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It’s time to tell Howard Collins to resign

So it seems the Sydney Trains network went into meltdown this morning. That’s right about 11 hours ago. You’d think these clueless bunch would get their shit together and recover by now, but no, here I stand on a train that does not even have a driver yet. Wow what great standards Howard Collins holds Sydney Trains to. Town Hall station was blocked with no access into the station while...

Same day delivery is a right not a privilege, Coles and Woolworths to learn the hard way

Coles and Woolworths have been offering online shopping for a while now, but it’s done to purely help bolster sales, not to necessarily help the consumer or be more convenient in any way. Supermarkets like Coles and Woolworths work on a different model where they rely on a consumer entering their bricks and mortar stores to purchase their items, you end up leaving the store with more than yo...

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that McGrath Real Estate has anything to do with McGrath Foundation

 If it’s anything to go by, hearing the words McDonald’s and Ronald McDonald House gives an instant connection, the idea that while McDonald’s sells burgers it tries to do good through a charity to help kids. It’s prudent to not make that mistake when it comes to McGrath Real Estate and McGrath Foundation. In fact, they have nothing to do with each other and were both star...

Your dog and the dangers of melaleuca / tea tree

As a pet owner you might have seen the ingredient melaleuca used in pet shampoos and topical products claiming to remove fleas. What you might not know is that melaleuca, also known as tea tree oil is highly poisonous to dogs. As little of 7 drops of melaleuca oil may result in the death of your dog. Commercially available products use such a low concentration of melaleuca that it’s not like...

Is freedom of information and our right to write reviews under attack?

Freedom of information and peoples rights in Australia to write fair reviews is absolutely under attack every day. What I find interesting is that corporate business is more willing to make an effort to protect their image than they are to do the right thing. Why not give a customer the good service they deserve instead of treating the customer like crap, not listening to the complaints and then t...

MasterChef 2019 Rigged. Tessa robbed of winning crown

We are so sorry to hear that MasterChef 2019 was rigged. I have been a chef for 18 years and know for a fact that you simply do not give a 10/10 to a dessert that had a wrong consistency in the sorbet and a cracked meringue.  

I Quit Sugar and I Quit MasterChef Australia

MasterChef Australia has been a staple of TV consumption in our house (like millions of other households) since it launched 11 years ago. We’ve not missed an episode. While the format of the show might be catchy it was not what made the show such a runaway success for Channel 10. It’s the antics of George Calombaris, Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan that made MasterChef successful. The re...

Big W store closures by 2020

If you have not visited a Big W store in recent times, no one would blame you. If you have you’d notice that most stores are messy and dilapidated as if no one really cares. The truth is that Big W has been making a loss year on year for a while now, BIG W is lucky that parent company Woolworths are keeping them afloat for now. So don’t expect any investment on instore revamps. Woolwor...

Would you like fries with that, understanding your customer’s needs before upselling

McDonald’s “would you like fries with that” style of upselling has ingeniously worked wonders for them over the years but maybe they should just stick with fries and not other products. I went through my local McDonalds drive-thru this morning and ordered 2x Cheeseburgers without meat, add a hashbrown instead. That was it. Before proceeding to pay I was then asked “would yo...

Telstra facing investigation over selling ‘unaffordable contracts’ to vulnerable Australians

“The ACCC is investigating allegations involving Telstra Corporation Ltd regarding its selling practices associated with the supply of mobile phones, plans and ancillary goods and services to some vulnerable Indigenous Australian people,” the statement said. “The assessment of the alleged conduct is ongoing, including as to any implications under the Australian Consumer Law. This...

The Coast Bar & Restaurant serve fish and chips with a side of poison

We’ve said this many times before and have even written articles warning that the Central Coast food scene is a disaster. We’ve got very little supervision and food outlets practically run by teenagers at minimum wage. Lone Star Rib House Tuggerah was one that shut down last year due to many issues, mostly related to the fact it was run by teenagers and the owners sat back and watched....

Plastic packaging alternatives that are available now

Plastics is one of the biggest challenges the world is facing right now. Consumers are suddenly aware of the thousands of tonnes of plastic filling the ocean. In fact, if current trends continue, by 2050, the world’s oceans will contain 895 million tons of fish and 937 million tons of plastic. It is no longer enough to just be using recycled plastics, most of the bottles contain a percentage of re...

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