Brainwork

In which I swot up on things I should already know

Brush Up On: TALKING WEATHER WITH SURFERS

I am in regular contact with surfers. No I am not a surfer. Dude. I just live at the gateway to a bit of a surf break. One day recently when I was walking the dog along the beach, I was told by a pretty surfie chick in skinny jeans and ugg boots that our beach break (known to locals as Eagle’s Reef or North Marion) is FULLY SICK. That […]

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Brush Up On: MUSIC

Well this could be committing blog suicide – I’m about to reveal my music tastes and possibly lose many of my followers (which are few and very hard won so it would be a shame), but it really is time for me to brush up on music – I’m still listening to Wham. I really am…“Another summer, another vacation is over…” And then, I had a dalliance with Damian Leith, because his […]

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Catch Up On: CANCER RESEARCH (Tasteless Song Alert)

I was recently asked to be a guest speaker at a Breast Cancer Research fundraiser – a night out/auction/raffle for Tassie women called Breasts Out for Research. This event has been running for quite a few years now and has raised well over $100,000 for breast cancer research. Pretty impressive for little old Tassie. It is the brain child of breast cancer survivor Nicole Darcy, who says it is her strong […]

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Take a Stance On: TONY ABBOTT’s CHARACTER (By Request) and FEMINISM and POLITICS (By Compulsion)

I have an automatic aversion to Tony Abbott. However I’m concerned that this is a product of successful political mud slinging spin. I would prefer to think that my opinion is immune to spin but I think that’s pretty unrealistic (actually I know it is – last week I bought wrinkle cream with Kakadu plum in it because it is a fair dinkum miracle cream never mind I have observed […]

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Quick Q&A: HOLIDAY BRIEFS

No not knickers you wear while on holiday, although I do leave my daggy ones behind and only bring nice-ish ones on holiday even though they are seen by about the same amount of people as at home (5 –  most of whom take not the slightest bit of notice anyway). Oh and I did actually buy some knickers while shopping on the Gold Coast so I guess they could […]

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Brush Up On: WESTERN PHILOSOPHY

I KNOW IT SOUNDS BORING BUT STAY WITH ME OKAY, this post has taken me FOREVER because it’s near on impossible to put the words ‘philosophy’ and ‘in brief’ together. I have had to work on this with frequent breaks just to get my eyes uncrossed, but really needed to lighten it all up so I could get through it. So I promise, this is the slimmers version – Philosophy […]

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Brush Up On…ART HISTORY

It’s taken me AGES to pull this one together because it’s so far from my usual field of thought. But it is fascinating. I love how the art movements through history inform and are informed by the events of the day. And I love that I am suddenly keen to visit a gallery and have a better look. I heard that it’s just over 100 years since the Mona Lisa […]

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Brush up on: HOW A DAIRY COW WORKS

I live on a dairy farm but I am far from an authority on this. After nearly 8 years of marriage I still haven’t stayed in the dairy for a whole milking. I know, terrible. But as my husband says – best only one of us smells like cow shit. There are some days though, when the children are sick, the pantry bare and the toilet needs a clean that […]

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A Short Brain Workout

WHAT IS MULESING? (other than a really clunky word) It is the slicing of skin from the arse (or breech in grazier speak) of sheep in an effort to reduce flystrike or myiasis (when pooey bums get flyblown). It is named after John Mules – who first developed the practice – and was first introduced in around 1930 when Merino wool production reached heady heights. The skilled surgical slicing (by a […]

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Brush Up On: FINANCE LINGO

Nasdacks and Footsies? Aren’t they some kind of sneaky sexual games you play at drunken parties? Oh hang on, they’re those things they talk about on the news when I’m waiting for the weather to come on so I can know what to wear tomorrow. Financial Indices, that’s what they are. Financial Indices are groups of stocks that are used to measure stock market performance. People with money smarts (investors) […]

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