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  • Why does shoveling snow increase risk of heart attack?

    The Conversation
    Jack Goodman, Professor, Kinesiology and Physical Education, Adjunct Scientist, Division of Cardiology, Mt. Sinai Hospital at University of Toronto
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:43 am
    With snow comes shoveling, and with shoveling can come heart attacks. Trudy Wilkerson/ShutterstockParts of the northeastern United States are still digging out after a blizzard. And more snow is on the way. You may have seen news stories warning that shoveling snow can raise the risk of a heart attack, or heart problems, at least for some people. So, why is that? Snow shoveling can be vigorous exercise Snow shoveling is a unique form of exertion. It can be vigorous and challenging to the cardiovascular system in general, and the heart in particular. When combined with the inherent…
  • Chinese – style Fried Omelette

    Asian Inspirations
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:53 pm
    1 Heat oil in wok and fry onion and smoked Chinese sausage for 3 mins. 2 Combine spring onions and oyster sauce with eggs and add to wok and stir quickly until just set. 3 Serve with steamed rice. 4 Your Chinese Style Fried Omelette is ready! The post Chinese – style Fried Omelette appeared first on Asian Inspirations.
  • Andy Murray strives to grasp the unreachable vision

    Sydney Morning Herald RSS News Headlines
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:42 am
    Andy Murray is a peculiar man to watch on the tennis court. He's of more intrigue and vulnerability than Novak Djokovic, who's too good at being Novak Djokovic to warrant any sympathy. Murray has a lot of trouble being Murray, and that is an endearing quality in any person. 
  • Gyngell laughs off Packer brawl | Top Stories
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:26 am
    NINE CEO David Gyngell has shrugged off his infamous punch-up with James Packer, saying the two made up almost immediately.
  • Polls close in Queensland election | Breaking News
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:07 am
    THE polls have closed for voting in the Queensland election, with exit polls showing the Campbell Newman-led LNP in danger of losing government.
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  • Gyngell laughs off Packer brawl

    31 Jan 2015 | 12:26 am
    NINE CEO David Gyngell has shrugged off his infamous punch-up with James Packer, saying the two made up almost immediately.
  • Postecoglou keeps the faith

    31 Jan 2015 | 12:18 am
    LIVE: Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou is taking an unchanged starting 11 into tonight’s Asian Cup final. Follow the action here.
  • LIVE: Queensland election

    31 Jan 2015 | 12:17 am
    FOLLOW all the action from the Queensland election as voters head for the polls for what is expected to be a close race to the finish line.
  • Pilot gets locked out of cockpit

    30 Jan 2015 | 11:57 pm
    A PILOT who took a toilet break faced an embarrassing moment after he found himself locked out of the cockpit, leaving his co-pilot to land the plane.
  • Mal Brough urged to take top job

    30 Jan 2015 | 11:32 pm
    TONY Abbott’s leadership woes continue, with Mal Brough the latest politician urged to challenge the Prime Minister for leadership.
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    The Conversation

  • Will Your Lipstick cause Early Menopause?

    Ian Musgrave, Senior lecturer in Pharmacology at University of Adelaide
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:22 pm
    I was going to avoid blogging on this topic, but seeing as the story made the Australian with the headline “Chemicals in lipstick and cleaning products linked to early menopause”, I feel I have to weigh in a bit to avoid undue panic and the inevitable dangers of people hurling their lipsticks out the window at great speed. Also, there are issues of science communication and “the dose makes the poison” To set the scene, there are a number of chemicals that are persistent pollutants in the environment such as polychlorinated biphenyl’s (PCB’s) and phthalates. These can weakly mimic…
  • Prisoners and politics: Islamic State, Jordan and tribal power

    James Worrall, Lecturer in International Relations and Middle East Studies at University of Leeds
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Muadh al-Kasasbeh's father is a powerful man. EPAWhen a coalition of the willing was formed in September 2014 and bombing began against Daesh in Iraq and Syria, things appeared to be moving in the right direction. Daesh is more commonly known as Islamic State or ISIS, but I refuse to dignify it with that term and will refer to the group using the Arabic pejorative term in this article. The fact that the Syrian-focused branch of the coalition formed in 2014, led by the US, was made up of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Jordan was seen as a diplomatic coup and certainly something…
  • Final Queensland Polls have LNP Narrowly Ahead

