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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - SU­SAN KUROSAWA

Pub­lished colum­nists will re­ceive a Re­fresh pack of Avene Ther­mal Spring Wa­ter fa­cial mist, sleep­ing mask and a se­lec­tion of four styles of Re­fresh eye drops, val­ued at $65.99. More: 1800 252 224; al­ler­gan.com.au. Send your con­tri­bu­tion to: travel@theaus­tralian.com.au. Sa­mu­rai Sword: The Mak­ing of a Leg­end: Are sa­mu­rai swords sharp? Heav­ens, didn’t you see Kill Bill? So per­fect is a katana’s blade, so painstak­ing its crafts­man­ship, that sa­mu­rai swords have come to sym­bol­ise the essence of the Ja­panese war­rior cult. This rev­er­en­tial doco fol­lows the progress of a killer katana from its forg­ing ac­cord­ing to time-hon­oured meth­ods to pol­ish­ing by a master sword­smith. To­day, 7.30pm, His­tory Chan­nel. Come Dine with Me Canada: The Come Dine with Me fran­chise has been a rag­ing global suc­cess and those wild and crazy Cana­di­ans are the lat­est lot to be throw­ing din­ner par­ties for strangers, bravely try­ing new recipes and do­ing rather too much bar­be­cu­ing. I’ve been watch­ing th­ese five-parters for weeks and have yet to see any­one ac­tu­ally cook a de­cent meal. Hold the maple syrup, some­one. Mon­day, 6pm, Life­Style Food.

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