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Simon Baker – Actor, Director, Surfer

Over an afternoon cup of tea at a Bronte café, Simon Baker is talking me through his decision to direct, and star in the film adaptation of Tim Winton’s Breath. Simon has just finished explaining that he ‘lives reluctantly in the public eye’ when a loose acquaintance of his wanders past our al fresco table […]

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Local Chick… Terri Mc Menamin from Waverley

We met Terri Mc Menamin from Waverley up at Joe’s barbers in the Junction. She’s a fine shaver of heads, but she’s also written a book! Terri shares her local favourites with The Beast… How long have you lived here? I’ve spent nine years in Sydney, and one of those living in Waverley. Why do […]

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Local Bloke… Shane Byrne from Clovelly

Clovelly’s Shane Byrne moved to Sydney as a young fella and has called the Eastern Suburbs home ever since. He shares his local favourites with The Beast… How long have you lived here? I grew up in Taree and Forster and moved to Sydney with my parents at the age of 7. I’ve lived in […]

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Dick Smith – Solving the Population Puzzle

Dick Smith has squeezed a lot into his life. He was the first person to fly a helicopter solo around the world, and the first to fly to the North Pole, among a long list of aeronautical achievements. Dick founded Australian Geographic Magazine in 1986 and was named Australian of the Year that same year. […]

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Local Chick… Melanie Russell from Coogee

Coogee’s Melanie Russell was born in Bondi and has lived all over the Eastern Suburbs. Melanie recently opened her own dermal skin clinic, Select Skin, on Carrington Road, Coogee. She shares her local favourites with The Beast… How long have you lived here? I’ve lived in the Eastern Suburbs all my life. I was born […]

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Local Bloke… John Kambas from Clovelly

Clovelly resident and long term Eastern Suburbs local John Kambas is a lawyer and the principal of JFK Legal, a mobile legal service based in the Eastern Suburbs. John shares his local favourites with The Beast… How long have you lived here? I’ve lived in Clovelly for 15 years now. I previously lived in Coogee […]

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Clayton Donovan… Bringing People Together

Clayton Donovan is well known for his skills in the kitchen and his work as a champion of bush foods, but he could have made a career as a musician or a professional sportsman had he chosen either of those paths. Clayton grew up on Gumbaynggirr and Bundjalung land on the Mid North Coast of […]

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Barbara Landsberg from Bronte

Bronte’s Barbara Landsberg is a garden designer at Landsberg Garden Design, working from her studio in Bondi to transform spaces into beautiful gardens. Barbara shares her local favourites with The Beast… How long have you lived here? I’ve lived in Bronte for 12 years now. I lived in Bondi for a few years, then lived […]

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Local Bloke… Trent Baldock from Bondi

Bondi’s Trent Baldock is a marriage celebrant who runs his own local celebrancy, Trent The Celebrant. Trent shares his local favourites with The Beast… How long have you lived here? It’ll be 32 years this year – my whole life. I’m the third generation of my family living in the beautiful Scum Valley. Why do […]

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Putting Her Best Foot Forward… Michelle Jenneke

Michelle Jenneke shot to fame in 2012 as the ‘dancing hurdler’ after videos of her performing her now famous pre-race warm-up ritual before her heat at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona went viral on YouTube. In early 2010 Michelle finished first in the 100 metres hurdles at the 2010 Australian Junior Championships, going on […]

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