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Distance Education Newsletter

Issue 27

November 2011 The CSU Distance Education Newsletter

Final Edition for 2011

©The DEN is a Rivcoll SRC Publication

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From the Editor Hello Congratulations to all those who have just graduated. I hope that your ceremony was the proud moment that it should be. My apologies for being so late but I was away for 10 days and I had, as usual, gotten behind. There is a focus on Movember, letters to Santa and some of our readers greatest achievements for this year. There is alao a photographic journey through a corner of West Gippsland. Two DE Students have been brave enough to introduce themselves, thanks Shane and David and welcome to The DEN. I would like to thank our regular contributers in 2011 especially “Shaggy’ for her amazing recycled creations each month. Wishing all our DE readers and students a peaceful and happy Christmas season and The DEN will return in February 2012.

Sandra Stewart Editor

Issue 27,November 2011 CONTRIBUTORS

THIS MONTH 3. Dear Santa by Courtney Bourke 4. Movember 6. Prostate Cancer Have you talked about it? by Bek Noble 7. Christmas Quiz 8. Seahorse Colouring 9. My Greatest Achievements This Year - Amanda Baynham 10. My Mother-in Law by Susan Laverick

16. Gippsland Plains Grassy Woodlands. A Photo Journey. by R Philbey

27 Dairy and Gluten Free Rum Balls - Susan Laverick 28. Shaggy’s Recycled Crafts Christmas Angels

Amanda Baynham, Courtney Burke, Sharon Crossett, Susan Laverick, Jess Leard, Shane McArdle, Beck Noble, Robin Philbey, David Quinlan, Elizabeth Williams,

FRONT COVER

Shaggy’s Recycled Angels

30. Meet a DE Student - David Quinlan 31. Meet a DE Student - Shane McArdle 32. New Year Colouring 33 . Next Month

12. Colouring 14. My outstanding achievement and Vegetarian Lasagne by Courtney Burke

Email letters to the Editor & submissions to theden@live.com.au Disclaimer: The DEN is a Rivcoll SRC publication and the opinions expressed within are not necessarily those of the editor, staff or student members. Association by persons or companies with ‘The Den’ does not necessarily reflect the religious, political, sexual or racial beliefs of those parties. The Editor and Rivcoll SRC do not accept any responsibility for any omissions, errors, inaccuracies, or the views and opinions contained in any article accepted for publication. The editor reserves the right to edit or reject any articles submitted for publication. 2  The DEN Issue 27. November 2011


Dear Santa

Dear Santa Dear Santa, define good. I would like the following for christmas this year: 1. A holiday alone on a private island so I can avoid the stressful side of christmas i.e. Shopping, feeding everyone and getting unwanted presents such as pyjamas that are too big. 2. A new camera 3. A box of darrel lea chocolate- the most expensive one possible! 4. A cross trainer- so I can spend less money on going to the gym! 5. The strength to carry on... (-: 6. A few bottles of champagne If I could have a superpower for christmas it would be that I could be invisible. New year resolutions: Going for my drivers licence, increasing to three subjects next session, stress less... I hope everyone has a great time over christmas

Courtney Burke

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Movember

Movember

About the Campaign During November each year, Movember takes over much of Australia. Thousands of men’s faces in Australia and around the world start to sprout moustaches often where one has never been seen before. The aim of movember is to raise funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and depression in men. On Movember 1st, men register at Movember.com with a clean-shaven face and then they nurture these growths throughout the month of November. Mo Sistas, the women in Movember Mo Bros lives support them and funds are raised through sponsorship. By growing a moustache, Mo Bros become walking, talking advertisements for the 30 days of November and traise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health. Mo parties are held at the end of the month to celebrate the grooming achievements. The funds raised in Australia equally support prostate cancer 4  The DEN Issue 27. November 2011

and depression with partners the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Beyond Blue. The funds support awareness, education, survivorship and research.

