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  • Film reveals Melbourne's secrets through anonymous confession hotline

    Sydney Morning Herald RSS News Headlines
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:40 pm
    What happens when you publish a phone number asking people to call in anonymously and reveal their deepest secrets?
  • Wow, You need to watch your back Caroline | Top Stories
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A PLAYBOY model is stepping all over a tennis star’s turf. It seems they are both very interested in a certain NFL cult hero who’s been linked to the tennis ace for months.
  • Seven killed in China paper mill accident | Breaking News
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:09 pm
    SEVEN workers have been killed in an accident at a Chinese paper mill, authorities say.
  • ‘Unicorn woman’ appeals for help | Most Popular | Most Popular Stories
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:16 pm
    A WOMAN with an abnormal growth on her head that appears to be in the shape of a large horn has become known in her village as the “unicorn woman”.
  • News Corp and the future of public service media

    The Conversation
    Brian McNair, Professor of Journalism, Media and Communication at Queensland University of Technology
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:14 pm
    I’ve been teaching students in Hong Kong about the relationship between politics and the media, and wanted to illustrate the sometimes problematic relationship between media and power. So I showed them Robert Peston’s BBC Panorama documentary about the “industrial-scale” criminality of Rupert Murdoch’s UK red-tops in the era of Andy Coulson and Rebekkah Brooks. Like most people with even a passing interest in the part played by News Corporation in British politics, I remember exactly what I was doing when the scandal broke in 2011 and the sense of a seemingly indestructible media…
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  • Wow, You need to watch your back Caroline

    28 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A PLAYBOY model is stepping all over a tennis star’s turf. It seems they are both very interested in a certain NFL cult hero who’s been linked to the tennis ace for months.
  • The man behind the NRA

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:57 pm
    HE’S a man so extreme, he forced George Bush to resign from the organisation. With the US reeling from three shootings this week, meet the powerful men behind the NRA.
  • Anchorman Rudd: ‘I didn’t stuff it up’

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:54 pm
    HE once held Australia’s top job, and now, Kevin Rudd has emerged again — but this time, he’s on CNN, and he’s an anchor.
  • Why Nadal snubbed Kyrgios

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:52 pm
    NOW we know how awkward this photo must have been. Rafael Nadal was meant to play a promotional doubles game with Nick Kyrgios. He refused.
  • JB Hi-Fi’s terrible idea

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:49 pm
    WHEN a blender costs less than a juice, and a toaster costs less than a loaf of bread, something is up. Which is why JB Hi-Fi’s latest play doesn’t make sense.
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    The Conversation

  • News Corp and the future of public service media

    Brian McNair, Professor of Journalism, Media and Communication at Queensland University of Technology
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:14 pm
    I’ve been teaching students in Hong Kong about the relationship between politics and the media, and wanted to illustrate the sometimes problematic relationship between media and power. So I showed them Robert Peston’s BBC Panorama documentary about the “industrial-scale” criminality of Rupert Murdoch’s UK red-tops in the era of Andy Coulson and Rebekkah Brooks. Like most people with even a passing interest in the part played by News Corporation in British politics, I remember exactly what I was doing when the scandal broke in 2011 and the sense of a seemingly indestructible media…
  • Disappearing acts: reflecting on New Orleans 10 years after Katrina

    David D Troutt, Professor of Law and Justice John J Francis Scholar at Rutgers University Newark
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:30 pm
    An abandoned street in the Lower Ninth Ward in August 2006. . REUTERS/Lee Celano In this season of anniversaries, no two are more stark in their parallels than Ferguson a year after the shooting of Michael Brown and New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina killed 1,800 and displaced thousands. Both involve the senseless loss of black lives and the public horror at revelations long known in many isolated communities. Each said a lot about race relations in a country where the “postracial” election of the first black president suggested that we were too far beyond Katrina to produce…
  • Technolog: Ashley Madison CEO resigns. Robots unlikely to take his, or any other jobs

    David Glance, Director of UWA Centre for Software Practice at University of Western Australia
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Robot Noir Flickr/JL Watkins, CC BY-NCJobs, or more accurately, not having a job, has been in the news this week. Chief in charge of Ashley Madison resigns The CEO of Avid Life Media Inc, parent company of dating site Ashley Madison has resigned. It seems that the sleaze associated with the site was not confined to its reason for existing but extended to the behaviour of the CEO himself as leaked emails revealed him to have been involved in extramarital affairs including paying for escorts. It seems that many of the female participants in the site were also faked in part by the company…
  • The New Orleans class of 2015: what it tells us and what it doesn't

