In Praise of Beautiful Umbria

    By Melissa Parke This time last year my husband Warwick and I started an extraordinary tour in Umbria, Italy. The tour is organised each year by Antonella...
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Film: Stan and Ollie

For two decades from the late 1920s to the 1940s Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were hugely successful as the world’s most famous slapstick comedy duo.  Hefty, bumbling Ollie...
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Frolicking in Frisco

    The Bay Area looked a picture as our plane slid smoothly into San Fran on a fine February afternoon. I’d made the same glide path many times as a stripling LA-based...
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Perth in the 60s: A Happier Time?

Author Marcella Polain If you were a youngster in Perth in the 60s, how was it for you? Perth writer Marcella Polain was there, and she has bitter-sweet memories of the time. In...
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Theatre: Our Town

Our Town has hit our town, and it feels a lot like most towns. Thornton Wilder’s avant-garde 1938 play relates how, in a seemingly humdrum and uneventful world, we often overlook...
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Tommaso’s Olympic Countdown

Tommaso’s Olympic Countdown

  Find regular diary updates in The Starfish from Western Australian super-fish Tommaso D’Orsogna in the lead up to the Olympic Games. Here’s Tom’s first report.   I’ve been back in Canberra for over a week now, after racing in the... read more
Kevin Chung’s Pan Roasted Barramundi

Kevin Chung’s Pan Roasted Barramundi

    Here Kevin Chung, Australian executive chef at Starfish Bloo restaurant at the W Spa & Resort in Bali – provides The Starfish with his amazing Pan Roasted Barramundi. Simple, easy to prepare and absolutely delicious!    Ingredients: 160gs... read more
Sue Williams: A City Slicker Goes Bush

Sue Williams: A City Slicker Goes Bush

      Sydney-based writer and journalist, Sue Williams says wandering around Australia, collecting material for her latest book, Welcome To The Outback, has changed her city-slicker outlook for good. She chats to The Starfish about the book (published... read more
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

    Nuri Bilge Ceylan is a Turkish director/producer/writer reputed to be one of the most significant to have emerged this century. His films often deal with estrangement of the individual and are made with a low budget, often with amateur actors and family... read more
Man of the Month – Philip Tomazin

Man of the Month – Philip Tomazin

    Our Man of the Month for July is Philip Tomazin, pharmacist and 200-game state league basketball player. Married once, Philip lives in Perth, has a wonderful 13 year old son and works in Claremont. Without further ado, here are The Starfish’s... read more
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