Movember a Global Movement Movember started in Melbourne Australia. More than 1.1 million Mo Bros and Mo Sisters participate throughout the world. Movember works to change established habits and attitudes men have about their health, to educate men about the health risks they face, getting them to act on that knowledge, thereby increasing the chances of early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment. In 2010, over 130,000 Australian Mo Bros and Sistas got on board, raising $25 Million AUD. Used with permission Movember – changing the face of men’s health http://au.movember. com/about/


Movember

Movember THE VISION

To have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) have been partners of Movember since 2004. Support includes: Funding Research into the cause, diagnosis, prevention and treatment. Providing information and advocacy Raising community awareness. Funding important, world-class Australian research into the cause, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of prostate cancer Providing information, support and advocacy to those affected by prostate cancer Raising community awareness about prostate cancer PCFA receives limited government funding and relies on partners such as Movember.

Beyond Blue

Key programs are supported in this national deprsssion initiative. 1 in 8 men will experience depression and 1 in 10 men will experience an anxiety disorder. Work towards creating awareness and breaking down the stigma surrounding these conditions. Funds raised have contributed to improving men’s health in rural, remote, regional and metro areas cross Australia. Movember supports the info line, as a national 24/7 telephone service providing depression

and anxiety information and a referral service advising where further local help can be sought if needed. “...this service, which provides trained mental health professionals to help people any time; for the cost of a local call. In the six months from June to December 2010, over 44,000 calls were received.” Other support includes: Important Research into men’s health Movember funded men’ health materials Delivery of National Workplace training targetting men. First Time Fathers Indigenous Hip Hop Online me’s shed Awareness and Education The Awareness and Education Issue On average men die five to six years younger than women. The suicide rate is four times higher for men than women and more than five men die prematurely each hour from potentially preventable illnesses. “Awareness and education alters behaviour and mind-sets; it gradually breaks down barriers, removes stigmas and brings about real change. Movember wants men to take responsibility for their health, prevent illness by leading a healthy lifestyle and understand the symptoms and signs in both themselves and others so they can appreciate when and how to seek help if needed.” http://au.movember.com/about/beneficiary2/

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Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer

Have you talked about it?

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had never heard much about Prostate Cancer before. But then my Dad was diagnosed with it about 2 years ago. He had been having regular checks as my Poppy; his Father, had prostate cancer and this contributed to his death. Luckily for my Dad he caught it early and surgery to remove his prostate was able to remove all the cancer. A year later we found out that my uncle also had Prostate Cancer. His was slightly more advanced but again with surgery he was pronounced to be cancer free.

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ow come I didn’t know more about Prostate Cancer? So I did some research… hat astounded me about Prostate Cancer was:

What is the chance for a diagnosis of prostate cancer: •

o For a man in his 40s - 1 in 1000 o For a man in his 50s - 12 in 1000 For a man in his 60s - 45 in 1000 o For a man in his 70s - 80 in 1000

Each year in Australia, close to 3,300 men die of prostate cancer - equal to the number of women who die from breast cancer annually. Around 20,000 new cases are diagnosed in Australia every year.

One man every three hours will lose his battle against this insidious disease

One in 9 men in Australia will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Australian men and is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in men

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As many men die from prostate cancer as women die from breast cancer but... a national

survey by PCFA in 2002 showed that while 78% of women felt well informed about breast cancer – only 52% of men felt informed about prostate cancer

The chance of developing prostate cancer increases:

o as men get older. o if there is a family history of prostate cancer eg a man with a father or brother diagnosed with prostate cancer Early, curable prostate cancer may not have symptoms. While younger men are less likely to be diagnosed with it, they are more likely to die prematurely from it Simple testing by a GP can indicate prostate cancer Early detection can be achieved with PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) blood test or DRE (Digital Rectal Examination) testing. Our research in 2002 shows that only 10% of men surveyed between the ages of 50 and 70 had taken these tests in the previous year.

Some groups are at greater risk of prostate cancer

o ... for example, for every 100 men who dies of prostate cancer in a metropolitan area of Australia (such as Melbourne or Sydney) 121 men will die in rural Australia. Various factors may include lack of awareness and education about prostate cancer, distance from testing and treatment, poor GP awareness and limited access to specialists (such as urologists) o The Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia states that veterans have a 53% higher mortality rate from prostate cancer than the average population


Prostate Cancer

Prost a t e C a n c e r

H ave you talked abou t i t ?

