TRAVEL: 16 APRIL 2018 | Tigerair sale discounts fares by up to 40 per cent. MORE

TRAVEL: 16 APRIL 2018 | Destination: Canberra | JOHN ROZENTALS enjoys a couple of jars in Canberra … and a look from the air at the national capital. MORE

THEATRE: 14 APRIL 2018 | The Sound of Waiting ... Such powerful language. At the end of the play our entire row sat motionless, unwilling to break the spell that had been cast over us. MORE

TRAVEL: 12 APRIL 2018 | Destination: Canberra | JOHN ROZENTALS experiences a time-warp of Australian political history during a stay in Canberra. MORE

WINE: 12 APRIL | JOHN ROZENTALS discovers that the desired acid addition is never enough. MORE

ON THE GO: 12 APRIL 2018 | Latest deals & news include exploring the pristine Kimberley coastline aboard the all-new, all-luxury Le Laperouse. MORE

THEATRE: 06 APRIL 2018 | The Children ... Ultimately says a great deal about the state of the planet at the moment and into the future. MORE

TRAVEL: 05 APRIL 2018 | Destination: NSW Riverina | JOHN ROZENTALS relishes some real country hospitality in the NSW Riverina. MORE

ON THE GO: 05 APRIL 2018 | Latest deals & news include Captain Cook Cruises’ flagships, MV Sydney 2000 and MV John Cadman II, celebrating the tenth Vivid Sydney as official participants in the festival’s ‘Harbour Lights’ display. MORE

WINE: 05 APRIL | JOHN ROZENTALS marvels at a couple of wines dedicated to great Clare Valley grapegrowers. MORE

TRAVEL: 04 APRIL 2018 | Destination: Outback Queensland | JOHN ROZENTALS finds that a taste of heli-mustering is just one highlight of a few days on an Outback Queensland property. MORE

WINE: 02 APRIL | JOHN ROZENTALS salutes an Italian family’s hard work and sacrifice. MORE

TRAVEL: 02 APRIL 2018 | JOHN ROZENTALS has some advice for those food-and-wine lovers visiting Adelaide and looking for something nearby. MORE

ON THE GO: 01 APRIL 2018 | Latest deals & news include booking though Luxury Escapes and save 40 per cent on a five-night stay at the newly renovated and adults-only Huvafen Fushi in the Maldives. MORE

THEATRE: 01 APRIL 2018 | Diplomacy ... This is a solid show well worth the price of admission, especially to see two stellar performances. MORE

THEATRE: 31 MARCH 2018 | Going Down ... a quirky new Australian work, worth a look. MORE

THEATRE: 30 MARCH 2018 | The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui ... Brecht argues that fascism is a natural consequence of capitalism but, if counteracted early enough, the climb to dictatorship by any orator can be resisted. MORE

THEATRE: 25 MARCH 2018 | Master Class ... Most impressive are the arias sung at the end of the show by the three students. Bravo! MORE

THEATRE: 20 MARCH 2018 | The Wolves ... This is a thoughtful and never less than absorbing play. Thumbs up! MORE

ON THE GO: 18 MARCH 2018 | Latest deals & news include more than one way to see the Queensland Outback. MORE

WINE: 17 MARCH | JOHN ROZENTALS becomes more familiar with tannat, and likes what he tastes. MORE

TRAVEL: 16 MARCH 2018 | Destination: Outback Queensland | JOHN ROZENTALS discovers life in a slow lane in Outback Queensland … and no sign of a legendary dog. MORE

ON THE GO: 15 MARCH 2018 | Latest deals & news include taking on the famous W-Trek, in Patagonia’s spectacular Torres Del Paine National Park, during the winter season. MORE

TRAVEL: 13 MARCH 2018 | Destination: Port Douglas | JOHN ROZENTALS finds an attractive accommodation alternative in the Far North Queensland holiday haven of Port Douglas. MORE

ON THE GO: 13 MARCH 2018 | Latest deals & news include an expedition to the Great Barrier Reef and the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve on Wenlock Island in Far North Queensland. MORE

THEATRE: 12 MARCH 2018 | Antony and Cleopatra ... The results are a richly and most subtlety layered performance which examines and updates insecurity, anxiety and authority throughout the ages. MORE

THEATRE: 04 MARCH 2018 | Kill Climate Deniers ... The cast is brilliant. Physically, they can handle anything. MORE

THEATRE: 04 MARCH 2018 | Black Is the New White ... A welcome and unusual view of an Aboriginal family — a family who have money, who are not oppressed but who are culturally quite strong. MORE

THEATRE: 04 MARCH 2018 | Top Girls ... From the moment the curtain rose on the dinner scene, I was transfixed by the talent on stage giving life to Churchill’s work. MORE

THEATRE: 04 MARCH 2018 | According to Otto ... This is no angst-ridden, hand-wringing story of a traumatic coming out. MORE

ON THE GO: 01 MARCH 2018 | Latest deals & news include fancying an elephant as your tour guide. MORE

TRAVEL: 28 FEBRUARY 2018 | Destination: The Sunshine Coast | JOHN ROZENTALS can’t believe his luck in the Mary Valley when he spots seven platypuses in the wild. MORE

READING: 27 FEBRUARY 2018 | A new crime thriller from La Plante. MORE

THEATRE: 25 FEBRUARY 2018 | Lethal Indifference ... There is no getting away from the fact that the subject matter of this tale is harrowing. However, we are in safe hands. MORE

TRAVEL: 24 FEBRUARY 2018 | JOHN ROZENTALS takes an early-morning flight from Sydney to the Sunshine Coast and a late-evening flight back completely in his stride. MORE

WINE: 22 FEBRUARY | JOHN ROZENTALS tries some wines that Mr Mick would definitely have approved. MORE

ON THE GO: 22 FEBRUARY 2018 | Latest deals & news include combining the majestic jewel of India, the Taj Mahal, the legendary Bengal tiger and the remote and sacred Brahmaputra River. MORE

WINE: 20 FEBRUARY | JOHN ROZENTALS finds a viognier very much to his taste. MORE

WINE: 19 FEBRUARY | JOHN ROZENTALS ponders the clonal basis of the upsurge of sangiovese rosés. MORE

TRAVEL: 19 FEBRUARY 2018 | JOHN ROZENTALS visits Maleny and relishes the chance to get a real taste for the Sunshine Coast hinterland. MORE

THEATRE: 18 FEBRUARY 2018 | Mamma Mia ... I had a wonderful evening and I challenge anyone to remain in their seats during the curtain call and the full-company renditions of Dancing Queen and Eurovision winner, Waterloo. Go see! MORE

ON THE GO: 17 FEBRUARY 2018 | Latest deals & news include El Questro, in the stunning Kimberleys, announcing its 2018 season-opening offer. MORE

THEATRE: 15 FEBRUARY 2018 | Metamorphoses ... as compelling, for me, as Greek drama gets — bold performances that deliver a vast range of emotions, lust, guilt, rage and anguish. A visual feast! MORE

TRAVEL: 08 FEBRUARY 2018 | JOHN ROZENTALS has some sage advice for lovers of good food and wine … save some time and space for Angullong’s splendid lunch among the vines. MORE

TRAVEL: 07 FEBRUARY 2018 | JOHN ROZENTALS survives a rugged overnight train journey to thrive at Sapa in the beauty of Vietnam’s extreme north-west. MORE

ON THE GO: 06 FEBRUARY 2018 | Latest deals & news include Tahiti holidays for an increasing number of active travellers looking for adventure. MORE

WINE: 02 FEBRUARY | JOHN ROZENTALS discovers a sauvignon blanc that breaks the Marlborough mould. MORE

TRAVEL: 02 FEBRUARY 2018 | Destination: The Riverina | JOHN ROZENTALS finds plenty to like about the Italian culinary influences in Griffith and Leeton. MORE

ON THE GO: 01 FEBRUARY 2018 | Latest deals & news include the Canowindra Balloon Challenge. MORE

TRAVEL: 28 JANUARY 2018 | JOHN ROZENTALS finds a half a dozen great things to do in the Central-Western NSW town of Parkes. And apologies right now. He simply had to include the Elvis Festival. MORE

ON THE GO: 28 JANUARY 2018 | Latest deals & news include a new cruise tour package that combines India’s most popular attraction, the Taj Mahal, with one of the country’s most beautiful but least visited destinations, the remote State of Assam. MORE

THEATRE: 27 JANUARY 2018 | Sorting Out Rachel ... The cast is exceptional and together they create an absorbing drama, beneath which is a clear subtext about the ever-evolving issue of Australian identity. MORE

TRAVEL: 19 JANUARY 2018 | Destination Parkes | JOHN ROZENTALS metaphorically dons his blue-suede shoes for a few days of Elvis madness in Parkes. MORE

ON THE GO: 17 JANUARY 2018 | Latest deals & news include the stunning landscapes of the Kakadu, the Larapinta Trail and the Flinders Ranges. MORE

THEATRE: 15 JANUARY 2018 | There Will Be a Climax ... The six charismatic performances make for a memorable — and utterly absurd — evening. MORE

THEATRE: 10 JANUARY 2018 | The View UpStairs announces final cast members. MORE

THEATRE: 10 JANUARY 2018 | New production of The Time Machine travels to Sydney in 2018. MORE

TRAVEL: 10 JANUARY 2018 | JOHN ROZENTALS survives the reconstruction of Sydney, while staying at one of its classiest hotels and enjoying a pre-show dinner at much more than a pub. MORE

WINE: 10 JANUARY | JOHN ROZENTALS can only praise youthful exuberance as Laura and Anthony take on the challenge of Stonehurst. MORE

WINE: 09 JANUARY | JOHN ROZENTALS encourages wine drinkers to get away from ‘same, same’. MORE

ON THE GO: 06 JANUARY 2018 | Latest deals & news include a time extension for Bruce Munro’s immersive installation, Field of Light Uluru. MORE

ON THE GO: 02 JANUARY 2018 | Latest deals & news include visiting the mouth of the Murray at the Coorong. MORE

TRAVEL: 01 JANUARY 2018 | JOHN ROZENTALS reflects on the legacy of Benjamin Boyd, one of the country’s most ambitious entrepreneurs. MORE

WINE: 29 DECEMBER 2017 | JOHN ROZENTALS looks forward to a closer look at McLaren Vale’s new architectural masterpiece. MORE

ON THE GO: 28 DECEMBER 2017 | Latest deals & news include Humpback whale-interaction tours have been given the green light to continue for the 2018 season at Western Australia’s Ningaloo region. MORE

WINE: 28 DECEMBER 2017 | JOHN ROZENTALS looks at a new pig entering the house to join the ranks of organic wine. MORE

ON THE GO: 22 DECEMBER 2017 | Latest deals & news include a route from the world’s most southern tip to one of the driest places on earth. MORE

THEATRE: 20 DECEMBER 2017 | The Servant of Two Masters ... This is a production that looks good and moves fast. Thumbs up! MORE

WINE: 18 DECEMBER 2017 | JOHN ROZENTALS finds a scrummy new red lurking under Mount Langi Ghiran’s Hollows Vineyard label. MORE

TRAVEL: 18 DECEMBER 2017 | Destination Newport, Sydney | JOHN ROZENTALS embraces Sydney’s “insular Peninsula” … and joins some locals in enjoying a refreshingly laid-back lifestyle. MORE

