Arts


What Does Australia Really Think About Older People? An SBS Exploration

SBS television  recently commissioned surveys to ask more than 2,000 Australians about their views on people with disabilities, older people and overweight people and in a series of three programs attitudes to each group are explored. Hidden cameras, interviews and research findings provide insight into Australian attitudes. Last night the…

26 August 2021 | Arts

Lost Connections: Why You’re Depressed and How to Find Hope (A Book Review)

If you’ve been clinically depressed you’ll know the force of this debilitating illness and its impact on you and those around you. Thankfully I have been well for many years now but I’m hyper – vigilant during times like the Covid crisis and I’ve learned how to manage my health…

2 July 2021 | Arts | Living Well

Wise Words & Wonderful Images

Let me share with you some of the wise words and lovely images I came across in the last few weeks.  May they keep you focussed on why it’s important even in times of lock-downs and disconnections, to live fully and well as the years fly past…… This man has…

2 July 2021 | Arts

Streaming Delights: What To Watch On a Rainy Day

Lockdowns, winter colds and rainy Sunday afternoons are great times to catch up on what’s showing on streaming services. For winter I’ve extended my subscriptions to Netflix, Stan, Binge and Apple+ TV which gives me a huge range of outstanding content. I tried Brit Box but saw nothing but oldie…

8 June 2021 | Arts

Mary Quant changed the Fashion Industry Forever

The Bendigo Art Gallery has done it again…secured a major international exhibition that is simply brilliant….what pandemic!!?? This regional gallery in central Victoria  demonstrates time and again its capacity to build relationships on the world stage…this time with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and navigate insurance, exhibition design…

23 April 2021 | Arts

The Spare- Rib

If you’re a solo traveller in this world you probably know the scene. You’ve lived happily single for many years. Life is good. You have family, friends and you’ve created a life for yourself that is full of meaning and largely a very joyful existence. You’ve done it for years…

23 April 2021 | Arts | Life-Style

Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal

When Felicity Huffman received 2 weeks gaol time for illegally trying to secure a university place for her daughter, I yawned. A Hollywood actor behaving badly.. again. Two weeks penance? But last night I stumbled across a doco. on Netflix which more than grabbed my attention. Fifty people were indicted…

24 March 2021 | Arts

Poetry by Robert Mierisch

 Robert has so far been Viva 70’s only poet contributor and his work was published in May 2019..a treasure. I’m hoping to persuade Robert to create more poems for us in the future. Thank you Robert on this Viva 70’s walk down memory lane……….Here’s the article and his thought –…

19 February 2021 | Arts

Alexander McQueen on Screen

 This was the very first article I ever wrote, two years ago for Viva 70. It took me a week of research and drafting, editing and angst to create this first piece of content. It was a magical moment. I felt very daring putting my writing out there, but as…

19 February 2021 | Arts