Christmas Quiz

C h r i s t m as Quiz

o A recently published international study showed that firefighters have a 28% higher risk of prostate cancer

1. Because of Cyclone Tracy on Christmas Eve 1974, Santa never made it to which Australian city?

Source: Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia http://www.prostate.org.au/articleLive/pages/ Prostate-Cancer-Statistics.html

2. What animal replaces reindeers to pull Santa’s sleigh in Australia?

What can you do?: Talk about it! Awareness is so important. We are much more comfortable talking about Breast Cancer than Prostate Cancer. Let’s get it out in the open. Talk about the early warning signs, the symptoms, the need for regular checkups… Let’s not keep Prostate Cancer in the dark! If you’re a man: have regular check-ups; Yes this means going to your Doctor! It may just be a blood test, or an examination.

3. In which Australian City is the traditional Boxing Day cricket test match held? 4. If you decorated your house with some Ceratopetalum Gummiferum - what would you use? 5. In the Australian version of “Jingle Bells” what mode of transport is used instead of the one horse open sleigh? 6. What ingredients are used to make a “White Christmas”?

If you’re a woman: encourage the men in your life to have regular check-ups; you may need to take them with you to the Doctor. Hey make it outing of it: You get your pap-smear and he gets his prostate examined!!

7. Which water based sporting event starts on Boxing Day in Sydney?

Educate yourself about the symptoms and remember that early Prostate Cancer may not have any symptoms.

9. In what period did 25 December become the traditional day to celebrate Christmas?

Find out your family history and know if you or the men in your life are at greater risk. We have been lucky that my Dad and Uncle both survived Prostate Cancer, but it was only early detection that made this possible. Beck Noble

Don’t put off seeing your Doctor about this. Talk about it. Be informed

8. What Australian Christmas tradition began in Melbourne in 1937?

10. What country has St Nicholas as its patron saint? 11. What name is more commonly given to the Australian flower, Blandfordia grandiflora? 12. In 1897, Francis Pharcellus Church wrote a famous letter, saying that there WAS a Santa Claus. Who was the letter addressed to? The DEN Issue 27. November 2011  7


Colouring

Colouring

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My Greatest Achievements this Year

My Greatest Achievements this Year. My biggest flop was in fact a concoction of lemon, ginger and orange marmalade. I woke up early in the morning and decided that it was a fantastic idea to make copious amounts of marmalade. Cut up all the fruit, cooked it all up on the stove and then looked around for something to put the jam in- nothing suitable at all. Finally made some other jars suitable (by discarding their contents and washing them out). Decided it was a good idea to hold the jar with my left hand whilst pouring the boiling hot jam into the jar with my right hand. Word of warning DO NOT DO THIS!!!!! It WILL burn your hand, you will spill it on your hand and the glass will have a desire to attach itself to the skin on the palm of your hand. However, once that was all sorted out I tasted the jam and realized it was the weirdest flavour I had ever tasted- which is probably an result of my not using any recipe at all and never made jam before. The jam did not set, but it did prove to be delicious when poured over a sponge cake- which gave me excuses to make and eat sponge cakes.

From this experience however, my greatest achievement occurredI managed to find a use for excess lemons. After you juice the lemons cut all the rind off the lemon and chop it up, then spread it out on some baking paper and put into a very low oven until it is dried out. Bag it up in some “glad bags” and stick it in the freezer. A small pinch of this will be sufficient every time a recipe calls for “lemon rind”.

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Our Greatest Achievements

On Greatest Achievements For November’s DEN, Sandra invited reflections on our ‘greatest achievement’ in 2011.

