It’s great to be home, after a month spent roaming around the US.

We went on quite the road trip, through six States in all, mostly on roads less travelled. First stop was Aspen, Colorado, a mountain town we thought we knew well from skiing, but had never visited in summer.

Mother Nature was so much more abundant than we could have imagined; we were left gob-smacked at the mountain beauty engulfing us. We’ve filed the first report of our Aspen adventures in this issue.

Upon our return, our pal Tom Percy, QC, got in touch. He is, of course, well known in Perth as a top criminal lawyer, but now he’s turned his hand to fiction.

Tom sent us a short story he’d somehow found the time to pen in between court appearances: Rikki Don’t Lose That Number. We’re thrilled to share it with you in this issue. Let us know what you think, and hopefully he’ll write some more for Starfish readers!

Also we’ve returned to learn that a new art gallery is about to open in Perth, Flux Gallery. That’s music to the ears, and eyes, especially in light of all the quality galleries that have quietly shut down around town in recent years. We look forward to bringing you coverage of what’s happening at Flux Gallery at King Street Art Centre.

We popped in to Luna Leederville on Saturday for a preview of film, The Keeper. It’s based on the true story of Bert Trautmann, a German prisoner of war who went on to become a star goalkeeper for Manchester City. It’s a terrific film, starring David Kross. Read our review by Ros in this issue. She gave the film four stars.

Not to be outdone, Margot gave her latest film, a Korean black comedy called Parasite, four and a half stars!

It is amazing how long it has taken Australians to really embrace Indigenous foods in our cooking. Thankfully in recent years we have started to discover a myriad of wonderful native produce that greatly enhance Australian cuisine.

Our recipe this week is one such dish – Green Gnocchi with Cinnamon Myrtle Burnt Butter Sauce. Yum! It’s from the fab new book by Damien Coulthard and Rebecca Sullivan, Warndu Mai (Good Food) from Hachette Australia.

It’s all in this issue!

It’s good to be back!

Jacqui and Pete

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