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Nesting and carving now … timber gifts for Christmas

Two of our clients have interesting natural last-minute gift ideas for people in or near Brisbane.

Kelly Matthews of Melomys environmental consultancy in the western suburb of Moggill hand-makes and sells these nest boxes for kookaburras, native gliders, bats, parrots and possums.

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I held one and they’re quite substantial … made of 18mm marine-grade plywood to exacting international standards.

Kelly (who holds two Masters degrees in environmental science) told me that while the boxes are similar designs for these species, there are important differences.

Gliders like their entry door at the back because they’re secretive creatures but parrots like theirs at the front (with a doorstep pole as well) so they can stand there and strut their stuff.

The boxes are priced at less than $100 and are currently on sale for Christmas. So check out her website to finalise your order: www.melomys.net.au.

Next, talented woodworker Bevan Blackshaw hand makes a wide range of useful Australian native timber gadgets and furniture.

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I was captivated (and purchased) one of these top-selling “book birds”. Try this … insert thumb in hole and place inside spine of opened paperback or hardcover printed book. Voila! Book stays open, single-handedly. $12.35 + shipping.

 

 

 

foldingchairsAnd these beautiful stools are $245 each + shipping. They fold up flat for easy carrying and storage. I reckon they might be ideal for the caravan generation.

 

 

 

 

foldingchair1See a whole lot more here and here or phone Bevan in Wavell Heights on 0419 689 723, email timberdimensions@ymail.com.

Get in the room with LEGO® Model building these holidays … starting now

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Susan Boucher is an engineer, she’s passionate about robots and how things work and her new small business Young Engineers Brisbane North focuses on sharing those passions with tribes of 3-6 and 6-12 year-olds.

Susan’s STEM Edutainment workshops start next week in the Brisbane suburbs of Stafford, Herston and Wilston.

I’ve been helping Susan design her new business through my work with Greater Brisbane Small Business Advisory Services and she’s ready to roll.

You can get your daughter or son in the room with Susan for less than $20 for an hour and a half of exciting educational building fun with Lego Challenge and Big Builder sessions.

Call 0451 969 754 or email Susan personally at Brisbanenorth@young-engineers.com.au

Sessions start next Tuesday November 8:

Lego Challenge, 6-12yrs, Wilston State School, Grange, from 3.30-5pm for 5 weeks at $16.50 per week (introductory price, normally $18 per week).

Wednesday, November 9:

Big Builders, 3-6yrs, Stafford Community Centre from 9.30-10.30am for five weeks at $13.30 per week or 5 sessions for $50.

Saturday, December 10 and December 17:

Lego Challenge, 6-12yrs, ILP Learning Hub, Herston, from 9.30-11.00am at $19.80 per session.

Lego Challenge, 6-12yrs, ILP Learning Hub, Herston, from 2:00 – 3:30pm at $19.80 per session.

At the Brisbane State High School, South Brisbane, on:

December 12-14, $70 per day sessions from 9.00am-4:30pm.

During the school holidays, Susan will be running sessions at ILP Learning Hub, Herston, on:

December 16, 21 & 23 $66 for an all-day session 9.30am-4:00pm.

More sessions for January will be advertised in the coming weeks at www.BrisbaneNorth.young-engineers.com.au

If you are thinking about starting your own small business, I have sessions available for booking now, all during November and December to January 2017. Simply call 0413 004 138 or email edupreneurservices@gmail.com. Visit http://gbsbas.com.au/ to find out more and what’s available, fully funded by the Federal Government’s AusIndustry.

Closing in on Dad’s Day

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With Fathers’ Day fast approaching, it’s time to get those brains in gear and decide what to get the special man in your life.

Of course, most of us are on a budget, so we want something that is personal, fun and not too expensive. But buying gifts can be a pricey business, so to remain on target with your spending check out these budget-friendly gifts.

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Personalised gifts  

One of the best things about a good Fathers’ Day gift is that you can personalise it. You can do this by getting a reasonable price gift with his name or initials on it, such as a wallet or pen.

