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Swingin’ With the Endangered Orangutans of Borneo

“Say hello to the orange ones,” my friend said when he dropped me at the airport. He was referring to orangutans, known for their distinctive orange color and endangered status. For years I had dreamed of seeing them in their natural habitat and now, with a little luck, my dream would finally come true. I boarded the plane to Sabah, a Malaysian State on the island of Borneo, arguably the best place in the world to see orangutans in the wild. People have been fascinated for centuries by orangutan...
Tags: Travel, Culture, Malaysia, Sabah, Orangutan, Borneo, Cultural Travel, Asia Travel, Sandakan, Sepilok


Byron Bay Surf Festival’s Music Line-Up

The 2019 Byron Bay Surf Festival is kicking off Wednesday 20th February, chock full of sustainability, music, art, surf and culture. Wow. Say hello to annual favourites including the Surf Art Markets, Surf Legends Lounge, live music at the Beach Hotel and Freestyle & Stoke Surf Sessions at Wategos Beach. Meet this year’s epic line up of special guests including surfing World Champions, female leaders, inspiring musicians, photographers and artists. Byron Bay Surf Festival’s Music Line-Up Frida...
Tags: Travel, Featured, News, Culture, Queensland, Brisbane, Byron, Festivals & Events, Byron Bay, Wollongong, Nick Cunningham, Beach Hotel, Tay Oskee, WAAX, Stone Wood Pacific Ale, Sophie Ozard


How To Visit The Game Of Thrones Filming Locations In Southern Spain

 Much of Game of Thrones is filmed in Spain, even places you might assume were shot in Ireland like Dragonstone, can be found across the country. Although the Baratheon stronghold is in the north (of Spain) there are many easily accessible filming locations in Andalusia. ...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Spain, Car, Culture, Ireland, Jon Snow, Cordoba, Seville, Granada, Andalusia, Pictures And Video, Alhambra, Southern Spain, Almodóvar, Roman bridge


Yerba Mate 101

My brilliant entrepreneur husband  recently started his own e-commerce store selling yerba mate. I had never heard of mate before I met him, but I quickly learned about this important staple of Argentinean culture. In honor of this drink my husband loves, here is everything you need to know to understand mate culture. While Argentinean … Yerba Mate 101 Read More »
Tags: Travel, Culture, Argentina, South America, Cuisine, Destinations, Culinary Travel, Food Experiences


PENNY ARCADE: The Faghag and Her Friends in the Summer of Love

BRUNSWICK PICTURE HOUSE EXCLUSIVE Created by Penny Arcade and Steve Zehentner | Conceived, Written and Performed by Penny Arcade | Designed and Directed by Steve Zehentner and Penny Arcade A new play in development with Richard Jordan Productions. “I am nothing if not the dutiful daughter of New York’s criminal intellectual, homosexual, psychedelic avant-garde…” Penny Arcade is New York’s undisputed queen of the underground and the grande dame of downtown performance art. Hot on the heels of Ade...
Tags: Travel, New York Post, New York, Featured, New York City, San Francisco, Culture, Andy Warhol, Stonewall, Provincetown, Penny Arcade, Quentin Crisp, Brunswick Picture House, Adelaide Fringe, Richard Jordan, Steve Zehentner


A local’s guide to Ibiza: 10 top tips

The White Isle takes a break from partying in winter and spring but there is still plenty of fun to be had at its cool bars, restaurants and famous marketEs Cavallet – a kilometre of beautiful sand, dunes and wild rolling waves – is one of Ibiza’s official nudist beaches. It is home to the Chiringay bar, the high-end La Escollera restaurant and also one of my favourite places to eat, El Chiringuito, which has DJs, views of the sea and good food. Seafood and meat mains start at around €25 and the...
Tags: Travel, Culture, Bars and clubs, Top 10s, Clubbing, Beach Holidays, Ibiza, Spain Holidays, Europe Holidays, White Isle, Balearic Islands holidays, Ibiza holidays, Chiringay, La Escollera


Visiting Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia…But Not for a Marriage Blessing

