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  • What no one tells you about having kids | Top Stories
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:39 am
    OPINION: When well-meaning people tell this mother to “treasure every moment” of parenting, she wants to punch them in the face. Here’s the truth about parenting that no one talks about.
  • Wimbledon 2015: Bernard Tomic dumped from Australia's Davis Cup team after Wimbledon outburst

    Sydney Morning Herald RSS News Headlines
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Tennis Australia have reacted to Bernard Tomic's extraordinary accusations by dumping the 22-year-old from this month's Davis Cup quarter final against Kazakhstan in Darwin.
  • RAAF changes commander | Top Stories
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:17 am
    THE RAAF has changed leader with former chief Air Marshal Geoff Brown handing over to Air Marshal Leo Davies.
  • Assange denies seeking asylum in France | Breaking News
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:05 am
    THE defence team for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has denied he sought asylum in France after the Elysee Palace said it had declined such a request.
  • Strange act hands man lifetime ban | Most Popular | Most Popular Stories
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:21 am
    A MAN was carried off a plane and tackled to the ground at the airport, landing him a lifetime flying ban. So, what did he do on board?
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  • RAAF changes commander

    3 Jul 2015 | 5:17 am
    THE RAAF has changed leader with former chief Air Marshal Geoff Brown handing over to Air Marshal Leo Davies.
  • Arson murder on the rise, says new study

    3 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    A NEW study says the overall national murder rate is declining, but the proportion of homicides by arson is increasing.
  • Strange act hands man lifetime ban

    3 Jul 2015 | 4:21 am
    A MAN was carried off a plane and tackled to the ground at the airport, landing him a lifetime flying ban. So, what did he do on board?
  • Payment-by-selfie is nearly a reality

    3 Jul 2015 | 4:05 am
    MASTERCARD are working on technology that is bound to impress millennials — the ability to pay for purchases by taking a selfie.
  • What no one tells you about having kids

    3 Jul 2015 | 3:39 am
    OPINION: When well-meaning people tell this mother to “treasure every moment” of parenting, she wants to punch them in the face. Here’s the truth about parenting that no one talks about.
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    The Conversation

  • Reduced sentences for murderers reveal the rotten heart of Afghan justice

    Liza Schuster, currently on secondment to the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University, Afghanistan at City University London
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:58 am
    Something's got to give. EPA/Hedayatullah AmidIn the week that president Ashraf Ghani appointed Anisa Rasouli to be the first woman sit on Afghanistan’s Supreme Court, the same court met in secret to commute the death sentences handed down to four of Farkhunda Malikzada’s killers to 20 and 10 years in prison, and to acquit the men who incited the riot that led to her brutal murder. Both events have provoked protests. The Ulema Council, a religious body charged with overseeing the compatibility of Afghan laws with Sharia, objected to Ghani’s nomination on the grounds that women could…
  • From avatars to apps: why we still love to go down the rabbit hole with Alice

    Lyle Skains, Lecturer in Writing at Bangor University
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:03 pm
    Playtime in Wonderland. Pratyeka/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SAFew in the English-speaking world (and even the non-English-speaking world) are unfamiliar with Alice and her encounters with nonsense and play in Wonderland, whether through the original texts, or their many adaptations. Alice has walked across pages, stages, and screens; she is playable and played. This timeless text speaks to all - adult, child, reader and player. The adaptability of Lewis Carroll’s language, the openness of its storyworld and the malleable nature of Alice’s character all beckon us to return to Wonderland in…
  • Government to beef up ACCC to assist farmers

    Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow at University of Canberra
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:17 pm
    The Nationals – of whom Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce is deputy leader – have been agitated at the strong power of Coles and Woolworths to beat down prices of suppliers. AAP/Mick TsikasFarmers will get some extra help in the battle against the supermarket chains in the government’s long-awaited White Paper on Agricultural Competitiveness released on Saturday. The package contains A$728 million in new spending on a range of initiatives over the budget forward estimates, as well as $500 million for dams, some of which was announced in the northern Australia white paper. The…
  • As we remember 7/7, it's time we learned to trust the crowd

    Chris Cocking, Researcher in Crowd Behaviour at University of Brighton
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:02 am
    Commuters walk the streets after the attacks. Gareth Fuller/PA On the morning of 7 July 2005, we were on the platform at Waterloo East tube station. We were our way to the Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition to present our research on crowd behaviour in emergencies. But, before we got there, we were evacuated from the tube, alongside thousands of other commuters during rush-hour, without being told why. We took the rest of our journey that day on foot, among the crowds of people doing the same. It was slightly surreal to see so many people walking across London on their way to work…
  • Robots can't kill you – claiming they can is dangerous

