Category: Lifestyle

Defence against disasters

Danielle Armour Some of the newest innovations to defend against disasters have been showcased this week at AFAC16 Fire and Emergency Management Conference. A shark detection drone, a firetruck that can withstand falling trees and a fire resistant vehicle that can move cars out of the way and shoot water the length of a football field are just some of the new pieces of technology that will be launched to tackle the disasters that come with an Australian summer. “In the last five years, we have seen catastrophic disasters in our region including the Brisbane floods, bushfires across the...

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Pick the Perfect Father’s Day Gift

Alex Dalland If you’re looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift, don’t buy Dad socks and underwear. A survey conducted in the lead up to Father’s Day this Sunday by ReachTEL found that just one in ten Aussie dads want new underwear for Father’s Day, while nearly thirty per cent would prefer a gift voucher. Other top gifts included power tools (18.5 per cent) and concert or sporting tickets (17.1 per cent). Kids are shelling out more for their dads as well, if Father’s Day in the US earlier this year is anything to go by. The US-based survey...

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National Op Shop Week

Alex Dalland Many Op Shop customers go into a store hoping to find a bargain. According to Pat Daley from the Salvation Army, sometimes they’ll find much more. “Over the years we have found large amounts of cash, jewellery and other valuable items hidden in drawers and clothing which people have forgotten about,” Daley says. Daley has also seen some of the other kind of rare finds in Op Shops – like a prosthetic limb and a box of used dentures – both of which sold! This Sunday marks the beginning of National Op Shop Week, raising awareness for...

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Clear out the clutter

Alex Dalland Ku-ring-gai Council is hosting a workshop on August 25 for older residents who are thinkin about downsizing their property or feel that they just have too many possessions stored at home. With this in mind, Sydney Observer looks at tips from experts on easy ways you can de-clutter your home. Schedule a decluttering weekend Leo Babauta of lifestyle blog ‘Zen Habits’ writes; “Maybe you don’t feel like doing a huge decluttering session right now. But if you take the time to schedule it for later this month, you can clear your schedule, and if you have a...

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Changing dress codes

Juliana Kichkin How the rise of casual dress is a meditation of the breakdown between work and leisure Yesterday PricewaterhouseCoopers announced that it would be scraping its dress code. As one of the leading professional services giants, it’s paving the way for the increasing blur between work and leisure. In May The New York Times ran a story heralding “the end of the office dress code.” Corporate uniforms that create a tone of uniformity are reportedly a thing of the past. According to writer Vanessa Friedman, “we live in a moment in which the notion of a uniform is...

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