Sustainable House Day: Inside three homes that slash your power bill

Quentin Irvine’s house in Victoria’s Beaufort, 165 kilometres west of Melbourne, was built to go the distance – and beyond.

All the elements of The Recyclable House, or at least the vast majority, will find new lives down the track.

Domain, The Age. Full story here

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First Person: I’m Norma Abraham, and I’m a 90-year-old ballerina

‘My profession was actually as an opera singer. I was singing professionally until I was about 60 – that was 30 years ago.

I’ve only been doing ballet classes since Tina (professional ballet dancer and choreographer Tina Yong) started running it at ReCreation Health Club Trackside in Hampton a few years ago. Tina said to me, “You should come to ballet”.

I said, “At 86, 87?” And she said, “Yes, you can do it”.’

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Quiz: were you born in the right generation?

Ever feel like you’re a throwback to a different generation, or perhaps even born ahead of your time?

Associate Professor Andrew Singleton, a sociologist with Deakin’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences, says characterising different generations can be tricky – for every ‘rule’ there’s someone who won’t fit the mould.

Deakin University’s this website. Take the quiz here

How to be a manager (and lead your mates)

Who’d want to be a manager? After all, dealing with difficult people, solving disputes and taking on more responsibility comes with the territory.

But being promoted to a managerial position is one of the best ways to climb the career ladder, and get a fatter pay cheque to boot.

So if you’ve recently shifted into the hot seat, what’s the best way to step confidently into your new role, without feeling like an imposter?

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How to make friends as an adult

Let’s be frank: no one likes to admit they could do with a few more amigos.

But sometimes – perhaps you’re extremely unlikeable (I jest!) – you may find your social calendar a little lacking.

Maybe you’ve moved to a new postcode, city or country, or have suddenly realised all your friends are up to their necks in nappies and far too busy to flit about town on a Saturday night with you.

Whatever the case, there’s nothing wrong with giving the old social life a little rev-up.

The Weekly Review. Full story here

The Australian couple restoring an 18th century French chateau

When Perth couple Karina and Craig Waters hired a car and headed on a scenic drive towards the Pyrenees, they weren’t seriously expecting to buy an 18th century, 96-room chateau.

After all, what business would an Australian taxation accountant and a neurological surgeon have in pouring their blood, sweat and savings into a French historical monument with the same protection status as the Eiffel Tower?

Domain, Fairfax Media. Full story here

Grant Trebilco’s Fluro Friday movement: How surfing saved my life

If you spot Grant Trebilco out in the waves – ripping it up in a pair of bright yellow leggings, perhaps a floral shirt, and a face slathered in pink zinc – you’d assume the surfer is one of the most carefree blokes getting around.

But paddle closer, and the 36-year-old may share some darker stories. Like the time he experienced psychosis during a work trip to Mexico, and seriously considered ending his own life.

Executive Style, Fairfax Media. Full story here

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