    David Abramson, Associate Professor of Public Health at New York University
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:55 am
    Where did the children go post-Katrina? Lori Peek, Author providedHurricane Katrina led to the largest population displacement in the United States since the Dust Bowl. Over one-third of the 450,000 Louisiana and Mississippi residents displaced from their homes were children. What happened to these children? Where did they go? What has the disaster meant in their lives? As researchers, we have explored the impact of catastrophic events on communities and children in numerous disasters – the 9/11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the H1N1 pandemic, the Joplin tornado, the Deepwater Horizon oil…
  • The pointless migration numbers game does more harm than good

    Simon McMahon, Research Fellow at Coventry University
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:24 am
    The washed-up belongings of people who drowned off the coast of Libya. Reuters/Hani AmaraThe latest quarterly migration figures have been released by the Office for National Statistics in the UK. They show an increase in the rate of immigration to the country and a slight decrease in levels of emigration – but perhaps most importantly, they speak of a persistent gap between the government’s objectives and reality. The data The figures tell us that net migration (the number of people who’ve entered the country minus the number of people who’ve left) is estimated to have reached 330,000…
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    Women's Network Australia Blog

  • Brainstorming Your Way To Creativity

    Catriona Pollard
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:02 pm
    In PR, or any business for that matter, we are constantly looking for new ideas, new angles and new products and new ways to service clients because creativity gives businesses an edge. It keeps things innovative, interesting and drives business forward. Without it we’d be seeing and hearing the same old thing. Our clients find […]
  • 100 Great Marketing Ideas

    Danielle MacInnis
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Here are over 100 ideas to fast track your marketing for your small business. Marketing Planning 1. Update or create a marketing plan for your business. 2. Revisit or start your market research. 3. Conduct a focus group. 4. Write a value proposition for your business and each target market. 5. Refine your target audience […]
  • Live a Life You Truly Love

    David Solomon
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Motivation will tell you what you’re supposed to do, what you should do or what you must do. But that’s not nearly as powerful as what you are inspired to do. Inspiration will get you up earlier and keep you up later. When you are inspired by something you would do it whether you are paid […]
  • Fundraising & Franchising: Opportunities

    Simone Pentis
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:38 pm
    I am seeing more and more businesses, particularly those within the franchising industry, become or seek to become involved in community fundraising activities. Getting involved in community fundraising activities can create a number of positive opportunities for franchisors, franchisees and the relevant causes they support. However, as there is also the potential for losses and […]
  • Business Name Registration Doesn’t Mean You Own It

    Binh Rey
    23 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Many businesses do not think of calling a trademark consultant when they start up a new business, create a product name or buy an existing business. It is a fact that registering a business, company or domain name does not give you any proprietary rights. With a trade mark you are able to take legal […]
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    Andrew Bartlett

  • Keep focus on review & reform of Parliamentary entitlements system

    Andrew Bartlett
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:58 am
    The best thing about the resignation of Parliamentary Speaker Bronwyn Bishop is not that it ends one of the worst, most vociferously partisan Speakerships in living memory – although that is certainly a good thing. The new Speaker will no doubt still be partisan, as is the Australian tradition, although it is unlikely there is anyone who would be anywhere near as bad. The most positive outcome of the drawn out saga is the accompanying announcement that there will be a comprehensive review of the whole system of MP entitlements. This very much needs to happen, and there needs to be a…
  • Brisbane Cryptoparty: What is It & Why Does It Matter?

