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  • 'Why shouldn't little Johnny get priority?'

    The Sydney Morning Herald News Headlines
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Medibank boss told a dinner full of doctors his clients should get priority in an emergency. It didn't go down well.
  • 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%%.
  • Master Franchising and the Impact on Franchisees

    Women's Network Australia Blog
    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 […]
  • Apple set date for iPhone 6 launch

    The Sydney Morning Herald News Headlines
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Apple send out invitations for what's presumed to be its big iPhone event of the year.
  • Shedding light on a great plane mystery | Top Stories
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:22 pm
    HAVE you ever wondered why the flight attendants tell you to open the window shades at certain points of the trip? Now you can find out.
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    The Conversation

  • Menzies, a failure by today's rules, ran a budget to build the nation

    Richard Denniss, Adjunct Professor, Crawford School at Australian National University
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Robert Menzies may be a Liberal hero for John Howard and his successors in the current government, but his budgets fit their definition of 'disaster'.AAP/Alan PorrittRobert Menzies left Australia in far worse financial shape then he found it, at least according to current treasurer Joe Hockey’s favourite debt and deficit benchmark. Having inherited budget surpluses from the Chifley Labor government, the Menzies Coalition government ran small budget surpluses from 1949-50 to 1957-58. But then Menzies' “irresponsible profligacy” began, running budget deficits for the last nine…
  • Grattan on Friday: Attacking the RET will open another tough battlefront for Abbott

    Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow at University of Canberra
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:49 pm
    If the Abbott government goes down the anti-RET path, it will be heavily driven by ideology.AAP/Lukas CochTony Abbott has got a heap of unwanted publicity this week as a result of his response to cantankerous Liberal senator Ian Macdonald, who upbraided him for being late to Tuesday’s Coalition parties' meeting. As a putdown of Macdonald, an impatient Abbott said he’d had a Monday night fundraiser in Melbourne that was followed next morning by a visit to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre to bring the trip within official entitlements. Grafting official and party work together is common…
  • Abbott government health policy needs a sharper focus

    Jim Gillespie, Deputy Director, Menzies Centre for Health Policy & Associate Professor in Health Policy at University of Sydney
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:48 pm
    If the Abbott government is clearing the way for a bold reform agenda, the shape of the new direction remains shrouded in mystery. AAP/Dan PeledThe Coalition entered the 2013 federal election without a health policy. After a year in government, it remains without one. While there has been activity in the health arena, there’s been little coherent direction. The government’s first month was spent on an ideological campaign against agencies identified with the “nanny state”. The Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia (established by the Holt government in 1966), for instance, was…
  • Kids with Google accounts: how parents can keep them safe

    Joanne Orlando, Senior lecturer, Educational Technology at University of Western Sydney
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:48 pm
    It's likely children will come across child-unfriendly content online, regardless of parental control. ransomtech/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SAYou might have seen reports that Google could offer children under the age of 13 years a simple and safe way to access their internet services, including Gmail and YouTube. But will this new strategy really make a difference to the way the younger generation use the internet? Google’s accounts are currently only available to individuals 13 years and over, but the move to let children create their own unique presence is uncommon in the online world. The…
  • Going bananas over affordable housing

    Nicole Gurran, Associate Professor at University of Sydney
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Is assuming houses are like bananas making us look like apes?Michael Lokner/Flicker, CC BY-NC-NDA poster in the head office of a state planning agency claims: “Highest Housing Approvals in a decade: Keeping homes more affordable”. Indeed, the latest figures show national housing approvals rose 16% between June 2013 and 2014. Given ongoing concern about housing affordability and supply in Australia, this sounds like good news. But that assumes increasing supply will fix affordability. Some people liken houses to bananas. When the supply of bananas drops, prices rise. The Property Council…
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    Daily Telegraph | Top Stories

  • Russian forces invade Ukraine

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:17 pm
    US President Barack Obama says it’s plain for the world to see that Russian forces are fighting in Ukraine, despite Moscow's denials.
  • LIVE: It’s Australia Day at the US Open