    Ron Chrisley, Director of the Centre for Cognitive Science at University of Sussex
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:47 am
    I didn't do it! Jiuguang Wang/flickr, CC BY-SARobots' involvement in human deaths is nothing new. The recent death of a man who was grabbed by a robot and crushed against a metal plate at a Volkswagen factory in Baunatal, Germany, attracted extensive media attention. But it is strikingly similar to one of the first recorded case of a death involving an industrial robot 34 years ago. These incidents have happened before and will happen again. Even if safety standards continue to rise and the chance of an accident happening in any given human/robotic interaction goes down, such events will…
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    Women's Network Australia Blog

  • Is It Time For A LinkedIn Review?

    Robyn Henderson
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:30 pm
    How long has it been since you visited your own LinkedIn profile page? Unless you have been living under a rock, you will be aware that LinkedIn is continually making changes and improvements. Their mantra as you know is “doing less better” and to that end they are continually improving. What you will find on […]
  • Why Life Satisfaction is the New Economy

    Vicki Writer
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:23 pm
    I have spent a significant amount of time in the last 12 months researching and studying the emerging science of positive psychology and my findings have been fascinating. The research suggests that prosperity and profitability are linked to wellbeing. In-fact, there have been some studies done in Europe where the measurement for prosperity is based […]
  • Why Crazy Business Ideas Are Succeeding Now More Than Ever Before

    Bernadette Schwerdt
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:25 pm
    It’s The Long Tail Factor At Work. Did you know there’s an entire Facebook page dedicated to people who can’t fit their hand inside a tin of Pringles? And it’s got 1 million Likes? Did you know that there are entire cruises dedicated to nudists? (I won’t be sitting on those banana lounges any time […]
  • Franchising Marketing Funds: The Balancing Act

    Simone Pentis
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Marketing Funds are an area that can cause tension between franchisees and franchisors. This is since franchisees are often required in addition to paying franchise fees to pay certain monies into a fund for marketing and/or promotional purposes as determined and controlled by the franchisor. These marketing and/or promotional related activities can include, without limitation: […]
  • The Dark Side of Time Management

    Sue Davey
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Do you feel stressed by your over-scheduled life, especially if you’re trying to stay on top of your game when it comes to your career, your family and your friends? Well if you do, you are not alone! Women all over the world live in fear as they try to balance their lives, be a […]
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    Suzer's Expat Adventures

  • Is there anyone out there?

    26 Jun 2015 | 6:20 am
    Does anyone ever visit this old blog anymore, I wonder, ten years on.  I'm just a few weeks back from a 3 week solo holiday in Europe.  It's the second international holiday I've had in the past year, and I've visited 7 countries in total amongst the two trips; 6 of them were on the latter of course, the former being to the States, where I visited the magnificent Powell's in Portland.  One of the many countries I visited while in Europe or thereabouts was Iceland, and I highly recommend a hike to the hot springs in the Reykjadalur Valley.  That little platform in photo one…
  • Here for Life...I think

    5 Feb 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Today's post is a query: would you move to another country after this?  Sounds exhausting.  I've already lived in 5 countries, and it's hard enough to pack up and head out with a couple of suitcases and a few extra boxes of stuff.  I can't even imagine moving house, much less to another country.  Sure, it would be nice to experience a new place for more than a few weeks at a time, and if I had a chance to live and work somewhere for a few months, I might leave my husband to his own devices for a short while, but another proper move just wouldn't happen, unless there were…
  • Meanwhile, at the airport...

    4 Feb 2014 | 9:03 pm
    I used to put pictures of my travels up on the blog.  Now, they end up on Facebook instead.  Instead of a handful, there are hundreds, and it's where I go to look first for my holiday pics.  This past weekend, I headed to Canberra for a couple of days.  When I first asked people for recommendations of things to do there, I was told to 1) watch the traffic lights change 2) check out Costco and 3) see if the Rex Hotel is still around and whether they do break in those little flower pots still (Bill Bryson reference and on a sidenote, if you haven't read his book about Oz and…
  • In Hindsight...