THEATRE: 14 DECEMBER 2017 | Measure for Measure ... What a timely choice of play to celebrate the recent marriage equality laws. Worth a look! MORE

ON THE GO: 10 DECEMBER 2017 | Latest deals & news include more than 35 events showcasing some of Australia’s best chefs in beautiful locations around Noosa. MORE

WINE: 9 DECEMBER 2017 | JOHN ROZENTALS wishes that he’d saved some Topper’s Mountain Gewurztraminer to salute Mike Hayes being named the ASVO’s 2017 Winemaker of the Year. MORE

ON THE GO: 9 DECEMBER 2017 | Latest deals & news include WOMADelaide, an iconic open-air festival set in Adelaide’s Botanic Park. MORE

GREAT ITALIAN DINING: 09 DECEMBER 2017 | JOHN ROZENTALS is reacquainted with the work of Italian master chef Alessandro Pavoni. MORE

TRAVEL: 8 DECEMBER 2017 | Destination Canberra district | JOHN ROZENTALS finds great food, some friendly animals and a very comfortable B&B on the outskirts of the nation's capital. MORE

WINE: 7 DECEMBER 2017 | JOHN ROZENTALS predicts a very significant and worthy comeback for chardonnay. MORE

WINE: 6 DECEMBER 2017 | JOHN ROZENTALS is knocked out by the chardonnay that won the Trophy for Best Wine at this year’s Orange Wine Show. MORE

THEATRE: 3 DECEMBER 2017 | Virgins and Cowboys ... This show may alienate some because of style/subject but I certainly think it is worth a look. MORE

THEATRE: 2 DECEMBER 2017 | Taking Steps ... It is all highly exaggerated and improbable, physical humour abounds, characters are absurd and performances stylised. MORE

TRAVEL: 2 DECEMBER 2017 | Destination Ipswich | JOHN ROZENTALS experiences the Ipswich district in two very different, but equally delightful, ways. MORE

ON THE GO: 1 DECEMBER 2017 | Latest deals & news include a new six-night cruise through the remote and rarely visited Torres Strait Islands. MORE

THE SUITE LIFE: 28 NOV 2017 — A few days at Mudgee’s The Horatio certainly opens JOHN ROZENTALS’ eyes to a completely fresh take on a truly charming country town. MORE

THEATRE: 25 NOVEMBER 2017 | High Fidelity ... I am off to track down my copy of the novel. MORE

ON THE GO: 24 NOVEMBER 2017 | Latest deals & news include a cruise that combines rounds on some of world’s finest and most challenging courses with a seafaring expedition of the wilds of Canada. MORE

TRAVEL: 21 NOVEMBER 2017 | Destination NSW South Coast | JOHN ROZENTALS devours the freshest oysters he’s ever been offered. MORE

WINE: 20 NOVEMBER 2017 | JOHN ROZENTALS revels in a range of top shiraz from Victoria’s Grampians. MORE

WINE: 20 NOVEMBER 2017 | JOHN ROZENTALS finds some real joy in a visit to Wollombi, in the Hunter Valley. MORE

THEATRE: 20 NOVEMBER 2017 | Muriel's Wedding: The Musical ... Go. Dance. Have the time of your life. MORE

TRAVEL: 19 NOVEMBER 2017 | JOHN ROZENTALS enjoys plenty of fine food and some seriously good shiraz in Victoria’s Grampians. MORE

ON THE GO: 18 NOVEMBER 2017 | Latest deals & news include new 'green season' cruise and accommodation offers from Kakadu Tourism. MORE

TRAVEL: 10 NOVEMBER 2017 | Destination Hunter Valley | JOHN ROZENTALS finds himself well and truly indulged about a quarter of an hour from the historic village of Wollombi. MORE

WINE: 9 NOVEMBER 2017 | JOHN ROZENTALS laments the sudden death of Wayne Stehbens, a winemaker destined to become a Coonawarra icon. MORE

ON THE GO: 9 NOVEMBER 2017 | Latest deals & news include an east-to-west journey across Australia in Platinum Class aboard the Indian Pacific and a luxury voyage back to Sydney. MORE

ON THE GO: 8 NOVEMBER 2017 | Latest deals & news include discovering the best of South Australia with Captain Cook Cruises. MORE

THEATRE: 7 NOVEMBER 2017 | Merciless Gods ... This show could easily offend many, but whilst it confronts the end result is totally compelling theatre that positions its audience to be empathetic. MORE

THEATRE: 7 NOVEMBER 2017 | The Wharf Revue 2017: The Patriotic Rag ... A part of me felt a little flat, and it could have been precisely because it was so professional, so slick, so polished. MORE

THEATRE: 7 NOVEMBER 2017 | Bloody Murder ... The cast are generally up to the task and keep the pace moving. MORE

TRAVEL: 30 OCTOBER 2017 | Destination Hunter Valley | JOHN ROZENTALS makes up for some long-term neglect of Wollombi, in the NSW Hunter Valley. MORE

WINE: 26 OCTOBER 2017 | JOHN ROZENTALS salutes a brave effort in producing a preservative-free wine. MORE

ON THE GO: 26 OCTOBER 2017 | Latest deals & news include Mantra Hotels offering price cuts on stays at more than 20 Gold Coast properties. MORE

TRAVEL: 25 OCTOBER 2017 | Destination Port Douglas | JOHN ROZENTALS bases himself at Port Douglas and finds plenty to enjoy between tropical wilderness and the ocean. MORE

TRAVEL: 25 OCTOBER 2017 | Destination Ipswich | JOHN ROZENTALS finds the Queensland city of Ipswich a surprisingly beautiful and historic destination. MORE

THEATRE: 23 OCTOBER 2017 | Kitchen Sink ... This is a play for actors and this excellent cast and crew deliver a production that looks good and moves fast. MORE

ON THE GO: 18 OCTOBER 2017 | Latest deals & news include Grand American Adventures adding two new small-group itineraries to its Alaska portfolio for 2018. MORE

ON THE GO: 16 OCTOBER 2017 | Latest deals & news include Seaside Rockingham, on the West Australian coast just south of Perth, holding its second Beach Cup horse-racing carnival. MORE

TRAVEL: 13 OCTOBER 2017 | Destination Riverina | JOHN ROZENTALS takes a step back in time for a heritage-rail excursion to the Riverina. MORE

FASHION NEWS: 10 OCTOBER 2017 | When the going gets wet, the fashionistas will turn to Muck. MORE

WINE: 10 OCTOBER 2017 | JOHN ROZENTALS urges drinkers to think pink. MORE

WINE: 10 OCTOBER 2017 | JOHN ROZENTALS suggests heading to Victoria’s Grampians for the Mebourne Cup and tasting some excellent shiraz. MORE

THEATRE: 9 OCTOBER 2017 | Birdland ... despite the compositional flaws the production values, cast and crew make this a most worthwhile visit to the theatre. MORE

ON THE GO: 07 OCTOBER 2017 | Latest deals & news include NSW bursting with spring colour as wildflowers bloom. MORE

TRAVEL: 6 OCTOBER 2017 | Destination Lockyer Valley | JOHN ROZENTALS experiences some laid-back luxury in Queensland’s Lockyer Valley and finds a chef with real passion for local, seasonal ingredients. MORE

ON THE GO: 06 OCTOBER 2017 | Latest deals & news include that it's hardly surprising that touristic rail travel is booming in NSW. MORE

ON THE GO: 04 OCTOBER 2017 | Latest deals & news include guests at Ayers Rock Resort will have the opportunity to dine in Mayu Wiru. MORE

TRAVEL: 3 OCTOBER 2017 | JOHN ROZENTALS heads to the Central-West of NSW to find elegant heritage accommodation and challenging golf at Duntryleague. MORE

THE SUITE LIFE: 03 OCT 2017 — Quest Apartment Hotel — Griffith NSW — I really liked this accommodation, which is almost brand-new and could easily be used as the very model of a well organised regional hotel. MORE

ON THE GO: 26 SEPTEMBER 2017 | Latest deals & news include a bird’s-eye view on the apple isle’s natural beauty and rugged terrain. MORE

WINE: 21 SEPTEMBER 2017 | JOHN ROZENTALS reports on the rise of riesling at the annual Mudgee Wine Show. MORE

TRAVEL: 20 SEPTEMBER 2017 | JOHN ROZENTALS finds the Central West NSW town of Mudgee as charming as ever. MORE

TRAVEL: 18 SEPTEMBER 2017 | Destination Great Barrier Reef | JOHN ROZENTALS gets way from it all on Queensland’s much loved Lady Elliot Island. MORE

THEATRE: 18 SEPTEMBER 2017 | Dinner ... This is a play of operatic proportions that journeys into obsessive infatuation resulting in the devastating agony of rejection. MORE

THEATRE: 18 SEPTEMBER 2017 | Diving for Pearls ... Darren Yap’s direction flawlessly delivers this important play, which wrestles with the needs of the individual weighed against the collective good. MORE

ON THE GO: 17 SEPTEMBER 2017 | Latest deals & news include the adults-only Seabreeze Resort Samoa is offering savings of up to $1000 per couple. MORE

COOKING BOOKS: 15 SEPTEMBER 2017 | Ribs ... a low and slow barbecue guide. MORE

COOKING BOOKS: 12 SEPTEMBER 2017 | Food from the source … authentic recipes from people who know them best in France and Mexico. MORE

TRAVEL: 12 SEPTEMBER 2017 | Destination Hunter Valley | JOHN ROZENTALS finds that The Convent is still a foodie’s paradise for those heading to the Hunter. MORE

READING: 11 SEPTEMBER 2017 | Minette Walters is back with her first full-length novel in 10 years. MORE

TRAVEL: 11 SEPTEMBER 2017 | Destination Maryborough | The historic, slightly inland city of Maryborough was a highlight of JOHN ROZENTALS’ recent visit to Queensland’s Fraser Coast. He found plenty to do and look at. MORE

TRAVEL: 11 SEPTEMBER 2017 | Destination Orange | JOHN ROZENTALS previews a fortnight of wine-oriented festivities around the NSW Central Western city of Orange. MORE

MOTORING: 4 SEPTEMBER 2017 | Cuban cars you should see before they die. MORE

ODD-BALL TOURISM: 4 SEPTEMBER 2017 | A travel companion for the incurably curious. MORE

COCKTAILS: 4 SEPTEMBER 2017 | Rum ... definitive guide to coladas and daiquiries. MORE

GOLF: 30 AUGUST 2017 | A guide to the most outstanding golf courses and resorts. MORE

ON THE GO: 30 AUGUST 2017 | Latest deals & news include a unique Australian New Year’s Eve on the mighty Murray River. MORE

READING: 30 AUGUST 2017 | A harrowing novel from a Miles Franklin winner. MORE

COOKING BOOKS: 28 AUGUST 2017 | Authentic Neapolitan cuisine. MORE

READING: 28 AUGUST 2017 | Before Prime Suspect, there was Tennison. MORE

ON THE GO: 27 AUGUST 2017 | Latest deals & news include a new, very different, way for travellers to spend their holidays in Australia. MORE

THEATRE: 27 AUGUST 2017 | The Father ... Under skilful direction John Bell and troupe show us acting at its very best. MORE

