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Edition 7 - December 2011

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Surviving Christmas “Journey of the Heart” continues Movember in Hay Hay in the 1800s Hay Show & Shine and Hay Races


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Surviving Christmas

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Letter to Santa

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Hay Show & Shine

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Beat Holiday Boredom

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Top 10 Family Movies

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Movember in Hay

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Cheers & Jeers

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21 Uses for Vodka

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Out & About

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Sweet Treats for the Festive Season

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From the Archives

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Journey of the Heart

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Pet of the Month

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App of the Month

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unexBECted astrology

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Christmas is a joyous time of divine food, fine wine, work Christmas parties and making merry with family. However, negotiating difficult relatives, drunk work colleagues and the temptations of excessive eating and drinking and turning it into one smooth, stress-free holiday can be tougher than trying to explain to your child how Santa was able to move from the last shopping centre to this one in lightning speed! (“His sleigh runs on broadband, Charlie!”) In fact, an online survey of over 3,000 people ranked Christmas as the sixth most stressful event in life, placing it up there with divorce, changing jobs and moving house. Unfortunately, when feeling time-poor and stressed out, the first casualty is usually your exercise routine, but with a little forward planning, you can stay cool, calm and collected, fighting fit and stress-free. Just follow Walk with Attitude’s Christmas Survival Guide…. 1. 2.

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Find some ‘you time’ at yuletide The most important preparation you can do now is to commit to making time for yourself over the next few weeks. Get creative with presents Work out what you can afford and budget for presents. If things are tight, consider a more creative approach. Hand-make your presents. Websites such as beadsonline.com.au have some fantastic step-by-step tutorials for making unique jewellery. Print personalised photo calendars. Print one for everyone and all your Christmas shopping is done in a few clicks. It makes Christmas much more affordable, your friends and family will be touched by such a thoughtful present and it’s the gift that keeps on giving all year long. Eat, drink and be merry! Don’t deprive yourself of Christmas treats, just be selective. Choose a little of the things you really enjoy, and remember to stop eating when you’re full. Aim to maintain your weight over this time. Dieting can be an unrealistic added pressure. Keep it together at the work Christmas party. Careers have been made and broken at work Christmas parties, as have waistlines. Keep your alcohol consumption in check with some interval training. Alternate each beer with a glass of punch or water. Staying sober will help you escape when the new guy tries to drag you under the mistletoe. Also, avoid positioning yourself by the food table. Remember, Christmas feasting, just like exercise, requires a gentle warm-up before you attempt the turkey-ham-pudding triathlon. You don’t want to burn out on the hors d’oeuvres. Try a spritzer It may sound more like one of Santa’s reindeers than a drink, but this refreshing mixture of half wine-half soda cuts your alcohol consumption and kilojoule intake by 50 percent. Get undressed at the table! Serve sauces, creams, gravy, dressings and melted butter on the side so those who are feeling saucy can ladle up, and those who aren’t won’t fall prey to death by brandy butter. Spread the Christmas cheer Get active by volunteering in your community. You can help serve lunch with Meals on Wheels or do the Christmas shopping for older people who may no longer be physically up to it. This is a terrific way to increase your step count whilst giving you the ‘warm’n’fuzzies’! Ask Santa for a healthy present One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight. If you’re serious about achieving this goal, ask for a healthy Christmas present such as a gym equipment or a new pedometer. Don’t sweat the small stuff! With so much to organise, it’s inevitable that something won’t go according to plan.

Joan Collins said, “The one thing women don’t want to find in their stockings on Christmas morning is their husband.” Keep this in mind when it all seems to be getting a bit much and remember – things could be worse!

