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Seen and not heard at breakfast is helpful

SEEN AND NOT HEARD Sometimes it might be better to be ‘seen and not heard’. The expression ‘children should be seen and not heard’ is an old English proverb, dating from the 15th century. In the original form, it referred specifically to young women (girls) who were expected to keep quiet and not to chatter.

Affordable housing

AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND SAFE SLEEP CONCERNS Affordable housing and sleeping out in Canberra are two hot topics, in my experience, which receive a regular work out in barbeque conversations over the summer holidays. My own state of Canberra (Australian Capital Territory) has a significant increase in the number of rough sleepers. In the Canberra Central

ANZAC Day Breakfast 2018

ANZAC DAY BREAKFAST CONVERSATIONS OF TEA, SWEET PASTRIES AND FRUITS. ANZAC DAY is a solemn day of remembrance of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps soldiers who fought and died for their country. It is celebrated on 25 April each year, regardless of on which day it falls. The day is a national public holiday,

Neighbours please return to sender

NEIGHBOURS COME IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES AND FROM DIFFERENT CULTURES. Sometimes living in an apartment block and fitting in with neighbours is not easy. My late Mother used to say that sometimes you have to “go along to get along with people”. We all try to be good neighbours. Living in harmony with others

Menswear is more than just a fig leaf.

MENSWEAR THROUGH THE AGES HAS HAD A COLOURFUL HISTORY AND PROVIDES MORE THAN JUST A FIG LEAF FOR BODY CONSCIOUS MALES . Menswear has played a rich role in the story of fashion, which tends to focus primarily on womenswear. The Reigning Men exhibition recently held at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia, spans 300

Reigning Men is what some men do best

REIGNING MEN IS A GOOD WAY TO DESCRIBE THE DANDY AND THE MOD KEEN TO IMPRESS THROUGH FASHION. Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 was an unforgettable exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney which ran from 2 May to 14 October 2018. It was enjoyed on its second last day of viewing in Sydney

The House of Cartier should be in Australia

THE HOUSE OF CARTIER EXHIBITION: A RARE JEWEL IN CANBERRA IN 2018. The House of Cartier offered an education for all in 2018: a once in a lifetime chance to learn about sociology and precious jewellery at a modest price. Earlier this year Canberra had the distinct pleasure and great honour of hosting the House of Cartier

When is a pledge not a pledge?

PLEDGES ARE PROMISORY COMMITMENTS WE MAKE TO OTHERS WITH THE INTENT TO REALISE THEM IN THE FUTURE. But, when is a pledge not a pledge? When it is impacted by a force majeure. My Maternal grandfather said “…you never really know a person until they are asked to show the colour of their money.”  And

Fundraising advice for the uninitiated

FUNDRAISING ADVICE IS LIKE SPRING RAIN: WHEN NEEDED, IT TAKES AGES TO BE SEEN. BUT WHEN WE’RE DRESSED FOR A SPECIAL OCCASION, AND NOT LOOKING FOR IT, SPRING RAIN WILL TURN UP UNEXPECTEDLY. Like fundraising, spring rain can be followed by wind, thunder, lightning and blackouts – but I’ll leave that to others to explain
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