    Andrew Bartlett
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:19 am
    Despite not being a tech head, I will be speaking at the cryptoparty being held in Brisbane on Wednesday. Details of the event are at this link, however it is booked out so the only option this time around is to register for the waiting list. I want to make the simple albeit sad point that we have become far too complacent about the almost unlimited capacity of key government agencies to gather information about the activities of their citizens. Even worse, there is almost no effective scrutiny of the work of those agencies, and very weak laws when it comes to ensuring those agencies do not…
  • Magna Carta & refugees

    Andrew Bartlett
    15 Jun 2015 | 1:45 am
    My favourite memory of the Magna Carta involved a group of refugees who had recently arrived in Australia after spending years being kept in the detention centre on Nauru. I’d visited them while they were incarcerated in Nauru, where they were uncertain of their future – not knowing how long they would be locked up or where they might end up, and under repeated pressure from the Australian government of the day to go ‘back home.’ After much suffering (not to mention great financial cost), their refugee claims were eventually recognised and the Howard government allowed…
  • Daylight Saving Redux

    Andrew Bartlett
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:45 am
    I wrote a piece here nearly ten years ago about how I personally wasn’t a big fan of daylight saving – mainly because I’m a bit more of a night owl than most people.  But it’s an issue that repeatedly raises it’s head in Queensland, and I’ve certainly had countless people mention to me that bringing Queensland into line with the rest of the eastern states would be beneficial for many businesses; not least the tourism industry, even – as this example shows – in areas in the far north like Port Douglas where it is assumed that everyone is opposed…
  • Short on New Year Resolutions? Pinch someone else’s!

    Andrew Bartlett
    11 Jan 2015 | 3:56 am
    Adding to my own wish/goals, this article contains a range of good resolutions from folks such as Maya Angelou, Carl Sagan & Benjamin Franklin, along with plenty of others.
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    Karen Andrews - learning through life and creativity

  • Friday Celebrations #12

    Karen Andrews
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:35 pm
    This year-long Friday celebrations series is my way of documenting the good things that have passed my way during the week and being mindful of these, and more. Have you heard of Myotherapy? Ever tried it? I had my first appointment this week, in the hope of working through some Fibromyalgia issues that have decided to flare up again. It was strange, I went in for my back and she ended up concentrating a lot of her time working on my neck to help with my shallow breathing. Sounds weird, right? But it worked. Or it must’ve done something because the areas she’s worked on are quite…
  • What I’m Reading August 2015

    Karen Andrews
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:16 pm
    My reading this month has been scattered, divided between these three books. I haven’t finished any of them, but I’m making decent ground, and I think that’s a pretty good recommendation. (Truth be told, other months when I’ve written these recounts, I haven’t gotten nearly as far through some titles.) I’ll begin with The Door That Led To Where, our first acquisition – for Riley, from Shakespeare & Company in Paris. Ooh la la! They stamp purchases for proof. See? I took over from Riley when he lost momentum after the first few pages, and I think…
  • What is the Future of Blogging Over the Next 2 Years?

    Karen Andrews
    23 Aug 2015 | 6:05 pm
    During question time at the blogging workshop I taught this past weekend for the Melbourne Writers Festival, I was asked my thoughts on where I think blogging will head over the next two-plus years, in terms of trends and developments. I thought this was an excellent question and have been thinking about it since, to the point where I figured I could write a post about it, that’s part reflective (understanding the past can help anticipate the future etc.) and part predictive. Although, that will be hard. The blogging world, the technological developments, as well as working habits, and even…
  • Friday Celebrations #11

    Karen Andrews
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:38 pm
    This year-long Friday celebrations series is my way of documenting the good things that have passed my way during the week and being mindful of these, and more. I took this photo the other day at the kids’ school. I’m loving all the green that’s starting to appear around the place! It’s so cheery. What am I celebrating this week? The biggest celebration is sending off my finished novel manuscript! Writing it has been quite a process, stop-start over the past three years, and I admit some tears have been shed over time, but it’s all worth it. Our NAPLAN (link…
  • 9 of the Best Blogging Decisions I Ever Made

    Karen Andrews
    17 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    It’s my blogging birthday today. After nine happy years, I’m still here and plan on sticking around for a whole lot longer! In the spirit of tradition, I thought I would write a helpful ‘what I’ve learned’ style of post around the subject of decision making. Our blogging stories are full of decisions, big and small, and I’ve made plenty of both kinds. I hope you find the following helpful and informative, enough to take you on to your nine-year anniversary… and beyond! (Especially if you’ve already been blogging that long!) These are in no…
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    Karen Cheng's Fashion and Life

  • Alexander McQueen Sunglasses For My Schnoz

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Brought to you buy SunglassesShop Hi everyone! Happy Friday! Today I’m talking about schnoz candy! I have an exclusive 12% discount code for those looking to buy a new pair of sunglasses from SunglassesShop. Enjoy 12% off your total order, including sale items – yay! Just use this code at the checkout: 12KAREN This code is valid from 28 August – 4 September 2015. They offer FREE worldwide delivery and no fuss returns. You might want to get yourself a pair of super popular Dior wire frames, or cult favourite Celine Audrey sunglasses, or sexy Tom Ford shades, or some classic…
  • Healthy Strawberry Smoothies!

