Eat late in Sydney

night lights 

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An interesting and accurate article on going through a detox from

Drink more water


 Drink More Water reminder

Our Drink More Water reminder is an application you can download and install on your PC. It consists of a series of six messages that will pop up on your pc throughout the day to remind you to Drink More Water.

Download your Drink More Water pc pop-up reminder (Application Application 5143K)

How do I increase my daily water intake?

  • Start the day with a cup of hot water with a good squeeze of fresh lemon. This will give your digestive system a real boost.
  • Instead of caffeine and alcohol, drink water. Caffeine and alcohol act as diuretics and cause the body to lose water.
  • Throughout the day have water constantly available; keep a water bottle on your desk so you can top up your glass throughout the day and carry a bottle of water with you when you are on the go.
  • Create a daily schedule; drink a glass after breakfast, one before lunch etc. You may want to track your water intake, why not download our pop up and screen saver to ensure that you drink enough water!
  • If you are cold, drink warm water instead of coffee or tea which can dehydrate you.
  • Ask for a glass of water to go with your coffee and tea in Cafes.
  • Drink a glass of water before and during each meal.
  • Don’t forget to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables as these have a high water content and will contribute to your daily water intake.

Feeling peckish, snacking all the time?

  • Have a glass of cold water when you start to feel hungry. People often confuse mild feelings of thirst with mild hunger.
  • Eat more fruit and vegetables each day. They are good for you and are 80-90% water by weight.

Feeling incomplete?

  • Your body is 50-60% water. Drinking 6-8 glasses a day helps your body function properly.

Unable to concentrate?

  • When you are dehydrated your attention and concentration can decrease by 13% and short term memory by 7%. Drinking 6-8 glasses a day helps to improve your concentration.

Are you getting enough?

  • Drink water even when you don’t feel thirsty; by the time you feel thirsty your body has lost between 2 and 5 cups of water!
  • A handy way to check if you are drinking enough water; pinch the back of your hand whilst resting it on a flat surface. When you release the pinch, the skin should snap back into place. If it is slow in doing this, you are probably dehydrated.
  • Another simple way to check that you are drinking enough fluid is to check the colour of your urine. The more transparent it is, the more hydrated you are. You should seek to produce urine that is ‘very pale yellow’, ‘pale yellow’ or ‘straw coloured’.

Enjoy doing a lot of exercise?

  • Drinking water before any physical activity will help keep your heart rate and body temperature lower.

Like to sing or talk a lot?

  • Drinking water helps to preserve your voice function and quality.

Is water a beauty product?

  • Water is the ultimate beauty product; dehydrated skin looks older than it is. Drink lots to keep your skin looking younger and more vibrant.

Looking forward to summer?

  • When the weather gets hotter your body loses more water. You should drink additional water each day to compensate for this loss.

Trying to lose weight?

  • Water can help with dieting. Drinking water often curbs the appetite and it is calorie free.

Enjoy drinking coffee and tea?

  • Caffeine is a diuretic and can lead to dehydration and reduce your stimulus to drink. As a guide caffeinated drinks should not count as part of your daily fluid intake requirement. Why not drink a glass of water with your tea or coffee?

How much water should I drink every day?

  • The amount you should drink each day depends on several factors including climate, physical activity and diet. The UK Food Standards Agency recommends that “in a moderate climate, such as the UK, we need to drink at least 6/8 cups/glasses of water (or other fluid) to prevent dehydration. In hotter climates your body will need more fluids. This means approximately 2.5 litres a day for the average person.” Why not have a go at our hydration calculator to work out how much you should be drinking?
  • Water in food also contributes to your daily water intake. Fruit and vegetables are 80-90% water by weight so are a must in your daily routine.

Is drinking water the only way to meet my daily water needs?

  • No. Drinking water is a low-cost, calorie-free way of increasing the amount of water available to your body. It is also kind to teeth. However, water also comes from the food that we eat and other drinks we consume. Fruit and vegetables are particularly good as a source of water so make sure that you include them in your daily diet.

Suffering from heartburn?

  • Drinking 1-2 glasses of tap water is a simple and effective treatment.

Can I really drink too much water?

  • Drinking too much water can lead to a condition known as water intoxication.  Water intoxication is most commonly seen in infants under the age of six months and sometimes in athletes. The kidneys of a healthy adult can process fifteen litres of water a day so you are unlikely to suffer from water intoxication, even if you drink a lot of water, as long as you drink it over time as opposed to drinking an enormous volume at one time.
  • The key is to ensure that you remain well-hydrated but not over hydrated

Need more convincing?

Sydney – roof top bars

rooftop sunset 

Some good tips from the generous and beautiful people at Time Out Sydney. Includes favourites like Zeta and The Glenmore.

Surry Hills Festival 2008


Saturday 12 April 2008 – Prince Alfred Park, Sydney

Planning is underway for the 2008 Surry Hills Festival, to be the third held on Prince Alfred Park, bounded by Cleveland and Chalmers Streets, Surry Hills, just a short stroll from Central Station.

As well as Festival favourites, like the dog show, the kids area, and the entertainment stages, expect to see many new and exciting (and a tad bizarre) areas at the 2008 Festival.

We are very interested to hear from stallholders, volunteers, performers, theatre and dance companies, and community groups who would like to participate in this unique event.

An estimated 90,000 people attended and enjoyed the 2007 Festival.

Stallholders should apply as soon as possible. Spaces are very popular and may run out. Click here for more information.

Organisations interested in becoming Festival Sponsors to benefit from the fabulous exposure at the Festival, click here for information on the opportunities available.

Entertainers can enjoy great crowds and support at the Surry Hills Festival. Click here for more information.

We always need Volunteers to assist in running the Festival. Click here for more information.


