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Book launch: The Gourmet Farmer Deli Book

Rachel Edwards
30.08.12 10:43 am

Book launch:
The Gourmet Farmer Deli Book
Nick Haddow, Ross O’Meara and Matthew Evans
Fullers Bookshop, TONIGHT, 5.30pm

For immediate release:
The Gourmet Famer Deli Book with Nick Haddow, Matthew Evans and Ross O’Meara will be launched at Fullers Bookshop TONIGHT at 5.30pm by singer and vocal specialist Maria Lurighi.

The food is being created by flavour specialist, Jo Cook and the wine is all Tasmanian.

This book follows on from the Gourmet Farmer television show – and asks the questions ‘why would you make your own sausages, cure your own ham, pickle your own fish or
preserve your own vegetables?” – and answers it with simplicity:  “because it tastes better.”

The book: celebrates the artisan process in making items typically found in your local deli – from cheese and cream to cured and smoked meats to pickled fish and vegetables. And secondly it provides simple, delicious recipes where those ingredients are the stars of simple, rustic, flavoursome dishes. This beautifully photographed book celebrates the way we used to cook and food how it
used to taste.

The authors: food writer and former restaurant critic Matthew Evans left Sydney to run a smallholding in Tasmania. He runs a market stall with former chef Ross O’Meara selling salami, rillettes and smallgoods made from free range pigs they breed themselves. Cheese maker Nick Haddow owns and runs Bruny Island Cheese Company, south of Hobart. Nick Haddow has recently been awarded a Churchill Fellowship.

Rachel Edwards
Events Manager
Fullers Bookshop, Hobart
Tasmanian Independent Bookseller of the Year 2002-2012
Australian Bookseller of the Year 2002
131 Collins St, Hobart, TAS, 7000, Australia
(ph) 03 6234 3800 (fx) 03 6234 3866

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Steele Rudd ... and the Last Days of The Mill

Tim Thorne
27.08.12 7:22 am

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Photo: Peter Lord ... of Pete Hay at the Burnie launch

Launch Speech, Last Days of the Mill, Pete Hay & Tony Thorne (Forty Degrees South, 2012)


Please indulge me if I start with a personal note.  The Burnie pulp mill played a big part in my early life.  Not only did I and other members of my family and many of my friends work there, but having spent a large part of my childhood and adolescence in or near Burnie, I had always felt it as a huge and unavoidable presence in my life.  And I don’t just mean the sulphurous stench when the Easterly blew.


Although, as one could guess from the title, Last Days of the Mill< looks backward, it doesn’t, in most cases, look back as far as the days when I used to work through the shut and beyond in the Papermakers stores every summer.  In those days there were people who had retired from working continuously at the mill since they’d left school.  There was no less sense of the mill being a permanent fixture than there was of the same being true for Round Hill or the ferns of Fernglade.  I remember a strike in the late ‘50s, the first industrial dispute I had ever been conscious of up close, and I remember the sense of solidarity that pervaded the town.  Even my father, headmaster of the local school, member of the Rotary Club, and so conservative in his politics that he voted for both Menzies and Eric Reece, was sympathetic to the strikers.  That strike, of course, was very minor compared to ‘92, and it is interesting how the reminiscences which underpin the poems in this book tend very much to revolve around the ‘92 strike.

There were rorts, of course, as there are in all large enterprises.  Some of these are delightfully recalled in the book.  There was the occasional order from the stores for a sheet of Sarnprene greasing foam cut to a single mattress size and shape for someone who’d got a job as a greaser but needed to get in his eight hours’ sleep because he had another job elsewhere.  There were plenty of humorous characters and a great sense of camaraderie.  There was the girl from the finishing room I used to sit with at lunchtime, but that’s another story.


If you’ll allow me one more indulgence, I’ll read a poem I wrote recently. 

Passports

My passport’s navy blue with gold insignia
like the guernseys of the APPM football team
when I watched Yolla lose to them in 1949:
my oldest memory of defeat.


Associated Pulp and Paper Manufacturers,
“The Pulp” was all we ever called it.
It was where you worked if you didn’t have a farm
(or if, like my uncle’s, sick cows couldn’t pay bills.)


