Category: Entertainment & Lifestyle

Mystery Santa posts cash through doors

Mystery Santa posts cash through doors

FAMILIES have told how a real life Santa Claus posted thousands of dollars through their letterboxes as the clock struck midnight on Christmas Day. Homeowners say they were left stunned when the anonymous benefactor slipped cash-filled envelopes through dozens of doors in and around Linden Close, Walsall, near Birmingham, England. One lucky recipient told the […]

How the typical Aussie holiday has changed over the years

How the typical Aussie holiday has changed over the years

It’s no secret that Australians are among the most well-travelled people in the world. More than half the Australian population now owns a passport As a nation, we took more than 10 million trips overseas between 2016 and 2017. But it’s a stark contrast to four decades ago, when UTS tourism lecturer David Beirman began […]

What to do with your unwanted christmas gifts

What to do with your unwanted christmas gifts

SO YOU’VE opened your Christmas presents — and some of them are shockers. They might say it’s the thought that counts, but that won’t stop countless Aussies from trying to return unwanted Christmas gifts this year. In fact, according to Green Villages Sydney, more than 1.7 million of us receive unwanted gifts at Christmas — […]

A surprise family reunion this Christmas

A surprise family reunion this Christmas

FOR families separated by thousands of kilometres, there’s nothing better than rocking up unannounced for a surprise reunion. CHRIS Stephenson hadn’t seen his family in more than three years, after moving to Sydney’s Surry Hills from Newcastle, England. When he suddenly turned up at a restaurant in a surprise Christmas visit home, arranged with help […]

Want to cancel your credit card? It’s about to get much easier

Want to cancel your credit card? It’s about to get much easier

Unsolicited credit card limit increases will be banned and customers will be empowered to quickly cancel credit cards online under dramatic changes to the banking industry’s code of practice. As it rushes to rebuild trust in the scandal-plagued sector, the Australian Bankers Association (ABA) will also push its members to make unpopular transaction fees more […]

Security robot fired after unlikely ramifications

Security robot fired after unlikely ramifications

A SECURITY robot that was hired to patrol the area around a United States animal adoption agency has been ‘fired’ after it’s presence had some unlikely consequences. The San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SF SPCA) is being forced to take the Knightscope K5 robot off the streets after claims that […]

The trap of spending more than we need to by shopping online

The trap of spending more than we need to by shopping online

ARE shoppers spending more than should because they are being bombarded with great deals on offer? Frantic festive shoppers will be running around like headless chooks in the final week before Christmas Day in a desperate bid to jam pack their festive stockings. But have many stopped to actually think carefully about what they are […]

Best and worst Christmas movies this holiday season

Best and worst Christmas movies this holiday season

THIS is a time for Mariah Carey, one more slice of ham and chilling with the family in front of a good festive flick. To help, here are our top Christmas movie hits and misses. NOTHING beats an Aussie Christmas. Big family catch-ups, backyard cricket and stuffing your face with ham, prawns and Nan’s famous […]

Don’t put your middle name on your plane ticket

Don’t put your middle name on your plane ticket

IT isn’t just because it is unnecessary, it’s because there is more of a chance it could cost you. IT’S always good to be extra prudent when travelling but including your middle name when purchasing your airline tickets isn’t just unnecessary but risky. You might think it’s a no-brainer because your middle name is included […]

First same-sex couple to marry in Australia

First same-sex couple to marry in Australia

TWO weeks after Parliament passed the same-sex marriage laws, Stephanie Dyball and Megan Stapleton may become the first gay couple to legally marry in Australia. Two Melbourne women will likely be the first same-sex couple to marry with a ceremony planned for next Thursday. It was expected the first sex-same couples would start getting married […]

Partnership tackles Pacific tourism’s internet absence

Partnership tackles Pacific tourism’s internet absence

The Pacific is a choice tourism destination for people around the world – but an agency that focuses on boosting business in the region says many of its tourism operators don’t recognise the importance of being online. Pacific Trade and Invest says a weak internet presence means countries in the region are missing out on […]

Relief within reach for broken families

Relief within reach for broken families

Separating families will be given access to free, binding dispute resolution hearings under a new federal government pilot program. Broken families will be given access to quick and informal hearings to determine parenting arrangements under a proposed new pilot program. Attorney-General George Brandis paved the way for the free hearings, which would deliver binding results, […]

Schools expect too much from parents, and it’s hurting families

Schools expect too much from parents, and it’s hurting families

My mum never worked in the tuckshop. She occasionally came on excursions if the teachers asked for helpers. She did lift club (we mostly caught the bus), and would bake for our class cake sale once a year. We had a concert every two years that my parents would attend. And at the end of […]

Cheaper to go to Bali: Regional airfares unreasonably high, report finds

Cheaper to go to Bali: Regional airfares unreasonably high, report finds

Bali, Singapore and Thailand are more attractive tourist destination than regional WA thanks to unreasonably high airfares that are adversely affecting the lives of people who live in outback areas, a parliamentary committee has found. The inquiry, which generated more submissions than any other Legislative Assembly probe, examined why regional airfares are so high and […]

Homeless man uses last $20 to help stranded driver

Homeless man uses last $20 to help stranded driver

A fund set up to raise money for a homeless man who used his last $20 to help a woman when her car ran out of petrol has collected more than $US280,000 ($367,000). The GoFundMe campaign was started by Kate McClure this month in aid of Johnny Bobbitt Jr, who helped her after she became […]