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  • Yemen crisis: A domestic affair made worse by foreign meddling

    The Interpreter
    Sarah Phillips
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:14 pm
    Short of a full-blown ground invasion, the Saudi-led (and US-UK-supported) aerial bombardment of Yemen – Operation Decisive Storm – was probably the most dangerous of the available international responses to the Yemeni political crisis. That a ground invasion apparently remains on the table is either an indication of how misunderstood the drivers of the crisis are, or of a cynical willingness by neighbouring states to drag Yemeni civilians through another round of struggle for reasons of domestic legitimacy and regional dominance. Or both. Civilian casualties from the bombings are…
  • Live NRL: North Queensland Cowboys v Melbourne Storm

    Sydney Morning Herald RSS News Headlines
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:37 am
    The winless Cowboys take on perennial competition heavyweights, the Storm.
  • Mystery BMX rider shoots teen | Top Stories
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:09 am
    THIS is the haunting moment a young man on a bicycle whips out a gun and opens fire on a 17-year-old boy standing on a street corner.
  • Tax has been fixing past problems: Hockey | Breaking News
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:59 am
    TREASURER Joe Hockey has officially launched the Abbot government's discussion paper on taxation at an ACOSS conference in Melbourne.
  • Mystery BMX rider shoots teen | Most Popular | Most Popular Stories
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:09 am
    THIS is the haunting moment a young man on a bicycle whips out a gun and opens fire on a 17-year-old boy standing on a street corner.
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  • Mystery BMX rider shoots teen

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:09 am
    THIS is the haunting moment a young man on a bicycle whips out a gun and opens fire on a 17-year-old boy standing on a street corner.
  • Tax has been fixing past problems: Hockey

    30 Mar 2015 | 1:59 am
    TREASURER Joe Hockey has officially launched the Abbot government's discussion paper on taxation at an ACOSS conference in Melbourne.
  • Novogen shares surge on drug data

    30 Mar 2015 | 1:53 am
    NOVOGEN says an experimental anti-cancer drug it is helping to develop kills cells usually highly resistant to cytotoxic drugs.
  • Australians can't afford GST hike: Hockey

    30 Mar 2015 | 1:39 am
    TREASURER Joe Hockey doesn't think it's the right time to hike or broaden the GST, saying Australians couldn't cope with increased costs at the moment.
  • Mexico to Canada in just five minutes

    30 Mar 2015 | 1:39 am
    MOST travellers will admit to taking the odd selfie or two. But Andy Davidhazy has taken that to a whole new level and produced this stunning timelapse video.
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    The Conversation

  • Ode to the fruit fly: tiny lab subject crucial to basic research

    Marco Gallio, Assistant Professor of Neurobiology at Northwestern University
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Decreasing funding for fruit-fly research will hurt people, not flies. John Tann, CC BYThe world around us is full of amazing creatures. My favorite is an animal the size of a pinhead, that can fly and land on the ceiling, that stages an elaborate (if not beautiful) courtship ritual, that can learn and remember… I am talking about the humble fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. By day, a tiny bug content to live on our food scraps. By night, the superhero that contributes to saving millions of human lives as one of the key model systems of modern biomedical research. Here I am, ready to…
  • Shocking violence against Afghan women reveals a crisis in status of Afghan men

    Angela Joya, Assistant Professor, Department of International Studies at University of Oregon
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Afghan women's rights activists mourn during the burial ceremony of Farkhunda, an Afghan woman who was beaten to death in Kabul on March 22. REUTERS/Mohammad IsmailOn March 19, a 27-year-old Afghan woman named Farkhunda was attacked in the center of Kabul in bright daylight, wrongly accused of burning a copy of the Quran. The Kabul police initially tried to protect Farkhunda but eventually handed her over to a mob that savagely beat her, killed her and then burned her body. This is the single most shocking instance of brutality and violence against a woman to occur in Afghanistan since…
  • Russia fighting information wars with borrowed weapons

