Backchat - 20 December 2009

Shakira – She Wolf

It’s nice to be occasionally reminded that the music world’s past present and future is neatly ‘yin and yang’ed by the Anglo bop of the Beatles and the Afro-American cruisey groove of Smokey Robinson. Occasionally a pop anomaly appears from another culture entirely, bypassing the conveyor belts of the MTV machine… and hundreds of millions

Hotel - 15 December 2009

Perth City Gate Overhauled

Citigate Perth: 707 Wellington St, Perth WA (08) 9327 7000 or www.mirvachotels.com/citigate-perth Citigate Perth is a four star 278-room hotel managed by Mirvac hotels. The hotel had previously been the Orchard/Grand Chancellor Hotel and its dated interior was in dire need of an upgrade. Woodhead was commissioned to provide design services for the $9m refurbishment,

Local - 15 December 2009

My Fair Verona

Pendolino: The Strand Arcade, 412 – 414 George Street, Sydney NSW (02) 9231 6117 or  www.pendolino.com.au Juliet draped over her balcony waxing lyrical to a bleeding-hearted Romeo is probably the only scene of Verona most could conjure up. And it seems Italian restaurateur Nino Zoccali is tapping into that sentimentality with his latest venture, Pendolino:

Local - 12 December 2009

Bankstown’s Ballroom Blitz

Bankstown Sports Club 8 Greenfield Parade, Bankstown, NSW (02) 9722 9888 or www.bankstownsports.com Paynter Dixon Managing Director Greg Howard has been working with Bankstown Sports Club for over two decades, adjusting the club’s master plan through various stages of its successful expansion into neighbouring properties. The latest string in the Bankstown bow is the Grand

Backchat - 5 December 2009

Slicing the Metaphorical Pie

Let’s just say you were buying a car and you gave me the job of finding the right one. You make it clear to me that the engine was important, it had to be powerful, well maintained, yet quite easy on the gas. “Sure, leave it with me.” The next day the alluring big-cat purr

Café - 4 December 2009

The State of Origin

Toby’s Estate: 29 Weston St, Brunswick, VIC (03) 9009 5462 or www.tobysestate.com.au Toby’s Estate has moved south in a move to claim a chunk of Melbourne’s coffee trade. The boutique coffee supplier distributes to over 100 cafés across New South Wales, and, wishing to remain boutique, has stopped its push across its home state, opting