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health November 9, 2019

Nimbin’s recreational cannabis trial

Medicinal cannabis may be garnering the majority of research attention but a new study by Monash University is investigating how the ratio of chemical compounds in the drug affects long-term recreational users.

travel November 2, 2019

Tangier, Morocco

Once a wonderland of drug-fuelled hedonism and bohemia for Western artists and writers, today’s Tangier has developed its own cultural identity beyond the legend.

travel October 26, 2019

A whisky quest in Japan

Seven years after hearing about a one-off bottle of a 1961 Japanese single malt whisky, blended in honour of a famed conductor’s 50th birthday, the author tracks it down in a bar named Keith.

travel October 19, 2019

Timor-Leste’s Agora Food Studio

Alva Lim moved from Australia to Timor-Leste, where she co-founded the Agora Food Studio, a social enterprise that celebrates the unique Timorese cuisine.

travel October 5, 2019

Rediscovering a love for food in Abruzzo

Burnt out by working long hours as a Melbourne chef, the author headed to Italy to study art and regroup. In the process, she found her passion for food was reignited.

health October 5, 2019

Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder

In Australia, up to 9 per cent of babies are born each year with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Mixed messages about drinking during pregnancy and a lack of awareness mean few people understand the condition, let alone discuss it.

travel September 28, 2019

Zion National Park, Utah

Following an energy-sapping hike through sublime Utah scenery, a conversational impasse is broken by talk of Mormons and mass shootings. A strange choice for small talk? As the author discovers, everything comes down to timing.

wine September 21, 2019

The best wines for spring 2019

A walk through the best wines for this spring.

health September 14, 2019

Delaying menopause

In Britain, a new treatment has given women the opportunity to delay menopause. But does this risk demonising a natural part of the ageing process?

gardening September 7, 2019

Spring garden tasks

In the hopeful spirit of the new season, the author attempts to add potatoes, succulents and more to her small garden.

travel August 31, 2019

Banksy and street art in Bristol

Even a visitor with no interest in street art might find that a tour of Banksy’s Bristol leaves an indelible mark.