Inside the vat

Check out this video. Christopher Carpenter of Lark Hill biodynamic winery tossed a GoPro video camera into a vat of marsanne to capture what happened when dry-ice pellets were dropped into the wine. The result is a mesmerising clip of thousands of bubbles shooting to the surface to form a protective blanket of CO2 over the top of the marsanne. Carpenter says the CO2 protected the wine from oxidising during the winemaking process. ‘‘The streams of bubbles actually look like smoke rings from the top,’’ he says. Carpenter hopes to upload more interesting images, saying there are so many things in the winery that are fascinating but ephemeral.
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Roll up, roll up

The Canberra Environment Centre is holding a couple of very popular food workshops this month. On Saturday, July 20, join home cheese-making expert Gurkan Yeniceri for a soft cheese workshop – making fetta, ricotta, mozzarella and haloumi from scratch. There’ll be ingredients provided, and you’ll get a set of notes to take home, along with a glass of local organic wine. A week later, on July 28, there’s a sourdough workshop with artist and baker Robert Guth. You’ll get ingredients, take-home notes, a glass of wine and a sourdough starter culture. Both workshops cost $80 and places are limited. See ecoaction南京夜网.au to book or phone 6248 0885.
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Dugan cops one-game ban for shoulder charge

The prospect of missing the State of Origin series decider was too much of a gamble for St George Illawarra fullback Josh Dugan, who will miss the Dragons’ do or die clash with the Roosters on Saturday after taking an early guilty plea.
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Dugan was charged with a grade one shoulder charge on Penrith fullback Matt Moylan in the 25-10 loss to the Panthers at Penrith last Saturday night.

The Dragons had wanted to fight the charge, but if Dugan was found guilty he would have been rubbed out for two weeks, ending his hopes of playing for NSW.

Rookie fullback Adam Quinlan is expected to take Dugan’s spot for the Dragons.

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Giants to trade for ready-made stars

Tom Boyd, predicted no.1 draft pick. GWS Giants trading opportunities.
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Greater Western Sydney has declared each of its draft picks, including a potential No.1 selection, is up for grabs during this year’s trade period as the club ramps up its bid to catch an elusive big fish.

Satisfied with the talent they have mined from the 2011-12 drafts, the Giants are hunting players entering the prime of their careers – and they may also have the bait to entice rival clubs to bite.

”Every draft pick, including pick one, is on the table,” Giants football manager Graeme Allan said.

”We’re at the stage we’ve got a few pick ones so we probably need experienced players.”

The revelation means the Giants could theoretically secure Lance Franklin through free agency, plus at least one other young but proven elite player.

GWS CEO David Matthews has criticised Melbourne clubs for failing to get deals done with the Giants in previous trade periods.

“I think in particular the Victorian clubs probably should have worked a bit harder to get the likes of Jaeger O’Meara, Jack Martin and you even saw (Brad) Crouch on the weekend is this week’s NAB Rising Star, Matthews told SEN radio Tuesday.

“They’re players we had the rights to and the rights to trade and in the end without getting anything of value we converted those players to picks.

“Jaeger O’Meara should have been probably at a Victorian club for a couple of mature players for us.

“I thought having watched kids like O’Meara coming through the development pathway that there would have been a more concerted effort with a player like that.”

Also speaking on SEN later on Tuesday, Carlton CEO Greg Swann accused Matthews of a “little bit of rewriting of history” with his version of trading discussions with GWS.

But many clubs would surely now be eyeing Suns prodigy O’Meara, who is averaging 23 possessions in his first season, and wondering whether Matthews is right.

Commentator and former Essendon great Tim Watson said on Monday that O’Meara could become the greatest midfielder in the game’s history.

Winless after 10 rounds, the league’s newest club is well placed to secure its third No.1 selection in as many years. It has also activated a compensation pick, likely to be around No.11, while its second-round selection, in the low 20s, is also likely to arouse interest.

Allan refused to speculate what calibre of player it would take to part ways with their prized top pick but it’s commonly accepted in recruiting circles a top-five draft pick should, barring injury, become a 200-gamer for that club.

One insider at an established club with knowledge in the field said the No.1 pick was worth ”at a minimum” a player around the 21-to-23 age bracket with close to 100 games who was ”already a star”. The insider said a player of the ilk of Richmond’s Trent Cotchin, who recently signed a new deal, would fit that billing.

At 26, Franklin is too old to satisfy this criteria but the Giants can secure the Hawthorn champion through restricted free agency by offering a contract the Hawks cannot match or through the pre-season draft.

Both recruiting methods would leave the Giants’ haul of draft picks intact to lure other stars. Unlike in free agency, the Giants can trade for contracted players but would need that player’s club to agree to a deal before any transfer can occur.

The last time a club traded away the No.1 pick was 2001 when Fremantle gave up access to Luke Hodge and another pick that netted Hawthorn Sam Mitchell in return for Trent Croad and Luke McPharlin. With Tom Boyd, a 199 centimetres and 102 kilograms power forward, the early favourite to be the No.1 pick, the Giants are set to attract interest from clubs on the hunt for a gun spearhead. The Western Bulldogs, St Kilda and Brisbane Lions would dearly love a young forward and with their premiership windows firmly shut might be more prepared to give up a decent player than a club such as Carlton or Fremantle.

The Giants, with Jeremy Cameron and Jonathon Patton, are well stocked in attack.

