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  • What does Nicola Sturgeon want in return for supporting a Labour government?

    The Conversation
    Stuart McAnulla, Lecturer in British Politics at University of Leeds
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:06 am
    It's four-wheel-drive or no deal, guys. Andrew Milligan/PAEd Miliband has emphatically stated that he would not form a coalition with the SNP in the event of a hung parliament on May 7. But Nicola Sturgeon is equally adamant that Miliband may have no choice but to take her party’s support if it wants to hold on to power. Miliband may find himself in a situation where his only chance of becoming Prime Minister depends on obtaining the support of Scottish nationalist MPs, at least on a case-by-case basis for parliamentary votes. And if that happens, certain issues are more likely than…
  • Top Margaret River Wineries – Watershed

    5 Feb 2015 | 5:12 am
    It was a hot summer day in the Christmas holidays, and a day of little agenda when we could do as we wish, go where we fancied. Bliss. We drove to Bunker Bay for a walk on the beach before our thoughts turned towards food, lunch specifically, and Margaret River with its lovely wine estates […] The post Top Margaret River Wineries – Watershed appeared first on ZigaZag.
  • Trail of human blood found off Great Western Highway in Wentworth Falls

    Sydney Morning Herald RSS News Headlines
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Police are appealing for information after discovering pools of human blood along a service road off one of the state's busiest highways.
  • Aust provides $25m to World Bank facility | Top Stories
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:19 pm
    AUSTRALIA is providing $25 million to a global facility that aims to promote private sector investment in the infrastructure of developing countries.
  • Prince Harry plays wheelchair AFL | Breaking News
    18 Apr 2015 | 2:57 pm
    PRINCE Harry has learnt bush survival techniques, played wheelchair AFL and completed training exercises during his first fortnight with the Australian Army
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  • Abbott necks a full schooner

    18 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    TONY Abbott can skol a beer with the best of them, apparently. The PM was filmed drinking “head to toe” at a Sydney pub.
  • Gone bush: Prince Harry’s Aussie adventure

    18 Apr 2015 | 2:09 pm
    PRINCE Harry has bedded down with the Australian Army, spending time on helicopter duties, going bush and playing wheelchair Aussie Rules football.
  • The sneakiest dog trick ever

    18 Apr 2015 | 1:43 pm
    FOOTAGE like this proves dogs will do anything for a treat. Check out how far this dog will go to get some love and attention. You sly, old dog.
  • ISIS claims Afghan bombing

    18 Apr 2015 | 1:33 pm
    A MOTORCYCLE-riding suicide bomber has killed 35 people waiting outside a bank in eastern Afghanistan in the country’s first attack by Islamic State.
  • Pot project sparks raid

    18 Apr 2015 | 1:29 pm
    A MUM’s home was raided by police after her 11-year-old son disagreed with the anti-marijuana views of school counsellors in a drug education class.
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    The Conversation

  • Manifesto Check: Plaid Cymru's top policies

    Richard Wyn Jones, Professor of Politics at Cardiff University
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:23 am
    Leanne Wood has been putting Plaid's policies forward to the public - but do they stand up to expert scrutiny? Ken McKay/ITV/RexWelcome to The Conversation’s Manifesto Check, where academics subject each party’s election manifesto to unbiased, expert scrutiny. Here is what our experts had to say about the Plaid Cymru’s top policies. Follow the links for further analysis. Devolution Roger Scully, Professor of Political Science at Cardiff University, and Richard Wyn Jones, Professor of Politics at Cardiff University That Plaid Cymru advocates more devolution for Wales must be one of…
  • Reform needed after Stephen Dank's AFL anti-doping tribunal verdict

    Julie Tullberg, Digital journalism coordinator at Monash University
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:39 am
    Sports scientist Stephen Dank outside his Ascot Vale home in Melbourne in, 2013. AAP Image/Julian SmithIf Stephen Dank’s NRL life ban is any indication, the controversial sports scientist faces the daunting prospect of never working with AFL footballers again. Dank, who has been found guilty of 10 breaches of the AFL anti-doping code, will receive his penalty when AFL’s anti-doping tribunal sits on May 5. The tribunal found that Dank’s charge of administering Thymosin beta-4 to Essendon players in 2012 could not be proven. This decision followed the clearance of 34 Essendon footballers,…
  • Animal Justice wins final NSW upper house seat, and NSW poll performance

