ALCOHOL: Christmas … Now is the time to get the facts!

IF WANT TO ENJOY CHRISTMAS, WITHOUT A HANG-OVER, BE CAREFULL 0F HOW MUCH ALCOHOL YOU DRINK.

ALCOHOL VARIES ACROSS DIFFERENT DRINKS. IT’S ALL ABOUT REMEMBERING THE AMOUNT OF ALCOHOL YOU CONSUMNED.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

In Australia, a standard drink refers to 10 grams of alcohol. But it is worth remembering that the amount of alcohol varies across the type of drinks you’ve consumed.

The alcohol volume is stated on the label of packaged drinks. It’s hard to judge in non-packaged drinks, but on the DrinkWise website you are able to estimate this.

So, do you want cut down on drinking? Yes or no. If it’s one or the other, keep in mind that alcohol can affect your health. Here are some of the ways:

YOUR BRAIN: Alcohol slows down the central nervous system, which impacts on almost all of the body’s cells and systems. Misused, alcohol may cause alcohol-related brain impairment or brain injury.

YOUR SKIN: Alcohol dehydrates your body including skin – our largest organ. Over time, drinking heavily can have other, more permanent effects on your skin.

YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM: Alcohol can suppress the immune system, particularly in long-term or excessive drinkers; it makes you susceptible to illness.

YOUR HEART: Long-term and excessive drinking can increase your risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, weakening of the heart muscle and heart failure.

YOUR BREASTS: Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer among women. Alcohol consumption, studies have shown, that the risk of developing breast cancer will be increased.

YOUR LIVER: Regularly drinking to excess may result in a fatty liver, which can affect this organ’s important function. Continued excessive drinking may result in the liver becoming inflamed, leading to hepatitis, liver cancer or liver scarring.

YOUR STOMACH: Alcohol may irritate the stomach lining which can bring on nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. Long-term, excessive drinking has been associated with increased risk of cancer.

YOUR BOWEL: Alcohol may cause bowel irritation and lead to irritable bowel syndrome. Excessive drinking can increase the risk of colon cancer.

YOUR KIDNEYS: Alcohol tends to made you pass more urine. Excessive drinking can lead to excessive losses of body fluid and marked dehydration.

Many Australians enjoy having a drink, but not a lot of people realise three important things: how alcohol may affect their physical, social and mental health.

USE THIS A CHART AS A GUIDE TO YOUR DRINKING.

SOURCE: Adapted from DrinkWise.org.au and Get Health.


THE BIG ASK: Questions pop up at the most lackadaisical time!

WILL YOU DRINK IT, OR LEAVE IT? THAT IS THE QUESTION!


HISTORIC MYSTERY: Was the man from Snowy River a women?

DID “BANJO” PATERSON REALLY HIDE THE TRUTH IN THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER?

FRANK MORRIS

IN A BID TO SOLVE THIS 130 YEARS OLD OBSCURITY IS A MAN WHO HAS RESEARCHED THE LIFE OF SNOWY RIVER AUTHOR “BANJO” PATERSON.

Cliff Crane grew up in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains and that’s why, 25 years ago, he started to research the life and ballads of Snowy River author “Banjo” Paterson.

Crane is set to know more about Paterson and the Man from Snowy River and, of course, the “one secret waiting to be revealed”.

Was the person in the Man from Snowy River a man or a woman?

There has been a great deal of work on “Banjo”, but never an analysis of his The Man Snowy River ballad of who did what and when.

Crane, who now resides in Oatley, NSW, said he plans to announce the outcome this mystery, on February 16, 2020, the day before 156th anniversary of Paterson’s birthday.

The museum at Yeoval, which is a speck in the central western part of NSW, is where the “mystery” will be solved.

“For the time being I leave people to ponder: why did he hide the identity of the rider?” Crane said.

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QUEEN VICTORIA BUILDING …
1959 -- CALLS FOR DEMOLITION, ESPECIALLY THE ONE FROM THE LORD MAYOR OF SYDNEY, WHO WANTS TO DEMOLISH THE QVB TO MAKE WAY FOR A PARK AND CIVIC SQUARE. ARCHITECT HARRY SEIDLER IS AMONG THOSE IN FAVOUR, DESCRIBING THE QVB AS “AN ARCHITECTURAL MONSTROSITY”.
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Crane reels off things like the nationality, skin colour, some infirmity; or was it a person on the run from the law. Or was the rider a woman?

Here is a clue. The rider’s family had been linked to one of Australia’s most famous or infamous bushrangers.

Crane penned a note to the RSVP column in a weekend Spectrum headed “Who did “Banjo” Paterson have in mind when he wrote The Man from Snowy River?

“Are you a Trove search engine user who’d like to help find the answer?

“I believe I know the ride and the rider and the location and date of the ride and know how it ended.

“I am looking to find a newspaper article quoting Paterson about the germ of the idea which led to him writing the work.

“I had it some years ago but didn’t then realise the significance. I am seeking experienced researchers in the search”.

SOURCE: Background from the Leader, Kogarah, NSW.


FOODFROLICO: Celebration, cocktail and a bit of Christmas cheer!

TRY THIS FOR TASTE: CHAMPAGNE AND DASH OF CHAMBORD. DON’T FORGET THE RASPBERRY!

FRANK MORRIS

PART 1 -- FROM TOM’S TASTING TIPS

Frequently, I am asked what I like to drink at Christmas or when I am on holiday. Naturally, of course, I do enjoy wine and a beer; but I often think that my tastebuds would also need a holiday break.

Instead, I started to make a delicious cocktail.

Years ago, I used to think that cocktails were too complicated and expensive to make. Once I started mixing cocktails for myself, I was amazed.

Over the years, I have discovered that my favourite cocktails are vodka and gin based. I enjoy them because they are clean, crisp and refreshing.

Those spirits are essentially neutral in character and I can flavour them to my liking. One liqueur that I love to use is Chambord, a brandy based liqueur. It’s infused with rich flavours of raspberries and blackberries.

CHAMBORD & CHAMPAGNE

Add a small splash of Chambord to the bottom of your glass and top it off with your favourite champagne. Finally, add a raspberry to garnish.

CHAMBORD, VODKA & SODA

Pour 40ml of Vodka and 20ml of Chambord over ice, and top it up with soda water. Garnish with a slice of lemon. Also, try Vodka, lime and soda – no Chambord – use lime cordial; or replace the soda water with lemonade.

NEXT: Part 2: Martinis – four kinds for you to try.

SOURCE: tomscellars.com.au

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FEATURES FOR NEXT YEAR + MR NOOSTI …
ALL THE FEATURES THAT DID NOT RUN THIS YEAR, WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE EARLY PART OF NEXT YEAR. AND HERE’S ANOTHER SURPRISE. MR NOOSTI. AFTER MUCH HAGGLING WITH THE EDITOR, MR NOOSTI GOT A JOB OF COLUMNIST. THAT WAS IN 1981. IN THE COLUMN, MR NOOSTI WRITES ABOUT THE FUNNY THINGS, THE SAD THINGS, IN LIFE. MR NOOSTI MAKES A COMEBACK IN GRAND YEARS – NEXT YEAR.

HOORAY! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OUR READERS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 28 November 19

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