It was interesting to read John McGrath's article in Tuesday's Switzer Daily, about the new wave of 'Searchangers'. Instead of older folk and empty nesters heading out of Sydney, it's now young people and their families heading north to the Central Coast or south to Wollongong. (read more...)
machismo: 1. strong or exaggerated sense of manliness; an assumptive attitude that virility, courage, strength and entitlement to dominate are attributes or concomitants or masculinity. 2. a strong or exaggerated sense of power or the right to dominate. (read more...)
You can hear it coming like a distant stream train. Winding its way around the familiar annual landmarks like the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Halloween and Remembrance Day. As the train gets closer, you start to see the puffs of smoke and hear the Toot! Toot! and you know it's not far off. There's no stopping it now. (read more...)
Of all the things to collect, old coins seem a strange choice.
One collects coins, I would have thought, to spend.
It's money. You amass it, you save it, you spend it. But there are those people among us who like the collect coins, and there's a special name for them - numismatists. Which is not one of those words you use often, or that slips easily off the tongue. (read more...)
"You’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative, don’t mess with Mr. In-Between”
You might remember this golden oldie. It was written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer and first recorded way back in the 1940’s. Since then it’s been covered by everyone from Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters to Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin and Paul McCartney. Its message never seems to go out of date. (read more...)
The proprietor of this information and discussion website, the excellent Mr Peter Switzer asked in his column yesterday:
“Why don’t we ask the country for commonsense suggestions about tax concessions and excessive government payments that could be changed so more and more Australians can contribute to being a part of our economic solution?” (read more...)
In any given week, the busiest shop in my local suburban shopping strip is the active-wear shop. Every Sunday morning they hold a free yoga class and it’s chockers!
Fit young things are crammed in side by side on their rubber mats in neat rows, slotted in between the racks of fluoro lycra and moisture-wicking spandex. The downward dog was never meant to be performed in quite such close proximity. (read more...)