    Adrian Beaumont, PhD Student, Department of Mathematics and Statistics at University of Melbourne
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:45 pm
    The Animal Justice Party (AJP) has won the final New South Wales upper house seat, defeating No Land Tax (NLT) and the Coalition. The final count had the Coalition winning 9.375 quotas, Labor 6.84, Greens 2.18, Shooters & Fishers 0.86, Christian Democrats 0.62, No Land Tax 0.418 and AJP 0.392. Earlier, the Coalition had appeared very likely to win 10 seats, but this was before below the line votes were added, on which the Coalition performed very badly. The AJP won the final seat by 3,177 votes over NLT owing to a strong flow of Greens and other party preferences. Ben Raue illustrates the…
  • Zones of peace and turmoil

    Mark Beeson, Professor of International Politics at University of Western Australia
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:17 pm
    More than 20 years ago, two American academics, Max Singer and Aaron Wildavsky, wrote about what they described as The Real World Order: Zones of Peace/Zones of Turmoil. As is the way with such things, after making a bit of an initial splash it rather disappeared beneath the waves of subsequent scholarship, never to be seen again. One of the reasons it was relegated to the occasional footnote was that it offended some readers with its troubling central thesis: the world was essentially divided between democratic zones of peace and what they called zones of turmoil and development. The secret…
  • What does Nicola Sturgeon want in return for supporting a Labour government?

    Stuart McAnulla, Lecturer in British Politics at University of Leeds
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:06 am
    It's four-wheel-drive or no deal, guys. Andrew Milligan/PAEd Miliband has emphatically stated that he would not form a coalition with the SNP in the event of a hung parliament on May 7. But Nicola Sturgeon is equally adamant that Miliband may have no choice but to take her party’s support if it wants to hold on to power. Miliband may find himself in a situation where his only chance of becoming Prime Minister depends on obtaining the support of Scottish nationalist MPs, at least on a case-by-case basis for parliamentary votes. And if that happens, certain issues are more likely than…
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    Daily Telegraph | Top Stories

  • ‘Vet of year kills cat with crossbow’

    18 Apr 2015 | 11:23 am
    BREKKIE WRAP: VET Kristen Lindsey claimed she was the ‘Vet of the Year after allegedly shooting a cat with a crossbow. WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE
  • Paralysed man a bodybuilding champ

    18 Apr 2015 | 9:37 am
    ANAND Arnold was 15 when he was paralysed. Now the 28-year-old has shared how he overcome his disability to become a bodybuilding champion.
  • Cousins break-in sparks security probe

    18 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    DEFENCE chiefs have ­ordered an investigation into missing drugs and weapons, because they suspect Ben Cousins was chasing emergency morphine supplies when he broke into a Perth SAS base.
  • Hall of Fame awaits Home and Away

    18 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    AFTER 28 years on air, the country’s favourite soap Home And Away will be inducted to the TV Hall of Fame at the Logies ceremony next month.
  • How cop shrinks hunted down paedophile ring

    18 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    CRIMINAL psychologists involved in the investigation into the disappearance of toddler William Tyrrell helped unearth a paedophile ring operating in the area where he disappeared.
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    Women's Network Australia Blog

  • Decide and Design Your Road Trip to Wealth with GPS Precision

    Leo Eliades
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    A wise person once said, “Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is simply passing the time. Actions with vision is making a real difference” It is clear to me that when looking for similarities in wealth mindset and success in others that having a dream only comes with being able to have a […]
  • 5 Reasons Why You Need to Get Media Training

    Catriona Pollard
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:45 pm
    If you want to get more media coverage for your business or company it’s essential you’re seen and heard in the media on a regular basis. Journalists are constantly looking for interesting and engaging stories they can develop for their viewers and listeners. When you make yourself available for commentary in the media, you are […]
  • Guest Blogging Opportunities: What to Avoid & What to Pursue

    Sorcha Mullis
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Here are some tips as to what  you should be looking out for when you are selecting guest blogging opportunities to reach out to. Ensure that you give consideration to following qualities. Domain Authority: A website’s domain authority is a way to measure the power of a domain name, based on several factors, like the age and popularity […]
  • Disruptive Trends – Self Driving Cars

    Ingrid Cliff
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:38 pm
    You may have heard of self-driving cars, but think they are something way off in the future and will not have much impact on you and your business. It’s time to think again. This business trend is closer than most businesses realise, and the impacts will be huge on many industries. The benefits of self-driving […]
  • Success In Relationships

