The great Perth rental swindle

Taking photographs of the inner-city apartment to use in advertising in the vain hope we jag a tenant before our final get-out date on May 28 was somewhat harrowing. Turns out we (ok, largely I) own a lot of random crap. In the photos, you could play spotto with the following items: a TARDIS-shaped super-sized…

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Birthday cakes and banshees

I have a recurrent excited stomach feeling, like when you’re a kid and you know it’s your birthday and you’re going to get presents but you haven’t been given them yet. It’s also equally a feeling of dread, like you’d get from the fear that no one will in fact come to your birthday party,…

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Vale Joan Rule

Joan Rule, my grandmother after whom I was inspired to start a blog in the first place, passed away on Friday. Like the many thousands of families which have a member in the late stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, we hope her death was a release. Her mind had left some time ago. Gran was an…

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Magazines and misfits

Quick note: If you’re in media, and haven’t read this blog, do so: http://allysonbird.com/2013/03/19/why-i-left-news/ I don’t have a dedicated magazine-reading habit. New Weekly was probably my favourite as an undergrad. I’d read it up the back of the theatre with my university cronies during Media, Law and Ethics lectures. The irony that I now teach…

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Real Estate ga-ga

No home-buying blog can really be written without pointing out the ridiculousness of real estate agent language. There is part of me that is resisting this as a subject. It’s clichéd, and as an ex-journo I can’t help but admit to some level of grammar-nazi-ism.  Yet at the same time, I’m not without grammatical quirks myself and have…

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The Housing Apocalypse

Over Saturday morning coffee the West told me a “return in buyer confidence” had resulted in a frenzy hitting the property market. “Frenzy” is a great journo word. It has weird letters like “f” and “z” which only appear together in cool words. Like Fezz, and Fezzik, the giant from The Princess Bride. Frenzy turns…

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Lost in finance

I once read “Why men don’t listen and why women can’t read road maps.” (yes, this links to the whole book). There are a number of reasons I found this particular tome frustrating, not least because I’ve never had a problem reading road maps. I do, on the other hand, have a terrible sense of direction.…

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Lawson’s Rule

Lawson the Clydesdale survived the fire that destroyed Southampton Homestead in WA’s southwest, although he wasn’t entirely unscathed. The once hairy-mammoth of a horse was pretty singed. A lot of his coat had been burned off and in the pictures I saw of him on facebook, he looked about as miserable as a young Clydesdale…

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Outsourcing life decisions

Asha speaks Creole. Initially, I thought Creole was a single language. However, a few minutes on the iPad reading Wikipedia proved me only half-right, again strengthening my theory that Douglas Adams was uncannily accurate in his description of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. [Wikipedia] has already supplanted the Encyclopedia Galactica as the standard repository…

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