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My WeekendNotes - 191
With the popularity of novels such as Jane Harper's The Dry, and Chris Hammer's Scrublands over the last few years, it w... [more]
Cushing's Disease. Until I was diagnosed with it a couple of years ago, I had no idea that this rare disease even existe... [more]
Although it is a predominantly male-oriented occupation, you may be surprised to learn that women have made a dent w... [more]
The Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne is one of Victoria's premier tourist attractions. It is quite easy to spend hours... [more]
'Australia's first Pinball Bar! Ask the bartender about the .... secret entrance!' Okay, if that sign outside the... [more]
It's not unusual to come across themed bars and pubs in Australia, or indeed, the world. They usually cater to a... [more]
When you think of premier accommodation options, you can't go past the Novotel chain. With hotels in every major city, y... [more]
When you're sourcing overnight accommodation for an event or occasion, it's always a good idea to find as central a loca... [more]
The hospitality industry can be a fickle business. With so many fantastic restaurants and cafes out there, it can be dif... [more]
If you do a Google search for hotels in Melbourne's CBD, you will come across literally dozens of potential accommodatio... [more]
In the minds of most young people, bowls clubs are usually synonymous with one thing: the elderly. Sure, at one point, t... [more]
When I was in primary school, there were only a few cool places you could have your birthday party (if it wasn't a d... [more]
When you travel through country Australia, you will often see pubs of a certain architectural style located on or ne... [more]
There are two roads that head towards the Bellarine Peninsula from the Geelong CBD- one is Portarlington Road, and t... [more]
It's easy to make your own tasty Mexican dishes, especially with the popular do-it-at-home kits that are available a... [more]
Echuca, located on the border of Victoria and New South Wales, has long been a popular holiday destination. The pictures... [more]
Located in the small regional town of Kyabram, Ky Country Roads Motor Inn is the perfect place to stop off and spend the... [more]
M&M's were first created in America by Forrest Mars (of Mars, Incorporated) over 70 years ago, but it wasn't until 1980-... [more]
If you're heading towards the Great Ocean Road or Warrnambool in Victoria, and you're taking the inland route, chances a... [more]
If you're looking for a unique dining experience in Melbourne, and don't mind spending a little bit of money, you need l... [more]
Taking a look at the upcoming concerts page of the local paper, you could be forgiven for thinking that you were back in... [more]
There's something so rewarding about going out and picking fresh fruit. Of course some of the joy comes from planting an... [more]
There are so many accommodation options when visiting Melbourne- you can stay in a cheap backpackers' hostel, a luxury h... [more]
Have you ever wanted a sweet snack but deprived yourself of it, knowing that you've filled your junk food quota for the ... [more]
There are a lot of people out there who don't particularly like passionfruit. They complain that the 'seeds' ruin the ta... [more]
The iconic Barwon Heads Bridge has long been an ideal place to practice landscape photography. Even though there are now... [more]
Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was a prolific and popular children's writer, penning such classics as Charlie And The Chocolat... [more]
I know many people who won't even consider trying a recipe if it has more than ten steps, or if some of the ingredients ... [more]
I love chocolate brownies (as I'm sure a lot of people do) and enjoy making them just as much. This simple recipe makes ... [more]
There are many variations of the chilli con carne recipe around, which cater to all kinds of tastes. I've seen recipes w... [more]
I have to confess that before reading this biography, I knew nothing much about North Korea. Admittedly, I still don't k... [more]
Don't you love visiting homes where there is a specific décor theme running throughout the house? Like the minimalist ap... [more]
It may look like your average corner pub from the outside, with its solid mocha and chocolate exterior and TAB sign out ... [more]
I love the aroma of a freshly made curry, despite the fact that I sometimes struggle to eat some spicy foods. I think it... [more]
Bananas are one of those fruits that can be used in so many recipes- you can use them in cakes, breads, fruit salads, ba... [more]
It's a safe bet that when you were younger you had an imaginary friend. Even if, for some reason, you didn't, you probab... [more]