    26 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    After school, I usually make smoothies for my kids (so that’s about 4-5 times a week). Each time I make about 750ml (3 x 250ml) of one batch; then I make a smaller batch for myself, because I like my smoothies with nuts, coconut, spinach and other weird, healthy stuff. I use a NutriBullet, however I think any high speed blender will do the trick. My mum bought it for me and it was kind of a surprise/unwanted present, because I already had a (non-high-speed) blender. Initially I was very reluctant to use it, and it sat on my shelf for months. Why? Because I hated the TV infomercials! The…
  • Gift Wrapped With Times Tables

    25 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    On the weekend you might have seen my post about Liam’s 7x Timetables on my Instagram feed (@karenlycheng)? Well the back story is… Liam was going to a friend’s birthday party – a girl’s 7th birthday – and we BOTH had no idea what to get her. I am terrible at buying gifts for girls; What do they want? What do they play with? Is jewellery and makeup acceptable? For a 7 year old? Maybe not? Is a crafty present too lame? Are books too boring? Does it have to be pink? Do girls even play with Barbies now? So we went to the shops and after a good hour, we picked…
  • Buy Korean Skincare Online from Aniqa Australia!

    24 Aug 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Brought to you by Aniqa I’m so excited to introduce you all to a new kid in town: Aniqa is an Australian-based online store that stocks some of the hottest Korean skincare products around. What makes Aniqa different? Aniqa stocks a carefully edited selection of “boutique” Korean beauty brands – such as, Cremorlab, Mizon, Be The Skin and Caolion. There are thousands of Korean beauty brands out there, so if you’re a Korean skincare newbie like me, and you just want the best products from the best brands… this site is a godsend! If you’ve been reading…
  • Flares and Turtlenecks

    20 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Tee hee, it’s been quite fun to pull out some of my favourites clothes from years gone by! Flares! Turtlenecks! It feels like I’m playing dress ups, without feeling like a freak show. I’ve already featured THREE of my old flare jeans on my blog (in this post) and since then, I have worn them several times… in public! Hmmm, I don’t think I will be buying any new season flares this season. They are possibly a bit too over the top (and colourful) for me. But if you’re interested, I spotted some flares at Topshop where you can pick up some lace flares, velvet…
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    Boomerang Books Blog

  • Review: Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt

    Jon Page
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Patrick deWitt’s follow up to the brilliant The Sisters Brothers is just as described by the publisher on my advanced reading copy, “incredible”. Continuing on with the subversiveness that made The Sisters Brothers such a magnificent and unique take on The Western, deWitt turns his hand to another genre to create a darkly comic romp that […]
  • Boomerang Book Bites: The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt (illustrated by Oliver Jeffers)

    Jon Page
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:24 pm
    Following on from the phenomenally brilliant The Day The Crayons Quit comes the sequel. The crayons are back…and they are still not happy. This time around Duncan has to deal with the lost and forgotten crayons. The broken, chewed and melted crayons. And they are all, quite rightly, even more upset! FREE Shipping. Save […]
  • Review: Sweet Caress by William Boyd

    Jon Page
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:51 pm
    The new William Boyd is simply sublime. Sweet Caress tells the story of photographer Amory Clay and her tumultuous life over the course of a tumultuous century. Interspersed with photos from key periods in Amory Clay’s life Boyd will have you almost convinced that his novel’s protagonist and narrator is real and existed. Amory Clay […]
  • Australian YA: Meet Trinity Doyle and Pieces of Sky

    Joy Lawn
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:49 pm
      Thanks for talking to Boomerang Books, Trinity. My pleasure! Pieces of Sky (Allen & Unwin) is your first published YA novel. How did you get published – an agent or through the slush pile? I got my deal through my agent. What is the significance of your title, Pieces of Sky? In the novel the […]
  • Doodles and Drafts – On Track with Kathryn Apel

