archives: Australia

Bondi Doing Good

Surf Patrol lifeguard training at Bondi Beach, Sydney NSW Australia Andy Solo

Some people revel in the stock market, others have a passion for cooking, accounting floats some boats and crafting a cashmere cardigan is the domain of a creative few. I’ve had a long-term passion for the wellbeing of society and have worked for many years in the philanthropic and community sector. That’s just how I [...]

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Bondi Reconciliation

Reconciliation Week in Bondi 2013, Indigenous event for Aboriginal people Sydney

It’s Reconciliation Week from 27 May – 3 June 2013 and this year’s theme is Let’s Talk Recognition. In the spirit of ‘talking’, I found this great website that is chock full of interesting facts and perspectives from Indigenous Australians. Some of these that stood out for me are: – Over 3 in 4 Indigenous [...]

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Bondi Magic Mums

Mothers Day Mums at Bondi Beach, Sydney NSW Australia, Andy Solo

Funny. I initially wrote the title accidently as ‘Bondi Manic Mums’. Which is possibly not far from the truth. You see, when you spot mums of the eastern suburbs cruising around in the sun with adorable kiddiewinks in their prams you only see a thin slice of their life. For those in the know, it’s [...]

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Bondi Work Life Balance

Work Life Balance sculpture at Bondi Beach, Sydney NSW Australia, Andy Solo

I see Work-Life Balance as one of the greatest challenges of recent times. It’s a tough gig finding sufficient stress-free time for family, productive work, creative pursuits, exercise, deep friendships, 7.5 hours quality sleep, loving partnerships, optimal health, raising great kids, inner peace, enriching travel, philanthropic giving, community connections, shopping, meditation, cleaning and dancing. It’s [...]

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Bondi Off the Block

Bondi Off The Block Warehouse Party by Bondi Beach Radio Sydney NSW

Ooo.  I love a good mystery. And this looks crackalackin. Anybody know the details of the new Bondi Beach Radio? www.bondibeachradio.com.au I suspect it may be Bondi FM reinvented – back bigger and better than ever (since their sudden disappearing act not so long ago…). And who’s going to their ‘Off the Block’ Warehouse Party this [...]

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Bondi Icebergs Pop Up

Icebergs Terrace Organic Pop Up Cafe at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW

Pondering where to have brekkie? by Jana Hocking It’s Saturday morning and you are pondering where to have breakfast?? You’re not feeling like anything too crazy but you are craving a really good coffee, something to eat that tastes like it’s home made and a view wouldn’t be bad either. Well, I am happy to [...]

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Bondi Youth

Young skater at Bondi Beach skate park, Sydney NSW Australia, pic by Andy Solo

Even though there seems to be kids everywhere in Bondi, we only have a third of the national average of tweens and teens (they sure come in droves when they’re older though – we have triple the number of 25-35 years olds). National Youth Week, for 12-25 year olds, runs from 5-14 April and I say [...]

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Bondi Easter Bunny…

Bondi Easter Bunny and eggs at Abode, Bondi Beach, Sydney NSW Australia, Andy Solo

I love Easter. For me it’s about great food, friends, family, fun, freedom…and chocolate. Most people consider me a pretty nice person but, I’m not even kidding, if you so much as eyeball my Lindt bunny things are going to get ugly. And if chocolate induglence isn’t great enough, there’s also hot cross buns. Who [...]

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Bondi Bachelor!

Bondi Rescue Bachelor Mouse Michael Jenkinson at Bondi Beach Sydney

Bachelor of the Week: Michael Jenkinson (Mouse), by Jana Hocking This week’s Bachelor is often seen patrolling the beach and savings lives on Channel Ten’s “Bondi Rescue”. When not donning his lifesaving uniform he can be found working on his new sunscreen/zinc brand “Bondi Zinc”, surfing waves, and cutting loose at the ‘Logies’ after party dance [...]

