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Breakfasts in season

BREAKFASTS BRING A HOUSEHOLD TOGETHER AT THE START OF THE DAY. My family enjoyed seasonal breakfasts that had a way of prompting happy memories from the past. We don’t have gargantuan Sunday breakfasts anymore. My parents used to begin their days with a hearty breakfast. I used to love a walk before breakfast confident that

Succeeding in times of trial is a mark of character

WHILE THE WORLD WAITS FOR A HEALTHIER FUTURE, SOME WORDS OF KINDNESS MAKE THE AIR WE BREATHE SEEM FRESHER. Queen Elizabeth has paid tribute to the British nation’s healthcare workers during the coronavirus pandemic. Her Majesty’s speech in full is listed below as printed in The Canberra Times: “I am speaking to you at what

Friends fair weather or foul?

FRIENDS SOMETIMES DELIVER IN FAIR WEATHER AND FOUL. HOWEVER, NOT EVERY FRIENDSHIP IS AS HARDY AS AN OXEN OR ABLE TO SCALE TALL BUILDINGS IN A SINGLE BOUND LIKE SUPERMAN. BUT, SOMETIMES, ‘FRIENDS’ CAN SURPRISE IN THEIR ATTITUDE. Friend: what sort of friend are you? Are you an extroverted friend or an introverted friend? In

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?

PLEDGE SOMETHING TO SOMEONE OR SOMETHING? PLEDGES ARE PROMISORY COMMITMENTS WE MAKE TO OTHERS OR TO ENTITIES 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

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
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