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  • 'Policeman arrested': armed robbery foiled

    The Sydney Morning Herald News Headlines
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Hundreds of shoppers watch as police swoop on trio, including an off-duty police officer.
  • 10 things we remember about MSN Messenger | Top Stories
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:48 pm
    MICROSOFT’S chat is finally being switched off so we reminisce those late night convos, emoticons and the moment our parents found out we were still on the phone line.
  • Keneally lashes Tripodi for 'betrayal' | Breaking News
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:31 pm
    KRISTINA Keneally would like to say she really thinks of Joe Tripodi's alleged plot to damage a fellow NSW Labor MP, but says it need a language warning.
  • ‘Incest’ mum to be sentenced | Most Popular | Most Popular Stories
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:12 pm
    BETTY Colt, the matriarch of a family of 40 adults and children found living in incestuous relationships, will be sentenced today.
  • Shadow of extremism scandal lingers as Birmingham goes back to school

    The Conversation
    Chris Allen, Lecturer in Social Policy at University of Birmingham
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Nansen Primary School, one of those put in special measures by Ofsted. Joe Giddens/PA WireIf a week is a long time in politics, then the school summer holidays must have seemed like a lifetime the for governors, teachers, pupils and staff at the 21 schools at the centre of the Trojan Horse plot in Birmingham. Allegations made in an anonymous letter – now widely thought to be a hoax – surfaced in March of a “plot” to overthrow existing teachers and governors in non-faith state schools as a means of replacing them with “Islam-friendly” individuals prepared to run the schools in…
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  • 10 things we remember about MSN Messenger

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:48 pm
    MICROSOFT’S chat is finally being switched off so we reminisce those late night convos, emoticons and the moment our parents found out we were still on the phone line.
  • ‘Do not approach this gunman’

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:43 pm
    A MANHUNT is underway for a gunman who is still at large in a small New Zealand town after he calmly walked into an office and shot dead two staff.
  • Celebs in nude photo scandal

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:41 pm
    JENNIFER Lawrence’s rep has confirmed the leaked nude photos are real in one of the biggest celebrity hacking scandals to date.
  • The world’s most expensive tourist flops

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:07 pm
    A POOL too cold to swim in and a creepy abandoned theme park. These are the biggest and most expensive tourist flops ever.
  • Once a cheater, always a cheater?

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:55 pm
    IF YOUR current partner cheated on their ex to be with you, it’s very possible you’re relationship is in serious trouble, a new scientific study has found.
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    The Conversation

  • Shadow of extremism scandal lingers as Birmingham goes back to school

    Chris Allen, Lecturer in Social Policy at University of Birmingham
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Nansen Primary School, one of those put in special measures by Ofsted. Joe Giddens/PA WireIf a week is a long time in politics, then the school summer holidays must have seemed like a lifetime the for governors, teachers, pupils and staff at the 21 schools at the centre of the Trojan Horse plot in Birmingham. Allegations made in an anonymous letter – now widely thought to be a hoax – surfaced in March of a “plot” to overthrow existing teachers and governors in non-faith state schools as a means of replacing them with “Islam-friendly” individuals prepared to run the schools in…
  • Brain-training isn't just a modern phenomenon, the Edwardians were also fans

    Benjamin Katz, PhD student in Education & Psychology at University of Michigan
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Didn't improve their brains much.Review of Reviews (1904)Brain-training programmes are all the rage. They are part of a growing digital brain-health industry that earned more than US$1 billion in revenue in 2012 and is estimated to reach US$6 billion by 2020. The extent to which they actually improve brain function remains hotly debated. But there is agreement that brain-training, as a commercial phenomenon, is relatively new. Cogmed was founded in 2001, Posit Science was incorporated in 2002, and Brain Age for the gaming device Nintendo DS was first released in 2005. So you might think…
  • Battle for Mosul Dam may be evidence that a new age of water wars beckons

    Jonathan Bridge, Lecturer in Environmental Engineering at University of Liverpool
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Standing guard in Mosul.EPAExactly a year ago, the world was wrestling with the possibility of another US-led military assault on an Arab state, following the horrific gas attacks in Damascus, Syria. When US military action did come in early August this year, it was in northern Iraq against the Islamic State (IS) which evolved out of the Syrian civil war. In the context of the spiralling humanitarian crisis, swift and co-ordinated IS advances, and single acts of astonishing barbarity, ongoing US attacks have become focused on control of a dam. It is the latest and most visible chapter in the…
  • Commercial cinemas sapping all dreams and romance from film

