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  • Apr 2015 '15

    Thanksgiving – Woody Allen

    If the saying is “you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone” then we better get around to being thankful for Woody Allen’s time here on earth before it is too late. As a director and screenwriter he has produced some of the funniest and most memorable films of the last 50 years, and…

  • Apr 2015 '15

    Thanksgiving – Loyalty

    As we head towards the Mass of the Last Supper and Calvary, and the telling actions of Judas and Peter, it is time to give thanks for the virtue of loyalty. The dictionary describes the quality as a faithfulness or devotion to a person, country, group or cause. There are many great examples of it…

  • Mar 2015 '15

    Thanksgiving – Children

    Some of the Aboriginal tribes who were the earliest inhabitants of Australia had a unique way to regenerate the bush and to provide for their own future security. By setting fire to portions of the vegetation in a semi controlled burn they would scorch the landscape only for a short period of time, after which…

  • Mar 2015 '15

    Thanksgiving – Friendly Competition

    When Hollywood actor Paul Newman died in 2008, one of the briefest and more touching memories of him came from his close friend and memorable on-screen partner Robert Redford. Redford recalled how the two had enjoyed a friendly rivalry in pranking each other over the years. It was never acknowledged publicly between the two, but…

  • Mar 2015 '15

    Thanksgiving – Stars

    Two men looked out from prison bars, One saw the mud, the other saw stars… Dale Carnegie How conscious we are of the stars probably differs depending on whether you were born in the city or the country. With the city lights competing against and diffusing their power, the stars can be either taken for…

  • Mar 2015 '15

    Thanksgiving – Pens

    In the CBD is a new strip of prestige shopping which stretches east from the Queen Street Mall and along Edward Street. One of these prestige establishments is a Mont Blanc store. If by happenstance I were someday to come into a windfall, one of the few indulgences I might fall prey to would be…

  • Mar 2015 '15

    Thanksgiving – Tension

    When Steve Jobs was on the threshold of ratcheting up the fledgling Apple Computer company in the 1970s, it was the wife of his reluctant partner Steve Wozniak who almost through a spanner in the works. She liked the security of her husband’s then job at Hewlett Packard and didn’t want him wandering off the…

  • Mar 2015 '15

    Thanksgiving – The Ocean

    Some weeks back I took my young son down to Redcliffe. It was a warm sunny day, late for the season, but perfect for taking a dip in the calm waters. As he splashed about and jumped over his first sets of breakers, there was constant stream of laughter and joy. How amazing that something…

  • Mar 2015 '15

    Thanksgiving – Wit

    If you watch a comedian lately it is rare to find a performer who doesn’t litter their material with foul language. This is a great cop out because as Monty Python and countless other comedians have shown, you get greater laughs from the fullest use of our rich language than only a coarse portion of…

  • Mar 2015 '15

    Thanksgiving – Farmers

    There is a business which has been plying its trade for a few years now called Aussie Farmers Direct. Driving home from work about the suburbs you often see their home delivery trucks making final rounds for the day, bringing the best of the produce from the affiliated farmers. It is a model with a…

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