    Cynthia Hooper, Associate Professor of History at College of the Holy Cross
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Vladimir Putin appears on the Kremlin-backed news network Russia Today. The multi-platform channel has already garnered more than 2 billion views on YouTube, making it the most-watched news network on the video-sharing website. Commons, CC BY-SA“Life would be boring without rumors.” So said Russian President Vladimir Putin, upon re-emerging from a mysterious ten-day disappearance, during which the internet exploded with speculation he was dead. The Kremlin added fuel to the fire after posting photos of Putin on its website it claimed were current – but which turned…
  • For heart transplant centers, accessibility may matter as much as quality

    Jalees Rehman, Associate Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at University of Illinois at Chicago
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Why do some people fare worse after heart transplants than others? Heart anatomy image via www.shutterstock.comAbout five million people in the US suffer from heart failure, and approximately half of them die within five years of being diagnosed. Only about 2,500 hundred people a year receive a heart transplant – the treatment of last resort. A new heart can be life-saving, but it is also life-changing. Even under the best conditions, the surgery is complex, and recovery carries a heavy physical and emotional burden. And not all heart transplant recipients fare equally well after the…
  • What changes when a professor trains to be 'hot': this photo conceals more than it reveals

    Lianne McTavish, Professor History of Art, Design and Visual Culture at University of Alberta
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:54 pm
    A scholar, Lianne Mctavish, decided to use her own body as a site for learning. Lianne McTavish , CC BYIn June 2011, I competed in a figure/bodybuilding competition as a form of embodied research. This photograph shows me standing onstage during the Northern Alberta Bodybuilding Championships, wearing a tiny blue velvet bikini and high heeled plastic shoes while covered in tanning dye. Figure is a category of physique competition in which women train like bodybuilders to increase their muscle mass, focusing on growing a wide back and strong legs. They then gradually lose fat to reveal those…
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    Women's Network Australia Blog

  • Designing Your Value Proposition

    Danielle MacInnis
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Having a compelling value proposition is Step 1 in your marketing strategy. The guys who wrote ‘The Business Model Generation’ have a book that is built around designing your value proposition. This is an awesome resource and asks those questions to ensure your value proposition hits home with your ideal customers.
  • Control, Alt, Delete

    Janet Culpitt
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    What does the word control conjure up in your mind? Immediately for me I think of the control key on a computer keyboard; for my husband it’s the TV remote control. When I Googled the word, Wikipedia alone came up with over 2 dozen Control definitions and explanations. (Sometimes I wonder why non English speaking people […]
  • Set Goals For More Effective Time Management

    Sue Davey
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:07 pm
    Women have hectic lives and we are constantly under pressure to perform in every area of our lives; be the perfect mother, be the perfect wife, be the perfect employee and be the rock that holds everything together. We feel the pressure. It’s unrealistic and none of us can be perfect in every way. What […]
  • Relationships – When to Leave?

    Thomas Downey
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Relationships can be wonderful and they can also be hell. The question of “if to” end a relationship and if so, consequently, “when to” end is complex. Nothing is straightforward and regret, even fleeting, seems part of our human condition. An internal statement of “I stayed too long” is often met with “I should have […]
  • The ABCs of Marketing

    Emelye Lovell
    22 Mar 2015 | 3:37 pm
    A is for advertising. B is for branding. C is for communications. Wait – what? I thought we were talking about marketing? So what’s the difference? Ok, so let’s break it down. Marketing Marketing is the wholistic approach involved in taking your product or service to the market. Marketing consists of the widely known seven […]
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    Policy Online -

  • New perspectives on Indonesia: understanding Australia's closest Asian neighbour