    José Arroyo, Lecturer, Department of Film and Television Studies at University of Warwick
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:04 pm
    In ruin. marcemarc, CC BY-NC-SA I’ve often felt depressed going to the cinema recently, but this all came to a head when I went to see Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For in Montreal. I rather loved the film; loved how the hushed heightened way the characters spoke evoked the pulp poetry of 40s noir dialogue; the glossy black and white of the image, which visualises adolescent comic-book yearnings as spectres of desire. And then there’s the beautiful way the film turns images into metaphors, like the moment Joseph Gordon-Leavitt shrinks at the card-table and gets diced up by the cards he’s…
  • Bribes and backhanders fuel deadly corruption but pharma is not the only player

    Carwyn Hooper, Senior Lecturer in Medical Ethics and Law at St George's, University of London
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Blood money. Colin Brown, CC BY GlakoSmithKline (GSK) is currenlty feeling the heat from the allegations of foreign corruption that have erupted in China, Poland, Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon and the company is scrambling to restore its corporate reputation. Many other pharmaceutical companies have been also accused of corruption in recent times. Pfizer, Eli Lilly and Johnson & Johnson have all settled foreign bribery cases in the last three years. The pharmaceutical industry is trying to deal with corruption and credit should be (cautiously) given where it is due. However, claims that…
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    Women's Network Australia Blog

  • Give Them What You Want – Get To The Heart of Customer Service

    Terri Mitchell AKA The Profit Frog
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Customers face more time pressures these days. That’s a fact. Busy with work, kids, family, social commitments and everyday demands, customers don’t have time to waste. At least that is what they tell you. So, it’s up to you to ensure that the engagements they have with your business are efficient, effective and enjoyable. Here’s […]
  • Increase Your Sales Through Customer Service

    Sarah Savvas
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Excellent customer service is your strongest and most cost effective marketing strategy for increasing sales as it can result in repeat business and word-of-mouth referrals, which can be worth a significant chunk of your annual revenue. A recent American Express survey found that 70% of customers are willing to spend 13% more on average with […]
  • Master Franchising and the Impact on Franchisees

    Simone Pentis
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:50 pm
    When a franchisee (also referred to as sub-franchisee) considers entering into a franchise system that operates under a master franchise structure, this requires not only additional documents to be reviewed, but raises issues that need to be carefully considered before a sub-franchisee signs on. Currently in Australia before a sub-franchisee can enter into franchise, it […]
  • The Seasonality Of Business

    David Solomon
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    There are some businesses that need to fall in line with the Earth’s seasons – businesses like fashion, weddings, food, tourism and ice-cream. But the vast majority of businesses don’t – they have a different kind of seasonality. Each business has a summer, autumn, winter and spring and the activities of the business need to […]
  • Small Businesses Need Marketing More than Ever

    Danielle MacInnis
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:20 pm
    I have just spent the last 3 months travelling around Australia working with medium sized business CEOs. They have identified that they need to invest in their marketing strategy because their current sales approach is no longer working. Their sales approach has been by-passed by their customers and has become less relevant. We know that […]
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    Policy Online -

  • Information Project Manager (position number: 31048)

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:43 pm
    The Information Project Manager role is a new position based at Policy Online ( and the Swinburne University Library. The position involves working with a small team of content creators and developers. This...Read more
  • Character studies

    Susan Lever | Inside Story
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Susan Lever welcomes Helen Garner’s perceptive account of the courtroom dramas unleashed one Father’s Day near Geelong.Read more
  • Natural born killers

    Frank Bowden | Inside Story
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:18 pm
    With one-in-two people dying within days of becoming ill, it’s little wonder that Ebola causes panic. But the real threat can only be assessed if we understand the history of the virus and how it is transmitted.Read more
  • Science and society

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Addresses a number of key issues confronting Australian scientists and researchers.Read more
  • The fifth estate: the whistleblowers

