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  • 220 days to go ...

    Coffee, Tea or Baabooo
    13 May 2014 | 7:46 pm
    I'm floating ... in the grey cloudswith the imminence of rain crashing around meI'm trapped in the numbing drone of my daily routineThe chill is creeping through my veil of glass doorsBirds are still trilling outsideThe hum drum, drumming sound of soft rainfallSay something, say nothingQuiet all roundexcept for the cawing of crowsTheir black bodies glistening in the wetI look for the warmth of Max's furry bodyBut he has retreated to his fleecy bedMy path is fixed, sealed firmly downWhy am I feeling lost?Deep inside, I know but I'm afraid to sayWe are a condemning lot, cruel…
  • Simple Steps For Creating a Blog Content Strategy

    Women's Network Australia Blog
    Sorcha Mullis
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Creating a popular and successful blog on your business website requires more than posting a few ad-hoc articles every now and then. Adding high-quality, relevant and useful content consistently requires planning and is essential for any online brand looking to expand their website and draw an audience. Understanding how to go about creating a blog […]
  • Travellers stay with doomed carrier

    The Sydney Morning Herald News Headlines
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    Mother who came "so close" to buying a ticket for her son on MH17 flight is now flying Malaysia Airlines.
  • Long road home for MH17 victims

    NEWS.com.au | Top Stories
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:26 pm
    THE bodies of the victims of the MH17 tragedy will be flown to The Netherlands today as Operation Bring Them Home swings into action.
  • Five alleged human traffickers arrested

    NEWS.com.au | Breaking News
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    ITALIAN police have arrested five people in Sicily for allegedly stabbing and throwing overboard some 60 men and women.
 
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    NEWS.com.au | Top Stories

  • Long road home for MH17 victims

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:26 pm
    THE bodies of the victims of the MH17 tragedy will be flown to The Netherlands today as Operation Bring Them Home swings into action.
  • Where are the other bodies?

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:03 pm
    DUTCH investigators say only 200 of the 298 victims of the MH17 disaster could be found on the train which was supposed to house the bodies.
  • Flatmate from hell’s reign of terror

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    A MAN who tortured a female flatmate with weapons and stomped on her face in a house of horrors has been jailed for more than four years.
  • Cops shocked by ‘horrific abuse’ of pre-schoolers

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:42 pm
    A GOVERNMENT employee has been charged with sexually abusing at least seven preschoolers at a government-run facility in a case police describe as “disgusting and horrific”.
  • Bill Clinton ‘still has mistress’

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    BILL Clinton reportedly has a buxom blonde mistress who visits so often the former US president’s Secret Service detail have dubbed her ‘Energiser’.
 
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    The Conversation

  • Five myths about HIV in Australia

    Bridget Haire, Lecturer in ethics, HIV prevention a specialty at UNSW Australia
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    HIV-prevention campaigns need to do more than simply urge people to use condoms.charnsitr/ShutterstockAustralia had a quick and effective response to HIV at the start of the epidemic. Some 30 years later, however, there’s a tendency to underestimate the sheer effort involved in maintaining HIV prevention responses. Misinformation and lazy assumptions about quick fixes can mar sustained and effective HIV prevention. The nation’s initial response was multifaceted. On the prevention front, safe sex was invented by affected communities, and needle and syringe programs were pioneered by…
  • Stepping up the HIV response in the world's Indigenous communities

    James Ward, Associate Professor in Indigenous Health at Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    HIV epidemics have grave implications for the world's Indigenous cultures.Flickr: j h, CC BY-NC-NDIndigenous people are estimated to comprise 4.5% of the total global population. They are often overrepresented in HIV data and recognise themselves as being particularly vulnerable to HIV. In Canada, for instance, First Peoples make up 4% of the population but account for 23% of HIV diagnoses. But the bigger problem affecting Indigenous peoples is where data doesn’t exist. Of an estimated 5,000 groups of Indigenous peoples worldwide, accurate HIV data exists for only a handful of distinct…
  • 'The law can be an awful nuisance in the area of HIV/AIDS': Michael Kirby

