Featured Article

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US! Viva 70 Celebrates Its First Birthday!!!

20 January 2020 | Life-Style

I just pressed the button to publish our 200th article for Viva70.com. How very timely because on January 25th 2019 Viva 70 went live  with this creative baby that was to become a community of very precious readers and creative talent.

I remember last year this time scrambling around trying to get 9 articles written so I could fill the columns in the WordPress template that was to become our  online magazine. My first article was about the fashion designer Alexander McQueen. I wrote and edited the article at least 8 or nine times. I sourced images and agonised over their placement. I learned what a pixel was and tried to resize photos cutting off the heads of most of the images. I was learning and every day since  I just keep on learning.

Read More

50 Faces 50 Lives


Geraldine Ryan: 50 Faces 50 Lives

As many Viva 70 readers will know my mind has been rattling around the idea of how to do something useful in the area of climate activism when the last time I was politically active was in 1970’s around the Vietnam War! So apart from becoming a more diligent recycler,…

20 January 2020 | 50 Faces 50 Lives

Terry Williams: 50 Faces 50 Lives

I’m winding along country roads to find the home of Terry and Jill Williams. Cows grazing, rolling hills, a tiny old brick church, now a private home. Google tells me to keep going. So I do. Driving past rural properties with their never to be understood exotic numbering system. House…

11 December 2019 | 50 Faces 50 Lives

Graeme Leith: 50 Faces 50 Lives

Six Degrees of Separation. I met Graeme Leith some months ago. Friends gathered to have lunch with him at the winery he established. Passing Clouds. It was a pleasant lunch overlooking the neatly planted rows of vines. He’s written a book about his life of winemaking and he generously gave…

5 December 2019 | 50 Faces 50 Lives

Arts


Bombshell Explodes on to the Screen

Director Jay Roach tackles sexual harassment in the workplace head-on in this powerful film. In the wake of the #MeToo movement this film is timely. It is also fastidious in working through the issues of workplace politics, power and gender through a compelling narrative that forms the basis of this…

23 January 2020 | Arts

Little Women: A Lot of Joy!

As a child one of my favourite books was  Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. It’s a coming of age story. Four sisters romping through life, love and misfortune embracing wholesome anglo – christian values. This is the world of 1860’s where charity and humility compete with ego and self…

16 January 2020 | Arts

Pain and Glory: Almodovar At His Best!

If you’ve read my year of film reviews you’ll know two things. Firstly, I see a lot of films. Secondly, I’m less Star Wars and Jumanji and more “off Broadway.” I’m less Spielberg and George Miller and more Almodovar and Spike Lee. Although I do need to tell you of…

31 December 2019 | Arts

Life-Style


Go on… Cross the Border!

We all live in our own worlds. The world of our town, our city, our home. We form judgments about other places from what we’ve heard or what we’ve seen on the news.  Or perhaps we form an image of other cities  from fragments of story that we have amplified,…

23 January 2020 | Life-Style

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US! Viva 70 Celebrates Its First Birthday!!!

I just pressed the button to publish our 200th article for Viva70.com. How very timely because on January 25th 2019 Viva 70 went live  with this creative baby that was to become a community of very precious readers and creative talent. I remember last year this time scrambling around trying…

20 January 2020 | Life-Style

Interior Design trends for 2020

We’ve been living in a very serious world lately. So its time to lighten up with a look at what designers are saying about trends in home styling to kick off the new decade. It’s interesting that our homes become the nest when the world outside is unpredictable and threatening…

11 January 2020 | Life-Style

Living Well


Staying Afloat When the World is Overwhelming

Since September last year many Australians have lived with nightly images of our communities on fire. Worse for some they have lost their homes and loved ones. When disaster strikes trauma results and for people directly affected by fire the road to healing is long and expert professional support is…

16 January 2020 | Living Well

Keeping Hydrated in Extreme Weather

Here in Australia it’s mid- summer and along with 40 degree temperatures the bushfires rage. Julia Richard is our regular Wellness contributor to Viva 70. Originally from New South Wales she has lived in Yorkshire for many years now working as a coach and medical herbalist. This wonderful article was…

11 January 2020 | Living Well

The Red Coat

I bought a red woollen winter coat yesterday, in a sale at Zara. It’s 36 degrees outside. The shopping centre is shrouded in thick yellow-white smoke, like a tarpaulin tightly covering the city, letting nothing through. Not sure why I bought it. Then I remembered a photo. Images. Jane Fonda…

4 January 2020 | Living Well