Win FLY Yoga Passes

Win Finding Lotus Yoga Bondi Passes at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW 2012

$200 worth of yoga passes to win At Finding Lotus Yoga (FLY) you’ll be guided with humility, knowledge and an open, genuine approach, encompassing the development of mind, body and spirit through conscious breath and movement. And to top it off, you’ll spend time with lovely locals and the most gorgeous yoga teacher in Bondi [...]

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Camilla Theft

Camilla Franks shop break in at Bondi Beach, sydney, nsw, australia pic by andy solo

Thieves clean out Camilla’s new collection, The Daily Telegraph, September 11 2012 Industrial sabotage has emerged as one of the main lines of inquiry into a major break-in at the flagship store of kaftan designer Camilla Franks, whose entire new line was stolen early yesterday. Tens of thousands of dollars worth of dresses, swimwear and children’s [...]

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Bondi Kite Time

bondi kite festival, Happy Yellow Kite in Blue Sky, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia

Time to grab your kites and untangle the strings in preparation for the fabulous Bondi Beach Festival of the Winds! One of my favourite local events, this colourful kite festival is on this Sunday 9 September from 11.00am to 4.00pm. Last year was an absolute corker with perfect flying conditions and we’re hoping for more of [...]

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Win Gourmet Slice!

Gourmet Slice Pizza to Win on atbondi giveaway at Bondi Beach Sydney

$50 worth of gourmet pizza to win! One of the best new businesses to hit Bondi is Gourmet Slice on Gould St. To celebrate their opening and introduce their business to Bondi locals and beyond, they’re offering two lucky people a chance to win $25 worth of delicious gourmet pizza, crisp garlic bread and drinks. [...]

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Win Barre Attack!

Win a 5 class pass for Barre Attack at Bondi Beach at Balance Moves

Thanks to our fit and fabulous friends at Bondi’s Balance Moves, one lucky reader will win a 5-class Barre Attack pass worth $125. Created by former professional ballerina, Renee Scott, Barre Attack fuses Pilates, Dance and Fitness to create sexy body confidence (and hopefully a toosh as featured in the image!).   This competition is now [...]

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Bondi Spring

Silk Sail flower kite at Festival of the Winds at Bondi Beach Sydney

Wahoooo! Spring starts this week. It’s my favourite time of the year for so many reasons. Spring boasts both Bondi’s driest month (September) and the month with the most sunshine hours per day – here’s to you November! Long sunny days, fresh ocean breezes and brilliant blue skies. Bondi perfection. Spring also features three of [...]

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Win Theatre Tix!

I Want to Sleep with Tom Stoppard theatre by Toby Smith at Bondi Beach by Tamarama Rock Surfers

Win a double pass to Bondi theatre! Thanks to our fab friends at Tamarama Rock Surfers, one lucky person will win a double pass to edgy new theatre at the Bondi Pavilion –  I Want to Sleep with Tom Stoppard. Rock Surfers Artistic Director, Leland Kean, joins considerable forces with old friend and collaborator, award winning playwright Toby [...]

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Bondi Parking

No parking garage sign at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW pic by Andy Solo

I’m a hyper-vigilant, sign-scouring, minute-counting parking PRO when it comes to resting my wheels in our seaside suburb. Even so, I reckon I pay the salaries of at least 3 Council employees by way of parking fees and fines. I think we’re all blatantly aware that, besides the beach, parking is the most popular topic [...]

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Shop Talk August

Bondi Shop Talk August at bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, pic by andy solo

Alrighty. It’s been a few weeks since the local Bondi biz update and it seems quite a bit has changed, as always. Here’s just the things I’ve noticed on my wanderings:   – Camilla is closed for renovations. Can’t wait to see how she can improve on the space. – The Favourite Child café on [...]

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Win $100 of Mad Pizza

Mad Pizza Giveaway for $100 dining voucher at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW

Win $100 of Italian fare at Mad Pizza Thanks to our fab friends at Mad Pizza, one lucky reader this week will win a $100 voucher for a top Italian dining experience. Mad Pizza offers a magnificent range of superthin and healthy pizzas with your traditional faves plus a range of fresh creative masterpieces. Oh! [...]

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Bondi Italiano

Italian restaurant setting at Mad Pizza at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW pic by Andy Solo

Bondi Beach is a marvellous mish mash of colour and culture. Our seaside suburb has attracted people from all walks of life over the years but the post war immigration days drew a large amount of migrants from a few specific cultures. One such group were the Italians. Bravo! They were the main labourers involved [...]

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Win $117 of Truly Tea!

Truly Tea Giveaway competition with tea prizes

One of the sumptuous stalls at the Bondi Farmers Markets is Truly Tea – purveyors of premium boutique, hand-blended teas, tisanes & stunning teaware. Back by popular demand, one lucky person will win a Truly Tea pack with a gorgeous glass teapot, 2 glass teacups and a tin of Lemongrass & Ginger loose leaf tea [...]

