Lord of the rings

Whether it’s for eternity or to celebrate a special event, rings have special meaning. MARCUS ROSE explains… Every life is finite, unique and unrepeatable. The joyous moments in life become treasured memories, often commemorated with the giving of precious gifts. It is established custom that we mark our important milestones with the giving of eternity […]

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Koala-ty time

The wildest celebrities would be red-faced if caught getting up to the antics of the You Yangs’ Clancy. LUKE VOOGT ventures into the bush to discover the secret life of koalas and the efforts to ensure their survival. You Yang resident Clancy is Australia’s most famous wild koala and, boy, does he know it, according […]

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In Conversation – Kristi Van Es

From teaching at Christian College to saving victims of sex trafficking in Calcutta, Kristi Van Es has seen the highs and lows of humanity. She tells ELISSA FRIDAY about her remarkable work with Offspring, the charity she established to help some of the world’s most disadvantaged women and girls. Kristi, please tell us about your […]

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Waste not

Looking good should mean feeling good, too, but ethical considerations can dampen the joy of a new outfit. Fortunately, as ELISSA FRIDAY discovers, one local woman is mastering the cycle of sustainable fashion. Herne Hill’s Courtney Holm has loved arts and crafts for as long as she can remember. “I’d get on the little sewing […]

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Local Love – Ella and Sam

An 18th birthday party led to a proposal in France then a wedding on the Surf Coast for Ella Ridgway and Sam Hopgood. Words: ELISSA FRIDAY Pictures: LOUISA JONES WHERE THEY GREW UP Ella grew up in New South Wales before moving to Torquay, while Sam was a lifelong resident of Clifton Springs. “We’ve lived […]

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On the waterfront

More than a quarter-century after kick-starting the transformation of Geelong’s waterfront, former premier Jeff Kennett returns to enjoy the stunning views with LUKE VOOGT On his regular Geelong visits a Victorian minister Jeff Kennett saw a city facing “inward” rather than towards its greatest asset. “Most cities (that) have water use it as a major […]

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