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  • Kate puts wrong foot forward in fashion fail | Top Stories
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:43 am
    THE Duchess of Cambridge was so dazzling in an Aussie-designed frock today that we can probably overlook the rather un-Australian wardrobe fail she had this afternoon.
  • Barefoot stroll proves a step too far for Kate

    The Sydney Morning Herald News Headlines
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Locals have long believed Manly the centre of the universe. Suspicions were confirmed on Thursday when Manly boy Mike Baird landed the second leg of the leadership double with the other local hero, Tony Abbott. On Friday, Manly received Royal Assent.
  • Tombides loses battle with cancer | Top Stories
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    IN tragic news for Australian football, 20-year-old West Ham striker Dylan Tombides has passed away after a three-year battle with cancer.
  • Fourteen killed in Syria car bombing | Breaking News
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:18 am
    A CAR bomb that exploded outside a Syrian mosque as worshippers were leaving has killed at least 14 people.
  • NRL referees’ disgraceful record | Most Popular | Most Popular Stories
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:06 am
    THE NRL’s incompetent referees have managed to rob three teams of victory in just 12 days. How can the sport stop these howlers from happening?
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  • Tombides loses battle with cancer

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    IN tragic news for Australian football, 20-year-old West Ham striker Dylan Tombides has passed away after a three-year battle with cancer.
  • Rescued vice-principal found dead

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:19 am
    IN a new tragedy, a school vice-principal rescued from the sunken South Korea ferry has committed suicide as arrest warrants are issued.
  • Rapper’s penis reattach fails

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:01 am
    SURGEONS have been unable to reattach the penis to a rapper, affiliated to the Wu-Tang Clan, who cut it off before jumping from a building.
  • Surfing George surprises Royals

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    IT was probably the image the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge least expected to see as a memento of their visit to Manly in Sydney.
  • Kate puts wrong foot forward in fashion fail

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:43 am
    THE Duchess of Cambridge was so dazzling in an Aussie-designed frock today that we can probably overlook the rather un-Australian wardrobe fail she had this afternoon.
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    The Conversation

  • Deepwater Horizon: four years on and offshore safety remains questionable

    Jacqueline Lang Weaver, A.A. White Professor of Law and Interim Director of the EENR Center at University of Houston Law Centre
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:03 am
    Easter Sunday will mark the fourth anniversary of the BP oil well blowout in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Eleven workers on the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform died and almost five million barrels of oil poured into the Gulf from the Macondo well for 87 days. Yet the worst environmental disaster in US history failed to trigger any changes by the US Congress in safety or environmental laws offshore. Drilling activity in the gulf today surpasses that in April 2010. It is time to ask: is drilling in the gulf any safer now than it was before the disaster? The question calls to mind…
  • Ukraine isn’t the Czech crisis of 1938, but there are lessons to learn from history

    Antonio Peciccia, Researcher in International History at University of Salento
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:26 am
    Since the very beginning of the Ukrainian crisis, many Western commentators have drawn comparisons between the present situation and pre-WWII Europe, as well as between Hitler and Putin. This has largely been part of a call for firm action against violations of international law by the Kremlin. This kind of parallelism is not new; it is used every time there is a new enemy the public opinion should focus on. In recent years, according to Western rhetoric, Adolf Hitler has already been apparently reincarnated several times – as Saddam Hussein, Mohammad Qaddafi, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and more…
  • Ukraine clashes raise stakes in struggle to control the Donbas

    Adam Swain, Associate Professor, School of Geography at University of Nottingham
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:18 am
    It is the most serious conflagration since armed pro-Russian forces began taking control of official buildings in the Donbas. At least one anti-government protester is believed to have been shot dead by Ukranian national guard soldiers. Hundreds of pro-Russian supporters had been trying to persuade the troops to switch sides at their base in Mariupol on the Azov Sea coast south of Donetsk. The Euromaidan revolution in Kiev showed just how quickly events can spiral out of control once government forces start killing their own people. It is possible that the shootings in Mariupol will polarise…
  • Bible literacy is going up, not down – thanks, Lady Gaga

    Katie Edwards, Lecturer in the Bible in Contemporary Culture and Society at University of Sheffield
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:25 pm
  • Kindle vs books? Children just don't see it that way

    Natalia Kucirkova, KTP Associate for Booktrust at The Open University
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:25 pm
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    Daily Telegraph | Top Stories

  • Rescued vice-principal found dead

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    IN a new tragedy, a school vice-principal rescued from the sunken South Korea ferry has committed suicide as arrest warrants are issued.
  • US-style colleges coming to Oz?