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Bondi Dreaming

Bondi Carvings indigenous history and at bondi beach sydney,nsw, australia, pic by andy solo

On 9 August we celebrate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. The theme this year is “Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices”. And this is a form of Media. And a Voice. And Empowerment is cool. So I’m running with the theme. Now I’m not Indigenous (small detail) but I think I’ve previously alluded [...]

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Win dinner for 4!

Win dinner for 4 at the Rum Diaries at Bondi Beach

The Tonight App is all about finding, sharing and planning great nights. To celebrate the release of Tonight V1.6, one lucky winner is set to enjoy a great night at one of the current Bondi hot spots: The Rum Diaries. The Rum Diaries serves up seriously delicious food and perfectly executed cocktails. The winner gets to [...]

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Win $100 at Miss Chu!

Miss Chu Giveaway of $100 dining voucher prize at Bondi Beach Sydney

Win $100 of Asian eats at Miss Chu. Grab your cheeky chopsticks people! To celebrate the opening of Miss Chu’s new restaurant, Potato Ghetto, one lucky reader will win a $100 dining voucher to enjoy at either Potato Ghetto or the original Miss Chu in Bondi (next door). You’ve all enjoyed her delicious dumplings (and vodka [...]

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Bondi Asian Eats

Bondi Asian Eats Miss Chu Potato Ghetto restaurant at Bondi Beach Sydney, pic by Andy Solo

I live and mingle with high maintenance eaters. And it’s not just an Eastern suburbs faux food fashion thing. I am surrounded by a fusion of intolerances including dairy, gluten, lactose, fructose, food colour 102, preservative 221 and brussel sprouts. And this pretty much limits my quality collaborative culinary options to: Asian food. Luckily I [...]

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Bondi Surf Clubs

Bondi Nipper looking at Bondi Beach in sydney nsw, image by andy solo

I love a bit of healthy competition. And the Bondi surf lifesaving clubs certainly offer a good dose of it. One is the OLDEST club and the other is the LARGEST club. Allegedly. I dare not enter the fray. Besides some entertaining tit for tat, The North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club and The Bondi [...]

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Win a Theatre Pass

Win a Bondi Theatre Season Pass for Tamarama Rock Surfers at Bondi Pavilion

Win a Theatre Season Pass + Bondi Feast Tickets! Our fabulous friends at Tamarama Rock Surfers are offering subscribers the chance to win a season pass for the remainder of 2012. This includes 11 shows at both the Old Fitzroy Theatre in Woolloomooloo and Bondi Pavilion (ending the year with Psycho Beach Party!). One [...]

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Bondi Green

Gulls on Green, at bondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

No, this is not about the latest local haul of home-grown hydroponics. I took one of the Bondi History Walks on the weekend (you rock Lawrie) and on our slow saunter through the suburb is struck me how much luscious parkland we have. And just when I thought it couldn’t get more beautiful, we headed [...]

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Bondi Winter Walks

Bondi Winter Walks around the town, promenade and coast cliffs to Bronte including guided tours in Sydney

Even though we’re in the throes of winter, we’re actually heading into the dry season in Sydney. Yep. For the coming months we’ll have fewer rainy days and less of the wet stuff than at any other time of the year. With the golden sands of Bondi Beach not quite tempting enough yet (for non-Brits [...]

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Win $1000 of Fashion

Win Bondi Fashion

Win $1000 worth of Bondi boutique fashion! Thanks to some of Bondi’s top boutique stores we’re giving away $1000 worth of fashion! The winner will walk away with: – two stunning dresses from Carousel – two sumptuous woollen knits from Museum Clothing – a luxe Cashmere cardigan from Zayira Keep on eye on the facey page [...]

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Bondi Weekend Wrap

Bondi Weekend Wrap in Winter at Bondi Beach Sydney pics by Andy Solo

Bondi Weekend Wrap – 30 June & 1 July 2012 There was a LOT happening in Bondi Beach on the weekend. The crowds came for a magical mix of ice-skating, shopping, music, dining, events, theatre, exhibitions, Bondi the Beautiful Fair and the outdoor markets, all under magnificent blue skies and sunshine. Hello wonderful winter! Another [...]

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Bondi Sky High

Bondi Sky High view of the expanse of sky at Bondi Beach Sydney pic by andy solo

A short trip to Melbourne in winter never fails to conjure up two mental images. 1. Bad weather 2. A thick cobweb of electrical wires and tram cables above me There are many fine things about our sister city (I know, I was born there) but the fact that I wore a t-shirt under a [...]

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Win a Room at Ravesi’s

Competition giveaway to Win a Room at Ravesis Bondi Beach Sydney

Win a night at Ravesi’s Boutique Hotel I’m super excited about this one! Our generous friends at Ravesi’s are offering followers a chance for a night in a stunning side view room (pictured) valued at $249! It includes complimentary wireless broadband, daily newspaper and direct access to all the best Bondi Beach has to [...]

