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  • ‘Most bogan rendition ever’ | Top Stories
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:32 am
    SHANNON Noll has been slammed for “murdering” and “butchering” the national anthem at the Cox Plate today, before telling critics to “get stuffed.”
  • Dream dashed as owners 'ripped off'

    The Sydney Morning Herald News Headlines
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    Over-development in a planned community in Sydney's west has left residents trapped in 'high-rise hell'.
  • Why you need to wear performance sports shoes | Top Stories
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    IF you feel like your exercise routine needs a bit of a boost this summer, it might be time to get some serious performance sports shoes. Here’s the best of them.
  • Pistorius 'pathetic figure': Reeva's mum | Breaking News
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    JUNE Steenkamp's has described her daughter Reeva's killer, athlete Oscar Pistorius, as a "pathetic figure" in a book she has written.
  • ‘Most bogan rendition ever’ | Most Popular | Most Popular Stories
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    SHANNON Noll has been slammed for “murdering” and “butchering” the national anthem at the Cox Plate today, before telling critics to “get stuffed.”
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  • Why you need to wear performance sports shoes

    25 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    IF you feel like your exercise routine needs a bit of a boost this summer, it might be time to get some serious performance sports shoes. Here’s the best of them.
  • Meet the man who eats 20,000 calories a day

    25 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    MAN mountain Robert Oberst treats his body like a machine, running it on “good fuel”. This is what it takes to keep a 180kg giant rolling.
  • The movies getting all the Oscar buzz

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
    THE Oscars race is heating up. Which former Batman is tipped for a trophy? Will Gone Girl cause an upset? Here are the films generating all the buzz.
  • ‘Most bogan rendition ever’

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:32 am
    SHANNON Noll has been slammed for “murdering” and “butchering” the national anthem at the Cox Plate today, before telling critics to “get stuffed.”
  • Depression: One woman’s honest account

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    THIRTY-year-old Daile Kelleher still gets butterflies every time she has to see a psychologist. But after attempting suicide five years ago, she has “no shame telling people ... I care too much about myself now”.
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    The Conversation

  • A Moment With Gough Whitlam

    John Keane, Professor of Politics at University of Sydney
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    Gough Whitlam, addressing supporters on the day of his dismissal, November 11, 1975 ABC Edward Gough Whitlam has passed on, leaving behind millions of citizens saddened by scores of eloquent obituaries reminding us how, once upon a time, Australian politics produced world-class leaders courageously committed to the public good. I must confess I shed tears upon hearing news of his death. When great democratic leaders go, they often have that effect. It is not just their lasting policy achievements that make citizens weep. People are moved to tears because they sense that genuine democratic…
  • Juncker does not look like the man to bring Europe back together

    Christian Schweiger, Senior Lecturer in the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
    On David Cameron's dartboard? DonkeyHotey, CC BY-SAJust what British politics needed: a new row over Europe. The revelation that the UK is expected to make a one-off payment of €2.1bn (£1.7bn) towards the European budget by December is probably the last thing David Cameron wanted in the middle of the current meeting of the heads of government at the EU summit in Brussels. This is politically dangerous at a time when British support for EU membership is on a knife-edge. Cameron has already put out a strongly worded statement saying the increase is “unacceptable”. UKIP leader Nigel…
  • Could incapacitating chemical weapons start an arms race?