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Harmony Week 2013

Peachy Couple strolling along the sand at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW pic by Andy Solo

We celebrate  Harmony  Week  every  year  to  highlight  the  diversity  in  our  community. Harmony Week helps  to  highlight  the United  Nations  Day  for  the  Elimination  of  Racism,  which  is  held  on 21  March  each  year.  This  day  has  become  known  as  Harmony  Day  and  over  the  years  has expanded  to become  Harmony  Week! This  year’s  theme [...]

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Bondi Autumn Ambience

Bondi Autumn Ambience at Bondi Beach, Sydney NSW Australia, Andy Solo

Who else is loving life in Bondi right now? As we settle soothingly into Autumn we’re enjoying wonderful weather, warm ocean waters, spectacular sunrises and a return to our regular laidback village vibe. We continue to welcome lots of visitors to our cafes, restaurants, boutiques and seaside services and the late afternoon ambience down at [...]

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Sculpture by the Sea 2013

Coastal Elk Sculpture by the Sea art event at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW 2012 pic by Andy Solo

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - Applications for Bondi 2013 open! Emerging, established and aspiring artists alike are encouraged to submit for pre-selection in the seventeenth annual Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, to be staged along the coastal walk from Bondi to Tamarama in Sydney, Australia from 24 October – 10 November, 2013. Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2013 Forms Bondi [...]

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Bondi Body, Mind & Soul

Bondi Mind Body Spirit yogi sun salute at Bondi Beach Sydney

Despite being famous for it’s laidback lifestyle, Bondi can sometimes be exhausting. Shopping, eating out, openair cinemas, theatre, exhibitions, events, fun with friends, crowds, media hype and a constant buzz of activity. If you need a break from this world teeming with temptation, Bondi offers many options to peace out and nurture you mind, body [...]

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Review: Bondi Markets

Review on the Bondi Markets by Jana Hocking

Why Bondi Markets Rock My World! By Jana Hocking There is nothing nicer than waking up fresh on a Sunday with no hangover in sight and feeling like the world is your oyster! This doesn’t happen to often so when it does I like to make the most of it! Being a Bondi local, one of my [...]

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Win a Satchel or Sunnies!

Topheads Boheme Giveaway competition for atbondi at Bondi Beach Sydney

Win one of two ‘Summer Send Off’ prizes – a sumptuous Satchel or stunning Sunnies Yep, Summer’s ending so to help keep your chins up, we’ve got together two of Bondi’s best home-grown products to win. Topheads Eyewear is synonymous with innovation, creativity and beach style. Using contemporary, eco-friendly materials and incorporating retro designs, every [...]

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Interview: Maxi & Gonzo

Bondi Rescue Maxi Gonzo Mate V Mate at Bondi Beach for the Cancer Council NSW

Mate v Mate : Trent ‘Maxi’ Maxwell vs Troy ‘Gonzo’ Quinlan, by Cathy Stapleton, 26 Feb 2013 Try as you might, it’s hard to get a local to leave the ‘Bondi bubble’. When they do occasionally venture beyond familiar territory, you can be pretty sure there’s a good reason behind it. Like fish out of water, [...]

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Bondi Up and Away!

Bondi Up and Away at Bondi Beach, Sydney NSW Australia, Andy Solo

Has anybody found this year a little slower to get going than usual? Don’t get me wrong; I’m busy working away, jogging at the crack of dawn, eating well, out and about, and all the usual stuff. But all this only got into full swing recently (like, yesterday). So, heading towards Autumn and with a [...]

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Win at the Travel Cafe!

Travel Cafe at Bondi Beach, Sydney NSW Australia, Andy Solo

   Win one of TEN vouchers to spend at the Travel Cafe! The Travel Café is all about changing the environment in which we book holidays. Set in a gorgeous, bright and spacious café setting, expect coffee and snacks, travel magazines and books, plus iPads and consultants should you feel inspired to explore the globe. [...]