    Adrian Beaumont, PhD Student, Department of Mathematics and Statistics at University of Melbourne
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:49 pm
    The Queensland election will be held today. Polls close at 6pm local time (7pm in the south eastern states). We have had final polls from ReachTEL, Galaxy and Newspoll, which all have the Liberal National Party (LNP) leading by 52-48. Here is the poll table. ReachTEL is being compared with a 20 January poll, while the last Newspoll and Galaxy polls were at the start of the campaign. final Qld polls All three polls had very similar major party primary votes of 41% for the LNP to 37% for Labor. Greens support was at 6-8%, while Palmer United Party (PUP) has slumped to only 4% in both Galaxy and…
  • Why does shoveling snow increase risk of heart attack?

    Jack Goodman, Professor, Kinesiology and Physical Education, Adjunct Scientist, Division of Cardiology, Mt. Sinai Hospital at University of Toronto
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:43 am
    With snow comes shoveling, and with shoveling can come heart attacks. Trudy Wilkerson/ShutterstockParts of the northeastern United States are still digging out after a blizzard. And more snow is on the way. You may have seen news stories warning that shoveling snow can raise the risk of a heart attack, or heart problems, at least for some people. So, why is that? Snow shoveling can be vigorous exercise Snow shoveling is a unique form of exertion. It can be vigorous and challenging to the cardiovascular system in general, and the heart in particular. When combined with the inherent…
  • Prime Evil: why South Africa has released Eugene De Kock

    Paul Jackson, Professor of Politics at University of Birmingham
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:41 am
    Eugene de Kock pictured with film maker Jann Turner. George HallettThe release of Eugene de Kock, former commander of the notorious Vlakplaas counterinsurgency unit responsible for numerous clandestine assassinations in apartheid South Africa, raises a number of critical issues with respect to justice in societies in transition. De Kock was nicknamed “Prime Evil” and was sentenced to two life sentences plus 212 years in prison in 1996. However, after 20 years, he is being released “in the interests of nation-building”. The 66-year-old remains such a controversial figure that the place…
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    Daily Telegraph | Top Stories

  • LIVE: Queensland election

    31 Jan 2015 | 12:17 am
    FOLLOW all the action from the Queensland election as voters head for the polls for what is expected to be a close race to the finish line.
  • Live: Socceroos v South Korea final

    30 Jan 2015 | 11:50 pm
    LIVE: Ange Postecoglou names an unchanged XI to face South Korea in the Socceroos’ quest for continental glory in the Asian Cup final. Preview here!
  • Mal Brough urged to take top job

    30 Jan 2015 | 11:32 pm
    TONY Abbott’s leadership woes continue, with Mal Brough the latest politician urged to challenge the Prime Minister for leadership.
  • Little Aussie town everyone’s talking about

    30 Jan 2015 | 11:30 pm
    IT’S one of Australia’s most down-trodden suburbs, but the home town of would-be premier Annastacia Palaszczuk could soon have a whole lot to boast about.
  • LIVE: Serena, Maria in final showdown

    30 Jan 2015 | 11:04 pm
    SERENA Williams is eyeing her 19th career grand slam when she takes on Russian no.2 seed Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open final. LIVE UPDATES
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    Women's Network Australia Blog

  • 4 Must Ask Questions to Hone Your Marketing Comms

    Danielle MacInnis
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    I was listening to Marketing Smarts Podcast last night with Tamsen Webster as the guest. There were four great questions that I think are so fundamental to marketing comms that I wanted to share them with you. To create a communication that works, ask yourself four framing questions: 1. Who are you talking to? (Audience) […]
  • How to Achieve Your Best – Part 1

    David Solomon
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Achieving your best is a personal thing. In the same way that success for you really should be defined by your lifestyle, family, financial and other goals – rather than what society says success “should” be – being “your best” works the same way. This also applies whether we are considering being your best in […]
  • The Curse of Sisypus

