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  • 07/29/12--06:45: Fizzy DSK drink shameful
  • Things are lurching from bad to worse in France with news that a fizzy drink with so-called aphrodisiac qualities has been launched under the initials of disgraced International Monetary Fund boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn. And the brew – Drink Safran Kiwi (DSK of course) is about to hit French nightclubs and is blatantly pitched towards the […]

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    Intrepid world traveller Heather Caddick writes from Sweden, where her family now lives. “We are all steaming along and loving the Swedish summer, where intrepid Swedes have dumped tons of white sand to make sandy beaches along the pristine lakes….perfect for swimming, boating and just lazing around. We live between two lakes and it is […]

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      What a strange juxtaposition of emotions my life has become.  Husband’s death has plunged me into excruciating grief and now a beautiful new grand-daughter has been born lighting up my life like the floodlights at the AAMI stadium. I have swung like the big dipper from the sheer joy of handling the newborn to […]

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    On and off-camera behaviour of zany comedian Joan Rivers invariably borders on the ridiculous, but news that she handcuffed herself to a shopping trolley sets new heights. A snippet of news from the United States reports that Joan was outraged when she discovered that a Costco store in a Los Angeles suburb refused to sell […]

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      Our life-long friends, Rob and Chris Nicholls had a wonderful lunch (with French wine) with Olivier and myself at our Belair home when they visited from Queensland on Sunday 6th May (see photo). We talked about their upcoming visit to France in June and Olivier showed them his books and maps of our own […]

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  • 08/16/12--03:36: Zany Joan breaks boundaries
  • On and off-camera behaviour of zany comedian Joan Rivers invariably borders on the ridiculous, but news that she handcuffed herself to a shopping trolley sets up a new shock. A snippet of news from the United States reports that Joan was outraged when she discovered that a Costco store in a Los Angeles suburb refused […]

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    Long-time editor of Cosmopolitan, Helen Gurley Brown, whose  magazine mantra metamorphised the sex lives of modern women, has died in a New York hospital after a short illness. She was aged 90. The author of 1962 best-seller Sex and the Single Girl reckoned if women weren’t sex objects, they were in trouble and while good […]

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    The exotic home of artist designer Cheryl BridgArt is the ideal venue for exhibiting her “unfinished Journey” exhibition as part of  SALA Festival of Art Lovers 2012 event (South Australian Living Artists). All wall spaces of Beltana House are hung with an extraordinary collection of 50 of her artworks.  The opening is a special night for […]

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  • 08/23/12--05:38: One helluva hound-dog day
  •   Oscar has led a dangerous doggie life of late.  His adventures had already seen him find his way through the garden hedge which edges a steep cliff-face drop to our lower barbecue area.  NO worries, I thought,  he always returned at the one word “Treat?’’  Once I heard his pitter patter on the roof […]

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    What an idyllic beginning to Spring!  September 1 dawns a delightful day. Azure blue, cloudless skies, balmy sunshine, soft breezes and a temperature which passes 20.   After such a long, cold, wet winter, we surely rejoice at the warmth in the air, blossoming trees and choruses of chirping birds in the trees. For the first […]

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        It was a charming event entitled “Beautiful Me, Beautiful Us Caberet when Tutti Kids, children with intellectual disabilities performed at Novita Theatre, Regency Park recently. I had seen Hot Tutti perform a few times at public events and Olivier and I had heard them sing at a private Australia Day event back in […]

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    They call him the stick dresser  and her a soap maker, but Doug Storton and Kaye Quinn reflect how a growing number of people find artistic success once they retire.  Doug’s shepherd crooks and Kaye’s hand-crafted soaps are among  an exciting gathering of works by South Australian designers and craftspeople at the new Studio D, […]

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    It was eerie déjà vu and I could hardly believe the words my friend was uttering at the end of the telephone. She was describing a painting she had bought many years ago of a magnificent horse standing on the top of a hill and underneath were the words “Be Still And Know That I […]

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    My new garden is a picture of pink blooms in its first Spring.  Pink roses flower prolifically, countless pink field carnations, chorus-like, nod in the wind and a border of pink daisies form a splash of colour against the pittosporum hedge.   I pinch myself each morning that somehow 12 months after this plot of land […]

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    My springtime garden is a picture of blooming flowers and the sun shines warmly to welcome an idyllic day.   I can appreciate such beauty now, but six months ago to this day, another Friday,  my beloved husband, Olivier Foubert slipped quietly from this life losing his 16-month battle with advanced prostate cancer. His death plunged […]

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    How strange that this morning I awake with a song in my head which is a popular wedding hymn.  Its words “This is the day which the Lord Hath made’’ run through my mind and it strikes me that this day – November 11 – triggers a strong mix of emotions quite apart from the historical […]

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    In 40 years, the Australian film industry has grown up from infancy and  “given us a voice on screen” by telling our own stories with Aussie actors portraying familiar characters says veteran actor Jack Thompson. He was in Adelaide to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the South Australian Film Corporation at a prestigious event “Jack Thompson […]

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    Pretty puppy pooch, Oscar. has had another dramatic event which had him screaming  for his life. My dear friend, Sheryl, dog-sits Oscar often because she has two doggies of her own – an old shi tsu terrier cross and a 14-month-old pomeronian – two months older than my little poodle/shi tsu cross. The two young […]

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    It is hard to determine who is the more fragile – my father Frank, who turned 94 a few weeks ago, or his new great-grand-daughter, Scarlett Rose Williams, who has been placed carefully into his frail arms.   He carries all the signs of a grand age -a face scrunched with wrinkles, balding grey hair and a body […]