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Beardy from Hell – February 2019

AQUARIUS JAN 21-FEB 19 Despite Sydney being way shitter than it was 10 years ago, it’s still the best city on Earth, so quit your whinging. PISCES FEB 20-MAR 20 The mates you’ve got now are the mates you’re going to be stuck with for life, so make the most of them even though they’re […]

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Food

Panzanella – A Little Touch of Tuscany

It may be a Tuscan dish, but this salad is perfect for summer in Australia. With very few ingre- dients, it relies on freshness and good quality produce to elevate it to next level deliciousness. There are variations out there on how this dish should be constructed, but tomatoes are always the hero. They are […]

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Food

Heart Café – A Café with Conscience

The opening of Bondi’s latest café means locals can now enjoy great coffee and a creative menu knowing they are helping transform the lives of at-risk youth. Owned and run by Eastern Suburbs not-for-profit the Way-side Chapel, Heart Café prepares disadvantaged youth for a career in hospitality. Through Wayside Chapel’s Wingspan Project, young people facing […]

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Sport

Vroom! Vroom! Unleash Your Inner Hoon

This February, chill the Woodstocks, unleash your inner hoon and settle in for hours of hot- ted-up cars going around in circles. No, I’m not talking about Bondi on a hot Sunday, I’m referring to the bogan Meccas that are the Bathurst 12 Hour and Daytona 500. I’ve never understood the allure of car racing […]

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The Unreliable Guide to… Consumerism

The Unreliable Guide is fed up with advertising, the proselytising arm of the latest and most insidious religion of them all: consumerism. Don’t believe it’s a religion? Consider Xmas.com and EasterTM. These formally religious occasions are now celebrations of consumption (no doubt to the amusement of Pagans whose Yule and Oestra festivals were similarly hijacked […]

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On Being a Mummy Taxi

Lately I’ve been ferrying a five year-old grandchild to preschool, joining the ‘Mummy Taxi’ fleet that clogs our roads and schools in the mornings and afternoons. Like many, I have railed against this practice, which can result in neurotic, overweight, gormless children, fraught mothers and unnecessary traffic congestion. My childhood experience was far more robust, […]

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Where There’s a Will…

Raise your hand if you made a New Year’s resolution. Now keep your hand up if you’ve man- aged to stick with it and keep that resolution going. Okay, is your hand still in the air? If not, don’t feel bad; you’re in good company. Fact is, fewer than 10 per cent of us who […]

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Summer in the East – A Time for Family and Feast

There is no shame in admitting that we are all pretty lucky to live in the Eastern Suburbs and that this is particularly evident over the summer period when our geographic features become the centre of so much of our recreation and sport. We have a great many lovely beaches, bays and sea pools, as […]

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A Bitter Pill to Swallow

The advice of my parents is something I am very grateful for and I will continue to seek it for as long as life gives me that oppor- tunity. I can’t recall any occasion when their advice didn’t put my best interests and wellbeing first and foremost. Back in 1970s and 80s society, some topics […]

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News

Eastern Suburbs Locals Celebrate Australia Day for the Last Time

January 26, 2019 marks the final Australia Day celebration in the Eastern Suburbs after community organisations successfully lobbied for the region to secede from the Commonwealth of Australia. The Union Jack and Southern Cross will fly from flagpoles no more when the secession is formally recognised on January 25, 2020. The move will see the […]

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