Category: Non-car life

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Event + Reaction Does Not Always = Outcome

Personal reflection session. Feel free to ignore. I participated in a development session today and one of the ‘tools’ we were exposed to was the philosophy of personal responsibility by way of the following: E + R = O. Event + Reaction = Outcome. That...

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Support Jim Coggs at the Pan Mass Challenge

It’s that time of year again. For a few years now – dating right back to the Saabs United days – I’ve been supporting Jim Coggeshall in his bid to raise funds for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Mass. Readers of SU and Swadeology...

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Follow Your Dream (If You Have One)

Forgive me for being a little downcast today, but I’ve just been watching another one of those “follow your dream” videos online. I’m not normally a sucker for such things, but this video featured a car guy of some note, so it was a natural...

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Gallery – Beautiful Bruny Island

I hope you had a great Easter. Mrs Swade and I got away for a few days, to visit an area south of Hobart called The Channel. It’s actually called the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, but people have trouble saying D’Entrecasteaux and just called it The Channel....

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Bleeding Heart Lefty

A non-automotive post. Attempt #4. Yes, I’ve been trying to write this one for a while. I am a bleeding heart lefty. I didn’t grow up political at all. I first noticed my political interest around the turn of the century, at 30 years of...

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Blog, Interrupted

Hi all, Forgive the lack of activity but we had a minor family emergency that called me away for a few days, followed by a busy weekend. Normal irregular transmission should resume some time this week. In the meantime, here’s one of my favourite European...

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Goals for 2013 – How Did I Go?

lease forgive this self-indulgence post, but I’ve found this recent tradition (for me) of writing down yearly goals and accounting for them to be helpful, so I’m going to do it once again. On January 1, I listed a number of goals for 2013. Here’s...

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A Year With The Beatles

ne of my goals for 2013 was to get more familiar with The Beatles. I was born in 1970, the same year The Beatles released Let It Be, and subsequently took their own advice and broke up. I grew up hearing plenty of Beatles hits...

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Merry Christmas 2013

It’s Christmas Eve here in Australia. We’ve had a BBQ dinner, played a few family games and ‘Carols by Candlelight’ is on the telly. I’ve got some presents left to wrap before they get distributed at our family lunch tomorrow. All you northern hemisphere types...

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#Auspol – Going, Going, Gonski

Never forget this quote: It is always better to ask forgiveness than to seek permission That was our new Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, after he announced his paid parental leave scheme, a scheme that even most of his own coalition didn’t like. Here’s a few...