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:13 pm
    IT’S a huge day for Australia. Casey Dellacqua is through to the third round, Sam Stosur is out - now for Nick Kyrgios! Follow it live right here.
  • Toddler’s potty mouth a viral hit

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:43 pm
    BREKKIE WRAP: A TODDLER has become a viral internet sensation after her foul-mouthed reaction to the Ice Bucket Challenge.
  • Toddler duct-taped to nap mat at daycare

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:25 pm
    LIVE BLOG: Outraged parents are suing a Texas school that duct-taped their three-year-old son to his nap mat; NRL fan survey results: How did your team fare?
  • Peacekeepers detained in Syria

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    THE United Nations says 43 peacekeepers have been detained by an armed group in Syria during fighting and 81 other peacekeepers are trapped.
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    Women's Network Australia Blog

  • 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 […]
  • How To Insure Your Home Business

    Kate Fairley
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:22 pm
    When you’re just starting out every cent counts, which is why many small business owners choose to launch their business from home.  Home based enterprises are the fastest growing sector  of the business market with women at the forefront of the growth. But what does that mean for insurance? This post explains the important things […]
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    Policy Online -

  • Indicators of inequality for Māori and Pacific people

    Lisa Marriott | Victoria Business School (VUW), Chair in Public Finance (VUW), Dalice Sim | Victoria Business School (VUW), Chair in Public Finance (VUW)
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:49 pm
    This study investigates a number of inequality indicators in New Zealand and particularly the current gaps in the indicators between the European population, and Māori and Pacific people.Read more
  • Managing consumerization of personal cloud storage: a New Zealand perspective

    Soklay Ky | School of Information Management (VUW)
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Employees' behavior of using personal cloud storage at the workplace might put corporates at risk. This trend has been happening globally and known as consumerization of personal cloud storage.Read more
  • Power to the People - reclaiming control of electricity in Victoria

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:26 pm
    A public forum to learn more about how consumers of electricity can help reclaim control over their power bills, and more particularly, how the power companies are getting away with massive bill hikes every single year.  Expert speakers will outline how the current National Energy Rules are...Read more
  • Global road map to limit conflict and loss

    William F. Laurance | RN Breakfast, ABC Radio National
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Bill Laurence highlights the impacts of rapid road expansion on native ecosystems and wildlife, and discusses a paper he published today in Nature called A global strategy for road building, an innovative zoning scheme to define where on Earth future roads should and should not go.Read more
  • Independent cost benefit analysis of broadband: Volume II – the costs and benefits of high‐speed broadband

    Michael Vertigan | Department of Communications (Australia)
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:39 am
    This Cost-Benefit Analysis considers the costs of different approaches to providing fast broadband in Australia. It also considers preferences and potential future demand for high-speed broadband in Australia, and estimates consumer willingness to pay for increased broadband speeds.Read more
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    Miscellaneous Mum - Trying to find the objective correlative, everyday

  • 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…
  • Miscmum – What’s Next?

    Karen Andrews
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Over half a million words. This blog has come a long way. But I feel that it could go even further. Now the celebrations of the eighth birthday party have passed (the Xenomorphs took some chasing off!), I want to go in to detail about ‘what happens next’ and ‘where to now’? If I’m honest, a small part of me feels like things could go on quite easily as they have been. And therein lies part of the conundrum – things are easy (well, easy-ish). I don’t feel like I’ve tasked myself enough, or given back as much as I can to the writing/artistic/creative community. In my workshops,…
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    Karen Cheng's Fashion and Life

  • 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…
  • Keeping it Real: My Dressing Table

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:07 pm
    In an effort to reduce my clutter, I’ve been donating a lot of my stuff to charity, storing my keepsakes properly, throwing out the junk… and just trying to be a bit more organised in general! So since things are looking a lot neater around here, I thought I’d share my progress and give you a peek into some of my everyday spaces. Starting with my bedside table. Usually the place where I throw my used tissues, my bedside table is actually a set of tall drawers where I store some of my clothes. Yep there’s a lot of stuff on my bedside table! It’s where I keep the…
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    Boomerang Books Blog

  • 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 […]
  • Feathers, Scales, Fur or Skin: Tales of Friendship and Being Yourself