    Dimity Powell
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:56 pm
    An aphorism by Will Rogers has been rattling around on my train of thought recently: ‘Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.’ One author who has not only found her right track but is chugging along it at an impressive pace is, Kathryn Apel. […]
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    The Interpreter

  • Weekend catch-up: Monuments in Syria, Australian aid, flying in China, Cambodian politics and more

    Brendan Thomas-Noone
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    As Ross Burns said in the introduction to his piece on The Interpreter this week, the brutal execution of Syrian archaeologist Khaled al Asad and the destruction of the Temple of Baalshamin by ISIS seem to have caught the worlds attention. Ross runs a website, Monuments of Syria, that is documenting the damage of Syria's antiquities in the conflict. The site is regularly updated and worth a visit. Ross wrote this week on how ISIS is using Syria's ruins and monuments as weapons: Having moved on from blowing up remote rural shrines, treasured for decades by local villagers,…
  • Malaysia braces for huge anti-government rallies

    Anneliese Mcauliffe
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:59 pm
    [youtube:7Eelr7lQkeQ] The Malaysian Government has blocked internet coverage of a large anti-government rally planned for the weekend and threatened to send in the army to restore order as it scrambles to contain what is likely to be a massive public show of disapproval in the government of Prime Minister Najib Razak. Malaysia's biggest civil society group, Bersih, is hoping that hundreds of thousands of people will take to the streets of Malaysian cities this weekend to protest against the political and financial scandals that have rocked Malaysia. Bershih 4.0 is shaping up to be a huge…
  • Economic crisis in China? We're not there yet

    Leon Berkelmans
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:28 pm
    I started my job at the Federal Reserve three weeks before Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy. I wish I had kept a diary of my initial months at the Fed, so I could recall clearly what we thought was happening each day. I do remember there was a discrete point where suddenly everything felt like it was in free-fall. It brought to mind the comment of Don Russel, Paul Keating's economic advisor, claiming there was a moment in his office when he heard the Australian economy snap, sometime in late 1989. I think I heard the US economy snap in my Washington office in 2008. Judging by the…
  • The TPP is still alive and Australia will likely sign

    Stephen Grenville
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:38 pm
    A month ago, international trade was in the headlines. President Obama had just obtained Trade Promotion Authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and in Australia, the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) was signed. But then all went quiet. Trade Minister Andrew Robb. The ministerial meeting in Hawaii that was supposed to finalise the details of TPP didn't reach full agreement. ChAFTA's passage through the Australian parliament is not without opposition. Both these initiatives, however, are still very much alive. The TPP negotiations are being held behind closed doors, but…
  • Digital Asia links: Indian cyber security, Cambodia's Facebook battle, espionage in Japan and more

    Danielle Cave
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:19 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. As Cambodia's politicians are locked in a fierce Facebook battle for influence, a string of recent arrests due to Facebook posts is causing alarm. A sophisticated cyber espionage campaign is after high-profile Japanese…
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  • Cheap and easy DIY Alice in Wonderland costumes for kids

    26 Aug 2015 | 9:48 pm
    It's Book Week - that week that sends dread into many a non-crafty-parent's heart, and joy for the rest of us. Our school celebrates every second year, and this year the theme was Alice in Wonderland, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the book's publication. My girls were very specific about the their characters - the Queen of Hearts, and the White Rabbit (during the croquet game, which is apparently important to note).Read more »
  • Trend: Katherine Sabbath-Style Crazy Cakes

    25 Aug 2015 | 8:27 pm
    It's my daughter's 8th birthday party in just over a week and with a loose Royals theme, she has requested a 'Crazy Cake', inspired by the explosion of goodies and topping madness on Baking Goddess Katherine Sabbath's drip cakes. I follow Katherine on Instagram and my daughter is smitten.I did a quick search, and guess what - Katherine's crazy cakes are now officially a trend that is sweeping the baking world. Expect to see lots of amazing cakes inspired by Katherine's work popping up at birthday parties. Feast your eyes on some of my favourite of Katherine's…
  • Tutu du Monde Lila tutu for Bear Cottage children's charity

    24 Aug 2015 | 11:29 pm
    Oh the cuteness! I was thrilled to spot last night the new limited edition Lila tutu dress for ages 1-11 years, created by Tutu du Monde in collaboration with Australian model Elyse Taylor. $100 from the sale of every Lila tutu will go to the wonderful Bear Cottage charity, one of only two hospices in Australia providing support and end-of-life care for very sick children and their families.Read more »
  • 12 Australian Father's Day gift ideas for hip Dads 2015

