It’s no longer uncommon for people to spend a huge amount on gifts, ranging from weekends away to designer handbags. Candles and hand lotion don’t quite cut the mustard.
- by Catherine Lambert
There’s something about drinking cheap champagne with people who knew you before you were fully formed as a person that makes you assess your own life’s journey.
- by Jo Stanley
Here I was in beautiful, beguiling Myanmar, about to start a month-long trial at its best-known newspaper, but finding a friendly face wasn’t as easy as I’d hoped.
- by Jessica Mudditt
“I surface with a yelp of shock and exhilaration and blow the water droplets from my lips before they dribble inside. A kayaker glides past. ‘You’re game!’ he says. ‘Yep,’ I puff.”
- by Claire Dunn
Even a Nobel Peace Prize winner who escaped the Taliban couldn’t resist it. It’s truly the American dream. Light, comic television can soothe like little else.
- by Jacqueline Maley
Ron King and his brother Jeff are founders of veteran Sydney blues band the Foreday Riders, which began playing in 1967. While opposites off stage, the two men share a special connection when the music starts to play.
- by Tim Elliott
From Shakespeare to the Australian Constitution (almost), mate is a short word with a long history. So how has the term evolved to become so recognisably Australian?
- by Tony Wright
Artist Mel O’Callaghan and director-designer-illustrator Clemens Habicht thrive on finding solutions to life’s curve-balls: embracing surrogate birth is just one example.
- by Susan Horsburgh
Saying you don’t want to eat the food a friend has brought doesn’t need to be traumatic if you can rustle up a diet acronym.
- by Danny Katz
If you’d have asked me if I ever thought I’d find myself hanging upside down from a pole for fun, my answer would have been a brisk but firm “no”. Yet, here I am.
- by Evelyn Lewin