Love your tattoo?

Love your tattoo?

Don’t take this blog too seriously, I have nothing against people who have tattoos and it is entirely their right to have them. However if you do decide to decorate your body make sure you do it with a clear head and some forward thinking. Tatts are all the rage right now. There’s hardly a pop star who doesn’t have at least one of them. Think Adam Levine, Lady Gaga and Pink! This of course makes tattoos fashionable, but my advice is: Whatever you do, don’t decide to get one at 2am in after you’ve spent a night partying! Remember once you get the ink in your skin it’s pretty much there for good, unless you are prepared to go through a long and at times painful process to have it removed. A story in the Sydney Morning Herald today has also revealed an increase in infections after people have been inked in so-called back-yard parlours that do not follow proper hygienic procedures. Also consider this: What might look good on a 25-year old body may not look so hot when you hit middle age! You only get one body, so think very carefully before you allow a person in a tattoo parlour to get out their equipment and create a “work of art” on your skin. Vote in my poll: Are tattoos hot or...
How I lost my second chin!

How I lost my second chin!

6 months ago I had a wake up call. I went to the doctor for my annual check up and was told my blood sugars were incredibly high, and I needed to lose weight, or risk getting diabetes. My GP told me to try and lose some weight, but that was a task easier said than done. In 2004 before I went onto the breakfast show I weighed a healthy 81 kilograms, but years of getting up early, missing breakfast, and snacking during the day took it’s toll, with me ballooning to 89 kilograms by September last year. Even after coming off the early shift, I found it impossible to lose weight, with crash diets only lasting a few days before I would binge out again and regain the pounds! After the blood results last year, I did some research, and was impressed by what I found out about reducing sugar in the diet, and the effect it would have on your weight and overall health. So I decided to slowly reduce my sugar intake, which let me tell you, was not easy for this pizza loving, chocolate expert. I did it slowly, by cutting out sugar from my coffee, which initially made the pick me up taste awful, but after a few days I got used to it, and I now love the different coffee blends minus the sweet taste. Cutting down the sugar on my cereal, and eating only Greek natural yoghurt, instead of the so-called natural products which are loaded with sugar, soon had me feeling much better and put an extra spring in my step. I...
Great big European adventure

Great big European adventure

For all my friends, listeners and work colleagues who’ve been asking me about my recent holiday I’ve decided to write a little blog on my recent five week overseas trip. We flew from Sydney to Singapore where we had a one day stopover and just enough time to lay by the pool, freshen up and get back on the plane which took us to Amsterdam before jumping on a train to Cologne. I must say I love travelling by rail in Europe. The trains are clean, travel at 250 k/h and have bar and food service (just like out trains – not!) Cologne was interesting, and although it was a pretty city I much prefer the dynamism of Berlin and the culture of Munich. From Cologne we flew to Athens in Greece. What a wonderful city. Despite the financial crisis the people are so friendly and the city was beautiful. The day after we left there was a massive riot outside our hotel which is opposite the Greek parliament – phew! Next stop was a little Greek island called Santorini. Words fail me about the beauty of this place. It’s everything and more you see in brochures and pictures, with endless blue skies, turquoise refreshing water and a great mix of locals and travellers. After a week of doing nothing, except  eating, drinking, reading and lying in the sun we boarded a small ocean cruiser called the Silver Wind. I must admit I was not keen on the idea of cruising, but once we were taken aboard the ship (which accommodates just 260 passengers), my thoughts changed. From the...
Is un-following and de-friending the new divorce?

Is un-following and de-friending the new divorce?

Think back six years ago when none of us had twitter and Facebook was tiny. It was a completely different world. We didn’t have the instant ability to publish our inner most thoughts to the world, we couldn’t participate in shows like Q & A and none of us had any idea that every person in the world had the resources to become a journalist – reporting everything from a review of a Gaga concert to an eyewitness account of a King Cross shooting! Since Twitter and Facebook have caught on and become a phenomenon we’ve all had to deal with a new issue : who to follow and friend. Personally I like to follow and friend a mix of celebs, politicians, fellow journalists, but most of all I like people I’ve “met” on social media who I find interesting. Most of the people I follow have become my cyber friends, but every now and then one of them becomes extremely annoying with their late night drunken tweets, and private messages about their less than perfect love life! Recently I had to “unfollow” someone after they kept sending me links, day and night, about a pop star I had no interest in. After unfollowing that person I had a feeling of guilt, in fact it was almost like I was cutting off a friendship. The same thing has happened when I’ve de-friended people on Facebook! Common sense then kicked in, telling me my life was better without inane social media messages about a subject I had no interest in. However the “person” I un-followed sent me a nasty e-mail, accussing me...
The pleasure and pain of Facebook

The pleasure and pain of Facebook

None of you reading this would have heard of Facebook 10 years ago. Little did we know a decade later you would be part of it, and in many cases the site would play a major role in how you live and interact with friends and family. Since 2004 Facebook has transformed our lives and will leave a new generation with an electronic footprint that traces all the major events in their lives, as well as the opportunity to shape public opinion and have a voice on all sorts of issues. For the most part I believe Facebook is a good thing and despite the problems with bullying etc, it is an amazing invention that keeps people connected in a way we once could never have dreamed of. Think about it for a moment, before 2004 the only way to chat to someone was to pick up the phone and talk or text, email or actually see them in person! However I do worry some people have let Facebook and social networking overwhelm them. I realised that this year when Jason made a rule that we would stay off line during our recent holiday to Queensland. The first few days were actually difficult and I had a feeling that I was “missing out” on the action. But then the feeling of freedom hit, knowing I didn’t have to check e-mails, Facebook and twitter and update my blog. I can highly recommend making sure you have downtime from the internet and if you can’t stay off-line for an entire holiday try occasional weekends, or ban yourself  from the computer for a certain...
Shopping hell!

Shopping hell!

Shopping for groceries has never been my favourite thing, but lately it’s been driving me mad. Not only has my local supermarket reduced the number of cashiers, replacing them to auto-checkouts, but it also regularly moves items and is rapidly increasing the amount of “private” brands. The private brands are the home brands of Woolwoths and Coles. In my suburb, like most of Australia, I only have two choices of supermarket and both companies are doing the same thing. More to the point Coles and Woolworths have more than 80 percent of the supermarket pie, and both brands are doing their best to get us to buy their private brands at the expense of established brand names. Only this week Woolies admitted their goal was to have 50 percent of their shelves stocked with private brands. I don’t have a problems if people want to buy the cheaper generic brands, but it worries me these home brands are taking over the shelves week by week. And these days the private brands are often no cheaper than regular brand names. Unions and some politicians claim once the private brands take over, the supermarkets will then increase prices, leaving us with no alternative. The matter is now to be investigated by the ACCC. I’ve decided to buy only the bare necessities from the supermarket and spend more of my dollars at the local grocer and butcher. Next time you are in your supermarket stop and think before you...