“But that can’t be right, you’re always online!”
“But I know you can type quickly”
How can anyone be scared of online chat? Well, I am.
*Warning – this is a serious post about something on The News. If you don’t like The News, just scroll on past*
Whether or not you have had any personal involvement with the immigration system, chances are if you watch The News on any channel you’ve heard of the 457 visa scheme. Every so often, politicians will take aim at the 457 visa scheme as a cheap way to score points on the topic of immigration.
I did it again the other night. The whole thing was even my suggestion. The boyfriend kept going on about wanting to see World War Z. I didn’t even know what it was going to be about. It was my decision to go to the midnight screening. I can still say that I enjoyed the film and know exactly what happened, because the boyfriend kindly woke me up for all the important bits.
Looking at this week’s Aria Chart, there are a few names that take me back in time.....
Sometimes a food item, like so many other products in this world, is invented by a company and marketed so well that it becomes a part of everyday life and we soon forget that we ever lived without it.
Sometimes a trend starts, probably from a TV cooking show or a celebrity chef, for a food item that’s been there all along but no-one really took much notice of it.
Either way, before we know it, there’s a new dish or delicacy making headlines and enjoying its fifteen minutes of fame.
Here’s my top five Trendy Food Items:
It’s true. When I wake up on a summer Saturday, I look out the window and I think ‘well isn’t a lovely day, I must make sure I go outside and do something today.’ I don’t ever think ‘well isn’t it a lovely day, I must go to the beach’.
Firstly, if all the public health adverts on TV are to be believed, we’re not even supposed to go to the beach anymore. Sun exposure is right up there on the deadly sins list alongside smoking and binge drinking.
I heard a passing mention of the band Blur the other day, in fact I heard that it was 25 years since Blur got together. So I decided it was time to take a little trip down Blur memory lane.
Let’s start at the beginning, or almost the beginning, with the excellent There’s No Other Way, from 1991. This video is worth watching for Damon Albarn’s hair alone. Look at it! But most importantly, just listen.
I wrote this post almost two months ago as a bit of an experiment and I’m sharing it now as a ‘pilot episode’ for the post format. Looking at the charts again this week, Robin Thicke has been at number one for eight weeks and Daft Punk are still in the top ten. Thicke’s video has received huge amounts of press attention; personally I thought it was just another why-on-earth-is-this-on-kids-TV pop video and I’d picked it fairly randomly for this post.
When booking a recent trip, I noticed that I had amassed quite a few Virgin Australia Velocity points over the years. Virgin Australia had recently been pushing their business class services, maybe that was the reason why a business class seat to the Gold Coast was available for 13,800 points + $14.99.
Business class not only involves one of those enormous seats that I can usually only stare at with lust as I board the plane and make my way through to cattle class, but it also involves a free visit to the Virgin Australia lounge. Where everything is free!
I don’t mind telling you I’d been dreaming about the lounge almost as much as I’d been dreaming about the trip itself. I’d never seen the inside of an airline lounge before.
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