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“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable”

– Coco Chanel

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…BACK

“Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in while you could miss it”

Ferris Bueller, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

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…shine bright like a diamond

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“Dying Swann” inspires luscious dessert

wrote this a while ago….
With all things Ballet being en point to be the trend of the impending Spring/Summer 2011/12 season, thanks to Black Swan and the latest Chloe collection, I was inspired to try the delectable Chocolate Raspberry Pavlova I saw on Nigella the other night…YUM! In my culinary pursuit I became more intrigued by the back story behind the name Pavlova itself. To my amazement, it is actually named after the famous Russian Ballerina, Anna Pavolova.
Initially I thought, ‘How interesting….do people know this?’ and thanks to my dear Mother’s blunt and dry wit, ‘yes, they do, it’s not news darling’. So there I was, basking in all my cultural naiveté, I still found it to be fascinating. My curiosity got the better of me and I couldn’t help but wonder….how was is that a prima ballerina could be reduced to a mass of whipped air topped with copious amounts of cream and colloquially know as a ‘Pav’?
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Apparently, the whipped egg whites represent the light and delicate tulle of the tutu…very poetic. I also stumbled across this article describing the way Pavlova (Anna, not the Pav) was able to tell a story through her body, essentially what dance in any form is all about…Enjoy.
Her personal emblem, “The Dying Swann”… is not about a woman impersonating a bird, it’s about the fragility of life – all life – and the passion with which we hold on to it. Pavlova’s sheer dramatic intensity forcibly conveyed this truth to the audience, and the work was an instant success. *
 “God gives talent, but work transforms talent into genius.” – Anna Pavlova.
 
Bless Anna Pavlova and her eponymous Dessert.
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* (kent, 1996. The New York Times, Jan. 1931: Anna Pavlova Dies at Height of Fame )

post-graduate…a lil’ retrospective

I remember my fist thought after the introductory lecture to my final post-graduate course, Graduate Communication Management Project…’before I choose my topic I should consult my favourite investigative journalist. Josie Geller’. In her first article for the Chicago Sun Times, she opened with “In order to write well, you have to write what you know. And this is what I know”[1]. So…the topic I chose was close to my own experiences growing up in a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) community. Living with my grandmother for a few years, I felt I had first hand experience in what it took to communicate within the elderly CaLD community. They are a tight knit bunch, where people tend to know everybody’s business, to which I can affirm in one statement: “the weekly Saturday morning shop at Torrensville Foodland” and to take poetic license on a quote from ‘Looking for Alibrandi’,  “Telstra would go broke if it weren’t for the [Greeks]”…so anyways…

…I was excited. I was prepared. And I was so scared to write the research report. I had only one saving grace. My insatiable love of databases. I could quite possibly write a small novel, containing over 5000 references for that I am sure, on how to pull as much information from my good friends at EBSCO, Emerald, SAGE, Infomit et al as possible. ‘This will surely get me through these initial tentative stages’, I said to myself, where the mere thought of conducting an extensive literature review left me more giddy than worrisome. I also came to the conclusion that on completion of this paper, and free access to said databases would cease, I will completely rip out all the necessary content I will need for future fashion blogging articles…Nerdy? Hells Yeah. Legal? Hmm not so sure…But I digress. Forgive me, the mere thought of databases does that to me.

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So after organising my placement I started to feel a little apprehensive about the whole experience. I think it was a combination of moving forward into the unknown and getting out of my comfort zone. I saw this, however, as a chance to grow within myself both personally and professionally. It was a good opportunity to give me a taste of what life could be like after I finish the course and embark on my career in Communications and Public Relations.

After my placement came to an end, I was looking forward to getting my teeth into writing the report and analysing my data. I was excited, but I also starting to feel a little nostalgic about the whole post-graduate university experience coming to an end. Now, without sounding like an X Factor contestant who has just been booted off and is recapping in a poignant montage, I really felt that this project had been a real journey for me and I have come full circle. Admittedly there were plenty of ups and downs throughout this process. However, I honestly believe that it enabled me to grow. Through this course I have rediscovered my love for writing, something for which I will be forever in its debt.

…On a side note, since I dedicated six months to the CaLD perspective, I thought about what languages I have come to learn over the years. Apart from the obvious English, I am also fluent in Grenglish [a hybrid of Greek and English that is considered completely acceptable within Australia], briefly dabbled in Italian and Chinese in Primary school [albeit compulsory courses which I can really only remember ‘Ni Hao’, ‘Ciao’ and the endless tales of ‘Pinocchio’] and through writing this lil’ retrospective I have also discovered that I speak fluent Movie Quotes and am very well versed in Pop Culture…after all, isn’t that the essence of relating to a diverse twenty first century public.

And on that note, thank you and goodnight.

It was a pleasure Graduate Communication Management Project.

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[1] NB. Josie Geller is not a real investigative journalist, but a fictional character in the 1999 Drew Barrymore vehicle ‘Never Been Kissed’. FYI…Fabulous movie. Highly recommend.

Don’t let anything dull your sparkle…

 

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