How I learned a valuable life lesson from the crew of Red Dwarf

How I learned a valuable life lesson from the crew of Red Dwarf

If you were a sci-fi fan in the eighties and early nineties, you will no doubt remember the satirical British series Red Dwarf.

Not only was it a brilliant romp through time and space, but it also had some surprisingly wise things to say about life.

For those of you unfamiliar with…

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Warm Pumpkin and Cous Cous Salad (Vegetarian/Vegan)

A delicious salad from our resident craftswoman Lisa Haas


I c wholemeal cous cous

500g pumpkin (cut into 1.5 cm cubes)

8 Spring onions (finely chopped)

¼ tsp cumin

1/8 tsp cinnamon

Freshly ground black pepper

1 tblsp lime juice

30 ml olive oil (and 15 ml extra)

Small bunch fresh mint

Bunch fresh coriander

¼ c pumpkin seeds, roasted

1 c…

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How to lose your ego

Midlifexpress columnists, Sue and Claire, discuss the reaction of colleagues when Sue experiments with losing the ego and her amazing experience as a DNA robot.

What happened to midlifexpress?

You might notice that our site has dramatically lost all its content.

And you might be curious as to where it all went.

Last week the Wordpress installation that runs Midlifexpress had a midlife crisis. A script on the site went rogue, caused mayhem and burnt through all of our allocated CPU.


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Don’t stop the boats

A friend rang yesterday to tell me something Australian Green’s Senator Christine Milne just said in Parliament.

“Sue,” he said, “Remember your suggestion about stopping Indonesian people smugglers?”

“Yeah,” I replied.

“Well, I mulled over what you said and then I spoke to a representative at Christine Milne’s office who promised to pass it on to her.”


“Guess what?…

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Neurotica: Must click lust

Woody Allen said if you want to make God laugh then tell him your plans.

I told God I’m writing a self-help book and I want it to be a bestseller. He said I should be a stand-up comic instead. He could do with more laughs.

This is what I’d call an Almighty Setback.

But I’m…

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Neurotica: Back to the Pliocene

I’d never heard of the Pliocene Epoch until a few days ago. Now I’m an expert.

This is because I need to prepare for new environmental conditions.

Here’s why: An observatory in Hawaii recently measured atmospheric carbon dioxide at 400 parts per million (ppm). We have to go back three million years to find…

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homing pigeon

Neurotica: Don’t leave me hanging on the telephone

I know many people appreciate the telephone. I am not one of those people.

When my telephone rings, I panic. This may have something to do with my thought processes.

Here is what I think:

Who’s dead?

What does this person want?


What the hell is any of it to do with me anyway?

The telephone is…

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Check out our eBook store

Nobody loves a good eBook more than our Midlifexpress team. We love them even more when they’re written by our resident alchemist Robert Gosstray, our health and wellbeing editor, Claire Bell and our seasoned computer geek, Sue Bell.

That’s right, Midlifexpress has taken popular posts, new content and non-fiction books and published them as print-on-demand and eBooks.

We have a series…

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Yuletide hiatus

Dear Readers,

Postings will be sparse over the coming week whilst we partake of yuletide comestibles and the largesse of family and friends.

Many thanks to our wonderful writers including Merridy Pugh, Robert Gosstray and Carole Fogarty.

Until we regale you with our edifying missives once again, may your Christmas be peppy and…

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When Apple meets Vulcan

For those of you who use LinkedIn and subscribe to groups, you might have the occasional job advertisement landing in your email. Generally, the advertisements target your skills and expertise but some inevitably go astray.
This one’s for a Content Production Manager at Apple and, although it’s in  English, much of the language is barely comprehensible (and…

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Bear in Mind

What would we insomniacs do without the overnight BBC World service? Where else could we find such a spectrum of novelties in the dead of night?

Feisty presenters, ever tolerant of those who teeter on the wild side, take us through the dark hours with humour and aplomb. A good sense…

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Midlife Women, Grab a Chair and Blossom

The culture of fear, promoted by so many ‘experts’, is growing. This big, bad world, is not always so bad.

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Interview with Sue Bell about Ebooks

Here is an interview I did with The Advocate newspaper in Tasmania. The interview was about the process of writing and publishing a book to the Amazon Kindle store.

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Welcome to Sydbourne

Many years ago, when I lived in London, a geographically confused English man asked me if the suburbs of Melbourne and Sydney met. After my astonished laughter subsided I explained that the considerable distance between the two cities meant there was no possibility a suburb of one could encroach upon…

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PHD or Website

How I started a PHD but got a Website Instead
The genesis of Midlifexpress was a botched attempt at a PHD. Initially my plan was to devote three years researching mobile devices in education based on my observations of teaching technology in high schools. I obtained a scholarship attached to an…

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Chick Lit Origins

Chick lit has been around for a long time. It hasn’t always been in that form though. This genre of literature, written for young women ages 20’s to 30’s, is a form of feminist movement.

Authors of this genre tell stories of average, everyday women who must go through life down…

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Developing your Personal Style

Have you ever been out and seen someone with incredible style? Have you ever found yourself wondering how people are able to put together great outfits? Perhaps it is time for you to develop your own personal style. One thing about fashion, every trend is not for everyone.
Step 1: Determine…

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Skin Type 1-6? You Should Know Before You Go Laser

So… you’ve finally decided that the hair on your chin or down the side of your face has to go!

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Salute to Susan Boyle

By now we have all heard about Susan Boyle, the singing sensation who has taken a U.K talent show, not to mention the world, by storm.

This frumpy, middle aged woman from Scotland has the voice of a professional singer and wants to follow her dream of being on the stage. Countless…

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