Or how about theming the gift along the lines of his favorite sport or hobby.

You can get Boxt Father’s Day hampers with chocolate rugby balls for the sports fanatic Dad.

Or if you have a little more to spend, why not try a personalised bobble head with vehicle, for those dads that are into cars or motor bikes?

Something to do

They say that a great gift keeps on giving, and if you get your dad an activity that is certainly the case.

Perhaps he has always harboured the desire to be an artist?

Then why not get him an easel and paint set like this? Or a charcoal sketching set?

Or even a cool Zentangle book and some fine-line pens for some artistic meditation?

These aren’t too expensive, and a creative dad will definitely get a lot of use and joy from a gift like that.

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Relaxing

If your dad has a stressful job or even if it’s just the kids that are giving him the runaround, why not treat him to something relaxing for Fathers’ Day?

You could try a massage, although some of the more traditionally macho dads might balk at this. They might appreciate a trip to the steam room and sauna instead though?

If you dad likes to relax in front of the telly, a subscription to a media provider like Netflix can be an awesome choice.

If you have siblings, you can split the fee to make the costs more reasonable.

Then not only does Dad get to watch all his favorite shows, but you can also bond, by binge watching your favourite shows together!

Fun

Fun presents can be a bit tricky.  If you pick something fun, it should also have some long-term value as well. Otherwise, it’s a waste of money that could have gone on something that they would have really enjoyed.

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Some popular and fun presents for gamers include controllers or the latest Xbox or PS4 titles like No Man’s Sky or Saints Row.

If you want to give him a fun surprise, why not get a jumper from a charity shop.

Then wrap the game up in the jumper and wrap the jumper up. His face will be a picture when he thinks that the ugly sweater is his real gift!

Just in time for Father’s Day

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It had to happen! Son Liam enters the retail game with these six-pack holders three-and-a-half weeks out from Father’s Day. He’s only imported 500 and they’re $20 each including postage. Take your pick, as long as you want green, blue, hi-viz orange, red or black … I’ve held them in my hand and they look and feel great. Here’s his EBay page. OMG, I’ll have to help with the packing and shipping 🙂

Cats and Vintage

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Close up of traditional Polish Christmas dish.

Dumplings are popular in Brisbane these days but Polish dumplings known as Pierogi (pronounced pyer-ro-gee) will be consumed at competitive speed next Sunday, June 26.

The 2nd Annual Pierogi Eating Competition will be at the Polish Club, 10 Marie Street, Milton, as part of the Milton Community Festival.

Pierogi are delicate white boiled dumplings with scalloped edges and filled with meat or cabbage or both and smothered in traditional onion relish.

Get in on the action!

How many can you knock off in a minute? Try out from 2pm on Sunday.

First one to finish 15 of these in one sitting wins the prize.

Brisbane Lord Mayor’s makers’ market with fashion market is on Saturday June 25.

Special fund raiser for the weekend is also at noon on Saturday June 25: a vintage fashion gold-coin auction in aid of local animal rescuers and the Cat Cuddle Café Red Hill.

Contact:

Polonia Polish Club

Henryk Kurylewski

0402 210 712 secretary@polonia.org.au

Want to be a citizen journalist?

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Here’s a sample of Giulio Saggin’s new book we have published today:

Giulio Saggin began his career as a news photographer in 1989, at a time when newspapers had photographic departments with photographers, both staff and freelance.

In the ensuing years the media modernised but photographers always had their place.

The onset of the digital age changed all this and the media world is being transformed at what seems to be an exponential rate.

While there might be several million photographers around the world, there are several billion citizens with digital cameras and smart phones on hand to capture news as it happens.

This has resulted in an explosion in citizen photographers, where anyone can lay claim to being a photographer, and whose photos are largely free, or inexpensive, for media outlets to use.

Included in the several billion are journalists who, at the very least, have a mobile device with a camera. In an ever-expanding media market, the economics of one journalist with a camera has dictated they take on the role of photographer as part of their reporting duties.

The phenomenal rise in citizen journalism (photography) and journalists with cameras has had a detrimental effect on photographic departments and photographers around the world.

