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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 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 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 Harmony…

Woman wearing a hijab on Bondi Beach, Harmony Day, Sydney NSW pic Andy Solo

It’s Harmony Day this Thursday 21st March. It’s a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home, from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world. Bondi Beach has always had a history of welcoming people from different backgrounds – in fact only 47.3% [...]

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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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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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Bondi Mates…

Bondi Rescue Lifeguard Mates Maxi and Gonz, Bondi Beach, Sydney, NSW

Things have felt beautifully blokey this week in Bondi. We’ve had a stack of hunky Bowl-a-Rama skate pros around town. The worthy surf has pulled a swell of men from near and far. And who else totally can’t wait for the leggy lads to arrive for the Dainty Dune Dash at the Drag Races this Friday? [...]

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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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Bondi Valentine

Stick Surf Love street art at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW

Ah, love is in the air… Or is it? I’m apparently spending my night at a compulsory school info evening. Totes romantic. I read from some statistician that the dollar amount spent on our Valentines has officially surpassed the combined perceived total value of our love. He’s clearly not bitter at all. For those of [...]

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Made with Love in Bondi

Our Big Kitchen Smiles, cooking with love for the homeless at Bondi, Sydney

When good friends of mine said they were going to have a function at the place they met to host their combined Hens/Bucks party, I had visions of tacky tiara’s, too much alcohol and too little clothing at an eastern suburbs pub. In my experience, nights like this always end up ugly (on so many [...]

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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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Sizzling Summer

Hot summer sunrise sun at the ocean shore at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW

After a couple of summers with lacklustre performances from the sun, this year is shaping up to be an absolute corker. I’m pretty sure everybody is aware its hot today but is this usual for a Bondi Summer? Are we breaking any records? Do we start getting a little more concerned about global warming now? [...]

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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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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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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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Bondi Best Bites

Blog about Beachside Bites at The Bucket List at Bondi Beach Sydney pic by Andy Solo

With summer upon us, most people are busy pounding the footpath and pumping iron. Being a fashion rebel from way back, I tend to turn to food at this time of year. And I think you should all join me in exploring the vast, delicious offerings in our seaside suburb. (Just trying to look after [...]

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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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Sculpture by the Sea

Bondi Sculpture Splash Sculpture by the Sea art event at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW 2012

I feel like I keep saying the same thing every week but this time I mean it (again)…we have one of my FAVE events starting this week… Sculpture by the Sea! Melting ice-cream trucks, giant tyre turtles, skeleton conductors and leaping lemmings. There’s not much fabulous, freaky and fascinating art we haven’t enjoyed in Bondi [...]

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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 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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Bondi Beach Dwellers

Group of people on the promenade at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW pic by Andy Solo

Who are we? Deep, I know. But really. Who resides within the walls of the 6105 private dwellings in Bondi Beach? If you’ve been anxiously awaiting Census data releases for the past year, you can head here for the full details of our seaside suburb as at August 2011. Or digest it right here in [...]

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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 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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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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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 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 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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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 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 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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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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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 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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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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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

Bondi Deco Dream house at bondi, atbondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

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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Bondi Sounds of Summer

Beach Tunes, music, guitar, atbondi, bondi beach, bondi, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

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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