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Dear Santa, This year i would like a bike with training wheels that is pink or purple and i really love In The Night Garden so some books or anything from that show would be lovely, I would also enjoy a mini laptop so I can play with my sister Emerson and brother Flynn if they get one for Christmas, while I am asking Santa can you bring something small for our new puppy Memphis she is cute and I love her, in the new year I will be 3 years old and I will continue to go to Hay Early Learning Centre for 2 days a week as I love my little boyfriend Kyper and I have heaps of fun there. In the new year I hope to go in and have my tonsils and adenoids out so i can stop being so sick.. Thank you Santa I hope to hear you land on our rooftop . Miranda Griffiths Dear Santa, For Christmas this year could i please have a Cars 2 jet plane with cars included, a wild west uhf station with guns included, some caps and 8 bullets, a new green ipad or laptop, a remote jet plane, and a torch like my mums. Thank you Santa and have an enjoyable journey. This year I am 8 years old now and we just got a new puppy called Memphis and i love her i play with her all the time and help my sister Emerson with pee and poop patrol we take it week abouts and mum says that I do a good job. Mum said I have been a little silly this year but am trying my best now to be a good boy for Mum and Dad, I hope that I am still on the good list cause I am trying real hard to be the best I can.... Thanks Santa Flynn Griffiths Dear Santa, For Christmas this year may I please have a zhu zhu pets accessories, lots of cooking stuff so I can help Mum in the kitchen, a nice pair of dressy shoes for some nice outings with Mum & Dad. Also I would really like an ipad or laptop so I can do my school projects, a radio the same as Flynns for my cd’s, a big pencil case with two zips as I am going into year 5 next year, and also some Barbie stuff would be really fun too. I have been really good this year doing really well at school and helping Mum at home. I cook tea for Mum every Thursday whilst Mum goes to her meetings. Mum says I am a huge help‌. This year in November we also got a new puppy and we love herlots. Her name is Memphis and she is a toy poodle. Flynn & I take it in turns for poop & pee patrol, for a week at a time and I never complain about doing it - She is such a cutie. Thank you Santa. Enjoy your 2011 journey and I hope you travel safe. Emerson Griffiths


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Hay Vintage & Veteran Motorcycle & Car Club hosted another successful Show & Shine at the Lions Park in October. The annual event was again well patronized with local enthusiasts mixing with visitors from regional clubs including Griffith, Leeton & Deniliquin

Car and motorcycle owners in Hay are welcome to join the club at any time, as either a vintage / veteran vehicle owner, or social member. For more information, contact Committee members John Myers or Peter (Strop) May


School holiday activities for the kids... School holidays are a welcome break to the daily routine of packed lunches and homework, but the extended Christmas holidays bring about a whole new set of challenges, especially for working parents.

Here are some tips and ideas for families to try to inject some humour and excitement into the holidays, even if you’re staying at home ~

Write up a scavenger hunt list - draw up a list of activities or challenges, to be completed by the end of holidays. Get the whole families input (include grandparents and friends too - the more the merrier!). Compile your list, but be creative...How about ‘Start a veggie patch” “Cook Thai food” or “Wash the dog in under 5 minutes”? (This gets the dog washed as well, which is a bonus). You can also include activities outside the house - “Swim across the big pool underwater”. Aim your challenges at the level of your kids, make a big goofy chart for the fridge and get into it with them Jigsaws - daggy but a true good old fashioned timewaster. Set up a jigsaw table in your family room, and start off a few pieces, before wandering away. I guarantee everyone in the house (and some visitors) will add a few pieces Use Hay’s facilities - The Shire runs school holiday activities, usually at a minimal cost. The pool hosts fun days, and the library has internet access, magazines, music and dvds, all in climate controlled comfort

Cook - messy, yes, but heaps of fun. Little ones can roll rum (less) balls, older kids can bake and decorate cupcakes, while teenagers can search for a recipe, shop for ingredients and run a mini restaurant for the evening. This also helps them appreciate the cost of food, and the time taken to prepare meals …. Perhaps :) Use the skatepark - Go with the kids and get a lesson in bmx stunts or skate boarding. Be prepared to be laughed at by the little kids as you hit the deck. Repeatedly. Paint - If you own your own place, decorate the fence by letting the kids paint a mural. If you rent, Go-Lo has blank canvases of every size and shape, as well as a range of paints,

