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The Flatus Nurse

Life was pretty tough for a junior nurse back in the day*: Military hospital, France 1945: the flatus nurse does her rounds. At precisely 7 AM each morning the flatus nurse would commence her round.Patients would assume the Schlemberg’s position (recumbant with legs held high in the air) and one by one, amidst much grunting, […]

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The Ride

The world is like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are. The ride goes up and down, around and around, it has thrills and chills, and it’s very brightly colored, and it’s very loud, and it’s fun […]

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Review: Wacaco Nanopresso.

I have been a big Nespresso fan ever since I was given one as a gift a couple of Christmases back. To the point were my expensive chrome Italian espresso machine now sits despondently just a metre from its little plastic Nespresso nemesis. Pods, are you kidding me? What about the grind man? What about […]

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How to call an ambulance.

Perhaps you are out travelling on the road, or away on holidays, or perhaps you are just minding your own business at work when it happens.Making a triple zero (000) call for an ambulance is usually going to be a stressful and difficult experience. Taking a little time now to read about what happens when […]

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8 ways to live a healthier life.

Ben Greenfield is a personal fitness trainer who has a master’s degree in exercise physiology and biomechanics. He blogs and podcasts about all things fitness and nutrition. In a recent podcast, he covered some of the basic fitness and nutrition habits that can be developed to improve overall health and wellbeing. The complete podcast runs […]

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FIBBO! and maybe save a life.

There is a popular kids travel game where you call out “SPOTTO!” every time you see a yellow car. A while back I spent some time with my nephew and niece who were right into it,  and it amazed me how good they were at spotting yellow cars that I did not even see. I […]

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The book.

Everyone likes a mystery right? Here is a small one. My parents have this tiny handmade book that has come down through our family. It sits in a silver box in their lounge room…pretty much unexamined over the years. It has some water damage, and the binding glue has degraded through the spine. Some of […]

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The simple genius of baking soda.

Recently whilst house-sitting for some friends I had to deal with a little incident involving their dog Grace, a voluminous poop, and a very expensive, thick pile rug. This required an extended cleaning intensive on my part to extract the particulate matter, followed by an emergency dash to the local shops to pick up a […]

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When Death Comes

The American poet Mary Jane Oliver died on January 18, 2019. She was 83 years old.And now the world needs another poet. At least. When death comes like the hungry bear in autumn; when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse to buy me, and snaps the purse shut; when death […]