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200g ripe brown bananas, sliced
170g light brown sugar
185g self raising flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
50g pecans, chopped
AURORA ON TOUR TASTE
Aurora visited Poulnabrone dolmen, a portal tomb in the Burren,
County Clare, Ireland, dating back to the Neolithic period.
CONTRIBUTED BY SR LOUISE GANNON rsj
HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT?
God uses broken things. It takes broken soil to produce
a crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give
bread, broken bread to give strength. It is the broken
alabaster box that gives forth perfume.
Chef Bart's culinary gifts can be enjoyed at The
Cathedral Café, 843 Hunter St Newcastle West,
8.30am-2.00pm, Monday-Friday. P 4961 0546.
The following recipe is ready for the oven
in twenty minutes and so this very moist
and delicious cake is so popular at our
home. Try it and you too will become a
huge fan. Bananas can be replaced with
200g of chopped dates and pecans can
be replaced with walnuts.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees or 150
degrees for a fan-forced oven.
Spr ay a 9 inch cake tin with oil and line with
baking paper. Place in a saucepan bananas,
butter and water and slowly bring to the
boil. As mix ture comes to the boil, remove
from heat, add the bicarbonate and stir
through. You will see it 'foam' up. Set aside
for 5 minutes to cool.
Meanwhile in a bowl, whisk eggs, sugar and
vanilla together and sift in flour.
Fold through the banana mix, adding
pecans until combined. Pour the mix ture
into your tin and bang down on bench top
to settle mixture. Cook approximately 35
minutes. Allow to cool slightly and enjoy.
For me, there's no time quite like awards
season! Cr amming to cover everything
nominated for the Golden Globes, I
saw Philomena and The Railway Man on
consecutive nights . To my surprise, I
realized I'd actually watched the same
Both Philomena and The Railway Man
are based on tr ue events. In each film,
the central char acter, who has endured
incr edible suffering at the hands of
another, opens an old wound to deal
with the events of the past and thereby
find some level of healing. Each char acter
is only able to address the past through
inter action with a suppor ting person.
The films' common message is powerful.
Philomena has all the tr appings of a good
movie : an interesting, deliciously quirky
central char acter and enough intrigue
to sustain audience engagement. The
Railway Man is less successful, perhaps
because the movie is overly long or
because the characters are not as
engaging as one might hope.
Mar tin Sixsmith's book, The Lost Child
of Philomena Lee, provides the material
for Philomena. Sixsmith helps Philomena
find her child and address the incredible
sorrow she's silently borne for over half
a century. Their inter actions allow for
impor tant narr atives and emotional
insights . The pair could not be more
unalike. He's sophisticated ; she's not.
She's religious; he's not. Philomena's
pure hear t and folksy ways charm
Sixsmith -- and the audience.
When Eric Lomax , the centr al char acter
of The Railway Man, remarries, his
new wife forces him to address the
nightmares that threaten to tear him --
and them -- apar t. He revisits the site
of his tor ture as a forced labourer on
the construction of the Burma/Siam
r ailway during the Second World War.
Incredibly, he meets and ultimately
befriends the man who had br utally
tor tured him. The film is tough going.
While the interactions between Sixsmith
and Philomena are light and often
witty, Lomax and his wife spend much
of the movie looking at each other
with a sultry petulance that becomes
The film industry shows clear prefer ence
for archetypes, par ticularly archetypal
villains. In Wester ns, the villain wear s a
black hat and scowls. In Philomena the
villain wear s a black veil. . .and scowls.
Those predisposed to demonising the
Catholic Church will find scope here.
The villain of The Railway Man is the
mean silent type; his very persona is
Comparing the villainised character s
is the tricky par t. Suffice to say both
followed a course of action established
supposedly for good reasons. Lomax
comes to under stand the pressures
of his oppressor, while Philomena
never really gets to talk to, let alone
understand, the nuns. Without social
ser vices, Philomena's options were
pretty slim after her family disowned her.
It's tricky to evaluate critically the case of
Philomena because the lens we're given
is clouded and emotional. It's hear t-
breaking that Philomena lost her child,
but she's not alone in that predicament,
par ticularly during the 1950s.
Much as I dislike the current popular
tr end that we go to the movies for our
moral development and church to be
enter tained, in the case of these two
films, perhaps I get it. Sometimes buried
problems need to be unear thed and
addressed before they can be set to r est.
Only then can we find peace.
NEVER TEAR US APART
ANNE MILLARD DAUGHERTY
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