    Malcolm Dando, Professor of International Security at University of Bradford
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    Chemical weapons could be making a stealthy comeback. Andreas Gradin via ShutterstockOn October 26 2002, to end a three-day siege on a theatre in Moscow by Chechen terrorists, Russian security forces used a secret incapacitating chemical agent (ICA) weapon believed to affect the central nervous system. Although most of the 900 people being held hostage were freed, well over 100 of them were killed by the chemical agent; many more continue to suffer long-term health problems. To this day, the Russian authorities refuse to disclose what weapon they used. Nor will they provide any details of the…
  • The big threats to humanity: it's time to start talking about solutions

    Alessandro R Demaio, Australian Medical Doctor; Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Health & NCDs at Harvard University
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    When it comes to our biggest Global Health challenges, it’s easy to get bogged down in focusing only on the problems. How many millions die each year, or the economic cost of disease, the social toll of neglected health issues or the exponential increase in communities affected. Amira_a / Flickr Defining the problem is essential, but endless discussion focused solely on the challenges can be dangerous. ‘Doomsday talk’ leads us down a path of feeling overwhelmed, numbed and paralysed; a path where we avoid discussing the issue altogether; a path that leads to inaction and eventually (and…
  • Police opposition to Harry Roberts release reflects murky history of his case

    Yvonne Jewkes, Professor of Criminology at University of Leicester
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:37 am
    Three policemen died in the incident that led to Roberts' sentence. PAThe news that Harry Roberts is to be released from prison – potentially within days – has been greeted with outrage among the police. But after 48 years in prison, it’s time the knee-jerk reactions stopped. Roberts committed a particularly serious crime but has faced extraordinary opposition to his release. Roberts was convicted of killing three policemen in 1966 and was sentenced to life, with a minimum term of 30 years. He had shot the plain-clothes officers from inside a van because he feared they were about to…
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    Daily Telegraph | Top Stories

  • Drunken brawl erupts after parties

    25 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    THREE people were injured during a drunken brawl which broke out near a function centre in Sydney’s west.
  • Teachers to dob in radical students

    25 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    EVERY school across NSW has been placed on “student watch” to report any unusual behaviour to police following Sydney student Abdullah Elmir appearance in an Islamic State propaganda video.
  • Being a star cricket mum is my big test

    25 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    IRONWOMAN Candice Falzon is coming to grips with a new extreme challenge: becoming a mum to Ivy, regaining her fitness and planning her wedding to cricketer David Warner. Today, Candice begins a 10-week column on her new life.
  • School joker saved from terror recruiters

    25 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    HE’S the “class clown” who ran away with Sydney’s teenaged terrorist Abdullah Elmir — and he can thank his worried father for tracking him down in Turkey and saving his life.
  • How Singo and Bolts landed ultimate date

    25 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    HAPPY, carefree bachelors John Singleton and Ray Hadley landed the ultimate lunchdate ...with Manpower hunk Jamie Durie.
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    Women's Network Australia Blog

  • What is a ‘Service Culture’ and What Does it Mean For Your Business?

    Sarah Savvas
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    By definition, a ‘Service Culture’ is a culture within an organisation where customer satisfaction is the top priority. No business can stay in business without customers. How you treat or mistreat them determines how long your doors stay open. And bad service is a one way ticket to business failure. For many years, customer service […]
  • Who Are You? The Importance Of Your Biography ( Part 1)

    Pix Jonasson
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    So why would anyone want to hear you speak? You must have a great message and, just as importantly, a great Biography (Bio). In September 2010, I attended Ultimate Success Summit in Sydney, Australia. What an amazing line up of some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs…who also happen to be talented speakers. And have […]
  • The Copywriter’s Guide To Successful Crowdfunding

    Bernadette Schwerdt
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    If you haven’t already heard of social entrepreneur Simon Griffiths, you will soon.  I had the good fortune to interview him for my online video series “Secrets of Aussie Online Entrepreneurs”, and he shared with me his gems of copywriting wisdom for how he raised $50,000 in 50 hours on crowdfunding platform A Quick […]
  • Facebook Save Feature

    Natalie Alaimo
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    In July of 2014 Facebook introduced a new feature which might come in handy. I’m sure there has been times when you are scrolling through your news feed and an article catches your eye, but unfortunately you don’t have time right now to click through and read more. Maybe it was one of my recent […]
  • Contact Us Pages: Unloved. Ignored. But Oh So Important!

