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When the Gold Coast lost its shine

When the Gold Coast lost its shine

CrikeyDec 30, 201016 Comments

For many Australians and international visitors, Queensland's Gold Coast is a magical place where beautiful men and women do nothing but tan their perfectly sculpted bodies, and children run amok the beaches, happily chasing each other and collaboratively building sparkling sandcastles.

Blessed Sisters and cross dressing: Christmas in City Hall

Blessed Sisters and cross dressing: Christmas in City Hall

CrikeyDec 24, 20101 Comment

Towering transvestites in immaculate dresses with pin-point stilettos; the ‘queer nuns’ of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, an order armed with Christmas glitter set to banish rather than farm guilt; Rev. Nobuaki Hanaoka, a survivor of the atom bomb; a comedian Marga Gomez, and a jazz rendition by Veronica Klaus.

Chicken hearts for dinner

Chicken hearts for dinner

CrikeyDec 22, 20108 Comments

An Expat Opinion: The opening line

An Expat Opinion: The opening line

Jay MartinDec 20, 20106 Comments

The first song on the CD my husband puts on happens to be Paul Kelly's Leaps and Bounds. "I'm high on the bridge, looking over the hill, to the MCG...", he sings the opening line. And I'm surprised to find tears pricking my eyes.

Gentlemen of Leisure: Scammed by terrorists?

Gentlemen of Leisure: Scammed by terrorists?

Rafiq CopelandDec 16, 20102 Comments

I'm pre

The light of St Jean de Luz

The light of St Jean de Luz

Nicola HeathDec 15, 20102 Comments

Nicola Heath writes: We arrived in St Jean de Luz at the same time as a blustery squall. It was the afternoon and

A family holiday outside the box

A family holiday outside the box

CrikeyDec 13, 20101 Comment

Cr

The slums of Phnom Penh: working with child drug users

Allan SoutarisDec 10, 20106 Comments

At one stage I counted ten young street children injecting heroin in the alley around me. Monks slowly walked by on their morning alms. For a Westerner it was an unexpected juxtapositio

From manicured hedges to Asian massage parlours

From manicured hedges to Asian massage parlours

CrikeyDec 8, 20101 Comment

In this post-GFC world, rumours abound that South Yarra has fallen from its once untarnished reputation as one of Melbourne's most exclusive inner suburbs. KR skipped to the other side of the Yarra to find out.

Following Gaudi to Mallorca: an architectural guide

Following Gaudi to Mallorca: an architectural guide

CrikeyDec 6, 20103 Comments

Dr Terry Cutler writes: For the serious traveller the only time to go to the island of Mallorca off the Spanish Mediterranean coast is in the off season when