In praise of beer


Sam de Brito Perhaps I'm misreading it, but is there not just a whiff of dopey self-congratulation in the media coverage Australians are drinking less beer and more wine and spirits? ...

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Light and recyclable

Brewery gives plastic beer bottles another shot

Byron Bay Brewery's new bottles.

Sarah McInerney Will you be drinking beer from a plastic bottle at a music festival or picnic sometime soon? Byron Bay Brewery hopes so.

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Licence to drink

Daniel Craig as James Bond

Stephen Lacey What is it about fictional spies and bending the elbow?

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Suspicious job titles


Sam de Brito I'm incredibly wary when a man can't explain what he does in under 10 words.

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Welcome to our world, Lynda


Sam de Brito Every man who's been turned away from a venue for not wearing a collared shirt was shaking their head at a Sydney solicitor denied access to the SCG Members.

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The ladder of addiction


Sam de Brito At what point does the odd sneaky dabble in your chosen vice become a destructive habit?

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Five top tips for writers

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Sam de Brito It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks; your writing should be its own reward.

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What's your personal brand?

Ben Couzens

Nina Hendy Having a style or approach that sets you apart from the crowd can be a giant career advantage.

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What are we good for?


Sam de Brito Hey, tough guy. How do you think you'd fare in a war ... against your grandparents?

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Hi-viz invisibility


Sam de Brito Want to become invisible to much of the female population? Wear "hi-viz'.

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Booze culture

Cheers for the abstinence advice, but it's not working


Gary Nunn Drinking is fun. It's cheeky, it's social, it's a bit rock 'n roll. But it has a serious, darker side too.

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Death knock


Sam de Brito Everybody, it seems, knows how to do a journalist's job better than they do; with more integrity, greater insight, fuller imagination and better "splleing".

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Room to Read


Sam de Brito Recently, I met a young Perth woman who'd had both her knees broken with a crowbar by her boyfriend ...

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The vibe


Sam de Brito Julia can. Tony cannot. Malcolm will. Kevin will not. No, Dr Seuss isn't visiting Canberra, I jotted those words down recently because - to paraphrase The Castle's Dennis Denuto - it seems to be "the...

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Sam de Brito It's troubling to admit, but I'm a bore. A "new-father bore" to be precise - one of those blokes who whips out his mobile to show you the video of him looking for "monsters" with his two-year-old...

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Sam de Brito There's a term in Vietnamese "di nhau" which basically translates as "meeting friends to have a cheap beer at a streetside stall, eat small plates of food and shoot the breeze" but, aside from that...

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Sam de Brito Not to bang on about it, but I'm currently in Vietnam having a truly great holiday and once again I've been struck by how much Australians overcomplicate things ...

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Unintended consequences


Sam de Brito Every time I visit a Third World country, I'm impressed that items designed for one use have been converted into something else entirely.

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The built-in reaction


Sam de Brito Jack White, the former singer and guitarist with The White Stripes, last week had a dig at Lady Gaga, describing her persona as "all artifice. It's all image with no meaning behind it".

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Sam de Brito Did you see the fireworks on Australia Day?! Weren't they just wonderful?!! Weren't they just like every other friggin' fireworks display you've seen since age 10?

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