    Ingrid Cliff
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    When we think of content writing, we usually focus on all the sexy pages of our website: The latest blog posts; the About Us page; our Home page. However, one page on our site has the fewest words but is possibly the most important page on our site. The Contact Us page. This is the […]
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    Miscellaneous Mum - Trying to find the objective correlative, everyday

  • 30 Days of NaNoWriMo Prompts

    Karen Andrews
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    It’s that time of the year again. Writers are getting ready to sit down at their computers to smash out a novel, or as close to a novel as possible, over the 30 days of November. I’ve tried, and failed, NaNoWriMo many times. However, my success rate is better when I relax a bit and experiment and play. Writing exercises, to many, can be a dull prospect. For others they can provide just enough of a framework to allow creativity to bubble up. I (generally) fall in to the latter category. So I thought I’d put together some prompts for NaNoWriMo. As you can see, they’re…
  • Year of Creative Engagement – September and October

    Karen Andrews
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    To explain: The Year of Creative Engagement (#yoce) is an attempt to document my creative journey in 2014. By putting greater stock in accountability and output, while also showing what new work I’m reading or listening to, I hope to have a richer, engaged experience. There’s a few movies to go over so I’ll get started.       Welcome to the horror movie trio! I suppose that’s fitting given it’s Halloween month. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane (1962) is mostly known – back then, and now – as a vehicle to showcase the formidable talents of…
  • What I’m Reading October 2014

    Karen Andrews
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Michael Cunningham is an exquisite writer, one of my favourites, but I’m struggling with The Snow Queen for some reason. Granted, I’ve only just started, but my interest hasn’t quite been captured yet. Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen is a fascinating profile of the Archibald-winning artist, although I finished feeling disappointed. It was quite short and I felt lacked biographical and personal insight (and those we do get, particularly towards the end, are welcomed) and I was wanting to learn more about Cullen’s artistic process; the hows. I…
  • The Creative Life – Allison Tait

    Karen Andrews
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    October is release month for The Mapmaker Chronicles: Race to the End of the World, the first book in The Mapmaker Chronicle series, written by A.L. Tait. The adventure series is terrific for children ages 9+ and is available for purchase at Booktopia and other bookshops around the nation. Allison found the time to answer some questions about writing, getting started, how she fits it into her busy schedule and more. See below – and enjoy! 1) How much of a crossover is there of skills from your work as a non-fiction writer/freelancer to an author of fiction? Hmmm. That’s an…
  • Tips on Running a Marathon

    Karen Andrews
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Perhaps the alternative title of this post should be ‘How I trained for a marathon’. I’m the first to admit I’m hardly the perfect example of what excellence looks like. I only did three runs a week when many other people do four, or even five. However, I got there in the end. A few people have come up to me over the past few days to ask me how I did it, and I thought I’d write down how I prepared for the big day. Preparation is critical. 1) Be aware of what a major part it will play in your life You will have approximately sixteen weeks that will be dominated by…
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    Karen Cheng's Fashion and Life

  • A Spot of Shopping at enex100

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:18 pm
    I had a meeting in the city the other day, so I stopped off at enex100 to do a bit of shopping. I haven’t been to this mall in a year or so, and I was really delighted by the mix of high street stores and independent boutiques (including a designer clearance sale pop up store!). My first stop was The Generics Installation, owned and run by a friend of mine. I was immediately suckered by the mixture of bright fabrics and promise of a brand new dress! There was so much on offer! You’ll find hot and edgy brands here, like Zanthus, Wild Horses and Zhivago. This Generics pop up store…
  • We raised $5.2 million for cancer research!!