    Jonathan Chen | Perth USAsia Centre, Andrea Gleason | Perth USAsia Centre, Greta Nabbs-Keller | Perth USAsia Centre, Natalie Sambhi | Perth USAsia Centre, Kyle Springer | Perth USAsia Centre, Danau Tanu | Perth USAsia Centre
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:29 pm
    This volume brings fresh perspectives on Indonesia and what the changes in Indonesian politics, diplomacy, and society mean for Australia-Indonesia relations and for the Indo-Pacific international system.Read more
  • ‘Feeling better connected’: academics’ use of social media

    Deborah Lupton | News and Media Research Centre
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:16 pm
    This report outlines findings from an international online survey of 711 academics about their use of social media as part of their work conducted in January 2014.Read more
  • The structural drivers of homelessness in Australia 2001–11

    Gavin Wood | Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Deb Batterham | Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melek Cigdem | Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Shelley Mallett | Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:06 pm
    Homelessness is highly concentrated in particular regions, especially those with high proportions of men, sole parents and indigenous persons—suggesting policy-makers need to target these groups and locations.Read more
  • Do we need tax reform?

    Richard Eccleston | Late Night Live, ABC Radio National, Miranda Stewart | Late Night Live, ABC Radio National, Phillip Adams | Late Night Live, ABC Radio National
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:32 pm
    Are the findings of the Henry Tax Review still relevant or should we have another Tax White Paper?Read more
  • Subcritical coal in Australia: risks to investors and implications for policymakers

    Ben Caldecott | Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Gerard Dericks | Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, James Mitchell | Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:14 pm
    This paper locates subcritical coal-fired power stations in Australia and identified the ones most at risk of stranding due to their carbon intensity and local environmental impacts.Read more
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    Karen Andrews - learning through life and creativity

  • Au Revoir!

    Karen Andrews
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Hello! Here we are a few days out from our trip and I feel like I need to leave a few reminders and notes before I go. My life over the past few weeks has been led by ‘to do’ lists and meetings (why is March so busy?) and so, along the way, when people have asked if I’ve been excited about the trip, my honest answer has been that I haven’t had a chance! And this is still the case, although when I catch a look at our passports, or some Euro notes that we already have, then the excitement factor does start to dial up a bit. Both Keira and I have packed (so have the boys…
  • Tips on How to Market Your Book

    Karen Andrews
    15 Mar 2015 | 1:02 pm
      I had the pleasure of talking to Summer Land last week via Skype about writing and marketing your book once it has been published – a sometimes tricky topic but, as I mention in the video, Summer does it very well. Further details below. As ever, you can watch the video or just listen if you would prefer.   Topics Discussed - How Summer pitched the idea of her book at the Sydney Writers’ Festival – and that book was picked up on the strength of that pitch! - How the book was structured. Given some of it was collected from existing blog content there was a balance…
  • What I’m Reading – March 2015

    Karen Andrews
    10 Mar 2015 | 1:31 pm
    I had a really good library visit last week. You know those magic days when you walk in and stroll along the shelves and pluck down titles you’ve known about for a long time but haven’t gotten around to reserving or finding some other way. Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett is one of those titles. I’m about to start it, and have heard very positive things, but first wanted to get Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell under my belt. My hold on it finally came in and I knew I had to finish before we went overseas because no doubt there’s still a long line behind me.
  • You Are Nine

    Karen Andrews
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
      Your bedroom floor is a battlefield of board game figurines in a series of poses from victorious to defeated. Littered nearby, cascading down beside the bed, are pages of writing fragments blueprints and designs that will one day “change the world”. But it already is changed. Everyday. Those “I am” and “I want” statements of babyhood are fading away – now you ask the questions we adults have learned to forget, and I find myself preparing for the years to come. You still skip when you walk. The other week, another mother pointed to you as you went on ahead and said,…
  • Slow

