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The art of ink and line is Kat Ratcliffe’s chosen form

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The art of the line: Kat Ratcliffe at her Ballarat workshop. Photos: Kate Healy.We may not like to think about itbut essentially, whether we are human or any other form of vertebrate creature with skin for a covering, we are a potential parchment, alive or dead.
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An artisttrained in tattooing, Kat Ratcliffe has taken the dried, tanned form of the skin and turned itinto a canvas for her designs. Using the same tool with which sheonce created art on living skin, Ratcliffe now painstakingly inks everything from traditional tattoo designs to intricate geometric patterns onto leather items she has handmade.

Ratcliffe resists the term tattooist or tattoo artist.

“I’m an artist, and I’m using the tattoo machine as a tool,” she says.

Ratcliffe says she once worked as a tattoo artist but finishedabout two years ago, giving her the freedom to pursue her artwork.

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From skin to leather: how Kat Ratcliffe mastered the art of tattoohttps://nnimgt-a.akamaihd苏州夜场招聘/transform/v1/crop/frm/GJZ5TVpAk84wrTzsQfLQRB/7c4ca979-ccb7-432b-9832-3d8b949a6f7a.jpg/r5_0_1915_1079_w1200_h678_fmax.jpgWorking with the skills learned in tattooing, Kat Ratcliffe creates beautiful objects.life-style, arts, design, women, ballarat, tattoo, tattooing, leather2017-09-30T12:00:00+10:00https://players.brightcove苏州夜场招聘/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5588695112001https://players.brightcove苏州夜场招聘/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5588695112001Kat Ratcliffe in her Ballarat studioOriginally learning the skills of tattooing involved a four-year apprenticeship.

“I wasat the (tattoo) shop for seven years.I was limited to what I could do;all my timewas spent working for other people,” she says.

“Now I can produce items with my own artwork, as well as doing commission pieces as well.At the moment I’m creating leather itemsand I’m tattooing themwith my own images and artwork.”

Kat RatcliffeOnce you mark the leather, it’s done. If you make a mistake you have to start again, regardless. And you are limited by the types of leather and the types of inks that you can use as well.

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The inking of each piece is a meditative process for Ratcliffe, one that she gets lost in each time..

“It’s a lot of concentration,” says Ratcliffe.

“Just looking at that line that’s coming up, and knowing that you can’t muck it up. You do get into the rhythm of it and listen to music; it’s never stressful. I’m just used to doing it now so I’m not worried about making mistakes. I’m not worried about how it’s going to look. Iknow it’s coming out the way that I want it to.”

Personalised pet collars are another item that Ratcliffe has turned her talents to. She likes the idea of people being able to return a lost creature simply by by reading her ink work.

“Just so our furbabiescan get home to people when they are lost,” says the owner of Marli, an affectionate but surly-faced British Blue cat.

“It makes it a lot easier then getting microchips scanned or having to call up the council.”

Patience and planning are Ratcliffe’s strengths, honed through long hours carefully guiding the needle to completion.

“I’m looking atmy artwork from walls to fashion and furniture. So I take my own images, my abstract art and see ifI can translate them on to the leather and then get them made into furniture, shoes, bags and that type of thing.

“I’d liketo get into the furniture side of things, use images that directly relate to that piece of furniture and the era it was made. So that’s a little bit further down the track, but it’s where I’d like to get to.”

“At the moment I’m makingeverything myself so it’s a really, really long process. That’s where I’d like to take it.

In the meantime, she plans to get her art displayed as an body of work -not justa craft buta legitimate form of artistic endeavour.

“I’d like to do an exhibition because it’s something that’s rare. There’s no one else in doing it.It’s just a different and unusual sort of thing, to use the tattoo machine as the tool, not to do it on the person but to produce something else that can be used every day,” says Kat Ratcliffe.

“You don’t have to like tattoos; it doesn’t have to be a tattoo image.It can just be used as a paintbrush.”

This article is part of a Courier series on Women in Design, focussing on women making creative paths for themselves in Ballarat. More, including multimedia, at thecourier苏州夜总会招聘.au

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Horse Racing: Andrew Gibbons sidelined for six weeks after surgery on broken toes

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INJURED: Thornton-based jockey Andrew Gibbons will miss the upcoming spring carnival following surgery on two broken toes this week. Picture: Jonathan CarrollThornton-based jockey Andrew Gibbons will miss most of this year’s spring carnival after returning homefrom surgery on two broken toes in Sydney this week.
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The 2014-2015 Newcastle premiership winner could be sidelined until the Melbourne Cupfollowing a race incidentat Cessnock on Monday in his comeback ride from holidays.

