Build an ADMIT KIT for unexpected hospital admissions when travelling

You never know when an unexpected medical problem will interrupt your trip with a hospital visit. Here is a list of useful items to take with you. Even better, if you (or a family member) are about to go to hospital, or you frequently require admission, why not make an admit kit. A small pre-packed bag with your name & contact number clearly attached to … Continue reading Build an ADMIT KIT for unexpected hospital admissions when travelling

How do you sleep when it’s 43 degrees Celsius?

Many parts of Australia are expecting temperatures consistently approaching or above 40 C (105 F) this week. Some areas will top 45 C (113 F). It’s hard enough trying to get our day to day activities done in these conditions, but imagine for a moment if you were trying to sleep through them overnight. For many shift workers this is a reality. Nurses, doctors, police, … Continue reading How do you sleep when it’s 43 degrees Celsius?

Update: switching to an ‘old-style’ safety razor.

A while back I wrote about my experiment swapping over to an old style safety razor in an attempt to decrease the plastic waste from my disposable razor cartridges. Here is my report back on the experience thus far. It feels a little different The first thing to note is that using a safety razor feels, well….different and requires a slightly different shaving technique. My … Continue reading Update: switching to an ‘old-style’ safety razor.

The sandwich bag

Yes of course it’s degradable! Over thousands of years stuff like this degrades into microplastics that enter the food chain bringing with it chemicals such as styrene, toxic metals, phthalates, bisphenol A, polychlorinated biphenyls, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that may be absorbed into it during the manufacturing process. Your selling point would be……??? Since the early 1950s we have discarded around one billion tons of … Continue reading The sandwich bag


This is a difficult movie to watch. It will confront you. It will upset you.Don’t watch it now, rather, set aside some time when you are ready. But please do watch it. My own diet is predominantly plant based. I would not call myself a vegetarian as I occasionally eat fish and I consume dairy products. I have dabbled in veganism but found it really … Continue reading Lucent

The nasty creep of visual pollution.

Advertising agencies seem to be pushing their marketing strategies into every nook and cranny of our daily experiences. For the last few days there has been a billboard truck parked on a busy corner not far from where we live. Whist I understand the business model and can tolerate these things driving around on the roads, the practice of parking them in prime locations as … Continue reading The nasty creep of visual pollution.