    Romi Sharp
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:48 am
    The Lucky Country. That’s Australia. We embrace difference. Celebrate diversity. Stand up for what we believe in. Be ourselves. Show compassion for those in need.   The following picture books, as chosen for the 2014 Speech Pathology Australia Books of the Year shortlist, all share common themes; diversity, friendship and uniqueness.   The Short Giraffe […]
  • Player Profile: Kimberley Freeman, author of Evergreen Falls

    Jon Page
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Kimberley Freeman, author of Evergreen Falls Tell us about your latest creation: Evergreen Falls is set at a luxury hotel in the Blue Mountains in the 1920s. A forbidden love affair sets off a chain of events with tragic consequences, and it all gets covered up. In the present, a young woman arrives at the same hotel and stumbles […]
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    The Interpreter

  • India links: Labour reform, India-Japan, economic recovery, #RiceBucketChallenge and more

    Danielle Rajendram
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Is labour market reform really crucial to reviving India's manufacturing sector? Pranab Bardhan doesn't think so. Shamika Ravi argues that rather than being reinvented or restructured, India's Planning Commission should be replaced with an independent think tank. Is India's economy starting to recover? Prime Minister Modi is off to meet Shinzo Abe in Japan next week, marking the occasion by sending a series of tweets in Japanese. Here are seven things to watch out for during his visit. India has started its own alternative to the ice bucket challenge: the rice bucket…
  • Indonesia-Australia Code of Conduct is excellent news

    Sam Roggeveen
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:32 am
    It has an odd name and a confounding operative clause, but the 'Australia-Indonesia Joint Understanding on a Code of Conduct' signed today in Bali by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and her Indonesian counterpart Marty Natalegawa is good news. What's with the name? According to the Associated Press, Julie Bishop 'wanted to call it a "Joint Understanding," while her Indonesian counterpart Marty Natalegawa preferred "Code of Conduct." So they combined the titles.' (And, it might be added, mangled the English language in a way reminiscent of the award Montgomery Burns once conferred on…
  • Japan's continuing confidence in the alliance

    Yusuke Ishihara
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:36 pm
    The views expressed here are the author's own, and do not necessarily represent those of National Institute for Defense Studies or the Japanese Ministry of Defense. I am inspired by the recent debate on The Interpreter about the trajectory of Japan's security strategy. Brad Glosserman's Washington Quarterly article, which prompted the debate, sketches the contemporary discourse in Japan. Many do indeed appear to accept the decline of Japan rather comfortably, which, Glosserman suggests, explains why Japan does not go beyond picking 'low-hanging fruit' in economic and security…
  • Canada teaches Russia geography

    Sam Roggeveen
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Sure, Canada is famous for its comedians, but who knew they were working at NATO?
  • Pacific island links: West Papua, Fiji democracy, Melanesia, fisheries and more

    Tess Newton Cain
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Keep up with what has been happening in the Pacific island region with our  selected links. As the 17 September election draws closer, political observers and commentators are thinking about what needs to come next to re-establish democracy in Fiji. Meanwhile, in a  recent Interpreter post, Alex Stewart asserts that in diplomatic terms Fiji has outsmarted Australia. Incoming president of Indonesia Joko Widodo has promised to give more attention to West Papua, but will building a presidential palace there be enough? On the Devpolicy blog, Jonathan Pryke examines why…
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  • 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…
  • Let's fund Tickle The Imagination magazine!

    22 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Lovely Tanya from Tickle The Imagination magazine is raising funds to publish the next issue. If you love craft, handmade, fun ideas for kids, and supporting indie Australian publishing and media, head over to Pozible before the 8th September 2014 to make the new issue happen - they're half way there!Image: Tickle The Imagination
  • Free Gelato Messina icecreams at Chatswood Chase 30th Aug

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Sydneysiders love their Gelato Messina and you can score one of these limited edition bespoke icecreams by the iconic confectioners at Chatswood Chase on 30th August! Gelato Messina has designed these beauties especially for the opening of US retailers West Elm, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and Williams-Sonoma on Sydney's north shore. Get in on the action!Read more »
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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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