Allan would not comment when asked who was on the club’s radar but the Giants have clear deficiencies in the key defensive posts and the ruck.

The Giants, however, have struggled to attract proven stars without the lure of exorbitant sums and remain disappointed no established clubs were prepared to trade players for talent in the mini-draft.

”The only club that offered near value was the Gold Coast, hence they got them for early picks, but we would have preferred more elite players in that regard,” Allan said.

”The first two years we tried to bring in some senior players and we also tried to bring in some elite senior players but we found that fairly difficult.

”We have been looking. It’s not easy to get players from other clubs. Exactly where I won’t go into … but we need to put senior players around our kids now.”

But Matthews feels the preponderance of young players on the GWS list means his club will get deals done even even it if has to spend a lot of money on Franklin.

“I think what Graeme Allan and Steve Silvagni have done so far in the list build is get the best talent into the club and a lot of it is young talent and therefore there is a bit of room (in the salary cap). So we’re considering all sorts of scenarios at the moment…”

He pinpointed a key defender and a key forward as the main targets of his recruiting team over the next six months.

Allan was confident the Giants were capable of taking a ”major step” forward in their third season, just as Gold Coast has this year, but would not divulge a pass mark for 2013.

”There’s only one club each year who gets a pass and that’s the team that wins the premiership,” Allan said. ”We’ve got to aim like every club does for that. How long it takes I can’t give you an answer.

”It’s tough and hard work but you see signs and glimpses of brilliance from the kids every week.

”It’s just not sustainable at the moment but you know it’s going to happen.”

 – with Will Brodie

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Rockin’ recipe wins for 96FM

Blackers, Carmen and Fitzi celebrate the station jumping to first place for the second time in a year. Photo: 96FM 720 ABC’s Eoin Cameron has held onto his number one spot in breakfast, while the station sits in fifth place overall. Photo: 720 ABC
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The Perth radio market share in breakfast, morning, afternoon and drive. Photo: Nielsen

The Bunch jumped 0.6 per cent and remained in third place.

There’s a lot of celebrating going on in radio land this morning, but not in the usual places.

96FM general manager Martin Boylen has promised to pop the champagne corks after the rock ‘n’ rollers knocked radio juggernaut Mix 94.5 from its number one spot and locked away a significant lead.

And Nova is celebrating having the largest audience in Perth of 470,000 – its best ever result – and the first time its Nathan, Nat & Shaun breakfast show has come up trumps over Mix 94.5’s The Bunch for two consecutive surveys.

Eoin Cameron’s breakfast offering at 720 ABC has maintained the overall number one breakfast show ranking.

With 96FM in the lead, Mix 94.5 fell into second place and the rest remained the same with Nova third, triple j fourth, 720 ABC fifth, 92.9 sixth, 6PR seventh and 6IX eighth.

STATION RANKINGS (% MARKET SHARE)1. 96FM – 13.5 2. Mix 94.5 – 12.3 3. Nova 93.7 – 12.2 4. triple j – 10.85. ABC720 – 10.26. 92.9 – 9.07. 6PR – 8.28. 6IX – 5.9

Mix has long dominated the radio market in Perth and it’s only the second time since the end of 1999 that they’ve been delegated to second place – 96FM momentarily jumped to number one at this time last year.

But this time, 96FM certain of holding onto the lead.

“I think we’re planning on staying there as long as possible,” Mr Boylen said.

“It’s a much more competitive market, there’s Mix and Nova have also improved.

“Anything could happen.”

The station had won a throng of loyal listeners – while they only have the fourth largest audience, their audience is sticking around for longer.

“It’s the result of a lot of hard work that we started 18 months ago,” 96FM general manager Martin Boylen said, referring to the station’s significant rebranding strategy.

“Its consistency – we’ve stayed on the path of ‘keeping real music alive’ and we haven’t deviated.”

The station is in the unusual place of being number one overall, but having its breakfast show sitting in the number four spot.

“We’re working with our breakfast team, they’ve had three rises in a row so they’re certainly trending in the right direction,” Mr Boylen said.

“I think it’s our daytime listening that is just so strong.

“We’re number in the workday.”

At 6PR the search continued for a drive replacement for shock jock Howard Sattler, following his high-profile sacking.

Mix 94.5, however, is certain of the same comeback they achieved last year.

“For us, the stigma of being number one for 90 million surveys left us last year so that was the monkey off our back,” Guy Dobson, Southern Cross Austereo chief content officer, said.

“We bounced back last year and we’re confident we’ll do it again,”

The station sustained significant losses across the workday and into the evening – up to 2.5 per cent – and Mr Dobson said there were changes to be made.

“We certainly have a lot of work to do across the day with the music product,” he said.

Sister station 92.9 failed to claw back any lead that has slowly been slipping away, falling into sixth place overall and seventh in breakfast.

Dobson said it was difficult to tackle the large cash giveaways used by main competitor Nova 93.7.

“We don’t want to get dragged into cash wars and marketing wars,” Mr Dobson said.

“Our marketing budget, our firepower, is way less than what it has been in the past.

“In terms of massive cash giveaways, we haven’t been investing in that.

“Our opposition loves to throw cash around so we’ll have to reassess.”

The results for 92.9 were “disappointing”.

“It’s a work in progress,” Mr Dobson said.

“We put it down to experimenting with the day part for a few years and also, the opposition has done a great job.”

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