It’s Christmas: Grandparents are “cool” until events go astray!

“IF I WERE TWENTY YEARS YOUNGER, I WOULD BE INVITED TO THE GRANDKIDS TEA PARTIES”, SAID SHIRLEY. Below: WHEN THE GRANDKIDS VISIT, THEY DON’T WANT TO GO HOME!

KEEPING THE GRANDKIDS’ ATTENTION IS ONE THING. BUT BEING POPULAR MAKES GRANDPARENTS TOP OF THE POPS!

FRANK MORRIS

There’s no doubt that a get-together of “cool” grandparents could fill the district’s local oval – and then some.

Grandmother Shirley is typical of the new generation of grandmas who are able to maintain a semblance of order around the house and “be cool” at the same time.

“I’d never thought about it until now,” says Shirley. “But if you can be a “cool” grandma in your seventies, with glasses, false teeth and a knee replacements, then yes, I qualify hands down”.

Though to be “cool” you have to be able to turn your hand to anything – from digging up worms, catching lizards, playing the spoons, dishing up trays of chocolate biscuits and being “highly” creative with purple play dough.

Yes, Grandmother Shirley has done all those things and thoughtfully enjoyed herself along the way.
But, and there is always a but in the “cool” grandma arena – to be “really, really cool”, says Shirley. “One has to be well versed on a whole range of other issues”.

In Shirley’s case it is the latest movies and videos, music and fashion, the Wiggles and, yes, lip gel.

And it also pays to realise that “sick” means good.

“If I were twenty years younger … I would be invited to many tea parties in the cubby house under the table”, she said.

“My grandchildren must think I’m “cool” because they not only look forward to visiting but they never want to go home”.

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MY GRANDMA ...
EVERY SATURDAY I VISIT MY GRANNY AND WE DISCUSS WHAT WE DID DURING THE WEEK. I TALK TO HER ABOUT EVERYTHING; SHE UNDERSTANDS ME. WHEN I AM SAD SHE CHEERS ME UP; WE HAVE A LAUGH TOGETHER. SHE HAS LOOKED AFTER ME SINCE I WAS A BABY. SHE IS MY BEST FRIEND. -- A CHILD, AGE 8.
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In bygone days, kids’ books often characterised the oldies as doddering, mean and, it has to be said, ill-tempered and downright churlish.

Though the ‘old woman’ who lived in the shoe was an exception to the rule.

But the good news is, according to a university study, that children’s literature now “over-whelmingly” depicts grandparents as upbeat, active and wise – very wise.

Researchers claim that elders are “getting added positive attention because more people are living to be active grandparents”.

The burgeoning baby boomers have, it seems, given a whole new dimension to the grand-parenting role.

The fact that they are better educated, healthier and retiring earlier that previous generations has gone a long way to making grandparents “very cool” customers indeed.

Surprisingly, some the old fashioned ideas of keeping the grandkids’ attention have proved to be ‘top of the pops’.

SOURCE: Adapted from Modern Maturity magazine and Frank Morris.


Trimming the Christmas tree – there are many ways to decorate the icon for your family and home

THE TREE THAT IS PART OF THE CHURCH.

THE FRENCH PARADISE TREE HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE THE EARLY AGE OF THE CHURCH. IT BEGAN TO ILLUSTRATE THE GOSPEL NARRATIVES BY USE OF THE LIVING PICTURES ACCOMPANIED BY SONGS. AT CHRISTMASTIME, THE STORY OF BETHLEHEM WOULD BE MADE MORE VIVID BY PLACING A MANGER SCENE IN A CORNER OF THE CHURCH, WITH SHEPHERDS AND MAGI AT HAND. THE PARADISE TREE IS THE ONLY SYMBOLIC OBJECT OF THE MYSTERY PLAYS OF THE CHURCH THAT HAS FOUND ITS WAY INTO THE HOMES OF THE FAITHFUL. IN THE 15TH CENTURY, THE CUSTOM WAS ENACTED TO BEAUTIFY THE PARADISE TREE SO IT FITTED IN WITH THE FESTIVE OCCASION.


First Sydney-Hobart Race: The second smallest yacht, Rani, storms home!

RANI’S SUCCESS IN THE FIRST SYDNEY-HOBART YACHT RACE WAS THE START OF AUSTRALIAN YACHTSMEN CHALLENGING FOR THE MOST SUSPERIOR RACE OF ALL – THE AMERICA’S CUP.
 

“AFTER A ROLLICKING BEGINNING, PLASTERED OVER THE FRONT PAGES OF MOST NEWSPAPERS, THE SYDNEY-HOBART RACE COULD NOT MISS”, SAID SAILING WRITER, LOU D’ALPUGET.

The Sydney yacht, Rani, which had not been sighted for four days, has won the first Sydney-Hobart ocean yacht race. She crossed the finishing line in the Derwent at 1.22am today.

Coming unexpectedly out of the mist from a south-easterly direction near Tasman Island early yesterday, Rani, despite heavy squalls, made good time across Storm Bay, and completed the long voyage from Sydney in 158 hours 22 minutes 35 seconds, a fine performance.

At least 300 persons who lined Castray Esplanade enthusiastically cheered the Rani and her crew as the gun signalled her crossing of the finishing line.

The Hobart yacht, Winston Churchill, which was believed to have had a substantial lead, is reported to be becalmed off the East Coast, and is not expected to arrive until this afternoon.

The news of the sighting of the Rani, which is skippered by Capt. J.H. Illingworth, RN, off Tasman Island at dawn created a minor sensation as she had not been reported for four days and some fears were held for her safety.

