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    Kevin Rudd's hair-dryer saga

    "Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's temper is in the limelight again after claims he "chucked a wobbly" because he could not find a hairdryer in Afghanistan....Coalition frontbencher John Cobb said Mr Rudd became agitated and angry when soldiers could not find one for a photo opportunity....But Mr...
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    Resolutions for 2009

    Hi Everyone, I'm interested in what other SS members plan to change / improve upon in the new year. Personally my goals for 2009 are; 1. Lose about 10 Kg. 2. Try to eat better and drink less alcohol. 3. Do as many subjects as I can this year for my Psych degree. Phil :)
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    Christmas card / gift to tenant ?

    G'day guys, I think this has been discussed some time ago, but I was just wondering again how many people do this. Perhaps just a card or bottle of wine etc. I know PI is a business, but I also think small gestures like this go a long way. Any thoughts ? Phil :)
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    Karratha WA

    G'day guys, Just had a quick trip down the West coast to Broome, Karratha, Dampier etc. I couldn't believe some of the prices / rents offered in this part of the world. A couple of quick examples from the "Pilbara News". For Rent Karratha - 4 x 2 - $2500 per week Karratha - 2 x 2 - $3900...
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    Air-less spray guns

    G'day guys, I know there has been previous posts in the past regarding air-less spray guns, but do you think it is a better idea just to hire one for say 24 hours, or buy a cheapie from Bunnings for $150? I just did a quick seach, and to hire for 24 hours costs about $200 (depending upon...
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    Anyone with a green thumb?

    G'day guys, Can anyone recommend low maintenance 'drought proof' plants for a coastal area (East coast - North of Brissy). I have a garden bed I wish to replace but am unsure of what to choose. I do like cordyline's, but don't know if they would survive being so close to the sea. The plan is...
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    New Year Resolutions - What's yours ?

    Yes, I know. It's that time of the year again when we attempt to change our lives for the better, (and get over the indulgence of Christmas) :) Well, here's mine for the new year. In 2008 I will try to; 1. Hopefully lose a bit of weight, 2. Get fitter 3. Drink less beer and get off the...
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    Those who ride motorcycles

    G'day guys, I have again recently been toying with the idea of purchasing a motorbike so I can go on some long rides with friends who ride bikes. I am currently almost 38 and origianlly planned to get my licence when I was 17 (back in 1987 :p ) I was looking at this web site the other night...
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    Southern Highlands NSW

    G'day guys, I was just wondering what opinion everyone currently has on the Southern Highlands NSW. Although I grew up in Sydney and my wifes parents currently live on small acreage in the region (Colo Vale), I have not really been back for about 10 years and am a bit 'out of the loop' as to...
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    lovely 1980's pink spa and sink

    G'day guys, I just did a quick search but didn't find an answer to my query. I have a spa bath and sink that are a lovely shade of 1980's pink. I remember seeing some product on tv a while ago that will enable me to paint / change this colour to white. I could of course wait until it comes...
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    Build new house or not?

    G'day guys, Just a quick one. I have a vacant block of land which I planned to build on at the time of purchase (2005). I recently re-financed this block at 110k, but is more likely to be worth 130-140k. The new existing loan is 106k (IO). My questions are: 1. Would I be better off...
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    Any good rental movies out there at the moment?

    G'day everyone, I was just wondering if anyone has any preferences for movies which are out at the video store at the moment. Last night I saw "Letters from Iwo Jima" (subtitled) and "Miss Potter", both of which I thought were very good. I originally hired Miss Potter for the wife, but I...
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    SS members helping other SS members

    G'day everyone, I'm new to this forum and don't know whether this has been suggested before or not, but here goes... I know that some investors buy interstate and don't neccesarily have the time or opportunity to travel and inspect properties face to face. Of course I am aware that...
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    Lucky street names and numbers

    G'day everyone, I saw a story the other day on one of those 'current affairs' shows about the (perceived ?) decrease in value for properties that have an unfortunate street name; and also remember reading not so long ago about the benefits of a property having a 'lucky street number'...
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    Appreciative new member

    G'day everyone, As a new forum member, I just wanted to say hello and tell you how informative this forum is to me. I have been lurking for about 3 years.:o Yes I do tend to procrastinate. I look forward to learning more about property investment from the more experienced investors here...