    19 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Father's Day is only two week-and-a-half away! He says he really only wants a handmade card and a cuddle, but you can sweeten the deal with these Australian-designed gift ideas:Read more »
  • The best of Etsy 2015 - vote to win $100

    18 Aug 2015 | 5:09 pm
    The Australian Etsy Design Awards are here again, and this year's finalists are amazing. Vote for your favourite by 20th August 2015 for your chance to win a $100 Etsy gift card.  The winning of the Community Choice Prize heads off to the Etsy HQ in Brooklyn, NY and will be featured in the October issue of InsideOut magazine - such a boost for indie design talent. Here are a few of my favourites from the 54 finalists:Read more »
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    Rocky Travel

  • Top things to do in Port Macquarie

    26 Aug 2015 | 7:37 pm
    Port Macquarie may be not be on your bucket list when travelling around Australia, but it is an interesting place to add to your itinerary. Located halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, it is an ideal stop  when travelling along the north East Coast of Australia. I first visited Port Macquarie in 2013 on my way […] The post Top things to do in Port Macquarie appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 13 Photos of Cable Beach Broome

    20 Aug 2015 | 9:36 pm
    Cable Beach is the most iconic beach of Broome. Located on the North Western Australia coast, Broome is a peninsula surrounded by water where you can witness the sun rise as well go down on water. I couldn’t believe my eyes, to this stunning view from the aircraft on my arrival in Broome. The water […] The post 13 Photos of Cable Beach Broome appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Ultimate Guide to Long Term Travel in Australia

    6 Aug 2015 | 6:56 pm
    Thinking of long term travel in Australia ? Thinking of long term travel in Australia may sound daunting, unrealistic and overly expensive. In fact being land down under an expensive destination the cost of travelling Australia on a longer term than the common three or four weeks, can become exhorbitant and have a huge drain […] The post The Ultimate Guide to Long Term Travel in Australia appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Natural Beauty of Jervis Bay

    28 Jul 2015 | 1:36 am
    The South East Coast of Australia has many beautiful places and Jervis Bay is a special one! I call it the white pearl of the South East Coast. Jervis Bay had been on my bucket list since my first Australia Solo Trip, 11 years ago, but because it’s not served by public transportation I couldn’t […] The post The Natural Beauty of Jervis Bay appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Barossa Valley Food and Wine Tour

    20 Jul 2015 | 9:52 pm
    Discover Barossa Valley on a Wine & Food Tour Barossa Valley is what comes to mind when thinking of South Australia Food and Wine. It is an old wine region that has made our Top 20 Things to do in Adelaide. Next to being a top wine region, Barossa is also one of the largest […] The post Barossa Valley Food and Wine Tour 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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  • Postcard from Bunbury and The Lighthouse Beach Resort

    24 Aug 2015 | 1:29 am
    Hello from Bunbury! It’s August and the weather is lovely. It’s meant to be winter but the sky is blue and the sun is shining, so obviously Bunbury didn’t get the memo today. We’re staying at The Lighthouse Beach Resort, a modern hotel set on one of the highest points in Bunbury, near, you guessed […] The post Postcard from Bunbury and The Lighthouse Beach Resort appeared first on ZigaZag.
  • Coming Up Events you’ll Love in South West Australia

    3 Aug 2015 | 6:48 pm
    There’s always something going on in South West Australia and so there really is no reason to sit at home watching TV in your dressing gown during these winter weekends although you could be forgiven for snuggling up at CinefestOz in Bunbury perhaps. Your coming-up activities could start in Nannup, or further north in Dwellingup, […] The post Coming Up Events you’ll Love in South West Australia appeared first on ZigaZag.
  • 3 Family Friendly things to do in South Western Australia

    29 Jun 2015 | 11:42 am
    I love living in one of the most remote places on the planet.  There’s so much space in South Western Australia yet so much to see and do, which in a crowded world makes me feel truly privileged. It’s also a fabulous region for families because, well … of exactly that; lots of attractions and […] The post 3 Family Friendly things to do in South Western Australia appeared first on ZigaZag.
  • 5 Western Australia Foodie Delights You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

