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Erica Enriquez

Writer

Location icon Australia

I'm a Sydney-based writer covering everything from travel, lifestyle, entertainment and anything in between. When I'm not writing, I'm still writing, developing copy and content for websites and marketing collateral.

You can also find me blogging about all the amazing people and experiences that make up Sydney at www.mylocalworld.com.au

Need more info? I'm a voracious eater. A somewhat successful drinker. An avid TV watcher. A nerdy film lover. A Tee Vee Snacks devourer.

I support pro-social causes involving cultural engagement (I count travelling as one of them), and work towards my own development so I can help develop others.

** Disclaimer: Successful Oscar-nominated supermodel and world-class scientist are not terms widely associated with me.

Portfolio
Weekendnotes
Page Two Cafe, Randwick

There's always a hit-and-miss element to finding a cafe with an outdoor garden area. Usually, your heart soars and you imagine yourself enjoying the sun in some kind of refuge from the day or what have you.

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07/13/2017
The Incredible Here and Now - Parramatta Riverside Theatre

Michael and his older brother Dom live in Sydney's Western Suburbs, in the ever-changing Parramatta area. They're young and in their prime - Church Street is their open road, and cars drive their passion. Tragedy strikes Michael and his family, and he learns to grow up and reach out to the family and friends around him, and to lean on the environment he lives in.

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Contessa Balmain

WeekendNotes is a free email newsletter which reviews fun and interesting things to do in your town or city. Home > Sydney > Coffee | Family | Food and Wine | Fun for Children | Kids Published March 14th 2017 Italian charm with American gusto in the heart of Balmain Ahhh, Balmain.

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Contessa Balmain

Ahhh, Balmain. You can't swing a cat through Balmain's Darling Street without hitting a café. So what do you do when there's so much to choose from? You could hit the newest hotspot, or the place with the coolest people.

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05/03/2019
Massive Bitch, Sydney Comedy Festival Review

Rave reviews of Chelsea Zeller's one-woman show, Massive Bitch, preceded her 2-night-run at this year's Sydney Comedy Festival, so I went in with high hopes but very little knowledge about what to expect. It had previously sold out at last year's Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and, on her final night's performance in Sydney, it looked like another sold-out show.

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03/22/2017
The Age of Bones at Riverside Parramatta

It's hard to empathise with people when you don't share similar experiences, but in THE AGE OF BONES, written by award-winning playwright Sandra Thibodeaux, universal themes of justice and family relationships share the stage with shadow puppets, video, music and text, and are offered to the audience with surprising warmth.

The Plus Ones - Things to do in Sydney
03/03/2017
'MEMBER' at Potts Point Theatre - The Plus Ones - Things to do in Sydney

Ever wanted to feel like your heart was about to pour out onto the floor beneath you during a stage production? Then don't see , a new play from Fairly Lucid Productions about the frightening world of gang affiliation as it relates to hate crimes against Sydney's Gay community in the 1980s.

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Restore Your Confidence Workshop

It's the start of 2018 and with every new year, there's the well-intentioned promise of being the better version of yourself you can be. " This is MY year", I tell myself every 12 months.

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05/09/2019
The Art of Flow - Art Lessons with Gabbi Lancaster

The Art of Flow is an exploration of the human figure through drawing, painting and mixed media. Over six weeks or perhaps in a single session, this unique course is designed to develop your perception and visual skill. For all levels.

The Plus Ones - Things to do in Sydney
01/13/2017
Siro-A at The Concourse, Sydney

The effects of a simple, well executed concept are amazing. Japanese dance troupe/human video game Siro-A execute the idea of lights, movement and music to entertain audiences in a zany way. They blend techno music, light shows, and puppetry (of sorts) in a show that suits an audience of all ages.

The Plus Ones - Things to do in Sydney
11/22/2016
Makerspace &company's is home to workshops for makers and creators

When Anna Lise De Lorenzo opened up Makerspace &company a year ago, she created a unique workspace run by both regular staff and passionate volunteers. Makerspace is for for designers and makers alike. Judging by the reception from the public at the venue's first birthday celebrations, it looks as though Makerspace &company will be around for many years to come.

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Something at Marys One Session Pottery Wheel Throwing Class

There's a lot that can be said about creating something from nothing, and in an age where most of us "create" in front of a computer screen mainly by uploading thoughtful memes into the world (really just quotes that are meant to empower, but only serve to induce anxiety and "undeservedness"), in exchange for likes and follows, the idea of moulding and producing something tangible isn't something a lot of people these days get to experience.

SBS Your Language
03/15/2019
Filipino Food Movement: Introducing Pinoy food to Australia

Filipinos living in Australia have bonded over their love for food. Working together with a common goal to introduce Filipino cuisine to mainstream Australia, these food advocates came to this year's Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and shared with us their stories.

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11/25/2016
The Screwtape Letters - Reginald Theatre

Home > Sydney > Theatre | Theatre Reviews Event: - Look out for the devil on your shoulder There are two sides to your consciousness: your good side (the Angel) and your bad side (the Devil). They sit on your shoulder, pulling you between different choices and actions, and ultimately, one or the other wins out.

