• Poop

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    There is nothing quite like a good poop to make you feel better. The strange thing – even with all the talk of fermented foods, gut health, and probiotics – is that no one really talks about the end game. The Poop. I was shocked and delighted when a colleague of mine casually mentioned that she […]

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  • Joy

    Wednesday, May 17, 2017

    A few weeks back I read a wonderful post by Elizabeth Gilbert about how your soul is always guiding you towards joy (click here to read it). The basic premise is that the further you move away from what makes you joyful, the louder your soul will protest. Joy, not to be confused with pleasure, is […]

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  • Six things I didn’t know before I became a mum

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    It doesn’t matter how much time you have spent Googling and talking to people. There’s still a bunch of stuff that will surprise you – and, at times, blindside you – when you become a mum for the first time. Here are the main things that blew my mind. Sex is painful I had a […]

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  • Cockroaches

    Monday, May 8, 2017

    Our apartment in Glebe is the epicentre of cockroach society. Every tier is represented. Every species. I have never known such activity as what happens in our kitchen after dark. Even when I opened my laptop (my laptop!), a tiny cockroach ran out. A couple of weeks ago I was feeding the baby in bed and […]

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  • Couples viewing

    Thursday, May 4, 2017

    Is this a new phenomenon? The mutual pleasure of loving a TV show so much that it becomes central to your relationship? The Spark and I have enjoyed many box sets and, in an alarmingly truthful moment, he once said that watching TV together is what we do best. That sounds kinda lame, right? That […]

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shikunga-kenya
Jan
11

Shikunga, Kenya

Shikunga, Kenya By Verity Twydale Bumping along a dirt road I’m beginning to realise that I’ll need more than a few Swahili phrases and a mosquito net to get through the next three months. The romanticism of a dramatically wide savannah is quickly wearing off. I’m in the back of a car that’s largely held […]

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how-to-beat-the-back-to-work-blues
Jan
10

How to beat the back-to-work blues

One minute you’re sitting by a campfire under a star-littered sky and then suddenly you’re back at your temperature controlled desk under artificial lights. Is it any wonder that you want to throw yourself out the window? So how can you prevent The Gloom from descending? Here are some surefire ways to stay afloat now that you’re back in captivity; […]

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cruisin
Jan
7

Cruisin’

Cruisin’ By Genevieve Frew Last year, my way of boosting the world’s ailing economy was to make the Trans Atlantic crossing aboard Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2. Twice. Sadly, there were no streamers or teary farewells at the dock as, due to strict security regulations these days, Cunard does not allow anyone other than passengers on […]

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tour-group-etiquette
Jan
6

Tour group etiquette

Happy New Year, you gorgeous creatures! As you may have already guessed, I am alive. I wasn’t eaten by lions, I did not contract a fatal illness and I am, thus far, devoid of parasites. On the downside, I am psychologically mangled having just spent the past 14 days in tour group hell. I just […]

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foreign-correspondent-sarah-reid
Jan
5

Foreign Correspondent: Sarah Reid

Name: Sarah Reid Age: Old enough to know better. Occupation: Freelance journalist and, at the moment, a retail assistant at a high-end ski store. You can find me by the Prada jackets … Where do you live?: A teeny little room with no light fittings and unreliable plumbing in Whistler, BC, Canada. Why did you […]

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Dec
17

Out of office: SheGone

Hello, Thank you for your email. I am currently getting on a plane to Johannesburg and will be returning with tales of deepest, darkest Africa on Tuesday January 5th, 2010. Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year and a very big thank you for your support in 2009! Love youse, Em x

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jump
Dec
17

JUMP!

Looking over the edge of an open cargo dock at 10,000 feet, your mind empties. No thoughts. Just fear. And then then you lift your knees, cross your arms over your chest and the instructor leans forward into nothingness. Deafening wind and falling and more air than you can possibly inhale. You’re struggling to breathe […]

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new-years-resolutions
Dec
16

New Year’s resolutions

It’s about this time of year that I start to think about my New Year’s resolutions. Motivational types always says that if you want to succeed in achieving goals, you should tell people about them so, without any further ado, here are my resolutions for 2010: Learn Spanish Mr and Mrs Deans (note: that’s me […]

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la-la-la-laos
Dec
15

La la la Laos

La la la Laos By Georgia Keighery I have to say this – when we arrived in Vang Vieng, Laos, after a five hour drive from Luang Prabang, I was completely underwhelmed. Luang Prabang, in Northern Laos was a divine little enclave of easy pace, cliffside temples, and handcrafted silver in picturesque night-markets. Conversely, arriving […]

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berlin-zoo
Dec
14

Berlin Zoo

Berlin Zoo By Thea Easterby It was definitely love at first sight.  The moment I walked into the Berlin Zoo and laid eyes on my first giant panda, I was in love. Luckily my timing was perfect.  For Bao Bao, it was feeding time.  After snacking on an apple, it was onto the main course […]

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