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The Angle Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 07:49 Source

Making Home ImprovementsThere are many home improvement projects which are easy to complete, even for a novice.

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The Angle Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 16:24 Source

Ideas To Help You Improve Your HomePerforming home improvement doesn’t need to be a daunting task. Improving your home can be fun and easy, and make your home environment much more enjoyable.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 01:05
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The Stump Monday, February 24, 2014 - 08:37 Source

I joined thousands of others around Australia last night at vigils organised by GetUp in memory of slain asylum-seeker Reza Berati. In Melbourne, we lit candles and listened to speeches from Tim Cosetto, Father Bob Maguire, and another former asylum-seeker called Reza whose journey to Australia had had a happier ending.

We listened, we lit our candles, and Scott Morrison lay awake all night trembling in fear at the thought of us.

Not.

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The Stump Friday, February 21, 2014 - 10:22 Source

I find myself forced to admit that I owe Tony Abbott an apology.

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The Angle Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 14:25 Source

Kitchen Remodeling TipsWhen a house is set on the lodging business sector available to be purchased, captivating a kitchen rebuild serves to offer a home quicker. Here are a couple of kitchen remodeling tips (e.g.

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Things Bogans Like Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 16:46 Source

The neck has spent years out on the bogan frontier. It was only after sweet tribal sleeves, some mad calf tatts, and some sick chest and back pieces of dragons that the bogan would start nominating its neck as  prime real estate for the newest visual representation of its soul. Similarly, it has been willing to have any number of its orifices (orifii?) violated in preference to turning up somewhere with a plum-coloured hickey bruise on its neck. Yes, the bogan’s neck has always been sacred, save for being used as an occasional hanging place for shark teeth and Tiffany logos.

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Things Bogans Like Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 16:46 Source

The neck has spent years out on the bogan frontier. It was only after sweet tribal sleeves, some mad calf tatts, and some sick chest and back pieces of dragons that the bogan would start nominating its neck as  prime real estate for the newest visual representation of its soul. Similarly, it has been willing to have any number of its orifices (orifii?) violated in preference to turning up somewhere with a plum-coloured hickey bruise on its neck. Yes, the bogan’s neck has always been sacred, save for being used as an occasional hanging place for shark teeth and Tiffany logos.

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The Angle Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 23:21 Source

Become A Better CookNo matter who you are cooking for, even if it’s simply your family, you will benefit from learning new things. Learning the best ways to prepare different kinds of foods can turn your cooking from average to spectacular.

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Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 23:54
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Grog's Gamut Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 23:54 Source

So two weeks ago a bloke write a post for The Drum in which he stated:

“But most certain of all is that the men's tournament will be won by one of the top-seeded players.”

Now in my defence I did mean one of the top 10, but yeah, Stan Wawrinka coming through, and being the first player to beat both Djokovic and Nadal in the one grand slam (Federer has a couple times beaten Djokovic and Murray to win, but not Nadal and one of the other) was not really on the cards.

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A Senex View Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 08:57 Source

I think Minnie Mace who I saw on SBS’s Living Black quite some time ago talking about various faiths of today’s Aboriginals said it best.

She said:

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The Angle Friday, January 24, 2014 - 06:13 Source

traditional living room furniturePart of the joy of purchasing a new home is furnishing it. Downsized homes need smaller furniture. Regardless of your needs, this article will help you shop for the right furniture.

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Grog's Gamut Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 21:25 Source

Today’s labour force figures demonstrated that sometimes economics is not about “good news and bad news”, sometimes it’s just all bad.

There really was nothing in today’s figures that holds any joy. But let us gird our loins and venture into the data.

Firstly the unemployment rate both seasonally adjusted and trend stayed at 5.8%

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Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 21:25
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A Senex View Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 10:51 Source
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The Stump Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 08:41 Source

Well, anti-racist Australians may have utterly failed to prevent our government from consigning men, women and children to the fourth circle of hell on Manus Island and Nauru (are we still only up to the fourth circle? surely we must be getting close to the ninth by now), but at least we can hold our head high in the knowledge that we made those German racists over at Aldi withdraw their racist Australia Day t-shirts and apologise.

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The Stump Monday, November 11, 2013 - 18:11 Source

Address by Hon PJ Keating

Australian War Memorial Canberra

11 November 2013

Nine months from now, one hundred years ago, the horror of all ages came together to open the curtain on mankind’s greatest century of violence – the twentieth century.

What distinguished the First World War from all wars before it was the massive power of the antagonists.

Modern weaponry, mass conscription and indefatigable valour produced a cauldron of destruction the likes of which the world had never seen.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 16:32
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Grog's Gamut Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 16:32 Source

From my Guardian post I have start using Datawrapper for the graphs. They are a bit more interactive, though pretty basic. I actually prefer just using Excel for some graphs, especially when I am using 2 Y-axis, or I want to combine columns and lines on the same graph.

But here are a few graphs with Datawrapper:

I might use these a bit more in future

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Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 14:32
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Grog's Gamut Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 14:32 Source

The Monthly labour force figures came out today and they do little to suggest the Treasury's prediction of 6.25% by June next year will be wildly inaccurate.

In seasonally adjusted terms the unemployment rate in October stayed flat at 5.7%. Although given September’s rate was 5.6755% and October’s was 5.7442%, it was all down to rounding that kept the rate flat when in fact it increased 0.068 percentage points.

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A Senex View Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 10:32 Source

What a difference 12 months and more makes.

In today’s Business Spectator column Stephen Koukoulas writes:

The budget surplus or deficit, level of debt, interest rates and value of the Australian dollar are the tools used to achieve those objectives and are not the target in themselves.

In April last year he was saying:

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