31 December 2008


Here's to a frugal 2009.

Good to see that the Taste of Tasmania security have stopped checking if people are taking in food. I now will be able to take the family tomorrow.


24 December 2008

Merry Christmas to all

Don't spend too much money.

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Christmas thoughts

From The Mercury,

No relief for busy police

December 24, 2008 09:01am

POLICE were busy last night with reports of men relieving themselves in public outside hotels across Hobart.

Tasmania Police said several people had been arrested and officers were working at full capacity to address anti-social behaviour.

An owner of one Hobart business said the number of men outside urinating was making it difficult for them to let children out of the building.

Police said the anti-social behaviour early in the night was as bad as New Year's Eve.

In many cases patrons were leaving pubs and clubs to smoke and were urinating while outside.

Police said last week there would be an increased police presence on the waterfront over the festive season.

Tonight, Christmas Eve, is expected to be especially busy.

Alcohol offences will be a focus of attention.


18 December 2008

A frugal Christmas meal

From The Age:

Are hard times threatening your Christmas dinner? Well then, Peru has the answer: guinea pig.

Officials in the coastal Peruvian province of Callao on Monday hailed the Andean rodent as a low-cost, low-fat alternative to a traditional turkey or roast pork Christmas dinner.

Guinea pigs can feed seven or eight for about $3.20, Callao official Mario Sanguinity told Associated Press Television.

"The idea is to give the people a tasty, economical option," he said.

The presentation included a live guinea pig dressed as Santa Claus and eight of its comrades laid out fried, broiled and roasted in traditional dishes from different regions of Peru.

Cheap and delicious. What more could you ask for?

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08 December 2008

Gourmet Deli

What happened to the Gourmet Deli in the Elizabeth St mall?

Has it moved? Closed?


Get paid to receive telemarketing calls

It's great to hear proposals to get rid of the opt out approach for the telemarketing do not call register and replace it with an opt in system.

The marketing companies will then need to come up with a way to encourage us to opt in - such as paying money.

How good is that! I could get paid to listen to rubbish on the phone at home, just like I do at work.