Things we like

8.0

Austin Healey

Austin-Healey was a British sports car maker established through a joint-venture between Austin—a division of the British Motor Corporation—and the Donald Healey Motor Company in 1952. The Austin-Healey 100-6 was the second of the three Austin-Healey models later known as the Big Healeys. Introduced in 1956,…

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8.0

Scarpa hiking boots

Italian company Scarpa is a world leader in the production of hiking boots. Consistent innovation in usage of materials has maintained their prominence over the decades, often being the first choice for serious hikers. These are my first…

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8.5

The Real McCoy’s, Japan

One of the joys of visiting a true megacity is the depth of its niches. In Japan, practically every interest is explored and this means stores selling the highest quality denim, leather, lacquer and ceramics. A favourite of mine is The…

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9.0

The sights of Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour offers so many visual delights. When time permits, I enjoy long walks around the foreshore taking in the sights of Woolloomooloo naval yard and the Royal Botanic Gardens before rounding the bend to see…

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8.2

Modern art, Salzburg

The Austrian city of Salzburg is famous as the birthplace of classical composer Mozart in 1756. In modern times, Salzburg demonstrates its ongoing commitment to the arts with the Salzburg Foundation supporting major sculptural installations around the…

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Winter sunshine, Sydney

Winter sunshine. What’s not to like? Not only do we feel more appreciative of its warming glow than during the summer months, the light, in particularly over a body of water is so simply wonderful. Photograph: Hawkesbury River.

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7.8

Duluth Scout Pack

Inspired by traditional envelope style packs, American brand Duluth’s Scout Pack is made from 15-ounce canvas accented with riveted leather straps. Handmade in Duluth, Minnesota, these backpacks are ideal for urban adventures or day trips to the mountains. The pack has a slim…

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7.8

Best Made flannel pullover

This Best Made flannel pullover accompanied me on my recent travels to the Tasmanian wilderness. Over two years old, this shirt has been heavily tested, highlighting the quality of the cotton and the craftsmanship of…

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8.7

Best Made knife sharpening kit

Best Made, one of my favourite camp goods companies, sells this USA made, Arkansas Bench Stone. Possibly the perfect “two-in-one” sharpening stone, it is housed in a lovely wooden box with rubber feet for stability. The…

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7.8

Three Sisters, Blue Mountains

The famed Three Sisters rock formation is located 120 kilometres west of Sydney on the northern escarpment of the Jamison Valley. Close to the popular weekend town of Katoomba, they are one of the Blue Mountains’…

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8.3

Take a photography course

This weekend, I took another one of Michaela Clarkson’s excellent photography courses. Michaela is a graphic designer, exhibiting artist and teacher who runs courses ranging from absolute beginners to advanced at City East Community College. Astonishing value at…

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