70s Mania

I’m starting to think that Marion might be just a little too obsessed with the 70s for her own good. Don’t get me wrong – I understand that it’s her ‘thing’, and I’m not trying to take that away from her. I’m perfectly happy for her to go retro til the cows come home in …

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Our Traffic Empires

  I’ve always thought we’d be great as a family of traffic managers, mostly because we, as a family, are good at everything. That’s right…we’ve got the looks, we’ve got the touch, we’ve got the talent, and the Bakers always work together as a flawless team. One thing Melbourne needs more of is people who …

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The Transfer Queen

Colleen is just the absolute, complete and total worst. One day she will ascend the slopes of Mount Unbearable, take her place on the Throne of No-Social-Skills, and be crowned the Worst Ever, Queen of All Living People Who Make You Want to Knock Their Teeth Out. If Colleen was in an office, she would …

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Painfully Stylish

My sister has this thing of expecting me to always notice her latest pedicure. Don’t ask me why she thinks I’d be interested in this, or how I’m supposed to notice – they all look the same to me. Maybe the shade of nail polish is a tad more plum-hued than last week’s mauve, but …

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This Old Thing?

“Oh, this old thing?” Nope, that’s not right. “Oh…this old thing?” Yeah, that’s much worse. Makes it sound like I pulled the bag out of a dusty loft and I don’t think much of it, whereas the vibe I’m going for is that I pulled the bag out of a dusty loft and I’m all …

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Seals in Orthoheels

Ocean. It’s full of drama, I guess, but I clearly remember the very first time I ever watched Week of Our Lives. I was trying to feed the baby as a new mum, not doing a good job of it, and I was lucky enough to tune in during the legendary storyline in which Jacinta …

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A Simpler Sim

I miss platform games. At some point the world of gaming decided that things would be better in 3D, so the platformer almost entirely died out and now we…have exactly the same amount of fun, except it looks nicer and you can move around in an extra dimension. I’ve always said that video game ‘Over-Botch’ …

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Eye of the Beholder

If you ask me, a good kitchen is all about simplicity. By that, I mean that the necessities should be foregrounded over the latest bells and whistles that no one actually wants or needs. This is all in the eye of the beholder, of course – one man’s fluff is another’s top priority. It all …

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Hashtag Vendor Problems

Everyone goes on and on about how difficult it is to buy a house these days, but what about the travails of selling a house? Why does that never get any airtime? If anything, sellers are cast as the villain of the piece, selfishly driving up prices and prohibiting youngsters from breaking into the property …

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Kinder Garden

I’m going to come out and say something a little bit controversial: instead of sending our kids to school, we should just put them to work in the garden. Never mind the practical aspects, like access to gardens and supervision and safety and so on. Just focus on the idea in theory for a moment.  …

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