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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.

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

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

Cross bearers ask you to make a difference

THE CROSS BEARER We all have crosses to bear. Some crosses are heavier than others But we all bear crosses just the same. It makes no difference to me Why you bear your cross All that matters to me is that you bear your cross Because to you it is necessary to bear. I do

Charity events and healthy respect for all involved.

CHARITY EVENTS REQUIRE PARTICIPANTS TO HAVE A HEALTHY RESPECT FOR ALL INVOLVED. In undertaking a charity event recently, I was reminded of a conversation an old timer had with me in my 20s in my first professional job in regional Australia which enlightened me on the ways of the not-for-profit world. Book launches come and

Maison Cartier and Canberra’s weather are cool

THE MAISON CARTIER EXHIBITION AND CANBERRA ARE COOL JUST LIKE THE WINTER WEATHER. The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) is clear on its intent to promote art and culture to the masses. It’s current large and visually spectacular exhibition of expensive jewellery. Its 2018 program on pages 8-9 provides the following information: “Cartier: The Exhibition is

Sleepout in the winter’s cold tonight

SLEEPOUT THIS WINTER AND TRY TO PREVENT HOMELESSNESS. These are two topics close to my heart as a fundraiser for the St Vincent de Paul’s CEO Sleepout activities to combat homelessness in Australia. Two weeks ago I was invited to speak to a church group about women and older people becoming homeless. The women in their
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