‘The micro-brewery industry is flourishing across Australia and we’re going to see a lot more of it but I put the caveat on that in terms of research. We are dependent on these high quality grains and hops that are suitable. Unless we have a strategy that supports agriculture to grow the crops and not have to import both the grain and the hops, then we don’t have an industry. I see it as a flourishing industry but it needs support at a bigger picture level than it’s getting at the moment.’
There are a number of microbreweries in the Inner West, what would be your message to them?
‘Keep going – it’s fabulous! Keep making more beer!’
Greens Leader & Craft Beer Industry Association No. 1 Beer Enthusiast, Christine Milne
‘I’ve been growing my beard for nearly 3 years. I always trim it because you do get a lot of split ends! I started Sydney Facial Hair Club over a year ago.
‘It’s awesome to have all these people that you’d never speak to unless you had some sort of facial hair. There are plenty of people in the group without facial hair – they like the idea of it but they can’t quite grow a good beard or moustache. We even have people try that probably shouldn’t! Quite wispy teenagey looking moustaches but we encourage it. We’ve got quite a few female followers as well that are just attracted to beards. I guess more from a social point it’s good to have a different group of people to be able to go out with or talk to – to separate yourself from your normal circle.
‘This Saturday (6th September) we are celebrating World Beard Day at Young Henry’s. We’re going to attempt to beat the record for the most bearded people in a human pyramid which stands at 15 people and we hope to get 21. I’m pretty small so I’m definitely going to be in the top somewhere.’
‘Life is meant for laughing and joking and things like that. Not for worrying and being serious about things. And if you feel like dancing and singing, go ahead. Life is for joy – not for miseries. Here on the Earth is a wonderful place. We should be looking after it a lot more than we do.
‘I’m proud to be an old coot. On the 22nd of September, I shall be 90 years old. I’m no longer a dashing young chap. I used to dread old age but now I’ve learnt all these things about how to maintain my health.
‘Avoid all synthetic food – like margarine. The other thing to avoid is Aspartame – it is quite a poison. Also, there are five exercises called ‘The Five Rites of Rejuvenation’. These are the most interesting things I have learnt. I’ll demo the first one. You’ve heard of prana and you’ve heard of chi and George Lucas tells us about the force. It’s all around us. There is a way of scooping it in. This is the basic one – now stand back. What you do is you’re scooping it up with this hand and with the other hand you’re flinging it away.
‘I do that every morning. I learned this at 60 years old. I still get up half an hour earlier every day to do this. People are flattering – they tell me I don’t look a day over 60. Well, 60 was a long time ago!’
‘I’m a visual artist who’s not doing a lot at the moment because the art scene is a bit dead.’
‘I’m a lawyer working in tax law.’
What do you like most about him?
‘His art and he’s got style.’
What’s the nicest thing she’s ever done for you?
‘Looked after me – we’ve been together over 30 years.’
What’s been your biggest challenge as a couple?
‘Oh, we’ve had a few problems over the years. I guess dealing with me – it’s not easy being an artist. It’s a very hard profession. In your twenties, it’s kind of exciting but as you get older and if you haven’t become famous, it gets harder and harder to keep carrying on. Everyone I know has problems. Everyone in their twenties thinks they’re going to be famous and have this fabulous lifestyle but it doesn’t work out that way for 99% of people.’
What would be your message to young artists starting out?
‘I knew of a person who passed away for a small period of time and then was revived. They weren’t religious or anything but they said they felt that while they were gone for a while they turned in to an owl that could see in to their sister’s house. Then I maybe thought they’re kind of like gods or icons. That’s the inspiration behind my designs but then it became more just putting them around so they’re recognisable.’
Do you believe in an afterlife?
‘I’m not too sure – probably not at this stage. I think we go to where we came from before we were born.’
If you were to give advice to a large group of people, what would it be?
‘It’s about the bigger picture. You think that the world is your little bubble but take a bird’s eye view of where you’re at. My dad actually told me that you picture your situation and then you zoom the camera out a bit and you take in the suburb you’re in and then you zoom out and take in the state and then you take in the country. It puts your experience in to perspective because there is a lot going on outside of where you are that’s also important.’
Thanks to the lovely Jo from ABCTV for this morning’s interview (her’s and mine) and a lovely hug!