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    (Photo By Ze Photography) It’s over for another year! I volunteered for a 2 day cycling charity event, The Ride to Conquer Cancer. I’ve participated in this event for the last two years and it involves over a 1000 people riding a distance of 200km over 2 days. For each of the last two years, I have spent about 5 hours of sitting on my ass and pedaling each day! And as I slogged away, part of what kept me going were the cheer squads dotted along the route – volunteers dressed in cowboy gear, pink tutus and Elvis costumes… but the craziest and most entertaining bunch…
  • Miss Kitty’s Saloon, Inglewood, Perth

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    I recently organised to go on a double date with some good friends. Our friends didn’t mind where we ate, but I particularly wanted to try out a cool new restaurant in Perth, therefore I was in charge of booking a restaurant. Unfortunately it completely slipped my mind until two days beforehand! Oops! Every place I wanted to try out was booked out for a Friday night. Or they didn’t take bookings because they are so popular. So I desperately scrambled to find any place with a great review… and came up with: Miss Kitty’s Saloon, serving “modern American/Canadian tapas” style…
  • 5 Days of Jeans – The School Run

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Earlier this year, I wrote a post called “5 Days of Winter – The School Run” where I took a photo of all the casual outfits that I wore while taking my kids to school. The post was a big hit (even though it wasn’t particularly glamourous), I received a lot of comments and quite a few people asked for me to do it again! So here it goes! Recently in Perth, the mornings have been cool – much too cool for me to bare my legs! But the afternoons are warm and sunny. I found the days to be too warm to wear a thick jacket or coat. So I mainly stepped out of my house in jeans and a…
  • Just Call Me Shorty the Giraffe

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:50 pm
    So this weekend, I will be travelling a distance of 200kms with a truck full of strangers dressed up in animal onesies… me dressed as a GIRAFFE, ringing a cow bell and being a cheerleader – all for charity! I chose to dress up as a giraffe because, well, I thought it would be funny and ironic, since I was short and small. I’ll be the shortest giraffe in history. Can’t wait for the craziness to begin! Do follow me over the weekend on Instagram – @karenlycheng
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    Boomerang Books Blog

  • New book by pop star-turned-professor inspiring a new generation of science fans

    Boomerang Books
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    PROFESSOR BRIAN COX & Andrew Cohen HUMAN UNIVERSE Pop star-turned-professor, Brian Cox, is today’s foremost communicator of all things scientific. With the amazing ability to make complex science issues sound simple and entertaining, he has hosted a ground-breaking television series as well as written three successful books. In Human Universe, Cox will take readers into […]
  • Meet Alice Pung, author of Laurinda

    Joy Lawn
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Thanks for talking to Boomerang Books about your outstanding first novel Laurinda (Black Inc.), Alice Pung. Thanks for interviewing me! You are well known for your excellent non-fiction, Unpolished Gem, Her Father’s Daughter and as editor of Growing Up Asian in Australia. Why have you sidestepped into YA fiction? Growing up, I went to five different high schools, […]
  • Interview with Jo Emery, author of My Dad is a FIFO Dad

    Romi Sharp
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:52 pm
    My Dad is a FIFO Dad, an uplifting story that has already touched the hearts of many families, has beautifully encapsulated the highs and lows of the life of a child with a father who ‘flies in and flies out’ for work. (See Review here). But let’s not forget the strength, courage, commitment and perseverance […]
  • Discovering Deborah Levy

    Michael Kitto
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Have you ever found an author that you just want to recommend to everyone you meet? The type of author that you just want to read over and over again. I found this author in 2012 and I am slowly working through her backlist. The first book I read of hers I loved so much […]
  • COMPETITION! ASK a question to WIN!