THEATRE: 27 AUGUST 2017 | Lip Service ... In John Misto's hands, the Helena Rubinstein story provides some seriously compelling entertainment. MORE

WINE: 26 AUGUST 2017 | JOHN ROZENTALS looks at a few wines that honour the man who single-handedly founded Coonawarra. MORE

ON THE GO: 26 AUGUST 2017 | Latest deals & news include visiting the West Australian town of Northam and the surrounding Avon Valley when they will be adorned with 30 beautiful-hot air balloons. MORE

TRAVEL: 23 AUGUST 2017 | Destination Fraser Island | Queensland’s Fraser Island just happens to be the world’s largest sand island. But the hefty chunk of land provides a quite phenomenal diversity of things for day-trippers and longer-stay visitors to marvel at. JOHN ROZENTALS discovers 10 really good things to do on Fraser Island. MORE

THEATRE: 23 AUGUST 2017 | 4:48 Psychosis ... Dramatizes a tragic and tortured inner life and lays bare Sarah Kane’s vital and tragic story. MORE

THEATRE: 23 AUGUST 2017 | HIR ... Nothing is sacred here — the military machine, drug addiction, safe spaces — all are skewered with equal savagery. MORE

ON THE GO: 16 AUGUST 2017 | Latest deals & news include running free during a visit to South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula. MORE

COOKING BOOKS: 15 AUGUST 2017 | Feed a scrum with the Big Marn. MORE

DRIVING HOLIDAYS: 14 AUGUST 2017 | The world's most thrilling road trips. MORE

COOKING BOOKS: 13 AUGUST 2017 | A guide to the ancient art of making cultured foods. MORE

WINE: 12 AUGUST 2017 | Tasting Taylors’ Promised Land range takes JOHN ROZENTALS back to the start of his love affair with wine. MORE

COOKING BOOKS: 12 AUGUST 2017 | Iconic road-trip recipes from LA, birthplace of extreme food trends that go global. MORE

READING: 12 AUGUST 2017 | Behind the hunt for the Bali bombers. MORE

RUGBY LEAGUE: 12 AUGUST 2017 | Rugby League’s greatest contests. MORE

TRAVEL: 12 AUGUST 2017 | Destination Hervey Bay | JOHN ROZENTALS has a whale of time watching humpbacks at Queensland’s Hervey Bay. MORE

CHANGES: 10 AUGUST 2017 | Surviving the new puberty … as an adolescent and as a parent. MORE

COCKTAILS: 10 AUGUST 2017 | A guide to creating one of the world’s most popular cocktails … the martini. MORE

COOKING BOOKS: 09 AUGUST 2017 | How to make the best gingerbread houses. MORE

FISHING: 09 AUGUST 2017 | Top places for fly fishing in Australia and New Zealand. MORE

THEATRE: 9 AUGUST 2017 | Velvet ... But apart from all this awesomeness, there is one final reason why you must see this show, particularly if you are of the disco generation: Stayin’ Alive. Wow. MORE

ON THE GO: 08 AUGUST 2017 | Latest deals & news include three days sampling the best of Kangaroo Island fresh produce and wines. MORE

TRAVEL: 07 AUGUST 2017 | Destination Melbourne | JOHN ROZENTALS takes great pleasure in staying again at his favourite Melbourne hotel. MORE

ON THE GO: 07 AUGUST 2017 | Latest deals & news include Mountain Whispers offering savings of $80 on all four of its Blue Mountains B&B properties. MORE

THEATRE: 5 AUGUST 2017 | Dry Land ... This is a thought-provoking, absorbing play. MORE

THEATRE: 27 JULY 2017 | Rice ... Left The Guest and I breathless with its scope and complexity. MORE

WINE: 27 JULY 2017 | JOHN ROZENTALS enjoys a couple of great wines from a Clare Valley master. MORE

TRAVEL: 26 JULY 2017 | Destination Sydney | JOHN ROZENTALS stays at the new Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport and finds catching an early-morning flight to Melbourne a breeze. MORE

WINE: 25 JULY 2017 | JOHN ROZENTALS reckons Rutherglen might have to look back to big reds to see its real future. MORE

ON THE GO: 24 JULY 2017 | Latest deals & news include Angullong’s Outstanding in the Vines lunch on October 14. MORE

TRAVEL: 24 JULY 2017 | Destination Sydney | JOHN ROZENTALS takes advantage of a spectacular Sydney day to go to Taronga Park Zoo and cruise outside the Heads for some whale watching. MORE

THEATRE: 24 JULY 2017 | Under the Covers ... The boys have a lot of fun singing TV tunes, bantering and dancing the night away. MORE

THEATRE: 21 JULY 2017 | This Much Is True ... This is theatre at it is very best. Thumbs up! MORE

THEATRE: 17 JULY 2017 | Mauritius ... Where the first act was a single-noted hum, the second act was a song. MORE

ON THE GO: 16 JULY 2017 | Latest deals & news include saving 25 per cent on a three-night winter package at The Retreat Port Stephens. MORE

WINE: 15 JULY 2017 | JOHN ROZENTALS looks again at two vineyards proving better than one in the Orange district. MORE

TRAVEL: 13 JULY 2017 | Destination South Australia | JOHN ROZENTALS suggests seven really good things to do in South Australia’s Clare Valley. MORE

DINING & WINING: 13 JULY 2017 | Angullong to host another fabulous vineyard lunch. MORE

WINE: 13 JULY 2017 | JOHN ROZENTALS embraces a new altitude-based series of wines from McWilliams. MORE

TRAVEL: 12 JULY 2017 | Tigerair Australia introduces Fly Carbon Neutral, offering customers the chance to reduce their carbon footprint. MORE

TRAVEL: 11 JULY 2017 | Destination Sydney | JOHN ROZENTALS tastes Sokyo’s delectable fare as Chase Kojima takes truffles to the culinary edge. MORE

ON THE GO: 11 JULY 2017 | Latest deals & news include Tasmania's third annual Great Eastern Wine Weekend. MORE

THEATRE: 10 JULY 2017 | Little Borders ... invites the audience to acknowledge and even embrace their own insecurities. MORE

THEATRE: 10 JULY 2017 | Cloud Nine ... decades later its message still signals hope for the human spirit to transcend the restrictions of time and place. MORE

DINING & DRINKING: 03 JULY 2017 | The Cidery relaunches at Sydney’s World Square with new look, new drinks list and new menu. MORE

WINE: 03 JULY 2017 | Orange Wine Festival … it’s closer than you think. MORE

WINE: 02 JULY 2017 | JOHN ROZENTALS finds Eloquesta’s Stuart Olsen challenging our wine industry’s norms. MORE

THEATRE: 30 JUNE 2017 | 1984 ... The play remains at least as relevant today as it was when penned by Orwell in 1949. MORE

READING: 28 JUNE 2017 | Messages from beneath the Somme. MORE

ON THE GO: 27 JUNE 2017 | Latest deals & news include a new four-day trip by heritage train from Sydney to the NSW Riverina region over the October long weekend. MORE

STREET FOOD: 27 JUNE 2017 | Paddy’s Markets launches unique street food eatery bringing together the best food trucks in Sydney. MORE

WINE: 26 JUNE 2017 | BY JOHN ROZENTALS | Tyrrells Heathcote reds … wines that would please the late Murray. MORE

TRAVEL: 25 JUNE 2017 | Tigerair begins regular services between Melbourne and Townsville. MORE

THEATRE: 22 JUNE 2017 | Cyrano de Bergerac ... Performed with such passion and enthusiasm by this talented group, the characters and scenarios appear fresh and new. MORE

THEATRE: 19 JUNE 2017 | Sunset Strip ... Miller is a talented playwright and she is not afraid to meditate on the important issues. MORE

THEATRE: 18 JUNE 2017 | I Love You Now ... Cronin’s and Gleeson’s talents are undeniable. MORE

ON THE GO: 18 JUNE 2017 | Latest deals & news include special prices on Cruise1st’s 14-night cruise/stay/fly Sydney-Singapore package. MORE

READING: 16 JUNE 2017 | Getting under the skin of an Aussie larrikin. MORE

WINE: 16 JUNE 2017 | BY JOHN ROZENTALS | Why two vineyards when you could have just one? MORE

PHOTOGRAPHY: 15 JUNE 2017 | Tracey Moffatt, Selected Works, from the series Up in the Sky and Scarred for Life. MORE

WINE: 14 JUNE 2017 | BY JOHN ROZENTALS | Twice the price certainly doesn’t mean twice the wine. MORE

TRAVEL: 11 JUNE 2017 | JOHN ROZENTALS finds that things have changed both a lot and very little in an old stomping ground. MORE

ON THE GO: 11 JUNE 2017 | Latest deals & news include saving up to $400 per couple on a range of Beyond Travel’s private tours, river cruises and rail products in India and Sri Lanka. MORE

ON THE GO: 07 JUNE 2017 | Latest deals & news include a range of packages in conjunction with Holland America’s 2018 Cuba cruises. MORE

TRAVEL: 07 JUNE 2017 | JOHN ROZENTALS explores Sydney's ever-burgeoning food precincts and overindulges on a Turkish feast at Anason. MORE

READING: 06 JUNE 2017 | The catastrophic impact of the Third Reich. MORE

BARS: 06 JUNE 2017 | New duo raising the bar at Grain. MORE

DINING: 06 JUNE 2017 | Sydney’s Sokyo … fresh black truffles enhance flavours of Tokyo. MORE

TRAVEL: 06 JUNE 2017 | Tigerair Australia … two fares for the price of one. MORE

TRAVEL: 05 JUNE 2017 | Vivid visitors also spending big in the regions. MORE

TRAVEL: 05 JUNE 2017 | Spotlight … feast in the forest as Martin Place morphs into an urban jungle. MORE

READING: 05 JUNE 2017 | The covered-up story of one of Australia’s greatest wartime tragedies. MORE

JAZZ: 04 JUNE 2017 | Bill Frisell leads the way. MORE

WINE: 03 JUNE 2017 | BY JOHN ROZENTALS | Location spot on, but John Cassegrain seeks grapes from cooler climes. MORE

COOKING BOOKS: 02 JUNE 2017 | Let them eat cake! MORE

READING: 02 JUNE 2017 | An updated edition of Vietnam Remembered. MORE

COCKTAILS: 02 JUNE 2017 | Viva Violetta ... The Grain Bar's salute to Vivid. MORE

WINE: 02 JUNE 2017 | BY JOHN ROZENTALS | D'Arenberg's Chester Osborn ... extrovert and extremely fine winemaker. MORE

TRAVEL: 01 JUNE 2017 | Destination Jugiong | JOHN ROZENTALS visits Jugiong and finds there is a future beyond the highway. MORE

WINE: 01 JUNE 2017 | BY JOHN ROZENTALS | Curiosity, grape shortage lead Jorg to a Hunter/Clare blend for flagship red. MORE

ON THE GO: 31 MAY 2017 | Latest deals & news include MSC Cruises taking its concept of family-friendly cruise holidays to a new level. MORE

TRAVEL: 31 MAY 2017 | Destination Blue Mountains | JOHN ROZENTALS catches a classic set of wheels and stays at Blackheath accommodation that is literally all view. MORE

ON THE GO: 30 MAY 2017 | Latest deals & news include the NSW Government beginning an initiative to develop wilderness fishing opportunities via an eco-hut program. MORE

