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When did the cost of buying gifts become so exorbitant?

When did the cost of buying gifts become so exorbitant?

It’s no longer uncommon for people to spend a huge amount on gifts, ranging from weekends away to designer handbags. Candles and hand lotion don’t quite cut the mustard.

  • by Catherine Lambert

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When it comes to school reunions, people fall into three camps

When it comes to school reunions, people fall into three camps

There’s something about drinking cheap champagne with people who knew you before you were fully formed as a person that makes you assess your own life’s journey.

  • by Jo Stanley
How caring too much is stifling your success
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Wellbeing

How caring too much is stifling your success

A rejection of the “just keep swimming” ethos may be the secret to a more grounded life.

  • by Brooke McAlary
In Myanmar, it was my fellow expats who treated me like an outsider

In Myanmar, it was my fellow expats who treated me like an outsider

Here I was in beautiful, beguiling Myanmar, about to start a month-long trial at its best-known newspaper, but finding a friendly face wasn’t as easy as I’d hoped.

  • by Jessica Mudditt
‘Yes, I swim in the Yarra River and you should too’

‘Yes, I swim in the Yarra River and you should too’

“I surface with a yelp of shock and exhilaration and blow the water droplets from my lips before they dribble inside. A kayaker glides past. ‘You’re game!’ he says. ‘Yep,’ I puff.”

  • by Claire Dunn
The Friends reunion was the very best of America as it used to be: hokey and warm
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USA

The Friends reunion was the very best of America as it used to be: hokey and warm

Even a Nobel Peace Prize winner who escaped the Taliban couldn’t resist it. It’s truly the American dream. Light, comic television can soothe like little else.

  • by Jacqueline Maley
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‘We’re totally different animals’: but these brothers still play together, 50 years on

‘We’re totally different animals’: but these brothers still play together, 50 years on

Ron King and his brother Jeff are founders of veteran Sydney blues band the Foreday Riders, which began playing in 1967. While opposites off stage, the two men share a special connection when the music starts to play.

  • by Tim Elliott
Mate: What’s the history of our most treasured salutation?
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History

Mate: What’s the history of our most treasured salutation?

From Shakespeare to the Australian Constitution (almost), mate is a short word with a long history. So how has the term evolved to become so recognisably Australian?

  • by Tony Wright
How this couple copes with ‘situations that make mere mortals nervous’

How this couple copes with ‘situations that make mere mortals nervous’

Artist Mel O’Callaghan and director-designer-illustrator Clemens Habicht thrive on finding solutions to life’s curve-balls: embracing surrogate birth is just one example.

  • by Susan Horsburgh
Recipe for success: how to decline a friend’s dinner disaster

Recipe for success: how to decline a friend’s dinner disaster

Saying you don’t want to eat the food a friend has brought doesn’t need to be traumatic if you can rustle up a diet acronym.

  • by Danny Katz
Drop your ideas about pole dancing – it’s a fun, alternative way to get fit

Drop your ideas about pole dancing – it’s a fun, alternative way to get fit

If you’d have asked me if I ever thought I’d find myself hanging upside down from a pole for fun, my answer would have been a brisk but firm “no”. Yet, here I am.

  • by Evelyn Lewin