Surry Hills Market


When and Where:

First Saturday of every month, at the corner of Crown and Collins Sts, Surry Hills, in Shannon Reserve, regardless of weather. Additional Market dates are sometimes scheduled. In wet weather, the market may be restricted to the paved area.

Future Market Dates

 5 April 2008 §    3 May 2008 §    7 June 2008 §    5 July 2008 §    2 August 2008 §    6 September 2008 §    4 October 2008 §    1 November 2008 §    6 December 2008


The Markets have been an integral part of the Surry Hills community since 1981. In response to community consultations, the Markets were set up to trade in recycled, second hand or hand made goods, distinguishing them from other community markets.The original concept was to offer a focus for Surry Hills which was experiencing rapid changes in local population, and to provide an opportunity for local & other low-income earners to make additional money. Over the years, Surry Hills has continued to be ever-changing, and the Market now provides an opportunity for locals and visitors to experience the unique diversity of our area. A visit to the Market, either as a buyer or seller, is a reminder that the notion of a community market is still viable in the rapidly changing inner-city environment.The Market Co-ordinator, Leeanne, is an employee of the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre.

What is done with the Fees?

These are collected by the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre & are injected back into the community by assisting to cover the unfunded costs of Childcare Services, our Multicultural Program and other community outreach projects.

Want Further Information?

Please contact the Market Coordinator on 0424-735 081, or alternatively, ring the Centre on 02-9310 2888.

Information for Stallholders

New Information

§    From 3 June 2007, a new fee table is effective (see below) §    There will be no concessional rates – all stallholders pay the full fee §    Trestle tables will no longer be available due to insufficient demand. §    Procedures in the event of rain have changed (see below) §    To protect the Council’s investment in the park surface, stallholders on the grassed area must provide protective flooring. §    The temporary office for the markets is at the Salvation Army Oasis Centre (NW corner of Foveaux and Crown Sts).

Permanent Stallholders

§    There is a maximum of 40 permanent stallholders §    There is a waiting list (maintained by the Coordinator) to become a permanent stallholder §    Permanents pre-pay for their monthly stall in advance: no cancellations are accepted. §    Payment must be by EFTPOS or postal order: refusal will have permanent stallholder status revoked. §    These payments must be made in the office by 11:00am on Market day, for the following month. §    Permanents must provide copies of current Public Liability insurance certificates. §    Permanents must be on site by 8:30am, otherwise their space will be allocated to a casual for the day, and no refund will be payable, and the payment for next month is still due.

Casual Stallholders

§    Casual stall spaces are booked by telephoning the Market Coordinator on 0424-735 081 from 6:00pm on the Thursday in the week prior to the Market (i.e. 10 days before the Market day). Spaces are allocated on a first come – first served basis §    No bookings are taken for casual stalls at other times §    Payment for casual stalls must be made in the office on the morning of the market, before allocation of the space §    The preferred method of payment for casuals is EFTPOS or postal order §    Casuals must provide copies of Public Liability insurance certificate. If no insurance, casuals must pay $15 to be covered by the SHNC policy for the day §    Casual stallholders may apply to be placed on the waiting list for permanent stallholders

Conditions for all Stallholders

§    All stallholders indicate their acceptance of these conditions by making a booking at the Market. §    Goods sold must be hand made, recycled or second hand §    No stalls allowed in the soft-fall area of the childrens’ playground §    No vehicles are allowed to enter the grassed area of Shannon Reserve §    Handbills shall not be distributed in the Market area §    Market activity must be contained within the Reserve, and must not extend onto the footpaths surrounding it §    No amplified music is permitted §    No unsilenced generators are permitted §    No alcohol shall be sold §    Stallholders on the grassed area must provide flooring to protect the grass. Suitable matting can be purchased from most $2 Shops §    Stallholders must remove their own rubbish §    Stallholders must pack up and vacate the area by 4:00pm on each Market day §    Stallholders who do not comply with all requirements may be banned from future markets. Detailed terms and conditions for stallholders can be downloaded (29kB .PDF file) by clicking here.

Food Stalls

Sale of food shall comply with the provisions of the 1989 Food Act and with Council’s regulations for Temporary Food Premises and will meet the requirements of the Health and Community Services Dept. In particular, food stallholders must obtain a permit from the City of Sydney Council for the day of the Market.

Stallholders’ Fees

Space Only Space Only Extra Public Liability Insurance
Food Stalls Other Stalls Fete Stall Hire Casuals only
$110.00 $60.00 $110.00 $15.00

Wet Weather Policy

The Surry Hills Markets are never cancelled due to weather. At the discretion of the Market Coordinator or the City of Sydney, a wet market may be restricted to the paved area to protect the grass, but the market will proceed.Permanent stallholders, who pay in advance, will receive no refund if they do not attend a market because of bad weather (or for any other reason). If they do not attend, then at the next market, the payment due from them will be for two markets

Australian Design Awards – In Sydney


ON NOW…at The Powerhouse Museum

A waterless urinal, a candelabra and a clever peg are just a few of the everyday objects that are amongst the finalists at this year’s Australian Design Awards.

Many of the objects in this year’s selection are domestic products used every day including a state-of-the-art stroller, kettle, blender, car and bike light, all of which have improved on the design of their predecessors.

Other products show an interest in social, health and environmental concerns.  One outstanding product is the SolarScan that assists with the early detection of melanoma (skin cancer).  This product is also the recipient of the inaugural Powerhouse Museum Design Award, given to a design that has the potential to make a significant improvement to the quality of health, wellbeing or the environment.

Other clever designs showing in the Australian Design Awards exhibition are the Optalert glasses which provide early warning of driver drowsiness; the Frogmouth Filter, a self-cleaning low maintenance water filter for urban rainwater tanks; and a high performance pulley block for use in small racing sailboats.