AU Abroad
Hotel Review: Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport (ACT, Australia)

"You're as connected to the city as you are to the sky at Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport", the hotel's brochures proudly proclaim. Which is just as well, because the Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport is pretty ideal for travellers passing in and out of our nation's capital.

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08/05/2016
Review: Helix Bar & Dining - Canberra (ACT)

For the business traveler, time spent away from home often conjures up the mentality of having no creature comforts around. No familiar faces, no familiar items. This becomes all the more apparent at the airport lounge, where the décor serves a more functional purpose, and aesthetics more or less fly out the window.

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08/05/2016
Review: Italian Street Kitchen - Neutral Bay (Sydney)

There is no denying that Italy is a food lover's paradise. The culture and the cuisine can send a visiting foodie into fits of whatever the hell it is that makes a foodie uscire di senno (lose your head); this is where a joint like Italian Street Kitchen comes into play, an "over the bridge" hub of traditional, generous dining.

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08/01/2016
Review: Niji Restaurant & Bar (Winter Menu 2016) - Double Bay (Sydney)

When one thinks winter dining, images of heavy cuisine that leaves no room for enjoying anything post-meal are often cited; big, hearty meals designed to help you insulate against the cold. This isn't necessarily the case for Niji Restaurant & Bar (which means "rainbow" in Japanese), Double Bay's answer to Japanese fare.

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Nikon School Cityscapes Masterclass at Sydney Tower

Home > Sydney > Fun Things To Do | How To | Outdoor | Photography Learn how to take breathtaking shots with a bird's eye view We live in an increasingly image-heavy world. Instagram and Snapchat run our (social) lives, and there's not a meal that goes by that hasn't been documented through your phone's camera.

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07/18/2016
Historic city hotel The Edinburgh Castle gets a complete revamp (Sydney)

The Edinburgh Castle, or 'The Eddy', has gone through a complete renovation, in both its interior styling as well as in its food and beverage offering. Once home to Australian writer and poet, Henry Lawson, this iconic Sydney landmark was where Lawson wrote many of his great stories.

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07/07/2016
Review: Mezza Train - Mascot (Sydney)

On the surface, you'd probably be right in thinking that Japanese and Lebanese cuisine have virtually zero in common. I mean they rhyme, but that's probably about it, right? Enter Mezza Train, the first restaurant of its kind in Australia (or possibly the world) that serves mezze-style dishes on a Japanese "sushi train" type conveyor belt.

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06/20/2016
Review: Bombay Street Kitchen - Glebe (Sydney)

Glebe marches to the beat of a different drummer. Erudite misfits call it home, as do students, families, travellers and long-time residents. It's affectionate and invigorating, a place where old terrace houses sit a stone's throw away from UTS and Sydney University. Future leaders and creatives rub shoulders with the traditional and the comfortable.

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06/22/2016
Time Over Distance Over Time, Riverside Theatre, Parramatta

Home > Sydney > Performing Arts | Theatre Event: - Connection and isolation experienced over long distances On the bus the other day, I overheard a conversation between a woman sitting in the seat in front of me and the person she was speaking to on her mobile.

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05/09/2016
Review: Zaaffran - Darling Harbour (Sydney)

"Butter chicken is not authentic Indian food," said restaurateur Freddie Zulfiqar at a sit-down media event for this past Tuesday night. It was a sentiment shared by the 110-strong crowd gathered to enjoy the established Indian restaurant's cuisine in the buzzing Darling Harbour precinct.

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06/13/2016
Restaurant reservation service Quandoo arrives in Australia

Confession time: who hasn't ever promised their friends/partner/family the responsibility of booking dinner at a restaurant, only to completely forget (or just find the task all to arduous), and pray, to every food god in the universe, that there will be a table available for Friday night, no booking made?

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05/12/2016
Film Review: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (USA, 2016)

Kim Baker, a war correspondent stationed in Afghanistan around 2005, is told by her local guide and interpreter, Fahim, that she is growing attached to the "thrill of the chase" - the hunting down of the leads, the perilous situations, the fearlessness of living and working in a war-torn country.

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04/28/2016
Swallow - National Theatre of Parramatta

The National Theatre of Parramatta (NTP) couldn't have come at a better time. Sydney is growing, and as a result, art and entertainment is changing to reflect this growth. There's no question about the diversity of the city, particularly in Western Sydney.

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03/12/2016
David Strassman iTede

This is what happens when your alter egos are ventriloquist's puppets. And they perform on stage with you. And you're trying to write a TED talk.

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Budokon Yoga Workshop - FreeFly Yoga

I've been a yoga follower for roughly 12 years now. I use the term "follower" because to use the word "devotee" implies that I practice it religiously, so frequently, in fact, that it has become part of my routine. I'm going to be honest - it hasn't.

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02/18/2016
Film Review: Trumbo (USA, 2015)

Dalton Trumbo was a political activist, a writer, a family man, and a man of principle. In a new film starring Bryan Cranston in the leading role, we're taken back to a time when going against the grain was grounds for treason and imprisonment.

