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The secret life of Blanche

Blanche d'Alpuget has finally revealed the details of her long, clandestine affair with Bob Hawke, 30 years after he first proposed. Kate Legge asks: why now? Blanche d’Alpuget leans across the table and pins me with her grey-green eyes, highlighted lustrously beneath blonde wisps of hair. “Come on,” she scoffs in her deep, husky voice when I ask her whether her husband, Bob Hawke, has had cosmetic surgery too. “He doesn’t need it.” Her cupid lips curl into a smile. “He’s not the sort of person who ever would. He’s a bloke.” And she laughs in an earthy, almost bawdy honk at this stupid idea. D’Alpuget doesn’t need renovating either but the vanity’s part of what keeps these two smitten, on alert for external threats, like the old flame who bailed Hawke up at Melbourne airport the other day. D’Alpuget was talking to him on the phone when the ex-girlfriend circled. “I won’t say who she is; (she’s) very well known,” she recalls. “I heard her say, ‘Oh, darling. You look wonderful. I still love you.’ I said to him, ‘Bob!’” She growls humorously. We are sitting in a Northbridge, Sydney, cafe that she chose for our meeting instead of her harbourside home, a view-fetching dangle of rooms perched on the slope of a hill where the former First Lady had expected to retire. “They have workmen there,” the publicist from Melbourne University Press had explained earlier. Coincidentally, I last visited this busy strip of shops with Hazel Hawke and her daughter Sue more than two years ago while researching a story about life with Alzheimer’s. On our way back from a trip to Hazel’s physiotherapist, we stopped to buy fruit and flowers across the road from this cafe, which sits at the gateway to the suburb where they all dwell. Hazel laughed a lot that day. Disinhibited by her illness, she found my “big teeth” hilarious and told me Bob had smoked smelly cigars in her kitchen. She was intrigued, too, by the ants taking a shortcut through her letterbox. Flower is a beautiful plant, tulips, roses, lilies, etc.,These flowers good, I like [url=http://www.ra pidflowers.com.au] flowers melbourne[/url].  (Aug 6, 2008 | post #1)

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