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South Australia’s coronavirus lockdown: open letter to the Premier

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Vietnam: It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time

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Your outrage doesn’t mean you’re right

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I have been very active on Twitter of late. What am I talking about? I have been very active on Twitter full stop! I love it because of the people, the information, the fun, the frivolity and the seriousness of it all. But I have noticed that because I chat a lot there, I don’t do much writing here. So I have made a vow to try and write at least on post every week or so. Promise!

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I work because I have to. I’d like to say that I work because I enjoy it, but that’s not exactly true all of the time. In my current job (in learning and development), there are bits of it I enjoy: the people who sit near me, the view, the having to be somewhere by a certain time, my pay check. Sometimes the people I deal with are wonderful; sometimes they are not. Sometimes the work itself is interesting and meaningful, but most of the time it’s not. And lately, I have to drag myself into the place I spend

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…or my (failed and flawed) foray into the world of romance! I had an “interesting” April, I must say. After being single for some time (and quite happy being so), I went out for drinks for a Twitter friend’s birthday, and met a man who I found interesting, charming and attractive. For all intents and purposes, I was pretty sure he felt the same way about me, because he was attentive and warm and made sure I was looked after the entire night. We really hit it off, and to cut a long story short, we ended up at my

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I tried to disconnect from my digital world one day a few weeks ago. I lasted from 10am until approximately 3.30pm. After less than six hours, I was back on Twitter, tweeting about an overpriced cheesecake I had purchased from a cafe in a less than overpriced suburb, and I had a photo to prove it. A couple of years ago, I was vaguely into Facebook. I was a blogger, so was not completely devoid of social networking experience. I had a reasonable knowledge of building and maintaining a website, which often came in handy. Then I took a contract,

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I am pretty active on Twitter. I follow lots of educators (because I am one, among other things), and without fail, I see all sorts of links to blogs and articles and YouTube videos about how to be a better teacher. I have never seen one that tells students how to be, well, better students. So to address this significant gap in the market, I thought I would put this little Rule Book together. It’s a little bit of a tongue in cheek rant, but anyone in education should recognise certain student traits! Rule #1 Just because you pay for

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A month ago, I had a psychic experience. If it wasn’t, it certainly felt like one. And it is so interesting that I have to write about it. But this story starts 20 years ago while I was at university. I spent most of my Arts degree with a good-looking bloke called Terry, who was a law student. I met him at uni, but I can’t recall how. Maybe we were introduced by mutual friends, maybe we met one night while we were out at the same venue. Anyway, the point is we did meet. We spent a couple of

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I’m a late starter. I’ve only just got a passport at the ripe old age of 46. I’ve always wanted to travel, but in my late teens and twenties I was too busy exploring my immediate world to worry about going further afield. It was the 80s, man, and there was so much fun to be had right on my doorstep! At 29, I had my daughter. And was a solo parent, so had to worry about keeping a roof over our heads and food in our stomachs. Overseas travel was a pipe dream, not to mention impractical! So I

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I have worked in and out of education for the last 15 years. My first foray was in my early thirties, when, upon discovering I was going to be a single parent, I thought I’d better do something “practical” with my Arts degree (apart from serving fries with that!). I’d always enjoyed school, and was good at it, and what with the school holidays and civilised hours, teaching seemed like a natural fit for a soon-to-be single parent. So I signed up and completed my Graduate Diploma in Education, teaching English and Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE). In my

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I like to think I’m pretty innovative in how I approach my teaching. I lecture in marketing at TAFE, and my background and area of expertise is corporate communications, so it makes sense that I am enamoured with how Web 2.0 and social media (SoMe) can produce a rich, engaging and relevant learning experience for my students. Most of my students are Gen Y, and while we generalise about how their technologically brilliant they are, in my experience, it’s generally limited to MySpace (then) Facebook (now) and MSN and texting (still). So with the push for businesses to become more

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I have noticed a strange phenomenon since (some) plastic bags are no longer: whenever I buy a couple of things from the supermarket, and I pull out my green bag to put my purchases in, the checkout chicks/chaps leave me to pack my own stuff! They usually turn their back and have a scintillating conversation with the chick or chap next door, leaving me holding the groceries, and literally fumbling to get them into the bag. Is it that packing is now my responsibility because there was no formal bag handover?  I think there needs to be a new checkout

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The other night I was Facebook, and was fascinated by an invitation to participate in a discussion about Jennifer Aniston, the perfect size and being comfortable in your skin. As you can see, nearly 100 people commented.  Views ranged from just be happy with yourself regardless of the size to anyone over size 12 is a loser to you can be big but also healthy.  I couldn’t help myself. I had to comment. And this is what I said: This is just another insidious way that society tries to control women. Think about it. If we are using all our

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Lately, I have been thinking about (or is that reviewing?) the nature of friendship, and how we make (and keep or let go) friends is very much linked and related to the friendships we cultivated as children. When I was a kid, we moved around a bit:  Adelaide to Millicent to Mt Gambier as my mother’s marriages went pear-shaped. I started primary school in Millicent: went first to a public school, then a private. Then in around Grade 5 or 6, we moved to Mt Gambier, and another private school. My high school (which I didn’t move from) was in

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