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‘No stone left unturned’ for restoration of Evangelismos Church | Neos Kosmos

Restoration of Melbourne’s oldest Greek Church Evangelismos will continue into 2018 as work to clean up debris and restore the extensively damaged ceiling continues, according to members of the committee managing the project. Speaking to Neos Kosmos, Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV) president Bill Papastergiadis confirmed the contracts to start the restoration were recently signed, and the first stage of the project will be completed soon. He said workers are currently on site with a superintendent, and that works are being run “professionally and appropriately”. GOCM treasurer Marinis Pirpiris said there are some obstacles the team is facing, and stage two of the process is dependent on funding and heritage approvals but he remains optimistic. “Churches take time to get built … there is lots of energy and passion to complete the restoration earlier,” he said. A devastating fire in May 2016 rendered some original features unable to be fully restored. The Church of the Holy Annunciation was built by N Longstaff in 1901 to a design by noted architects Inskip and …

The rise of Hellenic doughnuts | Neos Kosmos

Purveyors of Oakleigh’s finest doughnuts, Yani and Nicholas Kabylakis talk to Neos Kosmos about doughnuts that ‘touch people’s hearts’ Working in the hospitality industry was never such a far-fetched idea for the Kabylakis brothers. Born in Oakleigh to a Greek Australian mother and Greek father who migrated to Australia when he was 13, Yani and Nic Kabylakis had just the right amount of training, creativity and inspiration from their parents when they decided to launch one of Oakleigh’s newest dessert hotspots, the Oakleigh Doughnut Co. Their parents were involved in the hospitality industry, serving speciality coffee in Melbourne’s CBD to a largely corporate clientele. Day by day the brothers watched and learned from their parents – who were in the food game for over 30 years – and developed a finely tuned understanding of hospitality. “My dad always said to me, and I’ll always remember, if you get up to the alarm clock every day and work hard, you will always do well in life,” Yani told Neos Kosmos. The two brothers, “best friends, and …

Fair fares: Pressure builds to secure concession cards for postgrads | Mojo

Fares Fair PTV, a coalition of Victorian university student associations, is working to secure student public transport concessions for full-time postgraduate students. The group claims the concession, which is available to postgraduates in all other states, would be beneficial as postgrads have the same limited earning capacity as undergraduate students. Graduate Student Association (GSA) president Georgia Daly, who studies at Melbourne University, said there was a common misconception about postgrad students that put the issue on the backburner. “There’s this perception that the average postgrad student is a 40-year-old coming back from work to get a promotion or to indulge in their intelligence,” Ms Daly said. “But really, it’s me. I’m 24, I went straight through from an undergrad, I’m very poor, I’ve got no savings.” The average annual income for full-time domestic postgraduates and higher degree students is $25,330 and $35,634 respectively, a report by the Centre for the Study for Higher Education shows. Average hours that students work during the semester have also risen from 17 to 20 hours per week for postgraduate …

Between Cities

Oftentimes I find myself in another city. Though not necessarily physically, my mind may wander, triggered by a scent or a scene, or anything in between, and I’m in London, New York, Tokyo, Amsterdam…Daily life can get quite restrictive at times, so it’s not always possible to be there, even though you may really want to. Until we make it to these locations, we mentally transport ourselves, one-way ticket and all, and we’re there. feature image Shauna Leigh Robinson / FlickrCC

How To Order An Extraordinary Cup of Coffee

For many Melburnians coffee is essentially the elixir of the Gods. The velvety milk, or the glorious golden crema of an espresso, our baristas are artists in their own rights, steaming, frothing and pulling hundreds of their pieces de resistance for the grateful masses. But how do you ensure that you always order a coffee that will actually be good? I asked some coffee aficionados from Sydney Coffee Academy, Muffin Break, Jamaica Blue, and local baristas to help you order the right brew anywhere, every time. Sam Taylor, teacher and course coordinator of the professional Barista course at Sydney Coffee Academy says that the consumer can be part of the process as well. “Communicating how you’d like your coffee is of vital importance, poor communication or equally poor understanding from the barista will result in an ineffective outcome,” said Sam. It’s better to form a relationship with your barista. “Chat to your barista and engage with how they feel their product is best made and how that can be moulded to suit your taste,” he said. Jeremy Regan …

Melbourne in the 1920s

Melbourne, Melbourne. What a city you are. You’ve been touted as the best city to live in for the last 4 years, your alleyway restaurants and cafes are some of the best in the world, and you look pretty good on a rainy day. But how did you look before? I’ve trawled the internet to find photos of Melbourne from the flapper days of the 1920s. Going through all the images, even the ones from Edwardian times, it creates a feeling of nostalgia for a time you may have never lived. You also realise how strange a phenomenon time can be. When you think that along the paths you walk to get home, to work; the houses you live in and the buildings you work in, these places have existed for hundreds of years. Millions and millions and footsteps have pattered along the same streets we walk along now. And yet how often do we stop think about it? That we live in this ever changing world and it’s so brief yet so elongated at the …