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Breaking the fast together

I spent 2016 volunteering at an Indonesian NGO called Mitra Wacana Women’s Resource Centre. This is the story of when I celebrated Ramadan with my colleagues.  It’s less than a week until Idul Fitri and excitement is building. Every morning and night for the past few days, a children’s drum band marches merrily past my house and through all the streets in my neighbourhood. Everyone is finishing up work to mudik, go home for Idul Fitri. My colleagues planned for everyone in the office to berbuka puasa, break the fast, together before they all mudik. We set the date as our second-last working day before the Idul Fitri holidays. In the week...

Merry in Maubuisson

If you like sun, surf and seafood, then Maubuisson is the place for you. Situated on the Atlantic coast in southwest France, the area boasts France’s largest lake, Lac d’Hourtin et de Carcans, as well as world famous waves. Maubuisson is designed for families who want to enjoy a week or so get away by the beach. There are no hotels, most people stay in chalets – charming holiday houses set amongst the pine trees, complete with wooden window shutters. There are also apartments and camp sites for rent (the near by town of Lacanau has hotels if that’s what you’re after). We stayed in a family friend’s chalet in...

Little Wine and Beer Tours

Ever wanted to go on a private winery or brewery tour? Ever thought about the logistics involved – who’s going to drive, what vehicle to go in, which places to visit… I’ve given up already. Never fear, Emma Jones of Little wine and beer tours can arrange it all for you. Whether you want to keep it local or you’re travelling interstate, the company organises tours in the Canberra region, the Hunter Valley, South Australia’s Barossa Valley or McLaren Vale and even Victoria’s Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula. All you have to do is get a group together and decide when and where you want to go. What a great...

Interview – Laura Jackson, creator of ‘Handle It’

During the week I had a chat to Laura Jackson, writer and performer of the feminist play Handle It. This is an original piece that tackles sexuality, relationships, domestic violence and rape in the internet age. I did some research before the interview and discovered that there are a lot of conversations happening at the moment about gender equality and domestic violence. Our current Australian of the year, Rosie Batty, became a campaigner against family violence after her son was tragically killed by her abusive ex-partner. In the past week, the federal government has commissioned the University of Melbourne to develop a new strategy for organisations to create gender equality...