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by Hilary Schofield9 March
Island Entrepreneurs

Delving into the inspiration, influence and individuals behind some of Hobart’s most happening businesses with a social bent.

by Stephanie Williams9 March
Gemstones Are The Opal Of Luke Eliasz’ Eye

What happens when street art and opals combine? Jeweller Luke Eliasz is there for it.

by Stephanie Williams9 March
PODCAST: How Peter Siddle’s Body Became His Temple

Peter Siddle is a former Australian cricketer, a plant-based athlete, and currently calling Hobart home while playing for Tasmania.

by Zilla Gordon9 March
Musician Lasca Dry: Sweet Sea Surrender

As musician Lasca Dry releases her first solo album, she muses on ballet, her home town Ulverstone and why she just loves pink.

by Stephanie Williams1 May
Local Lad Marcus Enno AKA Beardy McBeard

Beardy McBeard is a Hobart-based photographer who has travelled the world shooting all the big races.

by Stephanie Williams9 March
Why Sabra Lane Now Calls Hobart Home

As one of Australia’s most prominent political journos, Sabra Lane is in the box seat when it comes to interviewing decision makers and thought leaders. And she’s now doing it from Hobart.

by Hobart Magazine17 February
Debut Collection on the National Stage for Bliss

For fashion designer Victoria Bliss, the opportunity to recently dress Australian of the Year Grace Tame came from a place of respect and emotion. Her new debut collection gives a nod to her Hobart childhood and her current hometown, Melbourne.

by Agnes Frith10 February
New Dementia Cafe Opens in Glenorchy

Agnes Frith opened the Golden Wattle Cafe to give people with dementia and their caregivers a safe and non-judgemental space where they can socialise and interact with each other and members of the community in a relaxed environment. Here she shares her story.

by Bonnie Mary Liston23 April
Matthew Brady: The Gentleman Thief

Before Ned Kelly cut a blazing trail through Australia’s collective imaginations, Tasmania had its own dashing bushranger who captured the hearts, and inevitably, material possessions of its populace.

by Zilla Gordon10 February
Life’s a Ball: How Tassie Pioneered LGBTQI+ Rights

‘We’re reclaiming a space that was full of hatred, a place of oppression’:how drag queen bingo is delighting Hobart audiences.

by Zilla Gordon9 February
What’s in Your Bin: How to Cut Down Your Household Waste

What would you buy from a tip shop? While Hobart is working hard to reduce its waste, we can still do more to cut down.

by Bonnie Mary Liston9 February
A Minute with The Slag Queens

The Slag Queens were once described as the Worst Band in Launceston’ but now having won the 2020 National Live Music Award ‘Tasmanian Live Act of the Year’ and performing at MONA FOMA for the fourth year in a row, they’re feeling pretty good.

by Stephanie Williams4 August
Local Lady Florist Eliza Rogers

Eliza Rogers is a florist with a love for using local and foraged flowers and weeds for weddings and installations.

by Stephanie Williams10 February
Richie Porte Touches Down a Winner

With a Tour de France podium finish now under his belt, Stephanie Williams caught up with cyclist Richie Porte on his return to Tasmania. On a winning streak, he also recently held his crown as king of Willunga Hill at the Tour Down Under.

by Stephanie Williams9 February
How Sam Elsom’s Seaweed Start Up Is Fighting Climate Change

With an established career in the fashion industry, Sam Elsom didn’t expect a conference call with climate scientist Tim Flannery to result in a move to aquaculture. Sam is now cultivate ing a native Tasmanian seaweed to sequester carbon and help reduce methane emissions from Australia’s meat, wool and dairy industries.

by Stephanie Williams8 February
Listen Up! Our New Podcast Launches

This January marked eight years since Mitch McPherson lost his little brother, Ty, to suicide. Through his grief, he started SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY with one very small but very significant action, a bumper sticker.

by Bonnie Mary Liston1 May
Local Lad Darran Petty

After a rough childhood that included periods of homelessness, Darran Petty turned his life around through the power of bodybuilding. He now owns and operates his own martial arts studio in Hobart, as well as running a podcast and starting a filmmaking company.

by Bonnie Mary Liston1 December
Tassie Lad in League For Top Surfing Prize

Tasmanian surfer, Sam Lennox may be on the brink of winning $30,000 after a video of him riding a gargantuan wave at Shipstern Bluff has progressed to the finals of an online competition.

