• Ideal growing conditions

    Thursday, February 22, 2018

    I believe that the real work of life is trying to figure out what kind of person you are, and what your ideal growing conditions are. We’re not always born in the right climate. Just like a plant, we all have basic requirements: soil, sun, water, temperature, nutrients. Have you ever seen a frangipani trying […]

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  • Phone-a-phobia

    Wednesday, February 21, 2018

      I have a confession. I hate mobile phones. I like being able to check my email and social media accounts. I use the banking app. I love Spotify. But the actual phone that rings? I HATE IT. 15 years working in the media has made me allergic to the sound of a ringing phone. I […]

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  • The circuit

    Wednesday, February 14, 2018

    I have a theory. It’s nothing new but I thought I would share it with you anyway. I believe that love is a circuit. You only get out what you put in. I am fortunate in the sense that I have an abundance of love and support around me. Subsequently, I believe that it is […]

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  • Why I need retreats

    Monday, February 12, 2018

    I recently returned from a two night stay at Billabong Retreat and – wow – what a difference. The 48 hours I spent there shifted something. The past month has been really tough and I’ve felt it in my body. My stomach has been sore – in both the muscles and digestive system – and sleep […]

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  • What happens when you damage a rental car

    Sunday, January 14, 2018

    Have you ever wondered what will happen if you damage your rental car? Well, friends, you can rely on ol’ spatially challenged Castle here to deliver. On my recent East Coast road trip adventure, my friend Michael and I hired a car from Avis. To our great delight, when we went to pick it up […]

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Feb
18

Dear Aunty Em: White elephants and white rabbits

What should you do when you have a paid, sit-down function and someone brings an uninvited guest? Also, what should you do when you invite people to your house and you say 3pm and then everyone turns up one hour late because they were hanging out at the shopping centre or just generally mucking around (i.e. no […]

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Feb
18

Dear Aunty Em: Cancellations

“What happens when seven people say they are going to come to a function, with a bill that has to be paid beforehand, and then they don’t turn up. I paid for this out of my pocket. What should I do?” Annoyed ATM Dear Annoyed ATM, Before I lambast your friends for their rudeness, I have a couple […]

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Feb
18

Tips for backpackers

When we think about doing an Australian backpacking trip, it is easy to think about roaming around the desolate Outback and exploring some wild, windswept beaches. And although these attractions give us the chance to shake off the shackles of the modern world, sometimes a little tech can make your trip all the more exhilarating. […]

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Feb
17

The cooling down period

I feel like I’ve been set adrift. I used to have intense friendships where we would hang out all the time and have intimate knowledge of each other’s lives. But these days? I’m lucky to see my friends once a month. I don’t feel bad about this, per se, because it’s allowed me the time […]

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Feb
16

1770, Qld: A review

Do you like the Lemony Snitch and the Series of Unfortunate Events series? For those familiar with these amusingly tragic tales, the story of 1770 is what would happen if the cast of characters wound up in Australia. From the Lighthouse of Tragedy to the elderly spinsters who live on an island (one of whom only left twice at […]

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Feb
8

Does Sydney nightlife suck?

I wouldn’t have a clue because I don’t go out anymore. The argument about the damage that lock out laws and casino development is causing rages on but I feel unqualified to comment on the impact because I am shouting from the sidelines. One interesting point to note is that people have been saying Sydney nightlife will die for […]

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Feb
4

Food fancification 101

Instagram makes me laugh. All those top down shots of perfectly swirled crema on coffees, rainbow graded jars of salad and un-smooshed smoothies. Then there’s the high-end restaurants that make every plate look like a work of art. They also make me laugh because they charge $20 for what is essentially $2 worth of nicely arranged ingredients. […]

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Feb
2

Go hard

People are all about balance these days; work/life balance, balanced diets, balanced schedules. But what about the bingers? The people who immerse themselves so completely in a subject that it’s all they think about? Who spend every last cent on the thing they love? Who forget to eat (or eat too much) because they’re so caught up […]

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Jan
29

How to bid online

Wow, I have bought some crazy shit online over the years. There was the kaftan phase, the 1960s Murano art glass era and my current obsession, the wedding spree. So how do you avoid getting caught out with some of the common traps of online shopping? Read on for some tips. 1. Read the fine print […]

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Jan
28

Spotlight: A review

Craft fanatics, do not be confused. This is the movie I’m reviewing, not the fabric megastore where I used to spend all my money. In fact, the title is the only thing about this movie that is not brilliant. Spotlight. What does it mean? Does it conjure up any intrigue? Nope. But the movie? Let’s talk about that. […]

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