    Thomas Downey
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Do you have days when you feel like you are Sisypus? In Greek mythology, Sisypus was punished by being compelled to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and to repeat this action forever. He was caught in an endless cycle of futility and frustration, and in spite […]
  • A Casual Summer Drink That Changed My Life

    Leo Eliades
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:31 pm
    As a teenager while having a casual summer drink with my uncle I never expected to hear an off the cuff comment that was to remain with me forever. Not only that but it would settle in my mind and serve me so well for the rest of my life. The special words were, no […]
  • How to Use To Identify Blog Topics People Want To Read

    Sorcha Mullis
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    There’s no point in writing blog posts for the sake of having something to post. You want to write on topics that people want to read about and share. is an incredibly handy tool that can help you look at different elements within your chosen topic, and uncover what people want to know about […]
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    Bartlett's Blog

  • 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…
  • Goal/Wish List of 2015 → 2: Reduce the impact and power of Hate-mongers in our country

    Andrew Bartlett
    5 Jan 2015 | 4:56 am
    The presence and impact of proactive haters is multi-layered, but if left unchecked can cause immense harm both to those who are the targets of the hate and to what becomes a more divided, antagonistic society. (I thought I’d keep this manageable by restricting it to Australia, although there is of course plenty worse that happens in many other countries). There is a small but influential number of people who see it is part of their job to exacerbate public antagonism towards particular groups in the community – either because they believe in what they are doing, or because they know it…
  • Goal/Wish List of 2015 → 1: Fewer people claiming there is a budget emergency to justify cuts to social services & income supports.

    Andrew Bartlett
    3 Jan 2015 | 3:47 am
    This goal/wish might seem even more unlikely than world peace, but I feel it is worth a stab none the less – so much so that I thought I’d even risk putting something as potentially boring as economics at the start of my Ne Year’s list (which is of a still indeterminate length). Perhaps convincing people that economics can be interesting is also a fairly remote hope, but doing so would help turn the public and political conversations in a much better direction. In a piece in New Matilda last month, Ian McAuley argued that the Left “dealt itself out of the economic debate”, basically…
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    Karen Andrews - learning through life and creativity

  • 2014 Family Goals Review – and those for 2015

    Karen Andrews
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:50 pm
    I know I’m a little late for doing a ’2014 in review post’ and, truth is, I nearly let this one languish in the drafts folder. However a bigger part of me wanted to acknowledge what we managed to achieve… and those things we didn’t… in order to put a line under the exercise and move on. This made me a little hesitant about making big family goals for this year – in the same way, at least. As such, we haven’t sat down together like we did last time, and I’m not sure that we will. However, I have been thinking about this a fair bit and as…
  • Refining Your Story for Greater Success

    Karen Andrews
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
      It’s a thrill to be able to show you today a talk I had recently with Valerie Khoo and her business book Power Stories: The 8 Stories You Must Tell to Build an Epic Business. The longer I’ve been writing and blogging the more I’ve come to value the various ways that people can package and deliver their messages. Smart, clever, not necessarily expensive, and certainly always from the heart, I’ve been people blossom when they’ve been able to ‘put it all together’. Valerie’s book can help you do that.  If you enjoy the intervew, subscribe…
  • 3 Ingredient Australia Day Damper Dip

    Karen Andrews
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:11 pm
    I don’t think an Australia Day has gone by without my making this damper dip. Although I have reservations about the day itself, and it’s darker history and all that is yet to be done to remedy past wrongs, I do enjoy making this dip. It’s a family tradition I’m happy to stand behind. Only out of the oven for half and hour and it’s already nearly all gone – so I think that says something about its tastiness too! Here’s a step-by-step guide. As I said in the title, there’s only 3 ingredients: a cobb loaf (or damper), sour cream and a packet of…
  • What I’m Reading January 2015

    Karen Andrews
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:23 pm
    Goodness, look at the date – I’m running late for my regular ‘What I’m Reading’ post. With the kids at home on holidays still, and my playing around with new video software, I’ve been preoccupied! Things will return to normal (or our version of normal!) next week when school goes back. So – books! To start, I cracked open Station Eleven and was immediately drawn in to the story – how great an opening is Shakespeare (you’ll understand if you read it) and a global pandemic! Station Eleven is one of those books that first came to my attention…
  • Writing Novels: Tips and Process – an interview with Lisa Heidke

