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    THE SAME techniques that a highly trained – and determined – Qantas team used to avert what could have become one of the world’s worst aviation disasters, can be used to save your business life.

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    GENERAL MOTORS (GM) has retired what it referred to as ‘the Holden brand’ from sales in Australia and New Zealand. But will the promise of new Chevrolet Corvettes, Camaros and Silverados help pacify distraught car enthusiasts?

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    IS THIS what the future of travel will look like? This fantastical rendering was conceived by famed Bangkok-based architect Bill Bensley, affectionately known as the ‘Willy Wonka’ of hotel design. Report from Asia correspondent, Ellen Boonstra. 

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    REDaffect cycling products were born less than a year ago on the Sunshine Coast and three innovators -- Philip Jensen, Peter Scragg and Cuen Bibb -- are enjoying the fruits on their own social rides, plus building a solid local following from enthusiasts. 

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January 19, 2021

Edwina is all heart for wall art

FOR EDWINA CAMERON, a 20-year career in communications provided perfect training for a mid-career pivot into the online retail world.

Edwina launched her business I Heart Wall Art in 2018, after realising there was a gap in the market for affordably priced art prints that had the look and feel of fine art. 

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    CARAVANS and camping are now the most popular holiday accommodation types for Australians coming to terms with an extended COVID travel environment.

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    THANKS to the rapid expansion of mobile technology, Australians are easier to get a hold of than they have been at any time in history.

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    AN INNOVATIVE new charity, Everyday Justice, is aiming to improve access to legal advice, particularly for regional and mobility-impaired Australians, and provide relief for overstretched community legal services.

    Everyday Justice is an initiative of national law firm Mills Oakley. Commenting on the new charity, Mills Oakley…

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THERE IS SOMETHING magnificent about a finely crafted roadside sign … and Indian Hills Community Center in Colorado, USA, may well be the world pace…

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