    28 May 2015 | 3:52 pm
    This is a Guest Post by Jayde Ferguson. When you think of Western Australia there are a few key splendours that pop into your head. The stunning coast line and white sandy beaches is definitely one them, as are the historical tourist attractions, pretty countryside drives and of course – the tasty wine regions and […] The post 5 Western Australia Foodie Delights You Probably Didn’t Know Existed appeared first on ZigaZag.
  • 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.
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  • Köln – Our 4 Day Itinerary

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:35 am
    First things first, let me just establish that this is intended to be the first of a series of posts (probably around 4) which detail the trip that Nicola and me recently embarked upon to Cologne. The best way to clear up what we did, and what we intended to do, and to let you know a little bit about what to expect in the follow ups, is well, to just tell you. Here goes. Wednesday This doesn’t count as our 4 days, but we landed in Germany at around 8:30 pm (EU time). Had a few hours to kill while we waited for Rok to land so we explored the “airport” if that’s what you…
  • A Trip to the Alice Springs Reptile Centre

    25 Aug 2015 | 5:16 am
    It’s no secret that Alice Springs is quite a small place, and being located in central Australia, right in the middle of the outback, doesn’t exactly help it’s situation. That isn’t to say that there’s nothing to do here though – in fact, for such a small place, there are a ridiculous amount of things to get up to – like climbing Anzac Hill. During my venture through the outback I found myself with a couple of days to spare in Alice Springs, and was advised to visit the Reptile Centre. Here’s why.  So many reptiles! Alice Springs’…
  • Exploring the Kings Canyon Rim

    21 Aug 2015 | 5:50 am
    I’m fully aware of what the title sounds like, but I couldn’t help myself. If you’re looking for that kind of stuff you won’t find it on this blog, sorry! Kings Canyon is a pretty iconic part of the Aussie outback, and sits in what is informally known as Kings Canyon National Park – which isn’t actually a thing, it actually sits in Watarrka National Park and will take you 3-4 hours (depending on road conditions) to drive the 450km from Alice Springs – and you’ll get to drive through Yulara! Even the drive to Kings Canyon is littered with pretty…
  • How to Travel Around Australia by Air

    19 Aug 2015 | 5:12 am
    It’s no secret that Australia is absolutely massive. As in, it’s the same size as Europe, or the USA. That means that to travel from north to south, you’ll be taking at least a 4 hour flight. The same goes from Perth to Sydney, another 4 hours + (taking timezone changes into consideration), and you’ll cover 3,300 kilometres in that time. It’s quite obvious that for a backpacker, or even an Aussie national, the best way to get around this massive country is by plane, and here is everything you’ll need to know to do just that! The first thing you’ll…
  • Top 10 Reasons to Not Visit Australia

    13 Aug 2015 | 2:48 pm
    It’s common knowledge that everything in Australia is trying to kill you. You might’ve already read the satirical “Top 5 reasons you shouldn’t go to Australia“, or you might not, but here are, with pictures, the top 10 reasons to not visit Australia. And these are all completely legitimate reasons, not even joking! 1. Redback Ahh, spiders. Who doesn’t love spiders? Oh right, everyone. These venomous little creatures are so small you’d never expect that they could be deadly. They’re responsible for a large % of  bites in Australia, and the bite…
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  • 10 Quick And Easy Kimchi Dishes For This Winter

    28 Aug 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish, with natural vegetables and spices, made with authentic  Korean flavours. Kimchi has a place for every meal at the Korean table. Try these 10 quick and easy Kimchi dishes to keep you warm on long winter nights. Kimchi jjigae (Kimchi stew):  Stew’s are best enjoyed in winters, and Kimchi along with it makes for an aromatic meal.  Here’s the secret to cooking Kimchi Jjigae: Marinate the meat (beef/pork), use the kimchi juice (liquid from pickled cabbage), add some doengjang,  and give it a touch of butter as a glaze. Image Courtesy:  Mabel Lu used…
  • 4 Must-have Korean Buddhist Dishes

    Sindhu Bharadwaj
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
    It is not hard to find veg food in Korea if you’re a staunch vegetarian. Korean food encompasses different cuisine types and Buddhist cuisine is one among them.  It is followed by monks and many believers from areas historically influenced by Chinese Buddhism and are vegetarian or vegan, based on the Dharmic concept of ahimsa (non-violence). Korean Buddhist dishes and cuisine have been around for at least 1,600 years and basically focuses on eating food that facilitates a clean mind to achieve the meditative state while also get adequate nutrition to maintain an equilibrium of mind, body…
  • 5 Ways Korean Food is Symbolic of Yin and Yang Principles

