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Just in case you think you’re old!

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JEANNE LOUISE CALMENT had the longest confirmed human lifespan on record: 122 years and 164 days. It seems that fate strongly approved of the way Madame Calment lived her life. She was born in Arles, France, on February 21, 1875. When the Eiffel Tower was built, she was 14 years old. It was at this

The therapeutic power of gardening

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Can anxious minds find solace working with plants? A therapist and her husband, a garden designer, say yes. By Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 17 August 2020 IN MID-MARCH, in the tense week before the British government announced its belated coronavirus-induced lockdown, certain everyday products became extraordinarily hard to find. Panicked buyers swept up

Aged-care royal commission has had a third of the coverage of banks‘ bad behaviour

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It doesn’t add up “A sad and shocking system that diminishes Australia as a nation”. “Inhumane, abusive and unjustified”. “Cruel and discriminating”. After 10 months of hearings and investigations into aged care, Commissioners Lynelle Briggs and the late Richard Tracy listed the most shocking findings in their interim report on Thursday: death from septicaemia

Australian Red Cross looking for plasma donors

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FOR DISTRICT BULLETIN readers who are already Red Cross Blood Service donors, or considering becoming a donor, and regularly visit, or work in Canberra’s Civic and Garran precincts, why not consider donating plasma? Plasma can be donated at the new Civic Plasma Donor Centre at 4 Mort Street, or if you

How are Australians eating healthier while living busier?

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FOR THE AVERAGE Aussie, life is bustling with family commitments, a heavy workload and a hectic schedule; it’s all too easy for them to fall into the trap of eating mindlessly. Drinking too much coffee, eating multiple donuts at work, impulsively buying chips and chocolate bars from the supermarket because

Love is not a permanent state of enthusiasm

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An interview with Esther Perel From the New Yorker Festival, the couples therapist and podcast host discusses infidelity, apologies, and the problem with wedding vows these days. THE PSYCHOTHERAPIST ESTHER Perel knows how to work a room. Since the publication of her first book, “Mating in Captivity” in 2006, she has travelled

Neat to meet Pete

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Five Palerang OAMs in the same week! By John Shortis. MAY THE FOURTH is unofficially known as Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you!) and this date in 2018 was a significant day for me and my partner Moya Simpson. The significance was unrelated to that movie franchise though, instead it

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