by Bonnie Mary Liston1 December
Robbie Arnott’s Novel Approach

Robbie Arnott is a Tasmanian writer whose novels – Flames (2018) and The Rain Heron (2020) have received great acclaim locally and internationally. He’s the inaugural recipient of the University of Tasmania’s Hedberg Writer-in-Residence Program, which includes a stipend of $30,000, allowing him to take a sabbatical from his work as an advertising copywriter to focus on his third novel.

by Zilla Gordon1 December
The Tragic First And Last Go-As-You-Please Race

Mark Richards and George Radford took their mark for a race in Hobart, but they didn’t know they’d never make it to the finish line.

by Bonnie Mary Liston1 April
Why History May Not Be Kind To William Crowther

Tasmania, despite its small size and population in comparison to the mainland, has produced more than its proportionally predicted percentage of significant figures and heroes of Australian history. 

by Zilla Gordon8 December
Did You Know Police Uniforms Are Hand Stitched In Hobart’s CBD?

These women have been suiting up Tasmania’s front-line workers for more than 30 years. 

by Stephanie Williams7 December
Grace Tame: Australian of the Year 2021

As a passionate advocate for sexual assault, Grace is a leader of positive change committed to breaking the cycle of abuse. She’s also a self-described adventurer and a lover of life – who can’t leave home without her Akubra.

by Bonnie Mary Liston1 April
Did You Know Australia’s First Female Doctor Was Hobartian?

Tasmania, despite its small size and population in comparison to the mainland, has produced more than its proportionally predicted percentage of significant figures and heroes of Australian history. 

by Stephanie Williams11 November
Looking For Some Paid Salvation?

Hobart band, A. Swayze & the Ghosts recently released their debut full-length album. Lead vocalist Andrew Swayze steps us through releasing a new album amid a pandemic.

by Stephanie Williams11 November
Actor Marta Dusseldorp On Covid And Comebacks

Having graced Australian stages and screens for thirty years, Marta Dusseldorp is set to star in The Bleeding Tree by Angus Cerini at Hobart’s historic Theatre Royal.

by Stephanie Williams11 August
Engineering New Winemaking in the Coal River Valley

Anh Nguyen followed her life purpose to switch from being an engineering academic to a biodynamic winemaker in the Coal River Valley. But, after winning a major agriculture award for innovation, Anh is bringing her past experience into her new direction.

by Stephanie Williams4 August
Hobart Artist Zoe Fitzherbert

Artist Zoe Fitzherbert made the transition from architecture to art in her late 20’s and hasn’t looked back.

by Bonnie Mary Liston1 July
John Franklin – Hero or Hard-Doer?

John Franklin was the Lieutenant Governor of Tasmania from 1837 to 1843. Many things around Tasmania are named after him, or his impressive wife, Lady Jane Franklin. In Franklin Square he is depicted in statue, towering over the park on a plinth inscribed with his epitaph, composed by Lord Alfred Tennyson;

by Stephanie Williams4 August
Bondi Rescue’s Joel Bevilacqua

Joel Bevilacqua is as comfortable with words as he is with the waves. Having grown up on the beaches in Tassie, he now saves lives at busy Bondi Beach.

by Bonnie Mary Liston4 August
Saroo and Sue Brierley: Taking Pride In New Lion Works

When Saroo Brierley was only five years old, he got lost on a train in India and separated from his family. From the streets of Calcutta he was adopted by a Tasmanian family.

by Stephanie Williams4 August
Hamlet Cafe’s Emily Briffa

Hamlet Cafe has been part of the Hobart hospo landscape since February 2016 and delivers targeted training and work readiness skills in order to tackle the barriers which prevent disadvantaged Tasmanians from participating in work and community life. Since then, founder Emily Briffa has helped to provide over 22,000 hours of work experience to over 260 Tasmanians.

