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Life stories

"There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility.Inside of the dullest exteriors, there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy."  Mark Twain
Everyone has a life story to share and wisdom to pass on. Unfortunately, we don't spend near enough time listening to or capturing...
2021-02-06 12:22:54

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The Weekend Roadster

Having a fleet of historic cars should not break the bank when it comes to registration. In Victoria, registration for a vehicle can cost over $800 per year. If you own one or more historic cars, that can get quite expensive.

If you only drive your historic car on the road...
2021-02-05 10:16:13


As a wee bairn, Annie always hated it when her mother made her eat the porridge leftover from the day before. It was cold, gluggy and inedible, a sign of the harsh conditions of her childhood. Annie was born in 1925, in Cockburnspath, Scotland, the youngest sibling of four. At...
2021-02-04 10:22:51

Career Anchors

As part of a professional development activity I was doing today, I was reviewing my Career Anchors. Edgar Schein suggests that every one of us has a particular orientation towards work and that we all approach our work with a specific set of priority and values. He calls this concept...
2021-02-03 09:29:44

Saving, not spending

At its meeting today, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) kept the official cash rate unchanged at the historic low of 0.10 per cent. With inflation low and below the central bank's target, economic recovery remains dependent on the health situation and significant fiscal and monetary support.

You would have thought...
2021-02-02 11:27:36

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Jinba Ittai

Jinba Ittai is a Japanese saying that describes the unity of the horse and rider as one. The Mazda Motor Corporation use this saying to describe the experience of driving their roadster, the Mazda MX-5.
The Mazda MX-5 is a lightweight two-seater convertible sports car manufactured by Mazda in Japan. Ever...
2021-02-01 11:50:36


Snap lockdowns now appear to be the way state governments in Australia will handle any outbreak of COVID-19. 

On the 8th January this year, the Queensland Government locked down the greater Brisbane area for three days, after a hotel quarantine cleaner tested positive to the highly contagious UK strain of coronavirus....
2021-01-31 10:24:17


Last week I came across a pleasant animated short film on YouTube about a man with road rage, who confronts an elderly driver out on Australia's longest, straightest, treeless stretch of desert road, the "Nullarbor". 

The man gets progressively more angry and outraged as the old-man ignores his adversary and continues...
2021-01-30 10:07:30

Google versus the Government

New legislation proposed by the federal government will force the tech giants to negotiate a fair payment with news organisations for using their content in newsfeeds and searches. As a result, Google has threatened to withdraw Google Search from Australia.

Google has about 90-95% of the search engine market share in...
2021-01-29 10:44:55


We all like to please others, but sometimes it is just necessary to say "No".

Saying "no" doesn't mean that you are rude, selfish, or unkind. This is an unhelpful belief that makes it hard to say "no". When we are young, we don't seem to be bothered by saying "no",...
2021-01-28 10:35:12