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Dearest Bondi…

I Heart Bondi, graffiti, street art, at bondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

A Letter to My Love… Dearest Bondi, Yes, it’s me. I know we had our ‘break’ but I am back and ready for your embrace once again. It has taken some effort, and let’s face it, a pay rise, to return to your shores, but this time I know it is for good. Oh how [...]

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Bondi Kids Away!

School Time, Sydney, NSW, Australia, by andy solo

I love spending time with kids. Really I do. But how good is school? Who else has been excitedly unpacking uniforms, sewing labels, shopping for lunchbox-friendly food and buying new stationery (and ALL this just late yesterday afternoon) because school started TODAY?! For those of you without children (or even if you do), head here [...]

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Bondi Four-legged Friends

Walking a happy dog along the promenade at Bondi Beach, Sydney

One of the wackiest ways to spend your time in Tokyo is in a cat café (trust me). Yep. Due to the high number of apartment dwellers and their penchant for cute fluffy things, Tokyoites spend big bikkies for the privilege of lounging in a room with 10 or so cats. So this week I’d [...]

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Bondi Reflections

Bondi Reflection graffiti, street art, at bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

I know many of you are well and truly back in the rhythm of life but I’ve taken a little more time than usual to kick things off this year. In fact I’m only up to reflecting on 2012 (I’m blaming it on the laidback Bondi Beach lifestyle). So as we gear up for another [...]

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Win Topheads Sunnies!

Win sunglasses by Topheads sunnies at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW

Topheads Eyewear is an Australian made and owned company from Bondi Beach. Topheads created a brand beachgoers could call their own. One that’s synonymous with innovation, creativity and beach style – that can fit some bloody good heads. Topheads uses contemporary, eco-friendly materials and incorporates retro designs – to create a unique line of shades. [...]

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Bondi New Year!

Dusk and birds over the ocean waves at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW

Well, it’s the start of a new year and, yes, I’m working. Lucky I love it. In fact I love this time of year altogether. Ordinarily I’d worry about all the unattended emails, the amount of food I’m eating, the domestic duties I’m ignoring and the To Do List I’ve dumped. But I know you’re [...]

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Merry Bondi Xmas!

Christmas street art graffiti at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW pic by Andy Solo

Merry Christmas to you all!! Yes, all of you. Whether you’re Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, Pagan, Jedi Knight or any other of the 4,000-odd religions around the world. Because it doesn’t really matter. And I’ve been reminded of that in Japan where apparently 70–80% of the people tell pollsters they don’t consider themselves believers in [...]

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Bondi Silly Season

blog about the silly season during christmas and NYE at Bondi Beach Sydney

Well I’m still in chilly (awesome) Japan but I hear things are heating up in Bondi. I assume you’ve all been to at least 7 Chrissy parties by now. A bunch of BBQs, endless drinks, shopping heaps and playing hard. ‘Tis the season after all. Well you know it’s going to get even better. And [...]

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Bondi Summer Lovin’

Bondi Summer Scene people in the water at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW

Wooohoooooo! Summer is here!! And what better way to celebrate than to leave. To a cold country in winter. And the snow. Yes summer-loving bumpkins, tomorrow morning I’ll be jetting off to Japan. Don’t feel bad for me though. For a start, that’s one more space on the beach for you to lay your towel. [...]

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Win a PAQUA Pack!

Bondi Rescue Hoppo wearing Paqua pack at Bondi Beach

Win a 100% waterproof PAQUA smartphone cover! Now we have Free WiFi on Bondi Beach (read below), it time to get serious about protecting your tech. PAQUA is an awesome local company with quality products designed to keep your valuables safe and dry, in and out of the water. With built-in arm/leg straps, the ability to [...]

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Bondi Bonanza Giveaway!

Bondi Bonanza Giveaway to win prizes in our Birthday competition at Bondi Beach

  Win one of 22 prizes in the $1,750 Bondi Bonanza Birthday Giveaway! What better way to celebrate than to give! To celebrate the 1st anniversary of atbondi.com, readers from all over the world are invited to enter our Bondi Bonanza giveaway. Bondi is full of brilliant businesses but this week’s generous prizes are bought [...]

