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Rock legend Keith Urban, the iconic KD Lang, and the unforgettable Lionel Richie are just some of the names Deborah interviewed in the Melbourne Age column called, 'What I've Learnt.'Everyone has a story to tell, and a lesson to learn. What I’ve Learnt is a brand new podcast from journalist Deborah Blashki- Marks. "What I've Learnt' is a unique platform for International and national talent to delve deep into their own challenges, successes, failures, and life lessons. As a journalist of ove ...
 
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Artist Scotty So was recently been mistaken for the prominent politician and Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam on an Italian news site his life changed. Scotty So cuts a jaw-droppingly beautiful figure as his alter-ego Scarlett So Hung Son. “Scarlett is the symbol of an Oriental silhouette,” he says. “She’s the drag persona that allows me to …
 
Zali is a stunning powerhouse who has worked and modeled for creative campaigns for brands including Champion and Adidas. Not afraid to push boundaries, the model signed by Chadwick is inspiring for her unique take on modeling and creativity. At just 22 she has African American, Native American, Cuban, Italian & background, and her multicultural he…
 
As Spring fashion looms large against the backdrop of this brave new world creative fashion designers like Lisa Barron are at the optimistic helm as always, championing her beautiful Australian designs with her original Australian Designer Collection worn by everyone from Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, and Helena Christensen in the 80s throug…
 
Julia Tink is co-founder of St Remio, the socially conscious global coffee brand. Melbourne mother and businesswoman Julia Tink has learnt a lifetime of business lessons over the past six years since starting her company which she says was born in Rwanda, raised in Melbourne. Six years ago, St Remio was founded by Julia and her husband, former Head…
 
If you haven't heard of Pacha Light yet remember the name because the rising star in Aussie surfing is about to be everywhere. She is making her mark whole changing the world one wave at a time. The 20-year-old is currently ranked fourth in the World Surf League’s Pro Junior series and is gunning for the World Championship Tour. Aside from an incre…
 
Dr. Ginni Mansberg is a well-known celebrity doctor in Australia. She is a Sydney GP on TV with Embarrassing Bodies Down Under (Channel 9), Sunrise & Morning Show (Channel7), Things You Can't Talk About on TV. Her latest book The New Teen Age, How to support our teens to become happy and healthy adults is full of gems tips, and insights to help par…
 
Christina Hobbs is a woman with purpose. She’s worked as a humanitarian and financial inclusion expert for the United Nations for over a decade, in conflict-affected regions such as Syria and Iraq. She’s also a former Deloitte Management Consultant and experienced board member in the superannuation industry. Verve Super is Australia’s first ethical…
 
Holly Ransom is a globally renowned content curator, powerful speaker with the belief that if you walk past it, you tell the world it’s okay. Named one of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women by the Australian Financial Review, she has delivered a Peace Charter to the Dalai Lama, was Sir Richard Branson’s nominee for Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List’…
 
Evan Thornley is an entrepreneur in technology and the non-profit sector as well as a former parliamentarian for the Australian Labor Party. He seems on a deep-seated search for improving his community with his fingers in many pies, many of which thrive some of which have stalled but all with a mission to change the world. A visionary? A futurist? …
 
Australian-owned and operated BOOB ARMOUR is designed to protect breasts and prevent injury in women and girls playing impact and hardball sports, including Australian rules football, netball, basketball, rugby soccer, hockey and cricket. Suzie Betts, BOOB ARMOUR’S Founder and Director, said: “There’s plenty of research and evidence showing that im…
 
Actor, comedian, philanthropist, and racing car driver - just some of Eric Bana’s passions. What a life force he is! Whatever he does he embraces with enthusiasm and dedication. A true powerhouse that has seen him recognized globally as a major talent to be reckoned with. After a decade of roles in Australian TV shows and films, Bana gained Hollywo…
 
Hunter Johnson is the Founder & CEO of The Man Cave, a charity that has impacted the lives of 20,000 young men across Australia. He also leads STUFF™, a purpose-driven personal care brand for the next generation of men. Hunter is an Advisor to The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust a charity championing young people throughout the Commonwealth alongside Pr…
 
On a late October afternoon in 1985, Susan Berg joined her parents and her 16-year-old brother on a family boat trip in Victoria’s Western Port Bay. It was the family’s second time out in the newly purchased boat. A relaxing afternoon on the water. But within mere hours of entering the bay, Susan Berg’s life would change forever. As the sun started…
 
When Shelley Reys was a little girl, she watched her father win ‘the race that stops a nation’. Frank Reys became the only Aboriginal jockey to win the Melbourne Cup in 1973, aged 45. One of fourteen children, he was born to a Filipino father and a mother of Aboriginal descent - something he never denied - but the newspaper front pages the day afte…
 
Ok, like who didn’t have or want a pair of those flattering dark denim Bettina Liano jeans .., they were the most coveted jeans in the 90s, and then there was iconic Bettina, with her red lips and Italian style whose clothes graced the runways, clubs, and cafes of our fashion-driven cities for years ... and then she sort of vanished .. more on that…
 
