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    C’est la vie en France: French cinema always offers that element of surprise and this year’s offering at the French Film Festival was no exception. As always, there was sex aplenty whatever the storyline… whether titillating erotica or subtle innuendo as used in Et Si On Vivait Tous Ensemble (And If we All Lived Together) […]

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  • 05/06/12--23:25: Hello Faithful Friends
  • Another four months have slipped by since I wrote you a note, but our life is a little like a ship rolling in high seas  – one is on the verge of seasickness all the time and it’s a daily problem to stay steady on one’s feet.  Ours is now a home hospice and I […]

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  • 05/07/12--00:38: Where the “girls” are.
  • Still glamorous Chris Nicholls, once a founding partner of Rave Model Agency flew into Adelaide for the weekend with husband Rob for grandparents’ Day at Immanuel College where grand-daughter Chloe goes.  They visited us at Belair on Sunday bringing news of former David Jones model, Jeanette Zealand, who now lives close to Chris at Cooroy […]

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  • 05/07/12--01:08: Hope for Breast Cancer Cure
  • A new study holds hope that breast cancer treatment could be far more tailored in future with the discovery that tumours can be classified into 10 specific types. Researchers analysed 2000 tumour samples from women which they say will lead to more tailored breast cancer treatments. Cancer is one of the main causes of death […]

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    Quel Horreur! France’s most distinguished chefs  are trembling at the prospect that disgruntled diners can describe dining fiascos in the world’s most influential restaurant guide. The august Michelin Guide – the bible of gastronomy – has catapaulted into the social media with a new website that has opened to public comment. The move has “les […]

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    It is time to share with you that my darling husband, Olivier Foubert died peacefully on Friday, May 11,  after a 16-month journey with advanced prostate cancer.  One of my Facebook friends wrote that I was so privileged with “the main event of life”, which she says is to experience love at a deep and […]

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    Our garden was a “work in progress’’ when Olivier died and at his funeral I told the congregation that it would now become his memorial garden.  I shared that we had intended to add roses, irises, flowering hibiscus and deciduous trees to the eclectic planting selection of landscape designer Diana McGregor. We had meant to […]

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  • 06/01/12--05:28: Grief Grabs Like Fear
  • It was C.S. Lewis who stated on the death of his wife that “I never knew grief felt so like fear’’. However, I would say my grief is like a juggernaut, a frightening feeling which squeezes out all joy, happiness and any sense of normality in my life.    Instead of happy emotions – contentment and […]

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    It’s known as Adelaide’s seedy strip, but renowned naïve artist Marie Jonsson-Harrison has captured Hindley Street in a whole new light – as a colourful, eccentric streetscape – and her images are to be taken to the world on a new range of contemporary bed linen. The naïve artwork has been reproduced on the Art’N’Bed […]

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    Today, June 23, is Olivier’s birthday and a strange thing happened. Friends Ruth and Graham Bettany invited me to visit them at Oakbank in the Adelaide Hills to keep my mind off the significance of the first big “anniversaire” since his death six weeks ago. Ruth took me to Avalon, a new purpose-built cafe in […]

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    The fight against cancer starts in the kitchen according to anticancer guru David Serwan-Schreiber.  “Food is something we give our body three times a day. Everything we eat has a profound impact on our physiology. He tells us to pay attention to what we eat. “I bring in chemicals in my food which fights cancer,” […]

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        My week has been filled with wonderful family activities to gladden the saddest heart. The three grand-children are visiting from Queensland with their mother, my daughter Serena and how sweet it is to have children sleeping once more under roof.  My home is noisy and cluttered and daughter has taken over kitchen cooking […]

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  • 07/19/12--05:47: Big family, birthday fun
  • Today is my birthday and it is also my only sister’s birthday. We were both born today, July 15, but 16 years apart.  She is my baby sister, which is why I have invited myself to her house for dinner.  My sister’s house is in darkness when I arrive for our birthday dinner and  I am […]

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  • 07/19/12--06:13: My own Joyeux anniversaire
  • Today is my first birthday since Olivier died and I have been dreading it.  Usually Olivier would greet me with “Joyeux anniversaire cherie’’ and hand me his gift while I was still in bed.  I would kiss him ardently and unwrap his offering in great excitement. It took a good three years for him to […]

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    It’s Thursday, July 19 and I am about to begin colouring in my garden. I have donned by new gardening gloves and am busy working in my fledgling hillside garden with a good friend, who has brought a box full of seaside daisies, which we hope will cover the bare ground up here. The hillside […]

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    The first rule for travelling with grief (because it is impossible to shrug off  the process) is to get out of the house regularly. Friends have been fabulous taking me to small social events, but it is a bigger step to take oneself out of the house and do something alone. Puppy Oscar has been […]

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  • 07/26/12--04:11: My new grand-daughter
  • Joyful news at last!  On July 26, a new grand-daughter was born to great excitement and I share this amazing family event in two articles – Sweet Scarlett Sweeps Sadness Aside and an emotional piece Grief, Joy – a Strange Emotional Mix.   I am now one year older and my own “Joyeux Anniversaire’’ triggered yet […]

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    Joy of Joys!  I am a grandmother again because today my daughter-in-law Vanessa gave birth to a daughter, making my son, Tyson, a first-time father.  Our happiness at this safe delivery of Scarlett Rose Williams has swept the sadness of husband Olivier’s recent death under the carpet. (It would be naive to think that my […]

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    France’s First Lady, Valerie Trierweiler has vowed to count to 10 before posting anymore tweets following the fallout when she sent a twitter which ruined the political chances of her rival, the French president’s former partner Segolene Royal. Trierweiler, who has been nicknamed Tweetweiler by the French media, has obviously been punished behind the closed […]