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December 2016 Thumbs

Up Carols – The religious side of Christmas carolling is pretty weird, but there’s something empowering about belting out tunes at the top of your lungs. Regifting – Some people frown upon this practice, but as long as you don’t regift a present to the person you received it from, we don’t see the problem. […]

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Photo: Doggie Rescue

Dog for Adoption – Angie

NAME Angie AGE 10 years SEX Female BREED Maltese x WEIGHT 3.6kg Angie is a gentle, affectionate girl. She has a bright, happy nature, is very social with other dogs, and does not mind cats. She has a non-shedding coat. She came from the pound with mammary tumours and terrible teeth, but this has all […]

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Photo: People's Park; Centennial Park - A History


Not many things make it to 150 years old. Time withers away even the strongest of structures. The oldest living woman in the world, Jeanne Calment, passed away at 122 years, 164 days. Hell, even Sydney University’s famous quadrangle jacaranda tree recently gave up the ghost after 88 years. The so-called “green lungs of Sydney”, […]

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Video of the Week – This Panda Is Dancing…

This Panda Is Dancing from Max Stossel on Vimeo. In the Attention Economy, technology and media are designed to maximize our screen-time. But what if they were designed to help us live by our values? What if news and media companies were creating content that enriched our lives versus catering to our most base instincts […]

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The kind of kids everyone loves to hate.

Ban The Budgie Smugglers

While I generally leave calls for the banning of particular pieces of clothing to the red necks and racists with a vendetta against various forms of religious headwear, recent happenings have led me to jump on the bandwagon. But it’s not burqas that I have beef with. Nor is it niqabs that get up my […]

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Photo: The Bondi Travel Bug


The famed statue of David, the Ponte Vecchio, the exquisite Florence Cathedral and the Uffizi Gallery, jam packed with works of art by greats such as Michelangelo, Botticelli, Caravaggio and Leonardo di Vinci, are just some of the reasons to visit Florence. What I found pleasing about Florence was that in our three-day visit we […]

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Dog For Adoption – Phoenix

AGE 8 years SEX Female BREED Staffy X Kelpie WEIGHT 16.2kg Phoenix is a bright, happy girl. She loves her walks and pulls a bit initially, but she soon settles into the swing of things. She sometimes barks and pulls toward passing dogs. She knows ‘sit’ and loves pats and cuddles. She also loves kids. […]

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Photo: Andrew Olah

The Happiness Trend

Remember the ‘Happiness Trend’? The trend promulgated by the Dalai Lama, which was quickly adopted and manipulated by Eastern Suburbites to validate the purchase of luxury items and showy displays of conspicuous consumption under the banners of ‘you deserve it’ and ‘live the dream’? The trend which exhorted stressed-out rich tossers to be mindful by […]

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It's hard to plough someone you hate.


It’s disturbing how often I see couples in my practice who, in their first session, just fight and accuse each other of the most terrible things. When I ask them why they are still together, they tell me it’s “because we love each other; we would like you to help us”. Often all I can […]

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Gotta love nurses

November Thumbs

Thumbs Up Nurses – These amazing human beings work their arses of for bugger all remuneration, so the least we can do is offer them some praise. Thanks nurses! Delilah Rose – The Beast welcomed another child to the fold in late September in the form of Dan’s beautiful little daughter Delilah Rose Hutton. New […]

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