I first met David Hogan, Jr., the publisher of the award winning Malaysia Asia Travel Blog, during a visit to Malaysia’s Penang Island. On that occasion, he took me to one of the island’s most popular “hawker centers,” where we ate our way through outdoor food stalls that stretched for blocks. Some years later David and I reconnected in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur (KL). This time he treated me to a delicious lunch at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant located in the city’s Little India neighborh...
Tags: Travel, David, Culture, Malaysia, Little India, Cultural Travel, Asia Travel, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, Penang Island, David Hogan Jr, Kuala Lumpur KL, Thean Hou Temple


Athens Day 2: Hadrian's Library

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Tags: Travel, Greece, History, Museum, Culture, Tourism, Athens, Greek, Francis, Empire, Civilisation, Ancient, Roman, Hadrian, Ruin


Dave Graney and Clare Moore play Brunswick Picture House

Dave Graney and Clare Moore are gonna paint up 2019 with a new album called ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? Its approximately their 30th and is a killer set of rock music. Made properly, like they’ve always done. It has “eight songs done thirteen ways” and ranges from pop gems like “Baby I Wish I’d Been a Better Pop Star” to their homage to Stones Lore in “ULTRAKEEF” and then the 8 1/2 minute West Coast epic jam that is served up twice that is Is “That What You Did?”. They play music drawn f...
Tags: Travel, News, Culture, West Coast, Byron Bay, Brunswick Picture House, Dave Graney, Clare Moore, Better Pop Star


The Beasts – The Northern, Byron Bay

Former Beasts of Bourbon Kim Salmon, Charlie Owen, Boris Sujdovic, Tony Pola and Tex Perkins reinvent themselves in a recorded project entitled ‘The Beasts Still Here’. THE BEASTS NEW ALBUM ‘STILL HERE’ OUT 15TH FEBRUARY 2019 – TOURING NATIONALLY FEBRUARY & MARCH 2019 Performing tracks from the new album ‘Still Here’ and the Beasts Of Bourbon classics. The Beasts play The Northern on Friday 1 March, tickets available online. After an emotional final performance with the Beasts of Bourbon, Tex Pe...
Tags: Travel, News, Culture, Byron Bay, Tex Perkins, Jonesy, Kim Salmon Charlie Owen Boris Sujdovic Tony Pola, Brian Hooper


Ocean Film Festival World Tour – Byron Theatre 7 March 2019

With a vision to mesmerise and captivate, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface. Featuring all new films this carefully curated selection of short films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue. The films feature captivating cinemat...
Tags: Travel, News, Culture, Byron Bay


Baker Boy, Yothu Yindi & more for Boomerang Festival

Bundjalung country’s very own world-class Indigenous Arts & Culture Festival, Boomerang Festival is back for 2019 with a stellar line-up including Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project, Young Australian of the Year – Baker Boy, DOBBY and many more. Boomerang Festival is performed within Bluesfest so to attend, you must hold a Bluesfest 2019 ticket. A NOTE FROM THE FESTIVAL DIRECTOR Our festival within a festival, at Bluesfest, is one of our highlights. It is a musical and sensory delight. We have t...
Tags: Travel, Featured, News, Australia, Culture, Festivals & Events, Byron Bay, Bluesfest, Peter Noble, Rhoda Roberts, Bundjalung, Yothu Yindi, Baker Boy Yothu Yindi, Archie Roach Yothu Yindi, Benny Walker, Te Kopere Maori Healers


Golden Temple of Amritsar, India’s Shining Star

We had been back in India a mere two days when we made our way to Punjab to witness the Golden Temple. Sikhism’s Holiest site, this temple welcomes all to enjoy its beauty and spirituality. Dave and I don’t normally become excited over temples, but the Golden Temple is incredibly impressive and beautiful. It is not a large temple, but it is impressive. Built in 1577, the temples dome is guilded with 750 kg of pure gold. Read the original post Golden Temple of Amritsar, India’s Shining Star on ...
Tags: Travel, India, Dave, Culture, Cultural Travel, Punjab, Amritsar India, Golden Temple, Shining Star, Golden Temple Sikhism


Stories in the Club 2019: What Do You Stand For?

