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Samantha Turnbull Writer, mother, anti-princess

Jellyfish in Byron Bay

The non-hipster-mum-on-a-budget guide to Byron Bay

I’ve lived in ‘the Bay’ for about 15 years. That means I’m nowhere close to being a local… never really will be, but my kids are born and bred (they’ll just have to cop their mum being called a ‘blow-in’ – yawn).

I love it here, but have to deal with almost daily slandering of the place from colleagues and family who live in surrounding towns.

One relo called it ‘Nimbin by the sea’ at Christmas lunch… but I wasn’t sure if he meant it as a criticism or compliment, because the dude was actually from Nimbin himself.

I get why some people loathe it – it’s expensive, it’s busy, it’s a bit of a scene… but it’s not all of those things all of the time.Read More


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The Anti-Princess Club countdown

I’ve been a bit quiet on the old mama blog front of late.

It’s because I’m in the middle of crunch time, making sure everything is in order for the launch of The Anti-Princess Club.

It’s all very exciting. Read More

Colleen McCullough

Remembering Colleen McCullough

One of my greatest privileges while working in newspapers was to write obituaries.

At some rags, the obits are palmed off to cadets, not seen as ‘real’ news, especially in small towns where the subjects aren’t exactly famous.Read More

Greens War on Barbie

No Gender December wraps up

‘GREENS WAR ON BARBIE’ the headline roared.

It was the perfect front-page story in the lead-up to toy consumerism on steroids – also known as Christmas.Read More

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Lego, snow, a pony and spaceship

Libby wrote her Santa letter today.

There was no time for small talk. No ‘how’s life in the North Pole treating you?’, ‘did Rudolph like the spinach we left out last year? Sorry we didn’t have any carrots.’

She cut straight to the chase. The list of ‘wants.’Read More

Zohab Zee Khan

Slammed but inspired

I’ve always been pretty good at keeping my hopes down.

‘Don’t get your hopes up, Sam.’Read More

Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea – exploited or exploiter?

There’s this girl who grew up in the town next to mine.

I’ve met her dad a couple of times. He’s an artistic type. Paints, draws, writes, dabbles in stand-up comedy.Read More

September 11

September 11’s kids

The bus began to slow down as it edged closer to its stop in suburban New Jersey.Read More