    3 Feb 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Today's post is meant to be a reflection; looking back at my 5th post ever on this blog, over 8 years ago, I can't believe how quickly the time has flown.  I can vividly remember all of the experiences I describe in that post, and how exciting all of the mundane elements of life were, my first week living in the UK.  The individual bits and pieces aren't as important as the overall experience, and the small things were key.  This is probably why my writing has slowed down.  All of the little new experiences have just morphed into the everyday. The expat experience isn't as…
  • An object that makes me feel at home

    3 Feb 2014 | 12:53 am
    Mentally walking through all of the rooms of my house, and at the same time reminding myself that the word home doesn't necessarily mean the place of my origin, I settle on my bookshelf.  It's one item that contains many.  I spent years after moving abroad looking through second hand adverts online for a bookshelf with character; my antique barrister bookcase back in Chicago, which may or may not eventually make a trip to Australia, still contains many of my most beloved books.  I bring a few back with me every time I visit the US, and am amassing a collection on this end…
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    Andrew Bartlett

  • Brisbane Cryptoparty: What is It & Why Does It Matter?

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

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

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

    Andrew Bartlett
    11 Jan 2015 | 3:56 am
    Adding to my own wish/goals, this article contains a range of good resolutions from folks such as Maya Angelou, Carl Sagan & Benjamin Franklin, along with plenty of others.
  • 4ZZZ’s 40th coming up

    Andrew Bartlett
    6 Jan 2015 | 4:14 am
    Brisbane’s independent music radio station 4ZZZ FM hits its 40th birthday this year. (The actual 40th anniversary of the first broadcast is not until 8th December, but it’s something worth building up to!) It was the first community radio and first FM radio station in Queensland. At the time FM – being in stereo, as opposed to the mono sound of the traditional AM band – was a bit of a thing for music buffs. The nature of radio and the way music is produced – in particular the various ways people access music – has changed immeasurably since 1975, and some things that ZZZ…
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    Policy Online -

  • Global Frictions: Rupture and Connection in a Global Age

    2 Jul 2015 | 10:19 pm
    Featuring three presentations from leading global thinkers Professor Manfred B Steger (School of Global,...Read more
  • Building digital safety for journalism: a survey of selected issues

    Jennifer R. Henrichsen | United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, Michelle Betz | United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, Joanne M. Lisosky | United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:19 pm
    The fourth title in the Internet Freedom series offers valuable insights for policymakers, civil society organisations, media companies, and a range of journalistic actors, offering them enhanced understanding about new challenges to journalism safety.   Read more
  • A primer on digital productivity: An introduction to some of the basic concepts of how digitisation affects productivity growth

    Bureau of Communications Research | Department of Communications, Dean Parham | Department of Communications
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:59 pm
    A key tool for policy officers and decision-makers, the Digital Productivity Primer looks at how ICT and digitisation affects productivity, why productivity matters and tools for measuring the productivity gains from digitisation.Read more
  • Statement of Intent 2015 to 2019: Ministry of Health

    2 Jul 2015 | 8:34 pm
    The Ministry of Health’s Statement of Intent 2015–2019 identifies key priorities and how success will be measured.Read more
  • Insights for teachers: a profile of teachers who teach Year 7-10 students and their principals

    Chris Cockerill | Ministry of Education (New Zealand), Debra Taylor | Ministry of Education (New Zealand), Nicola Marshall | Ministry of Education (New Zealand)
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:40 pm
    The first New Zealand findings from the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) asks teachers who teach students in Years 7, 8, 9 or 10, and their principals, about the conditions that contribute to their learning environments: their work, their schools and their classrooms.Read more
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    Karen Andrews - learning through life and creativity

  • Friday Celebrations #4

    Karen Andrews
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:23 pm
    I’ll start off this week’s celebrations with the above picture. Readers might recognise this poem ‘postcard’ from my #miscpoetry project – if you click through to the link you’ll see them all in a single post. Since then, they’ve been sitting in my drawer and I thought to myself, “What else can be done? How can I extend the project? Why would I want to?” So, here’s a little spoiler. I’ll do a full write up once I have set them all free ‘in the wild’! There’s a lot! Other celebrations, and interesting…
  • July Creative Challenge

    Karen Andrews
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:23 pm
    In some ways, I’m picking the worst month to do a creative challenge. I’ll be busy conducting workshops, putting together another for an event that (for the moment) has to be kept hush-hush, keeping kids entertained during school holidays and a few other things besides those. But I was thinking back over the fun I had during the 30 Days of NaNoWriMo Prompts challenge I set myself last year, and how pushing through tiredness – dare I even say laziness – was good for me. As enjoyable as I find blogging to be, I admit that if I do it for too long without at least trying…
  • A Family Travel Guide to a UK Road Trip