    Sally Warhaft | Wheeler Centre, Thomas Drake | Wheeler Centre, Jesselyn Radack | Wheeler Centre
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:13 pm
    What does it mean to be a whistleblower in the 21st century?Read more
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    Miscellaneous Mum - Trying to find the objective correlative, everyday

  • Geeky Father’s Day Present Ideas

    Karen Andrews
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Sci-Fi Magnetic Poetry Kit I love my magnetic poetry kit. The kids do too, but I don’t let them play with it without supervision anymore because I got sick of finding little word tabs around the house or down the back of the lounge! Matter of fact, we’ve had drinks with friends and pulled it out then as well. See? Amazing what a bit of lubrication can do for creativity! So if you’d like to do the same this Sci-Fi might be an option. Additional words – to keep with the theme –  include, spaceship, interstellar, android, universe, explore and more. I’m Just…
  • My Creative Process Ecourse For Beginners

    Karen Andrews
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Have you ever thought you would love to learn how to write a short story or poem but have no idea where to start? Do you want to improve your writing? You might even have a novel in you. Submit your work to publications? Incorporate creativity into your daily life? I have worked as a writer for many years and have asked myself the above questions – and more – over this time. I constantly talk with aspiring writers and bloggers. When I ask what their hardest obstacle is, the answer is often the same: just getting started. Whether you blog, write, journal or secretly scribble, this course…
  • Fresh Flowers Want to Deliver {Giveaway}

    Karen Andrews
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    I adore flowers. I’ve recently talked about how I’ve started to buy a rose for myself every week. I also enjoy giving them as a present, but admit that my track record of ordering flowers online for recipients I can’t deliver to personally has been rather hit-and-miss. Service has been average, as have been the quality of the flowers. I have good news today – Fresh Flowers are offering a lucky reader the chance to discover for themselves the loveliness of their range. Just take a look at the following three bouquet options.   1. Sweet Splendour $109 With its…
  • The Weekend That Was

    Karen Andrews
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Do you ever sit down on a Monday morning to have a chat with a friend or write a blog post – such as this – and think back to the weekend that was and wonder to yourself, “Hang on, what did we do again?” That’s how I feel about Saturday. Not a Saturday, six months ago; two days ago. Trawling back through my memory I remember it was a lovely day… we walked to the library… oh, that’s right we watched the new Captain America movie on DVD (yawn)… and that’s about it (if you don’t include my regular, shouty “Let’s get…
  • The Creative Life – Kate Larsen

    Karen Andrews
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Today is the first installment of ‘The Creative Life’ Kate Larsen is Director of Writers Victoria but she is also known by her writing name ‘Katie Keys’. It’s the name I first knew her by, due in most part to the #tinylittlepoems hashtag she created and has used daily for over five years. Her decision to tweet a poem a day was made as a means to jump start a creative discipline . “There are a lot of poets who use Twitter who will say ‘I’ve written a new poem, go to my website to see’ and there’s a link, but because I love using Twitter (and I’m lazy) I…
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    Karen Cheng's Fashion and Life

  • 3 Ways to Wear – A Tropical Print Top

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:45 pm
    I was born on a tropical island – think blue ocean, blue skies, green jungles and palm trees – so I have a soft spot for tropical prints! I picked up this cute tropical print skirt from ClubCouture at a great price, and have been enjoying how much I can mix and match with it. 1) Blazer and Bralet Splashing out in sporty-luxe look, I’m wearing a blazer (also from ClubCouture) and bralet from 2) Big White Summer Shirt I found this awesome white shirt in a thrift store. It had embroidery, lace, tassels and made from a gorgeous cotton fabric. It was in a size 16, but…
  • Architects and Heroes

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The other day, I dropped my aunty off in Subiaco for a doctor’s appointment. While I waited for her phone call (to be picked up), I found myself with 2 hours to spare. Trying to avoid the mall-type shops on Rokeby Road, I wandered into the local op shop… and bought myself 3 awesome books (total of $9). Then I found a secondhand bookstore and found another 2 books (total $4)! I was so delighted with my buys, that I needed a coffee and snack to celebrate. I stumbled across Architects and Heroes, a new cafe that I’ve been hearing about in the local social media circles. It was…
  • Riding, volunteering or donating?