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    EXCLUSIVE: EDUCATION Minister Christopher Pyne has backed calls for a debate over whether Australia should deregulate its universities.
  • Chocolate, fun and sun at Easter

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    RECORD sales at the fish markets, a chocolate bonanza, the royal visit and some pleasant weather - Good Friday could have been promoted to Great.
  • The dark secrets of deadly drifter

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    FOR the past 17 years this little-known serial killer’s backdrop has been a NSW prison cell but even behind bars he has been at the centre of another murder investigation.
  • Rapist ditches electronic tracker

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    A CONVICTED rapist was able to remove his electronic ankle bracelet and go on the run for two days before police arrested him yesterday.
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    Women's Network Australia Blog

  • Setting the Customer Service Benchmark

    Terri Mitchell AKA The Profit Frog
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:01 pm
    If customers had their way, they would define what customer service is. The thing is, you would also go out of business trying to keep all customers happy, because we all know there are some dodgy types out there. That said, it is not up to you alone to set the standard in customer service. […]
  • Online Content Writing 101 – Watch What You Say

    Elizabeth Campbell
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Scrolling though masses of emails, blogs and news sources I subscribe to I am often amazed at how many people drop the f-bomb in their publicly-seen online content, whether it is on their website, emails, social status updates or blogs. It kind of blows my mind, but more and more people seem to be doing […]
  • Improve Staff Performance With Your Best Example

    Mick Hawes
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Watch this video to learn how focusing on yourself, the team and then the customer, can improve staff performance and the customer experience all because you bring your “A” game example every day. Thats a real win,win,win!
  • Five-year Business Plans are Worth Doing.

    Angely Grecia
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    If you are looking to the future, it’s hard to overstate the importance of having a good long-term business plan. Why? Business operators who are able to adapt to new challenges – be it a financial crisis, an economic downturn or a natural disaster – are likely to perform better in the long term. Being adaptable means […]
  • LinkedIn Research Ranks Top New Roles

    Robyn Henderson
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Thought you might be interested in some recent research conducted my LinkedIn. This appeared in the Weekend Australian newspaper February 8-9, 2014. “Online networking site LinkedIn has examined more than 250 million profiles to determine the 10 most popular job titles that barely existed five years ago. The LinkedIn research found sports related and information technology […]
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    Pearl Maple

  • Reconnecting

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:36 am
    Love the theme of reconnecting with nature, with what is real in your life and the special people that make it all worth while.  Happy Easter Spring Equinox or what ever this weekend is on your calendar. Joining Linky Parties:Sky Watch FridayChrisy's Reconnecting With Nature party
  • Bog Hop With Catherine Scanlon Designs and Art Gone Wild

    10 Apr 2014 | 3:06 am
    Catherine Scanlon and friends are hosting a blog hop to celebrate her new line of stamps and stencils from Art Gone Wild.  Click the links at the bottom of this post to see how we have found our own creative style with the stamps and stencils.  Then loop back to Catherine’s blog  because she’s got some fun prizes on offer too. Two of my favs are the Grid Art Journal Stencil (CSSTL-006) and
  • Nature's magic

    1 Apr 2014 | 3:51 am
    "Every season brings us magic wonder in the light and shade nature gives us endless bounty memories that cannot fade." Iris Hesselden Sharing one of my memorable nature photos with a funny story.  Riding the commuter train I spotted the potential for a huge colorful sunset, waiting patiently stop after stop, crossing fingers for no delays, finally pulling into the station and
  • Cockatoos

    26 Mar 2014 | 3:29 am
    Swarms of sulphur crested cockatoos are becoming part of my daily routine.  They have been ground feeding in the early morning light, foraging for bugs and seeds in the grass or more often squawking hello from tree branches.    Joining Linky Parties:Sky Watch FridayChrisy's Reconnecting With Nature party
  • In the sunshine

    19 Mar 2014 | 3:58 am
    "Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations" Louisa May Alcott Hot or cold, early or late, time at the beach is always refreshing. You can enlarge the photo for a better view of a bird coasting along on the uplift breeze on the dunes. Joining Linky Parties:Sky Watch FridayChrisy's Reconnecting With Nature party  
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    Bartlett's Blog

