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Wantok Weekly 01.10.12

Regular Activities Aerobics – Body Attack Classes Monday & Wednesday 5:30pm Stadium Gym Entry is K10 Circuit Classes Tuesday & Thursday 8:15am Stadium Gym Entry is K10 Saturday Morning Runs Saturdays, 5:45am Weekly runs starting from various venues in Lae. This run is not for the faint-hearted as it is fast paced & is anything from 12km to 21km long. Please contact Rhys Griggs for more info at:

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pinch and a punch for the first day of the month, no returns, white rabbit! I’m sure most of us have heard that saying, however do you know where/how it actually originated?

After doing some google research hoping to find out, it seems I am unfortunately still none the wiser! No one seems to know the exact origins of this custom however there are many speculations, some quite entertaining, such as: 1) As president, Georgia Washington met local Indian tribes on the first day of each month, when he would supply fruit punch with added (a pinch?) salt. It became known as “pinch and punch on the first day of the month”. 2) Originating from old England times when it was thought that witches existed. People thought that salt would make a witch weak, so the pinch part is pinching of the salt, and the punch part was to banish the witch. 3) An old English custom was to say “white rabbit” when you first rise in the morning on the first day of the month to bring you good luck.

Quote of the Week “Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.” William Butler Yeats

If you have any submissions for the next edition of the Wantok Weekly, please ensure you email them to wantok_weekly@hot by 5pm Thursday, 11 Oct 2012.

So as for the origins of the whole saying/custom? Well your guess is as good as mine! Feel free to email through your own take on this.

General Information For those who utilize the fruit and vegetable delivery service “Roda’s Organic Produce”, please note that the service will be unable to make deliveries for the next two weeks or so due to a death in the family. Delivery should be back to normal after this period. If you are interested in having fresh fruit & vegetables delivered right to your door at reasonable prices, you can email Davina at for a product and price list.

Upcoming Events 4 October, Pink Ribbon Day Luncheon 11:30am on Thursday, 4th October 2012 at the

Lae Yacht Club. Tickets are K600 for a table of 10 - and are selling fast! Price Includes pink champagne and chicken luncheon Lucky Door Prizes, Prize for Best Dressed Table (Pink) Please remember to bring along some extra cash for raffle tickets. Proceeds will be donated to Breast Cancer Awareness and Cancer Clinics in Lae. *** Any donations for raffle prizes would be greatly appreciated*** Please contact Gwenda Hailwood for bookings or enquiries on Ph: 7353 0126 5 October, Early Chicks Early Chicks is on again this Friday at 6pm at the Lae International Hotel Aero Bar. The night coincides with Scrum so we are looking forward to a few more ladies coming along. 11 October, Lunch of the Month Theme: An Explosion of Colour Location: Melanesian Hotel Time: 12 Noon Cost: K50 member, K60 non-members Come and enjoy a buffet lunch. Drinks will be at bar prices. Tickets are now on sale at the Brian Bell Home Centre. Don't forget to dress with colour and we look forward to seeing you there! 20 October, 2012 Markham Masquerade Ball Saturday 20th October at the Morobe Show Hall Tickets are K250 single / K500 double Tickets include all food and drinks, live music, DJ. Tickets are limited and available from Brian Bell. Corporate Tables of 10 are K2500 and can be purchased from Roberta Leo on 7351 5505 or All proceeds from this year's Ball go towards a new community library within the Morobe Show Grounds. Please bring a book to the Ball to donate to the library. 27 & 28 October, 2012 Morobe Show Visit the show website for program & ticket info.

Recipe of the week Mixed berry cakes with nougat ice-cream

Notes To freeze: wrap each cooled cake in plastic wrap, then foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature.

Polish Style Sausage Rolls Pork sausages served with sauerkraut, onions and mustard.

Grand Final Fever Well the weekend had many of us gripped with “Grand Final Fever”. Firstly with Saturday’s AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Hawthorn Hawks. Then Sunday’s NRL Grand Final match between Melbourne Storm and the Canterbury Bulldogs. Ingredients • 2 litres vanilla ice-cream • 4 x 75g packets French nougat, finely chopped • 125g butter, softened • 1 cup caster sugar • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste • 3 eggs • 1 cup plain flour, sifted • 1/2 cup self-raising flour, sifted • 1/2 cup buttermilk • 1 1/2 cups frozen mixed berries • 1/3 cup mixed berry ice-cream topping Method Place ice-cream in a large bowl (reserve container). Set ice-cream aside for 10 minutes or until softened. Using a large metal spoon, fold the nougat into the icecream until well combined. Spoon icecream back into container. Cover with lid. Freeze overnight.

One thing these two games had in common was the fact that many people choose to celebrate with a good old outdoor barbecue. Traditionally a barbecue involves throwing a couple of “snags” (sausages) on the hot plates then wrapping them in bread with a squirt of tomato sauce. However these days with all the cooking shows on tv, the bbq has become more sophisticated so here are a few tips on how to spruce up your sausage sizzle! Lamb & Spinach Pesto Rolls Lamb sausages with onions homemade spinach pesto.


Bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre of 1 cake comes out clean. Stand in pan for 5 minutes. Turn onto a wire rack to cool (see notes, to freeze). Serve cakes warm or cold with nougat ice-cream. Drizzle with topping.

1596: The Duke of Norfolk was imprisoned by Britain's Queen Elizabeth for trying to marry Mary the Queen of Scots. 1833: Charles Darwin reaches Rio Tercero Argentina 1869: Austria issues the world's first postcards 1880: Thomas Edison began the commercial production of electric lamps at Edison Lamp Works in Menlo Park. 1958: Britain transfers Christmas Island (south of Java) to Australia 1967: Pink FLoyd's 1st US tour (arrives in NYC)

Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan-forced. Grease a 12-hole, 1/2 cup-capacity muffin pan. Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until just combined. Stir in half the flours and half the buttermilk until combined. Repeat with remaining flours and buttermilk. Fold in berries. Spoon mixture evenly among prepared pans.

On this day in history

1971: Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, FL 1976: 1st Dutch casino opens Spiced Duck Sausage Rolls Serve with carmaelised onions and apple chutney.

1988: Mikhail Gorbachev assumed the Soviet presidency. 1994: The U.S. and Japan avoided a trade war by reaching a series of trade agreements. 1999: The 50th anniversary of the founding of the Peoples Republic of China was celebrated in Beijing. 2000: Closing ceremony of the XXVII Olympics in Sydney, Australia

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