Drum Kit Garden

We took an old drum kit, added our green thumbs and made something new and beautiful!

art of giving

With our wedding coming up, I decided to work through some feelings about how to give & receive, within the context of a wedding registry.

Native Newcastle

Here is an interview with Entrepreneurs Heidi and Dan, who have started Native Newcastle – a ‘local’ way to do Tours.

Leave your lover chicken soup

The warmth of this chicken soup fills every inch of an unwell body & delights the soul – you will want to Leave Your Lover for the home cook that makes it!

sounds of newcastle

An inspiring local artist showcases Newcastle’s iconic scenery with the sounds of local musicians.

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Here is the first ever VLOG from The Blender. It’s one day, set to a soundtrack, for us to look on later in life.

The Good Oil Espresso

The Good Oil Espresso Bar felt like coming home. Their homemade treats inspired three visits in three days and I can’t say enough good things about them.

Round The Twist

Round The Twist is now available to stream on Netflix Australia. I relive the wonder and enchantment that is good Australian TV.

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Jennifer Knapp’s memoir Facing The Music is a soul-searching, earnest examination of the Christian music scene, self discovery and coming out as a lesbian.

how to beagles

Before having a beagle I knew that they were hounds and used as sniffer dogs. I now know beagles are stubborn, wilful and very clever. At least mine is!

if i stay review

The conjunctive positives of this beautifully made, strongly themed and well scored movie definitely make it a must see for everyone. It will challenge you, inspire you and make you feel something special. And really isn’t that all you want in a movie?

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The HSC isn’t the final ruling on your life as a whole… but it will really feel like it when you’re doing it!

easy asparagus soup

We made asparagus soup for lunch, about 15 minutes before having lunch.
Here is a quick and easy recipe for asparagus soup with only five ingredients.

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Well done, Snickers, you’ve managed to explain why all builders are sexist… because they eat your chocolate!

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I’ve been reflecting on Happiness. Read my ramblings and ruminate with me.

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Sex, drugs and plenty of money. Scorsese and DiCaprio push all the buttons in this ongoing party of a film that gives you a snapshot of how living it big really can be awesome. But maybe cost more than money can buy.

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If ever there were a time to run, it’s when you are being chased by Zombies! I have a look at Zombies, Run! 2, an interactive fitness game app (yes, healthiness and gaming together) and push myself to the limits.

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It’s a new year and I’ve got to get more fit. Physically, mentally, the whole shabang. Join me as I start my journey.

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Last week I dismissed Warframe as a somewhat forgettable game. One week and a hundred hours of playtime later, I’m ready to admit that I was very, very wrong.

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Come Date With Me has IT Specialist Andrew choosing between blond bombshell Adele, academic Emily, party girl Jodie or Italian Vanessa while they dine and date!

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Some iphoneography basics for editing photos with your iPhone. Post your images on instagram with #getlowfordave

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This is the story of a man named Stanley. But you are Stanley, the story is a farce, and everything you know about stories and video games is a lie.

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When caught in a weak moment, reality TV provides the escape of a lifetime.

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My admission is that I love Tina Fey. Oh, and I cried during this film. Watching Admission may further confuse you about the ongoing nepotism in the American college system. Or it may remind you how brilliant Tina Fey is.

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There are so many brilliant one liners in Easy A, I can’t even get gifs for all of them. But I’ve done my best.

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No other film has ever taught me more about my own life than this one – purely because it is unapologetically honest. “Sometimes it’s good to do what you’re supposed to do when you’re supposed to do it.” But most of the time not doing what you’re supposed to do is better.

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So it’s New Years Eve, and I think everyone should be made aware of exactly what goes down at the biggest party of the year. So does John Green.

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Where I talk about Christmas bingeing, Super Smash Bros Wii U, and Rick James, bitch.

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How I’ve been using iPhoneography to be a creative photographer and better father.

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My body and I have always understood each other fairly well. I try to eat a little better and exercise on occasion, and in exchange it won’t suddenly drop dead or expand like microwave popcorn. But it seems my body is no longer happy with our little arrangement, so it’s time to re-negotiate the terms.