    Romi Sharp
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
    A chance to WIN a copy of Ursula Dubosarsky’s ‘The Terrible Plop‘, AND YOU can ask her a question in an exclusive interview, to be featured on the Boomerang Books Blog! To win: 1. Head to My Little Story Corner and LIKE the page. 2. Find the Competition post, pinned at the top of the […]
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    The Interpreter

  • Weekend catch-up: Whitlam, a new President in Indonesia, intelligence review, China in Afghanistan and more

    Brendan Thomas-Noone
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Bringing together the best longer Interpreter articles you were too busy to read this week. Former Prime Minister of Australia Gough Whitlam passed away this week at the age of 98. Sam Roggeveen interviewed Nonresident Fellow Murry McLean on the legacy of Whitlam's foreign policy for Australia:  I talked with Murray McLean this morning, and as you will hear, he argues that Whitlam established the basis for a fully independent Australian foreign policy, setting relations with Asia on a truly equal basis while also tenaciously defending the ANZUS alliance. McLean provides some…
  • Hong Kong's fight and the future of China

    Julian Snelder
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    'The umbrella revolution won't give Hong Kong democracy, protesters should stop calling for it' says Eric X Li, a vocal advocate of the CCP's authoritarian model. 'This is about inequality, not politics, so democracy can't fix the problem.' Actually, if Hong Kong did have universal suffrage, it is quite conceivable its citizens would elect a populist leader running on redistributive policies. 'Tyranny of the majority' is precisely what Hong Kong's elites fear. Chief Executive CY Leung crassly told foreign reporters this week that allowing public nominations for his post 'would give too much…
  • China shoots for the moon again

    Morris Jones
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:47 pm
    China has just launched another spacecraft to the moon. The flight will carry a small capsule around the far side of the moon before returning to earth. If all goes well, the capsule will parachute to a soft landing on the flat steppes of Inner Mongolia, where China usually lands its space capsules. Officially, this flight is a test of a capsule system to be used in a future robot sample-return mission, which should launch in a few years. Unofficially, the mission serves as another reminder of China's long-term goals of sending astronauts to the moon. The capsule is a scale replica of the…
  • G20 links: Tax mandates, WTO, protests in Brisbane, climate change and more

    Tristram Sainsbury
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:42 pm
    The Lowy Institute's G20 Studies Centre will present a weekly selection of links in the lead-up to the Brisbane G20 Leaders’ Summit on 15-16 November. European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy have issued a joint letter to EU leaders about key issues for discussion at the Brisbane Summit. Jeffrey Owens outlines the extensions in the G20 tax mandate stemming from the Cairns Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting. The Director of the Lowy Institute's G20 Studies Centre, Mike Callaghan, asks if the G20 can…
  • Time for a thorough review of spy agency oversight

    John Faulkner
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Since 11 September 2001, new threats to Australia's national security have emerged, with Australians targeted by terrorist organisations at home and abroad. Close to home, the threat of terror became a shocking reality with the 2002 and 2005 Bali bombings, the 2004 bombing of the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, the 2009 Holsworthy Barracks terror plot, and other planned attacks on Australian soil, prevented by authorities. On 12 September 2014, based on advice from agencies, the Government moved the Australian terror-alert level from Medium to High for the first time. The powers, functions,…
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    Australia Visa Immigration Information

  • Visitor Visa applications for the Christmas and New Year period. Lodge your application now to avoid disappointment.

    John Bell
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:31 pm
    If you are intending to visit Australia for the December/January holiday period the Department of Immigration experiences a very high volume of visa applications during this period, which causes delays in visa processing. In order to avoid disappointment, we recommend that you follow these guidelines when lodging your visitor visa application: 1) Lodge your visa application well in advance of your date of travel (at least 2 months). The average processing time for visitor visa applications during this period may be up to 1 month. The Department of Immigration global processing standard for…
  • Minor issue – big trouble

    John Bell
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:21 pm
    A new hard line stance is being taken by the Department of Boarder Protection, as previously minor issues are now causing visas to be refused or cancelled. The examples below are real cases. Issue 1: Character A Canadian working holiday applicant who is now 24. At the age of 18 was caught in the USA with alcohol (personal use), otherwise no issues at all. He now has to go through a complete police clearance process in the USA and Canada. In the past (for WHMs at least), the declaration of this ‘offence’ was sufficient and the Visa would have been approved within a week. In another…
  • Australian Visa Application Fees and Charges 2014