How well can you truly know your own child? Well, for me, the answer's simple, considering I don't have any children... [more]
There are thousands of accounts of the Jewish Holocaust floating around- some of them fictional, most of them autobiogra... [more]
Aren't families funny? One minute you can be having the feud of the century with your 'beloved' sibling, and then... [more]
Kartoffelpuffer (potato pancakes) are extremely popular in Germany- especially during the colder months- and are usually... [more]
Croquettes (pronounced kroh-kets) are simply mashed potato balls - breadcrumbed and fried - which can be served as a mea... [more]
Easter's over for another year, and if you're anything like me, you've bought up big in the post-Easter egg sales. But t... [more]
Every now and then you come across a young adult novel that's unique. It makes you think outside the box, and question h... [more]
Everybody loves eating Yo-Yos, and luckily, they're easy enough to make for even the most culinary-challenged person in ... [more]
The unprecedented arrival of lockdown in an effort to curb the transmission of COVID-19 worldwide has seen a spike in pe... [more]
Getting your debut novel published is a momentous task. Winning a 2017 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for said debu... [more]
It's a well-known fact that children can be finicky readers. This is especially the case if they haven't grown up in... [more]
03/04/2018 - 15/04/2018
Since its inception in 2014, Geelong's Word For Word Non-Fiction Festival has gone from strength to strength, enlighteni... [more]
17/11/2017 - 19/11/2017
Everybody ought to know Dr Seuss' story of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Even if you don't quite know the storyline, t... [more]
17/11/2017 - 25/11/2017
Santa can be a pretty versatile bloke when it comes to transportation. While he more than likely prefers riding in a... [more]
There are some very talented folks working for Barwon Health in Geelong. But I'm not just talking about their abilit... [more]
18/11/2016 - 26/11/2016
Three years ago, the city of Geelong was introduced to a festival that aimed to broaden people's minds and enlighten the... [more]
18/11/2016 - 20/11/2016
Travelling is a pastime enjoyed by many, but sometimes the preparation involved can prevent the experience from being as... [more]
Most people, when they think of authors, think of those popular within fiction genres. They think of certain writers who... [more]
11/09/2015 - 13/09/2015
Sometimes it can be really difficult to plan for events like Father's Day. You may have a father whose interests are so ... [more]
When you're planning a wedding, there is so much to consider. Not only do you have to work out a budget, ceremony locati... [more]
It's a domain that, in the past, used to be delegated only to tradies and home handymen. Early weekday mornings would se... [more]
You don't have to be a geologist, rock aficionado, or even a jeweller to appreciate the colours, shapes and general pret... [more]
08/11/2014 - 09/11/2014
Although we all wish we could grow the stunning botanical masterpieces that show on the ABC television show Gardening Au... [more]
There is nothing more satisfying than growing and eating your own fruit and vegetables. Not only do you get to reap the ... [more]
Although they look like miniature trees and give the impression that they would be simple to look after, bonsai plants t... [more]
08/11/2014 - 09/11/2014
For many people, fishing is a relaxing pastime where, while waiting for the fish to bite, they can contemplate life, enj... [more]
In the world of collecting things, there are no rules. It seems you can collect just about anything, if you set your mi... [more]
24/10/2014 - 25/10/2014
No matter what sport you play, and no matter how good you are at it, it's a fact of life that everybody has to start at ... [more]
The city of Geelong is well-known for having a strong multicultural society. Every year in February, Pako Festa celebrat... [more]
If you have children, or spend time with little ones, you will understand the delight that they have when producing thei... [more]
There are few people who dislike the changes when daylight saving occurs in most Australian states each year. The practi... [more]
When it comes to writing festivals and literary events, the focus is often on a specific genre or writer's works. In the... [more]
15/08/2014 - 17/08/2014
If you often flick through architectural magazines, you may have noticed a particular trend made popular over the last f... [more]
Going to the football can be an expensive experience. Not only do you have to take into account the cost of the tickets,... [more]
