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I never thought I’d see that…

I never thought I’d see that…

We live in a time of many surprises and not a few shocks. We expect everyday things to change in our lifetime, but it seems we’ve had more than a lifetime of shifts in a handful of years. Things that might have seemed impossible even a few months or years ago happen now. So we’re asking members what’s now commonplace that they never thought they’d see. Here’s my sample list –what’s on ... read more>
Nostalgia: "It's not pining for the past, it's hoping for a future that goes 'back to the future’ “

Nostalgia: "It's not pining for the past, it's hoping for a future that goes 'back to the future’ “

One-fifth of all voters are aged over 65. I heard this on the radio the other day and if you include all those in their fifties, you have a sizable market for nostalgia. The digital domain of everything is clearly not to the delight of everyone, and while we can't rewind the clocks, we can appreciate what is worth remembering. Last week's blog on this subject provoked a couple of comments... read more>
Calling all Cost of Living experts! Time to share your 50-plus years of wisdom

Calling all Cost of Living experts! Time to share your 50-plus years of wisdom

You might have missed it, but Tuesday March 15 was World Consumer Rights Day marked by a campaign for Fair Digital Finance. As raised in this blog two weeks ago, it's a pressing issue, but really the only consumer issue in town for weeks and maybe now years will be the cost of living. As we've all noticed, many items are rising in price. Some like petrol have gone up steeply and suddenly.... read more>
Nothing wrong with pining for the ‘Good Old Days’

Nothing wrong with pining for the ‘Good Old Days’

It's a corny gag that nostalgia ain't what it used to be, but as you get on in life, this feeling can intrude in unlikely ways. My blog last week about the switch away from cash triggered one reader, Ian from Qld, to reflect on the 'good old days'. "Bring back the 1950s and 60's. Things were more simple - you could leave your house and car unlocked. Cars were four-seaters… no radio… win... read more>
How accurate is our official cost of living data?

How accurate is our official cost of living data?

It was said by a female rear admiral no less that “One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions.” As well as rising to the top of the US Navy Grace Hopper was also a professor of mathematics, and she knew a thing or two about figures. So what she might make of the alleged wonkiness of our most studied statistics - on which many political, economic and social decisions are ... read more>