In recent issues we’ve mentioned that we’ve been getting enquiries about an Australian Club. Well, for some time now there hasn’t been one. Quite recently, though, I met Sylvie Chanoni who’d like to relaunch a club for exiles from Oz. As the name might suggest she’s a Française de souche but lived in Australia – 8 years in W.A. – and like many French who spend time there became a great enthusiast for the country. What seems to appeal is “mateship”, that unforced solidarity among Australians that comes out in their typical friendliness and helpfulness. I learned, by the way, from Joanna Tisdell of AAGP that the idea of “mateship” originated in Eureka during the tax riot of the gold miners in 1854.