    Michael Kirby, Visiting Professorial Fellow at UNSW Australia
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The Hon. Michael Kirby presenting a report on human rights violations in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea at the UN earlier this year.EPA/SALVATORE DI NOLFIWatch the Honourable Michael Kirby, visiting professorial fellow at UNSW Australia, talk about how the law impacts HIV below. Michael Kirby is a former justice of the High Court of Australia, serving from 1996 to 2009 and a former member of the Global Commission on HIV and the law. Michael Kirby spoke to us at the AIDS2014 Conference in Melbourne about the many ways in which the law affects the spread of HIV by marginalising…
  • Newman has time to learn from Stafford byelection defeat

    Todd Winther, PhD Candidate in Political Science at Griffith University
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Queensland premier Campbell Newman needs to sell substantive policy change as well as a change in personal branding if he is to be successful at the next election.AAP/Dave HuntThe result in Saturday’s Stafford byelection in Queensland was entirely expected. Since the electorate was re-established before the 2001 election, Stafford had remained a safe seat for Labor. That was until its now former member, Chris Davis, won it for the Liberals when the Liberal National Party (LNP) swept into power in 2012. Last weekend’s result was an electoral realignment to the status quo as Anthony Lynham…
  • Not missing in action: the enduring penalty of ‘being female’

    Liz Temple, Lecturer in psychology, Federation University Australia at Federation University Australia
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Whoa there, little lady: women in the workforce face a financial penalty for simply being female. Flickr/ Boston Public Library, CC BY-NC-NDWhile many aspects of working life have changed in recent decades, the inequality of outcomes experienced by male and female employees has been remarkably resistant. Within corporate Australia the proportion of female chief executives in ASX200 companies only increased from 1.3% in 2002 to 3.5% in 2012. Executive management positions held by women increased from 8% to 10% while, for board directors, the proportion increased from 8% to 12%. The stats get…
 
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    Daily Telegraph | Top Stories

  • Long road home for MH17 victims

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:26 pm
    THE bodies of the victims of the MH17 tragedy will be flown to The Netherlands today as Operation Bring Them Home swings into action.
  • MH17 victims ‘did not suffer’

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    LIVE BLOG: A forensic expert says passengers aboard Flight MH17 would not have suffered during their final moments in the air. Boyd investigated over hotel damage.
  • Son stopped dad killing his ‘rapist’

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
    BREKKIE WRAP: A DAD who beat a man he allegedly found performing sex acts on his son said the suspect would be dead were it not for the boy’s pleas.
  • Bill Clinton ‘still has mistress��

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    BILL Clinton reportedly has a buxom blonde mistress who visits so often the former US president’s Secret Service detail have dubbed her ‘Energiser’.
  • ‘YOLO, totes amazeballs’ now words

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    TOTES amazeballs! The latest edition of the Chambers Dictionary has included 1000 new words set to annoy word lovers around the world.
 
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    Women's Network Australia Blog

  • How Do I Pick The Right Marketing Tactics?

    Danielle MacInnis
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm
    As a small business there is no doubt unless you are an IT geek like me that the world has become a whole lot more confusing in terms of what are the right marketing tactics to use and which are the best tools. Terms like CRM, CMS, SEO, CCP, USP make understanding the marketing landscape […]
  • Email Templates – Essential Copywriting For Every Business

    Ingrid Cliff
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Hands up if you are systems person. Someone who loves creating and religiously implementing new systems? Most women entrepreneurs fall somewhere between utter chaos, good intentions and sometimes systemisers. They generally only create a system when something goes pear-shaped or they are under stress. So before you have your next melt down, here’s a simple […]
  • Simple Steps For Creating a Blog Content Strategy

    Sorcha Mullis
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Creating a popular and successful blog on your business website requires more than posting a few ad-hoc articles every now and then. Adding high-quality, relevant and useful content consistently requires planning and is essential for any online brand looking to expand their website and draw an audience. Understanding how to go about creating a blog […]
  • Why Are Words Not So Important? The Importance of Body Language

    Pix Jonasson
    13 Jul 2014 | 2:55 pm
    The majority of human communication is through non-verbally contacting. People generally respond and understand it very well, even though we didn’t have any formal education on nonverbal language. In order to efficiently connect with your audience, you must notice what you are saying with non-verbal cues. Much of communication comes through body language. How you […]
  • Do You Know What LinkedIn’s Mission Statement Is?