    Karen Andrews
    8 Mar 2015 | 8:26 pm
    Today is the 9th of March and sits between two significant dates (of course, every day of the year is significant for reasons big and small, momentous or otherwise): yesterday was International Women’s Day and tomorrow is Riley’s birthday. The older Riley gets, and the more IWD gets stamped into the awareness calendar, the more I’ve come to realise that they are inextricably linked in my mind. While I was already a mother when he was born, those of you who are aware of my past – written here on the blog, or publication elsewhere – will know how horrendous and…
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    Karen Cheng's Fashion and Life

  • Dictation

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    The other day I was waiting to pick up my kids from school, sitting in my parked car, when I realised that my head was about to explode, because I had all this shit (stories, half sentences, ideas and thoughts – did you see that? I made an acronym!) swirling around in my head, and if I didn’t write it down, I knew I would forget them. So I fiddled around with my smart phone and I decided that the quickest way to do this… was to use the dictation function to “write down” some of my sentences. I’ve never dictated my writings before. I’ve always found it…
  • Building a Stylish Waredrobe: Khaki Jacket

    24 Mar 2015 | 8:42 pm
    I’ve owned a khaki jacket for years. In fact, I have two khaki jackets, which I wear every year when the weather cools down. I pull them out at the start of Autumn, I wear them through Winter and even through Spring. Khaki jackets usually describe the casual, “parka” style coat.  They look great with a variety of neutral colours (blacks, denims, grey, whites, navy, patterns) so you can throw them over most outfits and it looks pretty fab. They are great value. Anyway at the end of last winter I tore a hole in one of my jackets, because I was walking too close to a wire…
  • Two wrongs don’t make a right!

    22 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    I needed to buy my boys some new running shoes. So what did I do? I took ALL THREE KIDS out to the shops with me, of course – what on earth was I thinking?!?! The result? When we got home, I realised that I had grabbed TWO RIGHT SHOES for Child 1. For Child 2, we couldn’t find the exact brand/style/colour/size shoe of his liking, so he came away empty handed. And for Child 3, I had grabbed a box with Size 11 shoes, but inside had Size 10 shoes? Ugh. Parent fail. Shopping fail. Whole day wasted.
  • Ray-Ban Original Wayfarers

    19 Mar 2015 | 11:41 pm
    I may have found the best place to buy the Original Ray-Ban Wayfarers! It certainly is the best price I’ve seen online so far. Technically they are called, Ray-Ban 2140 Original Wayfarer, size 50mm (Medium) – AU$156 or US$120. Other places seem to sell the exact model for AU$200-240. Sometimes it can be pretty tricky choosing and buying sunglasses online… so here’s a big tip: I once bought a “Size Small” pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses (with 47mm lens) online, thinking that since I was petite, I should have a small head and face in comparison to everyone else,…
  • Outfit Planning: Marble and Rose

    17 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    This weekend, we’re celebrating my husband’s birthday, my son’s 6th birthday and I’m also going out for a Hen’s Party! I’m thinking that I’ll wear my Keepsake Marble Dress again before the weather cool down. It is an open-backed dress after all. Obviously I won’t wear this to my 6 year old’s party. And I don’t fancy this dress being splashed with champagne (and who knows what else) at the Hen’s Party. So might wear it out to dinner with my husband :) Keepsake dress from Universal Store, Saint Laurent Bold 1 Sunglasses from…
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    Boomerang Books Blog

  • Review – A Curry for Murray

    Dimity Powell
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:31 pm
    It is no secret; I am a glutton for a great plate of nosh. I love looking at it. I love preparing it. I love sharing it. And, I love reading about it. This is why I could gobble up A Curry for Murray by sensational new picture book team, Kate Hunter and Lucia Masciullo […]
  • The Book Brief: The Very Best New Release Books in April

    Boomerang Books
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Each month we bring you the best new release books in our Book Brief. Get FREE shipping when you use the promo code bookbrief at checkout Fiction Books A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale I have already read this book twice! An English Gentleman who has never worked a day in his life is exiled […]
  • Book Diets (Not Diet Books)

