• Dear Aunty Em: Sex number

    Tuesday, November 21, 2017

    ‘My boyfriend wants to know how many people I’ve slept with. I know how many people he’s slept with and my number is way higher. What should I do? Tell the truth or lie?’ – Sexy McSexface Dear Sexy McSexface, Men are funny. They want to date an attractive girl but then act all surprised when she’s popular. […]

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  • The problem with government

    Thursday, November 16, 2017

    The first problem is recruitment. Do you know how to get involved in politics? If you wanted to run for the local council, your State Government seat, or for the Federal seat in your electorate, do you know how to go about it? Have you met any politicians lately? Have you had a chance to speak […]

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  • How to find a Bali villa

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    This has truly been one of those weeks. Joey is teething and has also learnt to crawl. I have at least 100 new grey hairs. I have also had some weird tummy bug, been crushed by deadlines and for some mysterious reason, can’t sleep. Such fun. Naturally, my thoughts turn to holidays. Namely, when am I […]

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  • Small life

    Monday, November 13, 2017

      I have a lot going on in a small space. My world used to be huge. I would fly interstate and overseas without a second thought. Sydney Airport felt like a second home. But now? I haven’t even had time to pick up my new passport which has been languishing, uncollected, for four months. […]

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  • Gifts from the storm

    Wednesday, October 25, 2017

    So here’s an obscure movie reference. In The Good Dinosaur, there’s a pterodactyl-esque character called Thunderclap. He’s a predatory bad ass in the same vein as the hyenas in The Lion King. [Spoiler alert] In the middle of the movie, there’s a severe storm that wreaks havoc. After the storm has passed, Thunderclap rejoices because a lot […]

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Jul
20

Forget about ‘success’

I am sick to death of reading articles telling me to get up early, make more money, be more productive and then meditate in order to stay on top of my mental health in order to be successful. How about sleeping as much as suits your body? How about making enough money to live a […]

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Jul
18

Mudbrick, Waiheke Island, NZ

Some places are paradise; pure and simple. Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant is one of these rare spots. Perched on a hill overlooking rolling green hills, vineyards and water off into the distance, this cellar door and restaurant is set in the middle of a formal garden and a French-style terrace, complete with cream-coloured sun umbrellas, wooden […]

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Jul
15

Top five: Bay of Islands, NZ

There is nothing easier than driving from Auckland to the Bay of Island because there is only one road. You find that road, you follow it for 3.5 hours and then you’re in Paihia, the bayside village that is the gateway to Northland. The Spark and I went up there on a second honeymoon because […]

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Jul
6

It’s International Kissing Day

Surely this has got to be the greatest day OF ALL TIME?! My husband is the world’s greatest kisser and, while I am obviously biased, I am not the only person who has told him this. He was out at a club one time and was kissing a young lady who turned to her friend and said, […]

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Jun
29

Hello role model

I met a journalist on a recent work trip that I adore. Not just admire. Not just like. I want to be her when I don’t grow up. She is the deputy editor of a big newspaper travel section, used to teach English literature at the university, has two daughters and speaks fluent French. I have […]

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Jun
27

Clancy’s Soap Opera

By Meagan Patroni As soap operas go, there’s love, loss and a rollercoaster of emotions. That’s the case for a fella I met in Victoria’s You Yangs; Clancy. His handsome features, rugged hands, round behind and eyes to-die-for draw the ladies from miles. In fact, I have travelled 45 minutes from Melbourne to see him. […]

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Jun
23

The power of memory

The weirdest thing happened to me this morning. I have started writing a book (again – this is a regular occurrence) but this time it is based on real events. Delving into those memories, I started getting really sad. I had a little cry while I was writing and then, for the rest of the […]

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Jun
22

Enough

It seems we live in a world of always more. It is enormously calming to know you have enough. Enough love. Enough money. Enough security. Western culture is built around concepts of achievement, betterment and expansion. Most business conversations deal with increased profits, improved margins and market growth. But what if you are, have, and do enough […]

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Jun
16

Stuff rich people like: part 2

I was recently lucky enough to nosey around some very fancy places, including one of the top five lodges in the world. What I noticed is that wealth has a very distinctive look. While I have written about this before, here is some updated information based on my recent experiences. If you want to fake […]

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Jun
8

Set design and costume

Have you ever considered that you might be typecasting yourself with your costume and set design choices? I wrote an enormously misunderstood post about this a while back. What I was trying to say is that you can play any character you want. By making conscious choices about costumes and sets, you can be whoever you […]

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