    Robyn Henderson
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:17 pm
    LinkedIn’s mission is to connect the world’s professionals to enable them to be more productive and successful. What % of your clients and prospects are using LinkedIn?  If you are not sure, ask them. How much time can you allocate for Social Media contact each month?  ______ hours per month  ______ per day? With all of […]
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    Pearl Maple

  • We Moved. . . . . .

    3 Jul 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Thank you to all my followers and regular visitors. My blog space as  moved to  www.pearlmaple.com    I appreciate meeting you here and would love to see you follow the link to our new space.  There are many things I love about Blogger as a free and easy to use tool to get on line quickly, it is the greatest.  You have seen my business change and evolve in different avenues and that is the
  • Hope & Feathers

    4 Jun 2014 | 3:34 am
    "Hope is a thing with feathers . . . . .  that perches in your soul" Emily Dickinson Love watching industrious little birds rushing about catching their prey, the look so cute flapping about but guess their day is just as busy as ours, without the beeping electronic reminders.  These are Piping Plovers, a threatened species due to the loss of habitat.   Relaxing on the beach is my
  • Catching nature on the run

    21 May 2014 | 3:44 am
    In our hurry scurry lives full of lists of things to do, I like the idea of Chrisy's party theme of reconnecting with nature.  For me sometimes that is the little things like admiring a sunset on the evening commute and on special days it includes found flowers full of beautiful colours. Have a great weekend everyone and enjoy what ever it is you are up to. Joining Linky Parties:Sky Watch
  • Erosion and Nature Creeping

    13 May 2014 | 2:26 am
    Erosion when it is your back yard can be scary we want so much for everything to stay nice or the same but sometimes nature just creeps along with changes.  When I think of erosion, there are huge examples like the Grand Canyon and Fraser Island, nature piling up or washing away.  This part of the forest is falling into the river bank and makes an interesting spot to watch the cycle of
  • Beyond the Horizon

    8 May 2014 | 2:43 am
    “We have always held to the hope,  the belief,  the conviction that  there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.”   Franklin D. Roosevelt Heading off for a big weekend drive to spend time with family and enjoy the views over the horizon.   Joining Linky Parties:Sky Watch FridayChrisy's Reconnecting With Nature party
 
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    Coffee, Tea or Baabooo

  • DANGER

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear.Mark Twain
  • How to become invisible

    28 May 2014 | 6:14 am
    I'm a real pro at this. In fact, everyone could do it after awhile since it tends to become second nature. How magic is that!Let's get right into it then.So easy, you're gonna throw an egg at me. Seriously.Here's the secret : Put a bag over your head. Voila! You are instantly invisible. The caveat is YOU think you're invisible which is the important part yeah?  However, thoughts are free and everyone else may not think the same way you do. So, you can think yourself invisible but others may not. So easy to understand no?Nooooooo, of course not. OK coconut heads, let's cut to the…
  • 217 ... time to hatch a plan!

    26 May 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Air tickets have a nasty sharpness, they rip viciously across your pockets, barely giving me a chance to react. Now that I've shed blood, I have to make it worthwhile.I need a plan. But I'm lost in a great vast, blankness. I haven't been lazy. I've been doing heavy duty researching, switching between my laptop to my tablet as the power wears thin on each. I even used B's iPad if he forgets to bring it to class ... ah, the sneaky cunning of mums. I charge it back up before he comes back and clear my history and cache. Password? No worries! Mothers are great hackers if they keep their eyes and…
  • entrapment

    19 May 2014 | 4:06 am
  • 220 days to go ...

    13 May 2014 | 7:46 pm
    I'm floating ... in the grey cloudswith the imminence of rain crashing around meI'm trapped in the numbing drone of my daily routineThe chill is creeping through my veil of glass doorsBirds are still trilling outsideThe hum drum, drumming sound of soft rainfallSay something, say nothingQuiet all roundexcept for the cawing of crowsTheir black bodies glistening in the wetI look for the warmth of Max's furry bodyBut he has retreated to his fleecy bedMy path is fixed, sealed firmly downWhy am I feeling lost?Deep inside, I know but I'm afraid to sayWe are a condemning lot, cruel…
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    Miscellaneous Mum - Trying to find the objective correlative, everyday

  • “Winter is not a season, it’s an occupation.”