    Karen Andrews
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    By Australian road trip standards, England is easy, right? The country is only a few hours from top to bottom, isn’t it? Ah, well. I’ll stop you there. Yes, there is less territory to cross. But there are a few things it’s best to first be aware of. Once you’re sorted out, enjoy the wonderful sights – there are so many! First thing – the car Okay, first up – my mistake. I booked to collect the car first thing on Easter Friday. I knew we’d be in for a wait when I saw the line of other people waiting for their reservations practically spilling out…
  • Friday Celebrations #3

    Karen Andrews
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:09 pm
      What am I celebrating this week? Enjoying watching the kids draw chalk pictures on our driveway. Almost getting to the end of the latest season of Game of Thrones. Alas, I was only able to avoid spoilers for so long! The Sydney Writers Festival podcasts of Helen Garner and Richard Flanagan. It’s a joy to listen to them both.   Gmail is now officially offering ‘Undo Send’ functionality, and users like me everywhere breathe a sigh of relief. No longer wondering why people still catch the plague in the 21st century, because this great little piece explains why:…
  • What I’m Reading June 2015

    Karen Andrews
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    It’s been one of those weeks when literally every piece of news or email I’ve been waiting for arrived at the same time. Not in a trickling, gentle sense, but in the PROCESS IT ALL NOW NOW NOW way. As such, I’ve been sitting and dealing with these matters but combined with writing, too, I’ve been feeling quite dazed. Not in the right headspace to read and when I have picked something up, it’s been out of straightforward, casual and non-committed interest. Like a recipe book, for example. Or a link someone’s posted online. It’s not that they…
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    Karen Cheng's Fashion and Life

  • Anine Bing and Prima Jeans

    30 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    I’ve been a little bit obsessed with my skinny black jeans at the moment. I know it’s a weird thing to be obsessed about, because they’re not exactly a new thing and I’ve had many, MANY pairs over the years. What’s the big deal right? I’ve just found myself waking up in the morning and wanting to wear nothing else. Blue jeans? Khaki jeans? Grey trousers? Neh. Black jeans it is then! Then I’ll just throw on a knitted jumper, or a grey sweat shirt, or a denim shirt, or a checked shirt, or a white t-shirt, or a striped t-shirt… then some ankle…
  • Chin’s Noodle House and their Famous Peking Duck

    28 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    My sister, who is living in London, was recently back in Perth for a short visit. Whenever she is in town, she likes to schedule in a very efficient eating tour of all her (our) favourite childhood eats. And I am always VERY happy to throw my clean-eating, gluten-free, carb-free, pseudo-paleo eating regime out the window and tag along – haha! This particular day, we had an extended family dinner at Chin’s Noodle House in Leeming. There were 22 of us all together and we ordered tonnes of our favourite Chinese dishes, including one of our favourites: Chin’s Famous Peking Duck.
  • Pinching Myself

    27 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    It may be the middle of winter here in Perth, Western Australia… but the evening skies are simply magical! I’m falling in love with the river all over again. And these last few weeks I’ve been making sure I fit in some running and cycling by the water! Hope you all have a wonderful week ahead!
  • Bamboo Body Knit Collection

    25 Jun 2015 | 1:56 am
    I absolutely love bamboo fabric! I adore the luxurious, soft, silky feel of it; and the lovely drape and weight of it oozes quality and comfort. I also like the fact that it is a natural fabric and an eco-friendly and sustainable resource. The team at Bamboo Body sent over some amazing knits, which I’m so excited to share with you! I also have a special discount code at the end of this post to share – yay! First up, this is this Bamboo Cashmere Scoop Knit. It is made from 95% bamboo, 3% cashmere and 2% wool. I’m wearing the knit in Oatmeal XS, but it also comes in Black and…
  • Trilogy Gentle Facial Exfoliant

    23 Jun 2015 | 10:10 pm
    I’ve been a big fan of Trilogy products for years, and I particularly love their range of rosehip oil products. So when this new Gentle Facial Exfoliant landed in my mailbox, I almost fell over myself to get to a wash basin to try it out. For the last few months, I’ve been using exfoliating products that are more like chemical peels. Combined that with long, cold winter days, and the fact that I’ve been sitting in my office with a heater on all day… my skin has been feeling really BLAH. I needed to switch up my skin care routine… and I was in desperate need of a…
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    Boomerang Books Blog

