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Career Crisis

I’m starting to freak out. I graduate from high school in a week and I have no idea what I’m doing with my life. I put in a few uni preferences for teaching and psychology, both of which I feel are just cop-outs. Everyone does those when they don’t know what to do. I don’t …

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Boat Watching

When I was a child, I used to head down to the marina and watch the boats come and go on the weekends. I hear that a lot of children are fascinated by planes or trains, but not me. I thought that boats were the most interesting things in the world. For a long time, …

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When You Assume…

Green is not a creative colour.  Can confirm; I’ve spent my entire life at an academy for the arts and philosophical sciences, since both of my parents are professors here, and one thing I know for certain is that green- the colour- is not creative. It has its uses, but it’s not nearly as creative …

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Ranching Out

My wife wants to buy a ranch, and I’m… where to begin? For starters, we’ve only just managed to get a house in the suburbs up and running, and overseeing a ranch seems like a real jump from there. Secondly, for a property to qualify as a ranch, don’t you need to be raising cattle …

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50 Shades of Orange

What is orange? Does peach qualify to go under that umbrella? What about terracotta, butterscotch, or persimmon, for that matter? More to the point, what is the prevailing opinion on this? Regardless of the technical definition, it’s imperative that I please this client, and she made it extremely clear that the staircase must be orange. …

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Revival of the Epic

They said it couldn’t be done. Well, check me out, world. I’m the CEO of the southern hemisphere’s only theme park inspired by Finnish folklore. That’s right – Kalevala Land is go! It’s still in the early stages – we haven’t actually built it yet – but still, the investors are there, and so is …

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Covetable or Crass?

I’m not above flipping through the odd home and lifestyle magazine – say, Rogue Living – and having a good hard gander at the latest in luxury interiors. I like a trendy kitchen splashback as much the next person, and I get a kick out of new approaches to tiling. Like, how are people still …

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No Judgement…

Fashions come and go, but you know what sticks around? Quality construction. Like, it literally endures through time, whereas things made primarily for the purposes of fashion tend to come apart in one way or another. This is not to have a dig at fashion, but more just to point out its transience. That might …

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Works For Me

What does your home office say about you? Everyone has one these days, whether it’s a laptop on an upturned milkcrate shoved in the corner of your bedroom, a cosy nook with a desk, a shelf and a few pot plants, or an actual, dedicated room with its own sound system and lockable door (luxury). …

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Paranormal Property

Kids are full of weird requests. Whether it’s a peanut butter sandwich without the peanut butter, or a banana that’s an orange, or a pet boa constrictor, or harpsichord lessons, there’s no end to the outlandishness. I thought I’d heard it all, but even I was taken aback when Francis asked if we can buy …

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