by Stephanie Williams4 August
How Boxing Became Luke Jackson’s Lifeline
After turning to boxing at 18 to escape a tough childhood, Luke Jackson has become one of Australia’s best boxers. He recently completed the 5-5-75 running challenge, raising funds for LIVIN, a charity that aims to break the stigma of mental health.
by Stephanie Williams4 August
Bridgewater Jerry: The Elusive Weather Phenomenon
Here’s what we know about old mate Jerry. Like a black-clad Melbourne art lover, he loves to visit Hobart in winter. Around Bridgewater is his stomping ground and cold mornings don’t deter him, in fact he favours them.
by Stephanie Williams4 August
Richie Porte In Tour de France Podium Finish
Richie Porte has taken out third place in the 2020 Tour de France, being only the second Australian to grace the podium in the race’s history. The race, rumoured to be one of his last, was extra challenging for Richie who missed the birth of his second child Eloise while racing. Having grown up in Launceston, cyclist Richie Porte will now go down in the history books as the first Tasmanian to achieve a podium finish in le Tour.
by Stephanie Williams17 July
Stellar Perry Takes It To The Final Of The Voice

Singer Stellar Perry battled it out in the grand final of The Voice as a contestant on Team Delta. We had a quick chat with Stellar ahead of her big night. 

by Stephanie Williams1 May
Adie Delaney From The Circus Studio

I’m Tasmanian by birth but left the state just before my 18th birthday to pursue a career in circus. I was coming home every couple of years to see my family, then around 2013 I put up some aerial equipment in the local gymnastics centre, did an intensive teacher training with a couple of people who held the fort until I came back in 2015 to run the program.

by Stephanie Williams1 May
Jess Wuetschner

Jess Wuetschner is one of two Tasmanians playing for the Brisbane Lions in the AFL Women’s League, playing a leading role in taking her team to the Grand Final in March this year against the Bulldogs. Jess fought hard to keep her team in the game – with two goals in the final term to get the margin back to five points. She finished the season with the most goals for the year (including in the GF) and even nabbed a spot in the AFLW All Australian team. Here’s Jess’ story.

by Stephanie Williams1 May
Joey Edwards From Moonah

Born and bred in Hobart, Joey Edwards runs Un-Racked, a group training gym in Moonah with a passionate following.

by Stephanie Williams1 May
Sophie Scarlett From Cambridge

Cambridge’s Sophie Scarlett is bringing stye to Hobart homes via her business Scarlett & Co.

by Stephanie Williams1 July
Daisy McMullen From The Eastern Shore

Young photographer Daisy McMullen loves nothing more than Tassie through her lens between coffee with friends.

by Stephanie Williams1 July
Conor Canning From Battery Point

Property representative Conor Canning is Hobart born and bred and is kicking goals in local real estate.

by Stephanie Williams1 July
Alex Peroni- Racing To A Fast Future

Hobart born and bred, 18 year old Alex Peroni is making waves in the world of motorsport in Europe. He recently won the Grand Prix of Monaco, marking the pinnacle of his fast-moving career to date.

by Stephanie Williams1 July
Musician Mike Noga On His Love Of Hobart

When I joined the band they were about to embark on a six month tour of Europe. I packed my bag and climbed aboard and before I knew it, six months had turned into 11 years. Somehow we just scraped by financially, but in terms of wealth of experience, I am a multi millionaire. From being pashed by Patti Smith on stage at the Sydney Opera House, to touring stadiums with Neil Young, to playing numerous festivals across the world and every horrible, run-down-toilet-of-a-venue in between.

by Stephanie Williams1 July
Musician Christopher Coleman Delivers Weak Month

Full of grit, vivid imagery and his unmistakable voice, Weak Month is the latest EP from Tasmanian musician, Christopher Coleman.

by Genevieve Morton1 November
Andrew Swayze From South Hobart

Hobart punk-rock band A. Swayze And The Ghosts played alongside Jet and The Vines this year and provided home-grown talent at Falls and Panama festivals here at home. Frontman Andrew Swayze lives in South Hobart with his wife Olivia.

by Genevieve Morton 1 November
Catherine Robinson From South Hobart

Social researcher and homelessness expert Catherine Robinson co-presents SBS TV’s Filthy Rich and Homeless and when she’s home she grows a native garden and drinks coffee on a sunny step.

by Stephanie Williams1 November
Michelle Crawford

Working with some top brands and publications, food stylist, recipe writer and photographer Michelle Crawford proudly calls the Huon Valley home. This year she’s curating The Taste of Tasmania Culinary Program, featuring Tassie’s top gastronomy talent.

