The South Eastern Times : March 28th 2017
8 NEWS Your week by the stars ARIES March 21 - April 20 Your instincts are sharp for the first half of the week. After Thursday, rely more on logic and intellect when making decisions related to romance, finance or your career. TAURUS April 21 - May 22 This week could find you in a new and unexpectedly comfortable environment. At the workplace, there’s more room for negotiation than you once thought. GEMINI May 23 - June 21 Suspicions should be checked out before you make a key move at the work place. Travel accents spontaneity. Domestic responsibilities increase. An invitation may arrive unexpectedly. CANCER June 22 - July 22 This week may prove favourable for implementing moneymaking ideas. A new neighbour could share a common interest that’s worth exploring. An employer may be usually demanding - you rise to the occasion. LEO July 23 - August 22 If challenging a friend, or an idea, the key is to hold on to your sense of perspective. Career wise, you get wind of a new opportunity. A travel idea may materialise. VIRGO August 23 - September 22 Your charisma is strong at the work place, but consider it a bonus only. Be sure to come equipped with hard facts. The domestic situation brightens. Financial news means you may need a thorough review. LIBRA September 23 - October 22 Promoting your special talents could lead to significant strides at work. There may be more than meets the eye where a community project is concerned. The motto in romance is “handle with care”. SCORPIO October 23 - November 21 Don’t be overeager to say no to an offer or veto a plan. There could be some hidden benefits. Allow added time when visiting loved ones. Your counselling on an important subject could be very important. SAGITTARIUS November 22 - December 22 Your realistic approach and sense of humour help a loved one cope with a health worry. Although intuition is strong in romance, rely also on logic and past experience. CAPRICORN December 23 - January 20 Don’t hesitate to seek out contacts as you hunt for a job, home or the like. A difficult friendship situation shows signs of improvement. If contemplating a surprise gift for a close friend - the gift could mean more than you realise. AQUARIUS January 21 - February 19 Your advice is taken to heart, so dispense it responsibly, especially where finances and relationships are involved. Business ideas benefit from refinement. Be sure to keep relatives up to date where necessary. PISCES February 20 - March 20 Your workload expands but the key is not to accelerate your speed. Details are important and it may be time to recruit an apprentice. The domestic scene becomes brighter all the time. BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK You are a natural leader, a splendid role model and an influential and determined worker. Sometimes you are reluctant to share the limelight. Ahead accents a greater number of joint ventures than you are used to. Hard work and bright ideas begin to pay off. 702860 Look local first for... • Invoice books • Promotional flyers • Letterheads • Business cards Plus more! Millicent E: email@example.com P: 8733 3755 42 Davenport Street 8 - The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Harrison pens novel SWAPPING the paint brush for a keyboard, former Millicent businessman Ian Harrison recently celebrated the completion of his first novel, Rough Diamonds. From breeding goats to driving late night taxis, Mr Harrison has lived what he has labelled, a “quirky” life. Naturally, releasing a fictional novel was not part of the plan, but the book has become another interesting addition to Mr Harrison’s already eclectic resume. Writing first came into the picture after his children suggested he write a memoir due to his interesting background boasting a plethora of amusing stories. “I started to write some stories down during the year 2000, but I got bored with it,” he said. “As I scanned by brain to find the good stuff, I remembered a rather interesting incident I was involved in when I was a young man. “My friends and I were driving back from Bathurst and we witnessed a woman roll her vehicle just ahead of us, we rushed to help her and while we waited for emergency services I sat beside her. “She told me she was running away from her abusive husband.” This is where the book began. Mr Harrison was inspired by the memory and began emphasising and embellishing certain details to kick-start his novel. Set in April 1949, the Rough Diamonds story is weaved around Helen, a battered housewife whose husband is an ex-digger and suffers Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Throughout the writing process, Mr Harrison drew plenty of inspiration from his past. “I tried to bring in some tough characters I came across as a troubled youth as well as some mentors in the form of ex-diggers,” he said. “The finished product is a bit of a matrix of me and the people I used to knock around with.” The book touches on a range of themes, including domestic violence, runaway children, mental illness and dysfunctional families. TALKING PIECE: Ian Harrison with one of his abstract art pieces inspired by bushfires and their effect on endangered animals. “It is an interesting story and I think it really shows just how much men controlled everything back in those days,” Mr Harrison said. “There was little to nothing for women who found themselves in abusive situations. “All they could do was run or suffer, a never ending cycle of violence.” He said creating a character with PTSD would help shine a light on the severity of the disorder. “The disorder affects each individual differently and can exacerbate a personality trait which is already present,” Mr Harrison said. “Readers will experience how the disorder unfolds among my characters as it creates some tension and plot twists.” Mr Harrison said he was pleased with his published product. “Getting accepted by a publisher is exciting and gives me a sense of pride and achievement,” he said. “The sequel has been in the making for some time now and I look forward to continuing the story.” The 74-year-old said writing kept his mind active following his retirement in 2012. “I was writing in 2004, but it wasn’t until after my retirement I got the bug and rewrote the book an extra 100 pages long,” Mr Harrison said. “I have been a very busy man over the years, lived a lot of life and worked an obscure range of jobs.” Mr Harrison was born in Southall, Middlesex, United Kingdom in 1944 during a lull in the Luftwaffe’s bombing of London. He came to Australia with his family in 1948 and settled in Connell’s Point in New South Wales. After attending high school in Sydney until 1957, he started his first job the following year as a hardware salesman in Hurstville. Mr Harrison then accepted the position of manager at a trade store in Lorengau, Manus Island, in northern Papua New Guinea, where he met and married his wife of fifty years, Wynona. The range of occupations on Mr Harrison’s resume following his return to Australia vary from builder’s labourer, salesman, taxi driver, security guard and private investigator to cashmere goat breeder, winery cellar hand, stockman and machine embroiderer. While working as a stockman in Lucindale throughout 1993, Mr Harrison was involved in an incident with a horse which put him out of work for many years. During this time, he was able to uncover his interest in art. Mr Harrison completed his TAFe SA visual art certificate in 1995 and the following year he was awarded the Lifeline Painting Award. He then went on to study visual art at Deakin University and graduated in 1997 with five high distinctions and the opportunity to study at honours level. Unfortunately, Mr Harrison was unable to complete his honours due to financial reasons, but did go on to win the Cavalier Art Prize for Painting. A quick tour of the Harrison household exposesthe various works of the experienced artist. Penola residents may have seen his work in past John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Prize competitions as part of the Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival. With pieces ranging from sculpture to abstract, still life, portrait, landscape and symbolic, Mr Harrison’s own art collection spans more than 20 years and reflects his rich and interesting life. Now retired in Penola with a published novel, stunning artworks, community commitments, a loving wife and a new puppy, Mr Harrison is set for the rest of his “quirky” life. www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au TOP READ: Author Ian Harrison with his new novel, Rough Diamonds. The book is available for purchase online.
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