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Netflix: Global Window

Explore some of the world’s most culturally and geographically isolated communities without leaving the lounge. These documentaries each expose different corners of the world that are otherwise inaccessible, showing what ‘home’ looks like for different people around the globe. HUMAN PLANET This BBC documentary series examines the lives of communities around the globe, through the […]

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Five ways to live a minimalist vegan lifestyle

Whether you’re a minimalist or a vegan or neither, we could all use a bit of these sustainable principles in our lives. It doesn’t have to be this audacious aspiration. It all starts by taking small intentional steps towards your journey of simplicity and mindfulness. You may want to reduce your overall household waste, or […]

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High Society: redefining home

Many of us think of our home as the place that defines where we are right now in our lives. Yet, I would suggest that where and how we live defines who we are, where we came from, which life stage we’re in and how we are planning for the future. When I visit people’s […]

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The changing face of domestic violence in Canberra

As Canberra’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service celebrates 30 years in operation, it has had to adapt to new understandings of family dysfunction while withstanding the vagaries of government funding.  And while it is a happy time to celebrate three decades of invaluable support to Canberra’s most traumatised families, CEO Mirjana Wilson considers how the service […]

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Five books to start winter right

Snuggle into the cooler weather with these diverse reads recommended by the booksellers themselves.  THE TOYMAKERS Robert Dinsdale Entering the welcoming wings of a magical toy emporium in central London, a pregnant teenage runaway with no plans for the future finds a place of shelter among the aisles of enchanted Christmas toys. The creation of […]

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Lock up your boss for a good cause

Suicide is the leading cause of preventable death in Australia. In Canberra alone, one life is lost to suicide every week. Lifeline provides an incredible service in their confidential telephone crisis support service designed to listen, give instantaneous support, clarify options and provide callers with referral information for other services in the caller’s area. However, […]

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Bringing holiday memories home

We live in a privileged time. Travel is more affordable than it has ever been and if you need proof of that Qantas CEO Alan Joyce recently pointed out that a ticket to London in 1947 via the Kangaroo route used to cost the equivalent of 130 weeks average salary. A return ticket to London […]

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Sustainable Life: eight herbal teas to make at home

Hold a hot cup of tea in your hands. Take a sip and let it warm your body from the inside. Tea is a comfort to the soul and making your own herbal tea, straight from the garden is surprisingly simple. Homegrown tea gives you even more reasons to feel good about taking that sip. There […]

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Is smoking legislation starting to go too far?

Professor Simone Dennis explores third, fourth, and fifth hand cigarette smoke.  Going up to a smoker as they stand off to one side, puffing away, has been all in a day’s work for Professor Simone Dennis. Over her 20-odd years as a smoking researcher, she’s approached many a wary smoker and disarmed them into having […]

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Canberra living rises to new heights

We are creatures of habit. We take the same route to work each morning, take the same paths for runs and have our favourite shortcuts to the shops. Because we’re used to our surroundings, any small change to our environment makes quite an impact at first. In the last seven years or so, as our […]

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