brushes and glittery stuff. Go wild. Get to a movie - If you can’t get away to a cinema, take advantage of the movies screening at the Services Club. Alternatively, beat the heat and set up your own movie theatre, complete with popcorn and footstools (This is even better if you can talk the kids into playing ‘ushers’ and fetching and carting for you) Pick a theme - sci-fi, fright night, or comedies starring Adam Sandler, and spend some quality family time together screaming / laughing. Fly a kite - this has to be one of the most clichéd family outings, but for good reason. Its heaps of fun! Working parents can leave the kite making to the kids (or cheat and buy ‘real’ ones), then at knock off time head to one of Hays parks and have a go. I dare you not to laugh yourself silly Go fishing - Hay is fortunate to have the River at our doorstep, so pack some drinks and biscuits and dangle a line. Sit in the shade, and you may find the kids actually begin to talk to you. Just remember to observe all fishing regulations and

water safety, don't doze off in the heat and leave Jnr on his own! Have you, or your kids, visited our local attractions? Visit the Goal Museum, the Dunera exhibit or Shear Outback. Be a tourist in our town Get the kids creating - younger children love to perform (in my experience) so let them make hand puppets, make a book or choreograph a dance routine. Just remember the most important ingredient - and attentive audience. Even if you’re exhausted, clap and cheer. Older kids can create video montages using the multitude of free software available on the net. Most phones capture video, so no new equipment is needed, but they will need your encouragement and involvement to get them started. Once again, when its ready to screen, be attentive! And who knows - your child may be the next James Cameron. If you have teenagers that are still happy to communicate with you, set them some jobs. Use the whole “I really need the gutters / oven / shed cleaned, but I'm afraid of heights / grime / spiders. Offer to pay them in credit and you should get a deal. Get creative with computer time - In our climate it is inevitable that time will be spent inside during the heat of the day, but spend some time online, searching for quality educational games for the kids. Most are free, and many can be downloaded and played while offline, for those worried about high internet usage charges.

It is difficult to keep everyone happy when boredom sets in, and there are going to be days when you and / or your kids are tired / sunburnt / too full of Christmas leftovers to be stuffed doing anything. And you know what? That’s fine too - admit defeat, give in to cheesy daytime TV and vow to be more creative tomorrow.


Of all time

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs This 2009 Sony Pictures animation was inspired by a beloved children's book. The film focuses on a town where food falls from the sky like rain. Rated PG. Shrek Billed as 'The greatest fairy tale never told', this 2001 DreamWorks animation tells the story of a lovable ogre and his quest to rescue a princess. With the fourth movie in the series just released, the Shrek franchise shows no signs of slowing down. Rated G. Toy Story Go back to where it all began, the first Disney/Pixar CGI animation from 1995, which changed the face of modern family movies. Toy Story follows a group of toys who come to life when humans leave the room, and introduces audiences to the classic characters of Woody and Buzz Lightyear. Rated G. Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit The result of a creative partnership between claymation stuio Aardman pictures and DreamWorks animation, this hilarious film about eccentric inventor Wallace and his intelligent but silent dog, Gromit, won an Academy award. Wall-E This 2008 science fiction film by Pixar has more serious themes than many animated family movies, but the result is a beautiful, powerful and uplifting film. Kids will like it for the cute robots. Rated G. Up Another Academy Award winner, Up is the funny and touching story of an elderly widow's quest to South America in a house suspended by helium balloons. Rated PG. Ratatouille Yet another award-winning Pixar animation, this is the hilarious story of Remy, a French rat who dreams of becoming a chef. Rated G. Who Framed Roger Rabbit A retro murder mystery from 1988, Who Framed Roger Rabbit is remarkable for its blending of live action with traditional animation. And who could forget Jessica Rabbit? Rated PG. Finding Nemo The movie that launched a craze for clownfish, Finding Nemo is the poignant animated story of a father's love for his son. The Pixar film won a 2003 Academy Award. Rated G. The Dark Crystal Fabulously inventive, this 1982 fantasy masterpiece was directed by puppeteer Jim Henson and made using animatronics. Although rated G, it might be too scary for toddlers. The Lion King Disney's classic coming-of-age story about a pride of lions in Africa has drawn parallels with Shakespeare's Hamlet. Rated G. The Princess Bride "Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." Just one of the wellknown quotes from this cult 1987 comedy-adventure-romance. Great for older kids, it's rated PG. Back to the Future See Micheal J. Fox as top form as Marty McFly, a teenager who is accidentally sent back in time from 1985 to 1955. This 1985 comedy/sci-fi flick was a commercial and critical success and stands the test of time. Rated PG. The Wizard of Oz U.S records show that the fantastical story of Dorothy Gale is the most-watched film in history. From the songs to the inventive story and oddball characters, it's a favourite with old and young alike. Rated G. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial The movie that launched Drew Barrymore's career, E.T is the story of a lonely boy called Elliot who finds an alien marooned on earth. A heartwarming story of friendship and a real tearjerker, it's rated G. Never Ending Story The kids will be enthralled by the story of the fantasy world of Fantasia which is being threatened by a force called "The Nothing". Another 80s film which stands the test of time. Labryinth Although a box-office flop, this 1986 film has since gained cult status due to David Bowie's enigmatic musical performance as the Goblin King. Quirky and compelling. Rated PG. Spirited Away This Japanese anime film follows sullen ten-year-old Chihiro who is in the process of moving to a new town with her family, and chronicles her adventures in a world of spirits and monsters. Beautiful and inventive, it's a work of art. Rated PG. The Incredibles The Farr family's life turns upside-down when it seems they all have super powers. Funny and clever, this Pixar film is entertainment for all ages. Rated PG. Babe Proudly made down under, this Australian animated film follows the adventures of a pig called Babe, who wants to be a sheepdog. An enchanted talking animal film that may turn the family vegetarian! Rated G


