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Magnificent Amalfi   Photo: Pam Walker

Amalfi: the coast with the most

Winter on Italy’s Amalfi Coast brings a vague melancholy: a hangover from too many proseccos the summer past. The tourists have dissipated back into their real lives and most businesses have closed up for Christmas. From the outside looking in, the coast …
Bernadette Anvia bridal

A Designer’s Profile: Thomas Lazar

Tucked away in a quiet street in Edensor Park in the Western Suburbs of Sydney is an unremarkable house. Its aesthetic appearance is no different to that of neighbouring residences—same brickwork, same driveway, same parched lawn. But behind its simple façade lies …
National Herbalist Association of Australia’s 2015 conference in Sydney

Common garden weeds can be medicinal

  Waitakere Council in west Auckland, New Zealand, in partnership with the Weedfree Trust, has declared a war on weeds. Its annual campaign, designed to save native bush, ran all through March. Phil Rasmussen, pharmacist and practicing New Zealand phytotherapist, said many …
Beautiful Hunter Valley cherished by locals

SOS: Is there anybody out there?

  We cannot do another term of Nationals – we just cannot. They have been here forever, the last one for 27 years … somebody … anybody Save Our Souls! Here in the electorate of the Upper Hunter we are drowning in a …
King Street Bust Stop 2

Reclaim the bus stops

Are you waiting for a bus?’ I ask the young woman standing outside a King Street pharmacy as I cycle pass. “Yes,” she replies candidly. “How can you tell?” she laughs. “Well, not from signage that’s for sure – but I’m afraid …
Sydney, a dream on two wheels

Sydney, a dream on two wheels

Sometimes the magic is just right there in front of you … and it nearly always involves a bike! I’m doing a few ‘bike-about’ stories and I’m hoping you’ll come along for the ride … There was a fresh chiselled sheen to …
Australian truffles on the world stage

Australian truffles on the world stage

It’s a cool spring day in Robertson, in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. As I walk along the rows of trees, even though the sun is shining I’m glad to be wearing extra layers. My friend Jet, the Blue Heeler, …