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Getting Giddy About Gaudi in Barcelona

Barcelona’s skyline is dominated by one architect’s extraordinary passion and his distinctive vision for free-flowing abstract designs, which were greatly influenced by nature. The revered designer is Antoni Gaudi, who lived in Spain from 1852 to 1926. Brought up and schooled in Barcelona, Gaudi was part of what was known at the time as the […]

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The Unreliable Guide To… The Art Of Packing

  We live in a consumer-driven society and we just love our stuff. One of the hardest things about going on holiday is deciding what stuff is required to survive a week in that five-star resort and what can be left behind, remembering that you have to cram that stuff into a bag and carry […]

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Photo: George Pell

Sex And Religion

It’s always surprising how many of my clients have acquired sexual problems because of their religious beliefs or cultural backgrounds. Often they are completely unaware of it, which is not surprising when people are taught confusing values from an early age. It’s difficult to grow into a healthy sexual being when you are told by […]

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Best ANZAC Day Dawn Services + Two-Up around the East

On Monday April 25, we celebrate ANZAC Day once more. Originally created in 1916 to pay tribute to the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who lost their lives at Gallipoli the year before, ANZAC Day now stands as a public holiday on which to remember and revere all those who “who served and died in […]

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Social, Well-armed, Predatory Insects… Paper Wasps

Paper wasps have built a nest under eaves at the back of my house and I’ve been watching it increase in size over the last five months of spring and summer. During the day about 25 wasps, 10-15mm in length, attend the nest, and throughout the day there are always two or three zooming in […]

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Letters – April 2016

JUICED UP IN BRONTE PARK As a great grandfather who enjoys Bronte Park as a safe place for my great grandchildren and other family members, I would like to praise Waverley Police for maintaining their vigilance. There is a growing subversive trend for alcohol to be consumed by troublemakers in the park, under the mask […]

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April Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Up Indian Summer – Hopefully the summer that keeps on giving will continue to do so well into April. We’re not ready for winter yet. Gyuto Monks – These slightly strange-looking folk will be bringing their robes, mindfulness and good vibes to Bondi Pavilion this month. Lunchtime Fitness Sessions – It’s absolutely amazing what just […]

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Get Pissed And Play Two-Up Day

Last month my dear friend and fellow Beast writer Pearl Bullivant penned a fairly scathing piece titled ‘What is the ‘Australian Spirit’?’ In it she described Anzac Day as “just another day of congratulatory back patting and political posturing disguised under the banner of ‘remembrance and memorial building’”. She went on to say that Anzac […]

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Bronte To Become Officially Bilingual

Bilingual signage, passionate dialogue and philosophy forums will soon be de rigueur as Le Ville Bronte becomes Australia’s first officially bilingual suburb. Local residents claimed victoire for their cause celebre when Waverley Mayor Sally Betts announced the change to the suburb formerly known as Bronte during a champagne breakfast at La Maison Bronte. “Voila,” she […]

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The Rise Of The Braggart

In this competitive middle class world of fads, bandwagons, trends and yoga, one personality stands tall: the braggart. The braggart has always been hovering in the background, but in the past their presence was restricted to the ultra affluent North Shore, where the need to show-and-tell wealth was a mark of success and masculinity. But […]

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