The Australian Women's Weekly May 2020

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Like so many things in the world right now, this issue of The Weekly was done a little differently. For the first time in its history the pages were designed, written and edited in the bedrooms, studies and living rooms of our team. Instead of arranging photo shoots we brainstormed ways to illustrate stories differently. Rather than gathering around our large office table to share ideas we (eventually) mastered the art of video meetings on our phones and computers. Our food, fashion and beauty team shot instructional videos from their own kitchens and wardrobes rather than high-tech photographic studios. In short, we got creative. For me, that has been one of the bright spots to come from the nightmare of this pandemic. I have loved seeing colleagues, friends and family try their…

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open line

LETTER of the MONTH I’m reminded why I continue to invest in The Weekly – so many different articles, yet all so relevant. Sophie McNeill’s story of Rahaf’s struggle for her basic human rights and her steps to help (Escape from Saudi Arabia, AWW, April) and Fleur Wood and Frances Hansen’s quest to honour their parents (Mum's Precious Legacy, AWW, April) moved me on the good that prevails in society. I think perhaps we’ve lost sight of that. Thank you for shining a light where it genuinely belongs, and thank you to the multitude of good, honest and caring people. Karen, via email LEARNING FOR LIFE I would like to applaud Toni Thomas and other volunteers of the Learning for Life program run by The Smith Family (Breaking the Poverty Cycle, AWW, April). I…

2 min
in brief news bites

In it together CELEBRITIES in lockdown have found the perfect way to fill their isolation – by supporting frontline health workers. Dame Helen Mirren (above) has posted a candid photo to encourage donations for COVID-19 intensive care support workers, writing: “In return for this pic of me literally first thing in the morning, please donate to the intensive care support.” Aussie stars including Julia Morris and Paul Hogan have also sent messages of thanks to the nation’s nurses. Home scientists are invited to join Phillip Island’s annual seal count, which uses drone cameras to monitor the seals and their pups that call the island home. For details, visit natureparksresearch.com.au Honouring the ultimate Bond girl IN HER ROLE AS a Bond girl, Honor Blackman was a sex symbol. Yet to a generation of women who…

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back from the brink

Sometimes we need to see ourselves as others see us before we can finally see the truth. For Julie Goodwin, the woman who cooked her way into our hearts as the very first winner of TV’s MasterChef, that moment of clarity came through the eyes of her loving husband, Mick, one evening in January this year. “We were in the car, on the way home,” recalls Julie, a 49-year-old mother of three. “I’d been at the kitchen where I run my business and cooking classes and it had been a long day. I was due to begin back as a morning radio host in just a few days and I could feel the stress and anxiety building in me. I got into the car and I was telling Mick how I…

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love always wins

Their wedding was supposed to happen on April 4; a huge celebration which Bindi had been planning ever since Chandler proposed on her 21st birthday on July 24 last year, when he pulled a diamond ring from his pocket and went down on one knee. Bindi’s brother Robert was in on the surprise and watching on from behind some trees, secretly taking photos. “I was so excited,” Robert said afterwards, laughing. “It was as though we’d known each other for years.” In many ways the union felt as if it was destined, for in a curious mirror image of her parents’ relationship Bindi’s beau was American, like her mum, and the duo met at the business her dad created, Australia Zoo, which was also where Terri and Steve met. Chandler, a wakeboard…

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our health crisis heroes

The brightest light, shining through the fear and darkness of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been a spontaneous outbreak of gratitude that has encircled the world. It began, with the virus, in the city of Wuhan, in China, where in mid-January the sound of voices shouting encouragement began to echo in the evenings through empty streets. The phenomenon spread to Italy where, in typically effusive style, people sang arias and popular songs from their balconies (there was a mighty nationwide rendition of YMCA) and applauded healthcare workers as they passed below. An evening round of applause for healthcare workers travelled even more swiftly than the virus through the UK and Europe, where the youngest royals led the clapping, then on to Turkey, India, New Zealand, Australia and further. Children wrote letters and posted…