    Karen Andrews
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:58 pm
    If you’ve been watching the calendar as closely as I have, you perhaps will already have noticed that we’ve passed the halfway mark of winter. Of course anyone who lives here, or further south, knows that is absolute bollocks. The weather doesn’t significantly improve until October. In my head, I think of winter as ‘the first – and worst – but not the last of the cold’. Sickness has hit us this season more than it generally does; Keira has been struck down again by another virus. She came down with it on Saturday, a day I had been booked into attend…
  • Melbourne Writers Festival 2014 – Session Picks

    Karen Andrews
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
    The program for the 2014 Melbourne Writers Festival is revealed to the public today. I was lucky enough to see it in advance and have been hanging out to share some of my picks for the sessions I particularly want to attend. It was hard to cull them down, but I did my best. They’re below – and I’m speaking as well! Check the last session. (Italics denote text taken from the MWF website.)   Maria Popova: Brain Pickings Creator of hugely popular blog Brain Pickings, with millions of hits every day, Maria Popova surfaces from the blogosphere to reveal the ethos of her…
  • Creating Office Spaces {Sponsored}

    Karen Andrews
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Let me begin by talking about desks. Back when we were at university in Bathurst (yes, this is how far I’m going back!), Adam bought a second-hand table from a charity shop that was located just behind his flat. This table wasn’t much to look at – a utilitarian, boring, commercial piece that would look at home in any cubicle or office. It was also heavy, thanks to the amount of inbuilt metal shelving, so it was just as well we didn’t have far to drag it back to his place. With the assistance of a screwdriver and a bit of patience, Adam removed the all the panels and bits, eventually…
  • The #Miscpoetry Project

    Karen Andrews
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:23 pm
    I’ve done a few teasers about this over the months, and there’s been some delays, but on Friday I offically kicked off my #miscpoetry project. I’m the first person to say that social media can be used for creative/artistic purposes, so I thought I ought to actually do the same, in this instance along similar lines to my ‘Month of Poetry’ Twitter poems. To that end, every Friday between now and the end of October I will be Instagram-ing these micro poems, such as you see below: (A couple of these #miscpoetry poems will be from this year’s ‘Month of…
  • ‘Speak Out’ – Be Educated, Stay Safe {$200 Fuel Voucher Giveaway}

    Karen Andrews
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Did you know there are people who do all the right things after a huge night out – say, get a taxi or a lift home – and don’t realise that they’re still over the limit the next morning when they’re about to hop in their car? A recent NRMA survey showed that only 18 per cent of drinkers could claim they definitely understood their blood alcohol limit at such a time. That’s… what I’d call putting a fair bit of faith in other drivers. How many of us have fallen into the 72 per cent of ‘uncertains’ category? And how many times? Being…
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    Karen Cheng's Fashion and Life

  • Right, left, right, left… Do you love Body Combat too?

    admin
    13 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    I’ve been going to a few Body Combat classes lately. It’s kind of fun. A bunch of ladies punching at the air, while a fitness instructor shouts at us over the roaring music. It feels a bit silly. But after the class, my biceps, triceps and muscles on my shoulders and back GLOW with a pain that promises my arms to look like Michelle Bridges, so that makes it worth looking silly, right? The last time I tried Body Combat was 10 years ago. I was horrifically unfit and halfway into the class, I wanted to curl over and puke. But this time I am much fitter, so I manage to keep up pretty…
  • Gorgeous Apple Pie (with no refined sugar)

    admin
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    I have been experimenting with different pastry recipes over the last few months… and I have found my winner! I’m no pastry expert, but this one ticks all of my boxes: It is easy to prepare, easy to roll, robust and elastic, it cooks well, it has a gorgeous buttery taste, and it has a lovely crunch! Plus when I pile on tonnes of fruit, it doesn’t get gluggy and remain uncooked where the fruit sits on the pastry. I have since made 4 or 5 pies/tarts with this recipe and the pastry always turns out perfect! The recipe is based on a Donna Hay recipe, but I have omitted all the…
  • Running With My Boys

    admin
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    I have been doing a bit of running with my boys, aged 11 and 9. They seem to like running, and I like running. So it works for all of us. Basically, I see it as a fun, free and easy way to entertaining the kids (and wear them out), while I get a good workout too haha! I take them out to random and fun places to run… we call it “training”. I tell them that one day we are all going to run a marathon together in Paris or London. I don’t think they really know what that means, but they like the idea anyway. While running, or preparing to run, I like to talk to them about running…
  • What I Wore: Rose and Lace

