Sunday, 29 November 2015
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The Great Outdoors


I’d almost forgotten how much fun outdoor concerts are. Yesterday afternoon as the rain poured down, I asked myself very seriously how much I wanted to see Fleetwood Mac. Sure, the tickets had been purchased ages ago and the band was on my ‘must see’ list, but the weather was ...

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Collecting Rare Collectables


As their name suggests, all rare collectibles are scarce, hard to find items. They can be antiques that are desirable because of their age, type of craftsmanship or some other unique feature that represents the past. Some rare collectibles are so old that they are considered to be antiquities – ...

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A Day Off

lightbulbs on green background, idea concept

Two factory workers are talking. The woman says, “I can make the boss give me the day off.” The man replies, “And how would you do that?” The woman says, “Just wait and see.” She then hangs upside down from the ceiling. The boss comes in and says, “What are ...

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smoked fish - herring/ smoked fish - herring

The flavour of wood smoke adds a real zing to some foods – now the the summer ‘hunting and gathering’ season is almost upon us, dust off your home smoker and enjoy another dimension to your home cooking. Smoking is a nice alternative, or addition to a BBQ. Seafood, particularly ...

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Sing For Your Soul

Singing in the shower

There I was at twelve years old being told by the music teacher at my school that I had to drop out of the school choir. “But why, says I?” “Because,” says she, “your voice has broken and you can no longer sing in tune!” She was right, but all ...

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Forever Learning

Closeup of reading the lesson

Learning new skills is a proven way to keep your brain active and healthy. Today marks the beginning of Adult Learner’s Week (September 7-13). Is there a new skill you’d like to try? Make this week the week you search it, enrol in it or get started. Adult Learners’ Week/He ...

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Keep Learning

new life loading concept on blackboard

Change can be scary as it breaks old habits and routines and can often lead to new experiences or paths in life. Actually change stimulates your brain to keep working and adapting. Physical change and improvement comes about when you try a new activity. Trying something new can be invigorating and ...

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Get New Zealand Writing

Female Elementary Pupil Working At Desk

At a recent parent/teacher interview, my son’s teacher said that while he was doing extremely well in most areas, his writing was below National Standards at the last test. It wasn’t for a lack of ideas or aptitude, she felt, rather a lack of concentration. Writing didn’t interest him as ...

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