I cannot claim to have one myself, so offer a brief reflection on the life of a remarkable Frenchwoman who died in Nice earlier this month. This is no maudlin tale, but a simple tribute to that remarkable generation who endured war (and its aftermath) with incredible courage and resilience. Collectively, their lives epitomized ‘remarkable achievements’. My mother-in-law was born in Paris, her girlhood cut short by the Nazi occupation and all the brutality which followed. Paris in June 1940 was a dangerous place so Janine’s father persuaded a friend to drive his wife and young daughter to Biarritz. They joined a massive, straggling exodus of exhausted people, many on foot carrying their belongings, desperate to escape Paris before the Germans arrived. En route, they experienced aerial bombing from the Luftwaffe and met Hitler’s troops marching into the city. It must have been a terrifying ordeal for a young girl. Janine’s father was subsequently incarcerated as a Communist by the new regime. The war years were spent cloistered in a Biarritz convent school with other evacuated Parisian girls. Yet even this was not safe from trauma: Janine saw several Jewish class-mates marched away by the Gestapo, presumably denounced by an informer. By the time the Americans liberated Paris in 1945, the city was bruised and haunted, but Janine, like her contemporaries, looked to the future with optimism. She performed brilliantly in her Baccalauréat and was one of the first women to be admitted to the Sorbonne’s Faculty of Dentistry. She took English Lit as a minor and, in a delightful romantic twist, fell in love with her professor, a charming Irishman from Dublin. This was the fifties, so marriage, rather than a career in dentistry, beckoned. Janine spent her early married life in Dublin, a grey and depressed city which resonated with Joyce, delighting new Irish relatives with her irrepressible French vivacity. She would often tell an amusing story regarding the birth of her son. Heavily pregnant, she had called on the Bishop of Dublin for tea, and, after a hilarious afternoon, her waters broke. The horrified bishop drove her to hospital in his clunking, derelict car, praying that the impudent Frenchwoman would not give birth on the back seat as the scandal would never be explained. In the years of financial recession, Janine’s husband found employment with a French engineering company in Lagos, Nigeria. Company law, however, required new staff members to be in post for two 10  The DEN Issue 27. November 2011


Our Greatest Achievements years before families could follow. It is impossible to imagine such a scenario in today’s corporate culture. The young wife reluctantly left Dublin when her husband departed for Lagos, and returned to Paris with her children. Janine’s fluency in English, Spanish and Italian led to a post in the American Embassy. Despite the anguish of separation, this was an exciting time to live in Paris - its chic post-war fashions were quickly emulated in London and New York and a palpable sense of gaiety animated the city. Janine patiently waited for the long months to pass and eventually, two years later, the family was reunited. Never one to sit idly at home, Janine used the connections she had made in the American Embassy to find a post with the French Embassy in Lagos. Husband and wife subsequently enjoyed a brilliant expatriate life with fancy dress balls (she once memorably ‘dressed’ as a classy Parisian hooker, wearing a glittering black corset, long black gloves, stockings and suspenders), diplomatic functions and polo matches. Although she had never previously been near a horse, Janine learned to ride and with typical courage and style, became one of the few women who dared to play polo along-side the men of the Lagos Polo Club. She was ahead of her time if you consider that the UK’s famous Ascot Park wasn’t established until 1989 to encourage more women to play polo. Janine was only in her thirties when her husband tragically died. Life insurance did not exist in the 1960s, so with young children to support, she continued to work in the French Mission. This career enabled her to continue funding the education of her son and daughter at boarding school in Dublin. Later, when the senior diplomats were expelled from Lagos following the French nuclear test in the Sahara Desert, she remained in post, singlehandedly running the Mission. It was an amazing achievement for a woman who, although never a feminist, was definitely an early breaker of glass ceilings. In time, Janine achieved international postings to Milan as commercial officer with the Foreign Office and later, to Valetta. She loved meeting people and had the diplomat’s gift of being able to talk to anyone, regardless of background. While living in Madrid, she met a certain ‘Beatriz’ walking her dogs, and the two women became great friends. A visiting relative was astonished to learn that the casually introduced ‘this-is-Beatriz’ was, in fact, HRH Princess Beatriz, King Juan Carlos’s aunt. Janine eventually retired to Minerve, a Cathar village in the beautiful Languedoc where she bought a sixteenth century maison de village. This ancient shell was swiftly transformed into a beautiful family home (I always like to think that she invented ‘shabby chic’). She hosted our wedding there in 1989, effortlessly catering for a hundred guests from Sydney, London and Dublin. She also brought together Protestant and Catholic clergy for a historic ecumenical marriage service. The two priests are still good friends. Janine’s hospitality and cooking were legendary: she never, in all the time I knew her, followed a recipe although would generously give you one she had made up – you might have seen her chocolate cake in the DEN an issue or so back. In her seventies, she completed a distance education degree in classical Greek with the University of Montpellier. She endured incurable cancer with great courage and, had she lived, I do not doubt she would have pursued her beloved Greek studies to post-graduate level. Vale, Janine. Susan Laverick The DEN Issue 27. November 2011  11


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Colouring

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Outstanding Achievement

Biggest accompishment this year:

I am the first person in my family to go to university and have just completed my first year. I completed year 12 in 2009, did two tafe courses last year (art and horticulture), I am now doing a bachelor of horticulture. I feel this is a great accomplishment. I've never had a job so it will be a weird feeling once my study is completed.

