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Once known as the World's greatest cat burglar, Atticus Claw has changed his ways and become a member of the Cheddar family.  Mr Cheddar is the local Police Inspector, and Atticus now holds the title of the World's best Police cat.  Although not the bravest of Police cats, he still knows many helpful tricks that will help to catch the baddies.

Aimed at the 14 going on 500 year old market this is young chick lit at its best as the many conflicts of growing up, making the right choices and love are all woven skilfully into the story of bright girl Frankie Landau-Banks, and her headlong flight into challenging the ‘status quo’.

Taking on the job of writing the history of Australia is a mammoth task, because although we are a relatively ‘new ‘country as countries go, the past is as vast and vibrant as any which has been many more years in the making.

In Volume 3, from Keneally, he deals with the years from post-World War 1 to Vietnam, the social effects, the morals, the changes of society and the moulding of what has become modern Australia.

Two great summer reads from Sarah Pekkanen,  under the same cover  takes a look at life and its little foibles: What happens when you have a successful life, everything seems to be going your way and suddenly it all comes to a crashing halt!

Billed as compelling reading , it sure is and should be a book which is read by all budding and experienced athletes, as to just what can, and will, and does happen when you push a thing to far and it becomes an obsession; an obsession that everyone around you can see but you consider is OK.

Move over ‘Where’s Wally’, as the Beatles have burst onto the scene, not quite as they did in the ‘60’s when their music hit the airwaves, but in picture format making the key aspects of their rise to fame come alive again in a completely new dimension.

What exactly is Home. Home can be anywhere you choose to be, under a tree, in a house or living on a boat, that is your choice. There is much more to the word Home than is first realised as, surprisingly, the concept we attribute to the word Home is relatively recent, only as old as the turn of the 19th century.

Looking behind who you are or rather who you have become in order to allow yourself to become the person you were always meant to be, is the driving message offered to you as you read your way to happiness, joy and internal peace.

Thursday, 15 January 2015 00:35

Mawson's Huts Foundation

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The Mawson's Huts Foundation has been established to conserve the unique, historical buildings known as Mawson's Huts, base for one of the most significant expeditions in Antarctic history. Sir Douglas Mawson, a geologist, who led the Australiasion Antarctic Expedition of 1911, landed a party of 18 at Cape Denison on Commonwealth Bay in January, 1912, and remained there until December 1913. The site was not visited again until Mawson returned in 1931 with the British, Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition and then not again until the 1950's. Only a concerted public campaign would save and conserve this historic site for all Australians, and the Mawson's Huts Foundation was formed in 1996 for this purpose. The Foundation has been involved with five conservation expeditions to Cape Denison, working in partnership with the Australian Government through the Minister for Environment and Heritage, the Australian Antarctic Division and the Australian Heritage Division.

Formed in 1996, the Foundation is raising funds from the Australian Government and corporate and private sponsors to ensure that this vital part of Australia's Antarctic heritage remains intact. The Mawson's Huts Historic Site consists of the main hut, magnetograph house, the transit hut, the ruined absolute magnetic hut and a memorial cross to Ninnis and Mertz, along with a plaque recording the territorial claim Mawson made on his return for one night in 1931.

The Cape Denison site is also recognised internationally under the Antarctic Treaty as a Historic Site and Monument, an Antarctic Specially Protected Area and an Antarctic Specially Managed Area. It is also inscribed on both the National Heritage and Commonwealth Heritage registers. courtesy Allen & Unwin

The stark magnificent of Frank Hurley photos taken during the Australian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-1914 tells the story of bravery; some may say foolhardiness and above all the pioneering spirit as Mawson’s ground breaking, scientific expedition set out to chart, research and record information on one of the harshest, unforgiving environments on earth, the Antarctic.

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