    Karen Andrews
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:34 pm
      I had the delight of talking to Lisa Heidke yesterday about her new book, It Started With a Kiss (purchase details at bottom), and here it is for you all to see. I have a resolution this morning to go buy a better webcam – the one I’m currently using is old (the one in my laptop doesn’t even work!) and is very temperamental.     Topics discussed How to fit in writing around family commitments at different stages in children’s lives. Writing process: word count targets, how to structure a novel, fleshing out and developing characters. How Lisa’s…
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    Karen Cheng's Fashion and Life

  • Our Big, Wobbly, Blue Thing

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    When we bought our house (many years ago), there was a swimming pool in the backyard. While it’s quite common to find pools in suburban backyards in Australia, this pool was really old (and ugly) and it was not very well looked after by the previous owners. So we would have needed to spend something like $7,000 – $10,000 to refurbish and fix it. The pool was also right smack bang in the middle of the backyard; it was all fenced up and it pretty much took up the WHOLE backyard. There was no where for our kids to run around or play. Added to that, both my husband and I have lived in…
  • Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad

    25 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    I made a Vietnamese-style rice noodle salad for an Australia Day BBQ with friends! Nothing says Australia Day like a table full of cuisines spanning from all over the globe! I served the salad with crushed peanuts on the side, as I wasn’t sure if there were kids at the party with nut allergies. I also left out the chilli because I wanted it to be kid-friendly. There is a LOT of slicing with this recipe! In fact, there is so much slicing that I wouldn’t have made this salad if I did not have my julienne peelers. My julienne peelers look like simple potato peelers, and they cut…
  • Hello Parry and Isabel Marant

    22 Jan 2015 | 7:02 pm
    I’m so pleased to introduce this online boutique to all my lovely readers! Hello Parry is an online fashion store featuring some great new styles, with a stylish, understated, cool vibe – which I like a lot! The store is based in Australia, and they have easy domestic shipping rates and fuss-free, flat-rate International shipping. Things I like about the shop: 1) Quality for Price The first question that came to mind was, why would I shop here instead of ASOS, Zalora, or an Asian-based blogshop… where you can buy similar looking dresses for $45 and skirts for $25. Well after…
  • Beachin’ and Loving Life

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Life has been pretty damn good lately! We’ve been hanging out at the beach a lot. We usually organise to go with 5 or 6 families from school. Happy kids, of all ages. Laughter, smiling and playing wonderfully. Beach cricket. Beach soccer. Body boards. Sandcastles. Watermelon. Berries. Sandy beach towels. Chips and dips. I’m a big believer that a simple life, family and friends, and a sense of community… is the answer to happiness, gratefulness, contentment and success. I love that all this is around me and I’m living some of the happiest days of my life! Wishing you…
  • The Pointed Toe Loafer

    20 Jan 2015 | 7:16 pm
    I have been looking everywhere for a pair of nicely-shaped, slightly pointed-toe, man-style loafers; and the pairs that I had my eyes one were these or these. Unfortunately, they were a bit outside my price range – because I wasn’t entirely convinced that they would even suit me or my style. They looked gorgeously stylish, they looked amazing on other people, they are “on trend”… but that was not enough of a reason for me to drop $200 on them. Anyway, I stumbled across these… They are lovely! And they were only $30!! I got them from Boohoo and for THAT…
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    Boomerang Books Blog

  • Get Reading for School, Kids!