Biggest flop:

When I was on my residential school I went to have breakfast and accidentally put bbq sauce on my pancake as I thought it was chocolate syrup! Got a surprise when I started eating it...

Recipe:

I have recently become a vegetarian (also an accomplishment) so thought I might include a recipe here for vegetarian lasagne. It takes time to make but the result is worth it. Even my parents liked it and they arent vegetarian.

Can I also add that I got my first ever distinction! (-: I dont know how often I will get to say that! Courtney Burke

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Vegetarian Lasagne

Vegetarian Lasagne

Picture by: Allrecipes Recipe by: Ceridwen

Ready in 1 hour 20 minutes Ingredients Serves: 6 1 large eggplant, diced 1 teaspoon salt 3 tbsp olive oil 1 clove garlic*, crushed (more if desired) 2 tsp minced ginger* 1 medium carrot, peeled and diced 1 large brown onion, diced 1 small green capsicum, chopped

1 small red capsicum, chopped 200g button mushrooms, thinly sliced 400g can chopped tomatoes 2 tbsp tomato paste 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh oregano 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary 300ml vegetable stock 150g baby spinach leaves, chopped 50g butter 3 tbsp plain flour 700ml milk 1 cup (120g) grated cheddar cheese 375g lasagne sheets (instant) 1/3 cup finely grated parmesan cheese * I used both garlic and ginger from a jar. Preparation method Prep: 35 minutes | Cook: 45 minutes

Method

1. Sprinkle eggplant with the salt, place in a colander and stand for 20 minutes. Rinse under water, pat dry with paper towel. 2. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. 3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, add the garlic, ginger, carrot and onion; cook, stirring, for 4-5 mins or until onion is soft. Add the eggplant and capsicums; cook, stirring, for 3-4 minutes. Add the mushrooms, tomatoes, tomato paste, herbs and stock. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for 30 minutes. Stir in the spinach thoroughly and cook for a further 2 mins or until the spinach is wilted. 4. For the cheese sauce: Melt the butter in a medium saucepan, add the flour and stir over a medium heat for 1 min or until the mixture forms a ball. Remove from the heat; gradually whisk in the milk. Stir over a medium heat until sauce boils and thickens. Stir in the cheddar cheese and season to taste. 5. Pour a third of the cheese sauce over the base of a 6-cup oven-proof baking dish. Cover with a third of the pasta, then half the vegetable mixture. Repeat

layers using vegetables and pasta. 6. Pour remaining cheese sauce over pasta layer, making sure all the pasta is covered. Sprinkle with the parmesan cheese. Bake for 45-50 mins, or until the top is golden brown and the pasta is tender. Provided by: Allrecipes Last updated: 02 Nov 2011 http://allrecipes.com.au/recipe/34/vegetarianlasagne.aspx The DEN Issue 27. November 2011  15


Gippsland Plains Grassy Woodland

Gippsland Plains Grassy Woodland

Gippsland Plains Grassy Woodlands-A brief photo journey through a corner of West Gippsland-by R. Philbey Part of the Gippsland Plain Bioregion the area encompasses the threatened EVC (Ecological Vegetation Class) 55-03 The Gippsland Grassy Plains which are dominated usually by Gippsland Redgums (Eucalyptus tereticornis subsp mediana). A feature of the Gippsland Plains is the diverse flora, with a stunning range of herbs and forbs flowering beautifully through spring. Many of these wildflowers are being threatened by the impacts of land clearing, overgrazing by stock and rabbits and inappropriate fire regimes. Introduced pasture grasses and other weeds also pose a significant threat, reducing important inter-tussock spaces that are the typical and important areas which contain the myriad of wildflowers of the area.

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Gippsland Plains Grassy Woodland

Chrysocephalum semiopposum (Clustered Everlasting)

Stypandra glauca (Nodding Bluebell) with the strappy Lomandra longifolia leaves at forefront.

