Inspiring Stories from the Paralympics

August 24th, 2021
There are few events in the world that capture the real spirit of sport more than the Paralympics. Run by the International Paralympic Committee and growing in strength all the time, these unique games feature 28 sports and 72 events across their summer and winter editions. Open to athletes with physical disabilities or intellectual impairments, the 2020/2021 edition of the summer games is set to take place in Tokyo, Japan. The first Paralympic Games took place in Rome in 1960, with 400 athletes from 23 countries battling it out for gold in their respective sports. Since then, they have taken place every four years and entertained millions of people around the world. As we get ready for the latest edition of the Paralympics, let’s look at some of the inspiring stories that have defined this great event. The Paralympics emerged from the Stoke Mandeville Games, which was organised during the London 1948 Olympics for injured servicemen and women. There were just 16 athletes at the first event, all of whom competed in archery. There has always been a strong relationship between ex-servicemen and the Paralympics. The creation of the International Sport Organisation for the Disabled (ISOD) opened up new opportunities…

Simple Science Experients at Home

August 19th, 2021

With state lockdowns rolling forward for many Australians, frustrated parents are looking for fun activities and novel ways to entertain their children. Along with homeschooling and daily exercise, there are many other ways to keep your kids busy. Science experiments can be lots of fun for children and parents alike, with these highly engaging and easy-to-follow activities helping kids to […]

Property Market to Hit $9 Trillion

August 16th, 2021

The Australian residential property market is set to reach a massive $9 trillion milestone later this year. Economic uncertainty and ongoing lockdowns across the country have failed to dampen the market, which is tipped to hit and exceed this huge number. The value of Australian homes already tipped the $8 trillion mark earlier this year, with the collective Aussie home […]

Looking After Your Mental Health in a Lockdown

August 12th, 2021

With repeated or prolonged lockdowns common across much of Australia, healthy coping mechanisms are absolutely critical. During periods of isolation, it’s crucial to look after your mental health and support the people you care about. While extended family dinners and fun-filled social events may not be possible right now, there are other ways to protect your mental well-being. From physical […]

Will the Lockdown affect interest rates

August 2nd, 2021

Australia is in the midst of a COVID-19 third wave, and according to health experts, things are going to get worse before they get better. Along with the obvious toll on people’s health and livelihoods, the pandemic and lockdown response is likely to affect interest rate decisions in the weeks and months ahead. Along with the lockdown, sky-high property prices, […]

Mortgages Cheaper than Rents

July 12th, 2021

It’s cheaper to pay off a mortgage than it is to rent in many Australian locations. While the long-term benefits of home ownership are obvious, the short-term savings associated with renting do not always come off. According to figures from CoreLogic, the majority of homes in Queensland are now cheaper to buy than rent, as are some cities and most […]

Why is Processed Food Bad

July 8th, 2021

We are always told that processed foods are bad, but few people ask why. Foods often need processing to make them digestible, with different methods and techniques available to preserve food, add flavour to food, and make food production safer and more consistent. However, despite these obvious benefits, food processing has also been linked with numerous health problems. Let’s take […]

The Link Between Green Spaces & Happiness

July 5th, 2021

If you’ve ever felt happy when visiting a park, garden, or reserve, you’re certainly not alone. According to a recent study, there is a recognised link between green spaces in urban environments and the happiness of residents, workers, and city visitors. From inner-city botanical gardens to manicured parkland and riverside pathways, access to green spaces provides much more than aesthetic […]

Global CBDs on Life Support

July 1st, 2021

The central business district is on life support, with cities around the world struggling to spring back into life. From New York to San Francisco, from Auckland to Melbourne, the CBD looks very different since the global pandemic. There are many reasons for this shift, including more remote work opportunities, less disposable income, and a growing distrust of public spaces […]

Capital Cities Lead the Property Charge

June 11th, 2021

Australian property prices continue to rise, with values up 7% in the three months to May. This represents the sharpest quarterly increase since November 1988, as investors return to the market in droves. While regional markets have surged all year, and prices were high across the nation, state capitals achieved renewed momentum as buyers regain confidence in Australia’s biggest cities. […]

What is the Typical Aussie Income

June 7th, 2021

If you’ve ever wondered what the average Australian earns each year, you are certainly not alone. The $200,000 tax bracket has been getting lots of attention in recent weeks, as both the Liberal and Labour leaders attempt to define the “top end of town” without alienating the common worker. As it turns out, $200,000 per year is far from typical, […]