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Europe Trains

Published on July 21st, 2018 | by Ann Rickard

  I’ve enjoyed observing people on trains in Europe. I enjoy the trains in Europe, full stop. Fast, comfortable, efficient, with buffet carriages serving proper food and wine…the real deal. We prefer to take our own... Read More



Published on July 7th, 2018 | by Ann Rickard

I’ll be coming to you from Europe for the next couple of months. I’m happy about that…I’m going to hope you are too. (Presumptuous, yes, but stay with me.) Surviving the long flight from Brisbane to... Read More


Murphy’s Law

Published on July 1st, 2018 | by Ann Rickard

What’s the go with Murphy’s Law? It’s a pesky thing which means ‘what can go wrong will go wrong’ but I apply it to just about everything that happens to annoy me. Every small irritant in... Read More


What a Happy Day

Published on November 24th, 2017 | by Ann Rickard

What happy day it was last Wednesday, November 15. If even you had not shown interest in the same-sex marriage saga over the past months you could not have helped but be moved by the nation’s... Read More


Sending Daughter to The US

Published on November 16th, 2017 | by Ann Rickard

Another mass shooting in the US. More comforting but empty words about ‘thoughts and prayers’. More shaking of heads at the senseless horror of it. These shootings have become so common we barely register dismay any... Read More


Melbourne Cup Day

Published on November 5th, 2017 | by Ann Rickard

So, it’s Melbourne Cup time of year. Just like Christmas it comes around quickly, doesn’t it? I have always had an uneasy relationship with this big day of racing – and I was brought up in... Read More

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