The Pulp was sold many times; high finance,
higher than the trees that fed it, higher
than the marks the Pulp’s full forward took
over stolid cow cockies, flew like leather


backwards and forwards above the lives
of drivers, fitters, finishing room girls,
settling finally somewhere in Taiwan
or Switzerland.  Who knew?  The farms


long since turned to Eucalyptus nitens
bred to suck the life out of the country,
sicker than Uncle Lyle’s crook herd
of Friesians, just as useless, but lined up straighter.


I remember lines of washing.  There was a woman
down the road who hung out rows
of APPM guernseys every Monday,
like passports in the bright, cold wind.

 

But that’s enough of me.  The really important people are Pete and Tony - and, of course, the Pulp workers whose lives are presented in the book so aptly and so memorably through the poems and the drawings and prints.  I’d like to point out that, as far as I know, Tony is no relation.  There are two Thorne clans on the island, and he must belong to the other one.  He has captured the atmosphere of the mill as I remember it, the massive scale of the machinery compared to the humans working with it.  The sense of oppression that this evokes is actually heightened by the vast empty spaces at the end, as the last few workers are dwarfed by the void that has finally come to replace the activity, the vitality, the sheer humanity that is the history of the Pulp.  Looking at Tony’s work you can’t help but get a gut feeling of apprehension about the way that people are becoming surplus to the requirements of the contemporary economic and industrial system.

 


And what has happened historically as a consequence of that is interesting to contemplate.  Tasmania, of course, features prominently in one of the most significant of such occasions, when the Industrial Revolution destroyed the commercial value of so many people in Britain.  The abolition of slavery in the USA made millions of African-Americans similarly redundant.  Misery, poverty, lack of freedom, forced migration: these were some of the side effects.  But so were cultural flourishings, remarkable stories of survival, improvisation and co-operation, of the irrepressible nature of the human spirit.  The closure of the Pulp was not on that scale, but it was one small part of a world-wide phenomenon which is currently altering the way humans interact on and with this planet as old structures collapse.   


As for Pete Hay… I read in a magazine recently where he was described as a “latter-day Steele Rudd”.  Well, at least it wasn’t Kevin.  Rudd’s Dad and Dave inhabited a different environment, physically and socially, from the Pulp workers of Burnie, but that comparison got me thinking that the voices in Pete’s poems in this collection are still, to a significant extent, rural voices.  Even though Burnie was officially declared a city half a century or so ago, the Pulp was never an urban factory complex and its workers never fitted the mould of the traditional urban proletariat. 


So the voices that Pete has captured so accurately here are distinguishable from the voices of anyone else in the world.  The suburbs of Montello and Brooklyn, where many of these people lived, are unlike, say, George Town or Goodwood, places which might have a superficial similarity to them.  Just seeing the name of Jorgensen Street attached to one of the poems took me back to sights, sounds, friends, a whole environment that was a deeply embedded part of my teenage life.  But here I am talking about myself again.  A number of the people in the book, in fact, live out of Burnie itself.  Yolla, Somerset, Sulphur Creek:  These are still as much country villages as they are outer suburbs, and the characters who speak to us from these places, courtesy of Pete’s work, are links to a wider network of human interaction.  Tasmania is a tightly woven mesh of relationships, interests and experiences.  This book draws out a few strands of that mesh and highlights them.


If you have any interest at all in the structure of that mesh, or if you want to see how excellent works of art, either visual or aural (for Pete Hay’s poetry is always primarily aural) can be created from the working lives of so-called ordinary people, or if you just want to read some great poems and look at some great pen-and-wash drawings or digital prints, then you have to get a copy of Last Days of the Mill.  I have the greatest of pleasure in launching it.


Tim Thorne
August 16 2012

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Latest news from the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre

Tasmanian Writers' Centre
24.08.12 7:44 am

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You can bank on Tristan

Paula Xibberas
23.08.12 9:04 am

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The name Tristan has a number of meanings; one is’ noise’ or ‘clatter’ and Tristan has been true to that interpretation of his name in making some noise about how fantastic Tassie’s MONA is! Tristan was here in Tasmanian recently for the first time to visit schools and encourage children to read. Tristan has long been involved in writing educational literature and working to encourage, especially boys who are not always that keen, to love books.


