Category: Social commentary

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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It is becoming increasingly clear that “nice” is, like, so yesterday.  Especially in shops.  The pretty, young things manning and womanning the cash registers of our nation think that customer service is beneath them (once I finish Uni/Tafe/Business College/Beauty School, you can bite me, ‘cos you’ll never catch ME behind a counter serving the general public! Yuk! How degrading!). Except. It doesn’t matter what business you are in, you still have to deal with people.  And the better you are at it, the better you’ll be able to navigate all those pesky career landmines (and people that plant them) that

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On Facebook, I enjoy having debates about current issues with friends.  The Australian Government’s proposed filter (aka internet censorship) was one of those where a number of views were put forward. In one sense, the proposed censorship reminds me of the old argument about school libraries banning certain books! We worry about our kids not being able to read, and then we worry about them reading too well! And given KRudd is spending billions on a faster broadband system for Australia, it seems illogical that from the same portfolio, the new system will be slowed down by a filter (even

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And if I had been the lad-in-waiting for so long, I would do exactly the same thing! Ten out of ten for strategy… Sun Tzu would be very proud. Firstly, I would let anyone who thinks they are a potential Liberal Party leader to step up and have a go. You watch them implode. You want them to run out puff before you take up the reins. You don’t want challengers while you are there – you want to eliminate any opposition. Brendan Nelson fancied himself as a bit of a goer, and he went. Watch Malcolm Turnbull disappear very

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There is a line out of the movie He’s Just Not That Into You that resonated with me.  It went something along the lines of that you have to keep checking a whole lot of different portals just to get rejected and it’s exhausting! While I’m not getting rejected, I do think keeping up with all the social media is quite an effort.  Here’s an inventory of all my online stuff that I’ve got to keep checking and updating on a regular basis – some more than others: Blogs – three of them Websites -two of them Facebook – one

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I went with my sister to see Dan Willis. He was part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival line-up. The brochure looked promising: “Crowd Pleaser” it said. He was British, and generally British comedians are quite funny, so I thought it would be a pretty safe bet. After all, the Brits brought us The Goodies, Blackadder and Yes Minister! Wrong! While he was funny in bits, I ended up gritting my teeth and feeling really uncomfortable and quite squeamish. He talked about sex ALOT. It reminded me of when I used to teach high school, and I used to say to

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