    Pix Jonasson
    12 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    I am sure you all understand that communication is one of the keys to successful relationships.  And remember, we have two ears and one mouth…use them in that order. Whether it is with co-workers, friends, family or partners, some relationships are worth nurturing. Sadly, often unintentionally, people tend to ruin some of the most precious […]
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  • Toward a social compact for digital privacy and security

    Global Commission on Internet Governance | Centre for International Governance Innovation
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:01 pm
    A social compact must be built on a shared commitment by all stakeholders in developed and less developed countries to take concrete action in their own jurisdictions to build trust and confidence in the Internet.Read more
  • The Australian fashion report 2015

    Baptist World Aid Australia | Behind the Barcode
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:21 pm
    Examines the increased risk of child and foced labour in the fashion industry, as many local companies are unable to trace or fail to monitor their supply chains.Read more
  • Surprise findings of new Treasury modelling

    Peter Davidson | Need to Know
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:29 am
    This article challenges the view that we should rely less on personal income taxes and more on the GST.Read more
  • Understanding the economy wide efficiency and incidence of major Australian taxes

    Liangyue Cao | Department of the Treasury (Australia), Amanda Hosking | Department of the Treasury (Australia), Michael Kouparitsas | Department of the Treasury (Australia), Damian Mullaly | Department of the Treasury (Australia), Xavier Rimmer | Department of the Treasury (Australia), Qun Shi | Department of the Treasury (Australia), Wallace Stark | Department of the Treasury (Australia), Sebastian Wende | Department of the Treasury (Australia)
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:57 pm
    This paper aims to complement earlier studies and contribute to a broader discussion about the structure of Australia’s tax system by estimating the welfare cost and identifying the economic incidence of marginal changes to the tax system.Read more
  • Designated auditing agency handbook: Ministry of Health auditor handbook (revised 2015)

    Ministry of Health (New Zealand) | Ministry of Health (New Zealand)
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:03 pm
    This handbook outlines the Ministry of Health's requirements of designated auditing agencies for auditing and audit reporting for the certification of health care services under the Health and Disability Services (Safety) Act 2001.Read more
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    Karen Cheng's Fashion and Life

  • Pretty Skirts on a Budget!

    16 Apr 2015 | 8:27 pm
    Someone asked me recently… Where can I buy pretty clothes on a budget?? Ah well, I don’t suggest buying tops from a “budget” online shop, as there is a high chance that the quality of the garment will be poor and look cheap. But big, bright, bold, pretty skirts are much more forgiving! Dress them up with a sharp blazer, a luxe sweater, a silk tank, gorgeous shoes, a statement handbag and you’ll be good to go. Here are some super-cute skirts that I found. (Check out the skirt links then scroll down to see really nice ways to style them!) Black and White pleat…
  • Chocolate and Raspberry Cake (Gluten Free)

    15 Apr 2015 | 9:45 pm
    I’ve made this chocolate cake many times before; it’s flour free and gluten free. It is simply amazing, moist, dense like a brownie, but it still has a soft, cakey texture. This time I threw in some walnuts and raspberries (the last crumbly bits at the bottom of the freezer bag!) and I served it up as dessert at a dinner party we hosted. The raspberries and walnuts made it just divine! Chocolate and Raspberry Cake Ingredients 100g unsalted butter 140g good quality dark chocolate, chopped 70g of brown sugar 3 eggs separated 140g of almond meal 1/2 cup of walnuts, chopped 1/2 cup of…
  • Khaki Jacket and Leather Pleats

    14 Apr 2015 | 1:44 am
    Hey hey, how’s everyone going these days? I’ve been immersed in a variety of SPORTS lately – football, basketball, netball, cycling and running. I’m practically living in my active wear! In fact, I’m wearing so much active wear, I can even feel myself leaning towards a moment where I wear my tracksuit pants outside of a sporting context. GASP. Hasn’t happened yet though. I am, however, wearing sports leggings as pants now, which sounds like a no no… but it’s acceptable when I wear sneakers ok? Here’s an outfit I wore the other day, which…
  • T by Alexander Wang Black Blazer

    13 Apr 2015 | 6:42 am
    I was so lucky to have scored a new Alexander Wang blazer from The Outnet! I have been looking for a good quality, black, classic style blazer for a looong while now. After a bit of research, I reluctantly accepted that I was going to pay around $250-$300 for one, so it had better be exactly what I wanted. Originally I looked at SABA, Country Road and Witchery for a simple blazer. But it was really difficult for me to find one in my size, that fit me nicely. I tried on a few and found that either the sleeves were much too long or the shoulders were a bit too small. The current and popular…
  • Fish and Chips by the Beach

