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How to avoid a tacky Halloween

Sick of fake blood and neon-orange coloured plastic pumpkins? There are many classic items that come out to play on Halloween when it comes to decorating – things like pumpkins, spiderwebs, fake blood, unrealistic dead hands shooting up from the ground, tombstones, and skulls to name a few. While some people can go simply grotesque […]

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Bottles on a Plane: Yes or No?

Most people who have flown internationally in the past few years are aware of the restrictions on flying with liquids, aerosols and gels. Each passenger is allowed one small clip-seal bag of liquids, with each container not larger than 100ml or 100grams. Although it’s undoubtedly annoying to be unable to fly with large bottles of […]

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This could go one of two ways

A friend invited my kids and I over on Saturday night for some supper and a few games of pool. We met in the group I’m in for young widows and widowers, and our boys are the same age. We got talking about hypochondria, and how we tend to imagine the worst since going through […]

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Sustainable life: Best vegetables to grow this summer

Long days of sunshine. Green shoots. Earthworms dancing in the soil. Now is the time to start your summer vegetable garden. Plant now, and by Christmas you’ll have a rich variety of flavour and crunch that is yours to share with loved ones. If you’re new to vegetable gardening, take a moment to get the […]

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The Big Mac is getting a Big Makeover

In honour of McHappy Day this Saturday 14 October, six designs by children staying at Ronald McDonald Houses (RMHC) will feature on the famous burger boxes. Each box will also contain a video message from the kids and their families to bring everyday Aussies face-to-face with those supported by RMHC. Customers will be able to access […]

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Full compensation after a road accident currently on the line

Do you understand the changes being proposed to the ACT’s Compulsory Third Party Insurance scheme? It will be the first issue deliberated by a Citizen’s Jury later this month, but there are plenty who oppose any change to the ACT’s fully-funded scheme. Personal injury expert and Maliganis Edwards Johnson partner James Treloar has asked Canberrans […]

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Launched today: ‘Canberra’s Biggest Garage Sale’

Today, Canberra’s leading community foundation, Hands Across Canberra, launched a new initiative to encourage Canberrans to donate differently this spring. Canberra’s Biggest Garage Sale invites everyone young and old to donate new and pre-loved items. They will be auctioned online with proceeds given to Canberra’s most vulnerable through the Hands Across Canberra Foundation or directly […]

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Daddy Disrupted

Having a baby is a life-changing event for any parent— as well as one of the toughest jobs in the world. But for those dads who choose to become primary caregivers while their partners return to work, the experience also often flies in the face of societal expectations. ~ When Nikolai Jermolajew and his wife […]

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It’s not just a survey, it’s personal

When it comes to my personal life I value privacy. But there are times when even people who quietly go about their day, just getting on with loving the person they love need to speak up. Within the context of a national vote on whether the rights allowable to most Australians can be extended to […]

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When you are never too old to travel

Helene Jermolajew was 62 years old when she embarked on a solo trip around the world to heal from loss and grief. She came back a new woman. “She’s gone,” and with those words my life was torn asunder. The last year of Mum’s life was a horror stretch as she became weaker and sicker, […]

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