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  • PETER PAN .......BETTER THAN PHARLAP?
    PETER PAN …….BETTER THAN PHARLAP?
    The 1932 Melbourne Cup was truly an occasion to remember. It was won in extraordinary circumstances by a three year old stallion called Peter Pan. The horse was drop-dead gorgeous. His light chestnut body contrasted with a blonde mane and tail. He was owned by Mr Rodney...
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  • TYRANNY OF THE TRAVEL DIARY
    TYRANNY OF THE TRAVEL DIARY
     KEEP YOUR TRAVEL PLANS TO YOURSELF! When my next door neighbour began to plan a once-in-a-lifetime  world trip she asked if I had any advice. ‘Yes,’ I said firmly; ‘Don’t tell a soul you are going. Leave notes for friends and relatives to be posted once your...
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  • Pigs at Kadoorie Farm
    KADOORIE FARM AND GARDENS
    ORIGINS OF THE FARM Following the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong during World War II, many farmers were destitute and unable to produce sufficient food for the enormous influx of refugees. In 1951, Hong Kong businessman Lord Lawrence Kadoorie and his brother Sir Horace Kadoorie, formed an...
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  • DUNLOP VOLLEYS....JUST GREAT MATE.
    DUNLOP VOLLEYS….JUST GREAT MATE.
    Losing one’s footing on tennis courts has always been a problem, especially on grass. On one occasion at Wimbledon, leading Australian player Alfred Dunlop was forced to take drastic action; Evening Star, Wednesday 24 June 1914; Dunlop lost the first set owing to the slippery ground and...
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  • AUTUMN ROMANCE FOR THE SATIN BOWERBIRD
    AUTUMN ROMANCE FOR THE SATIN BOWERBIRD
    It’s almost the end of May, and the village of Blackheath in the Blue Mountains is looking its best. Tourists are enjoying the colourful foliage in Wentworth Street. Even the shaded little maple tree growing above the satin bowerbird’s lair is changing colour. What a fantastic location...
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  • Dr Des in sugery
    A HOPLESS FROG IN MY GARDEN!
    In 1984 my darling mother Myra was suffering from the ovarian cancer that took her life.  While I  was visiting her in Tasmania I noticed a  cheeky little frog on her bedside table. ‘He cheers me up’, she said.  I could see why; he was adorable. Froggy...
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  • Margarita at Vapiano in Sydney
    SYDNEY’S VAPIANO – WHERE HAPPY HOUR IS JUST THAT!
    CASUAL DINING OUT IN THE BIG SMOKE! This Italian eatery is located  in King Street. It was so good that on a recent visit to Sydney my partner Rob and I dined there two nights running.  The style is described as Euro-chic. It’s decorated with pots of...
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