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G’day and Kia ora to all Kiwis and Aussies
in Manitoba and beyond!

Welcome to the Down Under Club of Winnipeg. We’re a social club based far, far from our original homes and hold regular events for members and guests. We also produce a monthly newsletter about connections in our new community and all things happening down under. Go on, explore our site and consider joining our group. Hooroo, mates!

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Yarn October-November 2021

The October-November issue of the Southern Yarn is available  for your reading online, download, printout, or you can wait for your copy in the mail, if you still get it in glorious black-and-white on our signature yellow paper stock.

Noteworthy on your social calendar is the return of our ‘Not-so-formal’ dinner. Here are the details, from page one of this issue.

G’day and Kia ora everyone! At last, we can plan a not-so-formal dinner and, this time, we are heading back to Bailey’s, where the atmosphere is quietly elegant, the service is splendid, and the company (us) will be great.

Of course, we must not forget that we need to comply with provincial COVID-19 regulations and, hopefully, there will be no changes in the next few weeks. Currently, to attend, everyone eligible must be double vaccinated and able to show proof, plus ID, and be masked unless seated and eating and drinking. We will be in the Board of Governors room which seats a maximum of 40 guests, so we will not be crowded.

The menu chosen has enough variety to tempt the most fastidious tastebuds and, of course, there is a rack of lamb option. Each entrée includes a salad of Manitoba field greens with a creamy cucumber and dill dressing, fresh rolls, oven roasted lemon potatoes, chef’s selected vegetables, and coffee or tea.

Cost per person for the New Zealand rack of lamb option is $43.00. 7-point rack, roasted and glazed with a delicate herb reduction sauce).

Cost per person for each of the other five options is $37.00

  • 10 oz New York striploin; charbroiled to your specification
  • Chicken “Manitoba”; tender breast filled with wild rice, mushrooms and 3-cheese blend
  • Rib-eye steak and garlic prawns; 7 oz rib-eye served with 4 jumbo prawns sauteed in Bailey’s own garlic butter
  • Pork medallions; tenderloin medallions sauteed with portabello, button mushrooms and shallots in a red wine demi-glace
  • Filet of Salmon; grilled salmon filet served with a creamy basil sauce.

Dessert will be available as an extra on the night. There is no need to pre-order and the prices quoted are subject to PST, GST and 15% gratuity to be added. BUT we do need to know the numbers attending and you will need to RSVP by October 25 to Judy Powell,

judy_charliep@ hotmail.com, or social@downunderclub .mb.ca
or phone 204-275-7083 or 204-218-1448.

We hope to see you there!

The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer – ON NOW!

Manitoba Theatre for Young People is digitally staging a performance of this award-winning Australian production from now until October 24.

“The seas have risen, billions have died and those who are left live on farms atop skyscrapers, atop mountains. The scientists have tried everything. Floating islands sank, space probes found nothing, and the giant sponges, visible from the moon, are now rotting icons of failure.”

The play explores the unknown and the magic that exists deep in the oceans. Watch the trailer and then book a stream of The Last Great Hunt’s The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer today and enjoy the magic in your home.

Tickets are only $15, available at MTYP or by calling 204-942-8898.

The Southern Yarn August/September, 2021

Yarn Aug/Sept 2021

The August/September issue of The Southern Yarn is available for download. 

Here’s Charlie’s editorial to get you started:

Well, the severe drought foreshadowed by last winter’s minimal delivery of snow is now manifesting itself big time in the form of wildfires. The inconvenience of smoke in our air is nothing compared to the sad ordeal of having to leave one’s home and belongings to the mercy of the wind and flame. When it last struck Australia in 2019-2020, Canadian firefighters were quick to respond. Now, Aussie counterparts are deployed to help contain the blazes in Northwest Ontario. 

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Yarn for June/July 2021

The full summer Yarn is in the mail, and posted to our website. Read it in PDF format now, by clicking on the image of the first page here.

Our Yarns page features all the back issues, in case you missed some, or want to catch up.

There is a Zoom event this Saturday, so send an email if you want to get an invite.

Here’s Charlie’s editorial, to get you started.

When I Googled “Australian Bush Yarns”, there was no end of book titles, including the one I have been using (p.4). I always strive for balance in the articles in this publication, so I Googled “NZ Bush Yarns”, and do you know what I came up with? Endless links to knitting skein suppliers! “NZ tall tales” got me closer to what I was searching for, however I have decided to leave it to our Kiwi readers to submit their favourite examples of local humour.

Since many are still being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, I thought it timely to consider a hero in the fight against another unpleasant virus. Polio epidemics peaked most recently around 1950. But since the ’30s Sister Kenny was working to ease the suffering of victims. Read her story in “Getting to know…”, p.6. Have you heard the expressions ‘happy as a lark’, ‘be up with the lark(s)’, and ‘blow that for a lark’? Well, Birds I view this month is the meadowlark – always refreshing to hear their happy song, p.8.

Thank you again to our faithful advertisers, literary contributors (Peter, Jenny, Judy) and you literate readers!

Enjoy! And Happy Canada Day!