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Monday, 20 April 2015 07:08

In Rememberance

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Bluewolf-Reviews pays tribute to all the men and women who have so selflessly given their lives, their days and their years to serve their Country in so many foreign places in the pursuit of peace.  

As Anzac Day moves closer, we as a Nation, are remembering the 100 years of the Anzac Tradition: of the men who fought and died; of the women who worked on the front lines as nurses, drivers and the like.

In the haunting words of ‘The Ode’ from ‘For the Fallen’, a poem by the English poet and writer Laurence Binyon:

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."

Onesies are back again in high fashion and demand for the littlies: but I guess if you are super clever, and would love a funky set of Onesies for grown-ups, you too can grab a few ideas and patterns from this wonderful collection of outfits designed to please the young and young at heart.

Fleur McDonald has once again managed to capture the essence of the outback in Emerald Springs, a town like so many small towns in the Australian outback; a town where everyone knows you and also knows your business, whether they do or not.

It has taken an author and cultural journalist of Thilo Wydra's outstanding ability to present such a well-researched and documented biography.  Every statement, conversation and fact is backed up by a reference.  At the end of the book, there is an interview with Prince Albert who acknowledges the efforts, accuracy and detail that the author has maintained.  There is a large appendix, a chronology of years in Grace's life, a film-ology and a bibliography.

It is seldom that a book comes along that leaves you so impressed.  Rebecca Solnit is gifted in so many ways.  She is gifted as a writer, has a scholarly understanding of many issues, and conveys her thoughts eloquently.

This fantasy story for young readers contains all the elements of a fantasy genre, put together in an excellent and cohesive manner.

Moll, the gypsy girl who knows that she is different, and Gryff, the wild cat, who is always at her side face their adventures together. 

Fortune Telling or being able to understand what is happening now and why and what is to come in the future is something which has fascinated people since time immemorial. Many years ago it could get you hung or drowned as a witch, but on the other hand in many more ancient cultures was considered essential for long term planning, as well as a way of answering the difficult or unknown issues which may affect an individual, their family or the area at large.

A single delicate note, conception: growing into the birth of a fully fledge composition, so delicate and light, ethereal and transcendental, allowing you the time and place to simply be; to sit, to listen to think or to dream.

Set in Sydney in the eighties this is a tale which blends the days of the early settlers into modern times when a book released by author Christopher Marriston, telling the story of a curse which has been a part of his families history since the times of the convicts, sets off a cataclysmic chain of events which will almost destroy a family.

Encapsulated within the pages is a wonderful look at friendship and what the cost can be, delivered with a wry wit and a depth of insight into people, love and simply living life.

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