The Artful Compendium

Items from my main blog I trust will be of interest to the Travcom community.
Anthea Noonan Wade is based in Auckland, New Zealand. Her love of writing has developed and grown with each of year of extramural study at Massey University, where she has completed the papers for an English Major but yet to complete those for the Media Studies major. Anthea is currently taking a sabbatical from her studies to revive her Contractor business (specializing in Accounting, Finance and Project Management) and establishing The Artful Compendium blog. Anthea is neither a published writer nor a winner of literary awards and her photography talent is raw however, she has a passion for combining these two modalities on social media platforms as it is exciting and affords opportunities she feels may not be available to her through the channels of traditional media.

Inspired by Lisbon...

Inspired by Lisbon...
"It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done." - Vincent Van Gogh." Falling in love with a city... ​ I need to wander the streets of a city, imagine myself living there then like a dress that catches my eye I need to try in...
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Bethells Beach…winter magic

Bethells Beach…winter magic
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” ― John Steinbeck , Travels with Charley: In Search of America   Watching the winter wonderland scenes on the weather forecast last night bought back memories of June's polar-blast. I remember waking thinking my bedroom had morphed into a fridge, meanwhile in the South Island others thought they had slept the night in the freezer. I still have the screen shot of my cellphone, white print Mostly Clear 3 ° on a black background confirming the freezing morning. Somewhat startled I looked outside and...
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Newcastle, NSW…stirred not shaken

Newcastle, NSW…stirred not shaken
I recently read the original Bond tagline was “stirred not shaken”; a statement, which launches lengthy discussion on how the reversing of these two words dilutes the Martini and makes it cloudy rather than clear. For connoisseurs of the Martini both effects are undesirable. There is nothing undesirable about the three measures of hipster, one of grit and a half measure of waterside, as stirred not shaken, these ingredients, lifted the image I had of Newcastle from black and sooty to industrial cool. The Northern Central Hotel located in Newcastle’s East End epitomizes the coolness of urban decay, the promise...
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Boogie Woogie Beach House…hanging out with music legends.

Boogie Woogie Beach House…hanging out with music legends.
Along with the unique drum chandelier; a statement of the roots of this establishment; Satchmo (Louis Armstrong), Dave Grohl, Ziggy Stardust, Nick Cave and the iconic music tape (mixed) are the inspiration for a boutique hotel where it is not about decorating rather curating an environment that leaves the quest feeling as though they actually are hangning out with music legends. Live musicians in the downstairs Flow Bar on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons add to this music vibe. Located in Old Bar, Taree the nine bedroom boutique hotel with five rooms currently available and four due to be completed...
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