Movember in Hay During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in Australia and around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and depression in men. In Hay, the local team, enthusiastically named the “Beaudasul Bridgees”, has joined the inniative. Team members Aaron McCormick, Patrick Guthries, Boppa Woods, Matt Ward, Andrew Everitt, Daniel Mackenzie, Brendan Ragg, Brendan Bodsworth, Josh Wilson, Shane Miller and Shane Eggleston, led by team captain Ron Cowdry, have sported various facial growths and raised hundreds of dollars in the process. On Movember 1st, guys register at Movember.com with a clean-shaven face and then for the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo growing efforts. Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November and through their actions and words raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health. At the end of the month, Mo Bros and their female supporters (known as Mo Sistas) celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Partés held around the world by Movember, for Movember. Pictured at left is Az McCormick, with his 2011 ‘growth’ as spotted at the recent Hay Races.

CHEERS ~ To Terry & Lorraine Pearcey (Hay Big4 Park) for their hospitality & warm welcome. I will be letting all my friends know how good it is FROM ~ Anna Lauer CHEERS ~ To Tab Foggo & Bec Woods for earning a top 5 sales position so early in their Mary Kay careers. Their position is for October and their Top 5 spot was throughout Australia & New Zealand FROM ~ Friends & Family CHEERS ~ Buck Howard and the Lions Footy Club for coming to the rescue with a great alternative venue for our wedding. They saved the day! FROM - Jason & Krista


USES FOR VODKA Other than the obvious 1. To remove a bandage painlessly, saturate the bandage with vodka. The solvent dissolves the adhesive. 2. To clean the caulking around bathtubs and showers, fill a triggerspray bottle with vodka, spray the caulking, let set five minutes and wash clean. The alcohol in the vodka kills mold and mildew. 3. To clean your eyeglasses, simply wipe the lenses with a soft, clean cloth dampened with vodka. The alcohol in the vodka cleans the glass and kills germs. 4. Prolong the life of razors by filling a cup with vodka and letting your safety razor blade soak in the alcohol after shaving. The vodka disinfects the blade and prevents rusting. 5. Spray vodka on vomit stains, scrub with a brush, then blot dry. (Does this work if the vomit is caused by vodka? - K) 6. Using a cotton ball, apply vodka to your face as an astringent to cleanse the skin and tighten pores. 7. Add a jigger of vodka to a 12-ounce bottle of shampoo. The alcohol cleanses the scalp, removes toxins from hair, and stimulates the growth of healthy hair. 8. Fill a sixteen-ounce trigger-spray bottle and spray bees or wasps to kill them. 9. Pour one-half cup vodka and one-half cup water in a Ziplock freezer bag, and freeze for a slushy, refreezable ice pack for aches, pain, or black eyes.. 10. Fill a clean, used mayonnaise jar with freshly packed lavender flowers, fill the jar with vodka, seal the lid tightly and set in the sun for three days. Strain liquid through a coffee filter, then apply the tincture

