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    The ghost of the Domaine de la Dame de la Lauriere would have enjoyed this evening’s soiree around the dining room table in the house she once inhabited. That was around 1793 at the time of France’s revolution and la Dame was to be beheaded, but she outwitted the executioners and married a “metayer’’, ‘the […]

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  • 09/21/10--15:14: Dimanche in Paris in Autumn:
  •   The words of that quintessential song about Paris spring to mind and I hum “I love Paris in the fall….when it drizzles’’ which is the weather as I slip inside Sunday morning mass at imposing, historic l’Eglise, St Augustin’s Catholic Church. It is an awesome structure dominating Place St Augustin at the terminus of […]

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     after flaking out for a few hours, he drove me to Hindmarsh Island ahead of the moving van, where I lay on a sleeping bag for a few more hours. I felt as frail as a newborn kitty and here is where the benefits of marriage come into play – husband orchestrated the delivery of the […]

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    Day one of demolition of our Belair house began badly. We had taken a packed lunch to await the arrival of the bulldozer which was to begin to take down the house.  It was already a bare shell, stripped of its terra cotta tiles, skirtings and timber floorboards.  The Baltic pine kitchen, too, had been […]

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    Water is the current which carries conversation in the river port of Goolwa.  And right now, everyone in this strategically positioned town where the River Murray meets the sea is elated that for the first time for many years water has flowed over the Goolwa Barrage. There was a joyful mood at the recent opening […]

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  • 10/11/10--22:19: Building Belair
  • What a process it has been to reach today – the day I accept a quotation from project builder, Stellar Homes to build our retirement home – at an affordable price. One could think I was something of a masochist to not only build a fourth home in my lifetime, but also to demolish a […]

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    It was a joyous walk down memory lane for former Adelaide models of the 1960s-1980s who attended the GoldenYears of Modelling Reunion at the glitzy new Crown Plaza Hotel on Friday night. And an impressive roll-call of  women of a certain age attended and there many emotional scenes as women who had not seen each […]

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    Quelle journée magnifique! The Lunch in a Spring Rose Garden was a glorious day, of wine and roses and fashion and delicious food at Carrick Hill to raise funds for Novita, the children’s charity. Adelaide’s glamour A-listers attended the booked out event, organised by Novita’s Rainbow Committee which is chaired by charity doyen, Pamela Wall. […]

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  • 10/25/10--16:05: Ex-model, Faye gives BC hope
  •   My journey down the path of breast cancer began with the discover of a cyst in my left breast in 2001. This lump bothered me because I had been on hormone replacement theraphy for 11 years plus a stressful divorce so  I requested a repeat mammogram from my doctor even though I was not […]

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      Judges have been the victims of “rougher than usual media treatment’’ through “screaming headlines’’ and sensationalist television footage of controversial judgements, says award-winning Adelaide communications expert Dr Pamela Schulz. The University of South Australia lecturer cites an ancient  quotation by Cicero in 68BC “Alas my client is condemned by public opinion’’ to reflect . […]

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    Waterbirds in all their diversity have added a wonderful dimension to our seachange lifestyle. Right now we are busily counting nine ducklings paddling alongside mother duck across the waterway towards our jetty. The babies are being tossed about somewhat in the wake of inclement weather and we breathe a sigh of relief as they all […]

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  • 12/02/10--21:31: Beauty Betrays Us
  • How we feel about the ageing process is rarely the hot topic shared spontaneously over coffee. It’s a bit like broaching the subject of sex at a dinner party 60 years ago. Absolutely taboo.  However, I found this insightful passage by author Susan Johnson in On Beauty, one of the “Little Books on Big Themes’’ […]

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    Close relationships can form the cornerstone for a man’s whole life but friendships with other men are also an important source of support and understanding, says the Adelaide Northern Division of General Practice. In a handout prepared for Mens Health Week, the ANDGP recommends men need at least three other close friends and mates who […]

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  • 12/11/10--20:59: AJA – 100th year
  • Leak: the new four-letter word. “Leak’’ is the new four-letter word, according to veteran political journalist, Laurie Oakes in accepting the highest accolade in journalism – the 2010 Gold Walkley Award – this week. Oakes had pulled off the political news coup of the year, following two sensational leaks from within the Australian Labor Party […]

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    If ever there were prophetic words uttered recently, they were delivered by high profile demographer Bernard Salt to the National Press Club. He gave yet another gripping scenario of what it means for society as the first boomers reach pensionable age next year – 65 years after 1946, which triggered the post-war baby boom, which […]

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    Alliance Francaise d’Adelaide, affectionately dubbed “the frog pond’ celebrated its 100th anniversary in an unlikely venue – the elite Queen Adelaide Club on Monday night. However, the French language and cultural institute’s ties to the upper crust women’s club stretch back to 1909 when French woman Madame Berthe Mouchette, founded the Alliance at the Queen […]

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  • 12/11/10--21:07: Time
  • Annie Fox, one of my Facebook friends has a habit  of placing one word online for comment and possibly because another New Year is nigh, she threw in the word  “time’’. Her move followed another conversation with a learned friend, Dr Pamela Schulz, who told me she is researching a “discourse of time” and its […]

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  • 12/13/10--18:08: My Best Christmas:
  • It is a few days before Christmas in London and I am decking the halls of my daughter’s house with holly and tinsel. The year is 2006 and I have walked down her street – Bernard Gardens – with a pair of clippers helping myself to branches from holly hedges, all laden with beautiful red […]

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    Never has learning French been so inspiring as this week’s lesson in the rose garden of Adelaide’s Botanic Gardens. My French teacher is Argentinian-born and now new Australian citizen, Elsa Rozannes and we are sitting here on a bench under a flower bower, reciting French poetry. It is her idea to take this pleasant excursion […]