TRAVEL: 27 MAY 2017 | Destination Sydney | JOHN ROZENTALS attends the opening of Sydney's hugely successful Vivid festival ... and finds lights and action aplenty. MORE

JAZZ: 24 MAY 2017 | 400 artists … the intravenous feed. MORE

THEATRE: 24 MAY 2017 | The Ham Funeral ... I came out tipsy on thoughts of the meaning of life and high on the energy of some great performances. MORE

THEATRE: 24 MAY 2017 | Mr Burns: A Post-Electric Play ... Certainly worth a look, especially if you are a fan of dystopian fiction, The Simpsons, or both. MORE

COCKTAILS: 24 MAY 2017 | Mejico Miranda Launches tequila and margarita masterclasses. MORE

DINING: 24 MAY 2017 | Follow your tastebuds to Relish Food and Wine Festival. MORE

DINING: 24 MAY 2017 | Grain Bar brings Dom Pérignon pop-up back for Vivid Sydney. MORE

ON THE GO: 18 MAY 2017 | Latest deals & news include World Expeditions has added a self-guided trek in the Everest region. MORE

TRAVEL: 18 MAY 2017 | Destination Southern NSW | JOHN ROZENTALS finds some old memories near Barwang ... and is knocked out by the Cowra Japanese Gardens. MORE

ON THE GO: 18 MAY 2017 | Latest deals & news include QT Melbourne taking to the skies with a hot-air-balloon package in collaboration with Global Ballooning Australia. MORE

THEATRE: 17 MAY 2017 | Educating Rita ... A great space, fabulous play, and fine performance. MORE

TRAVEL: 12 MAY 2017 | Tigerair’s return-for-$1 sale. MORE

DINING: 06 MAY 2017 | The ultimate Queensland seafood experience to be served at Peppers Noosa. MORE

DINING with JOHN ROZENTALS | KATOOMBA'S BASIL NUT: 06 MAY 2017 | Just the right fusion of flavours in this splendid Blue Mountains Asian eatery. MORE

TRAVEL: 05 MAY 2017 | Destination Oberon | JOHN ROZENTALS takes in a legendary Australian headline act while visiting one of the country's great gardens. MORE

TRAVEL: 05 MAY 2017 | Tigerair Australia supports Whitsunday tourism efforts as region bounces back from effects of Tropical Cyclone Debbie. MORE

TRAVEL: 04 MAY 2017 | JOHN ROZENTALS discovers a heap about Sydney's past ... and finds a very comfortable room to sleep in. MORE

ON THE GO: 04 MAY 2017 | Latest deals & news include booking a Captain Cook Fijian cruise on board the Reef Endeavour and bringing a friend with you for half price. MORE

READING: 03 MAY 2017 | An atmospheric novel of Paris, love, madness and photography. MORE

THEATRE: 02 MAY 2017 | The Chapel Perilous ... an intuitive and talented ensemble ensures its relevance. MORE

TRAVEL: 24 APRIL 2017 | Destination Accommodation with Heart and Soul | JOHN ROZENTALS discovers some accommodation where the owners have invested their personalities. MORE

ON THE GO: 23 APRIL 2017 | Latest deals & news include the opportunity to win one of eight Canon EOS M3 Single-Lens kits. MORE

SYDNEY LONG LUNCH: 23 APRIL 2017 | Rock ’n’ roll for the Leichhardt Long Lunch on 4 June. MORE

DINING: 22 APRIL 2017 | Hilton Brisbane announces new Executive Chef Matthew Wood. MORE

TRAVEL: 21 APRIL 2017 | Destination Tigerair | JOHN ROZENTALS finds plenty to like about flying with Tigerair. MORE

ON THE GO: 19 APRIL 2017 | Latest deals & news include guests at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort having access to a special three-day entry pass to the recently renovated Kula Wild Adventure Park. MORE

READING: 18 APRIL 2017 | Check out 101 film and TV locations. MORE

WINE: 18 APRIL 2017 | BY JOHN ROZENTALS | Ultra-premium Australian bubbly has certainly come of age. MORE

DINING: 18 APRIL 2017 | Treat mum to high tea at Sydney Wentworth. MORE

DINING: 17 APRIL 2017 | Manta launches new seasonal casual-dining menu. MORE

DINING: 17 APRIL 2017 | Neil Perry will be a guest chef at Byron Bay gala dinner. MORE

DINING: 17 APRIL 2017 | Longrain and Sailor’s Grave beer-match dinner. MORE

DINING: 17 APRIL 2017 | New dining experience arrives in the Hunter Valley at Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort. MORE

DINING: 17 APRIL 2017 | Butchers Bench offers rustic paddock-to-plate menu. MORE

DINING: 17 APRIL 2017 | Girls and Boys opens Fitzroy vegan dessert bar. MORE

WINE: 16 APRIL 2017 | BY JOHN ROZENTALS | A salute to Carmelo for starting the Orange ball rolling. MORE

COOKING BOOKS: 16 APRIL 2017 | Barbara Unkovic takes a gastronomic journey to sun-drenched Croatia. MORE

TRAVEL: 16 APRIL 2017 | Destination Lake Macquarie | JOHN ROZENTALS discovers seven really good things to do at Lake Macquarie. MORE

ON THE GO: 15 APRIL 2017 | Latest deals & news include soaking up some tropical sunshine in French Polynesia’s most idyllic destinations. MORE

DINING: 14 APRIL 2017 | Novotel’s The Cellar Kitchen Restaurant and Bar … local seasonal Barossa ingredients are featured as the hero. MORE

ON THE GO: 14 APRIL 2017 | Latest deals & news include Abercrombie & Kent releasing its first small-group journey to New Zealand. MORE

TRAVEL: 13 APRIL 2017 | Destination The Ghan | JOHN ROZENTALS takes a trip on one of the great railway journeys of the world. MORE

TRAVEL: 13 APRIL 2017 | Destination Blue Mountains | JOHN ROZENTALS spends an indulgent weekend with the Escarpment Group in the Blue Mountains. MORE

ON THE GO: 11 APRIL 2017 | Latest deals & news include gettng to Canberra for the Versailles: Treasures from the Palace exhibition. MORE

THEATRE: 11 APRIL 2017 | The Rasputin Affair ... The Guest and I were gobsmacked at how finely tuned the dialogue, prop business and blocking were for an opening night. MORE

THEATRE: 11 APRIL 2017 | Talk ... Yes, Talk is funny. But it’s also dense with myriad aspects of a meaty subject area. MORE

TRAVEL: 24 MARCH 2017 | Destination Sydney | JOHN ROZENTALS enjoys a long lunch on one of the great waterways of the world. MORE

ON THE GO: 24 MARCH 2017 | Latest deals & news include staying five nights in an ocean-view studio apartment at Fiji’s First Landing Beach Resort & Villas and paying from $555 per person twin-share. MORE

TRAVEL: 23 MARCH 2017 | JOHN ROZENTALS reports that he is well used to quality in the NSW Southern Highlands. MORE

THEATRE: 22 MARCH 2017 | Crimes of the Heart ... As we walked back to the train station, I wished I could have spent more time with them, so much had they grown on me. MORE

CIRCUS ARTS: 22 MARCH 2017 | Circus Oz’s Model Citizens on tour in Victoria, NSW and Queensland. MORE

TRAVEL: 17 MARCH 2017 | JOHN ROZENTALS finds 10 really good things to do on Phillip Island. MORE

ON THE GO: 17 MARCH 2017 | Latest deals & news include the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas. MORE

READING: 14 MARCH 2017 | How an incredible dog became Tasmania’s border-protection hero. MORE

ON THE GO: 14 MARCH 2017 | Latest deals & news include savings on two self-guided bike-and-barge trips along the Danube River for bookings made by March 31. MORE

ON THE GO: 12 MARCH 2017 | Latest deals & news include saving up to $4800 per couple on Abercrombie & Kent’s 10-Day ‘Wonders of Chile’ journey. MORE

TRAVEL: 10 MARCH 2017 | JOHN ROZENTALS finds some really comfortable accommodation just across the road from where he slaved in student days. MORE

THEATRE: 09 MARCH 2017 | Are We Awake ... a heartfelt and very personal drama about the trauma of disability and dependence. MORE

ART: 09 MARCH 2017 | Discover street art with Lonely Planet. MORE

TRAVEL: 09 MARCH 2017 | Latest deals & news include self-guided walking tour through unspoilt hill country in northern Croatia. MORE

TRAVEL: 07 MARCH 2017 | JOHN ROZENTALS reports on a couple who have restored an essential piece of Southern Highlands history and turned it into a marvellous B&B. MORE

TRAVEL: 07 MARCH 2017 | JOHN ROZENTALS reports on seven great things to do in Adelaide. MORE

ON THE GO: 07 MARCH 2017 | Latest deals & news include a four-night stay in Lizard Island’s exclusive Pavilion. MORE

THEATRE: 08 MARCH 2017 | Mark Colvin's Kidney ... It doesn’t make for a spine-tingling, electric couple of hours in the theatre, but it was interesting to watch the real-life drama unfold. MORE

ON THE GO: 02 MARCH 2017 | Latest deals & news include one of the most popular spots for a short break is the NSW South Coast. MORE

READING: 1 MARCH 2017 | Takes the reader into the mysteries and truths that lie at the heart of our country. MORE

COOKING BOOKS: 01 MARCH 2017 | Sourdough ... the original baked bread. MORE

WINE: 28 FEBRUARY 2017 | Angullong expands its Fossil Hill range | Plus wine reviews. MORE

ON THE GO: 28 FEBRUARY 2017 | Latest deals & news include a special seven-night ‘Captain Cook Cruises Anzac Cruise’. MORE

THEATRE: 26 FEBRUARY 2017 | Away ... I saw this play 30 years ago in the same venue. It remains an intense narrative. MORE

ON THE GO: 24 FEBRUARY 2017 | Latest deals & news include Tigerair specials on Melbourne-Townsville flights. MORE

TRAVEL: 23 FEBRUARY 2017 | JOHN ROZENTALS spends four days on the Murray ... and gets an inkling for what this mighty Australian river is all about. MORE

THEATRE: 16 FEBRUARY 2017 | Making Love ... a fine job of investigating a brave new world. MORE

ON THE GO: 14 FEBRUARY 2017 | Latest deals & news include a 2017 Queensland full of weird and wonderful festivals. MORE

THEATRE: 14 FEBRUARY 2017 | The Little Dog Laughed ... Absolutely scintillating theatre. MORE

READING: 11 FEBRUARY 2017 | Can Nate McAdam win the heart of the woman who’s taken over his farm? MORE

READING: 10 FEBRUARY 2017 | A sweeping story of birthright and possibility, of love and the fullness of life itself. MORE

READING: 10 FEBRUARY 2017 | A celebration of parenting failures, hilarious confessions, fish fingers and wine. MORE

TRAVEL: 10 FEBRUARY 2017 | Latest deals & news include one-way relocation specials for brand-new motorhomes coming off Cruise America’s production lines in Chicago, Los Angeles and Toronto. MORE

TRAVEL: 06 FEBRUARY 2017 | DESTINATION: NSW Southern Highlands | JOHN ROZENTALS discovers a cerebral, gastronomic and aesthetic combination in the NSW Southern Highlands. MORE

