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    Sponsored Video/Post: Phillip Island Nature Parks

    Wednesday, March 8, 2017

    I have been on some fun work trips over the years but Phillip Island was one of the best. I had just started doing the PR for Sydney – Melbourne Touring and the client sent me down to check out their wares. It’s not every day that you get to wake up in a windswept […]

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    Travel Tales: Krissie Rogers, Pearls of Style

    Monday, February 27, 2017

    Name: Krissie Rogers Age: 26 Current job?: Blogger @ Pearls of Style and freelance writer Where are you now?: Melbourne Favourite travel destination?: Greece. The beaches, the people, the food, the culture. It’s an all-round dream. Best meal ever while travelling?: I don’t think I can go past the €4 gyros I had in Mykonos. […]

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    The right place

    Tuesday, February 21, 2017

    I read a lot of autobiographies of female comedians. Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Mindy Kaling … the list goes on. I’m even reading Dame Edna Everage’s ‘autobiography’ at the moment and, in a surprise bonus thanks to Glebe St Vincent de Paul, it’s AUTOGRAPHED and dedicated to John. Thanks […]

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    Pieces of you

    Monday, February 20, 2017

    We are all made up of little pieces of each other. Whether it’s something tiny, like the way I chop vegetables (thanks Victor), to the way I fold fitted sheets (thanks Mum), there are a million little behaviours that I have adopted from my friends and family. I am always thinking of the people in my life […]

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    Maternity leave

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017

    Going on maternity leave is surprisingly confronting. Under normal circumstances, the thought of taking 7.5 months off would be ultra-appealing. Hello South East Asian beach holiday! Hello road trip! Hello involved, self-indulgent creative project! But no, not this time. I’m headed for the unknown horrors of the post-natal gulag which is, quite frankly, scary. I […]

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Jan
7

Before we forget Christmas

I went to the shops on January 1 and there were Easter buns on the shelves. EASTER BUNS. But before we digress into chocolate ovum and spicy bakery treats, let’s first debrief on the Christmas that was. Mine was semi-traumatic. How was yours? I have spent a great deal of time pondering why I found the failure of my Christmas […]

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Jan
5

Living with disapproval

I recently experienced a big dose of disapproval, and wow, it hurt. It came from the place where I would most expect it: my family. I recently got engaged in a fairly fuss-free way. No ring. No proposal. A simple agreement between adults to marry. In keeping with the theme of simplicity, and in light […]

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Dec
17

Dear Aunty Em: Druncle

‘What to do if your uncle keeps telling misogynistic jokes? I should mention that he’s 80 (so possibly unlikely to change at this advanced age) and quite sweet otherwise (though he’s also a Trump supporter and thinks all Muslims are terrorists-in-waiting.) Where are all the wise elders? (swallowed by the cult of youth?). My Aunty […]

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Dec
15

Dear Aunty Em: Shades of grey

Dear Aunty Em,  So my friend has been happily married for years. She’s always had a bit of friendly banter with this person in her life but apparently she has missed all the signs that he was totally keen. She hasn’t been getting a lot of attention from her hubby and I think old mate […]

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Dec
11

Giveaway: Last Cab to Darwin

It’s nearly Christmas which means I HAVE PRESENTS FOR YOU! I have three gift packs with a DVD of the The Last Cab to Darwin, as well as a spiffy retro tea towel with a map of the Australian outback, for you to win. What’s it all about? Well, director Jeremy Sims (Last Train to Freo) […]

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Dec
2

Dear Aunty Em: Crazy step mum

‘My arsehole ex-husband has knocked up a young Asian lady. They are having a baby and I worry about our son and what to do. The young girl thinks she’s my son’s mother. She assaulted him on New Year’s Eve. What do I do?’ – Worried Mama Dear Worried Mama, Whoah, I am out of […]

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Dec
2

Dear Aunty Em: Drainers

‘How do you stop seeing people in your life who are drainers? How do you cut them off and out of your life?’ – Tired Dear Tired, The thing about electricity is that it requires a circuit to work. The energy flows in a loop. The best relationships are like this. The giving and taking […]

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Dec
2

Dear Aunty Em: Feels

‘How do I have feelings?’ and ‘How do I stop having so many feelings? – The Feels Dear The Feels, I suspect you are two sides of the same coin; a coin called depression and anxiety. Numbness, or inability to feel, is one of the signs that you could be suffering from depression. Feeling too much […]

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Dec
2

Dear Aunty Em: Making lurve

‘Closing our eyes whilst making love seems perfectly natural and acceptable, but there are times one wants to hold a lovers gaze. Is it arousing, confronting, beautiful or weird?’ – Eyeballs Dear Eyeballs, Like all things in sex, it totally depends on your partner. Some people cannot get enough of bananas up their butt while […]

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Dec
1

Dear Aunty Em: Customers

‘No names to be mentioned, but why is society – in particular retail customers – more demanding now than, say, 10 years ago?’ – People Suck Dear People Suck, There was a wonderful time when people drank instant coffee and sat down to watch one of the four TV channels available. They drank cask wine and ate […]

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