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Happy Bondi Birthday!

happy anniversary birthday bonanza for atbondi.com

Happy Bondi Birthday to us!! Yes, the atbondi.com baby was born on the first day of summer, 1st Dec, a year ago. It was as exciting as flicking a switch, literally, but it was also the beginning of a fabulous life journey. Not in an I’ve-just-won-X-Factor kind of way, but pretty good regardless. So I just [...]

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Bondi Backpackers

Bondi Backpackers on the Beach at Sydney NSW pic by Andy Solo

I have to say straight up that I am pro-backpacker. Because about 25 million years ago I was one myself. Though these days a private bathroom, carrying more than 2 pairs of underwear and eating meals beyond bread and cheese is more my style. Backpacking is a unique and wonderful way to explore the world. [...]

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Win Bondi Backpackers!

Win a private room at Bondi Backpackers opposite the Beach in Sydney NSW

Win 2 nights at Bondi Backpackers! Thanks to the team at Bondi Backpackers, one lucky person is set to win 2 nights in a private room opposite the beach! Located in the heart of Bondi, seconds from shops, cafes and bars, Bondi Backpackers is the only hostel situated directly across from the world famous waves [...]

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Bondi Film Fest

Bondi Openair Festival summer cinema from January to March 2013

The warm weather in Bondi is a magnet for more than just beach lovers and café cliques. We’re totally choc-topped full of culture too! In just 2 weeks time, we enjoy a run of fantastic film festivals down at the Bondi Pav. First up is the 12th Annual Bondi Short Film Festival on Sat 24 [...]

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Win a watch & movie tix!

WeWood Watch to win with the Bondi Short Film Festival

   Win a wicked watch and film festival tix Thanks to our fabulous friends at the Bondi Short Film Festival, we have two fantastic prizes up for grabs. Now in its 12th year, the Bondi Short Film Festival brings bite-size cinema seaside with a showcase of 14 of the finest short films from across Australia. [...]

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Bondi Graffiti Upgrade

Bondi Swaze graffiti street art at bondi beach Sydney NSW photo by Andy Solo

There’s been a spate of tasty new art on the Graffiti Seawall at Bondi. Here’s a little selection in case you don’t stroll past every day, as I’m lucky enough to do. Note: full respect and thanks to Swaze (Top L), Phibs (Top R), Sykoh (Mid R) and all the other artists who offer their [...]

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Bondi Film Flashback

bondi kings theatre, bondi beach history, sydney, nsw

In 1919, there were 750 picture theatres in Australia and attendances for 1919-1920 ran to an astonishing 67.5 million. This is a photo of the delicious deco Bondi Beach Kings Theatre, 1937*. Located opposite the beach on Campbell Pde, on the corner of Roscoe St, the Theatre started life as a dance hall before being [...]

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Holiday Accommodation

Holiday Accommodation at Bondi Beach accomodation options hotels apartments backpackers

For a spot as brilliant as Bondi Beach you’d think there’d be a stack of places to stay. However, great accommodation options seem to be as rare as local ice-cream joints. I’m joking of course, there’s frickin HEAPS of those. Here’s a list of sites to check if you plan to visit (or indeed if [...]

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Win Bondi Beach House!

Win accommodation prize at the Bondi Beach House at Bondi Beach

Win a night at the boutique Bondi Beach House! Thanks to our fabulous friends at the Bondi Beach House, one lucky reader will win a night in a gorgeous beach-chic suite! Nestled amongst the frangipani trees, you’re perfectly positioned just a short stroll to the beach, cafes, restaurants, galleries, yoga studios, surf school, iconic Icebergs, [...]