    Jon Page
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:26 pm
    There has been a lot of controversy recently about different diet books out on the market and while eating healthy is very important we also mustn’t forget to feed out minds. So I’ve come up with a few Book Diets based on popular fad diet books: The Fast Diet (aka The 5:2 Diet) Now you can do […]
  • Indie Book Awards 2015

    Joy Lawn
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:48 pm
      Last night I was fortunate to attend the Indie Book Awards. It was a great evening, hosted by Hachette Australia in Sydney. These awards are organised by Leading Edge Books, who support independent bookshops (see more about them in last weekend’s AFR and in this interview with Galina Marinov). The shortlists and winners are […]
  • Katrina Germein Dances Up A Thunderstorm

    Romi Sharp
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Katrina Germein is a well-loved children’s best selling author and early childhood teacher. She has received Highly Commended and Notable Book Commendation awards in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and from the Children’s Book Council of Australia. Three of her books have also featured on the popular children’s programme, Play School.  Some of her titles […]
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    The Interpreter

  • Why Australia took so long to join the AIIB

    Susan Harris-Rimmer
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:07 pm
    Australia cares about infrastructure investment in Asia. So why didn't we join the new China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) last November when we would have received the most political benefit? And why are we still asking the wrong questions about the AIIB? The Abbott Government made infrastructure investment a headline for the G20 Summit in Brisbane. A legacy outcome of the Summit was the establishment of a Global Infrastructure Hub in Sydney with a four-year mandate. Australia is now part of the troika for the upcoming G20 summits in Turkey and China, and it is clear…
  • Yemen crisis: A domestic affair made worse by foreign meddling

    Sarah Phillips
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:14 pm
    Short of a full-blown ground invasion, the Saudi-led (and US-UK-supported) aerial bombardment of Yemen – Operation Decisive Storm – was probably the most dangerous of the available international responses to the Yemeni political crisis. That a ground invasion apparently remains on the table is either an indication of how misunderstood the drivers of the crisis are, or of a cynical willingness by neighbouring states to drag Yemeni civilians through another round of struggle for reasons of domestic legitimacy and regional dominance. Or both. Civilian casualties from the bombings are…
  • Development and air conditioning (part 2)

    Sam Roggeveen
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:49 pm
    Last week I was one of many who highlighted an old Lee Kuan Yew quote in which he argued that Singapore's development had a lot to do with air conditioning, because it made 'development possible in the tropics. Without air conditioning you can work only in the cool early-morning hours or at dusk.' Paul Krugman also noticed the quote, and blogged on it for the NY Times, with evidence from the American south backing up LKY's claim about the link between air conditioning and development in warm climates. Tyler Cowen at Marginal Revolution pushes back gently at Krugman's argument, citing this…
  • Aid and development links: Bill Gates, Uber and the UN, Middle East water and more

    Stephanie Dunstan
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Why is Australian aid funding so frequently in the cross-hairs? Kylie Bourne on why we need to talk about aid. Bled dry: an ICRC report on how war in the Middle East is bringing the region's water supplies to breaking point. Bill Gates reviews the world's response to Ebola and what might be the next global epidemic. New report from the OECD on the world's 50 most vulnerable countries.   UN backs out of deal with Uber due to concerns over female driver protection. Roads are a key aspect of the development agenda, but at what environmental cost? The Economist reviews the four big meetings…
  • Are China’s shadow banks going to bring the economy down?

