My South Australian Life

Mar 4, 2021
People & Places

A real sea change

Imagine living at sea where you could up-anchor any time and sail where you please. Meet these stay-aboards who are living their dream nautical life at North Haven’s 35 South Marina.

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Feb 12, 2021
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“I am an incurable romantic”

To celebrate Valentine's Day we speak to Mills & Boon novelist Susanne Panagaris about life, romance and her famous guitar-playing daughter Orianthi.

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Jan 22, 2021
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“He played the game with great spirit”

With the cricket season in full swing we speak to former Aussie player Wayne “Flipper” Phillips about Hookesy, life, loss, team spirit and the joy of being a grandfather.

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Jan 15, 2021
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“You always come to crossroads in life”

Luthier Jim Redgate often finds himself torn between his workshop and the call of the ocean. When he’s not building guitars or kitesurfing, he might be found snowboarding, playing gigs, fixing up up his old Holden EH, beekeeping or making wine.

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Dec 18, 2020
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“In most pursuits, talent will only get you so far”

Growing up in the country, Catherine Branson developed early on the resilience necessary for a high-flying career. The Chancellor of the University of Adelaide and inaugural chair of a new ASO project highlighting female composers says she also took it for granted that “generally speaking, if a boy can do it, a girl can do it also”.

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Nov 13, 2020
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‘Ballet is a huge part of my identity’

From Adelaide's Hyde Park to the Australian Ballet, Jill Ogai had her eyes on the prize as a child and has worked through injury and setback to become a soloist.

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Nov 6, 2020
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“The simple joy of not just looking, but seeing”

Brian Parkes – CEO of Adelaide’s JamFactory – left home more than 30 years ago and drove his bright blue Datsun 180B to Hobart to embark on a journey that in many ways, he says, he is still on today.

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Oct 29, 2020
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‘You don’t advocate for change without copping flak’

Maggie Dawkins has been described as many things. The daughter of a GP and tea entrepreneur. The wife of a former treasurer. A proud mother. But any one of these titles would be doing her a disservice. She is a tenacious, hard-working and staunch advocate for child protection.

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Oct 9, 2020
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‘People will always remember how you make them feel’

Debbie Ryan was living a blessed life, married to her highschool sweetheart, with two beautiful children. Tragically, following years of incessant bullying, her daughter Maddy took her own life. Debbie is now on a mission to show just how deeply our actions can affect others.

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Sep 25, 2020
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“My philosophy is based around gratitude”

Sister Jillian Havey OP AM was a school principal for almost 50 years and taught thousands of young women during that time. But a stroke last year hastened her retirement, signalling the end of an era, and the start of new beginnings.

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Aug 30, 2020
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“Neurosis surrounded us… we just got on with life”

Writer and performance poet Geoff Goodfellow is known for his "brutally electric" style, but he reveals a more vulnerable side in a new memoir about his boyhood. Here, he shares the story of his life ­­– from working-class lad to literary icon.

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Aug 16, 2020
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“I can honestly say I feel I’ve been stripped down to my soul”

Working on radio is the perfect job for Mel Dzelde, a vivacious and funny mum of three who loves music and meeting people. But Mel is also fighting for her life after cancer came knocking again. She reveals how she stays positive and how a personal bond with Oprah Winfrey keeps her spirits up.

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Aug 9, 2020
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“Just an ordinary guy who happens to have a very extraordinary job”

Chris Sexton, 52, is an obstetrician, gynaecologist and women’s health specialist who estimates he has delivered 6000 babies over the past 30 years. That number will rise significantly next year, Chris says, with a baby boom on the way thanks to the COVID-19 restrictions.

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Jul 26, 2020
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“Eat good food and don’t drink bad wine”

Chef Chris Jarmer, 48, hails from restaurant royalty. His parents Peter and Kathy owned Jarmer's fine dining restaurant on Kensington Road for years and today Chris has carved out his own niche in the hospitality game. Here, he talks about cooking, business, meeting a long-lost sister and marrying into another Adelaide food and wine dynasty.

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