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Shop Talk 3 July

Bondi Potato Ghetto Miss Chu new shop in Bondi Beach Sydney pic andy solo

Bondi Shop Talk 3 July 2012 The latest changes to business and shopping around Bondi Beach… – Miss Chu has soft-opened Potato Ghetto (above) (next to her current ace space) – Chaos HQ has changed its name to Some Flirting (to try and avoid more chaos?) – Butik on Gould St has closed its doors [...]

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Bondi Beach Heights

Couple in love on the street at Bondi Road, Bondi Beach Sydney by Andy Solo

A mission to find all day parking led me up and away from the central village late last week. On a whim, I disregarded all my usual Bondi Beach dining haunts and hit the lower section of Bondi Road. I know, radical move. I’d heard reports of some fine new venues in the area but [...]

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Winter Warmers Charity

Winter Warmers Mini Festival Fundraiser at the Beach Road Hotel for Homeless Kids at Bondi Beach

Get rid of those trackies and hoodies you no longer wear and donate them to homeless kids who are doing it tough as always during the winter months. The Knits n Pieces Drop Box is in the foyer under the stairs at the Beach Road Hotel until the Winter Warmers Mini Festival Fundraiser on Saturday 30 [...]

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Win – Bondi Tratt

Bondi Tratt Giveaway competition for a $100 dining voucher at Bondi Beach

Win a $100 dining voucher at the Bondi Trattoria! A Bondi institution for 25 years for very good reason, the fine folk at the Bondi Tratt are offering a $100 dining voucher to one lucky winner for a winter feast at their seaside café restaurant. You’ll often catch me enjoying my morning at the Tratt [...]

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Bondi hip new happenings

Bondi OMG sculpture photo for Bondi Beach blog by andy solo

Things generally hum gently along in Bondi Beach but sometimes we get fabulous flashes of activity. This week I’ve come across a treasure trove of new community events and ventures all rolled into one big bag of Bondi goodies. These exciting new enterprises include something for families, musicians, mums, crafty types, party peeps, kids, artists, [...]

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Interview: Hoot & Howl

Interview with Hoot and Howl girls Melanie Dymott and Julie Jenkins from Bondi Beach about their events, clubs and community initiatives

So, what is Hoot & Howl? We are Hoot & Howl – two Bondi gurls with music events background using our powers for good, namely with our first event ‘Winter Warmers’. And what does the name refer to? Having a right ole knees up. Who are the people behind it? Melanie Dymott and Julie Jenkins [...]

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Favourite Things

Favourite Things vintage and handmade markets at Bondi Beach

Hoot & Howl are looking for stall holders for the first Bondi Favourite Things Vintage & Handmade Markets on Sat 30 June. The great thing about these markets is that it’s indoor and outlets will be serving food, coffee, as well as alcohol from the bar. They are kid friendly and there will be laidback [...]

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Win: 34 degrees south

Competition giveaway to win dining vouchers at Bondi Beach 34 degrees south

Win one of two $100 sea view dining vouchers at 34 degrees south. Our fabulous friends at ‘34’ are offering Bondi-lovers 2 chances to win a $100 dining voucher at their seaside restaurant. With wide open windows facing out over Bondi Beach and a cosy, classy feel on the inside, 34 degrees south is fast becoming [...]

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Aesop Giveaway

Aesop Reverence Giveaway of beauty products at Bondi Beach Sydney

Win divine new Aesop products! One of the lucky businesses to snap up space at the Gould St Beach House strip is Aesop. To celebrate the launch of their new Reverence Duet of Aromatique Hand Wash and Reverence Hand Balm, they are very kindly offering the chance to win the delicious duo (worth $125). I’ve [...]

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Bucket List Giveaway

The Bucket List Bondi giveaway competition dining prize at Bondi Beach Sydney

Win Drinks & Dinner at The Bucket List! With regular live music, events, comedy and Sunday specials, The Bucket List is already a Bondi institution. And this week our buddies at the Bucket List are offering one lucky reader a $50 dining voucher for either lunch or dinner at their beachside hot spot.   Entry is [...]

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Bondi Deco

Palace Court Bondi art deco architecture in Bondi Beach Sydney, pic by andy solo

Bondi Deco – Delight or Demise? Maybe I’m feeling nostalgic because of the Queen’s Birthday (even though she was born on 21 April and we celebrate at this time of the year to coincide with hopefully-warm weather in London. And us southerners really just spend the time hoping for a cracker of a ski season). [...]

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Bondi Title Tattle

Deco Dame the penthouse for sale by Gretel Killeen at Bondi Beach Sydney, image by andy solo

The Bondi beachfront penthouse for sale by Gretel Killeen, Pic: Andy Solo A Very Bondi Title Tattle   by Jonathan Chancellor, Friday 8 June 2012 With plans to upgrade along the Bondi Beach promenade, the Tarchi family have listed their current dress circle apartment amalgamation with $12 million-plus hopes…read more. The Bondi beachfront penthouse of Gretel Killeen, who [...]

