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Saudi Arabia – according to “City of Veils”

I’m reading a captivating book I picked up by chance at library closing time.  Whilst it’s fiction, I feel like I’ve learnt a lot about Saudi Arabia and the Islamic culture.  According to the story in City of Veils by Zoe Ferraris. – women can’t work unless married.  Inevitably they lie, and if they are …
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Book Review: The Street Sweeper – Elliot Perlman

Oh my gosh, I have literally just finished this book, and fired up the laptop to tell you about it (then being an antique that it is, I brought in the washing… cause it takes that long!) If you’re one of my blog readers who has not read this book, I would strongly encourage you …
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Reading down the library list

Some of my favourite bloggers are doing the Reading Down the House, thanks to Dar suggesting it at An Exacting Life (and her latest update here).  Fiona at Declutter is also on board, and I’m sure I’ve missed a few others.  The idea is to set a shortlist of books already owned to get read this …
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Cable TV (or a holiday past time)

For the week I was in Perth, visiting the BF’s family, I enjoyed the benefits of cable TV (Foxtel).  Oh my my my, if I made a good impression with his parents with my conversation, looks or helpfulness, it may have all been undone by my taste in television.  And if not, certainly for the …
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All time favourite books

I know many of my readers, are readers of books too!  So I thought I would share my top 5 books.  Not my latest reads but the books that years later I still remember and I want to share with others.  And none of them are what I’d call classics either!  Each of them will …
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Book Review: Plastic Free by Beth Terry

It’ll come as no surprise to regular readers of this blog that I’ve recently read Beth Terry’s book Plastic Free (she also has a blog, sorta sad it’s not called Fake Plastic Fish anymore!) . Before I read Beth’s book, I did post all the reasons I’m not plastic free. I loved Beth’s book – she’s real. …
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Book Review: Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson

It should come as no surprise I’m reviewing Bea Johnson’s book, given every Wednesday is devoted to my attempts at getting my (landfill) waste down to zero. I’ve known about Bea and her blog for a while – I can’t pinpoint exactly when.  I have had many weeks visiting with no new content, so it …
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Goals Update – August

Every month, I like to check in with the ‘New years goals‘ I set.  I’m getting a little rusty on updating some of my reporting (like meals and volunteering), but if nothing else, it’s a regular reminder of what I’d like to be doing! Financial Save $20k $26k cash by 22 Dec (for when I get …
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How well do dishwasher tablets work?

So, I’m not sure if I mentioned that I wasn’t really a dishwasher user when I lived alone.  With only 6 bowls etc, I’d never have enough dirty at once to run it.  I was always running out of  utensils and crockery before it the dishwasher was full and deserved being run.  And I always …
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Goals Update – July

Every month, I like to check in with the ‘New years goals‘ I set. Financial $20k $26k target by 22 Dec: ah, maybe this will need to be adjusted again with the move.  I’ll leave it for now, and see how things settke June: $17,938.69 July: $18,035.56 (+$96.87 thanks to moving costs :() 12 in 2 Adventures: …
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