    National Visas
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Australian visa fees and charges rise every year, implemented on the July 1 start of each migration program year. The last significant increase on visa charges occurred in July 2013, when the Australian government approved price increases for skilled visas and partner visas, among others. Unusually, 2013 saw fee increases at other times throughout the year also as the labour government sought to claw back its debt. A look at Australian visa application costs The components of a visa application cost include (1) base application charges, (2) government charges, and (3) non-government costs.
  • Prepare Your Skills: Australia’s High-Demand Jobs This Next 10 Years

    National Visas
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:28 pm
    The Australian labour force is gearing to adapt to the “competitive, technology-driven future,” summarised the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency in its 2013 paper that envisions the country’s working future. According to Future focus, 2013 National Workforce Development Strategy, Australia’s working population needs to be composed of highly skilled workers with “technical, professional, and managerial” knowledge. This outlook is due to the continuous global movement towards technological growth. Among this group of workers, one set seems to be in greatest…
  • Australian Visa Application: Your Impact on Visa Processing Time

    National Visas
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Visa processing time is the average time the Department of Immigration and registered migration companies take to handle visa lodgements up to approval. Considered unique and of equal urgency among all applicants, visa applications are processed using time service standards that are linked to the Portfolio Budget Statements. Simply, the department can only assign migration places based from the approved budget. How does a visa applicant affect visa processing time? Technically, the processing of any type of visa can only start once it is received by the department. In a scenario wherein…
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  • Etsy gift ideas and Australian Etsy Design Awards - you choose

    19 Oct 2014 | 8:40 pm
    It's that time! I'm getting started on Christmas shopping this year by supporting local Australian handmade and indie labels on Etsy. To make gift buying even easier, Etsy have chosen 58 finalists for the first Etsy Australia Design Awards. Vote here for your favourite Etsy seller for your chance to WIN a $250 Etsy gift card. Here are a few of my favourites (click on each below to see their stores):Read more »
  • Sun Smart beach getaway + WIN Australian beach shade and bags!

    18 Oct 2014 | 1:32 am
    In my third Paint The Town Ford challenge as part of the Kidspot Voice Of 2014 program, our family of four drove up to Avoca Beach for a weekend getaway in my borrowed Ford EcoSport Titanium. We had glorious weather and spent lots of time on the beach with a cast of thousands.We're always conscious of being Sun Smart, and covered up in style with great Australian products. Read more for details on our weekend, my favourite Australian-designed kids' swimwear, and how you could win the amazing Hollie & Harrie Sombrilla beach tent and stylish-and-practical waterproof beach…
  • Original A-frame kids play Wonder Tents

    15 Oct 2014 | 6:14 pm
    You might remember my story on rustic-inspired goodies, including Adelaide-based Such Great Heights in July last year where I showcased their amazing A-frame play tents for kids. There have been lots of imitators along the way, but SGH is still the original and the best. I love that they can guarantee that their products are created ethically, and with the genius conversion kit, the tent becomes a super-stylish clothes rack.Read more »
  • Portrait photography styled by Tutu du Monde in Sydney this weekend

    14 Oct 2014 | 7:29 pm
    It's a game of dress ups where you leave with incredible portrait photos of your little girls (age 1-12 years). Sound good? Tutu du Monde  has teamed up with photographer Camille Nuttall to capture your kids with professionally styled hair and gorgeous outfits from the latest collection, against a super cool backdrop of modern, French and vintage props. And she can take home a favourite dress from the collection too!Read more »
  • Fresh eeni meeni miini moh and e3-M High Summer 2014 collection

    9 Oct 2014 | 5:32 pm
    New eeni meeni miini moh and e3-M capsule collection for High Summer 2014 has just dropped with fresh new green 'bean' colour and fun printed tees.Read more »
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    Scarlet Words

