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Only in Australia – Mini Schnauzer Dog versus Curlew Bird

Location: Shopping centre car park Protagonist: A Mother Curlew Supporting cast: Miniature Schnauzer Dog and Owners Action: Curlew repeatedly confronts the Mini Schnauzer, screaming and batting its fully-spread wings. The Dog owners think this is mildly amusing. The Schnauzer is one minute brave, the next hesitant. The Bird follows the Schnauzer in a threatening manner,… Continue reading Only in Australia – Mini Schnauzer Dog versus Curlew Bird

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Searching for the Silver Lining to Horse Racing and Halloween

It is the race that stops the nation. The Melbourne Cup Horse Race is the richest and perhaps the longest horse race in the world. Held on the first Tuesday in November, in Melbourne Australia, almost every Australian participates in some way in a Melbourne Cup lunch and associated community "sweepstake," - usually for the… Continue reading Searching for the Silver Lining to Horse Racing and Halloween

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When You See Strange Ghosts

I was young, probably the youngest student in the group. Out of the intake of 20 or so girls and two older guys, I had only just turned 17. I had to wait until my birthday before I could start training at the old hospital, as a Student Nurse. All the trainees were eager to… Continue reading When You See Strange Ghosts

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It’s All About the Nails

It's a room I have seen, but never have been. A room filled with comfy reclining chairs where white, seemingly middle-class women sit, invariably talking on their cell-phones, while their feet are washed clean. Ethnically diverse women, primarily from Asia, work long shifts every day and the salon is always full. The tedium of long… Continue reading It’s All About the Nails

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Close Encounters with a UFO

Imagine for a moment you are in the passenger seat of Kim’s car, a two-door canary yellow Toyota Corolla circa 1979. Kim is driving and chatting happily as the car motors along the western highway to a recreational lake and water catchment area, about 80 or so km from the city and your home. Kim… Continue reading Close Encounters with a UFO

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How to Respectfully Say No to Senior Colleagues Requests to Work Longer

It is lovely that we can help others, as long as it doesn't disadvantage ourselves to our detriment. Conversely, it is good to remember to help ourselves as long as doing so does not disadvantage others. With many economies struggling, workers are asked to do more and more tasks in a normal working day. Many… Continue reading How to Respectfully Say No to Senior Colleagues Requests to Work Longer