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“I’ve Not Felt This Well For Ages”, Then Death

The last meal of legendary British TV chef Keith Floyd, stricken with bowel cancer, was as follows :

A Hix Fix cocktail – “a morello cherry soaked in Somerset apple eau de vie topped up with champagne”
Cigarettes
A glass of white burgundy
A plate of oysters, plus potted Morecambe Bay shrimps.
Red-legged partridge and bread sauce for the main, washed down with a bottle of Côtes du Rhone red
Apple pie and perry jelly

Floyd’s personal motto was to enjoy good food and wine to the full. A few hours after the meal, he died in his sleep.

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APRA’s new chairman, Wayne Byers, appeared at a CEDA event yesterday: Australia’s big four banks are now offering “guarantor loans” at up to 100 per cent of the purchase price of houses and apartments. This means people can borrow without a deposit if they have a family member as a ­guarantor. Asked if this was too risky, […]
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Parko endorses macroprudential

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Treasury Secretary Martin Parkinson last night delivered a speech to London’s Chatham House in which he joined the chorus of crisis-worriers over the low volatility in global markets, reminded of the limits of monetary policy, endorsed macroprudential measures and encouraged the G20 to adopt Australia’s infrastructure growth agenda. It was a good speech that makes […]
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Kohler spruiks the bubble on the ABC

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I don’t watch much free-to-air TV these days but yesterday I flicked onto the news on the ABC just in time to watch the finance section be delivered by Alan Kohler. In it he dedicated  a lot of time to yesterday’s Moody’s release about the relative prices of Australian houses, including the discussion about the […]
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Egyptian court’s narrow, religion-based worldview meant Australian journalist Peter Greste was never going to get justice at its hands

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The Daily Star Lebanon 22 July 2014:Agence France PresseCAIRO: An Egyptian court that jailed three Al-Jazeera journalists for alleged ties with Islamists said on Tuesday that “the devil guided” the group to spread false news defaming the country.Australian journalist Peter Greste, Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Egyptian producer B

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