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The Australian Women's Weekly

The Australian Women's Weekly

January 2020

The Weekly is loved for its engaging features, delicious recipes and the best in beauty, fashion, homes, books and so much more.

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12 Issues


2 min.

Sometimes bad things happen,” my four-year-old daughter tells me matter-of-factly as I try desperately to steer her away from the heartbreaking sight of a dead baby bird on the footpath in front of us. “But I don’t want you to be sad,” I say, as I tug at her sleeve. “Bad things make me so sad that’s why I need to look at it,” she explains earnestly, transfixed. A challenging conversation about death ensues, before she circles back to the other “bad thing” consuming her, like so many of us right now – the bushfires. The grey haze blanketing our suburb, the smell of smoke that sometimes seeps into our house and the fact she hasn’t been able to play outside with her pre-school friends has not gone unnoticed. Kind teachers carefully explain…

1 min.
letter of the month

I was overcome by Lesley Porter (“Welcome to the good life”, AWW, December) and her astounding work with animals and vulnerable children. Here was a woman who wasn’t wealthy, doesn’t have stardom or a privileged life, who experienced salvation through meeting a woman who changed her mindset and life. She learnt not to dwell in self-pity but to use her skills and experience to change lives of others. A lesson for us all – reach out with kindness, you may just save a life. F. White, Croydon North, Vic. “The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”– PAULO COELHO Mary-Ann Flynn, Millmerran, Qld. NICOLE BYERS PHOTOGRAPH BY ANDREW FINLAYSON.MARNIE HAWSON/BAUERSYNDICATION.COM.AU…

2 min.
in brief news bites

Our stars shine THE ORGANISERS of the Golden Globes might do well to consider relocating the ceremony Down Under given the number of Australian nominees. Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Margot Robbie (left), Russell Crowe and Toni Collette are all in contention for a coveted statuette. Margot made history as the first-ever double nominee at AACTA international awards for Best Supporting Actress. Ladies lead Finland WHEN FINLAND’S government elected a 34-year-old to the most powerful position in the nation, it became a country led by young women. Sanna Marin (second right) is the youngest sitting prime minister in the world, and leads a coalition made up of five parties, each of which is also led by a woman. Four of the five party leaders, including Ms Marin, are under 35. Commentators have pointed out…

4 min.
the best of us

NSW Australian of the Year Professor Munjed Al Muderis As a young doctor in Iraq, Munjed Al Muderis was ordered to mutilate the ears of military draft evaders. Following orders would have contradicted his core values as a medical professional. Refusing would have resulted in death at the hands of Saddam Hussein’s henchmen. In desperation, Munjed fled his homeland. After a long and perilous journey to Australia, he was held in detention, where he earned the ire of guards by speaking out about the treatment of his fellow asylum seekers. Today, at 47, Munjed is one of our leading orthopaedic surgeons and a pioneer of ‘osseointegration’, a revolutionary technique that allows amputees to feel prosthetic limbs and control them with their minds. Munjed jokingly describes the procedure as “very much like science fiction”. He…

15 min.
zara & mike a perfect match

When Zara Tindall was pregnant with her first daughter, Mia, we talked about how she would fit motherhood around her decidedly unsocial schedule of competitive horseriding, which involved her travelling all over Britain and overseas, sleeping in her horse truck. “We’ll just carry on as normal,” she told me, explaining that eventing kids just have to fit in with their parents. After all, that’s what she did with her mum Princess Anne, Zara added. That was five years ago and now I am back in her Aston Farm home, in the heart of Britain’s green and pleasant Cotswolds, and on the face of it not much has changed. Zara and husband Mike both have a full schedule of work commitments and they’re still laughing, joking and sparking off each other like…

13 min.
courage under fire

The noise. That’s what you don’t get in the footage and photos. The terrible, terrible noise of a big bushfire. The malignant sound of the wind as the fire sucks in the oxygen it needs to grow. The hissing and popping of eucalyptus trees, the explosions as they release their gasses. Fires make their own weather, creating their own wind, lightening, black hail. “The noise,” says Liane Henderson, volunteer firefighter of 20 years standing, “is like jet planes.” If we’re lucky we’ll never know what it’s like inside an uncontained fire. Liane does, and so do her firefighting colleagues. It’s dark, like an eclipse. “It can get very scary because you can get disoriented. It’s another world when you are out there, it really is.” An unpredictable fast-moving force of…