  • #77 – Take 101 photos with black & white film

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

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

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

    21 Sep 2014 | 3:44 am
    Task #79 of my 101 Things in 1001 Days project: Complete an alphabet photo series For almost three years my deadline for the this project, 28 September 2014, has seemed a very long way away.  It’s hard to believe that I’m staring down the barrel of the final week.  Just 6 days to go! This is the 88th completed task, and I promise that sounds far worse than it actually is.  So many of my tasks are neeeearly complete, and those that are yet to be started are part of a special plan for next weekend.  More on that later. But first, enjoy this fun little photo series.  Each…
  • #98 – Make a time lapse video of a drawing or painting

    6 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    Portrait from Scarlet Words on Vimeo. Item #98 on my list of 101 Things in 1001 Days: make a time lapse video of a drawing or painting. I spent Saturday at my dining table, surrounded by brushes and watercolours and paper. With just 21 days to go until my deadline (eek!) I have a stack of drawing to get done, and by the end of today I started to feel like the lady in this drawing looks.  Over it. Serves me right for procrastinating, I guess. This facepalming lady was fun to make.  I’m starting to learn how to use water soluble graphite which, when paired with canvas paper,…
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    Rocky Travel

  • Stay with locals Jervis Bay

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:55 pm
    My lovely stay with locals in Jervis Bay A couple of weeks ago I went on a three-day solo road trip to on Australia’s South East Coast. Jervis Bay had been on my list since my first backpacking trip in 2014 and I was very excited to discover this pristine natural area. was the drive [...] The post Stay with locals Jervis Bay appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A three day Road Trip Jervis Bay

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:51 am
    How to discover Jervis Bay on a Road Trip Jervis Bay was high on my list this year. I was planning to visit Sydney in October, when humpback whales are heading south to Antarctica, along the south East Coast of Australia. So the timing was just perfect for a solo road trip to Jervis Bay [...] The post A three day Road Trip Jervis Bay appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Four Wheel Drive Adventure Cooktown

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:52 am
    A Four Wheel Drive Adventure to Cooktown Queensland One of the highlights of my solo trip in North Tropical Queensland  was the  to Cooktown. Initially my idea was to drive by myself, but with my Jucy campervan I wouldn’t have been able to drive the , north of Cape Tribulation. This is one of the [...] The post Four Wheel Drive Adventure Cooktown appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Overcome fear of heights Jungle Surfing

    12 Oct 2014 | 4:17 pm
    How to overcome fear of heights with Jungle Surfing I do believe that fear only exists in our imagination, and you can overcome fear of heights while transforming the way of feeling it into positive energy. It’s a long process that requires acceptance, patience,  endurance, courage and love to yourself. Have you heard of the [...] The post Overcome fear of heights Jungle Surfing appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Eco Snorkeling Tour Great Barrier Reef

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Eco Snorkeling Tour on the Great Barrier Reef – Port Douglas For my third solo trip to North Tropical Queensland I was keen to go snorkeling again. I had been on snorkeling tours before but my experience was disappointing. I didn’t like jumping from the boat, snorkelling around and coming back to the boat shivering [...] The post Eco Snorkeling Tour Great Barrier Reef 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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  • 5 Sensational Places to Visit in Margaret River

    Jo Castro
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Every day I wake up and count my blessings to be living in Australia’s south west. Not only is there so much to see and do, it’s also a gorgeous part of the world where we have world class amenities, vineyards, forests and beaches. Yet the roads, venues and car parks are not yet overcrowded […] The post 5 Sensational Places to Visit in Margaret River appeared first on ZigaZag.
  • Australian Holidays Rock! What’s on in Western Australia?