Many media outlets have chosen to do away with photographic staff and arm their journalists – many of whom side with the photographers – with cameras or smart phones and given them the task of taking ‘photos’ with minimal training at best.

As a result, the vast majority of images produced have been inferior to those produced by trained photographers (who study their art at college for at least 2-3 years, or the equivalent on-the-job training for older ‘pre-college’ photographers).

In most cases the journalists taking photos don’t have anyone to tell them right from wrong, so they have little or no idea if what they are doing is correct or otherwise. They have no way of learning. Photography is a discipline and a lack of discipline in any facet of life leads to chaos.

Visual stories are as complex as their written counterparts. Giving someone a camera/smart phone doesn’t make them a photographer, just as giving someone a laptop doesn’t make them a journalist.

It’s hard to say what the future will bring but it appears one thing is certain. If media outlets are going to want their journalists both to write and take photos, those with skills in both areas will be the ones getting the jobs.

While journalists are being made to take photos, photographers wanting to work in the media will have to learn to write.

The future may well see the traditional roles of journalists and photographers meld into the one term – photo-journalist.

It’s a term that has been in use for decades by those who already write and take photos, and many photographers because of their visual story-telling skills.

If the current trend is any guide, the term will become the ‘norm’ in the not-too-distant future.

Joy takes over in marketing

Everyone feels. In 2012 my research with my friend and colleague Lyn McDonald PhD demonstrated how everyone’s life is made up of feelings and how understanding these feelings is essential for marketing (on the one hand) and purchasing (on the other). These feelings range from Anger, followed in decreasing strength by Fear, Sadness, Joy, Surprise, and Love.

Now it seems some big name brands are cottoning on.

Take a look at this new television commercial from scotch maker Johnnie Walker, which features a hero character named Joy.

So I looked through our video archives (oh all right, they’re called “the Internet”) and discovered it’s been a quiet trend for some time …

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Cadbury Feel The Joy Advert from JustCuriousTV on Vimeo.

There’s even an advertising agency called Joy

If you have a favourite Joy advertisement, please link it in a comment (below) or email me the link and I’ll publish it here with your name.

And be joyful today — it doesn’t hurt a bit!

Energy price bites

Anyone else notice electricity costs went up? We’ve just paid our three months of power consumption in Longreach to Ergon Energy and the bill was $1096.37. Our previous three-months’ bill (August-October) was $512.56. So … more than double.

The difference was air-conditioning, of course. As the weather heated up approaching and during Christmas and New Year, our air-conditioner use increased. Probably doubled, by the looks of it.

Here’s how Ergon charges people in the hot droughted Central Western region for power … take a look at Pages 15-17 (Section 5) … it makes interesting reading.

It’s based on the cost of supply and other considerations, especially in the Mt Isa region … basically electricity supply costs along the coast from Cairns to the Darling Downs “have a relatively low distribution cost to supply”, while anywhere else (except the Mt Isa region) “have a significantly higher distribution cost of supply than the East Zone”.

So if you live anywhere else than east of the Great Dividing Range, or in the Mt Isa region, expect to be slugged big time for your “lifestyle decision”. Hmmm, do we get a reduction in tax rates for the same “lifestyle decision” which results in lower service levels in everything else, including power reliability? Not likely! Let me know what you think …

In the swim for Summer …

Coola Cozzies

Our friend and former Small Business Management student (now graduate!) grazier Julie Brown of Ilfracombe, has launched her new business (above) just in time for Christmas.

Coola Cozzies is Julie’s way of earning valuable off-farm income during the drought but this is no charity … have a look at these wow designs (all created by Julie).

Julie describes them as “Cool, colourful, comfortable women’s and men’s board shorts and UPF50+ rashies, swim shirts and sun shirts.”

Cunningly, Julie has also catered for people at my end of the market (generously composed) and sells men’s and women’s board shorts, men’s and women’s UPF50+ short-sleeve and long-sleeve rashies, and women’s swim tops in sizes to fit women’s sizes 10 to 24 and men’s sizes L to 4XL.

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