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  • 12/23/14--17:56: Article 5
  • Our Christmas celebrations are an expression of our family tradition, our love of food and our faith and I hope you enjoy these photographs which capture special moments.  This year, for the first time, our father, Frank was too frail to attend the big family party, so we took my son’s family, here from Melbourne, […]

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    Our Christmas celebrations are an expression of our family tradition, our fondness for food and our faith.  It all began on Monday when my son Tyson and I visited my 96-year-old father in his residential facility. He was too frail to attend his family event in the evening, so he met my grandson Zachary for […]

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    The shocking slaughter of 12 cartoonists and editors in the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris, followed by another four hostage deaths  in a Jewish supermarket by home-grown Islamist terrorists, shocked the world out of our New Year euphoria. The French people instantly realised the immensity of these evil acts and took to the streets to show that ”liberte” and freedom […]

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  • 01/30/15--17:04: Beloved Literary Legend dies
  • One of Australia’s top-selling novelists, Colleen McCullough, who wrote that salacious best-seller, The Thorn Birds, has died on Norfolk Island, aged 77. It was the story of a celibate priest trapped between his vows of the Catholic church and his passionate love of a woman. The American paperback rights worth $1.9 million alone allowed her […]

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    Hallett Cove naïve artist Marie Jonsson Harrison has pulled off an international artistic coup, with her  artwork printed on the prestigious limited edition series for SV  Michelsen Chocolate-box in Denmark. The leading chocolatier visited an exhibition of Marie’s work in Denmark last year and promptly commissioned her to create the lid of the chocolate tin for […]

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    After the dramatic gathering of the French community to show their “Je Suis Charlie” solidarity, it was time to have French fun once more for French speakers, students and Francophones alike over the past weekend. Alliance Francaise held an Open Afternoon with wines and crepes to herald the new academic year at its Young Street premises […]

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  • 02/12/15--22:27: 50 Shades of Drivel
  • Forget about reading those popular movie reviewers: Here is the first reaction (review) to the film “50 Shades of Grey”, by my astute, wise friend, renowned Adelaide divorce lawyer, Diane Myers. “Dear nadine The movie was dreadful I yawned through most of it Just a bit of tantalising and bondage The actors looked gorgeous as […]

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    Ze Fashion Party before screening of the film Saint Laurent at the Palace Cinemas last night was a little light on fashion, (there was none) but made up for it with delightful pastries and chocolates – and plenty of French champagne and red and white wines.  There were also hair stylists and make-up artists to […]

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    The Advertiser today ran a good news story that new therapy could beat the most resistant prostate cancer.  The new treatment, which acts on the immune system, achieved almost complete remission in mice when combined with chemotherapy.  It was published on May 1, the same month my husband Olivier died of prostate cancer three years ago. He […]

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    This year’s Bastille Day breakfast organised by L’Agence Consulaire de France d’Adelaide had an unexpected element of drama. The volcanic eruption in Bali had stranded  Adelaide’s honorary French consul, Sue Crafter at the Bali Airport  on the eve of the Bastille Day Breakfast she was to host. Sue had organised  the annual event which celebrates France’s national day […]

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    The pledge by world leaders to end poverty by 2030 is one of the good news stories of the latter half of 2015. The new UN agenda includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets which apply to both developing and developed countries. Although the United Nations has set out an ambitious list of goals, its plan will […]

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    Hit the pavement running ladies, or hire that exercise bike to stave off breast cancer. According to a French study of postmenopausal women, regular recreational physical activity seems to have a rapid impact on breast cancer risk in women over 50. The research from the Institut Gustav Roussy in Villejuif involved data from 59,308 women […]

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    If ever the Melbourne Cup, Australia’s great horse race, defined us as Australian, it was when the first woman jockey, Michelle Payne rode Prince of Penzance over the finish line at Flemington. It was a sensational ride to victory against all the odds  ridden by a slip of a lady who even some of the […]

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    The Premier of South Australia, Jay Weatherall and Ambassador to France in Australia,Christophe Lecourtier, will be speaking at a public vigil to show support and solidarity for the victims of the attacks in Paris and to the people of France. The vigil will be held tomorrow night –  Tuesday  November 17 from 6pm to 7pm at […]

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  • 11/23/15--04:54: Le premier mot…
  •   Behind the lack of blogging on my website over the past year, I have had a secret project. I have been very busy completing a 100,000 word manuscript telling the story of how I have pulled myself back from the deepest pit of grief following my husband Olivier Foubert’s death to patch myself up […]

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    Is there a greater thrill in November than enjoying a girlie Melbourne Cup luncheon when trailblazer jockey Michelle Payne became the first woman to win at Flemington? And she was riding my Sweep pick – Prince of Penzance! It’s such a cracker of an Aussie story. And the Lyceum club crowd cheered when she publicly […]

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    My Sydney friend has taken her first post-retirement trip to Nepal to do her bit to boost the tourist industry in that impoverished country,which has suffered from   massive earthquakes in May and June this year killing more than 8600 people and destroying more than 500,000 homes.  Here is her first report. “Well, we are here in […]

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    The French film, The Belier Family (La Famille Bélier) by director Eric Lartigau makes you think deeply about the disadvantages of being deaf – and it makes you cry – but mostly it makes you laugh. No wonder La Famille Bélier  was France’s number One Film of the Year. Because the feel-good story about a […]

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    Recent appointments and events reflect powerful women at the helm of politics and media. Powerful Google executive, Michelle Guthrie, has been appointed the new head of the ABC following Mark Scott, who has been managing director since 2006.  She has called her new role with the public broadcaster as an “ extraordinary platform’’ to keep  […]