Category Archives: Victoria

Paul Koonin, Russion spy, doctor or soy bean expert?

Earlier this week I did a radio interview about the subject of one of my favourite blog entries, Paul Koonin. Paul Koonin was an interesting character, who over his life earned a living as a photographer, a dentist, a naturopath, … Continue reading

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Biscuits for morning tea

This week, a work colleague will be leaving us for six months to embark on a very exiting project in Queensland. So obviously we have to have a special morning tea for her send-off! Time to start baking… I found … Continue reading

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Promoting the wonders of soybeans

Who was Dr Paul M Koonin? Do a Google search on him and you’ll find him quoted extensively on alternative medicine websites.You can find examples here, here and here. But information is scarce about the man, who in 1941, thought … Continue reading

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How to read tea cups

‘Preliminaries The cup should be slowly drained and held by the bottom. It is then placed upside down in the saucer and given three circular turns from left to right, the person who wishes to have her fortune told, repeating … Continue reading

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Australian Wine – are we drinking enough?

When did Australians start drinking wine? There’s no doubt that we’re great wine drinkers now, but back in 1946 the Tariff Board thought we weren’t drinking nearly enough. According to this beautiful report, ‘Flourish the Vine’ put together by the … Continue reading

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So CORN-y!

At the end of WWI, great efforts were made to ensure that Australia’s servicemen were welcomed back in appropriate style. There must have been many ‘welcome home’ dinners! Ernest Henry West Crossley and Albert Frederick Aldersley, both members of the … Continue reading

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