17 Ningana St, Fig Tree Pocket.A Brisbane couple who named their five-bedroom riverside sanctuary Shangani, never realised the history the Fig Tree Pocket land had stockpiled.The name was in deference to their Rhodesian (now Zimbabwean) upbringing and the gallant bravery of the Shangani Patrol.They had not only purchased the property at 17 Ningana St, from former Australian Defence Minister John Moore, who had deployed troops to East Timor and the UN Peacekeepers, but further back it was owned by Sir Jack Leggo, who was a member of the RAF Dambusters team in World War 2, that was sent on a single air mission to destroy Germany’s dams and industrial centres. 17 Ningana St, Fig Tree Pocket.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoIn stark contrast to the bustle of battle, Shangani is an oasis of calm and peace on 1.34ha of landscaped gardens bordered by a private creek with two waterfalls and the Brisbane River.Owners Barry and Merle O’Rourke said their property’s name was perfect.“As well as the historical significance of the Shangani River in Rhodesian history, the word itself means a ‘junction’ and was originally used to indicate the junction of two waterways — hence the name for our property, which is at the junction of the Brisbane River and the CubberlaCreek,” Mrs O’ Rourke said. 17 Ningana St, Fig Tree Pocket.The couple, who had also lived in London and Melbourne, wanted space to raise their young family and found it in droves.“When we moved here 23 years ago there were cows in the paddock opposite us and we knew the moment we saw it, we had to have it,” Mr O’Rourke said.The couple, a former lawyer and merchant banker, said the house was designed with entertaining in mind.The property features a tennis court, swimming pool, and a temperature controlled cellar with a 6000 bottle capacity. The property is being marketed with offers over $7 million by Place Paddington agents Simon Wheelans and Rachael Spinks.
Liverpool then cancelled a planned Friday meeting although Ward has subsequently disputed the words attributed to him and is reportedly threatening to take legal action. He has been criticised for his handling of Sterling, though, and Pulis has made Berahino aware of his feelings. “We’ve had a little chat and I think Saido understands my feelings and what I think,” he said. “I don’t care what comments he (Ward) makes. “He’s entitled to his opinions. It’s a country where everybody can talk and say what they want. “That’s why it’s a great country. “People can stand up and say what they want, and he’s done that. He’s said his bit and said what he thinks. “Do I agree with it? No, of course I don’t, but that’s what this country needs. Tony Pulis has warned Saido Berahino not to follow the same path as Raheem Sterling and rock the boat at West Brom. “You need to have the opportunity to speak your mind, and if you want to say things you say things. I don’t think the kid should be involved in any of that because it’s not good for the lad and I really do feel sympathy for the player.” Berahino has scored 20 goals this season ahead of Sunday’s finale at Arsenal after a brace in Monday’s 3-0 win over Chelsea. Pulis has admitted the Baggies could sell Berahino in the summer should a top-four club make an acceptable offer but the boss believes he should stay. “We don’t want him to go and he knows that,” said Pulis, who has a fully fit squad ahead of Sunday. “We’re very keen that he stays and I think, having spoken to the kid, that he needs to be here to have at least another year when he is playing week in, week out. “That will improve him. “He could go to a top-four club and only play half a dozen games. We have seen before when young players have gone to top-four clubs and not broken in and almost dropped away. “He’s got to take that into consideration. It’s not all about money, it’s about his career. “He’s a young kid but we’re not going to stop him if we get the right offer. It’s the law of the land.” Press Association The striker shares the same agent as Liverpool’s Sterling, with the winger’s representative currently causing friction at Anfield. Aidy Ward reportedly told the London Evening Standard this week Sterling “would not sign a new contract for £900,000-a-week”.
1 Caretaker manager Keith Millen expects Alan Pardew to be installed as Crystal Palace boss by Friday.Former Palace midfielder Pardew watched the Eagles’ 0-0 draw at Aston Villa ahead of his anticipated move from Newcastle.The draw failed to lift Palace out of the Premier League relegation zone but Millen confirmed Pardew was pleased with the point after coming into the dressing room after the game.And Millen, caretaker manager since Neil Warnock was sacked last month, is just waiting for Pardew’s appointment to be rubber stamped.He said when asked if all was on track: “I think so, I don’t think he would have been at the game if there was a problem, he wouldn’t have been sitting in the stands.“We are preparing for Alan to come in tomorrow to start working. We have a big game against Dover on Sunday so we have to get our heads around that one.“I kept the lads in the know from what I knew from the chairman. Before the game when we left the hotel we weren’t sure but then I got a message to say Alan was coming.“He didn’t have any input during the game or before but he came in after and was pleased and proud with what he saw.“He said we need to add more to our game to score more goals and win football matches but it’s a good start for Alan to see us.”Millen is also set to stay with Palace after Pardew asked him to continue at the club.He said: “As the weeks go by he’ll analyse what we do. We have to learn what he wants and hopefully we can do that.“If Alan wants to bring in people I’m sure he will, we haven’t got a big staff but we work hard and are organised.” Alan Pardew with Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish
Nitheesh PC, a visual effects and animation professional, moved to China to explore the country that has become a global hotspot. The fact that China is still a mystery for many prompted him to apply for a job in the country. This has been one of his best decisions, he says.Nitheesh tells Little India about his journey in the land of dragons, and how he has fallen in love with China’s food and culture:Journey to China I studied commerce in college in Kerala, and went on to learn visual effects and animation. I was working in Bengaluru when China happened. I was thrilled when I got a call from a company in China two years back.Hassle-free Travel One thing that stands out in this country is its public transport. Everything is so organized, considering the population here. It makes traveling seem so much easier.Nitheesh at the Temple of Heaven in BeijingI currently live in a beautiful city called Wuxi, near Shanghai. It is surrounded by a beautiful lake called Lake Tai, one of the largest freshwater lakes in China. I often visit Shanghai on weekends to meet my friends as it takes less than an hour by bullet train. During my stay in China so far, I have been to many provinces and have made many friends. The ZhangJiaJie National Forest Park in Hunan Province, where the blockbuster Avatar was shot, was a memorable trip.Friendly People Contradictory to the notion that the Chinese are not friendly to foreigners, I find them very accommodating and friendly. I have many good friends at work and outside. People have been very helpful, especially during my trips.Challenges on the Way The only challenge that I have faced here is the language. I am still trying to learn the language as it’s quite difficult. The food here is also a bit different, but once I developed a taste for it, I started to love it.Different Flavors of China Food in China is a mixed bag of different flavors and ingredients. People in India know very little about Chinese food, except fried rice, noodles or chowmein, but Chinese cuisine is much more diverse. It varies from one province to the other.Nitheesh and friends during Sakura seasonI have traveled to different provinces and my dining experiences have been varied and wonderful. For instance, the food in North China is less spicy, but in South China it is quite hot. I love spices, and Chongqing offers the spiciest spread in China. Now I enjoy eating food with chopsticks.Land of Festivals China, like India, has a lot of festivals, which also means more holidays. Most of the Chinese festivals are an occasion for family reunions, like moon festival and spring festival.A festival that I have fond memories of is the Lantern festival. It’s celebrated on the last day of the Chinese New Year. Cities come alive with red lanterns that are lit in honor of Lord Buddha. Other traditions on this day include eating dumplings, dragon dance and lion dance.While traveling, I have also attended many cultural shows, and fallen in love with their enriching culture.I feel people in China are steeped in customs and traditions and yet seem to have a modern outlook towards life. (The interview has been condensed and edited.) Related ItemsChinaShanghai