The injury-forcedtime out will be less than ideal for 39-year-old Gibbons, who had10 wins and 20 placings from the opening month of 2017-2018 after a stellar season prior producing a career-best 78 victories.

“It wasn’t the best way to come back, especially the first ride after holidays,” Gibbons said.

“I was out of action there in hospital for a few days, but I got home yesterday [Thursday] and it’s still pretty painful.

“I’ve got to stay off it completely for at least two weeks before I go and see the specialist again next Wednesday to get a better idea of how long I’ll be out for.

“I’ma pretty quick healer so hopefully it doesn’t go the full six weeks, but at this stage it’s looking like late October or early November.

“It’sa shame because I had10 winners the first month so it would have been nice to keep that rolling, but the main thing now is just to get back going.”

Leading the fifth with 150 metres remaining at the Wine Country Race Club track, Gibbons’ right foot was caught between his horse Rubel and the inside rail.

The pair had stumbled after landing awkwardly on the turfand “almost went through the fence” but somehow avoideda fall and eventually finishedeighth.

Following advice fromRacing NSW doctor David Duckworth he was operated on by Ed O’Leary at Hornsby the following morning.

Gibbonshad a plate and several screws inserted to support a compound fracture in his second toe. The break in his third toedidn’t bust the skin.

The incident followed a two-week getaway with his girlfriend and two sons in the US frequenting Dallas, Los Angeles and Hawaii.

On course at Randwick this Saturday and Newcastle trainer Ben Smith hasmade a late gear change withIn Her Time now wearing bar plates forthe group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) against the likes of Chautauqua,English and Kris Lees-prepared Clearly Innocent.

Broadmeadow-basedLees also featuresSound Proposition in the $1million group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m). Corey Brown is the jockey.

Elsewhere at the meeting and Lees has Sense Of Occasion in the group 2 Ilve Appliances Hill Stakes (1800m) while Cessnock trainer Jeremy Sylvester has entered Three Sheets in the ninth andlast Snitzel Sprint (1200m).

EPSOM: Sound Proposition under the group 1 radar according to Lees

PREMIERE STAKES: Lees sets sight on Everest via Clearly Innocent return

CAMERON HANDICAP: Got Unders triumphs for hometown rookie

CUP DOUBLE: Tim Clark claims silverware in Newcastle

Why Trump is wrong about his tax cuts

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When the Tweeter of the Free World, Donald Trump, recently announced his administration would be proceeding with large corporate tax cuts, he accompanied it with a 140-character announcement that suggested it was the ‘right tax cut at the the right time’.
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Moreover, the tweet said, the US would ‘all succeed and grow together’.

(If that tweet looks slightly unusual, it’s because I removed the capitalisation and symbols to make it easier to read.)

In doing so, President Trump invoked one of the most used — and most discredited — economic approaches of the last generation: so-called ‘trickle down’ economics.

Apparently, the theory holds, when a company or individual pays less tax, they’ll spend more in the economy — either employing more people, or buying things from others, who will, in turn, hire more workers.

And at the extremes, it must — by definition — be right. If tax rates are 100%, there’s no money for anything else. At 0% there’s only money for everything else.

For those who would like to pay less tax — or have their companies pay less tax — this is an easy idea to get behind. It makes sense on the first pass, too. After all, if you’re paying less to the government, isn’t it likely that you’ll be spending at least a little more elsewhere?

But here’s the problem: when you think a little more deeply about it, the idea breaks down. First, if governments have less money, they spend less on public service employees, who now don’t have jobs or income. They spend less on healthcare and education — spending which goes to buying equipment and employing doctors, nurses and teachers. And they spend less on infrastructure: the very thing business tells government it needs more than anything.

Not convinced? Let’s turn to the taxpayers themselves. Let’s compare two people. One is a low-wage worker, who already spends everything they earn. The other is wealthy, with a high income, who saves 25% of what she makes. If you reduce taxes on the lower-paid person, there’s a very, very high chance that each dollar goes straight back into the economy, in the form of increased spending. But the more highly-paid are far more likely to save or invest any incremental income — the tax cut didn’t only reduce government spending, but total economic activity.