TRAVEL: 29 JANUARY 2017 | DESTINATION: Coonawarra | JOHN ROZENTALS finds plenty of time in South Australia's Coonawarra to taste some of the world's finest red wines. MORE

ON THE GO: 29 JANUARY 2017 | Latest deals & news include a 2017 full of the weird and wonderful festivals in Queensland. MORE

THEATRE: 27 JANUARY 2017 | Odd Man Out ... Williamson turns to social psychology. MORE

TRAVEL: 24 JANUARY 2017 | Destination Tasmania | JOHN ROZENTALS takes a stunning drive along Tasmania's beautiful East Coast. MORE

THEATRE: 24 JANUARY 2017 | STC brings Chimerica, an epic geopolitical thriller, to the stage. MORE

THEATRE: 22 JANUARY 2017 | Go Your Own Way: The Story of Christine McVie ... This is a mighty fine show and thoroughly deserves your attendance, especially if you grew up in the 70s. MORE

READING: 20 JANUARY 2017 | Hester and Harriet embark on an unforgettable Italian holiday … Love, Lies and Linguine. MORE

THEATRE: 20 JANUARY 2017 | Relatively Speaking ... A hugely fun show with magnificently professional cast. MORE

COOKING BOOKS: 16 JANUARY 2017 | Thirty recipes from Team Twisted … food porn at its most gratuitous. MORE

READING: 14 JANUARY 2017 | A guide to travelling with pets. MORE

DINING: 13 JANUARY 2017 | Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Popina, Gateway Sydney. MORE

THEATRE: 13 JANUARY 2017 | Nosferatutu ... Delicious. Unexpected. Divine. MORE

ON THE GO: 13 JANUARY 2017 | Latest deals & news include an eight-day coastal voyage along the coast of Iceland. MORE

COOKING: 12 JANUARY 2017 | With Roberta Muir ... Nectarine crumble. MORE

GALLERIES: 11 JANUARY 2017 | A pair of great artistic minds cross paths at the SH Ervin Gallery. MORE

DINING: 11 JANUARY 2017 | With ROBERTA MUIR | Sydney's top-five casual seafood restaurants. MORE

THEATRE: 10 JANUARY 2017 | Ladies in Black ... The music and songs are excellent, as they should be given the input of Tim Finn. MORE

THEATRE: 09 JANUARY 2017 | Prize Fighter ... theatre that demands attention right from when the audience files ringside. MORE

WINE: 29 DECEMBER 2016 | More Scandal from Patina. MORE

TRAVEL: 16 DECEMBER 2016 | Exclusive seats for Sydney’s spectacular fireworks ... the best show in town. MORE

COOKING BOOKS: 07 DECEMBER 2016 | Anna Lisle’s message is simple … just enjoy real food. MORE

READING: 07 DECEMBER 2016 | A journey into Australia’s red heartland. MORE

READING: 07 DECEMBER 2016 | Legends from seven Test-playing nations provide their insights into the game. MORE

THEATRE: 05 DECEMBER 2016 | Lighten Up ... Overall, appalling groanworthy puns aside? Definitely a thumbs up. MORE

THEATRE: 05 DECEMBER 2016 | Relatively Speaking ... A hugely fun show with magnificently professional cast. MORE

THEATRE: 04 DECEMBER 2016 | Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? ... Albee’s play continues to jab at the blurring and redefining of the lines between illusion and reality. MORE

TRAVEL: 02 DECEMBER 2016 | Latest deals & news include a midweek special at The Retreat Port Stephens. MORE

COOKING BOOKS: 01 DECEMBER 2016 | China Doll … delectable recipes from Woolloomooloo’s Finger Wharf. MORE

COOKING BOOKS: 29 NOVEMBER 2016 | The power of gluten-free flour. MORE

WINE: 29 NOVEMBER 2016 | Windowrie … beautiful fruit first and foremost in Canowindra’s award-winning shiraz. MORE

TRAVEL: 29 NOVEMBER 2016 | Melbourne … making sense of a collection of villages. MORE

TRAVEL: 28 NOVEMBER 2016 | Latest deals & news include booking a summer escape at the Whitsundays’ Daydream Island Resort and Spa and staying four nights for the price of two. MORE

TRAVEL: 28 NOVEMBER 2016 | Destination Tasmania | JOHN ROZENTALS revisits some favourite Hobart dining haunts and reports that's all well on the tooth in Australia's southernmost metropolis. MORE

TRAVEL: 25 NOVEMBER 2016 | Destination NSW South Coast | JOHN ROZENTALS finds a tranquil spot between Ulladulla and Batemans Bay. MORE

TRAVEL: 25 NOVEMBER 2016 | Latest deals & news include the opening for diving of the Navy Pier, at Exmouth on Western Australia’s Coral Coast. MORE

FASHION NEWS: 24 NOVEMBER 2016 | Retro jumpers. MORE

COCKTAILS: POSTED 24 NOVEMBER 2016 | Shake, muddle, stir. MORE

TRAVEL: 23 NOVEMBER 2016 | Hot August Nights with Neil Diamond on board the Murray Princess. MORE

THEATRE: 22 NOVEMBER 2016 | Summer Rain ... an unashamedly Australian bush musical from the pen of the late, great local playwright Nick Enright. MORE

TRAVEL: 22 NOVEMBER 2016 | Destination Singapore | JOHN ROZENTALS takes a bus on a culinary adventure and spends an evening eating like a Singapore local. MORE

THEATRE: 18 NOVEMBER 2016 | The Shadow Box ... a provocative insight into where we’re all heading. MORE

THEATRE: 17 NOVEMBER 2016 | Speed-the-Plow ... a relic of a bygone era and thus worth seeing for its historical significance. MORE

MUSIC FOR CATS: 07 NOVEMBER 2016 | David Teie takes a break from playing for humans. MORE

THEATRE: 07 NOVEMBER 2016 | My Father's Left Testicle ... this deeply subversive play delves where few productions have the courage to go. MORE

THEATRE: 06 NOVEMBER 2016 | A Flea in Her Ear ... was written primarily to amuse and amuse it does. MORE

WINE: 01 NOVEMBER 2016 | Angullong shows its class with a spectacular lunch in the vineyard. MORE

THEATRE: 31 OCTOBER 2016 | Othello ... Michael Hawkins’ set is a perfect canvas for Peter Evans’ direction, and expresses the light/dark dichotomy explored in the play beautifully. MORE

DINING: 27 OCTOBER 2016 | Celebrate the good food feeling with the return of Melbourne Good Food Month. MORE

TRAVEL: 24 OCTOBER 2016 | Destination Tasmania | JOHN ROZENTALS discovers that getting to Australia's island state can be very much part of the holiday experience. MORE

THEATRE: 23 OCTOBER 2016 | The Turquoise Elephant ... dark, humorous writing, directed superbly by Gale Edwards, and acted wonderfully. MORE

THEATRE: 23 OCTOBER 2016 | e-baby ... the two women do encounter plenty of speed humps on their journey. MORE

THEATRE: 23 OCTOBER 2016 | The Days Are as Grass ... offers a mix of humour and drama with a number of touching and inspirational nuggets. MORE

THEATRE: 23 OCTOBER 2016 | The Wharf Review 2016: Back to Bite You ... the evidence of this performance suggests that there’s plenty of life in the old dog. MORE

THEATRE: 18 OCTOBER 2016 | Title and Deed ... It’s less that he is delivering a monologue than having a conversation with each and every audience member. MORE

TRAVEL: 16 OCTOBER 2016 | Latest deals & news include a discount at Crown Lanta Resort & Spa, on the island of Koh Lanta in southern Thailand. MORE

TRAVEL: 16 OCTOBER 2016 | Destination Vietnam | JOHN ROZENTALS undertakes a journey to Sapa ... land of rugged beauty in Vietnam's north-west. MORE

THEATRE: 16 OCTOBER 2016 | The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant ... This is a play of operatic proportions that journeys into obsessive infatuation resulting in the devastating agony of rejection. MORE

TRAVEL: 12 OCTOBER 2016 | Latest deals & news include Cruise1st's nine-night exploration of South-East Asia on a fly-stay-and-cruise holiday. MORE

READING: 12 OCTOBER 2016 | Harry Bosch uncovers LA’s darkest secrets in this new gripping thriller. MORE

ARTS: 11 OCTOBER 2016 | Empty: Rone’s beauty in neglect. MORE

THEATRE: 10 OCTOBER 2016 | Do Something Else ... no matter how fine the individual performances, the show was simply a series of interesting but empty moments. MORE

THEATRE: 10 OCTOBER 2016 | The Bodyguard destined for Australia. MORE

TRAVEL: 09 OCTOBER 2016 | Destination Tasmania | JOHN ROZENTALS discovers that paradise exists ... and it's at Lemonthyme, in the wilderness of Central Tasmania. MORE

THEATRE: 09 OCTOBER 2016 | Cymbeline ... takes a weighty historical play and makes it enjoyably accessible for a modern Australian audience. MORE

THEATRE: 09 OCTOBER 2016 | Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical ... a fine musical, well worth riding the Light Rail to Sydney’s Star City to see. MORE

THEATRE: 09 OCTOBER 2016 | Marat/Sade ... I’ll just urge you to go see it. It rates among the best theatre I’ve seen. Very much thumbs up. MORE

ARTS & THEATRE: OCTOBER 2016 Crossing borders in Melbourne. MORE

ON THE GO: 03 OCTOBER 2016 | Latest deals & news include On Foot Holidays self-guided, seven-night, inn-to-inn walk in the Catalan region of La Garrotxa in Spain. MORE

TRAVEL: 03 OCTOBER 2016 | Destination Tasmania | JOHN ROZENTALS discovers 10 really good things to do on Tasmania's West Coast. MORE

COOKING BOOKS: 29 SEPTEMBER 2016 | Murphy shares the pride of the Texan way of life. MORE

READING: 29 SEPTEMBER 2016 | The corgi with the floppy ear charms the Queen. MORE

TRAVEL: 29 SEPTEMBER 2016 | Plan 52 perfect weekends in the world's tastiest destinations. MORE

OL '55: 26 SEPTEMBER 2016 | Get rockin’ with this double-CD compilation. MORE

ON THE GO: 26 SEPTEMBER 2016 | Latest deals & news include archaeological tour specialist Peter Sommer Travels irst tours in Britain. MORE

TRAVEL: 26 SEPTEMBER 2016 | Destination Sydney | JOHN ROZENTALS ventures back to the Sydney suburb of Chippendale ... and finds a very different world to the one in which he worked so many years ago. MORE

WINE: 22 SEPTEMBER 2016 | Renewing a winemaking friendship on Tasmania’s East Coast. MORE

THEATRE: 21 SEPTEMBER 2016 | A Midsummer Night's Dream ... for me this production is invigorating and exhilarating, and all future productions will pale by comparison. MORE

BEER: 21 SEPTEMBER 2016 | High Country Brewers celebrate expanded region-wide trail. MORE

DINING: 21 SEPTEMBER 2016 | Buvette Bistro and Wine Bar at the Hotel Realm receives top gong at Restaurant Industry Awards. MORE

DINING: 20 SEPTEMBER 2016 | Abode Bistro & Bar dazzles at 2016 NSW Savour Awards. MORE

