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    Sexist billboards: No more bums and boobs at dairies, thanks

    Sexist billboards: No more bums and boobs at dairies, thanks


    It's an old trick. Putting a mobile billboard outside your store of what's on offer. And an even older trick putting bums and boobs on the billboard. Half-dressed girls turn heads and in this case it's a half-dressed 49-year-old. J...

    It's an old trick. Putting a mobile billboard outside your store of what's on offer. And an even older trick putting bums and boobs on the billboard. Half-dressed girls turn heads and in this case it's a half-dressed 49-year-old. J Lo.
    As we abandon the word 'diet', are we turning our backs on health?

    As we abandon the word 'diet', are we turning our backs on health?


    OPINION: I can't remember a time when "diet" wasn't part of my vocabulary. My adolescence and then adulthood has been regularly punctuated by the idea that cutting back after a bit of excess is kind of normal and...

    OPINION: I can't remember a time when "diet" wasn't part of my vocabulary. My adolescence and then adulthood has been regularly punctuated by the idea that cutting back after a bit of excess is kind of normal and healthy.
    The important conversation we're not having with our daughters

    The important conversation we're not having with our daughters


    OPINION: When it comes to raising daughters, we spend a lot of time focused on their heads, rather than their hearts. We agonise about developmental milestones and school choice. We fret about screen time and tie ourselves in knots over affording and...

    OPINION: When it comes to raising daughters, we spend a lot of time focused on their heads, rather than their hearts. We agonise about developmental milestones and school choice. We fret about screen time and tie ourselves in knots over affording and scheduling extra-curricular activities.
    Don't treat yo' self in 2019: It's time to do away with 'self-care'

    Don't treat yo' self in 2019: It's time to do away with 'self-care'


    OPINION: At first glance it might appear tricky to spot the threading theme in the consumption of a family bag of M&Ms, a cucumber face mask and the decision to turn off all devices at sunset but alas that's the joys of self-care, it really can be...

    OPINION: At first glance it might appear tricky to spot the threading theme in the consumption of a family bag of M&Ms, a cucumber face mask and the decision to turn off all devices at sunset but alas that's the joys of self-care, it really can be anything.
    In this photo I am living my best life. The reality was very different

    In this photo I am living my best life. The reality was very different


    OPINION: In the photograph I am living my best life. Dressed in a fire engine red evening gown, I am clutching a glass of champagne at a glamorous arts festival ball with one of my closest...

    OPINION: In the photograph I am living my best life. Dressed in a fire engine red evening gown, I am clutching a glass of champagne at a glamorous arts festival ball with one of my closest friends.
    Dr Tom: Being isolated teaches you self-reliance and to help others

    Dr Tom: Being isolated teaches you self-reliance and to help others


    Life is a treasure hunt. Its important to remember that. Every crisis creates an opportunity if you want to look for it. Our second fuel pump failure, while in a remote beach on Stewart Island, created an opportunity to meet some ultra-friendly and...

    Life is a treasure hunt. Its important to remember that. Every crisis creates an opportunity if you want to look for it. Our second fuel pump failure, while in a remote beach on Stewart Island, created an opportunity to meet some ultra-friendly and hopeful locals. Andrew the mechanic and Pete the garage owner went beyond the call of duty and came to our rescue like the great southern men they are. The locals down here are kind and obliging, especially to a boat full of northerners on a vessel that clearly looks like it belongs in an urban jungle. 
    Why you probably make closer friendships at the gym than at work

    Why you probably make closer friendships at the gym than at work


    When Brad Koenig divorced and moved from Ohio to Florida, in 2017, two of the first things he did were sign up for a yoga class and join a running club. "The only people I knew in the area were my brother and sister-in-law," says the former truck driver,...

    When Brad Koenig divorced and moved from Ohio to Florida, in 2017, two of the first things he did were sign up for a yoga class and join a running club. "The only people I knew in the area were my brother and sister-in-law," says the former truck driver, 50, who is now a full-time student. "Finding people to work out with was essential to getting my life back on track."
    Alison Storey: Get your dancing shoes on for healthy life

    Alison Storey: Get your dancing shoes on for healthy life


    Personal trainer Alison Storey's weekly column, Storey on Sport, answers your questions on fitness and...

    Personal trainer Alison Storey's weekly column, Storey on Sport, answers your questions on fitness and wellbeing.
    Why are men so blase about sun safety?

    Why are men so blase about sun safety?


    OPINION: Why are men so blase when it comes to sun exposure? I've noticed women often remind their male partners and adult sons to slip-slop-slap-wrap - and their reminders are often met with shrugs or eye...

    OPINION: Why are men so blase when it comes to sun exposure? I've noticed women often remind their male partners and adult sons to slip-slop-slap-wrap - and their reminders are often met with shrugs or eye rolls. 
    My last ever drink - why I gave up even though booze never gave up on me

    My last ever drink - why I gave up even though booze never gave up on me


    OPINION: The most surprising thing about my tumultuous but all consuming love affair with grog is how timidly it all came to an end. My Last Ever Drink, a long anticipated and much scoffed at affair, took place on the stroke of midnight, October 2nd,...

    OPINION: The most surprising thing about my tumultuous but all consuming love affair with grog is how timidly it all came to an end.

    My Last Ever Drink, a long anticipated and much scoffed at affair, took place on the stroke of midnight, October 2nd, 2006. Emerging from my Last Ever Alcoholic Coma that morning, I finally took the bed in a Melbourne detox facility I had reserved several wildly booze-soaked months earlier.

    Tremors of withdrawal and craving made it impossible to scrawl my signature on the admission forms, but the kindly male nurse told me, like a seasoned pro, we could wait until the 20 milligrams of Valium he had just administered took effect.

    Aside from an unfortunate miscommunication in a Bangkok Irish pub during an All Blacks match, when my lime and soda came with two unsolicited shots of vodka, I haven't touched a drop since.
    Our kids got tech devices for Christmas. What should the rules be?

    Our kids got tech devices for Christmas. What should the rules be?


    Q: Are you sick of questions about devices yet? Because my kids, 11 and 9, got them for Christmas (one a phone, one an iPad). They can text friends, play games, take pictures. What rules should be in place? What tricks have you used as a parent? Can this...

    Q: Are you sick of questions about devices yet? Because my kids, 11 and 9, got them for Christmas (one a phone, one an iPad).

    They can text friends, play games, take pictures. What rules should be in place? What tricks have you used as a parent? Can this be a good thing? What do we need to watch out for?
    Man crowdfunds surgery for excess skin removal

    Man crowdfunds surgery for excess skin removal


    Hundreds of people have donated to support a man who is about to undergo surgery to remove excess skin after losing more than half of his body...

    Hundreds of people have donated to support a man who is about to undergo surgery to remove excess skin after losing more than half of his body weight.
    Dear Mary-anne: My disorganised teen is strung out

    Dear Mary-anne: My disorganised teen is strung out


    QUESTION: My 17-year-old son struggles greatly with personal organisation and time management....

    QUESTION: My 17-year-old son struggles greatly with personal organisation and time management.