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Being Tempted by Sydney’s Living Museums

There’s an awesome new set up in Sydney-town. In April of this year, the Historic Houses Trust of NSW launched Sydney Living Museums, its new collective name for 12 of New South Wales’ most important museums and historic houses. The Trust, incorporating Sydney Living Museums, cares for significant historic places, buildings, landscapes and collections. Focusing on the…

September 4, 2013
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Food Culture

Australia v. New Zealand: the Great Pavlova Debate

Tomorrow Australia and New Zealand recognise ANZAC Day; arguably one of the most important days in the year for most of us Australasians. It’s a day for us to reflect and remember. I wrote about the significance of ANZAC Day for Aussies and Kiwis this time last year. (You can check it out here…

April 24, 2013
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Culture Random Stuff Retail

Are You a Retailer’s Wet Dream, too?

Every great business is built on friendship. (JC Penney) I am a retailer’s wet dream. You know the kind of customer I mean – I like nice things (who doesn’t?). If you are nice to me and I’m partial to your product, I’ll come back to you over and over again. I’m incredibly loyal –…

March 27, 2013
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Art & Design Culture Sydney

This weekend I’m off to the Olsen Irwin Gallery…

I want to give my compliments to Australia. Ever since your government paid a few million dollars for a Jackson Pollack painting, I figure that it must be a marvellous country. (Morton Feldman) Yes, it is a marvellous country but I’d rather have a ‘Nicholas Harding‘ than a ‘Jackson Pollock’ hanging in my living…

February 27, 2013
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Art & Design Culture Sydney Performance

I Love Sydney – Sydney Dance Company

Now there is in a way a renaissance of modern dance – suddenly, it is more respected and discovered. (Mikhail Baryshnikov) I was not one of those girls who dreamt of becoming a ballet dancer. Pink was never my colour (and still isn’t). ‘Elegant’ and ‘graceful’ are not words that would ever be used…

February 20, 2013
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Culture Design

B.O.B. – Best of Britannia, with lashings of ginger-beer…

When you’ve shouted `Rule Britannia’, when you’ve sung `God save the Queen’, / When you’ve finished killing Kruger with your mouth. (Rudyard Kipling) Only companies that support UK manufacturing are selected to show at the B.O.B. (Best of Britannia) event and all products on show have been made in Britain. Exhibitors range from the long-established…

October 26, 2012
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Art & Design Culture

Inge Jacobsen – How Cool is She?

So, I was sitting in the dentist’s waiting room this morning, leafing through magazines and I came across the most amazing images of Inge Jacobsen’s work. I came home and immediately googled her – anybody who can marry a traditional craft like embroidery with fashion and photography like she does deserves a google search,…

September 11, 2012
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Culture Performance

Feel-good Friday: Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That)

Remember Bob Geldof’s Live Aid concert back in 1985? Well, if you answered yes to that question, you’re officially old! Even if you’re too young to remember, the latest number from Flight of the Conchords and friends, and the accompanying video is going to give you enough warm-fuzzies to last all weekend. Promise! Feel…

August 31, 2012
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