    admin
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    For my birthday, I splurged a little and bought myself a very cute + cool, Alexander Wang Marion cross body bag. I’ve been eyeing this bag for a while (but in black), and eventually bought it online through a private sale at 80% off! I’m so in love with it! I don’t have many designer bags, and that is mostly by choice. After all, I have to save up for more important things like… future dental work for ALL THREE of my children!! :P The days have been slightly warmer, so it’s been nice to walk around in shorts and a light coat. My shorts were actually Sass and Bide…
  • Master Presents and Masterchefs

    admin
    6 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    It was my birthday on the weekend and… Here are the presents my boys gave me! In my last post, I mentioned that I was training my boys to be thoughtful and creative when buying gifts. This is because they will have to go out, find a wife, and keep her happy… so they had better be good at proving they understand her! After all, I want LOTS of grandchildren haha! Since it was their first time buying serious presents for a woman, I gave them a LOT of hints. First up, I asked them to buy me a scarf and it had to be a monochrome pattern. I loved their pick! Then I gave them a wishlist…
 
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    Boomerang Books Blog

  • Review – Fives and Twenty-Fives by Michael Pitre

    Jon Page
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:33 pm
    A remarkable piece of fiction following proudly in the footsteps of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, The Yellow Birds and Redeployment. Wars never truly end for everyone involved and this is the territory Michael Pitre explores in his impressive debut novel. On the eve on the Arab Spring in Tunisia three men are grappling with their futures now that their war has supposedly finished. Each is scarred and tainted by what they have witnessed and the decisions they have made. They are changed men returning to a changing world not sure if they achieved what they were fighting for. And if…
  • Review: The Fever by Megan Abbott

    Jon Page
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:39 pm
    I have been meaning to ready Megan Abbott for ages. I’ve only heard good things, in particular her latest books, so thought I’d begin with her brand new novel. Abbott’s last few novels have all been set in the world of teenage girls, a world she has been exploring because ‘Noir suits a 13-year-old girl’s mind’ Not only is The Fever a fantastic noir crime novel but it is a great exploration of the secrets and lies of teenage life and the hysteria that can so easily get whipped up now in a world of social media, Google and 24 hour news. One morning in class Deenie’s best friend…
  • The Books Of Orange Is The New Black

    Fiona Crawford
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Fictionalised women’s prison series Orange is the New Black (OTNB) has become a firm favourite for many of us. The first season was a breakout success, with the second, recently released season topping the first and cementing the show as one that simply must be binge-watched on the day of its Netflix release. Which means the anticipation and then long wait for the next release is nigh on interminable. Thankfully, BuzzFeed is keeping my appetite slightly sated by having collated one of OTNB’s subtleties of which I was vaguely aware: the books the inmates are reading and their related…
  • The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet

    Fiona Crawford
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:46 am
    Two months ago you’d have drawn a blank look from me if you mentioned a FODMAP. Or rather, the FODMAP acronym. Today, it seems to be integral to my eating life. After some seven years of turning up to various doctors complaining of an assortment of annoying but arguably not life-threatening symptoms, it looks like we’ve finally worked out what’s causing my issues: fructose. That’s essentially a sugar that’s contained in a bunch of foods that make up the FODMAP grouping, or Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccarides, Monosaccharides, And Polyols. High-FODMAP foods have been linked to…
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    Fiona Crawford
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:28 pm
    During my intervals as a bookseller, there were a few books whose covers really stuck in my mind. The books were consistent sellers with memorable covers, but that I for some reason never quite got round to reading. Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees was one such title. Pale yellow—an arguably unusual colour for a book cover in and of itself—with a mix of clearly story-related images, gold-embossed bees, and a title that gave a distinct hint of mystery, it was a book I wanted to if not read, then to know what it was about. I recalled it during my recent beekeeping courses and…
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    The Interpreter

