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Phone for i-junkies when reception is junk

Phone for i-junkies when reception is junk

Planning to go off-grid for some peace and quiet this summer holiday? It may happen even if you don’t plan it as mobile phone reception can be patchy in any place off the beaten track. If you’re addicted to checking your phone like most of us, help is at hand. (more…)

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You won’t believe what medics are saying about coffee now

You won’t believe what medics are saying about coffee now

Alright, so we all know that twenty years ago we were told eggs were bad and now we’re meant to eat two a day so science is a moveable feast but I’ll take this one; Three cups of coffee a day lowers the risks of death and heart disease. Cheers, (more…)

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A slice of New York in your lobby

A slice of New York in your lobby

What do you have in the foyer of your apartment building? Is it a minimalist corridor with a concrete ottoman and aluminium mirrored surfaces? Or a cosy lobby with a fabric covered couch and ceiling-high pot plant that may or may not be real? Well, if you buy into one (more…)

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Aussie Airbnb host makes $5.3 million in a year

Aussie Airbnb host makes $5.3 million in a year

Anyone who suffers noisy and inconsiderate guests next door and hopes Airbnb will be regulated out of existence is probably wishing for too much. But the more hosts who jump on the Bnb wagon, the more the laws of supply and demand could force tariffs down to make it not (more…)

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

I don’t want to worry anyone but it’s nearly Christmas. It’s a difficult time for some, and by that I mean us, apartment dwellers. We need to plan carefully. We don’t need Christmas Carols like the 12 Days of Christmas to remind us that we don’t have room for lavish (more…)

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NSW government moves to legislate on flammable cladding

NSW government moves to legislate on flammable cladding

The NSW government has taken moves to deal with the flammable cladding crisis. A bill introduced to parliament last week means that if any builders use unsafe building materials and found to have done it intentionally, they could face fines of up to $1millon. “These new laws will make it (more…)

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Put your best pet forward when you apply to rent

Put your best pet forward when you apply to rent

Making your rental application when you have pets can make a stressful time worse and have you howling at the moon – which won’t help, trust me. Some agents are upfront that pets are not allowed by the landlord, and regardless of whether the bye-laws say you can, if the (more…)

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Council plans curfew crackdown on Airbnb guests

Council plans curfew crackdown on Airbnb guests

Another twist in the Airbnb story hit today. Not this time, the problem of unruly guests in apartment blocks with absentee and uncontactable landlords. If that’s a problem you suffer from, a council in Victoria is taking steps that may, just may be adopted in your suburb. ABC radio reports (more…)

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My cat doesn’t make me laugh out loud

My cat doesn’t make me laugh out loud

Isn’t it every cat owner’s dream to make a funny cat video that goes viral on the internet? Alright, I admit it’s exploitative. But any person who shares their precious apartment space with a feline fur kid or two knows that exploitation works both ways. Like the ever more expensive (more…)

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Pregnant woman cooks flatmate’s ferret

Pregnant woman cooks flatmate’s ferret

It’s as story all us fur parents dread. We let others into our apartments to make a few dollars through Airbnb. You might let out your second bedroom to someone you’ve found on Flatmates.com. We ask friends or find professionals to cat or dog sit while we’re overseas.  You just never (more…)

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