  • Time to restore an Upper House in Qld’s Parliament

    Andrew Bartlett
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:39 pm
    Calls to bring back the Upper House – or Legislative Council – in Queensland’s Parliament appear with fairly regular frequency. Like every other state Upper House at the time, when Queensland’s Legislative Council voted to abolish itself back in 1921, all its members were appointed rather than elected – something which certainly needed addressing. However, every other state (eventually) dealt with this through the obvious mechanism of requiring members of the Upper House to be directly elected. The absence of any form of check and balance over the Queensland…
  • Dead Blogs

    Andrew Bartlett
    20 Jan 2014 | 3:29 am
    As anyone passing by this site in recent months would know, this blg has basically been dead for some time. But perhaps it’s just been resting. When I saw a piece towards the end of last year by Jason Kottke called The Blog is Dead (long live the blog) – – it seemed apt. He, and others who responded, such as John Scalzi – – made the obvious point that blogging isn’t totally dead, but rather it – and many other things online –…
  • More on Senate Preferences

    Andrew Bartlett
    29 Aug 2013 | 2:44 am
    The possibility of people getting elected to the Senate with virtually no public support has been greater coverage, with a piece in today’s SMH and Antony Green letting fly about it on the ABC this morning. Given this is how the Senate voting system works, it’s probably idealistic to hope that people wouldn’t try to game it. And it’s certainly very common for parties of all sizes to look at doing preference deals to improve their chances. Of course I’ll be voting for the Greens, and given how difficult it is to be sure where your preferences might end up…
  • Senate preference mayhem: 0.2% of the vote could be enough to win

    Andrew Bartlett
    27 Aug 2013 | 5:14 am
    This election sees a record number of parties contesting the Senate and a record number of candidates. Even people like me who enjoy filling in all the squares below the line on the Senate ballot paper might balk at having to fill in 82 squares (if you’re in Queensland), 102 (if you’re in NSW) or 97 (if you’re in Victoria). I tend to start with my top few, then go to the bottom with the ones I loathe the most and after a few back and forths, ideally it all meets neatly in the middle – if I mess it up and have to start all over again it could end up taking quite a long time. All of…
  • Former Trade Minister highlights common cruelty to pigs

    Andrew Bartlett
    6 Jul 2013 | 6:48 am
    There was a great piece today by outgoing MP and former Cabinet Minister Craig Emerson on the enormous suffering experienced by many pigs in factory farm environments which is very common in Australia (and elsewhere). Even though I strongly agree with him, there is often a part of me when I read something like that that thinks “why didn’t you say that publicly when you were a Senior Minister rather than a retiring MP”? Sometimes I think that cynicism is justified…
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    Miscellaneous Mum - Trying to find the objective correlative, everyday

  • My 2,000th post for my daughter on her 10th birthday

    Karen Andrews
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Age 6 & 7 Age 8 & 9 Dear Keira, As I approached my tenth birthday, I remember mentioning my excitement about the milestone to a neighbour. She shook her head emphatically and said, “You don’t want to grow up”. You’re on the cusp of your own tenth birthday, but I’m not going to say the same to you. You do want to grow up – to live, love and embrace all the experiences the world will throw at you; those you choose to embrace, and others you will have no choice but to. But I’m not going to get ahead of myself. You’re still young, with a head full of delight and curiosity.
  • Cook, Swim, Library, Dance, Travel

    Karen Andrews
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:11 pm
    What follows is a brief update as to how our make-your-own school holiday challenge is going. Cook Mistake one: buying an American packet mix without properly figuring out the conversion differences. Mistake two: buying a red velvet cake with enough added red food colouring to stain whatever part of skin or clothing that comes into contact with it. Happy – weird, macabre – mistake three: it coming out of the pan looking like a brain or part of the intestinal tract. I joked on Instagram it looks like a set piece from Hannibal. It was funny because it was true. Swim “Mum,…
  • Monty Python Killer Rabbit Easter Cupcakes!

