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Two of our clients have interesting natural last-minute gift ideas for people in or near Brisbane.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit http://gbsbas.com.au/ to find out more and what’s available, fully funded by the Federal Government’s AusIndustry.
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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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
Polonia Polish Club
0402 210 712 email@example.com
Need we say more? A grab from today’s ABC News 24 bulletin shows the hilarious superimposition of a screen graphic over the wannabe president’s lectern. My, oh my, the Conservatives are going to have a meltdown!
It appears rear-ended-ness is coming back into fashion with computer programmers too. Here’s an error message we collected yesterday from a scanner program gone wrong …
Don’t forget to visit our Strictly Literary bookshop to find out how Peter Beattie thinks US politics is broken.
Dallas Scott of the Garden Shed in Longreach tells us she is delighted to offer free postage within Australia for Christmas gifts ordered before December 10th. Here’s a look at her latest specials. Thanks Dallas!