Comedian Arj Barker has always had an ability to identify the idiosyncrasies of Australian culture but with an affection developed through his own familiarity with the country. Part Indian Sikh and European his rich cultural heritage is just part of the fuel for his comedy. And He cleverly selects subjects that resonate well with local audiences - …
 
Today I have a very special guest joining me on the podcast. Sue Blashki my beautiful mother. As her 80th birthday is around the corner we’ve joined forces to tell her story and capture her legacy and wisdom in honor of mothers across the world. Mother of four, wife, barrister, magistrate, and now a mediator Sue has been a role model for many - fri…
 
Sadly it was a tragedy that brought mother Australian of the Year Rosie Batty into the limelight. On an otherwise ordinary day in early 2014 her only child, Luke, an effervescent 11-year-old, was at cricket practice when he was killed in front of her by his father. It was a brutal, incomprehensible act, carried out amidst children playing sport on …
 
Dan Rosen exemplifies what is possible if you have passion, a dream, and in Dan's case a love of music - your skills can take you wherever you want to go. For Dan, it’s being at the helm of one of the most powerful music labels globally - recently taking the reigns as president of Warner Music Australasia. After all, Music is a business - a monolit…
 
Her striking face, sky-high cheekbones, deep dimples, and full lips plastered across banners on trains, town halls, and adorning Melbourne Fashion Festivals venues across the city, Kenyan Chadwick model Ayuol has embraced the opportunities life has offered since starting her life in Australia as a young girl. One of five siblings who arrived with h…
 
Passionate, witty, vulnerable, intelligent, and honest – critics describing the work of bestselling author Elliot Perlman. A born storyteller I recall many school lunchtimes and weekends - Ell writing, creating scripts, novels, and songs. As one of the only other writers I knew, I was inspired. It was while practicing law in 1994 that he won The Ag…
 
Oscar and BAFTA-nominated film “The Father” in cinemas this month was of course brought to you by the doyenne of Australian Cinema, Natalie Miller. With a keen eye for the latest greatest films, film distributor (Sharmill Films) and part-owner of the iconic Carlton Cinema Nova, Cinematic queen Natalie Miller transformed Melbourne and Australia into…
 
As we celebrate International Women’s Day and an extraordinary Newsweek with gender and alleged sexual assault issues front and center, I’m thrilled to feature Lawyer, trailblazer, women's rights advocate, and philanthropist Eve Mahlab AO, a successful businesswoman who has worked to improve the lives of women in Australia for decades. A member of …
 
With some twenty years experience in retail and finance, David Briskin is hailed for kick-starting mid-luxe accessories brand Mimco as Managing Director and shareholder in 1999, and for his work with Sass & Bide as CEO from 2008, turning the brand around before it was sold off to Myer in a multi - million dollar deal in 2014. In February 2014, Bris…
 
It’s hard to imagine not being able to breathe, suffocating slowly because your Doctor or clinic has actually run out of oxygen! That’s the horrific reality facing many thousands of children and adults dying from Pneumonia. Pneumonia is the single largest killer of children worldwide and with the outbreak of COVID-19, the access to oxygen crisis ha…
 
Award-winning author Jane Harper taps into the insatiable desire for authentic crime thrillers with “The Dry” her best-selling novel that has put her firmly on the international stage with more than a million copies sold globally so far! The story features a desperate tale of murder and mystery set against the arid outback and drought-stricken Aust…
 
Paul Grabowsky is a pianist, composer, arranger, conductor – and is one of Australia’s most distinguished artists. His recent collaboration with the likes of Paul Kelly and Archie Roach showcases Paul’s versatility and both the albums brim with musical gems about love, heartbreak, and tenderness - a must listen. During the late 70's he became promi…
 
A diminutive figure arrives clicking her heels on my parquetry floor, furtive and fresh from shooting on the set of her award winning television series Wentworth, Sigrid Thornton is striking - Sky high cheekbones big emerald eyes and a perfect pout. When she speaks she is clear crisp sartorial with a theatrical lilt. Sharp and witty as she reflects…
 
Due to demand and interest in this very special interview, we have re released it for those that missed it as it was our first episode. Enjoy - Warm and relaxed I loved interviewing Deb at home. As she sunk into my white velvet couch surrounded by black and white floral silk cushions, she was so natural and unpretentious. We nibbled on ribbon sandw…
 
Caroline Burkie, head of the UK and EU World Literacy Foundation - a global organisation. Based in 7 countries including Australia, that focuses on lifting people out of poverty through literacy. As an author, publisher, and book lover, I’m excited to share that I’ve joined forces with the World Literacy Foundation to promote awareness, and foster …
 
For 30 years Paul Bangay has fulfilled his clients’ aspirations for gardens that are expressive of the timeless elegance, and classic simplicity for which he is internationally renowned. Widely regarded as the foremost garden designer in Australia today, Bangay’s clients include a roster of the most prominent figures in business and culture. His ex…
 
The master of melancholy and pop, icon Troye Sivan was one the most articulate intelligent subjects I’ve interviewed. Big blue eyes and a flop of carefully cropped curls, he was forthright about gay rights, the power of the people, and his passion for music. He’s performed with everyone from Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift to Nashville Superstar Kas…
 
