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    Oscar-winning Welsh actor, Anthony Hopkins can be “really stroppy’’, Clive Owen brings “a laugh onto the movie set’’, and Catherine Zeta-Jones is “so unpretentious’’, says renowned Australian film maker and screenwriter, Scott Hicks. These titillating snippets were among tales of Hollywood stars from Hicks in an entertaining Q & A with Dr Nick Prescott at […]

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    Some days simply need to be endured, such as today which is my late husband’s birthday – the third since he died two years ago last month. Yes there is sadness on such an anniversary, but it is also important to acknowledge that simple things have become pleasurable again. Yesterday, for instance, my friend Sheryl […]

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    AFL football has gained new-found interest in my life since my team – Port Power – reached top of the AFL championship ladder and this elation has been a great conversation booster over the past few months. Allegiance to a footy team adds colour to family life, too and I notice on my grandson Zachary’s baptism invitation that […]

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    One thing that fascinates me about the current feisty debate around  Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s “signature” Paid Parental Leave proposed policy is that women, themselves, are not hailing this initiative as the best thing since sliced bread.  The hoo haa from men was always expected, because the vast majority simply continue to go off to […]

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    French songstress Caroline Nin served up a exciting slice of  songs from the Lido, the world-famous cabaret venue on Paris’s Champs Elysees at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in June. Nin presented as a quintessentially French performer with her sexy personal style and glorious sensual voice intoxicating the full house at The Space.   She had selected a repertoire of songs from […]

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      Nancy Nguyen, a Perth based Business Advisor for Woodside Energy, has been selected by The University of Sydney Business School and the Australian National Committee for UN Women, as the inaugural recipient of their MBA scholarship. The scholarship and new 2014 partnership between the Australian National Committee for UN Women and The University of Sydney […]

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    This is the week that I reach the formidable milestone of turning 70.  I never thought it would happen, but time moves right along and here I am enjoying myself with a week of activities whereby I have managed to involve my family and most of my friends. In  seven decades I have jammed in […]

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    One thing that fascinates me about the current feisty debate around  Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s “signature” Paid Parental Leave proposed policy is that women, themselves, are not hailing this initiative as the best thing since sliced bread.  The hoo haa from men was always expected, because the vast majority simply continue to go off to […]

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    August 15, 2014 Seventy years ago, the liberating Allied forces invaded France from the Mediterranean Sea and delivered Provence from the Nazis.  The French news featured an amazing spectacle of remembrance involving a flotilla of battle ships and an Allied airshow.  Hosted by the president of the Republic of France, Francois Hollande, the historic event […]

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    August 25, 2014 – Another pivotal day in the history of France, which we should remember if we love to visit the City of Light, or the City of Lovers, whatever suits your situation. Today, 70 years ago, Charles de Gaulle,  rode down the Champs Elysses and accepted the capitulation of Hitler’s general. We should […]

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    If there is one thing which will keep ageing Baby Bpomers in the work force is the realisation that their long “bucket list’’ of activities for retirement will be unachievable. According to new research released recently by Rest Superannuation Fund, of 1000 people surveyed, less than  one third believed they would  be able to fulfil  […]

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    Congratulations to renowned viticultural researcher and educator,  Peter Dry, who has won the 2014 Maurice O’Shea Award for his outstanding service to the Australian wine industry over 40 years. He began his career in 1970 in the Riverland as a research officer with the South Australian Department of Agriculture in Loxton.  After five years, he […]

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    On a much more joyful note, here is a photograph of quite a famous South Aussie Master of cricket – Michael Willson, who sent this snap of himself hooking the ball at the Australian Over 70s National Interstate Cricket Championships held in Melbourne recently. Michael is the SA Captain and also the Australian Vice Captain.  […]

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      Never have cricket bats been such a poignant symbol of culture.  Neighbours were among countless Adelaideans who placed cricket bats and caps on their properties as a sign of respect – and sadness – for the untimely and  tragic death of  Redbacks cricket star Phillip Hughes.  The nation’s overwhelming outpouring of grief  when Phillip […]

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    It was always going to be a spectacular dinner party.  There were eight guests and we had gathered to celebrate the fact that my neighbour and friend Peter Dry, has won the Maurice O’Shea Award 2014 for excellence in the wine industry over his successful 40 year career.    Peter and all of the three other male guests […]

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    That adage “Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned’’ must have lodged into the mind of French president Francois Hollande since  “Merci Pour Ce Moment’’ the memoir of  his jilted girlfriend hit book shelves. Valerie Trierweiler, who was the first lady of France, for 18 months, has vented her rage and aired her humiliation into […]

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    We women have always been great at multi-tasking, so it seemed natural that at the end of a consultation, my local GP, Dr Helen Roxburgh, flashed her iphone to show a quick Christmas dessert, which she whipped up recently for a family event after a heavy day at the surgery. The base of this delicious treat is […]

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    Could it be called a Holy metamorphosis when former South Australian premier, Lynn Arnold was ordained an Anglican priest earlier this month. He,  who presided over SA Cabinet ministers from September 1992 to December 1993, will preside over a parish and minister to the spiritual needs of his flock as the Reverend Lynn Arnold. His […]

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    French president, Francois Hollande became the first chef of La France to visit Down Under when he stepped onto Australian soil for the world leaders’ meeting,G20 summit held in Brisbane last month . Although his visit did not attract the same headlines as our vital Asian trading partners, India, China and Japan or Russian President Putin, President […]