    27 Aug 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Korean food is not only known to be a health friendly but is also deeply rooted in  the Yin and Yang principles. This is even symbolic in the prominent red and blue taegeuk present in the middle of the South Korean flag. These forces are both opposing and complementary; together, they govern the universe.  As it should ideally be balanced, the five elements should also be present and in balance with each other.  The five elements of Yin and Yang are associated with organs in the body and with five essential flavors, sour, bitter, sweet, spicy, and salty. There’s more to Korean food than…
  • Seafood Pancake – Haemul Pajeon Recipe

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:30 pm
    1. In a bowl mix pajeon mix, tempura mix and water until you have a slightly runny batter. Take care not to over mix. 2. Add the onions and zucchini to the batter. 3. Heat 3-4 tbsp oil to a heated pan and pour enough batter to cover most of the pan. At this point turn heat down to low or medium low. Grab handful of green onions and lightly dip into the batter and carefully lay these onto the pancake followed by the seafood mixture, as well as chilli slices. Pour about 2 tbsp of batter on top. When the bottom is light golden brown, pour about 1/3 of the beaten egg onto the pancake. 5. When the…
  • Gimbap – Korean Seaweed Rice delicacy

    Shweta S
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:30 pm
    If you are wondering what to pack for your kids lunch, how about some Korean sushi that is easy to make, healthy, delicious and crunchy? Gimbap or kimbap is seaweed wrapped in  some steamed rice, spicy kimchi and any other ingredient of your liking (or rather your kid’s choice). It is believed that Gimbap originated during the Japanese war, when tekkamaki (Japaneses sushi) was served to the soldiers. Japanese used rice vinegar to season the rice but the Koreans use sesame oil. Although the names of Korean dishes might come across as tough Gimbap is easy to understand. ‘Gim’ stands…
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  • Lake Parramatta Reserve

    24 Aug 2015 | 12:33 am
    Hiking in the Lake Parramatta Reserve offers a great day out, as you walk through 75ha of bush land, around an idyllic lake with a decommissioned dam. Lake Parramatta was created as a result of the damming of Hunts Creek in 1856. The lake is now a recreational area with three marked bush walking trails. […] The post Lake Parramatta Reserve appeared first on Best Sydney Walks.
  • Glebe Foreshore Walk

    17 Aug 2015 | 1:18 am
    The Glebe Foreshore Walk is a leisurely walking track that goes from Bicentennial Park to the Sydney Fish Market in Pyrmont, along Rozelle Bay and Blackwattle Bay. The walk offers great views of the Sydney CBD skyline, Sydney Harbour and the Anzac Bridge. There are several parks along the way to rest and to soak […] The post Glebe Foreshore Walk appeared first on Best Sydney Walks.
  • Watsons Bay Walk

    11 Aug 2015 | 3:08 am
    The Watsons Bay Walk is a scenic hike around South Head with beautiful views of Sydney Harbour, the city skyline, the Pacific Ocean, and North Head. On a weekday there is plenty of parking available but in the busy weekends finding a parking spot can be a challenge. Public transport is good, with regular buses […] The post Watsons Bay Walk appeared first on Best Sydney Walks.
  • Manly Dam Walk

    4 Aug 2015 | 11:16 pm
    The Manly Dam walk is a beautiful 7.3 km circuit trail around Manly Dam that is still a bit of a hidden gem. With plenty of picnic and BBQ areas and scenic views around Manly Lake, this hiking track is a great day out for the whole family. The Manly Dam reserve is also referred […] The post Manly Dam Walk appeared first on Best Sydney Walks.
  • Chowder Bay To Balmoral Walk

    2 Aug 2015 | 9:51 pm
    The Chowder Bay to Balmoral Walk is a beautiful short hike through the historical North Shore of Sydney. It is in fact the second half of the Taronga Zoo to Balmoral Beach Walk. This walk includes interesting highlights of Sydney’s military and settlement history, as well as some of the best views of the harbour […] The post Chowder Bay To Balmoral Walk appeared first on Best Sydney Walks.
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