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Are You Exhausted by Bad News

Are You Exhausted by Bad News?

The year is still young but already so many people are exhausted by bad news. More than 20 people dead, a billion animals wiped out and almost 5 million hectares burnt in Australia’s fires. If that isn’t bad enough, there is a prospect of another war in the Middle East. We are all praying for
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How to Respect People You Disagree With

How to Respect People You Disagree With

2020 has only just begun, but it has been a very rough start. Much of my country, Australia, has burnt. Regardless of whether or not you are directly affected by the crisis, it has caused every Australian, emotional pain. It has been devastating, but what has made it even worse is that there is such
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The Concept of the Milkshake Duck and How it Took Off Worldwide

The Concept of the Milkshake Duck and How it Took Off Worldwide

In my last blog I wrote about Macquarie Dictionary’s word for 2019 – ‘cancel culture’. Cancel culture is the online phenomenon of boycotting public figures who say or do the wrong thing. I personally don’t believe in ‘cancelling’ people, instead I think you should always give an individual the right to tell their side of
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Are Women More Likely to Reach for Junk Food When Stressed Than Men

Are Women More Likely to Reach for Junk Food When Stressed Than Men?

New research has found that female mice over-eat or binge eat when stressed out. The big question now: are women more likely to reach for junk food when stressed than men? Researchers from Melbourne’s Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health think that the female brain is more prone to overeating when emotional. In experiments
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How Can You Put The Brakes On Your Life

How Can You Put The Brakes On Your Life?

Do you have a regular columnist you read in newspapers? Maybe Richard Glover in The Sydney Morning Herald or Sally Morrell in The Herald-Sun. From time to time I read Nikki Gemmell in The Weekend Australian. I loved her column this year on taking the bus. Nikki wrote, “the bus; that mode of transport Margaret
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Some Facts on World Carbon Emissions

Some Facts on World Carbon Emissions

Okay, I am not going to go there. I am not going to write a blog on climate change, because I know some of you believe in it and some of you don’t. I think there are people more qualified than me to convince you … one way or another. However I read an article
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Has Ignorance and Laziness Won

Has Ignorance and Laziness Won?

Oh my gosh! Have you heard the news? The Apostrophe Protection Society is closing down, because (according to the founder) “the ignorance and laziness present in modern times has won”. John Richards, a former journalist and subeditor, dedicated his life to stamping out the misuse of apostrophes. He founded the Apostrophe Protection Society in England
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How to Think Before You Eat and Avoid Temptations

How to Think Before You Eat and Avoid Temptations

It’s that time of year again, when we are all busy feasting with family and friends and eating what we shouldn’t! I wrote a blog recently about the connection between sugar and stress. It’s a Catch 22. According to one set of experts eating too much sugar makes you more susceptible to stress while another
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Why Women’s Makeup Can Be Dangerous

Why Women’s Makeup Can Be Dangerous

As the father of daughters I was horrified to read a recent study that found most women’s make-up bags are nests of harmful bacteria. The study, led by Aston University in Birmingham, found that there are enough bacteria in most women’s makeup kits to cause sickness. The researchers looked at five key products most women
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A Simple Trick to Staying Motivated

A Simple Trick to Staying Motivated

When once asked how he stayed motivated to write, the famed US novelist Ernest Hemmingway said, “The best way is always to stop when you are going good and when you know what will happen next. If you do that every day when you are writing a novel, you will never be stuck.” In 2017
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The Interesting Story of Christmas Cards

The Interesting Story of Christmas Cards

Do you still send friends and family Christmas cards or do you just flick off an email? Christmas cards are very much a tradition of English speaking countries. It’s not so big in other countries in Europe and definitely not the thing in Asia and Africa. Americans send some 6.5 billion greeting cards a year,
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How Can You Measure What You Have Achieved the Past Year

How Can You Measure What You Have Achieved the Past Year?

The end of the year is fast approaching. Do you sometimes look back and wonder what you have achieved in a year? I like John Lennon’s ‘Christmas Song’ which begins “So this is Christmas, and what have you done? Another year over, and a new one just begun.” So what have you done this year?
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