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Easy Lane Restaurant

Home > Sydney > Bars | Cocktail Bars | Coffee | Food and Wine | Restaurants Published February 16th 2016 Bright and laidback bar/restaurant in the Hawkesbury region I don't often head to Windsor (located in Sydney's Northwest). I've been before, sure, but to see the touristy stuff.

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02/11/2016
Film Review: Zoolander 2 (USA, 2016)

When the first film hit the cinema in 2001, the world was a very different place. Smartphone technology went as far as colour screens (pretty sure we were all still playing that weird snake game on our phones waiting at the bus stop with our travel 10s), but with zero online connectivity.

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Indu Restaurant

Indu Dining is a special place, an Indian restaurant in the heart of the city that offers a memorable experience for its diners.

Redii
02/03/2016
Is it time to stop "managing" millennials?

Do you have millennials in your workforce? Have you noticed a difference in the way they participate in the workplace? Do you change your leadership or communication styles to suit?

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01/03/2016
Film Review: Point Break (USA, 2015)

There are plenty of people who've seen the original 1991 Point Break film starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. If you're one of them, and you're curious about the remake starring Édgar Ramírez as Bodhi and Luke Bracey as Johnny Utah, you might want to leave your expectations at the door and view this film through fresh eyes.

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12/05/2015
VIOLET The Musical Hayes Theatre Co

We're a society obsessed with the exterior. We honour reality TV stars for their antics on screen but struggle to name a person in the field of science or technology who are just as popular. We post Instagram pics of our best selves, often times with a filter.

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11/26/2015
Film Review: Creed (USA, 2015)

In 1976, a relatively unknown actor named Sylvester Stallone wrote a screenplay that would change his life and the lives of many young men from that generation forward. That screenplay turned into the boxing film Rocky, and we would grow to become or know of people who would shadow box in their bedrooms, making "dsh-dsh-dsh" noises with their mouths as they threw powerful jab-cross combos.

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11/26/2015
Film Review: The Program (UK, 2015)

It's devastating when a popular figure, particularly one who is renowned and hero-worshipped for their domination in their chosen field, is unmasked as a fraud. It's especially hard news to swallow when the person in question denies cheating allegations again and again, and is seen as a community leader.

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10/22/2015
Film Review: Burnt (USA, 2015)

If you're the kind of person who loves, without a doubt, the idea of work-life balance, this is not the film for you. If you're easily upset at the sight of workplace bullying, or stress caused by an unstable manager and a professional environment that breeds unhealthy well being choices, this is not the film for you.

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The Two Wolves Bar and Restaurant

A place filled with warmth and character with a menu to match, The Two Wolves Cantina is not your usual Sydney eatery.

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08/03/2015
Shellshock' Theatre Review

The ANZAC legend will never lose its power. Whilst Australia and New Zealand suffered great losses in Gallipoli, Australians will remember the Gallipoli campaign as a time when the nation came into its own. Despite anyone's personal thoughts regarding war and battle, it's clear that the ANZAC battle is about more than what happened on the battlefield.

Whatsonsydney
What's on Sydney.com

Old 505 Theatre - 505, 342 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills. Runs until 2014, 8pm Wed-Sat, 7pm Sun.Tickets are $28/$18, bookings essential. Doors open 1/2 hour prior to performance start time Susie Lindeman, Berynn Schwerdt It's amazing what can be said with very little dialogue, and even more intriguing what can be conveyed with the little dialogue presented.

Leaders in Heels
07/30/2015
Five Aussie athletes talk passion, inspiration and motivation - Leaders in Heels

One sad, sorry Wednesday morning, whilst lying in bed scrolling through my Instagram newsfeed and ignoring the many alarms emanating from my clock radio, I came across a particular meme that stopped me in my tracks. It was an image of popstar Beyonce Knowles on stage, in costume, mid-dance move.

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09/01/2015
Gloominati - Sydney Fringe Comedy

The terms "doom", "gloom" and "comedy" often don't appear together on the same page. It's just weird. It's about as weird as seeing Rick Grimes and a decaying zombie walk arm in arm down the road wearing matching "BFFs for Life" t-shirts. It just isn't done.

Whatsonsydney
The Removalists - What's On Sydney

Venue: Cnr Glen Street, Blackbutts Rd, Belrose NSW 2085. Runs from 19th August to 24th August. Performance Times: Tuesday 6.30pm, Wednesday - Saturday 8pm, Thursday 11am, Saturday 2pm and Sunday 5pmTicket Prices: $30 - $70. Playwright: David WilliamsonDirector: Leland KeanCast: Joshua Anderson, Caroline Brazier, Laurence Coy, Lucy Heffernan, Ash Lyons, Ben Wood Theatre review: I'm a child of the 80s and 90s.

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Non-Stop - Film Review

Home > Everywhere > Cinema | Film Reviews | Movie Reviews Fasten your seatbelts, you're in for an action-packed ride Nothing says, "I do not trust my fellow airline travellers" quite like a suspicious looking person on your flight, and nothing riles up your ability to partake in some pretty shameful profiling like a Hollywood movie about mid-air terrorism.

