• 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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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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Dec
17

Out of office: SheGone

Hello, Thank you for your email. I am currently getting on a plane to Johannesburg and will be returning with tales of deepest, darkest Africa on Tuesday January 5th, 2010. Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year and a very big thank you for your support in 2009! Love youse, Em x

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jump
Dec
17

JUMP!

Looking over the edge of an open cargo dock at 10,000 feet, your mind empties. No thoughts. Just fear. And then then you lift your knees, cross your arms over your chest and the instructor leans forward into nothingness. Deafening wind and falling and more air than you can possibly inhale. You’re struggling to breathe […]

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new-years-resolutions
Dec
16

New Year’s resolutions

It’s about this time of year that I start to think about my New Year’s resolutions. Motivational types always says that if you want to succeed in achieving goals, you should tell people about them so, without any further ado, here are my resolutions for 2010: Learn Spanish Mr and Mrs Deans (note: that’s me […]

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la-la-la-laos
Dec
15

La la la Laos

La la la Laos By Georgia Keighery I have to say this – when we arrived in Vang Vieng, Laos, after a five hour drive from Luang Prabang, I was completely underwhelmed. Luang Prabang, in Northern Laos was a divine little enclave of easy pace, cliffside temples, and handcrafted silver in picturesque night-markets. Conversely, arriving […]

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