The Met turns 150

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, usually known as The Met, is located on New York City’s Fifth Avenue, in an impressive building resembling a grand palace. Step into its Great Hall and you are in one of the world’s most important cultural institutions. This year, 2020, The Met celebrates its 150th anniversary so chatted to the Met’s Deputy Director of Collections, Andrea Bayer who is organizing the celebrations.


Cruise planner

The luxury cruise line Silversea visits more than 1000 ports around the world, and Conrad Combrink is in charge of the team developing the expeditions and experiences at those diverse destinations. Reporter Veronica Matheson spoke to Conrad Combrink about how Silversea’s itineraries come together.


Oz cruise season

International cruise ships are sailing into Australian waters at a rapid rate of knots as the summer cruise season Down Under gets under way. Reporter Veronica Matheson chats to MD of Cruise Lines Internationl Association (CLIA) Australasia about the bumper season ahead, and about what is trending on the cruise scene right now.

Forest retreat

Just weeks ago bushfires were raging across the Gold Coast hinterland, close to the World Heritage listed Lamington National Park where O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat hosts birders and bushwalkers from around the world. Reporter Veronica Matheson chatted to Shane O’Reilly about the bushfires, his family’s long association with the area, and how they built the world’s first boardwalk in the rainforest’s tree canopy.

Photo: Regent Bowerbird at O’Reilly’s. More:

Gin is her tonic

Kylie Sepos is an Australian farmer’s wife, and the woman behind a gin from The Farmer’s Wife Distillery. The business  has just turned one, but has already picked up a Silver Medal at an international spirit show in London (UK).

Here is Veronica Matheson’s chat with Kylie, and its all about gin.


Beer or tea?

Who’d have thought the iconic brewery Victoria Bitter would be encouraging Australia’s cricket tragics – who watch The Ashes in the UK into the wee small hours of the morning  – to drink non-alcoholic VB Tea.

It is the case, so I asked VB Brand Marketing Manager, Chris Maxwell, why turn the focus from beer to tea?

To climb, or not to climb

A ban on climbing Uluru, the iconic red rock that towers above sandy desert plains in the heart of Central Australia, comes into force in October this year.

The Anangu people, the traditional landowners of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, called for the ban because of Uluru’s cultural significance as a sacred place for them. However, tourists can continue to enjoy Uluru while walking, running, or cycling around its base.

Heated debate over the ban abated at the weekend as hundreds of marathon runners, many from overseas, took part in the annual Australian Outback Marathon.

I talked to race director Michael Walton about the marathon, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary at Uluru and asked his views on climbing the iconic rock.



The Love Boat

The TV series The Love Boat was a catalyst for the world-wide cruising boom, and rated highly with viewers for almost ten decades. Actor Ted Lange, who served up smiles and drinks as Isaac Washington, the cocktail waiter on The Love Boat, reminisced about the show with me in Australia recently where he was a guest of Princess Cruises.

10,000km by bike

Dr Leonie Katekar is an intrepid Australian who is off on a 7-month ride through Central and South America to raise funds for the Fight Cancer Foundation – it helps young people stay engaged with their education during cancer treatment.

I spoke to Leonie before she left on her 10,000km ride when she will average about 80km daily, while riding through some of the world’s remotest locations.

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Passions of a chef

Celebrity chef Matt Moran is a man of many parts, owning some of Australia’s most celebrated restaurants, including Aria and Bangaroo House in Sydney, as well as cooking up a storm on TV cooking shows, authoring cookbooks, and making guest appearances of food festivals across the nation.

I chatted to him recently about a range of topics, including his love of motorcycles.