• 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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i-love-brisbane
May
30

I love Brisbane

Flying into this north-flung city, I had no strong feelings. I had always assumed that Brisbane would be an extension of the Gold Coast. More glitz, more high rise, more muggy nights spent drinking under neon. I was wrong. Brisbane offers up everything I hold dear in a whimsical, frontier setting. There are crooked sailing boats moored in the river, barely […]

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navman-peoples-choice-awards
May
27

Navman People’s Choice Awards

Navman People’s Choice Awards Navman and Keep Australia Beautiful launched the People’s Choice Award for Australia’s favourite Tidy Town. Basically, it is sort of a beauty/ popularity contest of towns that also happen to be eligible for the Tidy Towns official program. The winning town receives a $10,000 grant for a community project and 10 […]

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a-holiday-in-a-bottle
May
25

A holiday in a bottle

Every country has its drink. Peru has Pisco Sours and Chicha, Thailand has Sang Thip and Singha. Wherever you go in the world, there is always one or two tipples that are served in every bar that are usually cheap and locally produced (read: nasty and fermented with saliva). What I thought might be a bit […]

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oco-–-international-dog-of-leisure-by-genevieve-frew
May
24

COCO – International Dog of Leisure by Genevieve Frew

COCO – International Dog of Leisure By Genevieve Frew As I put my daughter to bed the other night, she needed cheering up.  So I tucked Coco into bed with her and remarked that Coco was an extremely well-travelled little dog indeed. Coco is a black Labrador puppy who came into our lives seven years […]

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perth-perhaps-by-maggie-videan
May
21

Perth perhaps by Maggie Videan

Perth perhaps? By Maggie Videan Depending on where you live, Perth is a decent old flight for us Easterners. It is five hours over and, with tail winds, about four hours back. So, ideally, you may want to spend more than a few days there or try and work in another Western Australian destination to make the […]

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nwa-withdrawl-by-doug-meyer
May
21

NWA Withdrawl by Doug Meyer

NWA Withdrawl by Doug Meyer While cleaning out my garage this last weekend I came across nine factory sealed cardboard cartons that have been there since last fall. After the Northwest Airlines acquisition by Delta was finally completed last fall, Northwest had what amounted to a huge garage sale. It was supposed to be employees-only, […]

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exploring-berlin-by-thea-easterby
May
20

Exploring Berlin by Thea Easterby

Exploring Berlin By Thea Easterby Normally I prefer to explore a new city on foot, however due to the sheer size of Berlin, I purchased a day ticket for one of the hop on/hop off bus services.  This tour allows you to explore what once was the East and West sides of the city. With […]

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May
19

Best City in the World

I was recently asked to write a post for Tourism Sydney’s Best City in the World blog which was very, very, very exciting. Here is my story, live on the interwebs: http://bestcityintheworld.wordpress.com/ A lady named Jeanette asked me to expand on which streets/suburbs I was referring to in this post. Well, my friends, I was being […]

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jack-carty-look-out-america-hes-coming-your-way
May
18

Travel Tales: Jack Carty (Look out America, he’s coming your way!)

Free to a good home – shiny new Australian musician Before we launch into Jack’s excellent adventures, I have a very big favour to ask all of you. Does anyone have any contacts in the hotel industry in the USA? Or even just a group of folk music-lovin’ friends who might be able to help Jack […]

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im-coming-to-stay
May
17

I’m coming to stay…

These words strike fear into my foolish heart. I like visitors; I really do. They come, they visit, they leave. It’s the stayers I worry about. I have a very bad habit of inviting people to everything. Seriously, buy me a drink and I will invite you to my wedding. I am that kind of […]

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