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Here was a book that was simply written yet had great character complexities and just got straight into the story without any fussing about. And now they’d made it into a movie…

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I have recently finished devouring two novels and found myself surprised by the parallels. Despite the 27 years difference in publishing dates, both novels equally hit home for me.

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Not only one of the most spectacular party games on the Wii U, but an excellent excuse to buy yourself a cat onesie. As if excuses were necessary.

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St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) has announced the upcoming release of her new, self-titled album. She’s frocked up like an intergalactic empress and armed with some dirty, dirty guitar.

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I don’t want to be the Aussie associated with the phrase “oh here comes trouble” (though if used endearingly I will not object!), I came here to be la Parisienne. To drink the wine, kiss les mecs and flâner along the Seine on a cool evening. But then again, maybe I should embrace it.

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All Pokémon are equal, but some Pokémon are more equal than others. There’s nothing Orwellian about Pokémon X/Y’s new ‘Wonder Trade’ feature.

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If you haven’t seen it yet, say STICK IT to whatever else you had planned and watch this gym-nasty movie right now.

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“Sin is a choice,” reads the tagline of Cormac McCarthy’s latest film. I’d say it’s more of a calling.

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Lady Gaga’s long awaited follow up to 2011’s Born This Way has been unleashed upon the world, and much to the delight of ‘Lil Monsters’ everywhere, ARTPOP is in keeping with Gaga’s direction. And that direction is weird. Very weird.

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Two consoles, both alike in dignity. And just days from their release, I’m still no closer to deciding between them.

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Morbidity, some miserly hand-wringing, and why Lost Girl is my new favourite show.

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It’s about time you put away the all high-and-mighty “I’m no tourist” babble and accept that you are visiting and experiencing this earth as new each day.

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Shopping for costumes with your mother is scary enough. Seeing her in a halter top vampira dress with choker and fangs is another kind of horror entirely.

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Richard Curtis woos me as only a mastermind British writer can… with underlying comedic genius!

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Should we criticise Glee for not dealing with the serious addiction that caused Monteith’s death? Or should Glee be praised for dealing with the serious aftermath of its influence – grief. I try to make sense of one of life’s big issues.

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When struck down with an earache, sore throat and temperature, I did what any iPhone owner would do… downloaded a game.
Here’s the review of Dinorama, Free App of the Week.

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S.H.I.E.L.D opens with an ordinary dad climbing up a burning building and saving people’s lives, no equipment needed. The sheer epicness that Marvel comfortably owns is breathed to life for the small screen… and I’m loving it.

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Just a few things I witnessed with my eyeballs: What Maisie Knew, The Best Offer, Rayman Legends, Heavy Rain.

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After releasing three studio albums under the imperious mantle of Sony Music, Kate Miller-Heidke is finally going it alone as an independent artist – and she needs your help.

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Quantic Dreams have released a playable demo of their upcoming PS3 title. It’s the touching story of a girl and her homicidal poltergeist.

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Growing Up. The accumulation of all the experiences you had prior to having the desire to have any experiences. I had one of those moments today where being “adult” really hit me like a warm breeze in the face.

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A few tasty Chuck gifs to remind you why you miss watching Chuck, everything you love about Chuck, everything you don’t love about Jeff and why you need to rewatch Chuck right now…

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My first blog post. Is it sexier than Lord Byron? Of course not. Nothing is.

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It’s official: as of yesterday, Imogen Heap’s long-awaited new album has a name and a release date. Sparks is set to be released on March 3rd, 2014, and a pretty incredible deluxe box set has also been announced for earlier release on February 24th.

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Wentworth Miller’s first screenplay is a delightful (and somewhat disturbing) family reunion.

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Julia Zemiro brings that exuberance and authenticity to her new somewhat self-titled ABC show Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery.

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I’m no stranger to Rockstar games. I know how these things go. And when I purchased Grand Theft Auto V yesterday and brought it home, I had already prepared my mind and body for the rigours of the experience.

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Welcome to Say it with Sangria, ladies and gentlemen. Pull up a chair. Pour yourself a glass. Just let it all out.