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Gazzda furniture business built on bromance

Gazzda furniture business built on bromance

Gazzda furnitue is one of the hot new names on the style landscape. Two young men – one Dutch and the other Bosnian – founded the company and their business success is based on a personal friendship that goes back to the dark days of the Yugoslav war. Here they (more…)

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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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In Brief: Brutalist block out but containers in

In Brief: Brutalist block out but containers in

The ‘so ugly it’s beautiful’ Sirius building in Sydney’s Rocks area is a step closer to demolition after the NSW government rejected heritage status for the brutalist former public housing block. NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton announced on Wednesday that she had declined to grant protection for the block, opening (more…)

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Weird and wonderful: the perfect pet for your pad

Weird and wonderful: the perfect pet for your pad

It might be raining cats and dogs in strata these days but apartment owners with a taste for the exotic  – like giant rhinocerous cockroaches and spinifex hopping mice – are stretching the boundaries of what can’t be ‘unreasonably’ refused. With default by-laws changed so that pets are more likely (more…)

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$350m flat tuned out

$350m flat tuned out

A local council has rejected plans by a  multimillionaire radio station owner to create the UK’s most expensive flat in a luxury development near Harrod’s in central London. Ashley Tabor, who owns Classic FM among other radio stations, applied to knock two properties in the luxury Knightsbridge Apartments together to (more…)

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Seven reasons you may need to say bye-bye to your balcony barbie

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Seven reasons you may need to say bye-bye to your balcony barbie

Could this be our last summer of unfettered fry-ups on balcony barbecues, asks Jimmy Thomson.  It’s certainly heading in that direction with everybody getting  very worked up about flammable cladding fires, not to mention legislation that makes it easier for apartment residents to get rid of the smoky, smelly and (more…)

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Dardanelle Towers 1: The naked truth

Dardanelle Towers 1:  The naked truth

We recently discovered, hidden deep in the darkest corner of our archives, what seem to be long-forgotten reports from an apartment block with more than its fair share of idiosyncratic characters. Is this place real, or a figment of someone’s imagination? Perhaps you know these people. Maybe it’s your building. (more…)

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Quiz: How much do you really know about Airbnb?

Quiz: How much do you really know about Airbnb?

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Come fly with me on a six-star tour of Vietnam

Come fly with me on a six-star tour of Vietnam

Here’s one from the department of shameless self-promotion that has little or nothing to do with apartment living –  apart from being able to lock up and leave –  you can join me,  Jimmy Thomson, on a luxury 14-day trip to Vietnam next year. And before we go any further, (more…)

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