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Bondi Dining Giveaway

Bondi Dining Giveaway competition to win a lunch dinner and dessert promotion at Bondi Beach Sydney

  * This has now been won by Katie Holyman – congrats Kayie! * Some of Bondi’s finest are offering an unbeatable day-long dining experience. – kick it off with a leisurely lunch for 2 at hip n happening Bondi Picnic cafe – then stroll down to the hugely popular Sunday Roast dinner & drinks [...]

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Good News Week

Bondi TV at bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, by andy solo

There’s been quite a dry spell for interesting news in Bondi lately. But this week I’ve been wading through pages of reviews, love triangles, paparazzi, nudity, court cases, business splits, affairs, secret spending and drama, drama, drama! Great to have you here in Bondi Lara Bingle. Her perpetual media storm seems to have kickstarted a wave [...]

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Green Fatigue

Rachel Botsman talks about Green Fatigue, collaborative consumption and Garage Sale Trail at Bondi Beach

Share and share alike…Rachel Botsman, who advocates ‘collaborative consumption’. Photo: Lee Besford Garage Sale success beats Green fatigue Story:, by Cosima Marriner, 3 June 2012 While consumers are losing interest in the environmental impact of daily living, the corporate world is increasingly exploring how sustainable projects can make good business sense. When Prince Charles boasted [...]

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City 2 Surf art

The new mural for the city to surf event at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW

Art taken to heart as countdown begins Story:, by Sarah Whyte, 3 June 2012, 3.00am THE tattoo artist Stephen Dokrugglang has swapped the human body for the wall of the Bondi Beach promenade. The 19-year-old artist, also known as Pheazy, has created a mural honouring the world’s biggest community run, The Sun-Herald City2Surf. He [...]

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The Block is Back

One of the properties earmarked for the new series of The Block in Bondi Beach

July decision for properties on The Block in Bondi Story:, 1 June 2012, 12.07pm A decision on a development application for properties at 6-12 Tasman St in Bondi will not be made for at least another month. Nearby residents believe the properties are earmarked for the next season of The Block, however both the [...]

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Virtual Bondi Business

Virtual Bondi Business online at Bondi Beach Sydney

Mat Wilson operates his lighting business out of his Bondi home. Pic: John Appleyard Virtual surf is up for Bondi businesses Story:, by Shae McDonald, 2 June 2012, 7.01am A new stream of businesses in Bondi are flourishing. And they aren’t contending with escalating rents or a decline in retailers. Entrepreneurial business owners are [...]

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Coffee Club no more

Bondi Coffee Club at North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club at Sydney NSW

End of era for North Bondi Coffee Club By:, Alex Cauchi, 30 May 2012, 7.07am, Photo: John Appleyard It has avoided the “hipsterfication” of Bondi and only serves instant or drip coffee. But this beachside coffee house has the most loyal clientele in the entire 2026 postcode. Every weekday, after their morning swim, up [...]

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Light Rail to Bondi

Artists impression of the Light Rail in sydney to go to Bondi and the eastern suburbs

An artist’s impression of light rail, Sydney. Light rail plans are on track for Sydney’s east By:, by Alex Cauchi, 24 May 12 at 6:01am PLANS for light rail extending through to the CBD and Sydney’s east are looking more concrete and Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore hopes construction on the line starts by 2015 [...]

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Memorial Mural

Chloe Bali Bombing Mural Memorial at bondi beach Sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

Renewal of the Chloe Memorial Mural on Bondi promenade By: Bondi Eye, 31 May 2012 Following on from our post on Thursday 26 April (below) about our mural on the Bondi Beach promenade, artist Droogie penciled the outline of Chloe last night. Feedback from passers-by that stopped to watch was they have been waiting for Chloe to [...]

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Bondi Tiny Tiles

Bondi Mosaic tile repairs at the children's pool at bondi beach sydney

North Bondi Children’s Pool Mosaic Repairs By: Bondi Eye, 30 May 2012 Waverley Council has contracted Thoroughbred Tiling to repair the 30 year old community mosaics embellishing the North Bondi pool. The mosaics are ‘iconic Bondi’ and a popular backdrop used by filmmakers and photographers. The artist Lloyd Kelemen involved over 200 locals in one of Council’s [...]

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Millionaire Bingle Mingle?

Millionaire developer Jack Ray has denied claims of a romantic affair with Lara Bingle

Millionaire Gold Coast property developer Jack Ray has denied claims of a romantic affair with Lara Bingle. Source:, Monday, June 04, 2012, 17:15 The Sydney socialite, who is facing court after allegedly hitting a motorcyclist and driving on a suspended licence in Sydney, was named as another woman involved with Ray, who is reported to [...]

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Lara Car Bingle

Lara Bingle Car Court Case at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW

It was like this officer … A photographer snaps model Lara Bingle being pulled over by police on Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, in March this year – an earlier, unconnected incident. Picture: Szilvasi Attila Lara Bingle is due to appear in court next month after allegedly hitting a motorcyclist and driving on a suspended licence in [...]