  • Trace Balla’s Time to Shine

    Romi Sharp
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:07 pm
    Up-and-comer author illustrator, Trace Balla, has quickly hit the scene with the recent success of ‘Rivertime‘, being both shortlisted in the 2015 Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Awards, and winning this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize. Her work stems from a background in art therapy, animations and community involvement, with […]
  • Margaret Wild Changes Lives – Picture Book Reviews

    Romi Sharp
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:35 pm
    Margaret Wild is a much-loved, award-winning author with over 70 titles to her name, having great success with acclaimed books including Fox, The Very Best of Friends, Harry and Hopper, Lucy Goosey, Davy and the Duckling, and The Treasure Box. Her books extend to a wide range of themes, and are characteristically known for their […]
  • Review: Stealing People by Robert Wilson

    Jon Page
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:21 pm
    Charlie Boxer returns in one of Robert Wilson’s best novels to date. Two years after the events of You Will Never Find Me Charlie Boxer’s life is nearing some normalcy. Normal for a kidnap consultant whose services offer a little bit extra revenge on the side. His relationships with his ex-wife Mercy and daughter Amy […]
  • The Best of Australian YA

    Cait Drews
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:00 pm
    I’m an avid chewer of books but, surprisingly, I don’t read a lot of literature from my own country. Oh horror! Gasp with me! It’s an abominable shame. The reason for this is, a) I read mostly YA, b) most famous YA books are by American authors, and c) it seems much easier to get […]
  • Review – Fly-In Fly-Out Dad

    Dimity Powell
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:05 pm
    A year ago, I made a rare flight to Rockhampton. It was a mid-week, evening departure on one of those regional planes no bigger than a Lego model. What struck me most about the flight however as I waited in the boarding lounge, was the sheer number of men and women arriving into Brisbane that […]
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    Enviro Fuel

  • Hello world!

    25 Jun 2015 | 6:20 am
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging! The post Hello world! appeared first on Enviro Fuel.
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    The Interpreter

  • Weekend catch-up: Greek debt crisis, AIIB, coordinated terrorism, container trade and more

    Brendan Thomas-Noone
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    This week the Greek debt crisis entered a new phase, with Athens defaulting on it's €1.5 billion loan repayment to the IMF. A referendum has been called by Tsipras Government for this Sunday, which will ask the Greek population whether they accept to reject bailout conditions set by Greece's creditors. Tristram Sainsbury commented on the bizarre referendum:  The long term perspective is that we are witnessing an at-times painful series of negotiations that all contribute to the grand bargain of the European project. In this view, we are simply in a particularly dramatic stage of a…
  • This week in Jakarta: Herculean rivalries

    Catriona Croft-Cusworth
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:02 pm
    An Indonesian military aircraft crashed into a residential area in North Sumatra this week, killing 142 people at last count. In Jakarta, the tragedy gave President Jokowi the chance to again take sides in the simmering tension between the military and the police. The Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft was headed to the Riau Islands on Tuesday when it crashed only two minutes after take-off from an airbase in Medan. The transport plane was a US-made model from the 1960s, which had been in use by the Indonesian armed forces (TNI) since 1980. The high death toll was due not only to the crash…
  • Iran has made big nuclear concessions in Vienna

    Dina Esfandiary
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:22 pm
    Another seven days to reach an agreement; that's what the P5+1 decided this week when they weren't able to meet their 30 June deadline for a final deal on Iran's nuclear program. While some differences remain, both sides have come too far to walk away. The potential agreement achieves Western objectives: curbing Iran's program and closing the path to the bomb. The April 2015 framework agreement was good. It was not a final agreement and it had flaws, but the announcement covered a wider range of areas than anticipated and provided the basis for the detailed negotiations since. Iran agreed to…
  • Russia's nuclear doctrine takes an alarming step backwards

    Brendan Thomas-Noone
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:48 pm
    In a lengthy piece published earlier this week, Vox media journalist Max Fisher details how a conflict between the US and Russia could spiral into a nuclear war. As with all Vox content, it has pop-art, like this 'choose your own adventure' World War III flow-chart. Fisher does brush over a few things. He says Cold War leaders considered limited nuclear war, in which tactical nuclear warheads would be used on the battlefield rather than 'strategically' against population centers and cities, as 'unthinkable' and that they thought this type of conflict was not survivable or winnable. Not…
  • Digital diplomacy links: LGBTI blitz, Germany's Bollywood hit, DFAT blog and more

