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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 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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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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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 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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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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Shop Talk Feb 2013

Bondi Boheme and Adina Apartment Hotel at Bondi Beach, Sydney NSW Australia, Andy Solo

Bondi Shop Talk – February 2013 Its been a while since I’ve written a Bondi business update but that doesn’t mean things haven’t changed around the traps! – As you can see above, the Toga Group’s Boheme/Adina development is looking mightily similar to the architectural drawings posted not too long ago. I’m guessing they’re on [...]

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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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Win So Gorgeous!

So Gorgeous gift shop on Hall St in Bondi Beach, Sydney

Win a $150 voucher to spend at So Gorgeous! Proudly established for over 10 years in Bondi, So Gorgeous sparkles like a box full of treasures. This stunning shop offers jewellery, eclectic homewares, decorations, furniture, lighting and unique gifts. Thanks to owner Rebecca being ‘so gorgeous’, this week one lucky reader will win a $150 [...]

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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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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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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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WAYS Xmas Appeal

WAYS Xmas Appeal 2012

Over the year, lucky locals have won nearly $10,000 via atbondi.com so this week let’s give a little back!! WAYS Youth Services at Bondi are holding their Christmas Appeal via a crowdfunding campaign to continue their fabulous work supporting our local tweenies and teenagers. PLEASE please please help me give them a Christmas surprise by [...]

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Win a Skate Book!

One-x-One-x-One skate book by the Three Sixty project

Win a skate book and help the world, one skateboard at a time… The Three Sixty Project supports established programs all over the world making a difference in the lives of underprivileged and at-risk youth through the sport of skateboarding. Does it get any cooler than that? Well, yes! On 12 December they’re having their [...]

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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 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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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 School Profits!

Market Magic, shopping at bondi, bondi beach, sydney, nsw, australia, andy solo

Source: The Daily Telegraph, Education Reporter Katherine Danks, Oct 29 2012 PUBLIC schools pocketed more than $16 million last year by leasing out buildings and playgrounds to community groups and private organisations for ballet practice, sports days and market stalls. Education department data shows 49 primary and high schools earned more than $50,000 for commercial [...]

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Food as Medicine

Food as Medicine Crave event at Bondi Farmers Market at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW

The Bondi Farmers Market will plate up a Food as Medicine theme for their celebration of the Crave Sydney International Food Festival on Sat 27 October. Local residents are invited to join experts Shakti Grace, founder of The Holistic Chef; Georgia Lienemann, founder of Stirring Change and Belinda Randell, founder of The Organic Cook for [...]

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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 Silicon Beach

Silicon Beach digital economy at Bondi Beach creative innovation hub

While we’re talking futures this week, I fully support the move to create an Australian ‘Silicon Beach’ to rival California’s Silicon Valley and compete with the world’s leading digital economies. Though I’m well aware that, at this stage, it is a distant dream. On Friday, Prime Minister Julia Gillard held a forum on the Digital Economy [...]

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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 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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Interview: Sophie Alize

Bondi Bellydance, Sophie Alize dancing at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW australia, pic by andy solo

Sophie Alize, in Association with Tamarama Rock Surfers, presents Aether – A Belly Dance Spectacular at the Bondi Pavilion Theatre for one special performance on Sunday 7 October. Aether, featuring Sydney’s top belly dancers, revolves around the four elements of the natural world – earth, wind, fire and water. Producer, and one of the stars of the show, [...]

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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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Shop Talk August

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

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

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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 $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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Win $1000 of Fashion

Win Bondi Fashion

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

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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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Shop Talk 3 July

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

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

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Bondi Beach Heights

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

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

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Winter Warmers Charity

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

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

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Win – Bondi Tratt

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

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

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Bondi hip new happenings

Bondi OMG sculpture photo for Bondi Beach blog by andy solo

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

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Interview: Hoot & Howl

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

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

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Bondi Deco

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

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

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Bondi Title Tattle

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

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

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Bondi Dining Giveaway

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

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

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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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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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Virtual Bondi Business

Virtual Bondi Business online at Bondi Beach Sydney

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

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Coffee Club no more

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

End of era for North Bondi Coffee Club By: 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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Memorial Mural

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

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

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Reconciliation Week 2012

National Reconciliation Week events and activities at Bondi Beach Sydney NSw

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

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Bondi Winter Wonders

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

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

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Bondi Jobs

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

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

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Shop Talk 29 May

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

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

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Bondi Specials

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

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

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Bondi Offbeat

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

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

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Shop Talk 22 May 2012

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

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

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Shop Talk 1 May 2012

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

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

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Bondi Community Crazy

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

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

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Bondi Retail Crisis?

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

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

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Holy Bondi Beach!

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

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

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Bondi Markets Magic

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

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

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Shop Talk: 3 April 2012

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

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

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Bondi for Kids

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

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

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Shop Talk

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

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

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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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