatsch, Matt Flynn, Hiro Nakamura, Bart Irwin Tiina Urvet Editorial inquiries: (08) 8944 9732 Advertising inquiries: (08) 8944 9900 Post: PO Box 1300, Darwin, NT, 0801 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising Contacts MONDAY, DECEMBER 17 TERRITORY ANIMAL CRAFT AND SOUNDS Make animal craft, play fun musical games and create an animal soundscape. Suitable for ages 4-10 years. 10am at the Live Darwin Creative Hub. FREE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18 JAM NIGHT Head down to the open mic night every Tuesday and jump on stage or sit back and enjoy the music. 9pm at Nirvana. FREE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19 STORYTIME AT STARWIN Take your little ones (0-10 years) for an hour of fun listening to Indigenous children’s stories, hosted by Sharona Bishop, a qualified Children’s Educator and community role model. Colouring in fun plus sing songs and art and more will keep the little ones entertained. 10am at Starwin Shopfront. FREE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20 LOL THURSDAY STAND UP COMEDY Quench your thirst for live, local music and comedy at LOL Thursday with a tasting plate of five hand picked comedians delivering some of the tastiest and most insightful stand-up comedy going around. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ME I’m joining the masses who are starting to self-gift ANGELA MOLLARD 8pm at the Beachfront Hotel. FREE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21 smoothing as she came to terms with her husband buying a necklace for his secretary. Hell no, she could’ve dropped $10,000 of the family savings on a Cartier Love Bangle for herself. Or poor old Samantha in (actually the dame was never poor or old). Remember when she attempted to buy a gorgeous gardenia-shaped diamond ring for herself at auction? Instead she was outbid by a phone buyer who turned out to be her boyfriend who gifted it to her. As she said: “Now every time I look down at it, I see him. Not me.” As it happens there’s a happy history to women self-gifting. I was chatting with Kate Sutton who founded the jewellery label Uberkate and she pointed out that cocktail rings became a symbol of the working woman’s earning power in the 1920s. With their newly-short hair and flapper dresses, women turned up at Speakeasy bars wearing rings on their right hand which they’d bought themselves. Sutton, who has released a collection of cocktail rings alongside her personalised jewellery, says there’s a huge growth in women purchasing pieces for themselves. “We grew up in an era where our mothers self-sacrificed and we’re now thinking: ‘Why do we have to do that?’” As I muse over which cocktail ring might best mark my mothering – the citrine signifies abundance though doubtless my daughters would suggest the calming blue larimar – Sutton reveals how one woman ordered a black agate ring as a gift for herself from her husband. Apparently, she sneaks it out and wears it for nights out with girlfriends, returning it to the box in time to be wrapped for Christmas Day. Ah, the benefits of selfgifting. sweating Santas and over-enthusiastic perfume spritzers as we stagger through our shopping lists. Is it any wonder that a growing number of shoppers – and Millennials are apparently the trend-setters here – are thinking: “One for dad, one for Aunt Louise and one for me? Before anyone starts frothing about the entitlement and self-absorption of the modern generation, let’s consider the benefits of selfgifting. It’s environmentally-friendly - and not just because there’s no need for gift wrap. Because you gift yourself what you want, there’s no petrol or unnecessary postage or shipping charges wasted returning gifts that were the wrong size or just plain awful. Granted, it renders Santa redundant but that’s the plight of many middle-aged men and it’s time he learned the same resilience. (Doubtless Mrs C managed all the elves anyway and the fat guy is just a glorified postman who torments endangered reindeers). Secondly, it’s less wasteful. Sure, the kids can keep their stockings and pillowcases full of plastic because goodness knows they need some fun in the face of climate change and terrorism but the rest of us would benefit from “greater quality, less volume”. It’s also efficient – if the Productivity Commission wasn’t so busy analysing superannuation they’d know that December incurs a 46.9 per cent drop in productivity as workers spend unnecessary hours buying crap (disclaimer: journalistic estimate only). What’s more, it encourages materialism over consumerism – or what the economist Richard Denniss argues is the practice of buying things you care for, that can be repaired and which will last. Finally, the emotional benefits are manifold. There’s no disappointment when a spouse delivers a non-stick frypan instead of a spa voucher. Imagine if Emma Thompson had bought her own present in There’d have been none of that maudlin bed OPINION C THE ROY BOYS Friday Knock Off Session’s with The Roy Boys are always a good thing when you mix drinks, food and live music – and it’s even better when it’s in the right atmosphere. The Roy Boys play acoustic covers of all the favourites as well as a few original songs. Sex and the OMPARED to many women, I don’t wear much jewellery. Most days it’s just a $25 silver necklace I bought at a folk festival and my grandmother’s antique engagement ring. My mum did buy me a beautiful rose gold charm necklace for my birthday last year but I left it on the shelf above the toilet and can only think our menace of a cat jumped up and knocked it into the bowl from whence it was unceremoniously flushed away. Fortunately, I was able to replace it. But as the year comes to a close I’ve decided to buy myself a piece of jewellery to mark what, to me, is a special occasion. I have raised a child to adulthood and more than birthdays or anniversaries, that achievement means something to me. I’m proud of the mother I am and I like the idea of looking down at something on my hand or wrist that represents that love. It turns out I am one of the growing number of self-gifters. While I’m normally circumspect about anything prefixed with “self” – self-care has become the buzzword for what is effectively plucking your eyebrows or having a lie down – self-gifting is a genius response to our mindless and rampant consumerism. Ever since the three wise men rocked up with gold, frankincense and myrrh for a baby who, frankly, would’ve been happy with milk or some clarity over his parentage, the world has aped this daft tradition of dumping gifts on loved ones. And so, at the busiest time of the year when we’re trying to finish work projects, endure school prize givings and produce a pudding that tastes as if the fruit has been soaking since Easter, we have to subject ourselves to City 6pm at the Bell Bar and Bistro. FREE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22 A CHRISTMAS CABARET Santa’s sack is open! Get your tickets to the hilarious annual Drag Territory – A Christmas Cabaret. 7pm to 10pm at the Darwin Railway Club. $25 JAMIE CALOYON-ROGERS Jamie Caloyon-Rogers’ work is a conversation in non-conformative practice after years of being dictated about what makes good art by institutions. We are all unicorns, unique and creative until cultural contructs dictate otherwise. This refreshing exhibition is intrinsically anti-establishment. 10am to 3pm at the Darwin Live Creative Hub. FREE SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21 SPIDERS It’s time to face your fears and dance with a peacock spider, or hang out with some social huntsman at the newest interactive exhibition at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT). 10am at the Museum and Art Gallery NT. $16 GAPAN GALLERY 2018 The annual tradition of the open-air gallery at Garma festival - Gapan Gallery - is coming to Vickers St. email@example.com Follow me at twitter.com/angelamollard Love Actually. Salon Art Porjects. 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