    Romi Sharp
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:40 pm
    With school starting up for the year ahead, there may be many mixed feelings of trepidation, excitement and loneliness (and that’s just for the parents). But if your kids are going through some of these emotions, too, here are some fantastic resources to help children relate their own experiences to others and reassure them of […]
  • The Indie Book Awards 2015 Shortlist Announcement

    Boomerang Books
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:56 pm
    Get FREE shipping when you use the promo code indies15 at checkout Every December 170+ independent Australian booksellers take stock of the year in books and nominate their favourite Australian titles for the Indie Book Awards shortlist. The shortlist falls into four categories – fiction, non-fiction, debut fiction and children’s and YA books. The Indie […]
  • Review – WANTED! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar

    Dimity Powell
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:06 pm
    It is wise to start a new year on a positive note. Many begin with a resolution. A new book excites me. But how do you choose the perfect title that will not only entertain and enthral but also convince you to pick up another, again and again? Best to begin with a tale of […]
  • Review: What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund

    Jon Page
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:44 pm
    I read this after listening the fabulous Bookrageous Podcast which read and discussed the book for their book club and then interviewed the author. It is a fascinating look at what is happening inside our minds when we read. The author, Peter Mendelsund, is a book designer for Knopf in the US but also has […]
  • I’m not loafing, I’m doing research

    Julie Fison
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:57 pm
    Is it too late to say – Happy New Year! I hope you’ve had a great start to the year. I’ve been flat out working all summer. My friends and family would probably say otherwise, that I’ve been lazing around on holidays, that I’ve barely had my laptop open. But that’s just the point. I’ve […]
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    The Interpreter

  • Weekend catch-up: #knightmare, social media, 'La Haine', Greek elections and more

    Brendan Thomas-Noone
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Bringing together the best Interpreter articles you were too busy to read this week. The Interpreter published several pieces this week on the international dimensions surrounding the controversy over Prime Minister Tony Abbott's decision to bestow a knighthood on Prince Philip, in what is being called the #knightmare. The decision prompted multiple reactions, some favorable, others not. But really the heart of  the issue is part of a much larger debate The Interpreter has tackled before: What kind of nation does Australia want to be? First, historian James Curran on a similar…
  • Treat terrorism like crime, not war

    Paul G Buchanan
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:42 pm
    Earlier this week Anthony Bubalo suggested that a debate is needed about how to properly counter terrorism in liberal democracies, and more specifically how to achieve the proper balance between security and civil liberties when confronting violent extremism. This is part 1 of my response. The post-9/11 security environment has been dominated by the spectre of terrorism mostly, if not exclusively, of the Islamic-inspired sort. In many liberal democracies the response to the threat of this type of extremist violence has been the promulgation of a raft of anti-terrorism laws and organisational…
  • Why invading North Korea is a terrible idea

    Robert E Kelly
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Earlier this month, Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry argued for a US invasion of North Korea. Thankfully, the general response has been quite negative (here, here and here). Invading North Korea is a terrible idea, and it is worth laying out why in some detail. I do not intend this as a particular shot against Gobry – I do not know him personally – but rather against this general idea, as it does come up now and then.  In 1994, the Clinton Administration came close to launching a massive air campaign against the North (well-discussed here). Then in the first term of President…
  • The French Intifada

    Milton Osborne
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Nicole George's perceptive pointer to 'La Haine' on The Interpreter as a way into the fraught world of the contemporary France's banlieues is a reminder of the fact that a sizeable section of French society is alienated from the social mainstream by a combustible mix of religion, ethnic origin and the historical experience of colonialism. This has been the case for many years. A more recent, if flawed, examination of what this means for France and the French is David Hussey's The French Intifada: The Long War between France and the Arabs, published last year. I say flawed because Hussey's…
  • Abbott's blunder won't hurt us in Asia

    Sam Roggeveen
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Of all the ink spilled on Tony Abbott's 'knightmare' over the course of the week, Greg Sheridan had what was, for me, the definitive take. I agree with every word. It truly was a diabolically poor piece of judgment, as was the original decision to re-introduce knighthoods. Abbott may have believed that both initiatives were consistent with his conservative principles, but it was really the act of, at best, a nostalgic, and at worst a reactionary. It's true, to paraphrase William F Buckley, that occasionally the job of the conservative is to stand athwart history yelling 'Stop!' But true…
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  • SleepMaker Singles mattresses and ensembles for kids

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Choosing a bed for your child can be a bit of an overwhelming process. Bed frame or ensemble? And then what about the mattress? SleepMaker has a great option for kids in Australia with the Singles mattress and ensemble base.What a great-looking room! Here are a few ideas to recreate a similar look yourself. Maybe with some fresh bedding from Bramwell Designs?Read more »
  • New La De Dah Kids winter 2015 crochet toys and homewares