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Photo of me riding 200km over 2 days for The Ride To Conquer Cancer, October 2013. Photo by Ze Photography. If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that for the past two years, I rode in The Ride to Conquer Cancer to raise money for cancer research. The event is a 200km ride over two days, and is designed specifically for people who are NOT already experienced cyclists. It’s for newbies and beginner cyclists! In 2012, when I took up the challenge to RIDE 200kms, I was very motivated about raising cancer awareness and raising funds for cancer research. This cause is…
  • Win $500 to spend at French Connection

    24 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Hi everyone! It’s been ages since I’ve run a competition on my blog. So I’m super excited to share that I’ve teamed up with French Connection to give my readers a chance to win a $500 voucher to spend at any French Connection store. Woo hoo! All you have to do is click here to the competition page, fill in a few details, and make sure you click the check box to subscribe to the French Connection Style News (that’s a must if you want to enter the competition). Scroll down to the end of this post to read the terms and conditions. Competition ends next Sunday, on…
  • Oh mud! Glorious mud! How I love thee!

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:40 pm
    So last weekend, some friends and I got together to do the Western Mudd Rush - a 9km run with 23 mud-themed obstacles. What was I thinking?!? I hate being dirty! I hate mud! I hate being cold! And for this event you get to be all three – dirty, muddy and cold… while running! The truth was, I did it because of my boys. The event had a separate section for kids to participate and my two big boys (aged 11 and 9) were falling over themselves to get signed up. So I, and a couple of my friends, got our kids together and decided to ALL give it a go. The kids did their event on the…
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    Boomerang Books Blog

  • Player Profile: Alexandra Cameron, author of Rachael’s Gift

    Jon Page
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Alexandra Cameron, author of Rachael’s Gift Tell us about your latest creation: Rachael’s Gift begins when talented artist, fourteen-year-old Rachael, accuses her teacher of sexual misconduct, but the principal has suspicions that she is lying. Her father, Wolfe, is worried about his daughter’s odd behaviour but her mother, Camille, will not hear a bad word against […]
  • Top 10 War Novels: A Response

    Michael Kitto
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    You might have seen the great post by Jon Page entitled My Top 10 War Novels. Like most people I was entertained and added more books to my ever growing ‘to be read’ list. I was also thinking about all the great war novels that were missed; in fact I made a mental list of […]
  • My Top 10 War Novels

    Jon Page
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:51 pm
    There has been a resurgence in war novels in recent years as veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq return from the conflict and begin to try and make sense of what they have experienced and what the future holds for themselves. I am a huge fan of war fiction. Fiction about war I find is so much […]
  • Review – The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman

    Jon Page
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:21 pm
    The third and final volume in an absolutely brilliant series is a truly fitting finale. It is everything you want from the final book in a series. Loose ends are tied up, the gang gets back together for one last, possibly world ending, epic quest. Grossman throws you straight back into the world of Quentin […]
  • The book this post features—and therefore this post—is not safe for kids or work…

    Fiona Crawford
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:42 pm
    The book this post features—and therefore this post—is not safe for kids. It’s also not safe for work. The book’s about invaluable subject matter: grammar and punctuation. But it’s delivered in a far-from-the-traditionally-dry fashion. Penned by Chris Baker and Jacob Hansen, the co-authors of a similarly entitled blog The F*cking Word of the Day, The […]
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    The Interpreter

  • Xi Jinping's reform strategy is becoming clearer

    Julian Snelder
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:40 pm
    In Systems of Survival, Jane Jacobs describes the two moral codes that co-exist in modern life: the merchants and the guardians. Merchants trade, competing within the laws, and are open, industrious and pragmatic. Guardians are loyal traditionalists, hierarchical, expert; they command political, military, professional and civic power. Merchants seek profit while guardians value honour. The two castes co-exist warily, they need each other but effective law must separate and regulate them. It is easy to see that problems occur (especially corruption) when they mesh dysfunctionally. In China,…
  • Fiji's election: Women make their mark

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    31 Aug 2014 | 8:10 pm
    By Jojiana Cokanasiga, an intern in the Lowy Institute's Melanesia Program. She is completing a Masters in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development at the Australian National University.  [youtube:HCpd3VL7vpo] Lawyers, entrepreneurs, academics and civil servants are some of the female candidates standing in Fiji's upcoming elections. Fijians will vote on 17 September, the first elections since the 2006 military coup. Of the 249 approved candidates, 44 are women. This is certainly an improvement compared to the 2006 elections, when just 30 out of the 338…
  • Aid & development links: SIDS2014, climate change, drones, violence against women and more

