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Date: 15th January 2014

I met Julia and Derek Parker in the 70's when I presented my own TV show 'Women Only' in the West region of England. Julia was very high up in the Astrological world and came onto the programme to demonstrate monthly the kind of 'Dinner Table' and the food which might be prepared by people according to their Star signs. The show commenced in January and it happened to be my birthday when she came into the studio and immediately picked me as a Capricornian.

I well remember when she came to the show in April and talked about the kind of dinner party which would be given by an Arian - always in a rush and would use oven to table wear to save on time and the washing up. She and Derek collaborated on dozens of Astrology books. They came to settle in Sydney ten years ago and are still prolific writers.

When I came to visit my son in 2012, they gave me a Birthday present of a beautiful publication on the Old Architecture of Sydney - Building Sydney's History.

Derek wrote a book on Byron - now out of print but available on the Internet and was invited by the University of Sydney to give a talk on Byron and Greece to which they kindly invited me. I'd never visited the University when I lived here and had no reason to do so on my many return trips. Therefore I was in for a treat - a beautiful campus and a lovely Victorian Gothic building. We commenced with a cream tea and sparkling wine in what I think you would term 'the Quad' - the architecture reminded me of Cathedral and Abbey Cloisters. The talk was given in the Psychology Department where we sat on very hard benches - hard probably to ensure that no one fell asleep during a lecture. Derek's talk was excellent. We also had the opportunity to walk around the University Museum with its superb collection of Egyptian artefacts and Mummies.

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