    Danielle Cave
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:45 pm
    On the first Friday of each month the Interpreter will publish Digital Diplomacy links instead of the weekly Digital Asia links. As Australian digital diplomacy strives to catch-up to the rest of the world, these links will highlight the most creative and effective ways in which countries are leveraging the Internet for foreign policy gain. America's #LGBTI digital diplomacy blitz provides valuable lessons for how states – no matter their resources – should conduct coordinated digital campaigns. Israel's Foreign Ministry takes a stab at the international media's coverage…
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  • Australian kids online stores to check out

    30 Jun 2015 | 4:59 pm
    If you're like me and love supporting indie designers and local online retail stores, check out these new additions to the Bondville online shopping directory. There are kids' fashion and bedding designers, artworks and stationery, lighting, room decor and lots of handmade goodies....Read more »
  • eeni meeni miini moh and e3-M Autumn Winter 15 Sale on now - 30% off

    30 Jun 2015 | 4:06 am
    It's time to stock up on Winter woolies for now and next year in the eeni meeni miini moh and e3-M end-of-season sale. The Autumn Winter 15 collection for boys and girls from size 0 to 12 is 30% off!(prices as marked)My girls are 5.5 and 7.5 years and they had great fun choosing their favourite outfits from the current season... Read more »
  • Bunny Birthday Party printable pack by Billy and Scarlet

    28 Jun 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Oh I am smitten with this Etsy find - the "It's Some Bunny's Birthday" party printable pack by Sydney designer Jillian from Billy and Scarlet. Perfect for Spring, it's all watercolours, pansies, and Jillian's original bunny illustrations - perfect for a girl's birthday party. My 5-year-old is mad for it too.Read more »
  • Happy As Larry Designs mid-year sale on ethical felt homewares

    25 Jun 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Snap up cosy ethically-made felt homewares from Bondville partner Happy As Larry Designs in the massive mid-year sale. Happy As Larry has a whole range of products that are perfect for kids' rooms, including rugs, garlands, decor, storage bins and more with many on-sale now until the end of June 2015. Here are some of my favourites:Read more »
  • 52 gifts for kids - the Bondville Australian Online Shopping Guide

    23 Jun 2015 | 9:29 pm
    Just to make your life a bit easier, each year I put together a gift guide for Australian Kids (and a few for Mums too), choosing one product that I am loving right now from each of the local stores in the Bondville Online Shopping Directory. Here are 52 gifts for babies, kids, teens and in-between at all price points that are perfect for baby showers, children's birthdays, or presents just because:Read more »
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    Gold Coast Blog News and Updates

  • Currumbin Sanctuary or Paradise Country Farm

    1 Jul 2015 | 5:08 pm
    Hi Annie, My family (2 adults & 1 child, 5 yrs old) is going to Brisbane & Goldcoast next week. If we only have 1 day to visit either Currumbin Sanctuary
  • Website Under Renovations

    26 May 2015 | 6:51 pm
    This website is currently undergoing renovations to make it more consistent across mobile, tablet and desktop computers. During this time of renovations, you may see different styles of pages, as we work through and convert to the new format. Sorry for any inconvenience or confusion caused during this time. If you are patient, I think you will find the final style much easier to navigate and use. As always, appreciate your support, please let me know if anything doesn't work for you. Many thanks for your patience. Annie
  • Common VIP Pass Questions For Gold Coast Theme Parks

    22 May 2015 | 9:13 pm
    Check this FAQ for commonly asked Gold Coast Theme Park VIP Pass questions...
  • Gold Coast Theme Park Passes Explained

    28 Apr 2015 | 8:23 pm
    Do you get as confused as I do about Gold Coast theme park passes and tickets? This should help including the latest deals...
  • Passes For Unlimited Entry to DreamWorld and SeaWorld

    17 Mar 2015 | 12:07 am
    Passes For Unlimited Entry to DreamWorld and SeaWorld I am wondering if there is a pass I can get to go to Dreamworld and Seaworld unlimited entry over
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    Rocky Travel

  • Experience Vivid Sydney 2015 in Photos

    1 Jul 2015 | 12:02 am
    Vivid Sydney is one of the Australian Festivals that had been long on my Australian bucket list. It’s the celebration of art, creativity, music and innovation not only with lighting and filming projections but also with highly educational and engaging peformances involving local and international artists, various industries and the community alike. Vivid Sydney is […] The post Experience Vivid Sydney 2015 in Photos appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Road Tripping the South East Coast Australia – A Photo Essay

