• 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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  • Losing babies

    Wednesday, October 24, 2018

    The Spark and I have lost three babies this year – one in January and two in the past week. Without going into the excruciating details, all I can say is that this is a very common experience. Every second person I speak to shares their story of loss. One of the midwives who looked […]

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  • Woo-Oahu! My stay at Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki

    Thursday, October 4, 2018

    Most of the time I am a suburban mum covered in toddler snot but occasionally – almost magically – I get yanked out of my leggings and sent spinning into a world of luxury. That’s what happened recently when I wound up at the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Waikiki. When I was dropped off at the […]

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Jul
8

The naked truth about nudist beaches

I often get accused of being a hippie because I like rainbows and soy chai and Goddess cards. It’s for this reason that I always thought I would love going to a nudist beach. All that freedom and nature and sun-on-bare-skin – what’s not to like? Well, school boys and weird old English swingers, for […]

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i-love-america
Jul
7

I love America

I absolutely love America and, what’s more, I love Americans. In Australia, this makes me something of a rarity. There is this weird parochial belief that Americans are complete a**holes who will ignorantly stand in front of your camera, complain loudly when everything isn’t American and will trample small children to get to a Southern […]

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Jul
6

Where am I Wednesday?

Where in the world was I when I took this aerial shot? Hint: The last remaining wilderness areas in the ‘cradle of civilisation’. Whoever answers correctly first, wins a totally random prize. And I mean random.

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Jul
5

Travel Tales: Denea Buckingham, Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, GourmetRabbit Magazine

Name: Denéa Suzanne Buckingham Age: 23 Occupation: Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, GourmetRabbit Magazine Favourite travel destination?: City – Tokyo/Narita: the culture is so diverse, even among the different suburbs. There is something for everyone, every age, of every interest. You can go clubbing at all hours of the day and night, shoot the most realistic BB guns […]

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Jul
4

Should I stay or should I go?: Freedom vs security

Committing yourself to a life of adventure takes courage. Intrepid travel is uncomfortable, risky and bloody hard work. Lost passports, stolen wallets, dodgy food, bed bug infested mattresses, frigid nights spent waiting for trains that never come and backpacks full of dirty clothes that you have been wearing for the past three weeks … Sometimes […]

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jeeves-get-me-a-fiji
Jul
2

Lisa’s Travel Deal of the Week: Jeeves, get me a Fiji!

Jeeves, get me a Fiji! When this deal landed on my desk, my approval could be encapsulated in just one sentence: ‘You had me at butler service’. Because that is what you get with this 8-night Fiji package. Butler service. Along with flights from Sydney, accommodation in an ocean view room at Outrigger on the […]

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Jul
1

Jet lag cure: Beaming with Health Flight Control tisane

I cannot tell you how much it sucks when you can’t sleep (new mums and dads, you know what I’m talking about). I am from a family of major insomniacs and I have come to the conclusion that the problem is genetic. I have felt completely, crushingly jet lagged for the past month so the […]

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Jun
30

Budget Hotels in Sydney by Ian Harrison

Budget Hotels in Sydney By Ian Harrison Go to your favourite search engine and plug in the words ‘Sydney’ and ‘expensive city’. Go ahead, do it. Countless results will undoubtedly pop up from sources that research and compile this sort of complex, comparative statistical data. It can be powerful, persuasive stuff too, if you take […]

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Jun
29

Travel Tales: Roberta Muir, Manager of Sydney Seafood School & Freelance food, beverage & travel writer

Name: Roberta Muir Age: 48 Occupation: Manager of Sydney Seafood School and Freelance food/beverage/travel writer Favourite travel destination?: Italy Why?: I love the food, the wine, the culture, the people. Worst experience?: I can’t think of one, every experience is an adventure, there’s always something good, funny or educational to come out of it. For example, […]

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Jun
28

Win tickets to the Bondi Bergstation at the Bondi Winter Magic Festival

Want to go ice skating at Bondi Beach? Umm, sure, and then we’ll fly to the moon on the back of a big, sparkly unicorn and the stars will turn into Torville & Dean and the whole cast of Glee will sing ‘Like a Prayer’. Wha-hey! Sounds a bit ‘kooky dream sequence’ but the first […]

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