Natasha Holgate – Twenty not out!

I sat down with Natasha Holgate in Woodend, inside Holgate’s newly opened taproom to learn more about the Brewhouse's history and her desire to strengthen connections with the wider Woodend and Macedon Ranges community. Have a listen!

Ups, downs and Ouch!

Not everyone can claim to have had a number one hit in Japan. Jon Mellor and British band Ouch! had three of them. I first met Jon six years ago while we were working together at Oxfam Australia. Even by Oxfam’s colourful standards, there was something which made this dynamic bass player stand-out from the rest of the crowd.

The Perfect Pie

With hundreds of thousands of pies being enjoyed on Grand Final Day alone, I wanted to find out how best to explain the meat-pie to my German friend Philip and discover 'what makes the perfect pie?' Have a listen


Re-invention – it’s a terrible word. In fact, I hate it. It’s up there with ‘networking’ and ‘synergy’. But worse. More often than not, it dances along with its buddy: process. ‘The process of reinvention’ – which to me sounds like nails against the blackboard.

Saturday reflections

It’s carnival time in Freiburg – and it’s quite something. The kids are let off school for a week, half the population is dressed up in colourfully gawkish medieval robes, there’s face-paint everywhere, and age is absolutely no barrier to participation.

A piece of cake

It doesn’t really matter if your language gets changed on you, or if rhythm is flipped around – I think we’re pretty well programmed to keep a level of comfort.


Bliss is an under-appreciated and seminal work in Australian literature. It’s a perfect book for anyone grappling with a funk and looking for a way to laugh about it all.

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