to aches and pains. 11. Make your own mouthwash by mixing nine tablespoons powered cinnamon with one cup vodka. Seal in an airtight container for two weeks. Strain through a coffee filter. Mix with warm water and rinse your mouth. Don't swallow. (Dammit - K) 12. Using a q-tip, apply vodka to a cold sore to help it dry out. 13. If a blister opens, pour vodka over the raw skin as a local anesthetic that also disinfects the exposed dermis. 14. To treat dandruff, mix one cup vodka with two teaspoons crushed rosemary, let sit for two days, strain through a coffee filter and massage into your scalp and let dry. 15. To treat an earache put a few drops of vodka in your ear. Let set for a few minutes. Then drain. The vodka will kill the bacteria that is causing pain in your ear. 16. To relieve a fever, use a washcloth to rub vodka on your chest and back as a liniment. 17. To cure foot odor, wash your feet with vodka. 18. Vodka will disinfect and alleviate a jellyfish sting. 19. To remove cigarette smoke in your home or office mix one part vodka and three parts water and spray the clothing, then launder and let dry. 20. Pour vodka over an area affected with poison ivy to remove the urushiol oil from your skin. 21. Swish a shot of vodka over an aching tooth. Allow your gums to absorb some of the alcohol to numb the pain.

1. Jason & I were married on a fabulous day with family and friends on 11 November. All our children - Harley, Nadine, Todd, Ziggy, Cheyenne, Keshia, Tristen and Noah were our bridal party, and we exchanged vows at the Hay Park Grandstand, before celebrating into the night at the Lions Clubrooms, with Mark Brettschneider as MC

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Hay Races again drew a large crowd Top - Riv Poly ladies L to R Leesa Jackson, Rej Turner, Tracey Learmont & Teagan Morrison Left - Fiona Cooper, Darcie Mullins & Sammy Rosewarne Below Left - Bodean Hedwards & Amy Young; Right - Harley Hey (on Debut in two7eleven) & Amy Young

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Mick Flattery & Gab Hurst at Hay Rodeo

Members of the Young family travelled to Griffith to enjoy the recent Tractor Pull Above Left - Frank Young; Right Sarah Young and Ned Bensch Pics - Sarah Young


Christmas is all about spoiling yourself! Try these sweet treats over the festive season ~ so easy, but very impressive

Christmas Truffle Tree Mini Christmas Puddings Makes 40 Ingredients • 200g dark chocolate, chopped • 700g fruit cake • 1/3 cup organge juice • 1/2 cup icing sugar, sifted • 250g white chocolate melts • 40 assorted coloured jelly beans Method 1. Place dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir until melted and smooth. 2. Crumble cake into a large bowl. Add dark chocolate, orange juice and sugar. Stir to combine. Cover. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until firm enough to handle. 3. Roll level tablespoons of cake mixture into balls. Place on baking trays lined with baking paper, flattening bases slightly so they sit on trays. Refrigerate until firm. 4. Melt white chocolate following method in step 1. Cool for 10 minutes. Drizzle over puddings to form 'custard' (see tip). Decorate with jelly beans. Tips •

When topping puddings with ‘custard’ work in small batches, so the choc doesn’t set before adding jelly beans Use generic brands to keep costs down

