Armadale 1980


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I serve strawberries in salt to my guests by mistake.


Private lessons from a Stephanie Alexander chef didn't help my cooking. She came to my house one morning a week for a month. We went for long walks and talks. When we came back we cooked something quickly to justify the expence. My heart was not in the food.


The Olympic Games produced conflict between the Government and the Australian Olympic Federation when Prime Minister Fraser followed President Carter's lead, withdrawing official and financial support from Australian competitors in protest against the Russian invasion of Afghanistan. The Australian Olympic Federation ignored the boycott and Australian athletes paraded under the Olympic flag.

Woolworths Limited was the focus for a series of bomb attacks.

Australia's first political terrorist assassination occurred when two gunmen killed the Turkish Consul-General, Sarik Ariyak, and his bodyguard, Engin Sever, at Vaucluse, Sydney.

Candice Reed, Australia's first - and the world's first - test-tube baby was born in Melbourne's Queen Victoria Medical Centre.

Joint Australian-American research projects on the fossil remains of bacteria-like creatures uncovered in ancient rocks 30 kilometers west of Marble Bar (WA) pushed back the date at which such relatively advanced forms of microbial life were known to exist, to 3.5 billion years ago, thus putting the origin of life a lot earlier than previously believed.

The death of nine-week old Azaria Chamberlain at Ayers Rock. According to her mother, Lindy Chamberlain, the baby was taken by a dingo. The baby's body was never found.

In the world's oldest continent, the world's oldest fossil fish - 480 million years old - was found near Alice Springs.

The Australian Almanac, Pub. Angus & Robertson 1985


What many consider to be his (Derrida's) next major work appeared in 1980. This was entitled The Post Card: From Socrates to Freud and Beyond....Derrida had reached the conclusion: 'a letter can not always arrive at its destination...the structure of the letter [is] capable, alway, of not arriving.'

Strathern, Paul, 2003, p.37, The Essential Derrida, Virgin