Author: Maralyn D. Hill

Chef Damien Jones of Lydiard in Ballarat

Share: While visiting Ballarat, I had dinner at the Lydiard Wine Bar, winner of a number of Golden Plate Awards, with Head Chef Damien Jones in the kitchen. After dinner, there was time for a brief interview, during which he shared one of his favorite recipes, salad of pomelo and prawns with lemongrass. I’m also including photos of dishes I enjoyed at Lydiard during my visit. Maralyn: How did you get started? Damien: I always knew I wanted to be a Chef and I consider myself lucky that I when I applied for my first job (at only 15 years...

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Global Etiquette: Enjoyable Conversations

Share: What’s acceptable conversation around the globe varies somewhat, but the common courtesies seem to remain. I’ll try to include as many as possible. Many of us know those who appear to be the life of the party, but are they really? Or do they seem to be taking center stage and becoming bores? Others have a tremendous fear of speaking up because they don’t think they have something interesting to say. Hopefully, we will have some hints that will help both categories. A good conversation consists of an equal amount of give and take from the parties involved,...

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Global Etiquette – Cell Phone Usage

Share: In today’s world, cell phones have become more and more prevalent. They provide many benefits but also include some challenges and aggravations. I think most of us are taken in by the convenience and do not think about the difficulties they cause unless they affect us. July was National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, an event founded by author and etiquette expert Jacqueline Whitmore in 2002 with the intent of making cell phone users more respectful of their surroundings. To avoid offending others, Whitmore offered the following advice in honor of National Cell Phone Courtesy Month: Be all there:...

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Global Etiquette: E-Mail

Share: Before e-mail, there was book after book providing the proper protocol for business letters, personal letters, notes, congratulations and just about everything imaginable. In general, people followed the etiquette guidelines they learned in school. The higher the degree, the more formal some of the guidelines became. With the speed and ease of the Internet, many have gotten careless, think etiquette doesn’t matter and simply don’t think about it. Well, it does matter; it represents you and more important, your company. Often we have been in a rush and don’t proof read what we are e-mailing and we make...

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Tayo Ishola – Eido Swimwear With Style

Share: Tayo Ishola, a Nigerian born fashion model who always had a desire to create and be creative, did not start out designing swimwear. Her start was with public speaking, acting in school plays, and leading cultural dance groups from the age of six. When Tayo turned fourteen, she accepted an offer to work under her uncle, who was the creative director of a menswear line. For two months, she had the opportunity to work as an apprentice alongside her uncle’s tailors at his design studio. This enabled her to gain firsthand knowledge she would not trade for anything....

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