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Readers: 73390
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Articles: 158
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My WeekendNotes - 158
Diners at West End's delicious new Italian-inspired Pizzartist by Holloway are in debt to the ancient civilisations of... [more]
I arrive at my first beginner botanic drawing lesson with a fully-stocked pencil case and a vague hope that my amateur... [more]
A glass bowl full of fortune cookies is calling my name as I check in at the new-look Jupiters Hotel & Casino at Broadbe... [more]
Ferries, trains and buses can be a great way to explore Brisbane and beyond. But if you really want to feel the sun on... [more]
It starts with scampi, lightly seared, served with foie gras, shreds of apple and a sprinkling of mizuna flowers. My c... [more]
Ever fantasised about running away to join the circus? A Eumundi circus training school, offering flying trapeze lessons... [more]
South East Queensland is home to some of the state's biggest dives. Dive pools, that is. From the Gold Coast Aquatic C... [more]
Mark Chopper Read once said, 'Posh people love gangsters'. Thus, in his inimitable style, he captured the contemporary f... [more]
27/02/2015 - 04/04/2015
From facelifts to lunchtime botox injections, humans have long sought the elusive fountain of youth. But what if we co... [more]
It's a kaleidoscope of colour, a cacophony of sound, a symphony for the tastebuds. I'm talking about West End's legend... [more]
It's the health-conscious worker's holy grail: making evening meals materialise without ringing the local takeaway sto... [more]
A few fascinating facts about coffee: It wasn't always a legal drug. Members of the clergy tried to ban its entry into... [more]
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying has been described as a spiritual classic, 'a gentle, humane and eloquent guide'... [more]
From Muriel's Wedding, The Wedding Crashers and Four Weddings and a Funeral! through to The Wedding Singer, Father of ... [more]
Stumbling through the doors of The Getting' Place in a desperate search for coffee en route to a morning meeting, I ... [more]
Enceladus shoot particles into space. Image courtesy Museum of Science, Boston." wrap="0" title="moons planetarium myste... [more]
06/01/2015 - 25/01/2015
It seems an unlikely spot for a yoga studio: a short stroll from the pub, atop a kebab shop and accessible only via a ... [more]
It's been eight years since Australian Outback Spectacular unveiled its first show in an enormous purpose-built indoor... [more]
All the usual suspects are here: chocolate, coffee, vanilla and a bracing lemon sorbet. But so too are flavours which ... [more]
Papermaking could be seen as a lost art, but for one glorious month this Summer, an exhibition at Redcliffe City Art G... [more]
11/12/2014 - 17/01/2015
Christmas cooking can be supremely pleasurable, but if you're short on time, money or inspiration, it can feel burdens... [more]
It's a site which has hosted high profile tennis tournaments including eight Australian Opens, as well as concerts f... [more]
When I worked in London's Square Mile, one of my favourite lunchtime indulgences involved slipping into a nearby win... [more]
Queensland's textile and surface design artists are busy gathering up the threads of this year's work and weaving them... [more]
When I arrive at Petrie Terrace's newest offering Hops Scotch and Beans for lunch, roasting coffee beans are sending ... [more]
As the number of shopping days till Christmas gets smaller and the list of jobs on your to-do list gets longer, you co... [more]
Keen to get a jump on your Christmas shopping without leaving your conscience at the kerb? The Eco Loco Markets being ... [more]
Nothing signals the approach of Summer quite like luscious scoops of ice cream teetering atop a wafer cone (or nestling ... [more]
Love many, trust few, always paddle your own canoe ... This quote from her beloved grandmother Myrtle was one which B... [more]
From stand-up cocktail parties to sit-down luncheons to backyard barbecue and broomstick races, more and more people a... [more]
From the illuminated manuscript of De Materia Medica through to works produced by illustrators aboard Captain Cook's 1... [more]
12/11/2014 - 17/11/2014
You've hit the treadmill, considered your dress, hat and shoes, but can't quite make it to Flemington this year? The 2... [more]
Trainers are pacing nervously, jockeys are watching their weight and horses are honing their sprint times. Construct... [more]
Few things feel so luxurious on the skin as the suds from a bar of handmade soap. And after taking a class in cold pro... [more]
The figures on mental health make for sobering reading. Mindframe notes that in each year around one in every five Aus... [more]
Fortitude Valley is a place of shifting fortunes, with a reputation that is at once notorious and glamorous. And by st... [more]
Queensland art lovers are in for a treat when an exhibition showcasing finalists in the new Queensland Figurative 2014... [more]
01/10/2014 - 11/10/2014
It's been 45 years since man first walked on the moon, but space is still a seriously cool subject. And during World S... [more]
Fancy taking some time out to rest and rejuvenate but can't afford the cost of a full-blown health retreat? What if I ... [more]
Imagine it's lunchtime. You're not only hungry, but you're watching your weight and your pennies too. Where do you go ... [more]
Films about food come in all different flavours. There are romances fuelled by curries, chocolate or coffee, and comin... [more]
Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House was first performed in 1879. And, after viewing the latest retelling of this classic tal... [more]
06/09/2014 - 27/09/2014
There's been a real shift towards self-sufficiency in recent years, with more and more people willing to keep chickens... [more]
I'm sitting in Surfers Paradise on a brilliant Spring morning, sipping on a cold-pressed apple, carrot, beetroot and... [more]
I never imagined I'd find myself swinging helplessly from one of the broken cables of Brisbane's Kurilpa Bridge as a pla... [more]
03/09/2014 - 14/09/2014
Do heritage homes make your heart beat faster? Do churches and cathedrals ring your bell? Or is the elegant sweep of a... [more]
11/10/2014 - 12/10/2014
As I'm putting together my personal plan for tackling the Brisbane Writers Festival 2014, I see some dark themes emergi... [more]
03/09/2014 - 07/08/2014
Call me a glutton, but I think the only plants worth growing are edible ones. Sure, ornamental blooms are beautiful, b... [more]
It's only open for dinner on Friday nights. It's located smack bang in the middle of a sprawling suburban shopping cen... [more]
Whether it's traffic cops stopping us for a random breath test, mounted police passing by on patrol, or detectives i... [more]
22/08/2014 - 23/08/2014
It's a loooong, long climb up a wooden staircase to Oshin Japanese Restaurant atop the first floor of Brisbane's Koala... [more]
In the end, we are all alone. Even the deepest of human connections are fleeting, the most blissful pleasures brief. T... [more]
19/07/2014 - 09/07/2014
It's an ironic bit of casting, this, inserting Rob Lowe into a movie called Sex Tape. Back in 1988, a leaked videotape... [more]
Traditional Japanese bento boxes elevate the simple packed lunch to an art form. And when dining at Sono Japanese Rest... [more]
Brookfield is a leafy little hamlet on Brisbane's western outskirts which has its own quaint general store, annual cou... [more]
If you've ever longed to take a whirlwind culinary tour of South East Asia, but couldn't quite stump up the cash, I ha... [more]
We sidled up to the communal table at the heart of Cowch and, while contemplating the menu, cast hungry gazes around t... [more]
Representing freedom, equality and fraternity, Bastille Day on 14 July is one of the most important celebrations on th... [more]
It seems incongruous at first to wander into a shop that does soft buttery croissants as well as it does fresh handmad... [more]
There's a backyard revolution taking place in Brisbane and it's fuelled by an army of eggs on legs. From fluffy back Aus... [more]
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