$8 Litre Petrol: Implications for Property Investment in Australia

CSIRO has just released Fuel for Thought, a report from the cross-sector Future Fuels Forum. Their worst case scenario of petrol at A$8/litre by 2020 has made headlines in Australia. Even with petrol not yet at $2/litre there is a noticeable increase in deamnd from both buyers and renters for properties which are either within […]

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Absinthe – The New Tequila ?

Absinthe is making a come back, both in Paris and other European cities. The French ban on absinthe is still actually in force, but new regulations bringing French law in line with EU laws have once again allowed the manufacture and sale of absinthe and specialty bars serving the drink are re-emerging after a near […]

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Menton Citrus Festival French Riviera France

Every year, Menton, a town on the French Riviera, celebrates life, the universe and the existence of fruit. Particularly, citrus fruit, specifically – lemons, with a few thousand oranges and limes thrown in for good measure. Who knew there could be so many lemons left lying around after the harvest that you could build dozens of […]

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Low calorie recipes to lose weight

Chemical food substitutes I am officially disgusted. My wife pointed this abomination of a recipe book out to me and suggested I write about it. Good grief! Lisa Lillien has concocted 200 recipes under 200 calories, and as far as I can tell, not one of them has any food in it. According to the […]

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Green Energy From Kinetic Plates

Green energy is a subject everyone is talking about lately, and as interest grows, the powers-that-be look for more ways to misinform people and squeeze an extra penny out of them. This is a great example in the UK. Supermarket chain, Sainsbury’s have announced they have opened a “people powered,” store in Gloucester, which will […]

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Massage Therapy as an Occupation – How to Get Started and What To Expect

Massage therapy has become a recognized way of earning a living. “Happy ending” type massage therapists aside, there are a growing number of qualified, certified massage therapists and the range of modalities to learn is enormous. Deciding on a career as a massage therapist means first of all taking a good look inside yourself and […]

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The Best Espresso Machines are Italian

I cannot face the day without first having a cup of coffee in the morning, and it needs to be decent coffee made with an espresso machine, not some instant crap sold using a catchy jingle. In fact, my wife refuses to speak to me until I have had at least two cups. I make […]

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Guaranteed weight loss solution

I will share with you the secret of losing weight. No selling, no scams, nothing for sale. My secret comes from long years of arduous research and is the conclusive finding of hundreds and thousands of medical professionals the World over. Guaranteed weight loss without the need for any pills, potions, drugs or silly fad […]

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Voodoo Banking System

I don’t know who first coined the phrase “voodoo banking,” but it certainly seems appropriate in light of the 2007-? financial crisis. If you are having trouble understanding the vast amounts of money being poured into the banking system by the world’s governments – you are not alone, and I suspect this is intentional. The […]

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Refinancing with poor credit – What about the Bank’s credit?

There is a lot of talk about credit scores, poor credit, bad credit blah blah blah. But this is on a personal level and no one is really looking at the creditworthiness of the banks and lending institutions. The banks can arbitrarily decide that you are not creditworthy and that is the end as far […]

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The Best Authentic Macaroni and Cheese Recipe – Gourmet Mac n Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese Recipe Macaroni and cheese comes from the Italian Maccheroni Cacio e Burro, which means “Macaroni and Cheese and Butter,” which will make sense once you see the ingredients I use for my version of this classic dish. Cooking is NOT hard. You can do it, all you need is a little time, […]

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Investing in Property in Dubai – What Do the Defaults Mean?

The Dubai property market is in a mess right now, but the implications for the small investor are unclear. Although Dubai is world famous for owning some massive real estate developments in Dubai such as the Dubai Palm Island projects, it has also built up a $100 billion portfolio of assets in international property around […]

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How to buy Property in Spain

All property in Spain should be registered in the Registro de la Propiedad (the land registry), where you can obtain the full details of the owner, the exact size of the property and full details of any mortgages, debts or judgments against the property will normally be registered. Only the persons or company named on […]

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Bleak outlook for British homeowners in Spain

Spain’s soaraway property market has ended its decade-long boom, new figures show, with prices falling for the first time in many parts of the country. In the country as a whole, prices inched up by just 0.3 percent in the third quarter of the year, the smallest increase since 2000. But prices fell in 13 […]

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Five Best iPhone Bluetooth headsets

If you don’t mind looking like a pretentious wanker and annoying the life out of everyone in earshot, a Bluetooth headset is a must-have accessory for your Apple iPhone. After exhaustive research, hundreds of hours spent people watching and consulting with my local iPhone “specialist,” this is the definitive list of iPhone Bluetooth headsets – […]

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Best Beaches On The French Riviera

One thing to know about the beaches on the French Riviera is that there are several types of beaches on the south coast. Public beaches. Antibes. There are hundreds of public beaches all along the coast. Some of them, such as the beach at Antibes, are tiny. Five hundred people on a hot August day […]

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Ultimate American Chocolate and Coffee Brownie recipe

If you are not content with a double shot of espresso to kick start the day, here’s a great recipe to perk up those slow-to-start people among us (myself included). Although, as the saying for beer goes, “Brownies are not just for breakfast.” This is a really easy recipe and takes about 20 minutes to […]

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How to Light a Barbeque Using a Charcoal Chimney Starter

Lighting a barbecue using a charcoal chimney is not exactly rocket science. Charcoal chimneys are pretty simple; a cylinder with a handle, the cylinder being split into 2 partitions. The lower partition takes the flammable material such as paper to get the charcoal lit, and the other partition holds the charcoal. As you can see […]

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LUXURY REAL ESTATE – GIGAYACHTS – “A”

Whilst not fitting the term “Luxury real estate,” in the traditional sense of the word, i.e. on land, the current crop of giga-yachts or mega-yachts certainly fall under my definition of the word. Massive, spectacularly-outfitted floating mansions in fact. Conspicuous over consumption? Absolutely. Insanely expensive? Oh yes. Most of the final prices are carefully kept […]

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Forex Trading Guide – FX Trading for Dummies

Forex Trading Overview Forex trading, or the foreign exchange trading market (also commonly known as FX trading or simply, currency exchange, involves trading one currency for another. Forex is by far and away the largest financial market in the world. Trades are made between large banks, central banks, currency speculators, multinational corporations, governments, and even the […]

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