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11th April 2010

The Big Little Book Of Happy Sadness

This is a lovely children’s story by Colin Thompson about a young boy who finds the friendship he needs while visiting an animal shelter on the way home from school.  It teaches children about love, caring and responsibility. It also teaches about the wonderful way animals can touch our lives.


George lives with his grandmother and a big empty space where his mother and father should be.  One Friday on his way home from school, George visits the animal shelter. There, in the very last cage, is Jeremy, a sad dog who looks as lost and lonely as George feels.

When Jeremy comes home to live with George and his granny, their whole lives change, and they learn that when it comes to love, it’s quality not quantity that counts . . .

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The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness has won the Family Therapists Picture Book of the Year 2009 and Honour Book in the CBCA 2009 awards.

ISBN: 9781741662566
Imprint:Random House Austral
Subject:Child Picture

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11th April 2010

No No’s Lebanese Restaurant

158 Musgrave Rd, Red Hill, Qld

One of the world’s great cuisines is that of Western Asia, and the vegetarian platter for two served at No No’s succeeds in touching the main bases with aplomb. It compises two of the standard dips, hummus and baba ghanoush, both of them beautifully textured, a dish of green beans, chick peas in a garlicky tomato sauce, tabouli, vine leaves stuffed with a rice mixture, and slices of omelette. If anything the portions we were served were too generous, and and left us unable to tackle the array of dairy-free pastries which would round off such a meal perfectly. This is a flavoursome and very healthy cuisine of  strong tastes that leaves the mouth feeling clean; a Lebanese cook is said to have commented that when she finished cooking a dish she always squeezed an extra lemon over it. While the surroundings at No No’s are not elegant, for food of such quality it is amazingly cheap, and the friendly staff, who obviously enjoy what they do, are happy to  serve the food as takeaways.

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