archives: Bondi Beach

New Adina Special

Adina Apartments open at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW

Opening Special at Adina Apartment Hotel, Bondi Beach. Stay at Bondi’s hottest new address Adina Apartment Hotel, on Hall Street amongst vibrant restaurants and shops leading to Australia’s most iconic beach. Enjoy 20% off full rates – starting at just $159. Stay Dates: 17th June to 31st August 2013. Head here to BOOK  

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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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Win Birichina Cafe!

Win meal and coffee dining voucher for Birichina Cafe Bondi, Sydney

Win brekkie, brunch or lunch for two! As one reviewer put it, Birichina Café “has a laidback vibe and a look that’s a perfect mix of beachy-cool and edgy-chic. The coffee is organic, the views and people watching are amazing and the majority of the menu hovers somewhere between cheaper-than-average and unheard-of-within-spitting-distance-of-the-beach”. It’s also one [...]

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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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Mothers Day Giveaway!

Mothers-Day-Giveaway

Win one of 4 fabulous Mother’s Day prizes totalling $300! To celebrate all the wonderful work, caring, courage and love dished out by our Mum’s, you’re invited to win one of 4 fabulous prizes from some of Bondi’s most generous, fabulous local businesses including: 1 x $100 voucher to spend at Bondi boutique Me and [...]

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Live Below the Line

Live Below the Line charity supported by Bondi Rescue Lifeguards

Live Below the Line invites thousands of Australians to eat on $2 a day from 6-10 May as a simple way to better understand extreme poverty, and make a real impact. One of their celebrity ambassadors is Greg “Bisho” Bishop, a Bondi Rescue lifeguard and a member of the local fire brigade. One of those all round [...]

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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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Win Bondi Rumba!

Bondi Rumba restaurant competition giveaway dinner for two at Bondi Beach Sydney

Nestled on Glenayr Ave near the corner of Curlewis, Bondi Rumba brings the colours, sounds and flavours of Latin America to Bondi Beach. Throwing it’s doors open at 4pm each day, Bondi Rumba offers everything from coffee and snacks to authentic Latin tasting plates and a massive selection of cocktails, spirits, beers and wines from [...]

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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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Win an Easter Feast!

Bondi Easter competition Giveaway from Paper Planes and Mad Pizza at Bondi Beach

What better way to celebrate Easter than with fabulous food! From sensational seafood to succulent lamb, two of Bondi’s favourites are offering dining vouchers to enjoy their delicious Easter offerings. Enter the draw to win either a: – $100 voucher for Paper Planes – $50 voucher for Mad Pizza Bondi This competition is now closed sorry! [...]

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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 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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Shop Talk March 2013

Lox Stock Barrell cafe restaurant at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW

   Bondi Shop Talk – March 2013 I know its only been a couple of weeks since the last update but there seems to be a lot of chop and change in Bondi a the moment. Here’s the latest…   – Lox Stock & Barrel (above) has enjoyed instant success at the old Greens Café spot [...]

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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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Top 10 Eats Under $10

Gourmet Slice one of the top 10 eats under $10 in Bondi Beach Sydney

Top 10 Eats Under $10 in Bondi,  by Jane de Graaff, Broadsheet, 25 Feb 2013 Sure, there’s more to Bondi than the beachfront, but while the days are still hot and the afternoons are still long, we thought we’d make the most out of it and have some lazy lunches on the sand before the weather [...]

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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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BCYF April 2013

BCYF-Call-for-Youth-Bondi

The upcoming BCYF will be held in conjunction with Youth Week 2013 and aims to give young people a chance to actively participate in the running of their own arts and craft stalls in the established grounds of Bondi Farmers Markets at Bondi Beach Public School. If you’re 9-21 years of age and interested in being [...]

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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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Bondi’s new look

Pacific Bondi development - artist's impression

Bondi’s new look is making waves, Susan Wellings, The Age, 28 Feb 2013 Film producer and actor Rebel Penfold-Russell bought her first three-bedroom apartment at Bondi Beach when she was studying at NIDA in the 1970s for $52,000. Today, she’s selling six for more than $5.5 million each. Prices have been rising steadily at Sydney’s [...]

