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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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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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