Happy Birthday to you and your family

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU … MANY HAPPY RETURNS! Happy Birthday if it’s your birthday this week! If you’ve turned 100, 75, 50, 25 or five this week or last week (or will next week) … Happy Birthday! Not to be exclusive, if you have a birthday year that fits within anyone of those dates in …

Mothers Day is essential for family bonds

MOTHERS DAY IS THE IDEAL TIME TO REPAIR THE UNINTENDED DAMAGE WHICH FAMILY MEMBERS MAKE TO MOTHERS DURING THE YEAR. Mothers Day is a good time of the year to be selfless. It’s not your fault that you’re human. Your Mother made you that way. But sometimes Mother’s grit their teeth when their offspring do …

Success in times of trial is a mark of character.

WHILE THE WORLD WAITS FOR A HEALTHIER FUTURE, SOME WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO STRIVE FOR SUCCESS MAKE THE AIR WE BREATHE SEEM FRESHER. Success is a mark of character. 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 …

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, …

Vinnies raises funds for the needy in Canberra on 22 June 2017

VINNIES IS RAISING FUNDS FOR THE NEEDY IN CANBERRA ON THURSDAY 22 JUNE 2017.  I’m one of the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) volunteering to ‘sleepout’ to raise funds as part of the VINNIES CEO Sleepout event. Vinnies is the short form of the name St Vincent de Paul Society. Vinnies is a charity which raises funds to help the …

Jackie and Emily Post showed resilience

JACKIE AND EMILY POST WOULD HAVE BEEN IN ACCORD AND SUPPORTED EACH OTHER IN TIMES OF GRIEF. The film ‘Jackie’ which has recently reached the cinema, shows up to some viewers just how much social upbringing and family values are ingrained in a person’s psyche and ways of being. ‘Jackie’ is an attempt to portray …

Tim Cope the author and adventurer eyes Eurasia

TIM COPE IS AN AUTHOR WITH AN EYE FOR ADVENTURE. Exploring Eurasia on horseback with Tim Cope sounds like at trip of a lifetime. Last month in Canberra Tim Cope talked to a packed audience retelling his stories of life on the road with a dog and horses across a wild and hostile Mongolian-Hungarian landscape. …

Robert Foster Australian Designer VALE

ROBERT FOSTER THE AUSTRALIAN-BORN DESIGNER OF INTERNATIONAL REGARD WAS A GRADUATE OF THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY. Robert Foster had a love of humour in art. He was one of Australia’s top designers. He was the founder of the F!NK + Co brand which designed and manufactured brightly coloured water jugs, shot glasses and flatware. He loved …

A teenage dream 1966

TEENAGE POP FANS LIVING IN AUSTRALIA IN 1966 WOULD HAVE WATCHED THE GO SHOW! The clock was turned back to around 1966 for an evening of mid-1960s pop music and dancing.  All the footage was in black and white – just as it was in 1966 when television viewing times were regulated by older family members and the …

Rockabilly takes a swing in Canberra’s Film and Sound Archive

ROCKABILLY TAKES ON DANCING AND JIVING AT THE NATIONAL FILM AND SOUND ARCHIVE. Swing dancing and rock’n’roll was the liveliest time before 7pm last Friday for patrons at the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA)’s Southern Gallery*. Real ‘live’ music played by the ‘Midnight Express’ band kept everyone moving and grooving to the drum beat. The musicians in …