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em October 17, 2020

@rush agreed but I actually think the adult MasterChef is devoid of the drama too! Yes there’s the predictable tear jerking moments but I loved how drama free and feel good it was. I cried almost every episode haha. 

em October 11, 2020

@rush I agree, in the earlier episodes there was so much emphasis on the era of the home, but that really seems to have died off...

em October 10, 2020

@rush Agreed. We’re renovating the rest of the house now, and our builder has said he hates the Block. Gives clients unrealistic expectations re price and timing! 

em October 8, 2020

@simple simon sorry forgot to include a 90cm induction cooktop also. And I know, we were as surprised as you! We had quotes from a number of reputable kitchen companies, including kinsman and kitchen connection, all came in around that mark. Even our builder’s cabinetmaker quoted $20k for cabinets, but he was less flexible with design. We were not at all expecting it to come in at that cost. Of course, if you’re putting in a Kaboodle kitchen, or an IKEA one, you can expect to spend less. But my point is that’s certainly not what they’re doing on the Block. 

em October 6, 2020

Agree with the commenter below! We’ve just renovated our (tiny) kitchen, and cabinetry alone was about $23k. Then there’s benchtops (add another $6k for 40mm Caesarstone) and $10k for appliances (a fridge, 2 ovens, range hood and dishwasher), flooring ($2k) and new gaslift window ($3k). Sink was $500, pendants and downlights $500, electrical and plumbing close to $1000. Add in painting.

All up that’s about $46k for a kitchen that is maybe 12m2 - nothing like the behemoths completed on the Block. Drives me mad seeing the misleading prices which pop up each week! 

em July 31, 2020

I remember reading early on that their pictures were posted on the basis that they were not cooperating with authorities, and were initially refusing to say where they’d been and with who. If that is true, then it really was a matter of public health - people have a right to know if they’ve been exposed. They also singlehandedly and selfishly introduced Covid-19 back into Queensland, at a time where there had been no community transmission for months. All this AFTER we’ve seen what Victoria has been going through. The fines are more than warranted, and I’m not sure jail time would be amiss.

em July 13, 2020

As someone trying to plan a wedding right now, all this did was depress me. I’ve had to unfollow every wedding page on Instagram too, all posting throwbacks to receptions where people were able to hug, dance etc. 

Em March 19, 2019

In no way did I assume that was the case - I know plenty of dads who contribute to their children's upbringing, and are truly "co-parents" in every sense of the word. Unfortunately, that was not my experience, and isn't in all cases. I'm just saying that it's worth recognising that there are some parents, men and women, who, despite their ex still being in the picture to some extent, 100% embody the single parent role.

Em March 19, 2019

Gosh you've got a huge chip on your shoulder, judging by your comments on this article. I am a lawyer, and I work with "plenty of successful, dedicated female lawyers". Strong female lawyers and judges are also discussed at great length at university, so you're uninformed there. But many of these female lawyers have faced an uphill battle to get the recognition they deserve. They've often achieved what they have by sacrificing other things. You may have read that the best thing a man can do for his career is marry and have children - this is the very worst thing a woman can do for hers. I've worked at three top tier law firms now, firms that are striving to address historical gender ratio issues, and promote gender equality. But these things take time. Luckily, most big companies, including law firms, have recognised this, and are taking steps in the right direction.

Em March 18, 2019

I think there’s a distinction to be made between co-parents, where the other parent is actually participating in raising the child, and is sharing the mental load, financial cost and physical responsibility of caring for the child, and situations where the “co-parent” is an utter deadbeat who contributes nothing to the first two, and sweeps in sporadically to take the kids for a morning out before dropping them back a sugar filled, emotional wreck. I 100% consider my mum having raised us a single parent, even though once a fortnight my dad would show up to take us out. He contributed nothing to us financially, indeed asked for money from my mum to take us out, and didn’t give two hoots about anything to do with our broader upbringing (school, extracurricular activities, etc). If anything, these whirlwind visits increased the financial stress and mental load for my mum. Life actually became much easier when we were old enough to decide we wanted these visits to stop. So yes, perhaps in some instances, co parents who have the whole co parenting thing sorted out shouldn’t use that title - but that’s not the case in all cases.

Em March 8, 2019

It’s not that simple. For a start, subconscious bias means that often, people are discounted on the basis of their gender, ethnicity, name etc, irrespective of their “merit”. While quotas are not the ultimate answer, they are at least a first step in trying to address gender imbalances in a number of industries. Look at parliament. You simply cannot believe that every white man in parliament is there based on “merit”, and that there are no women who were simply more qualified for the role. Studies have also shown that people naturally gravitate towards people they consider alike to themselves. In practice, this means that senior men are more likely to gravitate towards more junior men who they consider to be similar to themselves. I’ve worked in a number of law firms now, and have seen this at every one. “Merit” is all well and good, but bias and prejudice need to be stamped out before “merit” based selection will be infallible.

Em January 31, 2019

I don't think, in a lot of instances, it is a lack of suitable clothing. People generally have longer layers, jeans and a knit for example. For the most part it's simply a lack of respect.

Em January 31, 2019

I can assure you men are certainly reprimanded for being dishevelled. But, as a lawyer, I've never seen a man show up to court with that much skin showing. If a man had rocked up in shorts like that, he would certainly be made an example of.

Em June 24, 2018

Is it though? Kids can already feel a bit put out when their parents re-couple / have another child with their new partner. Maybe she didn't want her older children to feel less like a part of the family. She even says that in the article that she wanted to make sure her older three still "felt important".

Em June 21, 2018

Why? My mum kept her married name after her and my dad divorced, as she wanted the same name as her children. It’s not that unusual. She changed her name a few years ago when she remarried, as we’re all older now.

Em January 23, 2018

But she was eating clean and simple..? Found that was making her sick, and that she now needs processed and refined food due to a salicylate intolerance.

Em January 11, 2018

Bit harsh. I always thought it had more to do with holding a mirror up to society and seeing a dark, dystopian reflection of what could be.

Em December 5, 2017

Good! My mum once cancelled Easter. My sister and I had been absolutely foul in the lead up, and boy did we learn our lesson. Didn't have a lasting impact, and I can assure you our behaviour improved tenfold from then on!

Em November 5, 2017

Actually, I am a lawyer. I'm also the child of two parents who spent 11 (pointless) years in the family court system, and the stepdaughter of a man who is 4 years into his own family law battle. You do not always need court orders to obtain child support, that would be ridiculous - imagine how clogged the court system would be! You can actually update care arrangements through an online portal these days (the modern version of "having a chat"). It's only if the other party flat out disputes payment that court may be necessary.

Em September 11, 2017

I'm an '89 baby (so was a kid in the 90s) and most of this resonates even with me! Particularly the Palmolive on the trampoline ha. We used to put the sprinkler underneath, and then a squirt of dishwashing liquid for hours of fun. Even after I slipped off and broke and arm, and my sister slid right into a rose bush, this summer tradition didn't stop. I was actually talking to my parents the other day about play equipment when both they and I were younger... steel slippery dips hot enough to cook an egg on in summer, those spinny disks that would go so fast you'd fling right off... Kids these days are far too soft haha

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