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

Apple Ipad Air: Susanne Foersterling of Mudgeeraba, Qld
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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.

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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
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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…]

Hello – BIG January 2015

Many of the ancient pre-Christian celebrations were hijacked when Christianity arrived, and adapted – or toned down. Some of them have been forgotten altogether.
Candlemas on 2nd February was known as the festival of light in pre-Christian times. It marked the mid-point of winter, half way between the winter solstice (shortest day) and the spring [more…]

Hello – BIG December 2014

Christmas is coming and once again we prepare for the big day, as people have done for over a thousand years.

The date of 25th December was first declared by Pope Julius I, around 336 AD. The exact day on which Jesus was born was not recorded, so why was this date chosen? There were [more…]