  • Southeast Asia links: Typhoon Rammasun, Mekong, refoulement, MH17 and more

    Elliot Brennan
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:11 am
    Over 100 people have died in the past week as Typhoon Rammasun hit northern Philippines, northern Vietnam and China. Typhoon Rammasun marks the beginning of typhoon season in Southeast Asia and much of the region remains ill-equipped, as this Oxfam release notes about the Philippines.   China moved its oil rig out of disputed waters this week. Carl Thayer explains four possible reasons why. Filipino President Bengino Aqinuo III is facing a movement for his impeachment after a Supreme Court ruled he had acted unconstitutionally in spending for an economic…
  • Syria, MH17 and the art of the possible at the UN

    Richard Gowan
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Australian diplomacy at the UN has kicked up a gear over the last two weeks. On 14 July the Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2165, drafted by Australia, Jordan and Luxembourg, setting up a new mechanism to facilitate humanitarian aid deliveries to Syria. And yesterday it approved Resolution 2166, tabled by Australia, demanding a 'full, thorough and independent investigation' into the destruction of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) over eastern Ukraine. This can only be a small consolation for the Australians, Dutch, Malaysian and other families who lost loved ones in the…
  • Movie trailer: The Imitation Game

    Sam Roggeveen
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:45 pm
    The Imitation Game tells the story of mathematician and cryptologist Alan Turing, who is credited with helping turn the tide of World War II by breaking Germany's Enigma code. [youtube:S5CjKEFb-sM] The Imitation Game is due for release on 21 November. (H/t Slashfilm.)
  • UN in South Sudan: The ghosts of Rwanda and Srebrenica

    guest blogger – blank
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By Charles Hunt, Lecturer in International Security at the University of Queensland, and Mark Malan, Senior Lecturer in Peacekeeping at Massey University in New Zealand. UNMISS peacekeepers in Juba, South Sudan. (UN Photo.) As the last of the reinforcements arrive for the newly mandated UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), questions remain over its ability to protect civilians and put South Sudan on a road to peace and stability. South Sudan became independent in 2011, following a referendum held under the conditions of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that brought to an end the…
  • MH17: Could a re-energised Europe rescue the Obama Doctrine?

    James Bowen
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:23 pm
    It is always morbid to talk of what ground nations might gain from disasters such as the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, but international politics has never been a place for the squeamish. For US President Barack Obama, the attack has provided him with atypical room for patience as, curmudgeons like John McCain aside, many of his typically loudest Republican detractors seem willing to let investigators in Ukraine come to some definitive conclusion on the nature and extent of Russian involvement rather than criticise his supposedly weak foreign policy. In the longer term there is a…
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    Australia Visa Immigration Information

  • My URGENT Application!

    Simon Delmo
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Unless you are an Australian citizen, you must have a Visa to enter Australia! So you’ve just realised that you have no Visa arranged for your trip. You have left your Visa to the last minute and now you are panicking that you are going to have to change or cancel your flights, hotel bookings and other plans. You are also probably considering that you have arranged a particular leave period at work, too. What a disaster! Unfortunately, this is a very common problem. Can your Visa be arranged urgently? There is no single answer to this. In some cases, we can get your Visa finalised within…
  • Changes to English language testing requirements across various visa programmes

    Alfonso Varela
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:52 pm
    The Department of Immigration has recently released some good news for visa applicants in regards to the English language, providing more alternatives to meet this requirement across the Temporary Graduate, Skilled, Former Resident, and Work and Holiday visa programmes. From November 2014, the department will accept English language test scores from 2 different providers: Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) and the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic); and from early 2015, scores from the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test will also be…
  • Professional migration advice on a budget – our Visa Advantage Service

    Ivanna Cheng
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:39 pm
    Ever since the government introduced a major pricing reform for Visa Application Charges in September 2013, prospective clients have been telling us they can no longer afford to have their cases professionally managed. Although it is true that these clients are now facing substantially increased government charges, it is important to understand that this added expense in fact raises the stakes, in that you simply can’t afford to have the application refused. Having a Visa refused does not entitle you to a refund. We understand that this unfortunately doesn’t change the reality of what you…
  • Medical student from Queensland wins National Visas scholarship contest

    National Visas
    25 Jun 2014 | 11:10 pm
    One month after the conclusion of the essay contest for its scholarship program, National Visas can reveal the student who deserves its cash grant of AU$1,000. Meet Helen Truong, a medical student from James Cook University, whose submission beat other students in the competition by explaining the benefits of studying in Australia. From Canada to Australia Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, Ms. Truong had always dreamed of living in Australia. Although she had travelled within North and Central America as well as Europe, she had long been attracted to the country’s many great…
  • Top 3 reasons for using a Registered Migration Agent in your next visa application

