• Dear Aunty Em: Should I have a baby?

    Monday, May 14, 2018

    ‘Should I have a baby?’ – Maybe mama  Dear Maybe mama, a) Go and stand in the card section of K-Mart and check out the Mother’s Day range. Absorb the pinkness, the flowers, the sense of gratitude. b) And then go stand in the homewares section, preferably the boring bit, near the pegs, mops and […]

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  • Dear Aunty Em: Knob job

    Thursday, May 10, 2018

    “Would you judge a guy based on his work? I was chatting to someone online and turns out he works in the gaming industry selling slot/gaming machines. It’s been his career for ages and I think he does well out if it. It’s such a turn-off for me – is that wrong? Am I being […]

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  • Becoming your authentic self

    Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    I am evolving in isolation down here in Camden, NSW. I’ve got to say, it’s making me weird. When you are protected from the influence of society, a funny thing happens. Parts of you grow that were previously trampled. Take my dress sense. I have always been sartorially challenged but I am reaching new lows. […]

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  • Meet the artist: Louise Man

    Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    A change of country prompted a change in direction for the very talented Louise Man. This accomplished PR and editor has now added another talent to her sizeable stash; that of a painter. Read on to find out what inspires her. How long have you been working as an artist? I’ve always enjoyed painting, but […]

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  • Note to my girls

    Monday, April 23, 2018

    I have two step daughters and three nieces and there are a few things I want them to know. The first thing: you are not here to be decorative. People will comment on your looks. They will compliment your figure, and tell you that you’re pretty. You will hear other women complaining and comparing, fretting […]

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the-best-short-breaks-out-of-sydney
Mar
30

The best long weekend breaks ex-Sydney

With the Easter long weekend coming up, I thought I would recommend some fun places to visit that are within a couple of hours’ drive from the big smoke. Patonga – About an hour and a half up the freeway from Sydney, you will find a sleepy fishing village with a killer fish and chip shop, a […]

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dreams-can-come-true
Mar
29

Dream a little dream

Today I want to talk a little bit about dreams. I know it’s a little bit off topic but I am a narcisstic blogger who likes to think I am both wise and interesting (and therefore surely neither). But I digress. Dreams. A lot of genuinely wise people have a lot to say about their […]

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bill-bryson-gold
Mar
28

Bill Bryson Gold

You know how I mentioned that I have a big old brain crush on Bill Bryson? Well, I finally finished The Lost Continent – Travels in Small-Town America yesterday and I just wanted to share some of Bill’s descriptions with you. He has the rare gift of being irreverent and cerebral; poetic and crass. I can only hope that one day, […]

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lisas-deal-of-the-week-island-dreaming
Mar
25

Lisa’s Deal of the Week: Island dreaming

Lisa’s Deal of the Week You don’t get much for free these days, but for a limited time Expedia.com.au is offering every second night for nix at the lush Radisson Resort Fiji on Denarau Island. That means you will pay just $142 per night — a genuine 50% saving off the regular rates of $284 […]

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win-a-palooza
Mar
24

WIN-A-PALOOZA!

SheGoes Travel Photo Competition I suck at photography. Seriously. If you have a head in real life, there’s a chance it won’t show up in any of the photos I take of you. That’s why I’m asking you to send me your best travel pics. The inaugural SheGoes Travel Photo competition opens today so without […]

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gardy-loo
Mar
23

Gardy-loo!

Hi Everyone, Today’s post is a shout out to one of our wonderful contributors, Georgia Keighery. If you are tired of dealing with all the, er, nonsense of the modern workplace, this story might inspire a ‘Gardy-loo’ or two! Click here for a laugh: http://www.georgiakeighery.com/?p=187

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Mar
22

Wine-dy Roads at Red Hill

Anyone who knows me (and I suspect most of you do), knows that wine is one of my favourite things in the world. In fact, I am drinking some right now. It was with no small amount of glee that I was given the opportunity to go to two of Red Hill’s best wineries for work. […]

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same-same-but-different
Mar
21

Same Same, but Different

There once were some boys named Two Tims, Who went overseas on a whim, When they got there, The folks loved their hair, Those crazy young boys named Two Tims.   There is nothing quite like a limerick to start off your Monday right, right? Remember the Two Tims who were profiled in Travel Tales […]

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lisas-deal-of-the-week-art-tastic
Mar
19

Lisa’s Deal of the Week: Art-tastic

Lisa’s Deal of the Week We’ve seen a lot of hotel deals here at Travelzoo Towers but never before have we had a deal that includes a miniature paint set – until now. Be among the first to experience Melbourne’s brand spanking new art hotel, The Olsen, which opened its doors last week and is […]

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cute-overload-at-phillip-island
Mar
17

Cute overload at Phillip Island

I would like to believe in mermaids, I really would, but after watching a colony of fur seals at play it’s very easy to come to the conclusion that sailors: a) Drink a lot of rum b) Have poor night vision c) Have spent too much time alone with a bunch of dudes Seals, when […]

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