    Philippa Brant
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:35 pm
    What is the role of unmanned aerial vehicles in humanitarian assistance? Interesting new policy paper from United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. What is the state of the world's rivers? International Rivers have released a great interactive database. A leaked UN report on climate change says the effects will be 'severe, pervasive, and irreversible'. James West at Grist has highlighted five terrifying facts from the report. Want an overview of the literature on foreign aid? Chris Blattman recommends this paper by Nancy Qian. As Samoa hosts the…
  • Sea-basing threatens India's minimalist nuclear strategy

    Yogesh Joshi
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Both the draft nuclear doctrine released in 1999 and the official nuclear doctrine released later in 2003 state India's commitment to a minimalist nuclear posture. This nuclear minimalism was best advocated in the policy of credible minimum deterrence (CMD). Two assumptions inform the concept of CMD. First, that deterrence can be projected at low numbers, and second, that a ready arsenal – delivery vehicles mated with warheads at continuous alert – is unnecessary. The commitment to low numbers of warheads meant that CMD could help avoid unnecessary 'vertical proliferation'. Such a…
  • Trailer: Rosewater

    Sam Roggeveen
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Rosewater is the story of Iranian-born journalist Maziar Bahari, who was arrested and tortured in Tehran on claims of espionage during the 2009 presidential election campaign. A piece of subtext: one of the things Bahari's interrogator used against him during his 118 days of detention was the fact that Bahari had once appeared on US news-comedy program The Daily Show. This film is directed by Daily Show host Jon Stewart.  [youtube:GGOYHIqmmiM] (H/t The Browser.)
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  • Make: face teacup planters for Father's Day

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:38 pm
    My friend Diana is a crafty Mum and always organises fun activities at playdates. For a recent Frozen screening she handed the other Mums and I a pack of Pebeo Porcelaine 150 pens and a plain tea cup to have our own craft time while the kids sung their hearts out. How good is that! I made this little two-sided character and potted it with a mini succulent. You could get the kids involved and make one too for Father's Day.Side one:Read more »
  • Rainbow Party for Odette's 6th Birthday

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:19 pm
    My friends Anni and Matthew from Milk & Honey Photography are soooo clever and as well as being fabulous portrait and wedding photographers, also put together really lovely, relaxed parties for their children. Here they share with us their daughter Odette's 6th birthday party, rainbow theme, at a park in Balmain and gorgeously photographed by the team at Milk & Honey Photography. I love Anni's rainbow layer cake and the gorgeous rainbow streamers with white tissue paper pom clouds decoration!Party: Odette's 6th Rainbow partyOrganised by: Anni and Matthew (Mum and…
  • Kick start photographic bed linen for kids from The Club Of Odd Volumes

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Speaking of gorgeous pieces from The Club of Odd Volumes, would you like to see these amazing photographic designs produced for kids' beds (and adults too)? I can't get over the coolness of the whales bed linen and I know my sister would go nuts for the cats design. Oh, and underwater bed linen? Yes please!Read more »
  • Laura Blythman kidswear

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:48 pm
    Laura Blythman is without a doubt one of my favourite Australian artists and is super-clever to boot with partnerships with all sorts of Australian makers. One of my favourite collaborations is the kidswear (and cushions, and tea towels, and adult tees!) with The Club of Odd Volumes. So many cute pieces of art ready to wear:You can find Laura Blythman's kidswear and other homewares at The Club Of Odd Volumes online store.Read more about Laura Blythman here on Bondville.Images: Laura Blythman for The Club Of Odd Volumes
  • Grace's pretty pastel girl's bedroom

    22 Aug 2014 | 10:54 pm
    I don't know about you, but my girls are just drawn to pastel colours, pinks and yellows. I promise it's not forced on them - I'm always presenting them with cool grey, black, monotone and darker colours - but they just can't get enough of a candy-sweet palette. (also, they would have floral everything - yikes!)Tara Chadwick's daughter also loves softer colours and this Mum has done an amazing job of curating a room full of lovely girly touches without being cloying. The pastel palette with bright yellow against a white/neutral background is a real winner. Tara kindly…
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    Scarlet Words

