CAN KATOOMBA’S PARAGON CAFE BE SAVED?

CAN KATOOMBA'S PARAGON CAFE BE  SAVED?

For an update, scroll to bottom. In 1916 The Paragon Café  was established  at Katoomba in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales  by Greek immigrant Theo Simos and his family.  It became an enormous success, and far more than a café.  The art-deco interior still features 

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THE QUEEN VISITS THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

THE QUEEN VISITS THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

In a now famous reference to Queen Elizabeth; ‘I did but see her passing by, and yet I’ll love her until I die.’   Prime Minister of Australia R.M. Menzies. (1963) Early in February 1954, a group of WWI diggers travelled down to Sydney to see the young

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OH THE NOSTALGIA! – FIFTIES HEAVEN AT KATOOMBA

OH THE NOSTALGIA! - FIFTIES HEAVEN AT KATOOMBA

WELL HELLO AUNTY JACK! The Blue Mountains town of Katoomba has always been a bit retro, so what better place to open a 1950’s  themed restaurant/café?   Aunty Jacks in Katoomba Street is sheer bliss for Baby Boomers  like me, who grew up playing the juke box

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THE KATOOMBA POET…….EVERY WORD A PEARL!

THE KATOOMBA POET.......EVERY WORD A PEARL!

In 1928 the  Sydney publishers Angus and Robertson received an enquiry letter and sample poem from a Mr F. C. Meyers of Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. To say they were not impressed is something of an under-statement.   Now you might imagine

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FIRE, HEAT……AND A MYSTERY ‘EPIDEMIC’

FIRE, HEAT......AND  A MYSTERY 'EPIDEMIC'

 A LONG, HOT SUMMER. We have gone through horrible fires here in the Blue Mountains and so many other  parts of the country. The heat has been extraordinary.  I am a firm believer in climate change, even though our beautiful Mountains have suffered badly before. THE FURY

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THAT GINGERBREAD PLACE!

THAT GINGERBREAD PLACE!

Hello, Editor Des here. Well today I went to my favourite restaurant in the whole of the Blue Mountains.  I took along my camera to show you what it’s like; Do you know what? It’s in an old church, so I think it might be specially blessed.  I

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Winter Magic with Editor Des

Winter Magic with Editor Des

Hello, this is Editor Des from the Blue Mountains. Well I went to the Winter Magic Festival in Katoomba. Pauline didn’t want to take me because it gets a bit crowded, but I had a special assignment with the Blue Mountains Council, so she had to.  Haha.

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The Wonga Pigeon; a Flying Feather Pillow

The Wonga Pigeon; a Flying Feather Pillow

LET’S SPEND A WHILE WITH A WONGA Let me introduce……the Wonga pigeon. The name  derives from wonga-wonga,  an  Aboriginal name inspired by their call.  Mind you, I would describe it as a gentle ‘whoop whoop.’  Gentle, yes, but it can be heard more than a kilometre away.

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CHRISTMAS BELLS IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

CHRISTMAS BELLS IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

JINGLE BELLS….. You could decorate a Christmas tree with the sweet, native bell flowers that flourish in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. In fact, I have  done this in my garden at Blackheath. I used correas, cinnamon bells and apple berry blooms to adorn a

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ALL STOPS TO KATOOMBA; AND THE PERFECT PIZZA

ALL STOPS TO KATOOMBA; AND THE PERFECT PIZZA

In  Australia’s bicentennial year of 2000, artist Vernon Treweeke completed a mural of  an imagined  night train journey  through the villages of the magnificent Blue Mountains of New South Wales. The mural decorates the walls of the pedestrian  tunnel beneath  Katoomba station. Three  of the villages were

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