LUNCH AT THE LIBRARY!

LUNCH AT THE LIBRARY!

Hello, Editor Des here! Well Pauline was going to do some research at the State Library in Sydney so I went along  too. I thought I might start trying to find my ancestors. Just hope I don’t turn out to be  related to Paddington or Pooh…especially Paddington. 

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CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF EDITOR DES…BY HIMSELF!

CELEBRATING  THE LIFE OF EDITOR DES...BY HIMSELF!

HELLO DOWN THERE!     OK…to celebrate my  birthday I thought I would tell you  a little bit about myself.   I was actually born in China,  but I think my parents sold me ( I know, how could they part with someone so adorable?)  Boo hoo, they

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PAULINE CONOLLY’S GARDEN: THE SHOCKING TRUTH!

PAULINE CONOLLY'S GARDEN: THE SHOCKING TRUTH!

Hello, You know how Pauline  Conolly posts  rather showoffy pictures of her garden?  Well I’m about to take her down a peg or two, hahaha.  Made a little bicycle  tour the other day and by gum there are some pretty dire ‘blots’ ! Here I go down

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The SWEET LIFE, A CONFECTIONARY TOUR OF ENGzlAND.

The SWEET LIFE, A CONFECTIONARY TOUR OF ENGzlAND.

  Hello from Editor Des and some English friends Well I have been traveling around England and OH MY WORD, I do like all the lollies here. I have to remember to call them sweets though, because English  people think lollies are only  on sticks! I thought

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CHURG STRAUSS SYNDROME

CHURG STRAUSS SYNDROME

 A  RARE AND BAFFLING ILLNESS – CHURG STRAUSS SYNDROME! This is the first time I have written about the very rare auto-immune condition I was diagnosed  with  in  February 2012.  I had been rushed to hospital a couple of weeks earlier after collapsing with a suspected heart

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FLANDERS; FOOD FOR BODY AND SOUL!

FLANDERS; FOOD FOR BODY AND SOUL!

OLD MEMORIES LINGER! I grew up on a hilltop farm in Tasmania….next stop ANTARCTICA!  In winter,  biting  winds and sleet often prompted my  father’s diary entries to  begin, “Very rough day!”  No wonder we appreciated  my mother’s  ‘comfort  cooking’ ; rabbit pies,  rich beef stews, pastries  and

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MUSEE LA PISCINE AT ROUBAIX

 MUSEE LA PISCINE AT ROUBAIX

Hello.  Here is the  first article from my trip to Lille, in northern France. Pauline Conolly helped me, but not very much. Dr Bob Conolly  took the photographs.  I hope you like our work. Editor Des.  xxx IN THE BEGINNING In 1932 an architect from Lille called

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EVE’S PARADISE: WOMEN IN THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH

EVE'S PARADISE: WOMEN IN THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH

A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN IN THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH The spectre of climate change and periods of prolonged drought have created  an upsurge of interest in the growing of  Australian native plants. However, we have been  slow to embrace them. I suspect  this would surprise and disappoint  women

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THE INTRIGUING VOYAGE OF THE STORES SHIP DROMEDARY IN 1821

THE INTRIGUING  VOYAGE OF  THE STORES SHIP DROMEDARY IN 1821

While in England some time ago  I was shown an ancient  piece of scrimshaw in a private collection. My interest was  aroused  because  the  whale’s tooth  was  carved with an image (artist unknown) of a  three-masted sailing ship. On one side was  the tantalizing   inscription; STORES SHIP

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A VERY SPECIAL REVIEW OF MY THAMES BOOK

A VERY SPECIAL REVIEW OF MY THAMES BOOK

Dr James Colthurst is perhaps best known for having been  a  close friend of  the late Princess Diana.  He  was trusted implicitly by Diana , and acted as a go-between during one of  the most difficult periods of her life.  It was Colthurst who   conveyed the secret tapes  she

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