Ah, but won’t a company paying less tax employ more people? No, that doesn’t pass the sniff test, either. You only pay tax on your profits. And if an extra employee doesn’t boost your profit, you’re not going to employ them, no matter what the tax rate. Conversely, as Warren Buffett has pithily said:

“… maybe you’ll run into someone with a terrific investment idea, who won’t go forward with it because of the tax he would owe when it succeeds. Send him my way. Let me unburden him.”

No sensible business person wants to make less before-tax profit, just so they pay less tax. Tax is levied at a percentage of profits — the more tax you pay, the more you’ll have, after-tax. It’s a mathematical certainty.

Now, there is one area in which it might — maybe — be sensible to consider company tax rates, and that’s the competition argument. That is, when all else is equal, investments are likely to flow to the lower-taxing jurisdiction, rather than a higher-taxing one. (It’s just a coincidence that BHP’s ‘marketing hub’ ended up in low-taxing Singapore, right?)

If there was evidence — or a strong likelihood — that the amount of tax revenue lost to that sort of practice was larger than any potential tax cut, then it’d make sense to review our rates. I don’t think that’s the case, and other policy can be brought to bear — but it’s something to be aware of.

Indeed, the US state of Kansas has already tried it. It went badly. Very badly.

And remember, company tax is credited against individual taxation — thanks to the imputation (franking) arrangements, meaning dividends aren’t taxed twice. So you can cut company tax, but some of the difference will be made back by individual tax payments rising (because fewer franking credits mean shareholders will have to make up the difference).

See what’s missing in that scenario, though? Companies with foreign owners would pay less tax here, but their overseas owners pay no n tax, either. So, in effect, the tax break would be larger for foreign companies than our own. I’m a huge fan of foreign investment, but a system that levies higher effective taxes on our own companies makes no sense. Foolish takeaway

Don’t get me wrong: the tax system desperately needs an overhaul. It’s ridiculously complex, with silly distortions — for both ideological and political reasons — that need to be removed.

But when it comes to reforming the tax system, changes to company tax should be one of our last priorities. Yes, the idea that ‘less tax means more growth’ is alluring, because it makes instinctive sense on the surface. But any open-minded independent thinker soon realises that it’s a mirage that would hurt revenue without an offsetting economic gain.

The ideologues, on both sides of politics, should agree that the best driver of economic growth is the program that costs the least, but has the largest impact. That’s likely to boost the income of the lowest-paid in the country. And for some, that’s an uncomfortable truth.

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Lake Macquarie man loses his battle with complications from influenza A

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Taken too soon: Lake Macquarie man Nathan Brown, 19, had been in a medically-induced coma at John Hunter Hospital for a month after suffering multiple complications from influenza A.A 19-year-old Lake Macquarie manhas died after complications from influenza A put him into a medically-induced coma four weeks ago.
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Nathan Brown wason life supportat the John Hunter Hospital, where his family and friends had been keeping a bedside vigil for the past month as he battled acute pneumonia, a staph infection,collapsed lungs, kidney failure, and fluid on his heart.

His uncle, Peter Brown, told the Herald that Nathan hadlost his battle on Friday morning.

Mr Brown said the distraught family had been prayingtheir “very sick young man” would pull through it all for a positive outcome.

“It just goes to show that this flu can attack anybody,” Mr Brown said earlier in the week.

“Itreally can hit you no matter what age you are. If a very fit and healthy 19 year old can be struck down as badly as him…It has come as a big shock to everybody.”

A 38-year-old man is also in a critical condition at John Hunter Hospital, suffering complications from influenza.

Cases of influenza have quadrupled in the region since the same time last year, with Hunter New England Health confirmingcases to datehad risen from2491 in 2016, to9822 in 2017.

“It has certainly been a big influenza season,” Hunter New England Health physician Dr David Durrheim said.

“The tests that are available now do make confirmation of influenza much easier. But that does not fully explain all of the increase.

“These are only the confirmed cases, too. The majority of cases go through GPs, and the GP knows that a having a confirmed diagnosis is not going to change their advice. So these are just the ones where a swab has been taken to confirm flu.”

Dr Durrheim said people had “gotten used to the fact”flu could be catastrophic for the very old, and the very young.

“But we have seen it in Victoria this season as well, that people,previously considered very healthy, unfortunately get a really severe dose of influenza, and they get secondary complications and they just don’t do well at all.

“Influenza is no joke.”

He said approximately 20,000 hospitalisations across were caused by flu and its complications.

