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When I arrived in Melbourne seven years ago I immediately fell in love with the city. Like Cape Town, it is a delightful mix of old and new, has a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere and is very cosmopolitan – well, not quite as cosmopolitan as Cape Town, but close! It is a city vibrant with art, music, drama and architecture, both old and new, and has the deserved title of the fashion capital of Australia. I have been exploring the alleys, streets and open spaces of Melbourne for seven years now, my camera always on hand, and I still find new sources of delight every time. This is one of my favourite cities – right up there with Cape Town and Lisbon. It is a city of delights, cosy coffee shops, a vast variety of restaurants, pubs, plenty of parks and green open spaces; a city to enjoy living in.

 
 
 
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Posted by Ray Theron
09 Feb 2010

Some two years after arriving in Australia, and at the age of just 12, Marc Polmans is making his mark on the tennis court. He was the number one in his age group when he left South Africa, and is currently tennis's number one ranked 12 year old in Australia.

Marc started to play tennis at the age of four when his family lived in Amazimtoti, South Africa. Says his father Gavin: “Marc's mother Nicola and I both come from a sporting background and I noticed that from a very young age he had very good hand/eye co-ordination. He very seldom missed kicking or catching a ball. We decided to try tennis at the local club.”

 
 
 
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Posted by Cheryl Goodenough
09 Feb 2010

The current life of Wallaby flanker Dave Pocock is a far cry from his childhood when he grew up on a Zimbabwe farm. Nevertheless, the 21 year old relishes life in Australia and, while he truly considers himself an Australian, there is still a place in his heart for Zimbabwe.

 
 
 
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Posted by Cheryl Goodenough
09 Feb 2010

“Life is one great adventure and you have it in the power of your mind to make it the greatest adventure of all time. You only have one life, so it is up to you to make it the best you can. My life has been stupendous and it just seems to keep getting better and better, it is only now that I realize why. It's because I have always had mindset energy – the will and the determination to get up and go.

 
 
 
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Posted by Diane Carter
09 Feb 2010

After adopting the Australian Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, we were impressed by how she would push lettuce leaves through the bars of her cage, offering food to wild cockatoos that would visit her.

 
 
 
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Posted by Julius Bergh
09 Feb 2010

“All things pass. You can view it as death and mourn, or you can allow the winds of change to dance about your feet and celebrate…”

How many of you have found your work environment has changed in some way in the last 12 months? Have you found it challenging? Have you noticed that others have found it challenging?

 
 
 
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Posted by Catherine Palin-Brinkworth
09 Feb 2010

Bake your cake and eat it

Have a look at the ingredients in supermarket cakes and you might find the extensive list quite frightening.

Some supermarket cakes contain more than 20 additives, which can be used to disguise many poor quality ingredients such as palm oil instead of butter and cheaper apples instead of raspberries in jam fillings, according to research by Choice, the consumer advocacy group.

 
 
 
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Posted by Simone Sleep
09 Feb 2010

In this issue SAbona launches the Ask Heidi column for anyone who has a question to ask clinical psychologist Heidi Germann. If you would like to Ask Heidi a question, send it to editor@sabona.com.au.

Missing ‘Home' More Than Ever

I have been living in Australia with my husband and three children for just over a year now. I thought that I was over the most difficult settling-in-time, but recently I've found myself missing my family, friends and familiar things in South Africa more than ever. Why do I feel this way now? Sue

 
 
 
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Posted by Heidi Germann
09 Feb 2010

Getting a new puppy is an exciting time. Here are some tips to help things go as smoothly as possible:

1. Start out right. Know what breed or type of dog you want. Many factors, including personal preferences, influence this. Consider what breed suits you best, for example. Match your ability to exercise them versus how much exercise they need, and consider your financial position.

 
 
 
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Posted by Dr Kevin Cruickshank
09 Feb 2010

“Sorry I'm late,” said my patient. “I was caught in a pile-up in Woolworths and now I've got trolley rage!” Could it be the heat gone to her head? Perhaps not. Being bumped and blocked while trying to shop with a deadline is known to do dangerous things to otherwise normal women.

 
 
 
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Posted by Jenny Goodrick
09 Feb 2010
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