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Supermarket Shenanigans

On a scale of 1-10, how was your recent supermarket experience this week? Were you fortunate enough to leave the store with a general feeling of goodwill to all men (and women), or was it instead a minefield of trolley rage, smash and grab tactics and a total lack of consideration for fellow shoppers that had you flee the store prematurely? If it was the latter, then here are a few helpful hints to ensure that the next shop you… Continue reading

Mobile Phones!

Mobile phones! There, it’s said. Where do we start when we ponder the etiquette of these arm extensions?


Your choice of ringtone says everything about you. If you plump for classical music (‘I am cultured’), heavy metal (‘I’m experiencing a mid-life crisis’), or a movie theme (‘my choice of movie is really going to impress my fellow commuters’) it allows others to judge you, rightly or wrongly, but can you take that chance? If you are racing to… Continue reading

Job Interviews

Do you have a job interview looming? Are you undecided about what to wear?

Are those nerves creeping in as to exactly what questions will be asked?

Here are our 5 top tips to help you on your way.

  1. You must convince a prospective employer that you are interested in the industry. Preparation is key! Do your homework and learn all you can about the company and the prospective job role.
  2. The company will do their due diligence looking at… Continue reading

A Night at the Theatre

This time of year always appears to bring some fabulous theatre productions for us to enjoy locally in Geelong and in Melbourne.

As hosts to such high-brow visitors, it would be only good manners to ensure that our conduct is as impeccable as the performance of the actors themselves, so here are some guidelines as what, and what not to do, in the theatre.

  1. Be in your seat before the curtain rises.
  2. When making your way to the seat, it… Continue reading

Public Transport Tips

It’s Monday morning!

For some, it means the start of another week commuting to work using a public transport system that is invariably overcrowded, under staffed and only running to time if you’re very lucky.

Is it any wonder then that commuters feel frustrated and short-fused before they’ve even stepped foot through the door of their workplace, but it’s so often other people’s bad behaviour that can turn a bad situation into a nightmare.

Here are our tips on how… Continue reading

What does your Handbag say about you?

Have you ever wondered what handbags (designer labels or otherwise) say about you?

One of the best ways to add the essential chic to an everyday outfit is to carry an elegant bag but it really doesn’t have to shout ‘designer’. The trick is to find a bag that is classic and understated so that it becomes a versatile favourite for your wardrobe and will last you years. So often a beautifully put together outfit can be ruined by the… Continue reading

Social Kissing – What a Minefield!

Social kissing! What a minefield! One or two? Which side first?

Is it right to make contact between cheek and lips? Such a simple way of greeting people but one that can so easily leave you slightly embarrassed if you are left ‘stranded’.

Here’s our step-by-step guide.

  1. Approach with confidence and purpose.
  2. As with a handshake, aim for the right cheek first (your left as you look at the person).
  3. Make the contact cheek to cheek only – lips don’t… Continue reading

Overnight Guests

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the thought of entertaining guests for the weekend?

Do you wonder if the room in which your guests are staying will be warm enough for the chilly nights forecast?

Or perhaps you are undecided as to whether you should provide one or two pillows?

Familiar thoughts?

Well, take comfort from the fact that you are not alone, but if you can provide the following basics, you are well on the way to creating the… Continue reading

Plane Travel Considerations

It was recently announced that Qantas are looking to recruit more cabin crew as international business grows, but more tellingly in my opinion, that there is a general shortage of staff for long-haul flights: one would hope that the reason for this has nothing to do with badly behaved passengers. If you are about to head off on an overseas trip, then here are some tips for ensuring your journey, and that of your fellow passengers, is’ plane’ sailing!

  1. To… Continue reading

A New Baby

If you have had a family member or close friend just give birth, here are my top 10 tips on hospital visiting.

  1. Most importantly, within a day of giving birth visits should be limited to immediate family only.
  2. Stay no longer than 15 minutes. It’s an exhausting business receiving visitors and dealing with a new born.
  3. Don’t turn up unannounced. Text the father and ask when it might be convenient to visit.
  4. Bring a small gift, not only for the… Continue reading