 
There is another meaning to the name Tristan and that suitably refers to the Tristan of legend and means ‘sad’ and maybe there was a certain sadness in Tristan about the lack of interest of boys in reading but now things have changed and boys are becoming interested in reading and that has a lot to do with some inspiring writers and people like Tristan.


 
Tristan’s occupation was once that of a working actor, perhaps you might remember him from ‘Home and Away’ or a number of other Australian TV dramas. Tristan went on to capitalise on the English love of Australian TV and music stars and did some presenting on television in the UK. Tristan found the presenting role preferable to acting because it allowed him to use his personality in his work rather than acting out another writer’s script for a character. Tristan possesses just that right kind of playful personality that gives him that insight into children and makes him such a good children’s writer.


 
His target as mentioned before has been to encourage reluctant readers especially boys. He himself was inspired by the stories of Paul Jennings and was often left wanting more. Tristan began writing adventure stories to capture particularly boy’s interest and also remembering to use the visual element as an important incentive for boys.


 
Tristan has also been involved in coming up with some interesting initiatives that help encourage reading and at the same time do something positive for the community.


 
Recently he has been involved in raising money for a library in Cambodia with already 11,000 raised and 9,000 to go. The way he did this was having swap libraries and book challenges where students were encouraged to seek parents sponsorship for 20 dollars or so for keeping quiet for the day (and hopefully indulging in some reading!) or school busking where instead of a song children read from their favourite books and those spectators that enjoy will give a coin donation.


 
Some of Tristan’s inspirations have been based on the popular book ‘Change the world for ten bucks’ which shows how little things can make great change come about.



His upcoming book is a suspenseful mystery that features parents kidnapping their children! Other books Tristan has written are his latest ‘Galactic adventures’ and ‘Myself, life and other stuff’


You can check out Tristan’s site at http://www.tristanbancks.com

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Celebrating 170 years of Hobart the Cathedral City

SAINT DAVID’S CATHEDRAL FOUNDATION
22.08.12 8:00 am

To celebrate the 170th anniversary of the Letters Patent from Her Majesty Queen Victoria proclaiming Hobart
Town a Cathedral City, a book capturing the people and the stories of St David’s Cathedral has been released.

This day (Tuesday) in 1842 not only created the Diocese of Tasmania but marked the first formal use of the title
“Tasmania” as it was still known as Van Diemen’s Land up until 1856.

Throughout its vibrant and sometimes turbulent history St David’s Cathedral has helped shape Tasmanian
society and the lives of many Hobart citizens.

“God & the City - A History of St David’s Cathedral” is a historical account of St David’s Cathedral and the lives
it’s touched written by historian and academic, Professor Emeritus Peter Boyce.

Peter tells the fascinating human story with all the achievements, joys, faults and foibles of the people
connected to St David’s Cathedral, particularly its senior clergy.

Professor Boyce said publication of the history seems a fitting way to follow up the physical restorations.

“This book celebrates the Cathedral’s central place in the social history of Hobart and one hopes that it will
capture the attention of those people who have worshipped there or were baptised, confirmed or married
there,” Professor Boyce said.

“It’s much more than just an architectural gem and a home for regular worshippers,” he said. “It’s a splendid
venue for the performing arts and offers sacred space to passers by for meditation or quiet reflection.”

Hobart Lord Mayor Damon Thomas agreed that St David’s holds a unique place in the city’s history and
contemporary life.

“Saint David’s Cathedral has always marked the cornerstone at the heart of the city streets,” Lord Mayor
Thomas said.

“This book will illustrate how it’s close to the heart of many Tasmanians too.”

St David’s Cathedral Foundation secretary Kerry Bowerman said that during the planning of the Cathedral’s
restoration it became evident that there needed to be a written account of the Cathedral’s history.

“The Cathedral has such a long history and it needed to be told,” Mr Bowerman said.

“By getting this information out of the archives the foundation is hoping to bring new light on what the
Cathedral means to Hobart and what part it can play in its future.”

