Facebook’s reincarnated soldiers

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A few years ago I wrote a tongue-in-cheek article about having been a World War One wire cutter on the Western Front.

To be fair, I do have an insatiable fascination for trench warfare and consume books, articles and movies on the topic. I imagine how a soldier, stuck in the equivalent of hell on…

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How I (almost) learned to pick locks from my Year 8 students

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Recently, I supervised an IT class where the students (all girls) were studying robotics.

Unfortunately, the robots were locked in a cupboard.

My set of keys did not fit the lock, nor did those of another staff member. I concluded the cupboard could not be opened and the class would have to do…

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Is Airforce One set to be the new Trump Shuttle?

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In the late 80s and early 90s Donald Trump, entrepreneur, media star and now presidential candidate, had his own airline. It was called the Trump Shuttle and flew between New York, Boston and Washington.

At the time, Trump dominated the American landscape. He even had his own building, The Trump Tower, and naturally wanted his…

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Harrison Ford’s expert guide to avoiding career suicide

In a recent interview, Ford acknowledged that his long and successful acting career began with Han Solo, the space mercenary in Star Wars, and that  “I was basically not out of work again for about 40 years.”
Yet he wasn’t always so happy to be associated with the character.
In fact, he became…

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Eric Bana: Is it time to come home?

Eric Bana: Is it time to come home?

Dear Eric Bana,
A lot of Australian actors are doing well in Hollywood.
Sadly, you’re not one of them.
You could blame agents, co-stars, directors, scripts and publicists for your fate.
Or you could face an inconvenient truth: no-one likes your movies.
If you don’t believe me, check out Rotten Tomatoes.
Tomatometer Rankings:
Troy 54%
Closed Circuit 43%
The Time Traveler’s Wife 38%
Deadfall 32%
Lucky You…

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If your career’s going nowhere, Ben Mendelsohn, Noah Taylor and Kick Gurry will give you hope

Careers are temperamental things.
Ambition can easily turn to apathy when a promotion never eventuates, a pay rise is quickly spent, a co-worker gets all the credit, or you’re mired in routine.
The best option is to change course and try again. Until the same thing happens and your career once again hits the skids.
Frustration,…

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Lapoinya’s secret weapon in the fight to save Tasmania’s old-growth forests

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“Where’s the hope?” my friend Dave asks as we drive through plantations of recently felled trees. Piles of twisted branches lie scattered across hectares of landscape; a mass grave of rotting wood.

Hope is quickly fading for Tasmania’s old-growth forests. Until recently, logging was a dying industry, facing extinction like the Tasmanian…

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De Vil in disguise? Why Julie Bishop would be a scary PM

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According to today’s news reports, Julie Bishop, the Liberal Government’s diminutive foreign minister, has more support as a future PM than former favourite — the heavy set but now lightweight — Treasurer Joe Hockey.

I’m reminded of the occasion I once met Julie Bishop and her Liberal Party colleagues. At the time, I was working at…

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Meet warrior woman Senator Jacqui Lambie

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Jacqui Lambie was once a soldier in the Australian army and this feisty warrior woman is now a senator with the controversial Palmer United Party.

Senator Lambie receives a lot of negative media attention, particularly since she said on local radio that her ideal man must be “well hung.”  This is not the sort of language we…

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Why job hunting has become a farce

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Recently, I applied for a customer service job with a large corporation and was shocked by how much effort it takes to secure the simplest of jobs these days. It’s farcical.

In 1979, I applied to be a clerical assistant with this same corporation, although in those days it was a…

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The courtesan and the human jerky

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One of my media students refers to Rupert Murdoch as a human jerky because his leathery, lined skin looks like a strip of dried beef.

But looks matter little when it comes to Mr Murdoch and a new book called Hack Attack by Nick Davies, the journalist who exposed the phone hacking scandal in…

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The 48 rules of ego

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I’m reading Robert Green’s The 48 Laws of Power, a contemporary Machiavelliean manifesto.

Written in 1998, it was an instant New York Times bestseller and remains a favourite of American rappers and the business community.

Its premise is that powerful people follow a set of rules and Green examines history’s adept players and the consequences for those who aren’t.

For instance, take the story…

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Hooking up with Mr Darcy at the job network

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Herewith the ongoing saga of Ms Carmen Neutral’s increasingly surreal and distinctly literary job search.

When I attend my monthly visit with Mr Darcy, my thoughts are far from jobseeking.

It’s a day of steamy mid 40 degree celsius heat. And all I can think about is my gainfully employed older sibling’s plans to…

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How reincarnation can give you a resume` to die for

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It is not surprising people exaggerate or lie about their skills.

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I Seek Him Here, I Seek Him There [Obligations Mutuelles Ep.11]

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I so want it to be him.

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Writers wanted – no freelancers please

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Hiring freelancers sounds like a good idea until you try it.

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Pros and cons of working from home

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Working from home has a sunny side and a dark side.

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How to be an oxytocin love rat

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It’s 12.25pm and I’ve given two hugs today. Three if I count my dog.

I need to give five more.

This is because hugging floods me with oxytocin.

And if I hug you — or your dog — it will boost your oxytocin too.

Your health will improve. Your mood will improve.

I know this because Dr Paul…

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Warrior Women get ready: The Vikings are coming. Again.

Being ravaged by a Viking is on my to do list.

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Why you won’t make money writing online

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The media industry is in much worse shape than I’d thought.

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