Black Stump Dictionary;
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Dictionary of Phrase and Fable;
Today in Literature;
Google Art Project;
Family History SA databases;
GenealogicalSociety of SA;
Almanacs and Directories at SLSA;
State Archive Search;
National Archives Search;
Aus Bureau of Stats;
ABC: Iview; SBS;
Your TV Guide.
Radio: ABC Radio; ABC Adelaide 891;
Newspapers: Advertiser; Australian;
West Coast Sentinel;
World front pages;
Newscartoons: Kudelka; Nicholson.
Magazines: The Spectator; Time;
Movies: Internet Movie Database;
Internet News: Crikey dot com;
ABC just in;
SOUTH AUSTRALIA AND ADELAIDE
History: SA History;
History of SA;
Historic photos of SA.
Tourism: About SA;
About Australia: SA;
Australian Tourism Net: About SA;
Barossa: Our famous wine region;
Lavender Farm: Lyndoch in the Barossa Valley;
McLaren Vale: another beautiful wine region.
Things to do: In Adelaide;
Festival Centre in the city;
Play and Go & Kidspot for kids;
Weekend Notes; Only Adelaide;
Weather: SA Weather;
Background: SA Government.
Getting Around: Adelaide Street Directory;
Adelaide Metro: bus, tram and train timetables;
Free City transport.
SHOPS IN ADELAIDE
It is hard to know who owns the businesses where you shop, so thought I'd check out a few places that I use after being
told that the Katies/Autograph store in Rundle Mall is closing (Feb 2017). Katies has moved to the Myer Centre but Autograph will only be in suburban shopping
centres and I notice that seems to be the pattern for so many female clothing stores now. The city is moving towards the overseas chains you see in every
big city in the world and in my opinion it is ruining shopping in our city, which I love, as opposed to endless Westfield type malls.
Not all companies are transparent with information and ownership changes all the time. Pleasingly, most shops seem to be Australian owned at this time.
I'm tempted to add more company details but will add links to look up instead, to keep it simple.(Start: 26-2-2017, updated 30-3-2017).
Myers-public Australian Company. Premier Investments run by Solomon Lew bought 10.77% of Myers on 27-3-17.
David Jones-Woolworths Holdings Limited, S Africa, also owns Country Road
Harris Scarfe-Pepkor, S. African Retail Group
LADIES' CLOTHING STORES
Autograph-Specialty Fashion Group
BeMe-Noni B Group owned by Alceon Bidco-Australian Co.
Best & Less- Pepkor, S African retail group
Black Pepper-Aus public co. owned by the PAS group
City Chic- Specialty Fashion
Cotton On-Private Australian owned company
Jacqui E-Premier Investments-Just Group-Solomon Lew
Jeanswest-Glorious Sun, a Hong Kong company
Just Jeans-Premier Investments-Just Group-Solomon Lew
Katies- Specialty Fashion
My Size-Australian Owned
Noni B-Noni B Group-Alceon Bidco
Portmans-Premier Investments-Just Group-Solomon Lew
Rockmans-Noni B Group-Alceon Bidco
Sportsgirl- Sussan Group
Suzanne Grae- Sussan Group
W Lane-Noni B Group-Alceon Bidco
DISCOUNT VARIETY STORES
Cheap as Chips-Australian privately owned company
The Reject shop-Public Aus company-struggling, April '17
Browse In and Save-Wholly SA owned enterprise in Adelaide.
Rivers- Specialty Fashion
Wittner Shoes-Australian owned and operated
Betts Shoes-WA owned and operated
Barlow and Grundy Shoe shops-Barlow family owned, SA
Strandbags-foreign-owned, Malta-based Parelpark Limited.
Mitre 10 Hardware-Independent Hardware Group-Metcash Ltd.
Smiggles-Premier Investments-Solomon Lew
Spotlight-Spotlight Group (also owns Anaconda)-private Aus. Co.
Lincraft-Private co. since 2005 receivership.
COMPANIES WITH MULTIPLE STORES
Noni B Group-Alceon Bidco-BeMe, Noni B, Rockmans, Table 8, W Lane.
