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      It comes as no surprise that former International Monetary Fund chief French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his high profile wife Anne Sinclair have split. The once-powerful French couple have parted after 20 years of marriage following yet another scandal involving Strauss-Kahn according to the French weekly magazine Closer. The separation was on the cards […]

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    We are seven women of a certain age, who are lunching together at Kate’s place to celebrate my long-time friend  Sheryl’s birthday.   Sheryl is a baby boomer creeping further into her early 60s and we range in age from her sister, Diane, the youngest at 58 years of age to Margaret, who is 70 years […]

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  • 07/06/12--21:15: SA Women vie for Senate spot
  • Riverland entrepreneur, Anne Ruston is remaining stoic in her bid to contest the coveted Senate vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator Mary Jo Fisher despite a late entry candidate, Kate Raggatt, who flew in from London last week to contest the seat. Ms Ruston, who is vice-president of the State Liberal Party, has recently […]

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    The fight against cancer starts in the kitchen according to anticancer guru David Serwan-Schreiber.  “Food is something we give our body three times a day. Everything we eat has a profound impact on our physiology. He tells us to pay attention to what we eat. “I bring in chemicals in my food which fights cancer,” […]

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        My week has been filled with wonderful family activities to gladden the saddest heart. The three grand-children are visiting from Queensland with their mother, my daughter Serena and how sweet it is to have children sleeping once more under roof.  My home is noisy and cluttered and daughter has taken over kitchen cooking […]

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  • 07/19/12--05:47: Big family, birthday fun
  • Today is my birthday and it is also my only sister’s birthday. We were both born today, July 15, but 16 years apart.  She is my baby sister, which is why I have invited myself to her house for dinner.  My sister’s house is in darkness when I arrive for our birthday dinner and  I am […]

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  • 07/19/12--06:13: My own Joyeux anniversaire
  • Today is my first birthday since Olivier died and I have been dreading it.  Usually Olivier would greet me with “Joyeux anniversaire cherie’’ and hand me his gift while I was still in bed.  I would kiss him ardently and unwrap his offering in great excitement. It took a good three years for him to […]

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    It’s Thursday, July 19 and I am about to begin colouring in my garden. I have donned by new gardening gloves and am busy working in my fledgling hillside garden with a good friend, who has brought a box full of seaside daisies, which we hope will cover the bare ground up here. The hillside […]

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    The first rule for travelling with grief (because it is impossible to shrug off  the process) is to get out of the house regularly. Friends have been fabulous taking me to small social events, but it is a bigger step to take oneself out of the house and do something alone. Puppy Oscar has been […]

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  • 07/26/12--04:11: My new grand-daughter
  • Joyful news at last!  On July 26, a new grand-daughter was born to great excitement and I share this amazing family event in two articles – Sweet Scarlett Sweeps Sadness Aside and an emotional piece Grief, Joy – a Strange Emotional Mix.   I am now one year older and my own “Joyeux Anniversaire’’ triggered yet […]

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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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    My new habit of reading each morning and night has unlocked some delightful books in my bookshelf which have not been opened for years. Two, in particularly – both outrageously Francophilic – have whetted my appetite for returning to France in future. One is La Vie Parisienne by Australian journalist Janelle McCulloch, who once shared […]

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  • 09/07/12--17:32: Be Happy Today
  • Here are some uplifting words for anyone feeling the weight of the passing years. I found the birthday card which has been in a drawer for years and now I send it to you to endorse those lovely feelings Spring brings. “Be happy today… Because growing older means You have more strength to share… More […]