Giacomo Di Costanzo understands that learning a language should be fun, particularly the language he loves - Italiano! For entertaining, expert and affordable Italian lessons right in the heart of Sydney, visit Giacomo at


Take your passport with you, for the minute you set foot in Italia500 you'll swear you've travelled to Italy! Buon viaggio!







For heart-warming and award-winning poetry on topics such as family, loss, landscape and childhood, visit


My favourite Isobel Dixon poem, Back in the Benighted Kingdom, describes her return from South Africa to London: 


I'm sorry to see

my mosquito bumps fade:

the love bites of a continent,

marks of its hot embrace


If anything is dark,

it's this damp island

with its sluggish days,

its quieter, subtler ways

of drawing blood.