A Chef’s Opinion

Being a professional chef for the last twenty years, has made me very critical of the quality of the food I serve and the food that gets served to me. It’s in my nature. Anyone who is somewhat good at their profession would be hyper aware of their work and the work of their competitors. …

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Dean Pad Deluxe

Finally, my time has come: I’m getting a private office. This is what I’ve been working for all these years. Forget the professional accolades, the awards and the personal satisfaction of achievement – it’s all about finally being able to dictate the finer points of my workspace. Now it’s simply a matter of figuring out …

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A Big Favour

My mother-in-law lives in a van. She’s not often the horrible in-law that you hear about, but the van doesn’t make it easy for us. The problem is, she doesn’t have a real place to call home. It’s great for her. Less so for us, because that means her default place to park the van …

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The Doomsday Device

Who knew that building a doom device would be so difficult? It’s complicated and expensive. These are the kind of things they don’t teach you at the STA (Super-villain Training Academy, not to be confused with the STA; the Superhero Training Academy). Not all of us took Bank Robbing 101, which means funds can be …

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In Hot Water

It seems like outdoor bathrooms are finally taking off. I feel like they were a fairly fringe concept just a few years ago – the sort of thing that people rigged up using an old tub they found on the side of the road, a DIY water heating system and some bamboo screening. Now it’s …

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Career Queries

What’s with the whole ‘having a career’ thing, anyway? No wonder so many teens end up disillusioned when something they’ve thought would be fun doesn’t pan out the way they thought it would. Not that it doesn’t make sense to have an area of specialisation, but surely not everyone’s built like that. Maybe a proportion …

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DIY Sales Training?

In the distant future of 2029, workplace training will be a LOT easier. That’s not the final title of my futurology treatise, but it sums things up pretty well. I was inspired to give this presentation at the Futurist Club after we had to endure a whole two days of workplace training at the printing …

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Thirty Horses

Sometimes a trend is implied rather than outright stated, and if you want to follow the crowd, you have to get a little smarter. Look for the patterns, Start promoting things to your friends before you’ve even been asked! I haven’t actually done that yet, though, oh golly! Imagine if I got it wrong and …

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Opportunities Abound

I wonder if this is how the ship fairing pioneers felt? Or, speaking a little closer to home, Captain Cook and the first fleet? Everyone’s making big plans to pack up and move shop to the great new underwater nation. Emotions are high, and everything just feels fresh. It’s been so long since anyone discovered …

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