|Ten Things Every Train Commuter
Needs to Know
Executive Style, 4 April 2016
"A couple of years ago, a black and white photo of
a crowded 1950s commuter train was making the
rounds of social media. Not only did many of the
gents in the image wear hats, but everyone in shot
was reading a newspaper. We don't live in such a
different world now - those hectares of newsprint
have been replaced by smartphones in every hand.
However, is there a better way to use your commute
than playing Stack, or bantering with Facebook
Giving advice on getting the most out
of business travel by train.
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|Take a Good Hard Look at Your
Executive Style, 26 February 2016
"Since it shot through the stratosphere of social
media into everyday speech, the expression 'check
your privilege' has carried various shades of
meaning. The obvious interpretation, 'take a good
hard look at your privilege' is how most people
take it. However, I also like the interpretation
that you might check in your privilege in the
manner of a coat check. Whatever the best way of
heeding its message, I've been thinking a lot
about this expression lately. Because I seem,
mysteriously, to have reached Peak Privilege..."
Examining the conceived of inherent
based on my own recent experiences.
full article here]
Set Up a Wine Cellar
Newsletter, 24 May 2010
"Sometimes in life
you receive a little revelation, a chance
discovery that makes you look at an
everyday item in a completely different
light. With me, it was wine. Or more
precisely, the practice of letting a
bottle of wine 'breathe' by opening it for
some time before you intend to drink it.
Iíd always thought this was pretentious
twaddle, until one day I unintentionally
left a bottle of red opened for an hour or
Discovering the key
elements in setting up a home wine cellar.
Your Life Choices,
"It isnít always easy
being retired, especially if youíve spent
a lifetime in a busy job that never gave
you the time to develop hobbies. Lynne
Landy, founder and patron of
Greatconnections, an organisation that
links skilled retirees with not-for-profit
organisations in need of professional
help, has met many people facing this
An interview with
Lynne Landy, founder of the organisation
The Outland Institute,
15 August 2009
"Do you consider
yourself a champagne socialist? Are you a
member of the cappuccino-sipping elite? If
those expressions seem odd, itís because
theyíre dated. Champagne socialist was
coined some decades ago to describe a
left-leaning toff, and
'cappuccino-sipping' only carried
opprobrium when a cappuccino was new and
trendy Ė a time we now know as 'the
Keeping up to date
with the art of political insult via the
media of coffee and wine.
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|Starting Your Own Wine Cellar
Guide to the Good
Life, 6 July 2009
"'A jug of wine, a
loaf of bread and thou beside me singing
in the wilderness.' Persian poet, Omar
Khayyam, penned these words almost a
millennium ago, but the appreciation of
wine is as popular as ever, as is the
practice of cellaring wine to develop its
full potential. So how's it done?"
A guide to laying
down wine in the comfort of your own home.
||The Pie Lady of
Your Life Choices,
"I meet Beata
Zielinska at the Willa Lubicz, a charming
1930s hotel on a hill in Gdynia, an
industrial port city just north of Gdansk.
Sheís a neatly turned out middle-aged
blonde in a fur-lined coat and jeans,
holding a big, practical-looking gold
handbag. As she sits at one of the genteel
hotelís cafe tables and orders coffee
while an espresso machine hisses loudly
behind her, she explains why the paj."
The reverse migration
experience of a woman who manufactures
Australian pies in Poland.
||Sale of the Century
crisis? What crisis? Itís true that the
worldís economies are going through some
serious tremors; but for the first home
buyer in Australia, thereís never been a
better time to purchase a home. Interest
rates are down, the first home owner grant
is up, and outside the state capitals
there are many affordable new housing
developments on offer."
apartment developments in regional
||Given the Chance
"The program short
circuits this problem by matching
newly-arrived refugees with local mentors.
Itís a win-win situation... the refugee
gets the benefit of the mentorís networks
and local work experience, and the mentor
gets to make a positive contribution to
another personís life, providing a hand up
just when itís most needed."
A profile of a
successful refugee mentoring scheme.
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"The birth of a child
is always cause for hope; a new spark of
life to carry its familyís hopes and
dreams into the future. But in this place,
still haunted by the tsunami, the arrival
of a new life seems more powerful and
positive than ever."
Relating the work of
World Vision with families in Thailand and
MOB, April 2007
asked four mobile users, of different
ages and backgrounds, about some
problematic situations... In the end,
mobile etiquette and safety are both
about paying attention to the world
around you. So watch out for others and
keep your mobile safe, and we can all
text happily ever after."
Examines the issues
of mobile phone etiquette and safety,
including users' opinions.
reasons are abstract and hard to
describe: a need, deep down, to retain
the ability to get up and go, to travel,
and to make dramatic changes in my life
when desired. Am I fooling myself? Or
can the deliberate choice to not have
children make sense, both personally and
An opinion piece
examining the choice not to have children.
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Maxwell Smart is sitting in the middle
of a crowded theatre, when heís
embarrassed by a louding ringing from
the concealed phone in his shoe.
Yesterdayís TV gag is todayís question
of mobile phone etiquette. Most of us
have got the message about not using
them in cinemas by now, but what are the
rules about using them in cafes? Or in a
meeting with a friend? Or on public
A look at vexed
issues involving the polite use of mobile
phones, with comments from users.
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