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Stomping on to new vintage - THE annual grape harvest is winding up in Margaret River and the region will no doubt celebrate with its usual verve, especially at Voyager Estate Winery. This year’s end-of-vintage festival is inspired by South Africa’s Cape region and will include wandering African ‘animals’ presented by local schools, tribal dancers, living sculptures, wine stomping competitions and barrel races, all culminating in the blessing of the harvest by Bacchus, the god of wine. The festival is organised by the Noble Rot Theatre Company and will officially open on Friday May 4 with the opening night of Feydeau’s French farce. On Sunday, May 6 the vintage stomp at Voyager Estate will be showcased along with the main parade commencing at 12 noon. Cost is $10 adults, $5 children, and $20 for a family of four. Carved stone collection at Houghton - NOW here’s a unique Mother’s Day gift idea. Western Australians have an exclusive opportunity to view and buy the rare ‘Chrysanthemum Stones’ at Houghton Winery in the Swan Valley during Taste of the Valley. The exhibition will be held from April 16 to May 3. The chrysanthemum stones originate in the overhanging cliffs and in the rapids of the Yangzi riverbed in China’s famous three gorges, which will soon be submerged under water for the huge dam project in Hunan Province. Chinese artisans have carved many unique pieces, and the stones can also be purchased untouched on a timber stand. Holistic health overcomes jetlag - IT may not sound like fun, but according to Dr Rajen Cooppan, the man behind the popular Ayurveda Awareness Centre, purging your bowel in the days leading up to a flight can reduced the effects of jetlag. Dr Cooppan has written a book with a list of what seem like unusual guidelines to prevent jetlag. His suggestions are based on the principles of holistic health. Dr Cooppan believes jetlag results from travelling rapidly through magnetic grids that surround the earth, creating a malalignment with the magnetic resonance in the human body. To counteract the effects, Dr Cooppan suggest avoiding fried food and alcohol, taking a sesame oil massage before the flight, drinking lots of water and eating lots of fruit during the flight. Dr Cooppan will be in Perth to facilitate a holistic health course at the Ayurveda Awareness Centre April 21 and 22 at Murdoch University. The course aims to teach simple techniques to correct diet and lifestyle in order to relieve stress and tiredness. How to overcome Jet Lag, Dr Rajen Cooppan $10. Style Advisory Service - FOR those who think pink and red are a fantastic combination, help has arrived, with fashion experts Jan O’Loughlin and Claire Metcalf opening a Style Advisory Service at Booragoon’s Garden City shopping centre. The fashionistas provide fashion advice, ideas for corporate gifts, as well as hints for what looks good in the home; and they can even take you through the shopping centre alleyways to purchase the items. SaS advice for this season: mix black patent with plaid, teaming gold with black, and the must-haves are the parka and the cashmere hoodie. Fashion rarely comes cheap. The sessions are by appointment only and cost $130 for the first hour and $100 for each hour thereafter.

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