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DON’T MESS WITH PEARL’S GREY ARMY

As a smug, elderly person, I can appreciate that my presence causes terrible annoyance to politicians and marketers. A blight on the landscape, with my lined skin and thinning hair, I’m smug in the awareness that I’m healthier, less conservative, more engaged, and a darned sight more resilient than the generations I’m leaving behind. Oblivious […]

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THE TRAGIC TALE OF KEVIN ‘THE HEAD’ BRENNAN

Sydney’s Eastern Beaches are awash with tales of talented surfers drowning – not by sea, but to the vices of a hedonistic city. Though no other surfer personifies this phenomenon more supremely than Bondi’s Kevin ‘The Head’ Brennan, nicknamed so for his outrageously large cranium. A jockey-sized petty thief with an almost supernatural surfing ability, […]

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WHAT A CHAMPION, WHAT A BLOKE

On Friday, September 1, we had a great send off for one of the most well-known and colourful members of the Eastern Suburbs community, Franciscus Oscar Oudenhoven, better known as ‘Well Dressed Frank’, ‘All Day’, ‘Frank Smith’, or just plain old ‘Gherkin’. A crowd of over 600 people spilled out of Matraville’s Eastern Suburbs Memorial […]

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BONDI HAIRDRESSER DOING THE WRIGHT THING WITH REMOTE INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY

Hairdressers are notoriously good talkers, but they’re also excellent listeners. They build up huge social networks comprising people from a vast cross-section of industries, and as anyone who has left a salon looking 100 times better than when they came in knows, hairdressers can also be totally ingenious. Hairdresser and owner of two TONI&GUY franchises […]

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THE EASTERN SUBURBS REAL ESTATE BUBBLE MAY SHRINK, BUT IT PROBABLY WON’T BURST

If you live in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, it is actually quite a challenge to get through the day without someone mentioning the local property market and just how inaccessible it is. For years now, median property prices in the East have continued to rise and rise, leading to the question on everyone’s lips: […]

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IS COOGEE SYDNEY’S NEXT LIVE MUSIC HUB?

In case you haven’t been paying attention, there appears to be a burgeoning renaissance in the live music scene in Sydney’s East – particularly in Coogee. Three live music venues, in particular, have garnered our attention in recent times as they have metamorphosed venues and businesses that are not necessarily traditionally geared towards live gigs […]

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ART EDUCATION TO PLAY CRUCIAL ROLE IN 20th YEAR OF SCULPTURE BY THE SEA

From October 19 to November 5, Sculpture by the Sea will once again be returning to the Beaches of the East, and this time for a particularly significant mile- stone: 20 years of Sculpture. It is hard to get our heads around the fact that it has been 20 years since 1997, but hey, the […]

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BONDI LIFEGUARDS QUESTION THEIR IMPOSSIBLE AT MOLOKAI PADDLE

You might think that saving lives daily as part of your job would qualify you for a bit of a break in your time off. Maybe crack open a cold one, slob around a bit, watch The Bachelor. However, this kind of logic seems not to apply in the minds of Bondi’s lifeguards. It’s almost […]

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HOILES’ ‘CLASSIC WALLABIES’ A LIFELINE FOR RETIRING RUGBY PLAYERS

As a concept, retirement is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, you’ve made it; you’ve yourself alive for 65 years or so. However, the prospect of idle hours and a lack of purpose can also be incredibly daunting. Now imagine that rather than retiring at 65, the intensity of your chosen career requires that […]

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FESTIVAL SEASON HITS THE EASTERN BEACHES AS SPRING BEGINS TO BLOSSOM

Stuff Coachella. Say sayonara to Burning Man. The best festivals to attend this year are to be found right here in our own backyard. This September brings to the not one, but three wonderful community events, each with a singular focus and an epic vibe to boot. Randwick’s Eco-Living Fair will be kicking off the […]

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