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Movie Review: Dune

One of my current excitements is that with audiences flocking back to the cinema, it’s an early peak season with a smorgasbord of major film releases. From the latest 007 to Jane Campion’s critically acclaimed new Western ‘Power of the Dog‘, it was a tough pick for my first film after two years. I was […]

December 8, 2021

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Docuseries review: A life in ten pictures

The ABC / BBC series ‘A life in ten pictures’ is a riveting documentary series that examines a famous person’s life through the lens of ten iconic photographs. From Elizabeth Taylor grabbing a quick nap on the couch next to James Dean during the filming of ‘Giant’, to Freddie Mercury’s exuberant baby face in Zanzibar […]

August 18, 2021

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Wakanda Warriors


At the tender age of ten years old, I can still recall the hot shame on my face at hearing the Hall & Oates hit song ‘Maneater‘. ‘Ohhhh here she comes, watch out boys she’ll chew you up’… ‘Maneater’ was a song about the evils of a powerful woman who will ‘eat you up’. A […]

July 16, 2021

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Guilty Pleasure: the case for cardamom

Lately I just can’t seem to get enough of cardamom. On any given day you’ll catch me sprinkling it’s powder on breakfast porridge, popping a couple of pods into a pot of rice, adding it’s fragrant crushed seeds to chai, or even dropping a heavy pinch with some cayenne pepper into a hot chocolate. Although […]

May 18, 2021

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Top five lessons from my first month living off-grid

Well it’s been just over a month since I left the big smoke for the rural life, and my ‘sea-change’ (or ‘tree-change’ as I’ve come to call it) has me living with my sweetie in a 1979 Franklin caravan on 5 acres of rolling pastoral lands. It’s early days and as expected, things are still […]

March 9, 2021

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The Dirty Dozen: getting started with organics

The Dirty Dozen is a list that comes out each year that ranks the fruits and vegetables that measure highest in pesticide residues. Based on data from the US Department of Agriculture, the rankings consider the pesticide contamination of 47 different fruits and vegetables and has been published each year since 2004. To give you […]

January 12, 2021

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