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Flashback: Hotel Bondi

Old historical Photo of Hotel Bondi in the 1920s at Bondi Beach Sydney

  On the topic this week of Bondi Accommodation, let’s take a look at the Hotel Bondi. Designed by E Lindsay Thompson, the Hotel Bondi has a distinctly 1920s style, although construction ran from 1915-1945. Commercially, it struggled initially due to relative isolation (can you believe it?) but it soon became the popular destination it [...]

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Shop Talk Oct 2012

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

Bondi Shop Talk 30 Oct 2012 Sheesh its hard to keep up with developments in Bondi these days! Here’s the latest round of changes to our café and shopping options in the hood… – The Atlas Kiosk seems to be the new hip hang on Hall (Hugh Jackman thinks so anyway) – Yellow Bungalow is [...]

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Bondi Sunrise Proposal

Bondi Sunrise Proposal at bondi beach on Ben Buckler, Sydney NSW australia pic by andy solo

Source: The Daily Telegraph, Petra Starke, Oct 16 Photo: Andy Solo (me!!) WHEN Steven McConnell got down on one knee to propose to his girlfriend at Bondi Beach on Sunday morning, he wanted the moment to be sensational – but he never suspected they would end up an internet sensation. But he and new fiancee [...]

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Bondi Future Focus

Bondi gold sunset view of the beach and village in Sydney NSW pic by Andy Solo

Bondi seems to be in a flurry of flux at the moment. In fact my whole centre of gravity shifted today when I read the sign on the door of Alex the Barber announcing his retirement after nearly 50 years of service on Glenayr Avenue. His old school shop is replete with faded photos, vintage [...]

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Bondi Facelift

pavilion and beach, at bondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

Time for some new ideas as city’s playground prepares for a facelift Source: SMH, by: Nicole Hasham, Monday 8 October A NEW vision is being sought for Bondi as Waverley Council devises a 10-year blueprint for Sydney’s most famous stretch of sand, including ideas such as year-round beach volleyball. Submissions are invited on the future [...]

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Bondi Flashback 1890

Bondi Flashback to 1890 children swimming at Bondi Beach South end Sydney

This photograph of summer bathing at Bondi shows children enjoying the shallows around the rocky area at the southern end of the beach. Besides a large group of people enjoyed the water, not a lot compares with the same area today. Though check out that girl at front left exposing skin below the knee – [...]

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Bondi Good Times

Bondi Good Times people having fun at events at Bondi Beach Sydney pic by Andy Solo

Sydney was once again selected as a leading global Event City this year. Technically, we were one of five chosen in the annual IFEA World Festival & Event City Awards that “recognize the best in community leadership and festival and event partnerships around the world.” We won last year but were pipped at the post by [...]

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Bondi Block Life

Deco Delight building at Bondi Beach in Sydney NSW Australia pic by Andy Solo

Years ago I lived in a house and never once met my neighbour – until I read the name tag on his backpack in a bus queue in Glasgow on the other side of the world. Only then did I introduce myself and have a chat. I’ve lived in everything from a Japanese shoebox to [...]

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Win Passion Beauty!

Passion Beauty Giveaway of Facial, hand treatment and spray tan at Bondi Beach

Win $135 worth of Bondi beauty Thanks to the lovely Jessica at Bondi’s Passion Beauty, one lucky reader will win a boutique beauty package valued at $135. The treatment includes a luxurious hour-long facial, plus hand treatment and organic spray tan – the perfect combination as the weather warms up for Spring.   This competition [...]