    10 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    We love having fish and chips for dinner by the beach! Our kids think it’s such a super-duper, special, sacred family tradition – similar to Christmas haha. But really, everyone does it. It’s a very Australian thing. And it’s possibly a bit more special for us West Australians, because we can actually watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean. Life is amazing here! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! xxx
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    Boomerang Books Blog

  • Review – The Last Anzac by Gordon Winch and Harriet Bailey

    Romi Sharp
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:42 pm
    The Last Anzac, Gordon Winch (author), Harriet Bailey (Illus.), New Frontier Publishing, March 2015. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing. For this significant Anzac Centenary, a myriad of children’s books have been released to teach our young ones about the physical, emotional and historical impact of war, and to celebrate our […]
  • List of books with the word ‘boy’ in the title

    Tracey Allen
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:21 pm
    I enjoyed writing the blog post Books with the word ‘Girl’ in the title so much, I thought I’d do one for books that have ‘boy’ in the title. At first glance, I thought this one might be easier, but let’s see how I go. The first book that comes to mind for me is […]
  • Review – ‘Imagine’ by Emma Mactaggart and Ester De Boer

    Romi Sharp
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:15 pm
    Imagine, Emma Mctaggart (author), Ester De Boer (illus.), Boogie Books, 2015.   What would you do in your most fantastical of daydreams? Totally let your imagination run free…where would you go? In Emma Mactaggart and Ester De Boer’s explosive ‘Imagine’, we are taken on a zoo adventure wilder than you could ever devise!   Utterly […]
  • Cracker 2015 CBCA Short List

    Joy Lawn
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    This year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia short list is a cracker. Older Readers I’ve reviewed most of the Older Reader titles for the Weekend Australian, which means that I think they’re excellent. It’s a superlative list this year. Incidentally, most of these authors are relatively or brand-new published YA writers; and are women, representing […]
  • Ann-Marie Finn’s Sweet New Release; Gus the Asparagus

    Romi Sharp
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:12 am
    There are moments in life that make us stop and adjust our perspectives on the world. Even encourage us to see the world from another’s point of view. Author Kaylene Hobson and illustrator Ann-Marie Finn from Dragon Tales Publishing have achieved just that by introducing us to their new, loveable character, Gus. ‘Gus, the Asparagus’ […]
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    The Interpreter

  • Weekend catch-up: Carter in the Pacific, sectarianism, Iranian nuclear negotiations, Mullah Omar biography and more

    Brendan Thomas-Noone
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    This week, the new Director of the Lowy Institute's International Security Program, Euan Graham, gave an assessment of US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter's recent visit to Asia. The tour followed a particularly forceful speech the Secretary gave last week on the US pivot: The logic of visiting Tokyo and Seoul ahead of other capitals in the region is straightforward. Between them, Japan and South Korea host over 80,000 US military personnel and the bulk of forward-deployed assets in the Western Pacific. They also bring more military capability to the table than other US allies in Asia.
  • Digital Asia links: The Great Cannon, Indonesian cyberspace, 'Phones Against Corruption' and more

    Danielle Cave
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The Asia Pacific is the most dynamic digital landscape in the world, home to the fastest adopters of new technologies and the largest concentration of mobile and social media users. An escalation in online activism, changing cyber dynamics, developments in digital diplomacy and the exploitation of big data are shaping the region's engagement with the world There is enormous buzz around a new Citizen Lab report that claims China has created a powerful cyber weapon known as the Great Cannon. This weapon allows the government to intercept foreign web traffic as it flows to Chinese websites,…
  • Quick comment: Rodger Shanahan on Julie Bishop's Tehran visit

    Sam Roggeveen
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The timing is just right for Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's first-ever visit to Iran, given Australia's recently boosted troop deployment to Iraq,and the newly announced framework agreement on Iran's nuclear program. Not that the latter will be top of Bishop's agenda for this visit. As Lowy Institute Middle East expert Rodger Shanahan says in the interview below, there is now enough depth in the West's relations with Iran that third-party envoys are no longer needed to carry messages to Tehran. Rodger also talks about the delicate subject of Iran's role in the Iraq conflict, and the economic…
  • America's China consensus slowly unravels

    Hugh White
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    For a long time American (and Australian) thinking about China has been dominated by a broad consensus that, despite many signs of growing assertiveness, Beijing does not pose a fundamental challenge to US leadership in Asia. The argument goes that, whatever they might say, China's leaders know that its economic future is too uncertain, its political system too fragile, its military too weak and its friends too few to allow it to contest American primacy. They also know that China's own stability and prosperity depend on the regional order that only America can uphold. Therefore, the…
  • Does Australia do digital diplomacy?

