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Maneater



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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Movie Review: Early Man



As a lifelong fan of the wonderful claymation of Aardman Studios, I was excited to watch this 2018 movie directed by the brains behind Wallace and Gromit, Nick Park. Set in prehistoric times, the movie follows a tribe of simple, warm-hearted Stone Age cavemen and their battle against the smug Bronze Age people. With a […]

December 16, 2020

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Life finds a way



Each time I pass through the NSW Blue Mountains (and one of the sites of horrendous bushfires in summer 2019) I hear Jeff Goldblum muttering his famous Jurassic Park quote ‘Life finds a way’. In his case, he’s predicting that all female dinosaurs will find a way to reproduce (and they do). But in this […]

November 23, 2020

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