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Taking comfort in the Goulburn cold.

My column from this weeks paper… 

YOU know it’s cold in Goulburn when the car still has frost on the windscreen at 9am.  Travellers from the north arrive wearing shorts and thongs and hop happily out of their cars to see the Big Merino. But before they can prepare to take a selfie in front of our concrete wonder, they realise it is startlingly crisp out there, and make a hasty retreat to their warm car, where you will see them pulling ski gear out of the boot and trying to wear everything they packed all at once, because clearly they must be mere kilometres away from snow here it’s just that cold!

I love it. You feel like cooking warm hearty meals and you finally get some sleep when it’s cold, because you won’t be too hot under all the blankets.

I know many people loath the cold, and I can understand why, but when you think about it there are some really good reasons to like winter. I will give you a few examples…. Read the rest here.

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A day off from the biggest job… Because I said so.

From my column about mothers day… 

THE world embraced some cheerful news this week, the Princess Charlotte of Cambridge was born, and it really is a nice piece of news all round. Some of the more jaded of you may think, who cares? Yet you can’t deny that a baby being born is nice to hear about, especially in a time when really crappy stories often headline the news. Also, it is really good news for the British economy which is expected to be boosted by the arrival of the little princess, by around a billion pounds by the time she is ten.

However she has already pulled in a reported eighty million pounds already, and Prince George brought in nearly two hundred and fifty million in his first year of life. The Princess can expect to have every little outfit copied, just as fashion houses do with the clothes her mother wears. The Duchess of Cambridge can sell out an outfit minutes after a picture of her is published. Can you imagine the pressure the Duchess must be under?

Little girls all over England will want to emulate this new tiny Princess. Something her late grandmother Princess Diana knew about only to well, and it is something that William and Kate will have to navigate carefully. I have said this before, parenting today is a whole different ball game. There is no baby book around (yet), that has a chapter on how to deal with online bullying or in this case, a chapter on having the whole world judge your appearance. Parenting a Princess is probably a lot harder than it seems… read the rest here.

With a couple of my babies...

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What makes me see red…

AS I turned the gas back on this morning to fire up the heater, I noted that we still have a month of summer left.

As a fair skinned red head the season change cannot come soon enough. Sure I love going to the beach, but I prefer it to be overcast so I can spend more than 10 minutes in the sun. Only two per cent of the world’s population has red hair, and most of them live in the northern hemisphere. This may explain a few things about how people react to red heads in the southern hemisphere, I like to call it ‘the red head effect’.

Red heads seem to have an effect on the perceptions of those around them, and we can find examples of this throughout history. In Ancient Greek literature, the philosopher Xenophanes spoke of the blue eyes and red hair of the Thracians. Roman historians described Boudica, the Celtic queen of Iceni, as tall and terrifying with a mass of red hair over her shoulders. Even Homer wrote about red haired mythical characters in the poem The Iliad. It is thought that Judas Iscariot may have been a red head, and is always portrayed as one. If you had red hair during the time of the Spanish inquisition you were accused of having stolen the fires of hell, and you were burned as a witch. Geez, do we get a bad wrap much? Being a red head myself I’ve noticed people respond to you differently, especially if things get a little testy.

Recently I was reminded of this on a road trip, when I stopped to get drive through lunch. There was a hold up in the line, so the driver behind me decided to start shouting at us. I rolled down my window and politely asked… click here to read the full story.

The above is an excerpt from my column that you can find at the Goulburn Post.

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Sweet as…

I’VE been travelling around New Zealand these past two weeks with my daughters, making the trek from one end to the other. It’s their first overseas trip, and first time to New Zealand for us all. There was a few reasons for going there; first there was the desire to check an item off the old bucket list, as you tend to want to do after you hit the big four-o. Sharing a big adventure with my girls, was a memory I really wanted them to have. Then there was the geek factor, we decided to find The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit filming locations. About two days into our journey, I realised that about 80 per cent of New Zealand’s roads resembled goat tracks. And every second vehicle I came across was a camper van that was almost always being driven on the wrong side of the road, by lost German tourists also embarking on their own once in a life time adventure.

After a serious discussion with the navman about avoiding the roads less travelled, because I’m fairly sure there are rules about taking the rental car on dirt roads, we settled in for what turned out to be the most spectacular road trip I’ve had to date. Albeit a somewhat hair raising one, given the mammoth landslides we encountered on the South Island. Armco safety railings are apparently for wusses in New Zealand. First big stop was at the Shire, and we got a taste of just how big The Lord of the Rings movies are in New Zealand. Every tour guide we met at different places had been in the movies in some way. They even have a Minister for The Lord of the Rings, if director Peter Jackson needs something he has a direct line to call, as one would expect if they are singlehandedly responsible for saving a nations economy… Read the whole story here.

The above is an excerpt from my column that you can find at the Goulburn Post.

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Lemme take a selfie!

THE Selfie: noun – A photograph that one has taken of oneself and uploaded to social media. This is the definition that can be found in the Oxford dictionary, for real.

This week we heard the announcement that Kim Kardashian, (no not the aliens from Star Trek, I know I make the same mistake too) is publishing a book of selfies. A 352-page photo essay called Selfish is soon to hit book stores, that’s a picture of Kim for every day of the year. Now for the uninitiated Ms Kardashian is famous for … honestly, I couldn’t figure it out. I looked her up and came up with looking pretty on television being the most probable job description for her, but she was once Paris Hiltons assistant.

The idea of publishing a book full of ones own image, more specifically just snaps you’ve taken on your phone while laying on the beach, to me doesn’t seem like art. Sure, artists have been painting selfies for centuries, it was cheaper than hiring a model to practice on, but still it is art. I’m guilty of the occasional selfie, but I save them for when I’m doing something awesome, you know, like standing on the Great Wall. I believe a selfie at these moments is kind of compulsory, but the day you get a new pair of shoes is not.

A book full of self portraits is not a new thing.  20 years ago Madonna…   Click through to read the whole story here.

The above is an excerpt from my column that you will find in the Goulburn Post.

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