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    Major film sound designer James Currie swirls his favourite wine – a Privee Margaux he bought in the pretty French village in 1998 and ponders on the power of happenstance. His journey into sound design and his place in Australian film industry history, was pure chance following a few failures. The multi-award-winning film man recorded […]

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    Our brief to Rodney and Regina Twiss of North Adelaide Heritage Group was that we wanted a weekend escape in an intimate memorable environment to celebrate a special anniversary. And here we are ensconced in Stanley Cottage, a unique, historic row cottage in leafy Stanley Street, North Adelaide. It’s one of 20 apartments, cottages and […]

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  • 12/28/11--20:55: A Peep Behind Spanish Doors
  • Cathy Portas continues her writing about journeying in Spain.   The timing of our visit to Cordoba, in Spain was pure luck as we arrived in the middle of the ‘Patio Festival’. It was an unexpected treat which gave us an exciting peep into people’s homely lives because residents in the Jewish Quarter opened up […]

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    We have escaped to delightful Stanley Cottage for the weekend in Stanley Street North  Adelaide to celebrate the pivotal moment when Olivier first invited me to Belair for dinner eight years ago.  In my memoir From France with Love I described that night, the first Saturday in December, 2003. Olivier was a new widower, having […]

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  • 12/29/11--20:46: joyful xmas
  • What a wonderful, peaceful, joyful  Christmas we have shared with our two families in our new home.   Love flowed around our celebrations like sparkling rose and we have survived the mayhem of three generations together with good cheer and red wine. However, the “peace” of Christmas is yet to befall me because  I have cooked […]

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  • 12/31/11--18:20: Rillettes De Porc
  • Method Olivier’s claim to fame in the kitchen is home-made pork rillettes, which is easy to make, keeps well and can be made in big quantities for a crowd. For 1 kg of boneless pork belly (with plenty of fat) you will need ½ kg of back pork fat.  Most butchers will remove the rind […]

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    There are a few good reasons to brace oneself for the reality of old age by viewing The Iron Lady, about the life of Margaret Thatcher, one of the greatest women leaders of the 20th century. Firstly, the film is a toast to feminism as the headline from The Spectator in London says “Truth is, […]

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  • 01/01/12--03:20: Enter Giulia, Exit Loulou
  • The year in France had its moment of joy with the birth of Giulia Sarkozy, daughter of one-time supermodel  Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, 43, and the French president, Nicholas Sarkozy. (Hands up those who thought the marriage wouldn’t last). Mr Sarkozy didn’t make the birth because of an urgent meeting in Frankfurt to try to stitch up […]

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    Rillettes De Porc   Method Olivier’s claim to fame in the kitchen is home-made pork rillettes, which is easy to make, keeps well and can be made in big quantities for a crowd. For 1 kg of boneless pork belly (with plenty of fat) you will need ½ kg of back pork fat.  Most butchers […]

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  • 01/01/12--04:33: On Interior Style
  • On Style: A new home is like a blank canvas waiting for the first brush of the artist’s stroke – it’s a unique opportunity to express one’s personal interior style. I have never been minimalist – a nice way of saying I have always lived with clutter and Olivier has been the same, so creating […]

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  • 01/12/12--20:45: Talent galore
  • [left] Valli, Jenny, Suzie, Sarah, Host Marie, Ursula and Lynley What a talent pool of artists this festival state of ours has spawned. When naïve artist Marie Jonsson-Harrison held a girlie lunch for a group of fellow female artists, they were invited to bring samples of their works which revealed amazing diversity in medium and […]

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    Meet the newest member of our household, a handsome, hybrid poodle/Maltese/Shi Tsu named Oscar. Our new puppy is an adorable bundle of fluff, champagne coloured with an angelic face which belies his wicked playfullness.  He is the tiniest little soul and yet he is like a charged electric current of energy in our household.   He wakes at  about 6am, […]

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    The year in France had its moment of joy with the birth of Giulia Sarkozy, daughter of one-time supermodel  Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, 43, and the French president, Nicholas Sarkozy. (Hands up those who thought the marriage wouldn’t last). Mr Sarkozy missed the birth because of an urgent meeting in Frankfurt to try to stitch up a […]

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  • 02/05/12--01:56: Grand old auntie at 90
  • Auntie Lilian, my father Frank’s younger sister turned 90 and I threw an afternoon tea for relatives to celebrate . The old lady, who lives in  a self-contained hostel unit, is the matriarch of our large extended famil. My 93-year-old dad and my other two surviving aunties, Yvonne and Betty, her widowed sisters-in-law were other […]

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  • 03/11/12--22:47: Mandy marries lesbian love
  • Former Adelaide business leader, Mandy Keillor has been as straight as her black bob hair style all her life. Now at 47 years of age, she admits to having turned lesbian in her late 30s after being wooed  by a gay woman who was her pilates instructor.   “Natalia is a lesbian and left a female […]

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  • 03/11/12--23:35: Time for a Miracle
  • Those words of wisdom by Regina Brent when she turned 90, currently on the Internet are  comforting as I mull over the worsening situation with husband Olivier’s cancer. He is in hospital once again, this time with abdominal pain and we wait with trepidation for the results of more blood tests and xrays taken today […]

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    The Alliance Francaise French Film Festival, opening in Adelaide on March 20, promises yet again that alluring mix of emotion, passion love, and drama – as well as a new genre – “A French Touch Around the World’’. It will present four films of the 45 in the festival this year, which will celebrate co-productions  […]

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    Denise and Frank Kuss had a yearning for a different life from the typical suburban  cycle of work and busy city living.  Here is their  story  becoming  B&B owners of the old  Stanley Grammar School, now their Stanley Grammar Country House, Watervale, Clare Valley. “I had worked for The Advertiser as a secretary for many […]

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    Our petit chien, cute puppy Oscar has metamorphised. We thought we bought a Shi Tsu Maltese X with a shaggy, long-haired coat just like his mother. And, sure we saw the daddy dog, a handsome grey poodle, but our little bundle of joy was surely mainly Maltese, he wasusuch an adorable puffball.   How wrong […]