    Stephen Grenville
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:15 pm
    There has been much fretting about China's growth over the past five years. One special focus for hand-wringing has been the Chinese financial system and its non-banking component – the shadow banking system – in particular. Financial growth in China has certainly been rapid since 2007, a classic warning of impending trouble. In the decade before 2007, credit grew only a little faster than GDP, reaching 187% of GDP, which is about normal for an emerging economy. Then China applied a huge stimulus in 2009 in response to the global financial crisis, mainly in the form of easing the…
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  • Make: Kids' Easter Bonnet for the Easter Hat Parade

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:51 pm
    Easter is just a few days away and for many kids, the excitement is at fever pitch for the Easter Hat Parade. You kids might be making their own bonnets, or you might have been roped in. Having a heart attack about it? I made four in one night, and you can too. Here's the tutorial that I put together a few years ago. Click here. Super-easy!Images and tutorial by: Steph Bond-Hutkin | Bondville
  • eeni meeni miini moh yoga leggings for adults

    29 Mar 2015 | 1:17 am
    Brilliant. eeni meeni miini moh has just launched their signature yoga leggings for adults! The special edition single knit jersey leggings are available in charcoal marle or charcoal marle stripe with a neon or metallic print above the ankle. The best bit? No elastic waistband.Get them while you can - there is only a limited quantity. Available in the eeni meeni miini moh online store. Psst... Mother's Day is just around the corner!Image: eeni meeni miini moh
  • Four In The Bed sleepwear for kids 2 to 16 Winter 2015

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:37 am
    Easter is just around the corner and that means pyjama time! When it comes to classic, timeless styles for sleepwear, Bondville sponsor Four In The Bed has it covered for kids in sizes 2-16. Let them dream big in soft pyjamas and nighties in natural fibres.The Winter 2015 collection features soft pastels, very now floral prints, confetti dots, checks and cute cat and flower illustrations in 100% cotton that is squarely aimed at girls. There are also designs that I'm sure both boys and girls will love including the coolest Scotty dog, stars and checks in red, navy, grey and white.Read more…
  • Doughnut rugs, watermelon rugs and more from Happy As Larry Designs

    19 Mar 2015 | 8:55 pm
    Bondville sponsor Happy As Larry Designs has always been at the forefront of innovative design using felt and their team of fair trade artisans in Nepal. They are the real deal, and owner Amy Eaton proves it with her continuously evolving designs using 100% wool felt. How truly fantastic is this doughnut rug made entirely from felt balls:Looking gorgeous mint, pink, aqua and white in little Pearl's room:Read more »
  • Australian Kids' Beds and Linen: Kids InStyle Sydney 2015

    18 Mar 2015 | 2:45 am
    Hello linen lovers. This is Part II of my favourite finds from Kids InStyle 2015 in Sydney recently - the great selection of beds and bed linen on offer by Australian designers. This is by no means a complete list, but these brands caught my eye as I zoomed around the trade show.First up, very sweet Scandi-inspired cots, change tables and matching furniture from Incy Interior's Teeny brand. As always, beautifully styled with Australian linen and homewares; this is a great option for those who want a complete matching nursery set when out shopping for all the big ticket items for baby.
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    Rocky Travel

  • 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 first took the plunge and went on self-driving […] 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! ]]
  • Atherton Tablelands North Queensland

    13 Mar 2015 | 7:28 am
    Discovering the Atherton Tablelands If you think North Queensland is about Great Barrier Reef, sandy beaches and rainforest, think again, there is much more! , from colourful wetlands and rugged bushland to impressive waterfalls and gorges to lakes and caves, to a myriad of tropical fruit plantations including mangos, bananas, coffee and tea; you can […] The post Atherton Tablelands North Queensland appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • best yha hostels in Australia

    1 Mar 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Backpacking and Hostels in Australia goes hand in hand. While there are thousands of backpackers hostels, the YHA hostels are top-notch budget accommodation because they offer the highest standard as far as facilities, service and safety is concerned. In 10 years of Solo Travels in Australia I stayed in almost all YHA hostels in Australia […] The post best yha hostels in Australia appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Top 5 things to do in Perth

    16 Feb 2015 | 8:06 am
    Perth is the sunniest Australian city with the largest city parkland of the world. Thanks to its perfect climate throughout the year it offers a laid-back lifestyle that is hard to beat. I have been three times to Perth and every time I seem to like it more and more. Among many things to do […] The post Top 5 things to do in Perth 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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  • 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.
  • Live an Idyllic lifestyle in Dalyellup, Western Australia