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Being Lara Bingle Review

Being Lara Bingle Review by SMH at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW

Lara Bingle models a Speedo cossie. Review: Being Lara Bingle, Channel Ten, Tuesday June 12, 8pm By:, 28 May 2012 There’s a lot to be said for coming to a show with low expectations. Lara Bingle’s celebrity is based on few discernible achievements and her lifestyle seems comprised mainly of parties, fashion shoots and being [...]

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Reconciliation Week 2012

National Reconciliation Week events and activities at Bondi Beach Sydney NSw

I have a long family history and deep connection with our First People. Reconciliation Week provides a chance to focus on that bond, widen my learning, deepen my understanding and turn my thoughts to practical measures for a better future via reconciliation. Indigenous Australians were still present in Bondi Beach in the late 1800s and [...]

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Bondi Winter Wonders

Bondi Ice Magic ice-skating at Winter Magic Festival at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW by Andy Solo

I love a great off season. I love cheap flights, tv re-runs and cover-all clothing. I love Autumn and Spring (hello boots, jeans & Ts) but winter in Bondi Beach is where things really get going. Bondi Winter Magic runs from 1 June to the end of August and draws the crowds with a mix [...]

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Bondi Jobs

Bondi Jobs, employment at bondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

The latest list of job vacancies and opportunities in Bondi Beach: – Koosh Hair has a chair for lease – Organic Republic Bakery is looking for a dishwasher – The Rum Diaries is after a bar tender with cocktail experience – Salvatore Italian is after a Shop Assistant and Driver – Blockbuster has a Junior [...]

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Shop Talk 29 May

Tuchuzy Shop at bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

Shop Talk 29 May 2012 The latest changes to business and shopping around Bondi Beach… – So long to Patrick at Sparrow Café with new owners taking over - Miss Chu seems to be opening a Winter Crepery & Spud Bar next door - Ravesi’s bottom bar is closed for renos – opening in July – Enishi has furnishings [...]

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Bondi Specials

Bondi Sales, specials and deals at bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

Bondi Allegro, Pilates Mat & Booty Barre 10 x pass card buy $59, value $285 In-clinic teeth whitening treatments $59 – 76% off regular price Judena Taylor Hair Salon – 20% off your first visit plus a $20 voucher Winter Warmers at Bondi Trattoria, Mon-Wed – $26 w a glass of Italian wine Ravesi’s Lunch [...]

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Bondi Offbeat

Bondi Hacienda, Mexican restaurant at bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

Bondi Offbeat: The Small, Quaint & Quirky… I’m a big fan of small things. And I like ‘em a wee bit wacky. I drive a little Fiat 500 with a chequered roof. And I’d rather hang out with the Olsen twins than Kim Kardashian. You know what I’m saying? Bondi can be brash and flashy. [...]

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Shop Talk 22 May 2012

The Hill Eatery new Bondi Beach cafe restaurant at North Bondi Beach Sydney

Shop Talk 22 May 2012 The latest round of changes to business and shopping around Bondi Beach… – Gourmet Slice on Gould St soon to open, offering super sized slices of gourmet pizza. – The Hill Eatery is the new addition to the Porch & Parlour family, opens early June. – Bowie Hair is closed. Try [...]

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Bondi Graffiti Seawall

Bondi Graffiti Seawall, atbondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

There’s always a lot of action in Bondi Beach. Tonight in Bondi kicks off this Thursday (see you all at The Bucket List for freebies at 6pm). There’s the usual gaggle of great exhibitions & events, celebrity visits, eateries & regular gigs. And we’ve had a lot of aerosol action on the great Graffiti Seawall recently. This seaside [...]

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Bondi Photography

Bondi Salt & Smoke, photographic exhibition at Bondi Pavilion, Sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

You may think Bondi photography comprises bus loads of snap happy tourists. And Uge. But there is more to it than that and this week we’re celebrating the medium in full force: The Head On Photo Festival, founded by bondi-based Moshe Rosenzveig, has provided a treat of local photographic exposure (so to speak) with the [...]

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Interview: Tonight in Bondi

Robert Kawalksy & Oliver Rozynski, Tonight in Bondi, Bondi Beach, Sydney, NSW, Tonight APP

Keep your eye on these guys: Oliver Rozynski (L) & Robert Kawalsky (R). The Bondi locals are the founders of hot new after dark social networking iPhone App Tonight, already Apple Australia’s #1 staff fave. And they haven’t even officially launched yet. Tonight in Bondi is the 3-day food, drink, music & party extravaganza kicking things off next [...]

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Bondi Boutique Fashion

Bondi Fashion, tuchuzy boutique, Gould St at bondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

I have to be straight up here. I once thought purple leg warmers over stonewash denim was ok. Thank the god of glam I now have a local team of serious fashionistas to guide me in the right direction. I’m not sure when Gould St officially became one of the top boutique backstreets of style-savvy [...]

