Will student debt be the death of small business?

Will student debt be the death of small business?

According to the latest Australian University Student Finances Survey, students are now leaving university with a personal debt averaging $37,217. The situation is even worse in the UK where graduates commonly owe as much £50,000. It’s not great a great position to be in when you’re looking for your first job especially when that job may not be so easy to find. One alternative for many young...

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The worst thing you hear when you’ve found a breast lump? You’ll be fine!

The worst thing you hear when you’ve found a breast lump? You’ll be fine!

When a friend recently found a lump in her breast even I had to rein in the urge to start trotting out all of the ‘reassuring’ talk about most lumps are benign, how many people I know who found lumps that turned out to be cysts, how sure I was that she’d be fine etc etc. I say ‘even I’ because, in You can get through this, I included a whole section on the fact that, as long as...

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From a low to a high standard of living: an interesting story from Quora

From a low to a high standard of living: an interesting story from Quora

I really like Quora – people who share their opinions are often well qualified to do so (presuming, of course, that they are who they say they are!) and the personal stories often provide an insight into very different lives. You can choose topics to follow but, at the moment, I just subscribe to the Weekly Digest because it throws up things I would never have thought to search for. Like this...

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Financial good sense or hypocrisy?

Financial good sense or hypocrisy?

Clive James’ translation of The Divine Comedy from Australia’s bricks-and-mortar Angus & Robertson $40.99, from the UK Book Depository $28.24, both with free delivery. I really, really want to support Australian business. I really, really want to reduce the ‘air miles’ my purchases travel – I’m a local organic produce-eating vegan, for goodness’ sake. But I just can’t bring...

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The worst thing you hear when you have cancer? Staying positive is the most important thing!

The worst thing you hear when you have cancer? Staying positive is the most important thing!

When I was told I had breast cancer my life was already a mess. I felt helpless, overwhelmed and out of control; cancer seemed like the final straw. It didn’t help that I kept on hearing about needing to stay positive. I had been depressed for much of my adult life – how on earth could I start feeling positive now that I also had a double mastectomy, radiotherapy, two courses of chemotherapy...

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Repeat after me: you don’t have to clear your plate

Repeat after me: you don’t have to clear your plate

It’s always a surprise when something you’ve told your children appears to have made. My son told me that he had repeated my favourite saying that ‘the biggest waste of food is eating something you don’t really want’ when he was out at dinner a few nights ago. Apparently, his friend was criticising him for not eating everything he’d ordered and even churned out the old saw that...

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These desert boots were made for (bush) walking

These desert boots were made for (bush) walking

A minor injury drew my attention to my knees and the importance of taking care of them. It occurred to me that I should get some for proper walking shoes; I’m hardly a serious bush walker but I do walk my dog in the bush for half an hour every day wearing desert boots if it’s dry, wellies if it’s wet. More support might be a good thing. Then, as I was searching for my closest retailer, I...

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From a glut of lemons to a global health crisis: talk about unintended consequences!

From a glut of lemons to a global health crisis: talk about unintended consequences!

I’d always assumed that the alcopops revolution started out as a cynical marketing exercise by a major brewery. Apparently not. According to the Independent, it’s all down to an Australian farmer who suggested brewing the lemons his neighbour couldn’t sell. The result was Two Dogs – and no obvious intention to appeal to underage drinkers. But it wasn’t long before the big breweries...

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Perseverance is the key to success. Or is It?

Perseverance is the key to success. Or is It?

An interesting article in the Guardian today: Falling short: seven writers reflect on failure. In the final paragraph, Lionel Shriver says: “We celebrate success, hope for the best, and admire determination. So we shy from acknowledging that there’s a point at which it’s pretty clear that whatever it is we’re so determined to achieve is not going to happen. In which case, why...

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Capsicum Curry? Who’d Have Thought?

Capsicum Curry? Who’d Have Thought?

I wanted one green capsicum but ordered a kilo by mistake – what to do? Too many to eat raw and the only cooked recipe I could find was for Capsicum Masala. In all of my thousands of trips to Indian restaurants I’ve never come across a curried capsicum but decided to give it a go. What a treat – it was absolutely delicious! I also made my favourite chickpea curry and the contrast was just...

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