Personal Prompt: You sign up for a pen pal and are connected with someone who lives in a country on the other side of the globe. Tell them about your life and where you live.

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Simone has over 35 years’ experience working in the performing arts as a professional flautist and teacher. She has performed with many classical and music theatre ensembles, including the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and Queensland Pops Orchestra, Pierrot Productions and ExitLeft. She also has extensive experience in chamber music and as a soloist. Over the past decade she developed her professional writing and administrative skills and has worked in communications and administration at the Menzies Research Centre and St Michael’s Collegiate.

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Blackmans Bay is a beachside suburb of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Blackmans Bay south of Hobart was named after a James Blackman who occupied land there in the 1820s while another “Blackman Bay”, near Dunalley was so named in 1642 because of the presence of Aboriginal people. The town is located adjacent to Kingston, and is approximately fourteen kilometres south of Hobart. Blackmans Bay has three primary schools from kindergarten to grade six: Blackmans Bay, Illawarra, established in the late 1980s, and the Catholic St. Aloysius. There is also a beach and shopping centre within walking distance of most homes. The shopping centre includes a supermarket, newsagency, doctor’s surgery, pharmacy, butcher and a variety of other stores. There is a blowhole near the northern end of the beach, which in reality is more like a large rock arch where waves can be seen coming in and crashing on the rocks. There are numerous cliffs and viewpoints along Blowhole Road. On the southern side of the beach there is a track that leads to Flowerpot Point. This is a popular spot for fishing, although snags are an issue because of the prevalence of seaweed and rock ledges beneath the water.

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Creative Prompt: You are on a baking competition and have to make a dessert that will impress the judges. Describe your prize-winning dish.

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200 g Dark Chocolate (85%)
broken into pieces
50 g sugar
500 g cream cheese
130 g Greek yoghurt
Fresh or Frozen Berries


  1. Grate chocolate 5 seconds/speed 8.
  2. Melt chocolate 3 minutes/50C/speed 2.
  3. Add sugar and cream cheese. Blend 30 seconds/speed 5. Scrape down sides and repeat if necessary.
  4. Add yoghurt. Blend 30 seconds/speed 5. Scrape down sides and repeat if necessary until mixture is smooth.
  5. Layer in individual serving dishes (eg ramekins or martini glasses) with fresh or frozen fruit. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until set.

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