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Cross-Modal Associations With Wine

You might find this concept a bit odd at first, but there are connections between our senses that we may not be aware of. Some of them are fairly obvious, such as the connection between colours and flavours. For example, give people a yellow-coloured lemon drink and everyone will be able to pick that it’s […]

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I Still Call Qantas My Favourite Airline

We really do hate a tall poppy here in Australia. We’re always very quick to bag anyone or anything that isn’t performing to our high levels of expectation, whether it be a sporting team like the Wallabies, a sportsman like Michael Clark or an under siege national airline like Qantas. When it comes to Qantas, […]

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Dog For Adoption… Heather

Age | 10 years Sex | Female Breed | Maltese x Weight | 5.1kg Heather came from the pound with a large mass of necrotic tissue caught in a hernia. This has been repaired and she is looking for a home with some TLC. Heather is a bit nervous of feet touching her body as […]

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Nomadic, Dispersive, Successful… Plumed Whistling-Ducks

Plumed Whistling-Ducks were formally rare vagrants in the Sydney region, but they have been regularly seen in the Hawkesbury district since 1971, and they have successfully bred there. On February 20 this year, a small flock of 24 birds was reported at Picnic Point Reserve at The Entrance and on the same day there were […]

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April Thumps Up, Thumbs Down

Up – Autumn Racing – The BMW Sydney Carnival runs from March 22 to April 26. You can find out more at www.theraces.com.au. Down – Liars/Thieves/Cheats – These three traits often come hand in hand. If you fit into any of these categories, punch yourself in the face now. Up – Illegal Downloads – A […]

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Pearl’s 2014 Trends To Laugh At Or Loath

After seven years of dutiful service to The Beast I miss one lousy column and what happens – Rupert Truscott-Hughes eagerly fills my void, claiming falsely that I had injured myself tending to non-existent rose bushes and assigning New Year’s resolutions to a list of B-grade celebrities, including the man who has made cricket unbearable, […]

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Dog For Adoption – Billy

Age | 17 months Sex | Male Breed | Foxy x Weight | 4.2kg Billy is a gentle, happy little boy with beautiful markings. He is quite social with other dogs but is a touch shy with people he does not know. He is often reticent to walk with strangers but just recently he has […]

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Beardy From Hell – April 2014

Aries Mar 21-Apr 20 Your naive optimism in the face of adversity requires some readjustment. Just remember: that which does not kill you, will eventually kill you. Taurus Apr 21-May 20 Avoid making any kid of physical contact with anyone for a while. People will react as if you’ve violated them, even at the slightest […]

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Dog For Adoption… Denver

Age | 2 years Sex | Male Breed | Staffy x Weight | 19.8kg Denver is a sweet, friendly boy. He is very puppyish and likes toys but doesn’t chew things. He loves affection from people and jumps up sometimes but is gentle when he does. He knows sit and fetch and pulls on the […]

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Kate Leigh

Intoxication Is Unstoppable

As Sydney prepares for the noose to tighten around its liquor licensing laws, I grip my bottle of Hendricks even tighter with the morbid and (somewhat) irrational fear that my God-given right to consume a top shelf gin on the rocks is about to be torn from my hands. Barry O’Farrell, you can call it […]

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