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Top 10 places to travel in August

You’ve got to love a travel expert whose motto is “Saving the world from mediocre trips.” Longtime travel journalist and Conde Nast Traveler columnist Wendy Perrin writes her own blog these days, offering up travel planning tips, insider guides, travel experts and — our fave — a monthly “where to go” list that includes eclectic, memorable choices. August, for example, may be ...

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Lorde Compares Friendship With Taylor Swift to Someone Suffering From an Autoimmune Disease

It’s not easy to maintain a friendship with Taylor Swift . Just ask Lorde, who knows first-hand what it’s like to call on of Hollywood’s most followed (and scrutinized) celebs a best friend. The New Zealand-based pop star provided an interesting metaphor for their years-long friendship during an interview with The Guardian, comparing it that of someone who suffers from an autoimmune disease. ...

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The Ladies of London Preview the Fallout from Caroline Stanbury’s Mapperton Tantrum

These Ladies of London trips to Mapperton Estate never go the way poor Julie Montagu wants them to, do they? When we last left the ladies, their most recent journey to the English countryside went awry when Caroline Stanbury, bucking against the house rules set before her by Lady Montagu, absolutely refused to agree to a fishing trip the following ...

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Police called to quell bloody brawls in CBD and Surry Hills

TWO men were arrested after a violent brawl involving up to ten people caused chaos in a fast food restaurant in the CBD early this morning. Police were called to the McDonald’s restaurant on George Street after reports of men fighting and arrived to find a number of people involved in a scuffle. One man was detained inside the restaurant ...

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Watch Fitbit Alta’s official promo here: lifestyle and fitness tracking in style

Fitbit is on a roll lately: after unveiling the Fitbit Blaze, a $200 fitness tracker that borders on the territory of smartwatches and was seen as direct competitor to the Apple Watch, now the company has unveiled the Fitbit Alta. The Alta is a more tradition wristband that does not go in direct competition with smartwatches, but instead aims to ...

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Abbott entitled to speak in US: PM

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says Tony Abbott is entitled to address whoever he wishes and isn’t going to be censored. The former Liberal leader will this week speak at a function in New York run by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian lobby group that opposes homosexuality and abortion. “He does have fairly a conservative position on issues like ...

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PM misses out on Australia Day BBQ

Australia Day isn’t Australia Day without a BBQ – except for the prime minister. Malcolm Turnbull admitted he didn’t get a chance to enjoy a snag on Tuesday between a hectic schedule of appearances in Canberra. “I haven’t done a public or indeed a private barbecue today – so the sausages have been safe,” he told The Project on Network Ten. “We ...

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US and Sth Korea in strategic talks

The United States and its ally South Korea are in talks towards sending further strategic assets to the Korean peninsula. South Korea’s defence ministry made the announcement a day after a US B-52 bomber flew over South Korea in response to North Korea’s nuclear test last week. “The United States and South Korea are continuously and closely having discussions on ...

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Meet Frank Alafaci, campaigning for the seat of Reid

  Meet Frank Alafaci, a politically minded academic who is actively campaigning as an ALP candidate for pre-selection in the culturally diverse seat of Reid in Sydney. Although he has been a member of the Labor party for 21 years, Mr Alafaci has only recently stepped into the spotlight – reaching out to the ethnic media in an attempt to ...

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New national art prize for refugees and asylum seekers calls for submissions

The City of Greater Dandenong in Victoria has launched a new national art prize for artists with an asylum seeker or refugee background. Home and Art provides an opportunity to celebrate their important contribution to Australia’s cultural and social fabric. Home and Art has been created to recognise artists from asylum seeker and refugee backgrounds who may have had to put their artist ...

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