For my dad.

Reflecting. And the flu. An emotive combo.

I still cry – like I am now – when I think of my dad, George, who died, 14 years ago today, August 13. I can’t believe it, 14 years ago.

A Czech immigrant who instilled a work ethic in me and my brothers.

George (Jiri) essentially left his entire life and arrived in Australia with nothing. He ended up running Tabou in Kings Cross. The stories!

He didn’t want to be part of the Czech army, so he went to London before he & a few of his fellow Czechs like Vlad Podpera (who ran the Sundeck in Perisher in the 70s/80s) ended up in Australia.

My dad and his grandson Connor

My dad met my mum, Dorothy here – & each year she still goes down to Vaucluse – our favourite place when we were growing up – to think and reflect quietly.

Mum looked after him up until the very end. She is a saint.

Sure, they had their ups and downs, as all couples do. But she was his rock, particularly when it came towards the end.

I often think what it was like to move from the relative calm & beautiful life just outside of Prague & to be thrust into war. He survived the bombing of Dresden.

But was not allowed to return to the then Czechoslovakia until it became a republic. I know that saddened him, but he did see his mum who he bought out to Australia and he and I visited his since passed sister together in Prague many years ago.

Vaucluse – where my mum goes every year on dads anniversary

We didn’t have much – but we actually did – we had our ‘home’ – our government housing home that was full of action and football classes and ballet lessons.

I’m sure he is up there somewhere having a cheeky ciggie and a drink. The night before he died – it was a Thursday – I went to see him and we held hands and he looked into my eyes. ‘Good night my darling, I love you.’ He knew. He just knew his time was near.

(Quite an arty, beautifully angled shot mum, for those days!) 💫📷

Dad. George.

He died on a Friday, the 13th.

The papa who called me ‘my little on-e-on’ head (I had a round face so he thought it looked like an onion). Shame there’s no onion emoji.

We always remember people we genuinely love, at some time, everyday. I know I do.

I love you. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️


Numarine Australian Launch

Internationally acclaimed Numarine performance motor yachts are available in Australia for the first time as the company makes its debut in Sydney.

An elite class of motor yachts of a level never before seen in this country, Numarine is renowned for unrivalled expertise in creating custom built pleasure craft which are both technically superior and aesthetically stunning.

Now your chance to own one has arrived – and VIP Australia is now holding fortnightly previews of the first Numarine in the country at Sydney Superyacht Marina Rozelle. Numarine was established in 2002 by Turkish entrepreneur Ömer Malaz whose desire was to create the perfect motor yacht with unmatched performance, safety, space and comfort.

“From my own experience spending leisure time with my family on board various types of motor yachts, I always felt there was something missing, I was always wanting more and our needs were never satisfied,” Omer says.

Omer set about delivering motor yachts with ultimate levels of performance, economy and range requirements, a task which required exhaustive research and resulted in Numarine’s ground-breaking technology.

Numarine employs construction techniques adapted from the aviation and racing industries that result extreme weight saving and unrivalled strength.

Yachts are outfitted with an abundance of amenities and conveniences and clients have the ability to customise their vessels as they wish. An in-house design team works with owners to create the perfect configuration and décor to exactly suit their needs. There are no compromises.

Be it a striking and unique exterior colour scheme or full-blown re-configuration of an interior layout, Numarine’s clients can have their desires fulfilled.

Numarine is now the number one choice for discerning owners around the world who value individualism and want to stand out from the crowd.

“Something Different” Numarine!

Source: Numarine


Qantas To Deliver $3 Million In Drought Relief

Qantas, together with its customers, will donate $3 million to help provide relief to Australia’s drought affected farming communities.

The national carrier has today announced a partnership with charity Rural Aid to help fund hay bales, water trucking, groceries and mental health counsellors for farming communities struggling to survive the worst drought conditions parts of Australia have seen in decades.