Outinsydney
8 Places Serving Amazing French Toast

There's something 'food huggish' about French toast that makes everyone want a slice. Maybe it's the sugary goodness that's sprinkled on top? Maybe it's the soft eggy-thingy encasing the bread? Or maybe it's just the fact that something so simple to make can be made in so many different ways?

Whatsonsydney
1 Liner - Review - What's On Sydney

Venue: Hive Bar, 93 Erskineville Rd, ErskinevillePerformance Times: Tuesday 23rd September at 9pmFriday 26th September at 7.15pmTicket Prices: $17.20 / $14.20 conc. (incl. booking fee) 1 LINER - REVIEW Comedy Review "Choose your words wisely", we've been told, " because they can't be forgotten".

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Things to Do and Places to Stay When Youre in The Rocks

The Rocks precinct is an important historical hub in Sydney's city centre, and one that is popular with domestic and international guests. The Rocks is known as Sydney's first village, and the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, the governing body that look after the area, are keen to bring this intimate, community feel back to the precinct.

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The Iris " Film Review: The Longest Ride (M) (USA, 2015)

Before we start, there are three things you need to know about this film: 1. This is based on a Nicholas Sparks book 2. There are three stars here, Britt Robertson as goody-two-shoes Sophia, Scott Eastwood as Hunky Cowboy Luke and Scott Eastwood's blue blue eyes 3.

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The Iris " Film Review: Woman In Gold (M) (USA/UK, 2015)

During World War II, the painting The Woman in Gold by renowned painter Gustav Klimt was illegally taken from the home of Adele Bloch-Bauer by the Nazis, and would eventually end up in the Belvedere Gallery in Vienna.

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Hungry Wolf, Wollongong

From the good people who brought you Howlin' Wolf Bar comes their little cub, restaurant Hungry Wolf.

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The Iris " Film Review: When I Walk (USA, 2013)

The cautionary tale of never taking anything for granted has been featured on film many many times before, but in this feature documentary film, When I Walk, filmmaker Jason DaSilva chronicles his life with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), from the moment his legs failed on him to the present day.

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05/05/2015
AnimalPeople at Bondi Pavilion Theatre

Sometimes, the people you're closest to are often the ones you feel the most distant from, and it's this idea of never really knowing the relationship you're in that hangs darkly over Brooke Robinson's new play, Animal/People at Bondi Pavilion Theatre, Bondi Beach.

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07/29/2015
Film Review: Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words aka JAG ÄR INGRID (Sweden, 2015)

Hollywood charm and charisma just doesn't exist the way it did in the Golden Age of Cinema. The "It" Factor, that certain something that turns a simple screen test into an experience akin to finding cinematic gold, is now often replaced or loosely recreated through physical enhancements, as if Botox or a boob job is all anyone needs to make it big on the silver screen.

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11/07/2013
Sweet Nothings at ATYP - Review

Home > Sydney > Theatre | Theatre Reviews Event: - Australian Premiere of Sweet Nothings at ATYP Sweet Nothings , a play written by David Harrower, is an adaptation of an 1895 play named Liebelei, written by Austrian playwright Arthur Schnitzler.

Outinsydney
Dessert | Candalori's New Dessert Menu

High quality Italian cuisine is no longer found just within the realm of Sydney's usual hotspots. Head to Smithfield in Sydney's west and you'll find Candelori's Restaurant; a family-run fine dining Italian restaurant that would make any suburban Sydneysider jump for joy - and also make others trek out to try it too!

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The Iris " Film Review: The Quarantine Hauntings (Australia, 2015)

The Quarantine Station in North Head, Manly, is known, internationally even, as one of spookiest places ever. When it was used as a quarantine station between 1833 and 1984, over 5000 people lost their lives from diseases like the Bubonic Plague (the freaky one where you bleed from your eyes or something) and Smallpox.

The Big Bus tour and travel guide
10/14/2015
Ten moments not to miss in Sydney - The Big Bus tour and travel guide

The harbour city is without doubt one the most beautiful cities in the world and one that offers a huge number of attractions and activities for visitors and locals alike to enjoy. Not quite sure where to start? Our Sydney writer Erica Enriquez has put together a handy list of ten moments not to miss during your visit...

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The Iris " DVD Review: A Belfast Story (MA15+) (Ireland, 2013)

There's finally peace in Northern Ireland, but some people have not buried the past. This is the premise behind first-time director Nathan Todd's A Belfast Story. Colm Meaney (The Commitments, Layer Cake, Con Air) plays hardened detective James, who, like many of his generation in Northern Ireland, are living in times of "peace".

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The Iris " SxSW Documentary Short Review: Boxeadora (USA/Cuba, 2014)

Boxeadora, a short 16-minute documentary by American filmmaker Meg Smaker, starts with a brief foreword, "Since Castro's revolution, Cuba has won more Olympic Gold Medals in boxing than any other country in the world". Pretty mean feat for a small country, considering most of their opponents would be from nations with a lot more financial backing in sports.

