Author Archives: Jennifer Goodwin

Shark Island micro-brewery: Interview with James Peeble

Shark Island micro-brewery: Interview with James Peeble

Interview with James Peebles from Shark Island micro-brewery, in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire. As a moonlighting bartender in a typical Sydney pub, I can spot a tourist a mile off. They typically exhibit disorientation when nobody escorts them to a table, uncertainty about where to place their order, hesitancy about approaching the bar – all familiarContinue Reading

Finding Your Identity in Sydney’s Coffee Scene

Finding Your Identity in Sydney’s Coffee Scene

Coffee? Ah, the question uttered many a minute all over Sydney. It implies a chance to take a break, have a chat and get caffeinated. Three things we all very much like to do. Coffee was once a simple matter of dissolving a teaspoonful of powdery stuff in boiled water, and adding a splash ofContinue Reading

Dating Stories, Sydney Style

Dating Stories, Sydney Style

Blame Hollywood, but everyone wants a nice little story about how they met their partner. Preferably a serendipitous tale, like a visit to an art exhibition, stranger walks over to join another in admiration of a painting: ‘Is this your favourite too?’ Cue date. The more realistic version: drinking all the free wine on openingContinue Reading

Play Bar – Beats, Breaks and Hip Hop in Surry Hills

Play Bar – Beats, Breaks and Hip Hop in Surry Hills

A few Fridays ago I was rounding up an enjoyable evening with some lounge room karaoke, as you do. Sipping away on my coffee mug of white wine, waiting for my turn on the microphone, I suddenly wondered if my planned rendition of David Bowie’s ‘Sorrow’ was going to clear the (small but powerful) danceContinue Reading

Hugos on Sundays: A cultural experience

Hugos on Sundays: A cultural experience

One of the best things about living in the Surry Hills/ Redfern area of Sydney is the fact that my entire life is conducted, in an entirely fulfilling way, within about a 2 km radius. I can literally go for weeks without having to branch out beyond the confines of my suburb, yet still enjoyContinue Reading

Caravan Slam: Live poetry rocks my world

Caravan Slam: Live poetry rocks my world

Anything preceded by the word ‘live’ usually gets my attention. I’m talking music, comedy, inspirational people, even TV. While seeing a favourite artist in the flesh can certainly mean the fulfilment of a lifelong dream, I’m more attracted to the spontaneity of it all, and often find the actual skill level of the artist quiteContinue Reading

Fireworks

Fireworks

Ask a Sydneysider what they’ll be doing for New Year’s Eve and the word ‘fireworks’ will usually form part of the answer. Fireworks remind me of growing up in New Zealand, and the annual Guy Fawkes festival. As unbelievable as it sounds to me now, we would pick up a bag of fireworks at theContinue Reading

The Opera House and Aung San Suu Kyi

The Opera House and Aung San Suu Kyi

Many small Australian towns find it necessary to rally around a novelty architectural icon for the purposes of tourism.  Often taking the form of a giant replica of something abundant in the region, these structures are prefaced by ‘The Big…’, and examples include ‘The Big Pineapple’, ‘The Big Banana’, ‘The Big Beer Can’, ‘The BigContinue Reading

Vipassana meditation in the Blue Mountains

Vipassana meditation in the Blue Mountains

Spending 10 days in silence and meditating for 8+ hours a day may not sound like your idea of a dream holiday. However, if you want to experience an inner calm that continues long after that first day back at work I suggest you put down your pina colada and keep reading. There are manyContinue Reading

The North Bondi Grassy Knoll

The North Bondi Grassy Knoll

Ask a Sydneysider to reveal their favourite beach and they will almost certainly have a particular spot in mind. They’ll also be willing to tell you, while assuming a smug air of superiority, all about why summer doesn’t exist without it. Today I will adhere to my own stereotype and tell you all about whyContinue Reading

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