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Palm Beach summer lunch at Barrenjoey House

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Barrenjoey House at Palm Beach was a good place for lunch a couple of years ago when chef Darren Simpson was at the helm. Many a fine meal was had there – the food was always fresh and well prepared. Of course there is no twisting of my arm needed to drive for 1 hour or so to Palm Beach because when you get there, it really is one of the great beaches around Sydney – so a swim is …

Vintage Chanel Jewellery at Becker Minty

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Chanel jewellery from the 80’s – magnificent vintage fashion pieces to adorn the ears, wrist, neck and  brooches that are worth a fashion stampede for. Becker Minty has been a leader of the pack of stores that offer stylish lifestyle things to make any one who loves fashion and their home even more complete.  Jason and the very professional and knowledgeable team at Becker Minty has made sure the store is stocked with some of the most elegant fashion and …

Nick Zinner’s 41 Strings at the Sydney Opera House

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41 Strings by Nick Zinner at the Sydney Opera House last Sunday evening was one of the great events of the Sydney Festival 2012.  We felt very lucky to be there as this was only one of two performances of 41 Strings. Nick Zinner composed this extraordinary piece of music to celebrate the 41st anniversary of Earth Day in New York City.  Using the four seasons as his inspiration, you are lifted, as high as you can fly, on the …

Beautiful Burnout- Sydney Festival

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Beautiful Burnout – a collaboration between National Theatre of Scotland and Frantic Assembly – is theatre that will polarise. If you’re interested in why boxers box and what often happens to them – you should see Beautiful Burnout. Otherwise choose another Sydney Festival event. Set in a working class area of Scotland, this production takes you inside the world of boxing to tell the story from a revolving stage and video screens – this is a high octane performance with …

Babel- Sydney Festival- some of the best

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When the Sydney Festival 2012 program came out – we chose Babel as one of our must sees.   So we had to see if we were on the money – and we were.  This is another Sydney Festival event that is almost indescribable – you have to experience it. Unlike our other pick – L’Effet de Serge which was relaxing – Babel keeps you on the edge of your seat. This is contemporary dance – but much more – it’s …

Velluto Bar is old world charm

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Velluto Bar in Potts Point has been around for at least a couple of years and we’ve been several times in our quest to find cool Sydney bars. Most times you can get a comfy chair in a dimly lit corner, the music is always low so it’s perfect for a quiet chat. Now having said that we’ve had times when the place is full with standing room only. But every bar has its peak times so choose your time …

Redfern super cool- Coffee Tea and Me

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Redfern has been an inner-city suburb that has always had a sharp edge to it – with what’s cool and what’s not. But we have noticed over the last year, it has really picked up speed on the cool side.  The number of small bars, cafes and super cool shops are growing fast with its young and very cool customers demanding more – which brings me to tell you about a cafe that will leave a lot of others in …

Sydney Festival 2012- L Effet de Serge

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Sydney Festival 2012 is well underway – lots of raves about brilliant performances on twitter – our first was L’Effet de Serge at Seymour Centre last night. We previewed this event when we saw the lineup, together with Babel – it was great to check out whether we were ‘on the money’. And we were! L’Effet de Serge is difficult to categorise – but maybe best described as performances within a performance. This is a study of the minutiae of …

Fleet Foxes rock Sydney Opera House

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Fleet Foxes live at the Sydney Opera House – it’s the last night of their three concerts at Sydney Opera House – and one of the hottest bands in the world from Seattle in the US and the fastest growing trends in music – baroque pop/new-folk rock. These guys are brilliant musicians and we experienced how brilliant they are in the nearly two hours, without a support band and a very short five minute break. They use a big range …

Grandma’s Bar- the best and coolest Sydney small bar

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Grandma’s Bar at 275 Clarence St in Sydney City would have to be the best small bar in the City, if not in Sydney – the epitome of a cool bar. Like a lot of Sydney small bars, part of the fun is finding the place –  Grandmas is in a basement which is not that unusual for a bar, but what we like is at one end there is a window to the street where you can see peoples’ …