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Writer Rank: 8
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Readers: 112937
Subscribers: 66
Articles: 247
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My WeekendNotes - 247
The world of Celtic noir crime series Hinterland is both bleak and beautiful - all crumbling cottages set atop remote hi... [more]
In 2012, in the British Midlands, a skeleton with trademark signs of scoliosis was recovered from a shallow, unmarked ... [more]
21/05/2016 - 11/06/2016
It's easy to miss The Lamb Shop if you're relying on visuals as a guide. With its small, discreet shopfront and sparse... [more]
Official records state that enigmatic American writer Patricia Highsmith died in exile, and alone. But according to th... [more]
20/05/2016 - 26/06/2016
CSI. CSI: Cyber. CSI: NY. CSI: Miami. Criminal Minds. Law & Order. Law & Order: SVU. Law & Order: LA. Law & Order: Crimi... [more]
19/05/2016 - 01/06/2016
The premise behind Brisbane's new gourmet burger bar Hello Harry is a simple one - good food, fresh and fast. This fun... [more]
Most of my clothes come from Target, so I'm not sure what led me to see The First Monday of May. This sparkling new do... [more]
People drawn to yoga by the promise of bendier bodies usually learn that the benefits stretch beyond the physical. So ... [more]
19/06/2016
Situated in the leafy suburb of St Lucia, Brick and Bean Cafe is just a hop, skip and jump from the University of Quee... [more]
A rock musical about mental illness, suicide and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)? It's hard to imagine a more unfunny ... [more]
Like many lovers of true crime tales, I turned into something of a junkie when Making a Murderer was released on Netfl... [more]
01/11/2016 - 09/11/2016
London was experiencing what residents described as a 'heat wave' when we arrived. Fresh off the plane from Brisbane, ... [more]
Comedian and cabaret performer Jenny Wynter wanted to write something that 'terrified me a little bit'. The result was... [more]
04/05/2016 - 07/05/2016
In Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare, the sly old bard, wrote about the battle of the sexes. However, in order to a... [more]
23/04/2016 - 15/05/2016
He's the only one I have in the world and I want him not to leave me ... These are the words of a woman desperate not... [more]
22/04/2016 - 28/08/2016
The room is cavernous, candlelit and humid - like suddenly stepping out of a Brisbane autumn and into the steamy tropi... [more]
If the mantra behind Brisbane's new rooftop bar Sazerac is 'begin as you mean to go on' then nightlife lovers are in f... [more]
Let's pretend for a moment that the suburb you lived in turned into a cocktail. What would it look like? How would it ... [more]
The suburb of Paddington is humming with cafes, but one its most delightful isn't the sort of place you'd simply stumb... [more]
Cocktails and people have one thing in common: a story to tell. 'Mixology is not just a cool word - it is an art,' says ... [more]
08/04/2016
When the Italian composer Giacomo Puccini wrote Madama Butterfly, he was in the thick of ugly marital strife arising o... [more]
12/05/2016 - 19/05/2016
Author Nathaniel Hawthorne once likened happiness to a butterfly. When pursued, he wrote, it is always just beyond you... [more]
In days gone by, the parlour room in a private home played a multitude of roles. It was the place where guests were we... [more]
Laughter. It's been described as the best medicine, an instant vacation, the shortest distance between two people, the... [more]
27/02/2016 - 23/03/2016
The depredations of aging can be difficult to bear, especially for those whose stars shone most brightly in their yout... [more]
30/01/2016 - 21/02/2016
It was an overcast day with the occasional spit of rain but nothing could dampen our spirits once we'd been ushered to... [more]
When we arrive at Fortitude Valley's Mister Fitz, one of the tables is occupied by an eight-year old princess wearing ... [more]
Bento boxes for breakfast? You bet. I moseyed on in to Mizu Teneriffe recently to discover that a Japanese concept whi... [more]
Feeling patriotic and nostalgic this Australia Day weekend? There's no better way to celebrate than by getting acquainte... [more]
