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    Monday, November 19, 2018

    It’s about this time of year that mama needs a long lie down. But here’s the thing: I have a 20 month-old toddler who wakes up at dawn every single day. There is no holiday on earth that can get around that crushing fact. So how can you combine a family holiday where you get […]

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  • Meet the artist: Cathy Stait-Gardner

    Monday, November 19, 2018

    If you have spoken to me recently, you have probably heard me banging on Camden’s answer to Quentin Blake. Meet Cathy Stait-Gardner – gifted artist, Buffy fan and all ’round hilarious woman. How long have you been an artist? An artist. It sounds so high-brow! I’m not sure how long Ive been an artist. I’ve […]

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  • Christmas gifts for people you hate

    Wednesday, November 7, 2018

    In keeping with my current Christmas gift-buying obsession, here’s my fail-proof guide to gifts for people you loathe: A leaf blower: You hate them. Soon, everyone else will too. A chutney gift pack: Has anyone ever used a Christmas chutney? This will live in their pantry and/or fridge and be moved from house to house, […]

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  • Christmas presents for people like me

    Tuesday, November 6, 2018

    It’s around this time of year that I do terrible things to my credit card. I love Christmas and I love buying presents. If you are looking for gift ideas for middle-aged women who love Marimekko but wear K-Mart, here’s some things that I can personally recommend as being both ethical and excellent. Original artworks Art […]

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  • Love your skin suit

    Thursday, October 25, 2018

    Silence of the Lambs has made the concept of a skin suit a little bit too literal but stay with me folks. We are all born into a skin suit that is composed of pretty much the same stuff as everyone else’s. Our genes dominate what it will look like. Some people get an Armani, […]

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Sep
28

The friendship test

I have been thinking a lot about this since I wrote about losing friends earlier this week. In my life, there have been times that I would define as friendship tests. If you’re wondering who your friends really are, ask yourself this: Who visited you and looked after you when you were sick? Who was […]

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Sep
26

Losing friends

Do you ever feel like you are losing friends? Either you have had a falling out, never hear from them or you make all the effort, which leads you to wonder: do these people even like me? One very efficient way to lose half your friends is to get divorced. The night that I found […]

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Sep
21

Read/watch list for people who don’t care about celebrities

Do you struggle to find stuff to read/watch that resonates? I hate most reality television. I don’t like sport. I have no interest in celebrities, diets or fashion (except for when I’m on holiday – I love reading Vogue). Subsequently, I come up short when I am looking for new stuff to read or watch, even though […]

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Sep
20

Suggestibility

In hypnotism, the practitioners play on a person’s ‘suggestibility’ (ie their openness to influence). I have come to the conclusion that I am way suggestible. I have been binge watching the first season of Outlander and, over the last two weeks, my internal voice has adopted a Scottish accent and has replaced ‘do you know’ with ‘d’ye […]

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Sep
14

Being yourself vs being a brand

I am not an idiot. I know that a lot of the stuff I write on here is probably killing my career potential. No one is going to hire a CEO who once wrote a post about sneaky anal sex, or internet dating, or crippling anxiety. I once declared to a group of conservative country […]

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Sep
14

Have you heard of Helpling?

It’s a new website where you can find reliable, experienced cleaners in your area. This is so cool. I remember getting a cleaner when I lived with my ex. It was the result of many, many arguments that finally resulted in, ‘Fine, let’s pay someone!’ Our cleaner lasted all of two sessions. She was a […]

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Sep
12

Quirky things to do on the Gold Coast

Picture this: the warm golden haze dancing gently across your skin; the feel of the humid seaside air filling your lungs; sparkling sand tickling your toes; cool crystalline waters crashing along the shoreline; screams of delight from kids and the young at heart; and the buzz of a party at every turn. When the land down […]

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Sep
12

Who are the coolest people in the world?

If you had to change nationality, what would you change to? I am very happy to be born Australian because I love Aussies’ laconic sense of humour, willingness to help people, love of sunshine, beaches and BBQs and of course, there’s AUSTRALIA. I mean, have you seen this place?! Having said that, there’s plenty we […]

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Sep
8

What not to name your kid

My friend Mel is an English teacher. As such, she has met a lot of kids and has a healthy respect for the Queen’s English. She wrote the very entertaining essay below based on her experiences. I asked her about the worst names she has come across and she said, “A few stupid names for […]

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Sep
7

Ultimate Blue Mountains day trip

You have one day to check out the Blue Mountains to the west of Sydney. What are you going to do? There are plenty of options at your disposal but here’s some of the best stuff you may not have heard about. Regardless of whether you drive (it takes about 2 hours to get to […]

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