Gaze Upwards: Getting Lost Among the Stars in Australia's South-West

Gaze Upwards: Getting Lost Among the Stars in Australia's South-West

From my office in Beijing, I called Astrophil, an octogenerian stargazer to talk astronomy for the latest issue of Your Margaret River Region Magazine. It was wonderful if not slightly surreal to talk to him about the clear night sky and star clusters, while I was sitting through a rather smoggy day. I rarely see stars here in the city, but thanks to Phil, I’m now on the lookout.

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How To Live Like A Parisian, No Matter What Neighborhood You’re In

How To Live Like A Parisian, No Matter What Neighborhood You’re In

Articles about how to dress like/talk like/date like a Parisian are a dime-a-dozen, and mostly complete BS, so I was hesitant to take on this subject. Instead of listing what colors to wear and how to get that sexy french girl tousled hair that everybody seems to want, I’ve just described how I actually lived, when I was in Paris. Enjoy!

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How Knowing A Second Language Helped Me Learn A Third

How Knowing A Second Language Helped Me Learn A Third

I never expected to move to China, nor begin to learn Mandarin. Yet while the language may be totally unfamiliar, the process of learning a language from scratch is not. I wrote about how already speaking French has helped me to tackle this third language for Babbel Magazine, which is the official online publication of one of the worlds largest online language learning resources.  

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Hiking the authentic Great Wall of China, without the crush

Hiking the authentic Great Wall of China, without the crush

During our visit to Beijing in November, we spent a day hiking on an a beautiful and empty, 'wild' section of the Great Wall of China. This article was published in the Washington Post, and the grammatical error contained in the first sentence earned me a slew of annoyed emails. 

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Delving into the hutongs of Beijing, chopsticks at the ready

Delving into the hutongs of Beijing, chopsticks at the ready

I spent 10 days in Beijing last November, and high on my list of things to do was the Lost Plate culinary tour. Driving from stop to stop by tuk-tuk, we dove head-first into the local food scene that is at the heart of the dense 'hutong' neighborhoods. I wrote about it for The Washington Post.

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"Fancy Footwork" - a review of Crazy Horse, the Iconic Parisian cabaret

"Fancy Footwork" - a review of Crazy Horse, the Iconic Parisian cabaret

The Crazy Horse Cabaret in Paris has been setting hearts a-racing for more than 60 years. I finally ticked it off my Paris bucket list and attended the sexy, witty and iconic show, writing all about it for Marque Magazine in Australia. Check it out...

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"Wheels of Fortune" - riding around Greece on a wooden bike

"Wheels of Fortune" - riding around Greece on a wooden bike

Published in PrimoLife Magazine June 2017

In September 2016, I rode a wooden bike for 3 days through Athens and the Greek Islands. Jump in the saddle with me and explore this magnificent landscape in this most unusual way. 

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A ting, a pling, a thring and a ding: Learning to play the Harpsichord

A ting, a pling, a thring and a ding: Learning to play the Harpsichord

Published in PRIMOLife Magazine, Autumn 2016

Le Rouge stands against the wall, taking up almost its whole length. He is smaller than I imagined, delicate even, built from acacia wood and painted a dark warm red. Le Rouge is only 17 years old, but belongs to a family that can trace its roots back to the middle ages. He has lived his whole life in France, but travels frequently to perform on lit stages.

Le Rouge is a harpsichord and we are going to get to know one another.

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Exporing Melbourne, One Meal At A Time

Exporing Melbourne, One Meal At A Time

Published in לאשה‎ Laisha Magazine, January 2016

Bing! I hop out of the way as another tram trundles through the middle of a busy street. Having long since disappeared from many cities, the tram is still very much part of Melbourne, a quirky patch on the quilt that is this complex, vibrant city. A melting pot of cultures, of interests, languages and history, Australia’s second largest city has a lot to offer visitors, and I’m eager to get to know it a little on my three day visit.

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How YouTube Taught Met To Knit: A Christmas Yarn

How YouTube Taught Met To Knit: A Christmas Yarn

Published in PRIMOLife December 2015

A man shouts in terror as dirty fingers rake at his clothes. Frenzied, shambling ghouls moan with an ungodly hunger as they pile upon him, teeth bared. There is an agonized, terrified scream as teeth bite into living flesh, tendons are torn and blood spurts onto the ground. 

“Damn!” I gasp. “I dropped a stitch again!”

Human civilization as we know it has been destroyed, dead people have become terrifying zombies while the living are grimly hunted, and I can’t seem to keep my rows even. Don’t let those Granny’s fool you. Knitting, as it turns out, requires a lot of skill- especially if you watch TV at the same time.

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Feet First: an interview with Raewyn Hill, director of new Perth contemporary dance company Co3

Feet First: an interview with Raewyn Hill, director of new Perth contemporary dance company Co3

I got to interview the inspiring Raewyn Hill, director of new Perth contemporary dance company Co3 for the Summer 2015/2016 issue of Marque Magazine. We talked about their opening season, getting out of your artistic comfort zone, and off the record, drinking cognac in Montmartre, her old stomping grounds. 

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