Father’s Day is just around the corner, and even though you told yourself you wouldn’t let it happen (again), you’ve left it so late that all the good stores have been cleared out and online shopping is no longer an option.
Sound familiar? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! From thoughtful handmade pressies to unforgettable experiences, here are our picks for the best last-minute gifts – and there’s not a tie in sight.
1. Event Tickets
Is dad crazy about footy? Or does he prefer the deafening rumble of amplifiers at live shows? Whatever it is that tickles his fancy, a ticket to a sporting event, theatre performance, or live gig is sure to make his day. The best part? Most are print-at-home or delivered straight to mobile, meaning there’s no waiting around for the ticket to arrive in the letterbox. Too easy!
A few weeks ago, I went out for lunch with a friend to our local Vietnamese restaurant and asked for my usual – a hearty bowl of rare beef phở. After I ordered, my mate turned to me and scoffed, “It’s not ‘foe’, it’s ‘fuh’.”
Yep, just like that.
Much to my annoyance, Hermione my friend was right. But I’m not the first person to make that mistake, and I definitely won’t be the last.
And, as it turns out, it’s not the only menu item that’s been tripping people up. Chances are we’ve all been mispronouncing dozens of international favourites. Here are some of the biggest offenders…
Sure, Splendour’s great, and Falls Festival always has a killer line-up, but nowadays, they’re so popular and crowded that if you’re lucky enough to get a ticket, whatever ripper tunes are blasting are usually overshadowed by the mass of sweaty, smelly, drunk 20-somethings blocking your view and recording the whole fezzy on their Instagram story.
So, if you’re aching for a smaller, more enjoyable festival, look no further than these stellar events.
1. Strawberry Fields (Tocumwal, NSW)
For the past 10 years, three-dayer Strawberry Fields has been delighting the hippie in all of us with its eclectic lineup and activities – think yoga, swimming, hidden bush tea houses, and more. Past lineups have included Oscar Key Sung, Willow Beats, Hiatus Kaiyote and plenty of other great homegrown and international acts. They’ve also got the coolest festival policy we’ve ever heard – if your birthday falls during the festival dates, you enter free. Win!
When it comes to markets, we’re pretty blessed here in Australia. Fresh, locally-grown produce, world-class arts and crafts, creative gifts and souvenirs… you name it, our markets have got it in spades. And while they’re all worth a visit, we reckon these ones are extra special.
1. The Rocks Markets (Sydney, NSW)
Every Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm
Located (unsurprisingly) in Sydney’s historic Rocks precinct, here you’ll find 200 stalls lining George Street, Playfair Street, and Jack Mundey Place offering everything from handmade jewellery to gourmet treats. And be sure to check out the Friday Foodie Markets every Friday from 9am till 3pm. Trust us, your taste buds will thank you!
We all know that vitamins and minerals – whether we get them from fresh fruit and vegetables or supplements – are essential for our health. But how do we know if we’re not getting enough? And how can we be sure our medications aren’t affecting our vitamin absorption?
Lucky for you, we’ve got the answers to all your questions.
1. Signs of deficiency
Vitamin deficiency can manifest itself in a number of ways that can mimic symptoms of other conditions, so if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, it’s worth a visit to your GP.
Dry, flaky skin
Small wounds that take a long time to heal
Dull, brittle nails
Spots, stripes and ridges on the nails
Lack of energy
2. Which vitamin does what
We all know the basics, like that calcium is essential for healthy bones and that beta carotene (which turns into vitamin A) is good for eyesight, but what do the rest do? Let’s find out.
Last year, more than 25,000 Australians admitted to hospital were diagnosed with acute appendicitis (inflammation of the appendix). If left untreated, the appendix can burst and become life-threatening. As a result, appendicectomy (removal of the appendix) is often the most common emergency surgery performed in hospitals around the country.
But if it happened to you, would you know what to look out for? Here, we’re taking a look at six of the most common warning signs of appendicitis.
1. Nausea and vomiting
Often appendicitis sufferers mistake symptoms like nausea, vomiting and a lack of appetite for a stomach bug. However, these are also signs of an inflamed appendix, as it can impact other parts of the gastrointestinal tract and nervous system.
2. Constant urge to urinate
In some people, the appendix is located closer to the bladder. As a result, when it becomes inflamed, it can place pressure on the bladder, making it too become inflamed and irritated. This can increase your urge to pee and, in some cases, can cause discomfort or pain when urinating.
As we age, our hair is just one of the parts of our body that goes through a drastic change. Aside from the obvious (going grey), it also becomes thinner, drier, duller, and you may experience some hair loss.
But thankfully, you can take steps to ensure your hair looks as healthy as possible no matter what your age.
Here are five tips to help you rejuvenate and remoisturise dry, dull hair.
1. Get the temperature right
You might like your showers extra hot, but too much heat can force the hair shalt open, and if your hair is dry or damaged, the shaft won’t be able to close fully and the moisture will seep right out. Instead, keep the water warm during washing then finish with a cool rinse to make your hair look shinier.
If you ask us, the best part about travelling is the opportunity to sink yourself into the local culture, and what better way to do just that than to indulge in the region’s signature food and wine. Whether you’re a foodie or a wine lover (or both!), Europe has so much to offer.
Bordeaux gets all the glory and attention for its wines, but there are so many more incredible wine regions scattered not only throughout France but also Germany.
So, grab a glass, put your feet up and join us on a trip down the Moselle, Rhine and Rhône rivers as we take a look at four of the best destinations for wine lovers.