23/01/2016 - 26/01/2016
It didn't take long for me to fall in love with the food at Bird's Nest Restaurant. By the time I bit into the agedash... [more]
Want to learn how to perfect tricky buttercream decorating techniques including the swirl and rose? Fancy taking a walki... [more]
Sugo Mi Gelateria had me at 'peanut butter and chocolate'. It's hard to beat that swoon-worthy combination of sweet, r... [more]
It's been billed as a source of food security, a superfood and the sexiest alternative to grain on the planet. But in ... [more]
It was a sweltering summer's day as we made our way down the shady side alley at Sassafras Canteen and selected a tabl... [more]
Pizza for breakfast? Hangover, or no hangover, I've never been one to baulk at that concept. So it was this week that ... [more]
There's a fair stretch of continent and ocean between Naples and Brisbane, but Pizzeria Violetta, located in the latte... [more]
Founded by a rogue who ran a sly grog shop, built by convicts, flooded, floated and subjected to fluctuating fashions,... [more]
Passiontree Velvet. The very name conjures a sense of enchantment, of delicious possibilities, of a garden full of ear... [more]
With its retro milk bar flair, breezy blue-and-white interior and prime position in a post-war shopping strip opposite... [more]
London's East End hasn't always had the most savoury of reputations. In the late 19th Century, it was synonymous with ... [more]
Who are Samson & Sophie? No idea, but I had brunch at their place on the weekend, and felt like a princess rather than... [more]
I'm weightless, floating lazily on my back. Clouds drift overhead, sending an ever-changing pattern of light and shade... [more]
The ancient art of meditation offers myriad benefits backed up by modern research. According to an article in Forbes m... [more]
It's not long now until our days and nights will be filled with marzipan and magic, eggnog and elves, snowmen and suga... [more]
30/11/2015 - 13/12/2015
Bright and bubbly, run with brisk efficiency, bubbling with conversation and offering a mean Eggs Benedict to boot, Ca... [more]
There's a very good reason Parisian-style steakhouse Les Bubbles was so named. This not-so-humble little spot which hu... [more]
Unprocessed ingredients, locally sourced produce, healthy hand-made snacks, nutritious takeaway meals and a selection ... [more]
Two ex-prisoners walk into a bar ... it sounds like the start of a joke, but this is real life, and it's happening rig... [more]
04/11/2015 - 14/11/2015
With French-style roasted coffee, a middle-Eastern inspired menu, an intimate bar area, hand-picked wines and local be... [more]
War correspondent Michael Ware never set out to make a movie. Back in 2003, when he swapped his hometown of Brisbane f... [more]
I enjoyed the most magical of mushrooms at New Farm the other day. To clarify, I'm not referring to the psychedelic va... [more]
It all started with a bliss ball, and a blog. Now nutritionist Jacqui Toumbas has gone the next big step by opening Mi... [more]
In the market for one-of-a-kind fashion? Battle Jackets: An Exhibition of Denim Expression may just be the place to pi... [more]
24/10/2015
With its fertile hills rolling down to the Tyrrhenian Sea and an economy underpinned by agriculture, animal husbandry ... [more]
I'd been hankering to try out Nantucket Charcoal Kitchen & Bar since it opened at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre in 201... [more]
Battling a list of food intolerances as long as your arm? Special dietary requirements getting you down? Eating gluten... [more]
Veganism isn't just a diet. It's also a way of life. And so when the inaugural Brisbane Vegan Festival 2015 is held a ... [more]
12/12/2015
We're sitting in a fragrant, light-filled space, spooning jam and cream onto fresh scones and sipping on a blend of lo... [more]
With menus disguised as ration books, walls festooned with wartime slogans such as 'Dig for Victory', an old-fashioned... [more]
One of the best ways to test the timbre of a place is to visit during a lull in service. The wait staff are cooling th... [more]
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