    Alfonso Varela
    9 Jun 2014 | 11:13 pm
    This month, I want to discuss one of the first and most important questions that anyone coming to Australia faces: Should I use an Agent to help me with my application or should I do it by myself? People have many different reasons to come to Australia and it is important for you to understand that regardless of what your intentions are, there are many legislative requirements to meet and each visa has its own independent criteria. Do I have to use a Registered Migration Agent (RMA)? In a nutshell, the answer is no, you do not have to. You may choose to lodge your own application with the…
 
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    Bondville

  • Peachy Baby handmade a-frame tent cubbies

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:13 pm
    If you missed out on your favourite a-frame tent cubby design from Such Great Heights, Ebony O'Connor from Peachy Baby has made a very cute version with black crosses and mint paint-dipped tips. Shown below open and folded for storage.Read more »
  • Oobi crocheted fruit poufs for kids

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:21 am
    Sneak peek! Next week Australian kids' fashion label with the mostest, Oobi, are launching five super-cute fruit poufs, hand crocheted, for $249 each including delivery within Australia. I just about had a heart attack when I saw these on Facebook today. Fruit styles are yet to be announced, but I'll clue you in when they are available. The new Oobi clothing range is looking lovely too!Image: Oobi
  • Gorman Hometime competition

    15 Jul 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Beloved Aussie fashion and lifestyle brand Gorman is hosting a pretty fabulous competition to win everything in this image (valued at $4,350) to celebrate the Gorman Hometime current collection:There's so much to love. I love all the ceramics piece that Connie Lichti has designed for Gorman - the distinct style will be a classic for years to come.Enter right here until 24th July 2014. Read more about Gorman here on Bondville.Image: Gorman
  • Indoor rainy day activities for kids

    15 Jul 2014 | 5:15 pm
    When it's rainy and you're ready to go spare with the kids, these are a few easy activities that should keep them occupied for hours.Balloon volleyball:Read more »
  • Confetti party collection from kikki.K

    11 Jul 2014 | 4:07 am
    kikki.K has just launched their first party stationery collection for girls and it's super-sweet. Co-ordinate your party from top to toe with sweet confetti-themed pieces including invitations, wrapping paper, plates, cups, cupcakes, serviettes, straws, goodie bags, tags, string, decorations, and even a matching scrapbook or photo album to remember your special day.Read more »
 
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  • 5 travel hacks for the Australia Itinerary

    rockytravel
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:02 am
    How to create an Australia Itinerary that works Are you thrilled about your Australia Trip but don’t know how to fit the long-wish-list into a 2 weeks itinerary? Don’t let a feeling of frustration loom over you! Australia is a big country that requires good planning to make an itinerary that works. Balancing time frame [...] The post 5 travel hacks for the Australia Itinerary appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Places to eat in Australia

    rockytravel
    15 Jun 2014 | 9:27 am
    Australia is a great place for a food experience. The variety of genuine foods along with the rich multi-cultural background make of Australian cities of Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney a mecca for food and wine lovers. What if you are not a foodie? Don’t worry you will be tempted to try out the tasty and [...] The post Places to eat in Australia appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • My Solo Travels in Australia

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    26 May 2014 | 5:29 am
    A wrap up of my solo travels in Australia 2014 marks 10 years of solo travels in Australia. In 10 years I have experienced Land Down Under in different ways and have developed my own way of travelling alone around the country. On my first solo trips in 2004 and 2008 I was a bit [...] The post My Solo Travels in Australia appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Arriving in Australia

    rockytravel
    18 May 2014 | 7:35 am
    How to prepare for arriving in Australia The last part of the stress-free travel to Australia series takes place at the destination airport in Australia where you will go through customs, collect your checked baggage and get to your accommodation. Let’s see how to go through the next steps without stress. Before landing in Australia [...] The post Arriving in Australia appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to pack hand luggage

    rockytravel
    7 May 2014 | 7:27 am
    Getting ready for the long flight to Australia Preparing for the long flight to Australia is crucial for a good start of the Australia Trip. By choosing the right flight to Australia  you make a first step to reduce a stress on the first day of travel. While for some a night stopover may help [...] The post How to pack hand luggage 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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