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    Food culture has invaded our Easter celebrations with all the birds roasted for our Sunday feast being filled with stuffings in our family’s stuff-off.  The table is set with the best china, Josephine has picked flowers for the table setting,  the potatoes are crispy and the three birds, the duck, the turkey and the chicken, […]

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    Love is no longer all you need for happiness, the world’s oldest longitudinal study has found. As we age, if we acquire emotional intelligence  – the ability to cope with whatever life dishes out – has proven to be a critical factor according to the Grant Study of Adult Development. Findings from the study, which ran […]

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    Ex-pat journalist Emma-Kate Symons sums up French president Francois Hollande’s bumbling performance in his first 12 months in office in two words – Quel catastrophe! From her first-hand perch in the country, she reports that there is panic at the Elysee presidential palace as France, the second-biggest economy in Europe, fails to lift itself out […]

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      Some blokes have all the luck. Take popular yachtie vice-commodore of the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club Locky McLaren  spend last Sunday motoring his yacht loaded with a bunch of female friends, including his wife,  my dear friend Jayne and my neighbour, dear friend Chris, three other girlfriends and myself on the River Murray from Goolwa to Clayton Bay.  As […]

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    Renowned healthcare advocate, Dr Judith Roberts, has warned that any Federal Government funding cuts to cancer screening programs would result in rising death rates from the dreaded disease. Dr Roberts, a former president of Cancer Council Australia and chair of Cancer Council SA,  says the community needs to be reassured that life-saving screenings for breast […]

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      Australian bush outfitter R.M. Williams has pulled off a dream deal. French fashion house Louis Vuitton has bought just under 50 per cent of its iconic designs tailored for stylish “colts and fillies”. Rather than rue the French buy-up of a famous national label R.M. Williams chef    Ken Cowley says he hopes his new […]

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    To my darling Frenchman, Olivier, If only you were still here dear to see how the garden is continuing to bloom and bring me pleasure. Remember the discussions we had about how we would choose irises and roses to colour the exotic plantings which the landscape designer chose for foliage? Some of the roses have […]

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    My heart weeps for the victims of the Boston bombings. Particularly, I cannot throw off my sadness for the Richard parents of that little eight-year-old boy, Martin, who died and their daughter, Jane, whose leg was blown off.  Does their unspeakable grief break your heart, too? My sympathy pours out for Bill, the father as […]

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  • 04/19/13--06:41: When a grandchild is born
  • There is no point in wishing to be young again. I ponder this profound fact in the hairdresser today while having another colour to cover my rapidly increasing grey hairs.  I am impatient to finish because I am meeting my daughter-in-law Vanessa for lunch with my eight-month-old grand-daughter Scarlett . This is to be the highlight […]

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    In this laissez faire society of ours, it is hard to understand the hatred which spews forth in Britain upon the death of Britain’s first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The poor woman is dead, but the knives are out and none more vicious than from the mouth of former actress turned MP, Glenda Jackson. […]

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  • 05/26/13--05:04: In the Company of Women
  •   It was a lightening decision to travel to Perth in May for the Biennial International Congress of Lyceum Clubs as a means of coping with the first anniversary of the death of my husband, Olivier.. Yet for me, as the congress unfolded in the luxurious Duxton Hotel in the company of dynamic women from around […]

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    Our family had seen  many female relatives die of reproductive cancers. My mother had a string of aunties who died of cancer and her own sister, my auntie died in our home of ovarian cancer, aged 52;  Both of her daughters are among six of my cousins diagnosed with cancer, three of whom died. It […]

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  • 05/27/13--04:06: ANGELINA CUTS RISK OF CANCER
  • Before the hail of praise on Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie fades following her shocking revelation of a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction, it’s important to note a few frank facts. Gorgeous Angelina, who oozed sensuality in that Oscars high split black velvet dress, learnt that she had the “faulty’’ BRCA1 gene at age 37. The […]

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    My month of May has been devoted to fund-raising for cancer research as a memorial to my husband Olivier who died 12 months ago this month.  Relay for Life, for instance, was a big event for our family (even though I copped out of the 19 hour relay around the Adelaide Showgrounds Oval).  My son […]

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    May has brought a bagful of new experiences, including reaching the first anniversary of the death of husband, Olivier on May 11. It was a date that I was dreading, yet it would draw to a close the worst year of my life where sorrow had soaked my being.  I wanted desperately to avoid any more sadness and that would […]

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    Today (May 23) has been a day of diamonds . Sister Anne and I have secured a bed for our frail father at Glynde Nursing Home bringing the 94-year-old back from Renmark where he has lived for 13 years of his life.  Our little family group – Anne, my brother Andrew, my daughter-in-law Vanessa and […]

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    Hello everyone.  June heralds half a year already and time to send out my writings for the last few months. I have so much for you to read on www.nadinewilliams.com.au, you are sure to find something of interest. Grandparents will love “When a Grandchild is Born’’, and those who want to laugh should look up […]

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    There is only one word to describe a Saturday evening 7-course degustation with matching wines at Celsius – “Sublime’’ ! Celsius chef Ayhan Erkoc (funny name, but don’t let that put you off)  is a culinary genius in the kitchen of his Gouger Street contemporary restaurant where his unique dining concept has already earned him […]

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  • 06/29/13--07:33: God Bless Lilly-Grace
  • June 23, the date Olivier would have turned 75 was always going to be difficult to endure. And, yes, there were tears, but there was also joy in the family celebration of the Naming Day of my grand-niece (Am I really old enough?) Lilly-Grace, daughter of my niece Katie and her husband Josh.   Lilly-Grace is […]