The Fainting Goat

April 14, 2014 in Featured, Health, Work by Tamsin Howse

I have cardioinhibitory vasovascular syncope. That means a couple of things. The first is that instead of fight, flight or freeze, I faint. Perhaps not the best evolutionary response, but there you have it. The second thing it means is that my blood pressure is low so it takes barely any change for it to drop low enough for me to faint. The Viking calls me a fainting goat*. As many of you know, I attended Voices of 2014 on Saturday night where this wonderful site was in the top 30 for Personal & Parenting (whoo!!). The lights, heat, excitement
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Three Cocktails To Make Summer Last (SP)

April 13, 2014 in Entertainment, Featured, Food & Recipes, Health by iamevilcupcake

Sponsored by Edway Training Recently we were approached to do a sponsored post on training in Responsible Service of Alcohol, something close to my heart due to the need for all people who serve alcohol to understand their obligations in serving liquor responsibly, and I accepted. Then I encountered a fairly significant problem: I don’t drink alcohol. So I asked one of our wonderful editors, Cupcake, to give us some gorgeous cocktail recipes we can all enjoy responsibly. Summer may be ending, but that doesn’t mean cocktails have to. – Tamsin Howse, Editor in Chief Back in 2010, my mum
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Minties, Fantales and Other Australian Treats

April 11, 2014 in Featured, Food & Recipes, Lifestyle by Mazi Grey

One of the joys of bringing someone to Australia is to introduce them to the Australian treats we love so well. Violet crumbles, sherbies and eucalyptus drops (only when sick of course) are not common to those from Asia or the Americas. The Brits may have similar treats but let’s forget them for the moment. I love giving a tim tam to a fresh-off-the-plane chum and seeing the look on their face when I explain a tim tam slam! “It is a chocolate fudge between two chocolate biscuits, covered in chocolate, which we then use as a straw for either
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Peaches Geldof Dead: Why I’m Keeping an Open Mind

April 9, 2014 in Celebrity, Entertainment, Featured, Health, Mental Health, Music by Maree Talidu

As I write this, ‘Young and beautiful’ by Lana Del Ray is playing on my ipod- it’s on shuffle. It seems sadly fitting. I was surprised at how upset I was when I woke to the news that Peaches Geldof had been found dead in her home in Kent, England, aged 25. Peaches has never been far from the spotlight, as the second born daughter of Irish Punk rocker turned humanitarian, Sir Bob Geldof and his late wife, TV host Paula Yates, who died from a heroin overdose when Peaches was 11 years old. We know the complicated story: Sir
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The Domestic Violence Campaign You Need To See

April 8, 2014 in Dating, Health, Human Rights, Marriage, Mental Health by Tamsin Howse

This domestic violence campaign out of Norway took my breath away. The simplicity of it is completely stunning and captures so perfectly how it feels to be in an abusive relationship. People may never see what goes on behind closed doors, but that doesn't mean it doesn't.   If you or someone you know needs help, contact Relationships Australia on 1300 364 277 or call 1800 RESPECT – 1800 737 732.  

The Goonies Sequel is Happening!

April 8, 2014 in Entertainment, Film & TV by Tamsin Howse

Richard Donner has announced The Goonies is finally having a sequel and hopefully with most of the original cast. Hey, you guys! Can you believe it? A sequel? To be honest my first reactions to this news were mixed and I just don’t know where to go from this. I don’t know which way is up or whether or not it’s Tuesday (it is Tuesday, right?). I’m completely ambivalent about this whole idea. Could a sequel recapture the magic of the original? Would it be a re-imagining like the recent 21 Jump Street? Or would they be ruining what is really a
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When Interviews Go Bad

April 7, 2014 in Lifestyle, Work by Vanessa Smith

I spent the first 3 months of 2014 looking for work getting really frustrated by it. I wasn’t even being particularly picky about what I applied for. So I spent a lot of time in interviews, but I had one particular interview that irritated me a lot. And here’s why: The position was Executive Assistant to a CEO. I applied for the job, had a phone interview three weeks later, and an in-person interview two weeks after that. They wanted someone with an interesting background and liked my non traditional experience; then spent the interview quizzing me over why I
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Dressing in Cold Weather

April 4, 2014 in Comedy, People, Society by Tamsin Howse

OK, Australia, we need to have a talk about the weather. Today it’s 23* and forecast to rain, possibly storm. So I’m seeing a lot of different versions of what Sydney thinks is appropriate clothing for this weather. I am a cold person. I feel the cold ridiculously. So I’ve developed many strategies over the years for coping with the cold. Also consider that I recently went to the US and Canada, where they know a thing or two about cold, and was pleased to learn my habits are not unusual over there. With that in mind, there seems to
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Search and Rescue: Why We Should Keep Trying

April 2, 2014 in Current Affairs, News by Mazi Grey

The search for Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 has seen several Australian warships and aircraft used to scour an area of the Indian ocean larger than most countries for debris. This is exactly what Australia should be doing as part of its role as a good international citizen and I am extremely happy that no one in Australia is criticizing it, or calling for the navy to bill Malaysia. Criticising the search may sound like a callous move, billing the airline who lost a dozen of their own along with 200+ others, but that is the kind of reaction we get
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What Do You Wish Someone Had Told You About Having a Baby?

April 1, 2014 in Children, Mothers, Parenting, Pregnancy & Birth by Tamsin Howse

As you all would know by now, a baby is something I would like in my future. And in just over a month I turn 29 which, obviously, means I did not have a baby at 28 as I had planned (unless someone has something to tell me about cabbage patches). And as I’m nearing time to actually bite the bullet and embark on this adventure, I’m wondering what people wish they had known. Here’s what I know so far: Sometimes people poo when they give birth. Actually. Most of the time. You won’t sleep for at least a couple of months
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