Goodwill Champion for her Aunty Olivia Newton John's cancer and wellness centre, and recipient of an OAM for her services to the Arts, Tottie Goldsmith has graced our screens and many stages across Australia singing, acting, even tap dancing her way across the globe. One of 8 children to her 5 times married Father, the renowned eccentric nightclub …
 
One of the most inspiring, energetic creative people I’ve known, Jane Badler Hains, a beautiful talented New Yorker arrived in Melbourne in the 80s as an actor who is best known for her role as Diana in the cult NBC miniseries V. She’s worked with many including actors Alec Baldwin and Val Kilmer and featured on talk shows from Johnny Carson to Dav…
 
Emerging from Kokoda in March, Jon says it changed both himself and his son Levi - They learnt a lot including, “War is hell! “ He also reflects on the Arts in Australia, and how this billion dollar industry and the arts community have been kicked to the curb. Jon is angry about it. “Musicians give everything - they raise money for everything from …
 
Katie Noonan’s pure angelic voice makes her one of Australia’s most versatile and beloved vocalists. A mother, singer, producer, songwriter, pianist and business woman, this ARIA award winning and platinum selling songstress, first received widespread praise as the angel-voiced songstress of indie-pop band George, and has since taken audiences on s…
 
Some interviews just move me. Complex, creative and fragile, artist David Bromley works adorn everything from mall murals to surfboards, furniture to sarongs. Speaking to him in his big beautiful Daylesford farm shed, brimming with artworks, sculptures and ornaments, he is truly a force to be reckoned with. Passionate, articulate and honest about h…
 
Ever creative and faced with the Armageddon of a global pandemic, the King and Queen of Melbourne events Bruce and wife Chyka, morphed from a crisis into creating one of Melbourne's largest outdoor dining venues, The Ormond Collective - an ode to big English and Parisian outdoor cafes, its brimming with hanging plants, vintage outdoor furniture and…
 
Dr Chantel Thornton is a specialist breast and oncoplastic surgeon, specialising in the surgical treatment of breast cancer and preventative breast cancer surgery. She is passionate about enhancing the patient experience, and has a special interest in breast cancer surgery, which maximises cosmetic results for her patients. She is also a strong sup…
 
If there was ever a true living saint in this world, then her name would be Susan Barton. Susan is the founder of the Lighthouse Foundation, a hub for the homeless and especially neglected and abused children. With 6 Children of her own, Susan has still managed to foster hundreds of children, up to 20 a year, sheltering them from abuse, childhood m…
 
Critically acclaimed Emily Lubitz is at the helm of acclaimed indie folk band Tin Pan Orange. Together with her brother Jesse, their stylised folk music is described by Rolling Stone magazine as “deep dives into heart sleeved honesty equally matched by the cinematic stretches of detailed string arrangements and brooding folk pop features”. She also…
 
“All your nerve endings have to be alive to life .. you have to be prepared to plumb your own history and experiences that are often difficult. It’s just what it takes. The gold is about very raw authentic feelings, that’s the key to writing interestingly.. only then will the audience come on the ride with you.” Renowned playwright novelist and scr…
 
Supporting legends Carole King and James Taylor on their Australian tour, singer songwriter Lior is humble but they did choose him! It’s the same for the 100 years centenary in Gallipoli, Lior was invited as the solo artist to perform his original song because he’s just that good. Talented and humble his songs speak to people. Gentle and obsessivel…
 
Spending time with Alyce Platt her infectious laugh and warm smile makes her feel more like a friend than a guest. She has graced our television screens for decades with years on Sale of the Century, Sons and Daughters, then a regular on Neighbours as Olivia Bell- a role she is reprising this month as she goes back on a carefully Covid protected Ne…
 
Brimming with raw talent, beauty and a fierce intellect, the winner of the 2019 National Live Music Awards Living Legend, and edging close to 40 years in the music industry, singer songwriter Deborah Conway has created the soundtrack to many of our lives. From Her massive success with the band Do Re Mi, supporting legends culture club, Simple Minds…
 
A diminutive figure arrives clicking her heels on my parquetry floor, furtive and fresh from shooting on the set of her award winning television series Wentworth, Sigrid Thornton is striking - Sky high cheekbones big emerald eyes and a perfect pout. When she speaks she is clear crisp sartorial with a theatrical lilt. Sharp and witty as she reflects…
 
Warm and relaxed I loved interviewing Deb at home. As she sunk into my white velvet couch surrounded by black and white floral silk cushions, she was so natural and unpretentious. We nibbled on ribbon sandwiches sipped herbal tea and reflected on so much including the anxiety and mental health struggles rife in the Arts community, her life in New Y…
 
Rock legend Keith Urban, the iconic KD Lang, and the unforgettable Lionel Richie are just some of the names Deborah interviewed in the Melbourne Age column called, 'What I've Learnt.' Everyone has a story to tell, and a lesson to learn. What I’ve Learnt is a brand new podcast from journalist Deborah Blashki- Marks. "What I've Learnt' is a unique pl…
 
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