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Last week I did a post called Fresh Fruit and Veg: Australian and UK Prices Compared. Mary, in the comments, wondered how a similar cost comparison would work out on meat and fish. With that, in the blink of an eye, a trilogy was born. This then is part two. Those of you who are [...]

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It’s time for another reprint of an article I’ve written for Australia and New Zealand magazine. If my magazine articles had subtitles, like some TV sitcoms, this one would be called ‘The one where Bob admits he got it wrong for 8 years‘. Read on and you will see what I mean. This one appeared [...]

Bert Newton

A couple of months ago I wrote a post in which I asked the question who is it in Australia who takes 23 cents out of every dollar that Australians spend? The answer was quite surprising, well, it was to me. Because it wasn’t the taxman. If you want to know who it is, you [...]


No! Well, I doubt it. But it is certainly the biggest butcher’s shop I’ve ever been into. A couple of weeks ago we were making our way to Eagle Farm Racecourse for another day at the races. But as can happen here in Australia, and often does, the weather turned very quickly. When we woke [...]