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Win Popojo Jewellery

Popojo Jewellery Giveaway

Popojo Jewellery Giveaway for Mother’s Day Be in the draw to win $80 worth of wonderful jewellery from Popojo. Popojo is an Australian owned business that designs, assembles and sources collections of sterling silver, semi-precious stone and crystal jewellery. Popojo jewellery is inspired by life, people and relationships and appreciates wearing and giving jewellery with [...]

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Shop Talk 1 May 2012

Bondi Brooke Daniels fashion boutique at bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

Shop Talk 1 May 2012 The latest changes in Bondi from old school burgers to Scandanavian design.. – Nordic Fusion next to Miss Chu is a new designer shop surprise. Looks FAB! – Zayira is a new mini fashion find filling the corner spot on Curlewis & Glenayr. – Oh Baby Baby is gone on [...]

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Bondi Community Crazy

Bondi Community, residents, people at bondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

Everywhere I turn it’s all about local community. Have we reached (just this week) the critical point of global overload and are retaliating with vigilant village focus? My world is suddenly chockablock with community gardens, sustainable local lifestyle, micro-enterprise, shopping local, mate-of-mine movements and even a new gig connecting community cooks with hungry lazy locals [...]

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Bondi Retail Crisis?

Bondi Retail Demise, at Bondi Beach, Sydney NSW, Wentworth Courier

Retail crisis comes to Bondi: Max’s Shoes set to close Story: Wentworth Courier. By: Shae McDonald. Pic: Danny Aarons, 18 April 2012 Five shops are empty on the once-thriving Bondi Beach esplanade. Another two are closing, while five more on Hall St have already closed. Now, after 38 years, Max’s Shoes will close on April 30. The [...]

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Bondi Training

Icebergs Trio, swimming laps in the pool at bondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

Part of the joy of living at Bondi Beach is the easy access to a myriad of training options. There’s no excuse not to be fit and fabulous (execpt of course if your diet consists of wine, chips & chocolate). You can swim, surf, cycle, skate, scoot or SUP. There’s also the stunning Coastal Walk [...]

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Bondi Jobs 16 April

Bondi Jobs, employment at bondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

Bondi Jobs: 16 April 2012 There seems to be plenty of jobs on offer at the moment if you have the skills and credentials. Here’s a selection that have been advertised lately: – Barista, Ginger Blue cafe – Barista, Deli Bottega Cafe – Barista, Bondi Hardware – Barista, Le Paris Go Cafe – Barista, Bondi [...]

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Truly Tea Giveaway!

Truly Tea Giveaway competition with tea prizes

Truly Tempting Tea Giveaway! One of the sumptuous stalls at the Bondi Farmers Markets is Truly Tea – purveyors of premium boutique, hand-blended teas, tisanes & stunning teaware. Thanks to their generosity, one lucky person will win a Truly Tea pack with a gorgeous glass teapot, 2 glass teacups and a tin of Ceylon Orange [...]

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Holy Bondi Beach!

Bondi Cross, religion worship at bondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

Early April is a time when a number of religions are reflecting, celebrating and bonding in cultural custom. – Christians are enjoying Easter (the life, crucifixion & resurrection of Jesus) – Hindus are celebrating the birthdays of Lord Rama and Hanuman the Monkey-Warrior. – Jews are commemorating the freedom of their people from Egypt during [...]

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Bondi Markets Magic

Fashion Farm, Bondi Farmers Markets at bondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

Who was at the Bondi Markets on the weekend? Wasn’t it totally perfect! The Saturday Farmers Markets saw sunshine in abundance, great music, yummy meals (hello corn fritters!), quality local produce and a wonderful community spirit. You would have also noticed a stall by Grow It Local – a new project celebrating backyard, balcony, community [...]

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Shop Talk: 3 April 2012

bondi fashion shopping atbondi, bondi beach, bondi, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

  3 April 2012 - Shallow Store (boutique fashion) has opened in the old Gideon spot on Roscoe. - Paper Planes Japanese Restaurant + Bar is now open – opposite (ish) Miss Chu. - Titanic Bondi had their grand opening on Sat night. Yum. Mediterranean… - Carlo’s at Bondi is now open – fresh fruit, yoghurts, juices and salads on Campbell. - Rap N Roll is [...]

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Bondi for Kids

Bondi Kids, girl on scooter, at bondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

We’re all big kids in Bondi, as evidenced by the number of ‘toys’ around town. Surfboards, skateboards, scooters, balls, bikes and kites are strewn everywhere. And that’s just at our place. There’s plenty of free fun in the sun for the little moppets but there’s also a host of more organised classes, clubs and capers. [...]

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Bondi to Bali

Bali Girl, Bali, Indonesia, by andy solo

There are many similarities between Bondi Beach and Bali. There are beaches, tourists, shops and cafes. Community, art, surf and scenery. There’s a magical mix of laid-back lifestyle and energetic buzz. And there’s a problem with parking. But there are a whole lot of differences as well. And that’s the wonder of travel. If it’s time for [...]