It has taken over six years to finish the book, with Professor Boyce dedicating his free time to writing it
voluntarily.

It is a timely coincidence that its completion coincides with both the finished restorations of St David’s
Cathedral and the anniversary of the Letters Patent.

The St David’s Cathedral Foundation also acknowledges that without funding and ongoing support, both the
restorations and the printing of the book simply wouldn’t be possible.

St David’s Cathedral Recent History of Events:

• 2012 - “God & the City – A History of Saint David’s Cathedral” is published

• 2011 - Cloisters upgrade completed

• 2010 - Stage Two of restorations is completed.

• 2009 - Stage One of restorations begins and is completed.

• 2006 - Peter Boyce takes it upon himself to finish the book alone

• 2004-St David’s Cathedral Restoration and Conservation Project launched

• 2003/2004 - Peter Boyce chosen to lead a team to produce a history on Saint
David’s Cathedral

• 2003 - The Saint David’s Cathedral Foundation was created as a trust for the
ongoing maintenance, long term preservation and enhancing of Saint David’s
Cathedral.

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Fullers: The Gourmet Farmer Deli Book, Thursday, August 30, 5.30pm

Rachel Edwards
20.08.12 8:22 pm

Book launch:
The Gourmet Farmer Deli Book
Nick Haddow, Ross O’Meara and Matthew Evans
Fullers Bookshop, Thursday, August 30, 5.30pm

Tasmania’s best-loved foodies are back with a vengeance to launch their latest culinary offering – in book form!

The Gourmet Famer Deli Book will be launched at Fullers Bookshop on Thursday, August 30 at 5.30pm by singer and vocal specialist Maria Lurighi.

It is expected that the ticketed event, which will be catered for by food curator and flavour educator Jo Cook, will sell out.

This book follows on from the Gourmet Farmer television show – and asks the questions ‘why would you make your own sausages, cure your own ham, pickle your own fish or
preserve your own vegetables?” – and answers it with simplicity:  “because it tastes better.”

The book: celebrates the artisan process in making items typically found in your local deli – from cheese and cream to cured and smoked meats to pickled fish and vegetables. And secondly it provides simple, delicious recipes where those ingredients are the stars of simple, rustic, flavoursome dishes. This beautifully photographed book celebrates the way we used to cook and food how it used to taste.

The authors: food writer and former restaurant critic Matthew Evans left Sydney to run a smallholding in Tasmania. He runs a market stall with former chef Ross O’Meara selling salami, rillettes and smallgoods made from free range pigs they breed themselves. Cheese maker Nick Haddow owns and runs Bruny Island Cheese Company, south of Hobart. Nick Haddow has recently been awarded a Churchill Fellowship.

Rachel Edwards
Events Manager
Fullers Bookshop, Hobart
Tasmanian Independent Bookseller of the Year 2002-2012
Australian Bookseller of the Year 2002
131 Collins St, Hobart, TAS, 7000, Australia
(ph) 03 6234 3800 (fx) 03 6234 3866

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The Pulp!

Tim Thorne
20.08.12 5:38 am

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Launch Speech, Last Days of the Mill, Pete Hay & Tony Thorne (Forty Degrees South, 2012)

Please indulge me if I start with a personal note.  The Burnie pulp mill played a big part in my early life.  Not only did I and other members of my family and many of my friends work there, but having spent a large part of my childhood and adolescence in or near Burnie, I had always felt it as a huge and unavoidable presence in my life.  And I don’t just mean the sulphurous stench when the Easterly blew.

Although, as one could guess from the title, Last Days of the Mill looks backward, it doesn’t, in most cases, look back as far as the days when I used to work through the shut and beyond in the Papermakers stores every summer.  In those days there were people who had retired from working continuously at the mill since they’d left school.  There was no less sense of the mill being a permanent fixture than there was of the same being true for Round Hill or the ferns of Fernglade.  I remember a strike in the late ‘50s, the first industrial dispute I had ever been conscious of up close, and I remember the sense of solidarity that pervaded the town.  Even my father, headmaster of the local school, member of the Rotary Club, and so conservative in his politics that he voted for both Menzies and Eric Reece, was sympathetic to the strikers.  That strike, of course, was very minor compared to ‘92, and it is interesting how the reminiscences which underpin the poems in this book tend very much to revolve around the ‘92 strike. 

