Buyers swapping trees for trams as city living calls

WE can all understand the appeal of a tree change; giving up our stressful city lives and moving to the country. It seems it’s something Australians are embracing, with recent Australian Bureau of Statistics figures showing an increasing number of interstate and intrastate population movements are to either tree or sea change regions. But plenty of people are happy to do just the opposite. Regional and country Victorians are making tree changes in reverse by buying themselves Melbourne bases...

Blue Tongue Films

If ever there was a hotel synonymous with Hollywood, then the Chateau Marmont on Sunset Boulevard is it. Its connections to Tinseltown’s great and good are myriad: it’s where John Belushi fatally overdosed, where Greta Garbo decided she really did want to be alone; and where Sofia Coppola has set her new film, Somewhere. It is also the favourite watering hole of one Lindsay Lohan (admittedly not so great or good). As legendary Columbia Pictures founder Harry Cohn told actors Glenn Ford and William Holden: “If you’re going to get into trouble, do it at Chateau Marmont.”

Bronte Barratt: Golden Girl

If anyone meets the definition of “waterbaby”, it’s Bronte Barratt. In fact, she can’t remember a time when she wasn’t in the pool. As a toddler, Bronte moved with her parents and two older brothers into a large house in Brisbane’s outer northern suburbs, complete with the ubiquitous backyard pool. Before long, the young Bronte was spending every possible moment in that pool, sparking a love of swimming that would eventually lead to a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics.

David Brill: The eye In The Storm

Sunday March 23 started much like any other for cameraman David Brill. After tuning to a breakfast news show, he settled down to devour the first of his three newspapers. Most were full of the Iraq War. (This was light reading by Brill's standards. On assignment in London, he would buy all nine Sunday newspapers, "Even the News Of The World".) His peace was shattered when he heard on the radio that Paul Moran, a freelance cameraman working for the ABC, had been killed in Iraq.