• 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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travel-quotes
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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bay-of-fires-tasmania
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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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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