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National Museum of Australia: History of the World in 100 Objects

Last week the geek in me was let out big time. I haven’t looked forward to an exhibit so much since the National Library had the ‘Treasures from the World’s Great Libraries’ exhibit (oh, back in 2002). The cause for this girl getting her geek on was the Instameet for the National Museum of Australia’s exhibit… Read more »

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Getting Crafty Like a Fox with Mikaela Danvers – Resin Bangles

I have a few friends who have that rather cool style that you can only get when you buy those one-of-a-kind pieces that you pick up at markets which specialise in hand-made goods. That or they are truly talented and make it for themselves. I admire them. How they pull together colours and patterns effortlessly. I… Read more »

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The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon

  “Out of the thousands of children born every single day, at least one of them will turn out to be a dreamer.”   This is by far my favourite quote from the book The Doldrums and really sets the tone for the book. I absolutely loved reading this book and cannot wait until my… Read more »

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Teach Your Child How to Think by Edward De Bono

There are so many books on the market which purport to be able to teach you how to teach your child to think. Unfortunately many of these books are something akin to Chinese Whispers – the ideas that they aren telling you aren’t anything original. They are simply taking a spin on somebody else’s work… Read more »

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Geomag – a creative toy suitable for all ages

To state the obvious, Christmas is coming. A particularly tricky time of year if you have children, nieces and nephews to buy for. Trying to negotiate what toys are for different ages and what they’ll actually want is predicament that baffles even the most seasoned toy buyer. I’d also like to think that I can buy… Read more »

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Ned Kelly and the Green Sash by Mark Greenwood

It would be quite a challenge to grow up in Australia and not have heard of Ned Kelly. He is the hero/thief that has become an infamous part of Australian history. Indeed he has even become immortalised in the art work of Sir Sydney Nolan. Ned Kelly and the Green Sash is told in first person and… Read more »

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Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg

When I was five years old, my parents took me out of school and for three months we ‘road tripped’ around the United States. Although I’ve been back to the United States a few times since then, I haven’t yet made it back to Niagra Falls. However, the initial sighting at only five years of… Read more »

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The Museum Book by Jan Mark

I think the first line of the book, explains it perfectly, “Suppose you went into a museum and you didn’t know what it was.” Well this is the book that will help you discover the answer to that question!   At first it all seems rather simple, doesn’t it? A museum is a building that… Read more »

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Powerhouse Museum in Sydney

Located only a short stroll from Darling Harbour, the Powerhouse Museum resides in the old Ultimo Power Station. This museum is comprised of twelve permanent exhibits, covering science, technology, design and decorative arts, engineering, architecture, health and medicine, fashion and contemporary culture. However, the purpose of our visit was for two things – The Wiggles… Read more »