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Design trends

A copper house in Coogee

In perfect harmony: Takt Studio's copper house in Coogee.

Jenny Brown 1:37pm Years of thinking and a certain creative poetry have resulted in this wonderfully distinct project.

Never be fooled online again

Internet security

LARISSA HAM This business will check out anything you want to buy on the net before you commit.

Victoria

Falls Creek Kangaroo Hoppet cross-country skiing: ready, steady ... glide

Falls Creek, cross country skiing

JANE REDDY Cross-country skiing can be as energetic or as gentle as you like, writes Jane Reddy.

Housing gold rush hits historic region

Artist's impression of YourLand's Golden Square development.

Jayne D’Arcy 12:15am A new gold rush is taking place in central Victoria, and developers know how to mine its resources.

Film review: Joel Edgerton's thriller, Felony, unfolds as a sinuous morality tale

Cop out: Malcolm Toohey (Joel Edgerton) is caught in a complex moral web in Felony.

SANDRA HALL 12:15am The Joel Edgerton thriller Felony is among the finest Australian films to come along this year.

Women on screen

Why today's female screen 'legends' are less powerful than in Lauren Bacall's day

Star appeal: Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in <i>The Big Sleep</i> didn't have to worry about competition from television and social media.

PAUL BYRNES 12:15am Great actresses have gained much more freedom since Lauren Bacall's day, but have their options, and their choices, really improved all that much?

Comments

THE DOLLAR

Overvalued dollar stuck in a viscous trap

David Potts dinkus.

David Potts 12:15am The best case scenario to get our currency down is for economic growth in the US writes.

Opening the door to super that's 'safe as houses'

Mario Borg outside his investment apartment in South Yarra.

Chris Tolhurst 12:01am There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to funding retirement but investing in bricks and mortar is increasingly being favoured by Australians.

INVESTING

Telstra buy back good news for some

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Daryl Dixon 11:05am Which way will you go?

Odd Spot

A couple say they were forced to used the back door of a registry off ice in Moscow — because they were both dressed as brides. The union, billed as Russia’s first gay wedding was between a woman and her transgender partner. Registry off ice staff in the famously intolerant country had to recognise the couple as the groom is still legally a man and they had a certificate allowing them to marry.

Traveller quiz

Traveller Quiz, August 23, 2014

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5:41am Each day, approximately how many people board a flight?

Henrik Stenson surge in Barclays round

Ben Everill 4:09am Defending FedEx Cup champion Henrik Stenson has made a big move early in the second round in the opening US PGA tour playoff event.

Two of us

Daphne Turnbull & Amir Farid for The Two Of Us, Good Weekend magazine

Interviews by Clare Kermond Amir Farid & Daphne Turnbull share their story.

70 Islamic State jihadists killed in Syria clashes: monitor

70 Islamic State militants have been killed in clashes with government troops near Raqa in northern Syria. This image is made available by the jihadist Twitter account Al-Baraka news.

3:28am Beirut: At least 70 Islamic State jihadist fighters have been killed in 48 hours of clashes with Syrian army troops in the northern province of Raqa, a monitoring group said Friday.

Hamas gunmen execute 18 Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel in Gaza

Hamas militants put a Palestinian suspected of collaborating with Israel on his knees before executing him.

Nidal al-Mughrabi 3:38am After Israel killed three top Hamas commanders, masked militants gun down Palestinians accused of collaborating in the first public executions since the 1990s.

Finland

Helsinki: One day three ways

Sunset over Helsinki cathedral and the harbour.

BRIAN JOHNSTON Helsinki is pricey, but with a bit of careful planning you'll find ways to suit your budget.

Luxe Nomad

GPS sends family on perilous route in Italy

Satnav fail.

LEE TULLOCH Family's rental car ends up perilously perched on top of a flight of stairs in an Italian village.

Flight test

Flight test: Jetstar economy

Jetstar economy.

CRAIG PLATT You get what you pay for so the minor inconveniences of having to buy extras are easily forgiven.

Six of the best: Cool hotel and resort bars

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The Rocks Bar, Vomo Island Resort, Fiji

UTE JUNKER Even in New York, where it's all about the new and the now, there's room for the classics.

Global

Do travel boycotts really work?

Michael Mucci

LANCE RICHARDSON Travel boycotts may make tourists feel better, but do they really work, asks Lance Richardson.

New Zealand

Helicopters - the sexiest way to travel

The Pacific Jemm allows skiers to ski helicopter-accessed terrain by day before sleeping on top of Queenstown's Lake Wakitipu.

CRAIG TANSLEY Helicopters, perfect powder and luxury yachts await, writes Craig Tansley.

Literary destinations

Australian novelists' favourite destinations: The writes of passage

The Needles, Isle of Wight.

Kay O'Sullivan In our second annual literary special, compiled by Kay O'Sullivan, Traveller asked five leading Australian novelists to write about the one place that has most informed and inspired their prose.

USA

Going with the lava flow in Hawaii

Na Pali Coast.

Photo: iStock

CRAIG TANSLEY Away from the tourist hot spots, Hawaii is a place of rugged beauty, writes Craig Tansley.

Switzerland

Bored with cathedrals and castles? Head to Basel

The Vitra Design Museum, Basel.

BRIAN JOHNSTON Basel is a hotbed of architectural innovation, writes Brian Johnston.

Indonesia

Gili Meno: The little-known Indonesian island that has no boundaries

Karma Reef resort, Gili Meno Island, Indonesia.

UTE JUNKER Ute Junker winds down on a little-known Indonesian island.

New South Wales

Weekend Away: Horizon Mudgee

Photo: Horizon Mudgee

NINA KARNIKOWSKI Nina Karnikowski finds the spaces wide open, inside and out, near MUDGEE.

Traveller letters

Traveller letters: On the Paris Metro, it's good to be paranoid

Traveller letters dinkus

Be careful when travelling on the Paris Metro system.

Deals of the week: Lap of luxury

Freycinet Saffire sunrise.

edited by JULIETTA JAMESON Book two nights at the award-winning luxury retreat Saffire Freycinet and receive a third free.

Victoria

Weekend Away: Astra Lodge, Falls Creek

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Astra Lodge, Falls Creek

LARISSA DUBECKI Larissa Dubecki made the most of a spectacular snow season at FALLS CREEK.