Prima Ballerina

Anna Pavlova was born on February 12, 1881, in St. Petersburg, Russia. After attending the Imperial Dance School, she made her company debut in 1899 at the Mariinsky Theatre. Her career blossomed and in 1905 she danced her breakthrough performance as lead solo in The Dying Swan, with music by Camille Saint-Saëns. It  was to become Pavlova’s signature role. Pavlova toured internationally and in 1909, after […]

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Make No 2 your No 1

Derek Zoolander and Hansel been busy of late … they have appeared in the windows of the Valentino store in Rome, starred in perfume ads, graced a Vogue spread and popped up on Saturday Night Live. Just what you’d expect in the build up to the release of Zoolander No 2. Blue Steel. Magnum. Le Tigre… all the looks and all the […]

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Flat packed on a roll

Today 10 February, I made the trek to the closest Ikea. I was charged with scouting ideas for my daughter’s next new store – so I was allowed to inspect but not purchase. But no trip to Ikea is ever as simple as that and before I knew it I had a basket full of […]

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Blockchain

Up until a few months ago, I had never heard of the the term blockchain, and now on 9 February, the word is everywhere, promising a new era of digital efficiency and security. Listening to ABC an interview with the CFO of the ASX? – Blockchain. Opening the weekend papers – an article explaining blockchain to […]

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Gong xi fa cai!

On the Chinese calendar 2016 is the year of the Red Fire Monkey, starting from today 8 February and ending on Chinese New Year 27 January 2017. The Monkey is ninth of the 12 animals in the recurring 12-year Chinese zodiac cycle. Fun monkey fact….monkey years are all multiples of 12 — from 12 AD, through […]

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Heddy’s Hawaii 5-O

Today 7 February I was fortunate enough to be a guest at friend Heddy’s fabulous Hawaii 5-O party. This was the full Hawaiian experience – with a lei for every guest, grass skirts, tropical cocktails, prawn skewers, fresh fish mmmmmm and a whole sound track of Hawaii 5-O Theme Song covers. I loved the original […]

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Valentine Balloons

Today 6 February we have something of a whimsical nature. A tray of lovely surprises for a special someone. While reds and pinks may dominate the Valentine look, there is something quite striking about a vibrant non traditional colour like this Aqua which pops prettily against the natural fibre hot air balloon paper and the […]

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60% chance of late showers

There’s a lot happening on 5 February. The flawless Princess Mary of Denmark celebrates her birthday.  I wanted to do a regal wrap featuring that ceremonial white ceramic elephant she and Frederick wear on formal occasions but that did not quite work and I will have to save Mary for another day. It’s also World Nutella […]

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A night of spells

Can we ever be surrounded by too much Harry Potter? Book Publisher Bloomsbury designated 4 February as the date for Harry Potter Book Night – a chance for fans of all ages to pass on the magic of Harry Potter to young readers. The theme for 2016 theme is A Night of Spells  because whether it is the disarming Expelliarmus or the […]

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Valentine Blokes

It’s 3 February  and for us calendar watchers, that means Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Ask people what images are conjured up by Valentines Day gifts and predictably you’ll get roses, petals, perfume, blush coloured under garments and lots and lots of chocolate with girlie girl wrapping to match. That’s okay and if that’s your thing […]

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