The program includes an immediate $1 million cash donation by Qantas to Rural Aid, followed by a number of Qantas and Jetstar appeal initiatives to raise another $1 million with the help of customers. Qantas will then match these fundraising efforts, with the aim of providing the charity with a total donation of $3 million by the end of 2018.

Among the fundraising initiatives:

  • Two special fundraising charter flights from Sydney to Longreach and Tamworth in October. These will be operated by volunteer Qantas crew with revenue given directly to Rural Aid’s initiatives. Tickets to Longreach will be on sale from today via Qantas.com.
  • Qantas Frequent Flyers can use their Qantas Points to support farmers, with Rural Aid being added to the list of charity redemption partners on the Rewards Store.

  • Qantas will support its employees to join Rural Aid’s Farm Rescue program and volunteer their time repairing farming equipment, fixing homes and building fences on rural properties around Australia.

  • Rural Aid collection barrels will be placed in Qantas lounges and at Qantas and Jetstar gates for customers to donate, with on-board announcements to raise awareness. The airline will also host monthly “Chops for Change” pop-ups at various lounges around the country where guests will be offered gourmet lamb chops in exchange for a small donation.
  • A formal partnership with Rural Aid to provide flights for representatives to travel to regional communities.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the worsening drought had triggered the national carrier to quickly develop a support package in addition to what it already does in regional Australia. “Qantas started in the outback. Many of our staff live there and we have a lot of farming families who supply everything from beef to broccoli that we serve customers. We feel we have a duty to help these communities who are doing it so tough,” said Mr Joyce.

Qantas Domestic cabin crew member Zanthe Atkinson is one of those who will donate her time for the fundraising flights and understands first-hand the harsh reality of drought.

She and her farmer husband are handfeeding their stock to keep them alive on their farm near Tamworth, but say they are among the lucky ones as they are able to do so using her supplementary income.

“Most of the farming families have no choice but to rely solely on farm income and for a lot of them there hasn’t been any income for years. We can’t make it rain but we can at least do our bit to help get them another day closer to the drought breaking,” she said.

The drought assistance program adds to other Qantas Group initiatives designed to strengthen regional communities, drive local economic activity, stimulate tourism and support jobs.  This includes the launch of the Qantas Group Pilot Academy which is expected to drive further activity when it opens in regional Australia next year.

Source: Qantas


Karolina Kurková Wears The Classic JETS Black One Piece

Iconic Australian label, JETS Swimwear, is bringing back the classic black one piece ~ the sleek silhouette, the ultimate in sophistication, and the staple that every woman needs in her summer wardrobe.

 

But effortless style comes with a ten month creation process of true artisan design. The JETS Sydney based design team carefully construct and craft each and every piece from scratch, starting with sketches, then inhouse prototypes, and most importantly, fittings on real women. Then they fit and refit until it is just right. Flawless on the outside, yet carefully constructed on the inside to ensure every woman feels confident and looks fabulous in swimwear.

Recently at the David Jones SS18 launch in Sydney, Karolína Kurková owned the runway in the epitome of the classic JETS black one piece. Timeless, iconic and sophisticated, JETS is bringing classic back!

Source: Jets Swimwear


Nancy Ganz introduces Golden Lands

Global Lingerie brand Nancy Ganz showcases the ethereal breathtaking beauty of the Australian landscape in their new campaign; Golden Lands.

 

The Campaign featuring local models Cassie Cameron and Kiesha Bovill was captured under the shimmering and sunlit plains of the Lake Bathurst countryside by renowned photographer Steven Chee.

With a nod to the haunting intrigue of the Australian much-loved novel -Picnic at Hanging Rock, the imagery highlights a nostalgic romanticism with a modern twist for the new spring collection. Launching in store in August.

The Lingerie with Benefits collection will be available internationally at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, House of Fraser and John Lewis, Bergdorf Goodman, Lord and Taylor, Smith and Caugheys, Farmers and Myer and David Jones in Australia.

Source: Nancy Ganz