Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens

There's something really terrific about being a tourist in your own town, especially on a weekday. On weekends, the area around Circular Quay is full of both tourists and locals enjoying the space. But on a weekday, most of the locals are still at work, so it's just you and the tourists. The only locals…

Wendy’s Secret Garden

"Oh look, there's Wendy, doing the washing up...", my friend Sue commented, as she pointed towards the upstairs window of the house Wendy Whiteley has lived in for almost fifty years. Downstairs, at the entrance to the house, a number of women had gathered to read the sign declaring the NSW Government had promised to…

Always Was, Always Will Be

Always was, always will be

For the past few years, the artwork "Always was, always will be" by Reko Rennie has been a feature of Taylor Square in Sydney. Striking, stunning, colourful, and a bold statement about Aboriginal land, I always smiled when I saw it. But, as reported a few weeks ago... The council announced on Friday that the…

Do you ever feel like you're nothing?

Muriel’s Wedding – The Musical

There was a moment toward the end of tonight's show when a large tear swelled up, and rolled down my right cheek. It's also the bit in the movie that always upset me: the moment when the mother died. Or rather, committed suicide. My mum didn't commit suicide, but in many ways she had lost…

Old Darlinghurst Gaol

Even though I've been to the National Art School on countless occasions, and I've been on several history walks which have touched on its history as East Sydney Tech College, and before that as the Darlinghurst Gaol, I've never really had much knowledge of the change chronology. So when I saw something on Eventbrite a…