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:18 pm
    Geelong-based la de dah kids continues to deliver with a brand new collection of beautiful crocheted products that the kids will love for their rooms. Rugs, storage baskets, wall hangings, garlands, cushions, toys, and cotton blankets and beanbags are all covered in a range of pastel + monochrome colours with a little orange and metallic thrown in!I also Love with a capital L the styling in these shots; the triangle and square colour blocks on the wall in aqua/mint/white are amazing. I know these snuggle cushions are going to be hugely popular:Read more »
  • eBay Find: Bholu wallpaper border and artwork

    21 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Before Armadillo & Co., there was Bholu - Jodie Fried's beautiful Australian label creating ethically-made felt homewares for adults and children. We have adored our Bholu cushions, children's bed linen, soft toys, and throws. I can't bear to part with them, and you just can't find them in stores anymore. Lucky for us, I spotted some great Bholu pieces on eBay that would look beautiful in a nursery. Keep reading below for more...Read more »
  • Four great movies for kids this Summer

    20 Jan 2015 | 6:50 pm
    We're one of those movie families. We love going to the movies together, eating popcorn, gripping each other's arms, and snuggling in the dark. This Summer has been particularly good for kids' movies, and I thought I'd share the four movies that we have seen (and loved) over the last month. My girls (age 5 and 7 years) wanted to weigh in with their critiques too!Paper PlanesWebsiteRating: GRunning Time: 96 minRead more »
  • eBay find: Middle Of Nowhere Malmo stool

    18 Jan 2015 | 8:04 pm
    Love a bargain! I have a three-leg white dipped Malmo stool by Melbourne designers Middle of Nowhere that I love (you can spot it in my little one's room here as a side table).I found this Malmo stool on eBay today with a starting bid of $159.99 - it usually retails for around $200 in stores. Local pick-up from Bentleigh,VIC, and bidding finishes in a few days (22nd Jan 2015). I can't vouch for the seller or the condition, but thought it was worth checking out.Image: Middle of Nowhere
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    Scarlet Words

  • Take these thoughts

    12 Jan 2015 | 10:51 pm
    Hey, remember when I used to have a blog? I think about writing here most days, but each time I sit down to blog I remember how much time has passed since my last post and it’s overwhelming so I take a nap instead.  Could this be why I am the very last blogger on Earth to be offered a book deal? So life has been great, terrible, amazing and awful since we last spoke.  Real talk: 2014 punched me right in the face and left a bit of a mark, and then I finished the year with an impressive bout of pneumonia.  Because really, why not be eighty-five years old all of a sudden? …
  • #77 – Take 101 photos with black & white film

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

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

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

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

  • Celebrating Australia Day 2015

    19 Jan 2015 | 2:07 am
    How will you celebrate Australia Day 2015 On 26th January 2015 Australians and Aussie Fans will celebrate Australia Day, the most important Australian public holiday. Over the weekend from 24th to 26th of January an array of events will take place everywhere across the country to celebrate the passion for a great Nation. Sydney is […] The post Celebrating Australia Day 2015 appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 10 healthy eating tips for travelling Australia

    8 Jan 2015 | 12:59 pm
    10 healthy eating tips for travelling Australia Let’s face it, to maintain healthy eating habits when travelling Australia, it’s a struggle! Many factors, like changing climate and time zones, changing location, eating at odd times and poor cooking facilities may lead to changing your eating habits. When travelling, it’s easier to prefer eating pre-packaged food, […] The post 10 healthy eating tips for travelling Australia appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 28 Photos Australia Trip 2014

    29 Dec 2014 | 4:21 am
    28 Photos and Memories of Australia Trip 2014 2014 has been an epic year. And for many reasons. Not only was my Australia Trip a blast, but also an array of events and important yearly recurrences took place, which made 2014 a truly special year for me! 2014 Goals These were my personal goals for […] The post 28 Photos Australia Trip 2014 appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Housesitting in Australia as Solo Traveller

