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The BlackBook

Touring the Vines Tasting the Wines

A comprehensive feature on Australian vineyards and wine growing regions. Part 1 Australia is now the world’s fourth largest exporter of wine, accounting for 5.8% of international wine exports in 2017. There are approximately 2,470 wineries...

In conversation with Dr Tony Tonks

What do a littLe grey Fergie, George Lazenby and nuclear biological chemical warfare systems have in common? they’re all part of the curiosities and experiences that make up the colourful world of Dr Tony...

A man of many talents

Director of Burns Services at Sydney's Concord Hospital Dr Peter Haertsch talks to AMP about his work, Simply Milk and His love for the great outdoors. If he wasn’t a leading plastic surgeon and burns...

Land of milk and honey

From dairy farming to beekeeping, photography and welding, renowned burns surgeon Peter Haertsch turns every interest into a consuming passion. Upon reaching 70, it's fair to say that most of us would be intent on...

Living the high life down under

FROM FLY-FISHING TO WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AND RUNNING HIS OWN FARM, DR GARY KODE IS A POLYMATH IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD. When I ask Gary Kode what he does to unwind and if he...

The yin and the yang

Dr Craig Rubinstein's boundless curiosity about the machinations of the world and his pursuit for perfection fuel his surgical and personal passions. Dr Craig Rubinstein doesn’t do anything by halves. From working in a buzzing...

Golf is (officially) good for your health

If you needed another excuse to tee off, new research shows playIng a round of golf can lower your stress levels and decrease the IncIdence of depressIon. We all know the benefits of sports and...

Luxury cruising on the True North

Explore the one-of-a-kind Kimberley coastline onboard True North, a 5-star purpose-built passenger vessel. Nothing had prepared me for the majesty of the Kimberley, with her swathes of rugged mountains, her wondrous gorges and thundering falls,...

Nude in art

A collection of the Tate’s most iconic nudes of the past two centuries comes to Sydney this summer. Perhaps we should add ‘surgeons’ to Isadora Duncan’s list above, as nudity or nakedness is the ultimate...

Medical Secrets of Two Great Leaders

Two larger than life men in medical history are John Fitzgerald Kennedy and King Henry VIII. Stories about them frequently mix fact with fiction, so let’s see if we can separate the two. In November...