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The Boy And The Girl

The two young lovers were inseparable. Like two peas in a pod, they did everything together. They had met about two years prior and their love was instantaneous. They shared everything, even their email account passwords, which in hindsight was a very bad move. The true test of their love came about when the girl […]

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It’s All So Meta

So it looks like we’re back onto the topic of privacy. Or are we? After watching Attorney-General George Brandis give the ‘Shithouse Interview of the Year’ about the new data retention policy back in August, it’s still hard to know what to think of it all. Even Malcolm Turnbull couldn’t ride in wearing his shining […]

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A Mirror For Self-Evaluation

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression. Horrified by the execution and imprisonment of journalists overseas, most Aussies probably don’t even realise that our own status on the World Audit free press survey is slowly plummeting. From subtle to overt control, do you ever wonder where your news really comes from? We […]

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The Ice Bucket Challenge Has Left Me Cold

Having recently delved into the world of social media (don’t bother trying to find me; I exist online under a pseudonym), I have become aware of the fads that fill up my newsfeed for a few weeks at a time and then quickly flitter away into the ether. The latest of these (and by the […]

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Magnificent Maui – The World’s Best Island

For the last 20 years, the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards have seen Maui voted the world’s best Island. Renowned for its stunning scenery, beautiful beaches, national parks, dormant volcanoes, waterfalls, whale watching, surfing, diving, snorkelling, championship golf courses and the world’s best scenic road trip, it really is quite obvious why. Going away […]

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Sexual Performance Anxiety

Sex is supposed to be a pleasurable experience, but it is very difficult to feel sexy or intimate with your partner – and especially with a new partner – when a man suffers from sexual performance anxiety. We are constantly bombarded with society’s ideals of male sexuality in the media; just think of the ‘Want […]

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Poo, Plastics And Pesticides

We’ve all heard it before: plastic and pollution can screw up our environment. Did you know that in every square kilometre of ocean, there are more than 18,000 pieces of plastic, and that plastic bags and discarded litter can kill sea turtles and other unsuspecting marine life? Then there are the nasties you cannot see, […]

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Spring Is In Full Swing

Get ready for it – spring is now in full swing and it is time to make the most of every fishing opportunity that presents itself. October is one of the most exciting months to wet a line off Sydney. With the winter species like tuna, tailor, dory and crayfish still doing their thing, and […]

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Manners Maketh Middle Class

As the ‘purveyor’ of middle class issues, it should come as no surprise that a preschool in the uber-gentrified suburb of Rozelle has incorporated an eight-week ‘manners training’ program into its curriculum. And, of course, the training program comes with the awarding of a medal at the end, just to reinforce how special (and rare) […]

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Every Week Is Fashion Week

These days it feels like there’s a fashion week happening somewhere around the world no matter what time of year it is. From Stockholm to Shanghai and Tokyo to Delhi, cities across the globe have claimed their own weeks to showcase their home-grown fashion talent. While writing this month’s piece, New York is centre stage […]

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