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The news is dying … long live the news

by David Brewster Media

If you, like me, still live in the dark ages in which your news is delivered via a rolled up newspaper thrown over the garden fence every morning, you have probably noticed that the thud associated with said throw has recently become not much more than a gentle pat. They say the traditional print newspaper […]

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e-ssentials of e-readers and e-books

by David Brewster Technology

In this year’s seriously silly shopping season, e-book reader (e-reader) is shaping up as the star. As a technology junkie and writer I try to stay on top of such things, so I thought it might be worthwhile giving you a quick rundown of what to look for, should you be in the market for […]

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What’s your style? (Don’t tell me you don’t have one!)

by David Brewster Writing

Recently our family has been watching the new TV dramatisation of the 1979 novel Puberty Blues. The girls watch the girls and notice how little has changed; my wife and I watch the fashions and are very pleased that some things, namely shorts and hairstyles, have changed. The show reminds me of one of the […]

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Are you committing Capital punishment?

by David Brewster Writing

If you spotted the deliberate extra capital in the title of this post, you may not need to read on. If, on the other hand, you think there should be more capital letters, then you should keep reading. Lately I’ve noticed an outbreak of Excessive Use Of Capitals At The Start Of Words. So I […]

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Making your ideas stick

by David Brewster Reviews

Like many of you, I have a lot of books on the shelves of my office, not to mention beside my bed. I’m a sucker for a snappy title which, combined with the instant gratification offered by online shopping, has made building a large collection all too easy in recent years. Of course, some of […]

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Are you regular? You should be.

by David Brewster Marketing

Just over ten years ago I set out on the journey of self-employment, a journey I’ve continued to travel ever since. (Yes, I reckon I’m basically unemployable now.) Soon after venturing out onto the road I discovered that self-employment necessarily comes with self-promotion as a passenger. So I did what everyone else was doing in […]

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Beat the NYE rush. Resolve now.

by David Brewster Writing

True, most of us are still coming to grips with the fact of Christmas decorations having been up for weeks. But before we know it, Xmas ‘11 will have been and gone and New Year’s Eve will be upon us. Which means only one thing: resolution time again. Now, be honest. Do you remember a […]

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Two ‘rules’ you need to unlearn – period.

by David Brewster Writing

How much have you retained of the grammar you learnt at school? I’m guessing not a lot – at least not in a formal sense. ‘Dominant clauses’, ‘past participles’ and ‘future perfect tense’? If you can define all those you probably don’t need to read on. Strangely, although most of us left a lot of […]

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Improve your writing in one easy step

by David Brewster Management

After Melbourne author Anh Do won a few prizes recently for his book The Happiest Refugee, there was a bit of media eyebrow-raising when it came to light that Do had had the assistance of a ghostwriter in putting together his book. The unspoken implication seemed to be that perhaps Do’s award-winning credentials should be […]

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Losing their way in management gobbledegook

by David Brewster Management Speak
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Readers who know me personally will know that I am a keen follower of Australian Rules football and the Collingwood Football Club in particular. Tonight my team plays one of our ‘traditional rivals’, Richmond. Unfortunately for the spectacle it’s likely to be a one-sided affair as Collingwood are reigning premiers and Richmond are, well, let’s just […]

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Ningaloo reef: when reassurance is impossible

by David Brewster Politics
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ABC News reports today that the Shell oil company are requesting permission to commence exploratory drilling for oil and gas 50 km from Ningaloo reef. As a Shell spokesperson, John D’Agostino, trots out the usual reassurances, I find myself in the strange situation of almost feeling sorry for him. Here’s the Shell line: “Shell has […]

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