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MASTERSTROKE // poster poetry

Banksy has become world famous for his political street art but the mystery behind his identity garners just as much interest as his art. I’ve come across posters around the streets of Sydney with profound words but the creators remain anonymous. Sometimes the messaging is simple or has a satirical take with dark humour but the reader can interpret it to their own lives. It’s such a shame that council often removes them, like this second photo I took in Surry Hills years ago which is sadly gone. I came across the first poster recently on a wall in Oxford Street near the cinema, so I’m hoping it stays there for people to see. Coming across these poetic gems not only makes your journey more interesting but also gives you something to think about.

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INSTA-JAM // 2016 countdown

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I know it’s like wishing time away but I think we all agree that 2016 has been a very interesting year that has been punctuated by loss and turmoil. Now that the end of the year is counting down, I’m looking forward to a new year of hope and beauty. I’m sharing some moments from my Instagram as a reminder of brighter times and moving into the future. Wishing you all a peaceful, fun holiday break and may 2017 shine!

STREETSCAPES // paddington

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Paddington is best known for its architectural heritage and conservation with street after street of restored early Victorian terrace houses. This inner-city area was originally considered a slum like so many suburbs in Sydney. Decade after decade the changing face of Paddington and its residents has moved with the times – from the working-class to the migrants then the hippies and students until its gentrification.

It always maintained its unique historical and aesthetic appeal but really started to evolve in the 1980s and 1990s as a cool, creative hub. Young designers set up boutique stores along with the artisan weekend markets making it a popular shopping destination. A string of clubs and bars attracted the hip crowd so there was always an exciting energy. I hold many fond memories during this era so it was a shame that this vibe changed drastically over the last few years. Thankfully it seems to be having a resurgence so I’m hoping that it can get back to its heyday.

WEEKEND WRAP // coffee and beer

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I do love the outdoors and getting back to nature on the weekends, but sometimes it’s lovely to just wander around those hidden gems in the suburbs. Last weekend I found myself browsing through books while enjoying my coffee in a dark terrace house. These are common in Paddington but this one has been transformed into a three level cafe and second hand bookstore. Cosy rooms filled with vintage furniture and jammed with books in every possible corner. A perfect start to the morning…

After visiting a few more bookstores it was eventually time for lunch and in true Australian fashion the pub was the location. Years ago many old pubs were being stripped of their character and refurbished in a sterile and modern style that just didn’t work (well for me anyway). Lately I have seen many pubs transformed to reflect the history of the building but still have a current and fresh feel. Maybe this natural and honest approach is why it’s so easy to hang around in the garden courtyard for so long!

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