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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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going-swimmingly
Dec
3

Going swimmingly

One thing that I always associate with travel – or more accurately, holidays – is swimming. Ever since I was a little girl, I have been obsessed with it. There is a photo of me, taken when I was about four years old, that is incontrovertible proof of this fact. I am wearing swimmers and a snorkel […]

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Dec
2

Laura’s Word(s) of the Week: Dirty Dancing

Dance floors can be dirty, dangerous places, as illustrated by this tongue-twisting phrase: Dutch: Uw ongecoordineerde dansbeweging doodde bijna die persoon achter u. English translation: Your uncoordinated dance move almost killed that person behind you.

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travel-tales-bev-malzard
Dec
1

Travel Tales: Bev Malzard

Name: Bev Malzard Age: An interesting age. Occupation: Journalist/travel writer/magazine editor Favourite travel destination? Why?: Vietnam: the food, the people, scenery, the history, especially recent history. I was against conscription when Australia was sending boys to Vietnam to fight in that futile, unwinnable war; the energy of a nation working, rebuilding and with a dogged […]

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Nov
29

Foreign Correspondent: Tennille Duffy

Name: Tennille Duffy     Age: 27 Occupation: Lawyer/Consultant for Human Rights NGO (non-government organisation) Where do you live?: New Delhi, India. Why did you move there?: For this job.  I applied for the experience and the adventure of living overseas. What do you love about your town/city?: The energy of the place is manic – you […]

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Nov
26

Laura’s Word(s) of the week: In bocca al lupo

‘In bocca al lupo’ means ‘Good luck’ in Italian. The literal meaning is ‘In the wolf’s mouth’. The appropriate response if someone wishes you luck is ‘Crepi il lupo’, meaning something along the lines of ‘The wolf will cark it.’ Dead wolf = success!

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drinks-paloma
Nov
25

Around the world in 80 drinks: Paloma

The Paloma from Mexico By Dan Kaufman When it comes to Mexican cocktails most people think of margaritas – yet according to Christophe Lehouz, the owner of Pocket Bar, in Mexico it’s the Paloma cocktail that’s arguably more popular. It could be because the teaming of grapefruit soda with tequila makes this much easier to […]

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Nov
24

Hungry in Hanoi

Hungry in Hanoi By Maggie Videan Hanoi is a wonderful city, busy and bustling, with a feast of fabulous local eateries that are well priced and boast wonderful fare. As such, my short sojourn in Hanoi was enhanced by the fact that I am such a ‘foodie’; I was in my element out and about savouring […]

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travel-tales-tim-doyle
Nov
23

Travel Tales: Tim Doyle

Name: Tim Doyle Age: 25 Occupation: Travel Film-maker / Presenter / Adventurer Favourite travel destination and why? Fiji Islands. In 2006, I convinced my university here in Australia to allow me to study at the University of the South Pacific in Suva for seven months. On my weekends I would travel up and down the […]

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Nov
19

Laura’s Word of the Week: Esurient

Esurient \ih-SUR-ee-uhnt; -ZUR-\, adjective: Hungry; greedy. I don’t know about you guys but I have been starving all week. This word seems very appropriate!

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books-a-travellers-best-friend
Nov
18

Books: a traveller’s best friend

A few weeks ago a friend of mine interviewed me about what books I take with me when I travel. I have been thinking about this ever since and, upon further consideration, it turns out that I really do have a system. At the moment, I am reading the Ladies’ No 1 Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall-Smith because […]

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