by Stephanie Williams1 November
Josh Peach – Run To The Chopper – Behind The Scenes With The Westpac Rescue Team

Josh Peach has been a police officer since 1995 and part of the Westpac Rescue Chopper team since 2009. We went behind the scenes at their air base in Cambridge to learn more about this important service.

by Stephanie Williams1 January
Dr Kirsten Connan: Taking Care Of Women And Business

Dr Kirsten Connan is an obstetrician and gynaecologist and has recently extended her practice to focus on overall women’s healthcare. She’s also a Telstra Business Women’s Award recipient and passionate about helping women in all aspects of their lives.

by Stephanie Williams1 January
Bece Owens From West Hobart

As a senior property rep with Ray White, Bec Owens knows Hobart. She’s also a past winner of the Tasmanian Telstra Young Business Women Award, started baby wear label Mizzle and is mum to two rowdy boys.

by Genevieve Morton1 January
Guy Stayner

Self-confessed Hobart ‘newbie’, Guy Stayner recently replaced Peter Gee as the ABC TV news presenter last year. When he’s not exploring the city’s cafés in search of the best coffee, he’s revelling in the view from his home in Lindisfarne.

by Stephanie Williams1 January
Rebecca White

Rebecca White is a Member for Lyons and the leader of the Tasmanian Labor Party. She recently took time out to chat with The Hobart Magazine about her busy life.

by James Marten1 March
Matthew Jenkins From Kingston

Having a defence background helps Mates4Mates Liaison Officer Matthew Jenkins in his work with ex and current serving defence force personnel.

by Genevieve Morton1 March
Chloe Proud

Hobart healthy food advocate Chloe Proud takes a patch-to-plate approach to business. When she’s not pressing juice and sourcing the best Tasmanian produce for Vita, Alceme Kitchen and Tasmanian Juice Press, she’s bushwalking, drinking coffee and spending time with her family.

by Stephanie Williams1 March
From Intern To CEO- How AFL Has Shaped Trisha Squire’s Life

Trisha Squires is in the hot seat as the first female CEO of AFL Tasmania. Facing adversity earlier in her life, Trisha has enjoyed a high profile career in the community and sporting sectors. She now lives in Hobart with her husband and two gorgeous girls.

by Stephanie Williams1 March
Ironman Matt Bevilacqua

A childhood spent diving into our cold Tassie ocean has created a national ironman champion in Matt Bevilacqua.

by James Marten 1 May
Ben Clifford From Hobart

Children’s book illustrator Ben Clifford loves the simple things in life – a roast chook and time spent outdoors, or wandering through the bookshops of Hobart.

by Bonnie Liston1 May
Emma Skalicky From Sandy Bay

Actress, director, and playwright, Emma Skalicky recently had her work staged in Sydney, published an anthology, and is currently directing Picnic at Hanging Rock for Bad Company Theatre.

by Stephanie Williams1 May
Rodney Dunn Of The Agrarian Kitchen

Rodney Dunn and his wife Severine Demanet have created The Agrarian Kitchen Cooking School in Lachlan and more recently their two hatted Eatery at Willow Court in New Norfolk. They’re now set to embark on their next project, creating the most amazing kitchen garden in Australia…at least.

by Stephanie Williams1 July
Nick Hall From Dodges Ferry

As a surfer and adventurer, Nick Hall’s love of nature and the great outdoors has become part of his work.

by Stephanie Williams1 July
Bonnie Davies From Taroona

When she’s not nursing in theatre at the Royal, Bonnie is running, completing marathons all over the world.

by Stephanie Williams1 July
Annia Baron

Annia Baron wears many hats – singer, musician, yoga teacher, psychologist, walker. Ahead of her Festival of Voices performance she shares what drives her to perform in every part of her life.

by Stephanie Williams1 July
From Miss Tasmania to the Parliament: Politician Sue Hickey

As the city ramps up efforts to help the less fortunate, politician Sue Hickey has placed herself firmly in the centre of the debate. Not one to shy away from controversy or hard work, we discovered what has shaped Sue’s drive and determination to help.

by Genevieve Morton1 July
Jon Kudelka – Laughter Lines

Award-winning Tasmanian cartoonist Jon Kudelka is passionate about conservation, caricature and NOT falling off his bike before a deadline. Every now and then he cracks himself up.