    Jo Castro
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:34 pm
    WA has it all. Forests, beaches, vineyards, outback and outstanding food. But when you’ve had your fill of wandering you might like to attend an event or two. So here’s a guide to what’s on in Western Australia over the next few months. I’m linking up with Tourism Western Australia to bring you news of […] The post Australian Holidays Rock! What’s on in Western Australia? appeared first on ZigaZag.
  • Geographe Crush Festival : Tickets to Giveaway

    Jo Castro
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    The Geographe Crush wine and food festival is now running over Three Days, and I’m really happy to have 4 Tickets to Giveaway to 2 lucky winners for the events as displayed in the poster below on Saturday 8th November. All you have to do is read down to the bottom of this post, read […] The post Geographe Crush Festival : Tickets to Giveaway appeared first on ZigaZag.
  • Things to do in Pemberton with Kids

    Jo Castro
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Remembering back to the days when our children were little and the times we embarked on family holidays to either beach or countryside, fills with me nostalgia, although I conveniently forget the long car journeys filled with arguments and the “Are We Nearly There Yets”. I think our children would have loved Pemberton, and it […] The post Things to do in Pemberton with Kids appeared first on ZigaZag.
  • Want to quit your job and take off on a road trip?

    Jo Castro
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    Thinking of a road trip? There are around 2,620 holiday parks around Australia, and coupled with great weather it’s no wonder that people love to camp and caravan. It’s a fabulous way to get out and see the country if you’d like to discover places at grass roots level, so to speak. And Western Australia […] The post Want to quit your job and take off on a road trip? appeared first on ZigaZag.
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  • Backpackers in Australia

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    I’ll let you in on a secret. I am absolutely crap at making infographics. But I wanted to. So I did. Excuse my design skills, I can’t work properly without my own laptop and cs6. Anyway, I started researching and creating this after a little chat on #ttot a couple of weeks ago. I guess a pretty big barrier to travelling seems to be being lost in a foreign country on your own and you won’t make any friends. Or backpacking is for guys. Or it’s far too expensive. Or I’ll be the only one backpacking. Yeah. Guess what, you’re wrong. As this lovely pink and blue…
  • Hostels in Sydney – Sydney Harbour YHA

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    It’s almost that time of year again in Sydney. Around New Year expect to find a severe lack of available accommodation, with hostels introducing minimum stay periods once again. The thing is, it’s Sydney in summer. When you have beaches such as Bondai and Manly, not to mention the various walks around the city, its no wonder that you might be hard pressed to find somewhere to stay. So I’ll drop this gem of a hostel on you; Sydney YHA. Having done the tour of Australia (or a large portion of it at least) I’ve stayed in my share of hostels, some pristine and some really…
  • Why Do We Travel?

    11 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    For us travelers there are a whole bunch of reasons why we love to trot around the globe. I often get asked, “why do you keep going to other countries?” but the thing is, “to see the world” is a very generic and uninspired answer. Sure, I it is true, I do travel to see the world, but it is also SO much more than that, as I’m sure other travelers will agree. I’ll underline a few of them for you: I travel for the experience. This sounds like a pretty cliche answer, but it is so true. I’ve been to enough places to know that some people are simply missing…
  • Coober Pedy – Opal Mining in South Australia

    6 Oct 2014 | 5:13 am
    Coober Pedy is known as the opal mining capital of Australia, or as Australians will tell you, the opal mining capital of the world. Heading into Coober Pedy along the Stuart Highway, it is extremely easy to think “there’s nothing here but desert” and for the most part, you would be spot on. So 846km north of Adelaide later, and you are pretty much here. You can tell quite easily that you’ve arrived though. The whole surrounding landscape is flat, aside from the seemingly millions of mullocks that are everywhere. You can even see a couple on the right side of the…
  • Things to do on Cannock Chase: The Tourist Perspective

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:26 am
    Cannock Chase is the smallest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the UK. Situated just north of the not quite so beautiful town of Cannock, it is easily accessible with great transport routes leading in and around the area. The Cannock Chase AONB covers a mere 68 square kilometres, but despite this there are plenty of things to do in this historically rich woodland. See the “Sights” Recently there have been “sightings” of the so called black eyed girl/children which appears to have made the news all of a sudden. The creepy sightings have been dismissed as…
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