• 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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Jan
27

The King and I: Working for the King of Bahrain

Paul Brown, the Executive Chef at Stamford Grand in Glenelg spent five years working for the King of Bahrain. Here’s his story: 1. How on earth did you wind up working for the King of Bahrain? To cut a long story short, I was head hunted for the position. The King asked the General Manager […]

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Jan
26

Book Review: Best of Lonely Planet Travel Writing

The next best thing to going somwhere is hearing all about it from someone who has just been. Whether it’s a cautionary tale, a romantic comedy or a simple fact box, I crave other people’s stories, photos and itineraries. And when people get sick of my incessant questions and avoid me in the street? I get my dirty mitts on a travel  story, […]

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Jan
20

Things I’ve learnt about passports and visas …

Things I’ve learnt about passports and visas … By Doug Meyer (aka The Fourth Secretary) I turned in my passport today. It still has three years of life on it (Expires 20 Jan 2013, Issued Washington DC, etc). I hope to get it back soon but in the meantime, I feel strangely naked without a […]

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Jan
19

Travel quotes

Some words on travel from great thinkers, past and present … ‘A man travels the world over in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it.’ George Moore ‘He who would travel happily must travel light.’ Antoine de Saint-Exupery ‘Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change […]

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Jan
18

Bay of Fires, Tasmania

Bay of Fires, Tasmania By Verity Twydale Named the world’s ‘hottest’ travel destination for 2009, Tasmania’s Bay of Fires – located on the state’s East Coast – remains one of its best kept secrets. Tasmanians are good at keeping secrets. I remember when my family first emigrated from ‘The Mainland’ and it took us months […]

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Jan
14

How to stay pretty on safari

I am vain with a capital V. Put me in front of a reflective surface and I will look at myself. Subsequently, going on safari presents a number of challenges – namely the lack of showers, mirrors and power points. 1. Dry Shampoo by Lee Stafford The very lovely Laura Blasdale from WordStorm PR sent […]

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hong-kong-sweat
Jan
13

Hong Kong Sweat

Hong Kong Sweat By Genevieve Frew Hong Kong looks so glamourous in the brochures.  They promise you exotic delights, inexpensive shopping and a superb nightlife all combined with the history and the mystery of the imperial east. Nobody mentions the sweat! I guess it’s difficult to capture sweat in photographs, and who wants to travel […]

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Jan
12

Laura’s Word(s) of the Week: Angry sheep

Mouton enragé (French) Someone calm who loses their temper (literally, an enraged sheep)

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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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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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