by Stephanie Williams 1 September
Joe Chivers From Granton

A man of many sporting talents, Joe Chivers loves a chat as much as he loves chocolate mud cake.

by Genevieve Morton1 September
Jo Cook From West Hobart

Meet the foodie behind every delicious bite you enjoyed at the Dark Mofo Winter Feast. Jo Cook is a Hobart food curator who makes it her business to try every delicious aspect of living in Tasmania.

by Stephanie Williams1 September
Over The Fence With Shaun And Zac

In the upcoming short film Sidelines, best mates Shaun and Zac fulfil a lifelong dream to form their own cricket team.

by Stephanie Williams1 December
Sam Cole From North Hobart

When you get along to The Taste of Tasmania this year you’ll be enjoying the fun and sweet sounds Sam Cole has curated in the entertainment program.

by Hobart Magazine1 December
Meg McKeown From Lenah Valley

Having just spent a year in Antarctica, Dr Meg is ready to get back to her patients and passion projects in Hobart.

by Stephanie Williams 1 February
Zindzi Okenyo

Depending on what stage of life you’re at, Zindzi Okenyo will be familiar for different reasons. Having spent formative years in Hobart, Zindzi is now an accomplished actor, RnB/hip hop musician and PlaySchool presenter.

by Stephanie Williams1 December
Smooth Sounds Of Sailing – Alistair Douglas

Alistair Douglas, OAM, plays an integral role in guiding salty sea dogs into port each year as part of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. He recently let us into the control room to get the lowdown on the action.

by Emma Castle1 February
Heather Rose

Heather Rose is an award winning author of eight novels, including her latest, Bruny.

by Genevieve Morton1 February
Richard Sprent

Richard Sprent has turned his life-long obsession with books into a career at his Hobart bookshop Cracked & Spineless. He’s a man so busy, he fantasises about one day being bored.

by Stephanie Williams1 February
George Bailey

Hobart local George Bailey calls time on his international and domestic cricket playing career this month, moving into the role of national selector for the Australian men’s team.

by Genevieve Morton1 March
Freya Downie

Sweet tooth Freya Downie is the creative young entrepreneur behind Freya’s Delights. When she’s not making her signature caramel sauce the 15 year-old is playing soccer or riding a jet ski.

by Stephanie Williams1 March
A Minute With Premier Peter Gutwein

Southerners can’t have all the fun. Our Local Lad is Launnie’s Peter Gutwein, Tassie’s Premier.

by Stephanie Williams1 March
A Yarn With … David Plumpton

A life well served, as ex-copper David Plumpton reflects on his past work and new direction.

by Stephanie Williams1 March
Hollywood to Hobart: Director Justin Kurzel

From Hollywood to Hobart and back again, film director Justin Kurzel works with some of the biggest names in the business. His latest film True History of the Kelly Gang, was written here.

by Genevieve Morton1 April
Hannah Moloney of Good Life Permaculture

Meet the Tasmanian designing a better life for us all. Hannah Moloney of Good Life Permaculture is a leading landscape designer and educator in South Hobart (you may have noticed her bright pink and green house up on the hill). She’s spent 15 years designing and managing projects around urban agriculture, small-scale farming and community development. She believes in ‘radical hope’ and facing the climate crisis in a proactive and positive way.

by Stephanie Williams 1 April
Carlene De Tres

The privacy of our property, the beautiful old gums and the lovely views of the river. I can stand at my kitchen bench, look to the right and watch sun rise, then later in the day, stand in the same spot and watch the sun set to my left.

by Stephanie Williams 1 April
Professor Alex Hewitt

Professor Alex Hewitt is an ophthalmologist and has had a variety of his medical research studies funded by the Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation over the years. He’s currently part of a research team that have gained New Project Grant funding for 2020.

by Stephanie Williams1 April
Australia’s Online Beauty Queen – Kate Morris

Kate Morris had an idea to sell cosmetics online at a time when it wasn’t done. She borrowed $12,000 from her boyfriend’s parents and set up an online store, Adore Beauty in the garage. Twenty years later, the business is thriving, enjoying annual revenue around $100m. Kate recently sold a chunk of the business to private equity investors, Quadrant.