    Karen Andrews
    13 Apr 2014 | 1:22 pm
    No, you haven’t accidentally wandered over to a cake wreck website. It’s me, hello. Remember when I made Borg Cube Christmas Gingerbread? (If you don’t, you should see it. Now that was a wreck. OF FUN.) Anyway, I’ve had this idea rattling around my head for over a year to make Monty Python Killer Rabbit Cupcakes. Because EASTER. Rabbits… sweets. Get it? Of course you do, you smartie. I’ve never pretended to be a cake decorating whizz, but I’m showing you what I did so you can do you better (“Those who can’t do, teach”). These…
  • Year of Creative Engagement – March and April Update

    Karen Andrews
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    To explain: The Year of Creative Engagement (#yoce) will be my attempt to document my creative journey, put greater stock in accountability and output, while also showing what new work I’m reading or listening to. I bent to the will of the children and took them along to The Lego Movie the other day. Although the ‘word on the street’ I’d heard about it was quite positive, I went in to it with practically no expectations whatsoever, which turned out to be a good thing. It opens quite abruptly, getting straight into the story (slightly unusual for a children’s movie;…
  • Explore

    Karen Andrews
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Explore: Day 1 of the ‘Make Your Own’ School Holiday Challenge We went down to our local creek bank to have a play. They weren’t really keen on getting outside, but once we were down there I couldn’t get them to leave! (“I really loved this idea, mum!”) When we got home Riley had to change as he was filthy with mud. Job well done, if you ask me. If you’re interested! Explore is a post from: Miscellaneous Mum - Trying to find the objective correlative, everyday Sign up to the newsletter here. You gorgeous feed reader, you.
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    Karen Cheng's Fashion and Life

  • Liam Turns 5!

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:04 pm
    My little chicken turned 5 years old and we had a kind of mini festival for him – celebrating his birthday over a few weeks, with lots of different groups of family and friends. For all his best friends from school, we threw him a huge party in our backyard. We put up a bouncy castle, we had snacks and lots of play time. My older boys organised and lead some simple games for the kids, like relays, egg and spoon races, “What’s the Time Mr Wolf” chasey games. I was so proud of them, it was a fun party! I made a two tiered cake, which Liam requested to be in the theme of…
  • A Bit of Refurb Magic

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    Last month, I realised that I had quite a few clothes that I didn’t wear anymore because they “didn’t quite fit right”. For example, I have a skirt with a waist that is a bit too loose. Or the legs of some pants are a bit too long. Or the neckline of a top is too low. And so on. So I spent a few hours going through my wardrobe and pulling out all these items… and to my embarrassment, I made a VERY BIG PILE. All these unworn clothes! Thus I began My Reburb Project, promising myself that I will spend a few hours here and there, sewing up a few of these unused clothes. I’m so…
  • The Joy of Rainfall Showers

    10 Apr 2014 | 5:04 am
    Earlier this month, my sister got married at a fancy shmansy hotel in Perth. Because I was a bridesmaid, and because I was going to be out and about doing wedding things from 6am to 11pm, I knew I needed a place to crash during the day – thus I booked a room at the hotel. It was an excellent decision. The wedding reception dinner ended late. It was too late for my youngest boy, so my husband took him home early (hello 9pm bedtime!), leaving my older two boys to stay overnight at the hotel with me. This is us at 11pm, after a looong day. We were at the lift lobby about to head to our hotel…
  • Bridesmaids Dresses from White Runway

    3 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    A few weeks ago, I was a bridesmaid for my sister’s wedding. I think my official title and role was “The Chief Bridesmaid” – which sounded a little scary, possibly involving sacrificial animals and tribal initiations. Thankfully it was a lot simpler than that, just involving pretty dresses. So part of the Chief Bridesmaid’s job was to help decide WHAT the bridesmaids – just two of us – were going to wear, our earrings, our shoes, our hair, our make up, our nail colours, and our style of eye lashes (I’m not kidding). Thankfully my sister is not the Bridezilla type. She was very…
  • Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake + Ice Cream

    2 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    I am so in LOVE with this chocolate cake recipe! I’ve made it before, in this blog post, Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake. I don’t use flour. I use almond meal instead. I also have been experimenting with the recipe by using less and less sugar each time. I’m down to 70g of sugar, it still tastes amazing and it’s still a winner every time I make it (original recipe asked for 100g). In this picture, I served it with homemade ice cream, mixed berries and roasted pistachios. OMG soooo yummy! Ingredients 100g unsalted butter 140g good quality dark chocolate, chopped 70g of brown sugar 3 eggs…
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    Boomerang Books Blog