  • #67: How to cure an #iSlave

    25 Aug 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Image source: Romance Academy   Task #67 of my list of 101 Things in 1001 Days: Have a technology-free weekend Let me tell you about life without phones, screens and social media!  I’ve just spent a weekend free of all my gadgets and it was one of the best I’ve had in a long time. I left work last Friday afternoon with my phone locked in my office cupboard, and by the time I reached the car park I already felt different.  It felt very liberating to be free of the buzz each time an email, text, tweet or Facebook notification came in and that was the moment that I realised…
  • The art of unplugging

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:19 am
    I have a handful of tasks on my list of 101 Things in 1001 Days which have been kind of hard to get excited about.  Some of them are gym-related (no surprise there!) while others have challenged me to give up something I love.  That month without coffee was rough. So it’s probably not surprising that I’ve waited until Day 965 to embark on Task 67: Have a technology-free weekend. This Friday afternoon I’ll switch off my phone, lock it in my desk drawer at work and walk away.  I’ll put away my iPad and laptop too, as well as any other gadgets that would normally make…
  • #55 – Build a snowman

    17 Aug 2014 | 12:33 am
    I can’t quite believe that I haven’t posted anything here for more than 2 months!  It’s the usual story – the less action you see here, the more is (probably) going on in my offline life.  When I grow up I want to be one of those people who can manage both and still have time to brush their teeth. It’s crunch time now with my list of 101 Things in 1001 Days - only 41 days left to finish the remaining 28 tasks on my list.  It sounds bad (right?), but more than half of those items are already well underway and the others are probably manageable as long as I…
  • ALL BY MYSELF – Richard Dunn

    14 Jun 2014 | 7:23 pm
    All by myself from Richard Dunn on Vimeo. I’m still laughing at this video even as I type up this quick post.  Richard Dunn found himself stranded at an airport after his flight was cancelled last week, so using his iPhone (and a wheelchair and a roll of packing tape) he set out to make a music video. It starts strong and then it gets better.  Three thumbs up. (Related: SOUR GRAPES.)
  • Marina Abramovic and Ulay

    23 May 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Marina Abramovic and Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in.  When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again. At her 2010 MoMA retrospective Marina performed ‘The Artist Is Present’ as part of the show, a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her.  Ulay arrived without her knowing it, and after 22 years of separation this is what happened. These gifs are from Tumblr so the…
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  • Fishing in Australia

    Sean Cane
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Australia is the biggest island in the world and with this title comes 1000′s and 1000′s of kilometres of coastline. It doesn’t take much imagination to think that there would be some amazing fishing in these waters and the good news is that there absolutely is. From record breaking tuna, monster bill fish to bountiful bream and boisterous barramundi, Australia offers some of the best fishing adventures in the world. It’s not all salty either. World class trout fishing has a home in Tasmania and then there’s the Murray River in Victoria. If your planning on…
  • Amazing Lesser-Known Things to Do In Melbourne

    Sean Cane
    10 Aug 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Melbourne is one of Australia’s hot spots for travellers. From this modern city you can explore many different regions and engage in fishing, adventuring, take in major sporting events and more. Here are just some of the lesser-known highlights of what you will find in the Melbourne area. South Melbourne Market The South Melbourne Market is something you have to visit when you are there. It is one of the world’s largest indoor and outdoor markets that feature mostly fresh foods and produce. What makes this market so unique is it is consciously put together and run to create as small a…
  • The best road trips in Australia: Western Australia

    Sean Cane
    6 May 2014 | 4:32 am
    Road trips are more Aussie than AC/DC and are the best way to see everything Australia has to offer. The only problem is deciding where to go and what to see and do. This was the motivation behind creating this infographic of a fantastic 5 day road trip around South Western Australia as suggested by With stunning weather, natural beauty, top shelf wine, local produce and a wide range of activities to experience this region of Western Australia is perfect for an extended drive. From a spot of shopping in Perth to winery hopping in Margaret River to whale watching in Albany…
  • Tips on Renting a Car and Driving in NZ