    23 Jun 2015 | 1:08 am
    The South East Coast in Australia links Sydney to Melbourne with astounding landscape and beaches. However it is often overlooked by international travellers who prefer to spend their time in other destinations. While flying between the two major Australian cities may be convenient on a tight schedule, if you can plan at least 5 days […] The post Road Tripping the South East Coast Australia – A Photo Essay appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 8 Places to eat in Melbourne

    8 Jun 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Melbourne is known for its thriving coffee and food culture. The city has embraced its multicultural background and diverse cuisine by blending it with Australian native tastes and making it hard to beat the great offer of places to eat in Melbourne.  With hundreds of eateries reviewed online it is easy to map out the […] The post 8 Places to eat in Melbourne appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Experience Hot Air Ballooning over Melbourne

    27 May 2015 | 4:06 am
    Hot Air Ballooning is something that has always fascinated me. On my solo travels in Australia I witnessed many hot air balloons floating gently over the most diverse and picturesque landscapes. So last week I was lucky to tick this off my bucket list and went on a hot air balloon ride over Melbourne with […] The post Experience Hot Air Ballooning over Melbourne appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Exploring Melbourne laneways

    20 May 2015 | 10:17 pm
    Exploring Melbourne laneways is unarguably the best way to discover the true heart and soul of Melbourne. This is where the intimate insider life, the pulse and creativity take place. It’s where you find one-off shops, cozy tiny bars, unique coffee shops and vivid street art. From over 180 lanes, only a small number of […] The post Exploring Melbourne laneways 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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  • 3 Family Friendly things to do in South Western Australia

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

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

    14 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    There’s nothing we like better than to jump in the car at the weekend and follow our noses with little agenda to travel around the south west of Australia. And I’ve been really lucky to be tasked with the job of writing a series of articles for Australia’s South West tourism about Bunbury and the […] The post What to do in Bunbury and the Geographe Region appeared first on ZigaZag.
  • Sponsored Video : Discover the Northern Territory in a Campervan

    11 Mar 2015 | 8:56 pm
    Sponsored by Britz Campers and Tourism NT. Who loves a campervan trip? You do? That would be me too. The freedom of the open road, stopping at will, pulling into lay byes for a cuppa and sleeping with the salty smell of the ocean or the earthy smell of the dusty outback blowing in on […] The post Sponsored Video : Discover the Northern Territory in a Campervan appeared first on ZigaZag.
  • 10 Different Things to do in Fremantle

    12 Feb 2015 | 1:37 am
    Fremantle is a surprise. I never tire of wandering around its historic streets. It has a totally different ambiance to Perth, which is so close in distance, yet so far in character.   Freo is quaint and quirky with old buildings which line the streets in faded glory giving a glimpse into life in days gone […] The post 10 Different Things to do in Fremantle appeared first on ZigaZag.
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  • The Salt Flats of the Outback

    17 Jun 2015 | 8:34 am
    If you consider the fact that Australia is of a size with both Europe and America, it’s probably not that difficult to imagine that among its forests, mountains and deserts there will be a plethora of rare and unique landscapes. On a trip north towards Alice Springs we stopped off at one such location; an expansive salt flat just metres away from the Ghan railway track. If you didn’t know better you could easily mistake it for a giant lake, or even a sea front. This picture gives you a pretty good idea of how it looks. To me at least, it looks like most of the horizon is beyond a…
  • Yourambulla Cave Paintings

    4 Jun 2015 | 11:27 am
    The Yourambulla Caves are a historic reserve in the Flinders Ranges, and they sit just 11 kilometres south of Hawker. The site itself is home to some well preserved aboriginal cave paintings. The actual caves can be quite difficult to get to, and the climb up involves getting yourself up some unusually steep steps, almost like vertical ladders. The views of the surroundings and the cave paintings themselves make that all worth while though. I’ve even taken some pictures for you! If you’re too lazy to read this sign, it explains that the name Yourambulla is derived from the words…
  • #TTOT Solving Travel Annoyances

