• Plastic: IT’S EVERYWHERE

    Wednesday, July 18, 2018

    Plastic is a miracle material. Water-resistant, available in all sorts of textures and colours, and wow – what a lifespan. When you start taking note of where it’s used, you realise it’s everywhere. Those little stickers on fruit. Wrapped around your magazine subscription. Connecting swing tags to clothes. In dog parks to pick up poo. […]

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  • Vision Direct

    Glasses ahoy!

    Thursday, July 5, 2018

    You may not know this about me but I am a spectacle tragic (and also a tragic spectacle but that’s a whole other story). I love glasses which is lucky because I can’t see for sh*t. When I was a kid, I really wanted glasses because I thought they would make me look smart. I […]

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  • Why gardening

    Monday, June 25, 2018

    So I started a gardening festival. Seems like an odd thing to do when you’re kinda busy with raising kids, and chasing puppies, and managing a hectic workload. But I had one of those whooshes of inspiration (that some people call the muse) and I felt compelled. Maybe even propelled. Why gardening? Well, because I […]

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  • Creativity

    Monday, June 25, 2018

    Every manmade thing was created by someone. Someone thought, hey, this could work. This might make things better. This is beautiful. There’s this idea that creativity is a hallowed space that you enter deliberately. But no. Cooking dinner is creative. Writing in a birthday card is creative. Creativity is like salt or butter. It makes everything […]

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  • Sanctuary by Sirromet

    Friday, June 1, 2018

    I don’t get out much these days. Most of my days involve hanging out with a toddler, hanging out washing and feverishly cramming max productivity into minimum time. It’s a treat to go somewhere a) I don’t have to clean, b) I don’t have to cook, and c) there are no children or puppies requiring […]

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Feb
17

Laura’s Word of the Week: Handschuhschneeballwerfer

‘Handschuhschneeballwerfer’ (German) literally means somebody who wears gloves to throw snowballs but is used in general to mean ‘coward’.

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Feb
16

Off the beaten track in Ooty

Off the beaten track in Ooty By Maggie Videan Where did you say that was? Never heard of it? Possibly not! Ooty is a forgotten hill station located 2000 metres above sea level in the Nilgris in Southern India. Alive with industry, it has a delightful climate, friendly locals and a history harking back to British India. Ooty […]

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Feb
15

Travel Tales: Lisa O’Brien

Name: Lisa O’Brien Age: 25 Occupation: Associate Publisher, Travelzoo.com.au Favourite travel destination? Why?: Croatia. The enchanting old towns. The untouched islands. The knee-weakening scenery. The warm, welcoming people. Worst travel experience? What happened?: Three months working as a housekeeper in an English hotel. See any episode of Fawlty Towers to get the gist of what […]

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Feb
14

Maaloula, Syria – The City of Ancient Aramaic

Maaloula, Syria – The City of Ancient Aramaic By Verity Twydale Tucked away in the cleft of a mountain in the middle of the Syrian countryside lies a tiny Christian village. Admittedly, it’s an odd place to have a Christian village. Syria is a country that’s often mistakenly known for it’s antipathy towards anyone and […]

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Feb
12

Where is the most romantic place you have ever been?

The Real Estate of Romance: Where is the most romantic place you have ever been? I want to know! And you know what makes a romantic place seem even more romantic? Wine … lots and lots of wine … And guess what? The first 11 people to tell me their most romantic place will win […]

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tara-ali
Feb
10

Travel Tales: Tara Ali

Name: Tara Ali Age: 36 Occupation: Features Editor for Australian Women’s Health Favourite travel destination?: Nepal. It changed my view of the world and I absolutely lived in the moment for every second I was there. Nepal is the seventh poorest country in the world and some parts make you feel as though you are […]

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Feb
9

Bangalore!

Bangalore! By Maggie Videan It’s taken me 25 years to return to my homeland. That being the case, I started out in Bangalore, a city renowned for service and IT industries. As soon as I arrived, it was quite apparent why it had taken me so long to return. India is confronting. The crowds, the poverty […]

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Feb
8

Travelling with friends

Travelling with friends By Verity Twydale Travelling with your bestie? That holiday with your BFF might seem like a great idea … until you’re too busy bickering over where to stay and what to eat to enjoy it. Ahhh … holidays. Such a distant memory. But if you’re like the rest of us you’re probably […]

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Feb
7

Manic Manila to Beautiful Boracay

Manic Manila to Beautiful Boracay By Mel Cook Manila is a stopover, at best, because only two words come to mind when you arrive: organised chaos. From the moment you leave the airport you are in a place of extreme and manic disarray. With around 11 million people living in Manila, it’s little wonder people […]

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great-expectations
Feb
3

Great Expectations

Great Expectations By Lisa O’Brien As we arrived on a humid evening late last year, stepping out of the fluorescent orange glow of our easyJet tin can and into the soupy air hovering on the Split tarmac, Croatia had a big reputation to live up to. Any conversation about this burgeoning eastern European country in […]

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