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    TheNext40 — a great motivator
  • Years ago I bought a simple second-hand bookcase I liked the shape of. At some point I decided it was a bit tatty and thought … [Read more…]

    A cheap bookcase refreshed
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    Wellington in the red
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    No novels round here, but a daily blog
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    A Melbourne mystery
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    The yellow fuzz
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    A glitch in time is mine
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    Saved by the felt
  • Between our bach and the beach are two tiny lakes which always have interesting wildlife in them. A pair of black swans raise … [Read more…]

    The singing of the frogs
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    Spears at the ready, it’s flax time

Real Life

Mum and me, 1955ish.

TheNext40 — a great motivator

Rather than a major birthday marking the end of something, for me it’s marked the start. I’ve made myself a hashtag which is proving quite motivational.

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Reviews

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Recharging your iPhone is simple with Magicstick

The Magicstick iPhone and Kindle charger by Powerocks is an extremely handy gadget to keep in your bag. It weighs only a few grams, is reasonable inexpensive and can recharge your iPhone twice before it has to be recharged itself.

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Science and Tech

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A better Barbie book

A book published in 2013 reveals terrible attitudes about women in computing. Luckily, the Internet put it right.

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TheNext40 — a great motivator

Mum and me, 1955ish.

Rather than a major birthday marking the end of something, for me it’s marked the start. I’ve made myself a hashtag which is proving quite motivational.

Read more…

A cheap bookcase refreshed

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I stripped a cheap bookcase I bought and used tung oil to refurbish it. The results are very satisfying.

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Wellington in the red

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Wellington’s pohutukawa trees are finally flowering, and they are as splendid as ever.

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No novels round here, but a daily blog

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My experiment in writing every day for a month has been a success. Whew, I can still write after all.

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A Melbourne mystery

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It’s a bit of a relief to read an Australian mystery book for a change. The book is also enjoyable and well-written.

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The yellow fuzz

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Lupins: lovely but fiercely scented and allergy producing.

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