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.
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 🙂
The new national vision from Queensland’s own Peter Beattie is available now exclusively through our Strictly Literary bookshop.
Make sure you get your copy here first … in print or for Kindle and Android. In the meantime you can browse our extensive libraries and buy Peter Beattie’s first thriller novel The Year of the Dangerous Ones:
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 …
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!
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.”
Who would have thought that we could buy a major consumer durable item like a washing machine cheaper from a Longreach shop in drought-stricken Western Queensland than from a bigger town or a major capital city? But today we proved it and here’s how it went.
We needed a new front-loading washing machine because our old one (at least 10 years old) was showing strong and certain signs of conking out. As managing director Pip had pointed out during the old machine’s descent, the washing machine ranks alongside the oven and cooktop as the most important appliances in the modern home.
So up the main street of Longreach we went to Leading Appliances and they had two on offer: a Simpson and an LG. After dutifully inspecting the merchandise and the product guides, and quizzing the staff, we chose the LG and arranged delivery for this afternoon (it would be about 500 metres’ drive in their little truck). Total price: $799 + $20 delivery = $819.
Now, because I run this shopping blog, I couldn’t resist the urge to test the market and see how much more or less we might have paid shopping either online or in Brisbane. So here are the results, based on identical products, real-time online shopping and delivery prices tested today:
LG offered the machine we bought, the WD12021D6, on their website for $969, not including delivery. That was a pretty clear result.
Harvey Norman, $749 + $199 delivery (nearest shop is in Emerald, four hours east) = $948.
Good Guys, $698 + $550 delivery (looks like the nearest location is in Rockhampton, eight hours east) = $1,248
BiRite (nearest shop is in Blackall, two hours south-east), $798 + $49 delivery = $847.
So there you go, little old Longreach and Leading Appliances … score for you today! Now if only they sold wine? 😦