Home' D Fine Redland Lifestyle Magazine : December 2009 Contents 22 d'fine magazine December 8, 2009
Mid November - Mid December
The pressures of life tend to
dissipate over Christmas and New
Year as there seems to be little that
you can do to change things at the
moment. Prospects are good but
you need to play the waiting game,
whilst cultivating better work
opportunities. A sense of escapism
and romanticism tends to lighten
Everything seems to shut down
during the coming holiday season
and Virgo will feel no alternative but
to ride with the prevailing trends.
This is an excellent time for
attending to personal issues,
initiating domestic projects and
cultivating leisure interests. It seems
that you'll need to do all this on a
The new daily routines being
implemented over the coming
month are timed appropriately as
you gear up for changes within the
home during January. However,
you'll need to anticipate delays in
plans and communications, as well
as calculating in the absence of
another party central to these plans.
Scorpio will find life frustratingly
slow over the next few months,
particularly as they are full of bright
ideas and readiness to participate in
the mainstream of life. You just need
to be patient, allowing time for
adjustment. As you settle into new
routines you'll realise that the wait
was worth it, particularly in career
Everything seems to be gradually
winding down to a halt from
December 20. Your energy levels
are at a low, following a year of
sustained output and challenging
situations. It's a good idea to take
time out for that annual break,
particularly as the next few months
tend to produce delays in multiple
This coming two months is not a
good time for travel, but great for
exploring the intellectual realm. With
your creative levels at a high, your
imagination is likely to produce
some wonderful ideas that assist in
dealing with problematic issues.
Problems with another individual
seem to be placed on the
backburner for a while.
Life can be complicated at times but
these same influences tend to
inspire innovative ideas in dealing
with problems. Such is the case
during the coming two months. You
explore new associations and look
at alternative financial arrangements
at a time when the slow pace of life
allows you to do so.
As Cancer progresses into the New
Year they will encounter obstacles with
communications and travel, along with
delays in finances and business
opportunities. You might throw up your
hands in frustration but you could take
time out to visualise better ways of
doing things. New contacts and new
work conditions are in the process of
If travelling over the next couple of
months, be prepared to encounter
delays. This probably won't bother
you too much as Sagittarius is out to
enjoy themself, seeking variety.
Late December and early January
is particularly frustrating, as people
procrastinate around you; something
you may also do yourself.
Step by step, Capricorn will find
obstacles placed in their path,
starting on the domestic front
around December 20, followed by
work interests, communications and
travel on December 27. You'll ease
into this laidback mode by mid-
January. In the meantime, there are
new friendly faces encountered and
interesting social occasions.
If there are any answers you are
seeking then you need to get them
sorted out before Christmas, as
lengthy delays are likely to follow.
However, there will be ample
opportunities to enjoy yourself
through new recreational interests.
You'll also have plenty of time to
turn issues for which you normally
have no time.
The potential for new life directions
and career opportunities manifests
during December and January.
These will take time to cultivate or
implement. Don't expect people to
be accessible when you need them
or to receive speedy answers to
your enquiries; a slight improvement
is indicated mid-January.
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The Australian Women's Weekly Q & A
When you begin a new Sudoku, some of the
squares will already have numbers in them, and
will have a grey background. The easier the
Sudoku, the more numbers will be provided for
you. These grey squares cannot be altered. The
rules for Sudoku are simple, fill all the empty
squares so that the numbers 1 to 9 appear once
in each of the nine columns, each of the rows, and
each of the nine boxes.
The Australian Women's
Weekly Ask Pamela Q & A
The Australian Women's
Weekly Q & A Bake
ACP Books, $14.95 RRP
Review: Jenny Conroy
In these belt-tightening times, there has
been resurgence in cooking as we ditch
the restaurant dinners and take-aways
in favour of home-made.
And for many of us - both the novice and
experienced - home cooking doesn't always
go to plan.
What to do? Ask Pamela, of course.
To the uninitiated, Pamela Clark is the
food director of The Australian Women's
Weekly test kitchen.
Over the past 30 years, she's been dishing
up tried and trusted recipes.
"This [Ask Pamela] is a practical little
reference book that will become a most
useful tool in your kitchen because a lot of
the old skills are being lost - grandmothers
and mothers simply don't have the time to
pass on information, recipes and techniques
to the next generation," Pamela said.
So if you need to know an easy way to
peel boiled eggs without taking chunks out
the white layer, or how do cook the perfect
rice, Pamela has the answers.
In Q&A Bake, Pamela shares her wisdom
and tips on everything from decorating
Christmas cakes and making home-made
treats for gifts to preventing pavlova
collapses and making pizza bases and self-
saucing puds to the kitchen equipment
needed to create them.
Great great trouble-shooting guide for
the home kitchen.
This month I celebrate my 28th year in the
cinema industry. I cannot believe how fast
that time has gone. It was on a Friday night in
December 1981 that I began work as an Usher at
Village 4 Cinemas in Parramatta, NSW. I was told to
sit and supervise cinema 4 that night.
The first film I experienced as an Usher was
Gallipoli, starring Mel Gibson and Mark Lee. That
was also the last film I had seen with my father,
who passed away the month before.
I actually attended the opening session of this
cinema back in December 1975. The film was
Robert Redford in Three Days of the Condor. It
was strange at that time because most of the
cinemas I had attended prior to that were large
1500 - 2000 seat single screen theatres and here I
was sitiing in a cinema that seated only 396. At
the time it opened that cinema complex was the
largest suburban complex in Australia with 4
screens. Some suburban complexes have up to
30 cinemas in them now. How times have
In those days staff had to be over 18 because
we stayed inside the cinema for the entire movie,
so you had to be 18 in case of R rated movies. One
company that I have since worked for made us
get rid of staff when they were 18 because they
became too expensive.How times have changed!
In those days cinemas only ever received one
copy of a film. These days they may receive up to
four of them and they also have the technology
to "loop" the film between two or three cinemas.
We do that at Victoria Point Cineplex almost
every day. Our Deluxe Cinema shares the same
print as Cinema 2.You may notice that our Deluxe
times are advertised as being five minutes after
our regular screening of the same film. The film
runs through the projector in Cinema 2 first and
then goes through a series of rollers mounted
along the wall and into the projector of Cinema 1.
It is getting very close to Christmas again. I
can't believe how fast the year has gone.We have
gift vouchers available that make excellent
Christmas presents. Adult movie vouchers are
$8.50 each or $75 for a book of 10. Seniors and
student vouchers are $6.50 each and children
and pension vouchers are $4.50 each. We also
have vouchers to the deluxe licensed cinema (for
over 18's) at $12.50 each, or the ultimate
experience package which includes admission to
the deluxe cinema, a glass of wine or beer and a
main course meal for $35. Vouchers are available
from the cinema during normal hours. Full details
of these and also a list of movies screening over
the holidays are on our website.
A reminder that it is no cheaper to come to the
movies during the day on a Tuesday than any
other week day. We have the same prices low
Monday to Friday before 6pm. May I take this
opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.
I look forward to seeing you over the holidays, at
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