  • The Poppy

    George Ivanoff
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:54 am
    The Poppy is a new book from author/illustrator Andrew Plant. It’s difficult to describe. It’s not a standard picture book, but it’s not quite a graphic novel either. It’s set in the present, but deals with the past. It recounts actual events, but is presented in a ‘storybook’ context. Having said all that, what it definitely is… is utterly BRILLIANT! Poppies bloom across northern France and a petal is blown up into the air. As we follow that petal, a dual story unfolds. There is the historical story of a Word War I battle fought by Australian troops on French soil. And there is…
  • Amazing books for ANZAC Day – Picturebook reviews

    Dimity Powell
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Occasionally a thing that you witness, a song that you hear or a line that your read manifests itself indelibly within you, seemingly forever. Sometimes, not always, you remember the exact time and place and occasion that these erasable impressions mark your memory for the first time. Often this phenomenon occurs when you are still young in years and free in thinking. Memorable moments can be fortifying but also confronting and shocking, which is why books like these, Along the Road to Gundagai and Gallipoli, constitute essential reading for young people. Perhaps, had I been exposed to more…
  • Player Profile: Rjurik Davidson, author of Unwrapped Sky

    Jon Page
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:29 pm
    Rjurik Davidson, author of Unwrapped Sky Tell us about your latest creation:  Unwrapped Sky sits somewhere between fantasy and science fiction, in a little subgenre sometimes called the New Weird. It’s set in the fantastic city of Caeli-Amur, which is something like an industrial version of Ancient Rome. Steam trams chug along the streets. A ruined forum lies close to a huge arena. Three dictatorial Houses rule the city. It’s filled with strange wonders. Ancient Minotaurs arrive for the traditional Festival of the Sun and New-Men bring wondrous technology from their homeland. Hideously…
  • Review – Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting by Kevin Power

    Jon Page
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:48 pm
    When I received a copy of Kevin Powers’ collection of poetry I was quite apprehensive. I definitely wanted to read the collection as The Yellow Birds was beyond amazing. It still resonates very strongly with me everytime I think about it and Powers’ poetry background really comes through in his writing. But I wasn’t sure whether or not I was going to have the same feelings and get the intensity from his poems, and if I did, I wasn’t confident in being able to review or talk about the poetry collection in the same way I am comfortable in doing so with prose. Kevin Powers first poetry…
  • Player Profile: Anna Jaquiery, author of The Lying Down Room

    Jon Page
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Anna Jaquiery, author of The Lying Down Room Tell us about your latest creation: It’s a crime novel set in France and the first in a series. The main character is a senior French detective at the Criminal Brigade in Paris. This book opens with an investigation into the murder of an elderly woman. Others will die. The main suspects are two evangelists, a man and a boy, who go door-to-door distributing religious pamphlets. I won’t give the rest away – I hope you’ll read the book! Where are you from / where do you call home?: There’s no simple answer to this. My father is Malaysian and…
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    The Interpreter

  • India links: Election special, part 2

    Danielle Rajendram
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    India's election season kicked off on 7 April and will continue until 16 May. In place of my regular India Links, here is the second edition (part 1 here) of the best election-related reading of the week: Christophe Jaffrelot argues that the BJP's election manifesto demonstrates the party's emphasis on politics over policy. It looks like India's communist parties are now in decline. The BJP's election manifesto stated its intention to revise and update India's nuclear doctrine. Ajai Shukla makes the case for abandoning India's 'no first use' pledge, but Vipin Narang argues that doing so…
  • The Interpreter's Easter break

    Sam Roggeveen
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:33 am
    We're about to start our Easter holiday here in Australia, so the The Interpreter will be light-on over the next few days. We'll post a few pieces over the break, as well as our usual weekend catch-up on Saturday. Regular posting will resume on Tuesday 22 April. Image by Flickr user Jeni Rodger.
  • Pacific island links: Samoan debt, cyber crime, PNG-West Papua tensions, IMF data and more

    Tess Newton Cain
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Each Thursday we bring you a selection of what our Pacific island experts have been reading from and about the region. In Fiji, the police have confirmed that Rear Admiral Bainimarama is under investigation for allegedly breaching electoral rules. Voters in Niue have returned the government of Toke Talagi after the last seat was decided by a straw poll. There are heightened tensions on the border between Papua New Guinea and West Papua. The IMF is concerned about levels of public debt in Samoa, but the prime minister maintains  there is no cause for alarm. Vanuatu has…
  • Myanmar: Communal violence threatens political progress