Stories in the Club starts back on Sunday, February 10 with the theme ‘What Do You Stand For?’. This year there will only be four tellers, so each has a little more time. At the end of all the stories, there will be a short informal discussion with the tellers. The three guest tellers will be Lyn Carson, Jim Tait and Mark Swivel. As usual, curator Jenni Cargill-Strong will also tell a folktale about a wise, talking snake who challenges a man on his slippery principles. Jenni met Carson (who goes...
Tags: Travel, Culture, Club, Mark, Jim, Carson, Byron Bay, Jenni, Mullumbimby, Ican, Jenni Cargill Strong, Lyn Carson Jim Tait, Mark Swivel, Woodford Folk Festival, Jenni Mark Swivel, Jim Tait


VAGINA CONVERSATIONS #4 at the Byron Theatre 14 & 15 February

After sell out performances three years running, this informal, diverse collective of some of Byron Shire’s powerful, creative women, aged 17 to 80, gather to share their personal stories about the most powerful area of a woman’s body: our vaginas. Part of the V-Day global revolution to end violence against women and children. Fresh from the morning Main Beach flashmob, the women use poetry, word, dance, song and comedy to share their experiences and inspire and empower others. Vagina ConVersati...
Tags: Travel, Featured, News, Culture, Festivals & Events, Byron Bay, Facebook Event, Byron Shire, Mandy Nolan, Ilona Harker, Women 's Resource Service, Eva Judell, Emily Lubutz, Fay Jackson, Aine Tyrell, Lorella Ricci


Big Picture Activism for The Economics of Happiness

7pm, Wednesday 13 February at the Byron Theatre Byron Bay-based  , the organization behind the award-winning documentary The Economics of Happiness, presents an evening of interactive discussion with key figures from the worldwide localisation movement. Hosted by localisation pioneer Helena Norberg-Hodge, the event will expose the shared roots of our ecological, economic and spiritual crises—and map out concrete strategies for meaningful change. The evening will be set up to enable a fluid and d...
Tags: Travel, Usa, Featured, News, India, Culture, Un, Byron Bay, Michael Shuman, Helena Norberg Hodge, Byron Theatre Byron Bay, Camila Moreno Brazil, Keibo Oiwa Japan, Manish Jain


The Curious Case Of Kuwait

The small State of Kuwait as it’s officially known doesn’t get many visitors, making it easy to assume the nation of 4 million resembles its oil-rich neighbors. Kuwait City does look a lot like them but with far fewer recreational visitors, there’s not much to convey what makes Kuwait distinct. It may be because of that cover that Kuwait is intangibly unexpected. Quick To Skip Less than 2% of Kuwait’s GDP comes from tourism. Location and local competition make Kuwait blend in, so for most touri...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Eu, Culture, United States, Malaysia, Kuwait, Persian Gulf, Heritage Foundation, Kuwait City, Kuwait Science and Natural History Museum


Shake a Wedgetail feather to support your community, Nudge Nudge Wink Wink, Feb 3rd

Come and shake your Wedgetail feathers at February’s Cunning Stunts event and raise money for Tweed Palliative Support & Wedgetail Retreat. Established in 1998, this multi award-winning organisation, receives no government funding. They provide free and donation-based home-hospice support by trained volunteer palliative carers, respite and live-in hospice nursing care, loan of medical equipment, educational courses and Sunshine ‘Pamper’ Days for people living with cancer or a life-limiting illne...
Tags: Travel, Featured, News, Culture, Canberra, Byron, Festivals & Events, Byron Bay, Northern Rivers, Superbreak, Sut Dale Stephen, Eva J, DJ Kosta Ellis


