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What's in a wine name and label?

Posted by barbara on July 28, 2013

A great label helps boost wine sales but what role does the actual name of the winery play?
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A tale of two towers?

Posted by barbara on May 28, 2013

In our risk averse, public liability conscious society, it is fascinating to compare two key tourist attractions in the South West Corner of Western Australia.
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Advance Australia Fair?

Posted by barbara on May 2, 2013

Is it time to amend the wording of Australia's national anthem, 'Advance Australia Fair'?
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Some watch (Breitling), some stunt over Sydney Harbour!

Posted by barbara on March 7, 2013

Two flashy red biplanes buzzing Sydney Harbour with some stunt dude doing handstands on top of the lead plane? Sure beats the plane skywriting Decorug!
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The way to go - Vale Bryce Courtenay

Posted by barbara on November 30, 2012

The power of one? There is a lot to admire about Australian novelist Bryce Courtenay's approach to death.
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Complacency fuels rejection of asylum seekers?

Posted by barbara on September 14, 2012

Forget the lucky country. Apart from the Japanese attacks during World War 11, Australia has long been a save haven for refugees, as opposed to terrorists.
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Dingoes took my baby?

Posted by barbara on June 17, 2012

Dingoes have long had the reputation for attacking ailing sheep and vulnerable lambs. So why did so many people back in 1980 think that attacking a human baby baby, given the right circumstances, was out of bounds?
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Religion for atheists, according to Alain de Botton

Posted by barbara on June 11, 2012

Does Alain de Botton's respectful search for the good ideas that major religions have to offer the non-religious, namely 'Religion for Atheists', somehow miss the point?
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So-called 'barefoot' shoes restore love of running

Posted by barbara on June 9, 2012

Amazing what a new pair of running shoes can do, especially when they're the glove-like barefoot variety.
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Check out the new look Royal North Shore Hospital

Posted by barbara on May 18, 2012

With two years to go, this new age hospital is showing off its striking colour scheme
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The fog of war and politics?

Posted by barbara on April 22, 2012

Embattled Speaker of the House Peter Slipper rerouted to Brisbane because of Sydney's fog.
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How are we all feeling about 2013?

Posted by barbara on March 15, 2012

For anyone phobic about the number 13, there must be some qualms about the upcoming new year.
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Valentine's Day impacts some more than others?

Posted by barbara on February 13, 2012

Feeling loved up or left right out? What if recent research linking right brain dominant individuals with religious tendencies (and left brainers with atheism) apply to the way we experience love?
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Rise in resting heart rate signals cardiac mortality?

Posted by barbara on February 8, 2012

Has your 'resting' heart rate increased over the past 10 years, as in risen from 60 to 75 beats per minute? If so, see your doctor.
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Could religious belief be linked to right brain dominance?

Posted by barbara on February 1, 2012

Absolutely fascinating ABC Radio National Spirit of Things program exploring differing emotional experiences between those who class themselves as atheists (left brainers) and right brainers (believers)!
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Blaxland Riverside Park's great outdoors

Posted by barbara on November 13, 2011

What to do in Sydney? Whether you've got kids in tow or are looking for a venue for a family outing with a difference, you can't go past Blaxland Riverside Park, Newington.
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Ermington Bay Nature Trail opens

Posted by barbara on November 12, 2011

Another riverside link of the Parramatta Valley Cycleway is now open for business to walkers, cyclists and joggers.
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Fear of missing out akka FOMO?

Posted by barbara on September 11, 2011

If the son of Crowded House's Neil Finn is singing about it, then FOMO is a force to be reckoned with amongst younger generations.
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Public service trashing rears its ugly head?

Posted by barbara on August 29, 2011

Why does the public service get such a bad wrap in Australia, to the extent that politicians think there are votes in threatening to downsize its numbers?
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Things to do in Sydney - Blaxland Park

Posted by barbara on August 24, 2011

Desperately seeking fun activities for kids? You can't go past Sydney Olympic Park's new Blaxland Park and the latest in playgrounds for kids of all ages, parents included.
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Go back to where you came from? Good grief!

Posted by barbara on August 4, 2011

Where does racism end and grief begin? Isn't it time for both 'incomers' and incumbents to acknowledge each other's sense of loss and grief for the way things were?
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Goal, goal goal!

Posted by barbara on May 25, 2011

For some of us, the biggest highlight of the recent Wills/Kate royal wedding, apart from Princess Beatrice's record breaking head confectionary, was the chance sighting of the reconfigured Ian Thorpe. Didn't he look sensational in the dashing stakes, just shy of Prince Harry and the adorably elegant Mr David Beckham.
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