    Elliot Brennan
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:15 pm
      In Myanmar's western Rakhine State, home to several camps of internally displaced people (IDPs), tensions are running hot. Late last month, riots and attacks on the UN and NGOs led to the relocation of 170 aid workers. This is worrying for two reasons. Firstly, the IDP camps that hold 140,000 people (mainly Rakhine Muslims) are already suffering from shortages of medical care, food and drinking water, so the disruption of aid work could prove deadly. Secondly, it appears the Myanmar Government is unable to calm the repeated and increasing outbreaks of violence. On 26 and 27 March,…
  • Technology and its discontents

    Sam Roggeveen
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Evgeny Morozov has cornered the market in passionate take-downs of techno-utopian futurism in recent years, but there's always room for more. Here's Bryan Appleyard in the New Statesman: ...futurologists seldom let the facts get in the way of a good prophecy. Or, if they must, they simply move on. The nightmarishly intractable problem of space travel has more or less killed that futurological category and the unexpected complexities of genetics have put that on the back burner for the moment, leaving neuroscientists to take on the prediction game. But futurology as a whole is in rude…
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    Australia Visa Immigration Information

  • What is a Skills Assessment?

    Alfonso Varela
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:05 am
    This month I will write about one of the first major hurdles applicants face when starting their visa process: obtaining a positive skills assessment. Whether you wish to apply for a skilled permanent visa, a skilled temporary graduate visa or (some) employer sponsored visas, you will most definitely require a positive skills assessment for your visa application to be successful. What is a skills assessment? A skills assessment is a document issued by the relevant skills assessing authority in Australia in which the applicant’s education and/or work experience (skills) are assessed against…
  • Abbott recognises migrant contributions at the 2014 Migration and Settlement Awards

    National Visas
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:53 pm
    “Once received into our community, a new citizen is entitled to be treated in every way as a fellow Australian. The strength and history of our people have been founded upon this vital principle.” This quote from Sir Robert Menzies, the 12th Prime Minister of Australia, became Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s summation of the essence of the 2014 Migration and Settlement Awards held at the Parliament House in Canberra. In his address, Abbott touched briefly on the country’s migration history, the benefits of migration, and its role in shaping the huge Australian community. The…
  • New Zealand Family Relationship Visa – Key Eligibility Information

    Esther Taft
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:24 pm
    In my last few articles, I have covered the key requirements for the Prospective Marriage visa and the Partner visa for married and de facto applicants. The focus of this article is another visa in the Family category: the New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship Visa, the subclass 461. The New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship visa (for the rest of the article, I will refer to this as the “461 visa”) is a temporary visa that is available for applicants who are not New Zealand citizens and who are an eligible family member of a New Zealand citizen. To be an eligible family member, the…
  • Australian Student Visa Assessment Levels Simplified

    Vera Mom
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Changes to Australian Student Visa Assessment Levels Within the Australian Student Visa Program, each country, across each education sector, is assigned an assessment level which is based on the calculated immigration risk posed by students from that country studying in that education sector. To determine the assessment level of a particular country and education sector, the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) examines that student group’s compliance with their visa conditions and other indicators of their immigration risk in the previous year. DIBP…
  • Parent Visas – Understand your visa options so your family can remain in Australia

    Nicole Kirkwood
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    It is true that Australia is a lucky country. With a wealth of opportunity, security, natural beauty and a comfortable lifestyle, it is no wonder so many people want to migrate to Australia. Whether you travelled the world and met an Australian partner with whom to settle down, studied here and decided to stay permanently, or sought out skilled pathways to Australia, you may now be missing a piece of home. Perhaps your parents have just paid you a visit or may even be in Australia with you now. Did you know that many parents can make an Onshore Parent Visa Application (the expression…
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  • Getting ready for the Easter Bunny visit

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:29 am
    I put together a guide to getting ready for Easter Sunday over on eBay's Mum's Business website, and included a couple of snapshots of my girls hunting for eggs and goodies from the Easter Bunny last year. Thought you would like them!Read more »
  • New kikki.K x T2 Soder Tea

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:37 am
    What a fantastic collaboration - much-loved Australian brands kikki.K and T2 have collaborated on a limited edition tea, inspired by the Swedish tea Soderblandning. I was lucky to try Soder Tea at a kikki.K event recently and it is lovely - a floral black tea which I took with a dash of milk. I've been dying for the in-store release!You can find Soder Tea in kikki.K stores only. Team with the beautiful gold heart mug, coming soon for Mother's Day (my pic from the event below).Read more about the kikki.K event here on Bondville.Image: kikki.K
  • Make: cute DIY bunny craft kit from Artstitch