    3 Jun 2015 | 6:03 am
    First off, please excuse the dreadful featured image. Everything I put together I didn’t like, so I had to pick the one that I didn’t like the least. Apart from that, do you really read posts just to stare at the title picture? Probably not, so moving along. I’ve finally decided to illustrate some of the brilliant ideas that crop up on #ttot each week. As you can probably tell from the few pictures here and the header, I’m pretty good at art. So I’ll kick this off with the first question of the week. At a glance I don’t recall any totally amazing ideas.
  • Farina, An Australian Ghost Town

    2 Jun 2015 | 11:43 am
    It’s no secret that living in the Australian Outback is a challenge in itself. Despite this, in 1878 a group of optimistic farmers prepared plans to build Farina. Their hopes and chances of success hinged on there being enough rainfall to sustain their crops, sadly, they were wrong. It isn’t all doom and gloom though, their attempt has at least left a lasting legacy, baking beneath the outback sun. The township itself doesn’t lie all that far from the Ghan, which is a railway route that runs the length of Australia, stopping in various places such as Darwin, Alice Springs,…
  • Queenstown, Industrial and Serene

    1 Jun 2015 | 5:44 am
    Lying on the slopes of the West Coast Range, Queenstown is a small settlement of just under 2,000 inhabitants. It lies along the “circuit” which many travellers use to navigate Tasmania. Queenstown lies (at least it did for us) between Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair, and was the first real glimpse of civilisation we’d had for a while.  As you can probably guess from the photo above, Queenstown is a mining town, and has had ties to the mining and construction industries since the 1800s. These days there are still plenty of things around for tourists to see; museums in…
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  • 5 Best Attractions for Kids in Kuala Lumpur

    Sindhu Bharadwaj
    4 Jul 2015 | 1:30 pm
    It’s always nice to take your kids out for a vacation and spend some quality time with them. If you were to plan a trip to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, you will be spoilt for choice with the number of attractions the city has to offer for the kids. If not all, you can at least cover 5 best attractions for kids in Kuala Lumpur. To make every moment count here are 5 best attractions for your kids in Kuala Lumpur. Aircraft museum Image Courtesy: Alec Wilson used under the Creative Commons Licence We all know how fascinated kids are with the very mention of aircrafts, they can swoon and cry in…
  • A Roundup of Authentic Malaysian Ingredients

    Sindhu Bharadwaj
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Malaysian cooking incorporates a host of authentic local ingredients that play a pivotal role in bringing out a distinct flavour in the cuisine. The local ingredients are what is grown in the tropical land and used in the traditional and contemporary dishes that adds a zing to it. Here’s a roundup of authentic Malaysian ingredients you should know: Asam Gelugur Image Courtesy: Google Images: Also known as asam keping in Malay, is a large rainforest tree native to peninsular Malaysia. It is grown especially in the northern states for its medicinal value. The leaves…
  • Why is Halal Food so Important in Malaysia.

    Sindhu Bharadwaj
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:30 pm
    A large majority of the population in Malaysia comprises of Malay Muslims and it is of utmost importance for them to consume meat that is lawful or permissible. Halal food is consumed by the Muslims as a fundamental practice and is said that the Koran states that the followers of Islam are meant to eat food that is prepared only from the halal method of slaughtering meat. The opposite of halal is haram which means it is not permissible. Image Courtesy: Google Images: So what exactly is Halal food? Halal means ‘permissible’ in Arabic. Halal food is that which adheres…
  • Hainanese Chicken Rice

    Aparna Ramesh
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:58 am
    For the chicken 1. Wash chicken, drain well, stuff ginger and scallion into the chicken’s cavity. Rub 2 tsp salt all over the chicken. 2. In a large stockpot that can fit a whole chicken, add water enough to cover the whole chicken together with pandan leaves, carrot and salt. 3. Submerge the whole chicken, breast side down. Bring to full boil and then lower the heat to gentle simmer immediately for 35-45 minutes depending on the size of the chicken. 4. Remove chicken and plunge it into prepared cold water at once for 10 minutes. Retain chicken stock. 5. Drain the chicken, discard ginger…
  • 10 Easy Malay Phrases For Travellers

    Sindhu Bharadwaj
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Learning a new language is as exciting as learning to make a new dish in your kitchen. Whether you go to Malaysia or not, learning the basics of Malay language will definitely help you get more amicable with Malaysian people and also facilitate in understanding their cuisine and culture in a better way. Although Malaysia is a multi-cultural land the official language is Bahasa Malaysia. However, English, Chinese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien and Hakka and Tamil along with many indigenous languages are also spoken in Malaysia. Image Courtesy: Salihan used under the Creative Commons Licence…
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