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  • 04/22/11--06:20: Vale Jackson
  • How valuable it is to listen to others because, my friend Jayne, told me how to say goodbye to our beloved funny, fluffy small dog, Jackson. “Take him in your arms, Nadine’,’’ she said. “Whatever you do, don’t just leave him with the vet because he will feel abandoned at that last moment.’’ So,  my […]

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    News that princess-in-waiting, Kate Middleton is staying in a hotel surrounded by her family and close friends before her Royal wedding, reminds me of my own family’s humble hotel experience. Daughter No. 2, Felicia was throwing a 40th birthday in Melbourne at Mosq, a popular Moroccan restaurant close to our zany hotel, The Cullen. She […]

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    Sometimes it takes someone from overseas to come to the state to confirm what we have always known that South Australia really is the best tourist destination in Australia.. Last weekend renowned tourism identities Rodney Twiss and his wife Regina and Alan and Diane Colton hosted tourism VIP Angelika Wegner, who represents our state’s tourism […]

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  • 05/02/11--17:39: Forever Faithfull
  • Marianne Faithfull must surely be feline because she has lived many lives to emerge in her later years a revered musical artist. Six years ago when I was the celebrity columnist at The Advertiser in Adelaide, I interviewed Marianne Faithfull, who was in Adelaide for a one-night performance at Her Majesty’s Theatre. I was honestly […]

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    Ingredients: 500 gr cleaned chicken livers, marinated for a few hours in mix of 200ml port, garlic, 1 large onion, salt and pepper, bayleaves. Everything goes into a steamer for 20 minutes. DO NOT OVERCOOK because livers must be pink inside. Strain all the livers and keep the juice, but take out the bayleaves, place […]

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  • 05/03/11--06:29: Food fit for a chef
  • Renowned Adelaide French-born chef Jean-Pierre Rival knows how to throw a fabulous party and his recent 55th birthday naturally revolved around food and music. JP, as he is affectionately known, is the head chef at the Hahndorf Old Mill and much of his leisure time is spent as First Tenor with the Adelaide Male Voice […]

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    Wasn’t the Royal Wedding wonderful? Although I am a Republican, it would be a hard-hearted woman who did not enjoy such a rich scene and relish in the pomp and ceremony when Catherine Middleton married Prince William in Westminster Abbey. The new Duchess of Cambridge is bound to inject her own unique, lovely style into […]

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  • 05/05/11--16:29: Peta’s off to Cannes
  • Good news for Adelaide film producer Peta Astbury who has bought the film rights of my book From France With Love.  She is taking her first, successful film, The Marrige of Figaro to Cannes. The movie will screen in the Marche du Film of the Festival de Cannes, the all-important Cannes Film Festival marketplace on […]

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    I was whisked away from the Darwin railway station in a shiny, red Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter. And I felt very star-like as the helicopter swooped over Darwin’s exciting new Wharf precinct, and the wreckage of the historic bombed wharf, so dramatically portrayed in “Australia’’. Old jetty pylons jut this way and that out […]

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  • 05/20/11--19:00: House of sticks
  • Time has passed and our future home – once a house of sticks – has become a half-finished building, clad in Hebel and capped with an iron roof. Brickwork is complete, aluminium windows and sliding doors are installed and its Hebel walls have had the undercoat rendered. Stellar Homes is at First Fixings stage and […]

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  • 05/22/11--22:00: two for the girls
  • Grey-power is Good: Here’s a thought which is taking hold on the runways of the world. Since when have teenagers been known to buy haute couture? Well, why should teenagers with nubile bodies be used to sell high-end fashion to 40-somethings, 50-somethings and 60-somethings, the vast majority of whom have mature figures? The penny seems […]

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  • 05/23/11--05:00: Staving Off Ageing:
  •  Yes, it’s a hellava way off, but by the year 2070 scientists expect to have found the key to slowing down the ageing process. Scientists are slowly piecing together the ageing process at the genetic and molecular level – and it augurs well for the longevity of our grand-children. Surprisingly many of the genes that […]

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    Queen Rose releases her two French wines at the Fleurieu. It could well have been in Provence, France on Sunda, May 22 at The Mill at Middleton when Ulithorne winemaker Rose Kentish presented the first tastings of two stunning new French wines she made while working at wineries in Corsica and Provence. Rose, her artist […]

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    By SERENA WILLIAMS: One of my “when I retire” fantasies is to have a native duck sanctuary cum farm. The idea would be to create a healthy environment for native ducks and geese and any species that overpopulated the place would be for dinner. Some people with whom I have shared this plan say: “Hypocrite! […]

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  • 06/18/11--07:01: Omeo: A Gem of a place.
  • the Great alpine Road at Conner’s Lookout Omeo, with its grand goldrush-inspired buildings, is the idyllic mining town setting for the recent Australian film Patrick Hughes’ Red Hill.  Not surprising.  It’s a gem of a place and  much of Omeo’s quaint 19th century hilly streetscape is an architectural timepiece, a legacy from when the town […]

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    It’s a phenomenon in our lifetime to peer below at Australia’s vast inland sea – Lake Eyre filled with water, so crystal clear it mirrors the sky. Where once there was only that barren, crusty, salty surface we learnt about in geography lessons at school, now the desert is in flood. Water is everywhere and […]

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  • 06/18/11--19:33: Creative Cry from Country
  • It is ironic that poet and actor Michelle Murray stands in an historic witness box at the South Coast Regional ArtsCentre – once the Goolwa court house, to spin her mythical story of  The Black Wedding Dress. It is a strange, rivetting tale, a mix of universal myth and self-discovery, although her voice is that […]

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    Husband is helpless in hospital following a harrowing dash by road from our island home to the regional Victor Harbor hospital at 6am this morning. Waves of fear washed over me as I gripped the wheel driving in darkness, one eye on the road, the other on the body stretched out on the laid-back seat […]

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    Best friend Jenny turns 70 today and threw  her own elegant afternoon tea for 70 guests at her home yesterday.  Jenny has always loved beautiful things and her home was so pretty and colourful with floral decorations that I thought I would share them with you as a wonderful statement of style.  Despite the bitter cold […]