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The Beast’s Monthly Mailbag – June 2018

Local Councils 101 – An Introduction Local councils, love them or hate them, are here to stay. Over the years I have been reading the various letters in The Beast, many of which seem to be against the local councils, whether it be Randwick, Waverley or Woollahra, and what they are doing or have done. […]

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The Hilly Streets of San Francisco

“I left my heart in San Francisco…” I always wondered what these profound words from crooner Tony Bennett meant when he sung the famous song of the same name. I imagined it was a heart-wrenching, romantic song of love found and lost in this famous city. But now that I’ve been there for the first […]

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You Don’t Need a Cape to be a Hero

Heroes don’t always wear capes. They’re usually among us, doing their bit to make this world a better place – you’re probably one of them! This month we celebrate the unsung heroes in our local area who are making positive changes to help look after this awesome place we get to call home (or our […]

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When Sexual Desire Fades Away

Some months ago I saw a client who was quite distressed. He was 35 years old and in a relationship with his current girlfriend of around two years. Most of his previous relationships had only lasted between a few months and a year. His initial sexual attraction towards his girlfriends was usually very strong but […]

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What Is Love?

A friend of mine introduced me to his new girlfriend at a recent social engagement. He was nervous and, due to the short period of time this new relationship had been deemed a romantic one, I suspect he felt a little uncomfortable in actually referring to her as his ‘girlfriend’. In an effort to ease […]

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The Beast’s Monthly Mailbag – May 2018

Royal Commission into the banks I don’t usually follow politics, but when I heard the Federal Government was opening a royal commission into the banks my ears pricked up. I have been surfing Bondi for over 20 years and I can’t remember a summer when the banks were worse. They are appalling! Friends from Bronte […]

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The Ghan Expedition: One of The World’s Great Train Journeys

The Ghan train journey through central Australia is said to be one of the top 10 railway adventures in the world. It is also, we realise on arrival at Darwin train station, one of the most surreal. After all, how often do you get to board a train that’s more than twice as long as […]

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Baby Boomers and Safe Sex

With more Australians living longer and healthier lives, and divorce rates on the rise, many will find new sexual partners later in life. Some of those who have been in long, monogamous relationships are now looking for more casual sexual encounters before they commit themselves again. The availability of drugs like Viagra has given many […]

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Living On The Edge

You crawl into bed at 11.30pm, knowing your alarm is set for 5.30am. You lie there, staring at the ceiling thinking, “Go to sleep!” By 3.30am you’ve already woken up. You’re not sure why so you go to the bathroom, then you go back to bed again thinking, “ I’ve got to get back to […]

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Making Waves to Cut Pollution – Plastic Free Bronte

Let’s face it, single use plastic and litter is screwing up our coastline, and the problem is not going away fast. At Clean Up Australia Day a few weeks ago, plastic litter once again accounted for most of the rubbish in our waterways. Sadness. On the ground, passionate community groups of volunteers, like new-kid-on-the-block Plastic […]

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