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The Iris " Film Review: Black Sea (M) (UK, 2015)

It's often been said that we know less about what goes on under water than what happens in space, and it's this sense of unknowing, unfamiliarity and foreboding that director Kevin Macdonald ( The Last King of Scotland, Touching the Void) runs with in The Black Sea.

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The Iris " DVD Review: Goodbye World (MA15) (USA, 2013)

There's a lot that worries us today. Whether it be terrorism, the rising cost of living, disease or the scary advances in technology, the threat of a dystopian world has been explored in countless films and television programmes.

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Galore - Film Review

In the summer before their last year of high school, Billie and Laura's lives are about to be changed forever. With the arrival of Isaac and Billie's relationship with Laura's boyfriend Danny, life can't get any more complicated. But as bushfires threaten their homes and all they know, their tranquil existence is about to thrown into chaos.

Leadersinheels
Are You Unprepared for Leadership? - Leaders in Heels | For Successful Women in Business

There's a theory that managers, good ones anyway, are made, not born, and with new research from Development Dimensions International (DDI), it may seem that this is the case, with business leaders, particularly those in the Millennials and Gen Xers groups, often feeling ill-prepared for the management position and responsibilities thrust upon them.

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05/27/2014
It's Dark Outside' at Riverside Parramatta - Review

It's Dark Outside is now playing at Riverside Theatre in Parramatta on the following dates: Tuesday 27 May at 7:30pm Wednesday 28 May at 7:30pm Thursday 29 May at 1:00pm It will also tour nationally until 25th July.

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02/13/2014
Thank You for Being a Friend - Seymour Centre

Ahh, the 80s. So much hairspray. So much excess. So much fun! If you grew up in the 80s you will remember all the hit TV shows, and you'll probably still be singing quite a few of their theme songs in your head at the drop of a hat.

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Fly Me to the Moon Un Plan Parfait) - Film Review

Do you prefer intelligent foreign language films over your typical Hollywood rom-coms? If so, you won't find anything like that in Fly Me to the Moon , a new film by director Pascal Chaumeil and starring Diane Kruger and Dany Boon.

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03/06/2015
Felicity Ward - The Iceberg

ONE SHOW ONLY - SYDNEY The Comedy Store Fri 6 Mar, 7pm 27.50 - $32.00 BF Bookings: premier.ticketek.com.au Winner Best Local Act - Perth Comedy Festival & Sydney Comedy Festival 2012 Nominee Most Outstanding Comedy - Melbourne Comedy Festival & Adelaide Fringe 2012 As seen on the ABC's 2014 documentary Felicity Ward's Mental Mission One of the Australia's rising stars of comedy, Felicity Ward, performs at home for a short time only!

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10/14/2015
Ghosts - The Depot Theatre

Noted 19th century Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen knew how to hit a chord with his audiences. Like all good writers, he used his plays as a mirror of the society he lived in and exposing all its flaws to the world around him.

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07/21/2015
Like Whiskey on the Breath of a Drunk You Love' & 'Lunch' at the Old Fitz Theatre - Review

If you'd rather be watching live theatre rather than the theatre of reality television on a weekday evening, get yourself to the Old Fitz Theatre in Woolloomooloo for night of lust, regret and infidelity at the bar. Kidding, I mean on stage, with a back-to-back performance of Like Whiskey on the Breath of a Drunk You Love and Lunch.

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Cuban Fury - Film Review

Home > Everywhere > Comedy | Film Reviews | Movie Reviews Published March 22nd 2014 Real men dance, despite the sparkly sequins Stars Chris O'Dowd, Rashida Jones, Ian McShane and Nick Frost Rated M If you're a fan of the 1992 hit Strictly Ballroom and looking for this decade's replacement (ish), then this could be it.

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06/26/2014
Oleanna at Sydney Theatre School - Theatre Review

Home > Sydney > Theatre | Theatre Reviews Event: - There is power in every position in society, against those on another level and even between those in the same level. When this power is misused and exposed, what happens next, and what are the consequences?

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06/27/2015
Asian Provocateur at the Hayes Theatre

My cousins and I have a running joke about our mothers. We always say they are loud, and brash, and that their unmistakeable laughs can be heard from miles away. They're alike in their communal cackling (laughter, as it's also known), sitting around a dining room table post-family party clean-up.

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Rockin Out Your Look: Beauty and Grooming in The Rocks

If you think of The Rocks precinct in Sydney as "Sydney's First Village", you'll get a general sense of what the area is all about. Sure, it's steeped in convict history, is on any visitor's "must visit" list, and, for locals, is a great locale for dining and drinking, but there's so much more to The Rocks True, there's no shortage of excellent dining and drinking options for a great night out.

