Will Main Street Go Offline?

July 24, 2014 in Featured, Society, Technology by Mazi Grey

I was having a chat to my local video rental store owner; I will pause here. The surprising thing about that to most of you is that my town still has a video rental shop. My American wife has not even seen one for years. But, in my town it is still cheaper (and more pleasant) to go to a shop and rent a DVD. So, I was talking to the shopkeep, and she told me they had laid off staff, and the weekends were the only thing keeping the store afloat. This, and the vacant shop fronts in main
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Men in Conflict: No Fighting Neccesary

July 23, 2014 in Children, Gender, Parenting by Maree Talidu

In a world where men are taught that fighting is the best way to resolve conflict and walking away is weak, how can we teach our young men that not fighting is actually the better way? At my school, senior students are currently learning about conflict resolution- what are the actual causes of conflict and how these factors can contribute to how the conflict is resolved. We are teaching students about compromise, collaboration, and mediation. We are emphasizing that violence is never the answer- as much as you might want to punch someone who has humiliated you or angered you-
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What I See In The Mirror Doesn’t Matter

July 21, 2014 in Body Image, Featured, Gender by Tamsin Howse

We will never achieve equality while women continue to be judged by their appearance. I was recently sent the latest video in the continuous campaign for women to learn to see themselves as beautiful. While I believe in body love, as you know, I’m getting pretty tired of the constant story of women who don’t realise how beautiful they are. This video, which asks women what they see when they look in the mirror, shows a variety of women talking about how they don’t see someone who is beautiful, the unspoken implication being they don’t see someone who is valuable.
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We Need Your Help To Create a New Tagline for KiKi & Tea

July 18, 2014 in Featured, Meta by Tamsin Howse

We need your help. A tagline is crucial to placing your business within the market. So how do you choose one? That’s where so many of us get stuck. A tagline should express: Your mission Your promise Your brand A blog, just like any business, needs to capture the attention of its audience, it’s desired customers: You KiKi & Tea has been running for over 2 years now and during that time has undergone many different changes. Some of them you will have noticed, some probably not so much. We have had features of the website come and go, changes
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Unused Space In Your Home (SP)

July 17, 2014 in Featured, Home by Tamsin Howse

This post is sponsored by Super A-Mart Do you have any unused space in your home? I do. In fact, I have quite a bit of it. And by unused, I mean not used well. Some of it is being used as storage (by which I clearly mean it’s full of crap that should really be sorted, given away or thrown out) and some of it I just haven’t got around to sorting into any kind of usable space. Like the library, for instance, which just looks pretty but there’s no where to actually sit down and no one ever
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I Still Believe in Bigfoot

July 17, 2014 in Anecdotes, Children, Featured by Tamsin Howse

OK, I'll admit it – when it comes to Bigfoot I'm a great big nerd. I don't know what it is about Bigfoot that has always captured my imagination, but the obsession has gone back as far as I can remember it. From being read stories about Edmund Hillary in the Boy's Book of Exploration by my dad as a little kid, to renting every video I could get my hands on that related in some way to the yeti (my favourite of these was aptly named Bigfoot and is lesser known than it's Henderson loving cousin), to watching Unsolved
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What’s Wrong With Polygamy?

July 15, 2014 in Dating, Family, Featured, Human Rights, Marriage, People, Relationships by Anonymous

I was reading through a heated debate on Facebook recently regarding the topic of marriage equality. The protagonist of the argument was stating that gay and lesbian marriages were un-Australian and shouldn’t be allowed. He went on to use the fallacious debating technique of the slippery slope. To quote: “If we accept gay and lesbian marriages, what is to say that any consensual adult relationship isn’t equally valid? It is the slippery slope to accepting polygamy.” While the statement was clearly intended to win points against those supporting equal marriage rights, and the debate pretty quickly settled the matter as
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Why Ian Thorpe coming out matters

July 14, 2014 in Celebrity, Current Affairs, Featured, Gender, News, Sexuality, Sport by Melissa Savage

November 1999: I am 17 years old, and my water polo team has had a win. We’re not great swimmers, but enjoy the fitness, competition and (to be frank) violence of the sport. We’re off for a post-victory ice-cream at the kiosk (swimming fast for 32 minutes works up a wicked hunger) and a sunny Saturday afternoon at the most glorious time of the year. Over in the lap pool there’s a boy our age. When he gets out of the water people stare at him. Some kids tentatively ask him to sign things and he obliges, smiling and looking
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Were You Born In The Wrong Time?

July 11, 2014 in Entertainment, Featured, Lifestyle by Mazi Grey

Ever been asked this question: If you could live in any time in history, when would you chose? We have all looked at photos of a certain time, 50′s rockabilly hairstyles, Elizabethan style or 20’s parties, and said to ourselves how much we would have loved to have lived then. I studied history, for me, when asked which period I would prefer, I say the same thing, always – this one! The reasons for this are threefold. First of all, I doubt I would be a king. We all look back in history class and think it would be wonderful
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Recipe: Choc Mint Pot Plant Dessert

July 9, 2014 in Featured, Food & Recipes by Tamsin Howse

  I love recipes that have a WOW factor and this one certainly does. It is amazingly tasty, simple to make and the presentation! All credit for this idea goes to Phoodie and the original recipe can be found on her blog. Phoodie used a recipe from Nigella to make the chocolate mousse that is inside these deliciously gorgeous creations and edited it, swapping out the vanilla essence for peppermint essence. When I made mine I adjusted the whole recipe to suit the size of the blocks of chocolate I bought, originally the recipe called for 250g dark chocolate but
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