Step 1: Make the mixture 500g light fruitcake, coarsely chopped 100g dark chocolate melts, melted 60ml (1/4 cup) brandy 2 tbs apricot jam 60g copha, chopped 375g white chocolate melts, melted White sprinkles Silver Sprinkles Desiccated Coconut 25cm polystyrene cone Place the cake in the bowl of a food processor and process until finely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in the dark chocolate, brandy and jam. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes or until slightly firm. Line 2 large baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Stir the cake mixture. Roll 2-teaspoonful quantities of cake mixture into balls and place on the lined trays. Place in the fridge for 1 hour or until firm. Step 2: Decorate the truffles Place white sprinkles, silver sprinkles and desiccated coconut on three separate plates. Melt a 375g pkt white chocolate melts following packet directions. Line a tray with non-stick baking paper. Use a truffle dipper or fork to dip 1 truffle in chocolate to coat. Remove, tapping fork or dipper on edge of bowl to shake off excess chocolate. Roll in sprinkles or coconut. Repeat with remaining truffles, white sprinkles, silver sprinkles and coconut. Place on lined tray. Set aside until set. Step 3: Assemble the tree Starting at the base of the cone, insert a toothpick at a right angle into cone. Place a coconut truffle onto the toothpick to attach. Repeat, alternating truffles, to create a row of truffles around base. Continue, inserting each toothpick at a 45-degree angle, with the remaining truffles to cover the cone completely. Decorate with ribbon and baubles. Visit taste.com.au for more inspiration


The ‘Australian Handbook and Almanac and Shippers and Importers Directory of 1881’ published the following description of Hay “…situated in the Riverine district, on the Murrumbidgee river. It is a shipping port and port of entry, 460 ;miles (493 postal) SW. of Sydney; the more speedy communication with which is via Melbourne to Echuca by rail, thence by Deniliquin and Moama railway, a distance in all of 275 miles. To Sydney overland the route is by coach to WaggaWagga, thence the railway. Cobb’s coaches leave Hay for Deniliquin daily, and on Tuesdays and Saturdays for Wagga-Wagga, Wednesdays and Sundays for Booligal. It is in the county of Waradgery, police district of Hay, and electorate of Balranald, returning two members. In the municipal district are 21 miles of streets, ... It is an important crossing place, by a fine iron bridge on the Murrumbidgee river, which is navigable to here by steamers during the greater part of the year. This bridge is 400 yards in length, with a swing to enable steamers to pass in food seasons. The river is navigable to Wagga-Wagga (470 miles) during a greater portion of the year. The highest rise in the river above summer level ever known here has been 24 feet.

The leading hotels are the Tattersall’s, Caledonian, Commercial and Crown. The Hay Standard, weekly, and Riverine Grazier, biweekly, are the local journals. The Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Roman Catholics, and Wesleyans, have places of worship here; there is also a hospital, Athenaeum and free

library. Banks: N. S. Wales, Union and Joint Stock. The premises of both the N. S. Wales and joint Stock Banks are fine spacious buildings. Insurance Agencies: Sydney, Alliance, United Victoria, Mutual Life Association, and Australian Widows’ Fund. Principal buildings, besides those mentioned, are the court-house, post and telegraph office and police barracks, public school, Masonic hall and theatre, municipal chambers, and gaol. There are at H a y Mas onic , Foresters’ a n d

Temperance lodges, lands office, three breweries, and a bonded store. The town is supplied with water from the municipal waterworks, the water being pumped up from the river and carried in pipes through all the principal streets. The town is well laid out, the streets are broad, in some cases planted with trees, and the footpaths asphalted. The surrounding country is entirely taken up for sheep and cattle stations, and consists of plains sparsely timbered. The population is now stated at upwards of 2,000, and the district at upwards of 4,200. About 70,000 bales of wool are sent from Hay during the season.” Pictures are courtesy of the State Library of NSW Top - Commercial Hotel c 1880 Centre - Lachlan Street c1875 Bottom Left - Australian Joint Stock Back c 1870 Bottom Right - Interior of McClures Drapery L to R Ivy Hyde, Eunice Beissel, Charlie Whitteron, Monica Forster, Ann Hammond Staff, McClures Drapery


The Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry is a list of people who may be willing to donate bone marrow or blood stem cells to give a transplant patient a second chance at life. The ABMDR is linked to a worldwide network of donor registries which can be searched for those patients. Many Australians each year are diagnosed with leukaemia or other fatal blood disorders. A bone marrow or haemopoietic stem cell transplant is the only possibility of cure for many of these patients. Donors need to be specifically matched to the patient which can make it very difficult to find a donor for certain patients with rare tissue types. Only 1 in 1000 donors will be asked to donate for a patient requiring a transplant in any given year. Siblings are the ideal donors for a patient in need of a bone marrow or haemopoietic stem cell transplant, but only one patient in three will find a matched donor within their family. The other two in three patients rely on the ABMDR or other international registries to find a suitable match. With ABMDRs commitment to recruiting donors we can continue helping those patients in need.