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Gippsland Plains Grassy Woodland

Chrysocephalum apiculatum (Common Everlasting)

Burchardia umbellata (Milkmaids)

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Gippsland Plains Grassy Woodland

Thelymitra ixioides (Spotted Sun Orchid)

Arthropodium strictum (Chocolate Lily)

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Gippsland Plains Grassy Woodland

Diuris punctata (Purple Donkey Orchid) Diuris sulphurea (Tiger Orchid)

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Gippsland Plains Grassy Woodland

Solanum priniphyllum (Forest Nightshade) Pterostylus sp. (Greenhood Orchid)

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Gippsland Plains Grassy Woodland

Astrloma humifusum (Cranberry Heath)

Pimelea humilis (Common Riceflower)

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Gippsland Plains Grassy Woodland

Dianella amoena (Matted Flax Lily) Thysanotus patersonii (Twining Fringe Lily)

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Gippsland Plains Grassy Woodland

Comesperma volubile (Lovecreeper) Lomandra longifolia (Spiny Headed Mat-Rush)

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Gippsland Plains Grassy Woodland

Hardenbergia violaceae (Happy Wanderer) Stylidium graminifolium (Triggerplant)

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Gippsland Plains Grassy Woodland

Dipodium Sp. (Hyacinth Orchid) Wahlenbergia sp. (Bluebells)

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Dairy and Gluten Free Rum Balls

Dairy and Gluten Free Rum Balls If you, like me, have dairy and gluten allergies in the family, these Chocolate Rum balls are superb (and easy to make)

Christmas Rum Balls Ingredients

200g non-dairy choc (Darrell Lea sells a great one) 1 cup ground almonds 1 packet of dairy free cream cheese (I use Totuffi dairy/lactose free cream cheese, found in Woolies or Coles) 1 cup gluten free icing sugar. Sifted. 1/4 cup rum 1/2 cup organic dairy and gluten free chocolate powder, mixed with moist coconut flakes (Mackenzies are good) Method 1. Melt chocolate over pan, until smooth. Wait to cool 2. In a bowl, mix ground almonds, non dairy cream cheese, sifted icing sugar, rum and coffee. 3. Add the melted choc 4. If too soft to form into balls, chill for 30 mins or so. If still too runny, add extra quantities of ground almonds. 5.Scoop teaspoons of mixture and roll into balls, Coat in chocolate and coconut mixture. 6. Add to pretty petit four cases. Put in tupperware container and refrigerate until Christmas Eve. Susan Laverick

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Shaggy’s Recycled crafts - Christmas Angels

Shaggy’s Recycled Craft Christmas Angels Materials * some sort of strong plastic tube, I used old plastic paint tubes, bottom cut off You could use herb tubes, or similar – thoroughly washed * thin loo paper, the thinner the better, or tissue paper. * a small piece of alco foil * straw, stick – for Angels neck, small enough to top of tube. * pva glue * paint *sticky tape or duct tape * paint brushes * impasto paste, or air drying clay. * anything to decorate your Angel. Method Cut the bottom off tube, remove the lid. For my Angels, I did not rinse the paint tubes out because I wanted to leave colour at the bottom of their dress. Cutting the bottom off, allows the Angel to sit on a Christmas tree, and also to stand up properly. Scrunch up a ball of alco foil to make a head for your Angel. The size, and detail, of this ball is up to you. Tape ball to straw, and then to top of tube. Now for the messy fun part. Mix 1/3 water to 2/3 pva glue into a suitable container. I used an old squirt mayo bottle. Paint the glue mixture a little at a time over the head of Angel, adding a layer of loo paper over the top, and repeating with more glue. The glue will rip the loo paper a little, but that does not matter. Repeat process until the entire Angel is covered. Leave to dry. Repeat layering of loo paper until you have covered the Angel so that no foil is visible, and the face is relatively smooth. It should take at least 4 layers. For the hair you can either scrunch up balls of loo paper, and attach to back of the head. Or you could build up more layers of the loo paper in strips. Another alternative is to cut strips of paper, say from a catalogue, curl the ends, and add these to the finished Angel. For my Angels hair, I used impasto paste. Using a paddle pop stick, I added a thick layer of the paste. Once the surface was dry, but not the entire paste, I then painted it. Painting it when it is still wet underneath allows you to add more texture to the hair, than would using a paddle pop alone. Decorate your Angel how ever you like. I painted mine with cream/pink paint head to toe. For the white Angel I added a ripped doily, which I then sprayed with paint. For her wings I cut out a section of doily, dipped it in rusted vinegar (vinegar that I have put rusty nails into), and thread wire to hold the wings up. Her sleeves are a chocolate wrapper, and her tree is made out of wire, buttons and beads. For the second Angel I used pencil shavings to cover her body. For her wings, I took a stick and wrapped it with wire, and beads. Her head dress is an artificial flower cut into petals and glued on.