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Bowl-a-Rama Wrap

An instagram pictorial memorial of Bowl-a-Rama, bowlarama event at Bondi Beach Sydney

Is it just me or does this event just get more and more kick arse every year? Bowl-a-Rama was perfect in every way… with warm weather, a light cloud cover, cooling breezes, cranking talent, great merch and a brilliant vibe only Bondi Beach can provide. Here’s a little insta-pictorial memorial of what went down (and up) [...]

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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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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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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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Win Sushi St!

Sushi St Bondi cafe restaurant wine bar on Hall St, Bondi Beach, Sydney

Win one of two $50 vouchers to Sushi St! Up on Hall Street near the growing foodie hub at Five Ways intersection, Sushi St is a slick little sushi cum wine bar serving up the freshest of seafood fare, handpicked from the fish markets daily. You can grab a stool at the striking samurai-street-art sushi [...]

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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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Win Bondi Openair!

Win double pass tickets to Bondi Openair Cinema for community film night presented by Take 3 for Ocean Love at Bondi Beach

Win a double pass to Bondi Openair Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas are a quintessential Bondi Summer event, with fabulous feature films, tasty food, frosty beverages and live music on the ‘lawn of life’, overlooking Australia’s most iconic beach. On Wednesday 6 Feb (well after the warm sun returns to our seaside village), non-profit organisation [...]

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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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Win Bondi Vixen!

Bondi-Vixen-Fit

Win a fantastic Bondi Vixen Fitness Pack worth $300 for you and a friend! To help you along your way to a fit & fabulous 2013, local fitness legend Bondi Vixen is offering a lucky reader: – 2 weeks of unlimited classes – a Bondi Vixen cap – a Bondi Vixen tote bag And the [...]

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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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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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Win 3dpt!

Win 3DPT personal training sessions with Luke Walsh at Bondi Beach

3dpt is a quality personal training service focusing on real and measurable results. With nearly 10 year’s fitness industry experience, Luke Walsh from 3dpt provides a wealth of knowledge and experience, ensuring your weight loss, fitness or strength goals are well within reach. To help you kick off a healthy the new year, Luke is generously offering [...]

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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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Free Surf Lessons!

girl surfing at bondi, atbondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

Yeeha! Lets Go Surfing is providing FREE surf lessons this November for members of the local community (adults or kids) who have always wanted to give surfing a try! All equipment is supplied including safe soft surfboards, wetsuits, UV rashvests and sunblock and all participants receive a commemorative certificate. “We all live and work in [...]

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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 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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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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Win at The Atlas Kiosk

Win at the Atlas Kiosk giveaway at Bondi Beach Sydney

Win delicious dining at The Atlas Kiosk Bondi. Thanks to our fine friends at the new Atlas Kiosk Bondi, two lucky readers will win a delicious breakfast, brunch or lunch valued up to $30 each. Set in prime position at 14 Hall Street with a funky old milk bar feel, The Atlas offers a range [...]

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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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Bondi Flashback 1911

bondi castle pavilion history at Bondi Beach,Sydney NSW

The first Bondi Pavilion was affectionately known to locals as The Castle, or The Castle Pavilion because of its whimsical fairytale-like turrets. Its official name was the Bondi Surf Sheds. Despite its pretty appearance the building was, in reality, simply a dressing shed, a private place to get in and out of your swimming costume [...]

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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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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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Win a Salon Experience

Win a Franck Provost hair salon experience at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW

Win a salon experience worth $129! Franck Provost is the leading hair salon in Paris and throughout France. There are more than 650 salons in 30 countries around the world and they’ve finally made their way to the Sydney seaside. To celebrate their grand opening in Bondi Beach, the Franck Provost team are offering one [...]

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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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Bondi Jobs Sept 2012

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

Bondi Jobs: September 2012 Sometimes it seems every second Bondi shop has a Staff Wanted sign up in its windows. Here’s some I’ve seen or heard of over the past couple of weeks: – 34 Degrees South, experienced chef, Campbell Pde – Gusto cafe, floor & counter staff, Hall St – Abode retail staff (both [...]

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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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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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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 $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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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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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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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 atbondi.com 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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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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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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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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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: www.smh.com.au, 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: www.farmonline.com.au, 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: www.wentworth-courier.com.au, 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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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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