Freeway Fiasco

Cars: can’t deal with their continual demands on our wallets, can’t get places without ‘em. You know what I’m talking about. It’s a constant stream of expenses, not to mention the nagging doubt as to how long that brake repair is going to hold out after you paid your cousin’s mate to do it in …

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Sydney: Almost Perfect

I like to think that Sydney is a place of law and order. That doesn’t work as a blanket statement, of course. It’s not some utopia where no one needs police and there are no muggings or assaults. That would be nice, but it’s not a thing. No, what I mean is that it’s safe …

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Electricians Are Fine

I chafe under our current leadership. Like a…sock in a hiking boot that you knew was too big but you wore it anyway. Golly, it’s been a long time since I went camping, or hiking, or did anything that wasn’t related to the Moon Cult. It’s nice to be part of a family and a …

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Sinking Feeling

Call me foolish, but I’ve never thought twice about what I put down the sink, not to mention the toilet. From coffee grounds to chemicals, tea bag strings to towelettes (moist and otherwise), my drains have dealt with it – and admirably so, I’ll have you know. That is, up until now. Evidently, I never …

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The Electrical Queen

Jennifer is THE worst, a worst among many and varied worsts. If there was a gold medal at the Worst Olympics, Jennifer would be the one getting the perfect ten from the judges and standing on the podium, flashing her gold medal while everyone pelts her with popcorn and bottles, on account of her being …

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Motherhood v Business

My mother, for better or for worse, was of the opinion that motherhood and business leadership don’t mix. She was pretty vocal about it, too, and for a while I took on that outlook as my own. Over time, though, I started to realise that maybe it’s not that cut and dried. Surely, I thought, …

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Terrific Tadka

We all have that one thing that inexplicably delights us. For me, it’s making the perfect dal tadka. Soaking the lentils, sourcing the ghee, getting the right proportions of cumin, mustard and coriander seeds, crushing the ginger and garlic on a handmade ceramic grating plate, using my sharpest paring knife to slice the chillies… it …

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Mad Garden Skills

I’m so impressed with the gardening skills on display in my street. I feel like all the neighbours are really killing it at the moment – or not killing it, so to speak, which is an achievement given the recent heat waves. In particular, I take my hat off to those who think to plan …

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Bunions and Calluses

I like to think of myself as a casual musical person. Like, they’re not ‘me’, but I will go and see them if they’re really good. Why not, yeah? Musicals are good fun; basically mashing up overacting with music. That’s always good to see live. And everyone was already going to see Andy-Boyd Web’s new …

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My Musical Breakup

I’d say things became pretty tough when my girlfriend joined that cult – I mean, club, but it’s basically a cult – that revolves around music. That was pretty weird, but she hadn’t asked me to join and I was trying to be a supportive boyfriend so I was all like, “Good for you, babe; …

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