THEATRE: 17 SEPTEMBER 2016 | The Giant Worm Show! ... I’m so very glad Rowston unearthed it. MORE

THEATRE: 06 SEPTEMBER 2016 | Barefoot in the Park ... Alicia Clements’ set design is worth the price of admission alone. MORE

THEATRE: 06 SEPTEMBER 2016 | Tragédie ... a brave and deceptively complex production. MORE

INDULGING: 22 AUGUST 2016 | A decadent way to indulge yourself. MORE

THEATRE: 19 AUGUST 2016 | Never Did Me Any Harm ... check it out, whether you’re a parent or not. MORE

READING: 17 AUGUST 2016 | An alternative ending for Jane Eyre in Van Diemen’s Land. MORE

TRAVEL: 15 AUGUST 2016 | JOHN ROZENTALS has a fine time strolling Parklands' former fairways. MORE

READING: 15 AUGUST 2016 | Finding the safest place in London when the air-raid siren sounds. MORE

THEATRE: 15 AUGUST 2016 | House of Games ... an Australian production of an American film script with an English theatre script. MORE

WINE REVIEWS: 11 AUGUST 2016 | Chapel Hill 2016 Chardonnay | Cassegrain 2015 Edition Noir Durif | Toolangi 2014 Pinot Noir | Willow Creek 2014 Vineyard Pinot Noir. MORE

THEATRE: 12 AUGUST 2016 | The Post-Haste Histories ... a fun night with actors and audience (and crew) going along with the spirit of fun and adventure. MORE

THEATRE: 07 AUGUST 2016 | Broken ... takes my attention from the instant it begins and holds it until the final applause. MORE

THEATRE: 07 AUGUST 2016 | Those Who Fall in Love like Anchors Dropped upon the Ocean Floor ... a brilliant 75-minute production of heart-warming stories. MORE

WINE: Let's hear if for riesling ... a great Australian drink ... new releases from Leo Buring highlight the variety's charm ... plus new releases from Pipers Brook. MORE

READING: 05 AUGUST 2016 | The definitive biography of Phillip Schuler, one of Australia's greatest war correspondents. MORE

THEATRE: 03 AUGUST 2016 | The Hanging ... exploring the Australian gothic motif of lost children and loss of innocence. MORE

THEATRE: 03 AUGUST 2016 | STC appoints Kip Williams as Interim Artistic Director. MORE

REVIEW: 02 AUGUST 2016 | Twelfth Night or What You Will ... at once captures the original essence of this play in its entirety, while rooting it firmly within our contemporary sensibility. MORE

RETRO: 29 JULY 2016 | Ol’ 55 releases 2CD anthology. MORE

THEATRE: 29 JULY 2016 | The Hansard Monologues: The Age of Entitlement ... something that all Australians should see as part of their political education. MORE

WINE: Louisa Rose ... working magic at Yalumba with the exotic viognier ... plus new releases from Orange's Brangayne. MORE

THEATRE: 24 JULY 2016 | Betrayal ... really is worth seeing, even down to the scene changes. MORE

THEATRE: 21 JULY 2016 | Cristina in the Cupboard | What a fine young actor Emily McGowan shows herself to be in this extremely difficult role. MORE

THEATRE: 21 JULY 2016 | STC and Williams explore Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. MORE

THEATRE: Othello ... As with most Shakespearean works, the themes and ideas have relevance regardless of place and time. MORE

THEATRE: Low Level Panic ... this is an important work, well worth seeing and pondering. MORE

MUSIC: 18 JULY 2016 | Attention all David Bowie fans. MORE

TRAVEL: 18 JULY 2016 | Ten really good things to do in White Cliffs and Wilcannia. MORE

READING: 18 JULY 2016 | The hilarious inside story of life on the road as a 60 Minutes cameraman. MORE

THEATRE: A History of Falling Things ... a welcome, quirky tale that investigates, in depth, the times that we live in. MORE

THEATRE: Singin' in the Rain ... a stunning show that demonstrates just how good a classical musical can be. MORE

THEATRE: Hurt ... If you get the chance, climb those black stairs and see this. MORE

THEATRE: All My Sons ... Dated somewhat in tone and language, the prevalence of greed in the world today keeps this work relevant. MORE

MUSIC: 07 JUNE 2016 | If it ain't loud you're just not doing it right. MORE

TRAVEL: 07 JUNE 2016 | Vivid Sydney ... the little festival that grew into the world's largest explosion of light, music and ideas. MORE

TRAVEL: Latest deals & news include Abercrombie & Kent’s 2017 collection of cruise tours. MORE

THEATRE: Bad Jews ... is good Jews. MORE

THEATRE: Howie the Rookie ... This is not the lyrical Dublin of James Joyce, but O’Rowe’s dialogue is just as vivid and visceral. MORE

THEATRE: As We Forgive ... his words invented a world you could certainly inhabit in your mind’s eye. MORE

TRAVEL: Latest deals & news include Royal Caribbean International offering four new cruises next January and February out of Sydney. MORE

WINE: Wolf Blass ... a genuine, larger-than-life Australian wine-industry legend. Plus reviews of Blass and Bremerton wines. MORE

TRAVEL: Take time to drive the Great Western Highway ... a dozen fine places to stop. MORE

TRAVEL: Latest deals & news include free flights to Lord Howe Island’s Capella Lodge. MORE

THEATRE: Blonde Poison ... Belinda Giblin physically fits the role perfectly. MORE

COOKING: By ROBERTA MUIR ... Mocha Self-Saucing Pudding. MORE

THEATRE: Belleville ... Art imitates life. Once again Red Line Productions nails it. Don’t miss it. MORE

REVIEW: Good People ... There are no weak links in this outstanding cast. MORE

READING: A remarkable true tale of love, loss and family. MORE

THEATRE: Lake Disappointment ... an extraordinarily layered and complex performance. MORE

WINE REVIEWS: Toolangi 2013 Pauls Lane Shiraz; Shaw Vineyard 2015 Winemaker’s Selection Semillon Sauvignon Blanc; Cassegrain 2015 Seasons Autumn Merlot; Cassegrain 2015 Edition Noir Three Tiers. MORE

JOHN'S TRAVEL BLOG: A day of absolutely sheer indulgence in the Southern Highlands. MORE

READING: Finding yourself ... and love ... in the Eternal City. MORE

WINE NOTES: Reviews include Yellowglen Yellow Rainbow Celebration Brut Cuvée and Centennial 2014 Single-Vineyard Pinot Noir. MORE

COOKING: Toast and salads ... simple foods that need not be boring. MORE

READING: The Last Painting of Sara de Vos ... intrigue in the art world. MORE

READING: Castle of Dreams ... a story of love, secrets, lies. MORE

JOHN'S TRAVEL BLOG: Taking a few steps back in time at The Robertson Hotel. MORE

TRAVEL: Latest deals & news include a visit to South Australia’s idyllic Kangaroo Island. MORE

THEATRE: Hay Fever ... A masterful production of Noel Coward's masterpiece. MORE

ON THE GO: Latest deals & news include a program of kayak and whale-watching tours in Baja California. MORE

REVIEW: Packed Lunch ... What a fun night out! MORE

THEATRE: Replay ... As an audience we are very much positioned to rely on intuition. MORE

TRAVEL: Latest deals & news include Cruise Express’s 26-day ‘Treasures of the Orient and China’. MORE

THEATRE: Savages ... Despite its grim premise has a strong suspenseful, humorous and humane undercurrent. MORE

THEATRE: Charles III ... Worth your time and will leave you wondering about your position in the debate. MORE

THEATRE: That Eye, the Sky ... An energetic ensemble cast worked well together on a physically demanding production. MORE

TRAVEL: Latest deals & news include a wine-themed cruise to New Zealand in April next year aboard Celebrity Solstice. MORE

READING: From Siberia to Australia, three years alone in the wilderness on foot. MORE

THEATRE: I Did It My Way — in Yiddish — Deb Filler is a one-off well worth catching whenever she’s visiting. MORE

TRAVEL: Tigerair Australia’s latest sale offers customers the chance to snap up a bargain airfare. MORE

TRAVEL: Tigerair’s inaugural Bali flights take off today. MORE

THEATRE: Swansong ... de Vanny is a genuine talent — a young actor with a huge future on the stage. MORE

THEATRE: Golem ... Is this possibly the future face of the theatre? A must see! Thumbs up! MORE

THEATRE: Deb Filler is back with fantastic stories to tell! MORE

THEATRE: Machu Picchu ... success really rests squarely with Gilshenan and McCune. MORE

READING: Uncovering the story behind Australia's gum-nut babies. MORE

THEATRE: All My Love ... audience left in tears by Lawson and Gilmore's secret love story. MORE

THEATRE: Romeo and Juliet ... this play is, of course, a commentary on parenting and all the pitfalls therein. MORE

THEATRE: The Ritz ... chock full of snappy one liners, wonderful characters & timeless slapstick. MORE

THEATRE: The Blind Giant Is Dancing ... provides twist upon twist to a cleverly conceived plot. MORE

THEATRE: Arcadia ... do go and see this theatrical gem in the flesh. MORE

THEATRE: The Pride ... has me from the opening dialogue. MORE

THEATRE: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Reimagined ... potentially a highly entertaining palette of wit, tragedy, philosophy and modern quips. MORE

THEATRE: The Secret River ... An epic story that transcends theatre. I urge you to go and see it. MORE

THEATRE: Jack of Hearts ... hearty congratulations David on a very fine achievement in notching up a half century. MORE

TRAVEL: Latest deals & news include the reopening of one of Australia’s greatest bushwalks, the Overland Track in the Tasmanian World Heritage wilderness. MORE

THEATRE: The Whale ... an uncomfortable performance to watch but it is also multi-faceted and totally captivating. MORE

DINING: Saskia Beer to bring a real taste of the region to Novotel Barossa Valley Resort. MORE

THEATRE: The lost love story of Henry Lawson and Mary Gilmore told at Glen Street Theatre. MORE

TRAVEL: John Rozentals tries out Melbourne's Victoria Hotel and finds a splendid location right in the heart of the city. MORE

WINE: Pipers Brook 2013 Pinot Noir; Yering Station 2013 Chardonnay; Hamelin Bay 2015 Rosé; Hamelin Bay 2012 Rampant Red. MORE

TRAVEL: Latest deals & news include getting into your ’60s, ’70s and ’80s grooves on Captain Cook's inaugural Murray River music cruise. MORE

THEATRE: Blanchett and Roxburgh to take STC's The Present to Broadway. MORE MUSIC: You might need to buy this ... Various artists, Jazz and ’80s ... The NYC Series. MORE

THEATRE: The Tribe ... Shamma charms us with his recollections, charismatically and compassionately sharing events. MORE THEATRE: The Good Doctor ... the end of an era for Sydney theatre. MORE

THEATRE: The Golden Age ... not an easy play to watch but it is totally absorbing and a most important work. MORE THEATRE: Thomas Murray and the Upside Down River ... a serious-minded and ambitious saga, intelligently and strikingly crafted. MORE

COOKING: Top chef responds to diabetic challenge. MORE DINING: Jupiters launches fresh new restaurant Garden Kitchen & Bar. MORE

BOOKS: In pursuit of Bill ... a history of the quest for world rugby supremacy. MORE

