• Summer holiday viewing/reading

    Thursday, December 14, 2017

    I’m at the point in the year where I am ready to lie down for about a month. On the upside, this is also the exciting time when I plan what I am going to binge watch/read over the holidays. Let’s face it: no one has ever described me as ‘athletic’. As a recently new […]

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  • Christmas survival guide

    Monday, December 11, 2017

    Most of us approach Christmas with genuine goodwill and positive intentions but that doesn’t mean that things always work out. Exhaustion, financial stress, heat, alcohol and lots of togetherness can lead to interpersonal friction that can ruin your whole festive season. With this in mind, psychotherapist and relationship specialist Melissa Ferrari says it’s important to be […]

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  • Too busy? Just stop

    Wednesday, December 6, 2017

    This time of year should be called Crabbymas: the festival of exhaustion that takes place before Christmas. Lots of us turn ourselves inside out getting to parties, end of year catch-ups, and hitting the shops to stock up on gift boxed pretzels and fruit mince pies. Some of us start to feel like our glass […]

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  • Why we need more Vikings

    Tuesday, November 28, 2017

    I have just finished binge watching Season 4 of Vikings and I am now completely intrigued by viking culture. I’m not talking about the pillaging and rapacious violence. What I’m referring to is how women were treated. As equals. Women went on raids. Women engaged in warfare. Women were high priestesses and queens who had the […]

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  • Bellbird Dining + Bar

    Monday, November 27, 2017

    When quality local produce, cheerful staff and a relaxing setting – complete with actual bellbirds – come together, it’s a happy union. Bellbird Dining + Bar at Casula Powerhouse in Sydney’s South West is all of this, and more. The chef, Federico Rekowski, cares deeply about what he puts on the plate. The fresh goats curd, for […]

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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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Dec
1

Dear Aunty Em: Gaydar

‘I made a comment or three about being wary of dating guys who turn out to be gay and my assistant asked me if I had had a scarring experience? No, I answered but I live in Sydney where there seem to be confused people dating all over the place. My old neighbour was a […]

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Dec
1

Dear Aunty Em: Younger

‘I’ve started dating someone nine years’ younger than me – don’t tell anyone! I feel that I’m too old and he’s got his life ahead of him and he wants to party. The problem is that we like each other more than either of us has liked anyone before and we click. What should I […]

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Dec
1

Dear Aunty Em: Christmas crap

‘How do I cope with the fallout after a Christmas party? As far as I can tell, we all had a great time, there was lots of dancing and fun, yet one of the girls in my team hasn’t spoken to me since Friday. I did my usual ‘phantom’ but then again, so did heaps of […]

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Nov
27

Need to know: Saving apps

I am as good at saving money as Kim Kardashian is at keeping a low profile. I suck at it. The good news is that there are some new apps that help fiscal degenerates like me to budget, save and invest. The top apps are able to consolidate all of your finances and present them in […]

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Nov
23

Best summer reads

Yes friends – it is that time of year: the annual summer read-a-thon where you can shamelessly clutch a G&T, slather on some sunscreen and devour as many books as you can carry to the pool, beach or couch. I am in a book club with some very smart, funny women and, as a result, […]

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Nov
23

5 places you need to visit in regional Australia

Australia is a country overflowing with beautiful, fun and interesting places to spend your holiday. Once you get outside of the eight capital cities, you’ll find there are thousands of villages, towns and out-of-the-way places to kick your heels up in. To help you plan your next great Australian holiday, here are five fun regional destinations to […]

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Nov
19

Fun video: 11 days in a campervan

I’ve been home for all of five days and my feet are itching, itching, itching. Being back at my desk after such a colourful, spicy adventure sucks. One week it’s wild elephants in the afternoon. The next week it’s computer screen, caffeine and fluoro lights. The guys from Wilderness motorhomes in New Zealand just sent me […]

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Nov
18

5 reasons to visit Sri Lanka

I knew very little about Sri Lanka before I visited. Tea, cricket and curry, right? Yes but also: there is so much more. I spent my entire visit exclaiming about the exotic wonders that I had never heard about. The ancient cities, the colourful festivals and the British colonial hill stations. What is the Sri […]

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