• Plastic: IT’S EVERYWHERE

    Wednesday, July 18, 2018

    Plastic is a miracle material. Water-resistant, available in all sorts of textures and colours, and wow – what a lifespan. When you start taking note of where it’s used, you realise it’s everywhere. Those little stickers on fruit. Wrapped around your magazine subscription. Connecting swing tags to clothes. In dog parks to pick up poo. […]

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  • Vision Direct

    Glasses ahoy!

    Thursday, July 5, 2018

    You may not know this about me but I am a spectacle tragic (and also a tragic spectacle but that’s a whole other story). I love glasses which is lucky because I can’t see for sh*t. When I was a kid, I really wanted glasses because I thought they would make me look smart. I […]

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  • Why gardening

    Monday, June 25, 2018

    So I started a gardening festival. Seems like an odd thing to do when you’re kinda busy with raising kids, and chasing puppies, and managing a hectic workload. But I had one of those whooshes of inspiration (that some people call the muse) and I felt compelled. Maybe even propelled. Why gardening? Well, because I […]

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  • Creativity

    Monday, June 25, 2018

    Every manmade thing was created by someone. Someone thought, hey, this could work. This might make things better. This is beautiful. There’s this idea that creativity is a hallowed space that you enter deliberately. But no. Cooking dinner is creative. Writing in a birthday card is creative. Creativity is like salt or butter. It makes everything […]

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  • Sanctuary by Sirromet

    Friday, June 1, 2018

    I don’t get out much these days. Most of my days involve hanging out with a toddler, hanging out washing and feverishly cramming max productivity into minimum time. It’s a treat to go somewhere a) I don’t have to clean, b) I don’t have to cook, and c) there are no children or puppies requiring […]

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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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May
31

A reaction against shiny

I feel a creeping desire to become shabbier. Not dye my hair or wear make up. Forget about fashion. Give up trying to be cool. I’ve spent many years trying to shape myself into something acceptable but the problem is that I’m becoming apathetic about impressing people. Shininess takes so much work, energy, time and […]

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May
24

Win a trip to Europe

No kidding you guys! You can actually win a one week Rail Europe trip that includes flights to Paris, hotels and food. I have been putting off going to Europe forever. I am always scared that I don’t have enough money to do what I want to do (hint: drink wine, look at art and […]

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May
23

Five best heritage venues in Sydney

You want to throw a party in a crumbly, old building? I hear you! I love heritage architecture, especially Victorian-era civic buildings that took decades to build and went waaaaay over budget. Here are my Sydney faves. 1. The Tearoom Located on the top floor of the Queen Victoria Building on George St, the tearooms are […]

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May
20

What you want in a hotel

Lately I’ve been asking people about what they want in a hotel. The response is surprising. It’s not better technology, bigger rooms or fancier service. People want basic stuff, done well. Here’s the top 10: 1. Real milk. Australian travellers seem to hate UHT and coffee creamer. 2. Real coffee, not instant. Please give us real coffee, preferably not in […]

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May
17

iFly: A review

You like the sound of skydiving but you’re too scared to jump from a plane? Congratulations! You just passed the first test of survival. Leaping out of a plane is dumb. Fun, but unequivocally numbskull behaviour. Enter iFly; the next best thing. Except it’s not really anything like it. To compare iFly with skydiving is like comparing […]

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