Newsletter Apr 2010 Issue 205 Corona North Newsletter Edited by Katy Roberts. Tel: 261 0753. Mobile: 786 9708. E-Mail: email@example.com Visit our website on: http://coronanorth.webs.com or e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org Corona Worldwide 60th Anniversary Lunch 1950 - 2010 Did you know You only hit the big six-o once and this time and we’re sure you’ll agree that this round it’s Corona! Every year one of the three represents real value at just Rs600 per head. that you can branches in Mauritius hosts a lunch and this year Raffle prizes are up for grabs. From now ‘google it’s our turn, which coincides with the 60th beauty treatments, free dance classes, meals our website? anniversary of Corona Worldwide. This is a great for two and a brand new 21” colour TV - the opportunity to meet your fellow Corona girls (so list goes on but that would be giving away all Just insert far we have 24 from Corona Plateau and numbers the surprises, wouldn’t it? ‘Corona North’ are growing from Corona Central) at a special Our guest speaker will be the highly lunch on Friday 7th May at Le Caprice personable and eloquent, Jane Valls from Many thanks to Restaurant, Mont Choisy at 12 noon. Women in Networking, an organization Grazing options look good; green, mixed and which supports women’s empowerment. Robert Laurette pasta salad to start; pizzas, chicken briani, pasta So book your place, pay up, meet the who raised Arabiata (for non-carnivores) and sweet and sour crowd, have a good time and win yourself a Rs1000 from fish with parsley rice and home made bread; special prize. Money please to Yvonne, our jumble donated followed by a yummy pud of panacotta and choc sums lady as soon as possible or at the very sauce. Throw in a welcome drink, water and wine latest at the April meeting! by yourselves. Keep turning out your cupboards and Our April Guest Speaker - Dr Richard Munisamy contact Ann Dr Richard Munisamy of non-governmental organization, We Love Mauritius, will be speaking to Laurette for us on the subject of Expatriate Social Responsibility at our next meeting on Tuesday 13th April at transport to Le Palmiste Hotel, Trou aux Biches. The meeting starts from 9.15am as usual. This sounds like take it all away. another interesting talk so do visit www.welovemauritius.org for some background information. An outing is Conviviality hits Corona! being planned What a great turn out in February! We had 25 greeting old hands and visitors (including for 23rd April members and 13 guests from places as far as UK two babies!), setting up the bookstall, selling by Corona and countries in Africa. Welcome to three new raffle tickets, distributing spare newsletters, Plateau members Jacinda Redman from South Africa, collecting dues, making sure everyone got member, Ulrike Rambert from Austria and Charu coffee and sarnies and that’s apart from Chakravarti from Mumbai. It was great to see old getting the new girls on the block to feel Myreille faces too, like Cindy Purchase and Jo Kirk, and more at home. Brehain to the look forward to seeing more of them at our Heather meanwhile has been in voice Arboretum at meetings. training and did a sterling job ably assisted Whether it was the talk, Accidents Will by Foxy, THE VOICE, in calling us cackling Vacoas. For Happen, which drew us out of the woodwork or hens to order. more details whether it’s a case of Corona developing into a This was one of the most convivial contact Myreille more dynamic organization welcoming new meetings we’ve had so far, girls, so keep it on mbrehain members from all over the world remains to be up, support Corona and all our activities and seen, but there was a definite buzz at Le Palmiste events and let’s make it fun for everyone! @intnet.mu as we multi-tasked between meeting and Katy Roberts Our March Guest Speaker - Barbi Mueller Our very deepest Collapsing buildings, people falling down holes, crashing cars, bricks dropping on sympathy and builders’ heads? It was like a scene out of Candid Camera (for those of us who thoughts go to Marie- remember the TV show) but this was a zippy video presentation on the subject of Accidents Will Happen. Sure, it raised a lot of laughs (after all nobody gets hurt in Louise Edwards, our comedy) but the serious side to all this is that accidents do happen in real life and former Chairman, people do get hurt. whose husband David Enter Barbie Mueller, Training Director of Emergency Medical Response and passed away in March her French and Creole speaking team who are based at Pointe aux Piments. Barbie runs MQA-certified First Aid courses for just about everyone; refresher courses, following a long battle mums and dads, teachers, child minders and can even tailor courses to individual with cancer. needs. Courses start from Rs1800 and the certificates are valid for two years. Barbie had us spellbound with her box of tricks; protective plastic gloves, protective mouth sheets and something called an AED or automated external defibrillator - a neat portable piece of computerized equipment, which gives step- The surveys sent out by-step audible instructions on how and when to revive a person from heart to members last failure. month asking how we Barbie and her team then demonstrated the CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) technique, which in layman’s terms translates as mouth-to-mouth can improve Corona resuscitation and chest compression on a life-sized adult and baby dummy. produced a rather Some interesting questions were raised; what are the legal implications of poor response. Maybe administering first aid? What if the patient has a broken neck or sternum? How far you forgot but we’d should you go to save a life? The broad answer is that you should do only what you are trained to do and no more. Each situation must be individually assessed ask you to mail your but most importantly never put yourself or others in danger. These and other survey to Heather or issues are studied in more depth at Barbie’s first aid classes. just pop it