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Subscriber Sweepstake 1 Winners

These lucky subscribers have shared in £250 worth of prizes!

Kindle e-Reader: Mrs Gillian Podmore, High Peak, Derbyshire
Twinings Tea Box: Mrs Sandra Benson, Spennymoor, Co Durham
Apple iPod Shuffle: Mrs Rachel Wainfur, Cwmbran, Gwent
Bush Leather Portable Radio: Mrs Marjorie Williams, Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan

The Sweepstake is our way of saying thank you for being a [more…]

Hello – BIG November 2015

Shakespeare was the first to use beetle as a verb. In Hamlet he writes, “the cliff that beetles o’er his base into the sea”. Here beetles means that it hangs over – like a shaggy eyebrow?

Beetle-browed means having shaggy overhanging eyebrows, which is odd considering that
beetles don’t have eyebrows but big horns.

To beetle about [more…]

Subscriber Sweepstake 1 Winners

These lucky Lovatts subscribers have shared in over $1000 worth of prizes!

Apple Ipad Air: Susanne Foersterling of Mudgeeraba, Qld
Kindle e-Reader: B M King of Wahroonga, NSW
Giorgio Armani Si set: Peggy Procter of Pakenham, Vic
Twinings Tea Chest: Geoff Smith of Epsom, Vic
Pot of Gold Christmas gift pack: A M Monks of Massey, Auckland, NZ
Victorinox [more…]

Hello – BIG August 2015

French lawyer and gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote in 1825 “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are”. Or as we say nowadays – we are what we eat.

Maybe that is why we have always used food to describe the various aspects of our lives.

Your head was once referred [more…]

COLOSSUS Winners (Issue 158)

Frank Darcy, Gisborne NZ.

10 x $50
Betty Adams, Lightning Ridge NSW; Andrew Compston, Goolwa SA; Gus Cornelissen, Kerang Vic; Kay Ellis, O’Sullivan Beach SA; Sophie Glendorran, Nelson NZ; Anne Hubbard, Seaview Downs SA; Carol Logan, Karratha WA; Victor Lynch, Glenthompson Vic; Grace McEachern, Leongatha Vic; John Orrock, Creswick Vic.

2 Electronic Crossword Solvers
Seona Craig, [more…]

Hello – BIG June 2015

As I write this column, the person who has been the holder of more nobility titles than anyone in the world has died today. At 88, she was also one of Europe’s wealthiest aristocrats.

Maria del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva was born in 1926, in the Liria Palace, Madrid, only daughter of [more…]

Hello – BIG April 2015

We associate Easter with chocolate eggs and a long weekend, but once Easter was bigger than Christmas. It still is in many denominations, a far more important event to Christians.

Christmas, being our big razzmatazz celebration, when families get together, with decorations and presents, puts Easter in the shade, but Easter was once a similar [more…]

Hello – BIG March 2015

One reason we have so many synonyms is a legacy of English history.
Anglo-Saxon was spoken until the Normans invaded England in 1066 when William the Conqueror made French the language of the courts. Anglo-Saxon was spoken by the peasants and French by the aristocracy, which is why so many English words have twins. [more…]

Hello – BIG February 2015

One of the big decisions I had to make recently was whether I want to be called Grandma or Nanna – or any other variation such as Nanny, Nan, Gran or even Grandmama!
Yes, I have just become a grandmother! While it’s not a life-changing decision, it made me think about why there isn’t [more…]