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    It is deepest winter on Hindmarsh Island, but the prolific water birds, are unconcerned this chilly August morning. The swans are preening themselves, a lone pelican floats along the river, a heron silently observes and a flock of pristine white Ibis feed among the reeds. I have strolled from Arcadia Avenue where my friends have […]

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  • 08/10/10--04:51: 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 a price we can afford. About 16 months ago, in April last year,we received our proposed plan from building designer David Frazer for a new home to […]

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    The glittering gift store at Chateau Barrosa, in the Barossa Valley may well be named All That Jazz, but it oozes French style thanks to the creative flair of Lena Thumm. Lena, married to Dieter Thumm, son of Chateau Barrosa owner and Barossa wine baron, Hermann Thumm, opened her glamorous retail outlet a year ago […]

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    French chef Auguste Escoffier was unquestionably one of the greatest chefs the world has known and is  hailed by all the best chefs today as “The King of Chefs”.  He was the genius who masterminded the French realm of Gastronomy and cultivated “haute cuisine’’. Escoffier was born in 1847 at Villeneuve-Loubet in the Alpes Maritimes, […]

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    RED double decker buses, red telephone boxes on streets and countless boxy, black taxis lined up at Heathrow Airport. It must be London. The wonders of air travel dawn on me as I take a bright blue taxi and pull up outside Chesterfield House,in Chesterfield Gardens, Mayfair where my Adelaide friend, lawyer Diane Myers is […]

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    Life in London is like living on a Monopoly board, stationed as we are at the Royal Air Force Club on Piccadilly for the next two days. I arrived yesterday and took a taxi from Heathrow to Mayfair where I slept off jetlag at the stylish accommodation in Chesterfield House rented by long-time friend, Adelaide […]

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    He is probably the most famous face on French films, yet Gerard Depardieu’s recent rude outburst against fellow French actor Juliette Binoche reeks of sour grapes. The star of 50 films, Mme Binoche is also one of the foremost French actors of her generation and was awarded the coveted best actress award at this year’s […]

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  • 09/01/10--01:18: Grandma’s cooking capers
  • I am on grandma duty in my daughter Serena’s London home, while she celebrates a late birthday high tea with husband, Jon, at Claridges. My three grandkids – two boys aged 8 and 6 and a three year old grand-daughter – are poised to do what they love – play endless computer games or watch […]

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    Ooh la la! I will speak at Le Cordon Bleu Paris. The exciting spin-offs from my book From France With Love continues with an extraordinary offer to address students at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris this Saturday, September 11. Of course such an offer didn’t simply drop from the sky while we are holidaying in […]

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    Voila ! Today unfolds as an extraordinary entree to France’s exotic cuisine culture as I watch Le Cordon Bleu chef Philippe Clergue  teach advanced students in Paris. I had to earn my place in his esteemed two and a half hour lecture by delivering my own small speech on the evolution of food culture in […]

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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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  • 10/28/10--20:13: Media Bullying Judges
  • Violent headlines and “angry language’’ by the media is bullying judges and having a negative impact on public opinion, according to retired High Court Judge, Justice Michael Kirby. And he listed a string of  provocative headlines  including “This Justice is a Sick Joke’’, “Maintain the Rage’’ and “My Fury’’ over perceived inadequate sentences. He said […]

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    It was a rare treat to join the acclaimed rose identity David Ruston on a tour of his world-renowned rose garden and his early 20th century home at Renmark, in South Australia’s Riverland. David was the centre of attention at Renmark’s 16th Rose Festival this year because a sculpture was unveiled in the town in […]