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My top energy and cost-saving hacks for this winter

My top energy and cost-saving hacks for this winter

I tend to avoid listicles, i.e. lists posing as stories, but given the icicles metaphorically are at least freezing much of the land, here are some of my energy and cost-saving hacks. Now for those uncertain about what a hack might be, the dictionary definition puts it perfectly: "Life hacks," as they are known, are all about eliminating life's manifold frustrations in simple and deliciously... read more>
Why do older models often look so… ‘old’?

Why do older models often look so… ‘old’?

What should age look like? Or rather, is it pointless to try and stereotype any age cohort, especially the older ones, as there’s so much natural variation. The question came to mind when I saw the spritely faces on this ad for 65+ volunteers for a medical study (RSV stands for Respiratory syncytial virus). Maybe the models are aged over 65, and if so, good luck to them, but the years i... read more>
The Truth Behind The Lost Art Of Being Irreverent - or is everything sacred?

The Truth Behind The Lost Art Of Being Irreverent - or is everything sacred?

It's the most memorable and outrageous job I ever had in journalism, and some days I and maybe readers miss it too. Those of a particular vintage and geography will recall Melbourne's Truth newspaper, a salacious tabloid that closed in 1993. It titillated both the highest and lowest of that righteous city's citizenry for ninety years with a saucy mix of scandal, horse-racing tips, and bed... read more>
Travel Insurance: an essential or a hindrance?

Travel Insurance: an essential or a hindrance?

76-year-old serial cruise ship passenger Steve Snell currently has four itineraries booked.  But he was shocked to find that the first insurance quotes he received for the trips added to over $10,000. While cover for a trip to Bali cost him just $184, a three-cruise trip around the world was quoted at over $9,000. His story is a reminder of why it’s a good idea to look at insurance fir... read more>
The oldest man in the world’s secrets revealed

The oldest man in the world’s secrets revealed

Photo credit: Guinness World Records   At the weekend, the oldest man in the world, verified by the Guinness Book of Records, celebrated his 113th birthday with a daily drop of an aniseed spirit.   Juan Vicente Pérez doesn't hail from longevity's officially recognised 'blue zones' such as the Japanese island of Okinawa, the Greek island of Icaria or even Italy's Sardinia.   He comes from ... read more>