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Bondi Gifts & Goodies

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Research undertaken recently likened a person’s physiological stress response (heart racing, endorphins, increased blood presuure) of being in a large shopping centre to that of witnessing a multi-car road accident. Or something like that. (The exact results were hard to find due to the number of websites about stress with shopping carts). My point is…don’t [...]

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Shop Talk

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12 March 2012 The latest, greatest (or not) changes to our little shopping strips in Bondi Beach… - Funky Femme has boxed up their goods and hung their CLOSED sign. – The old CM Store on O’Brien St is to become “Mad Pizza Bondi Beach”. – Abode has finally moved across Hall street to their new, [...]

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Real Estate Dreaming

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I’m not exaggerating when I say I could happily waste an entire day looking at real estate online. Specifically finding the perfect property in Bondi Beach. At the moment there are 82 alluring options in our “stunning seaside enclave”. These include an affordable studio for our son, penthouses for executive rental, a block of 8 [...]

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Bondi Health Help

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I’m very unglamourously writing these words on a mattress on the floor, chokablock full of painkillers and against doctors orders. Which is at least a darn sight better than a couple of days ago stuck helpless on the bathroom floor with a suddenly broken back. Well, ok, perhaps not broken per se but who knew [...]

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Free Surf Flick Tix at the Ritz!

Deeper Shade of Blue Australian Film Festival movie giveaway at bondi

Free Surf Flick Tix at the Ritz! Just when you thought the good times were over, we have a double pass to be won to a stunning new surf movie. Jack McCoy will introduce the first Australian screening of his latest surf doco, A Deeper Shade of Blue at the Randwick Ritz as part of [...]

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Bondi Sounds of Summer

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The last couple of weeks of summer are upon us (plus a bonus leap day) so let’s make ‘em count. Let’s head into Autumn with tunes, grooves and bounce in our booties. Bondi Beach has a long history of live music. Hands up who spent many a night packed into BB’s live-music-loving crowds on Curlewis [...]

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Shark Net Sabotage

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Radical conservationists are cutting down or slicing holes in shark nets, putting the lives of swimmers and surfers at risk. Nets are believed to have been damaged with knives on four separate occasions and at least once, at Bondi, the vandals cut the net from its anchors, leaving it washed up at nearby Ben Buckler. [...]

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Shop Talk

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20 Feb 2012 I know change is as good as a holiday but, really? Phew. So many more changes… – Vibes has a ‘biz for sale’ sign up. Will a revitalising visit by Paris Hilton help? – looks like plans for a new 80-seat restaurant are in for Hall St. Watch this space… – Bondi [...]

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Win Tickets to Surf City Film Festival!

Museum of Sydney Surf City Exhibition Film Festival

Win a Double Pass to the Surf City Film Festival!! Congrats to Emily and Kat who have already won double passes to the Surf City Film Festival. Next up on Sat 25 Feb are 3 fantastic, controversial surf flicks – Heaven, Hell & Bra Boys. Simply email with Surf City Film Festival as the subject [...]

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Bondi Top Coffee

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Coffee has had a long journey over the centuries from rural Ethiopia to beachside Bondi. But I like to think it’s reached its evolutionary peak here at the water’s edge. Due to fierce competition, driven by addiction and powered by desire, most purchases result in a pretty fine fix. I’m yet to find anywhere in [...]

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Shop Talk

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13 Feb 2012 In I think our biggest week yet, here’s the latest business gossip from the streets… – Bondi Picnic is the latest café cool kid on the corner block (Hall & Glenayr) – The Bucket List at the Pav is officially here to stay. Der. Of course. It totally cranks. – BBs is now [...]

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Bondi Rescue boys in safety campaign

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Bruce ‘Hoppo’ Hopkins from Bondi Rescue chats with backpackers Kirstin Gail, Bruce Hopkins, Ed Jones-Bateman and Graham Curtis. It’s a country international travellers fear for its snakes, jellyfish and crocodiles, but backpackers are more likely to drown than be killed by any such nasties. That is why the boys from reality TV show Bondi Rescue joined forces [...]

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Poppy Olsen riding high

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Poppy Olsen’s star continues to shine. The 11-year-old Bondi skateboarder took out the female division at the inaugural Hurley Australian Bowl-Riding Championships at Newcastle’s Bar Beach-Empire Park Skate Park last month. Poppy, a 2011 Wentworth Courier Junior Sports Star nominee, has shown incredible ability for a girl so young. She has skated in tournaments in [...]

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Win Tix to the Surf City Film Festival!!

Museum of Sydney Surf City Exhibition Film Festival

Win a Double Pass to the Surf City Film Festival!! Our good buddies at the Museum of Sydney have kindly agreed to give away some free double passes to the upcoming Surf City Film Festival starting this week. The first pair up for grabs is for this Sat 11th Feb to see the quintessential surf [...]