16/06/2014 - 28/06/2014
Question: what do you get when you put a talented local theatre company together with an award-winning script and a popu... [more]
27/06/2014 - 12/07/2014
Gardeners can be a very meticulous bunch, especially when it comes to procuring and maintaining the perfect cutting for ... [more]
28/06/2014 - 29/06/2014
Our kids are our future, and because of this simple fact, it's obvious that we only want the best for them. We want them... [more]
There are a lot of great initiatives out there for young musicians hoping to make a name for themselves in the industry.... [more]
Lego has always been a popular plaything for both adults and children alike, and with the release of The Lego Movie ... [more]
21/06/2014 - 22/06/2014
Talented singer, songwriter and actress Jessica Mauboy has come a long way since her runner-up placing in Season 4 of Au... [more]
Traditionally, most people spend the Australia Day public holiday with family and friends. There are usually sausages, b... [more]
For some people golf is the ultimate sport, combining skill and precision to try and achieve that most elusive of goals ... [more]
Twice a year, booklovers and bargain-hunters gather in Drysdale, hoping to snap up a bargain at the biannual St James' C... [more]
04/01/2014 - 05/01/2014
Carpentry- it's one of the world's oldest professions, and without it, we wouldn't have been able to create shelter, or ... [more]
04/01/2014 - 05/01/2014
It's been labelled 'the worst Christmas tree in the world' and by our own new mayor, Darryn Lyons, no less, but if y... [more]
It's an appeal that I don't even pretend to understand, yet makes perfect sense to all who witness it. It's a strange ph... [more]
When it comes to participating in expensive sporting pursuits, equestrian ranks very highly above other, more affordable... [more]
Here are some Christmas gift ideas for the nostalgic amongst us. It seems that the days of our youth are coming back to ... [more]
I hope you were inspired by Part 1 of the Booklover's Christmas Guide for gift and humour books. Here is Part 2, which... [more]
With Christmas approaching, the pressure is on to find the perfect present for family and friends. If you want to pu... [more]
During the month of November in 2013, the Geelong Hospital was the recipient of a large donation, made by the Cotton On ... [more]
22/11/2013 - 30/11/2013
It's amazing how quickly new technology has shaped our world. I remember when I used to listen to cassette tapes on my W... [more]
Whenever I go to visit the Melbourne Museum, I love to wander through their Dynamic Earth exhibit, where they have a sel... [more]
09/11/2013 - 10/11/2013
The month of November is just about to roll around, and with it, the beginning of Movember. Yes, soon there will be an a... [more]
It may not be as obvious here as it is in some countries, but homelessness affects thousands of Australians every year. ... [more]
As anyone who has visited will know, it takes less than three minutes to drive through the main street of Winchelsea, a ... [more]
01/11/2013 - 04/11/2013
We all know the importance of having fresh fruit and vegetables in our diets (especially considering how unhealthy we ha... [more]
From its inception in 2009, the Cotton On Foundation's Run Geelong event has grown in popularity, with a huge increase i... [more]
The end of October is fast approaching and that means only one thing for hundreds of retailers and stores- it's time to ... [more]
This may sound surprising, but there are actually very few festivals around that celebrate women's rights and advocate a... [more]
Giving birth to a child is one of the most joyous and daunting tasks a woman can undertake in her life (so I'm told). It... [more]
With the conclusion of winter, and the warmer months fast approaching, it's time to start sprucing up the outdoor areas ... [more]
When I was a child, I thought the best part of the baking process was the end, when you got to ice and decorate the good... [more]
Even if you don't follow AFL football, there's a chance you may have heard of the tragic on-field accident that crippled... [more]
If you want to witness a spectacular party or two, you need look no further than the theatrical celebrations in the 2013... [more]
It would be rare to find a person in Western civilization that has not had a Lego experience. A part of every child's ea... [more]
22/06/2013 - 23/06/2013
For many people, there's nothing more satisfying in life than indulging in a hobby. Whether it be collecting stamps, mak... [more]
It has been an institution for two decades - ever since 1993, people have been tuning in to Australian radio station Tri... [more]
08/06/2013 - 09/06/2013
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