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The most luxurious Vietnam holiday ever

The most luxurious Vietnam holiday ever

The words ‘luxury” and “Vietnam” are not often seen together but our friends at By Prior Arrangement are offering the last few seats on a luxury tour – six stars all the way – hosted by author and journalist Jimmy Thomson and with no more than 10 guests travelling together (more…)

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Books, movies, romance and intrigue – with JimmyT in Vietnam

Books, movies, romance and intrigue – with JimmyT in Vietnam

Having written two books about Australians in the ‘American War’, and having fallen in love with the country along the way, our travel host Jimmy Thomson has a unique insight into Vietnam, its history, its people and the Western creative impulses it inspires. Every couple of days (at least) during (more…)

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Phone for i-junkies when reception is junk

Phone for i-junkies when reception is junk

Planning to go off-grid for some peace and quiet this summer holiday? It may happen even if you don’t plan it as mobile phone reception can be patchy in any place off the beaten track. If you’re addicted to checking your phone like most of us, help is at hand. (more…)

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You won’t believe what medics are saying about coffee now

You won’t believe what medics are saying about coffee now

Alright, so we all know that twenty years ago we were told eggs were bad and now we’re meant to eat two a day so science is a moveable feast but I’ll take this one; Three cups of coffee a day lowers the risks of death and heart disease. Cheers, (more…)

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Aussie Airbnb host makes $5.3 million in a year

Aussie Airbnb host makes $5.3 million in a year

Anyone who suffers noisy and inconsiderate guests next door and hopes Airbnb will be regulated out of existence is probably wishing for too much. But the more hosts who jump on the Bnb wagon, the more the laws of supply and demand could force tariffs down to make it not (more…)

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Council plans curfew crackdown on Airbnb guests

Council plans curfew crackdown on Airbnb guests

Another twist in the Airbnb story hit today. Not this time, the problem of unruly guests in apartment blocks with absentee and uncontactable landlords. If that’s a problem you suffer from, a council in Victoria is taking steps that may, just may be adopted in your suburb. ABC radio reports (more…)

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Ten things you really don’t need in a small apartment

Ten things you really don’t need in a small apartment

I’m not about to become one of those hugely successful people who turns suggestions into cleaning or tidying into a best selling book – unfortunately. But focussing on all things small in apartments, I thought a list of things you can do without would be worthwhile. I mean, why waste (more…)

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The sharing economy comes home to co-living

The sharing economy comes home to co-living

OK, housing affordability protesters, grab your placards and let’s get marching and chanting. What do we want? A nice apartment. When do we want it? Now. Where do we want it? In a cool area with lots of cafes and bars. How much will we pay? As little as possible. (more…)

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Where are all the family friendly apartments? Not here!

Where are all the family friendly apartments? Not here!

As you struggle in the lift with your stroller or try to get your kids to school on time without them pressing all the buttons on the lift on the way down, do you every wonder if raising your family in an apartment is harder than it need be? While (more…)

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Seven splashbacks – ideas to replace your tired old tiles

Seven splashbacks  – ideas to replace your tired old tiles

If there was ever a perfect name for something, splashback is it. It’s that area behind your stove, sink, or washbasin that gets splashed and needs regular cleaning to keep the grout in between the tiles from going grotty, as well as the tiles losing their sheen. It’s one of (more…)

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