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The Ocean’s Turning Point

With the winter westerlies now firmly entrenched in the daily cycle of life, the crisp dark nights are most definitely here to stay. August really marks the turning point when the ocean settles into it’s uniquely winter mood, calm and clear one day and violently rough the next. It’s these calm days immediately after the […]

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The Dog Ate My Homework

I have to admit, I found writing for this month’s edition quite challenging. I knew the deadline was looming but I just couldn’t seem to get into gear. Having the World Cup on in the background didn’t help, but the more I tried to motivate myself the more I started to ‘wig-out’. The closer the […]

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The Unreliable Guide to… Singing

The Unreliable Guide loves a good old sing-song. In the bath, in the shower, driving… I’m always up for a warble and singing makes me feel good. And that’s a fact – research shows that singing increases oxygen in your blood, increasing the flow of happy hormones such as endorphins and dopamine that have a […]

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Join the Club

Clubs have always been an important part of my family and social life. I’m referring here to the registered clubs with premises, food, drinks and – perhaps more contentiously – gambling. My grandparents’ lives, I am told, were greatly enriched with the advent of Souths and the offer of chicken- in-the-basket; something to get dressed […]

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Moving to Another Planet

Planet Earth is going through a difficult time – human population numbers are immense, the atmosphere is warming from man- made activities, ecological systems of forests, plains and oceans are groaning from exploitation. There is a push for greener pastures. Could the answer to these problems be another planet? To provide some context, when Australia […]

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Welcome to the Gun Show

Whenever a terrorist or mentally ill individual (depending, of course, on their ethnic origin) commits yet another mass shooting in America, a spotlight shines on Australia. Every time America mourns and the gun control debate rears its ugly head to absolutely no effect whatsoever, memes galore refer to the land down under as the perfect […]

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Council Throws the Book at Jane

Gertrude & Alice Café Book- store is a Bondi institution. Led by local owner Jane Turner, the cozy, welcoming spot is well- known for its delicious coffee, famous lentil soup, lovely staff and, last but not least, its curbside box of free books. So imagine Ms. Turner’s surprise when in May a representative from Council […]

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Parents Putting Children at Risk Just to Fit In

Earlier this year, a study by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare revealed that some of Sydney’s wealthiest suburbs had the worst levels of child vaccinations across the country. While the overall numbers are on the rise across Australia, some idiots – sorry, I mean parents – are still flat-out refusing to properly immunise […]

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Welcome to Hotel Chernobyl

When I first looked at my chemo protocol I thought there must’ve been an error in the printout. The chemotherapy I‘d heard about in the past lasted about six cycles, with a cycle consisting of a dose of chemo on the first day and then a few weeks of recovery in between each dose. What […]

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Letters to the Editor – August 2018

PEARL ON POINT I laughed my head off when I read yet another insightful spray from Pearl (Getting to the Bottom of It, The Beast, July 2017). I could swear she was writing about one of my neighbours. Her accuracy is astonishing. Clearly I’m not the only Randwick resident suffering from this particular social group. […]

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