Topical Tools

I’m fine with having chats about subjects outside my usual areas of interest or expertise, but there is a limit. It becomes an issue when someone keeps bringing such a topic up again and again, to the exclusion of all other topics. This is what Deborah at the shop has been doing lately, day in …

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Hedge of Reason

Some people would call me a perfectionist, although I prefer the term ‘precisionist’ because I don’t really believe in perfection. I’ve searched long and hard for it in my time, and what I’ve learned is that there doesn’t appear to be any such thing. The best we can hope for to come as close as …

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Public Disturbance

“Get your energy storage advice here! Commercial energy storage! The best Melbourne has to offer on page thirteen!” I turned to my friend, sitting in the adjacent seat. Couldn’t we just watch a game of basketball in peace? “Troy, why do you have to pretend to be a 1920s newspaper salesman all the time?” “Extra! …

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Secret Interior Designer

I’m an undercover interior designer. By day, I’m an engineer in a large engineering firm, and by night, I design some of the most important parts of peoples homes, the kitchen, bathroom and laundry. Now, because of the legal agreement I signed at the engineering firm, I am not allowed to practice interior design whilst …

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Saved by the Plumber

Don’t get me wrong, having children is a blessing. I love my kids endlessly and will do anything for them. They’re fantastic, but wow do they drive me up the wall. How many times must I tell them not to draw on the furniture, not to sit on the dog or not to flush things …

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Just Makes Sense

I truly don’t understand why anyone would choose to drive any vehicle other than a ute. And when I say ute, I mean a big ol’ dirty machine, not one of these petite versions designed for city slickers who plan to occasionally drive on a dirt road. Sure, they guzzle petrol like nobody’s business, and …

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Fam Jam

My 12 year-old nephew, Jinny, is doing a school project on the topic of gridlock traffic. Can you believe that? Like, doesn’t understanding traffic congestion require at least rudimentary experience as a driver? Obviously, it’s totally possible for a 12 year-old to get their head around it in theory, and they’ve probably been exposed to …

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To Market, To Market

There was a moment there where it seemed like the real estate market had all but evaporated – the agents’ windows were bare, and nary a ‘for sale’ sign was to be seen on the streets. When you did see the odd advertisement, the asking price was never mentioned, with ‘contact agent’ being the default …

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Dodged A Bullet

Finding a property to buy is easy; it’s wrangling your finances that’s the hard part… at least, that’s what you’d think. I can tell you from experience that finding the right property is half the battle, including when it comes to marshalling the bank to give you a loan. Obviously, that rides on a whole …

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Cool Memoirs

Airy the air conditioner and I sit down at the local coffee shop to continue our interview for its memoir. In the comments of my last blog post, a few people thought it was stupid that Airy uses gender-neutral pronouns, and in response, I say this. How would you feel if you were, say, a …

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