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WARDY AND DAVE JOIN FORCES FOR SICK KIDS

No one should have to spend Christmas Day in hospital, but for many sick children and their families this is an unavoidable reality. Thankfully, local legend and barbecue entrepreneur Mal Ward is here to put a smile on these brave children’s faces through his annual Forever Johnno Christmas present drive. Every December, Mr Ward asks […]

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PAVILION STAKEHOLDER COMMITTEE TO HAND POWER BACK TO THE PEOPLE

It’s back to square one for Waverley Council’s controversial Bondi Pavilion refurbishment, with Mayor John Wakefield establishing a stakeholder committee to ask the local community what it actually wants. Council voted in support of this decision at its first meeting. The committee will meet several times in the lead-up to Christmas to debate the required […]

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It Is Easy Being Green

Pearl loves Christmas. Just like the wombat in Mem Fox’s story Wombat Divine, Pearl loves the cards, the candles, the presents, and the pudding. But, most of all, I love the Christmas lights – so pretty. But they use electricity, and electricity is an emotional issue for Australians. My friend Derek’s biggest gripe in life […]

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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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