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    Free wellness programs with Inspiring Villas

    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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things-ive-learnt-about-passports-and-visas
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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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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