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Am I late to the vinyl party … or early?

Being fifty-something, I’m prone to reminiscence. Today, I went scurrying beneath the house to unearth our 70s/80s vinyl record collection. A copywriting assignment for a vinyl record retailer got me inspired. As I waxed lyrical about the warmth of high fidelity sound, I got to thinking about the records and artists that underscored my growing… Continue reading Am I late to the vinyl party … or early?

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2016 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize

Being fifty-something, I know that the world’s a better place with whisky in it. And, as a writer, I know how creativity sparks in stunning, scenic environments, the more distant from the commitments and distractions of day-to-day life the better. (I give you Hannah Kent, Iceland and Burial Rites.) So, how did I not know… Continue reading 2016 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize

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A whisky discovery workshop (in pursuit of longevity)

Being fifty-something, I love a story of long livedness. This past week I came across this story of Grace, a 110-year-old who is the UK’s tenth oldest person. Grace (known affectionately as Amazing Grace) credits her longevity to having had a night-cap of Famous Grouse whisky every evening for the last 60 years. Heartening stuff… Continue reading A whisky discovery workshop (in pursuit of longevity)

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Movie review + GIVEAWAY: The Light Between Oceans

~~UPDATE~~ GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED: WINNERS OF THE 2-FOR-1 PASSES HAVE BBEN NOTIFIED. They are Amber, Ben, Karen and Ruth. Congratulations! I will post your passes as soon as I have your postal details. Thanks to everyone! ~~Sheryl   Being fifty-something, I long ago gave up believing that nothing dramatic ever happens in an isolated setting.… Continue reading Movie review + GIVEAWAY: The Light Between Oceans

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MobileMuster – transforming lives AND lessening landfill

Being fifty-something, I’m inspired by two-birds-one-stone opportunities – social-positive concepts that do double-duty to make the most of my effort or donation. This heartening partnership between MobileMuster and Able Australia has got inspirational written all over it. For September and October, MobileMuster and Able Australia are joining forces in an initiative that supports Australia’s deafblind… Continue reading MobileMuster – transforming lives AND lessening landfill

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The good, the bad and the brilliant {the just after the Sydney siege edition}

A (roughly) weekly maybe monthly round-up of what’s got in my head, up my nose and in my heart. THE GOOD Like many fifty-something Australians, I grew up in a multicultural community, enriched by the diversity of beliefs, traditions and opinions it created. The wave of European migrants from the 1950s transformed our “public housing” suburb… Continue reading The good, the bad and the brilliant {the just after the Sydney siege edition}

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The good, the bad and the brilliant: All Hallows’ Eve edition

A (roughly) weekly maybe monthly round-up of what’s got in my head, up my nose and in my heart. THE GOOD I’m not a raving fan of All Hallows’ Eve or Halloween or whatever you call it in your part of the world. I don’t have anything against it … I just never felt the urge… Continue reading The good, the bad and the brilliant: All Hallows’ Eve edition