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13 ways to ‘give’ locally this Christmas

No matter what your family situation, the numbers in your bank balance or your age, Christmas is a time to share. Sharing presents, food and hospitality with family, friends and loved ones are staples of Christmas that everyone can relate to, but Christmas is sometimes the perfect way to share with those you don’t know. Spreading […]

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Love Your Work: Week One

December is here, and with it comes all the madness of the festive season! In the midst of all the chaos we hope you will enjoy sneaking away for half an hour or so every Friday as we bring you each new instalment of our Summer Serial – Love Your Work by first-time Canberra author, […]

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Buyer beware: big energy discounts could come with a shock

If you want to save money on your energy bills, don’t chase the biggest discount. That’s the advice from consumer groups who have examined a range of electricity and gas deals and found that those offering generous discounts can also have the highest usage and supply charges. The ACCC’s preliminary report into Retail Electricity Pricing […]

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Summer is coming (and so is our Magazine)

For nearly three years, we’ve loved bringing you long reads and gorgeous photoshoots in our quarterly print Magazine.  For our final edition of 2017, to get us through a blustery and bleak winter, we decided to simply theme our final edition for the year ‘Summer’. We poured all our love of the warmer months and the […]

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Beyond five star travel

Travel has a new catch phrase: “Experiential”. Terrible, isn’t it? It’s hard to say and pretty much meaningless without a dictionary explanation. On a scale of phrases I have hated in 2017, it is close behind “fake news” in terms of making the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. Yet despite […]

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Considering a move overseas? Questions to ask and answer

Apparently, there are over one million Australians living and working overseas at any given time. I’m currently one of them. But it took me about five years to actually pluck up the courage to pack my bags, say goodbye to my comfortable life and move halfway around the world to live in Canada (in the […]

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Donate $6 for Maya, change a family forever

We’ve previously written about the bittersweet comfort that Maya’s Rest has brought to Canberrans.  Maya’s Rest is a privately owned and operated refuge for families experiencing the illness or loss of a child, founded by the Maguire family after the loss of their beloved Maya (pictured above) from a rare form of soft tissue cancer, Rhabdomyosarcoma, in 2013. Finding a lack of facilities […]

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These are my people…

“They’re my cheer squad. They’re the people who offer emotional First Aid when things crumble, and who are first to their feet, clapping when things go well.” On closing night of the musical that my friends Sally, Ness and I recently staged, which was the culmination of a four-year creative journey together, I was lucky […]

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International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Trigger warning: Discussion of domestic violence and sexual assault. Today, Saturday 25 November is the International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the commencement of the Global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign. Since 1981, women’s activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence. On 20 December 1993 […]

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Affordable Christmas catch ups

The festive season can sometimes cost an arm and a leg. With work functions and family and friend catch ups, it can feel like you’re constantly reaching for your wallet from November until January. But having a social summer doesn’t have to send you broke. Here are some cost-effective options for spending quality time with friends, […]

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