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Shaggy’s Recycled crafts - Christmas Angels

Shaggy :)

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Meet David Quinlan

Meet a DE Student David Quinlan

Whereabouts do you live? Kings Langley, Sydney What are you studying? Bachelor Business (Finance) What are your likes? Music, a good book, cuddles from my kids, professionalism Bureaucracy, conservatism, long work commutes. My kids grow up happy, healthy, and productive members of What are your dislikes? society Removal state governance in Australia. If you had 3 wishes what would Would be nice if we could get rid of 3rd they be world debt. Would you rather have warts or pimples and why (you can’t say Pimples. neither!)? When you were young, what job did you want to have when you Wanted to be a fisherman. grew up? What did you end up doing? First proper job was as a trainee with (what was then) Department of Social Security! Activities when not studying Hanging with my family Playing music Working Pets: None (I have 2 kids, that’s plenty!) Your thoughts on the When I was a kid I used to surf. All of the older blokes used to say environment that mother nature would bite you the moment you stopped paying attention to it. Recent history suggests that this maxim holds true on a wider scale. Favourites: • party food? Cheezels • TV show? Rockwiz • music? Hard Rock/Metal • Song? Man in a Box/ Alice in Chains • Movie? Blues Brothers • Game? Hold ‘em • Book? How to win friends and influence people • Things to do on a Sunday? Sleep Most embarrassing Moment: Dropping my guitar onstage, breaking it, and having no backup. Whoopsie! Most memorable holiday: Las Vegas/New Mexico 2001.

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Meet Shane McArdle

Meet a DE Student Shane McArdle

Whereabouts do you live? Hoppers Crossing suburb of Melbourne growing way too fast What are you studying? Computer Science What are your likes? Food, music (Steeleye Span for long long time), video games What are your dislikes? Not much slow people slow to get on trains slow to get off etc, work voluntered for a section at work big mistake boring If you had 3 wishes what would 25 again another 8cm in height (6ft 2in body 5ft 8in legs) and a few they be million dollars Would you rather have warts or had both pimples far easier to deal with, they get my vote pimples and why (you can’t say neither!)? When you were young, what job wanted to be like my uncle retired at 30 rich rich rich did you want to have when you grew up? What did you end up public service job Tax Office 23 years doing? now 5 in medicare Pets: None Your thoughts on the environment Hi Sandra Favourites: • party I've got this gee wiz food? smart phone. And I figured it out how to • TV show? take the photo and • music? send it

Environment Eek global warming is real, we are somewhat to blame (we increased the rate of change). Life is tenacous 3 90% wipeouts in history

cheese platter don’t watch anymore I tend to buy it on dvd. Xfiles and Foyles War and play it on my laptop music Ricky Lee Jones (her early stuff ), Foreigner, ZZ Top, Pink Flloyd, Pink, Beatles Stones, Deep Purple, Lady GaGa just about anything Cheers • Song? at the moment I’m sharing my head with Sheryl Crowe singing If it • Game? itmakes you happy Shane rugby league grid iron • Things to do on a Chill out, do assignments, watch the kids do theirs (first year uni for Sunday? the twins), the grass (i can’t call it lawn), video games Skyrim when I can get it(it sold out locally in 3 hours) Most embarrassing Moment: A woman I worked for a few months well I forgot her name (really bad with names) so evertime we met she would be everso nice to me knowing I couldn’t call her by name. cringe this went on for years. Most memorable holiday: the last one, always the last one The DEN Issue 27. November 2011  31


Happy New Year Colouring

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Quiz Answers. Happy New Year Colouring

Quiz Answers 1.Darwin 2. Six White Boomers (Male Buck Kangaroos) 3. Melbourne 4. Christmas Bush 5. Rusty Holden Ute 6. rice bubbles, fruit and copha. Copha is solidified coconut oil. 7. Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 8. Carols by Candlelight 9. 4th century 10. Russia 11. Christmas Bell 12. Virginia

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Next Edition February 2012

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