READING: Finding a path through grief, love and loss. MORE

THE SUITE LIFE: QT Sydney — slick inner-city hotel with a huge difference but also the mod-cons. MORE WINE: Location spot on, but John Cassegrain seeks grapes from cooler climes. MORE

WINE: Latest reviews include four wines from Cassegrain. MORE THEATRE: Jasper Jones ... distilling the essence and concerns of the lengthy novel into a manageable theatrical experience. MORE

CIRCUS REVIEW: Slapstick and mishaps belie the strength, grace, control of Circus Oz's latest production. MORE WINE: Latest reviews include three wines from Brown Brothers. MORE

WINE: The Australian wine industry really knows how to play the name game. MORE WINE: Latest reviews include four reds from Western Australia's Houghton. MORE

NEWS: Big-hearted and fiercely funny The Whale makes its Australian premiere at the Old Fitz for Mardi Gras. MORE THEATRE: Critically acclaimed The Pride to premiere in Sydney. MORE

THEATRE: The Sound of Music ... If you do only see one musical over the next 12 months or so, this would be a fine one to select. MORE MUSIC: New album from The Cat Empire to be released on 11 March ... pre-order now. MORE

BOOKS: Tim Johnston's Descent heralds the arrival of a master storyteller. MORE TRAVEL: Latest deals & news include the much anticipated, cliff-hugging Three Capes Track in southern Tasmania. MORE

GALLERY WATCH: Get on your bike for the NGV's summer blockbuster. MORE REVIEW: Dropped ... It sounds grim but it is a most rewarding theatrical experience. MORE

DINING: Saké Restaurant & Bar is sizzling with summertime specials. MORE COOKING: Fowlers Vacola marks century as Gen X and Y lead food-preserving resurgence. MORE

THEATRE: A Riff on Keef: The Human Myth ... a thoroughly delightful and stimulating aural and visual experience. MORE THEATRE: Violet ... has a dimension that lifts if from a simple musical to one that touches both the intellect and the emotional. MORE

REVIEW: King Lear ... Steering away from majestic pomp, this is indeed Lear stripped bare. MORE GALLERY WATCH: Concrete poet cements his place in Melbourne art. MORE

THEATRE: Good Works ... the six-person cast holds the line magnificently, never wavering in the telling of this complex, intricate story. MORE THEATRE: Orlando ... Within a few minutes of curtain up I knew that we the audience – and Woolfe – were in good hands. MORE

THEATRE: West Side Story ... This is quality musical theatre. Well done Chatswood Musical Society. MORE THEATRE: Mortido ... as with much modern crime writing, there’s real flesh and complexity to the tale. MORE

THEATRE: Blood Bank ... provides a refreshing and exciting change of style for The Ensemble. MORE GALLERY WATCH: Melbourne’s NGV gets the blues this summer. MORE

THEATRE: A Rabbit for Kim Jong-Il ... an “odd but interesting” play. MORE THEATRE: My Zinc Bed ... The Ensemble is a perfect venue for the intimate nature of this work. MORE

THEATRE: The Real Thing ... Where Dylan Thomas wrote linguistic symphonies, Stoppard writes a linguistic Bohemian Rhapsody. MORE BALLET: Sleeping Beauty ... It certainly is a visual feast, and the company seemed to comprise consummate professionals. MORE

REVIEW: Dumy Moyi ... a fast-forward compilation of a much greater theme. MORE THEATRE: A Steady Rain ... When the lights went out, the silence was deafening. MORE

THEATRE: Arms and the Man ... This fabulously professional cast is tight and energetic, and shares impeccable timing. MORE THEATRE: Slut ... a mixture of uncomfortably spot-on observances and underdeveloped ideas. MORE

THEATRE: Britannia Rules the Waves ... Apart from the setting, it’s not an especially new idea — yet it works. MORE REVIEW: 6 Degrees of Ned Kelly ... As a bonus, I have now established where my next holiday is going to be. MORE

REVIEW: Death and the Maiden ... after 25 years has lost none of its resonance. MORE REVIEW: La Traviata ... an ambitious and well intentioned production. MORE

REVIEW: Mothers and Sons ... An eloquent exploration of the guilt, grief, rage and resentment that comes with loss. MORE THEATRE: The Tempest ... In his last tilt at directing for Bell Shakespeare, Bell puts the emphasis on spectacle, movement and fun. MORE

THEATRE: The Women ... amid all the frivolity of consumerism, gossip and social-climbing there remains a society defined by men. MORE THEATRE: Seventeen ... There was so much potential for this ... with this cast, but unfortunately the opportunity was missed. MORE

THEATRE: not just an outstandingly impressive collaborative work of art, but also a vehicle for radical change. A must see! MORE REVIEW: Metafour ... These four pieces showcase Beckett’s theatrical genius to maximum effect. MORE

THEATRE: Detroit ... This production is first-rate — physically resourceful, satirical and very funny. MORE REVIEW: Hamlet ... Modern costumes, devices and setting in no way detract from Shakespeare’s most famous play. MORE

THEATRE: Ladies in Lavender ... The great thing about the Ensemble Theatre is that you know you’re in safe hands. MORE THEATRE: The Dapto Chaser ... explores the cycle of intergenerational poverty and how our society seems to be geared to maintain it. MORE

THEATRE: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) ... Get thee to the Genesian. MORE REVIEW: This might be funny, light-hearted stuff, but it is also clever, poignant and sharp. MORE

MUSICALS: Reception: The Musical ... It’s not surprising that it’s funny, because it’s true. I recognised it all. MORE CABARET: Hair to the Throne ... provides an onslaught of bad puns, cheap jokes, novelty songs and plenty of audience participation. MORE

THEATRE: Mother Courage and Her Children ... Everyone seemed to want to get out of the theatre, including the actors. MORE THEATRE: The Diary of Anne Frank ... It is an important story to tell and New Theatre tell it well. MORE

THEATRE: The Battle of Waterloo ... This is theatre that will make you stop and reflect. MORE REVIEW: Venus in Fur ... Grace Barnes’ competent direction steers these admirable performances. MORE

THEATRE: Educating Rita ... there really are no surprises in this tale — and that’s perfectly okay. MORE THEATRE: The House on the Lake ... If you only see one thing this year make it this. MORE

THEATRE: Shoehorn Sonata ... Bates and Bayly are a skilful partnership and capture the unique relationship that is at the heart of this drama. MORE THEATRE: Summer of the Seventeenth Doll ... memories flood back, but Catherine Miller is left a little disappointed. MORE

THEATRE: The Three Muskateers ... overall a fun night out and great entertainment. MORE THEATRE: Samson ... Lewis’s naturalistic dialogue is well crafted and expertly delivered by this excellent cast. MORE

THEATRE: The House of Ramon Iglesia ... Nicholas Papademetriou is especially good as the husband — old-fashioned, emotional and ineffectual. MORE THEATRE: The Wizard of Oz ... an extraordinary journey of devised theatre, but definitely not for children. MORE

REVIEW: Fly Away Peter ... There is no glorification or romanticising of war here. Instead there is a palpable feeling of loss. MORE TRAVEL: John Rozentals is awe-struck by the phoenix-like resurgence of the Hydro Majestic. MORE

REVIEW: The School for Scandal ... David Burrowes makes an impressive attempt to create a fresh, stylised and pertinent production. MORE THEATRE: Chainmale ... this audit probably needed an independent body to step in and sort through the excavation site. MORE

THEATRE: Orphans ... enough unpredictability and emotional appeal to transition the decades and deliver thoughtful theatre. MORE THEATRE: This strange journey remains as much fun as it was in 1974, and this current version still manages to push the boundaries. MORE

THEATRE: The Anzac Project ... This is compelling viewing. A must see. Thumbs up! MORE THEATRE: Songs in the Key of Black ... Maunder has a fabulous voice ... defined, clear and impeccable in delivery. MORE

THEATRE: Les Misérables ... This latest version is exceptional. I didn’t get to the end without sobbing. MORE THEATRE: Jumpy ... at its core this is a feminist drama that attempts much and has a great deal to say. MORE

REVIEW: When the Rain Stops Falling ... the final music was perfect, haunting me out into the foyer where I couldn’t speak for several minutes. MORE THEATRE: Elecktra/Orestes ... an examination of the psychological states of a family fragmented by misery, fury and guilt. MORE

THEATRE: Freak Winds ... I have a feeling that Alfred Hitchcock, that absolute master of suspense, would approve deeply. MORE THEATRE: Caress/Ache ... has huge potential to be integrated into the senior school curriculum, so rich is it in all sorts of content. MORE

DANCE: The Red Dress ... a sedate and wistful look at the elegance of China’s folk culture. MORE THEATRE: As You Like It ... this current Bell Shakespeare production holds few surprises, but it’s a fun start to the 2015 season. MORE

THEATRE: Blue Alien ... Coyle is a compelling fusion of energy, charm, versatility and humour. MORE THEATRE: Mother Clap's Molly House ... rousing ensemble musical numbers, wonderfully exuberant characterisations, moments of hilarity. MORE

THEATRE: Kill the Messenger ... a powerful piece of writing offering both the personal and political urban Indigenous experience. MORE TRAVEL: The Jasper is game-on for Melbourne visitors with a sense of fun and adventure. MORE

THEATRE: Peace Train ... Toni Carroll ends up whooping and stomping almost as fervently as the rest of the crowd. MORE THEATRE: Through a Distant Lens ... assembles a chorus of ghosts who people the proceedings with an eerie, but benign presence. MORE

THEATRE: Cock ... The three actors at the points of the love triangle take the dialogue and run with it, giving it great timing and depth. MORE THEATRE: Dream Home ... entertaining but void of any larger social or political message. MORE

TRAVEL: Destination Antarctica ... John Rozentals heads south ... very south indeed ... to ring in the New Year. MORE TRAVEL: Latest deals & news include holistic natural therapies on Norfolk Island. MORE

THEATRE: Oz Baby Boomers regular theatre reviewers choose their best shows for 2014. MORE THEATRE: Absent Friends ... successfully walks the fine line between genuine drama and farcical humour-laden caricature. MORE

THEATRE: Dirty Dancing ... Geraldine Worthington finds a great deal of energy and talent on stage ... and has a good time. MORE WINE: De Salis 2013 Wild Fumé ... I reckon that this wine represents the future of Aussie sauv blanc — so, so food friendly. MORE

WINE: The Crater Rim 2012 Canterbury Pinot Noir ... comes very, very close to being the best pinot I've tried for less than $30. MORE THEATRE: Sweeney Todd ... an ambitious project for New Theatre and a sharp note on which to end a most impressive year of theatre. MORE

THEATRE: Cyrano de Bergerac ... a fine finale to another outstanding year for Sydney Theatre Company. MORE TRAVEL: Latest deals & news include a 20-night fly-and-cruise holiday that starts with a flight to Shanghai. MORE

THEATRE: Emerald City ... tense satirical drama with lashings of very funny lines, from a mature writer at the height of his powers. MORE WINE: Houghton 2013 Crofters Frankland River Shiraz ... Peppery nuances add intrigue to the underlying flavours of dark berry fruits. MORE

WINE: Houghton 2013 Crofters Sauvignon Blanc Semillon ... A mouthful of fresh, crunchy flavour. MORE THEATRE: A Christmas Carol ... Geraldine Worthington reckons the afterglow of this timely production will see her through the silly season. MORE