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Bondi Big Bucks

The Bondi luxury living apartments at Bondi Beach in Sydney NSW pic by Andy Solo

I was forbidden entrance to a Bondi Beach property on Sunday. “Do you have an appointment with an agent?”, inquired one of the ridiculously-gorgeous, perfectly-manicured, tight-black-dressed property hostesses. Um. “No”. “Are you just sticky beaking”? (Insert mild head tilt and charming smile). Um. “Yes”. I was at the grand opening of the Pacific Bondi - our new [...]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: www.wentworth-courier.com.au, 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: www.wentworth-courier.com.au, 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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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: ZeeNews.com, 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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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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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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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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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

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  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 Gifts & Goodies

Made with Love, camilla, shop, shopping at bondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

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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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

I Heart 2026, street art stencil marsh meredith at bondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

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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Shark Net Sabotage

Circling Sharks, graffiti, street art, at bondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

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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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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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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Seaside Serenity

Peaceful Paddle, atbondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

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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Ice Cream Crazy

Sweet Summer ice creams at bondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

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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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

Long Blonde surfer chick at bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

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 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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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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Bondi Art & Galleries…

Peekaboo 2026 street art stencil at bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

Yes folks, you read it right. Bondi has art and galleries. All around and beyond her beautiful beach. From backstreet stencils to world-class galleries. In fact, Aquabumps Gallery rates higher than Bondi Beach itself in Lonely Planet’s top things to do in Sydney. The annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition has made us a qualified [...]

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A New You…

Curious Pooch, at bondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

At least 50% of us optimistic Aussies makes New Year resolutions. Scary failure statistics aside, I love the concept and can’t wait to get cracking on a new goal. Mine is to spend more quality time with my son and he has committed to spend more time at the beach. Don’t you just love goal [...]

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Bondi Backstreets

Backstreet Seat at bondi beach, sydney nsw, australia, picture by andy solo

The sun will come to Bondi Beach for summer. Some time. I’m pretty sure. In the meantime, there’s plenty more to explore. I can honestly say, my favourite local walking route, which I do at least once or twice daily, is around our vibrant village. Not the beach promenade or along the coast, but winding [...]

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Sam de Brito: Off the cuff

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Sam de Brito: Off the cuff with Sydney’s best-known blogger The “All Men are Liars” blogger and author talks Aussie men, women, life challenges and local buzz in Sydney, By John Davidson 19 Dec 2011, CNNGo.com Blogger and author Sam de Brito knows Sydney better than most. The man behind the award-winning Sydney Morning Herald blog, “All [...]

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Looking to the future

Bondi Boats at bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

Bondi Beach has a hairy history. She’s seen floods and fire, riots, submarine attacks, gang violence, bikini wars and gay gang murders. These days the most horrifying events seem limited to serious sunburn, parking problems and escalating house prices. As we look to the future, will the irrefutable gentrification of Bondi Beach result in a [...]

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Butcher’s new hook

La Macelleria Italian Butcher at bondi beach sydney nsw australia

A fresh slice … (left) Robert Marchetti and Erik Jansson. Photos: Marco Del Grande. A chef’s dream comes true at this Bondi meat emporium. Rob Marchetti spreads his legs and plants his feet firmly on his Italian tiled floor as he describes La Macelleria, his new Bondi meat-by-the-beach store, as a ”third millennium butchery”. Marchetti, [...]

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Ocean Pacifika Festival

Ocean Pacifika Festival, Polynesian Smile at bondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw

Some events at bondi beach are mind blowing (hello Shore Thing), some are wonderfully artful (we miss you already Sculpture by the Sea) and some just hit right at the core of community. The Ocean Pacifika Festival, as part of Ocean Care Day, is one such celebration that makes you just plain proud to be [...]

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Bondi Beach Book!

Glorious Spring Day Bondi Beach, at bondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

If you’re a lover of Books, Blurb and Bondi Beach (the letter B is SO hot right now) check out my new book: Bondi Beach: Spring 2011! No, its not an ebook. Although you can browse through it online so, technically, yes maybe, its an ebook. But its mainly a real book you can order [...]

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Fabulous Kite Fest

Kite Funk, Festival of the Winds event, Bondi Beach, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Not in my wildest of wacky dreams would I have thought my first at bondi post would be serving up satisfaction statements about Waverley Council. But here goes… 1. The Festival of the Winds yesterday was an absolute corker 2. Those council folk in fluro orange sure know how to clean a beach. On my 6am jog [...]

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