    7 Jan 2015 | 12:53 am
    So you want to ‘live the life’ in Western Australia but you’re not quite sure where to start looking? North, South, East, West? The state is huge, about 10 times the size of the UK, and even if you’re looking at a specific destination due to work considerations,  you’ll find plenty of options for different […] The post Live an Idyllic lifestyle in Dalyellup, Western Australia appeared first on ZigaZag.
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  • 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…
  • A Day Trip to Mornington

    2 Mar 2015 | 5:19 am
    During my first stay in Australia, one of the places that consistently managed to elude me was the east side of Melbourne. Being based in the west it always made it easier for me to head out west, down the Great Ocean Road and explore the little known places on that side. This time around though, I finally managed to scratch Mornington off my list. Unsurprisingly, there’s actually a fair bit to do, and some reaaaaaally good food to eat.  Before we had even decided to set out, I’d already prepared myself with my camera ready to take a few pictures along the way. The idea was that…
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  • Vegetable Massaman Curry (Massaman Phak)

    30 Mar 2015 | 1:03 am
    1. Precook all vegetables, set aside 2. Stir-fry Massaman Paste in heated oil over low heat for 1-2 minutes, slowly add 200ml coconut milk and stir-fry over medium heat until fragrant and the oil appears. 3. Combine all vegetables and stir through, add fish sauce, sugar and tamarind puree. 4. Add the remaining coconut milk, bring to the boil and cook until all vegetables softened. Remove from heat. 5. Your Massaman Curry is ready! The post Vegetable Massaman Curry (Massaman Phak) appeared first on Asian Inspirations.
  • Must-eat in Thailand – Fish Cakes

    29 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    A common street food in Thailand, fish cakes are relished by locals and tourists alike. Prepared on a hot wok, these little delights are relished greatly across Southeast Asia. Image Courtesy: stu_spivack used under the Creative Commons Licence Compared to most Western cake recipes, Thai fish cakes are more flavourful simply because of the variety they pack in their layers. Contrary to what most people think, this dish is not batter-fried, even though its appearance suggests so. They are deep-fried, which allows the fresh taste of fish to mingle with springy herbs and sharp spices that Thai…
  • Bangkok Art and Culture Centre

    28 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Lovers of art, culture, and endless colour will lose themselves in the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, home to Bangkok’s flourishing art scene. The centre provides a viewer with a wide range of art and design, theatre, film and music in this fabulous city. It hosts a large number of exhibitions from both local and international artists. Image Courtesy:  Dustin Quasar used under the Creative Commons Licence The sheer size of the Centre will blow your mind. At first glance, the large space might seem empty to you, but once the galleries open up to you, that’s when the full force…
  • Must-visit in Thailand – Wat Phra Kaew

    28 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Phra Kaew, is said to be one of the most significant Buddhist temples in Thailand. It is located at Bangkok, in Thailand. Image Courtesy: jamesjustin used under the Creative Commons Licence Similar to many other Buddha statues in this Southeast Asian nation, this statue of the Emerald Buddha is decked in seasonal attire that is altered three times a year to match the corresponding seasons. It is raised over several platforms, and no one is permitted to go near the statue except for His Majesty, the king. The king alone has powers to…
  • Health Benefits of Jujube

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Jujubes are sweet fruits that are native to Southeast Asia. The fruit’s colour changes gradually from green to red to dark purple. Image Courtesy: Nate Gray used under the Creative Commons Licence Jujubes are used extensively in Southeast Asian cuisine. They are used in snacks, purees, soups and desserts in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. Apart from their use in sweet and savoury foods, jujubes are packed with sereval health benefits. Ancient people believed that the properties of jujubes had sedative and healing effects. Here are some of the other claimed health benefits of jujubes.
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