If a donor is identified, what happens next? The transplant team will determine the urgency of a stem cell transplant depending

on the disease of the patient and their clinical condition. If the transplant is urgent, the search coordinator will request "work up" of the compatible donor: a series of medical tests and appointments to ascertain the donor's suitability as a stem cell donor. If an unrelated donor is identified for a patient, but transplant is not indicated straight away, the donor can be reserved for that patient for up to 9 months. After that time the donor is released from the patient search and details of the donor ID, registry and tissue type are recorded in the patient file for easy recall of the donor when transplant is indicated. Currently there are two ways a donor can donate stem cells. The choice will be dictated by the patient’s needs and so a donor may be asked to donate either bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells. A small percentage of people may be asked to donate both stem cells and bone marrow.

Am I able to be a donor? Donors must be between 18 and 40 years of age at registration and in good health. You may be asked to donate a unit of blood (470ml) and undergo screening tests for viruses or other infections.

Donors are retired from the registry at the age of 60. The ABMDR will not normally contact you unless you are identified as a potential match for a patient, but please notify the ABMDR of any changes of address or personal details

If I agree to help, what will happen? You will have a blood test to establish your HLA type (or tissue type). It is not necessary to take a sample of your bone marrow to determine your tissue type. HLA stands for Human Leucocyte Antigen. A leucocyte is a white blood cell and an antigen is a ‘marker’ on the surface of blood cells. The HLA type is determined by two sets of genes, one inherited from each parent.

For further information visit the ABMDR website or call 02 9234 2405

70% of people will not find a match within their family and rely on a search of donors on the bone marrow registry.


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When Anna woke up that morning, she noticed that Yoichi hadn't come home. This was a common habit with him, and she learned early on not to question his whereabouts. So Anna ate her breakfast, without giving her absent husband one thought. If she had known why he was absent this morning though, she might not have had any appetite for the rice Izumi made. Yoichi Mizukiyo, (the "ichi" at the end of his name means "firstborn son"), would usually spend his nights and mornings in a smoke filled room in Yokohama, gambling his inheritance away. Sometimes Yoichi won, but mostly he lost. In fact, he had lost more money than he realized, playing the addicting games of Mahjong, and Pachinko. (Popular games of chance in Japan.) For several years, Yoichi led a life of gambling excesses, causing him to sink deep in debt. His creditors had allowed Yoichi to borrow money hand over fist, knowing his father was wealthy. Someday the old man would die, and leave his great fortune to his eldest son. This is what they were counting on, and so was Y o i c h i . Today would be different, however. After spending three hours in front of a Pachinko machine's hypnotizing lights, Yoichi felt someone tugging at his

"What do you want?" he asked impatiently. "Your father is dying. Come quickly." Yoichi obeyed i m m e d i a t e l y .

Mr. Mizukiyo knew that soon, h e w o u l d d i e . Yoichi bowed and knelt beside his dying father.

