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    Monday, November 19, 2018

    It’s about this time of year that mama needs a long lie down. But here’s the thing: I have a 20 month-old toddler who wakes up at dawn every single day. There is no holiday on earth that can get around that crushing fact. So how can you combine a family holiday where you get […]

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  • Meet the artist: Cathy Stait-Gardner

    Monday, November 19, 2018

    If you have spoken to me recently, you have probably heard me banging on Camden’s answer to Quentin Blake. Meet Cathy Stait-Gardner – gifted artist, Buffy fan and all ’round hilarious woman. How long have you been an artist? An artist. It sounds so high-brow! I’m not sure how long Ive been an artist. I’ve […]

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  • Christmas gifts for people you hate

    Wednesday, November 7, 2018

    In keeping with my current Christmas gift-buying obsession, here’s my fail-proof guide to gifts for people you loathe: A leaf blower: You hate them. Soon, everyone else will too. A chutney gift pack: Has anyone ever used a Christmas chutney? This will live in their pantry and/or fridge and be moved from house to house, […]

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  • Christmas presents for people like me

    Tuesday, November 6, 2018

    It’s around this time of year that I do terrible things to my credit card. I love Christmas and I love buying presents. If you are looking for gift ideas for middle-aged women who love Marimekko but wear K-Mart, here’s some things that I can personally recommend as being both ethical and excellent. Original artworks Art […]

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  • Love your skin suit

    Thursday, October 25, 2018

    Silence of the Lambs has made the concept of a skin suit a little bit too literal but stay with me folks. We are all born into a skin suit that is composed of pretty much the same stuff as everyone else’s. Our genes dominate what it will look like. Some people get an Armani, […]

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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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travelling-with-friends
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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tips-for-travelling-photographers
Feb
2

Tips for travelling photographers

Tips for travelling photographers By Melanie Mahoney Travel photography is a subjective thing. Some people prefer to take just a few shots of the major moments and sites they see, while others will happily fill a photo album before their plane has even landed. I’m happy to admit that I’m more of the latter than […]

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travel-tales-florence-sandford
Feb
1

Travel Tales: Florence Sandford

Name: Florence Sandford Age: 26 Occupation: Communications Executive…in other words PR! Favourite travel destination?: Hawaii….and no I am not getting paid to say this. Hawaii is one of those destinations which has it all for me…the beaches, the shopping, the cocktails. That aloha spirit captures me every time I get off that plane. Worst travel experience?: […]

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Jan
31

Ire of the Tiger: Why Tiger Airways Sucks

I decided to do something romantic for The Future Husband and like all romantic gestures, it was a little bit selfish. I have always wanted to go to Melbourne for a weekend of window shopping, laneway strolling and gastronomic overload, preferably whilst wearing a ball gown and chasing a large ball of red wool (the […]

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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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