After leaving the NSW coast, she took a wide sweep to the south-east to gain full advantage of wind and current.
The Rani, 34ft 8in long, was the second smallest yacht in the race.

Reconnaissance by an RAAF Catalina yesterday failed to show the position of the Winston Churchill. The yacht was not sighted all day. She was last seen by the crew of the aircraft about 2.15pm on Monday off St Helens Pt.

The yawl Kathleen, making good progress, was sighted at 2.30pm yesterday about four miles due east off the coast at St Patricks Head.

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QUEEN VICTORIA BUILDING …
EXTRAORDINARY! WHEN MARILYN MONROE SANG HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JFK IN 1962, SHE WORE A SLINKY CHIFFON DRESS COVERED WITH 10,000 SWAROVSKI CRYSTALS. THE BRAND DATED FROM 1895, WHEN DANIEL SWAROVSKI SET OUT TO CREATE “A DIAMOND FOR EVERYONE”. HE INVENTED A MACHINE THAT CUT MORE ACCURATELY THAN EVER BEFORE, MAKING THE START OF A NEW ERA FOR CRYSTAL. – QVB: CELEBRATING AN ICON.
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The Ambermerle was seen at 2.15pm about 12 miles east of St Helens. The Saltair was reported at 1.35pm about three miles east of Cape Barren, in the Flinders group.

There was a big element of surprise in the Rani's arrival, as all reports had indicated that the Winston Churchill had a substantial lead, and when the sight of a yacht off Tasman Island was reported, it was accepted as the Hobart yacht.

Later, however, Tasman Island reported that the yacht had a white hull and carried the number “14” on her sail.
The Winston Churchill has a black hull, and there was much speculation about the yacht, which arrived unheralded out of the mist, until her identity was established shortly before 11am.

Disappointment that the Winston Churchill was not to win the race after hopes had run high was tempered with admiration for the skilful helmsmanship and navigation which had enabled one of the smallest of the contestants to complete the voyage so quickly.

Crowds assembled in Castray Esplanade yesterday were disappointed when the race did no finish in daylight.
There was a line of cars for the whole length of the esplanade, and hundreds of people gathered there during the day, some bringing a picnic lunch and eating it on the lawns nearby and under the trees fringing the water.

Cars also lined vantage points along Browns River Road, and the appearance of large yachts returning to Hobart from the Huon carnival probably gave rise to false reports that the ocean yachts were arriving.

Frank Morris comments: After an historic victory in the first Sydney-Hobart race in 1945, Rani was wrecked at Stockton Beach, near Newcastle, NSW, a few years later. Rani’s win, in what turned out to be a yachting classic, set the pace for future years. The race attracted competitors from all over the world, and inspired Australian yachtsmen to challenge for the greatest of all international match races, the American’s Cup. This was what eventfully happened when Frank Packer entered the scene and challenged with Gretel in 1962.

SOURCE: Adapted from the Mercury, Hobart, Wednesday, January 2, 1946.


It’s Christmas: Foodfrolico – Final. Here are martinis like you’ve never imbibed before!

GO ON, BE JAMES BOND AND HAVE A MARTINI. REMEMBER, IT’S SHAKEN BUT NOT STIRRED.

TRY A MARTINI -- FROM ‘DIRTY’ DOWN TO ‘BASIC’, OR THE OTHER WAY AROUND, WITH YOUR FAVOURITE GARNISH.

Martinis are possibly the most easily recognised cocktail in the world. They are so easy to make and there are many variations.

For the basic martini, I prefer a gin base as the gin adds some nice aromatics. For the best results, use something like Bombay Sapphire or BeGin.

When I start to flavour it up or tweak it, naturally I choose an Arktika Vodka.

BASIC MARTINI. Pour 50ml of gin or Vodka and 10ml of Vermouth over ice. The more Vermouth you add the less dry to martini will be. Shake it or stir it and then strain into another glass. Garnish with an olive or some citrus peel.

DIRTY MARTINI. To spice it up you could make a dirty martini which is my preference. Similar to the basic martini, using Artika Vodka, you just add ½ teaspoon of the olive brine from the jar. Sounds weird, but it tastes great.

FRENCH MARTINI. My other favourite IS not a true martini. To create, pour 50ml of Arktika Vodka, 20ml of Chambord and 50ml of pineapple juice over ice. Shake, then strain it into a glass. Garnish with a little lemon peel.

MAKE SURE THERE IS PLENTY OF FRUIT IN THE HOUSE – FOR THE DRINKS!

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OUEEN VICTORIA BUILDING
THE TOWN CRIER STATED THAT A FRIEND IN THE CASTING BUSINESS TOLD HIM THAT THE QVB WAS LOOKING FOR A TOWN CRIER. FOR THE AUDITION I TURNED UP IN FULL REGALIA. I GOT THE JOB! I ANNOUNCED THINGS LIKE THE NEWS OF THE DAY, ANNIVERARIES AND SO ON. FOR CRUISE SHIPS IN SYDNEY, I’D WELCOME THE TOURISTS. PEOPLE CAME UP TO ME ALL THE TIME BECAUSE OF THE COSTUME. ON AVERAGE, I’D POSE FOR 100 PHOTOS A DAY. YOUR JOB IS TO MAKE PEOPLE HAPPY AFTER ALL. – A FORMER QVB TOWN CRIER.
GOOD DAY! HAVE A HAPPY, CHRISTMAS, AND A HANG-OVER FREE NEW YEAR!

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 05 December 19

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