Golden Oldies Uke Night with Ash and Sar

Miss Amber and Stukulele’s UKE NIGHT is back on Thursday 31 January from 6:30pm at Club Mullum. The special guest vocalists for the 5th consecutive January are Ash Bell and Sara Tindley. The Theme is ‘Golden Oldies’, a selection of tunes that are over 20 years old… going back as far as the 30’s and up to the 90’s. Joining the Uke Night band will be Jamie Pattugalan on drums, Rod Coe on bass and new comer Anni De Groot on violin and viola. Bring you ukulele and singing voice – same price as alway...
Tags: Travel, News, Culture, Ash, Sar, Byron Bay, Stukulele, Sara Tindley, Ash Bell, Rod Coe, Jamie Pattugalan, Anni De Groot


A DOUBLE HEADER FROM HOWL & MOAN. FRI 1st & Sat 2nd Feb, Byron Bay Brewery, Free Entry

Howl & Moan Records and Bolt Records are joining forces to present the best independent and alternative local bands at the Byron Bay Brewery on Friday & Saturday Feb 1 & 2. Friday night from 8pm is Punk & Psych rock in the band room featuring Dicklord, The Lonesomes, Perve Endings, Cassowarys & Float Therapy. Saturday is the ‘Night of the She-Wolf’, from 6pm on the Garden stage where we will be celebrating female fronted bands & performers. Featuring local acts Nicole Brophy, Moreton, Demi Casha...
Tags: Travel, Garden, News, Culture, Festivals & Events, Lou, Byron Bay, Byron Bay Brewery, Feb Byron Bay Brewery Free Entry, Howl Moan Records and Bolt Records, Nicole Brophy Moreton Demi Casha Tom


Emma Bosworth unveils new single ‘People Get Ready’ + Artists In Action Beach Clean-Up, The Rails 9 Feb

Brisbane garage folk songstress, Emma Bosworth is returning with ‘People Get Ready’, a striking first release from her forthcoming sophomore record anticipated this Spring. On a first listen to ‘People Get Ready’ you’d be forgiven for thinking Emma is reflecting on a testing trial of love lost, however the pop-glimmering track’s take home message is “that we all deal with heavy stuff in our lives in such diverse ways and something that might trigger one person into a spiral of depression, might ...
Tags: Travel, Featured, News, Australia, Culture, Brisbane, Emma, Byron Bay, Emma Bosworth, Robb Knaggs, Byron Bay Never, Peter Bosworth, Reuben Schaefer, Tobias Broughton, Tim Powles, Stokers Siding Community Hall


Why You Should Visit Granada, Spain

 Granada is the only place to ever be voted by you, twice (and in a row), the Best City to Visit. With the 2019 contest nominations coming up in February (here’s where to enter your city), I wanted to show you all the intangible reasons Granada, Spain has deserved the top spot for the past two years. For many travelers, Granada tends to be a day trip from nearby Seville or Cordoba, but as you’ll see in video above, that’s how they miss the best parts of southern Spain. The post Why You Shou...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Spain, Culture, Cordoba, Seville, Granada, Pictures And Video, Granada Spain, Best City


10 fun things to do in Nova Scotia – on a 3 day Road trip

Nova Scotia in the early summer offered sunny days and sparkling water but not too many crowds. We’d already spent a couple of days exploring the provincial capital of Halifax, with historic attractions, harbour front walks and city buzz. Now it was time to head out of the city for a 3 day road trip to see some of Nova Scotia’s other attractions. Source
Tags: Travel, Outdoors, Featured, Activities, Nature, Culture, Canada, Food And Drink, Nova Scotia, Sightseeing, North America, Halifax, Gardens, Active, Lunenburg


PHOTO: Historic Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, Grande Dame of Malaysia’s Capital City

I rounded a corner and stopped in my tracks. The old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station stretched before me in all her glory. Her lacy white skirts were tatted with horseshoe, ogee, and keyhole arches, while her chhatri-topped towers were held aloft like frilly parasols, providing protection from the brutal Malaysian sun. This spectacular example of British Raj style and opulence is undoubtedly the grand dame of Malaysia’s capital city. During the early years of British rule, Kuala Lumpur (KL) had bee...
Tags: Travel, Daily Photo, Photography, Culture, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Cultural Travel, Capital City, Raj, Kuala Lumpur KL, Railway Stations, Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, Kuala Lumpur Railway Station Grande Dame


CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF SUMMER, THE ORIGINAL PACIFIC ALE, NOW IN CANS PERMANENTLY

Independent brewery, Stone & Wood are releasing the original Pacific Ale in cans ongoing from 21 January. It’s been 10 years since the first kegs of this national favourite rolled out of the brewery’s gates. Co-founder Brad Rogers said that after releasing the commemorative limited release cans in December to celebrate their anniversary, the middle of summer is the perfect time to bring them out ongoing. When the founders of Stone & Wood sat around the kitchen table dreaming up what woul...
Tags: Travel, Food, Featured, Culture, Pacific, Byron Bay, Brad Rogers, Pacific Ale, Caolan Vaughn Caolan


Vintage ski posters – in pictures

A collection of vintage ski and winter sports posters up to a century old – some worth thousands of dollars – is about to be auctioned in New York. The resorts advertised range from Europe’s Alpine jewels to the mountains of Canada, and all offer fun in the outdoors Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Europe, New York, Design, Media, France, Advertising, Sport, World news, US news, Culture, Austria, Canada, Art and design, Skiing, Switzerland


POLISH CLUB HIT BYRON BAY BREWERY Sunday 27th Jan 7PM

One guitar. One voice. One drum kit — frequently bloodied, sometimes broken. The modest tools can only begin to tell the story of Polish Club, the sweat-soaked Aussie soul-punk duo with a heart-wringing knack for ass-kicking rock tunes and a gift for burning down every room they play. “I think our strength is in the limitations of the two-piece band,” says the keeper of the aforementioned drums, John Henry. “When you’ve only got guitar and drums, you can’t just… play. You’ve got to give more. Ph...
Tags: Travel, News, Culture, Sydney, Byron, Novak, Byron Bay, John Henry, Polish Club, Byron Bay Brewery Tickets


Grigoryan Brothers and Wolfgang Muthspiel

A night of guitar mastery: Slava & Leonard Grigoryan are joined by Wolfgang Muthspiel (Austria), one of the most influential guitarists of his generation. Thurs Feb 7 | Adelaide |Trinity Sessions Fri Feb 8 | Byron Bay Community Centre Sat Feb 9 | Brisbane Powerhouse: Wed Feb 13 | Melbourne Recital Centre: Thurs Feb 14 | Canberra | Street Theatre Fri Feb 15 | Sydney | City Recital Hall Sat Feb 16 | Lawson | Mechanics Institute Originally scheduled as an MGT tour featuring Wolfgang, Slava and USA ...
Tags: Travel, Usa, News, Australia, Boston, Culture, Austria, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Berklee College of Music, Lawson, Byron Bay, Eric Harland, Pat Metheny


Milan art tour: fresco heaven, without the crowds

Resist the urge to splurge in the city’s chic shops and instead lose yourself in its transcendental artThink of Milan and you think of fashion. The first time I spent more than a few hours in the city, I roamed the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – Italy’s oldest shopping arcade, built in the 1860s and still home to the original Prada store, which was opened by the designer’s grandfather Mario in 1913 – wishing that I was rich (or at least, not quite so broke). What on earth is a girl with an over...
Tags: Travel, Art, Milan, Life and style, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Mario, Prada, Venice, City Breaks, Cultural Trips, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Florence, Europe Holidays


NORPA receives Regional Cultural Fund grant

NORPA receives Regional Cultural Fund grant to upgrade Lismore City Hall into the premiere performing arts centre in the Northern Rivers. The Honourable Thomas George, Member for Lismore, has announced that NORPA (Northern Rivers Performing Arts) will receive $1.16 million dollars from the Regional Cultural Fund to upgrade Lismore City Hall’s sound and lighting equipment to the standard of a contemporary performing arts centre. The $1.16 million is the final piece of two years of work and planni...
Tags: Travel, News, Australia, Culture, Johnson, Wolff, Healey, Coffs Harbour, David Wolff, Thomas George, Northern Rivers, Lismore, Norpa, Lismore City Hall, Bell Shakespeare, Lismore Regional Gallery



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