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Simon Baker – Actor, Director, Surfer

Over an afternoon cup of tea at a Bronte café, Simon Baker is talking me through his decision to direct, and star in the film adaptation of Tim Winton’s Breath. Simon has just finished explaining that he ‘lives reluctantly in the public eye’ when a loose acquaintance of his wanders past our al fresco table […]

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Local Chick… Terri Mc Menamin from Waverley

We met Terri Mc Menamin from Waverley up at Joe’s barbers in the Junction. She’s a fine shaver of heads, but she’s also written a book! Terri shares her local favourites with The Beast… How long have you lived here? I’ve spent nine years in Sydney, and one of those living in Waverley. Why do […]

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Local Bloke… Shane Byrne from Clovelly

Clovelly’s Shane Byrne moved to Sydney as a young fella and has called the Eastern Suburbs home ever since. He shares his local favourites with The Beast… How long have you lived here? I grew up in Taree and Forster and moved to Sydney with my parents at the age of 7. I’ve lived in […]

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Star Signs – June 2018

Gemini May 22-Jun 21 Pay more attention to that thing between your legs. You’ve neglected it lately and it will seek revenge if you don’t give it some love soon. Cancer Jun 22-Jul 22 Similar to reading tea leaves, you have the rare gift of seeing the future in a piece of used toilet paper. […]

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Moroccan Pumpkin Salad

I’m fairly in love with pumpkin right now and this super robust dish really speaks for just how insanely good pumpkins are. The nature of the pumpkin carries spices such as sweet paprika, turmeric and cinnamon so well, not to mention that by adding these culinary spices we add small amounts of valuable nutrients to […]

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Food

Unico Zelo and Applewood

The team at Adelaide Hills winery Unico Zelo (and Applewood Distillery) are led by Brendan and Laura Carter. The first thing you see on their websites is, “From the land we belong to”. They’re all about looking after each other, those around them, and the land they come from. Unico Zelo The wines start off […]

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Food

Gluten-Free Triple Chocolate Brownies: A serious Chocolate Fix for the serious Chocaholic

This recipe is an adaptation of a very delicious, yet very unhealthy chocolate brownie recipe that I came across online recently. To make it healthier I reduced the volume of sugar, swapped the white cane sugar for coconut sugar, changed the wheat flour with gluten-free flour, and substituted the butter with coconut oil – these […]

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Food

Asian Made: Randwick’s Hidden Gem

I don’t know about you, but when I head to an Asian restaurant, the last thing I expect to be asked is, “Are you here for lunch or to play the pokies?” Indeed, that’s what we were confronted with as we walked into the reception area of the Randwick Club. There was a faint sound […]

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A Bong-Free Trip Down Memory Lane

By the time I was old enough to get my driver’s licence, surfing and smoking pot was a huge part of my life and regular road trips to Seal Rocks, Crescent Head, Angourie, Lennox Head, Byron Bay and the Gold Coast had become the norm. The big difference was that in those mad days the […]

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Lessons for Life: Bronte Public School Leading the Way

“Children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way,” sang Whitney Houston in one of her all-time favourite songs. And it certainly seems that learning good habits while we’re still young is far easier than un-learning bad habits when we are older. Clare Baptist, assistant principal at Bronte Public School, believes […]

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