It’s Lit

I’m calling it: good lighting is an underrated design feature. I’m sure there are plenty of people with me on this, yet it so often seems to take second fiddle to technology and furniture. In fact, lighting is the meeting point between those two elements, and deserving of just as much attention and prestige as …

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Sheddy Character

Tony has been spending more and more time in the shed. What, pray tell, is he doing in there? I know he’s a tinkerer, but this is getting ridiculous. No gizmo requires that much tinkering.  It makes me wonder if he’s doing some actual building. To the best of my knowledge, though, Tony has never …

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Everything Can Improve

They say a policeman’s job (or a policewoman’s job) is never done. They’re always ‘on-duty’ since they have knowledge of the law and training to enforce it. And I guess I’m exactly the same, because I own my own handyman business, I can do more or less anything around the house that doesn’t need heavy …

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Old Haunt

You might think there’s no such thing as haunted houses. You might say I’m getting carried away by juvenile seasonal traditions that simply don’t apply in this part of the world, that I’m buying into the occult-lite trend that’s sweeping the indie publishing industry, or any number of other excuses to fob me off. But …

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Elevator Acupuncturist

My dad’s an elevator mechanic, and my mum’s an acupuncturist. Now that’s out of the way, and we can get on with the conversation. Can we, though? I’ve gone through life with a disproportionate sense of dread around people asking me what my parents do. It’s a question that tends to be asked less and …

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Your Brain On Holiday

Let’s talk holidays. Specifically, let’s talk about adventure holidays versus ones where you spend the entire time lying on a quiet beach, with a tropical cocktail in one hand and trashy book you bought at the airport in the other. I used to be quite opposed to the latter, thinking it was a complete waste …

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That Stocking Feeling

Having lived for over 380 years, there are one or two things I regret. Compression stockings are not one of them. You know, despite the prevalence of healing magic, no one ever really thought to delve into a branch of the mystic arts related to podiatry. By the time a wizard reaches maturity at age …

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Not the Outdoors!

Sometimes I’ll be lying in bed at night, clutching my Pretty Car Dealer Sailor Hoon body pillow that I got online seven years ago, and I’ll think about all the shows that could have been. Or rather…fake anime. Abattoir: The Fast Steerblender was the first time anyone in Australia tried to imitate the style, and …

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Working Hardly

Identifying trends in office design is easier said than done – they seem to change so fast, it’s impossible to stay on top of it. That said, one thing I’ve noticed is that offices are beginning to look more and more like homes. I’m referring to elements like leisurely layouts, desk-free workstations, soft furnishings, soft …

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Those Forbidden Urges

Man, I could go for a hot burg right about now. Like…it’s been so long since I’ve really got stuck into a hot burg. The last hot burg didn’t end well, and I know the hot variety are more dangerous than the other kind. I just think hot burgs are superior, in general, to the …

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