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Escape To The Country
Pet the animals, walk in the wilderness, pick your own berries and enjoy colonial accommodation... Farmstays and day tours are popping up across the state, providing a fun weekend away for visitors and Hobartians keen to get their gumboots dirty. Here are four farms to visit this Spring.
Exploring The World’s Widest Canyon – Capertee Valley
The Blue Mountains and surrounding areas suffered greatly during recent bushfires but slowly the National Parks in New South Wales are reopening, with some ready to welcome visitors back.
Talk Sexy To Me …
If I asked you to think of a food item that makes you sexy, healthy, attractive, youthful and energetic I can almost guarantee that you didn’t think of gelatin.
Madame Saisons: Corona Cuisine – Surviving Lockdown
The vacant stare in front of the open fridge or cupboard has afflicted us all on occasion. No matter how much food we have in store, there seems like nothing to eat. When you’re hungry and lacking cooking inspo, the ‘hangries’ can easily take hold.
Hannah Moloney
Meet the Tasmanian designing a better life for us all. Hannah Moloney of Good Life Permaculture is a leading landscape designer and educator in South Hobart (you may have noticed her bright pink and green house up on the hill). She’s spent 15 years designing and managing projects around urban agriculture, small-scale farming and community development. She believes in ‘radical hope’ and facing the climate crisis in a proactive and positive way.
Australia’s Online Beauty Queen – Kate Morris
Kate Morris had an idea to sell cosmetics online at a time when it wasn’t done. She borrowed $12,000 from her boyfriend’s parents and set up an online store, Adore Beauty in the garage. Twenty years later, the business is thriving, enjoying annual revenue around $100m. Kate recently sold a chunk of the business to private equity investors, Quadrant.
What’s With The Weather?
Even though Tasmania is known for its mild summers, it doesn’t take much to get sunburnt. Tasmania experiences extreme ultraviolet (UV) levels, but contrary to popular belief this isn’t due to the hole in the ozone layer, which is actually south of the continent.While higher UV levels often occur at the same time as higher temperatures, the two are not linked. Instead, UV levels are determined by the angle of the sun in the sky: the higher the sun, the higher the UV. In December and January, the position of the sun over Tasmania gives the state a UV index of 11 or more on most days, which is classified as “extreme” on the UV index. Tasmania’s lack of humidity and generally clear skies contribute to the stinging feeling of the sun. UV can reflect off buildings and water, making it possible to get a higher dose of UV from these reflected rays, even in the shade.
Transport Trackers – Your New Timewaster
It was almost 2am and US singer Halsey had just finished her set and was being whisked off stage at Falls Festival and into her waiting Tesla.
Cascades Female Factory Reopens
On a site where only the outside walls remain, how do you help visitors contextualise what happened inside those walls? At the Cascades Female Factory site in South Hobart, actor Karissa Lane, together with director Craig Lane-Irons and writer Finegan Kruckemeyer have created The Proud & The Punished, a 45-minute monologue to share the horrifying, heart-warming and sad stories of the women and babies, who went through the site from 1828 until 1856. At any given time there were between 700 and 1200 prisoners.
Day Of Impact 1967
Devastating bushfires on mainland Australia strikes vivid memories to those of us who lived through the 1967 bushfires in Southern Tasmania when 62 lives and 1293 homes were lost.
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Thank you to Luke Brokensha for mobilising his friends and local residents recently to host two rubbish clean ups along the Hobart Rivulet after heavy rains.
The warm weather returns...hello summer.
Need a laugh? Check out @theinspiredunemployed feed on Instagram.
Moto Vecchia Cafe in Bellerive and Czegs Cafe in Richmond have joined the Clarence City Council dementia program, creating dementia-friendly spaces for all patrons.
It’s hard to believe it’s not standard practice to have a working phone in every aged care room - shared phones make private conversations impossible and increase the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Tacks on the tracks. Mountain bikers beware of tacks being left on certain tracks on the mountain.
Just when you think your cousins are alright. NZ Opposition Leader Judith Collins took aim at Tassie during her recent (unsuccessful) campaign, calling us Australia’s “poor cousin.” She also seems worried about us nabbing tech businesses, “It’s a lovely part of the world but do you necessarily want to go there with your high- tech business? Possibly not,” she said. We beg to differ!