    Danielle Cave
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    [vimeo:123424426] After a decade of swimming against the tide, the Australian Government is slowly engaging in the world of digital diplomacy. The term 'DFAT the Dinosaur' no longer applies, a label slapped onto our foreign affairs department in 2010 after a series of public refusals to incorporate the internet into its engagements with the world. This strategy, or lack thereof, was a bizarre own goal. Rather alarmingly, the Government's extended inertia in this area exposed a lack of understanding of the evolving ways in which states, organisations and individuals use information and…
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  • Data Entry Analyst operators, Computer Assistence, Computer Operator jobs for Diploma/12th and Graduate candidates

    11 Apr 2015 | 1:14 am
     Data Entry ,Computer Operator ,Back Office jobs are available for Graduate and 12th passout candidates in Noida,Ghaziabad,Delhi/NCR region. Salary  1.10 – 2.60 lack p.a.(Depend upon your communication skills and Typing speed ) Meal(Depend upon company) Cab (Depend upon shift)  Location: Noida, Delhi/NCR Contact Person: Ritu Give us a miss call +91-92-12-44-3222 &+91-92-66-54-3222 if interested
  • Implement your change today

    28 Feb 2012 | 3:45 pm
    What’s your next career move? Gigajobs has the best job listings from great companies, whether you’re looking for opportunities at a start up or at a major corporate. You can search our job listings or create a profile and let employers find you. Need the an IT resource right now? Find the candidate you’re looking for here. Post a job or search the candidate database.
  • Seek posts 60 Mil profit

    21 Feb 2012 | 6:32 pm
    Thought you were paying too much for your online ad? received hundred of applicants and only a fraction are suitable candidates? Bigger is not always better. Thought this was interestingt reading.. How much do you think an an ad should cost to? Online job listing site SEEK has reported a record first half profit of $60.6 million, up by 26.5% from the previous corresponding period, mostly due to growth in Australian employment, and its Chinese arm. Shares rose 35 cents or 6.1% to $6.05 after the announcement was made. Revenue from its employment business was up 15% on the previous…
  • Implement your change today

    22 Sep 2011 | 8:35 am
    What’s your next career move? Gigajobs has the best job listings from great companies, whether you’re looking for opportunities at a start up or at a major corporate. You can search our job listings or create a profile and let employers find you. Need the an IT resource right now? Find the candidate you’re looking for here. Post a job or search the candidate database.
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  • 5th Birthday pink dance party

    14 Apr 2015 | 12:02 am
    It's a five-year-old girl's dream party - lots of pink, delicious treats, all your friends, and a dance party! Accalia's Mum and Dad always put together amazing parties for their girls (see the fairy princess party here, bubbas and bears here), and this one was no exception. Holly Hiphop was the star of the show, teaching the kids some cool moves and playing games with them. Accalia's Mum Renay kindly shares with us her tips and tricks for putting together a fun pink dance party:Read more »
  • Real Living Magazine homewares and bedding collaboration with Freedom

    8 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Ready to get cosy? Real Living magazine and Freedom have collaborated on a homewares and bedding nostalgic camping-inspired capsule collection that is all florals, tartan, checks and paisley. Think camp beds and army blankets, faded eiderdowns with chunky knit throws, Liberty-style floral prints, tartan, ticking stripes and herringbone twill.Read more »
  • Freedom and Real Living magazine eiderdown

    7 Apr 2015 | 8:30 pm
    I thought you'd like a peek at the sweet eiderdown from the Real Living magazine and Freedom collaborative homewares and bedding collection that has just been launched. I'm sharing all the photos from the sumptuous lunch tomorrow here on Bondville, but in the meantime, here is the Sunny Heart quilt that I received at the launch. My 7-year-old adores it on her bed:Pillowcase from Kip & Co. | Eiderdown from Freedom | Zedd mini chair from Freedom | my old Enid Blyton books that my daughter now loves.Image: Steph Bond-Hutkin | Bondville
  • Easter Egg Hunt 2015

