The need for speed
Sarah Marinos

Wherever Daniel Ricciardo is in the world, Australia is never far from his thoughts. Earlier this month in the US to compete at the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, Ricciardo posted an image of a long sandy beach with rolling waves and surf breaking on the shore and captioned the photo, “Reminds me of home”.

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Even these dark days...
Virginia Trioli

Just a handful of hot north wind-filled days away from the Victorian state election and voter trust seems to have scattered like pollen from the plane trees.

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West Village Café
Leanne Tolra

Rodney and Ann Smorgon, owners of 18-storey The Metropolis apartment complex on St Kilda Road, took back operation of the ground floor retail space of their building earlier this year and signed gregarious Gil Reddick (formerly of Left Bank) to manage the 80-seat venue.

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Grain Store
Leanne Tolra

We give pan-seared scallops a similar grading. They are cooked faultlessly and rest on a smooth smoked-eggplant purée, dressed with a scattering of crisp-fried leeks and mixed salad leaves. A butternut boudin noir sandwich – slices of golden roasted pumpkin encasing a velvety layer of black pudding – brings the elements together. Acid is added via ricotta lemon curd, but it’s almost missed as we share...

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Cold comfort
Peter Wilmoth

Snowboarder Belle Brockhoff took on Vladimir Putin so a few internet trolls are not likely to bother her.

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CAPTION: Peter Lindbergh \'Jean Paul Gaultier 2005\'

When we meet, Jean Paul Gaultier – one-time enfant terrible of French fashion – has been in town for fewer than 24 hours yet he seems chirpy, jet lag free and thrilled to be at the National Gallery of Victoria, surrounded by his collection.

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Fair cop
Peter Wilmoth

When Ron Iddles needed a break from his often gruelling work as a senior sergeant in the homicide squad, he knew exactly what to do: he would jump on a bus and go to Sydney or Adelaide. Except it wasn’t a bus, it was a coach, and Iddles was the driver. “If I had three days off, I’d ring my mate who owned the company and say, ‘I think I need a trip, need to get out, switch off’.

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