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Newtown Growler Depot

Get your craft beers fresh, clean and ready to go from Newtown Growler Depot in the Newtown Wine Shop. How? Meet

Outinsydney
Bars | 10 Of The Best Balcony Bars

Spring has sprung, daylight savings is finally here and the idea of lounging al fresco with a cold beer or a refreshing cocktail in the setting sun just warms our hearts! Here are 10 of the best bars and pubs in Sydney offering balcony views and outdoor loveliness to while away the hours!

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03/29/2014
Possessions at King Street Theatre

History and literature will have you believe that the only notable people in 17th Century Europe were men, and that the women were merely background players, uninteresting and unworthy of attention.

Outinsydney
Movies | The Captive

A parent's worst nightmare is that their child will be kidnapped right out from under them, and one of society's most sickening crimes is pedophilia. What happens when these two subjects combine, and what are the implications for those involved?

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The Iris " Film Review: Love, Rosie (UK, 2014)

By Erica Enriquez Based on the novel by Cecelia Ahern (who also wrote P.S I Love You), Love, Rosie is a British film directed by Christian Ditter, about two best friends, Rosie Dunne ( Lily Collins) and Alex Stewart ( Sam Claflin), who, despite their mutual attraction for each other, go their separate ways after high school, one going to college in Boston and the other falling pregnant and staying behind in England to raise her daughter as a single mother.

Outinsydney
Food Trends for 2015

Food trucks are sooooo 2014! Are you over your quinoa, kale, and sharing food with your whole table? Let's face it, if you wanted to share your food you would've just opened your house up to your mates and slapped a plate of CC's and guac on the dining table and ended it already!

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The Iris " Film Review: Selma (M) (USA, 2014)

In 1968, Martin Luther King, a pastor, humanitarian and African-American civil rights activist, was shot dead in Memphis, Tennessee whilst organising a peace protest. He was 39 years old. Four years prior in 1965, King led 600 people through Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama in a mass protest to secure the rights for African Americans to vote without fear and in the spirit of freedom.

Weekendnotes
11/30/2013
Cranston Cup Theatresports Grand Final

Home > Sydney > Comedy | Theatre | Theatre Reviews Improvised comedy skits by the best of the best I've seen a lot of comedy shows and acts in my time, and the 2013 Theatresports Cranston Cup Grand Final, held at the Enmore Theatre on Saturday, 30th November, was one of the funniest nights of comedy I've witnessed in ages.

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The Iris " Film Review: Step Up - All In (USA, 2014)

Have there been SIX Step Up movies already? It seems like only yesterday (like, 8 years ago) when Channing Tatum and his freakin' abs danced their way onto the silver screen and into the hearts of many a hormonal human being.

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The Iris " Melbourne International Film Festival Review: Advanced Style (USA, 2014)

While any female with internet connection and a love of fashion and style are intimately familiar with street fashion photographer Scott Schuman from The Sartorialist, or fashion blogging powerhouse duo Tash Sefton and Elle Ferguson from They All Hate Us, not many are aware of Ari Seth Cohen's work on fashion blog Advanced Style.

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Iconic Stylists Hair Salon

For anyone looking for a salon that offers expert service, a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and a style that leaves you looking and feeling refreshed and renewed, then Iconic Stylists will be your new favourite place.

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Short Term 12 - Film Review

Home > Everywhere > Film Reviews | Cinema | Movie Reviews Published December 15th 2013 Redemption and hope come in all forms Winner of numerous awards including the Grand Jury Award at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, the characters and the story of Short Term 12 will stay with you long after you have left the theatre.

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"Money" is not a Dirty Word - Leaders in Heels | For Successful Women in Business

Nobody likes to be ruled by money. But by the same token, we don't want to be without money either. Let's face it, having money helps. It allows for financial freedom, stability and the power to live life well. But "money" seems to be a dirty word, especially when you ask female professionals what they want from their careers.

Weekendnotes
03/27/2014
Half of a Yellow Sun - Film Review

Home > Everywhere > Cinema | Film Reviews | Movie Reviews Through love and war, they stay together Quick history lesson: The Nigerian Civil War (also known as the Nigerian-Biafran War) was fought between the newly formed Republic of Biafra and Nigeria, between 1967 to 1970.

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Chef - Film Review

Home > Everywhere > Family | Film Reviews | Food and Wine | Movie Reviews A delicious meal that serves the whole family Stars: Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, Robert Downey Jr.

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Trend Setters | Applejack Hospitality

You might not have heard of Applejack Hospitality, but there's a strong chance you've had a great meal or a couple of cocktails at one (or more) of their establishments across the city.

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Dining | LL Wine & Dine

by OutInGroup, 4 Nov 2013 Plonked between a Malaysian restaurant and Massetti's Juiceria (est. 1997, thank you very much), LL Wine & Dine is, according to its website, "inspired by the bustling Hong Kong bar scene." Situated on LLankelly Street - an easy stroll from Kings Cross Station - the restaurant does indeed look like it would be at home in Lan Kwai Fong.

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NYE Fireworks - Best Vantage Points

by OutInGroup, 29 Dec 2013 It's that time of year again when Sydney becomes the centre of worldwide attention - New Years Eve! Let's not forget, Sydney is one of the few places in the world that celebrates New Years Eve earlier than everyone else due to our unique place in the timezone scheme of things, and our harbour is sure to, well, go off, quite frankly!

