God Only Knows – Brian Wilson

God Only Knows – Brian Wilson

  I’m a firm believer in the adage that experiences are more important than things and that investment in meaningful experiences that enrich your life in some way are a greater source of happiness than the latest gadget or iThing. Don’t get me wrong, gadgets and iThings are very nice, …

Dan Lepard – Good Food Month

Dan Lepard – Good Food Month

Dan Lepard’s 2004 book,  The Handmade Loaf, gained a cult following amongst bakers and remains the ‘go to’ guide for anyone seriously interesting in baking. In Sydney for the SMH Good Food Month, Melbourne-born Dan regularly visits family in Australia and was a judge on Channel 9’s ‘Great Australian Bake-Off’. …

Newcastle Walking Tours

Newcastle Walking Tours

Some very clever and lovely Novocastrians have created a series of fabulous, self-guided walks around the city. These have been prepared and written by David Hampton, one of the splendid people who make Newcastle Museum amazing. The audio of the walks has been recorded by a couple of very well-known …

Newcastle Shoreline Walk

Newcastle Shoreline Walk

Free printed maps are available at the Newcastle Museum or the Visitor Information Centre located at the Maritime Centre both located in the Honeysuckle precinct.   Heavy Walk – 3hr / 3.2km Explore Newcastle’s maritime and surf culture through a self-guided walking tour of the city. With its spectacular harbour …

Newcastle Architecture Walk

Newcastle Architecture Walk

Free printed maps are available at the Newcastle Museum or the Visitor Information Centre located at the Maritime Centre both located in the Honeysuckle precinct. Newcastle Architecture Walking Tour Easy Walk – 1hr 30mins / 2.2km Explore Newcastle’s Architectural heritage through a self-guided walking tour of the city. The architecture …

Malcolm Fraser

Malcolm Fraser

Damn you, Malcolm Fraser. You’ve gone and died on us just when we needed you most, but I’m fairly certain you’d be pretty pissed off with your timing. During my many years with the ABC I strived to ensure that whilst my humanity was always on show, my voting preferences …

Vale Tom Uren – the ‘conscience of Parliament’

Vale Tom Uren – the ‘conscience of Parliament’

Tom Uren lived an incredible life and I had the privilege of speaking with him in 2007 prior to his trip to Maitland to deliver the annual Harry Boyle Memorial Lecture for the National Trust. Tom served during WWII and witnessed the bombing of Hiroshima. He was a prisoner-of-war on …

Rob Hirst – The Sun Becomes The Sea

Rob Hirst – The Sun Becomes The Sea

  Rob Hirst has a new solo album out – released under his own name instead of one of the innumerable musical units that he’s part of. The Midnight Oil drummer and songwriter celebrates his new songs with an unexpected collaboration with his artist daughter, Gabriella Hirst. Rob Hirst oozes …

Breaking the poverty cycle with education

Breaking the poverty cycle with education

Nearly 640,000 Australian children live in a ‘jobless’ family. These children are, on average, up to three years behind their peers in reading and maths by the time they’re 15 years of age. But this doesn’t have to be the case. HSC completion rates in lower socio-economic backgrounds are still …

Don Walker talks Cold Chisel and other words

Don Walker talks Cold Chisel and other words

Don Walker is a notoriously private man. He just does not talk about the personal stuff. But he does talk about himself, about music and words and prose and work and Chisel and just about anything else you choose to throw at him. He speaks slowly, deliberately, and laughs with …

Being a Muslim woman in Newcastle

After a recent visit to Newcastle’s Mosque I was invited to take my family to the Newcastle Eid al-Adha celebrations. I took the opportunity to try and bust a few myths about being a Muslim woman by asking a group of them to tell their own stories over vast quantities of cakes and sweets. Diana …

Megan Washington

Megan Washington

  Megan Washington says that ‘Skyline’, one of the tracks on her new album ‘There, There’ is about ‘choosing hope’. “I think that’s a choice we have to make daily. Choosing happiness and choosing positivity is something that you have to make a priority. For me, it’s a daily thing.” …

Eddi Reader on Scottish Independence

Eddi Reader on Scottish Independence

Scottish musician Eddi Reader has spent decades travelling the world after leaving Scotland for England at just 18 years of age. Having been back in Scotland now for the last 13 years, Eddi says she’s had to make the effort to learn about what the deal that created the United …