What is culture? Who wins, and who loses, as culture globalises in China?

The vast effects of globalisation though international economic trade, law, technology and intervention have heightened suppression on vulnerable minority groups and cultures around the world. This is explicitly evident in regions where fundamentalism… Continue reading

The great Burmese escape – Inle Lake, Shan State

On a hot July evening at dusk, thousands of people make their way to the quarter acre makeshift (yet somewhat permanent) bus station, approximately twenty kilometres outside of Yangon. The dust and debris… Continue reading

An all-natural, high quality, extremely fun farming and eating experience at Crazy Acres

70 Reedbeds Rd Berry Springs NT The straight and narrow drive along the Stuart Highway between Darwin and Katherine is a true reflection of stereotypical Australia. One long, straight, red dust road with… Continue reading

The 24 hour city

For many years, New York City has been larger than life as each street presents itself as an idea, a concept and a conventional thoroughfare. Whether it is ‘Little Italy’, the bohemian artistic… Continue reading

Two Birds One Stone

12 Claremont Street, South Yarra. Riding off the success of Three Bags Full in Abbotsford and Liar Liar in Hawthorn, the team have opened yet another, this time in South Yarra, attempting to… Continue reading

Melbourne Theatre Company – Top girls Carol Churchill

At the peak of her career, Margaret Thatcher gave tens of thousands of women the opportunity to believe they could overcome the female stereotypes of slave, housewife, cook, cleaner and mother.  Although not… Continue reading

Away with the coats and out comes the sunscreen… for one day at least.

I have never really enjoyed summer – being very fair and all, summer is more of an ordeal than a relaxing experience. Whilst many hit the beach to work on their summer glow,… Continue reading

Pho in Melbourne, giving Vietnam a run for its money.

Vietnamese noodle soup or Pho (pronounced ferr – Pho is a prostitute) is a serious winter comforter. There is nothing better, other than perhaps my own Mum’s soup that warms me up on… Continue reading

The most popular travel accessory of 2012

I am not fussed by air travel. I am quite a small person, so I don’t take up much room. Like most, I don’t particularly like the middle seat or the window when… Continue reading

Brack’s commute.

John Brack is probably one of Australia’s most well know and highly regarded artists of our brief but rich art history. Brack was a Melbournian who both provoked and created controversy in his… Continue reading

A lazy Saturday morning

I don’t know about everyone else but I find it incredibly hard to motivate myself on a Saturday morning. It must be something about the potential sleep in and the knowledge that we… Continue reading

The Final Step

The Final Step – 1c Murphy street South Yarra This tiny little café has a big heart and is one of the best cafes in Melbourne. With a primary focus on coffee, the Final… Continue reading

Spring is here

After what seemed like a winter that would never end, spring is finally here in Melbourne (well this week at least) and whilst everyone momentarily packs away their coats and hit the shops… Continue reading

A Hobart getaway

With so much hype surrounding the ongoing success of the MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) in Hobart I felt the need to check out what all the fuss is about. So… Continue reading

The coffee really is supreme

Coffee Supreme – 28-36 Grosvenor St Abbortsford Tucked away amongst the severe construction sites and factories of North Richmond is the Coffee Supreme roastery and adjoining café The Abbortsford Club. It is not… Continue reading

Sex is the city

It is approximately 35 degrees Celsius at first light as the Tuk Tuk’s start up their engines for yet another day of trade. The street stalls are unpacked and come to life with… Continue reading

The Buffalo Slump

At the turn of the 20th century, Buffalo New York was a thriving epicentre. Like Houston Texas, Buffalo was at the height of its success throughout the industrial revolution succeeding with grain and… Continue reading

Mexican wave in Melbourne

Since mid 2011, the Age weekend has published a constant thread of articles discussing ‘Melbourne’s Mexican food craze’ and it is true – we are right in the middle of the hottest trend… Continue reading

THE pad thai omelette

With just the right texture, the perfect amount of spice, not too salty, not too sweet, the Chiang Mai Pad Thai omelette is just right. That is, until I tried to re-create it.… Continue reading

Crazy about MissChu.

It is not hard to find good Vietnamese food in Melbourne and with an ever-growing population of Viet immigrants to our shores combined with a culinary interest in all things Viet meets Modern… Continue reading