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:25 am
    More cute Easter craft for you - this little bunny craft kit from Artstitch comes with everything you need to sew your own rabbit in the prettiest cotton Liberty outfit. Too sweet! Head to the Artstitch online store to check out the whole range. Make one for a little person, or buy as a gift for an older child. Suitable for beginner to intermediate sewers.Image: Artstitch 
  • Bramwell Designs hip kids bed linen

    12 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    When Bramwell Designs followed me on Instagram yesterday I clicked through, as I always do, to find out more about the lovely people who follow along. I just about had a heart attack when I saw the gorgeous handmade kids' bed linen in their etsy store. So totally amazing!It's fresh and fun and not too much of a commitment if you're worried about busy patterns or lots of colour. The bright pops on white are hip and the mint stripe reverse is genius. Love!I'm passionate about supporting local, indie designers and I think it's really important that we give them love so that we continue to have…
  • Make: Easter craft projects for kids

    12 Apr 2014 | 3:08 am
    If you're looking for some fun craft activities to do with the kids this week before Easter, hop over to my friend Lisa Tilse's excellent blog the red thread for these two gorgeous craft tutorials:Make bunny softies from socks:and a sweet Easter bunny costume and egg hunt bag:Do you recognise the littlest Miss Bondville?! She was such a good little model. I love this photo of us together.There are also some great Easter printables over at TinyMe and some fun tutorials at Mum's Business including my articles on making Easter branch decorations, Easter hats and Easter cooking…
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  • Ameristraliano

    13 Apr 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Last week was a huuuuge one at our house.  With just 10 days notice Tim was invited to attend a ceremony to finalise his Australian citizenship, and so ended 6.5 years of his status as a Permanent Resident.  He’s been working towards this day for about 8 years! His ceremony was a small catch-up event which was designed to ease pressure on the city councils who had huge waiting lists.  This meant that he could only take 2 guests and there were no gifts handed out.  But it was still a beautiful venue to take the pledge and become an Australian. Tim’s family was too far away to…
  • #23 – Run a 5k fun run (Electric Run Melbourne)

    12 Apr 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Image: Task #23 of my 101 Things in 1001 Days project: Run a 5K fun run The last time I put on my running shoes was sometime in 2012.  I’ve been itching to get back into running for a while now, but whenever the urge strikes I’ve always managed to blame my asthma or my dodgy knee for putting it off until ‘next week’.  A couple of weeks ago I went to the physio about my knee and she laughed when I said I was signed up for last night’s fun run.  “Well, that’s not going to happen is it?”, she said. The thing is, I was…
  • 48 Things in 180 Days

    1 Apr 2014 | 1:28 am
    So… here’s the thing. If you’ve been reading here for a while you will know that my 101 Things in 1001 Days project is a big part of my life and this blog.  I created my list in the spirit of enhancing my life, so I was careful to never add tasks that made my project feel like a chore. The truth is, in 2013 I made very little progress because everything in my life felt like chore.  That wasn’t really the fault of my list, it was just the product of a really tough year spent keeping my head above water. I’ve been working on this current list for 2 years now and…
  • Drop whatever you’re doing and watch this girl sing.

    27 Mar 2014 | 4:18 pm
    I’m the latest fan of this kickass bedroom looper, Kawehi. She recently created a $3000 Kickstarter project to fund her Robot Heart series – a collection of songs created from a robot girl’s perspective – and exceeded her goal by a further $25,000.  People seem to be really, really into this artist and it’s not hard to understand why when you see her perform. Her cover of Nirvana’s Heart Shaped Box (above) is the first time I’ve seen another artist attempt this song and do it justice.  Yeah, I’m pretty protective of the original. Despite her…
  • #80 – Photograph a street scene in all 4 seasons (Honour Avenue, Macedon)

    23 Mar 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Task #80 of my 101 Things in 1001 Days project: photograph a street scene or landscape in all 4 seasons. I was really excited to finally finish this particular task. When I first added it to my 101 list I think I envisioned setting up a tripod in the Botanic Gardens, or even photographing my own pretty street throughout the seasons. But then I heard about Macedon and it’s beautiful Honour Avenue and decided that it would be the perfect scene for my 4 Seasons photo project (despite the long travel time!). The idea is simple: Each season take a photograph from the same position, for one…
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