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A valley of food and wine delights

A valley of food and wine delights

As you hit the outskirts of the city of Melbourne and the shops are rapidly replaced by lush green fields and then perfectly manicured vines, it is easy to understand you have landed in one of Australia’s, if not the world’s, truly great wine regions - the Yarra Valley.  The Yarra Valley is not only …

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The perfect friendly feed

The perfect friendly feed

Nothing raises my spirits more after the hectic highs and exhaustion induced lows of the working week than a rambunctious brunch session with friends of mine, in Melbourne’s inner city suburbs. Awakened with a weekend vigour I set out on a short stroll through the narrow streets of Richmond. Armed with a whole host of …

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Crown Metropol’s cold cool

Crown Metropol’s cold cool

In the films Mon Oncle and Playtime by the late great French film director and comic Jacques Tati, the character Monsieur Hulot is a helpless innocent in a remarkably cold and impersonal modern world. Both films were shot over 40 years ago and they beautifully capture a time that’s rather like now. We’re all rather caught up in our virtual world of email, texting, tweeting and more, but we seem to have forgotten that something a little more real exists.

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