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Drive us not into temptation

Several years ago, my parents invited us to celebrate Christmas with them. We had come through a stressful time and jumped at the chance. What could be nicer than a cosy family celebration? I would bring some special biscuits and the gingerbread house, one of the must-haves for a traditional German-style Christmas. It has to…

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Lost in Time

I’ve never been diligent or dedicated enough to research my family tree.  The other day, though, I was tidying out my old desk when I came across some papers my grandfather sent to me 20 years ago.  He had done all the hard work and there it was, my grandfather’s family traced right back to…

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WELCOME TO THE LAND OF THE FREE

We arrived in the US jet-lagged and dazed, after a long trip from Melbourne via Brisbane. There we were at Los Angeles airport, being lined up for checks and controls. Luckily it wasn’t too busy at 7am on a Saturday. Keen to get out of flying metal tins and airports and into some sunshine and…