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      Let us not indulge too much in platitudes this International Women’s Day because, although we can be smug about real progress over the past quarter century in achieving equality in law, the one big issue – violence – still impacts on women and girls. We could examine newspaper clippings from the last few weeks […]

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      Time slips by quietly and suddenly it is 10 months since husband Olivier died.  Some friends say “time enough’’ for grief and beseech me to “move on”.  And I wonder what do those words mean?  Am I to forget my great love? Yet I can’t erase him from my mind and I don’t want […]

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    Writers Week in Adelaide was once more a smorgasbord of talented writers and I indulged in the unique atmosphere and being inspired by some of the world’s best authors. It now unfolds annually in the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden, a glorious treed space behind Government House – and the whole magnificent event is free. Celebrated […]

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    Mad March heralds Autumn and farewells the most extraordinary summer in my memory.  It seemed at one stage the whole of New South Wales was burning in an ominous scattering of more than 100 bushfires. They followed Tasmania’s devastating bushfires and later in summer, some of  Victoria’s national parks also burned. Here in South Australia […]

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    We have one life to live and it’s the experience of each moment that matters.  Curiosity; serendipity; Whatever words you wish to use; its that desire to find excitement and joy in every day which makes life a lovely adventure.    Today, for instance.  We are in the right place at the right time driving along the Semaphore foreshore […]

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  • 03/24/13--06:29: The Power of Words
  • American thinker Joseph Campbell once said “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” They are comforting words for a new widow, and a quotation which I intend to recite morning and evening. There have been other really bad […]

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    Food culture has invaded our Easter celebrations with all the birds roasted for our Sunday feast being filled with stuffings in our family’s stuff-off.  The table is set with the best china, Josephine has picked flowers for the table setting,  the potatoes are crispy and the three birds, the duck, the turkey and the chicken, […]

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    Love is no longer all you need for happiness, the world’s oldest longitudinal study has found. As we age, if we acquire emotional intelligence  – the ability to cope with whatever life dishes out – has proven to be a critical factor according to the Grant Study of Adult Development. Findings from the study, which ran […]

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    Ex-pat journalist Emma-Kate Symons sums up French president Francois Hollande’s bumbling performance in his first 12 months in office in two words – Quel catastrophe! From her first-hand perch in the country, she reports that there is panic at the Elysee presidential palace as France, the second-biggest economy in Europe, fails to lift itself out […]

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      Some blokes have all the luck. Take popular yachtie vice-commodore of the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club Locky McLaren  spend last Sunday motoring his yacht loaded with a bunch of female friends, including his wife,  my dear friend Jayne and my neighbour, dear friend Chris, three other girlfriends and myself on the River Murray from Goolwa to Clayton Bay.  As […]

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    In this laissez faire society of ours, it is hard to understand the hatred which spews forth in Britain upon the death of Britain’s first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The poor woman is dead, but the knives are out and none more vicious than from the mouth of former actress turned MP, Glenda Jackson. […]

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    It’s a good thing these builders are sociable blokes.  Not only are they doing an excellent job restoring our ‘white room’ and building a French-style fireplace for us, but they have invited me to join them for their short lunch breaks because I work from home.  During one such break, we got talking about the […]

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    For me, this has been an exhilarating week  of  girlie stuff: a strange French woman staying in my house, a glorious garden party with heaps of girlfriends, a girls’ night in delightful accommodation, a Friday lunch to celebrate a much younger female friend’s fiftieth and afternoon tea with my beloved sister.  There was the lunch-hour […]

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      High level military connections continue to serve up surprising treats for Dr Pamela Schulz, chair of the Defence Reserves Support Council of SA. What could be more exciting than an informal visit to the Pentagon during her recent visit to the United States last month. And the invitation was from the chief of the […]

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      South Australian masters cricketer Roy Schulz proved a mean bowler in Australia’s national over 60s cricket team in its tour of the United States in May. On the last day of the International Cricket Festival in Philadelphia at the Merion Cricket Club he was named Man of the Match. And no wonder! Roy Schulz […]

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  • 05/22/13--06:32: Keep Calm and Carry ON in KI
  • It is a delightful, calm Friday evening on the ferry to Kangaroo Island and we are laden up for a holiday from heaven with adult children and adorable grand-daughter Scarlett, a nine month old bundle of joy. Our destination is American River where we will stay in a holiday house which has not been visited […]

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  • 05/26/13--05:04: In the Company of Women
  •   It was a lightening decision to travel to Perth in May for the Biennial International Congress of Lyceum Clubs as a means of coping with the first anniversary of the death of my husband, Olivier.. Yet for me, as the congress unfolded in the luxurious Duxton Hotel in the company of dynamic women from around […]

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    Our family had seen  many female relatives die of reproductive cancers. My mother had a string of aunties who died of cancer and her own sister, my auntie died in our home of ovarian cancer, aged 52;  Both of her daughters are among six of my cousins diagnosed with cancer, three of whom died. It […]

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  • 05/27/13--04:06: ANGELINA CUTS RISK OF CANCER
  • Before the hail of praise on Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie fades following her shocking revelation of a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction, it’s important to note a few frank facts. Gorgeous Angelina, who oozed sensuality in that Oscars high split black velvet dress, learnt that she had the “faulty’’ BRCA1 gene at age 37. The […]