"Weariness fills my heart, for your disgrace has come to the doors of my house. The Toshikazu Mizukiyo had led inheritance that you have so a long life. Now he wanted to long taken for granted is die peacefully, confident in given to Shunji ("ji" meaning the knowledge that the "second son"). From this honorable hour on, I have f a m i l y This was how Mr Mizukivo no firstborn son." n a m e was going to punish his A stunned Yoichi w o u l d s t a r e d son continue disbelievingly at for several his father. more generations. He had disapproved of his son's "Father, if I do not pay the choice of wife, for he had creditors their money, they hoped that Yoichi would will kill me ... or worse!" choose a woman of his own Yoichi was visibly shaken. country. The blonde, blue - Beads of sweat ran down in eyed Anna, (with a Dutch rivulets on his face. The "or heritage), was not what he worse", was in Yoichi's mind, had hoped for. But Mr. more terrifying than death. Mizukiyo knew how hard his son was trying to be worldly, "I have no firstborn son," his a n d t h o u g h t i t wa s f a t h e r r e p e a t e d . M r . somewhat humorous. Yoichi Mizukiyo would not even had a lot to learn before he look at his dishonored would be as wise as his offspring. Yoichi opened his ancestors. Years would add mouth to protest, but the wi s d om t o h i s s on . words would not come. He knew his father would never However, several hours ago, reverse the death sentence Mr. Mizukiyo received word he had just given. This was of his eldest son's gambling how Mr. Mizukiyo was going fever and large debts. Many to punish his son. Silently, of Yoichi's excesses were Yoichi left his father's house told him in great detail. The for the last time. longer he listened, the Legal Disclaimer: The characters and events depicted in these angrier he became. This was love stories are fictitious, and should not to be interpreted as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. no longer a laughing matter. Copyright: These original love stories are copyright Š 1998His eldest and most honored 2011 by Sarah L. Fall (a.k.a. Judith Bronte). All rights reserved. Reproduced with permission son had disgraced the ancient f am ily nam e, exposing it to ridicule. He must save face, (save honor), and do it quickly, for


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Aries

A strange man will enter your house this month and leave you some nice surprises. Take notice of the special paper that these treasures are wrapped in; there will be a hidden message printed on them. Try to decipher this message and spread the word.

Taurus

Watch how much Christmas ham you devour this month, take smaller bites and your bikini will thank you for it. If you do overindulge, make sure you cover up at the pool or small children will stare and the hard work Santa has done to make them happy will be easily undone.

Gemini

A small parcel will arrive in your life this month and bring you much joy. Watch your purse strings though as packages such as these can cost you a fortune and drain your resources for extended periods of time. Lunar tip: Moist toilettes will do the trick!

Cancer

This will be a joyful season for you but someone close to you will certainly have the Ebenezer Scrooge routine down pat. Take no prisoners- tell them to snap out of it and demand a present or you won’t be their friend. This is the most mature advice the universe has to offer- if you don’t like it, figure it out yourself.

Leo

If you are expecting some amazing presents, you should stop getting your hopes up. Someone has been spreading rumours about you and this has landed you on the ‘Naughty list’. Don’t bother trying to rectify this. Rather, dress up as Santa and scare small children. That should teach him.

Virgo

You will receive a visit from a mysterious stranger. Offer him a drink and a biscuit but do not feed his animals as they may become temperamental. Move him along quickly as he will have a lot of work to do in a short amount of time. Don’t be tempted to snoop through his things or you will miss out on a treat.

Libra

Be careful not to take small children to shopping centres this month or you will be accosted by suave and persuasive photographers. If you cannot avoid them, try licking your ear when they tell you to smile. This will reverse their willingness to get the perfect shot and you will be released from their power.

Scorpio

Toward the end of the month, you may hear a loud thud on your roof. Try not to be alarmed as this is an important astrological occurrence as it is the transportation method of happiness into many peoples’ lives. You might also hear bells but these will be in your imagination- see your doctor.

Sagittarius

It’s your birthday Sagittarius, so why should you be the one giving out presents. It is time you got the attention you deserve. Hold a peaceful protest by ceasing all personal hygiene until you have received the presents and party you desire. Don’t expect too many guests though as your aroma will be less than inviting.

Capricorn

This month you will clean out your cupboards and do some re-gifting. This will save you heaps of money, however you will probably give a gift back to the same person who originally gave it to you. Prepare yourself for harsh words and tension. Regain their friendship by cooking them a cake.

Aquarius

A gift that you gave some time ago will make its way back to you this month. Once you have recalled why the present is so familiar, make sure you make the returner feel terrible for re-gifting your great present. Ensure you use colourful terminology and intense facial expressions when you do. If they try to offer you baked goods as a peace offering, use more colourful words before accepting it.

Pisces

So Pisces, what makes you think you are worthy of Christmas presents? What have you done this year that is sooo great? Can’t answer, can you? Until you start to behave you will not find any Christmas cheer and your Christmas pudding will be dry and bland. This is what you get for being naughty throughout the year. I hope you realise that you should have listened to your mother.


Issue 7 - December 2011  
Issue 7 - December 2011  

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