The Australian Women's Weekly June 2021

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2 min
editor’s letter

I’ve been thinking a lot about mental wellbeing this month, and how I can move it up my personal priority list. The reason for this can be pinned to one word – a word I’ve used and heard more in the last two weeks than I have my entire life – ‘languishing’. Languishing is a condition currently at the centre of global debate, sparked by a New York Times story which described it as the “neglected middle child of mental health”. It can be summed up in simple terms as a general state of feeling ‘blah’, of struggling to find joy in things. It’s not new, but we can blame the pandemic and its associated issues for its heightened prevalence and profile. It’s one of the reasons, inspired by mental…

2 min
open line

Dignity and grace The Queen may have grand castles to live in, but she had what surpasses these – the love of a caring man and a very special marriage (Prince Among Men, AWW, May). My heart aches at how the Queen will be missing her beloved consort and all he stood for and gave her in their partnership. The Queen will bravely carry on as she always has and we will continue to admire her dignity. F. Rooney, Sale, Vic A class act I would like to thank you for the article on Gladys Berejiklian (The Year that Tested Gladys, AWW, May). No matter what side of the political fence you are on, I’ve been hard-pressed to find anyone who could fault the way our Premier handled herself during what will go down…

1 min
light up the night

From now until December, the Sydney Opera House will come to life every night with the work of six female First Nations artists in a project entitled Badu Gili: Wonder Women. The collaboration celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Art Gallery of NSW. The image pictured is Dolly visits Indulkana by Kaylene Whiskey. For more, visit sydneyoperahouse.com Happy birthday! Gorgeous Princess Charlotte has celebrated turning six, while her little brother, Louis, is now three. This cute shot of the smiling Prince was snapped by mum Kate before he left for his first day of nursery school. Acting the part NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian became the envy of every woman in Oz when she joined actor Chris Hemsworth to promote “the biggest-ever film to be made in Australia”, Mad Max prequel Furiosa. CHRIS FLOYD/CAMERA PRESS/AUSTRAL.…

1 min
finish this sentence …

Shane Jacobson plays Barry Tregear in the final season of Jack Irish on ABC TV, Sunday, June 13, at 8.30pm, and iview. The hardest thing about acting is … convincing people it’s a real job. In a film about my life, I’d like to be played by… me, because a gig’s a gig! I first realised I could make people laugh when … I told people I would make a good catwalk model. The most unlikely job I was ever offered was… pyrotechnician for Guns N’ Roses. Believe it or not, I actually did it! (true story). My secret talent is … raising my children to believe I have an answer to any question they ask without them knowing I have absolutely no idea about ANYTHING! My guilty pleasure is … salami and cheese. You may be…

1 min
century of classics

To mark its 100th birthday, the Archibald Prize will be honoured with an exhibition that includes portraits drawn from every decade since the exhibition opened in 1921. Featuring 100 portraits arranged thematically, Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize reflects the changing face of our nation and includes works from libraries, galleries, museums and private collections. The exhibition opens at the Art Gallery of NSW on June 5, and will tour nationally from November.…

1 min
when prince philip came to lunch

It was 1971 when Des Clifton-Bassett and his wife, Marie, heard the news that they would be hosting the Duke of Edinburgh. Des was the new District Commissioner of the Madang region in Papua New Guinea. “We couldn’t believe our ears,” Marie tells The Weekly. The 92-year-old, who now lives in Castlecrag, NSW, treasures her memories of that visit. “We planned every detail with military precision. There was huge excitement as the Britannia sailed into the harbour, welcomed by a flotilla of canoes. The itinerary consisted of a Sing Sing [a ceremony with traditional dances], a reception for 200 townspeople, and dinner with the Prince at our house for a dozen people. “Over coffee, the royal barge streaked past with flags flying. HRH then had a swim, changed and left. As thanks, we…