Lord of the Dance
Loretta Hall
Todd McKenney packed his fishing rod and latest script for a week in isolation in a rented river boat shed. Between rehearsals and shows in a dizzying work schedule, he set aside a week by the Hawkesbury River, not far from his Sydney home, to become reacquainted with a comic musical he last performed in 30 years ago, La Cage aux Folles.

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I love my hairdresser. I love her not just because my head is in her hands but because she’s a compassionate, funny lady who treats members of her staff as family – and that’s only partly because some of them are. She is also a loving wife and mum who cares deeply not only about her own kin, but her community.

Whenever there’s a cause to be supported she’s there: flyers... ... >>MORE
Losing streak
Peter Wilmoth
When I finished reading Carolyn Hirsh's book about how she detonated her political career in the state government after a series of drink-driving, driving unlicensed and other law-breaking incidents, I wanted to scream: What were you thinking? Why didn’t you stop? Why was no one helping you?

It was one particular incident that was most inexplicable. In September 2004, just three months after... ... >>MORE
Kendall Hill
Spring on the Mornington Peninsula. Tea tree blossoms scent the mild air. Birds chirrup happily. The pines lining Myers Road form a shady canopy as we motor past picture-book vineyards on the way to lunch.

Bluestone Lane winery is named for the rocks salvaged from Melbourne city laneways that now form the backbone of an attractive, glass-walled restaurant. The building reminds me of a Beaumaris... ... >>MORE
The Herbert Café
Leanne Tolra
The former cabinetmaker’s factory still bears its signage, and the graffiti of decades since, but the industrial façade hides an urban oasis. The Herbert Café fills about one-third of the space; behind it there’s a web of design and furniture production studios, offices and artists’ spaces.
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Getaway: Orpheus Island
Peter Wilmoth
Orpheus Island – even the name conjures the exotic and luxurious. And it is, but it’s much more. The product is just like it says on the box – white beaches (a dramatic tide reveals quite a bit of the seabed each day), clear blue water, palm trees and a very large dose of serenity.

Partly this is because the resort caps guest numbers at 28 at a time, which means you come to know... ... >>MORE
Matilda Brown photographed at QT Hotel Sydney.
Generation Next
Peter Wilmoth
At six, Matilda Brown found it hard to reconcile that the man sitting next to her on the couch – her father, the actor Bryan Brown – had just been shot on the TV screen. For a little girl, the drama and reality sometimes got a bit mixed up. “It’s the strangest thing when you’re a kid and you watch your dad get shot. I would find that really hard. And dad dies in a lot... ... >>MORE
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MAArvelous Millinery
The Millinery Association of Australia brought together Australia’s finest milliners in a showcase cocktail party on October 2.  MAArvelous Millinery was held at the Arts...