From the President

19 January 2017

From The President

Happy 2017 to all of us!

I hope that this year we will see more members coming along to our meetings. I am disappointed, even embarrassed, when a speaker comes and there are just a handful of members to listen to the talk. Make it one of your resolutions for this year to a ttend more meetings. You may sometimes think that the topic of the meeting in question is not for you, but r… Read More...

Bits & Pieces

19 January 2017

Christmas Lunch

Many thanks to everyone i nvolved in the organisation of our Christmas lunch at Oaks Elan last December – it was a great success, as usual, and the new venue proved a popular choice. Gayle Carroll’s traditional quiz sorely tested our knowledge; her questions seem to get more fiendish every year. Congratulations to the… Read More...

19 January 2017

Don’t get caught out

At the end of last year, Australia Post announced that certain charges were being ‘adjusted’. For most users, the most significant change was the increase in the price of sending a letter overseas – the second price hike in two years. It now costs $2.95 to send a standard letter to most overseas destinations. By way… Read More...

19 January 2017

Midday napping vindicated

Research undertaken by Dr Manolis Kallistratos at the Asklepieion Voula Hospital in Athens on middle - aged patients with hypertension has confirmed what most of us had long suspected: a regular midday snooze helps to lower blood pressure and ward off heart attacks and strokes.

After adjustments were made for other… Read More...

19 January 2017

Did you notice it?

A ‘leap second’ was added to the last minute of 2016 to take account of the fact that the Earth is spinning slightly slower with each passing year, and in order to keep our clocks as accurate as possible, an extra second needs to be added occasionally to ensure that. Prior to the December 2016 adjust ment the latest… Read More...

19 January 2017

Teas at Burnett House

The ever popular National Trust Sunday Teas at Burnett resume on 5 February.

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19 January 2017

Currently at CDU, and until 25 February

An exhibition entitled Our Feathered Friends – The Art of Birds celebrating the diversity of birdlife in the Top End and Central Australia through the eyes of both indigenous and non - indigenous artists.

As well as reflecting the Territory’s abundant and diverse birdlife, the exhibition illustrates the relationship… Read More...

19 January 2017

Bombing of Darwin Commemoration

This year sees the 75th anniversary of the first bombing raids on Darwin, and many events are planned to mark the occasion; here are just a few:

The screening of The Awkward Truth , a documentary on the circumstances surrounding the bombing on 19 Febr uary 1942. At 6pm on 17 February at the BCC Cinemas, Mitchell… Read More...
19 January 2017

Fran Wickes’ thoughts on socks and other things

The other day I visited a well - known shopping emporium in search of socks. It's been a long time since I needed a new pair so I was comp letely unprepared for the super sock selection on offer. I wanted two pairs of white cotton short socks to wear in my trainers. Shouldn't be too difficult you say!

The selection… Read More...

24 August 2016

More on a couple of our Meetings

With more than fifty years of teaching experience behind him, Tom Dinning, our speaker on 1 September, is currently teaching photography at Casuarina College adult night classes. He’ll be telling us something of the history of photography, the way it has been used in the past, the impact it has had on our lives and… Read More...

24 August 2016

Christmas Lunch and Raffle

Our Christmas lunch will be held on 1 December at Sage Resort on Lee Point Road; you’ll find details about the lunch on the reservation form which is on page 11. The traditional Raffle Tickets will be attached to the next edition of the Newsletter.

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24 August 2016

Pre-Cyclone Season Clean-Up

It hardly seems any time at all since the Dry set in and yet we’re already preparing for the Wet with the City of Darwin conducting its annual pre-cyclone season clean-up across the city. If you have items which may become a dangerous hazard in the event of a cyclone that you would like to be collected, you are asked… Read More...

24 August 2016

More on rubbish

At the interesting Q&A session we had during our visit to the Recycling Facility in August, we learnt from Sandrine Ricardo that if you have difficulty maneuvering your wheelie bin to and from the pavement on rubbish collection days, you can arrange for assistance by calling the City of Darwin on 8930 0300. Read More...