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:16 am
    What is it like Solo Housesitting in Australia When I first heard of housesitting in Australia I thought it was good for couples. But when I started digging, I was suprised to read about the stories of many solo travellers . As you may already know, housesitting is an inexpensive way to stay in exchange […] The post Housesitting in Australia as Solo Traveller appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • My favourite Outdoor Wear + Giveaway

    6 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    My favourite Outdoor Wear for my Australia Travels For my Australia Adventures I always pack my Samsonite Bag with my favourite Outdoor Wear. Meanwhile I have written blog posts about what to wear when travelling in Australia and why I prefer functional clothing when I pack for outdoor adventures. Why pack functional Outdoor Wear for […] The post My favourite Outdoor Wear + Giveaway 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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  • Introducing the Fabulous Ferguson Valley (to Fabulous yTravelBlog)

    19 Jan 2015 | 10:10 pm
    If you’re flying into Perth and time is limited, but you want to see something a little different and off the beaten track, then a visit to The Ferguson Valley two hours south could just be the ticket. Living in Bunbury means that The Valley is our backyard stomping ground given that we can reach […] The post Introducing the Fabulous Ferguson Valley (to Fabulous yTravelBlog) appeared first on ZigaZag.
  • Live an Idyllic lifestyle in Dalyellup, Western Australia

    7 Jan 2015 | 12:53 am
    So you want to ‘live the life’ in Western Australia but you’re not quite sure where to start looking? North, South, East, West? The state is huge, about 10 times the size of the UK, and even if you’re looking at a specific destination due to work considerations,  you’ll find plenty of options for different […] The post Live an Idyllic lifestyle in Dalyellup, Western Australia appeared first on ZigaZag.
  • Sponsored Video Airbnb – The new way to stay

    9 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
      Video sponsored by Airbnb Hands up. Who’s ever booked an Airbnb room or apartment? I haven’t yet, but the more I hear about Airbnb, the more inclined I am to give it a go. A few years ago accommodation on a micro scale would have been unheard of. It was always about the big […] The post Sponsored Video Airbnb – The new way to stay appeared first on ZigaZag.
  • 5 Almost Free Things to Do In Broome

    1 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Broome is sometimes perceived as an expensive destination. Let’s face it, it’s a long way from Perth and it’s a really remote spot, but once you get to know the town, you’ll find there’s plenty to do that doesn’t break the bank. Guest Post contributor, Rosemary McGuigan, has uncovered 5 self-guided activities that cost very […] The post 5 Almost Free Things to Do In Broome appeared first on ZigaZag.
  • Foodie things to do in Margaret River. The Margaret River Gourmet Escape

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Today I’m feeling like a slug. And the reason for that is that I’ve just been lucky enough to attend the Margaret River Gourmet Escape, a three day food and wine extravaganza held in and around Leeuwin Estate Winery in South West Australia. It’s an event held in the Margaret River region that celebrates Western […] The post Foodie things to do in Margaret River. The Margaret River Gourmet Escape appeared first on ZigaZag.
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  • Dubai Desert Safari Camels & Dunes

    30 Jan 2015 | 4:10 am
    Ah. Dubai. One of the worlds up and coming cities. Home to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and a bunch of other architectural wonders. It’s a pretty place, and an ultra-modern one too. The city, that is. Have you ever wondered what lies beyond the Dubai’s outer suburbs, further into the desert? During my short lay over there, I set out to find out, and took a few pictures along the way. Lonelyplanet has a great resource to help you decide what to do when you get to Dubai, I’d certainly recommend taking a look at it. In fact, it helped me make the…
  • Sydney: The World’s Best New Years Eve Destination?

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Sydney is considered by many as the ultimate destination to celebrate New Year. Having finally experienced it myself, I find myself inclined to agree, it is definitely up there with must-see New Years Eve locations. From the atmosphere, the sights, the city itself, and then the infamous firework display, Sydney really does have it all. But what is it really like in the lead up to the count down? From a Brits perspective, Sydney is the coveted location which is always shown on the TV before everything else. Australia welcomes in the New Year first, as far as our media is concerned. Although…
  • Bad News or a Blessing?

