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To be frank I’m aghast at the number of people (men in this case) who go to the loo, be it at a shopping centre, a restaurant or the Qantas Lounge, and walk out without so much as a sideways glance at the washbasin let alone getting up close and … read more

I’m so proud of my son – it’s been a long, hard and painful road.

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It feels like my son is nearly at the halfway point in his recovery, the second lot of surgery on his legs was as successful as it could be but he still has a snapped ligament and a torn meniscus muscle in his right leg. Crutches are still very much … read more

I’d rather stick pins in my eyes…until I actually had to…

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There is that saying, “I’d rather stick pins in my eyes”. Sadly that is now the reality for those people diagnosed with Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Here is my journey.. I am 63 years of age – in good health, fit and active and engaged in the community. In … read more

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It affects everyone and does not discriminate – cancer and my father

  It is true, as the advertisements say, cancer affects everyone and even sex-specific cancers effect members of the opposite sex. I have lost a father-in-law, the mother of a close friend who was a mentor to me in my teens, colleagues. On the plus side, two dear friends are … read more

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I’ll write to you, my ‘French Connection’…

Helen Mirren is quite a woman, still firing at sixty seven, and a force to be reckoned with. She has had many successes as an actress, playing the Queen and now playing in a new film set in France. Her bikini photos a few years ago went global, as she … read more

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The hero of Watson Bay

In the 1950s, everyone expected to find Russian agents under their bed or inside their closets and security in military bases was very tight. I was stationed at HMAS Watson at the time; a navy RADAR training establishment, situated near Sydney’s famous Gap at South Head. The base offered magnificent … read more

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The colours of Gippsland and surrounds

I’ve enjoyed putting up some of my paintings in the past, to add a splash of colour to the Starts At Sixty site, and I thought it was about time to add some more! Here then, is a little gallery of some of the photos I have taken during the … read more

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Seaside frolics – summer holidays that used to be

How many of you still go on an annual summer holiday – the way we used to? Not many of you, I’m thinking. To start with, annual holidays have gone out the window, along with buckets and spades and postcards. We now take holidays at any time of the year, … read more

Now, where was I up to? The joy of bookmarks

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It’s pretty rare to finish a book in one sitting, so we need something... read more

The power of consistency and persistence

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“Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements and impossibilities: It is... read more

Find yourself and be that

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“Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves... read more

Helping out your fellow human: the simplest acts of kindness matter

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I witnessed a random act of kindness today. In this world of taking care... read more

Warwick’s woolly tree tradition

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July 26th found me venturing back to the city of Warwick on the Darling... read more

The age of the world: is it really just 6,000 years old?

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Do you know there are still some people who believe the world is just... read more

Escape to Brisbane: 10 reasons to visit this year

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An escape from the Illawarra’s cold winds from the west, with its hints of... read more

Canada, France and even Israel allow it, but when will Australia?

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It was Christmas Eve 1976 and I had some “enchanted evening” moment and within... read more

Avon ladies don’t just provide makeup, they’re good company too!

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It was the 80s and I was tired of not being able to find... read more

Following your bliss: when living is better than dreaming…

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“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally... read more

The perils of growing a beard in the Navy

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In my teens I joined the Navy and I found out, early on, that... read more

Money-saving tips for your wardrobe, no matter the season

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My figure is a generous size 16, and I am over 75. Two facts... read more

I can and I will: remembering school days and how things have changed

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Today was Grandparents’ Day at our grandsons’ school. We have been fortunate enough to... read more

Tobe Frank – Robin Williams was my first…

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To be frank a little part of me died yesterday when I heard the... read more

I didn’t think it could happen to me… But it did

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  There’s nothing I love more than a family dinner. It was a Tuesday... read more

Mysteries of south England: Stongehenge, Avebury and Silbury

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65 kilometres south-east of Bath and 170 kilometres south-west of London lies Stonehenge, at... read more

Won’t buy me a horse? I’m running away!

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I think most kids at some time or another have a crack at running... read more

Abbott’s leadership role models serve him well in MH17 crisis

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  It was the bloodshot eyes that conveyed to one journalist the strain and... read more

Why is it so hard to look after old things than new?

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  When we are young, our bodies are in maintenance for when we get... read more

An RAAF march to remember: what happens when apprentices go rogue

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I’ve been very fortunate to have the privilege of serving in both the Royal... read more

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Creamy Spinach Tomato Tortellini

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If you’re looking for a cheap, easy and delicious recipe for dinner this week, this pasta could be just what you were looking for! Ingredients 1 package of three cheese tortellini (preferably the refrigerated kind) 2 tbsp butter 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 tbsp all-purpose flour 1 tsp onion powder … read more

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Bright and beautiful beaded necklaces

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I love a beautiful beaded necklace to finish off an outfit. Bright colours and bold shapes and sizes makes me feel ready for the warmer months and puts a smile on my face. Here are eight of my favourite bright and bold necklaces around. Take a look and tell us, … read more

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Go get my red shirt!

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A Spanish captain was walking on his ship when a soldier rushes to him and exclaims, “An enemy ship is approaching us!” The captain replies calmly, “Go get my red shirt” The soldier gets the shirt for the captain. The enemy ship comes in and heavy rounds of fire are … read more