There were rorts, of course, as there are in all large enterprises.  Some of these are delightfully recalled in the book.  There was the occasional order from the stores for a sheet of Sarnprene greasing foam cut to a single mattress size and shape for someone who’d got a job as a greaser but needed to get in his eight hours’ sleep because he had another job elsewhere.  There were plenty of humorous characters and a great sense of camaraderie.  There was the girl from the finishing room I used to sit with at lunchtime, but that’s another story.

If you’ll allow me one more indulgence, I’ll read a poem I wrote recently. 

Passports


My passport’s navy blue with gold insignia
like the guernseys of the APPM football team
when I watched Yolla lose to them in 1949:
my oldest memory of defeat.

Associated Pulp and Paper Manufacturers,
“The Pulp” was all we ever called it.
It was where you worked if you didn’t have a farm
(or if, like my uncle’s, sick cows couldn’t pay bills.)

The Pulp was sold many times; high finance,
higher than the trees that fed it, higher
than the marks the Pulp’s full forward took
over stolid cow cockies, flew like leather

backwards and forwards above the lives
of drivers, fitters, finishing room girls,
settling finally somewhere in Taiwan
or Switzerland.  Who knew?  The farms

long since turned to Eucalyptus nitens
bred to suck the life out of the country,
sicker than Uncle Lyle’s crook herd
of Friesians, just as useless, but lined up straighter.

I remember lines of washing.  There was a woman
down the road who hung out rows
of APPM guernseys every Monday,
like passports in the bright, cold wind.</i>


But that’s enough of me.  The really important people are Pete and Tony - and, of course, the Pulp workers whose lives are presented in the book so aptly and so memorably through the poems and the drawings and prints.  I’d like to point out that, as far as I know, Tony is no relation.  There are two Thorne clans on the island, and he must belong to the other one.  He has captured the atmosphere of the mill as I remember it, the massive scale of the machinery compared to the humans working with it.  The sense of oppression that this evokes is actually heightened by the vast empty spaces at the end, as the last few workers are dwarfed by the void that has finally come to replace the activity, the vitality, the sheer humanity that is the history of the Pulp.  Looking at Tony’s work you can’t help but get a gut feeling of apprehension about the way that people are becoming surplus to the requirements of the contemporary economic and industrial system.

And what has happened historically as a consequence of that is interesting to contemplate.  Tasmania, of course, features prominently in one of the most significant of such occasions, when the Industrial Revolution destroyed the commercial value of so many people in Britain.  The abolition of slavery in the USA made millions of African-Americans similarly redundant.  Misery, poverty, lack of freedom, forced migration: these were some of the side effects.  But so were cultural flourishings, remarkable stories of survival, improvisation and co-operation, of the irrepressible nature of the human spirit.  The closure of the Pulp was not on that scale, but it was one small part of a world-wide phenomenon which is currently altering the way humans interact on and with this planet as old structures collapse.   

As for Pete Hay… I read in a magazine recently where he was described as a “latter-day Steele Rudd”.  Well, at least it wasn’t Kevin.  Rudd’s Dad and Dave inhabited a different environment, physically and socially, from the Pulp workers of Burnie, but that comparison got me thinking that the voices in Pete’s poems in this collection are still, to a significant extent, rural voices.  Even though Burnie was officially declared a city half a century or so ago, the Pulp was never an urban factory complex and its workers never fitted the mould of the traditional urban proletariat. 

So the voices that Pete has captured so accurately here are distinguishable from the voices of anyone else in the world.  The suburbs of Montello and Brooklyn, where many of these people lived, are unlike, say, George Town or Goodwood, places which might have a superficial similarity to them.  Just seeing the name of Jorgensen Street attached to one of the poems took me back to sights, sounds, friends, a whole environment that was a deeply embedded part of my teenage life.  But here I am talking about myself again.  A number of the people in the book, in fact, live out of Burnie itself.  Yolla, Somerset, Sulphur Creek:  These are still as much country villages as they are outer suburbs, and the characters who speak to us from these places, courtesy of Pete’s work, are links to a wider network of human interaction.  Tasmania is a tightly woven mesh of relationships, interests and experiences.  This book draws out a few strands of that mesh and highlights them.