    7 Apr 2015 | 7:36 pm
    I hope you all had a fantastic, relaxing Easter. Our girls had a ball making their own hats for the Easter Hat Parade at school on Thursday, and then of course hunting for eggs on Sunday. I had a great, relaxing break spending time cuddled up on the couch with my loved ones in our new pyjamas (our Easter tradition) from eeni meeni miini moh and Four In The Bed, cleaning up around the house, trying out new bike paths, catching up with friends, making banana split sundaes, enjoying a special Passover Seder meal and trekking to the Royal Easter Show. Here are a few shots from our Easter Egg hunt…
  • Australian Easter Gift Guide for Kids 2015

    30 Mar 2015 | 4:37 am
    It's only a couple of days until the bunny arrives, but these Easter-inspired kids' gifts will last all year long. We've got the eeni meeni miini moh pyjamas wrapped for the girls that I'm sure they will pop on straight away for the Easter Egg hunt. And here are 22 more bunny-licious gift ideas for kids by Australian designers that I've pulled together just for you...Read more »
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    Scarlet Words

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    9 Apr 2015 | 6:23 pm
  • Take these thoughts

    12 Jan 2015 | 10:51 pm
    Hey, remember when I used to have a blog? I think about writing here most days, but each time I sit down to blog I remember how much time has passed since my last post and it’s overwhelming so I take a nap instead.  Could this be why I am the very last blogger on Earth to be offered a book deal? So life has been great, terrible, amazing and awful since we last spoke.  Real talk: 2014 punched me right in the face and left a bit of a mark, and then I finished the year with an impressive bout of pneumonia.  Because really, why not be eighty-five years old all of a sudden? …
  • #77 – Take 101 photos with black & white film

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Task #77 of my 101 Things in 1001 Days project: Take 101 photos with black & white film There were very few tasks on my 101 list which truly spanned the full length of the 1001 day project, but this was one of them.  On 1 January 2012 one of the first contributions I made to my list was to shoot some photos with my film camera, and she was still working hard in the final few days of my challenge last week.   My little F80 travelled with me all over Melbourne and down the Great Ocean Road, although admittedly she was always the camera which was left behind when I had to pack for a…
  • Happy 1001 Days! (101 Things in 1001 Days)

    28 Sep 2014 | 6:51 am
    I’m writing this post from the magical looking tent in the picture above, making me officially the luckiest girl I know.  Tim and I have spent the past few days glamping right on the beach near Sorrento, and late last night I braved the cold to take the photo above because I knew it would be a beauty.  The sky was crystal clear, and with no light pollution around the stars were just phenomenal.  We could even see the Milky Way, but tonight the sky is covered in cloud and it’s just as lovely listening to the rain tapping on our canvas roof. My goodness, what a way to end a…
  • Tasks #89-93 – DRAW ALL THE THINGS

    21 Sep 2014 | 11:36 pm
    101 Things in 1001 Days: Task #89 – Draw or paint 25 figures Task #90 – Draw or paint 25 faces Task #91 – Draw or paint 25 hands Task #92 – Draw or paint 25 still life scenes Task #93 – Draw or paint 25 trees Let me begin by saying that yes, this is one of those occasional image-heavy posts.  Now would probably be a good time for a cup of tea.   Back when I wrote my list of 101 Things in 1001 Days almost 3 years ago I was taking weekly classes at the Melbourne Studio of Art… and I was rapidly running out of cash!  Those classes were excellent for a…
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    Rocky Travel

  • Top Things to do on Rottnest Island

    16 Apr 2015 | 10:22 am
    Things to do on Rottnest Island on a day tour A trip to Perth is not complete without a day-tour to Rottnest Island. Rotto, as the locals call Rottnest, is known for the Quokkas, its beaches, its eco-friendly environment and its car-free paradise. Let me guide you through the top things to do on Rottnest […] The post Top Things to do on Rottnest Island appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Yorke Peninsula Beaches in South Australia

    10 Apr 2015 | 10:07 am
    If you are planning to travel to South Australia and are a beach lover, then the Yorke Peninsula beaches must be on your bucket list. I recently hired a car and went on a road trip to Yorke Peninsula. I spent 3 days touring this amazing area of South Australia. I got lost driving through […] The post Yorke Peninsula Beaches in South Australia appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 13 Things not to do when visiting Australia