“The national influenza specialist group estimates that every average year in there are probably about 3500 deaths caused by flu,” Dr Durrheim said.

Mr Brown said his nephew –a keen fisherman and talented artist –had been working casually as a builder’s labourer before becoming ill about four weeks ago.

Tributes flow: Friends and family got behind Nathan Brown after he was struck down by influenza, raising close to $11,000 to support him via GoFundMe.

“On the Monday hewas feeling unwell, and he ended up at Belmont Hospital, and then they transferred him to John Hunter Hospital,” Mr Brown said.

“Then on Wednesday he went downhill very quickly. By that time he was put into an induced coma.

“It has been a very stressful time for his family and his friends.”

The family initiateda GoFundMe campaign, which hadbeen widely shared on social mediaand hadraised close to $11,000.

It was set up in the hope it would support Nathan in his rehabilitation and recovery.

Mr Brown said the people who had donated had been “fantastic,” and their comments of support had been “very humbling” for the family.

Mr Brown urged people to be “vigilant” and seek a second opinion if their flu symptoms did not improve, or if they felt something was “not quite right.”

He said thedoctors and nurses at the John Hunter hadbeen “absolutely amazing,” doing everything they could to help the former Belmont High student.

To contribute to the fundraising campaign, visitgofundme苏州夜总会招聘/2mnzmg-support-for-nathan.

Dr Durrheim said therehadbeen some concern that one of the strains covered in this year’sflu vaccinewas not as good ofa match to the viruses affecting peoplethis season.

He said a lab in Melbourne was currently analysing the flu strains that had been circulating in to find out “definitively” whether that was the case.

“They will know something within the next week or two,” he said.

“The northern hemisphere will be looking very closely at those results, because they have incorporated very similar strains in the vaccine they are using now in preparation for their winter season as well.

“Even though the vaccine is not a perfect vaccine, it isalways worth protecting yourself, particularly those that we know are more vulnerable.”

Peter Brown on nephew Nathan Brown

Home is not where the returns are

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Despite representing only 2 per cent of the world’s gross domestic product, n self-managed superannuation fund investors on average have almost 70 per cent of their investment portfolios in n-focused assets.
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The preference for investors to allocate the majority of their capital within domestic markets is exhibited throughout the world, however ns’ love affair with local shares is one of the strongest in the world.

This can partially be explained by the unique and favourable franking imputation credits, which are particularly beneficial for investors in a low tax environment.

Such a benefit is not available in many overseas equity markets. Despite this, it is imperative that ns look outside their own market to achieve sufficient diversification within their investment portfolios.

There are many reasons why n investors should consider lessening the home bias within their portfolios; not the least because of the lack of diversification this represents within their portfolio.

The n market is concentrated predominantly around banks and mining companies, with the financials and materials sectors accounting for more than 55 per cent of the largest 300 companies listed on the ASX.

Further, many ns largest investment exposure is property through their principal residence and/or investment properties. The n property market is fundamentally tied to the banking sector, given the large concentration of retail bank assets held within residential mortgages.

This factor further reduces the diversification of portfolios with large exposures to both n property and the financial sector.

Another reason n investors should consider offshore investment is there are opportunities available overseas that are simply not able to be accessed through our domestic marketplace.

An example of this is the technology sector, which accounts for less than 1 per cent of the ASX 300. Globally this sector has provided incredible growth to investors, a trajectory that will have been missed by n investors adopting a purely domestic portfolio of equities.

Many developed markets continue to find themselves in a prolonged bull market, buoyed by record low interest rates and an increasing appetite to take risk.

is one of these markets, with equity investors enjoying years of stellar returns as valuations are stretched to record levels.

With this in mind, it is vital that investors continue to explore opportunities abroad in regions such as Asia and emerging markets, where valuations appear more favourable on both absolute and relative terms.

Until recently the n dollar/American dollar exchange rate has been tightly range bound, until the n dollar broke through the $0.80 barrier.

The recent surge in the n dollar re-emphasises the need for ns to look at deploying capital offshore while the local dollar is strong.

While currency markets are notoriously hard to predict, many analysts believe the recent levels the n dollar has been trading at is unstainable over the long term.

The n dollar’s strength paired with recent US Federal Reserve meeting minutes pointing to more interest rate rises and increasing strength in the US economy, reinforces the argument ns should be looking to expand their portfolios offshore.

However, with any opportunities it is important to consider the risks involved and whether it’s right for you.

Daryl Dixon is the executive chairman of Dixon Advisory