Best art, travel photo workshops Italy 2016

Art travel photo workshops Italy Five words meaning adventures of a lifetime. Here’s my five recommended workshops for 2016 combining exploring, culture, good company and artistic endeavour. And wine. Almost anyone who can pick up a brush or pencil or squint behind a lens wants to go to Italy at some stage of their lives. The rest of us simplyContinue reading “Best art, travel photo workshops Italy 2016”

Australia I a super sail on Sydney Harbour

Grand dame of the sea Australia I has been given a new life as a thrilling sailing experience on Sydney Harbour, bringing together old salts and new. The yacht is a 1977 and 1980 America’s Cup challenger, which sailed off Rhode Island. Built entirely of aluminium, the yacht is no frills or comfort as it’s beenContinue reading “Australia I a super sail on Sydney Harbour”

Girls who Travel – a novel giveaway

Girls who Travel by Nicole Trilivas alludes to “how far you have to travel to become the person you want to be”. In an age where women can ditch boring jobs, pack laptops and work almost anywhere on the planet, this is a lovely option if you happen to live in a First World country where suchContinue reading “Girls who Travel – a novel giveaway”

Kininvie whisky seduces Sydney’s secret bar

Sydney’s most discreet nightspot Magazin is the launchpad for one of the world’s most exclusive whiskies. It’s a robust $210 for 375ml of Kininvie 23 Years Old Batch No. 3. So to afford it you need to be as well heeled as the clientele of Magazin, the hangout of celebs, bankers, industry leaders, sports starsContinue reading “Kininvie whisky seduces Sydney’s secret bar”

Wearable art rebels against the mundane

Enter another world where the human body becomes a canvas. New Zealand’s World of Wearable Art Awards bends traditional perceptions of art, technology and fashion. It choreographs garments made of all sorts of unorthodox materials into a visceral performance that dazzles the senses. For me this is the greatest show on earth. Each year the awardsContinue reading “Wearable art rebels against the mundane”

2015 WOW awards winners

    2015 WOW Awards Winners There were 107 entries by 123 designers (some, who worked in pairs on one entry) chosen to appear in this year’s show to compete for a prize pool of 40 awards with a combined value of $NZ165,000. A total of 13 New Zealand-designed garments won 15 awards and 24 awards wereContinue reading “2015 WOW awards winners”

Ron’s yoga highlights The Palms Retreat

WELL known yoga instructor and health coach Ron Veldhuis has a new venture at The Palms Retreat in the northeast corner of the Thai island of Ko Samui. He’s now the general manager of the resort, and has created a range of wellness packages for guests. Ron is a certified wellness consultant, athletic and health coach,Continue reading “Ron’s yoga highlights The Palms Retreat”

Sweetest show on earth: Salon du Chocolat!

I hope your only rocky road is chocolate THE world’s largest and most stylish celebration of chocolate is set to mark two decades of innovative trends in Paris from late October. A vast space of 2,000 sq m will hold Salon du Chocolat which has has grown from one French couple’s love of our favourite sweet, to massive annual events worldwide attractingContinue reading “Sweetest show on earth: Salon du Chocolat!”

Sydney Harbour sculptures go green

Outdoor art at its best. Sydney Harbour’s foreshore areas around Woolwich Dock and Clarkes Point feature dramatic sculptures from prominent and emerging artists. The 112 entries in this year’s exhibition showcase intriguingly different styles, many making environmental statements, using recycled and sustainable materials. Clarkes Point Reserve – a backdrop of bushland with a harbour view –  has a history of environmental activism. WinterContinue reading “Sydney Harbour sculptures go green”

Mystery Box Rally – you’re doing what?

Only Australia would have a cancer research fundraiser called Shitbox Rally. Shitbox Rally is not a race, rather a challenge to achieve the unthinkable – to drive crappy cars worth $1,000 each, across Australia via some of its most arduous roads. Shitbox Rally has raised over $6 million for the Cancer Council. And that’s not all.Continue reading “Mystery Box Rally – you’re doing what?”