    7 Apr 2015 | 9:05 am
    Australia is one of the most stunning holiday destinations of the world and everyone wants to travel to Australia. It has been written and re-written hundreds of times in different ways. On all major web travel publication, and on Rocky Travel too, you can find tons of articles packed with top destinations, from travel-planner help […] The post 13 Things not to do when visiting Australia appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Best Road Trips Australian Bucket List

    29 Mar 2015 | 1:10 pm
    8 best Road Trips for your Australian bucket list At the beginning of my solo travel adventures road trips were not on my Australian bucket list, because as a solo traveller I was scared of driving by myself in remote areas. It’s only in 2011 that I took the plung to hire a car and […] The post Best Road Trips Australian Bucket List appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tips for the Solo Traveller to Australia

    22 Mar 2015 | 1:56 pm
    8 Tips for the first time Solo Traveller to Australia In 10 years of Solo Travels in Australia I have experienced land Down Under in all its crucial aspects. I  know how important it is to  be well prepared and have a thought-out travel plan. Australia is an expensive country and the cost of travelling […] The post Tips for the Solo Traveller to Australia appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • What to do in Bunbury and the Geographe Region

    14 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    There’s nothing we like better than to jump in the car at the weekend and follow our noses with little agenda to travel around the south west of Australia. And I’ve been really lucky to be tasked with the job of writing a series of articles for Australia’s South West tourism about Bunbury and the […] The post What to do in Bunbury and the Geographe Region appeared first on ZigaZag.
  • Sponsored Video : Discover the Northern Territory in a Campervan

    11 Mar 2015 | 8:56 pm
    Sponsored by Britz Campers and Tourism NT. Who loves a campervan trip? You do? That would be me too. The freedom of the open road, stopping at will, pulling into lay byes for a cuppa and sleeping with the salty smell of the ocean or the earthy smell of the dusty outback blowing in on […] The post Sponsored Video : Discover the Northern Territory in a Campervan appeared first on ZigaZag.
  • 10 Different Things to do in Fremantle

    12 Feb 2015 | 1:37 am
    Fremantle is a surprise. I never tire of wandering around its historic streets. It has a totally different ambiance to Perth, which is so close in distance, yet so far in character.   Freo is quaint and quirky with old buildings which line the streets in faded glory giving a glimpse into life in days gone […] The post 10 Different Things to do in Fremantle appeared first on ZigaZag.
  • Top Margaret River Wineries – Watershed

    5 Feb 2015 | 5:12 am
    It was a hot summer day in the Christmas holidays, and a day of little agenda when we could do as we wish, go where we fancied. Bliss. We drove to Bunker Bay for a walk on the beach before our thoughts turned towards food, lunch specifically, and Margaret River with its lovely wine estates […] The post Top Margaret River Wineries – Watershed appeared first on ZigaZag.
  • Introducing the Fabulous Ferguson Valley (to Fabulous yTravelBlog)

    19 Jan 2015 | 10:10 pm
    If you’re flying into Perth and time is limited, but you want to see something a little different and off the beaten track, then a visit to The Ferguson Valley two hours south could just be the ticket. Living in Bunbury means that The Valley is our backyard stomping ground given that we can reach […] The post Introducing the Fabulous Ferguson Valley (to Fabulous yTravelBlog) appeared first on ZigaZag.
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  • How to Pass an IELTS Test

    14 Apr 2015 | 1:38 pm
    One of the major stepping stones on the road to emigrating to an English speaking country is providing evidence of your proficiency in the language. There are a few accepted ways for doing so, but depending where you are in the world, IELTS is likely to be the most common. Lets look at how you might go about maximising your chances to attain a high grade. First of all you’ll need to understand the test format. The test is made up of four sections; reading, writing, speaking and listening. Each segment will result in a score graded from 1 to 9, and will result in an overall average for…
  • Learning a Language Before Travelling

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:21 am
    It’s one of those things that a lot of people have on their bucket list (at least for native English speakers), and it also happens to be one of the most tricky to pull off. Learning a new language is never easy. In England, we have French/German/Spanish forced upon us through school. That kind of ruins the experience for a lot of people, and after we move on into further education or employment, it just kind of stops being a thing for us all. Myself included. The thing is, I never lost my appetite for languages. To me, they’re a key part of culture and how a place feels. When…
  • The Bay of Islands; yet more Great Ocean Road

