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September is the peak of Australia’s own version of “home-grown terrorism” (as memorably described to me by a distraught and bleeding school principal, valiantly attempting to protect his pupils), when a small but conspicuous proportion of magpies throughout the country begin to attack otherwise innocent passersby. It is certainly the most significant human-wildlife conflict in the towns and cities of this country. Here are some tips on how to survive.
Running in the heart of a metropolitan city can be a lot different than running in a quiet neighbourhood or on a trail. The scenery can be an obstacle in its own right, and there are potential dangers that lurk literally around every corner. Fortunately, if you know how to navigate them, running in the city can be a great way to stay in shape.
The worst food poisoning I ever had was a few days after returning from a weekend getaway with friends. When I finally dragged myself out of the bathroom after 24 hours of hell, an email from one of my besties was waiting for me: “Is everybody else feeling OK? I know our dinner together was a few days ago so I’m sure it’s not that, but I just wanted to check.”
Bottled water is sold with an expiration date on the label, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t still drink it once the date has passed. This video explains how water can potentially become undrinkable, and when it’s safe to drink otherwise.
Push sticks are a must for table saw safety. They keep your hands and fingers off the wood to be cut, and away from the spinning blade. You can make your own push stick that will hold your material in place and perform better than any store-bought one.
Would you be able to defend yourself and your loved ones if someone were to physically attack you? It’s a question most of us don’t want to consider, but violence is, unfortunately, a fact of life. Thankfully, regardless of strength, size or previous training, anyone can learn several effective self-defence techniques. Here’s how to prepare for and stay safe in common real-world violent situations.
Mitre saws can take your DIY skills to the next level, but it’s important to make sure you follow some basic safety tips before starting your cuts. This video outlines some of them.