    Sean Cane
    10 Mar 2014 | 2:29 pm
    New Zealand (NZ) is in many ways the perfect destination to travel by hire car and if you’re planning on visiting from Australia (or anywhere else) then you should definitely consider renting a car. Benefits include the fact that there are no large marsupials willing to randomly jump out in front of your vehicle and the landscape is constantly changing and more often than not, stunning, beautiful and unique. Also, unless you take a bus tour or fly there isn’t really any other way to get around. Fortunately, NZ is the kind of place you’ll appreciate every moment on the road…
  • Your Comprehensive Car Rental Checklist

    Sean Cane
    22 Dec 2013 | 8:27 pm
    Hiring a car comes with its ins and outs and you should have a plan to ensure everything goes smoothly even in the event that something goes wrong. There are plenty of horror stories out there where people have been left with huge bills because of disputes with the rental company. To avoid any nasty surprises we have put together a checklist of the things you should know and do from before you pick up your rental right through to after you drop it off. 1. Before you pick up your rental Make sure you have the appropriate documents ready. Your car rental voucher A valid driver’s licence…
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    Rocky Travel

  • Australia Travel Apps

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    Best Travel Apps to help you explore Australia Once you have planned your trip to Australia, the next step is to prepare for explorations. While there are still tons of information on paper, such as brochures, leaflets, maps, printouts, it is beneficial to have all information stored on one our device, either smartphone, iphone or [...] The post Australia Travel Apps appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Here is my Solo Travel Book

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    What I have been up lately After months of hard work, I am thrilled to announce my first Solo Travel Book, which is now live on the internet! So, now you know why it was so quite on the Rocky Travel Blog, lately… Drums roll. Here is my Solo Travel Book: “”. Why this ebook? [...] The post Here is my Solo Travel Book appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 travel hacks for the Australia Itinerary

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

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

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

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Welcome to the ZigaZag world of Travel and Lifestyle When we first arrived in Western Australia we were told about the Golden Triangle. It sounded a little like the Bermuda Triangle and equally as mysterious, given that we had so much to discover over the very wide ground that is Western Australia. But nowadays we pop down to Nannup quite often, for a weekend […] The post Why you should visit Nannup, Western Australia appeared first on %%ZigaZag%%.
  • A trike, a staircase and a silvery moon in Broome, Western Australia

    13 Aug 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Welcome to the ZigaZag world of Travel and Lifestyle Today ZigaZagers we’re going on a magical mystery tour to Broome, way up in the north west of Western Australia. I’m going to take you with me on a unique motorised ‘trike-limo’ to view a staircase to the moon, and then (Yay!) we’re off for a cooling beer at the  most remote brewery in WA. […] The post A trike, a staircase and a silvery moon in Broome, Western Australia appeared first on %%ZigaZag%%.
  • Wanda’s Pemberton Adventure

    6 Aug 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Welcome to the ZigaZag world of Travel and Lifestyle Wanda Sadowski is an avid bicyclist and together with her husband Mark she trailblazes around the highways, byways and adventurous back-routes of South West Australia. Today she takes us to Pemberton in a guest post which marks the second article in a three part series about this lovely south west town set deep in the […] The post Wanda’s Pemberton Adventure appeared first on %%ZigaZag%%.
  • Pemberton, Short Stay Highlights.

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Welcome to the ZigaZag world of Travel and Lifestyle There are some country towns that you never grow tired of, and Pemberton 343kms, from Perth set deep in the heart of the Southern Forests is one of those towns. Every time we visit we find something new to do or see, and at any time of year the town exudes a quiet charm. It’s […] The post Pemberton, Short Stay Highlights. appeared first on %%ZigaZag%%.
  • Wildflower Trails Western Australia. Why Now is the Prettiest Time to Head North

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Welcome to the ZigaZag world of Travel and Lifestyle It’s absolutely no surprise why Western Australia is renowned for its stretch of beautiful coastline. The soft white sand, crystal clear water and beautiful marine life make it a spectacular swimming and snorkelling State for any beach and water lover. Many families, travellers and backpackers migrate to Western Australia to explore this stunning scenery and […] The post Wildflower Trails Western Australia. Why Now is the Prettiest Time to Head North appeared first on %%ZigaZag%%.
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