    20 Mar 2015 | 7:19 am
    The Bay of Islands is a coastal park along that Great Ocean Road which stretches 32 kilometres between Warrnambool and Peterborough. There are a number of look out points dotted along the coast, some of which have their own parking so that you can stop, get out, stretch your legs, take some pictures, complain that the wind is making you cold, or just have a picnic. I took a few pictures on my way through, and wanted to share these with you. As you would expect, in typical Australian fashion, the weather was all over the place. Half of the time it’s sweltering, the other half you…
  • A Merry Melbourne Christmas

    9 Mar 2015 | 8:59 am
    Having grown up in the northern hemisphere, having a mid-summer Christmas is a weird experience. Growing up, Christmas was always a cold and wet period, and if we were lucky we might get some snow. Turn that completely on its head and you have Christmas in Australia. Last year I spent it in Melbourne for the second time. It still feels weird, but it also feels Christmassy, and here’s why. Despite it being in the high 20s most days, the place is still decorated the same way as it is in England. Cristmas trees, snowmen, pretty lights and stars. Whatever you might expect to find at home,…
  • Chasewater Country Park

    9 Mar 2015 | 6:08 am
    A few weeks ago, on a less wonderful day with less than pleasant weather, I went on a hot date to Chasewater. The last time I was here might have been 10 years ago, and another 5 before that. Considering how far away I live (which is something like 2 miles) it probably comes as a bit of a suprise that I don’t frequent the place more often. But why would I? Chasewater itself is a reservoir near Burntwood, England. The reservoir was built in the late 1700s to service the local area, and has since become the home of one of the most diverse ranges of fauna in the local area. The water…
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  • Must-visit in Thailand – Wat Umong

    18 Apr 2015 | 1:30 pm
    A 700-year-old Buddhist temple located in Chiang Mai in Thailand, Wat Umong is nestled against the mountains of Doi Suthep. It is surrounded by a peaceful setting that offers visitors of complete tranquillity. Image Courtesy: Sarah Karlson used under the Creative Commons Licence Wat Umong was built as far back as 1297, by a ruler of the Lan Na dynasty, King Manglai. What is interesting to see here, is how Thai culture has been influenced by the traditions, culture and architecture of India. Standing in support of this observation is a replica of the Ashoka Pillar that’s very similar in…
  • Health Benefits of Kaffir Lime

    17 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Also known as makrut lime, the kaffir lime is a fruit that is widely cultivated in major parts of Southeast Asia, including countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. It is used extensively in the cuisines of these countries. Thai curries and pastes are rich in kaffir limes. The leaves and leaf-stalks are added to salads and soups for the zesty flavour they lend to the dishes. Sometimes, kefir lime juice is also served as an appetiser or a “welcome drink” at casual gatherings. Image Courtesy: Robyn Jay used under the Creative Commons Licence Kaffir limes are also said to be very…
  • Must-eat in Thailand – Khua Kling

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Southern Thai cuisine specialises in a variety of foods ranging from spicy chicken dishes to crunchy seafood-based delicacies. But one of the pillars of this special Southeast Asian cuisine is dry meat curry. When you’re in any part of southern Thailand, you will find that roads are lined with restaurants whose special boards will always display a dish with a dry curry base. Meats used in these dishes can be pork, chicken or beef. Locals and tourists alike love variety when it comes to dry meat curries. Image Courtesy: Ron Dollete used under the Creative Commons Licence One of the…
  • North Eastern Beef Salad

    16 Apr 2015 | 11:58 pm
    1. Grill the whole piece of beef until medium cooked, thinly slice when it cools down 2. Combine chilli powder, shallot, fish sauce and lime juice with the meat, mix well. Add roasted rice, stir well, and then mint leaves and cilantro. Gently mix through 3. Serve with green salad; ie, lettuce, cabbage, mint leaves, etc., as an appetizer. 4. Your North Eastern Beef Salad is ready! The post North Eastern Beef Salad appeared first on Asian Inspirations.
  • Chonburi Annual Festival

    16 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    October 26, 2015 Chonburi, Thailand Image Courtesy: Michael Sarver used under the Creative Commons Licence An exciting event in Chonburi province, Thailand, the Chonburi Annual Festival is a famous competition that has been held for more than 140 years. Thought it may seem slightly bizarre and unusual to foreigners, this festival is very close the hearts of Thai people. It is considered a very important cultural activity which expresses gratitude to buffaloes. Every year, farmers gather in large numbers to compete with each other on their buffaloes. Completely out of the ordinary, the event…
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