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What's On | Two Feet and a Heart Beat - Walking Tours

by OutInGroup, 26 Nov 2013 There are so many things about Sydney you might not be aware of. Areas of the city you could walk past, or through, and know nothing about. For example, did you know that the Bubonic Plague hit The Rocks area in the early 1900s?

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Say it with Flowers - 5 Florists in Sydney

They say diamonds are a girl's best friend, but that's totally ridiculous - they cost a bloody fortune and they are hard, cool and really only come in one colour. A pretty bunch of flowers are a much better way saying, "You mean the world to me", whether to your long-suffering Mum (love you, Mum!), your long-suffering partner (love you, babe!)

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Venue Of The Month | The Cottage Kitchen & Bar

At first inspection, The Cottage is charming. The garden reminds you of a happy childhood at Nan's place. Inside, dainty cups and vintage crockery adorn the walls, and the kitchen is semi-exposed to the public - like you're expecting to find Mum and Dad in there making a roast.

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Dining | Paper Planes Bondi

by OutInGroup, 11 Dec 2013 Paper Planes is a Tokyo Pop themed establishment, drawing inspiration from the vibrant energy of Japanese Pop Culture - colourful, fun and entertaining.

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8 of Sydney's Best Views

Every great city has their own iconic skyline or landmark that just screams, "take a shot of me right now and Instagram the hell out of it", like the Manhattan skyline seen from the Brooklyn Bridge, or San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.

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Alan Partridge Alpha Papa - Film Review

Radio DJs have been given a bad rap of late, what with Kyle Sandilands' antics, but put your prejudices in a box marked "prejudice", and then place that box in a corner, because you need to know about Alan Partridge.

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10/17/2013
The Westlands at Riverside Theatres - Review

On the opening night of The Westlands , a new play directed by Michael Pigott, Sydney saw red due to numerous fires which spread rapidly throughout the day. It was an eerily poignant reminder of the harshness of Western Sydney, but also a chance to honour what makes this area of Sydney so unique.

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Dining | Miss Peaches

If you've never travelled to the USA's Southern States, then shut down SkyScanner, coz Miss Peaches, which opened in June last year, will take you right there. Miss Peaches is the brainchild of Richard Haines, Marty Routledge and Luke della Santa, who wanted to create "a genuine and hospitable venue based on the music, food and culture of America's Deep South".

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05/08/2014
The Double - Film Review

Home > Sydney > Comedy | Film Reviews | Movie Reviews You are better than you think, and that's not good Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Chris O'Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Gemma Chan, Wallace Shawn, Cathy Moriarty and Noah TaylorDirected By: Richard Ayoade A fun and educational craft beer experience Rated: M Playing exclusively at Dendy Newtown from 8th May Adapted from the Fyodor Dostoevsky novella also entitled The Double is this modern-day retelling, this time told from the direction...

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Her - Film Review

Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson and Amy Adams Written and directed by Spike Jonze It's that old chestnut again. In the future, technology has advanced, but we busy ourselves with meaningless things. We have "social" media, but we're more disconnected from each other than ever before.

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02/19/2013
Life's a Stage: A Play

Chinese New Year's not just Dumplings, Dragons & Dim Sims

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Off the Beaten Track | Sydney's Hidden Beaches

by OutInGroup, 7 Feb 2014 For a waterside city, it should come as no surprise that Sydney is filled with hidden beachside gems, beautiful picnic spots and gorgeous obscure areas that make lovely getaways when the trip to Bondi proves a bit too much to handle.

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What's on Sydney.com

Roxbury Hotel, 182 St John's Rd, Glebe (on Friday 9th May at 8pm, Saturday afternoons 3rd & 10th May at 2:30pm; plus a special Mother's Day finale at the TAP Gallery, 278 Palmer St, Darlinghurst on Sunday 11th May at 5.30pm) Playwright: Produced by Joy Roberts with monologues written by

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The Iris " Sydney Film Festival Review: Ilo Ilo (Singapore, 2014)

It's 1997 and the Asian Financial Crisis is in full swing. Companies are downsizing, people are feeling the pinch and the burden of providing for one's family is high. It's in this pressure-cooker environment that first-time Singaporean director Anthony Chen brings Ilo Ilo.

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Style | The Crown Street Project

by OutInGroup, 31 Jan 2014 Shopping for good quality, unique vintage garments can be pain in the ass. Sometimes, what looks like a too-good-to-be-true bargain is exactly that. So, how do you choose the deals from the duds? Where in Sydney can you go to get them?

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Venue Of The Month | Donny's

by OutInGroup, 4 Feb 2014 Most visitors to Manly head straight through the crowded wharf, bolt the length of The Corso and plunge headfirst into the ocean. Many don't wander into Market Lane, and therefore miss out on some of the seaside suburb's most interesting dining spots.

