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The Day Australia came of age

When I was a child standing to attention at school assembly to commemorate Anzac Day, I experienced mixed emotions. Firstly, pride in my country, but sadness that so many young people had died on the battlefields in a war that held very little meaning to those of us standing facing the flag with hand over heart. The other emotion I felt was of disappointment – irrational as seen from my more mature eyes, but disappointment nonetheless because my father didnʼt serve in the war. He was too young to serve in the First World War and too old for World…

Awesome Artistry

Back in 2016 we came across artist Guido Van Helten who had been commissioned to paint murals on disused silos in Brim, which became the first of the now famous ‘silos arts trail. We have now discovered that Guido has taken his talents to Western Australia where he has painted a giant mural on the Wellington Dam in Collie W.A. Covering 8,000 square metres, this mural is a whopper and another in Guido’s awesome record as an outstanding street artist, known worldwide for his creations. This work titled Reflections required a specially designed scaffolding to enable the work to be…

Hello – We’re Back

We had a bit of a break over the Christmas/New Year period, but now we are back and getting into the swing of a more hopeful 2021. We are super excited about producing our first hard copy of Secrets since March, 2020. There have been a few attempts to publish earlier, but Covid restrictions loomed large making it unviable. However, it’s time to move on and we will be back soon with a new look and a new website – let’s get on with 2021. A Look Back As we move to a new era for Secrets Magazine, we thought…

The Itch We Couldn’t Scratch

That was 2020 – the year that was an itch we just couldn’t scratch. It started with the devastating bushfires that engulfed parts of New South Wales and Victoria, which coined the term “Black Summer”.  It seemed like the fires would never be extinguished, but they were, thanks to the herculean efforts of volunteer fire brigades across the country, but not before taking several lives, enormous property and stock losses and killing and maming millions of our unique wildlife. While we were mourning the losses from the fires, Covid-19 entered our lives, turning the world as we know it upside…

Your summer Astrology 2020

Author – Lyndall McQuinn All Eyes On Aquarius All the news is about the Great Conjunction of Jupiter /Saturn which is occurring now, but will be exact on December 15 until December 28 when Jupiter will speed off and leave Saturn alone to continue its path through Aquarius. This is a great Christmas present for us all and such a welcome relief from the oppressive drudge these two added to throughout 2020. Jupiter and Saturn together are famous as some believe this conjunction was the Star of Bethlehem when Christ was born and the star the Wise Kings followed. So…

Did someone say – go!

Twenty eight days of donuts and now I can fly – well at least with caution. Victoria you have done it. Twenty eight days of no new infections leads the experts to say that we have effectively eliminated Covid in the community. The sense of relief is overwhelming. We still have to be cautious, particularly as borders open, but we know what to do now and none of us want another lockdown. It may be small steps for awhile, however they are steps that are going forward. Enjoy Victoria – you deserve it.Image Donna Crebbin Speaking of Images Ballarat photographer…

Through her lens

Donna Crebbin is an amateur photographer, based in Ballarat who has a passion for snow, the high country and most of all – Australia’s Brumbies. For the second year in a row, Donna has been shortlisted for the prestigious Australian Photography Awards with her photograph of the brumby stallion calling his mob. A camera is never far from Donna’s hand ready to capture the unexpected shot whenever it presents itself. Her photographs are evocative and displays a talent that is impressive. We are also proud that she often shares her stunning images with this magazine. Click here to see more…

Its a boost for Queensland

It’s official – the 2020 AFL Grand Final will be at The Gabba in Queensland. Who would have thought. For the footy fans amongst us, (obviously I’m one of them), it is beyond imagining that the mecca for football, the MCG will be empty and forlorn this year. As a lifelong Western Bulldogs/Footscray supporter, one of the best days of my life was going to the Grand Final in 2016 when we won against all expectations. Just getting there was an emotional ride. My son had always promised me that if we ever made it to the Grand Final he…

Spring Astrology 2020

Mars as the Ignitor.Does spring promise more than winter?  The build-up of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto are still emphasizing Capricorn. They are all in conjunction, which is creating the oppressive and over-powering energy we are all living under. Jupiter and Saturn will both turn direct in Spring, which will at least give us movement towards new circumstances instead of going over old ground, which we have had for most of winter.  Jupiter makes another exact conjunction with Pluto from the 8th to the 14th of November, the last two have given us lock downs so let’s hope the third one…

How large is your footprint?

Real Estate Agents are reporting a marked increase in enquiries and sales from Melbourne residents wishing to relocate to regional areas.  The image of the bush block and rolling plains, clean air and easier lifestyle that has been lurking in the mindset of many is now manifesting into firing up the moving van. The country idyll is something many aspire to and there is a lot to recommend it, but there is more to consider when moving to a country area than first meets the eye.  How big is the footprint going to be on the land?  What about bushfires?…

Breathing Life Through Art

The word retirement usually conjures up images of lazy days sitting in the sun, reading the newspaper with a cup of coffee in hand – not so for artist Alison Parkinson.  Alison has enjoyed a very full life as a portraitist, landscape artist, sculptor, jewellery maker, French polisher and teacher, however when asked about retirement. Alison says, “I’ve never been busier and I’m loving it”.  Alison has had exhibitions, both solo and collaborative, in various commercial galleries around Australia.  Most recently she had a very successful show of portraits at the Backspace Gallery – operated by the Art Gallery of…

No better way to learn the ropes.

Nine News Western Victoria Reporter, Oliver Haig’s love of writing, story telling and an innately curious mind has driven him to strive for a career as a journalist.  Originally from Melbourne, moving to a regional area “has been one of the best things I have done, so far”, said Oliver.  “If you want to be a journalist, working in regional areas is a valuable step to take.  You cover a wide variety of stories, from human interest, local events to the more devastating incidents of serious road crashes and bushfires.”  Oliver experienced the fires first-hand when he covered several serious…