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:37 pm
    First of all, I’d like to point out that there is in fact a cyclist crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I spotted him from down below and couldn’t really help myself. So there you have it, a guy riding his bike across the bridge. Back on topic. Have you ever been in the situation where you receive some bad news, but it turns out it might actually be a blessing in disguise? Well, as of now, I have. Meaning? It means I’ll probably be spending much more of my “free” time dressed something like this Yes, I know I look ridiculous in that picture, but hey, it’s…
  • Rocky Cape National Park, Tasmanian Beauty

    20 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Tasmania boasts a vast number of national parks, and there is undoubtedly a park for every person, a different sort as it were. The first national park that I stopped off at was Rocky Cape, on the north west coast “leg” of our tour of Tasmania. It was nothing like what you would expect. We were driving into the national park with no idea what we should expect. I’ve been to quite a few national parks in my lifetime. Usually they have pretty little visitor centres, public facilities and in a lot of places there are so many tourists you can’t get a proper look. Heading…
  • I Wish I Could Travel Like You

    15 Jan 2015 | 4:01 am
    There’s one phrase I hear all the time, and if I’m completely honest with you, it really winds me up. “You’re so lucky. I wish I could do that” I mean, yes, I am. I’m a little bit of a leprechaun when it comes to luck, and I always seem to land on my feet. The annoying thing about this phrase is the context in which I hear it so often. “You’re so lucky”,”that you can go to all these places”,”that you get to travel so much”. It’s probably one of the most common things a traveller gets to hear from the…
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    Asian Inspirations

  • Four Chinese Good Luck Symbols

    30 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    Chinese culture certainly has no shortage of symbols for luck and good fortune. These symbols are easily seen in everyday life, but sometimes their meaning is not easily discernible. There are many signs and symbols from around the world that are seen as lucky. Others are thought to bring good fortune to the person that poses them. Some believe these symbols can grant wishes or even heal the sick. There are also several symbols for warding off evil and curses. Lucky symbols are popular worldwide and take many forms. Here are some of the most popular Chinese good luck symbols: Numbers…
  • The Tray of Togetherness

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Culinary traditions are very important during the Chinese New Year.  Having large meals is indicative of family togetherness.  Fish-based dishes are normally served because fish symbolises hope, wealth and prosperity. During New Year house visits, people greet each other with ‘xin nian kuai le’ (happy new year), ‘gong xi fa cai’ (blessings of wealth and prosperity), and ‘shen ti jian kang’ (may you have good health). Image Courtesy: Hale_popoki used under the Creative Commons Licence The Chinese New Year is a festive time, full of cultural traditions. The Tray of Togetherness is…
  • Getting to Know Chinese Bitter Melon

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Chinese bitter melon, known as bitter gourd, bitter squash or balsam pear in English has the scientific name mormordica charantia. It is the fruit of a tropical and subtropical vine that is widely grown in Africa, the Caribbean and Asia. As the name suggests, the melon is bitter to taste, although the shape and bitterness differ among its varieties. Image Courtesy: Alexandra Moss used under the Creative Commons Licence The Chinese bitter melon is consumed and cooked in its green form or premature yellowing stage. The leaves and shoots of the plant are also eaten. The Chinese use it in…
  • Crispy Black Bean Fish

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    1 Heat oil in fry pan or wok. 2 Place flour on a plate and cover fish well on both sides. 3 When oil is very hot, place fish in the pan and leave for 5 mins. Turn over and cook for another 5 mins. Both sides should be very crispy and golden. 4 In a saucepan, add the sauces and water and simmer. 5 Place fish on a plate and pour over the sauce and garnish with spring onion. 6 Try this Crispy Black Bean Fish Recipe! The post Crispy Black Bean Fish appeared first on Asian Inspirations.
  • Chinese – style Fried Omelette

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:53 pm
    1 Heat oil in wok and fry onion and smoked Chinese sausage for 3 mins. 2 Combine spring onions and oyster sauce with eggs and add to wok and stir quickly until just set. 3 Serve with steamed rice. 4 Your Chinese Style Fried Omelette is ready! The post Chinese – style Fried Omelette appeared first on Asian Inspirations.
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