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Dining | The Botanist - Kirribilli

by OutInGroup, 19 Dec 2013 On the corner of Willoughby and Broughton Streets sits The Botanist, an unassuming building from the outside, so quaint and quiet you might walk right past it. But don't let its charming appearance fool you - step inside and you'll find a rollicking, lively after-work crowd.

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Exploring Crown Street

There is nothing quite like Crown St. In one moment, you're ogling some super-stylish hottie strutting down the corner, and #nekminit you'll probably see their complete opposite wearing 7 jumpers, ugg boots and a scarf made of rubber. It's this beautiful mix of totally hot to completely batsh!t crazy that make Crown St the drawcard it is.

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11/01/2010
Travelling do-gooder

Desperate to take a break from the rat race, ERICA ENRIQUEZ went on a quest to find out what else she can do with her time on Earth and landed high up in the Andes teaching little Peruvian kids how to speak English.

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11/01/2010
The dizzying heights of an ancient city

If you want your next travel destination to rival any place portrayed in an Indiana Jones movie and set in a culture with a contagious zest for life, ERICA ENRIQUEZ says Cusco, Peru is it.

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Festival of Dreams - Review - What's On Sydney

Venue: Hordern Pavilion (1 Driver Avenue, Moore Park) When: Saturday, 23rd August to Sunday, 24th August 2014Ticket Prices: $18 prepaid, or $25 at the door Review by: Erica Enriquez Event review: There is something about the way we live today that is making everyone search for more.

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Dining | Bishop Sessa

If there's ever a place to not only enjoy good food, but to treat yourself, then Bishop Sessa is THE place. Forming part of a flock of Crown Street restaurants offering great food, and housed in an inviting yet beautiful building, it's got all the elements to turn a regular dining experience into something memorable.

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Bars | Work In Progress Pop-up Bar | OutInSydney

There's a new bar in town, and it's a breathe of fresh air. Merivale's new art-based pop-up bar, Work in Progress, was launched on Wednesday, 30th April at 50 King Street and will offer a unique bar experience to Sydney's CBD.

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12 Home Décor Shops

Are you looking for a conversation starter to brighten your home? Are you going for the shabby-chic look or just all-out chic? Whatever your budget and whatever your style, here are a few places to visit to deck out your home in style.

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Campsie Food Festival 2014

Taste and enjoy the authentic flavours of a range of different cuisines at this year's Campsie Food

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Sydney Running Tours

Want to see the sights AND get fit? Then Sydney Running Tours has the activity for

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Bars | The Whisky Room at The Clock Hotel | OutInSydney

A visit to Surry Hills is not complete until you've had a brewski (or seven) at The Clock Hotel on Crown Street, a mainstay in Sydney's bar scene. Since its refurbishment in 2012, The Clock Hotel has brought its A-game with great pizza, the amazing gin and cocktail menus in the Balcony Bar and now, another room to add - The Whisky Room.

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Dining | Brooklyn Social

Described as a restaurant/dive bar, Brooklyn Social is less of a dive bar and more of a laid-back and relaxed place you'd frequent (emphasis on 'frequent') with your mates. It has a little bit of dive-y atmosphere, but it's clean (thank God).

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7 of the Best Hot Chocolate Places in Sydney

Some of us are training for the City to Surf (*cough*) or using winter as an excuse to get 'beach-ready' for summer, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a nice, hot cup of chocolate! Here are seven places to enjoy Heaven in a mug.

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Around the World with 80 Whites at the ivy

ivy is the perfect setting for a mid-week tipple. Around the World with 80 Whites, an event organised by ivy's parent company, Merivale, took place in The Den and on The Terrace at George Street's home of hedonism. The event drew a large early-week crowd to enjoy a range of wines not readily found in your local BWS.

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4 Unusual Dining Experiences

It seems everyone's a foodie these days. While you're hobnobbing with people who use the terms 'palate', 'red wine reduction' and observe that "such-and-such region offers excellent charcuterie." you're probably just as interested in the venue you're in and the way the food is presented.

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Venue Of The Month | Spakka-Napoli

Named after the Spaccanapoli, the street that splits Naples in two, Spakka-Napoli is a down-to-earth restaurant hidden within Neutral Bay (in The Grove, to be exact). It's a slice of Italy - in the middle of the North Shore.

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Bars | The Bucket List

If you've not seen The Bucket List right there on Bondi Beach, then you have a problem... and you need to get that checked out. Located in the old Nick's Seafood Bondi restaurant, it's now bright and open, with the sun streaming in as easily as the people do.

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03/15/2014
TASTE Pop Up Restaurant - Food Flavour Fusion

Sydney's a diverse city, and the new Pop Up Restaurant initiative from TASTE, the Benevolent Society's successful social enterprise, will be available in Sydney's South West suburbs, and offer a mix of tasty treats and dishes from around the world.

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Event Recap | Just Desserts - Establishment Bar

For many, the end of Monday sees them hightailing it out of the office, catching the CityFail train home then plonking themselves on the couch for a night of MKR and the most recent episode of The Walking Dead, all the while patting themselves on the back for surviving the first day of the working week.

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