If you have any interest at all in the structure of that mesh, or if you want to see how excellent works of art, either visual or aural (for Pete Hay’s poetry is always primarily aural) can be created from the working lives of so-called ordinary people, or if you just want to read some great poems and look at some great pen-and-wash drawings or digital prints, then you have to get a copy of Last Days of the Mill. I have the greatest of pleasure in launching it.

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Integral Ita

Paula Xiberras
16.08.12 8:42 am

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‘She was also described as sweet and winning in her address, prudent in word and work, constant in mind, and firm of purpose. But her femininity is not merely compliant or submissive. A strongly individualistic character is glimpsed in the legends of Ita’ (http://www.allsaintsbrookline.org/celtic_saints/ita.html)


The above quote is referring to the sixth century saint by the name of Ita, but it could also easily refer to Ms Ita Buttrose. I had the pleasure of speaking to Ms Buttrose on the occasion of a recent visit to Tasmania and the launch at Fullers Bookshop of her updated biography ‘A Passionate Life’.


Ita tells me that Tasmania is one of her favourite places and she tries to get here at least once a year and she recalls many happy times spent with her children on holiday here in Tassie.


Ita will be back later in the year to do some work for Life Education Tasmania for which she is a patron. There is also another connection to Tasmania. Ita’s work of fiction ‘What is Love’ has featured as a text on the university of Tasmania’s English syllabus and indeed the idea of writing more fiction is a potentially on Ita’s agenda.


The name Ita is not commonplace, which suits such an individual Australian icon as Ita. The name means thirst and that perhaps is the perfect reference for Ita with her thirst for knowledge and it’s manifestation in her career of publishing.  Attributes Ita shares with her sixteenth century saint namesake are her winning address, firmness of purpose and strong individualistic character and yes, her ability to remain feminine while not being compliant or submissive even though she worked with some of the most powerful men in publishing. Ita is also a contradiction, being the force behind both the more wholesome ‘Womans Weekly’ and the little more risque ‘Cleo’ magazine


A woman of integrity Ita gets disappointed by journalism that doesn’t have those high standards.


Most recently Ita has been on our TV screens, firstly as a commentator for last year’s royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton where Ita provided one of the most telling insights of the event. When the bride returned from the church many royal commentators were wondering why the bouquet hadn’t been left at the grave of the unknown soldier following the tradition of the Queen mother who placed her bouquet there as a tribute to her brother who had been killed in the first world war, Ita suggested that perhaps Catherine had decided to lay the bouquet as a loving gesture at the resting place of William’s mother Diana, Princess of Wales.


Ita is not new to covering royal events one of her earliest journalistic assignments was to cover Princess Alexandra’s tour of Australia. Ita believes that with the two handsome princess William and Harry and the vivacious Catherine at the forefront of royal watching the royals will continue to be version of Britain’s Hollywood and continue to fascinate us for some time yet.


Secondly, Ita has become a regular contributor on the Today Show’s segment ‘Girl’s on the Grill’.


Ita has been involved with many good causes over the years including sponsoring a young girl in Africa. Ita was shocked by the fact that the woman was always the last ones in the family to eat and were in danger of becoming malnourished.  Ita was also concerned by young women being tied into marriage contracts at too young an age. By sponsoring a young woman she gave her a chance to have a life of choices.


As well as launching her updated biography ‘A Passionate Life’ Ita was in Tasmania to talk about one of those passions of her life, her focus these days, that being the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia. Ita wants to get us out of the mindset that dementia is a condition that is an inevitable part of ageing. The facts are it can be prevented. Ita lists having a low fat diet, consuming fish oil, abstaining from smoking and excessive alcohol and getting regular exercise, importantly, for both the physical and the mental can keep the condition of dementia at bay.


Ita’s book ‘A Passionate Life’ is out now.

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