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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Poppy Lissiman Blooming

Poppy Lissiman Blooming

  I recently caught up with hot new local designer Poppy Lissiman, to hear what we can expect from her Spring/Summer collection,. Her new store, Poppy Lissiman Addition, has  rapidly become a style mecca in Claremont and beyond, with its eye- catching designs.... read more
Master Menu from Two Top Chefs

Master Menu from Two Top Chefs

  The culinary equation is simple. Unleash two of the world’s best chefs in the same kitchen and you’re going to want to come to dinner. Or maybe you could call this the Tony & Ashton Show… The Starfish was lucky enough to be a guest at Yallingup’s Cape Lodge... read more
Bibliophile

Bibliophile

  Geraldine’s Hot New Picks: the top five books selected by Geraldine Blake, buyer at the Swanbourne Bookcaffe. Geraldine’s first pick for June is Hilary Mantel’s new historical novel, Bring Up The Bodies (Harper Collins), the eagerly-awaited sequel to Booker... read more
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