TRAVEL: John Rozentals thoroughly enjoys a reintroduction to Adelaide Central Market and his first stay in beachside Glenelg. MORE TRAVEL: Latest deals & news include enjoying the Top End’s ‘green season’ with specials at Kakadu National Park. MORE

BOOKS: Based on a True Story ... The Devil Wears Prada meets Absolutely Fabulous and Bridget Jones’s Diary. MORE THEATRE: Switzerland ... a rare production whose shadows remain in your peripheral vision well after the house lights have come up. MORE

WINE: The Orange I grew up in during the 1950s and 60s was a very different place to the one I visited recently for the district’s annual wine festival. MORE WINE: Angullong 2013 Orange Shiraz ... As with a pup, look at the size of the feet it will eventually grow into. MORE

WINE: Angullong 2014 Fossil Hill Vermentino ... lots of fresh citrus and tropical fruit flavours that will suit it for many simple seafood dishes. MORE TRAVEL: A leisurely few hours in Port Stephens aboard Australia's only genuine Chinese junk. MORE

WINE: Patina 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon ... the tannins have softened and the wine goes perfectly with pink roast lamb. MORE WINE: Patina 2014 Riesling ... a clean, linear thread of crisp acidity balancing quite generous limey fruit flavours. MORE

TRAVEL: Latest deals & news include Cruise1st’s 10-night voyage from Singapore to Tokyo on board Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas. MORE WINE: Moet et Chandon's Yarra Valley outpost pays some real dividends. MORE

WINE: Domaine Chandon NV Sparkling Pinot Shiraz ... Save a couple of bottles for Xmas lunch, when they will sit perfectly alongside roast turkey. MORE WINE: Domaine Chandon NV Cuvée Riche ... Opulent is the first word to spring to mind about this richly flavoured sweeter style of bubbly. MORE

TRAVEL: Latest deals & news include an indulgent four-day ‘Sydney Rocks’ Christmas cruise on board True North. MORE WINE: Blue Pyrenees 2010 Midnight Cuvée ... A delightful bubbly with a strong, fine bead and lovely bready, yeasty characters. MORE

WINE: Blue Pyrenees 2012 Shiraz ... You can almost taste the gumtrees that dominate the landscape in Victoria’s Pyrenees district. MORE TRAVEL: Latest deals & news include A&K's new, hosted small-group journey in November next year to Turkey. MORE

WINE & FOOD EVENTS: Go hunting for fine wine and food at Sydney's Balmoral Beach. MORE THEATRE: The 2014 Wharf Review: Open for Business ... splendidly satirical and sophisticated. MORE

WINE: Taste your way through the best of NSW. MORE COOKING: Sepia ... enjoy the glamour and sophistication of an award-winning restaurant’s Japanese-influenced food. MORE

BOOMER BLOG: A mighty evening of mighty fine wine and food at the Orange Wine Show dinner. MORE WINE: Rymill ... For the love of horses and very fine wine. MORE

WINE: Rymill 2012 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon ... Some real backbone and the potential to grow into a Coonawarra classic. MORE WINE: Rymill 2012 Coonawarra MC2 ... A well balanced match for a thin-based pizza with lots of pepperoni. MORE

WINE: Krinklewood 2014 Francesca Rosé ... Enjoy as an aperitif or with a plate of antipasto. MORE WINE: Krinklewood 2013 Wild Red ... Love the packaging of this Hunter dry red, and I reckon the contents of the bottle are pretty nifty too. MORE

COOKING: Make your own wood-fired pizza oven and create the perfect pizza. MORE TRAVEL: Latest deals & news include sailing the waters of Port Stephens aboard Shaolin, an authentic three-masted Chinese junk. MORE

FAREWELL: RIP Gough Whitlam. You were seriously a one-off and a very good one at that. MORE WINE: Drumborg's windy isolation paves the way for some of our greatest wines. MORE

WINE: Seppelt 2013 Drumborg Chardonnay ... The sunny 2013 vintage has produced a sunny chardonnay that oozes complex flavours. MORE WINE: Seppelt 2014 Drumborg Riesling ... shows aromas of lime zest and frangipani, and a steely palate that is a guarantee of longevity. MORE

WINE: Oxford Landing 2013 Shiraz ... Dark berryfruits, plums and cherries are all present in this straightforward quaffer. MORE WINE: Oxford Landing 2014 Pinot Grigio ... a classic Italian-style pinot grigio — simple, refreshing and crunchy. MORE

WINE: Ben joins Dominique and takes Portet family to ten generations of winemakers. MORE WINE: Dominique Portet 2014 Fontaine Rosé ... It seems to do a tango on your tongue and then finishes completely dry. Quite perfect really. MORE

ART/FASHION: Gaultier shows off his style in Melbourne. MORE TRAVEL: Africa ... a fresh reason to be in the pink. MORE

WINE: The Winesmiths 2013 Chardonnay ... This is a good middle-of-the-road chardy showing fresh melony and stonefruit flavours. MORE TRAVEL: Latest deals & news include two new wellness packages at The Peninsula Bangkok Spa. MORE

WINE: Witches Falls 2011 Merlot ... rich cherry and plum flavours, some judicious oak treatment, and a completely dry, lingering finish. MORE WINE: Witches Falls 2013 Wild Ferment Chardonnay ... I really like this wine’s melony fruit flavours and complexity. MORE

WINE: Daniel Binet uses his skills ... and charms ... to great effect. MORE THEATRE: Mandy McElhinney returns to Belvoir as a very modern Cinderella. MORE

THEATRE: Harvest ... There is so much to admire in this ambitious production and the dedication of the cast and crew is to be applauded. MORE THEATRE: STC 2015 tix go public. The priority booking period for existing subscribers has now ended. MORE

TRAVEL: Latest deals & news include Worldwide Cruise Centres’ 17-day ‘Glaciers and the Great Bear Rainforest’ package next May. MORE BOOMER BLOG: Love seems to draw me increasingly to Epping these days and I’m certainly enjoying the discovery of a diverse food culture. MORE

WINE: Domaine de Binet 2013 Hunter Valley Tempranillo ... has a soft, gentle earthiness to it — a very good food wine. MORE WINE: Domaine de Binet 2013 Hunter Valley Semillon ... combines traditional Hunter freshness and leanness with a degree of complexity. MORE

WINE: Hardys 2012 The Chronicles Butcher's Gold Shiraz ... aromas of dark berries and spice, and rich, velvety softness on the palate. MORE WINE: Hardys 2014 The Chronicles The Gamble Chardonnay ... delightful fresh stonefruit and melon flavours. MORE

COOKING: The Kitchen Therapist ... Jo Richardson investigates the endless list of chicken possibilities. MORE COOKING: Tasmanian Trail ... Ben Milbourne showcases the produce of a thriving foodie paradise. MORE

BOOKS: Retro Melbourne ... Fred Mitchell leads a colourful walk down memory lane. MORE WINE: Murray Tyrrell ... memories of one of the greatest Hunter Valley champions. MORE

WINE: Tyrrells 2009 Vat 1 Semillon has become the absolute benchmark for Hunter semillon over the years. MORE WINE: Tyrrells 2009 HVD Semillon ... just starting to emerge from its cocoon and an absolute joy to drink. MORE

WINE: Lowe 2013 Nullo Mountain Late-Harvest Riesling ... shows perfect balance of acidity and sweetness, and also some botrytised character. MORE TRAVEL: Latest deals & news include experiencing the real Africa with Bench International’s volunteer program. MORE

COOKING: Recipes from a destination of zany deliciousness in North Hobart. MORE BOOKS: Fool's Assassin ... 20 years after Assassin’s Apprentice, Robin Hobb returns to her best-loved characters. MORE

THEATRE: The Glass Menagerie ...has been added to a very short list of best plays I have seen this year. It really is that good. MORE THEATRE: The Motherf**ker with the Hat ... loud and brash and generously sprinkled with foul language, violence and drug use, but it’s fun. MORE

THEATRE: Through These Lines ... a poignant piece of drama, with lashings of humour, romance, desperate sadness, heroics and frustration. MORE THEATRE: The Witches ... Kidnap your grandkids and head to the Stables Theatre in Darlinghurst. MORE

THEATRE: The Last Confession ... a wonderful whodunit of which Christie herself would have been proud. MORE TRAVEL: MSC really does know how to stretch things. It's increasing the length of Armonia and three other ships by 24 metres. MORE

TRAVEL: Fly between the east coast and South Australia in November and December with Tigerair fares from $39. MORE TRAVEL: Latest deals & news include Backyard Travel's five-night tour to the mountainous Chinese province of Sichuan. MORE

BOOMER BLOG: A day well spent with masters of American drama and Italian cuisine. MORE WINE: Zema Estate's hands-on approach pays rich dividends in Coonawarra. MORE

WINE: Catherine Vale 2013 Arneis ... a gentler, just-as-aromatic but less pungent alternative to sauvignon blanc. MORE WINE: Zema Estate 2006 Saluti ... Combine with a slow-roasted leg of lamb and some steamed spring vegetables and you’ll be close to nirvana. MORE

WINE: Zema Estate 2008 Family Selection Cabernet Sauvignon ... even at more than six years of age, this dry red has considerable life ahead of it. MORE WINE: Zema Estate 2009 Cluny Cabernet Merlot ... This is a wine I respect almost as much as the actor of the same name. MORE

THEATRE: Wicked ... a spectacular production, slick and extravagant and hugely entertaining. MORE WINE: Lowe 2012 Mudgee Blue Cabernet Shiraz ... the two grape varieties complement each other perfectly. MORE

THEATRE: The Dream is for real, really good theatre. MORE THEATRE: Charitable Intentions ... such an unpleasant bully that I found it difficult to include her in my hearty applause at the end of the performance. MORE

THEATRE: Kryptonite ... both actors are superb throughout 90 uninterrupted minutes of intense, challenging performance. MORE THEATRE: Children of the Sun ... humorous, but the dark undercurrent of revolt cannot be held back. MORE

THEATRE: Lovebites ... a lovely piece of theatre that will, I’m sure, take anyone and everyone back to some point in their love life. MORE THEATRE: Other Desert Cities ... if I had to single anyone out it would be Ken Shorter. MORE

THEATRE: A Conversation ... shows exactly how masterful Williamson can be in getting under characters’ skins. MORE ARTS & THEATRE: The Melbourne Festival ... purity of tradition and the boldness of the contemporary. MORE

THEATRE: Waking Up Dead ... betrayal unravelled in charcoal. MORE OLIVE OIL: Cobram Estate delivers the good oil at Sydney Royal Spring Fine Food Show. MORE

THEATRE: Toward the Crimson Sky ... at least as much about spectacle, precision and athleticism as it is about the virtuosity of the sound. MORE FASHION: A charming coming-of-age memoir in which every dress tells a story. MORE

WINE: Best's Great Western ... generations of great red wine. MORE WINE: Best’s 2012 White Gravel Hills Shiraz ... retains that savoury character that so clearly differentiates Great Western shiraz. MORE

WINE: Best’s Great Western 2013 Bin 1 Shiraz ... a definite savoury edge that makes it such a good wine with foods like roasted meats. MORE WINE: Berton 2010 Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon ... you would expect to pay more than this for a good-quality Coonawarra cab. MORE