Premier investments-Dotti, Jay Jays, Just Jeans, Jacqui E, Peter Alexander, Portmans, Smiggle
Speciality Fashion Group-Autograph, City Chic, Crossroads, Katies, Millers, Rivers
Sussan group-Sportsgirl, Sussan, Suzanne Grae
Wesfarmers-Coles, Bi-Lo, Liquorland, K-Mart, Target, Bunnings, Officeworks and more
7/2017: Apparently Myers are not doing well, and everyone is worried about the arrival of Amazon in Australia. That's why we should shop at local stores or,
before long, they will be gone and the only place to buy things will be online. Nothing beats being able to try on, touch and see the things you want to buy.
Retail shops should fight back by making it easy and pleasant for customers rather than a battle -
see my Complaints Dept page for more on department stores!
31-3-17: H and M, the Swedish chain,
opened 11 stores in 2016 in Australia, giving it a total of 20 here, but there are none in Adelaide yet. Overseas stores Zara, UniQlo, Topshop and Sephora are also in Australia,
according to 'The Australian.'
Weather Europe; Tourism Germany;
Currency converter; World Times; World Weather;
Book air flights:
Airfaresflights; Hotels.com; Trivago compares hotels; Booking.com.
The Earl Grey Song - to let those here and overseas know how irritating it is to have on offer a box of 100 tea bags, none of which are actually tea. They are herbal tea,
infusions, tisanes, but not tea. It is a metaphor for the whole food industry at the moment. God forbid that anything should taste like itself. These 2
Yorkeshire Tea songs respect tea.
GOOD READS-NON CRIME
Catherine Alliott: Not That Kind of Girl, about marriage, fidelity and family.
Kate Atkinson: Wonderful reads.
Louise Bagshawe: chick lit-light but great fun.
M.C. Beaton author of the Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin series and of wonderfully witty Regency romances,
originally under her name of Marion Chesney.
Lily Brett: April, 2017. 'You Gotta Have Balls.' A charming novel set in New York about a Jewish daughter's relationship with her father, and running business.
Honey Brown: Read 'After the Darkness' April 2017.
A fascinating page turner-psychological thriller.
Liz Byrski: family and finding yourself aimed at older women.
Ben Elton: author of 'Popcorn, Dead Famous, Past Mortem, Chart Throb, The First Casualty,' all with modern
and relevant plots.
Peter Goldsworthy: impressive Adelaide author. Wish he'd write more.
John Grisham almost always exciting law tales but latest I read, 'Gray Mountain.' was awful, with an especially unpleasant female lawyer.
Loretta Hill May, 2013-Australian romances based on experiences as an engineer in
mining. Engaging read with humour and convincing background detail.
Marian Keyes: March, 2013 'The Mystery of Mercy Close," so funny yet real.
Loved it-even liked the way the heroine is hooked on Scandinavian crime TV shows! Chiklit at its best.
David Lodge: engrossing novels set in British universities.
Jane Lythell's 'Woman of the Hour' was absorbing, Sept 2016.
The main character is the TV producer of a morning show, juggling private and work life.
Monica McInerney raised in Clare, SA, writes gripping family based sagas with an Irish/ Australian connection.
Liane Moriarty: Aug. 2017 read 'truly, madly, guilty.' Australian author. The story was like 'The Slap' which I didn't read
but saw on TV and hated. The constant referral to what happened at the BBQ and taking several hundred pages to tell us was annoying, but you couldn't help identifying with the characters
and I even found myself quoting events in the book because they were so much like things happening around me in real life. I like that very much in a novel.
Joanna Trollope: British upper class family dramas. Absorbing and realistic.
Jennifer Weiner: Aug. 2017, 'In Her Shoes'- Chick Lit again, but some great observations. I am a
bit concerned that it seems as though the only people in America are Jewish-the Florida retirement home, the men she meets etc. Not very reflective of society, I would think.
Australian Book Reviews: New York Times book reviews.
Images: At left: Aqueduct at Segovia, Spain; Don Quixote Windmill, Alcazar de San Juan; Ship Museum, Barcelona; Buçaco; Gardens by Bay, Singapore; Plaza de Toros, Alcazar de San Juan, Spain.
On Right: Orchids at Botanic Gardens, Singapore; Buildings in Chinatown, Singapore; Alcazar de Segovia, Spain; Mum's favourite, Jonny Jumpups, in my garden; Suits of armour at Alcazar de Segovia.
Email: Louise This new index page created 23-12-2011; Changed title 15-5-2012,
updated 30-12-2014. Changed hosting from Planet Domain to GoDaddy on 12-1-2015. Substantial update, 31-7-2017.