into the This was a highly interactive demo ending with one of us coming forward to demonstrate the techniques we had learned. Tamara, as our very brave wannabee suggestion box if you first aider, did a great job blowing into the dummy’s mouth and whacking it on the want to preserve your chest. Ouch, I thought, good job it was only a dummy! anonymity. Contact Barbie at Extreme Undersea Adventures at Pointe aux Piments, mobile: 978 9244 or e-mail her on firstaidmru@hotmail for more information. Katy Roberts Many thanks to those behind-the-scenes helpers, like Linda Another Newcomers Lunch Ray, who has come up It’s always good to meet new members in a convivial setting and so it was at our . with some interesting third newcomers lunch, which was held in March at Yvonne Mamatora’s lovely suggestions for guest home at Pereybere. These lunches are getting to be real blow outs but what better speakers and Foxy way to welcome Micheline Cameron, Linda Boodhna and Tricia Swaney over wine and home made goodies, Shame we missed Moira du Toit and Sonia who is going to be Razafindrakoto but you’re both on the list for next time! Bingo Caller at the Friends in Hope Bingo Day. Any takers Activities for helping organize social events would Bridge: Monday mornings at Grand Baie Gym. Contact: Cathy on 288 0329. also be greatly Mahjong: Mondays at 10.00am. Contact : Josiane on 288 5010. Play reading: Alternate Wednesdays10.00am. Contact: Ann on 261 7787. appreciated! Scrabble Alternate Thursdays from 2.30 pm. Contact: Ann on 261 7787. Writers’ Circle: Last Friday of the month. Contact: Katy on 786 9708. Page 2 of 4 36 hours in Seychelles . Out to Seychelles on a Saturday night back to could almost touch them were it not for the floor to Mauritius on Monday morning and barely enough ceiling windows separating my massive walk-in marble time to write about Seychelles latest billionaire bathroom from a jungle of indigenous palms and bolthole. The trip was the fun part - writing about it tropical fruit trees. in 75 words was not and weeks later, I’m still Tibetan rugs, hardwood floors, antiques and local honing it down to please a travel editor in New Seychellois art adorned the walls of my bedroom taking York. The rewrites were getting up my nose but me back to another era while the 27” flat screen TV, enough of my gripes…let me tell you about the Ipod dock and no-nonsense wi-fi connection reminded trip. me of the comforts of the present. I rarely go into raptures over hotels but the Four Padding barefoot onto yards of hardwood decking, Seasons Resort was blow-your-socks off luxury. big enough to hold a 50-strong salsa party, plus toe- Met by a liveried chauffeur and ferried by BMW dipping in the immense infinity pool with ocean views limousine with champagne and tropical fruit to was just the right amount of exercise for the day. nibble on the 30- minute journey to Petite Anse on But more was to come - except that my Balinese Mahe’s southwest coast I was prepared for a masseuse did most of the work, buffing my body to sybaritic adventure. perfection in the Hilltop Spa with something called the I hit the sack in a massive four-poster bed Kundalini - a back rub using oils and Himalayan salt draped in a pure white duvet and oh-so-dreamy poultices. feather and down pillows. Listening to Art Blakey I was jolted back to reality when I checked out to and other jazz favourites in my enormous ocean- stay at a self-catering apartment for the second night. view villa suite I was lulled into blissful sleep At 100 euros it offered all the comforts of home but I’ll ready to explore in greater detail my cocoon of be honest - no Balinese buffers here - just a well- comfort the following morning. stocked fridge of basics and one of the most hospitable Bath time brought chattering birds so close I welcomes in Seychelles. Katy Roberts Suppertime (from the Creative Writing Circle) The only jarring noise I could hear as I walked along I continued along the dry, dusty track wondering why the path was the distant sound of a 4x4. A sound I’d we females always seem to bear the brunt of been familiar with all my life yet it didn’t belong providing food for our families. I had often watched here. A flock of birds, disturbed by the noise, rose the village men tending their cattle. It seemed to into the cloudless blue sky. Circling once they settled involve little effort, other than to sit around in groups, on the bare branches of a thorn tree, leaving only the under the shade of a large tree deep in discussion and screeching of cicadas to break the silence of the late debate while watching the herd. The women, afternoon. however, toiled all day in the fields; digging, The dry season is almost over, the earth baked planting, weeding and harvesting beneath a blazing hard by the relentless heat of the fierce African sun. sun. For many animals living here in the bush, this is a Anxious to return before dark, I quickened my difficult time as the scorched, brittle grass provides pace. I crossed the open expanse of a dry riverbed little nourishment. Giraffes stretch and crane their where earlier that day I had encountered a pack of necks to reach the last few green leaves on the dogs. I hoped that they had moved on. If they were topmost branches of the thorn trees. still there they were sure to be attracted by the Elephants use their giant bulk to crack and topple tempting smell of the food I was carrying to my trees. The exposed roots provide only a succulent family. Just then, two of my youngest cubs broke snack, hardly enough to satisfy their enormous cover and ran towards me, excited and hungry. The appetites. Uprooting trees as they go, the herd moves 4x4 was closing fast. leaving a trail of devastation behind them. Antelope, “There she is and you’re in luck, she’s got a kill!” zebra and wildebeest expose themselves to even The familiar voice of the ranger informed his greater dangers as they are forced into open view at passengers. water holes. 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