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OLD SCHOOL FRIENDS
Romance blossoms from friendship
Phillip and Aileen Pooley at Lake George Winery on their wedding day.
Photo: Livstyle Photography
It took nearly 10 years for high school
friends Aileen (nee Vithalis) and
Phillip Pooley to discover their
romantic feelings for each other, after
meeting at school in year 7.
Aileen said when the spark ignited
they realised they had always been
right for each other.
"When we finished school we
continued to make an effort to stay in
touch, and were always there for each
other, she said.
About four years ago, we had not
seen each other for a short while as we
were busy focusing on our busy lives
After rekindling our friendship,
both single, we decided to give a
relationship a go, which felt very easy,
was lots of fun and had lots of
One night while Aileen was
working a night shift, Phillip visited
her parents and asked her father for
permission to marry his daughter.
"Of course, he said yes," Aileen
Shortly after, the two went away for
a romantic long weekend in the Hunter
Valley and Phillip proposed among the
The pair married at Lake George
winery because of the stunning
scenery and peaceful feel.
Wearing a figure-hugging French
Chantilly lace gown created by a
Canberra designer, Aileen said the
highlight of the intimate ceremony
was reading their vows.
"We believe that vows to each
should read the same, she said.
They shouldn t be different and
our promises to each other should be
Following their wedding day, the
newlyweds travelled overseas to
Greece for a relaxing honeymoon.
"The beaches are so picturesque,
Aileen told The Chronicle. We went
to a different beach almost every day
and ate way too much delicious food.
I have family over there.
It was a great opportunity for Phil
to meet them and relax and explore
that beautiful country.
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speak at ANU
It was hailed as one of the greatest Mt
Everest climbs and considered the
mountaineering coup of the century.
Thirty years ago on Friday the first
team of Australians conquered the
world s highest peak.
Only two of the five who set out on
the expedition made it. One of those
was a former Australian National
University student, Tim Macartney-
On campus in the late 1970s the
ANU science student, and member
of the ANU Mountaineering Club,
hatched plans that would lead to an
extraordinary conquest of Mt
I started climbing up in the
Brindabellas so the expedition
definitely had its genesis in
Canberra, Macartney-Snape said.
The first of several expeditions to
the Himalayas took place in 1978.
These trips would lay the foundation
for the big assault years later.
I was in Nepal climbing a
mountain south of Everest,
Macartney-Snape said. I was
looking up at Everest thinking sooner
or later an Australian is going to
On October 3, 1984, he stood with
Greg Mortimer to be the first
Australians on the 8848-metre
It was described by Mt Everest
historian Walt Unsworth as one of
the greatest climbs ever done on the
The Australian team had gained
permission from the Chinese
government to scale the north face.
They chose a climb that had never
been attempted and without high
Macartney-Snape will speak at the
ANU, in The Tank, on Wednesday,
October 15, as part of a national tour
for the 30th anniversary.
ENVIRONMENT CENTRE SWAP
Ryan Lungu, Elena Tjandra and Bess Kenway bring their unwanted items
for the Canberra Environment Centre's swap meet. Photo: Matt Bedford
Clean out and grab a bargain
Lovers of all things pre-loved will be
out in force this Saturday at the
Canberra Environment Centre s 2014
Centre s director Ryan Lungu said
joining forces with the ANU
sustainability learning community
organic garden and the adjoining
Recyclery would make this year s
event bigger than ever.
"There will be organic gardening
workshops run in the morning and the
garden will fire up their pizza oven,"
he said. "The Recyclery will be
running a bike maintenance workshop
at the same time."
Mr Lungu said last year he snared a
Guns N Roses T-shirt he now
"It s about bringing in what you
don t want anymore and finding things
to take home that you do," he said.
Homewares, clothes, old books,
CDs or DVDs and more can all be
swapped if they are clean and in good
Sustainability officer Bess Kenway
said the day was more than just about
thrifting and it was also about
demonstrated a growing interest in
maximising the value of resources.
"Rather than throwing out old stuff
into landfill, it can go back into
circulation, giving someone the
chance to reuse or repurpose it," she
Entry costs $5 and each item
brought along is assessed and traded in
for coupons -- the currency used at the
The event runs from 10am to 1pm.
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