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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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Local Chick… Olivia Deur from Maroubra

Maroubra’s Olivia Deur is a fashion and costume designer, producing all sorts of beautiful garments. Olivia shares her local favourites with The Beast… How long have you lived here? I’ve been in Maroubra on and off for 15 years, and in Coogee for 15 years prior to the Maroubra days. Why do you live here? […]

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Local Bloke… Blake Riley from Randwick

Randwick’s Blake Riley is a renovation broker and designer who runs his own local business, Blakes Of Sydney. Blake shares his local favourites with The Beast… How long have you lived here? Nine years. I was a Shire boy who got his passport and made it over the bridge, then never looked back. Why do […]

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Charlie Checks Out

After more than three decades at the helm of one of the best community-oriented food outlets in the Eastern Suburbs, Charlie Koutsourais and his wife Helen have packed up their groceries and moved on. Charlie’s Foodworks in Burnie Street was a local icon and a popular one-stop shopping venue for locals who were always greeted […]

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