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SurfAid Ball

Surfaid Ball A gala evening to assist the work of this charity with world champion pro surfers

SurfAid is a non-profit humanitarian organisation whose aim is to improve the health, wellbeing and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing. The SurfAid Ball is gala evening to assist the work of this charity with world champions, professional surfers and other special guests attending in support.   Special Guests [...]

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Mermaids try to turn the tide

Bondi Mermaids founder David Hempton wants Bondi aquatic reserve protected from recreational fishing.

Bondi Mermaids founder David Hempton wants to see Camp Cove, North Bondi and the Bronte to Coogee aquatic reserve protected from recreational fishing. Photo: Dallas Kilponen Touchy-feely descends to argy-bargy as Mermaids try to turn the tide. By: Kelsey Munro Source: SMH Online February 3, 2012 WHY isn’t the marine life at the world’s most famous [...]

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Seaside Serenity

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Bondi can get a little hectic sometimes. The energy, the people, the happy summer swarms. To the Brazilians I imagine it still seems like a sleepy little village. But hey, to us its totally mental. Nearly always I love the buzz and bustle. And it hasn’t happened half as much as I would have liked [...]

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Shop Talk

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  31 January 2012 Another round of changes from the shopfronts of Bondi… – Seven Ways Health Centre on Glenayr have opened their doors. Who’s been? – Ambi Beauty & Spa next to Cybertan on O’Brien is new or have I just missed it? – At the same spot, Bondi Bright Teeth Whitening is now [...]

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Ice Cream Crazy

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I’m not even going to confirm with the authorities that this has been the coldest Bondi summer in, like, FOREVER. I think we all feel this deep down in the icy depths of our summer souls. BUT! I did get a little glisten on my brow yesterday and by god I think we even snuck [...]

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Oz Day Party Tix Winner!

Australia Day Beach Party at Cream Tangerine Swiss Grand Hotel Bondi beach

Huge Congrats to Mona Taklani – the winner of the Golden Tickets to Cream Tangerine’s Australia Day Beach Party tomorrow! Enjoy Mona – it’s bound to be a brilliant day! Sorry to those who missed out – see details below for ticket purchasing…   Event Details Australia Day Beach Party at Cream Tangerine Thursday 26 [...]

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Bondi Events & Festivals

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In a bit of rampant number-crunching by the beautiful boffins at Tourism NSW last year, it was found Bondi Beach ranked 1st in awareness of Sydney beach/surf precints by a country mile. No real surprises there. A little more unexpected to some people was Bondi’s place in the Top 5 for Events & Festivals. Not [...]

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Shore Thing Promoter Responds

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Shore Thing promoter responds to criticism from Bondi locals By Margaret Rice, Wentworth Courier, 12 Jan 2012 Shore Thing promoter Brandon Saul said it was too simplistic to suggest most residents near Bondi Beach do not like the festival. “There is not a universal view on this,” he said. “(Lenore) Kulakauskas represents only one group [...]

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Bondi Good Hair Day

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Most of my friends have very sensible and stylish hair. They are gorgeously well-groomed and look as comfortable with a hairdryer in their hand as Clint Eastwood with a gun. In fact, recent research has found the average Australian woman spends 24 minutes a day on their beauty routine, a good portion of that on [...]

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Bondi Aussie Dream

Bondi Aussie Dream living in bondi beach apartment sydney nsw

The Waldron family outside their North Bondi brownstone apartment which meets their beach lifestyle. By: Margaret Rice, The Wentworth Courier Pic: John Appleyard For an increasing number of North Bondi families, a block of flats close to the beach is home. The families embracing this lifestyle don’t hanker for quarter acre blocks somewhere in a distant [...]

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Oz Day Beach Party Tix!

Australia Day Beach Party at Cream Tangerine Swiss Grand Hotel Bondi beach

We’re giving away 2 tix to the Australia Day Beach Party at Cream Tangerine on the deck of the Swiss Grant Hotel! Just email to go into the draw.   Event Details Australia Day Beach Party at Cream Tangerine Thursday 26 January 2012 Time: 2pm – 10pm Plan to be sundrenched at the beach this Australia [...]

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Bondi Animals

Soaring Whale, humpback at bondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

Oh yeah, we’re a pack of wild animals here in Bondi Beach! Nah, I’m referring to the cute and furry kind. And sometimes the freaky miniature types. Or random perky toy types as you can see from the pics. I don’t have any animals at home – too little space, too many totally unintentional deaths [...]

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Shore Thing under threat

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By Margaret Rice 11 Jan 2012, Source: Wentworth Courier THE Shore Thing New Year’s Eve event at Bondi Beach – which most recently included acts Snoop Dogg, Calvin Harris and Pendulum – is under threat. The event was originally developed as part of Waverley Council’s Safe Summer Initiative. But it no longer reflects these values [...]

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Bondi Surf, Skate, Sup

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I LOVE surfing. I love the waves, I love the philosophy of surfing, the energy, the lifestyle, passion and magic. It’s one of the only sports I know where participants run as fast as they can (in bare feet mind you) to get cracking on their chosen activity. I get lost in surf videos and [...]

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